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Junior School - A to Z for Parents

We hope that the following information will be helpful for parents and children at the Junior School. If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the office staff who will be happy to help. 

 

Absence due to illness:  Please inform the school as soon as possible if your child will not be in school, giving the reason for the absence - whether due to illness or medical appointment. Email the school at JuniorOffice@CSGVillageSchool.org, or call the office on 01494 873090. If no-one answers, please leave a message on the answer phone which will be picked up by the office staff before school begins. Once the class register has been taken the school will phone parents of children who are not in school and for whom we have not received a reason for absence to check that they are safe. If your child is off school for subsequent days please continue to inform us of their absence.

 

Allergies:  If your child suffers from any allergies please ensure that the school has up to date information of all allergies and that if required, medicine is kept in school eg Epipens and anti-histamine.

 

Assemblies:  There is a daily assembly in school.

 

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday the assembly themes are varied and whole school assembly usually takes place between 10:20 and 10:35. There are occasional class assemblies which usually start at 9am for parents to attend. These are advertised on the school diary and in the weekly email reminders to parents.

 

Wednesday is the day for singing assembly – this is a longer assembly and the children practise singing a wide range of songs just before lunchtime, between 11:50 and 12:20.

 

On Friday our Achievements Assembly takes place in the morning (10:20am to 10:35am). We like to celebrate children’s achievements in sports and activities both within and outside school. If your child would like to be presented with a certificate, cup etc. gained in an outside activity, please bring it to the School Office before Friday morning so that it can be presented to them during the Achievements Assembly. The winners of the Class and House Cups are announced during Friday assembly.

 

Asthma:  Inhalers belonging to children who suffer from asthma are kept in the medical room. We ask parents to provide an inhaler for use in school and to ensure that the inhaler provided is in date.

 

Change of address or contact details:  Please inform the School Office of any change of address or contact details. If the main parent/ carer is to be away at any point during term time, eg for work or holiday reasons, it is really helpful to know and to have temporary replacement priority contact details. The School Office sends out weekly email reminders and most letters are sent out by email so having an up-to-date email address is really important.

 

Class Parent Representatives:  Each class has a volunteer parent who acts as a liaison point between the teacher and parents on general issues. Class parents compile contact lists of the children and parents in each year, arrange social gatherings and muster voluntary help when needed, eg, on school trips. They also provide the focal point for quick communication to all parents, eg, if the school were to be closed due to snow and will manage a communication cascade process so that all parents are informed as quickly as possible. If you have specific concerns or issues you wish to raise please do not do so through your Class Representative as this is not part of their role. Please contact the class teacher or the School Office directly.

 

Clubs - After School and Lunchtime:  There are a number of opportunities for your child to join in lunchtime and after school activities. Most of these are run on a voluntary basis by staff and are free of charge but some, such as Roack School and externally run sports clubs, are provided on a private basis and a charge will be made. Your child will bring home letters and a sign-up sheet for after school clubs, whereas membership of free-of-charge lunchtime clubs is managed within the school. Details are on the on the school website on the Clubs section of the Parents heading - or click here to go to the page.

 

Cycling to school:  Bikeability cycle training sessions are available during Year 5. Year 6 children are permitted to cycle to school. We ask that parents of Year 6 children wishing to cycle to school and to store their bikes on school premises, should complete and submit a Cycling Permit letter, a copy of which is available on the Forms page of the website here. Children are not permitted to cycle on school property other than during cycle training sessions.

 

Discipline: Day to day discipline is the responsibility of the class teacher. A copy of this policy is available on the Other Policies page under the Key Information heading on the website - or click here. This policy aims to promote positive values, attitudes and behaviours.

 

Equipment/ Pencil Case Contents:  Pupils are expected to provide their own basic items of stationery. They should come to school on their first day with a pencil case containing HB writing pencils, a rubber, a pencil sharpener which collects sharpenings, a handwriting pen, colouring pencils, a Pritt stick and a small pair of scissors. A 30cm rigid clear plastic ruler is also required. Pupils can buy all these items at reasonable prices from the School Office which sells stationery at break time during the school day - price list here. Children will write in pencil until they gain their Pen License. These can be awarded to children of all year groups when handwriting reaches the expected level. Wherever possible please label all items with your child’s name. In addition to stationery, an art overall or old shirt should be provided. PE kit should be in school every day, preferably stored in a drawstring PE bag.

 

Free School Meals:  If you think that your child might be eligible for Free School Meals please ask the School Office for an application form or look at the Free School Meals section of the School Meals page on this website for a form and further information.

 

Gem Cards:  Gem cards will be given to children who show learning behavious above and beyond what is expected. Staff issue these cards which can be taken home to share with parents.

 

Gem Power Rules:  Our Gem Power Rules which promote positive learning behaviour as well as a positive approach to others.

 

  Ruby Power: I will be kind to others and make them feel good about their learning and successes.

 

  Diamond Power: I will take responsibility for solving problems and use different strategies to help. If I get stuck I  will ask a good question. I will recognise when I can do things for myself and when I need some help.

 

  Pearl Power: I will be honest and fair.

 

  Sapphire Power: I will focus and engage with my learning and help others to focus as well.

 

  Emerald Power: I will be a brave learner and always try my best. If I get things wrong or make a mistake I will bounce back and have another go.

 

  Topaz Power: I will work in a group with others and take it in turns to share my ideas and listen to their thoughts.

 

  Amethyst Power: I will listen carefully to my partner whilst solving problems

 

Hair:  Pupils with long hair, regardless of gender, should use elasticated ties or ‘alice bands’ (not hard hair clips) to tie their hair back in school. Hair should not be unnaturally styled with gel or other products.

 

Holidays and Other Absences in Term Time:  Please read our Attendance Policy which was updated in June 2014. Taking children out of class for holidays or day visits in term time is discouraged. Requests for leave of absence must be made to the Headteacher at least one month beforehand as requests have to be approved by the school governors. Absence request forms are available from the School Office or can be found on the forms area of this website. If your child has a doctors appointment, a music exam or other appointment please inform the class teacher or the School Office in advance of the day of the appointment - if possible by a note or an email.

 

Home/School Communication - Parent/Teacher Communication:  Teachers are available in class at the beginning of the school day (8:45am). If you have any concerns or wish to discuss any matter with the class teacher or another member of staff, please call the office to make an appointment or make a note in the home/school communication book and ask your child to show it to their teacher. Appointments will be made as soon as possible. Please avoid going into classrooms during the day without an appointment. It is important for security reasons that entry to school is managed appropriately and it is vital that important matters are given a sensible time for discussion which is convenient to all parties and does not interrupt teaching duties. If your child has forgotten something that they will need to take into school that day, please take it to the school office so that it can be taken to your child.

 

Home School Agreement - click here.

 

Homework Club:  A homework club runs every Monday lunchtime to assist pupils who have had a busy weekend and/or find difficulty finding a quiet place to do the work at home. They can also use the computers to assist them with any research they may have been asked to do. This is held in the IT suite and is supervised by a teacher and pupils can drop in during Monday lunchtime as needed.

 

Homework:  Numeracy and Literacy homework tasks are set every Thursday to be handed in on the following Monday – Year 5 and 6 are also set weekly Topic homework. No more than an hour in total should be spent on these tasks. Children may sometimes be set specific information-gathering tasks during the week and these will be recorded in the home-school communication book. In Year 3 children should spend about 1½ hours a week in total on homework tasks, including shared reading at home. Homework increases towards 2½ hours by the time children reach Year 6. If there is a good reason why homework cannot be completed by the deadline an extension can be requested. Further information is available under the Learning heading on this website.

 

Houses and House Points:  Pupils and teachers are assigned to one of four Houses, named Cook, Palliser, Milton and Penn after local historical figures. House points are awarded for especially good work or behaviour. The house points are added up each week and a trophy passed to that week’s highest scoring house in achievement's assembly. The houses provide a means of interaction between different classes and year groups in events such as Sports Day and Themed Weeks and are a spur to friendly competition throughout the year.

 

Jewellery:  Wristwatches are the only acceptable form of jewellery. No bracelets or necklaces etc. are permitted unless prior arrangements have been agreed for religious reasons. Earrings are not allowed to be worn in school under any circumstances. If ears are to be pierced please ensure this is done at the start of the summer holidays so they have a chance to heal before school starts. Any child wearing earrings into school will be asked to remove them.

 

Journeying to and from school:  After the initial settling-in period, pupils are encouraged to become more independent by completing their journey to school without adult supervision. They are encouraged to walk to reach the school gates. Our main gate is accessed from Parsonage Road and a side gate gives access to the school. The Lagger Gate is accessed from Lagger Close and gives access via a path alongside the school field. The Hillside Close gate opens onto the Lower School Playground and can be accessed using the Hillside Close footpath coming up from the zebra crossing on the Deanway, or by following the path from the Bowstridge Lane playground car park area. Parents are asked not to drive up Parsonage Road as this causes serious problems to the local residents and endangers pupils walking to school. The side gate near the main Parsonage Road entrance, the Lagger and Hillside Close gates are locked just after 9am and unlocked again at about 3.15pm. At the end of school, children make their own way from their classes to a pick up location agreed with their parent or carer, such as one of the school gates or by the zebra crossing. Children are told to come back into school and report to the school office if they have not been collected at their agreed pick-up location. If they are still waiting after 3.45pm, we will try to contact the child’s parent or carer as appropriate.

 

Labelling Clothing and Equipment:  All items of uniform and kit, including coats, bags, lunch boxes, water bottles, pencil cases etc should all be clearly labelled with your child's name (initials will not suffice).

 

Library:  The school library is open during lunchtimes for pupils to borrow books. They are allowed to take out up to 2 books at a time. There is no set date for return but they are asked to check the books in and out using their library card and to return books as soon as possible after they have read them to allow other children the chance to enjoy them. We ask that all library books are returned before the end of the academic year in July. Parent helpers run the school library at lunchtimes. Please contact the School Office if you would like to help with the school library.

 

Letters, News and Updates:  The School Office will email copies of letters and news whenever possible. Some items may also be sent out as paper copies under exceptional circumstances. Please ensure that the school office has a current email address for each parent requiring copies of letters and news.

 

Lost Property:  There is a school lost property box kept in one of the changing rooms off the main hall (the old Shower Room). Please look here for any lost items. Clearly labelled items will be returned to their owner when possible. Each class has a lost property box as well. The school lost property box will be emptied at the end of each term.

 

Meals – School Meals:  School meals are served every day in the Junior School. These meals are cooked for us at St. Joseph’s Junior School in Chalfont St Peter and delivered fresh every day. There is usually a choice of a main meal or a jacket potato main meal with cooked vegetables, or salad and a choice of pudding or fresh fruit. There is also a vegetarian main meal for children who require a vegetarian meal - please inform the school office if your child will require this option of meal. The children can order their school meal on the day - the class teacher takes a headcount of all children wanting meals during morning registration each day. Parents pay for the meals using the ParentPay online payment system.. Menu information is available on the ParentPay website or on the School Meals Page of this website. The cost per meal is currently £2.40 but if you think that your child might be eligible for Free School Meals please ask the School Office for an application form.

 

Meals - Packed Lunches:  Lunch boxes should be placed on class trolleys near the classrooms when the children arrive in the morning. Please ensure that your child’s lunchbox is clearly labelled on the outside. Lunches should be balanced and healthy, (please do not include sweets or chocolates – a biscuit or small cake is fine). A drink (not fizzy) should be included. As we currently have children in school who have food allergies, we would ask that children are not allowed to bring nuts or products containing nuts into school i.e. no peanut butter or nutella type products.

 

Snacks for morning break:  Children may bring in a fruit or vegetable snack for morning break. Break-time snacks should be kept in their bags in the classroom

 

Drinks:  Children should bring a named water bottles in to school to use in class and they are encouraged to drink regularly during the day (please note that the school water bottles do not like being washed in dish washers). Water bottles scan be refilled from the tap in the dining room and there are water fountains around the school.

 

Make up and Nails:  Nails should be kept short to avoid injury to others, particularly during PE and games lessons. No make up including nail varnish is allowed.

 

Medicines in School:  Medicines should only be brought into school when essential. A medicine administration form for prescribed medicines, including any hayfever medicines, is available from the School Office or on the forms page of the school website and must be completed before any medicine can be administered by school staff. Medicines should always be provided in the original container with the prescriber’s instructions for administration and dosage. Any medicines should be handed in to the School Office and not be carried around by the child. If you have any queries about what medicines we can dispense to children, please contact the office.

 

Messages for Children:  We understand that it is sometimes important to get a message to a child about change to after school collection or to inform a child that the person collecting them may be running late. Please inform the School Office if this is the case and we will always do our best to get the message to your child in time. Please try to ensure that your child is aware of collection arrangements each day.

 

Music/ Instrument Lessons:  A number of opportunities for pupils to learn musical instruments are offered by music teachers from the Amersham Music Centre, piano and acoustic guitar tuition is offered by independent teachers. There are charges for these additional lessons. See Music Lessons section of the website for more details.

 

Newsletters:  Newsletters are issued termly - copies are available on the News section of the website - click here.

 

Numeracy Groups (Maths Groups):  Early during the first half term of the academic year, classes will be divided across their year group into two or three ability groups for Numeracy lessons. This is to enable the subject matter and learning goals to be targeted more precisely at the needs of individual pupils.

 

Open Door:  Parents are welcome to come into school each Friday morning from 8:45 to 8:55am to read with your child and look at their books so that you are clear about what they have been doing in the week. If you have any concerns or questions about your child's learning we are happy to talk with you either by phone or before or after school. We believe that one of the keys to successful and all round education is the partnership with parents.

 

Paper Copies: Requests for paper copies of documents. To request paper copies of Policies and Documents please email the school office on JuniorOffice@CSGVillageSchool.org stating which document you require and for what purpose. There will be NO charge for any documents requested.

 

Parental Help in School:  If you have any specific skills to offer or are just interested in helping in any way you can, please let us know what you are able to do and when you are available. Class parents organise a rota of parents who come in to school to listen to children read. The PTA need occasional helpers to assist at their events during the year. If you are interested in running an after school club or would like to help in the library please contact the School Office. All parent helpers will have to have an up to date DBS (CRB) check gained through either the Infant or Junior School before they start helping. Contact the School Office if you need to apply for a DBS certificate. 

 

ParentPay:  We use the ParentPay online system to enable parents to make direct and secure payments for school meals, trips and visits. The parent of each child is given a userid and login when they start at the school. If you have any problems using ParentPay there are help sections on the ParentPay website www.parentpay.com or contact the School Office. If you do not wish to use the online system you can request a PayPoint card from the School Office which will enable you to pay for school meals or trips etc at local shops.

 

Parents’ Forums:  The Headteacher holds an open meeting once a term which all parents are welcome to attend. The purpose of this meeting is to inform parents of matters affecting the school and to gain feedback on any issues of general concern. Letters are sent out to all parents inviting them to attend the Forum and allow parents to put forward items for the agenda.

 

Parking:  We ask all families to park thoughtfully and to avoid parking on Parsonage Road. The school car park is for staff or emergency use only unless you have been given specific permission to use it. Please do not use the staff car park when dropping off before 9am.

 

PE Kit:  Children must wear appropriate clothing for PE: Green T-shirt (with school logo) #; Black shorts (plain) ; Trainers (dual outdoor/indoor use if kept clean); Black jogging bottoms (plain); Black or dark coloured sweatshirt (plain) [Note: from September 2016 this will change to green hoodie with school logo #] ; PE bag marked with child’s name # (PE bags for PE kit should be of the drawstring variety and not sizeable sports bags.) # Items that may be obtained directly from the School Office. No order form as most items are usually in stock. Our current price list is available on the Uniform page under the Parents heading.

 

Phones and Electrical Devices:  Children are not permitted to have phones or electrical devices such as iPods etc in school other than in exceptional circumstances. Please contact the Headteacher to request permission. Any phones etc should be handed in to the School Office at the beginning of the day and collected at the end of the school day when permission has been granted. Can all volunteer helpers please ensure that they do not use their mobile phones whilst they are in school. If you have any questions regarding this please contact Mrs Peal (updated 7th December 2012).

 

PTA (Parent Teacher Association) Committee:  This hard-working group of volunteers organise a number of fund-raising events throughout the year and provide support to the school in many other ways. Representatives will be present at our Open Evening to encourage your involvement and membership and to poll your views as to future events. They can be contacted via the School Office, via a letter in their post box in the main reception area or by email. PTA page of website - click here.

 

Reading Scheme:  Reading books in our reading scheme are graded and the class teacher will tell your child from which level they should select a book. They are expected to read at home with an adult three times a week and this should be recorded in the reading record along with comments about their progress with the book. They have the responsibility of changing their reading book when it is finished and may do so at break times or before or after school. Parent helpers regularly come into school to read with the children. Replacement reading records are available from the School Office for 50p.

 

Reports:  You will receive a report on your child’s progress at parent consultation evenings in the Autumn and Spring terms and a written report in the Summer term. A practice Verbal Reasoning Test is carried out each year in the late Spring or early Summer term for children in Years 3, 4 and 5 and the standardised score (ie, result adjusted depending on your child’s age) is communicated to parents.

 

School Council:  Early in the Autumn term each class votes on a boy and a girl to represent them on the School Council. The School Council meets once every half-term with the Deputy Head and provides a direct means for pupils to express their views about the school and to suggest improvements.

 

School Financial Support/ School Trust:  The school manages its budget carefully and we rely on fund-raising from the PTA to supply many additional extras such as lunchtime play equipment. We also ask parents to consider making a regular contribution to school funds of up to £100 per academic year. The School Trust, into which this money is paid, enables us to budget for long term costs such as additional teaching staff not funded by County, helping provide both specialist teaching and smaller groups. Members of the Governing Body will be explaining this to the new Year 3 parents in September and will also be available at the Open Evening in July. More information about the Trust can also be obtained from the School Business Manager.

 

Sickness (Vomiting) or Diarrhoea:  It is school policy that a child should remain away from school for 48 hours from the last episode of any vomiting or diarrhoea.

 

Snow Closures:  In the case of severe weather we shall be using the class snow trees to advise of school closures etc. Should the school be closed/ closing, information will be included in the update banner on the school website - www.csgvillageschool.org. The Buckinghamshire County Council school status website will also be updated. For further information see the Snow Procedures page under the Parents header.

 

Sporting Events and Matches:  If your child is selected to represent the school in a sporting fixture then you will receive a letter, from the teacher responsible for that team. This will be to seek consent to take part in the event, to give details of the venue, to list any sports kit required and to give transport/lift information and permission. Please complete and return this form to the School Office or to the teacher as soon as possible. We rely on parent help with lifts to make these events feasible. If your child is not available to play please inform the school office or the teacher responsible for that fixture so that a replacement can be selected.

 

Stationary Shop:  The School Office runs a stationery shop which is open for children to buy items both before school and during the morning break. Uniform items and stationery items are available - our current price list is available on the Uniform page under the Parents heading.

 

Timetable:  The weekly timetable is structured with daily Numeracy and Literacy lessons plus on certain days Topic lessons, PE (Physical Education), ICT (Information & Communication Technology) and French. We try to teach as many foundation subjects as we can through topics. Literacy is largely linked to our topics and we link Numeracy and Science where we can. This helps the children to see where their learning in different subjects fits together. Where subjects do not fit into a topic they are taught discretely. A topic may have a Rich Learning Outcome that may involve parents. Examples include cafés, dances, puppet shows and fashion shows. Pupils are issued with a timetable for their class at the beginning of the year. Some lessons are not taught by the class teacher but by other teachers who have specialist knowledge of the subject, due to setting arrangements or internal cover for teachers’ Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) time.

 

Uniform:  Uniform lists are given below. School jumpers, ties and PE kit can be purchased at any time from the School Office and all other items should be readily available from retailers selling standard school clothing. Coats should be practical, warm and at the very least shower-proof.

 

Uniform Boys: V-neck jumper (Green with school logo)#; White shirt (long or short sleeve); School tie (Green and gold)#; Grey trousers or shorts; Plain white, grey or black socks; Black school shoes.

 

Uniform Girls: V-neck jumper (Green with school logo)#; White shirt (long or short sleeve); School tie (Green and gold)#; Grey pinafore dress, skirt, trousers or shorts; Plain white, grey, black or green socks or tights; Black school shoes; Summer term: any dress of simple design in green/white stripes or check; Boots only to be worn in poor weather conditions (not as fashion accessories).

 

Weekly Updates / Reminders Email:  The School Office sends out a weekly email each Friday to remind parents of events for the following week. Please ensure that the office has a current email address for any parent who wishes to receive these emails.

 

Wet Break Time:  If the weather is wet then children will remain in classrooms or school halls under supervision during break-times.

 

Please contact the School Office if there are any additional topics that you would like to have included in this listing.

 

Last updated: 5th May 2016.


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