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Juniors Weekly email (sent Friday 14th Sep)

Dear All
 
We have had parent information meetings for parents in Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 this week. Copies of the presentations and the termly topic packs are on the class pages of the school website - Year 3  - Year 4  -  Year 5.
 
These packs will give you timetables but as a quick reminder of PE days: Monday is Year 3; Tuesday is Year 6; Wednesday is Year 5; Thursday is Year 4
 
Class Parent Communications and Classlist: Regular communication between parents is important in helping us build a supportive and welcoming school community.  Recent data protection changes mean parents now rely on a variety of informal channels to contact each other, ranging from ad-hoc email lists to social media groups on Facebook and WhatsApp. These can work well but raise important concerns over inclusiveness, security and safeguarding - particularly when used to distribute personal data, and exchange information.

The school, working closely with a number of volunteers over the summer, has looked carefully at what might serve parent needs best in this area.  This year we are introducing a new “built for purpose” app called Classlist. This enables parents to find and contact each other securely, whilst giving each parent complete control over what data is shared. Classlist, which is UK based, holds appropriate security and GDPR certifications and recently won top prize at BETT, the world’s largest education technology event.

Our parent community is of course much more than an online address book. Using Classlist you can set up events; form special interest groups; discuss arrangements for parties or liftshares and volunteer. 

It takes a couple of minutes to get started - first download the Classlist app on iOS or Android; select Chalfont St Giles Village School and choose what data to share with your fellow parents.

We are launching the Classlist app today. You should recieve an email from the school this evening to invite you join. I would encourage you to sign up as soon as possible as this will be the replacement tool for your Class Parent communication. 

 

All parents will receive and email inviting them to join later today. I would encourage you to sign up as soon as possible as this will be the replacement communication tool for your Class Parent communication. 

This will replace ALL other methods of Class Parent communication including email and WhatsApp groups.

 

Smart watches - a polite reminder that smart watches come under the category or mobile devices and should not be worn in school.  

Social media policy - please take a moment to read our social media policy on the website here.
 
Earrings and long hair - Please be reminded that children are not permitted to wear earrings of any kind in school. If your child has their ears pierced recently please ensure that the earrings are taped over prior to coming in to school otherwise they should be removed before coming in to school.
 
Library  - our school library will be opening again shortly. If any parents would like to help us by running the library at lunchtimes please contact the School Office. The library is open from 12:20 to 13:10 on days that we have library volunteers. Full training will be given if you have not helped before and you will need to have a DBS check.
 
Music lessons - Details of piano and other music lessons are on the school website here and I understand that it is still possible to sign up for these lessons. 
 
Clubs - details of all clubs are on the website here
Year 3 - Egyptian day is on Monday 24th September and the children can come to school dressed as an Egyptian. Please note that they will also be outside for normal break times so may need a coat/jumper depending on the weather. Please ensure that costumes are comfortable to wear all day and ensure that they have sensible footwear for a day at school. Thank you to the parents that have made a voluntary contribution for this workshop. We are still quite a bit short on payments for this activity and will review, early next week, if we have funds to cover the costs of the day. 
 
Year 6 -  Please see attached leaflet from the Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust re services that they provide for Year 6 children in school. This includes information about their weight and height measurement programme in school. The School Nurse team will visit Year 6 on 22nd November.
 
Next week
Monday 17th September
  •  Gymnastics Parkour Ninja Club Club with Burnham Gymnastics in the Main Hall - club finishes at 16:30
Tuesday 18th September
  • Breakfast Club in the ATA Room with Mrs Rock and Mr Shankland - 08:00 to 08:45 (Invited pupils only)
  • Maths Club in the IT Suite with Mrs Crosbie - 08:15 to 08:45 (Invited pupils only)
  • Violin lessons with Mrs Priestley in the IT Meeting Room - 09:30 to 10:40 approx 
  • Drama Club with Mrs Golding in Main Hall - Years 5 and  6 session 12:20 to 12:50 and Years 3 and 4 session 12:50 to 13:20 (Year 3 and 4 drama club members please go for first lunch)
  • PFO Football Club with PFO in the Main Hall - club finishes at 16:45
Wednesday 19th September 
  • Breakfast Club in the ATA Room with Mrs Rock and Mr Shankland - 08:00 to 08:45 (Invited pupils only)
  • Maths Club in the IT Suite with Mrs Crosbie - 08:15 to 08:45 (Invited pupils only)
  • Cheerleading Club in Dining Hall with Lizzie Rawlinson - times vary depending on age - 15:45 to 16:45 or 15:00 to 18:00
Thursday 20th September 
  • Spanish Club with El Club Espanol in Art Room - 12:50 to 13:20 (children in this club to go for first sitting of lunch)
  • Pilates Club with Mrs Stephenson in the Main Hall - club finishes at 16:30 
  • Cookery club - after school club in the Dining Hall run by Smart Raspberry - club finishes at 16:30
  • Homework Club in the IT Suite - Teacher Led (for Invited pupils only) - club finishes at 16:30 (last week for homework club this week)
  • Year 6 - Parent information meeting for all Year 6 parents - starting at 18:00 
Friday 21st September 
  • Breakfast Club in the ATA Room with Mrs Rock and Mr Shankland - 08:00 to 08:45
  • Uniform Sale - We are aware of  the problems with our uniform supplier and are working to rectify the situation. In the meantime, we do have limited quantities of school uniform available and these will be available to buy today from 8.45am to 9.15am and from 3.15pm to 3.45pm in the dining hall. Ties, 2nd hand uniform and filled pencil cases will also be available.
  • Lost Property Rummage - if you are missing any items from last term, please check the pile of  lost property which will also be in the Dining Hall on Friday morning. Any lost property which is named should have already been returned. Any unclaimed items will be donated to the local charity shop. 
Future Dates:
 
Monday 24th September - Year 3 Egyptian Day
 
Friday 28th September - MacMillan Coffee Morning 08:45 to 09:30
 
Friday 28th September - All volunteer helpers are invited to attend for annual Child Protection training plus safeguarding and behaviour overview - starts at 09:40 after the coffee morning and will last for about one hour.
 
Tue 2nd October - Year 6 Greek Workshop
 
Thursday 8th November - Year 3, Year 4 & Year 5 - Flu vaccinations provided by School Nurse team
 
Dads Workshops - Being a parent can be both rewarding and challenging. You may be interested in a series of workshops specifically designed for Dads running in Gerrards Cross. DADS - Five workshops focusing on the importance of dads and helping you to build an even better relationship with your children up to 16 years.Starting on Thursday, 20 September - 7:45pm - 9:45pm. Visit  www.saintjames.org.uk/dads for more details. . 'lots of useful tools and techniques that I can apply - great to share experiences with other local dads' The Workshops are developed by Care for the Family and are delivered by fully trained volunteers.  Please view the attachments for details or look at the web links above.
 
Have a lovely weekend.

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