19 April 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope your families had lovely holidays.  The children have settled quickly into school and have enjoyed starting their new topic work as well as recapping on safety reminders. The children are already really enjoying their topics which is wonderful because it will support their learning and focus throughout the term. Lots of children in our Explorers Hub went on a trip to Field Place and behaved very well. One child followed their social story to help them manage the trip and did so brilliantly. Our Engineers enjoyed a superhero day and had a great time completing some superhero challenges. In developing communication skills, one child has been using their PECS to make requests and another is beginning to say the children’s names when talking to them. One child has been doing very well with their transitions and another has started to eat in the dining hall, or in their words, ‘the restaurant’!

Parent Focus Group

The mission of the group is to act as a focused sounding board for future ideas, broadly discuss issues that need resolution or give cause for concern and give constructive feedback.  The group aims to meet termly with at least one member from the Senior Leadership Team to discuss and provide ideas and work towards finding solutions that promote the excellent work, communication and reputation of our school within our families and the wider local community; we never underestimate the power of ‘parent voice’ which can be stronger than ours in certain situations.  The group is not a forum for individual complaints and issues; these must be addressed through your child’s class teacher in the first instance and then through the usual channels of escalation and ultimately our complaints procedure if needed.

At the start of the academic year, we invite parents to express their interest in being part of the group and we will then invite parents who represent children from all age groups and hubs. If there is something you would like discussed at a Parent Focus Group, please speak to one of our current parent focus group representatives:

  • Julie Cowley (children years 4 & 6, engineers hub)
  • John Haig (child year 1, investigators hub)
  • Barbara Jack (child year 6, explorers hub)
  • Laura Ridge (children year 4, explorers and investigators hub)
  • Briony Tappin (child year R, explorers hub)

If you would like one of the representatives to contact you, and you are not able to speak to them in person, please email Kaarina and she will pass your details over (kdougherty@palatineschool.org)

Please see the attached online safety newsletter for April which includes resources that are available to help parents and carers address any concerns you may have or guidance you require around children’s online activity and presence.  There is also information and warnings about Poppy Playtime and Online Challenges.

Activ8 are running after-school club on Mondays at Palatine.  The activity sessions enable children to choose their own activity such as arts and crafts, obstacle courses, reading, small world, sensory, music and movement as well as exploring hoops, soft balls and bean bags. Sessions are from 3-4pm with the option of an extended session until 4.15pm. To make a booking, you will need to register yourself and then your child/ren onto the Activ8 website. Under the Sports & Activity tab you will find the booking for Palatine. https://activ8forkids.ipalbookings.com

Attendance Focus

Best attendance for week commencing 25 March:

Explorers Hub – Polar bear class, zebra class, leopard class, hippo class & peacock class all with 100%

Investigators Hub – Crocodile class – 100%

Engineers Hub – Sloth class

Please remember to inform the school of your child’s absence on that day, as early as possible, by telephoning and leaving a message.  If parents/carers do not ring in, the absence will be unauthorised until the reason/whereabouts is established.  Extended absence after the first day requires parents/carers to contact school each day to detail the reason for continued absence.

You must get permission in advance to take your child out of school.  The Government has directed that Headteachers may only grant leave for holiday in term time where there are exceptional circumstances.  Where permission is not sought and/or permission is not granted, the absence will be marked as unauthorised.

Emergency Contact Details

It is both essential and a legal requirement that contact details for our children and family members are kept up to date.  Please remember to let us know if you change your mobile or move house as well as if any of your child’s other emergency contacts change their mobile.

The sign of the week is hospital.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Very best wishes,

Catriona

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