17th May 2024

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you to all of you who have worked with us this week, At Palatine, we pride ourselves in being a community and a team. Your support is really appreciated.

The children have done really well in school this week. In the area of communication skills, one child has been displaying really good listening skills all week. Another has been using a language board to choose their food. In social and emotional development, one child has been coping really well when things they enjoy come to an end. Another has been telling jokes whilst another is having really positive interactions with their peers. One child has let staff brush their hair and another has been engaging in sensory circuits.  Across our topic-based curriculum, one class really enjoyed a bicarb and vinegar explosion during a ‘What’s in the Box?’ session. One child is showing recognition of our topic song ‘The Magic Train Ride’. Another wrote of list of animals with superb letter formation. During play, one child rode confidently on the bikes and joined in play with others. One class transitioned out of the pool from ‘dancing swimming’ this week. Three pupils have developed their independence skills further and can now walk from their bus to the classroom by themselves.

Sun reminders – please remember to send sun cream in with your child now that summer looks like it is here. Please apply sun cream to your child before they come to school and then staff can ensure sun cream is reapplied during the day. Please also send a sun hat/cap in with your child each day as well.

Absence from school for a holiday is discretionary. If you are requesting absence for your child during term time, a Request for Absence form must be submitted as far in advance as possible of the absence (but at least 5 days). In making a decision about the request, children’s past and present attendance will be considered. Absences are unauthorised if a Request for Absence form has not been submitted in advance.

Best attendance for week commencing 6 May:

Explorers Hub – Leopards, Peacocks and Polar Bears all with 100%

Investigators Hub – Pandas and Stingrays both with 100%

Engineers Hub – Sloths with 100%

Safeguarding Spotlight 

Each month, we post a newsletter with the most up-to-date information to keep your children safe online. The online and digital world is an intrinsic part of everyday life and an excellent tool for us all if used correctly. Whilst embracing the many benefits brought by the internet, we need to make sure that our children can use it safely so please take a few minutes to read the information in the May Online Safety Newsletter which has been sent out to all parents.

Activ8 Holiday Club

Activ8 are running a holiday club in the May half-term for children aged 5-12 with SEND. Sessions are £5 and will be at Durrington High School from Tues 28 May to Friday 31 May from 8.30am-12.30pm.

This week’s sign of the week is chair!

We look forward to seeing those of you who are not having an annual review at Parents evening this week.

Half term: 27th May – 31st May. Term starts Monday 3rd June

Have a lovely weekend,

Very best wishes



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