Back to School!

 

 2014 looks like being another exciting year in the life of our school.

School Development Priorities

Our work in school on a New Curriculum, Mathematics, Making Teaching Outstanding, ensuring good progress for all children and communication with home continues to be a priority and we look forward to sharing further exciting developments over the coming months.

Major Creative Projects

Sinfonia Viva

We are very excited about our upcoming project with the orchestra Sinfonia Viva this term. Our Year 6 pupils will be making the most of the opportunity to write and perform alongside musicians and composers of national and international repute.

This will culminate in a superb concert at Lincoln Drill Hall on  Tuesday 18th March 2014.

http://www.vivaorch.co.uk/taking-part/projects/dark-clouds-lincoln/

Bishop’s Palace Site

We have two projects planned to mark phase one of the development of the Bishop’s Palace site in Nettleham. Our children will be working with film-makers Electric Egg to produce a ‘Children’s guide’ to the site and also our Archaeology Club, supported by Bishop Grosseteste University, will be undertaking ‘test digs’ on the non-scheduled monument area – The Bishop’s Meadow.

Sports success on the horizon (again!)

We have a very busy term ahead with sport including:

  • Our team competing in the County Indoor Athletics finals in Grantham on 14th March 2014.
  • Our football team beginning their defence of the League Title.
  • Our Cross Country teams beginning their defence of individual and team titles in the league of more than twenty schools.
  • The beginning of new before school sports clubs and continuation of a wide range of extra-curricular activities to promote physical well-being.
  • Exciting plans to support Sports Relief.

We will keep you fully up to date with the results as they come in.

Armed Forces Families

Every year we submit our pupil numbers to the government in January for the annual pupil census. We are required to submit the number of children who have parents who are serving members of the armed forces. If you could contact our school office with this information by 14th January 2014, we would appreciate it.

Update your details / reporting absences

Could you please ensure that our office has your latest contact details? It is fantastic to have the technology to contact parents immediately now in the case of school closure or to discuss the children’s education and well being. However this does depend on us having your latest address, phone and email details.

Absence If your child is absent from school, could you please report this to school by 9:30am?

Snow and School and Closure and Clothing and Hot School Meals

In the event of severe weather conditions which you suspect could result in the closure of the school, please tune in to BBC Radio Lincolnshire between 5:30am and 11:00pm Monday to Friday on 94.9FM, 104.7FM and 1368AM or to LincsFM 102.2.  Obviously staff will make every effort to arrive at school in poor weather conditions but in the event of the school being under staffed or there being a heating failure, we would have to close the school and this will be announced on BBC Radio Lincolnshire and Lincs. FM.  We will also place a notice to this effect on our website and contact families using the ‘txtround’ email and text message service.

We are fortunate to have a number of staff and pupils who live near enough to school to make their way in, but we would not expect anyone to take a risk in terms of safety. Ultimately the decision whether you can transport the children to school, if it is open, remains with yourselves. Lincolnshire County Council’s Highways Department have said in the past: "… if the bad weather does come, we need the public to decide whether they really should travel. The fewer vehicles we have on the road the easier it is for us to deal with the consequences of the weather."

Should the school be open and your children are unable to attend, we ask that you contact us and inform us of this. At the same time, if the children do come to school and there is snow on the playground, we can only let them out in it at break if they are correctly dressed with warm clothes and boots/ strong shoes for outside with another pair of shoes/ trainers to wear in school. Please ensure all footwear is named; a carrier bag for wet footwear is also very helpful.

We have been informed by William Farr School that if they are closed because of snow that their kitchens will not be providing hot school meals. Such a closure will be notified by 7.30am on local radio and the William Farr Website. Should this be the case all children will need to bring packed lunches in on that day if our school remains open.