Fern Hill Primary School Newsletter
Newsletter 3 - Spring Term - 26th January 2024
Saturday 27th January
Community Litter Pick at 10:00 am outside school - all welcome!
Monday 29th January
Parent Council meeting at 9:00 am
Tuesday 30th January
Parent Volunteer Introduction & Training session at 9:00 am
Wednesday 31st January
Nursery local walk
Thursday 1st February
Year 5 Lime class parent assembly at 9:00 am
PSA Meeting at school at 7:30 pm
Friday 2nd February
NSPCC Number Day - 'Dress for Digits' mufti day
Monday 5th - Friday 9th February - Wellness & Wellbeing Week
Wednesday 7th February
Internet Safety Workshop for parents and carers at 9:00 am
Year 6 Junior Citizenship visit
Thursday 8th February
Year 4 Yew class parent assembly at 9:00 am
Year 3 Egyptians workshop in school
Friday 9th February
HOME LEARNING SHOWCASE for Years 1 - 6
Year 1 Toys workshop in school
PSA Nursery cake sale
Monday 12th February - Friday 16th February
Monday 19th February
CHILDREN RETURN TO SCHOOL
Thursday 22nd February
Year 3 Rowan class parent assembly at 9:00 am
Friday 23rd February
PSA Year 6 cake sale & second-hand uniform sale
Key dates for this school year are published here. Some of these dates are provisional, and all dates are subject to change — please refer to this newsletter and communications via ParentPay for the latest information.
Click here for term dates including INSET days. Term dates for the 2024/2025 school year are now published.
This half-term's Home Learning Grids for children in Years 1 to 6 are published on the Google Classroom. All work should be completed in time for the children's Home Learning Showcase on Friday 9th February.
Year group weekly news
Online Safety Workshop
On Wednesday 7th February, we will be running an e-safety workshop for parents and carers with children in Years 1 - 6. The workshop will run from 9:00 to 10:00 am and will begin with a briefing in the Large Hall, delivered by our IT services provider, Eduthing. Parents will then be invited to join their children in the classroom to complete a follow-up task together. Further information and a link to register your attendance will be sent out on Monday.
Spark! School Book Awards
The shortlists for the Spark! School Book Awards have been announced and our very own Phoebe and Karv from Bracken Class did a fantastic job helping with the picture book announcement videos!
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We will be joining 180 schools around the country, reading and discussing these books in preparation to vote for our favourites in June. There will be lots of ways to get involved over the next few months - watch out for more information.
Eco Schools Committee Update
It's not too late to sign up for our Eco-Schools community litter pick tomorrow. Just come along to school at 10:00 am to meet the group, led by Miss Evans and our Eco Schools Committee - all are welcome!
The Eco Schools Committee will be giving us regular updates on their projects though this newsletter. This week, they have been working on writing letters to local businesses to ask for donations of bird feeders, bird food and bird houses. They are hoping to entice lots of birds into our playground!
Rayva’s eco tip of the week: Instead of buying PVA glue, make your own! All you need is cornstarch and water. Let us know if you give it a go!
NSPCC Number Day
Next Friday 2nd February, we will be showing our support for the NSPCC and celebrating Number Day with a fun day of maths activities. Children and staff are invited to Dress up for Digits on the day by wearing an item of clothing with a number on it - football shirts are welcome! We would love to raise funds to support the amazing work of the NSPCC and the vital services they provide, such as Childline. If you would like to donate, please do so directly to the charity here.
Chinese Dragon Dance Workshops
The children had a fabulous time at their Chinese Dragon Dance Workshops - log in to your child's Google Classroom to see all the photos and videos!
Volunteering in School
For those of you interested in offering your time on a regular basis to help in school, and who missed the introduction and training sessions in October, we will be holding another one in school on Tuesday 30th January at 9:00 am.
This is for parents and carers who would like to volunteer in school, to help in the classroom or read with the children. All parent volunteers must attend an in-person introduction and training session, complete safeguarding training online, and undertake an enhanced DBS check before starting.
Please refer to this letter from Mrs Davies, which was sent out in September, for more information. If you would like to attend the training session, please complete this registration form.
The overall winner this week is RICHMOND
PSA News & Events
PSA Meeting - Thursday 1st February
Our next meeting will be held virtually and in person. Details to join the meeting online will be circulated next week. We look forward to seeing you there!
Cinema Night - thank you!
Huge thanks to Caroline and Kate for organising our PSA Cinema Night for Year 5 and 6 this evening, and to all parents who have volunteered to help and bought tickets for their children to attend. We are sure it will be a really fun evening!