Swallow House Lane, Hayfield, High Peak SK22 2HB
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Newsletter
Newsletter
NEWSLETTER—ISSUE 12 – 12th JANUARY
2018
Good AŌernoon, Everyone
Well they say all good things come to an end
and, finally, aŌer 30 years of working in
different roles at Hayfield Primary School,
Mrs Proctor leaves us to enjoy the next
phase of her life - reƟrement and happy Ɵmes ahead with grandchildren and family.
Mrs Proctor has been here at Hayfield for longer than any of us. Trying to get the younger children to get that
sense of Ɵme was a challenge today but suffice to say, she was here when many of their parents were pupils at
this school! She has worked as a parent volunteer, a midday supervisor, a special needs teaching assistant and
a secretary. She has a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills about our school and will, I’m sure, look back
on her Ɵme here fondly and will have many a story to tell. It will take some Ɵme to get used to not seeing her
smiling face in the office; we shall all miss her very much.
Governors and the PTA visited at lunchƟme to thank June for her Ɵme at Hayfield and to wish her well in her
reƟrement, and we will all say our farewells this evening at our special staff evening out.
I would like to thank June, through this newsleƩer, for all her years’ service, her hard work and commitment,
the help and support she has given me over the last eight years, and for being the friendly face that greets us in
the morning. We wish you a wonderful reƟrement, June, and know that you will
enjoy every minute of the Ɵme you will now be able to dedicate to your family and
grandchildren. Please bring the new baby to see us as soon as it’s born!
On another note, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all! The children all had a lovely break
over Christmas and have returned happy and ready to work. Unfortunately, not all
the staff have returned so bright-eyed and bushy-tailed - and than includes me!
Lots of illness about, but we’re all geƫng beƩer now and look forward to a happy,
healthy and successful 2018.
www.hayfieldprimaryschool.org.uk
Parents’ Evenings
Tuesday 13th February and Thursday 15th February 2018
Please note that, due to staff sickness, parents evenings are scheduled a liƩle later than usual. Please make
a note of the dates. We hope to see every child’s parents to share progress and areas for improvement in
your child’s work and learning. Reply leƩers have gone out this evening. Thank you.
NSPCC Number Day: Friday 2nd February 2018
As we are working hard on raising standards in maths this year,
and
the NSPCC is an excellent
charity to support, we are going to take part in the NSPCC Number Day and ask the children
to bring in £1 for the charity. But because it is the PTA Chocolate Bingo evening the
following Friday, we would like the 2nd February to also be a non-uniform day where the
children bring in some chocolate for the Bingo Night in exchange for not wearing uniform. So
we’re asking for both chocolate
and
£1 on the 2nd Feb - sorry! But in exchange, the children
will:
wear their own choice of clothes (but no football clothing, please);
have great fun doing number work related to chocolate;
know that they are doing a good thing for a wonderful charity; and
be supporting the PTA and enabling a fun night to be had by their parents!
Everyone’s a winner!
Many thanks.
Never Such Innocence
As part of the British Legion Thank You movement for the centenary
commemorations, they and Never Such Innocence are holding a
nationwide competition for schools and young people. Never Such
Innocence are organising a nationwide competition inviting school and
young people to share a message of Remembrance and hope.
They are encouraging young people to pay tribute to the generation of the First World War
by saying Thank You through a creative expression of appreciation and gratitude. The
competition invites child and young people to submit poetry, art and songs inspired by the
events of 1914-1918. Entries inspired by the theme of Thank You could feature at
legion events such as the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in 2018. The
competition is free to enter and the deadline for entries is 16 March 2018. Visit the Never
Such innocence website for further information & entry forms.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS
Did you know, meals for infants are free regardless of personal circumstances?
Free meals for junior aged pupils are subject to meeting eligibility criteria.
It is important to register all pupils regardless of whether they intend to have a meal, it
could mean additional funding for school.
Easy and confidential ways to register/apply:
Telephone: 01629 536400/535743
Email: checking@derbyshire.gov.uk
Website: www.derbyshire.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals
Your Say 2017 – survey results
The PTA would like to thank everyone who responded to the annual PTA survey. We want to involve
as many parents as possible in our annual funding decisions and were reassured that 88% of
people felt we had the balance right, with only 5 people feeling we could spend more on
resources versus activities. Sports and recreation equipment and investment in maths, science,
music and arts were shared as ideas for future funding which we will discuss with school staff as
we go forward.
Most importantly, we asked your opinion on what we should fund this year. The top priorities were
resources for nature based learning, further funding for iPads, and increased use of drama in
school. Each will received funding of approximately £600. The remaining ideas were considered
not as high priorities this year. Feedback suggested that any additional funding for transport
should be for those who might otherwise be unable to participate in trips, as part of our fair
access funding, rather than further funding for the minibus.
This year’s survey responses were all positive, with many people giving high praise for what the
PTA does. Comments and suggestions have resulted in an action plan (available on the school
website). If you would like to read the full survey results, please contact us and we will send you
this.
One area feedback said we should fund more is outside musical instruments. The PTA has funded
outside external musical instruments which we began to install before the summer. Sadly, children
didn’t not treat them with the respect they needed and several were damaged, so we are
currently considering the best way to make these available.
We received feedback on individual PTA initiatives, including the Christmas Card Project, which
91% of people agreed we should continue. We asked where and when the Summer Smasher should
be held, and 56% of people voted for the Cricket Club at the weekend, so we have a agreed a date
(15
th
July) with the Cricket Club, but will review this decision on a yearly basis.
The survey confirmed that the variety of methods we keep parents informed means parents have
different ways to access the information they want. The least used source of information was the
PTA’s pages on the school website. The pages (http://www.hayfieldprimaryschool.org.uk/?q=pta)
which should answer most questions parents have about the PTA and how it works, and is where
booking forms are located for different events. You can also follow us on Facebook and read
updates in the school and PTA newsletters.
We introduced some new activities last year, including Chocolate Bingo night. 38% of said it was
great, and whilst 53% of people missed out last year, they can join in this year – Chocolate Bingo
is on Friday 9
th
February!
96% of people thought movie nights were great and should be continued, and 47% of people felt
the School Lottery was a positive addition to fundraising activity. If you were amongst those who
didn’t know anything about it, find out more on the PTA website pages. A number of parents said
they were interested in organising a school disco, and we will be discussing this with them shortly.
If you would like to join the disco divas, please let us know.
Our main way of raising funds is via events, and we hold several a year; in the week and at
weekends, with activities for both adults and children. We aim to have some events that are the
same each year, but we’d love to try new things, so please share any ideas for activities for the
PTA to try.
Chocolate Bingo is Back!
With indulgent delight we are pleased to say that Kate ' clickety-click' Keeling has agreed to
return as bingo caller extraordinaire again on 9th February, for the return of the Chocolate
Bingo night!
Our family bingo night was brilliant fun last year, with lots of winners enjoying their spoils for
weeks afterwards.
There is no need to book, and costing £2 per person for five fabulous bingo games, it is a great
value, and suitable for all ages.
There will be a non-uniform day in exchange for chocolates; to gather what we need for the
tasty prizes, so don't feel you have to eat all those goodies left from Christmas, they can be
brought into school on 2nd February instead!
Christmas Clear Outs
The Christmas jumper sale at the Christmas Cracker was very popular, and helped us raise
extra funds to spend in school.
Are you having a post-Christmas clear out? If you find any children's Christmas clothing
that you don't need and we could re-home for you next year, bring it into school now and we
will store it until we're ready to re-home it in December.
Items can be left with the school office staff any time in January.
Diary Dates
Tues 16th Jan 2018 HPKC MeeƟng
Thurs 1st Feb 2018 Y3 Eccleshall Woods (Stone Age) Trip
Fri 2nd Feb 2018 Number Day 2018—NSPCC
2.30pm Y3 Class Assembly—South Africa
Non-uniform Day in lieu of Chocolate Bingo
Tues 6th Feb 2018 Safer Internet Day 2018
Fri 9th Feb 2018 MulƟ-Cultural Dance Workshop—KS1
PTA Chocolate Bingo
Mon 12th Feb 2018 MulƟ-Faith Week
Tues 13th Feb 2018 Parents’ Evening 4.00-7.00pm
Thurs 15th Feb 2018 Parents’ Evening 5.00-8.00pm
Fri 16th Feb 2018 Last Day of Term
MulƟ-Cultural Dance Workshop—KS2
Mon 26th Feb 2018 Back to school
Thurs 1st Mar 2018 World Book Day
Tues 6th Mar 2018 HPKC MeeƟng
Mon 12th Mar 2018 9.30am-12.00pm Y2 out at a farm
Tues 13th Mar 2018 Y5 Bikeability
Weds 14th Mar 2018 Y5 Bikeability
Thurs 15th Mar 2018 Y5 Bikeability
Fri 16th Mar 2018 Y5 Bikeability
Weds 21st Mar 2018 Y5 to New Mills School; Y7’s back to Hayfield
5.00pm Mr Hall’s Drama Group ProducƟon
Fri 23rd Mar 2018 2.30pm Y5 Class Assembly
Last Day of Term