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12th October 2018

 

Prayer –

Lord Let the details in life take my attention today A warm mug of tea

The gentle grass under my feet And the chance just to gather and eat

O Lord Let the everyday pleasures ring out melodies in my heart

The smile of a friend A warm comfy bed The sunlight on the trees and walks in the park

O Lord Let the more ordinary reveal its amazing delight Clouds drifting by Birds sweeping high

The sunset that transforms day into night

Lord May these things inspire me to praise And bring a clear moment of sight Now I see how amazing the world truly is And soak in Your goodness and light

 

  

Have you booked in for parents evening? This coming Monday 15th  and Tuesday 16th October

 

https://sholdenprimary.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/Auth/Parent

 

FOSS AGM – TUESDAY 16TH OCTOBER

Friends of Sholden School – AGM and request for new committee members to come forward.  We need a Chairperson!

The AGM will be held on Tuesday 16th October in the school hall at 6.30.

We are aware that some parents will want a vote, therefore we are providing ballot boxes on Monday and Tuesday during parents evening. There will be a box in each class. 

Those parents who have put themselves forward so far are:

  • Miss Scott – Chair
  • Mrs Harrison – Vice Chair
  • Miss Adshead - Secretary
  • Treasurer –

Those parents who have put themselves forward as Elected parent members, ( who are entitled to a vote) are:

  • Mrs Rashid
  • Mrs Webster
  • Mrs Thomas
  • Mrs Leech
  • Mrs Toogood

 

If you would like to be considered for any of the above positions please pop into the office or email: office@sholdenprimary.org.uk before Monday at 3pm.

 

Dear parents/carers,

I’d like to introduce myself as the newly elected Chair of Governors here at Sholden School. I take over from Robert Coe who has been pivotal in re-organising and developing the Governing Body over the last couple of years. I would like to sincerely thank Robert for his work and commitment which has been to the benefit of the whole school community.

I have been a Governor at Sholden for 4 years, the last 2 as joint vice-chair of governors. As Chair I aim to continue with the work Robert has started with the Governing Body which is committed to enhance and support continuing raising of educational standards and outcomes for children.

All my 3 children came to Sholden School (seems a long time ago now!) so I know the school well and realize its uniqueness, something I know all staff and parents relish.

I am part of the steering group looking at academisation, which you will be aware of. With the Governing Body’s support we will be working to achieve a successful conclusion to the process.

Outside of school I’m currently in full-time employment with BT where I’ve been for 38 years. I’m also Chairman of Sholden Parish Council.

If you have any governance enquires please contact me via the school office.

Kind regards, Phil Marsh.

 

Report from the Full Governing Body Meeting Wednesday 10th October 2018

The school’s Full Governing Body (FGB) met for the first time this academic year on Wednesday 10-Oct at 5pm. The FGB welcomed Stuart Gemmell and Darren Mantle to their first meeting as our new Parent Governors.

The meeting started with the appointing of the Chair of Governors, following Robert Coe stepping down after serving for two years, as well as the Vice Chair. The FGB heard nominations for Phil Marsh for Chair and Linda Dixon for Vice Chair and they were duly appointed. The FGB also looked at the governors serving on the committees to which it delegates responsibility: Resources – which manages the school budget and environment; Strategy – which deals with the long term planning of the school and Teaching and Learning – which deals with the oversight of educational matters. The committees were appointed and are now fully complemented and their respective Chairs and Vice Chairs will be decided at the next committee meetings by the committee members. In addition to the committees, the FGB also reviewed the special responsibility governors and appointments were made for Health & Safety, Monitoring, Safeguarding, School Website, Special Educational Needs and Training. There are also a number of Panels that are required to oversee the school and these were also reviewed and agreed by the governors.

One of the main pieces of discussion was a resolution regarding the proposal to join the DEALT Multi-Academy Trust. The resolution “The Governing Body of Sholden School, having considered: responses to consultation, draft articles of association, master and supplemental funding agreement, the scheme of delegation and information on the financial implications of conversion; resolve to participate in the establishment of the Deal Education Alliance for Learning Trust (DEALT) and to convert to academy status within the Trust.” Jo Hygate, interim CEO of DEALT, attended the portion of the meeting dedicated to this resolution in order to answer any questions raised by the governors. A secret ballot approved the motion. This motion was approved conditional on all 7 schools involved in the MAT each approving the resolution and this will then release Department for Education funds to progress the setting up of the trust. A final decision on joining the trust will be made by the FGB at a future date.

The rest of the meeting consisted of a report from the Head Teacher, who reported outcomes exceeding the national expectations for Writing, Reading and Maths as well as improvements in a number of areas, the receiving of minutes from the committees and discussing school policies.

With best wishes,

Robert Coe

PE Kit.

Please remember to bring your child’s PE kit into school. They require their house T-shirt, black or navy shorts, tracksuit bottoms and plimsolls or trainers. PE kits are sent home at the end of every term.

After School Sports – Please note that these need to be paid in advance for the term in order to get the discounted price of £2.75.  If you pay on an ad hoc basis then the price is £3.25 per session. Please note that clubs will not be able to run with less than 6 children in a club.

 

DAY

TIME

Monday

Basketball

3.15 – 4.15

Tuesday

Young voices KS2 only

Recorders yrs. 5&6 only

3.15 – 4.30

 

3.15 – 3.45

Wednesday

 

Thursday

Multi Sports

3.15 – 4.15

Friday

Indoor activities

 

3.15 – 4.15

 

 Perspective Tour Dates

  • WEDNESDAY 17TH OCTOBER @ 9.30AM
  • THURSDAY 1ST NOVEMBER @ 9.30AM

THESE WILL BE GROUP TOURS. OTHER DATES AND TIMES CAN BE ARRANGED.

Reminder about playground equipment & Classroom access

We know it’s tempting but children are not allowed to climb and/ or play on the adventure playground before and after school for health and safety reasons.

 

We would also remind you that parents are not permitted to access the classrooms or the ramps during the morning drop off.  There is always a member of staff on the gate in order to pass messages on your behalf.  If you would like to speak with your class teacher directly as a matter of urgency, this can be done via the school office.

Thank you in advance.

 

Secondary School Admissions 2018

Parents of pupils in Year 6 - Please note that the SCAF (Secondary Common Application Form) is now available for completion. This form can be completed online at www.kent.gov.uk/ola or by a paper SCAF which can be downloaded from www.kent.gov.uk/secondaryadmissions. Whilst the window is open now Kent Test results are not available until the 12th October so, if your child has taken the test it might be prudent to wait until the results come in before submitting your form.

The closing date for submitting the form is midnight on the eve of 31st October and any paper applications should be sent to the KCC Admissions Team by recorded delivery to arrive no later than that date. Please note that school places are not allocated on the basis of which forms are received first, so there is no rush to get your form in.

Secondary Schools will undoubtedly be holding numerous open days/evenings over the course of the next few weeks and months and we would recommend you go to as many different schools as possible, even if it is just to rule those schools out. You may be surprised at what you find! If you should wish to take your child to one of the open days this will of course be an authorised absence.

At this time of year we usually get additional information regarding these Open days, but at the time of writing this information has not arrived. In the interim we would suggest that you look on each school’s website to see when their open days/evenings are planned.

Further information can also be found at

 http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places/secondary-school-place

Useful Dates – these are always on the school calendar

  • Monday 8th October – School Immunisation team –nasal flu spray yrs. R-5
  • Tuesday 16th October – FOSS AGM @ 6.30pm – all welcome
  • Friday 12th October – Harvest Festival – St Nicholas Church
  • Monday 15th October – Informal meet the teacher parents evening
  • Tuesday 16th October – Informal meet the teacher parents evening
  • Thursday 18th October – Ducklings Collective Worship on Kindness, 2.30 @ St Nicholas Church
  • Friday 19th October last day of term one – School Closed – inset day.

Half Term Monday 22nd October – Friday 28th October

  • Monday 25th October – first day of term 2.
  • Wednesday 7th November – NHS Height & Weight for Years R and 6 only.
  • Thursday 6th December – Whole school pantomime
  • Wednesday 12th December - Whole School Meals Christmas Dinner
  • Monday 10th December – Nativity Dress Rehearsal, 13.30 @ St Leonards Church
  • Tuesday 11th December – Nativity 6.30@ St Leonards Church

 

 

  

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Useful information dates etc.