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Online Safety Parent Workshop

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I am writing to you to invite you to our next Online Safety Parent Workshop. Following concerns from parents and teachers, this half terms focus will be on:

  • Online Gaming & how to stay safe in this online environment

If you allow your child to play games online at home (including age restricted games like Fortnight) then please attend the workshop to find out how this can be done safely.

During this workshop, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and seek advice on topics surrounding Online Gaming.

The Online Safety Parent Workshop will take place in the Junior Hall from 3pm to 3:30pm on Tuesday 27thNovember.  

This is a fantastic opportunity to ask for advice, put your mind at ease or just enquire as to what you can do to keep your child safe online at home.

Yours sincerely,

Mr J. Tromans

Trust Leader of Computing

Prince Albert Community Trust

Online Safety Update: Issue 22

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Our latest Prince Albert Community Trust Online Safety Update newsletter is out now!

Produced on a half termly basis to keep you up-to-date with Online Safety news, new ICT initiatives and ways in which you can help to keep your family safe both online and when using emerging technology.

We hope you enjoy reading 'Issue 22: October 2018' online now.

In this issue we look at how Apple’s new Screen Time platform can benefit your family.

If you have a concern regarding your child's use of the internet at home or in school, you can speak to one of our Online Safety Leads for support and advice.

EYFS Parent Session

On 15th November from 9.30-10.30, there is going to be a parent session aimed at EYFS parents led by the school nurse service that focuses on "is my child well enough for school".

Thank you so much

Rebecca Howell

Associate Assistant Head Teacher

EYFS Birchfield

School Attendance

A very important message for all Parents/Carers

14th September 2018

Dear Parent/Carer,

Birchfield School is working in partnership with parents and the Local Authority to improve school attendance. We would like to congratulate the many parents who make sure their children attend school regularly.

Absence disrupts the education of the individual pupil and the whole class. Are you aware that children who do not attend regularly:
• do not achieve well in exams
• find it difficult to maintain friendships
• are more likely to become involved in crime
• miss out on opportunities in further education and the world of work?

How does your child compare

Attendance during one school year

equals this number of days absent

which is approximately this many weeks absent

which means this number of lessons missed

95%

9 days

2 weeks

50 lessons

90%

19 days

4 weeks

100 lessons

85%

29 days

6 weeks

150 lessons

80%

38 days

8 weeks

200 lessons

Absence can only be authorised by the Head Teacher, within the boundaries set by the Education (Pupil Registrations) (England) Regulations 2006. Head Teachers may not authorise leave during term time except where the circumstances are exceptional.

Please remember that parental illness, going shopping, visiting family, truancy, not wanting to go to school, alleged bullying (speak to school immediately to resolve the issue) are not acceptable reasons to be absent. All of these will be recorded as unauthorised absence, including if your child arrives at school after the close of registration.
Family emergencies need careful consideration. It is not always appropriate or in the best interests of the child to miss school for emergencies which are being dealt with by adult family members. Being at school with support from staff and peers can provide children with stability. The routine of school offers a safe and familiar background during times of uncertainty.

It is a parent’s legal responsibility to ensure their children receive appropriate education. Failing to send your child to school regularly without good reason is a criminal offence.

Legal action that may be taken includes:

Issuing penalty notices: Each parent receives a penalty notice for each child who has unauthorised absence. The penalty is £60 or £120 depending on how soon payment is made. So, if there are two parents and two children the total penalties could be up to £480. Failure to pay may result in prosecution.

Taking parents to court for unauthorised absence: Education Act 1996 Section 444(1) - court can fine each parent up to £1000 per child, order payment of prosecution costs and/or impose a Parenting Order.

Taking parents to court for persistent unauthorised absence: Education Act 1996 Section 444(1A) - court can fine each parent up to £2,500 per child, order payment of the prosecution costs, impose a Parenting Order and/or sentence you to a period of imprisonment of up to 3 months.

Being taken to court could result in you having a criminal record.

Frequent absence can add up to a considerable amount of lost learning and can seriously disadvantage your child in adult life.

If your child’s level of absence is of serious concern, the school will offer advice and support to improve attendance. After this, any unauthorised absence may result in the School and the Local Authority taking legal action.

Again, we would like to thank those parents who make sure their child is attending school regularly and are therefore benefiting fully from their educational opportunity.

Yours sincerely,

 

Mrs Z. Thewlis
Head of School

Used Book Sale on 12th October 2018

Dear parents/carers, 

We will be holding a used book sale in the school library on Friday 12th October from 12.15pm- 12.45pm.This will be an opportunity for you to buy some of our older library books at 50p per book(please bring correct change). 

There will be a variety of fiction and non-fiction books for sale, and the money raised will go towards new books for the library. Any leftover books will be sold at a later date. 

We look forward to seeing you there. 

Hot Packed Lunches & Important Term Dates for your Diary

Dear Parent/Carers,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

HOT PACKED LUNCHES

Please be aware that due to Health and Safety reasons, children are not permitted to have hot packed lunches.

Should you wish for your child to have a hot meal in school, please talk to the main office about changing your child to school dinners. They will see if you are eligible for free school meal or we will provide you with a dinner code and instructions on how to use the cash machines.

If you are providing your child with a cold packed lunch (sandwiches, healthy snacks and fruit)  pleaseensure that theybring it with them in the morning when arriving toschool.  

IMPORTANT TERM DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Please be advised of the following term dates for your diary for the academic year 2018/2019.

Summer Term 2018
Half Term: Monday 28 May 2018 to Friday 1 June 2018
Term Ends: Friday 20thJuly 2018

School Year 2018 to 2019

Autumn Term 2018

Monday 3rdSeptember 2018 and Tuesday 4thSeptember will be teacher training days (TBC)

Term Starts for Pupils on Wednesday 5 September 2018

Half Term: Monday 29 October 2018 to Friday 2 November 2018
Term Ends: Friday 21 December 2018

Many thanks for your continued support and co-operation.

Kind regards, 

Administration Team

PUPIL MEDICAL INFORMATION

Dear Parent / Carer,

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REQUIRED - PUPIL MEDICAL INFORMATION

 

We are currently reviewing our pupil medical information records and ask that you come along to the school office if your child has any of the following:

  1. A long-term medical condition diagnosed by a General Practitioner/Consultant
  2. Takes regular prescribed medication outside of school hours 
  3. Has been diagnosed as Asthmatic by a General Practitioner/Consultant
  4. Uses an inhaler or any other form of prescribed medication for Asthma
  5. Takes regular prescribed medication during school hours (such as lotion for a skin condition)
  6. Has an allergy
  7. Requires allergy medication to be kept in school for emergency purposes
  8. Has been prescribed with an epi-pen by their General Practitioner
  9. Is unwell and needs to take off the shelf medication for a short period of time (paracetamol for high temperature or migraine)

It is important that you come into school and speak to a member of the administration team so that we can ask you to complete the relevant paperwork.  If you are unable to come into school due to work commitments, please give us a call on 0121 464 5294 and we will arrange to have the necessary paperwork posted out to you.

Thank you for your continued support.

ADMINISTRATION TEAM

SCHOOL SAFETY – Vehicles on School Premises

Dear Parents / Carer,

SCHOOL SAFETY – Vehicles on School Premises

The driveway leading into school can be very busy and parking spaces for staff and external visitors are extremely limited.  Unfortunately, we do not have sufficient parking spaces to accommodate all of the vehicles that visit the school and there is very little space for vehicles to turn around.  With this in mind, we ask that parents do not drive intoschool but park up outside and walk in using the pedestrian entrance.  

However,we do recognise that as a result of certain medical conditions some parents may have a genuine need to access the driveway and would like to work with you on this. Therefore if you have a medical condition which is recognised as a disability under the Equality Act please contact the main office and we will be happy to support you. 

We appreciate that this is not always convenient but the safety of all pupils, parents, staff and visitors is our utmost priority.

If you are a parent that uses the Earlsbury Gardens entrance, please be aware that this path leads directly onto the driveway and caution must be taken at all times as vehicles turn around in this area and driver’s vision may be restricted.

Thank you for continued support and helping to keep our school environment safe.

Kind regards,