From next month, we are changing the way in which Parent & Carer Forum works, to ensure there is greater representation of views across the whole school.
The new forum will be made up of one Year Group Representative from each year group, who will meet once a month with Mr Staples, and other staff as necessary, to discuss new ideas which will make Fairlands go from strength to strength.
The meetings are very informal, very positive, and very solution focused - and there will always be cups of tea & biscuits! They will normally be held at 2pm on Fridays but we will agree dates with everybody at the first meeting on 9th June 2017.
SO……DO YOU WANT TO BE THE REPRESENTATIVE FOR YOUR YEAR GROUP?
Although it sounds very ‘grand’, there won’t be huge demands placed on you as a year group rep. We mainly want to hear what your experience is as a parent or carer in the school. Occasionally, we might ask you to take a question away to ask a few other parents what they think and let us know what was said. We tend to talk about how things are working in the school, like homework or uniform expectations, or discuss new ideas for curriculum events and activities. The representatives will change once a year.
If you are interested, all you need to do is let your child’s class teacher know and we will get in touch. We will not get into nominations or voting as that can sometimes get difficult or embarrassing! If there is more than one volunteer per year group, we will simply draw names out of a hat.
If you are not sure, but think you might be interested and want to find out more, then feel free to come and speak to your child’s class teacher, one of the deputy heads, or Mr Staples and they will be able to talk it through with you.
We know that a child’s ability to read is the key to their achievement in all curriculum areas. DfE analysis suggests that if all pupils in England read for enjoyment every day or almost every day, the boost to their academic performance would be huge! But did you know that reading also has a wider impact on mental health and wellbeing? Alongside the educational benefits, research suggests that reading helps you sleep better, improves social awareness, increases levels of creativity and can decrease levels of stress by more than two thirds!
The level of parental participation has a huge effect on a child’s literacy development, not just when they have started to read written words, but way before this too. A child’s literacy experiences before they start school have a significant effect on their educational success.
So in a nutshell: Good literacy skills support wellbeing, accelerate performance at school and throughout life. Children are most likely to acquire good literacy skills through being taught the skills of reading at school and having regular opportunities to practice at home. So please work with us to promote reading as a valuable and worthwhile activity. Please ensure that your child, no matter what age is being read to, or reading themselves, regularly at home.
In doing this we will support our children to understand the importance of reading and strengthening the culture of reading for pleasure at Fairlands!
I can now confirm that today is the last day that Fairlands Primary School will be a local authority maintained school and, from 1st April 2017, we will convert formally to academy status within our new multi-academy trust, The Claxton Trust.
This is an important day as it marks the beginning of our new journey within the trust. As we have said all along, in some senses everything is changing, but in another, everything will be staying the same. Same Fairlands logo, same uniform, same teachers and most importantly, the same children!
So, what will be different?
Well, yesterday the two leadership teams from Fairlands and Camps Hill met together to agree what our aims will be for the first year of the trust. We agreed the following:
- Inspiring and empowering through collaboration and innovation
- Building a safe, nurturing and supportive community that empowers all young people, families and staff to succeed
- Ensuring that all pupils experience high quality teaching and learning in an inclusive environment
- Embracing a reflective culture of continual improvement which grows and develops an outstanding trust community
- Working efficiently across the trust to ensure value for money and organisational resilience
We will be sharing with you soon what our ideas are for actions against each of these aims, and how they will impact on everyone in our trust, including children, familes and staff.
If you have any ideas then please feel free to email me! email@example.com
We are holding Parent Consultation Evenings for children in Reception to Year 6 on Monday 27th March from 5.30pm – 8.00pm and Tuesday 28th March from 3.30pm to 6.00pm and Nursery Children during the school day on Monday 27th and Tuesday 28th March.
Appointments can be booked using the online appointment booking system. This allows you to choose your own appointment times with teachers and, once you make an appointment, you will receive an email confirming this. You will only receive a confirmation email if we have your correct email address on our database. It is, therefore, really important to ensure you have returned your Data Collection Sheet giving your correct email details AND registered on the SchoolGateway at www.schoolgateway.com by the end of this week.
The online booking system will be open from 12.00pm on Sunday 12th March. Please visit https://fairlands.parentseveningsystem.co.uk to book your appointment(s).
This month our value is Democracy. The School Council have asked children and their parents and carers to come up with ideas of how we could celebrate joining the Claxton Trust with Camps Hill School. They collected all of the ideas and have chosen their favourite two.
The two options are:
To organise an aerial photograph of the children at each school.
- To organise pen pals across both school.
All children, across both schools, will have the opportunity to vote on their preferred choice this half term.
At the last Parent Forum, parents asked that children’s social development be a focus of the School Council for the spring term. This links well for our Value for February which is Love. As always, we welcome the views of parents/carers on how we could approach this. Please email your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to our next Parent Forum at 2.00pm on Friday, 4th February.