Dear parents, carers, staff, governors and friends,

This week in Brindishe Lee …

The school has been a hive of activity this week with classes making the best of the dry weather and taking learning beyond the classroom. I have seen science, maths and art learning all happening outside this week.

It has been lovely to see our Reception classes grow this week. All the children are in school now and today sees them begin ‘full-time’ at Brindishe Lee.  Welcome!

Before and after school clubs and music tuition 

Choir, coding club and all sports clubs start next week. Your child will have received their before- and after-school club offers now. All acceptance slips must be returned by Monday 18 September and payment made in full through Arbor, our parent portal, by cash (exact amount, please) or by cheque at the office. Thank you.

Coding club, once again, proved very popular this term with over 70 requests for only 10 places! If you requested coding but did not receive an offer letter, unfortunately you were unsuccessful. All children have been placed on the waiting list.

Before-school sports clubs begin at 08:15.  The children should arrive at that time.  Choir begins at 08:30.

PE kit

Participating in PE is a part of learning for all children at Brindishe Lee. It’s not only important for the development of health and fitness but also wider skills for learning, such as resilience and collaboration. When children forget their PE kit,

it makes it difficult for them to participate fully and comfortably in the lessons.

Please ensure that your child always has the appropriate PE kit in school. It should be brought in at the start of each half term and then taken home at the end of the half term, or earlier if it needs a wash. Please also ensure that all kit is labelled and fits well.

Indoor PE Kit

  • Shorts and T-shirt
  • Socks and plimsolls
  • (KS1 children may also wear pants and vest)

Outdoor PE Kit

As for indoor PE, plus a tracksuit for the colder weather. Children may wear trainers. For safety, all long hair must be tied back and jewellery removed. 

Thank you for your supoort.

Medicines in school

Just a reminder that we cannot administer unprescribed medication in school (e.g. Piriton bought ‘over the counter’ in a shop, without a prescription from the Doctor). Please give these medicines at home.

If it is necessary for prescribed medication to be given at school, please come into the office to discuss with the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher and a First Aider, and complete the ‘Request to administer medication’ form. Medication must be in the original bottle or box, clearly marked with the child’s full name and class, dosage and frequency of administration.

General, over-the-counter medications (including lozenges and throat sweets) cannot be administered by school staff, nor should any child bring these to school please. We appreciate your support with this policy, which is designed to keep children safe.

Bringing children to school and collecting at the end of the day

As it is the start of the year, and you may be meeting a class teacher for the first time, please introduce yourself to the adults at the door when collecting your child to help everyone get to know faces quicker.

In the mornings we ask that you, please, stay with your child by their classroom ready for when the door opens. The pitch and the mound are not areas for play before school.

We understand there may be a number of adults who may collect at the end of the day and ask that details of anyone picking up your child are put on to Arbor and identified as ‘may collect’.

If someone new, or someone other than you, is colleccting your child at the end of the day please let the class teacher know in the morning.  We encourage parents and carers to agree a password if it is likely that school staff will not recognise the adult.

Finally, if you are coming in to school for a meeting or to support children please always come through the ofice entrance and sign in.

Many thanks for your support in all of these areas. They are all ways to ensure we keep the children safe whilst at school.

School Journey meeting

There is a School Journey information evening at 6pm next Wednesday for parents and carers of children in Years 5 and 6 going away this term. You will be receiving documentation which must be returned before the school journey takes place and a kit preparation plan. Please join Ms Scallon and Ms Matthews in the hall.

All School Journey payments must be made in full prior to the children going away.  Please pay via Arbor.  Many thanks.

Dates for your diary Next week …

Monday 18 - Clubs and music tution begins
Wednesday 20 - School journey information evening for Years 5 & 6
02 October - New entrants open evening>strong>05 OctoberSecondary Transfer information evening (Y6) 6pm
15 – 17 Oct - Y5 School Journey
20 October - Break for half term holiday
30 October - Y6 School Journey
31 October - Secondary application closing date

Finally …

Have a lovely weekend.

Lisa Morris

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