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Friday 14th June

School Leavers

If you know your child is leaving at the end of the term, please can you let us know. This doesn't apply to Year 6 as we know they are leaving! Please contact the office. 

Report your child's absence

There is an expectation that you report your child's absence and the best way is to do that online using this form There is an expectation on schools to follow up missing pupils, which is why we will text or phone you if your child is not in school and has not been reported absent. This is time and money that could be spent elsewhere so please do report the absence by 09:30 at the latest. 

BBQ Lunch

There are some special theme day lunches coming up. Due to a busy calendar, the Infant and Junior BBQ lunches are on separate days. Free for all pupils except Nursery. Please book on Arbor as usual or your child can pick this option on the day.

Infants - Thursday 20th June 

Juniors - Monday 24th June  

Raglan bbqmenu.pdf

Infant - 20th June

Raglan Junior theme day.pdf

Junior - 24th June

Upcoming Events

We have a number of events this term for parents/carers. Please book your free tickets in advance which helps with our safeguarding and security and speeds up entry at the events. Infant Sports Day will be released soon.  

This year we have added a donation option which helps us sustain the high level of extracurricular and enrichment activities. A big thank you for your support so far this year as donations have reached £620 across several events including: 

Year 5 Keyboard Concert

20th June, 2pm

Year 3/4 Sports Day

27th June from 10.30am

Year 5/6 Sports Day at Lee Valley

1st July

Summer Music Concerts

2nd & 3rd July

Year 6 present Aladdin

10th & 11th July

Term DATES 2024-25

Postcards will be coming home soon with the term dates for next year.

Children attend for 190 days

Staff attend for 195 days 

The five INSET days are 


We are waiting on Enfield Council publishing term dates for 2025/26 and beyond. 

Uniform

A reminder that our School Shop is available on Arbor and we have stocked up on sweatshirts for the new academic year. 

For pupils/parents who get Help with School expenses, you will receive an email with an offer of two free sweatshirts. 

We are currently testing some cardigans and t-shirts to add to the shop in the Autumn Term. 

FInally a reminder that there should be no jewellery worn by pupils other than a small stud earring and these should be covered or removed for PE.

Tuesday 11th June

Lunch

We had no gas in the junior kitchen today, so the menu was changed to ensure we could feed everyone. All is now sorted so we should be back to the menu tomorrow.  

Swimming

Lessons have started in the pop-up swimming pool today. The children were very excited to get in the pool and improve their swimming skills. There are two instructors for each group of 10 so the small groups are great. Year 3 and Year 4 will swim for 8 days in a crash course aimed at their ability level.

SUmmer WRap CLUB

Raglan Wrap Club is delighted to launch the first Summer holiday sessions. Booking is now open for the last ten days of the school holiday in August. Sessions run from 08:30-16:00 from Monday 19th August to Monday 2nd September (excluding the Bank Holiday.) The last day is the INSET day with school opening on Tuesday 3rd September. 

The sessions will be a mix of fun activities including sports led by some of our PE team. All the usual activities will be available. Breakfast is available from 08:30-09:15; children can bring their lunch and snacks for the day. 

Booking is via Magic Booking with a charge of £40 per day. If you have any queries please get in touch with Ellie wrap@raglanschools.org 

Cardiff SPorts Tour

50 Year 6 pupils went to Cardiff for three days on a Sports Tour stopping at Glamorgan Cricket Club, Cardiff Dragons (Netball), Cardiff Arms Park (Tag Rugby) and Cardiff City (Football). The tour included training with the professional clubs and also a Tag Rugby festival with 13 schools from Cardiff and to finish a football tournament. The children were well behaved and enjoyed the opportunity. A big thank you to Mr Flett for oragnising and the staff who volunteered to support the three day residential. 

Tuesday 4th June 

Welcome Back

It's the final stages of the academic year, but probably the busiest from a school point of view. Please keep an eye on the parent updates to ensure you are not missing any important dates and deadlines. 

A big thank you for your support of the Big Olympic Walk, which has pushed past the £15,000 mark with online and cash donations. We will be able to move ahead with some of our plans straight away. 

Staffing 

Some teachers will be leaving at the end of the academic year

We will also be saying goodbye to Mr Hughes (specialist computing teacher) although we hope it is a temporary goodbye. Mr Hughes is taking some time out of teaching to go travelling but has been invited back to his role next year. 

A big thank you to all the teachers for their hard work over the years, contributing to the good progress the schools have made.

We have previously shared that the school had a significant shortfall in funding this April, which has led to £250,000 worth of cuts including 6 jobs. We will not be able to replace some vacant positions next year including: 

Key Dates in June

Swimming

All is going well with the construction of a pop-up swimming pool. We will be able to start lessons with 3DB, 3BH and 3TG next week and this will be followed by 3KS and Year 4 in future weeks. Please look out for an email regarding Swimming with more details and a form for you to complete with the level of your child's swimming ability.

Sports Days

The three main Sports Days are confirmed for 

Parents/Carers and family members who wish to attend will need to register in advance and we will send details nearer the time. Nursery children will have their own fun sports events and these will be shared soon. 

Those of you who have been to a Sports Day at Lee Valley will know that it is a great day and venue, however, the costs for this are now too high for our school budget and we will be asking for a contribution towards this day for Years 5 & 6. This helps with the hiring of the indoor arena and coaches. If we can get a healthy response to this then we should be able to keep it for future years, but we will have to consider reducing this event to every 2 years or holding the event at Raglan

Charges & Fees for 2024/25

The Governing Body has agreed on the charges and fees for the next academic year. 

Lunch

A school lunch is expected to remain at £2.50 per day pending a final decision by the caterer. This only applies to nursery pupils as all other year groups are covered by the two schemes namely Universal Infant Free School Meals (YR, Y1, Y2) and The Mayor of London's Universal Free Meals (Y3-Y6). 

Raglan Wrap Club

There will be some increases to Raglan Wrap Club 

Nursery

Nursery fees will increase to £6 per hour to reflect the increase in staffing costs and mirror the increase to funding from the government. This only applies beyond 15 hours and those self-funding or who want additional hours beyond the 30 hours. 

Clubs

After-school clubs will remain at £30 per term. 

Uniform 

We will be extending our shop over the next twelve months to reflect the new uniform policy. We currently have the following items that can be purchased through the Arbor App/Portal. Other supplies available, see our uniform page

World Art Day Challenge 2024: The Winners

world ART DAY EXHIBITION

We had an amazing response to the competition which made it a very hard task to judge the winners. Well done to everyone who took part. The work will be on display in a special exhibition on Wednesday 5th June at 3.20-4.30pm in the Junior Hall, entry through the Raglan Road office. 

New CYCLE SHELTER

A new cycle shelter has been installed at the entrance to Raglan Road. This has been funded by the council as part of the School Streets programme. Children and parents are reminded to ensure their cycle is locked especially as this is near to the gate. 

Friday 24th May

GOLD MEDAL FUNDRAISING!

Target Smashed with over £14,000 raised

We exceeded all expectations with The Big Olympic Walk today, the children were amazing and challenged themselves to get around the route. 

Over £14,000 has been raised so far with some more counting of cash and online donations to come! Thank you so much for your support. 

There were 4 walks throughout the day with Nursery and Reception starting us off this morning. Years 1 & 2 did amazingly well with some children reaching 5 laps of the estimated 800m course, so around 4km. In the afternoon it was the turn of Key Stage 2 with some children exceeding 6-7 laps or 5km. 

Money raised will go towards further improvements to our school including a Green Wall for Y5/6 playground, Chromebooks and a Pond/Wildlife Area. Thank You!

Thursday 23rd May

Big Olympic Walk

Wow! Look at that total already and that's before we have done the sponsored walk! It's been lovely reading all the messages of support from supporters around the country and beyond! 

The children are ready to go tomorrow. Here's a reminder of the key points:

Mini Marathon

It has been confirmed that 98 pupils completed the London Mini Marathon and we have received a donation of £980 which we will use towards our Sport and PE Programmes. Thank you to all the children and parents/carers who took part. 

Term dates and Training Days

We've had a few queries about term dates for the next academic year 2024/2025. These can be found in Information>Term Dates where we have also confirmed the 5 training days. Pupils attend 190 days and staff 195. We will issue the official postcards soon. 

Summer Wrap Club

We will be going ahead with a Summer Wrap Club, details and booking will be available soon. The dates will be the last two weeks in August, excluding the bank holiday, but will also include the training day on the 2nd September. School opens on Tuesday 3rd September for Years 1-6. 

Year 3 visit

During this half term, Y3 went to visit Forty Hall Farm During our visit, the children learnt about the different animals that they care for as well as the different crops and fruits that they grow. We learnt that they package these crops and fruits and sell them to the residents of Enfield. The children showed great interest and knowledge throughout the trip following the lessons taught in our Geography unit on agriculture. They were a real credit to the school and showed exemplary behaviour. 

Tuesday 21st May

Swimming 

You may be aware that there have been several issues with swimming provision in Enfield. We moved away from the borough swimming programme due to the rising costs and regular pool closures. We moved our swimming to St Ignatius, but unfortunately, that pool also had to close temporarily this academic year. 


So thinking outside the box, we are trying something different and bringing a pool to Raglan! We will have a pop-up heated 10m pool for 6 weeks next half term which will not only help us provide swimming for Year 4, we will be able to extend this to Year 3. The approach will be different, as the children will have an intensive programme, swimming every day for 8 days. If timings allow we may also have some follow-up sessions for those who need more practice to reach the standard across Y3-Y6.

This is a bold move but we need to try something different as the current system is not working and is too costly. There may be bumps along the way but I am sure we can make it work and get all Years 3 and 4 swimming next half term. We are working with Swim Plus to provide this opportunity and they will teach the lessons and maintain the pool. The pool will be on the field covered with a gazebo with another linked gazebo for changing rooms. We will also have fencing around the whole area to keep everyone safe. 

We will write separately to Years 3 and 4 classes with more information and dates for their sessions. We are also working on how we can offer the pool for fun swimming sessions after school for all pupils and we will let you know when we have further information.

The BIG Olympic Walk UPDATE

We've had an amazing response to the sponsored walk so far which has now passed £5,000. Unfortunately we are not able to use the Gift Aid this time. 

If you've missed what is happening please scroll down to Wednesday 15th May for the full information. 

In summary, this is what you need to know

Half Term

Next week is Half term and we are hosting  activities run by other providers including Artz Kidz 

Our Spanish teacher is holding a 2 day Camp.

Please contact the providers directly to book.   

May Half Term, Habla Spanish UK.pdf

Spanish 2 days

Artz Kidz

Artz Kidz 2

Friday 17th May

The BIG Olympic Walk

The launch of the Big Olympic Walk has been well received and sponsorship is starting to appear on the Just Giving Page passing the £1500 mark already! Scroll down to Wednesday 15th May if you missed the full information. 

In summary, this is what you need to know

Year 4 at The Hive

Year 4 had a great time on their first residential visit to The Hive. The two-day, one-night stay was based around nature and the outdoors including pond dipping and map reading. A big thank you to Mr Flett for organising and to the many staff volunteers who made the visit possible.

More photos to follow. 

Walk to School Week

Next week is Walk to School Week which many of you do already. This could also include cycling and scootering. If you do come by car perhaps consider one or two days where you walk instead or park further away and walk the last part of your journey. 

Funding from the local authority has led to a new cycle shelter at the Raglan Road entrance. This will be finished next week. We also have a new scooter pod for the Nursery.

World Art Day Challenge 2024: The Winners

world ART DAY Competition

We had an amazing response to the competition which made it a very hard task to judge the winners. Well done to everyone who took part. The work will be on display in a special exhibition on Wednesday 5th June at 3.20-4.30pm 

Y4 Mobiles Exhibition 2024

Year 4 Exhibition

Year 4 are showing off their sculptures next week on Thursday 23rd May. Parents/carers in Year 4 are invited to pop into the classrooms to take a look. 

WANTED

We are building up our resources so if you have any of the following that you don't need anymore and are happy to donate we are looking for 

New Nursery & Reception 

If you have a child starting in Nursery or Reception, please remember to return your online forms. This will help with our organisation for the new academic year. Meetings for new parents/carers are on 

ENFIELD SEND Feedback

The local authority are seeking feedback from parents and carers. They have designed a questionnaire to help them better understand the experience of children, young people and families as they access and journey through the SEND system.

 

The questionnaire has been anonymised to enable honest feedback and the results will be used to inform decisions made by the SEND Partnership.

 

The link for the questionnaire can be found here

 

The questionnaire will remain open until Monday 3rd June 2024

Community News

We have a community news page to post information about local events, support and opportunities. These are not directly related or endorsed by Raglan but we are happy to share things that may be of interest to our school community. The latest updates include

Visit the Community News Page here

Wednesday 15th May

The Big Olympic Walk

The Big Olympic Walk is our Summer fundraiser for 2024. With no Summer Fair this term the RSA would welcome your support to raise further funds for the school. The next developments will be: 


The Big Olympic Walk will take place on Friday 24th May and all pupils will take part, regardless of whether they are being sponsored or not. It will be a fun and exciting event for the children with a course set around the school grounds. There will be 4 different walks so we can safely manage the numbers. Sadly because the day is spread out, we won’t be able to invite parents to watch, but we will ensure we have lots of photos and a video. 


We are launching this with the children over the next few days (see video) so they will come home with their sponsor card. 


The theme is the Olympics and children are invited to dress in their favourite Olympic sport kit. The choice is wide to make it easy for everyone. They can come dressed for the day. Please remember sensible trainers are needed for the walk and keep an eye on the weather (hats/suncream etc.)

EYFS pupils will walk one lap (possibly two for reception). Years 1/2 will aim for 3 laps and KS2 we will challenge them to see how many they can do in the time.


The children will come home with a sponsor card over the next few days. If they are collecting sponsors they can record the details on the card and bring it back to school. There are Olympic sports stickers for each sponsor they collect. 

The RSA has set up a Just Giving page where sponsor money can be donated. There is also an opportunity for Gift Aid where that applies which means an additional 25% from the government. We will accept cash donations but prefer as much to be donated online. 


Thank you for your support!

THursday 9th May

Educational Visits

Our Educational Visits programme is a key way in which we bring the curriculum alive for children, however, it is becoming more challenging with rising costs and I am sure as parents/carers you have noticed this. I am pleased to say that the Year 1 planned visit to Southend including the Sealife Centre will now go ahead later this term, following a positive response from parents. We have to look at each trip to ensure it is good value for money, look at the contributions made on previous trips so we can be confident that we can cover the costs through parental contributions. 

Class Photos - Last Chance for Free Delivery

Today (Thursday) is the last day for ordering photos if you want to avoid any delivery charges. After this point there is a charge for P&P.   Visit: https://churchbury.gotphoto.co.uk/login  and use the access code provided in email. 

New Nursery Parents

If your child has been offered a place in the Nursery starting in September 2024 we have emailed parents today with starting details. If you have not received the email, please contact the school office. The school website features two pages for New Nursery Intake and New Reception Intake

Both Nursery and Reception year groups are full for September. This is encouraging as we know that other schools in Enfield are struggling to fill all their places due to a falling birthrate and families moving out of the borough. 

Funding

Thank you to those reaching out to the school following news of our funding. The school has been forced to make cuts of £250,000 this April to balance the budget for 2024/2025 following an increase of less than 1% to its core funding. We will be relying on fundraising more than ever as our curriculum budgets for new resources will be minimal. Supporting RSA events including the upcoming Sponsored Walk is a good start.

Quiz_poster_2024_May17 (1).pdf

LAST FEW QUIZ TICKETS

There are a handful of tickets for next week's RSA Quiz Night. This fun evening of quizzing is hosted by Mr Kelsey-Hatton and will feature a range of quiz rounds. You can bring your own food and drink and your ticket will include free entry into the Red & Black interval game with a cash prize for the last person standing!

Tickets are available on Class List or contact rsa@raglanschools.org

All money raised will go to the RSA raising money for a Green Wall, Chromebooks, Pond Area and Curriculum Resources.

Parent Info Pack May 2024 Landscape - Food Festival v4 - World - London.pdf

School Meals by ASPENS

It's coming up for one year since we moved to a new catering company Aspens. This has been a challenging change over due to the universal free school meals being extended to all key stage 2 pupils. We have been keeping in touch with the managers and some improvements to the menu and service have been made as the year has progressed. 

You can find out more about Aspens in their information pack. 

All pupils (except Nursery) are entitled to a free lunch every school day. Nursery can purchase meals at £2.50

Half Term

We are hosting half-term activities run by other providers including Artz Kidz. 

Our Spanish teacher is holding a 2 day Camp.

As yet we have not heard from Pro-Elite on their plans.  

May Half Term, Habla Spanish UK.pdf

Spanish 2 days

Artz Kidz

Artz Kidz 2

Positive Co-Parenting of Neurodiverse Children.pdf

Support for Parents

Positive co-parenting can be a challenge. There is support here for parents of neurodiverse children. 

Parking

Please remember to respect our neighbours and keep all our children safe by parking responsibly in the local area. This means 

Should anyone wish to report illegal parking in the future NSL can be called direct on 020 3856 0036 (line available 24 hours for enforcement daily between 8am and 9pm).  Alternatively, the Parking team here at the Council can be emailed at parking@enfield.gov.uk or called on 020 8379 6406 between 9am and midday Monday to Friday.

Wednesday 1st May

Staff Changes 

Yesterday we said goodbye to Assistant Headteachers Ms Giles and Mrs Pettifor. Unfortunately, the school is unable to replace these roles due to budget cuts. We are expecting a further 4 posts to be cut by the end of the academic year, placing greater pressure on other staff. The school was faced with a £250,000 shortfall this April due to funding not keeping pace with costs. 

Mrs Daly (Deputy Headteacher) will be leading in Year 3/4 from today, taking over from Mrs Giles. Parents should first discuss any concerns with their class teacher but the leadership is also there to help, support and resolve any issues. 

Any questions or concerns around SEND should be directed to Mrs Plume (SENCo) who will also be the designated person for Looked After and Adopted children. The plans and progress of pupils will be overseen by the AHT/DHT of their phase. 

Mr Kelsey-Hatton will be the Designated Safeguarding Lead overall but all members of the leadership team are trained and together form the Safeguarding Team at Raglan. Again please speak with your AHT/DHT if you have any concerns about safeguarding.  

NO Smoking and Vaping 

This a polite reminder that smoking or vaping is not permitted anywhere on the school site and we would also encourage parents/carers and visitors not to do this near the school gates. Thank You! 

Dates for May

It's May already, so here is what is coming up

Community News

There are some updates to the community news page. This is where we post events or opportunities that may be of interest to some pupils and parents. This includes

Visit the Community News here

ECSL3140 EBSA Parents leaflet_June24.pdf

Attendance

Attendance is in the news nationally as levels of attendance struggle to return to pre-pandemic levels. At Raglan we have seen a steady rise in attendance back towards levels that are typical for our school. 

Some pupils struggle with getting to school and the EP service is running a two-part workshop, which may be of interest to some parents and carers. 

Sponsored Walk

For our Summer RSA fundraising event, we will be holding The Big Olympic Walk. This event will be on Friday 24th May 2024. All the pupils will take part in the walk around the school site which will be around 1km, 3km or 5km depending on age! This will be a sponsored event and we hope that many of the children will find some sponsors to encourage and reward them for their efforts. The children can dress up for this event by choosing one of their favourite Olympic sports. Later this term we will have a focus on the Olympics covering Art, PE and Culture. 


More details will be shared soon. Money raised will go towards the RSA where we are currently raising funds for 

Early Years Apprenticeship

We are creating two new apprenticeship posts from September aimed at those who want to work in the Early Years sector. This could be a Level 2 or Level 3 apprenticeship and will be based in the Nursery. An apprenticeship is a paid position whilst training on the job. 

Education and Sporting Futures will be our provider, who have successfully run our PE apprentices for several years. Visit their website for more information and how to apply. 

Thursday 25th April

Class Photos

These are now available for purchase direct from the Churchbury website 

Visit: https://churchbury.gotphoto.co.uk/login  and use the access code provided in yesterday's email. 


Orders placed online before 9th May (extended deadline) can be returned to school free of charge, after this date P&P will apply for home deliveries. Orders will enter production together on 03.05.24 and be returned to school in one eco-friendly delivery approximately 2 weeks later. 


Clubs 

Infant clubs have now all been allocated and are full. 

Junior clubs have the following spaces. Please email clubs@raglanschools.org if interested 

Goodbyes 

Next Tuesday we will be saying goodbye to two Assistant Headteachers. I'd like to repeat my thanks to Corrine Giles and Jo Pettifor for all their hard work and contributions to Raglan over the years, they will certainly be missed. If any parents/carers wish to contribute to their leaving gifts, please drop any contributions into the office by Friday. 

Sue's Friendship Stop

Last term we were devastated to lose one of our colleagues Sue Stone, who died unexpectedly. Around 30 staff attended a moving service for Sue which was a fitting tribute to her life. We have plans to install a Friendship Stop/Bench for Sue in the Year 3/4 playground where she spent many lunchtimes supporting pupils. The bench is for pupils looking for a friend or someone to play with. 

Thank you to those who have donated towards this so far, we will be closing this collection on the 3rd May so if you wish to contribute, please do so via the Arbor School Shop. Any money left over will be donated to the chosen charity The National Trust.  

Uniform POLICY

Following a review of the uniform policy including a consultation with parents and carers. 79 parents responded to the consultation representing 123 pupils (13%). The proposals were broadly welcomed which aims to simplify the uniform and remove some of the branded and optional items. The governing body approved the policy at the end of last term.

This policy is to be phased in so there are no immediate changes for current pupils with the policy starting in September 2025. However, we will be asking new parents to follow the updated policy. 

In summary, the uniform will be reduced to a royal blue sweatshirt or cardigan. The branded polo shirt will be discontinued and whilst there was a small but passionate number of parents wishing to retain the fleece, this will not form part of the uniform from September 2025. There are some minor changes to the Active Uniform. 

We will set out a clear summary version in due course, but for now, there are no changes for current pupils until September 2025. 

Sweatshirts are currently available for £6.90 in the online School Shop which can be accessed via Arbor. These orders are processed each Friday. We will be expanding the range in the future but we do wish to test out some products first. 

The RSA will continue to provide a pre-loved uniform which will be available each term at different events.

Uniform Policy 0324 draft

The new policy is published but changes will be phased in for existing pupils. 

Mini Marathon

The sun was shining on 100 Raglan pupils parents and staff who took part in the London Mini-Marathon last Saturday. The one-mile course finished in The Mall just like the famous marathon event. 

Congratulations to all the finishers and thank you to Mr Flett for organising and to the parents and staff who turned up to help and support. The runners earned Raglan £1000 which will go towards future PE/Sport activities. 

Year 6 Musical

The much anticipated Year 6 musical has been revealed this week. 120 pupils in Year 6 will perform the Disney Classic Aladdin for their end-of-year production. This follows on the back of previous successful performances of Matilda, Lion King and Oliver. Auditions for the main parts start soon. 

Tuesday 16th April 

Clubs

Parents and Carers should now have registered and paid for any clubs that have been offered on Arbor. Please do this as soon as possible so we can offer out any remaining clubs.

Clubs start next week from Monday 22nd April and run through to the final clubs on Monday 8th July. We finish on a Monday to catch up from the bank holiday. 

Sports Days

The three main Sports Days are confirmed for 

Parents/Carers and family members who wish to attend will need to register in advance and we will send details nearer the time. 

Nursery children will have their own fun sports events and these will be shared soon. 

Those of you who have been to a Sports Day at Lee Valley will know that it is a great day and venue, however, the costs for this are now too high for our school budget and we will be asking for a contribution towards this day for Years 5 & 6. If we can get a healthy response to this then we should be able to keep it for future years but options for every 2 years or returning the event to Raglan are under consideration. 

Key Dates In MAY

Other Key Dates include 

Meet the Author.pdf

RSA EVENTS

The RSA are holding an event next Wednesday 24th April which includes a meet and greet event with some local authors. 

Check out the details on the poster.

Quiz Night

Quiz Night had to be rearranged due to illness and this is now on Friday 17th May.


World Art Day 2024 Art & Design Challenge

New Art Challenge

We start the term with a new art and design challenge which has been introduced to the children in assemblies. Please see the slide deck for more information. 

Friday 29th March

Staffing Update 

As we reach the end of another term, there are some significant staffing updates. We will be soon saying goodbye to two of our Assistant Headteachers, Corrine Giles and Jo Pettifor. 

Corrine has been at Raglan since 2014 and has been a key part of the leadership team as we moved the schools forward. She has undertaken several roles across the curriculum and has been a leading part in several OfSTED inspections. Corrine is leaving to seek new opportunities. 

Jo joined us in 2021 as AHT for Inclusion and soon found her feet, bringing a fresh pair of eyes to the Inclusion agenda. Jo has been in education for 30 years and is ready for a phased retirement seeking new opportunities.

I'd like to thank them both for their hard work and dedication over the years and wish them well for the future. Their final day will be the 30th April. If you would like to contribute to a gift, please leave any contributions at the office. 

Funding 

As anticipated we have received less than a 1% increase to our core funding which does not match the rise in costs for the next twelve months. This has left the school with a £250,000 black hole this April. We have spent all our reserves, which were wiped out with the pay rises for the last two years which were not fully funded. We also saw energy costs soar 125%.

We are also hit with an increase in pension contributions this April and the grant provided by the DfE does not cover all the actual costs. National Insurance thresholds are frozen so we are paying more NI contributions. As yet, we don't know what the pay rises will be for teachers or support staff in 2024. So in summary, we are unable to afford the staffing bill going forward. 

We have no choice but to reduce the workforce which makes up 75% of our costs. I have discussed this with the Governing Body and we will be unable to fill some of the vacant positions. Therefore we will not be replacing the two Assistant Headteachers leaving in April. Further cuts will also be needed and these will be finalised next term. It's disheartening that we have reached a really good place at Raglan and it is in danger of being undone. 

Clubs 

All clubs have now been allocated and added to Arbor. You can scroll down for previous updates. There was a significant increase of busy parents who missed the deadline which emphasises the importance of reading these parent/carer updates. Hopefully, we have been able to find clubs for most pupils who have requested them. Initial figures look like around 700 pupils have a club after school. 

We are working through the spaces and waiting lists for Infants and Juniors 

Please do look on Arbor and register (and pay) for the clubs offered. If you no longer want the place, let us know clubs@raglanschools.org as we do have pupils waiting for spaces. 

Remember to also email us if you need us to pay clubs for you, especially if your child is in Nursery until 3.30pm or is booked into Wrap Club. Parents who receive help with school expenses (FSM) should see clubs automatically registered and paid but do let us know if that has not happened and it is asking you to pay. clubs@raglanschools.org

Progress Reports 

All reports have been sent by email. Let us know if you have not received one for your child. As the term was short and face-to-face meetings were not long ago there will be no comments, just a data update including attendance, effort and test results. 

Raglan Wrap Club

One parent said it was easier to get Beyonce tickets when the system went live last week. I'm sorry if this is causing stress and frustration, but we cannot meet the demand for places. Having extended the club twice already we have brought forward plans to use the Hub as part of the Wrap Club. This means children in Nursery and Reception will use the Hub between 3.10 and 5pm before moving over to the main room. This will help create some more places for next term and we will see if that works. This takes us to around 150/160 pupils. The Hub is ideal for EYFS pupils as the set-up has everything they need. It is a shame to split them away from the older pupils but this is the only way we can safely extend the club to create more places. 

Some parents have made suggestions on how best to manage the booking situation, but most suggestions require us to create criteria for which pupils get priority over others and that comes with problems around what is fair. Further discussions will be taking place next term to see how we can best manage the process going forward. 

In other news, there was a healthy response to a consultation on whether parents would welcome Wrap Club opening during the Summer break. We are now working on the staffing to see whether we can make it happen this year.  

Community Updates

We've added a few updates to the Community News including 

Visit the Community News Page here 

Year 1 Trips 

This half term Year 1 have been very busy with two trips. 


Their first trip was to Rye Meads Nature Reserve, where the children engaged in activities to support their Science topic ‘All about Plants’. They enjoyed being plant detectives for the day - identifying plants from their smell, making plant and herb potions, naming parts of the plant structure, identifying different trees by their leaves, making leaf rubbings and planting their seeds. Despite the weather being cold and wet, it did not dampen the children’s spirits and they all had a fun day and learnt lots! Don’t just take our word for it. Take a look at what Victoria in 1ND has to say about the trip.

y1 rye meads.pdf

Music Magic

Congratulations to our musicians who performed this week. It was great to see the progress they have been making with their instruments. 

We also had pupils perform at the Milfield Theatre this week alongside secondary schools. This included a joint piece of music with Kingsmead School. 

Sports News

Our journalists have been busy writing up all the amazing sports that have been happening this term and there was plenty of it! Check out their digital newspaper.

Copy of Spring Newspaper 2024 Final.pdf

Wednesday 27th March

End of Term

We close tomorrow at the normal time. School reopens on Monday 15th April. 

Clubs 

Infant Clubs are now available on Arbor, these are the clubs your child has been allocated. Unfortunately, Arbor does not delete old clubs so you need to look closely at the names and dates. We have also added Sum24 to most of the club titles this term. Junior Clubs are being finalised today and should be live tomorrow. 

PLEASE LOG ON TO ARBOR TO ACCEPT THE CLUBS OFFERED. This adds your child to the club register. Where there is a fee to pay, it needs to be paid at this point for your place to be secured. 

A few points to note 

There are 53 spaces left in some of the Infant Clubs, please click here to see what is available and to request a place. Again we will do this in priority order starting with pupils who have no clubs to those who have already been allocated two. 

Progress Reports

We will be sending you a progress report/data update by email over the next two days. This will show you the latest teacher assessments, effort grades (Y1-6), test results (Y2-6) and attendance. As the Meet the Teacher events were just a few weeks ago there will be no comments this term. However, teachers may contact you if there is something to discuss or update. You are of course welcome to make an appointment to see a teacher after the break if you wish to follow up on anything. Guidance notes are below.

Reports Explained - Parent Guide for EYFS 2023 (public)

EYFS - Autumn/Spring 23/24

Reports Explained - Parent Guide for Y1-6 2023 (public)

Years 1-6 - Autumn/Spring 23/24

Tuesday 19th March

CLASS PHOTOS

Tomorrow (Wednesday) we will have the photographers in for the class photos. Please send your child into school wearing their uniform. If they have PE, please send in the PE kit separately. 

Clubs for Summer 

The Summer Term Clubs programme has now been published. There are three steps to the process, which are:

Some key points to know:

The direct links are 


Clubs and Activities Summer 2024 (Draft)
Craig Park Youth & Family Hub_flyer.pdf

Craig Park

Please see further information for Craig Park Youth and Family Hub, which offer help and support for families. 

Thursday 14th March 

In Memory of Sue

A couple of weeks ago we lost our friend and colleague Sue Stone. Her funeral will take place next Thursday 21st March. Around 20 staff will be attending, however, we have been able to arrange cover and the school will remain open on this day.

Donations

A collection has been started in memory of Sue. The family have requested no flowers, but donations to The National Trust are welcomed. The school is organising a community collection which will go towards this charity, but also towards installing a Friendship Bench in the Year 3/4 playground, where Sue spent many hours supporting pupils at lunchtime. If you would like to donate, this can be done via the School Shop, so please visit your Arbor portal or app. 

Clubs 

A reminder that all school clubs finish this Friday 15th March. We are ready to launch the new clubs for Summer so look out for details. We will again try and allocate all the clubs before the break. Next week will be the junior trials and information has been shared on the arrangements. 

Raglan Wrap Club 

Bookings for the Summer Term open on Monday 18th March at 18:30. This week, whilst the system was being prepared and tested, some parents saw the system was open and made bookings and then shared this with others. These bookings have all now been cancelled so the procedure is fair to everyone. We will always notify you when the system is open for general booking. 

Musical Collaboration 

Musicians from Kingsmead School joined our wind band this week as they prepare for an upcoming concert. It was great to see the school schools together especially as many pupils now go to Kingsmead for their secondary school.

Parent Workshop - Behaviour


On Tuesday 26th March at 9am My Young Minds Enfield (MYME) will be leading a parent workshop about behaviour. The aims of the session:


The Workshop will take place in The Hub and is open to all parents. Please use the google form to sign up.

Running Order: 03:30 - Year 1; 09:40 - Year 2; 15:40 - Year 3; 20:35 - Year 4; 25:54 - Year 5; 31:33 - Year 6; 36:28 - Junior Dance Festival Group; 39:00 - Finale

A night at the movies

Here is the promised video of the dance show from last week. The video does not run in order as we have grouped each year group for ease of watching. 

RUN FOR RAGLAN Gold AWARDS

Congratulations to our first GOLD AWARD winners for 2023/24. This has been awarded for their achievement in Run for Raglan! 

Junior pupils can run from 08:30-08:45 and KS1 pupils can run at playtime. Bronze and Silver awards are presented also. 

Monday 11th March

Clubs

Clubs end on Friday for this term and the process begins to sort clubs for next term. Next week will be trials for KS2 pupils and we will be moving to Summer Sports including athletics, cricket and rounders. Further details will follow.

There were many positives using Arbor for clubs last term, but it wasn't without glitches and of course we were all getting used to a new app and software. Hopefully some of those issues will be better this time round. The process remains the same in three steps: 

We allocate as fairly as possible with the aim that everyone who wants a club can attend at least one club. Often we can do more than one but this depends on your choices and how popular each clubs is. Some clubs will roll over from this term especially in Music where children are already preparing for concerts. 

The fees will remain at £30 for the term which will give you between 8-10 weeks over the Summer Term.

Ramadam & Fasting

If older pupils are fasting during Ramadam, please let us know in writing to the school so we can support them through this period.

Term Dates 

This term ends on Thursday 28th March as the Friday is a bank holiday (Good Friday). We return on Monday 15th April at the usual times. Other key dates for Summer and beyond: 


World Book Day

Raglan celebrated World Book Day on Friday 8th March which included a number of book activities. 

The theme was "Read what makes you happy, wear what makes you happy!" and pupils came together to share books and talk about them.

Families and staff had generously donated over a 1,000 books which meant that every child went home with a pre-loved book. 

Reading remains the number one priority and research clearly shows that children who read often make more progress across the curriculum. 

Over 30 pupils have reached a million words in Key Stage 2 measured through the quizes they take on accelerated reader. 

The take-away message: KEEP READING! 

silver birches art club24

Year 1 Art Club

Year 1 Art club have been inspired by Gustav Klimt's painting "Birches" and have created their own using paint and pastel. Check out the slide deck to see their work. 

Year 2 at Celtic Harmony

Year 2 travelled back in time to the Stone Age when they visited Celtic Harmony Camp - an Iron Age village in Hertfordshire. The children and adults had a fantastic day building dens, learning how to be hunter-gatherers and learning how Stone Age people made tools. The day finished with a Stone Age story in a Celtic roundhouse by the warm, open fire. It was a great day!

Thursday 7th March

World Book Day

Our World Book Day is tomorrow (Friday) with many activities planned. The theme is "Read what makes you happy, wear what makes you happy!" There is also a pre-loved book sale so everyone goes home with a book. Thank you for your kind donations of books, we have a great collection for the children tomorrow. We welcome a donation of £1 towards the book sale. All this will go back into replenishing library stocks. 

Quiz Night Postponed

Unfortunately, we have had to postpone tomorrow's RSA Quiz Night. This has now been rescheduled to Friday 17th May. The RSA will be in touch if you have already booked tickets.  

Red Nose Day

We will not be participating in Red Nose Day (Comic Relief) as a school this year, but if you wish to support the charity as a family, please do so by visiting https://www.comicrelief.com/rednoseday/

Coffee Morning 

There will be a Coffee Morning led by Lorraine Bennett (Outreach Support Manager, Waverley School) discussing Personal Care and Toilet Training.  Lorraine has been running outreach support to schools and families in Enfield for many years. Aimed at families in Nursery/Reception or those families with children due to start school in September who are finding this process difficult. The coffee morning will be Tuesday 23rd April 9am in The Hub

Please use the Google Form to sign up.


Dance Show SUCCESS

130 children performed amazingly well at our dance show "Night at the Movies" The children have been working with a guest dance teacher and choreographer, giving up their lunchtimes to rehearse. The show as upbeat and full of energy. Two dance groups will represent Raglan at the Enfield Dance Festival later this month. 

There are a small number of programmes available. These can be bought at the office for £4 (credit/debit card only)

Parking

It's very noticeable that we get an increase in issues when the weather is poor. Please remember to respect our neighbours and keep all our children safe by parking responsibly in the local area. This means 

Should anyone wish to report illegal parking in the future NSL can be called direct on 020 3856 0036 (line available 24 hours for enforcement daily between 8am and 9pm).  Alternatively, the Parking team here at the Council can be emailed at parking@enfield.gov.uk or called on 020 8379 6406 between 9am and midday Monday to Friday.

Friday 1st March

Thank You

This week has been a challenging week following the passing of our friend and colleague Sue Stone. Thank you for the kind messages we have received from parents and those who knew Sue. We will be gathering our fond memories of Sue from children and staff to compile as a special book. This will be given to Sue's family so they know what impact Sue had in her 24 years here at Raglan. 

A night at the movies

We have our dance shows next Monday and Tuesday. Tickets have now been extended to 5 per family so if you would like to book more for the matinee, please do. Tickets for the evening shows are close to sold out. This means we have reached the capacity of people we can have in the hall. Please visit our Ticketsource page 

instrumental Lessons


The deadline for applying for EMS instrumental lessons for the Summer term 2024 is Sunday 10th March.

Parents/Carers can book by visiting https://traded.enfield.gov.uk/musicstore. The  FAQs  provide plenty of information on all EMS services. If you need support to choose and/or book lessons please contact EMS before the deadline on 0208 807 8881 or enfieldmusicservice@enfield.gov.uk


Current EMS Pupils


If you already have active Spring  term 2024 bookings, you will be able to see your current lessons and/or instrument hire in the shopping basket ready to book for the Summer 2024. To renew these simply check out, or to cancel anything just remove it from your basket first.  

 

New EMS Pupils


Please note if your child has NEVER had lessons with EMS before, you will need to make a NEW ACCOUNT by clicking on NEW CUSTOMER in the right-hand top corner in order to make an account BEFORE applying for lessons.


Instrument Hire


EMS offer a wide variety of instruments which you can hire for £40 per instrument per term. To view the available instruments click on STORE and then the drop-down bar ‘INSTRUMENT HIRE STORE’ The EMS  instrument hire must be booked at the same time as the lessons.


We do have a few instruments for pupils where the finances are a struggle. Please contact the Music Team if you would like to discuss this option of hiring from Raglan. music@raglanschools.org

Year 2 Visit to a Mosque

Year 2 visited the Enfield Islamic Centre. The trip was a fantastic opportunity for the children to put into context their learning in RE about 'Who is a Muslim and what they believe.' We were warmly welcomed by the Imam and many volunteers at the Mosque who led a talk about Islam. We also got to experience the call to prayer 'live' under the Mosque's dome and finally, the children watched how they pray during prayer time. The Year 2 children had lots of great questions for the people at the Mosque and were fantastic representatives for Raglan by showing how polite, well-mannered and respectful they truly are. All in all it was a great experience.

Raglan Sports Stars

It's been another fantastic Term for school sports.  214 pupils from Year 1 to 6 have represented the school in at least one sporting event, fixture or tournament so far this year.  We've loved seeing so many children representing Raglan in sport.  

A special mention for the Raglan Rebels (Girls Football) and the Raglan Rhinos (Mixed Tag Rugby) who have both qualified to represent Enfield at the London Youth Games in March and June.  You can follow our school's X/Twitter page for regular updates on how our sports teams are getting on.

World Book DAy

World book day will be marked on Friday 8th March, a day after the official day. We have activities planned inlcuding the pre-loved book sale where every child will go home with a book to keep. If you do hava any donations, they are still welcome especially books for KS2. Please drop them into school. 

There is a dress up for the day, which is very broad and is to wera something that makes your happy! 

SEND News

Our Voice is a newsletter aimed at parents and carers who have children with special educational needs or disabilities.

There is also information on an upcoming conference  

Our Voice Spring 2024 final version.pdf

Our Voice Newsletter

OV presents Get to know Health and Therapies Mini -conference Mar 24 information brochure .pdf

Conference

ArtZ KIDZ

Some of you will be planning ahead for the Easter Break. We will be hosting Artz Kidz who have now released information on booking their camps. 

Quiz night is back - 8th MARCH

Grab your tickets for a fun evening of quizzing! We've added a second Quiz Night to the calendar due to popular demand! 

If you have not been before, gather a team of up to 8 players. The quiz is a mixed selection of rounds from general knowledge to sport and music. 

Bring your own food and drink! 

There is also the chance for an instant cash prize playing the Red & Black elimination game. 

And as this is a fundraising evening there will be the usual raffle with a selection of prizes donated by generous local and national people and businesses. 

Tickets via Classlist and the RSA are £8 per person. 

Tuesday 20th February 

A night at the movies

If your child has been involved in the dance project this year, then please be aware that the tickets for the dance shows are now available. You should have received an email yesterday. Around 130 pupils from Years 1-6 have been working with a choreographer to improve their dance skills and prepare for the upcoming shows. Please visit our Ticketsource page 

Clubs 

Clubs continue this half term and preparations are underway for the Summer programme which will be released before Easter. Please note that RAGLAN SPORTS CUP clubs on Mondays to Thursdays return to a 4.45pm finish time now the evenings are getting lighter. This applies to

Quiz night is back

Grab your tickets for a fun evening of quizzing! We've added a second Quiz Night to the calendar due to popular demand! 

If you have not been before, gather a team of up to 8 players. The quiz is a mixed selection of rounds from general knowledge to sport and music. 

Bring your own food and drink! 

There is also the chance for an instant cash prize playing the Red & Black elimination game. 

And as this is a fundraising evening there will be the usual raffle with a selection of prizes donated by generous local and national people and businesses. 

Tickets via Classlist and the RSA are £8 per person. 

The Hub

Pre-school activities start again with Messy Play and Stay and Play. There is a small charge of £3 per session. 

Booking is via Ticketsource on the links provided. 

Messy Play

Sessions for pre-school children and parents on Mondays 08:45 - 09:45 am

Stay and Play

Two sessions on for pre-school children on Fridays 08:45-10am 10:30-11:45am

Friday 9th February

Half-Term

We are closed next week for half-term. We reopen on Monday 19th February 

Nursery Applications 

A reminder to any parent/carer who is seeking a place in our Nursery for September 2024. Applications close on 15th February. You can apply via the Enfiled Council Website for admissions.  If you will have another child in the Infant or Junior school next September then your Nursery child will have a higher priority. Further details on admissions can be found on our website here

Enfield Wrap-Around Care Survey

There are some national changes to childcare and wrap-around care, so Enfiled Council are carrying out a survey to find out what the needs of parents are. Please give the survey 5 minutes of your time - click here

wednesday 7th February 

Meet the Teacher

Bookings have now closed for Meet the Teacher. If you have not secured an appointment or need to change you will need to get in touch with the class teacher. 

Infant parents should use the main entrance by the office to attend meetings, this includes parents of children in the Nursery. Junior parents can use either the Year 3 door in the Millennium Garden that links the two schools or the Raglan Road office door near the Junior Hall. 

Clubs continue as planned so gates will be open and locked as usual up to 4.30pm and after this point, it will be the Main Entrance (all) or Raglan Road office door (Juniors). 

Teachers will do their best to stay on time and parents can support this by remembering each appointment is for 10 minutes. If you need more time then staff will invite you to make a follow-up appointment.  

Unfortunately, one teacher is unwell today so the Nursery Green Class appointments for Wednesday will have to be rearranged. We will update parents about Thursday once we know more.   

Gates

Just a reminder that our gates close promptly after drop-off so we can secure the school and allow staff to get to the first lesson of the day. Raglan Road and Amberley Road gates close at 08:50. After this the main exit is Wellington Road which is closed at 9am but you can use the button to open the gate. 

School Shop

The school shop has launched and we had around 50 orders last week. You can order through Arbor at any point and we will deliver via your child on a Friday. You can also call into the shop on a Friday from 2.45-3.45 pm at the Raglan Road Office door.   

Half-Term

We close for half-term on Friday at the usual times. We open again on Monday 19th February. 

Safer Internet Day

This week marks Safer Internet Day and I would encourage parents and carers to sign up for a 20-minute webinar offered by Education Child Protection Ltd. It is a company we have worked with previously and they offer excellent advice. They have invited parents at Raglan to attend the online sessions this Thursday.

In this age of technology, from our youngest children to the oldest, we want to keep them all safe. As part of Online Safety Week and Safer Internet Day, we would like to offer you a free webinar for staff, parents and carers.

Our consultant Charlie will share her expertise on exploring apps, gaming trends, and cyberbullying, uncovering the reality of social media's impact on mental health, and the risks of sharenting (not a spelling mistake), and grooming.

We are offering two FREE 20-minute sessions:

 

Thursday 8th February 2024 at 12pm to book your free place please click here.

 

Thursday 8th February 2024 at 7:30pm to book your free place please click here.

Stay Safe oNLINE

Don't forget we have a webpage dedicated to supporting parents and carers with navigating the online world with children. The page includes a link to reporting online abuse, advice for parents and several posters which unpick how to navigate some of the more popular apps and websites. 

Big Gospel

Year 5 filled the hall with a great singing as they showcased the end of their 5 workshop days with Big Gospel. It was a very uplifting performance which showed some great skills and quality of singing an performance. Well done Year 5 and a big thank you to our talented friends from Big Gospel. A video will be posted soon. 

Thursday 1st February

Thank You

Wednesday was a challenging day but was made easier by the support of staff and parents alike who dealt with the situation calmly. We are fully operational again today although mindful that there are still issues outside the school with the power supply.

Reminders

Arbor - We are almost there with 99% of parents signed up. Please do call into school with your device if you need help. Help Page Here

Meet the Teacher - Most parents are now signed up. Teachers are now following up with parents and carers who have not booked through the Arbor portal/app

Uniform Consultation - This closes tomorrow Friday 2nd February - see Uniform Page

Half Term - We close for half term on Friday 9th February at the usual time. If you are looking for half-term activities for your children, please visit the Community News page where you will find Arts/Drama/Sports/Spanish days. There is also a free cycling session being held at Raglan. 

Uniform SHop 

The online shop has opened and we will be processing the orders received tomorrow. Unless asked otherwise we will send orders home with your child. 

You can drop into the shop 2.45-3.45pm tomorrow if you want to look at anything or try things on. Go to the Raglan Road Office/Delivery Door. 

FEB 24 PRIMARY MENU Halal (World) (1).pdf

New Menus from 19th Feb - 20th July

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 receive a free lunch as part of the Universal Infant Meals scheme 

Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 receive a free lunch as part of The Mayor of London's scheme which will continue until July 2025

New Menus

We meet with Aspens regularly to feedback on any information on the catering service. There are new menus from February 19th to the end of the year. I'm pleased that some of our feedback has been listened to and the menus appear more varied. 

We have discussed portion sizes with Aspens and these have been confirmed as being correct and in line with the national guidelines. Some pupils (especially in the Juniors) are not always taking vegetables or salad or bread which makes up the balanced plate of food. Other children are used to having more on their plate at home, but the portions served are required to follow the guidelines. Staff will continue to encourage good choices and eating habits. 

Tuesday 30th January

OUR School Shop is Open

We have now launched the online school shop which can be found on your Arbor portal/app. This makes purchasing school items much easier as you can order via your device and we will send the item home with your child. 


Sweatshirt Sale

We did a bulk order of school sweatshirts a couple of years ago to support parents at the start of the cost of living crisis. We still have some stock of those sweatshirts at the low price of £6.90. However, when they are gone they are gone! If we restock in the future we are expecting the price will increase. 


You will find several items in the school shop, all at low prices, including:


How to Order

To order log on to Arbor via the portal (website) or app and look for School Shop. As we are two schools, there are officially two shops, but they carry the same items except for some sizes of sweatshirts. On a Friday we will action all the orders and send the item(s) home with your child. If you would rather collect them, please add a note on the order and collect them on a Friday (see below) 


If you want to look at sizes or try things on, we will run a physical shop every Friday 2.45-3.45pm, held in the junior school via the Raglan Road door. Payments can be made by debit or credit card on our card reader or via Arbor.


Finally

Just so you know, other suppliers are still available which can be found on our uniform page.


Once the consultation on the school uniform has finished and governors have finalised the policy, we will let you know if we will carry on with the shop and which items we will stock going forward.


Half Term Activities 

We have added more to the half-term activities in the community news section including a Football Camp at Trent Park which features our very own sports coach Mr Wick. 


Measles 

There are no reported cases of measles at Raglan, however, there is a serious concern about a potential outbreak in London. Please see below for the information provided by NHS England. The leaflet is also available in Turkish (Türkçe). Please contact us if you require another language as others are available. 

Measles Leaflet.pdf

Leaflet

UKHSA_12557_Measles+2-page+A5+flyer_School+version_01_WEB (1).pdf

POSTER

Immunisation Clinic Dates 23-24 SAIS.pdf

CLINICS

Abstract 2023

Year 5/6 art Club

Last term Y5/6 Art Club explored colour, pattern, shape and texture using paint inspired by the abstract art of various contemporary artists. Take a look at the slide show showcasing their amazing work!

Friday 26th January

Scarlet fever Update

There are now cases in both schools so please be aware of the signs and symptoms. We have been in touch with Public Health who have given us further information and support for parents and carers. (see letter) 

Year 6 parents should note that Scarlet Fever and Chickenpox is circulating in a few children in Year 6, but this combination can cause complications.

Public Health England_ Chicken Pox_Scarlet Fever_260124.pdf

RSA Update

Last term was a busy and successful term for community and fundraising events. A big thank you to the RSA volunteers who organised and led many of the activities. 

The RSA Newsletter has the latest information and plans for the coming term. 

RSA newsletter-2.pdf

Dinosaur Delight

On Monday Reception classes were so excited when they had a special visitor come to see them - palaeontologist Johnaton and his pet dinosaur Sophie, a baby triceratops. They learnt about how dinosaurs are now extinct and from a long, long time ago. Palaeontologist Johnaton explained how fossils are now the imprints we can dig for to find out more information about dinosaurs. They then had the opportunity to be a palaeontologist and hunt for fossils. They used brushes to carefully brush away the sand to see the different shapes and then matched them to the correct dinosaur. Afterwards, Triceratops Sophie woke up and came to say hello. Luckily she was a friendly dinosaur! The reception children had so much fun! Thank you to parents/carers who contributed to this workshop via Arbor. 

Sophie the baby triceratops

BETT SHOW

Renaissance, the company that develops Accelerated Reader invited us to take some children to the annual BETT exhibition which showcases the latest in educational technology. 13 children from Year 5 children headed to the EXCEL centre and took part in a workshop before they were able to explore the many exhibitions. They did a great job of representing the school.

No Idling 

Children are invited to design a banner/poster to remind parents and carers to turn off their engines whilst waiting outside of schools. See the poster for information. 

Reminders

Arbor - We are almost there with 99% of Infant parents signed up and 98% of Junior parents signed up. Please do call into school with your device if you need help. Help Page Here

Meet the Teacher - Most parents are now signed up. Teachers are now following up with parents and carers who have not booked through the Arbor portal/app

Uniform Consultation - This closes next Friday 2nd February (see below)

Monday 22nd January

Meet the Teacher Update

The majority of parents have now made an appointment and we have sent email reminders to those who have yet to do so. Remember you can change your time through the Arbor portal or app, although some parents report it was easier and clearer through the portal/website. Meet the Teacher sessions are Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th February 15:30-18:30

Uniform Consultation 

We opened up a parent consultation on changes to the Uniform Policy. You can find more details and watch a video below (see 16th January update). The consultation closes on Friday 2nd February.  

Scarlet Fever

There have been four cases in the Infant School of Scarlet Fever in the last week or so. Please look out for the signs and symptoms, click here for more information from the NHS. Please let us know if your child has a confirmed case of Scarlet Fever. We have to monitor this and report to the local health team, especially if we have other illnesses (chickenpox or Influenza) in the same class. 

Clubs Update

After the first week of clubs, we now have a clearer picture of numbers and we have issued several invitations to those on the waiting lists, please check your inbox. Many of the clubs are full, so if you did not receive an email I am afraid there is no availability at this stage. Some spaces are available at the following clubs which are available for a reduced rate as the clubs have already started. Please apply on the links below. 

Infant Waiting List - Click here 

Junior Waiting List - Click here 

Half Term Activities 

The school is hosting some half-term activities 12-16 February. These are lettings, so are not run by the school. ArtzKiz and Pro-Elite are running sessions all week and Habla Spanish UK is running two days of activity. This is the same teacher/company that is teaching our Spanish lessons to KS2 this year.  We are also hosting some FREE cycle training for Enfield Council. 

Please deal directly with those companies, I have provided the links below 

ARTZKIDZ Feb 2024 flyer .pdf

ARTZKIDZ

Spanish Halt Term Camp.pdf

HABLA SPANISH

Pro Elite Camp Spring 24.pdf

Pro-ELITE

Cycling Training in Half-Term

We have been approached by Enfield Council to host Cycle Training at half term. 

This is a FREE 90-minute lesson run by the same tutor/company that runs our cycle club and previous lessons in Year 4.

Find out more information and book on the link. 

e-SPorts 1 2 3 go....

Last Friday we competed in an eSports event where 2 teams from our school competed against 3 other schools. It was a challenging competition but after some heats, both of our teams were promoted to the semi-finals.


The final came down to both our teams, it was Year 4 vs Year 3 and after a tense match Year 3 arrived triumph. All the teams showed great teamwork and resilience to overcome challenging matches and come out on top.  

Well done Year 3!

Thursday 18th January 

Meet The Teacher

For most parents, the new system has worked well, but there have been a few issues along the way. I appreciate your patience as we work through using Arbor for the first time.

The Hub 

There was a technical issue with the bookings for pre-school activities in the Hub. These have now been resolved so you should be able to book for Messy Play (Mondays) or Stay and Play (Fridays). Click here for Hub Bookings

Clubs 

Clubs started this week and we are still working through each club as it happens to see who is turning up and whether there are any spaces. We will then go through the waiting lists and allocate any spare spaces. 

Attendance 

Attendance has been much better in 2023-2024 and this term has started strongly. However please remember that you should keep your child away from school for 48 hours if they have sickness or diarrhoea. You can find a useful guide to illnesses and whether children should or shouldn't come to school on our website - click here 

Good Luck Roger!

We wish our former Vice Chair if Governors Roger Kingsnorth good luck as he sets out to run 26 miles in January. Roger stepped down from the governing body last year after many years dedicated to supporting the school. Roger has been focussing on his health having had a diagnosis of prostate cancer in 2023. Thankfully, he seems to be recovering well and is now setting out on a mission to fundraise for the UK charity and raise awareness of Prostate Cancer. 

If you would like to support Roger's fundraising then please visit his page linked below. 

Tuesday 16th January

Meet the Teacher

Appointments go live on Arbor tomorrow (Wednesday) at 18:30. Log into your portal/app and look for Guardian Consultations. You should see the Meet the Teacher sessions and the appointment options will appear after 18:30

Appointments are on Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th February between 15:30 and 18:30. Don't hesitate to get in touch with your class teacher if you are unable to make these dates. 

If you are not on Arbor (around 3-5% of parents) please visit our Arbor Page

Uniform Consultation 

We mentioned last term that the uniform policy was being reviewed following updated guidance from the DfE (Department for Education). Governors have now finalised a proposal and now seek the views of parents and carers. You can read about the proposals in the document posted below and we have also made a short video explaining the proposals. It's worth noting that if any changes are made to the uniform, these will be phased in over time. Once you have read or listened to the information, please complete the consultation survey which is now open and will close on 2nd February. 

Uniform Sale - Parents/Carers may remember that 18 months ago we did a bulk purchase of school sweatshirts and sold them at cost to parents. We still have some of that stock and now we have Arbor we will be putting the remaining stock on the shop that can be found on your Arbor portal/app. We will let you know when this is ready. 

Uniform Policy Review - 2023/2024

Review & Consultation

Video explanation

The Hub

Pre-school activities start again with Messy Play and Stay and Play. There is a small charge for £3 per session. 

For any parent who wishes to improve their English, we have FREE sessions in the Hub every Tuesday. This may be last term they will be free so please make the use. 

Messy Play

Sessions for pre-school children and parents on Mondays 08:45 - 09:45 am

Stay and Play

Two sessions on for pre-school children on Fridays 08:45-10am 10:30-11:45am

ESOL

English lessons for parents/carers new to the language on Tuesdays 

ask at the office

Friday 12th January

STaffing Update

There are a few changes for the Spring Term and parents affected have been made aware, but for everyone else.

Clubs 

Clubs start next week except for Tag Rugby 3/4 and 5/6 clubs, due to staff absence. Tag Rugby Alpha on a Thursday will start next week. 

Meet the Teacher - Arbor

Appointments for Meet the Teacher sessions will be released next week. These will appear on your Arbor portal/app for Wednesday 7th and Thursday 8th February for appointments between 15:30 and 18:30. You will find these under Guardian Consultations when they are released.  

96% of parents in the Infants and 93% of parents in the Juniors are now signed up to Arbor. There is Arbor App page on our website for those who have yet to sign in. 

Weather

There is much talk in the news about severe weather and "disruptive snow" for next week. We will always do our best to remain open, but this usually comes down to whether enough staff can get to work and many teachers in particular are not based locally. We also have to ensure the school heating is operating and that we can operate the school kitchens. 

If we do open with snow on the ground, entry to the schools will be restricted to the main entrance on Wellington Road and the Raglan Road door in the Juniors. 

If we have to close then we will send a text message to primary guardians and post information on our website. Teachers will post work into Google Classroom (Y2-6) or add to the Year Group pages on our website  

Parking

It's very noticeable that we get an increase in issues when the weather is poor. Please remember to respect our neighbours and keep all our children safe by parking responsibly in the local area. This means