Newtletter 7th Sep 2017

Welcome to our New School Year!

I hope that all our children and families have had a wonderful summer holiday and are as excited as returning as we are.

This week we have welcomed 33 new children and two new teachers. We have a really exciting year ahead of us and so many fabulous things planned already. Watch out for letters regarding a huge range of after school clubs, trips, family learning events and assemblies and coffee mornings in this term as well as all the usual sporting, singing and community based opportunities we like our children to have. Please keep your diaries and calendars up to date.

Please let us know if you have any worries or concerns, together we are always stronger.


We would like to introduce PIPS before and after school club. We are preparing for an exciting and fun year. We have a wide variety of activities and toys for all ages to enjoy. Throughout the year we will be exploring different themes and occasions. We offer a range of different options for meals and encourage children to explore different types of food during our themed weeks.

We look forward to a fantastic year in club and hope you can join us! To contact the club direct call: 07908192451 or contact Jane Nixon in the school office: 685155.

Bookings are being added to our electronic system for September as soon as this is complete invoices will be emailed to you, please ensure your childcare voucher provider know to pay Pips at Pear Tree School, we will deduct this from your invoice and you can pay the remaining via your School Money account. You will receive a message via text/email shortly.

Katherine, Shelley and Jack

Summer shoe box challenge

We hope that your child has enjoyed putting together their shoebox as part of the summer home learning project. Please can all shoeboxes be brought in on Wednesday 13th September (this is a change of date) so they can be shared in a river family assembly. Shoeboxes will then be sent home on the same day as unfortunately we don’t have anywhere to store them all.

Pear Tree Pounds the Park

Don’t forget this major fundraiser is now on Wednesday 20th September at 6pm at the Barony Park. All original entry forms stand. Please encourage friends, family, neighbours and running buddies to join us too. This is a really important fundraising opportunity for school and monies raised will be used to re-stock the library. Please come and walk/toddle/run with us. Entry forms are on the school website and available at the school office.



Keeping our children safe

As we start the new school year we need to revisit all the safeguarding rules that children, staff and parents must follow to ensure the safety of the children. Key to this is communication. If your child is going home with another adult other than those who normally collect a written note in their diary must be given in. This is the same regarding a change in club arrangements. This will then be recorded on whiteboards, which are next to classroom doors and then whoever the adult is, releasing the children at the end of the day, everyone knows where each child should be.

Please don’t rely on verbal messages, there is too great a risk of them being forgotten. If you have to change any arrangements then you must contact the school office by 3.00p.m. at the absolute latest so we can be sure the message gets to class in time. If we do not have written messages we will not release children. The parents of all children in Yr. 5 and Yr. 6 have also been sent a letter this week asking them to state if their child walks home alone. Again unless we have this permission we cannot let children walk home unaccompanied. Due to police guidance we must tighten procedures. Home times are very complicated so please work with us so that upset and panic are avoided and our children are kept safe.


A timetable of Extra Curricular Activities will come home this week, with relevant letters attached for each year group. Please note clubs do not start for Reception class until next year. All clubs have different start and finish dates please ensure you make a note of the ones relevant to you. Return your forms as soon as possible as some clubs will take children on a first come first served basis. We will contact you if your child does NOT have a place this term.

Diary dates/Letters/Reply Slips

By the end of last year the frequency of phone calls to the office asking questions about events that had already been sent out was getting unmanageable. Parents even rang to state they had read it but wanted to check or in response to ‘it was on the Newtletter’ was ‘well I don’t read that’. We commit to a fortnightly Newtletter keeping you up to date and we will ensure the website stays up to date too and in return we politely ask that you read these first to check on dates, times etc. We really appreciate busy family lives and our occasional need to change things at the last minute but please check those first before ringing the school office.

Sports Funding

This year the government have doubled the amount of funding the school will receive for sport and clubs. This money has to be spent on enrichment opportunities, training and new sports. Watch out for the fantastic programme that we have planned. We are very proud of the offer we have and this year we have widened what we shall run so there is something for every child to have a go at. There is lots to enjoy and have fun learning, huge thanks to Mrs Newman in particular for all her hard work putting the programme together.

Reading Helpers

Each year we seem to have fewer helpers to hear our children read. Please if you feel you can spare an hour a week or more then let us know. You will be very welcome in school and we will offer training later in the term for all new helpers. All generations most welcome just call into the school office to put your name down and arrange a DBS check and we will be in touch!

If reading isn’t your thing but you have other skills you feel you could share or you know someone who has, then please let us know, we always welcome other adults into school to enrich our pupil’s education.


Fire Drill

At the end of last term the breakfast club set fire to a piece of toast and so set off the smoke alarm! It was at a time that parents were still bringing children into school so it has made us look again at our fire drill procedures.

In the event of fire alarms going off as you arrive please;

1) Take your child swiftly but calmly to their class muster point. This is by the wood stores at the far end of the playground (Your child will know).

2) Leave them

3) Return to the parent’s fire muster point which is on the grass by the large sandpit.

4) Stay there until a school fire officer (Mrs E, Mrs Hadfield or Mr Challinor) asks you to leave.

Please do not stay with your child it makes accounting for the children very difficult. The children will be practised in fire drill every term and they and the staff know where to be and what to do. Please do not drop your children off and leave immediately, this could put you in danger if fire engines are coming through the front gates.

Fixed Penalty Notices for Unauthorised Holidays

As you may be aware Cheshire East had put on hold the issuing of Fixed Penalty Notices in May 2106 due to the court case of Isle of Wight v Platt. Which was found in favour of the Isle of Wight LA.

As a result of this judgement, the policy will recommence on 1st September 2017. This is a directive from Cheshire East not Pear Tree School.

As from 1st September 2017 any requests made for a holiday to be taken in the academic year 2017-18 or thereafter which is not considered by the headteacher to be exceptional in circumstances, should be recorded as unauthorised, and a Fixed Penalty Notice will be issued by the LA if nine sessions have been missed.

Class Information Evenings

Following feedback last year we have changed our class meetings to earlier in the day. We totally appreciate that this is more difficult for some parents but it is extremely difficult to please everyone and whenever possible we alternate times of meetings to try to accommodate everyone’s wishes. Each class teacher will put on a short presentation and accompany this with a PowerPoint. These will be uploaded onto the school website in your child’s class area so you can view it at home too. There will be staff available to look after school age children on the evenings if required.

Monday September 11th

3.15 – 4.00p.m. – Violet Class Meeting

4.00 – 4.30p.m. – Indigo Class Meeting

Tuesday September 12th

3.30 – 4.15p.m. – Red Class Meeting

4.15 – 5.00p.m. – Orange Class Meeting

Thursday September 14th

3.15 – 4.00p.m. – Yellow Class Meeting

4.00 – 4.30p.m. – Blue Class Meeting

4.30 – 5.00p.m. – Green Class Meeting




Welcome Assembly

We warmly invite the parents of all our new starters - not just reception parents, to join us on Friday September 15th at 9.10 in the school hall for a welcome assembly. This should last around half an hour and will be followed by refreshments. We look forward to seeing you then.


Class Assemblies – parents welcome

Fri 13th Oct 10am – Violet

Fri 20th Oct 10am – Yellow

Fri 3rd Nov 10am – Indigo

Fri 17th Nov 10am – Orange

Fri 24th Nov 10am – Blue

Fri 1st Dec 10am – Green

Fri 8th Dec 10am - Red

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