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Year 1 – Learning for Life topic – Up, Up and Away

Last week, the children in year one, were immersed into their new topic – Up, Up, Away. All the children wrote letters which they attached to balloons. The children then watched the balloons get released into the sky.

After the balloon release, the children then began thinking about what they might have seen if they had flown Up, Up and Away with the balloons. They came up with lots of fabulous ideas and created aerial maps which are shown below. We've got houses, shops, cars, a park, a mosque, Highfield Primary School and a big red bus.

Read more: Year 1 – Learning for Life topic – Up, Up and Away 

Leadership Structure

Dear Parents,

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce you to our new Leadership Team

Mr Knibbs - Acting Head of School

Mrs Davies - Deputy Head Teacher

Mrs Hazeldine - Assistant Head Teacher (Special Educational Needs)

Miss Webster - Assistant Head Teacher (Year 6)

Miss Kamran - Assistant Head Teacher (Year 4 and 5)

Miss Johnson - Assistant Head Teacher (Year 2 and 3)

Miss Bi - Assistant Head Teacher (Year 1)

If you have any concerns or questions please take them up with your child's phase Leader.

Thank you for your continued support

Consultation: notification of a change to admissions criteria 18/19

Dear Parents,

At the Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT) we are always looking for ways to ensure that we have the most talented and dedicated staff working with your children. You will have seen media reports over the past couple of years that refer to the ‘teacher shortage’ in the country. It is becoming more difficult for schools across the country to recruit new staff and hold on to good people that they already employ. The Trustees and I are always looking for ways to attract the best staff but also to ensure that we keep the excellent colleagues that we already have. One of the things that we think will help to do this is to change our admissions criteria. The Trustees of Prince Albert Community Trust wish to make an amendment in respect of the admissions criteria for the 2018-19 academic year.

The amendment under consideration is as follows:

Criteria 3: Children of a member of staff employed across the Prince Albert Community Trust

This will allow the small number of staff who wish to send their children to a PACT school (having worked for us for at least 2 years) to do so. It may be that they live in another town and would otherwise have to leave to find a post closer to home when their child starts school, it may simply be that they want the best possible school for their child. Our full admissions criteria with the variance included is available here.

This letter signals the start of the consultation process which will run until 31st January 2017. If you would like to express your views as part of this consultation then please email alternatively you can pass on hand written comments to the school office in an envelope clearly marked ‘Admissions Consultation.’ I look forward to seeing your comments and feeding them back to the Trust Board. The Board will give full consideration to your comments before deciding on any changes to our current admissions arrangements.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Sajid Gulzar


Outstanding Dinner Money

Dear Parent/Carers,

I am writing to remind you that dinner money must be paid for in advance. We have a large amount of dinner money owing to school and the administration staff are spending a great deal of their time chasing parents for outstanding debts.

This is public money and the school is accountable to the Education Funding Agency for its recovery. The Department of Education are very clear that all outstanding money must be collected or legal action should be taken.

If you have any outstanding dinner money owing to school, please ensure that you pay it by the end of the week.

From next week, parents will be asked to bring in a packed lunch for any child with an outstanding debt.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Phillipa Downes
Chief Operations Officer

Important End of Term Information

Dear Parent / Carer

Closing Time Arrangements for the Last
Day of School (Friday 16th December 2016)

School will be finishing at 1:00 p.m. on Friday 16th December:

- Children who go home for dinner
do not have to return

- All other children will be finishing
at 1 o'clock after lunch

IMPORTANT: PARENTS please ensure that you collect your child or make arrangements
for your child to be collected from school at 1 o'clock. SCHOOL

Read more: Important End of Term Information

Inclusion Parent Workshop

On the 9th November, the Inclusion team hosted their first parent workshop. It was an afternoon devoted to superheroes.

The children really enjoyed dressing up in their superhero costumes (and so did the staff!) Parents and children took part in superhero maths, cake decorating, singing and creative activities.

Thank you very much to all the parents who came along to our first workshop.

Read more: Inclusion Parent Workshop

Year 1 Phonics Workshops

Dear Parents,

Year 1 – Phonics Workshop

We would like to invite all Year 1 parents to our Phonics Workshop on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th November. The aim of the workshop is to provide ideas for you to help your child with their phonics learning at home. There will also be a short presentation on how we teach phonics in school. This will be followed by a selection of activities for you to work on with your child.

The workshops will take place in the school hall on:

Read more: Year 1 Phonics Workshops

Wellbeing workshops

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

Wellbeing Workshops

We are delighted to inform you that Highfield Junior and Infant School will be hosting a series of Wellbeing Workshops for parents and guardians starting this Thursday, 10th November, from 3.15 - 4.30pm. The workshops will take place every Thursday until 15th December in the junior hall. Each week, we will explore a variety of topics such as illnesses and dental hygiene, with all workshops aiming to support parents and guardians in keeping our children healthy, happy and well.

Please come along and join us for the workshops. You are welcome to bring your son/ daughter along with you after collection from their classes at the end of the school day.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Yours faithfully,

Miss P. Sage
Trust Leader for Sport and Health