Music Lessons

music

Dear Parents/Carers

Yesterday your children had a special percussion/drumming assembly from the company that will be providing music lesson in our school from January.

The company offer lessons for piano, trumpet, clarinet and percussion/drumming (see attached document). If you would like to view their website or ask any questions, their details are in the top right hand corner of the attached letter.

Research has found that learning music facilitates learning in other subjects and enhances skills that children inevitably use in other areas. Please fill in the form on the attached letter and return to the school office by Friday, 5th December if you would like your child to learn an instrument.

B_Kreativ. Music Lessons

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Clerk to the Governing Body

job

We currently have a vacancy for the position as Clerk to the Governing Body at Bar Hill School.  If you are interested in the post and would like more details including remuneration please contact the school office.
Closing date for applications: Friday, 12th December 2014.

Below is the job description outlining the tasks and responsibilities.

Clerk - Job Description

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PTA AGM and Christmas Boxes

PTA News

Dear Parents/Carers

PTA AGM
The PTA would like to give a warm invitation to tomorrow’s PTA AGM.

It will be held in the staff room starting at 7.30pm and there will be wine and cheese! It is an opportunity to find out all the wonderful things that happened last year. What was raised for our children, how it was spent and looking forward to the year ahead.

Operation Christmas Child
Also, if you haven’t had a chance to do a shoebox for ‘Operation Christmas Child’ it’s not too late. The office has spare boxes and the deadline for getting them to the office is now this Monday, 10th November. They will be collected from school on the 11th November. If you have any questions, do get in touch with the office.

Yours sincerely

Dr Mistrano

Chair of Governors

Update

Dear Parents/Carers

You may have noticed that we have a new Chair of the Governing Body. After seven years as a Parent Governor, two years as Chair of Governors, and no longer having children at the school, Dr Jo Montgomery has made the difficult decision to step down as Chair.

The Governing Body had planned for this succession to happen with Rachel Hallam (née Redman) stepping up from Vice Chair to take over the position of Chair. Having seen Dr Al Mistrano settle into his new role as Headteacher, Jo will remain on the Governing Body until the end of the year to support the new Head and new Chair and to continue to support our School.

Rachel Hallam brings with her a wealth of knowledge and expertise about school standards and data, a strategic way of working, as well as her experience of the community, school and our governing body.

Yours sincerely

Dr Al Mistrano

School Uniform Changes

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Dear Parents/Carers

The governors of the school have been updating the school uniform policy over the past weeks. They have included a schedule of implementation for the changes that will be taking place with full implementation in place for next September 2015 (see here). We will also be sending out a copy of the new School Uniform Policy by ParentMail.

To help support families with this transition, we have brought the price of school uniform down ‘to cost’ from now until September 2015. School jumpers with logo will now be £8.00, school cardigans with logo will now be £8.50 and white and blue polo shirts with logo will now be £7.00.

If your family are in any of the categories below you will be eligible for a discount from us on school uniform:

  • Income support.
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance; or Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, but who are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and whose annual income does not exceed £16,190
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • From May 2009 where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after their employment ceases, or after they start to work less than 16 hours per week

If you think you are entitled to further discount please speak to the office and collect the necessary form.

In the meantime, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Yours sincerely

Dr Al Mistrano
Headteacher

Uniform Policy

Update

Dear Parents/Carers

The recent school survey confirmed an overwhelming majority of parents are in favour of a school uniform and after careful consideration the governing body has updated our uniform policy.

We would appreciate your cooperation in adhering to the new policy and are looking for full participation by September 2015. In appreciation that most parents have just purchased uniform items for the start of this academic year we are proposing the following schedule of implementation:

From January 2015

  • Correct shoes (in recognition that growing children need correct footwear)
  • Children should be wearing branded Bar Hill sweatshirt or cardigan (this will give the current year 6 children seven months of wear)
  • Socks to be grey, black or white

From Feb half term 2015

  • All polo shirts for uniform must be white (with logo by September 2015)
  • All polo shirts for PE must be light blue (with logo by September 2015) 

From Easter 2015 

  • Grey trousers/skirt/pinafore/tailored shorts (Note: Current year 6 will be allowed to wear black tailored trousers/skirt as per Swavesey VC uniform as recognition that we don’t wish parents to purchase more new clothing than necessary)
  • Summer dresses to be blue checked.
  • PE shorts to be navy
  • PE tracksuits must be navy

From September 2015

  • Complete uniform must be adhered to including white polo shirt with school logo and light blue polo shirt with logo for PE

Over the coming couple of months the governing body will be looking at further ways the school can be improved including:

  1. Dress codes for all Staff to ensure they are leading by example.
  2. Working to improve the appearance of the school grounds and buildings.
  3. Improving the quality of communication from the school.

By working together we can help to foster respect for the school environment, pride and belonging.

Yours sincerely

Rachel Hallam
Chair of Governors

 

PTA Newsletter

PTA Newsletter

Welcome back everyone to a new school year.  Welcome to Dr Mistrano, our new head teacher and all new parents and children who have started at the school this term

The PTA: Who are we and what are we?

We are group of parents, grandparents and extended family that give up a few hours of our time each month to raise funds to help make our school a better learning environment for our children. It is a proven fact that children thrive in school whilst family members are involved.  So what better way to be involved in your child/ren’s school than to help us out on the PTA.

The funds that we raise are used to provide things for the school such as books, play equipment. Replacement of equipment such as over head projection screens. And events such as theatre groups visiting the school. Without our fundraising our school and children would not be as well equipped with the tools they need to assist with learning and have such a nice environment within which they spend their day.

Whether you come along and help on a cake stall or bake a cake or assist at the end of term discos. Even better why not come along to a meeting with some new fresh fund raising ideas. “Every little helps”….

We have lots of events planned for this year for you to come along and join in with. So why not come along to our Annual General Meeting and meet us whilst enjoying a glass of wine or soft drink and cheese and nibbles which will be held on Thursday November 6th at 7.30.  It would be lovely to see lots of new faces.

Regards

Bar Hill Primary School PTA

PTA Christmas Raffle

PTA News

Dear Parents/Carers

The PTA is very active within the school, organising events for children, parents and the community with the aim of raising funds for the school. Last year the PTA raised money for the school which was used to buy projectors for the classrooms and dictionaries for all the Year 6 leavers along with many other items.

Due to the recent flooding in the area, the school has suffered a lot of damage and loss of children’s resources. Due to the water damage, many items need replacing including books, carpets and flooring in the studio.

The PTA is running a Christmas raffle and with the support of parents and local businesses we can help replace the damaged items including books and learning resources. If you have any unwanted gifts or a skill or service you could offer, it would be gratefully received.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. I am more than happy to collect any donations made. If you prefer to take them to the school, please mark ‘FAO Emily Spenceley’.

Kind regards

Emily Spenceley
PTA
Email: spenceley@hotmail.co.uk

Harvest Festival

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Dear Parents and Carers

This coming Monday, 6th October, we will start our annual Harvest Celebration. At Bar Hill School we work hard to raise young leaders in our community who naturally care for the vulnerable in our midst. Towards that end, we will be collecting items throughout the week. Children can bring items in for assembly on Monday and up to the following Monday, 13th October.

We will be collecting food items for the Cambridge Food Bank. They distribute food that has been collected to: elderly people, people with learning difficulties and disabilities, families struggling with financial hardship, homeless shelters and women and children in refuge centres.

Types of food that can be effectively distributed include tinned and packet foods, sugar, tea, coffee, pasta, rice and cereals. Please ensure that your child delivers their contribution to their class teacher no later than Monday, 13th October, Thank you, as always, for your support.

Yours sincerely

Dr Al Mistrano
Headteacher

Information and Updates

Latest News

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome!
We are enormously excited to welcome Samuel Yaw Agyeman Thompson, headteacher of Atewase Primary School in Ghana, to Bar Hill School.

We are now celebrating our third year of our joint school partnership together and this trip is a long awaited next step in our joint collaboration. This is Mr Thompson’s first visit to England, and the focus is for him to gain first-hand insight into how we administer our curriculum and assessment, as well as sharing our cultures with each other.

The children are encouraged to ask lots of questions when they see him, and as he will spend some time in each classroom, they will be able to find out more about the similarities and differences between their lives and those of the children in his school community.

Clubs
Please note that KS1 and KS2 Choir and Recorders will start next week.  Also, recorder club is for children who are years 2 – 6 and you will need to purchase a basic recorder for them to start with.  If your child would like to join the school choir or recorders, please come to the school office to collect a permission slip.

Also starting next week on Thursday, 2nd October after school Dr Mistrano will be starting a year 5 and 6 cross country running team.  Permissions slips for this are available from your child’s class teacher.

Parentmail
We are working towards reducing the amount of paper we send home to your family.  With this in mind we are expecting all parents to sign up to Parentmail so that items can be sent to you electronically.  Please email the office at:  office@barhill.cambs.sch.uk with the email address you would like to sign up to Parentmail with and they will add your name to it.

Parent/Carer Survey
On Monday we sent the parent/carer survey out via Parentmail.  Below is the link needed to access the online school survey.  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/barhill2014

The survey has three parts:

  • your thoughts about the quality of provision at school
  • the habits of your children at home (these questions are optional, but helpful for the school)
  • your thoughts about the uniform

All responses will be anonymous so we will not know what you write.

As ever, if you have any questions, concerns or ideas about how we can make what we do better, don’t hesitate to contact me at: headteacher@barhill.cambs.sch.uk

Wishing You all well

Al Mistrano
headteacher