Easy Fundraising for Schools

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Dear Parents/Carers

Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising a free donation for Bar Hill Community primary School.

There are nearly 3,000 retailers including Amazon, John Lewis, Aviva, TheTrainLine and Sainsbury who will donate a percentage of the amount you spend to our school to say thank you for shopping with them.

It’s really simple and doesn’t cost you anything.

All you have to do is:

  1. Go to http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/barhillprimaryschool
  2. Sign up for free
  3. Get shopping.

Your donations will be collected by easyfundraising and automatically sent to Bar Hill Primary School. It couldn’t be easier.

There are no catches or hidden charges and the school will be really grateful for your donations.

Thank you for your support.

Bar Hill Primary School PTA

Upgrade: New Version of PMX Parentmail

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Dear Parents/Carers

Improving School Communications with ParentMail 

From today we will be upgrading to PMX – ParentMail’s latest platform.

The benefits to this are that we now have more Apps to use, meaning we can use ParentMail to send home letters, forms, permissions and surveys.

For parents, the latest version of ParentMail means you can easily pick up school messages on your smartphone by downloading the free ParentMail App on Android or iOS.

  • Access ParentMail even when there’s no network connection.
  • No need to search through your busy personal inbox for school messages.
  • Instant access – no need to login to complete forms or read messages.
  • In app ‘notifications’ help make sure things don’t get missed or forgotten.
  • Helps preserve your data allowance.

To use the latest version of ParentMail all you need to do is verify your account. Over the next few days you will be sent either an email or text message from ParentMail, when you receive this please just follow the instructions below: 

Mobile and Email registration: 

Please click on the link from the text message or email and follow the verification process. You will be asked to enter some details, answer a security question to verify who you are and to set a password for your account.

Please be assured that ParentMail is registered with the Information Commissioner and guarantees that all information you provide will be kept private and will not be passed on to any other organisation.

If you have any issues or queries with the process, please contact us next week when we return to school. We would really appreciate if you could verify as soon as possible and by Sunday evening at the latest as we will send out a message on Monday to test that everyone is getting the new Parentmail system.

Kind regards

The School Office

New Uniform – Update from Governors

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Dear Parents/Carers,

Firstly a thank you to parents for the positive response we have had to the new uniform policy over the last few months. The Department for Education strongly encourages schools to have a uniform in place as they believe it contributes to the ethos of a school and in setting an appropriate tone for children, staff, parents and the community. It has been encouraging for the Governing Body to see that a large majority of our parents agree with this view.

Thank you also goes to those parents who have contacted the school offering solutions for consideration. All of these have been communicated, and the views of parents have been taken into account by the Governing Body, to ensure we have a school uniform policy which is providing best value for money whilst meeting the policy objectives.

A final thank you goes to all parents for their patience and understanding over the last few months whilst we have considered these requests to variations in the original policy introduced and finalised the options available to ensure we have the best possible policy going forward. The Governing Body wishes to extend the thanks to the School Office staff who have worked hard to negotiate supplier costs, to ensure the best value for parents, their time has been tremendously appreciated.


Further to the previous communication from the Governing Body on the policy, we wish to clarify the following to parents:

From January 2015

  • Correct shoes (in recognition that growing children need correct footwear)
  • Children should be continuing to wear blue sweatshirt or cardigan with the school logo

Clarification: Due to the popularity of the sewn on logos, and to help parents with the transition process of the policy, existing non hooded blue items can continue to be used with a sewn on logo until September 2016. This is in recognition that some parents have already purchased clothing at the beginning of the academic year which they may wish their child to wear for more than one school year. Please note however, that the School Office will only continue to sell the sewn on logo badges, at cost price to parents, until July 2015. After this time the sewn on badges will no longer be available to purchase.

  • Socks to be grey, black or white

From Feb half term 2015

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

Clarification: In response to parents feedback and our commitment to providing cost effective solutions to parents, the School Office have organised for logo uniform which can be purchased from Tesco. You will be receiving a Parentmail message from the School Office with more details on this new supplier and how to order, but as an indication, logo polo shirts cost £3.75 with sweatshirts at £6.50.

We have noted that it will take up to 14 working days for the uniform to arrive and so with this in mind, the date has been pushed back from Monday 23rd February to Monday 16th March for all polo shirts to be white for uniform and light blue for PE. We hope that this will enable those parents who wish to purchase polo shirts, with the school logo, for their child to wear from after February half term (although please note above, that a logo is not required until September 2015) to be able to do so using this new supplier.

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 to be navy

From September 2015

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

Clarification: As explained above, existing non-hooded blue items that have the sewn on logo can continue to be used until September 2016.


Thank you for your cooperation and we hope Bar Hill School parents and carers can appreciate that the Governing Body have revised the specification due to the views and feedback from parents we have received. By continuing to work together we can help to foster respect for the school environment, pride and belonging.

The School is advised by the Department for Education that there should not be frequent changes to uniform specifications and so this letter now concludes our revisions of the policy. We will however review the policy each academic year, as we always have done with all our school policies.

One final note, which is that the Governing Body has been encouraged by the active voice amongst Bar Hill School Parents. We would therefore like to highlight that we have elections coming up in summer months for parent governors (more details to follow in the coming months). Governors are the largest volunteer workforce in the country, who all give their spare time each and every week (around work, family and other commitments) to ensure the school standards are maintained and where possible, raised. Our Bar Hill School Governing Body, which was considered outstanding in the last Ofsted, comprises of 15 members including; school senior leadership, staff, parents and members of the wider community in its representation. We would highly encourage those parents who wish to join us in our work to endeavour to make Bar Hill School the best it possibly can, to put themselves forward for elections.

Yours sincerely,

Rachel Hallam
Chair of Governors, on behalf of the Bar Hill School Governing Body

Music Lessons

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Bar Hill welcomes Andy, our new drum teacher. Now we offer Piano, Guitar, Drums, Recorder, Tin Whistle and Voice.

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.

For details, please contact the front office

 

 

Lunch Time Drop In

We now also have a drop in session one lunchtime a week for children who need extra time to sort out problems. This has been very effective. Children find it easier to continue to enjoy school life knowing that relationships, and how they make them feel, is taken seriously.

Chair of Governors

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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