Dear Parents/Carers

Thanks so much for the warm welcome that’s been extended to me as I start as Headteacher at Bar Hill School. Forgive me for my sentimentality when I write that I’ve fallen in love with the school. We have the very best children a school could want – keen to learn, loving, willing to try new things and able to deal with challenges – and they make teaching great fun.

These positive qualities of our children will be tested over the coming weeks as we continue to clean up after the flood that swept through in August. Of course, as with all challenges, our recovery from the flood comes with substantial opportunities including the refurbishment of large parts of the school. By Christmas we will be grateful for the new resources and improvements made to many of our classrooms.

While I’m sure you know how wonderful your children are, you may not have realised quite how strong the teachers are at the school. I’ve been teaching in Britain since 1995 and I’ve never worked with such a positive group of people – they love teaching and deliver such brilliant results. It is becoming obvious to me why the school has such a strong reputation both within and outside Cambridgeshire. I intend over the coming weeks, months and years to build upon this strong base so that our children achieve at the top of national and international league tables while continuing to enjoy the established values within the school and while continuing to have the great fun that is evident throughout the school day.

As the academic year progresses there will be many opportunities for you to meet and chat with me. Of course, feel free to contact me directly via e-mail (headteacher@barhill.cambs.sch.uk). I aim to respond to e-mails within no more than 24 hours. Similarly, don’t hesitate to ring the front office or call by. I very much value any feedback offered as it helps me ensure that we achieve the highest standards of service for the children.

At this point I’d like to thank you all again for the support you’ve offered to me and the school as we start the academic year while also recovering from what I understand to be the worst flood at the school in many, many years. I look forward to writing to you in future about all of the wonderful achievements at Bar Hill School over this academic year.

Yours sincerely

Dr Al Mistrano
Headteacher

Dear Parents/Carers

The start of a new academic year is always an exciting time as we welcome our new intake of reception children and welcome back our other year group pupils. September 2014 also sees Dr Al Mistrano take over as our new Headteacher and I’m sure you will join me in wishing him well as he builds on the legacy left behind by Mrs Lin Whyte and drives the school forward.

It has been an interesting summer for us as we continue to recover from the extensive flooding we experienced in early August. Phase 1 of the refurbishment is complete and with the siting of the temporary mobile classrooms, we are fully operational. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to all those involved in the refurbishment who have worked around the clock to make it possible for us to open as planned.

Whilst the refurbishment of the remainder of the school takes place between now and the Autumn half term new access arrangements are in place for dropping off and collecting children at either end of the school day. We appreciate your continued support and co-operation in adhering to the new arrangements.

Finally, a quick reminder to parents of Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 children that they are now entitled to free school meals under the Governments universal infant free school meals (UIFSM) initiative. Kevin, our chef is looking forward to serving them all a tasty dish from our balanced menu.

Best wishes

Jo Montgomery
Chair of Governors

Dear Parents/Carers

This is to confirm that Breakfast Club will be ready to start this Monday, 8th September.

Just a reminder that you can drop your child off from 7.45am and the cost is £2.50. Your child is welcome on a regular basis or whenever you need to use it.

Yours Sincerely
The School Office

Dear Parents and Carers

We hope that you have had an enjoyable holiday with your families and if you have been affected by the flood, that you are over the worst by now.

School will open as planned on Monday, 8th September at 8.40am.  A great deal of work has been done over the past few weeks to enable this to happen and we have acquired temporary accommodation which is sited on the Infant playground and Reception grassed area.

For your information the access arrangements are as follows:

School Office and Head Office
These will be accessed as normal via the front entrance gate.  Please remember that, due to work that will be continuing inside the school, there will be no access beyond the Office area to the main part of the school.  The School Office hours must be strictly adhered to for health and safety reasons opening at 8.45am-9.15am and again at 2.45pm-3.30pm.  Appointments with Dr Mistrano, the new head teacher, will be made through the School Office.

Reception classes (Mrs Hackett/Mrs Russell/Mrs Bailham)
These are still sited in the main school as before but have been re-furbished with new carpets etc.  Entrance will be via the small gate opposite the Library and the two external doors into the classroom.  Collection of the children for the first two weeks will be from your child’s classroom.

Year 1 (Miss Loombe/Miss Dines)
Both classes are sited in the first mobile opposite the Reception classes and accessed via the same gate as above.  Children will be collected from the classrooms (as above) at 3.10pm.

Year 2 (Miss Todman/Miss Davies)
Both classes are sited in the second mobile on the Infant Playground nearest to the Reception classes and main school.  Access to the classroom will be via the small gate sited off the Infant play area or the gate by the all-weather court.  Please note that the first gate has not been in use for several years but is now fully functional.

For collection at 3.10pm, all Year 2 children will be walked to the parent collect area which is by the Reception fence and painted shed walls.

Year 3/ 4 (Mrs Taylor/Mrs Morris)
Both classes are sited in the third mobile on the Infant Playground nearest to the village play area. Access to the classroom will be via the small gate sited off the Infant play area or the gate by the all-weather court.  Please note that the first gate has not been in use for several years but is now fully functional.   Due to a shortage of space, small cloakroom areas and larger numbers of pupils, you will not be able to bring your child into the cloakroom or classroom.

For collection at 3.10pm, the two Year 3/ 4 classes will meet you at the parent collect area which is by the green Perspex waiting area and gazebo.

Year 3/ 4 (Mr Hawkins)
This class will be situated in the Uppers block, second classroom on the left-hand side. Access to the classroom will be via the small gate sited off the Infant play area or the gate by the all-weather court.  Please note that the first gate has not been in use for several years but is now fully functional.  Due to a shortage of space, small cloakroom areas and larger numbers of pupils, you will not be able to bring your child into the cloakroom or classroom.

For collection at 3.10pm, the Year 3/ 4 class will also meet you at the parent collect area which is by the green Perspex waiting area and gazebo.

Year 5/6  (Mrs Mayer/ Mrs Tabram) 
Both classes are situated as normal in the Uppers block.  Access to the classroom will be the small gate sited off the Infant play area or the gate by the all-weather court.  Please note that the first gate has not been in use for several years but is now fully functional.

If your child cycles to school they MUST enter via the double gates by the ‘Total Relaxation’ building (old farmhouse).  If you are collecting your child please wait by the all-weather court.

Please note the following starting and finishing times as parents will be unable to enter the classroom before these times.

  • Year 1 to Year 6 8.40am start and 3.10pm finish,
  • Reception 8.40-8.50am start and 3pm-3.10pm finish.
  • Part time children in the morning will finish at 11.50am and if they are staying for lunch, they must be collected by 12.10.
  • Afternoon children will commence at 1.10pm.

These arrangements for Reception will change after the two week induction has been completed.  Further details will be communicated via the Reception team.

Lunchtime arrangements for Years 1-6

  • Years 1 and 2 lunch break will be from 11.50am until 12.40pm
  • Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 lunch break will be from 12.20pm-1.10pm

If your child is home lunch they will need to be collected from the School Office.

Packed lunches will be eaten in designated classroom bases.  It would be much appreciated if yoghurts and any liquid desserts were not included whilst the temporary arrangements are in place as the classrooms will be used for teaching straight after lunch.  They will be cleaned by the mid-day supervisors before the children resume their afternoon lessons.

School meals will be eaten in the school hall.  Additional furniture and mid-day supervision has been bought in to cater for the anticipated larger number of children who we hope will take up the ‘free school meal’ offer (Reception, Year 1 and Year 2).

If you have any queries about any of these arrangements, do not hesitate to contact Dr Mistrano who will take up his post as the new Head teacher from September 1st or Mrs Tabram (deputy head) who has been fully involved in the start of term arrangements.

Finally, a huge thank you again for all of your kind wishes, cards, gifts and chocolate cakes which my family and I very much enjoyed during the summer holiday.

With kind regards

Lin Whyte

Dear Parents/Carers

Excellent progress is being made with the clean-up operation and we are currently on schedule to open as planned on the 8th September for the new academic year.

Due to the extensive damage caused by the flooding, we have prioritised areas of the school to be completed in phase 1 of the operation. Many of you will have noticed that three mobile classrooms are currently being sited on the playground and reception play area. These will be used on a temporary basis to accommodate pupils from the classrooms scheduled to be completed during phase 2 of the operation.

Details will be sent out via ParentMail and posted on the website over the next couple of weeks notifying you on the location of your child’s classroom and the new access arrangements for dropping off and collecting at either end of the school day.

Thank you for your continued support and co-operation.

Yours sincerely

Jo Montgomery
Chair of Governors

Dear Parents/Carers

As many of you already know, the school was severely flooded during the recent downpour with over 80% of the school affected and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the many parents that have contacted us with offers of help.

Work has started to repair the damage and for health and safety reasons, access to the entire site is restricted to authorised personnel only for the remainder of the summer holiday.

A strategic plan is in place, so please rest assured that every effort is being made to allow us to open on time for the new academic year in September.

Yours sincerely

Jo Montgomery
Chair of Governors

Dear Parents/Carers

Whole School Concert
Tickets have now gone out for next week’s concert. Your child should have brought home their allocated tickets yesterday stapled to a yellow letter.

Please note that babies and preschoolers will not be admitted due to health and safety constraints and only those with a valid ticket will be allowed in. Also, no videoing or photography will be allowed.

Sports Day
On Friday, 11th July starting between 9.20am and 9.30am the school will be having a whole school sports day. It will take place on the school playing field and all parents, carers, younger siblings and grandparents are warmly welcome. It should finish at approximately 12.00 noon.

If it rains on the Friday, sports day will take place on Monday, 14th July.

Open Evening
Thank you to the many families who came to our school Open Evening on Wednesday. It was lovely to see so many of you there.

Children’s Art Work
If you weren’t able to purchase your child’s art work on open evening, you can come to the school office any morning next week between 8.45am and 9.15am and buy it then.

Thank you to the parents who have already purchased their child’s art work. I’m sure you will agree with me that the standard was amazing!

Sunhats, Sunscreen, Water Bottles and Play Equipment
Please could your child bring a filled water bottle with them each morning, and if your child wishes to play on the play equipment at break and lunch time they must wear closed shoes (eg no open toed shoes/slips ons, etc).

If you think your child might require sunscreen at lunchtime they are allowed to leave it in their tray or bag, just make sure their name is on it.

Can you remind your child that they must not share their sunscreen with other children, as these children could have an allergic reaction. Also, we cannot apply sunscreen to children.

Please write a note in your child’s day book informing the teacher that your child has sunscreen in school.

Summer Reading Challenge
Please encourage your child to visit Bar Hill Library to sign up for the summer reading challenge. It is called ‘Mythical Maze’. This is a wonderful opportunity not only to support the library but for your child to enjoy reading over the holiday. For more information go to:
www.mythical-maze.org.uk or why not download the App – Discover the Magic! sol.us/mythical

End Of Term Discos
These will be held on Friday, 18th July in the school hall. Tickets are on sale at the office starting this Monday from 8.45am to 9.05am and 3.00pm to 3.20pm. Tickets cost £2.00.

  • Reception/Year 1/2 Disco – 6.00pm to 7.15pm.
  • Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 Disco – 7.30pm to 9.00pm.

Helpers Needed;  The Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 disco needs help on the evening. If you could come for that hour and a half, please let the school office know.

Yours sincerely,

Lin Whyte
Headteacher

Dear Parents/Carers

Stop Press – Wednesday Evening Concert Full
If you have not sent back your ticket request for the whole school summer concerts, please note that the Wednesday evening performance is now full and there are only a few spaces left for the Thursday evening performance.

There are still tickets available for the two afternoon performances (see below).

  • Tuesday, 1st July at 1.30pm
  • Thursday, 3rd July at 1.30pm and 6.00pm

Please return your ticket request to the school by Monday please.

School Fun Day
Many thanks to the PTA, teachers and children for all their hard work last Friday.  I’m sure you will all agree that it was a wonderful day.

Over £1,000 was raised for the school!

Sports Day
On Friday, 11th July the school will be having a whole school sports day (time to be confirmed).  It will take place on the school playing field and all parents, carers, younger siblings and grandparents are warmly welcome.

If it rains on the Friday, sports day will take place on Monday, 14th July.

Open Evening
On Wednesday, 25th June the school will be having its annual Open Evening and this year we will be having an Art Exhibition as well.

This term the children will be creating a piece of artwork which will be framed and available for sale on the evening.  More details to follow.

Class Photos
Please note that all orders must be in by this Wednesday, 18th June.

Lost Property
Can we encourage parents, that if your child brings home the wrong clothes from school that you return them to the school office or your child’s class teacher as soon as possible.  Thank you.

Coats, Hats, Sunscreen, Water Bottles and Play Equipment
Please could your child bring a filled water bottle with them each morning, and if your child wishes to play on the play equipment at break and lunch time they must wear closed shoes (eg no open toed shoes/slips ons, etc).

If you think your child might require sunscreen at lunchtime they are allowed to leave it in their tray or bag, just make sure their name is on it.

Can you remind your child that they must not share their sunscreen with other children, as these children could have an allergic reaction.  Also, we cannot apply sunscreen to children.

Please write a note in your child’s day book informing the teacher that your child has sunscreen in school.

Tour de France
We have had enquiries as to whether we will be shut on Monday, 7th July for the Tour de France.  We will be open for business as usual!

Yours sincerely

Lin Whyte
Headteacher

Dear Parents/Carers

Tour de France
We have had inquiries as to whether we will be shut on Monday, 7th July for the Tour de France.  We will be open for business as usual!

Dates For Your Diary
As this is Mrs Whyte’s last term, we will be having a whole school sports day and concert.  Here is some information on both these events:

Sports Day
On Friday, 11th July the school will be having a whole school sports day (time to be confirmed).  It will take place on the school playing field and all parents, carers, younger siblings and grandparents are warmly welcome.

If it rains on the Friday, sports day will take place on Monday, 14th July.

Whole School Summer Concert
The same concert will be performed by the whole school on the following days and times:

  • Tuesday, 1st July at 1.30pm
  • Wednesday, 2nd July at 6.00pm
  • Thursday, 3rd July at 1.30pm and 6.00pm

Each family in the school will be entitled to two tickets for one of the performances.  Nearer the time we will be taking your request for tickets and allocating them on a first come / first served basis.

Open Evening
On Wednesday, 25th June the school will be having its annual Open Evening and this year we will be having an Art Exhibition as well.

This term the children will be creating a piece of artwork which will be framed and available for sale on the evening.  More details to follow.

School Fun Day, Friday, 6th June – 3.00pm onwards
On the first Friday back after half-term, the school will be having it’s annual Fun Day.  It will take place straight after school and continue into the early evening.

Each class will be running a stall and in addition there will be face painting, various bouncy castles, sweet stall, sand art, finding buried treasure, a licensed bar, a raffle, ice cream, a barbecue and cream teas.

Lost Property
The office has a child’s pair of pale green Kangol glasses in the office and a child’s black Timex Expedition watch.  The office will be open until 4.30pm this afternoon if you want to collect either item before half-term.

Mrs Whyte’s Retirement
As Mrs Whyte is not in today, we are taking this opportunity to say that if any families want to contribute to her school leaving present we are suggesting the following:

  1. Make or buy a card from your family.
  2. Bring the card with your donation to the office after half-term.
  3. Please have them into the office by Wednesday, 4th June.
  4. When we present Mrs Whyte with her leaving present it will include all of the cards you have given to us so she knows you have contributed to her present.

If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact the school office.

We hope you all have a lovely half-term break with your family and we look forward to greeting the children back for Mrs Whyte’s last half-term on Monday, 2nd June.

Yours sincerely

Stephanie Tabram
Deputy Headteacher

Dear Parents/Carers

Dates For Your Diary
As this is Mrs Whyte’s last term, we will be having a whole school sports day and concert.  Here is some information on both these events:

Sports Day
On Friday, 11th July the school will be having a whole school sports day (time to be confirmed).  It will take place on the school playing field and all parents, carers, younger siblings and grandparents are warmly welcome.

If it rains on the Friday, sports day will take place on Monday, 14th July.

Whole School Summer Concert
The same concert will be performed by the whole school on the following days and times:

  • Tuesday, 1st July at 1.30pm
  • Wednesday, 2nd July at 6.00pm
  • Thursday, 3rd July at 1.30pm and 6.00pm

Each family in the school will be entitled to two tickets for one of the performances.  Nearer the time we will be taking your request for tickets and allocating them on a first come / first served basis.

School Fun Day
On Friday, 6th June the school will be having it’s Fun Day.  It will take place straight after school and continue into the early evening.

Each class will be running a stall and in addition there will be face painting, various bouncy castles, sweet stall, sand art, finding buried treasure, a licensed bar, a raffle, ice cream, a barbecue and cream teas.

Open Evening
On Wednesday, 25th June the school will be having its annual Open Evening and this year we will be having an Art Exhibition as well.

This term the children will be creating a piece of artwork which will be framed and available for sale on the evening.  More details to follow.

Class Photos
Class photos did not happen today and have been postponed until Wednesday, 21st May. Please make sure your child is wearing school uniform on the day.

Medical Condition
If in the past year your child has developed a medical condition or their medical condition has changed, please can you let the office know so that we can be sure our records are accurate.

Reports
Please can you let the office know if your child/ren will need an additional report for another parent and if they do, an address for them to post it to.

Parent Support Group – Friday, 23rd May – 10.00am
In the community room our parent/carer group will be running a workshop on “Encouraging Good Behaviour in your Child”.

Come along if you would like some tips and also to find out more about other workshops and courses run locally by Cambridgeshire County Council.  The workshop will be led by a Family worker from the Cottenham and Swavesey Locality Team.

Yours sincerely

Stephanie Tabram
Deputy Headteacher