3rd May 2013
It seems as if summer is dawning and all pupils are enjoying once again being able to use the playing fields and adventure playground. Having the extra space of our field is a real benefit to pupils who utilise it fully.
As the weather warms it is important that pupils remember their water bottles each day which they can replenish from the water coolers throughout the day. Please can we remind all parents that unless we have a letter from your child’s G.P. specifying why they cannot drink water and need fruit juice or other liquid, then the bottle must only contain water. This is in accordance with all advice regarding the benefits of drinking water on a child's overall health.
Pupils can wear sun caps and sunglasses during hot, sunny days. Please ensure they are labelled appropriately. We also have a stock of school sun hats available from Reception.
Other information for this month;
Inhalers: Often during the warmer months and with increasing pollen levels pupils with Asthma need their inhalers more frequently. Please ensure all inhalers brought to school are in date and in their box bearing the child’s name. Inhalers are kept on the teacher’s desk in KS1 and lower KS2 so they are easily accessible. In upper KS2 older pupils place their inhalers in their trays. All pupils have inhalers with them during PE lessons.
Medicine: As a school we are restricted by law to only being able to give children prescribed medicines in containers bearing the child's ’name and which need to be taken 4 times per day i.e. a lunchtime/midday dose or application (in the case of lotions). If your child needs medicine during the day then a parent or guardian must also sign a medicine form in the office, before we can give the medicine.
School Trips: Many classes will be undertaking class trips linked to their curriculum this term – including Durham Cathedral and Castle, Hartlepool Maritime Museum, Forbidden Corner, Eden Camp, Newcastle Museums, Whitby and others. As a school we subsidise each trip by £100 but rely on your voluntary contributions to make up the balance. If insufficient money is forthcoming then the trips may not go ahead. Several classes are being imaginative in trying to raise additional funds for their trips. Well done to the pupils for their innovation and parents for your on-going support.
Sponsored Walk: We had a fantastic day on our sponsored walk – albeit very windy. The younger children managed 2.5 miles, Y3-4 children walked 4.5 miles and Y6 6 miles. It was incredible to see our pupils in long ‘crocodile’ lines and hear their chatter and excitement. So far we have raised the incredible sum of £3255.70, which will go towards buying a set of laptops to use in school. Please ensure any further sponsor money is brought in A.S.A.P., so that we can finalise our equipment order and have the laptops in use this term. Thank you to everyone who supported this fantastic fundraising event.
Recent Sports Events: Y1 and 2 Multi-skills Festival at Spennymoor – well done to all our pupils attending. They represented the school superbly and came away with a Silver Medal. In addition some pupils won gold. Excellent sportsmanship shown by all.
Y5 and 6 Basketball Festival at Spennymoor – once again our pupils set a very high standard of both behaviour and sporting ability. Well done on your silver medal.
Football Team – the school football team have got off to a brilliant start and all those participating have shown great team work and football skills. We even had a goal from our goalie!!! Results: Coxhoe 3 Kirk Merrington 0
Broom Cottages 1 Coxhoe 0
Litter Pick: As part of a National Cleaner Street Community Programme our Y1 and Y4 pupils are involved in Litter Picks in and around the school. We hope you notice a difference.
School Grounds and Gardens: We hope you have noticed the colourful flowers and blossom opening in and around the Conservation area and school orchard. Look out for the tadpoles in the pond. Thank you to the Gardening Club for your hard work and everyone who has contributed seeds and plants.
Y4 Mosaic Designs: Y4 recently worked with artists from the Sunderland Glass Centre designing Roman mosaics. These have now gone off for firing in the glass centre kiln – we look forward to seeing the results.
Reception Class – Camping and Alien adventure: Reception class had a fantastic day with School Explorers camping out and following trails left by aliens around the school. They even met an Alien! This was an excellent day and created great excitement. We trust those parents who came along for tea and to work with the children enjoyed the day and weren’t too frightened by the alien! Many thanks to Mrs Kalus and Mrs Bartle plus all of our staff and volunteers in Reception class for organising this great day.
Cycling proficiency: Y5 pupils have begun their cycling course and at the end will receive their licence to bring their bikes to school. Please note due to space in school only those pupils with a cycling licence in Y5 and Y6 can bring their bikes to school.
Scooters: Pupils may bring scooters to school from next week but must wear helmets and have a bike/scooter lock to keep them secure in the cycle shed.
Y6 pupils SAT’s week: The Y6 pupils will be undertaking the national end of KS2 SAT tests during the wb 13th May. Please encourage Y6 and help them to be fit and healthy during this week. We know they will attain very positive results for all their hard work. Miss Thompson is holding a meeting for parents of Y6 pupils to go over the test timetable and arrangements on Wednesday 8th May at 5.00 p.m.
Other KS2 Classes: All other KS2 classes will undergo tests during the wb 20th May. Please ensure maximum attendance this week.
Y3 & 4 Music: Y3 and Y4 pupils have begun work with ‘Mish’ the outreach music/choir teacher from Durham Cathedral which will culminate in a performance at Durham Cathedral with the Choristers on Wednesday 19th June. Parents can attend the performance and the time will be confirmed after half term.
Y6 Geocaching: Y6 will undertake a day of activities using Satnavs and Maps on Friday 17th June. A treat after SAT’s!
School Uniform Orders: Online ordering of school uniform from our existing supplier Emblematic and a new supplier ‘Tesco’ will be available shortly. A leaflet and instructions will come out to you next week with website addresses.
Reminder: Please remind your child to hand lunch money in on a Monday morning. All money sent in to school should be in an envelope with the child’s name, class, amount and what the money is for. We also ask that where deadlines are advised that they are adhered to as this helps towards the smooth running of the school. Thank you.
Friday 17th May – Whole School Art Day
Thursday 23rd May – 10.15 Class 6 (Miss Brough’s Y4) class assembly
Friday 24th May – Whole School ‘Golden Time’ Disco 1.30 - 3.00
Half Term – The School is closed 27th-31st May for Summer Half Term. Also Monday 3rd June – Teacher training Day
School re-opens for pupils – Tuesday 4th June
Tel: 0191 3770294 Fax: 0191 3773816 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web Site: www.coxhoe.durham.sch.uk