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WORLD OF WOODLAND ISSUE 29

This month’s value is: RESPECT

A belated welcome back to all our pupils and staff for a new year and of course a special welcome to all our new pupils and staff. The school's constant wish is that the whole school has a really enjoyable time, learning and teaching together, achieving highly and making good progress. To our year 5 pupils: we hope that you have already settled in at Woodland and that you're making new friends, have found your way around and enjoy coming to school. Parents, please contact your child's form tutor either in person through the school office or by direct email if you need our help with anything. Emails are all the surname followed by first initial @woodlandacademy.co.uk 

Details of email addresses are on our website, www.woodlandacademy.co.uk

If you haven't already done so, please do follow us on Twitter@WoodlandAcademy too for our latest news and photos.

Our school values are a really important part of our school life and Respect is this month's focus. Respect includes our attitudes towards others: their feelings, property, beliefs and person, as well as towards the environment. Our assemblies this month will focus on these areas.

We have our annual Fun Run on 23 September - not only an event that raises nearly £5000 for the PTA but a great opportunity for our parents to socialise too. Everyone is welcome from 1-3pm to support the 'runners'. This year we're also running a Macmillan afternoon tea, so refreshments are available too. If you'd like to bring picnic blankets or camp chairs please feel free to. Please help your child collect sponsorship for the Fun Run and help arrange fancy dress if your child is going 'all in' for Fun. Runners not in fancy dress to wear the House PE kit please.

For year 5 parents we also have a Maths & English evening on 22 September. We'd like all parents to come along and learn about the way in which we teach the core subjects. A similar event (but more hands on and focused on experiencing the learning in Maths) will take place for year 6 parents on 3 October. Watch out for letters home!

Next Monday, 19 September, is our school photo day for individual and family groups. Please remind your oldest child to round up the younger sibling(s) for a photo. As usual a proof of the photo will come home with purchase options from Tempest Photography. Remember to brush your hair!

We will be offering all parents of our current pupils tours around school with a senior leader in the week commencing 26 September. It's a good opportunity to ask questions and see the school in operation. A booking form will be coming home shortly.

It's a bit frantic arranging a school trip so early in the term but we really feel that the Whipsnade Zoo trip is a great way to help gel our Y5 pupils together with a common experience. We're still looking for a couple of parent volunteers so please do contact Miss Bryan on bryana@woodlandacademy.co.uk to offer your help for the trip on 7 October.

I wrote to parents last year to explain that we were building a car park barrier over the summer and, although there was a delay, it has now been installed and from Monday 19 September will be fully operational. Only staff will now have access to the car park during peak times (school arrival and departure times). At other times the barrier will be up, eg after school clubs, sports fixtures, weekend hire. We know that disabled and injured pupils may need access so please contact reception for further information if we haven't contacted you already. Please do use Tesco Park &
Stride - they allow parking for up to 2 hours to visit us.

Over the summer we have had a few office moves, which means that some phone numbers (extensions) have changed. If you need to speak directly to Finance or Attendance their extension is x205 and if you wish to speak to the SEND department it’s now on x217. Our phone system is very old and we are looking at an upgrade during this year – which will aid communication with parents.
We have several new teaching staff this year (replacing a retirement, a maternity leave and covering expanding pupil numbers) and also some existing staff have taken on new roles within the school.

We welcome three new Maths teachers: Mr Burns, Mrs Kemp and Mrs Khinder (also teaching RE/PSHCE); a new Art leader, Mrs Sutton; a new Y5 teacher, Mrs Brandon (also teaching English) and two new Heads of Year, Mrs Petrie (Y5) and Mr Matias (Y6). All parents will already know their child’s form tutor by name, but if you’d like to meet your child’s form tutor or year leader, we will be holding a ‘meet the form teacher evening’ on 13 October. Letters with details on how to book an appointment will be sent home shortly.

Finally……...we have attached a sheet with all the key dates for the first term and also the term dates for the whole year. Please be careful booking holidays, as leave is rarely granted and fixed term penalty notices are issued to repeat offenders. Additional information is attached regarding this.

Early morning drop in sessions for pupils
For pupils in years 6, 7 and 8, an early morning drop in session is available Tuesday to Friday in the computer room from 8.10am. Pupils are able to access Lexia and Touch Typing if they have been registered previously. Access to this quiet period of study is also available to any pupils who wish to complete homework; TA support is available.

All pupils are able to access the Library from 8am to read and quiz Tuesday to Friday.

Free school meals
If you think you are eligible to apply for FSM for your child, or you are not sure, you may want to contact the CBC Customer Services Helpdesk on 0300 300 8306 to advise you. You will need to have your National Insurance number to hand and give your date of birth—they should be able to let you know immediately of your entitlement and will notify the school accordingly. 

Qualifying benefits which entitle you to claim FSM: 
Income support, income based job seeker’s allowance, income related employment and support allowance, support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, the guarantee element of state pension credit, child tax credit (provided you are not also entitled to working tax credit and your annual gross income does not exceed £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs), working tax credit run-on (paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for working tax credit), universal credit (during the initial roll-out of this benefit).

If your child has been entitled previously to FSM, you will be notified in writing of an allocation of £150 which can be credited against uniform or school trips.

Contact details
Please ensure that you inform Mrs Barker if your contact details have changed on barker@woodlandacademy.co.uk or by letter in case we need to make contact with you urgently.

Staff vacancy
We do have one current vacancy: a DT technician post (part time, term time only).
Please email office@woodlandacademy.co.uk for further information, including an application pack.

Attachments:
Archaeology.pdf

Holidays in Term Time.pdf

RAF Cadets Recruitment 29Sept16.pdf

SEND dates.pdf

World of Woodland Issue 29.pdf