Letter to Families - 13/05/2022

Dear Families,

We have had a very busy couple of weeks in school. As always, all of our young people have been working very hard and it is wonderful to see all the work they are doing in the classroom. We wanted to share some highlights with you. We are very much looking forward to another busy week next week too!

Crucial Crew

Last week it was an absolute privilege to take 24 young people to the Lifewise Centre, in Rotherham to take part in their Crucial Crew event. Pupil’s were there for the morning and were a real credit to the school. They worked with staff there to understand different aspects of safety and crime.

Young people learnt about road and fire safety. They were also able to access a court room and police station, none of them were impressed with the conditions of police cells! They learnt about hate crimes and signs and indicators of grooming and keeping ourselves safe.

Finally, a very big hit was the Co-Op supermarket within the set where young people were able to collect their shopping then scan it and print a receipt, it was definitely one of the favourites!

Caged Steel

Pupils in school are very much enjoying their Caged Steel sessions on a Wednesday afternoon and have shown us they are working very hard on the skills being taught. We are proud of all those taking part. This week, they have received their belts for listening, attention and remaining focussed throughout the session. Well done!

Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations

On Friday 27th May we will be celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee in school. We would like to welcome families into school to celebrate with us. Families are welcome to join us 11-12:30pm. During this time there will be games, afternoon tea, a raffle and time to spend with your child and their staff team too. Pupils are invited to come to school wearing red, white and blue or in ‘non-uniform’ if they would prefer. As we continue to plan for the day, could we please ask that you complete this short Microsoft Form to give us an indication of the number of families wishing to attend, the form can be found here https://forms.office.com/r/xQM4bxRs2M. Further information will then follow next week.

Sun Cream and Warm Weather

Our young people really enjoy spending time outdoors and outdoor learning is an extremely important part of our curriculum. As the weather is now getting warmer, could we please ask that you send your child to school with a sunhat, where possible, to provide additional protection during the warm days and a water bottle so they can access a drink throughout the day.

In addition to this, please send sun cream in for your child so that this can be applied during pupils’ outdoor time. The sun cream needs to be clearly labelled with your child’s name and we will keep this in school and send home at the end of the summer term. Please note we will only be able to allow your child to use the sun cream which is provided from home.

Free School Meal Vouchers – May Half Term

We have been advised by Doncaster Council that families with pupils eligible for Free School Meals will again be supported from the Council’s Household Support Fund during the half term. Please note that this is only for those in receipt of Free School Meals, and not those pupils in Y1 and Y2 who are eligible for the Universal Infant Free School Meals.

Vouchers will be issued by the school towards the end of the week prior to the May holiday week (week commencing 23rd May 2022). If your child does not currently receive Free School Meals, and you think you may be eligible, please visit https://www.doncaster.gov.uk/services/schools/free-school-meals for more information and to apply.

Dates for your diary

Please see below some key dates for the rest of the term. As always more information will follow closer to the time of the event. More events may be added, if this is the case you will be informed.

  • Friday 27th May – Queen Jubilee and Family Picnic in school
  • Friday 27th May – school closes for half term
  • Monday 6th June – Inset day school will be closed to pupils
  • Tuesday 7th June – school reopens for the final half term

Beat Raising Resilience Course

We have been informed of a course which is being run and there are places still available for parent and carers. Beat’s Raising Resilience course for Parents/Carers will run via zoom every Wednesday 1st – 29th June 6:34pm – 9:15pm (attendance is required for all 5 sessions). The first four workshops will cover:

  • Motivational techniques to help with recovery.
  • Setting boundaries.
  • Supporting your loved one during mealtimes and handling mealtime stress.
  • The cycle of change and how to support your loved one at each stage of their recovery.
  • With an additional workshop giving the chance to meet again with the group, discuss any progress and a chance for a question and answer session.

If you are interested please let us know. Please note there are a limited number of spaces available so they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Workshop for Parents

Finally…

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there is anything you wish to discuss further. We hope you have had a lovely weekend.

Kind Regards,
Viki Drew Head of School

Posted in Weekly Letters on May 15, 2022

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