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Please check your junk box if you have not received any letters. A paper copy will be held next to the front desk for those families who do not have internet access.

All letters can also be found below. 

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Summer Term 2019 - Letters

23rd July 2019 - Letter for all families from Miss Brook - Happy Holidays.

12th July 2019 - Letter for Class 4S families, Land, Sea, Sky Trip

9th July 2019 - Newsletter

2nd July 2019 - Newsletter

1st July 2019 - Letter to Yr 6 Parents, Swimming

26th June 2019 - Letter for Yr 6 parents, Swimming

24th June 2019 - Newsletter

18th June 2019 - Letter for Yrs 2 and 3 parents, Priory Park picnic

17th June 2019 - Newsletter

17th June 2019 - Letter for Yr 5 parents - CMAT Ski Trip

17th June 2019 - Letter for Year 0 parents - Swimming

14th June 2019 - Letter for Year 0 parents, swimming

23rd May 2019 - Newsletter

21st May 2019 - Letter for Year 2 parents, Adventure Island

21st May 2019 - Letter for Year 0 parents, beach visits

21st May 2019 - Letter for Year 4 parents, visit to Layer Marney Tower

20th May 2019 - Letter for Year 0 parents, swimming

17th May 2019 - Newsletter

13th May 2019 - Letter for Year 0 parents, swimming

10th May 2019 - Newsletter

8th May 2019 - Letter for Yr 5 parents, swimming

3rd May 2019 - Newsletter

30th April 2019 - Letter for Yr 5 parents, swimming

29th April 2019 - Newsletter

25th April 2019 - Letter for Yr 3 parents - this term's topic, Rainforests.

25th April 2019 - Letter for Yr 5 parents, Sex & Relationships Education.

23rd April 2019 - Clubs timetable for Summer Term

23rd April 2019 - Letter for yr 2 parents - KS1 SATs info

23rd April 2019 - Letter for yr 5, swimming.

Spring Term 2019 - Letters

12th April 2019 - Newsletter

5th April 2019 - Newsletter

3rd April 2019 - Letter to yr 4 parents - Bikeability

25th March 2019 - Letter to yr 5 parents - Swimming 

25th March 2019 - Newsletter

18th March 2019 - Letter to yr 5 parents - Swimming

18th March 2019 - Newsletter

12th March 2019 - Letter to all parents - Scarlet Fever

12th March 2019 - Scarlet Fever Fact Sheet - for all parents

11th March 2019 - Newsletter

11th March 2019 - Letter to yr 4 parents - swimming

5th March 2019 - Letter to all parents - new school uniform

4th March 2019 - Letter to yr 4 parents - swimming

4th March 2019 - Newsletter

27th February 2019 - Letter to yr 2 parents - new project

26th February 2019 - Letter to yr 4 parents - swimming

26th February 2019 - Letter to class 4F parents - film

25th February 2019 - Letter to yr 3 parents - Dinosaur project

15th February 2019 - Letter to yr 4 parents - Ark Lane camping trip

11th February 2019 - Newsletter

11th February 2019 - Letter to yr 4 parents - swimming, 25th Feb - 1st Mar

4th February 2019 - Letter to yr 4 parents - swimming

1st February 2019 - Newsletter

31st January 2019 - Letter to all parents - Echo article

25th January 2019 - Letter to yr 4 parents - swimming.

22nd January 2019 - Letter to yr 3 parents - production.

21st January 2019 - Letter to yr 3 parents - swimming

18th January 2019 Newsletter

11th January 2019 - Newsletter

8th January 2019 - letter to all parents - Clubs

8th January 2019 - Letter to all parents - HOT DOG LUNCH!

7th January 2019 - Letter to yr 3 parents - swimming

7th January 2019 - Letter to yr 3 parents - theme, fashion

7th January 2019 - Letter to yr 3 parents - theme, food 

Autumn Term 2018 - Letters

20th December 2018 - Letter to year 3 parents - swimming info.

17th December 2018 - Letter to all parents, re: staff changes

14th December 2018 - Newsletter

10th December 2018 - Letter to Year 2 parents, swimming info.

7th December 2018 - Newsletter

29th November 2018 -  Year 2 info and dates

23rd November 2018 - Christmas Dinner information and order form.

23rd November 2018 - Newsletter

22nd November 2018 - Year 2 Swimming Information

20th November 2018 - Letter from Aquinas School Attendance Provisions

16th November 2018 - Newsletter

16th November 2018 - Letter for parents of children taking violin exams

15th November 2018 - Year 2 Swimming Information

12th November 2018 - Year 6 - A trip to the Opera to see Hansel and Gretel.

12th November 2018 - Newsletter

8th November 2018 - Year 2 swimming information

2nd November 2018 - Newsletter

1st November 2018 - Year 1 topic information - Celebrations

30th October 2018 - Year 3 project information - chocolate

30th October 2018 - Swimming information for class 1S group 2 

30th October 2018 - Letter for Year 6 parents - swimming

19th October 2018 - Newsletter

19th October 2018 - Letter for Year 2 parents - next half term's project

19th October 2018 - Letter for Class 1S parents - Swimming, group 1

12th October 2018 - Newsletter

11th October 2018 - Letter for years 5 & 6 parents - Bradwell Outdoor Activity Holiday

8th October 2018 - Letter for Class 1D Swimming Group 2 parents

5th October 2018 - Newsletter

28th September 2018 - Newsletter

24th September 2018 - Letter for Year 6 families - Swimming

21st September 2018 - Newsletter

7th September 2018 - Letter for all families - Welcome back!

3rd September 2018 - Letter regarding payments for school meals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Term 2019 - Text/Emails

Tuesday 16th July, 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please note that there will be no football in the cage in the mornings from now on. Thank you for your co-operation.

Wednesday 10th July 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Just to confirm we will not be visiting the Village Green Festival on Friday.  We have a visiting theatre company coming to school on Friday to perform "The Little Princess" for the whole school.  Thank you.

Thursday 4th July 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget we have the Westborough School Summer Fayre, this Saturday 6th July, from 1pm-3.30pm - we hope to see as many of you there as possible! There will be performances by the children, stalls and games, as well as opportunities to try your hand at yoga or guitar lessons and sample lots of fabulous food being rustled up by Cook 4 Life chef, Martin Buckley.  We've also got some fantastic prizes up for grabs in our raffle and tombola. Our very own kitchen team will also be on hand to keep you going with yummy hot dogs and ice creams. If anyone is available to help on the day, please let the front office know and it's not too late to contribute extra raffle or tombola prizes - your help and generosity are much appreciated! We look forward to seeing you there - thanks in advance for your support! A big Westborough thank you to our supporters:  Yoga Factory, Luke Gambling, guitar teacher, Martin Buckley @ Cook 4 Life, West Road Tap, Mile and a Third, Frank & Luna, Waterstones

Tuesday 2nd July 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers. Please see  the below message from the University of Salford, who are contacting schools around the country to ask for their input for a research project they are doing to try and record the impact of using personal electronic devices. Thank you.

“The University of Salford are conducting some research looking at children between 7-17 usage of personal electronic devices and their effects on postural, physical and musculoskeletal systems. Please could your child or yourself complete this questionnaire?

https://salford.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/a-questionnaire-to-investigate-the-postural-physical-and

thank you”

Friday 28th June, 2019, Text/Email as follows,   Dear Parents/Carers, Class photos are being sent home with the children today. Tempest Photography informed us that there were a number of orders that they weren't able to process, so if you haven't received the photo you ordered, please call Tempest customer services on 01736 752411.   The school office will not be able to help with any missing orders, as Tempest may need to clarify payment details for you, which we won't have. We also received a few photos that did not have a name on them, so it is also worth checking with your child's class teacher to see whether they have an unnamed photo for collection.  Tempest informed us that these photos were sent unnamed because there was no name on the order forms.  Thank you.

Wednesday 26th June 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parent/Carer, Year 1 and 2 Sports Day will now be on Tuesday 2nd July from 10.00am-12.00pm. Thank you for your support with this matter.

Wednesday 26th June, 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please find attached a flyer from Southend Manor Football Club, promoting free Saturday afternoon matches for youth players under 16. Thank you.  Southend Manor Flyer

Tuesday 25th June, 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, The dates for the school summer holiday shown on the school newsletter are wrong. The last day of school will be Tuesday 23rd July (Wednesday 24th July is a teacher training day). We return to school on Wednesday 4th September (Tuesday 3rd September is a teacher training day). Please accept our apologies for any confusion or inconvenience this has caused. Thank you.

Thursday @0th June, 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, We really appreciate the effort that is made to get the children into school on time. We understand that there are occasions when things beyond our control can make us late, however, there is a growing number of children who are persistently late. School starts at 8.30am and the children need to be on the playground by 8.20am to ensure they are ready to go in when the whistle blows. Your children are missing vital time at school when they are late.  Being just 5 minutes late every day works out to missing a total of 3 days in the school year! Learning is disrupted not only for the child who is late but for the rest of the class, while the latecomer settles in and tries to catch up. Please work with us to ensure your child gets the full benefit of the school day by arriving on time, and in order to avoid the school having to introduce unpopular measures to tackle lateness. Thank you for your co-operation and support.

Thursday 20th June, 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Prittlewell Bowls Club are running a family bowls day on Sunday 23rd June, from 10.30am-4pm, in Priory Park, Victoria Avenue, SS2 6NB. Everyone who wants to play must wear flat-soled shoes but all other equipment will be provided. Refreshments and cake and biscuits are also on offer!

Wednesday 19th June 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget that Year 6 are running a Cake Sale on Friday 21st June, to raise money for their Prom, so please send your children in with some pennies to spend! Thank you.

Wednesday 19th June 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget the school Summer Fayre is just 2 weeks away! We still have tables available to hire for just £10 - if you are a maker or crafter, it's an ideal opportunity to sell your wares! We have already had some fantastic prizes donated for our raffle from lovely local businesses, including Frank & Luna's cafe, the West Road Tap, a Mile and a Third craft beer bar and Waterstones Southend - you've got to be in it to win it! If you would be able to volunteer to help on the day, or if you know of any local businesses who would also like to contribute to our raffle, please contact the front office. Thanks in advance for your support.

Tuesday 18th June 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, We need your help! We are looking for parents who would be available to put out the parking signs just before the end of the day. Unfortunately, all staff are with children at this time of day and we cannot leave the front office unmanned. It would not have to be the same parents every day but, if you do arrive early, we would be very grateful if you could come in and collect a sign to put out. Thank you in advance for your support.

Tuesday 18th June 2019, Text/Email as follows, Year 2  - Dear Parents/Carers, We will be performing our production of "Southend-on-Sea - the place to be 2019" on the following days and times: Thursday 27th June @ 9am, Friday 28th June @ 12.30pm, Your child will need to wear something related to the beach, e.g. shorts and a t-shirt, sunglasses, etc, but NOT swimming costumes. If your child needs a specific costume, the class teacher will speak to you directly. Programmes will be available from the Front Office from Tuesday. Thank you. The Year 2 Team

Friday, 14th June 2019, Text/email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, I would like to thank all those people who responded to my request for plastic lids. The children will be starting work with them next week and we will hopefully be able to display them in the near future. A special thanks to Dulcie's dad for the window frames! Kind regards, Mrs Fox

Tuesday 11th June 2019, Text/Email as follows,  Dear Parents/Carers, We have the following flyers and free passes available to pick up from the school front office:
Free day passes to the Welcome Gym on Victoria Avenue (for adults)
Southend Summer School for Performing Arts - flyer for a week-long workshop at Southend High School for Girls, age 8+, from 12-16 August - £55 for the week.
New Kidz Camp Essex - flyers with full details
Change for Life - fun games and activities with everyone's favourite Disney characters to keep the kids fit over summer.
Thank you.

Sunday 9th June 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please don't forget that we have the book fair at school all week, from tomorrow. There will be great deals and bargains available and the school earns commission on every sale, which means more new books for the library! Thanks in advance for your support.

Wednesday 22nd May, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please don't forget that the deadline for returning orders for class photos via school is Monday 10th June.  Thank you.

Tuesday 21st May, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, As you know, we have had a sickness/stomach bug in school since before Christmas and I am writing to ask for your help in getting rid of it.Hand washing is absolutely vital to limit the spread of infections. We are speaking to the children regularly in school about the importance of washing their hands after they go to the toilet and before they eat.  I would be grateful if you could reinforce this at home. Advice and tips on hand washing can be found on this link: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/ 

Disinfecting the area where a person has been sick or has had a stomach upset is also essential to avoid passing on germs.  

Sadly, I have also received reports of one parent being sick by a bin near the climbing wall, as well as others spitting on the playground near our Early Years classes. Obviously, this is not acceptable behaviour and we ask that you are vigilant and report anything similar to us as soon possible. As ever, our first priority is the health and well-being of the children, now and as they go forward in their lives. We want to equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to lead happy and healthy lives and to set them the right example in the area of self‑care and hygiene. Thank you in advance for your support and co-operation in these areas. Kind regards Miss T Brook

Monday 20th May, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Class 4F are going to be working on a recycled art project. They need as many plastic lids as possible, so please send any you have their way - flat, round - any size or shape - the weirder the better! They would also like any broken costume jewellery you may have, so they can reuse the beads and decorations for a collage they are going to be working on. And finally - if anyone is having new windows installed, could 4F please have your old window frames - with or without glass. Thank you in advance.

Monday 20th May, Text/Email as follows, Please don't forget that we break up for the half-term holiday this week on Thursday 23rd May at 3.10pm. The children will all be having a meal-in-a-bag on that day. Friday 24th May is a staff training day.

Wednesday 8th May, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, There will be a change to the school dinner menu on Thursday 16th May, when we will be having a hot dog lunch.The menu will be:
Hot dogs (veggie & Halal options available)
Chips
Creamy coleslaw
Choc ice

There is no reply slip to return on this occasion. Thank you.

Wednesday 8th May 2019, Text/Email as follows, Hello everyone! On Friday, the 14th of June we are having a 'Bring your dad or male relative' to Early Years from 10.30 am to 12 pm. This is a chance for you to spend time with the children and see what they get up to. Sunflower, Daisy, Bluebell and Buttercup class, please bring your children to  at their normal time and then the back school gate in Gainsborough Drive will be open from 10.30am for you to come in and spend the morning with us. This is the only gate that will be opened at this time. At 12 pm the Nursery children will be going home as normal. It is also possible for the Year 0 children to go home at this time if you would like to take them early. Please make sure you tell a member of staff as you leave so we can tick your child off on our list. The rest of the Year 0 will remain at school until the usual time of 1.30 pm on a Friday. So that Tulip Class children can join in with the event. We are asking that they come to Nursery in the morning from 9.00am-12.00pm on this day. Therefore, there will be no afternoon Nursery on this day. Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause. There will be lots of activities for you to take part in with your child and we are looking forward to seeing you! 

Thursday 25th April 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, If you have any swimming costumes/trunks that your children have outgrown, please consider donating them to school. We currently need spare costumes in all sizes for those children who might need to borrow costumes/trunks for their week of swimming lessons. Thank you in advance.

Thursday 25th April 2019, Text/Email as follows, 

Dear Parents/Carers, Please see the message below from Schoolcomms regarding resetting your password. There is also a link to their support team, in case of any problems. Thank you.

Dear Schoolcomms User,  

The next time you log in to Schoolcomms you may be asked to reset your password. This is because we are currently rolling out improved security standards in our products. To ensure that your student, parent and staff details are protected, Schoolcomms users will now be prompted to update their password every 90 days. Please follow the instructions within Schoolcomms. If you have any concerns, please fill in the Support Form here and a member of our team will get back to you.  

Kind regards Support Team, Schoolcomms 

Tuesday 23rd April 2019, Text/Email as follows. Dear Parents/Carers, Just a reminder that there are no clubs this week (including Magic Movers). The only exception is 11+ club, which is running as usual. Thank you.

Spring Term 2019 - Text/Emails 

Thursday 11th April, 2019, Text/Email, as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please note that there will be NO clubs in the first week of the Summer Term (w/c Tuesday 23rd April). Club lists will go up in the library on the first day of term (Tuesday 23rd April) and ALL children can sign up for clubs during that week. Thank you. Mrs Doucy

Thursday 4th April, 2019, Text/Email, as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please don't forget that school is OPEN next week. We do not break up until Friday 12th April. We return to school on Tuesday 23rd April, AFTER Bank Holiday Monday. Thank you.

Tuesday 2nd April 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, If your child is on the SEND register (EYFS, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 & Year 4) and you would like to meet with the SENCo on Parents Evening, please contact the front office to book a time slot. (8th & 10th April). If your child is in Year 5, please contact the front office to book a time slot for Wednesday 8th May. If your child is in Year 6, please contact the front office to book a time slot for Wednesday 19th June. If your child has an EHCplan you will have received a date for their Annual Review.   PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE DATES ARE FOR YOUR CHILD'S ISP REVIEW.     If you have any questions please contact either the front office or Miss Forbes. The Westborough School

Friday 29th March, 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, A big thank you for your "eggscellent" response so far to our call out for Easter Egg donations for the raffle - please keep them coming! We've also had a generous donation from Wilko in Southend and the Co-op and Sainsburys Local on Hamlet Court Road will also be donating to the raffle. Tickets are selling fast - you can get yours from the Front Office - £1 per strip, 20p per ticket. Thank you for your support!

Wednesday 27th March 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, We have information in Front Office from Exemplar Education, a company providing online numeracy and literacy support programmes, aimed at parents who would like to do extra work with their children in support of school work. If you would like to find out more, please collect an envelope from the display shelves in Front Office. Thank you.

Wednesday 27th March 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, We are still collecting Easter Eggs and goodies for our Easter Raffle. Any donations would be VERY gratefully received and a big thank you to those of you who have already donated. Tickets are now on sale from the Front Office - 20p per ticket or £1 for a strip of 5. All money raised will go to the school fund. Thank you in advance!

Wednesday 27th March 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Miss Smith has arranged for 2 workshops on school readiness with Early Years expert, Sue Welby. The workshops will take place at Westborough on Tuesday April 2nd and Tuesday April 9th, from 1.30pm-3.30pm. The workshops normally cost £40 but Miss Smith has negotiated a special rate of just £15 for both workshops. However, we need a minimum of 20 parents to sign up for the workshops to go ahead. This is a great opportunity to get expert advice on all aspects of school readiness and general parenting of pre-school children. Sue will be happy to answer any questions you may have on all aspects of Early Years. The workshops are also open to parents whose children do not attend the Westborough Nursery, so please feel free to mention it to any friends you have who would be interested. Please contact either Miss Smith or the Front Office if you are interested in booking a place. Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

Monday 25th March 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, If your child is on the SEND register (EYFS, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3 & Year 4) and you would like to meet with the SENCo on Parents Evening, please contact the front office to book a time slot. (8th & 10th April) If your child is in Year 5, please contact the front office to book a time slot for Wednesday 8th May. If your child is in Year 6, please contact the front office to book a time slot for Wednesday 19th June. If your child has an EHCplan you will have received a date for their Annual Review. If you have any questions please contact either the front office or Miss Forbes.

Monday 18th March 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Year One will be performing their production on Wednesday 10th (at 9:45am) and Thursday 11th April (at 2:15pm)Due to the upcoming performances, all children are expected to practice their own lines and songs throughout the coming weeks. As such, they will not need to complete a project this term. Their parts will be provided over the next week, along with a note of any clothes that we need them to bring in.  Thank you for your continued support.  Year 1 Team

Monday 18th March 2019, Text/Email as follows, WORKSHOPS FOR EARLY YEARS; Miss Smith has arranged for 2 great workshops with Early Years expert, Sue Welby for any parents with pre-school children or children currently in Early Years. Sue will be running 2 sessions on school readiness on Tuesday April 2nd and Tuesday April 9th, from 1.30pm-3.3opm, at a cost of £15 for both sessions. Sue is also running a potty-training workshop on Monday 29th April, from 7pm-9pm at the Therapy Life Centre on Prittlewell Chase. Please see Miss Smith if you would like to attend - places are limited and will be first come, first served. You can find out more about Sue at https://www.littlelifesteps.com/

Friday 15th March 2019, Text/Email as follows,   Dear all,  We raised a fabulous £426.17 for Non-School Uniform today. Thank you to everyone who donated.  We will be sharing the money between Red Nose Day and KOFUP (our school charity).  Thank you again.  The Westborough Staff

Friday 15th March 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parent/Carer, We have received an email from a nearby secondary school reporting that a number of Year 7 students are being sent inappropriate communications from an individual named ‘recep’ or ‘bawafa’ through Instagram. Please can  parents and carers monitor all social media activity their children engage in. Official advice is that Instagram is not an appropriate platform for users under the age of 13. Therefore, we advise that parents think about  removing  the Instagram app from their child’s smart phone, if they have it,  until they reach the required age, for their own safety. Thank you for your help with this matter.

Thursday 14th March 2019, Text/Email, as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please find attached the new Term Dates for the coming academic year, 2019/20. The dates will also be available on the school website, or you can collect a copy from the Front Office. Thank you. 
2019/2020 Term Dates

Friday 8th March 2019, Text/Email, as follows, Dear Parent/Carer, Please note that we have had to move the Year 5 production FROM Weds 1st & Thurs 2nd of May TO Weds 3rd & Thurs 4th April. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause but we have had to make the change to avoid any clashes with the Ark Lane camping trips. Dates and times for the Year 5 production will now be: Weds 3rd April @ 7pm Thurs 4th April @ 9am & 7pm Thank you for your understanding.

Tuesday 5th March 2019, Text/Email, as follows, Dear Parent/Carer, To avoid confusion, it is not compulsory to buy school uniform from our new supplier. You are still welcome to buy school uniform without the school logo on it. However, we would ask that you please adhere to the school colours of white polo shirt/shirt, black or grey trousers/dress/skirt, royal blue sweatshirt/jumper and blackshoes. For PE, the children should wear a white t-shirt, black or royal blue shorts and black plimsolls or trainers. Thank you.

Monday 4th March 2019, Text/Email as follows, Year 4 parents: Dear Parent/Carer.Year 4 are working hard on their production and are looking forward to performing it for you next week - you have a treat in store! Production times are: Weds 13th March - 9.45am & 6.30pm; Thursday 14th March - 6.30pm. The children need to be back at school by 6.10pm for the evening performances.  As usual, programmes for the production cost £1 for the evening performances, to cover the costs of opening the school outside school hours.  The morning performance is free.  Please remember that mobile phones should be turned off during the production. Could we also ask that no food be consumed during the production. Childcare permitting, could we ask that young babies and children please attend the morning performance only. Many thanks.

Wednesday 27th February 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents, As you are aware there has been a new and particularly unpleasant computer hack called the Momo Suicide Challenge which has been popping up on Whatsapp, Facebook and YouTube. It encourages children to self harm. Although we haven’t had reports from parents saying any Westborough children have been a victim of this we have  had a number of children discussing the Momo Challenge in the playground and frightening themselves. We have spoken to and reassured any individuals who have come in however if you think your child has been affected you may want to discuss it with them . I have attached a safety guide for parents on this Challenge to help and inform you if you need it. If you would like to discuss this further at all – please pop in and see me .  Kind regards, Katy Doucy Deputy Head

Thursday 14th February, 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please see the below link to safety training videos for parents/carers for various online games/apps. Thank you. Please find further information here and complete the form if interested:    https://nationalonlinesafety.com/training/online-safety-parents-course/ 

Monday 11th February, 2019 Text/Email as follows, Year 4 Dear Parent/Carer, Please see to the left a letter regarding swimming lessons for your child from Mon 25th February - Friday 1st March. As usual, this letter will also be available on the school website, or you can collect a copy from the Front Office. Please note that payment for swimming lessons can now be made on School Gateway. Please also note that swimming and water safety is a statutory part of the National Curriculum, with the aim that by the age of 11 (the end of key stage 2) all pupils should be taught to:

  • pace themselves in floating and swimming challenges related to speed, distance and personal survival
  • swim unaided for a sustained period of time over a distance of at least 25 metres
  • use recognised arm and leg actions, lying on their front and back
  • use a range of recognised stroke and personal survival skills (such as front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, sculling, floating and surface dives)

Thank you for your support and co-operation in this matter.

Thursday 7th February 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Mrs Briant and 4B would like to say a big thank you to everyone who sent in bottle tops for their project this term.They have now finished the project and are no longer collecting bottle tops but those you sent in were much appreciated and came in very handy! Thanks again.

Monday 4th February 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, As usual, admission to the school Valentine's disco on Thursday 14th February is £1. Drinks and crisps will also be on sale for 30p each. Please note that there will be NO clubs on Friday 15th February. Thank you.

Friday 1st February 2019 Text/Email as follows,  Dear Parents/Carers, Payment for swimming lessons can now be made on Gateway. If you prefer to pay by cash or cheque, payment can still be made at the school finance office each morning, between 8.00am and 8.40am. Thank you.

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 Text/Email, as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Southend Borough Council are again running a Musical Monday day-long workshop at Westborough School during the coming half-term. Running from 10am-3pm on Monday 18th February, Musical Monday is open to all young people from age 7 years upwards, from beginners to advanced players.  All instruments are welcome and the day will be directed by 3 experienced music teachers. The workshop costs £9 per child (£8 for advantage card holders) and children should bring a packed lunch. Full details attached. Thank you. 

Monday 14th January, 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers,Please don't forget that tomorrow is the deadline to apply for a place in Reception for any child due to start school in September 2019. Also, our Happy New Year Hot Dog lunch is on Thursday 17th - you don't need to book and the cost is the usual £2.30. Thank you.

Wednesday 9th January, 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please find attached the updated term dates for this academic year 2018/2019. Please note that the final teacher training days have now been added on Friday May 24th and Wednesday July 24th. No further training days will be added. The updated term dates will also be available on the school website, or you can collect a copy from the front office. Thank you.  Link to calendar.

Friday 4th January, 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, We hope you have had a great festive break and wish you a happy and healthy New Year. We are looking forward to seeing the children back at school on Monday 7th January. The children should be on the playground by 8.20am, ready to go into class at 8.30am. Please ensure that the children are wearing the correct uniform and that they have their full PE kits with them. Thank you.

 

Autumn Term 2018 - Texts/Emails

Monday 10th December, 2018 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parent/Carer, The Nursery Christmas Party will be on Wednesday 19th December 2018. We are asking for party food contributions on the day. All that we ask is that you do not send anything with meat or nuts in it. We have several children with nut allergies and we cannot have meat because we do not have enough room in our fridges to refrigerate it. A list will be put on the EYFS board for you to sign up in the morning. Thanks in advance.  The Nursery Staff

Sunday 2nd December, 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parent/Carer, I found the attached Advent on the internet and thought it would be a lovely way of bringing the whole school together.  I have sent it to the whole school. The idea is that you tick of your act of kindness when you achieve it. Don't worry if you miss a day, just do two things on another day. There will be copies in the front office tomorrow. Thank you for your support. Kind regards, Miss Brook Attachments area: Kindness Advent Calendar

Friday 30th November 2018, Text/Emails as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget that the deadline for returning the reply slip for Christmas lunch is Monday 3rd December. You can pay in the finance office, between 8.00am and 8.40am, or you can pay via Gateway. Thank you.

Thursday 29th November, 2018, Text/Emails as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, We are all looking forward to the Xmas Fayre on Friday and hope you are too!  The children have all been working hard making lots of Xmas goodies for you to buy. We also have a great selection of stallholders being run by (adult) non-pupils, including paint your own Xmas decs, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Avon, handmade knitwear and lots, lots more. Hot food and drinks will also be on sale in the Lubel Hall. There will be plenty of signage to direct you around the school and hopefully avoid the bottlenecks that built up around the entrances to the library and the halls last year. The ramps from the Macdonald Avenue entranceway up into the library and the halls will be ONE-WAY ONLY.  You will only be able to ENTER the library and/or the halls via the ramps, NOT EXIT.  There will be NO ACCESS to other areas of the school.  If you are picking up your child late, they will be in the Nursery, not in the library. The Fayre will start at 1.45pm.  Once you have picked up your child, we would ask that you please wait in the playground until the Fayre is open. Thank you in advance for your support and co-operation and we hope you have a great time at the Fayre.

Thursday 29th November, 2018, Text/Emails as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please note that you can now make payment for the Xmas lunch using Gateway. Just go to the Payments section on the app and select "Christmas Meal December".  Thank you.

Tuesday 27th November, 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please don't forget to return the reply slip for your child for the school Xmas lunch by Monday 3rd December. You still need to return a slip for your child, even if you do not need to pay for the lunch (i.e. if your child is in years 0-2 or if your child is entitled to free school meals). We need to have a reply slip for every child who wants a Christmas lunch, to ensure that we have ordered in enough food. Payments can be made at the school finance office between 8.00am and 8.40am. Thank you for your support and co-operation.

Monday 26th November, 2018, Text/Email as follows,  Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget that the Book Fair will be at school every day after school from tomorrow, Tuesday 27th November, until Monday 3rd December. We will earn 100% commission on every book sold, which means we will be able to buy lots of new books for the library, so please support us if you can. Thank you.

Monday 26th November, 2018, Text/Email as follows,  Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget there will be NO clubs on Friday 30th November, as we have our Xmas Fayre from 1.45pm-3.30pm. Also, Anthony in Year 4, is the One Love Ambassador at Westborough School and is doing a Jumper Jamboree and Scarfathon, to collect jumpers, scarves, hats and hoodies for the homeless this Xmas. If you have any adult-size warm clothing, as above, there will be a box next to the Southend Food Bank collection trolley where you can put your donations. Thank you in advance - it is lovely that the children are remembering those in need at Christmas.

Monday 26th November, 2018, Text/Email as follows,  Dear Parents/Carers, A leaflet regarding the Southend Information, Advice and Support Service (IASS) is available from the school front office.  IASS is a free service for Southend children and young people (0-25 years).  The service supports parents of children with and/or young people with Special Educational Needs (SEND) and/or disabilities and covers the following areas:
  - Education, health and social care 
  - National and local policy
  - The Local Offer
  - Your rights and choices
  - Your opportunities to participate
  - Where you can find help and advice
  - How you can access support

Friday 23rd November, 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please note that we have changed the way we organise swimming lessons for the children this year. The children are being grouped by ability, within their year bands. Each swimming group is therefore made up of a mixture of children from the classes in each year band, depending on what level of swimming they have reached. This is so every child achieves the required standard of swimming by the end of the year. Swimming letters are sent out to parents of the children in each group via Gateway. Hard copies of the letters will also be sent home with the children. If you receive a swimming letter via Gateway, or a text to say a letter has been sent, it means your child will be going swimming on the dates shown on that letter. The letters are ONLY sent to parents of children due to go swimming. The letters will also be available on the school website. Your child’s teacher will have a list of the swimming groups, so please check with them if you are unsure as to when your child is going swimming. Thank you for your support and co-operation – we hope that by using this method every child will achieve and develop to the best of their individual ability.

Wednesday 21st November 2018, Text/Email as follows,  Dear Parents/Carers, With just one week to go until our Xmas Fayre, we are beginning to feel a bit festive! We are collecting for a number of good causes at school and, as Christmas is a time for giving, we are hoping our generous Westborough families might want to make a donation to one or more of the following:  
Southend Food Bank - we will have a trolley in front office where you can make donations - deadline for collection is Friday 14th December.
Tina's Xmas Hamper Raffle - all profits will go to the school fund - there will be two hampers to be raffled - one for adults and one for children.
Xmas Fayre Tombola - all profits to the school fund and a donation to KOFUP.Thank you in advance if you are able to make a donation - we understand that this is an expensive time of year.

Monday 19th November 2018, Text/Email as follows, We sent a text to all parents who's children are due to stay for clubs on Tuesday after school, at 10.00am this morning, to let them know that due to unforeseen circumstances club is cancelled tomorrow. If you did not receive this text, we may have the wrong telephone number for you. Please check with the front office tomorrow. Thank you and Sorry for the inconvenience this may cause.

Thursday 15th November 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please be aware that there is a case of head lice in Year 3Please check your child's hair ASAP and treat where necessary. Information on how to treat head lice is attached. Thank you.

Thursday 15th November 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, We still have some tables available to hire but they're going fast! Please contact Gaby  gofford@westborough.southend.sch.uk, or call in at the front office, to reserve your table. Payment of £10 can be made to Sally in the finance office, between 8.00am-8.40am.

Thursday 15th November 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget that we have our Blue Peter-style Bring & Buy Sale tomorrow, so please sort out any bric-a-brac you would like to donate. We are also having a spot-themed non-uniform day tomorrow for a £1 donation.  The children can still take part if they don't have anything spotty to wear. Profits will be split between Children in Need and KOFUP. Thank you.

Wednesday 14th November 2018, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Just a reminder that children should be on the playground by 8.20am each morning, ready to go into class at 8.30am. Thank you for your support and co-operation in this matter.

Tuesday 13th November 2018, Text/Email as follows, We have been lucky enough to secure cinema tickets for Years 3-5 to see Early Man on Tuesday 20th November. The showing is between 10am-12pm. The children will have lunch when they return. School uniform please. The children can bring a snack and drink, bit no fizzy drinks please.

Friday 9th November 2018, Text/Email as follows. Dear Parents/Carers, We will be having a special Remembrance Assembly for the whole school on Monday. This week's school newsletter will also be sent out on Monday. Thank you.

Thursday 8th November, 2018 Text/Email as follows.  Dear Parents/Carers,Don't forget we are collecting for the Poppy Appeal at school - you can make a donation and get your poppy from the front office. Thank you.

Wednesday 6th November, 2018 Text/Email as follows.  Dear Parents/Carers, Year 6 urgently need to borrow some werewolf masks for a production this week. If anyone has a werewolf mask they would be willing to lend to Year 6, it would be very gratefully received! Thank you.

Tuesday 6th November, 2018 Text/Email as follows. Dear Parents/Carers, The children received their flu vaccinations today. If your child received a vaccination, they will have been given a certificate which they should bring home with them today. If you were expecting your child to be vaccinated but they did not receive the vaccination, please call 01702 220181 to arrange an appointment at the flu vaccination clinic. Thank you.

Thursday 1st November 2018 Text/Email as follows. Dear Parents/Carers, We have received a further delivery of photos today. If you do not receive your child's photo today, please either call me or come and speak to me in the Front Office. Thank you.

Thursday 1st November 2018 Text/Email to Year 1 parents as follows. 
READING Each week we will be awarding the children with certificates to celebrate their achievements in reading. 
Please ensure that you write in the reading record every time your child reads to you. 
Each week we will count up each day that they have read and prepare the certificates for Assembly. 
We find this is a great way to motivate the children to become confident readers both in and outside of school.
SPELLINGS
Each week your child will be sent home with a list of spellings that should be completed for the following Monday.
Each Monday morning the children will complete an activity using the spellings that they have been practising at home.
The children should be encouraged to look, say, cover, write and check.
Please remind your child to write their name at the top of their homework.

Monday 30th October, 2018 Text/Emails as follows.  Dear Parents/Carers, The children in Year 6 have been asked to take part in the National Child Measurement Programme. A team from the School Nursing Service will be at school on Monday 12th November to check the weight and height of the children. A letter and consent form are being sent home with the children today.
If you do NOT want your child to take part, please complete the consent form and return it to the Front Office. If you are happy for your child to take part, you do not need to do anything.  Thank you for your support and co-operation.

Wednesday 17th October, 2018 Text/Emails as follows. Dear Parents/Carers, Please note that staff will not intervene in disputes over the trading of cards or the loss of cards at school. If your child is collecting cards and is likely to get upset if a card is lost, or if they make a trade they later regret, then please encourage your child not to bring their cards to school. Thank you.

Thursday 11th October 2018, Text/Emails as follows. Dear Parents/Carers, Please don't forget that today is the deadline for returning flu consent forms and photo orders.
Thank you.

Monday 8th October 2018, Text/Emails as follows.  For parents of Year 6 children previous due to swim this week. Your child is scheduled to go swimming w/c Mon 12th November. This date has been rescheduled from this week, as some children will be away camping and would therefore have missed their lessons. Apologies for any confusion - your child will be swimming w/c Mon 12th November. Thank you.

Friday 5th October 2018, Text/Emails as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Consent forms for the flu vaccination are being sent home with the children today, if you haven't already received one. The deadline for returning both the orders for school photos and for the flu vaccination consent forms is THURSDAY 11TH OCTOBER. Thank you.

Tuesday 2nd October 2018, Text/Emails as follows Dear Parents/Carers,If you didn't receive the proof for your child's photo today, they will be sent home tomorrow.Thank you. 

Monday 1st October 2018, Text/Emails as follows 

Dear Parents/Carers, School uniform is now back in stock - it will be on sale in the Finance Office every morning from 8.00am-8.40am. Thank you.

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Dear Parents/Carers, Coffee morning in the cardboard classroom has been moved to Thursday 4th this week. Thank you.

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Please see below information regarding Learn to Ride lessons being run by Southend Borough Council

LEARN TO RIDE SESSIONS

Tuesday 23 October 2018 &

Wednesday 24 October 2018

Belfairs Academy, Leigh on Sea

Suitable for ages 4 years of age upwards

1:1 sessions with an accredited instructor for 45 minutes 

With own bike £25  With hire bike £30

For further details and to book a session go to www.cyclesouthend.co.uk

For queries: 01702 215595

 

Thursday 27th September 2018, Text/Email as followsDear Parents/Carers, Don't forget that the children will be having their individual and sibling photos taken on Tuesday 2nd October. If you would like a photo of your child with non-Westborough siblings, please email or call me (gofford@westborough.southend.sch.uk/ ext 132), if you haven't already done so. Photos with non-Westborough siblings will take place between 8.00am-8.30am in the Lubel Hall. 

Westborough siblings will automatically have their photo taken, so there is no need to make a separate request in this instance.  Many thanks.

 

Thursday 27th September, 2018 - Text/Email as followsDear Parents/Carers, Please don't forget it's our special Harvest Festival assembly tomorrow. Any donations of non-perishable food you can make would be gratefully received. We are splitting donations between Harp and the Southend Food Bank.The Southend Food Bank have specifically requested donations of the following items: tinned fish, tinned custard or rice pudding, tinned potatoes and instant mash, tinned vegetables and long-life juice and squash. The children should take their donations into class with them. Thank you in advance for your support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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