Letters on Line

Look here to find copies of letters, emails and texts sent out to parents.  

Stay updated, everywhere

At The Westborough School we use School Gateway –
a parent engagement app that will allow you 
to pay for dinners, trips and
communicate with the school at anytime from anywhere.

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Getting started is easy. Click HERE!

(See more info in the letter ( 22nd January 2020) below!)

Short messages are sent via the School Gateway App.

Letters are sent home via email. 

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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This is the space set aside for Heley's Haven - see text below, 2nd July 2020

Summer Term 2020 - Letters 

23rd June 2020 - Letter to all families - Wider reopening of Westborough.

3rd June 2020 - Letter to Nursery/Reception families with children returning on 8th June and Year 1 families with children returning on 15th June.

29th May 2020 - Letter to all families - phased re-opening, 8th June 2020

15th May 2020 - Letter to all families from Miss Brook - re-opening.

15th May 2020 - Fact sheet - re-opening.

20th April 2020 - Letter for all families - comments from Greg Andrews

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Spring Term 2020 - Letters

7th April 2020 - Letter for all families from Mrs Dooley - Hares about town.

3rd April 2020 - Letter for all families from Miss Brook and Mrs Doucy

20th March 2020 - Letter for all families - information about KEY WORKERS.

16th March 2020 - Letter for Year 4   group 4 families - swimming info

13th March 2020 - Letter for all families - Coronavirus, Government Guidance Update

9th March 2020 - Letter for Year 4   group 3 families - swimming info

2nd March 2020 - Letter for Year 4 group 2 swimming families

27th February 2020 - Letter for Yr 4 families - Learning Times Tables

25th February 2020 - Letter for Yr 0 families - Forest school dates/groups

14th February 2020 - Letter for Early Years parents - bring a female relative to school.

11th February 2020 - Newsletter

3rd February 2020 - Newsletter

3rd February 2020 - Letter to Yr 4 families - Henna tattoos

24th January 2020 - Newsletter

27th January 2020 - Letter to all families - Book Bag Books

22nd January 2020 - Letter to all families - using the Gateway app.

22nd January 2020 - Letter to Early Years families - Visit from Mini Zoo

20th January 2020 - Letter to Year 3 group 2 families - Swimming

17th January 2020 - Newsletter

14th January 2020 - Letter to Year 3 families, Chance to Dance

13th January 2020 - Letter to Year 3 group 1 families - Swimming

10th January 2020 - Newsletter

8th January 2020 - Letter to all families - Pupil Premium & Free School Meals

                                                                                    Free School Meals Form

6th January 2020 - Letter to year 2 group 4 families - Swimming

Autumn Term 2019 - Letters

16th December 2019 = Letter to Year 2 group 3 families - Swimming

9th December 2019 - Letter to KS1 group

2nd December 2019 - Newsletter

2nd December 2019 - Letter to Yr 2 group 2 families - Swimming

28th November 2019 - Letter to Yr 0 families - Christmas show.

26th November 2019 - Letter to all families - Xmas lunch details/menu and reply form

25th November 2019 - Letter to Yr 2 group 1 families - Swimming

22nd November 2019 - Newsletter

18th November 2019 - Letter to Yr 1 Group 4 families - Swimming

15th November 2019 - Newsletter

12th November 2019 - Letter to Yr 1 Group 3 families - Swimming

8th November 2019 - Newsletter

5th November 2019 - Letter to Yr 1 Group 2 families - Swimming

21st October 2019 - Letter to Yr 1 Group 1 families - Swimming

21st October 2019 - Newsletter

18th October 2019 - Letter to Yr 1 families - Trip to Sea Life Centre

17th October 2019 - Letter to Class 5H families - Big Day Out

17th October 2019 - Letter to Yr 3 and Class 5D families - Big Day Out

15th October 2019 - Letter to class 5W families - Big Day Out

14th October 2019 - Letter to class 4F families - Trip to Lifeboat Station

11th October 2019 - Newsletter

11th October 2019 - Letter to Yr 6 families - Trip to Southend Pier

11th October 2019 - Letter to Yr 6 families - Swimming group 6

7th October 2019 - Letter to Yr 6 families - Swimming group 5

4th October 2019 - Newsletter

27th September 2019 - Newsletter

27th September 2019 - Letter to Yr 6 families - Swimming group 4

24th September 2019 - Letter to all parents - Attendance

20th September 2019 - Newsletter

17th September 2019 - Letter for Yrs 5 and 6 families - Bradwell Trip

13th September 2019 - Letter for Yr 6 families - Swimming group 2

13th September 2019 - Newsletter

6th September 2019 - Letter to all families from Miss Brook

5th September 2019 - Letter for Yr 6 families - Swimming group 1 

 

 

 

Summer Term 2020 - Text/Emails 

Thursday 2nd July 2020, Text/Email as follows  Dear children,  Many of you were shocked and saddened by the sudden death of a wonderful teacher, Miss Heley earlier in March. 

The Go fund me page set up in her honour has raised a remarkable £1,300... she would have felt extremely blessed to have known how much love and respect there was for her. She’s still missed greatly. 
Miss Heley loved being outdoors and the idea of a memorial garden set up in her name would have made her very happy.   With this in mind,I’d like you to think about a design for the space we have put aside for ‘Heley’s Haven’. The area is 11 metres x 7 metres at it’s longest side. The photo shows the area we shall be using. A bench has already been up cycled by Jim, our site manager, so please incorporate that into your design. 
Some of you may be able to use your maths skills to work out how we shall spend the budget. 
Good luck, think about what Miss Heley would have liked and hopefully we shall be able to make a start on it over the summer.  Thank you,  love Ms Silcock x 
 

Wednesday 17th June Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, The University of Oxford are looking for parents to participate in surveys they have designed to gather information from parents on how lock down has affected their children.  

The surveys also include questions for parents.  

The data collected will help inform resources that will be made available in future to support our children's mental health and well being after lock down.  

If you would like to take part, please click on the links below - the first survey is for children from age 5-11, the second is for children under 5.  

Thank you. https://oxfordxpsy.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3VO130LTKOcloMd 

https://sotonpsychology.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d6VcwC01wqhRxfn

Thursday 14th May Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers and staff, May 20th 2020 is National Thank A Teacher Day. If you are an adult and you would like to thank a member of staff we would love to hear from you.  If you are a child and you would like to thank a eacher/support staff who has helped you this year or over the lockdown then it would be lovely to hear from you too! You can also thank a family member who has being teaching you recently.
If you are a member of staff and you would like to thank another member of staff for their support either during this time or over the past few years, we would love to hear from you too.
You can reply to this email with the adults name and the reason you would like to thank them or download and print the attached document and return it to school. It would be lovely to display your responses on the school fence. You can also draw a picture if you cannot print the form and send us a photo. We would love to hear from you. Take care and stay safe. Kind regards Rohana Forbes

Monday 11th May Text/Email as follows Dear Parent/Carer,  I like many of you, watched the Prime Minister's announcement and heard everything he said about schools for the first time.  The Prime Minister did not say anything definitive and a lot of maybes for both timings and what could happen should the rate of infections and deaths fall over the next few weeks. Unfortunately, I have no firm information to give to you right now about the reopening of schools, I am sure over the coming days I will receive further information and guidance from the Department of Education, Southend Borough Council and our trust CMAT which will hopefully make things clearer.  As soon as I have the information, I will get back to you. I am sorry I cannot be any clearer at the current time. Whatever happens we will ensure that children, staff and parents are safe, as we always do. In the meantime, as always, if you need anything then do contact us and we will do everything we can to help you. 
Stay safe and take care,  Miss Brook

Thursday 30th April 2020, Text/Email as follows.  Dear Parents/Carers, I hope you are all keeping well. Please see below a link for a parent questionnaire and a child questionnaire. I would be grateful if you and your child could complete the questionnaires. This will inform the support and guidance provided by the Local Authority during and after the Covid-19 pandemic in regards to transition.

Primary / SEND pupil attending school https://forms.gle/9ep6umJhXbXvoijK9

Primary / SEND pupil at home https://forms.gle/nv5vtnEtWUV52rjz6 

Parent questionnaire  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSemS7glspGn2DQ7J-Usr2N4qtItsZd8MyDCh0QAKINbmz0Gsg/viewform?usp=sf_link

If you have any questions please ask. Kind regards, Rohana Forbes

Spring Term 2020 - Text/Emails

Thursday 23rd April 2020, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents, I am sending you a couple of links to websites that some of you may be interested in. Please do not feel you have to do the activities, I'm just sending them for those who want extra ideas to supplement our Home Learning. As I have said before, do what you can and if you need any advice, please contact the school. 

The BBC Bitesize have daily lessons covering a range of subjects on their website at  https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/dailylessons  . 

BBC iplayer and the red button on your TV are also providing some 20 minute learning programmes which may be of interest. Here's a link to some details: ://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/z6vpnrd . 

Finally,  the Department of Education have put together with the help of teachers, some online learning videos and activities. You can find more details here:     https://www.thenational.academy/information-for-parents-pupils/ . They have created The Oak National Academy which is a virtual school.

Again, do what you can and do not feel that you have to fill the whole day with activities. It's just important to play, chill and have some fresh air. I hope you are all keeping well. 

Kind regards, Miss Brook

Friday 3rd April 2020, Text/Email as follows Dear Parent/Carer,  I have been in  the process of coming up with a way that the children and staff can communicate with each other. I have found the solution!! 

Some of you may be familiar with Tapestry, the online learning journal we use in EYFS. We use it to add observations, videos and photos. It is a way for parents to see what their children get up to in Nursery and Reception. They are now using it in reverse, to post photos, videos and observations of what they have been up to at home!

I have set up each class with their own page, so that they can stay connected with their classmates and the Westborough staff. Over the next few days you will receive an activation email from Tapestry. This will allow you to access Tapestry. You will then be able to post observations, messages, photos and videos of what your children are up to. There is no obligation to do so, but I thought it  would be a nice way to keep in touch. Please be assured that Tapestry is 100% secure, the only people who can see your posts are the staff administrators (me and a couple of others) and the members of the class group. Tapestry has built in security which means you cannot share anything posted anywhere else. Tapestry can be used via the website or you can download an app. 

If you haven't received anything by the beginning of next week, please reply to this message and I will see if I can sort out the issue. 

I hope you agree that this will be a great way to keep in touch. Kind regards,  Miss Brook

Wednesday 18th March 2020, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers,  Following on from the announcement today from the Government, Westborough will be closed from the end of the day on Friday 20th March 2020. It was confirmed that schools will remain open for students within some vulnerable groups, or for students whose primary carers fall into the category of key workers identified by the government. At this time we are seeking further clarification of who this will include and as a result will be requesting information and evidence to enable us to plan effectively for this, so please keep an eye out for this and respond if necessary. It was also confirmed that the public examinations have now been postponed and there will be no exams in May and June 2020. The government have stated that they will communicate a plan for the completion of this and we will communicate this to you when we have more information. We appreciate that this is a confusing time and we will work closely with you to ensure you are fully aware of the situation for Westborough and our students.  Thank you for your continued support .  Yours sincerely,  Miss Tonya Brook, Head Teacher

Thursday 19th March 2020, Text/Email as follows, I made the decision at the end of the day that we will have a disco on the playground tomorrow. The children can wear non-school uniform.  Miss Brook

Tuesday 17th March 2020, Text/Email as follows, Dear All, School Gateway is the quickest and easiest way to stay in touch with school. Please find attached a letter detailing how to sign up for for School Gateway.  Thank you to all who have already signed up.

How to sign up for School Gateway

Tuesday 10th March 2020, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parent/Carer, Please note that there will be no clubs after school tomorrowKind regards, Westborough

Monday 9th March 2020, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, It is with deep regret that I have to inform you that Miss Heley (Year 6 teacher)sadly passed away this morning.  

I did not take the decision to close the school lightly, but as you can understand this is such sad news for the whole of the Westborough Community. School will be open as usual tomorrow but please be assured that the well being of the children will be our number one priority. Staff will be on hand to speak to the children who are affected by this the most. Miss Heley was a kind, talented individual. She was an excellent teacher who worked with the whole child. She will be remembered for her calm manner, her positivity, her dedication to children and most of all her fabulous smile. Miss Heley worked at Westborough for 14 years and was a valued colleague and friend to all of the staff. We will sadly miss her.  

I will keep you updated regarding this matter. Thank you for your support and cooperation. 

Yours sincerely, Miss Brook

Tuesday 3rd March, 2020, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Apologies, there was a typo in the newsletter that was sent out yesterday. World Book Day is on THURSDAY 5th March (not Friday, as per Dates for Your Diary). Apologies for any confusion caused. 

Monday 2nd March, 2020 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please see below from the Department for Education. Department for Education Coronavirus helpline. Today, we have launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows: Phone: 0800 046 8687 Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)  No school should close in response to a suspected (or confirmed) COVID-19 case unless directed to do so by Public Health England.Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19. Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.The importance of hygiene, Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at: https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources Sign up is quick, free and means you will be alerted as more resources are made available.

Thursday 27th February, 2020 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, There is a PTA meeting tonight at 6pm, in the Lubel Hall at Westborough. Everyone is welcome. Thank you.

Wednesday 26th February, 2020 Text/Email as follows,  Dear Parents/Carers,  Please find attached a letter regarding Scarlet Fever, as well as advice and information on the infection. Thank you. 
Fact Sheet 
Letter

Wednesday 26th February, 2020 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please see attached documents for the latest advice and information on the Coronavirus from Public Health England.  Thank you.
Advice for education settings,  and
Advice re: coronavirus

Wednesday 26th February, 2020 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, We have made a couple of amendments to the new school meals menu. An updated version is attached and will also be available on the school website, or you can collect a hard copy from the front office. Please note the vegetarian option for today's roast dinner is now veggie sausages - the Mediterranean tart will be served in week 2. Thank you. School dinner package 14-02-20 v2.pdf 

Monday 24th February, 2020 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please find attached our brand new school meal menu, packed full of delicious and nutritious choices for the children. There are some brand new meals on offer, as well as the return of some old favourites (the roast dinner is back!).  The cost remains the same, at £2.30 per day.  Please also note that we will have pancakes, ice cream and maple syrup for pudding tomorrow, as it's Shrove Tuesday. Yum!  

Sunday 23rd February, 2020 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget that we are back to school on Tuesday 25th February. Thank you.

Friday 14th February, 2020 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Wishing you all a fantastic half-term! We look forward to seeing you back on TUESDAY 25TH FEBRUARY. Best wishes from Miss Brook & All at Westborough

Friday 14th February, 2020 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please find attached a flyer from Southend Borough Council regarding a launch event for the new SEND Shared Expectations guidance. Thank you.

Thursday 30th January, 2020 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers,Please note that the school crossing lady does not start work until 7.45am.  She is often at the crossing before then for those children who are going swimming but this is voluntary and in her own time. Southend Borough Council inform us whenever she is not available and we send a message to parents as soon as we receive notification. Thank you.

Wednesday 29th January 2020 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Just a reminder that it is school policy that children cannot come back to school for 48 hours after they have been sick or had a stomach upset. This is in line with Public Health Agency guidance. Thank you for your support and co-operation in this matter.

Wednesday 22nd January 2020 Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, The school crossing lady will not be back this week, due to illness. We are reminding the children about road safety at school and we’d be grateful if you could reinforce this at home.  Helpful information can be found on this link:  https://www.roadwise.co.uk/schools/using-the-road/green-cross-code/     Thanks for your support and co-operation.

Monday 20th January 2020 Text Email as follows Dear Parents, Southend are currently tackling any signs of County Lines (Child Exploitation) in our area. Criminal gangs are targeting children to move drugs and money in and out of cities and large towns. This is a national issue, but we need to be aware of criminal gangs, and to be able to spot the signs that our children may be being targeted. These criminals are targeting children as young as 8 to 12 years old. They target children across all economic, ethnic and social groups. 
Although we have no knowledge of anything attached to our school, make sure you know how to #SeeTheSigns.  
Years 5 and 6 have had a Workshop that has looked at Gangs and safeguarding themselves as they begin to get more independence. 
Years 3 and 4 have had some assemblies and lessons touching on Gangs (strangers) and grooming through the internet. This will be ongoing. 
Key Stage 1 are doing Internet Safety as part of their lessons. Anyone can report anonymously drug activity in their area using the website  https://www.seethesigns.org.uk/
This helps build a local picture, the more people adding to this helps the police and local  authority considerably and in turn, will make our town safer.
For more information about the signs and what you can do, Southend have a page on their Website. https://www.southend.gov.uk/seethesigns Alternatively should you have any safeguarding or child protection issue you wish to discuss, the designated staff in school to contact are Katy Doucy or Tonya Brook.  You can also ring the Southend Local Authority First Contact Team on 01702 217007. This information is on the Home page of our website. If you would like to discuss this further or need any other information, please come in and speak to either myself or Miss Brook. Kind regards, Katy Doucy.

Thursday 16th January 2020 Text/Emai as follows Dear Parents/Carers,  Don't forget that the School Nurse will be running a drop-in session in the Cardboard Classroom from 8.45am on Monday 20th January. If you have any queries/concerns about your child's health and wellbeing, please come along.  Mrs Pankhurst will also be on hand. Thank you.

Tuesday 14th January 2020 Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Flyer for Kidz Camp for the February half-term available from Front Office.

Tuesday 14th January 2020 Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers We are very sorry but due to staff sickness, the following after-school clubs are cancelled: MUSICAL THEATRE KARAOKE & JUST DANCE CREATIVE THINKING & DRAWING TABLE TENNIS  Pick-up is therefore the usual time of 3.10pm. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause and many thanks for your understanding and co-operation.

Monday 13th January 2020 Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget that we have a special Happy New Year menu on Thursday 16th January. The cost is £2.30 and there is no need to book. The menu is HERE and a hard copy can be collected from the front office.

Friday 10th January 2020 Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, The drop-in session with the School Nurse will be on MONDAY 20TH JANUARY NOT Monday 13th January, as per yesterday's email.Apologies for any confusion or inconvenience caused. Again, the School Nurse drop-in session in the Cardboard Classroom will be on MONDAY 20TH JANUARY at 8.45am. Flyer on Home Page Thank you.

Thursday 9th January 2020 Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, We are updating our medical records for those children in school with asthma. If your child has asthma, please ensure that you supply the school with 2 inhalers – one to keep in the medical room and one to keep in class. Please also supply a copy of your child’s asthma care plan. We will also need any updated asthma care plans your child receives. Please note that we only require inhalers in school if your child has been diagnosed with asthma.  If they have simply been prescribed an inhaler when they have had a bad cough/chest infection, we will not need to keep an inhaler for them in school, we will only need the inhaler while they are poorly. Thank you for your support and co-operation.

Thursday 9th January 2020 Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, The School Nurse will be running a drop-in session in the Cardboard Classroom on Monday 13th January at 8.45am. This is a great opportunity to chat about any queries or concerns you may have about your child's health and/or well being and to get advice. Mrs Pankhurst will also be on hand at the session. A poster with full details is attached and will also be displayed around school. We plan to hold these sessions every half-term and hope you will find them useful. Thank you.

Wednesday 8th January 2020 Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, To celebrate the first term of the New Year and a new decade, we will be having a Happy New Year special menu on Thursday 16th January (see link below). There is no need to book for this meal and it will be the usual price of £2.30. As usual, children in years 0-2 are entitled to this meal free of charge, as are those children who are entitled to free school meals. You can collect a hard copy of the menu from the front office. Thank you. New Year, New Decade Menu for 16th Jan.

Wednesday 8th January 2020 Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Could we please ask that, where possible, payment for swimming lessons is made on Gateway. This is to minimise the risk of money being lost when payments are sent in with the children, particularly the younger ones. Many thanks in advance for your support and co-operation.

Autumn Term 2019 - Text/Emails

Thursday 19th December 2019 Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget that it's 1.30pm pick-up today! Also, any uniform left in lost property that is not collected today will be disposed of during the holidays. If your child is missing any uniform, please check the lost property left out today by Miss Brooks' office. Thank you.

Wednesday 18th December 2019 Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Just to reminder you that tomorrow is the last day at school. The children should be in school at 8.30am, as usual, and should be wearing school uniform. School will finish at 1.30pm - there will be no clubs. Thank you.

Wednesday 18th December 2019 Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Please see the information & flyers regarding a new not-for-profit drama school in Leigh-on-Sea - front office. They are offering a £50 discount to pupils at The Westborough School. 

Sunday 15th December 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parent/Carer, This is a last reminder of what is happening next week. 
On Monday, Reception have their nativity at 9.15am in the hall. Please come to the Macdonald entrance to enter. Nursery have their concert at 10.30am, again, please come to the Macdonald entrance. After the Nursery Concert there will be mince pies and refreshments. THERE IS NO NURSERY LUNCH CLUB ON MONDAY. Years 0-6 have their Christmas parties. The school will provide sandwich platters and drinks for the parties. We are asking for donations of party food but no nuts. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO HOT SCHOOL DINNERS ON MONDAY. 
On Tuesday, Reception have their nativity at 2.00pm in the hall. There will be mince pies and refreshments on offer after they perform. Nursery have their Christmas party, sandwich platters and drinks will be provided. Please note that on party day the children can dress to impress! They can wear Christmas Jumpers, party wear or non-school uniform. 
On Wednesday we have the annual Christmas Talent Show. Some of the children have auditioned and have got through to the final. Only children in the talent show are allowed to wear costumes/non-school uniform on this day. This is for children only. We will also be drawing the children's raffle, so there's still time for the children to buy raffle tickets from the front office, 50p each or £1 a strip. We have an acoustic guitar, a giant Kevin the carrot, PS4 Football Manager game and lots of chocolate goodies on offer. 
On Thursday school will finish at 1.30pm. There will be no clubs or afternoon Nursery on this day. Afternoon Nursery children are welcome to come in the morning from 9.00am-12.00pm.  School dinners on Thursday may change slightly from the menu advertised. Julie will be providing a mixed menu of the children's favourites, as she is going to empty the freezers before the Christmas break. Please be assured, the children will not go hungry!
On a final note, I just wanted to take the time to thank you all for the support you give to Westborough. We had an amazing turn out at the fayre and it's looking like we are on target to raise well over £1,400, once the children's raffle is complete. This is fantastic and we wouldn't have been able to do it without you. Kind regards, Miss Brook

Friday 13th December 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, We have flyers in front office for Christmas activities at the Essex Wildlife Trust's Thurrock Thameside Nature Park, including meeting Father Christmas in his magical Woodland Grotto (booking essential). For more information, call 01375 643342 or email TTNP@essexwt.org.uk, or collect a flyer. Thank you.

Wednesday 11th December 2019 Text/Email as follows, Fantasic news! We raised over £1,250 at the Christmas Fayre.  Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Tuesday 10th December 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parent/Carer, Years 0-6 will be having their Christmas Parties on Monday 16th December. The Nursery will be having their party on Tuesday 17th due to their concert on Monday 16th. The school will be providing sandwich platters and drinks for the parties.  We are asking the children to bring in food to contribute to the party eg. crisps, cakes, biscuits, snacks etc. All that we ask is that the food contributed does not contain nuts, as we have several children who have are severely allergic to nuts. Thank you in advance. The Westborough Team

Monday 9th December 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, As you know we have Christmas dinners on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. All children including packed lunches will eat in the hall together on their Christmas dinner day.  If your child normally has school dinners and their Christmas dinner day is Tuesday, on Wednesday the option will be meal-in-a-bag. If their Christmas dinner day is Wednesday, on Tuesday the option will be meal-in-a-bag.  On Thursday the school will be used as a polling station and will remain open. However, because we will need to use the halls as alternative classrooms we will not be able to serve hot school dinners as usual. Therefore, the option for dinners on Thursday will be a pizza meal-in-a-bag. On Monday the children will have their Christmas parties. The school provides sandwich platters and drinks on party days as an alternative to school dinners. There is no charge for this. All children will be marked in as packed lunch to save confusion.  Thank you for your continued support.  The Westborough Staff 

Friday 6th December 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Tickets for the Westborough Cracking Christmas Raffle will be on sale at the Fayre today, either from the front office or you can keep an eye out for Mr Khan who will also be selling them. It's £1 per strip or 30p per ticket - you've got to be in it to win it! Winners will be drawn during the last week of term. We have an adults' and a children's raffle with some truly amazing prizes, thanks to your efforts and generosity - here are just a few:
Adults + Luxury Christmas Hamper + Google Mini + £20 Argos voucher + Wine + Chocolates + Luxury Toiletry Sets + Voucher for Halo Hair Salon + Voucher for Anke's Cafe + Voucher for Pasta Pia +
Children + Bass guitar & amp + Tickets for Marsh Farm + Voucher for classes @ Razzamataz Theatre School + Luxury Christmas Hamper + Giant Kevin the Carrot +

Friday 6th December 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please see below message from Tempest Photography regarding orders of sibling photos from the recent mop-up session. Thank you. 
Dear Parents/Carers, The closing date for FREE postage and delivery for parents is fast approaching for online orders. If you have already placed an order for photographs thank you. If not or you wish to order more photographs, simply enter your image reference number and website access code (found on your original order form) at www.tempest-orders.co.uk 
If you need assistance feel free to contact Tempest 01736 751555 (option 3). Many Thanks Tempest Photography

Friday 6th December 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Another quick reminder for today. Pick-up today is at the normal time of 1.30pm - please be prompt as school staff will be very busy organising the fayre. Please don't forget that only children in years 5 and 6 are allowed to look around the Fayre on their own.  Children from Nursery-Year 4 must be accompanied by an adult.  This is for safeguarding reasons.  The school will be open to the public and the doors to the road on both sides will be open. As school staff will be running the fayre they will not be available to supervise children.  Thank you for your support and co-operation in this matter. We look forward to seeing you at the Fayre!

Thursday5th December 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, We hope you are looking forward to our Xmas Fayre as much as we are!One quick reminder  - please remember that only children in years 5 and 6 are allowed to look around the fayre on their own. Children from Nursery-Year 4 must be accompanied by an adult. This is for safeguarding reasons. The school will be open to the public and the doors to the road on both sides will be open. As school staff will be running the fayre they will not be available to supervise children. Thank you for your support and co-operation in this matter.

Tuesday 3rd December 2019 Text/Email as follows,  Dear Parents/Carers, Please see link to  the school term dates for Westborough School from September 2020 to August 2021, for your reference. Please come to the front office if you would like a hard copy printed off. Thank you.

Friday 29th November 2019 Tex/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, The wonderful Westborough School Orchestra will be busking in the playground after school on Friday 13th December, until approximately 1.40pm. Please bring your loose change to lift their spirits as they play Christmas classics in the freezing cold!  Thank you.

Thursday 28th November 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, December is nearly upon us and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Westborough!
XMAS FAYREOur Xmas Fayre is on Friday 6th December, from 1.45pm-3.15pm – don’t miss it! We will have fantastic festive stalls, including stalls for each class and the children have been working very hard making Christmas goodies to sell. Refreshments will be on sale in the servery and our very own Great British Baker, Lee, has made shortbread Christmas jumpers for the children to decorate themselves. The children will also be able to visit Santa in his magical grotto and we will be drawing our Xmas raffle. A HUGE thank you for the amazingly generous donations you have made to the raffle and tombola.  We have some really incredible prizes on offer, including vouchers for the Coco Club, luxury hampers for children and adults and a Google mini.  You have really outdone yourselves! All the money raised at the Fayre will go to the School Fund for the new minibus. 
XMAS PANTOOur Xmas panto this year is Jack and the Beanstalk and will be performed to the children on Thursday 5th December. We are asking for a contribution of £1.00 per child towards the cost of the panto – thank you in advance for your support with this.

Thursday 28th November 2019, Text/Email as follows,  Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget that we have the Book Bus visiting school on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th December. The bus will be open to parents before and after school, from 8am-8.30am and from 3.10pm-4pm.  There will be lots of great bargains to be had, so it will be a great way to do some Xmas shopping. The children will all be able to visit the bus during the school day and can bring in up to £5 each day to spend.  Please do NOT send your child into school with more than £5 per day - they will not be able to spend it. Thank you.

Thursday 21st November 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, We would like to clarify that school shoes should be black (or predominately black) as we have a number of children who are coming to school wearing shoes which are not appropriate. We would ask that if your child's school shoes are not black (or predominately black) that they wear appropriate ones as soon as possible. Our policy is in line with all other Primary Schools.  We have been very pleased with the response to our new school uniform and it's lovely to see all the children looking so smart. Thank you for your support and co-operation in this matter. Kind regards,  Westborough  

Wednesday 20th November 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, The children in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 have read 2,452 books so far this year which is fantastic. We would like to thank you all for your support in ensuring your child reads regularly at home, as it makes a real impact on their learning as well as developing a life-long love of reading!

Donations If you have any books at home that you would be happy to donate to our school library we would really appreciate it. The authors that are popular at the moment are Philip Pullman, Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, J.K Rowling, Jaqueline Wilson, Neil Gaiman, Jessica Townsend and Alex Rider. Please could you also have a really good look at home for any books that belong to Westborough and return them ASAP as we have waiting lists for some of the popular titles. Books for Christmas  If you're looking for ideas for Christmas presents, the website below has lists of books for all different ages, there is also a page for KS1 and it is regularly updated with new titles - definitely worth a look for shopping ideas!  https://schoolreadinglist.co.uk/category/reading-lists-for-ks2-school-pupils/  

Many thanks, Mrs Snarey,  Assistant Head Teacher

Best reading books for KS2 children aged 7-11 | School Reading List - School reading list: recommended reading books for children

The School Reading List compiles this list of recommended books monthly. This book of the month list highlights new releases and editions of fiction and non-fiction books suitable for children and young adults aged 5-16.  schoolreadinglist.co.uk

Monday 18th November 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Just a quick update on raffle prizes and Xmas goodies that we are still collecting for the fayre. A huge, huge thank you for the generous donations we have already received for both the raffle and tombola. Raffle prizes up for grabs include a Google Mini, vouchers for sports sessions, hair cuts and much more. We have also had 2 Xmas hampers donated to the school - one for adults and one for children. We are very lucky to have such generous parents at the school!  Please keep the donations coming for the raffle and tombola - we are hoping to make this a bumper year for the school fund. We will also be running a selection box raffle for the children and we'd be really grateful for any donations of chocolate selection boxes or any other Xmas chocolates/sweets. Thank you again in advance.

Monday 18th November 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, The school photographer will be at school on Weds 20th November from 10am for those children who missed having a sibling photo at the last session. Please either contact Gaby in front office or tell your child's class teacher if you would like your child to have a sibling photo. Thank you.

Thursday 14th November 2019 Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Don't forget that we have non-uniform day tomorrow for a £1 donation per child, with all money raised going to to Children in Need. The theme is spots but the children can wear whatever they like. We also have wristbands on sale in the front office for a £1 donation, again with all money raised going to Children in Need. A few parents have enquired about Xmas Jumper day - we will not be taking part in this but the children are welcome to wear their Xmas jumpers to the discos and their class parties. Thank you for your ongoing support and co-operation.

Wednesday 13th November 2019 Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, There will be a meeting for the Westborough Parent Teacher Association on Friday 22nd November at 8.30am in the Cardboard Classroom. The meeting is open to all parents - please come along if you would like to find out more about ways to get involved. In particular, we are looking for parent volunteers to help with the Xmas discos and the Xmas Fayre, as well as for anyone with fundraising ideas. The PTA are also running a Jam Jar Tombola at the Xmas Fayre - please bring in any empty glass jars you may have.  Donations of sweets or goodies to fill the jars with would also be gratefully received. We hope to see lots of you there - thanks in advance for your continued support.

Wednesday 13th November 2019, Text/Email as follows  Dear Parents/Carers, Christmas is coming and we are busy planning for all the lovely activities and events we have planned BUT we need your help!  XMAS RAFFLE/HAMPER/TOMBOLA We would be very grateful for any donations you can make to either our raffle, tombola or Xmas hamper.  If you have any unwanted gifts, or if you're able to donate a prize of some sort (a voucher/taster session, etc, if you provide a service or run a business yourself) it would be great to add to our raffle. Likewise, donations of festive bits and bobs, Xmas food and goodies will all go in our Xmas hamper and tombola. We are lucky to have such generous families at Westborough and, as ever, your support is hugely appreciated. TABLES FOR HIRE  If you would like to hire a table at the Xmas Fayre for £10, we still have a number available - please see Gaby in front office, you're interested.  Payment can be made to Mrs Scott in the finance office from 8.00am-8.40am. 
PTA If you would like to help out as part of our PTA, please let Gaby in front office know and she will pass on your details.  A separate email regarding the next PTA meeting and their plans for the Xmas Fayre will follow. Thank you.

Wednesday 13th November 2019, Text/Email as follows  Dear Parents/Carers, There is a FREE workshop for parents and carers of children with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum condition, or parents currently seeking a diagnosis, taking place on Wednesday 20th November from 3.45pm-4.30pm at The Appleton School, Croft Road, Benfleet SS7 5RN (refreshments provided). Please email DeniseM@thekjs.com if you would like to attend.

Monday 11th November 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Trust links are holding an Xmas Fayre with music, carols, mince pies and other festive food and drink. There will even be a chance to meet Santa, and take part in children’s crafts. We will also have a craft stall, a seasonal plant sale, a raffle, and lots more. More on their event page here:  http://www.trustlinks.org/events_167_Christmas-Fayre-2019  Thank you.

Thursday 7th November 2019, Text/Email as follows  Dear Parents/Carers, Little Heroes, the parent-led ASD support group, are offering a free workshop to parents at Barons Court on November 11th from 1.30-3 pm. Please contact Jo Turner on 01702 331356 if you would like to attend. https://littleheroesasd.co.uk/  Thank you. 

Thursday 7th November 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Little Heroes, the parent-led ASD support group, are offering a free workshop to parents at Barons Court on November 11th from 1.30-3 pm. Please contact Jo Turner on 01702 331356 if you would like to attend. https://littleheroesasd.co.uk/ Thank you. 

Tuesday 5th November 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, On Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th December the Book People's Book Bus will be visiting Westborough, from 8am to 4pm each day. The children will be visiting the bus during the school day and can bring a maximum of £5 into school to spend. Parents can visit the bus before and after school from 8.00am-8.30am and 3.10pm-4pm. Payments can be made by debit/credit card, as well as in cash. There will be lots of bargains and exclusive deals available - ideal for Xmas shopping! Thank you in advance for your support.

Tuesday 5th November 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Aldi Stickers. We only need another 4 stickers to complete the chart. If you still have any stickers at home, please bring them in! Thank you.

Monday 4th November 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, We hope you have had a wonderful half-term. Don't forget that we are back to school tomorrow and the children should be on the playground by 8.20am, ready to start school at 8.30am. Please also don't forget that the back gate (Gainsborough Road side) will not be open until 8.00am from tomorrow onwards. Please make sure that your child brings in their PE kit and that they are wearing the new school logo uniform. Please also ensure that they are dressed appropriately for any trips they are going on this week - i.e. wearing warm clothes and shoes and waterproofs, where necessary. See you tomorrow!

Friday 25th October 2019, Text/Email as follows  Dear Parents/Carers, Please be advised that a number of schools/trusts in the area are consulting on their admission arrangements for 2021/22 as required by law.  Information is available on respective school webpages and also on Southend-on-Sea Borough Council website
https://www.southend.gov.uk/info/200176/school_admissions/777/admission_policies

Thursday 24th October 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Southend Adult Community College is holding a Family Fun Day with the theme "Adventure in South America", where you will be able to make masks, jewellery and dream catchers, as well as take part in lots of other arts and crafts activities. Activities on the day are suitable for ages 4-11 years and this fun-packed half-day workshop costs just £2.50 per family (maximum 3 children per family). Please call 01702 445700 or go to www.southend-adult.ac.uk to book or to find out more. Thank you.

Tuesday 22nd October 2019, Text/Email as follows  Dear Parents/Carers, We have received the first batch of orders for the individual school photos - there are more coming, so please DON'T panic if you do not receive your order today.  Please don't forget that there's a mop-up session on Wednesday 20th November for those children who didn't get a sibling photo or were absent for the last session.  Please let front office know if you would like your child/children to be included in this session.  Thank you.