Letters on Line
Look here to find copies of letters, emails and texts sent out to parents.
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All letters can also be found below. .
Spring Term 2020 - Letters
Autumn Term 2019 - Letters
Spring Term 2020 - Text/Emails
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 FAYRE - Our 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 PANTO - Our 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
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
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.
Friday 18th October 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Please note that it will be a meal in a bag for lunch on Friday 25th October. Thank you.
Monday 14th October 2019, Text/Email as follows Countdown to Free Cycle Training! Our Garden Ride event on the 1st November is fast approaching. There is just one week left until the first of our two FREE cycle training events at Growing Together Westcliff!
Have you lost your confidence when it comes to cycling? Maybe it's been a while since you've ridden on the roads - or perhaps never at all? In partnership with ForwardMotion we are providing a fantastic opportunity for comprehensive cycling training to get you and your colleagues road-ready for the Garden ride event on November 1st! The free training is being held on Friday 18th October and Friday 25th October, with both days offering two sessions; you can even book in for both if you feel you need it! https://gardenride.org/cycle-training/
Monday 14th October 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents of children Year 1-Year 6, We are excited to announce that on the week beginning 4th November 2019 all children from Year 1 to Year 6 will be going on a local beach visit. This is to celebrate and re-enforce concepts learnt as part of our new creative curriculum theme 'Beside the Seaside.' Please keep a look out for a letter from your class teacher with details of the class trip and the date your child will be going. This may be to the Sea life Centre, Pier, museum or creating art on the beach. I look forward to seeing all the photos and talking to the children about their experiences when they return from their day out! Thank you for your continued support. Rohana Forbes, Assistant Headteacher
Monday 14th October 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Some of the nursery children did not get their sibling photo taken when the school photographers were here. If your children did not get a sibling photo, a further session is available on Wednesday 20th November. Please email the school, or speak to front office, ASAP to confirm whether you would like a sibling photo for your children. Many thanks.
Friday 11th October 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, We are having our Harvest Festival Assembly on Monday 14th October. We would be very grateful for donations of dried, tinned and longlife foods, such as pasta, rice, juice, tinned fruit and vegetables, etc. We will be collecting for the Southend Food Bank and they will be collecting our donations at the end of next week, so please feel free to bring in your donations throughout the week - they will be much appreciated. Thanks in advance for your support.
Friday 4th October 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Please see below information on an event at Leigh North Street School regarding child mental health - full details below. Thank you. When is it? Date: Tuesday 8th October 2019 7pm – 9pm Venue: Leigh North Street Primary School North St, Southend-on-Sea, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1QE Who is it for? We are all keen to help children understand how to be mentally healthy: "developing pupils’ confidence, resilience and knowledge so that they can keep themselves mentally healthy." (Young Minds 2019). Those in the best position to do this are parents and teachers. This evening is for • Parents of children in any year group (from all schools) who are interested in keeping your child mentally healthy and how to spot the early signs if something is not quite right. • Teachers and Pastoral Care Leads interested in exploring the ‘Invisible’ packages for their own schools, including those for the students, parents and the staff training options/support available. Note: This evening is not intended for children as it approaches the topics from a parent/adult perspective.
Thursday 3rd October 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please note that from Monday 7th October the arrangements for pick up for after school clubs is going to change slightly. The gate on Gainsborough will no longer be opened at the end of clubs. All parents will now have to pick up from the Macdonald entrance. Also, the front office doors will not be opened until 4.20pm when clubs finish. These arrangements are changing to safeguard the children. Please also note that due to Parents' Consultation on Wednesday 9th October, there will be no clubs after school. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.
Wednesday 2nd October 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, If you have a child on the SEN register, Ms Forbes will be available for review meetings on both days of the parent consultation evenings (Monday 7th and Wednesday 9th). You can book a meeting with Ms Forbes at the front office, where a list of available times is being kept. Thank you.
Wednesday 2nd October 2019, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please don't forget that this coming Friday 4th is the deadline for returning: 1. Sponsorship forms and/or money
2. Photograph orders, plus payment (don't forget you can also order online) Thank you.
Tuesday 1st October 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, We have had a couple of incidents recently where parents have shouted at children in the playground before school. This is not acceptable. If you have a concern regarding the behaviour of the children, please report it to Miss Grimes or to another staff member on the playground, who will take any action necessary. Any parent shouting at the children will not be allowed back on the playground but will have to drop their own child/children at the school gates. Thank you for your support and co-operation in this matter.
Friday 27th September 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Proofs of your child's individual photos and sibling groups, are being sent home today. You can either order online (please see order form) or return your order to school - please remember to enclose payment or complete the form with your card details. Please complete your orders within 7 days (i.e. by Friday 4th October) for free post & packaging. Late orders are charged an additional £5 for post and packaging. A mop-up session for any sibling groups that were missed is being arranged for the first week of December, however, please note that any photographs taken at that session will not be back in time for Christmas. Thank you.
Thursday 26th September 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, On Thursday 3rd October we will be having a special lunch menu. As usual, there will be vegetarian and Halal options available and all allergies of which the school have been made aware for individual children will be catered for. There is no need to book and the cost remains £2.30. + + + SPECIAL MENU + + + Hot dog, Chips, Fudge Cake, Ice Cream
Wednesday 25th September 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Please don't forget to return the consent form for your child's flu vaccination by TUESDAY 1ST OCTOBER. The flu vaccinations are booked in for TUESDAY 22ND OCTOBER. Thank you.
Tuesday 24th September 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Please see the below message and link, inviting children aged 9+ to take part in workshops with the ROH Youth Opera Company. Thank you.
The ROH Youth Opera Company is a 50-strong group of children aged 9 – 13 from across London and the South East. We are currently looking for a limited number of children to join the Company, but more than this, we are opening our doors to invite children to take part in day-long workshops on October 12th/13th to get a taste of what we do. No experience is required – just a real interest in singing and drama. If we feel that a child has potential to become a member of the Company based on their participation in a workshop, we may invite them back to an recruitment workshop the following week. We would be delighted to have some children from your school to take part in these sessions. We would be grateful if you could share the attached information sheet with parents and direct them to sign their child up for a workshop through filling in our Google form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScgsVpi9LrjoEEKj3OtOZ7OTpKX-nwugv80jcwRLk1jboHVIA/viewform?usp=sf_link
The closing date for applications is Monday 30th September at 5pm but we will consider late applications.
Tuesday 24th September 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Staff, I have had several discussions with parents over the past few weeks, regarding the fact that Westborough does not have a Parent Teacher Association. Therefore, I have decided to have a meeting to discuss setting up a PTA for Westborough. This meeting will be held on Wednesday 16th October 2019 at 6.00pm in the school hall. If you are interested in becoming part of the PTA or have ideas of how a PTA can be used effectively to raise money for school projects, please come along to the meeting. There will refreshments available at the meeting. If you are able to make the meeting, please let Gaby in the front office know. I look forward to seeing you there. Kind regards,
Tuesday 24th September 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Please don't forget to send in your child's sponsor form for the Sports for Schools sponsored circuit event on Monday 30th September. We really appreciate any amount you are able to sponsor your child for - it will go towards new sports equipment for the school. The deadline for collecting the money after the event will be Thursday 10th October. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Monday 23rd September 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, Just a reminder that we have individual school photos on Thursday 26th September, so please make sure your child/children are looking even more smart and lovely than usual on that day. If you would like to have a photo with non-Westborough siblings, these will be taken from 8.00am onwards in the Lubel Hall and will be on a first come, first served basis. However, we would be grateful if you could send a Gateway message/email if you do want a non-sibling photo, so that we have an idea of numbers. Thank you.
Monday 23rd September 2019, Text/Email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, This week is Bike to School Week and we are encouraging the children to take part, where possible. If your child would like to ride their bike into school for Bike to School Week but you don't have a padlock for their bike, for this week only they will be able to store their bike by the year 6 classrooms. Please see Mr Funa for more information. Information on the whole event can be found on the link below.
Friday 20th September 2019, Text/email as follows Dear Parents/Carers, We would be grateful if you could please not give your child/children sweets for snack or in their packed lunch. We encourage the children to have a healthy snack at breaktime and a balanced meal at lunch. Thank you.
Wednesday 18th September 2019, Text/email as follows, Hello, Miss Smith and Garden Club will be holding a pop-up sale outside the cardboard classroom today after school - figs 10p each and lavender sprigs 50p.
September 2019, Text/email as follows Years 1 and 2, Dear Parents/Carers, As part of our outdoor curriculum, we have a number of lessons at the beach. This gives the children an opportunity to learn about beach habitats and to deepen their understanding of the importance of recycling and reducing waste. The dates of the sessions are (weather permitting)
Friday 20th September
Friday 27th September
Friday 4th October
Friday 11th October
Friday 18th October
Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately (wellies and coat or sun hat and sun cream!). School will provide a meal in a bag will be provided, unless your child will be having a packed lunch. Thank you. Miss Forbes, Miss Downes, Ms Silcock & Miss Stoneman
Monday 16th September, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, As mentioned in the school newsletter, we’re very excited to be welcoming top athlete Frederick Afrifa to the school on Monday 30th Sep 2019. Frederick Afrifa will be leading a sponsored fitness circuit with pupils in years 1-6, and will follow-up with a talk and question and answer session. The aim of the event is to inspire the pupils to take up sport generally, but just as importantly to encourage them to discover and then pursue their passion in life. Sponsor forms have been given to the children in years 3-6 today and years 1 and 2 will receive their forms tomorrow. You can also sponsor your child by following the below link: www.sportsforschools.org As the sponsorship form and online sponsorship page explain, much of the money that is raised will be used to improve physical activity for the school, while also supporting GB athletes (including Paralympic athletes). Please ensure that sponsorship forms and moneys are returned to the school office one week after the event has taken place. Please also make sure that your child/children come to school on the event day with their PE Kits! Thank you in anticipation of creating a terrific and memorable event.
Tuesday 3rd September, Text/Email as follows, Dear Parents/Carers, Please notify us as a matter of urgency if your child has a new medical need or if there are any updates regarding any existing conditions they may have. We are reviewing the list of medication held in school for all children and will be in touch should we need anything replaced. If your child is asthmatic, please note that we require two inhalers in school – one to be kept in class, one to be kept in medical. If your child has an allergy, we need two lots of antihistamine and two Epipens, where necessary, as above. Thank you.
Monday 2nd September, Text/Email as follows,
We hope you have had a wonderful summer break and are looking forward to the start of the new academic year.
We are back to school on WEDNESDAY 4TH SEPTEMBER at 8.30am – please remember that children need to be on the playground by 8.20am, to ensure they are ready to go into school when the bell is rung.
If you haven’t yet bought your new school uniform, the new logo uniform is available from Paul’s at 38/40 Southchurch Road. Non-logo uniform can be bought at most major supermarkets/Matalan.
Swimming lessons will begin again w/c Monday 16th September and Gateway messages to the children in the first group will be sent on Wednesday.