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Penshurst Primary School

WEEK 5 - Friday 8 October 2021

Dates to remember:

Monster Pyjama Party

Monday 1 November  FS2 and Year 1 – 4:30-5:30pm

Year 2, 3 and 4 – 5:45-6:45pm

Year 5 and 6 – 7pm – 8pm 

Parents Evening

Monday 8 November and Invitations to make virtual bookings 

Wednesday 10 November will be sent out before half term

End of term

Thursday 21 October  (return on Monday 1 November)

It has been another busy week at Penshurst with lots of visitors touring our school to look at our new reading schemes, provide support to individual children and to provide mental health lessons to our Year 5 and 6 children. It is lovely to have people back in the building again instead of having online sessions and great to have additional support for the well being of all of our pupils.

We are also lucky that we will be able to welcome university students back properly to train with us as we are passionate about inspiring and coaching the next generation of teachers. As they begin to join us in school, we will let you know who they are and which class they are helping with so you will recognise them out on playgrounds at pick up and collection times.

A few housekeeping reminders…. 

We have had some comments from parents about the inappropriate length of some of the skirts worn in school. As you all know we have a strict uniform policy across the ’through’ school and we have already mentioned this issue via text, blog, email and individual phone calls. Teachers will be ringing when the uniform is deemed of inappropriate length or too tight as well as when hair is dyed or shaved.

The uniform policy states:

Hair should be of even length, no shaved patterns. Mohican styles are not permitted. Hair should be of a natural colour. Hair accessories should be of school colours (grey, white, green or black) and of an appropriate size 

Please do not shoot the messenger, so to speak, as teachers have been asked to address these issues in accordance with the school policy. As many of you with siblings in the secondary phase will know, the rigour continues when they leave our site and transfer to the high school.

If you wish to discuss any uniform issues further, please contact a member of the senior leadership team.

Please ensure your child arrives at school with a coat as the weather is really turning and we will be unable to let them outside without a coat. It is certainly Hull Fair weather now but we like to get the children wrapped up and outside as much as possible.

Unfortunately I have also received a fair few complaints from local residents about parents parking over their drives so they cannot get out to work. Please drive carefully and be considerate to the local residents. I understand that parking is at a premium around the school area as most streets have cars already parked down them but it is important that we are respectful of those who live in the school area.

To end on a more cheerful note, let’s talk about cake! We are now receiving homemade cakes and buns for birthdays. This is a tradition in every school I have ever worked in however with the increase in dietary needs and the healthy schools agenda, we no longer allow the children to eat the treats in school and instead send them home for parents to make the decision as to when and if your child can have it. It is always helpful as well for us to have a note stating the ingredients as we have so many dietary intolerances in school now.

We would never risk giving out any food product in class to these children if we are not sure about the ingredients.

If you are braving Hull Fair, be careful and have fun! 

Mrs J Spencer 

Head of School