If you replied to our SurveyMonkey you should now have received an email with a time and day for your parent-teacher meeting in September. If not, please let me know (please check your junk folder first!) Thank you
*** FAQs updated 22/7/2020 ***
Please see the short videos that Mrs Ford has added. These are small tasks to have a go at completing and to bring with you when you come to your parent-teacher meeting at the beginning of September.
New Starters 2020
Hello to all the children and to all of the grown-ups who will be starting with us in just a couple of weeks! I hope that you are enjoying the summer and the lovely weather that we have been having. September is now fast approaching and I am starting to get excited about returning to school and welcoming you all. Over the next two weeks I will be adding things to this page in order to help both parents and children with getting ready to start a new adventure.
It is important to us that both parents and children feel confident when joining Bemerton St John. We especially want the children to feel safe and secure and recognise that after, what has been for many, such an unusual few months that this might might take a little time. But please be assured we are here to work with you to try to ensure as smooth a transition as possible.
Firstly, for parents. Click on the image below where you will find a video presented by President and childcare expert, Penny Tassoni, who explains some simple ways how you can help your child be "school ready". If you find the video useful and would like some more tips and advice you can visit the website by clicking here. Following the video is an 'at-a-glance' poster with further steps to prepare your child for starting school and for once they are at school. These skills need to be continually practised and revisited even once at school.
A very warm welcome to all children starting in Wrens Class in September!
|A welcome from Mr Richards, Head Teacher||Mrs Ford, Reception Class teacher||Mrs Hill, Reception Class Teaching Assistant|
Please find below a 'Welcome' presentation from Mrs Ford. Under normal circumstances this would have formed the basis to our parent evening in school and you would have had the opportunity to meet our team and ask questions that may have been prompted either from the presentation or from your child's visits in to school. Instead, we invite you to read through the presentation.
Thank you to those who managed to attend one of our Zoom meetings with Mrs Ford and Mr Richards this week. We hope you found it useful. We have added the questions that were asked and answers to them to the FAQ section below. If you have any other questions that haven't yet been answered please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us on 01722 322848.
Forms and documents
We have added some links to the documents we have sent to you, plus some other items that you might find useful.
|Welcome to Bemerton St John - a guide for parents of children starting school in 2020||Data collection form||Pupil photo consent form||Free school meals application|
Here are some questions that parents have asked.
Q. Can I book my child into breakfast club for September?
A. Yes, now we have had more guidelines from the Government about opening schools in September we are able to confirm that Breakfast Club will go ahead. It is a popular club so if you would like to book a place for your child, please email email@example.com as soon as possible. Breakfast club currently costs £2.50 per child per session. This is purely to cover our costs; we do not run the club for profit.
Q. Will children be expected to wear school uniform in September, as children in school this term are not wearing uniform?
A. Yes, children will be back to wearing uniform in September.
Q. How do we get the children's new book bags?
A. Our wonderful parent teacher association, FoBS, provide book bags for all our new Reception children. Your child will receive their book bag when you come to meet Mrs Ford and Mrs Hill during the first week in September.
Q. Will school lunches be available?
A. Yes. For Term 1 we will be offering packed lunches only, with a choice of sandwiches. You don't need to book in advance, you just order in the morning when your child arrives at school. After half term we hope to go back to our normal lunch menu so children can choose a hot meal if they would like one. Children can, of course, still bring a packed lunch from home if they prefer.
Q. What are children allowed to bring to school?
A. Children may bring their book bag, water bottle and packed lunch (if bringing one from home) every day, plus a coat or sun hat, depending on the weather. We ask that they don't bring anything else into school unless it is absolutely necessary.
Q. What about PE kits and wellies?
A. Please bring your child's wellies on their first day at school. We have an outdoor storage area where we can keep them.
PE kits would normally be kept in school but for the time being we have decided that children will come to school in their PE kit on the days they have PE. We will let you know in September what days your child will have PE; it will not be on the first day back!
Q. Where are children's water bottles stored?
A. During the current situation, children will keep their bottle next to their desk so they are close to hand and away from other children's. All children should bring a water bottle to school every day.
Q. When will Forest School start?
A. Forest School will start in Term 2, that is, after the October half term holiday. There is so much for the children to get used to during Term 1 that we feel it's best to wait a few weeks before we start Forest School. Children will still have plenty of opportunities to be outdoors in our outdoor play area during Term 1.
Q. What do children need for Forest School?
A. We will send you a letter nearer the time, but briefly they will need warm clothes and waterproofs as they will be spending lots of time (up to two hours) outdoors in all kinds of weather. Their clothes will get dirty, so please bear this in mind when you choose their outfit!
Q. Will there be an afterschool club?
Updated! A. We are intending to run an after school club from 3.15 - 5.30 every school day starting in September. The club will be staffed by existing Bemerton St John staff and will, in due course, be Ofsted registered. This is new for us and we need to assess demand before we can finalise the cost, but to start with we will charge a flat rate of £5 per session. We will review the cost to the school and therefore the cost to you once the club is up and running. We also hope to put in place a tiered payment system for children who do not stay until 5.30. Like our breakfast club, the after school club will not be run for profit.
If you would like to book your child in please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated! Q. I haven't booked a parent-teacher meeting for September. Is it too late?
A. No, it's not too late. Please email email@example.com and we will do our best to fit you in. Please be aware that school is now closed for the summer holidays so the mailbox is not monitored every day at the moment.
Last update: 22nd July 2020