We're welcoming Tim Gill to present a short talk to parents, staff and friends at Sir John Cass later in the Summer term. Tim is interested in the changing nature of childhood. His work - which embraces writing, independent research, consultancy and public speaking - aims to have a positive impact on children's everyday lives. You can find our more on his website: https://rethinkingchildhood.com/
The children are having a wonderful time in Wales. Today's highlights have included river walking and caving. We're still having real trouble with the internet connection in Wales. However, we've been taking lots of photos and when we return we'll publish them on the website so the stories your children have to tell come to life!
We're having lots of difficulties with getting pictures this year from the residential Centre in Wales. The centre are experiencing some connectivity issues and 4G coverage is very patchy. Rest assured we are in touch each day with the the team. Today's tasks included canoeing and mountain walking. Emily also joined the team this morning.
We're planning to make some changes to the school day.
We currently finish the school day about 10 minutes earlier than most primary schools. We want to change the length of the school day by adding ten minutes to the end of EYFS, Key Stage One and Two from 1st September, 2017.
As a result of these changes, children in Classes 3 to 6 will finish the day at 3.30pm. Children in Key Stage One and the early years will finish the day at 3.25pm. The slightly earlier finish of the younger children is to enable collections of siblings from both playgrounds.
We want to make these changes to enable more time to be spent on foundation subjects in school. There are lots of pressures on curriculum time at the moment and it will assist teachers fitting everything in!
So far we have consulted with staff who are positive about the changes. We will be discussing the changes with our school council in the coming weeks. Governors have also discussed these proposals and approved them.
These changes will be implemented from September, 2017 to provide enough time for you to make any necessary arrangements.
If you have any comments, questions or concerns about these proposals, we'd be happy to consider them- simply email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with a member of the leadership team.
We’re looking for volunteers to help out on the Roof Garden of the school after the Easter Holidays. Mr Wilson currently runs a gardening club on a Thursday lunchtime and is joined by Ms Lucas and Ms Caunter when their teaching commitments permit. We’d love some additional help earlier in the week either at a lunchtime or after school. Are you interested in gardening? Might you like to help out? Please speak to Mr Wilson if you are able to help.
From 1st September 2017, if you have a child aged between 3 and 4 years old, you may be eligible to claim 30 hours of free childcare per week. The City of London and Sir John Cass’s Foundation primary school already offer additional childcare from the term of your child’s 4th birthday, so these changes will have a limited effect in our setting.
These are our provisional arrangements for next year. We will write to parents and carers individually when we have further confirmation from the City of London.
All children are eligible for 15 hours of free childcare from the start of the term after your child turns 3. This means a child born between:
· 1 September and 31 December is eligible from 1 January
· 1 January and 31 March is eligible from 1 April
· 1 April and 31 August is eligible from 1 September
You may also be eligible to apply for an additional 15 hours of childcare, taking the total to 30 hours of free childcare per week.
Am I eligible?
· You, and any partner, must each expect to earn (on average) at least £120 a week (equal to 16 hours at the National Minimum or Living Wage).
· If you, or your partner, are on maternity, paternity or adoption leave, or you're unable to work because you are disabled or have caring responsibilities, you could still be eligible.
· If you, or your partner, expect to earn £100,000 or more a year then you will not be eligible for the 30 hours free childcare.
How can these additional hours be taken?
The way the school operates full time and part time places remains in place. If eligible, your additional free hours may be taken in addition to your part time place meaning that your child will be in our Nursery from 8.55am to 3.15pm every day. This is offered for 38 weeks of the school year (term time only).
If you wish for your child to attend breakfast club, tea club and holiday club these will be chargeable extras. If, during the course of the year, your child is absent from school for any reason you will not be refunded for the hours your child missed (due to holding the place for the child).
Parents who are not eligible for the 30 hours free childcare will continue to be entitled to 15 hours free per week, as is currently available. You can top up this childcare by paying additional childcare fees.
When do I stop claiming?
The City of London and Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School already offer free childcare for 30 hours from the term of your child’s 4th birthday. At this point you will no longer be eligible to claim.
Ms Alex Allan
Deputy Headteacher and Head of Children’s Centre
We’ve enjoyed lots of special activities during the last couple of weeks of the Spring term. This week the children from the Year 3 and 4 performing arts put on a super performance in the school hall, re-telling the Easter story through dance, drama and song. You can catch a glimpse of their performance on my blog. But our thanks go to the Performing Arts Teaching team who as ever went the extra mile to ensure the children were able to shine.
This week we also witnessed some wonderful creations of Easter hats and bonnets. As I told the children in assembly, we can’t all win competitions like this one but part of the fun is taking part, getting a great idea and seeing it to fruition. I’ve put just a few snaps on this page; but again you can see more photos from the day on our school website. The winners and runners up in each category were awarded with an Easter egg. Our thanks to Governor and Common Councilman, John Fletcher, who joined us for the judging of this important competition.
We also had our half termly Christian Values Tea Party this week celebrating the conduct of our children and the way in which they demonstrate our core Christian values each day in the school.
I read Brian Wildsmith's “The Easter Story” to the children in assembly yesterday. If you haven't read the book, it's the most beautifully illustrated retelling of Easter through the eyes of a little donkey who carries a ‘kind man’ and sees the final events of Jesus’s life and resurrection. One of the most powerful aspects of the Easter story for me is the idea of forgiveness. Just when you might have thought Jesus would be angry and wounded by those who had wronged him, he appeared to them with only forgiveness and peace.
On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” John 20 v19-23
Have a restful, joyous Easter holiday. We will see you back in school on Monday 24th April, 2017.
Mr T Wilson | Headteacher
What a day?! What a race! The children really enjoyed our first egg roll. Check out some of the pictures below.
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