Family Information and PTA News 11 November 2022
Today is remembrance day, a day where we remember and honour those who lost their lives in war. At school we support the Royal British Legion’s Annual Poppy Appeal as we do every year. Lest we forget.
Children in Need
On Friday, school will take part in events for the above. This year’s theme is Be Spotacular. More on this on John’s blog. Wear spots if you wish and bring a small donation for the cause if possible.
Family (Liaison) Events in school
Social Coffee Morning. Wednesday 30th November 9.30-11.00.
I’m delighted to be offering one of these each half term, to enable parents/carers to get together with me in school and put the world to rights whilst supporting each other.
The letter is here and has been sent home today.
16-19 Student Bursary.
A letter will be sent home and by text/email to families of students in Post 16. It is really important that you return these letters so that I can assist with applications. The letter below and is only for families of students who were 16 and over on 31st August 2022.
I have also arranged a TEAMS meeting for Wednesday 23rd November from 10-11.00. The purpose of this meeting is to explain how the bursary works, evidence required and to answer any questions you have with regards to the bursary. Please let me know if you plan to attend.
The link to join the TEAMS Meeting is HERE
There is an update on the E-Safety section of the school website on advice for parents/carers produced by the Anti Bullying Alliance in association with Kidscape. The week 14th-18th November is Anti Bullying week
The link to the resource is HERE
As a school, we are committed to the safety of students and know how vulnerable many of our students are: There is lots of work done in school, and the E-Safety information along with advice and support from the class team and IT Teacher is invaluable.
The link to the E-Safety information is HERE
Until January, kids aged 16 and under (babies incl.) can get a hot or cold meal for £1 at any Asda café. No min spend for adults
Gateshead Autism Information Hub
Christmas Market: Saturday 19th November
I’ve been asked to share
The link to book is HERE
Free and low cost Family Events
Percy Hedley Foundation Fund-raising
Date for your diary:
Christmas Jumper Day
This year Percy Hedley will participate in the National Christmas Jumper Day and Appeal, with half funds raised going to Save the Children and half to Percy Hedley. This will be on Thursday 8th December.
We held our 3rd evening meeting on Tuesday and attendance was very low. We did respond to your request to hold evening meetings and I am well aware of the additional burden on parents/carers. However, if evening meetings are not feasible for you, we could revert to day only events. Staff attending had not left school till late, so this was tight for them too. Is it caring responsibilities or something else which is holding you back? Please drop me an email to let me know your thoughts.
The AGM, to be held next week on Tuesday 15th November from 9.30-11.00 has been well advertised. As there has not been any pre AGM indications of interest in specific roles, there is no requirement for postal/proxy votes. We hold meetings half termly and very much appreciate your support.
I truly hope by now that our families see the value in a PTA and the difference it makes to all students. So far this academic year we have:
- funded and committed to funding resources for our highly successful MOVE events in school which take place each half term
- agreed to fund some interactive puppets for use in the outdoor learning space
- committed to funding memberships of Parentkind, National Trust (Educational) and Tim Lamb Centre
- contacted the performance arm of True Colours ( Dreams on Moonbeams) to provide entertainment for students across the school in December. These will be age/ability appropriate and differentiated as such
- offered a sum of money for a specific purpose (details unconfirmed as yet, so I have left it vague)
We welcome your suggestions for anything PTA related, and even more so your help in its success
PTA 100 Club
Form to join the 100 club which covers our annual memberships is below. You may email this to me if easier. 65 numbers now taken, which means £390 for the PTA and £32.50 for the winner of each of the 12 draws. If you are coming to the AGM, Social coffee morning or any of the events leading up to Christmas in school I will have forms available.
PTA Facebook page
Have you joined yet? If you are a parent/carer of a student in school, this is used to share information from school and beyond. Parents are welcome to share information too, things you do outside school, events and places others might enjoy or anything you think would help other families. Please do answer the question, and don’t invite professionals linked to your child to join. The link to join is HERE
Have a good weekend. My contact details, should you need them are
Eileen Robinson; Family Liaison Officer
Telephone: 10912161811 ext 3260