No. 9 November 2008
                                      Norwood News
      Dates for your Diary

      Autumn Term 2008
Poppy Appeal                                       PTA Quiz Night
Handy Tips to Help Your Child                                          Dinner Money
 After a very busy day in school it is...
Citizenship Awards

                      As part of our SEAL ‘New Beginnings
                     assembly, the followi...
Voluntary Helpers                                                    Snacks

Any parent who would like to be a voluntary h...
Christmas Cards                                   Eco Club
     Our School Rules                       Please ensure
Pupil Achievements

              Stewart boys

              Sky Shotton

           Staff focus

Stars of the Week on Friday   are:
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  1. 1. No. 9 November 2008 Norwood News Dates for your Diary Autumn Term 2008 Quiz Night: Friday 14th November. Doors open 7.30 pm. International Day: Thursday Welcome back…… 20th November. We are now ready for the next half term and as you well know the build up to Christmas Fair: Friday 28th Christmas can be a very busy one! Make sure you keep a note of dates for the various November 6-8 pm. events which will be taking place, these are printed on the left hand side of this newsletter. Cut them out and keep safe clipped to your fridge, in your purse or wallet Junior Carol Concert: and make sure all family members who are involved picking your children up from Tuesday 9th December Leyland school are made aware of what is happening. Road Methodist Church 7pm. As you may know we are all very keen to improve communications here at Norwood but Christmas Plays our weekly newsletter can only be effective and informative to parents and carers if you read them. The information printed on these newsletters will keep you updated with Reception: ‘The Nativity’ what is happening in and around our school and enable you as parents and carers to 2 pm Tuesday 9th December give support to your child’s learning. We have received some very positive comments about the newsletter however, we need you to look out for them in your child’s book Year 1: ’Born in a Barn’ bag and keep them safe for further reference. Remember to ask your child for the 2 pm Thursday 11th December newsletter and give them responsibility of passing them on to you. Year 2: ‘The Little Angel’ ‘Tuck in to Win’ 2 pm Friday 12th December During the summer term, Sefton Catering Services operated a reward scheme within 64 primary schools across Sefton, the objective being to encourage children to chose a Quiz Night & Raffle for healthy school lunch. The campaign was called "Tuck in to Win" and the incentive for ‘The Alex Powderly Fund’ the children to choose a school lunch was a draw for the chance of winning a brand at The Thatch Pub: Saturday new bike at the end of the promotion. 13th December 8 pm start. Every primary school child in the schools that Sefton Catering Services operated were issued with a reward card and each time a child chose a school lunch during the School closes: promotion period the dinner ladies stamped their reward card. The reward cards, once Friday 19th December at 2pm. full of stamps, were then placed in a collection box for a final draw to win a bike. -oOo- Our dinner ladies went into school assemblies to draw the winning cards, and in each school the lucky card owner was presented with a brand new bike. The campaign was a Spring Term 2009 resounding success; encouraging children who have previously brought packed lunches from home to try our healthy school meals. Children return to school: Monday 5th January 2009 The success of the campaign is largely due to the hard work of the catering staff who School closes: Thursday 12th are providing balanced and nutritious meals, encouraging children to try many new February at 3.15 pm. Due to a things and have made the school lunch experience a pleasurable and fun time. staff training day on Friday 13th. The theme of the campaign was healthy eating and the intention was to bring the Half Term: Monday 16th– school meals service and the current Friday 20th February inc. changes to Government legislation into focus, convincing children and parents School closes: Friday 3rd April that the school lunch menu is a balanced at 2pm for the Easter holiday. choice that they will enjoy. -oOo- Pictured is our winner Georgia Healey with our catering staff Mrs Marsden (who has recently retired), Mrs Marshall and Miss McDowell. Head Teacher: Mr Lee Dumbell Norwood Crescent Tel: 01704 211960 Southport PR9 7DU FAX: 01704 232712 1
  2. 2. Poppy Appeal PTA Quiz Night Dates for your Diary Poppies will be on on Friday November 14th sale in school. If Even if you are unable to come Summer Term 2009 you would like your along on the night, a donation Children return to school: child to purchase would be gratefully received for Monday 20th April 2009 at one, please send in Children In Need. 8.55 am. a donation. School closed: Bank holiday Monday 4th May. After School Club Questionnaires Response to the requests for an after school club School closes: Friday 22nd May Questionnaires were sent out to the parents in all year groups except for here at Norwood have been really good. at 3.15 pm. parents of children the Reception Governors are now pursuing the matter and Half Term: Monday 25th– classes RP & RD. looking into various options. Obviously we need to The questionnaires were given to Friday 29th May (inc.) set up the club as soon as possible but this is a parents to express their opinion and to be able to comment directly to Mr Dum- complicated process. We have received a couple Children return to school: bell. of enquiries from providers and we will have a Monday 1st June at 8.55 am. The responses will be analysed and start date available for you soon. considered and a report will be issued School closed: Staff training day soon, outlining some of the key areas Monday 13th July. identified. Reception parents will be canvassed in International Day School closes: Tuesday 21st the New Year. July at 2.00 pm. On Thursday 20th November, we will be celebrating‘The World Around Us’. -oOo- We would love children to bring in anything Cheerleading they have at home that could add to their Mini Cheerleading sessions are knowledge about various continents, taking place on Saturdays at the whether it is artwork, music, costumes, or YMCA from 10-11 am, for children books. aged 4-8 years. Please contact Reception – North America Medicines 538317 for further information. The No medicines should be charge is £2.50 for non-members Year 1 – Europe sent into school. If your and £2 for members. Year 2 – Asia child needs to be given The Active Sports Team are also Year 3 – Africa medicine offering a free cheerleading during the programme for children aged 7-10 Year 4 – Antarctica day we ask years on Fridays from 5-6 pm at Year 5 – Australasia Stanley High School. that parents Year 6 – South America arrange to Community Cheerleading will be call in at Any parents who can speak other languages, taking place for 8-14 year olds at lunchtime who are free that day please contact Meols Cop High School on Miss McCarthy (Year 6). It would be great to to give the Mondays 5-6 pm starting November 10th. be able to share your knowledge with the dose. children. Images If you do not want images of your child to appear on our website or local press, please remember to return the reply slip which was sent out on recent letter. Midday Supervisor If anyone is interested in becoming a Midday Supervisor here at Norwood, we do have vacancies. If you are available Monday to Friday between 11.45 and 1.15 pm and would like to work as part of our team, please introduce yourself to Mrs Bentley is delighted to present the members of her Art & Craft Club as Mrs Bennet. We would also be interested they celebrate their success in making paper mache Willow Pattern plates. in hearing from anyone who would be willing to do this on a casual basis just covering for absences from time to time. 2
  3. 3. Handy Tips to Help Your Child Dinner Money After a very busy day in school it is easy for any child It takes Mrs Milligan a lot of time recording the dinner to forget where they should go at 3.15 pm and who money each week and even more time is will be picking them up. being spent chasing up late money. Please, please help her by making sure the correct To encourage your child’s independence and develop money is sent in on Monday morning in an their life skills try to keep a little notebook in their envelope clearly marked with your child’s book bag and write down for them these daily arrange- name and class. We do not keep change in ments and encourage them to refer to the book. school. Whilst this is helping your child to be able to help them themselves, this would also serve as a reminder for the class teacher. Headlice After all, as adults we have developed strategies for If headlice are seen crawling across your child’s hair, coping with our busy schedules by keeping reminders we will be contacting you to take your child home and making lists. If your child has this bit of reassur- to treat the hair. ance it will build their confidence and lead to a Remember you must check hair regularly paying particular positive outcome which will benefit family life in the attention to the hair behind your child’s long term. ears and in the nape of their neck - the For children in the Infant Department, warmest areas - for live lice and eggs. please write this information in a short Use conditioner and a fine toothed comb note and encourage your child to give to dislodge the eggs and this will ensure it to the class teacher at the beginning that the live lice cannot grip the hair. of the day. See your chemist for further information about using lotions. Young Photographer Competition Shinewaves Radio Station This is a competition organised by Southport Photo- As 5 November was ‘Bonfire Night’, this week’s th graphic Society for children aged up to 16 year olds. competition is to make a firework picture. Children can use Please see the leaflet which is being sent out shortly. any materials such as: crayons, felt-tips, waxes, paints, glit- ter or collage to make one big firework or lots of smaller Closing date 19th January 2009. fireworks making a display. The picture can on A3 or A4 paper – you can get a piece of paper from the class teacher if you don’t have these sizes at home. Mrs Bentley & Mrs Bennet will look for a winning picture that captures the Year 2 Dance Club excitement of fireworks. Make sure your child’s name and Norwood Disco Dance Club will be run by class is on the back of the picture, & post it in the Miss McCarthy and Mrs Murray. This fun club, is competition post box outside the hall. The winner will be where children can dance to their hearts announced at the next competition time broadcast and will content as well as in front of the be able to collect their prize at the same time. Good luck. mirror, singing into a hair brush! The club will take place after school every Tuesday for 5 Year 4 —The Romans weeks starting Tuesday 4th November to Tuesday 2nd This term the children in Year 4 are involved in a theme of December. The club will finish at 4.15pm. work on ‘Invaders and Settlers’. In con- nection with this work we have arranged a visit to the City of Chester. To add to School Improvements the experience we have arranged for the children to be given a guided tour by a Over the holiday, we have been updating the Roman Soldier, have the opportunity to premises by having new sink units and storage study artefacts at the Grosvenor Museum installed within the classrooms. A massive job, well and participate in workshops. This will take place on done and a great improvement to the building. Wednesday 12th November. All children need to be in Water fountains have also been installed in the their classroom at 8.15am, ready to leave at 8.45am corridors for the children to use prompt. They will return to school at approximately 4.30pm. The outdoor play area at the back of the school building and alongside the woodland is steadily improving and now the children have space to play Operation Christmas Child with outdoor equipment in a safe and secure The collection will be taking place before environment. They have lots of new toys, tricycles, Christmas again this year so remember to bikes, prams and scooters. This area will be have all those shoe boxes ready ! developed further watch and see. Girls Football Training Steph Roberts who is the School’s Community Coach will be holding football training sessions for girls this half term. The sessions take place on Fridays commencing 7th November until 12th December. 3
  4. 4. Citizenship Awards As part of our SEAL ‘New Beginnings assembly, the following children were chosen as outstanding Norwood citizens. We are all very proud of them. Year R: Gabriella Niemen & Brooke McFord Year 1: Millie Rimmer & Ryan Graham Year 2: Kate Bishop & Oliver Green Year 3: Bethany Hayes & Libby Spencer Year 4: Lucy James & Thea Moore Year 5: Nicole Ferrier & Jessica McNamara Year 6: Lilly Cockwill & Bryoni Ashton Mr Dumbell’s special citizenship awards went to Callum Cross in Yr 6 and Ben Newport in Year 2. Recycling of ink cartridges and old mobile phones Transport Planning Youth Consultation Event Don’t forget to save all those old mobile phones and ink cartridges for recycling. Recently, some of our children were invited to take part in a review of Please send them in for the transport issues in the Southport area. attention of Mrs Baron in a This event took place at the Eco Centre in Southport. sealed bag. The school receives a donation towards school funds Mrs Kenrick and the children were invited to stay for lunch and be shown some presentations concerning planning, road safety, public for any items we collect. transport and the environment. There was a session at the end where the children were given an opportunity to ask questions and express their concerns. Carol Service Pictured here Mrs Kenrick are Charlotte Fitzgerald, James Ashton, The Carol service will take place at George Griffiths and Gabrielle Langridge. Leyland Road Methodist Church on Tuesday December 9th. This will involve all the children in the Juniors. All parents are invited to join in the service which starts at 7pm. No dogs are allowed on the premises This policy is to protect the children. Remember it’s all about their safety! The only exception to this rule is Guide Dogs. Please remember to pass on this information to family members and friends who may bring your child in the mornings or collect them at 3.15 pm. 4
  5. 5. Voluntary Helpers Snacks Any parent who would like to be a voluntary helper in school and on school trips, needs to be police checked (CRB cleared). This needs to be an up to date clear- ance i.e. cleared within the last 12 months. If this has not been done, please call in at the school office for a form. Carol Service We are also looking to update our record of the avail- ability of parents, carers and grandparents and which of their skills, hobbies and interests they are willing to share with us. All the help we receive is very much appreciated and the children benefit hugely! We very Contact Details much value and appreciate all the help given. It is vital that staff in the school office are kept in- formed of any house moves or changes of mobile Year 6 Residential Trip to Llangollen phone contact numbers for all family members in case We are fast approaching the Year 6 residential trip to of an emergency. Llangollen and arrangements have now been finalised. This will be taking place the week of the 19th May. This will be a fantastic opportunity for the children to experience. We have organised What is Sefton Children’s University? SEFTO N Sefton Children’s University is a way to recognise and reward children’s voluntary participation in learning activities and experiences outside the normal school curricu- lum. Children’s University acknowledges the impact study support activities can have on children and the contribution made by staff in delivering this support. Children’s University aims to raise children’s awareness of University and the key differences between school and University, in particular the voluntary nature of higher education. There is a relationship between attendance and attainment which is reinforced through an 80% attendance requirement. How does it work? Sefton Children’s University operates through Sefton primary schools. Schools accredit activities that meet the Children’s University criteria and children attending those activities gain credits. Children who gain sufficient credits by the end of a Key Stage (end of Year 6 or Year 2) will be invited to graduate from Sefton Children’s University at a special ceremony held at a local university. Attendance Attendance at Sefton Children’s University activities is voluntary and as such children must commit to at- tend regularly in order to gain credits. All Sefton Children’s University modules must operate an 80% attendance rule. This means that in order for a child to bank any credits from a particular module, they must attend at least 80% of the sessions. Credits are awarded only for attendance, not for achievement or performance. Beauty and the Beast Year 5 children have been invited to visit Meols Cop High School on Wednesday 26th No- vember to watch a performance of the pantomime, Beauty and the Beast. We will be walking to and from Meols Cop, and will be back at Nor- wood in time for lunch. The children will, of course be accompanied by staff and other adults, and we would appre- ciate offers of help to accompany the children on this short walk. 5
  6. 6. Christmas Cards Eco Club Our School Rules Please ensure your child writes the name of the recipient and their class clearly on the fron of the envelope. There Parking in Staff Car Park Used Stamps Some parents are dropping their chil- Don’t forget to save all those stamps from dren off in the staff car park on their We are gentle. the envelopes especially from your way into the breakfast club. This is Christmas cards. There is a collection box causing a major concern, therefore we in the foyer. ask parents not to use the staff car We are kind and park at any time. helpful. One-Way System & Parking We listen. in the Crescent The unofficial one way system in the We work hard. crescent is in op- eration for the protection of the children. We look after property. Please remember its all about their safety! We are honest. This system works extremely well for both the schools and residents. This system is much safer for the children who are walking or who travel to school on bicycles. Cars come in at the bottom of Meols Cop bridge and go out at the bottom of Roe Lane bridge. Books & Oxford Reading Tree Residents can get extremely cross when cars are parked over their Card Amnesty drives preventing them access to If you have a reading card/book or Staff News and from their homes. We pride library book which you have found at home, please return it to the Yr 5 – Greeks school office. We are all guilty of The children in Year 5 losing things at times and eventu- are involved in a theme of work on the Greeks and a visit to ally finding them, we would be the World Museum Liverpool has very grateful if you been arranged. They will study vari- could return them, ous artifacts. This will take place on Power Station Thursday 4th December. The children no questions will be leaving school at 8.30 am. asked! ‘Power Station’ is available as part and returning to school at around of the Leyland Rd Methodist 3.15pm. Please make sure your Church Youth Project for children child is in school for 8.15 am. in Year’s 3-6. There are games, craft, pool, table tennis, tuck shop and much more. This takes place Used Stamp Collection in the church hall every Tuesday Yr 6 – Orienteering Don’t forget to save all those 6-7.30 pm, term time only at Ley- stamps from the envelopes of your The children in Year 6 have been in- land Rd Methodist Church. Subs Christmas cards. There is a vited to take part in and Inter-school 50p. collection box in the foyer. orienteering competition at Meols Cop High School. 6
  7. 7. Pupil Achievements Stewart boys Sky Shotton Staff focus Focus Healthy Sandwich Winner Yr 3 - Egyptians The children in Year 3 are involved in a theme of work on the Egyptians and a visit to the World Museum Liverpool has been arranged. They will study artefacts and look for evidence in the Egyptian Gallery and Conservation Cen- tre. This trip will take place on Tuesday 9th Decem- ber. The children will be leaving school at 8.30 am. and returning to school at around 3.45pm. Please make sure your child is in school for 8.15am. 7
  8. 8. Stars of the Week on Friday are: RD RP 1K 1B 2L 2M 3B 3R 4CP 4JP 5P 5M 6C 6M 8