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Latest Newsletter May 2019

Welcome Back!

We are very excited to welcome everyone back to the Summer term and hope you all had a fantastic Easter break. We have a very busy term ahead of us with lots of end of year activities planned including Proms at Picknalls, our PTA Summer Fete and our Sports Days. We can’t wait to see you all in school over the following few weeks.

Rotary Club Handwriting Competition

We are very proud to announce that 4 of our entries to the Uttoxeter Rotary club handwriting completion have been awarded ‘Highly Commended’ for their piece of writing. The competition had 138 entries from 16 schools. The winners from our school are Frankie Brown, Reuben Johnson, Abbie Clay and Ruby   Mander. Congratulations to all.

New Roof and Additional Building Works

I am thrilled to inform you that Picknalls have been fortunate to secure Conditional Improvement Funding of nearly £500,000 for a new roof, ceilings, lighting and additional building works around school. This building work is due to start week commencing 13th May 2019 and will continue until            approximately the end of August.

Over the next few weeks, you will notice scaffolding will be erected around the school in readiness for the project and a temporary traffic management system will be put into place.

With this in mind parking onsite will become quite restrictive so we request that you use the Leisure Centre car park were possible.

If you have any questions regarding this, please contact the school office or email Mrs Tapp on headteacher@picknalls.staffs.sch.uk.

Health and Wellbeing

The school have received a small number of complaints regarding parents behaviour on the school site before and after school. Please be aware of others and act   accordingly. Thank you for your support.

Nurture Club

We have started a club at lunchtime called Nurture Club which has been organised by Miss Harris along with Isla Stubbs, Scarlett Ratcliffe, Abbie Clay and Lucie Bliss. The idea behind this is to give some children a quiet area to play at lunchtime. They play with board games, puzzles and train tracks etc. The club has proven to be very successful and the girls have lots of plans to develop the club further including raising money through cake sales and themed non uniform days. The year 4 girls would also like to ask if anyone has any puzzles or Lego sets that you could donate the girls would be extremely   grateful.

Sporting Achievements

Over the last few weeks our Year 4’s have been very busy with various sporting events. We came 4th in the CADSSA netball tournament. Following a Tag Rugby tournament on 3rd April our Picknalls team are now East Staffordshire Tag Rugby champions. On 4th April we took part in the first ever Uttoxeter Dodgeball competition, our teams came 3rd and 1st!

Well done to all who took part and good luck for the upcoming tournaments!

Racecourse Choir

On Saturday 4th May the Uttoxeter Learning Trust Choir performed at Uttoxeter Racecourse. This was their first performance as an ensemble choir. We would like to thank everyone who took part, it was a hugely successful performance. The Executive Director of the Racecourse was ‘extremely pleased’ with the performance and said it ‘brought a tear to his eye’. All the staff at the Racecourse were very impressed with the level of professionalism and hard work that went into the performance. Mrs Tapp is especially proud of the Picknalls students who took part.

Free School Meal Eligibility

Children whose parents receive the following support payments are entitled to receive free school meals and generate pupil premium funding:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Support under VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit - provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and annual income does not exceed £16,190
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

To apply online please visit https://apps2.staffordshire.gov.uk/web/fsmweb/ or call at the school office for more information

School Uniform

Missing Uniform
Please ensure all your child’s uniform is clearly labelled with your child’s name. We have had a cardigan with the initials IS go missing from Year 4, please could you check you haven’t picked up another child’s clothing by mistake.
Clothes donations
If anyone has any clothes they could donate to school we would be extremely grateful. Particularly knickers, pants, socks and tights for ages 6,7 and 8.

Nursery Refurbishment

We are very excited to announce that the Nursery is currently undergoing a refurbishment. Over the Easter break we replaced all the flooring and in the next few weeks we will be receiving new furniture. We can’t wait to      showcase this towards the end of the Summer term!!

ParentView

Please support us in sharing your views by going on to

https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/ and click ‘Give your views’.  Please rate us in the 12 questions so that Governors can continue to celebrate what we do well and continue to make improvements. 

Contact Details

We have now launched ‘SIMS Parent’, a new secure app to enable parents to view and make any changes to their child's contact information. This will enable parents to ensure all contact details held for your child are fully up to date. You can also update your contact information via the school office.

Governor Corner

Welcome back to the first half of the summer term; I hope you all had a good Easter break.  It’s hard to believe that once again we will be saying goodbye to our Year 4 pupils and readying ourselves for a new intake in Nursery and Reception. In much the same way that our children grow and move on, so to do our governors and, after four years of supporting the school, I would like to thank George Holland and Tessa Clay for giving up their time as they step down from being parent governors.  We therefore now have two parent governor vacancies on our governing body. Ideally, we would like to find additional members for our governing body who have backgrounds in either the legal profession, human resources, or financial services, but, if you are willing to give up at least one evening every half term to support the strategic development of the school, then I would very much like to hear from you.  
Please can any interested parents contact either myself, at governor@picknalls.co.uk, or Mrs Tapp, at headteacher@picknalls.staffs.sch.uk by Friday 24th May. In the event of more than two applicants for the two vacancies there will be a parental ballot. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you soon, Paul.

Thank You

Huge thank you from the PTA for your continued support over the last year. We have had fantastic support for our events including the Mother’s Day Tea Party and the Film night. We also hosted the first Picknalls Makers Market which was lovely. Each year group made things to sell. One of our Year 4 students, Hayley Dawes, made items at home to sell and raised £36.00 which she is donating to the Samaritans. The PTA would also like to thank all the staff at Picknalls without which none of this would be possible.

School Kitchen Job Vacancy 

We’re looking for an enthusiastic catering assistant to join our catering team at Picknalls.

  • 20 hours per week, term time only.
  • Great working environment.
  • £8.21 per hour for staff over 25.
  • Subject to enhanced DBS.

If you’d like to apply for this position please send a copy of your CV to: Judith.rowe@compass-group.co.uk or alternatively call 07800 880 948.

Sun Hat and Sun Cream

As the weather gets warmer please ensure your child has a labelled sun hat and a labelled sun cream with them.
Thank You. 

Dates and Events

MAY 2019

Wednesday 15th

Class 2 Assembly—2:45pm parents are invited to attend

Thursday 16th

Theme Menu—Beef Burger with potato wedges, Quorn sausages & tomato pasta bake and chocolate shortbread or muffin

Wednesday 22nd

Class 7 assembly—2:45pm Parents are invited to attend

Friday 24th

Last Day of School

JUNE 2019

Monday 3rd

Back to School

Arts Week—The Solar System

Friday 7th

Hobgoblin Theatre Show—whole school

Monday 17th

Class 7 Transition Day to Oldfields

Tuesday 18th

Class 8 Transition Day to Oldfields

Wednesday 19th

Class 5 Assembly— 2:45pm Parents are invited to attend

Friday 21st

Non uniform day—Donations for PTA Summer Fair

Sunday 23rd

PTA Summer Fair 1pm—3pm

Tuesday 25th

New Nursery Induction Evening 6pm

JULY 2019

Monday 1st

New Reception Induction Evening 6pm

Tuesday 2nd

Sports Day—KS2 from 9:30pm, KS1 from 1:30pm

Wednesday 3rd

All change day

EYFS Sports Day—from 1:30pm

Thursday 11th

Year 3 recorder concert—3:00pm Parents are invited to attend

Friday 12th

Den Building Day

Proms at Picknalls 5:00pm—8:00pm

Thursday 18th

Year 4 Leavers Assembly—2:00pm Parents are invited to attend

Friday 19th

End of Term—Have a fantastic summer holiday!!

We look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday 3rd September!!

Due to circumstances beyond our control dates are liable to change so please double check on our website.