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    Newsletter 19th October 2017

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Latest Newsletter 19th October 2017

School Update

What a fantastic first term we have had. Recently we have enjoyed some fabulous Christmas concerts from all our children, and we still look forward to our Christmas party meal on Tuesday 19th December. If you haven’t yet returned your childs reply slip for this event, then please do so no later than Monday 18th otherwise your child will not be able to receive this dinner.

We are looking forward to a season of 50th year celebrations of Picknalls First School in 2018. Please keep your eyes on the newsletter for updates on what is coming up. On the back of this newsletter there are the first few dates to note!

From all the Staff and Governors at Picknalls First School we would like to take the opportunity to wish all our Picknalls families a very Merry Christmas, and a peaceful and prosperous New Year!


Are you a Parent/carer of somebody at Picknalls?

Do you have a Child or children in Nursery?

Have you extended your eligibility code for 30 hours of care?

A lot of these codes are due for renewal around Christmas, which is a time when it is considered that parents of young children have little else to consider! Please check your eligibility if you are unsure.

Why would you look at our nursery? Speaking from school, Mr Russell, Vice-Chair of our governing board said “It is fantastic to see nursery growing and providing such a wonderful and nurturing environment for our pre-school children. Yummy club is our fun lunch club which sees young children enjoying social eating under the care of our staff. We are already seeing fantastic uptake for next year, but if you are interested then please do submit your application online when they open on 17th January 2018. Just visit” With care available from 7am to 6pm every day of the week and in the holidays this is another reason to be proud to be Picknalls!

Miss Derry

Miss Derry. We are sorry to report that Miss Derry is off school at the moment as she is unwell with a suspected lymphoma cancer. Mrs Plant, the school bursar reported that “Miss Derry is a very important part of our office team. I am really missing her, but we are muddling through at school.” Please do bear with us if you find that our office is not as fully staffed as you may be used to. There may be some random faces in there helping out, they will be doing their best to help you. In the meantime, we are sure you will all join with us in wishing Miss Derry a full and speedy recovery.

Thank You!

Thank you to our tremendously generous parents. Through our collections and raffles at the Christmas performances, we have raised a staggering £409.90!

This money will be put straight to work improving the school environment for your children, and Mrs Tapp says that we have already earmarked this money for “exciting new maths resources across the whole school. We keep working to bring the curriculum alive & these donations will really help!”

Spotlight Academy

We are delighted to announce the safe arrival on Friday 8th December of baby Frank. He was born late at night, and we are not sure he has been asleep since. Angelina, who many of you may know from theatre club is doing well and already talking about when she may get back to dancing!

Adverse Weather

At of year we often experience unexpected inclement weather. We have a team of people—Mr Bruce and his band of merry Jones’ usually! - who make every effort to ensure that school is accessible and safe for your children. Should we need to take the serious decision to close the school, we will notify parents through text message and on the school Website. No message means that we are open and satisfied that sthis time chool is safe for everybody to attend.

We would ask that all parents ensure that their child attend school with appropriate wet or cold weather clothing, as well as suitable spare clothes in case of layers getting wet during the day. Thank you all for your help in enabling us to continue your child's education, even when it is an arctic scene outside!


If your child is absent from school, please can you contact the office by 9:30am on the first morning of their time off to inform us that they will not be attending and so that we can understand the reason for their absence. We are required to keep a record of this information. If we do not, then your child's absence will need to be recorded as an unauthorised absence which can reflect badly on both your child's attendance, and our school attendance figures.

Pupil Premium

Have your financial circumstances changed? Are you in receipt of any state benefits? If so, then your child may be eligible for a Pupil Premium payment to school, which also entitles them to free school meals. It is extremely helpful to the school if you apply for this even if your child is in Early Years or Key Stage One and so in receipt of free school meals. As a school we are able to use the money we receive through this scheme to increase the amount of support we are able to offer in children's education, and to increase the opportunities to extend and enrich our curriculum. If you would like to discuss this with us in confidence, then please approach any of our office team.

Important Dates and Events

January 2018

Thursday 4th January

First day back

Tuesday 9th January

Class 6 Swimming every Tuesday of this term from today

Thursday 18th January

Conquerors club for Years 2, 3 & 4 NOTE THE NEW DATE FOR THIS

Friday 19th January

Deadline date for final Shugborough payment for Year 4

Monday 22nd January

Burton Academy Community Trust Penalty Shoot-out at School

Wednesday 31st January

Year 4 to Shugborough—normal drop off at School

February 2018

Friday 2nd February

Year 4 coming back from Shugborough—pick up from bottom gate at 2:30pm

Week beginning 5th Feb

Online Safety Week

Monday 5th February

PTA meeting at school 7:30pm

Tuesday 6th February

Safer Internet day

Wednesday 7th February

Class 6 Assembly 2:50pm—doors open 2:40pm

Thursday 8th February

Travelling book fair arrives for one week. Please come in to buy books

Friday 9th February

PTA Valentines disco, times TBC—please look out for a text.

Tuesday 13th February

Parents evening

Wednesday 14th February

Class 4 assembly 2:50pm—doors open 2:40pm

Thursday 15th February

Parents evening

Friday 16th February

Last day—have a good half term, first day back Monday 26th February

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