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Reception Information 2017-2018

Welcome!

You have accepted a place at Castle Batch School and will have now received your information pack inviting you to the New Parent Meeting on Thursday 8th June 2017 at 6pm.  We hope you can all join us at the meeting.

 

When you attend the meeting you will be given a pack including which class teacher and homeroom your child will be attending and the group your child is allocated to when starting school.  This page will provide you with all the information you will need to feel confident about your child's first day at Castle Batch.

 

 

Dates to Remember

Please click on the documents below for the dates and times for the Activity and Story Time Visits and the Timetable for starting School:

 

School Uniform

All children are expected to wear school uniform.  The school colours are bottle green, with a white top and grey/black skirt or trousers.  A wide variety of clothes, many with the school logo, can be purchased from Friends of Castle Batch Kit for Kids shop which is open Tuesday mornings 8.30am-9.15am and Thursday afternoons 2.45pm-3.15pm or you can order via the website - please see the Kit for Kids page.

 

Your child will need the following:

  • A white polo shirt - we strongly recommend polo-shirts as there are less buttons than blouses to deal with!
  • A green sweatshirt, fleece, cardigan or jumper preferably with the school logo
  • Grey or black trousers - plain, straight legged or boot cut
  • Grey or Black skirt or pinafore dress
  • Optional - grey or black shorts
  • Optional - green striped/checked summer dress
  • Sensible shoes - we would recommend shoes have velcro fastening rather than laces if possible
  • School Book Bag
  • Wellies and waterproof all in one (or trousers and jacket)
  • Water Bottle

 

Please ensure that your child does not wear shoes or boots with heels or sandals as these can cause ankle damage.  Wearing jewellery can create health and safety hazards for both the wearer and others.  Loop earrings and rings must not be worn and ear studs must be removed for PE or a disclaimer needs to be completed.

 

PE and Games

Children will need:

  • Navy or Black shorts
  • White plain round necked t-shirt
  • Tracksuit for colder weather outdoor PE
  • Sports trainers or black daps (no fashion trainers)
  • PE Kit Bag

 

We would ask that you encourage your child to dress themselves at home so that they are able to change for PE independently as soon as possible.  Please avoid any baggy or loose fitting clothes as this may catch on apparatus.  

Term Time Absences

 

As you may be aware, The Department for Education and Skills and North Somerset Council now advise that parents should not normally take their children on holiday during term time. Children who attend school regularly are more likely to achieve at school and to maintain closer friendships with other children.

 

Castle Batch Community Primary School will not authorise any absence requests during term time except under the following circumstances:

 

  • Forces personnel on leave from a foreign posting (close family member).

  • Significant family events, such as graduations, weddings etc, usually only requiring one day’s absence.

 

Any holiday taken without authorisation will be marked as unauthorised absence and could possibly lead to a Penalty Notice and a fine. Please complete an absence form to advise us that your child will be away from school, these can be collected from the office and should be submitted prior to the holiday taking place.

 

Please complete a form, even if you are aware that the absence won’t be authorised. Children generally do share information about their holiday on their return and we like them to be able to do this openly and honestly.

 

At Castle Batch School, our attendance target is 96-100% for each child.

School Fruit & Vegetables

 

Under the Government’s School Fruit and Vegetable scheme, children from Foundation Stage to Year 2 are entitled to receive a free piece of fruit or vegetable each school day. The scheme is designed to encourage children to eat more fruit/vegetables and help towards their 5 a day, with the focus being on reducing obesity and reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers. It is hoped that by educating the children to the benefits of healthy eating, they will continue to eat healthily in the future.

 

Our school has been participating in this scheme for the past 6 years to reinforce our commitment to healthy eating. When your child starts in September they will be offered a free piece of fruit or vegetable each day. The produce will be fresh and of good quality. The scheme does not disrupt the normal school day in any way.

 

The scheme is voluntary but if you do not wish your child to participate, please let the class teacher know. It is essential that you inform us of any allergies your child may have so that we can ensure they are not given anything that might harm them.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Shears, or alternatively email the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme Team at sfvs@supplychain.nhs.uk.

 

School Milk

 

School milk is provided for all children up to age 5 for free.  As your child approaches age 5 you will receive a letter giving you the opportunity to have fresh milk for your child through a scheme set up jointly by the Local Education Authority and School Milk Services Limited.  The milk is subsidised in part from EC funding. 

Our Website!

We use our website and text messaging as the main communication methods to our parents along with our newsletter which is loaded onto the website every fortnight. Please visit the other pages on the website to learn more about our Breakfast Club, Castle Club (after school childcare) and Parentpay (online payment system). 

 

If you have any further questions, then please speak to the teacher at your home visit or contact the office.


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