Child Behaviour Course
Thank you to the parents who attended the four week 'Parent's Guide to Children's Behaviour Course'. It was lovely to see our parents listening to each other, sharing ideas and working together at each session to gain a better understanding of parenting styles, and how to handle children's unwanted behaviour in a positive way. Zena and myself have really enjoyed watching our parents grow in confidence and hope you will all continue to live a happier, balanced life with your families.
" Really enjoyed the course, I feel confident, got some good ideas which are really working for me. I will definitely recommend the course to all."
" Not just informative, but having ideas and stories from other parents really boosted my confidence. I have a happier home because of it."
" Very interesting and valuable course. I picked up a lot of useful techniques . Thank you for running the course."
" The family learning tool has helped me in so many ways to support my kids more. It has also brought us together and the support I get from both my children at times can be amazing. I hope we can have a happy home soon."
" Well what can I say... I have really, really enjoyed doing this course, admittedly at first I was slightly sceptical with doing other courses previously. But, come week two I made a friend and realised I am not the only parent facing difficulties. Also, that there are other things that another parent advised which I found worked for my children. I would definitely recommend this course to other parents."
Wow, a big thank you to all of the families that entered our competition. We had over sixty fantastic entries, all promoting the importance of a healthy start to the day. Mrs Lagar and her catering team not only donated prizes but they also had the very difficult job of selecting the winners.
Well done to Yvorre in Reception, Hayden in Year Two, Cristal in Year Four and Milly Oliver in Year Five. Your posters will be displayed on our school Breakfast trolley for everyone to see.
A great turn out ! Mrs Peacock had lots of fun making granola pots with the children and parents who came up with their own creations using yogurt, granola, a variety of fresh fruits , drizzled with honey. They even taste great if you make them the night before and leave them in the fridge to be enjoyed for breakfast in the morning. Let me know if you come up with any more yummy granola pot ideas at home.
Come along and join us at the first Breakfast Club of 2017, which will be held in the school hall on Friday 27th January, 2017 from 8:15 - 8:45 a.m. Breakfast Club will be held once a month and the dates for the Spring Term are as follows -
Friday 17th February and Friday 24th MarchPlease see the attached letter for more details. Remember to pop your reply slips into the Parent Suggestion boxes located on the Key Stage One and Key Stage Two outdoor areas.
Thank you to all the St. Mary's families who helped to make our first breakfast club of 2017 a success.
It was lovely to see you all enjoying a healthy start to the day, as well as enjoying talking to other families.
Lots of families have made some lovely comments and welcome the chance to do this again next month. We can't wait to see the posters our families have designed to promote a healthy start to the day. Please hand in all entries to Mrs Peacock by the 17th February, 2017. And remember
to join us at the next Breakfast Club, which is also on Friday 17th February as we will be making some healthy Granola breakfast pots for you to enjoy!
"It's been lovely to spend time enjoying breakfast without racing round at home!"
" What a lovely idea to get families involved in designing posters to encourage eating a healthy breakfast."
''I've really enjoyed the chance to talk to other parents as well as the children having breakfast with their friends''
" I enjoyed watching the video clips and might try a few of the healthy breakfasts that were suggested."
Lots of parents have been asking me about these boxes and what they are for.
They are the Parent Suggestion Boxes Mrs Peacock has set up as part of her Family Learning Role.
They give you the opportunity to have your voice heard by writing your ideas on the Parent Suggestion slips which you can then post into these boxes.
The reply slips for our first Breakfast Club can also be placed in here - see the letter section below.
Developing Partnerships with Parents and Families
At Saint Mary’s we acknowledge that parents are the biggest influence on what children experience and achieve throughout childhood, so the more involved they are with their children’s learning at school the better.
Common to Saint Mary’s is sharing information via our website, newsletters, news boards, text, lifestyle television, daily diaries, praise badges, certificates and postcards to celebrate a child’s achievement.
We try to build relationships with Parents by inviting them into school for induction and transition meetings, services / masses, sports days, musical celebrations and concerts throughout the year. We also encourage parents and grandparents to come into school as volunteers to support children with reading or to talk to the children to support them in their learning. Parent consultation evenings, target setting booklets and reports also help to increase parental understanding of children’s progress as well as addressing children’s next steps in their learning.
Various strategies are in place at Saint Mary’s for engaging Parents and Families in their children’s learning and development;
At Saint Mary’s we really do value our families views and ideas. We have recently purchased Parent Suggestion Boxes which are going to be located near to the News Boards on our KS1 /KS2 Outdoor areas. Please check our upcoming newsletters and take the opportunity to have your voice heard by writing your ideas on the Parent Suggestion slips which can be posted into our suggestion boxes.
(Family Learning Co-ordinator)