Breakfast club - 26th January 2018
Thank you to all of the families that joined me at the first Breakfast Club of 2018. What a turn out! It was lovely sharing healthy breakfast ideas with you and having fun making delicious banana pops together. Be sure to try out different fruits at home and pop them in the freezer for a tasty, healthy treat. Hope to see you all again at the next Breakfast Club on Friday 27th April.
It was lovely to see so many of our Saint Mary's families supporting the Breakfast Club on Friday 24th November.Please encourage your child to get creative with decorating and personalising their breakfast place mat. I can't wait to see the place mats in school so that I can decide on the winners. It is really important that we promote a healthy start to each and every day to help our children to be the best learners that they can possibly be.
Thank you for your support,
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.
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)