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Autumn Term Parents' Evening

Parents' Evening this term will be on Wednesday 10th October from 3.30 - 7.00 p.m.

This is a 5 minute slot to discuss with the class teacher how your child has settled into their new class.

Paper copies of the letter will go out on Monday 24th Sept.  Please return with your preferences for a time by 7th October.

A copy of the letter is below:

October Parents' Evening Letter

A Free Lunch

Who said that there was no such thing?

To celebrate National Poetry Day we are having a celebration day on Thursday 4th October and every child in school can have a free school lunch. Sign up on the letter attached, which gives opportunity to state any dietary needs.

Poetry Day Lunch on 4th October

 

Complete a FSM Application and win a bike

Would you like to win a bike for your child?  To enter our competition is easy….complete an application form – available from the office – for Free School Meals – even if you don’t think that your child(ren) will be entitled, and hand the form the the office by the extended deadline of 28th September.  The application form is below:

FSM Application Form letter

FSM Application Form

From Days Gone By.......

Anyone recognise a former pupil or two from the 1980s?  Thanks to Eric Hughes for the photograph.

Sickness Bug

In recent weeks, at the end of the first week of term in particular, there were a higher than normal number of cases of sickness.  This seems to have passed, thankfully, but please be aware of the need for good hygiene to prevent a further outbreak.  See the advice on the documents below.

Sickness Letter

NHS Advice leaflet

What's new for September 2018

 

Staffing Update - Welcome to:

  1. Mrs Ellahi Teacher in Y5
  2. Mrs Harisiwka Teacher in Y5
  3. Mrs Erkal TA3 in Nursery
  4. Mrs Hart TA2 in Reception ( Formerly TA1 )
  5. Mr Cummiskey TA2 in Y2
  6. Mrs Gibbons TA2 in Y5 ( Formerly TA1 and Lunchtime organiser )
  7. Mrs Connor TA1 in Y2 ( Formerly TA1 )
  8. New staff in the Clubhouse / ASC – Mrs Bell, Mrs Kelso, Mrs Orton

Summer Holiday Works

School has been a busy place over the summer.  My thanks to Mrs Cresswell, our Business Manager and Mrs Hill, who have coordinated and supported a range of improvements to our school, these include:

  • Operating the Summer Holiday Club, childcare for the first two weeks of the summer break. 
  • The Mark Allott Football school operated here during the summer holiday and is booked for the middle three days of the October holiday too.
  • The pipework throughout the school for hot and cold water has been replaced
  • The Nursery has been extended into an adjoining room and has been refurbished in other areas to accommodate the additional children admitted for this year.
  • The school kitchen has been refurbished and old equipment replaced.  This is because the school now employs the catering staff directly and provides the meals service rather than the previous arrangement where we bought into a service provided by Rochdale.

After School Club (ASC)

There are new arrangements for the ASC to accommodate the additional pupils attending.

Children in the Nursery, Reception and Y1 year groups will attend in the Community Rooms – as used previously.

Children in Y2 to Y6 will be based in the small (infant) hall.

When collecting your child this week just report to the door at the Community Rooms and you will be directed through school.  By next week we will have a doorbell at the entrance which Y1 and 2 children use, which is closer to the small hall if you are just collecting from there.

 

School Priorities for the new school year

Our Governing Board devised a three-year plan from last September, with the stated aim that:

‘We will be the school of choice for parents, pupils and staff; regardless of religious belief, socioeconomic status or cultural background.’

The detail which leads from this aim is included in the School Improvement Plan for 2017 – 2018, and once finalised will be available on the school website.  The main areas of focus for this year will be:

Key Priorities from Sept 2018

  • Improving outcomes in writing
  • Mathematics – Particularly reasoning and problem solving
  • The Curriculum – with an emphasis on ICT and Science

As last year we will have a theme week each term on the following areas of the curriculum:

  1. Be Healthy and Stay Safe               
  2. Community Contribution            
  3. Outdoor Learning

We welcome, as always, the views of parents and carers about our school, and we believe strongly that your opinions are important.  If you have comments or suggestions which might help to improve the provision at Alkrington Primary School, please let me know, in person, on the ‘phone or by email, for my attention at office@alkrington.rochdale.sch.uk

Uniform consists of:

  • White shirt (Not a ‘polo’ shirt please)
  • School tie
  • Grey skirt or trousers, with grey or navy tights
  • Navy blue sweatshirt, cardigan or jumper
  • Plain coloured socks – white, navy, black or grey
  • Black shoes (with black laces if required)
  • No extreme haircuts, tramlines or logos shaved in. If children come to school with such haircuts, they may be sent home until the haircut is ‘corrected’.
  • Long hair should be tied back, to reduce the risk of the spread of head lice.  Use only plain hair bobbles and bands
  • Jewellery is not allowed, with the exception of a watch. Children should not wear earrings, but if they must, a small discrete stud should be worn which should be removed or covered for PE or other activities where the risk of injury is greater.
  • Make sure that your child has a coat, with a zip or buttons, not just a hooded top.

PE kit consists of:

  • White T shirt and navy/dark blue or black shorts
  • Black pumps for indoor PE, trainers for outdoors

During the course of this year we are changing the PE kit.  More information will follow, but a new navy printed T-Shirt will soon be available.  For new starters in the Reception year group a free PE kit, consisting of T-shirt, shorts and PE bag will be provided, parents will need to provide black pumps.  They will be ready before the end of September.  For others the new T-shirts will be made available soon.

School Online Payment System

A letter with the details was sent to parents and carers.  It contained personal, individual log-in details.  If you have not accessed this please let us know.

An anonymised version of the letter is available by clicking below:

School Online Payment System letter

If you are unsure, please ask.  A 'Drop-In' help session will be available on Friday 14th September at 9.00 a.m. in the Community Rooms. Ask for Mrs Hill.

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Assessment Outcomes for 2018

The results of all key assessments are now available.  Result for individual children are included in their end of year report.

A summary of the outcomes for children at Alkrington Primary School are contained in the document below.  They include results in:

  • End of the Reception year
  • Y1 Phonics
  • Y2 SATs
  • Y6 SATs

Where possible national averages (NA) are included for comparison.

In 2018 at all stages, results for our pupils compare well with the NA, and in most cases exceed them.  Have a look:

Key Assessment Outcomes 2018

Asthma Inhalers

To those parents whose child(ren) require an inhaler in school, there is important information below.  

Please can you ensure that your child returns to school with their asthma inhaler, spacer together in a plastic bag with the child’s name clearly marked.

We are also sending out Care Plans for each child on our asthma register for parents to complete with the details regarding medication, as this needs to be updated annually. 

We would appreciate it if you could send the Care Plans back into school, completed and signed, ready for the new academic year on Wednesday 5th September, 2018.

Here's a full copy of the letter:

Asthma Letter

Green Flag Status

Congratulations to our Eco Team, led by Mrs Nixon, who have been successful in achieving Green Flag status for our school, in recognition of the work done in our school to protect the environment and educate our school community about environmental issues.

See below our team with their latest Green Flag.

Fortnite

Concerns have been raised about the impact that this game can have on children.  Have a look at the advice attached for how to deal with it.

Advice re. Fortnite

Rochdale Children's Champion 2018

The results of the ballot were announced at Rochdale Town Hall on Tuesday 3rd July.  Molly Judge, Y5, was on the shortlist of six candidates, for whom votes were cast by over 8000 children from Rochdale primary schools.

The winner was Millie Connor from Holy Trinity CE Primary School, who will serve as Children's Champion for 2018 - 2019 and the runner up, who will serve as Deputy, was Isabelle Stott from Woodlands Primary School.

Commiserations to Molly, but congratulations on getting to this final stage for the second year running.  See below, Molly with the Mayor of Rochdale, she is holding her trophy after the presentation in the Council Chamber.

Plastic Straws

Please help us to ban plastic straws from children's school milk cartons.  Sign the petition using the link below:

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/221402

Privacy Notice

In line with the new GDPR regulations, please click on the link below for a privacy statement which sets out how the school uses personal data:

Privacy Notice

Outdoor Learning Week

We have been lucky with the weather during the week beginning 21st May and the children and staff seem to have enjoyed their week of outdoor activities.  Thank you for those who have helped; including with providing tents or other equipment, helping out in person or sending in evidence of your Homework Challenge activities.

As you know, we believe that outdoor activities are an important part of a childhood and of a child’s development and we want to encourage this.  The letter, a copy still available on the website homepage, shows the 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾ designed by the National Trust. The letter has a Homework Challenge and asks you to aim to achieve this target. Good luck!

Click below for a presentation of the week's activities:

Outdoor Learning Powerpoint    Requires Microsoft Powerpoint

 

Come and join us!

Limited places available at Alkrington Primary School

Some places have appeared in some classes in our school as children and families have moved out of the local area.

You may know people who might be interested in joining our school family.

At the moment there is one or more places available in the following year groups:

Y2, Y3, Y5 and Y6

Please enquire at the school office if you are interested, or you know someone who is.  There is also limited space in Breakfast, from 7.30 a.m. and After School Club, until 5.40 p.m.

Places for September 2018 in our Nursery and Reception classes are all full – sorry!

 

Royal Wedding / Outdoor Classroom

Our thanks to Prince Harry ( Daniel Hadfield ) and Meghan Markle ( Zaynab Ahmed ) for their opening of our Outdoor Classroom.  Pictured below:

Y5 and Y6 Times Table Champions

Congratulations to our team of Y5 and Y6 children who won the competition with Boarshaw and Elm Wood Primary Schools.  Pictured below is the team:

Jessica Bonar, Arwen Mountford, Kurt Ward and Molly Judge  Y5

Francesca Davies, Fawziah Khalifa, Yasin Al Abbas and Joel Rawlinson  Y6

 

Easter Competitions 2018

The children who came dressed in their Easter Bonnets looked fantastic!  The decorated eggs were brilliant!  Well done and thanks to all who joined in.  Prizes were awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in each class and pictures and full details of the winners can be found by clicking on the link below, and pictures also below.

Easter 2018 winners

Alkrington Primary School - Old Pictures

Scroll down the page for more images from days gone by.  Some new ones added to the collection.  Thanks again to Colin Tunnicliffe.  Keep them coming folks!

 

OfSTED Inspection

Our school was the subject of an OfSTED Inspection on Tuesday 30th January 2018. The inspection was for for one day and was conducted by one inspector, Mr Ahmed Marikar.

The inspection was conducted under Section 8, for schools which were previously judged to be 'Good' 

The 'headline outcome' is that:

The school continues to be a 'Good' school and Safeguarding is effective

The letter to the school and parents, carers and governors is now available to view.  Click on the link below:

Alkrington Primary School OfSTED Letter February 2018

Thank you to those parents and carers and pupils who provided feedback to the Inspector in the various forms available, i.e. on Parent View, by text survey etc. 

Alkrington Primary School in 1940

In the year in which the school opened, this picture was taken, some parts of the school look unchanged, others not.  See below.

Thanks to Renee, who found the picture in the local library and forwarded a copy.

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NSPCC PANTS Scheme

You may have seen the advert on TV, promoting the NSPCC programme to support and protect young children from abuse.

In school children in the younger age groups, Nursery Reception, Y1 and Y2 will have some of this content delivered in class.

Click here for a copy of the letter sent out to parents/carers in Early Years and Key Stage 1

Cut and paste the link below into your browser for more information:

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/underwear-rule/

 

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'In days gone by'......at Alkrington Primary School

My thanks to Colin, one of our grandparents, who sent some pictures from our school in the 1950s.  The pictures show Miss Grundy's class hard at work during the year 1951/2 and other class photos from c. 1955.

Later additions are from 1958, 1959 and 1960 with teacher Mr Taylor.

If any other parents, former pupils or grandparents would like to share the images of their former school days with us, please send them in.

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Access to Health Services

The NHS have notified us about the availability of health services in Rochdale for children.

If your child has a minor ailment and you are not able to get an appointment with the GP, you can telephone 01706 676777 and been seen by a medical practitioner subject to their availability.

The full details are on a letter available if you click here

Middleton Schools' Cross Country Champions 2017

Congratulation again to our magnificent cross country runners who were crowned champions for 2017 after the final race of the season at St. Mary's Primary School on 5th December. This was managed without our Y5 team, as the children were at Robinwood.  Their score for that race is calculated as the last two boys and the last two girls in each race, hence in Race #5 we didn't win the event as in the previous four races.

However, overall our school finished in 1st place. Our teams finished:

Y3 – 1st Place

Y4 – 2nd Place

Y5 – 1st Place

Y6 – 2nd Place

Click here for a link to the overall results.

Thanks to Mr Kelly, for training and organising the squad, Mrs Harrison, who helped with training and collected scores after the races and Mr Nott who helped organise the events and teams for the races.

Some of our individual runners deserve a special mention too, for their high finishes.  No individual awards are made, but if they were these children would have been in strong contention:

Y3 

Ethan McGovern finished 1st, 1st, 1st, 1st and 1st

Grace Foster: 2nd, 1st, 2nd, 4th and 2nd

Amelia Frater; 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 3rd

Y5

Matthew Ireland: 1st, 1st, 2nd, and 1st

Niamh Dolan: 3rd, 1st, 1st, 1st

Y6

Yasin Al Abbas: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 4th

Nesly Esposito: 5th, 7th, 1st and 3rd

Y5 Children at Robinwood Outdoor Centre near Todmorden

Our year 5 children, all 58 of them, and staff, had a great time at Robinwood for their three day visit.

See a few images below, and for more visit Class Blogs/Year 5

 

Y3/4 Team

Y4: Shantel, Madiha, Theo and Alfie

Y3: Dylan, Isa, Imogen and Noah

Year 3 & 4 Times Table Champions

Well done to our team who won the competition on Friday 20th October against teams from Boarshaw and Elm Wood Primary Schools.  The team consisted of:

Y3 Zaynab Ahmad, Isa Hussain, Daisy Eagleton and David Pop

Y4 Shayla Nene, Anas Ajani, Theo Pearson and Madiha Hussain - all pictured below:

Hallowe'en Party

I hope that everyone who attended one of the parties on Thursday 19th October enjoyed them selves.  See some pictures below from the KS2 party during the evening.

Be Healthy, Stay Safe Week

Classes have been, during the week beginning 16th October, involved in activities which encourage them to be healthy and stay safe. Activities include visits from the Fire Service, with training on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques for Y5 and Y6, Yoga sessions, talks from the School Nurse and from Oral Health Professionals and a talk from a charity representative, who might put into perspective the lives of our children with those of children from Uganda.  Pictures to appear below; soon!

 

End of Year Awards for 2016 - 2017

Congratulations to those pupils who have been presented with an award.  There were class awards and awards for 100% attendance during the year 2016 - 2017.

Winners of the 100% attendance Awards were:

Adil and Alim Ajani in Reception

Oliver Marsh, Mason McCarthy, Jayden Godwin and Jayden Parr in Y1

Arthur Kelsall, Dejuan Sayers, Dylan Chingo and Faith McKenna in Y2

Anas Ajani and Talia Sutton in Y3

Nifemi Akinwande, Louis Kagame, Stanley Morrison and Isabelle Palmer-Jameson,

Jessica Bonar, Toby Farrington, Alfie Halliday, Luke Smith and Eve Williamson also in Y4

Paige Kibbler, Maddison Oxley-Parnell, Luara Aideyan, Grace Beswick & Abigail Wellens in Y5

Stephen and Mark Edwards, Daniel Turner and Millie Willcox in Y6

 

Parent View

The official way to tell OfSTED what you think about our school is through the Parent View website.

When we get a call from OfSTED about an impending inspection ( we are told on the afternoon of the day before the inspection ) we have only a short time to canvas the opinions of parents and carers.

I will, of course, share the outcomes of the regular questionnaires which are completed, most recently in October 2016, however your support would be appreciated by visiting Parent View.

Here's the link. A registration, with a valid email address, and log-in are required;

https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/

When I looked this recently there were just 2 responses for this school, this year, so the more we get, the more representative the survey will be and a truer reflection of what parents and carers think about our school.

Thank you for your help!

All letters and correspondence on the school website

Can't find that letter in your child's bag?  Don't worry, you will be able to find it on this website.

All weekly newsletters are already here, but additional letters to year groups, or groups of year groups can be found in the tab 'School News' and the year group of your choice.  

Many brief notes and reminders will now be sent by text message only, so make sure that we have the correct number and let us know if you want the message to be sent to more than one number in your family circle.

Hate Crime Workshops

Children in our Y6 classes have had input from the LA's Equalities Officer, Yasin Khan, and have participated in workshops intended to aid understanding of hate crime and how best to manage it.

 

Congratulations to the winners of:

Alkrington's Got Talent

Nooriyah and Madiha Hussain

Rochdale Service for pupils with SEND

For more information on the provision for pupils with special needs and disabilities see the link below:

Link to Rochdale's SEND Local Offer Website

https://rochdale.fsd.org.uk/kb5/rochdale/fsd/localoffer.page?localofferchannel=0