Abbey Gates
Primary School

Newsletter - 8th September 2016

Posted on 8th September 2016


To a new school year - and what a GREAT year it promises to be!
We are thrilled to welcome new children in to the FS and Y2 and Y4- we hope you love your new school! Welcome also Hugo Summers - born in August- Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Summers! The refurbished FS playground is a real hit with the children – isn’t it fabulous?

We are so thrilled that Mrs McGuire is recovering well following an operation to remove a cancerous growth. Kaye will have a further operation this term.

You will recall that Kaye and a number of our children ran the Robin Hood half and mini marathon last year raising funds. Please support our runners in the mini marathon this year through sponsorship and come along to the MacMillan Coffee Morning – look out for further details.

You will shortly receive a letter from the teachers soon giving details of events, timetables, topics and how you can help support your child’s learning.

This term, as usual, we will have a whole school focus on basic skills – you can support by working with children on reading, spelling and x tables. Don’t forget that telling the time, tying shoe-laces and using a knife and fork are skills for life too!

Do note the dates for your diary and we hope to see you in school soon - check out the date for the PTA AGM Wed 21 September 7.45pm- a great way to get involved and support the school!


A reminder that children should not wear jewellery at school, watches though are to be encouraged.  Small earrings may be worn, although NOT in PE.

It is preferable that earrings are not worn at all on days when there is PE - if they are, they should be removed by the child. It is NOT acceptable for plasters to be used to cover the earrings. If the piercing is recent and earrings cannot be removed then unfortunately it may be some weeks before children can take an active part in PE.

Please ensure your child has water every day in a named container - also snacks should not include chocolate or crisps – there are so many great alternatives!

We can only administer medicine that has been prescribed. Permission forms must be signed and handed in to the school office - see the website for further information

School starts at 8.50 am but we ask children to arrive from 8.40 am when a member of staff is on duty. Children should not be on site before 8.40 am unless attending the breakfast club. Note our finish time is now 3.25pm.

You will be aware of our new security measures re access during the school day -

Do please let your child’s teacher know who will be collecting them from school. If there is a change to the routine it is important that we are made aware.

If your child walks home alone (years 5/6) then also do please let us know.

We have a number of play areas and equipment around the school - please ensure your children use this safely and appropriately before and after school if you are supervising them. Children should not use the mud kitchen in the FS area before or after school and only FS children should use the play equipment.

Unfortunately our hairy friends must wait at the gates of the school - no dogs (apart from support dogs) are allowed on any school premises.

Phew - all of the above “Do’s and Don’ts” ensure safe and happy children.

Kate Cumberpatch

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