Kirk Fenton News
6th November 2020
Dear Parents / Carers,
Welcome back, I hope you all had a restful half term.
You may have seen that half term at school was again very busy as we had new windows put in above the hall and main corridor as well as in the kitchen and in Venus classroom. We also replaced two of our old wooden fire doors in Neptune and the library and our new roof was completed and signed off. All of these things have made school warmer even with the Covid ventilation in place.
The children have settled straight back in and are working hard. I am very relieved that the government has sensibly decided to keep schools open throughout this lockdown and we all continue to work hard to ensure they are safe and well. Thank you for your continued support with this.
As part of our new curriculum, we will be working towards becoming a 'Global Neighbours' school meaning that our children will have a wider view of where they fit into the world locally, nationally and globally and what they can do to play their part in that. Part of this is encouraging the children to become courageous advocates in supporting causes that mean something to them and therefore this year we will be supporting 2 charities throughout the year. One of these is global - WaterAid, and the other national - Mentally Healthy Schools (part of the Heads Together charity). With this in mind, next week when we would normally be taking part in Children in Need (13th November), we will instead be focussing on World Toilet Day (https://worldtoiletday.org) and asking the children to come to school dressed in something blue and bring in a donation.
In order to raise awareness, I have asked the children to design a poster advertising the event and explaining why it is important. There will be a prize for the best poster from EYFS, KS1, Lower KS2 and Upper KS2, winners to be chosen by our Head boy and girl on the day. Posters can be brought into school until Wednesday as they will need to be quarantined.
As another lockdown can bring its own stresses, please do continue to let us know if there is anything happening at home that may affect your child at school.
Have a lovely weekend,
Mrs Karen Williams
Good Work Awards
This week's certificates were awarded to the following children:
Mercury - Teddy Dever
Venus - George Seguss and Clara Murray
Earth - Harvey Strangeway
Mars - Isabella Hudson and Archie Watson
Jupiter - Kenzie Green and Luca Mawson
Saturn - Oscar Court and Ivor Hughes
Uranus - Reuben Fox and Isla Smith
Neptune - Niamh McHugh and Daisy Mason
Hot Chocolate Friday
Mercury - Erin Nunez
Venus - Jacob Hunt
Earth - George Harrison
Mars - Isla Sykes
Jupiter - Alexa Keyse
Saturn - Alex Peace
Uranus - Amelia Seguss
Neptune - Annie Clark
Friday 13th November - non-uniform
Pupil Premium & Free School Meals Funding
As you will be aware, Universal Free School Meals are automatically available to all children in EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2. However, if you meet certain criteria, your child may be eligible for Free School Meals for the whole of their primary education as well as additional funding to support them with their education, called a 'Pupil Premium'. This additional funding benefits our school to support us to increase your child's attainment.
To qualify for Free School Meals and Pupil Premium funding, you must fulfil one of the following criteria:
- Universal Credit, provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods (£616.67 per month);
- Income Support;
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance;
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance;
- Support under part six of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999;
- The guarantee element of Pension Credit;
- Child Tax Credit, provided you are also not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual household gross income that does not exceed £16,190 (as assessed by HMRC); or
- Working Tax Credit run-on, paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.
If your family circumstances change, you may become eligible. Please see the North Yorkshire website below for more information and to access the relevant application forms. Once your application has been processed, school will be notified automatically . If you require any support with understanding Free School Meals and Pupil Premium funding or help with your application, please call one of our admin team who will be happy to advise.
Wear Something Blue for Water Aid
Friday 13th November
Christmas Lunch & Christmas Jumper Day
Thursday 17th December
Monday 21st December - Monday 4th January.
Spring Term Begins
Tuesday 5th January.
Hope everyone had a good October half term and enjoyed the decorations around the village.
We have something exciting coming up in the next few weeks, so please ‘like’ our Facebook page read for any announcements.
Did you know………………Friends of Kirk Fenton helped raise the funds and the grants for the Chromebooks in school.
Registered charity no: 1154660
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