Heronshaw School Newsletter

Welcome Letter September 2016

Welcome From Mrs Saunders-Short - Headteacher

Welcome back after your summer break and welcome to the new children in foundation. We are all really looking forward to the start of a new year and watching all the children grow, learn and develop. There are lots of things happening this half term so don’t forget to look out for updates. This year our updates will come in many forms: This new style of newsletter will be just one. There is a new app that we are launching at our parents meetings and it will keep you all up to date with the latest information. We will still be using the school website, Twitter, texting and emailing. You will find this year that we will, wherever possible, not be sending home paper letters. So it is more important than ever that you ensure we have the correct phone numbers and email address so you don't miss out on up-and-coming events. Please see the office ASAP if you need to change any of these details. The website also includes many key documents and policies that are available to you all, as well as achievements of the school.

We continue to operate an open-door policy, and are always happy to discuss any concerns you have on a daily basis, so please feel free to come in and talk to teachers and all staff. We want to make your child’s schooling a positive experience.

We also offer teachers' school email address to any parents, this is to support you in communication with the school. As I am sure you are aware teachers are very busy with the children on a daily basis, so please allow a couple of days for a reply, any urgent concerns, please email the office or speak with the class teacher directly.

I am looking forward to working with you all in this coming year.

Mrs Saunders-Short

Head Teacher


Attendance is very important to us. So that we ensure we provide all children with the best start we ask that parents take children’s schooling seriously and not to book holidays during term time, or take any time off that would be unauthorised (see attendance policy for clarification). Any unauthorised holiday that meets 5 days, either in succession or in accumulation, will result in a fine. We will make daily phone calls to parents of any children not in school and all attendance and lateness is monitored weekly. Any concerns will result in a letter being sent home and a meeting to discuss the issues. If poor attendance or lateness does persist then a meeting with the attendance panel will be arranged. We are here to support any parents who are struggling to get their children to school daily and on time, if you require any advice or support please speak to Penny Meehan (School Parent Liason Co-ordinator) She can be found on the main playground Tuesday- Thursday ams, or through contacting the office.


As many of you are aware we offer a huge range of clubs every half term, and this term's clubs are now due to start (see our website if you have not got dates and times please, rather than keep calling the office), so we ask if you have taken a place on a club please ensure that you make full use of it because it does mean someone else has not been able to have the place. See the website to look at the range available. Please ensure all clubs are paid for by Friday 16th September. Foundation will have the opportunity to join clubs after the first half term.

Important Dates

Parents Meetings - these meetings are held to give parents all the information they will need regarding homework, reading, the new spelling system and handwriting. This meeting will also introduce and show parents our new school app; this will be our main form of communication with key information and dates. All meetings will be held at 9.00 am for approximately 30 minutes. Parents will also have the opportunity to meet their child's teacher and ask any questions.
Year 2 - 20th september
Year 1 - 21st September
Foundation - 22nd September

Sports Week week commencing 3rd October- Children can wear PE kit all week to school.

Week commencing 17th October - Parents week, parents will have the opportunity to come in and look at their child's work and meet the teacher. More information to follow.

Year 1 Harvest Assembly for parents- 21st October times to follow.
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Term Dates


Inset Day - Thursday 1st September 2016

Inset Day - Friday 2nd September 2016

School Starts - Monday 5th September 2016

Break Up - Friday 21st October 2016

Inset Day - Monday 31 October 2016

School Starts - Tuesday 1st November 2016

Break Up - Friday 16th December 2016


Inset Day - Tuesday 3rd January 2017

School Starts - Wednesday 4th January 2017

Break Up - Friday 10th February 2017

School Starts - Monday 20th February 2017

Break Up - Friday 31st March 2017


School Starts - Tuesday 18th April 2017

Break Up - Friday 26th May 2017

Spring Bank Holiday - Monday 29th May 2017

School Starts - Monday 5th June 2017

Break Up - Friday 21st July 2017

Inset Day - Monday 24th July 2017

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Breakfast Club

Breakfast Club: children will need to book with Mrs Kibby if they require a place in Breakfast club


Child 1-£3.50

Sibling- £2.50


Child 1- £2.50

Sibling- £2.50


Child 1- £1.50

Sibling- £1.50