Our Old Shoes Were New Once!
Head Teacher Newsletter - Tuesday 6th September 2022
'Remember not the former things.' Isaiah 43:18
I hope the return to school yesterday was a positive experience for you all; from a school perspective, it most certainly felt like a seamless transition back - as soon as the gate swung open it was lovely to see lots of smiling faces and eager beavers...and that was just the parents and carers. I was particularly amazed at how well our new reception children came straight into their new classroom environment and immediately took up the mantle of powerful learners (as Mrs Ling calls them). It was also lovely to welcome a few new faces further up the school as well as the familiar ones too; you can be safe in the knowledge that Crawford's prides itself on being nurturing and kind communicators...'Following Jesus, together we care, inspire and achieve.'
In our first collective worship of the term, I made parallels to the new term as being somewhat similar to new shoes...on one hand, shiny new shoes can make us feel proud; they are also a sign that we have grown. On the other hand, they can make us feel strange and uncomfortable. They can also be difficult to put on (especially when we first learn to tie laces). However, before long our feet become used to them and our new shoes become as comfortable as the old ones! For, our old shoes were new once!
We're all really looking forward to the new term and please do watch this space as we will shortly be communicating to you with regard to your child's timetable, curriculum focus, clubs, and general routines and expectations.
Mr Francksen & Mrs Ling
Headteacher & Interim Head of School
Welcome to the leadership team, Mrs Ling.
Mrs Jo Ling - HOS/Deputy Headteacher, Class 1 Teacher (EYFS)
Mrs Gill Watson - SENDCo
Mrs Maxine Mason - Pastoral Leader, SENDTa, Class 3 Ta
Mrs Rachel Buckle - Speech and Language Leader, Class 2 Ta
Miss Jess Faiers - Class 2 Teacher
Mrs Clare Welch - Class 3 Teacher
Mr Alex Bourne - Class 4 Teacher
Miss Jenine Grist - Forest School Leader, Class 1 Ta
Mr Jordan Robinson - Specialist support (Class 4), PE Leader
Mrs Julie Cook - OPAL Coordinator, Forest School Assistant
Mrs Claire Barber - Office Manager
Mrs Kayleigh Smith - Admin Assistant
Mr Alan Brackley - Maintenance Operative
Mrs Zena Andrews - Cleaner
Mr Kevin Vallier - Cleaner
Communications Flow chart
Communication Flow Chart
Some new developments...
New flooring and painted dining hall
Class 4 has a make over...
Class 3 and their reading for pleasure corner
Class 2 has a new carpet, is painted and immersified!
Even the staff room has a revamp
Extended OPAL time
Welcome Mr. Robinson
Welcome Mrs Cook
The One and Only Mr. Hurkett
However, the serious achilles injury he sustained (at the end of the last term) has meant he is unable to return to Crawford's to complete his contract.
I am sure you will all join me in thanking him for his dedication, motivation, positivity, character and endeavour! It's been a special journey these past 5 years and I would like to personally thank Lee for his involvement at the school and for putting PE and extracurricular sport on the map for Crawford's. We have a curriculum and provision to be proud of and that is all down to Mr H! We all wish him well in what is an exciting new challenge for Lee.
Pip Jackson RIP
Pip was a school foundation governor who has supported the school over the past 5 years. Many of you will also know that Pip ran a gardening club with Gabi Wood. The children were very fond of him and he was an incredibly valued member of our school community.
Yesterday afternoon, we all gathered at the church for our first 'Cog' monthly collective worship. Here, Reverend Brin shared the story of St. Pauls's resilience during his sea voyage to Rome. In this worship, Brin gave a light-touch remembrance to Pip, which was lovely.
If you/your family knew Pip well I would encourage you to open up a channel of communication with your child/ren and just check in with them.
Our thoughts are with Pip's family at this difficult time.
Early-Help & Clubs Offer September 2022
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Cost of Living Crisis
RE: Cost of Living Crisis
Although at the time of writing this letter the government’s support for families remains unclear, we do expect more information in the next 7 days about the measures they will take to support families struggling to cope financially. For most of us, the rise in fuel prices, and the subsequent increases in costs of food and clothing, have been difficult, but some families are already experiencing financial hardship. Families are struggling even before the winter months arrive when additional heating and lighting are essential. Many families are understandably worried about the next 12 to 18 months and it is likely that far more families will find themselves in difficulty.
If you find yourself in a difficult situation financially please come and talk to us, as we may be able to help with advice or support.
Schools too are facing significant challenges due to fuel costs, inflation and an unfunded increase in staff salaries, but we will help where we can. In times such as these, our community comes together to support everyone. We know, for example, that many churches are setting up food banks. This link is to food banks registered with Suffolk County Council but there are others already running or about to begin.
It is very important for families to ensure that they are getting the benefits that they are entitled to and Free School Meals (FSM) is one of the most important. All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a free school meal (part of the infant free school meals system) but you may be entitled to claim FSM for older pupils if you are eligible. If you would like to apply online please click on the link below or speak to the school office.
Suffolk provides access to other support services, including financial support, and some of these require a referral to be made through a gateway organisation. Citizen’s Advice Bureaus are in place across the county and can support with referrals (Diss CAB, West Suffolk CAB, Mid Suffolk CAB, Ipswich CAB. There is also a Suffolk Advice and Support line 0800 0683131 (Mon to Fri 9 am to 5 pm).
There may be other things that the school can help you with directly. For example, if you are finding school uniforms unaffordable or need longer to pay for your school dinners, this may be possible. Whilst on the subject of educational visits, we are planning on funding these entirely through the school budget this year, saving you costs but ultimately ensuring your child's enrichment offer is not affected.
We would also like to understand if there are particular concerns about the financial costs of school clubs or resources. We have therefore constructed a short survey to help us better understand how we can help (which can be completed anonymously). We appreciate that the answers you provide may be sensitive and therefore results will remain confidential to the senior leadership team, only generalised results (ie not attached to names will be shared).
The survey also asks for any ideas you may have or support that you know is available in the local area for others to use so that we can share this.
Please click on the link below.
Apply for free school meals
- Thursday 15th September - Flag raising - The Battle of Britain;
- Monday 26th September - Stow Food Bank Charity Week;
- Thursday 29th September - Year Reception and Y1 Phonics Workshop (8.45-10);
- Thursday 6th and 13th October - Parents Evening (4-6 pm);
- Monday 10th October - The Big Draw Festival Week;
- Thursday 13th October - Miniature Donkey's Mental Health Day;
- Friday 21st October - Flag raising - Trafalgar Day;
- Friday 21st October - Last day of school.
Term Dates 2022-2023
Remember...you can see the full termly calendar, here, or on the school website.
Please ensure your child has a healthy snack in school to have at break time - e.g., a piece of fruit, carrot sticks, muesli bar, yoghurt tube. No chocolate bars or crisps please, and nothing containing peanuts.
Younger children (YR to Y2) have fruit or vegetables provided by the School Fruit & Veg Scheme.
Please note, that any snacks brought in to school will be collected by the Class Teacher and handed out at break time. Therefore, please can you ensure that any tubs, bags, etc are named.
Allergy Awareness - Nut Free School
We are an allergy-aware school and would like to remind all families that there may be pupils in school with a nut allergy. If a child with a nut allergy comes into contact with nuts, or with a pupil who has eaten nuts, then this could lead to an anaphylactic reaction. Anaphylaxis is a severe and potentially life-threatening reaction to a trigger such as an allergy.
Because of this, the school cannot accept products containing nuts to be provided in lunch boxes or for eating at other times.
Year 2 going into Year 3
Suffolk County Council has asked us to remind you to apply for income-related for Free School Meals (FSM) if you think you might be eligible.
They hope this will help to boost our pupil premium income, as they know many parents/carers forget to apply for FSM at the beginning of Key Stage 2 due to having received Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM).
You can make an application for free school meals online at: www.suffolk.gov.uk/freeschoolmeals.
Safeguarding & Wellbeing
NSPCC Social Media advice
Children and young people use many different social media apps and sites. The most popular are Facebook and Instagram, with many others such as Snapchat, TikTok and Twitter.
There are lots of benefits to social networking. They can allow users to stay connected with friends and family. They can also learn many different things, from make-up or gaming tutorials to making slime, or how to create their own videos.
Like most things, there can be negatives too. For children and young people, there are risks that you should be aware of, to help keep your child safe on social media.
Attendance policy requirements spelt out in new guidance
School attendance consultation response
Working together to improve school attendance
Further information for families seeking financial help
Will Wright at West Suffolk Council has advised that, for families that are not in receipt of free school meals, but that are in financial hardship:
A) Have you also spoken to the Citizen Advice service in West Suffolk about any financial hardship funds available?
Citizens Advice West Suffolk | Free, confidential, independent advice (suffolkwestcab.org.uk)
B) Suffolk Advice and Support Service
Suffolk Advice and Support Service Helpline (SASS) 0800 068 3131 | Community Directory