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Head Teacher Newsletter - Friday 15th July 2022

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Diary reminders

  • Tuesday 19th July - Year 6 Leaver's Trip;
  • Wednesday 20th July - Year 6 Leaver's Assembly at St. Mary's Church (2.30 pm);
  • Thursday 21st July - Rock Steady Concert/ Last day of term;
  • Friday 22nd July to Wednesday 31st August - Summer Holiday.


  • Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd September - PD Days, no children in school. Staff will be in and uniform pickup is possible by arrangement with the office staff;
  • Monday 5th September - children return to school;
  • 5th - 9th September - no After School Clubs.

Remember...you can see the full termly calendar, here, or on the school website.

Hot weather warning

The Met Office has extended an amber extreme heat warning for Sunday 17 July, Monday 18 July and Tuesday 19 July, as temperatures will build this weekend and early next week for much of England and Wales.

The amber warning highlights likely adverse health effects for the public, not just limited to those most vulnerable to extreme heat. We will be keeping children in the shade or indoors during break times, if necessary. We will also limit the amount of physical activity the children take part in.

Please provide a summer hat or cap for your child to wear. Please also apply a 'once-a-day' sunscreen in the morning, and ensure that your child always has a full water bottle when they arrive at school.

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Summer Water Safety tips from the Royal Lifesaving Society

A free, online toolkit to discover skills to enjoy the water, safely.

​Basic water skills can be life-changing. Not only will the Lifesaver • Lifechanger toolkit give you the skills and confidence to enjoy being around the water safely, but you could also one day save somebody's life. ​

​Remember, we want you to enjoy the water and all its benefits, but, as it does come with risks, it is crucial to understand and manage these. Once you’ve completed the Lifesaver • Lifechanger toolkit, you will feel much more confident to enjoy the water and change lives.

Why did we launch the Lifesaver • Lifechanger Toolkit?

Every year, on average 402 UK and Irish citizens lose their lives in a water-related incident. Most of the incidents are completely avoidable. Did you know that 43% of people would jump into the water to save somebody? A completely natural instinct, but an instinct that without the correct knowledge and training is often risky and life-threatening.

We live on beautiful islands. Our coasts are surrounded by islets, and our land is punctuated by stunning waterways. Yet without the right education, these can all pose a threat to us – often with tragic consequences. Water is a part of our very fabric, as is our enjoyment of being near it without fear.

This short course will provide you and your family with the right education and skills for life, that will set you on your journey to become a lifesaver and gain the knowledge and confidence to enjoy the water, safely.

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Arbor Payments

Please could you ensure that your child's Arbor payments (e.g. for lunches) are up-to-date and that you do not have any outstanding payments at the end of term? This will allow the Tilian Trust finance staff to reconcile the School's accounts accurately.

Any credits you have on Arbor will carry over to the next academic year.

Thank you,

Mrs Barber

Happy Birthday Reading Book Gifts

Children with upcoming birthdays received a gift of a reading book with a personalised message from Mr Francksen! Thank you to Sarah Maidment from Get Suffolk Reading for gifting us such wonderful books to give to our children.
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As we are approaching the end of term please can you ensure any outstanding lunches are paid for and lunch accounts are kept in credit from now on. A week’s worth of lunches is £11.50 so please ensure you pay this weekly in advance (if your child is to have lunch every day) between now and the end of term.

Clubs after the Summer Holidays

Please note that there will not be any Breakfast or After School Clubs on the first week back after the Summer Holidays. Clubs will resume on the 12th September.

Tesco Community Grants Scheme - In store Voting

Great news! Crawford's has applied for a Tesco Community Grant and our application has been successful. Our project will be put forward to a vote in the Stowmarket Tesco Superstore, IP14 5BE. Voting will commence in store from the first week of July 2022 and continue until 30th September 2022. We would be very grateful for any votes!

To vote, you will need to make a purchase within store of any value. You will receive one token per transaction and it's not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token.

Crawford's CofE Primary School
The Literacy Shed
Bringing literacy to life through a purpose-built literacy shed and immersive learning environments

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SCC Discretionary Grant

Suffolk County Council is pleased to confirm a discretionary grant is available to support low-income families over the 6-week summer holiday. The grant will be issued as a £90 (£15 x 6 weeks) Edenred supermarket voucher for each eligible child (those on income related Free School Meals) and is designed to help families with their essential living costs during the holiday. The grant is provided from the Household Support funding the council has received from the government and will be issued by the school to their eligible families.


Healthy Snacks

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, yogurt 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.

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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.

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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.

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Free School Meals - could you be eligible?

Your child may be eligible for free school meals throughout primary school. This could save you approximately £437 per year.

To check or apply online, visit: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-meals-uniforms-and-trips/apply-for-free-school-meals/

Check if you're eligible

Your child will get free school meals if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit but no element of Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenues & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190

  • If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work fewer hours per week

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month), as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods).

To check if your child is eligible, apply online for an immediate response or call 01473 260989.

We encourage you to apply because the school receives additional funding (Pupil Premium) for all children on income-related Free School Meals.

Flu immunisation next term

This autumn term, all primary school-aged children in England (from reception class to year 6) will be offered flu immunisations by the NHS school-aged immunisation service.

Please see this document for more details.

We will be sending out information about signing up for the programme in the Autumn Term. Bardwell's immunisation day will be Thursday the 13th of October.

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Gadgeteers get ready - the Summer Reading Challenge opens soon!

The Summer Reading Challenge is open to all children aged 4-11. The challenge is to read six books over the school holidays.

This year's theme is Gadgeteers and will focus on scientific innovation and creative thinking. Our friendly staff and volunteers will help children find books and get them started on their reading adventure.

For each of the six books they read, they can collect a prize from the library. If they complete the challenge, they'll also receive a special certificate!

Children can sign up in any of our libraries from 16 July.

New to the challenge? Find out how to take part

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The Week Junior - Summer Reading Competition

The Week Junior invites you to jump into a host of super adventures in our Summer of Reading challenge.

Reading can take you anywhere you can think of. You can be the hero of a thousand stories, and experience all kinds of amazing places - right from the comfort of your sofa!

It's easy to get involved - and there are some fantastic prizes up for grabs.

  • Simply read, rate and review three books this summer. You can use our fantastic booklist for inspiration! Then submit your short review via our entry form before the closing deadline at midnight on Friday 26 August.
  • One lucky winner will receive a book bundle worth £250 plus a Bookily card from National Book Tokens, loaded with £10 per month for 6 months to spend in their favourite bookshops and online.
  • Three runners-up will also each win a Bookily card loaded with £10 per month for 6 months.


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Summer Holiday Clubs

Suffolk Wildlife Trust summer activities

Our friends at the Suffolk Wildlife Trust have asked us to distribute this information to families.

Holiday Club for unaccompanied 6-11 year olds at Redgrave & Lopham Fen

Wild Families activities for 3yrs+ and 5yrs+ children and families.

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United Education Summer Holiday Camps

Holiday camps held throughout the Summer. Further information can be found here https://www.united-education.co.uk/

The Regal Summer Holidays Leaflet

Free Swims For Free School Meals Children

Please note the 16 digit numbers required will be available from the school office from 18th July.

Cre8 Theatre Productions Summer Holidays Workshops

Drum Club

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.

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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