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Tuesday 19th November 2019
 
  The William Ransom Primary School

'The William Ransom School aims to provide all its pupils with the highest possible educational opportunities. We believe that the best education is the entitlement of every child and this is realised at this School within a structured, disciplined, caring and safe environment where expectations are high.'
 





 
 
25 Oct 2019

Information from Mrs Driver

Thank you
Thank you for all the input and support this half term. It has been a very exciting but busy term so far and the children have had some wonderful experiences.
The next half term has plenty planned and we have the build up to Christmas. Please keep an eye on Parent Mail for any details of the various events.
There is much in the news about children and their involvement in Climate Change. Our children are no exception. In order to set them a good example we are trying to reduce our paper use. We would like to get to a point where ALL letters are sent out by email and all payments are made online. We are partway there but please be aware that we will be sending fewer and fewer documents as a hard copy. If you are not on Twitter, please consider signing up as this is our most efficient means of immediate communication. Please let the office know your Twitter name!
The more observant among you will have noticed that we are adopting a slightly newer version of our school crest. Don’t worry, we are not going to change the uniform crest! We just wanted a logo which was a little more contemporary.
Thank you to Mrs Thorn, our resident graphic designer! 

Mince pies
You will remember that in the past we have collected items for Christmas Hampers for Hitchin Families who rely upon donations at this time of the year. This year, once again, we have pledged to donate boxes of 6 mince pies. We would be very grateful if you would join us in making this donation. We will collect them in school from after half term but please check the best before date! 

Midday Supervisory Assistant
I am sorry to say that Mrs Olivia Pruce is leaving us at the end of November as a Midday Supervisory Assistant. We are sorry to see her go but wish her luck in her return to her old career.
Therefore we are looking to extend our lunchtime staff. If you or anyone you know is interested in working from 12.05 to 1.15 any day or every day, please contact the school office. We would love to hear from you! 

Parking
Hopefully you all saw my tweet yesterday showing parking outside school. I am receiving an increasing number of complaints about inconsiderate parking in the roads leading up to the school. This includes Halsey Drive. Please do not block pavements and pathways, don’t park across driveways and near the corners of junctions. According to the RAC site, you cannot park opposite or within 32 feet of a junction.
It also states you should not park near a school entrance. Please think about parking further away and walking the final part of your journey to school. Our children should NEVER be forced to walk in the road because of parents’ parking. Finally please don’t turn round in Stuart Drive, drive through the school grounds. Both gates are open at the start and end of the day. 

School gates
Please make sure you do not crowd the school gates at the end of the day. Some of our smaller children are struggling to see through the crowd of parents and cannot get out of school. If everyone stands back there is more room for everyone. We have had a visit from Councillor Derrick Ashley looking at the lane around the school and we have asked him to fund some tarmac where there is currently a bed of mud! That will give more space for everyone waiting in the lane! Watch this space! 

Bikeability
Congratulations to those pupils who successfully completed their Level 2 Bikeability Course this week. Well done all of you!
This now means they can cycle to school on their own once parents have signed the permission slips, sent home today. If other children are cycling to school we assume they are cycling with an adult and that adult is taking full responsibility.
Thank you to all of you who walk, cycle or scoot to school; you are contributing to our Sustainable Travel Plan and we hope to achieve GOLD status this academic year! 

September 2020
Do you know someone with a child due to start school in September 2020? The dates for our Open Events for prospective parents are on the website so make sure people know about it!
Have you got a Year 6 child? Don’t forget to apply for Secondary School places by Thursday 31st October 2019. 

Link to Hope
Please remember we are collecting for the Link to Hope project. Half term is an ideal time to fill and wrap your shoebox and they can be brought into school straight after half term. We have re-sent the instructions so you know the different things needed for filling a Shoebox! This is a lovely activity to do with your children. 

Parents’ Evening
It was lovely to see so many of you at Parents’ Evening this week. I hope you found the discussions with the teachers informative. Research has proved that the more parents engage with their children’s education the greater the progress the children make. So to have almost 100% attendance at Parents Evening is wonderful and will certainly make a difference.

Please remember if you have any concerns about your child at school, do not hesitate to come in to see me.
I look forward to seeing you in school in the very near future. 
Yours sincerely
Mary Driver 




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