Notices for Parents

SIMS Parent App:

Following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations, we are looking at more secure ways to collect information.  A new App is being launched that will enable parents/carers to update certain information i.e. address, phone number etc. electronically.  If you would like to use this App please email “YES” to office@moathouse.coventry.sch.uk giving your child/children name(s) and class - please also use “APP” in the Subject line.

Reports: 

Your child’s annual school report was given out on Monday 16th July and we hope that you find it a useful record of your child’s achievements and progress over this academic year. There was an opportunity for parents to come in to discuss their child’s report on Tuesday 17th July. If you have any comments or questions and were not able to attend on Tuesday 17th July, please do feel free to catch your child’s classteacher at the end of the school day, or ask the school office if you wish to make an appointment.

Research:            

Julie Eyden is a researcher at the University of Warwick. She is conducting research on mothers with mental health issues. Julie has completed a lot of work already and now just needs a few more volunteers to participate. Criteria – mothers with children of any age up to 11 years who are currently experiencing depression and feel they may be able to help. There is a £10 gift voucher to say thank you to participants. All information will be completely confidential. If you think you might be able to help Julie, please email her – j.eyden@warwick.ac.uk or text/call 07519102119. After Julie has given you details about the study you would be under no obligation to take part. 

Online Safety:

The National Online Safety team have asked us to share the following: As part of our #WakeUpWednesday campaign, we have created a free guide for parents & carers for your school to share about ‘Player Unknown's Battlegrounds’ (PUBG) – a game played by millions of children and young people worldwide. Our guide is designed to inform parents and carers about the dangers and risks of letting their children play PUBG and how they can help keep their children safe online.
The free guide for parents can be found here: https://twitter.com/natonlinesafety/status/1006924770657611776
 

Nursery Parent Meetings:  

On Wednesday 13th June, parents with children who are due to start our Nursery in September, were invited into school to find out about the setting, the school routines and the learning at Moat House. The teachers and teaching assistants introduced themselves and parents were given the opportunity to ask any questions that they may have.

Good Morning:      We are always keen to support parents to ensure that attendance at Moat House is good (or better) and for this reason you may receive a Groupcall message before school begins as a reminder that classroom doors will be opening soon. 

Marvellous Me:    

We have recently introduced Marvellous Me, which is an app that you can use on your smartphone, tablet or computer to keep you informed of your child’s activities and achievements at school. In a letter that was sent home are instructions about how you can sign up and this includes a parent join code for your child. Your child’s teacher will be sending messages about his/her school day to help keep you informed – you are also able to interact with the app, for example by sending a ”high five” to show that you have received a message. We hope that through using Marvellous Me we can improve communication and home school links.

School Bank:      

With the long summer break fast approaching, why not make the most of the school’s bank and encourage your children to save some pennies for their free time in July and August? Your child can deposit a small (or large) amount on a regular basis and it is a great opportunity to teach your child about saving for the long term. The Moat House School Bank is open every Tuesday morning from 8:40 am. If you require any further information about this, please speak to the school office. 

Nursery Notice:   

Please note that the Nursery doors open at 8:45 am and close at 8:55 am for children who attend Nursery in the morning session – this in line with whole school policy where registers are taken promptly after ten minutes of the doors opening.

General Data Protection Regulations:          

The General Data Protection Regulations come into effect on the 25th May 2018 to replace the Data Protection Act introduced in 1998.  We have set up a new page on the school website which displays documents explaining the schools responsibility and your rights with respect to Data Protection.

Dogs on site:   

Can I remind you that no dogs are allowed on site apart from guide dogs. Failure to follow this request could result in the owner having their permission to be on site withdrawn.

Collection of Children in Nursery:    

Just a reminder that a responsible person over the age of 16 is required to collect children from Nursery.

Stranger Danger:

We were notified by the police on Wednesday 25th April that a man approached a Year 7 child around Ringwood Highway, earlier in the week. Within school, we have reminded children about how to keep safe in the local environment and we would request that you are extra vigilant to ensure that your children are well supervised in the local area.  

Animals on Site:  

May we please remind you that animals are not permitted on the school site. We appreciate that pets are part of the family but we need to ensure that all of our children are kept safe and that we adhere to Coventry City Council’s health and safety guidelines. If you need to bring a dog, can you please leave it tied up safely outside the site.

Nursery and Reception applications:

We are currently accepting applications for children who will be able to start Nursery or Reception in September 2018. Please check if you have a child who has a birth date as follows:

Nursery – date of birth from 01/09/14 – 31/08/15  

Reception - date of birth from 01/09/13 – 31/08/14

Please see the school office for an application form as spaces are filling up fast.

Headlice:                       

It has been reported that there have been cases of headlice in school this week. Please may we ask you to be extra vigilant in checking your child’s hair and treat as necessary. It is important that your child’s hair is checked on a regular basis, as we will be unable to eradicate the problem without your support. Please also ensure that any long hair is tied back.

Sun Safety:       

With the mini-heatwave that we have been experiencing this week, please can you ensure that children are wearing appropriate clothes for the weather. We do have a stock of sun hats available for parents to buy for £3 each – these can be bought at the school office. You may wish to apply eight hour sun cream to your child before arrival at school but as a Sun Safe school, we do have dispensers of sun cream, which children can apply themselves. Please also ensure that your child has a named water bottle in school as it is important that they keep hydrated in these warm conditions.

Pedestrian Crossing:         

It has been drawn to our attention that vehicles driving through the school grounds are failing to adhere to the restrictions that are in place, particularly near the pedestrian crossing. Concerned parents have brought this to our attention and we would urge you all to stick to the speed restrictions and take extra care around the crossing for the safety of our children and whole school community.

Reading in the Community:               

Here at Moat House, we recognise the importance of reading for all members of our community. We have now installed some book storage in our reception area. The books here are free for parents, staff, children or visitors to take away, read and enjoy, so please have a browse next time you are in! Please could you return your book once you have read it so that someone else can enjoy it once you have finished.

Crossing Patrol:    

Please be aware that there is no crossing patrol on Deedmore Road at the moment. For this reason, please could you ensure that your children are carefully supervised when crossing the main road. If you have children who walk home independently, please could you ensure that they know how to cross the road safely and are responsible enough to do this.

PJs and a Good Book!      

As part of our commitment to getting more children engaged with reading, we will be holding the first of our 'PJs and a Good Book' events with Year 3 families on Tuesday 30th January. The event is about having fun and spending quality time together. Every parent who attends will be able to choose a free book to take home and share with their child. Watch out for more reading events coming soon!

Powered scooters

 I've had several complaints about powered scooters being ridden on the footpaths and playground at school. They are dangerous around pedestrians and I would expect people to get off and push them when they are on school grounds in the same way that people jump off their bikes or normal scooters and push them. If you need to use one of them to travel to school to collect a child can you please park it in the car park where all the other cars and motorbikes get parked. Can you also please ride on the road and not the pavement. Thanks for your help to keep our children safe.

Groupcall Communication:

We have been using Groupcall to send parents and carers text messages for a number of years now and we feel that this has been a very successful method of ensuring that you are kept up to date with things that are happening in school, as well as to inform you about important messages. We have been advised that parents can now download a free app called “Groupcall Xpressions” which will enable you to send and receive messages to us at no cost to either yourselves or us. In order to use this, you will need to provide us with your email address as well as your up to date phone number. Please give these details either to your child’s class teacher or the school office so that you can activate the app. Thank you.

Road Safety:  

Can you please remind your children about how to cross the road safely, particularly over holiday periods. One of our older pupils was knocked down in October, on their way home from school. Fortunately they weren’t seriously injured, however, you will all recall the tragic accident that occurred last October in Bell Green when a pupil from St Lawrence’s school was knocked down and killed. If you don’t feel that your child is old enough to cross safely by themselves, please help them across or make sure they are supervised by an adult.

Bikes on the playground:        

You may have noticed more staff on duty at the end of the day at the gates either stopping children coming through on bikes, mainly from local secondary schools, or reminding them to get off their bikes and push them while they are on the school site. This is as a result of one of our younger children being hit by a bike last week. I have contacted the secondary school concerned and they have spoken with their Year 7 and 8 pupils. Can I please remind everyone that if you are collecting a child and you're on a pushbike that you jump off and push it while you are next to the buildings. If your child comes to school on a bike, can you please remind them that they need to push it from the gates so we don't have any more accidents.

Fireworks:   

It's that time of the year again when fireworks are beginning to be set off. They are great fun when used safely but every year in the UK there are children (and adults) who get hurt by them. PLEASE make sure your children don't use them or play with them or hang around with other children who are setting them off. They are too precious to get hurt, burnt or lose an eye.

School Uniform:  

May I please remind you to send your children to school in the correct uniform. Children often feel like they stand out and look different from their peers if they are wearing clothes that do not follow the school policy.  This can cause unnecessary upset and arguments. Thank you.

£1 Coins:        

The old £1 coins cease to be legal tender on October 15th 2017. We would be grateful if you would not pay for dinner money, school trips, swimming etc. with the old coins after Friday 6th October to allow us to bank them before the deadline. Many thanks.

Parents’ Evening:

Thank you to everyone who attended the parents’ evening on Wednesday 27th September. It is important that we meet with you throughout the year so that we can update you with your child’s life at school. If you were unable to make the date, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher, who will be more than happy to meet you at a more convenient time.

Homework:   

Can you please support your children by checking that they complete and submit any homework that they have on time. They will often practise skills that they have been taught in class or do research for topic based work and it is an important part of their learning. Children will also have spellings and times tables to learn as well as reading (daily if possible) to an adult. The more opportunities they get to practise reading; the better they get.

Applications for Secondary School:  

Parents of children born between 1st September 2006 and 31st August 2007 (current Year 6 children) should now be considering where they would like their children to attend secondary school. Applications need to be made online by 31st October at www.coventry.gov.uk/schooladmissions A leaflet explaining the process in more detail has been given out to our Year 6 children. 

School Meals:   

Despite increasing labour and food costs, we have been able to maintain the price of a school meal at £2.00 per day, since 1st September 2014.  Unfortunately, following discussions with TNS Catering (our school meal provider) it is necessary to increase the cost of a school meal to £2.10 per day with effect from the 5th September 2017.  The weekly cost per child will therefore increase from £10.00 to £10.50 per week. If your child is in Reception, Year 1 or Year 2, they will continue to receive a free school meal as part of the Universal Infant Free School Meal government initiative.   

Uniform:  

As the term draws to a close, can I please remind you to continue to send your children to school in correct uniform. This includes school shoes. There have been a few children recently who have had a selection of brightly coloured shoes or trainers which are not appropriate for school. I am, however, aware that shoes and clothes might be getting a bit tight at this time of the year and that you'll be planning to buy new, bigger ones for the Autumn Term. It seems odd to be mentioning this on a non-uniform day but it can cause arguments between children if they are not correctly turned out (and also between children and their parents). If your child tells you that they are allowed to wear 'sparkly pink trainers' or jeans for the last few weeks of term then they are not telling the truth!

School Reports:      

On Friday 7th July, you will have received your child’s school report. We hope that you enjoy reading about your child’s progress and achievement in school over this academic year.

Nursery and Reception Parent Meetings:    

In the week beginning 26th June, parents with children who are due to start our Nursery or Reception in September, were invited into school to find out about the setting, the school routines and the learning at Moat House. The teachers and teaching assistants introduced themselves and parents were given the opportunity to ask any questions that they may have.

Frozen Fridays:      

Please look out for our Foundation Stage ice cream and ice lolly sale every Friday and on most hot days. You will find staff outside the entrance to the school kitchen selling ice creams and lollies at 50p each. Proceeds from the sale will go towards funds for Nursery and Reception. Anyone is welcome to purchase a Frozen Friday treat!

Packed Lunches:

During the hot weather spell, it has been noticed that children’s packed lunches are not staying as fresh as when they were first brought into school in the morning. It would be really helpful if parents could provide children with small ice packs to go into their packed lunch box, in order to help the food stay fresh and to ensure that the children’s food is still fit to eat, at lunchtime.   

Summer Fayre:       

On Saturday 15th July, we will be hosting our Summer Fayre at school. This year, there will be lots of fun activities including a bouncy castle, face painting, an inflatable assault course, various stalls and even an inflatable slide! There will also be refreshments available. The fun will be starting at 12:00 pm and will finish at 3:00 pm. If you would like to have a stall to sell your own crafts, please could you speak to Mr McIlroy or Mrs Dolden.

Sunsafe:  

Thanks to Breakfast Club, who are our weather forecasters every day. They have started to provide information to every class about the weather, including UV levels, so they can stay safe in the sun. We have suncream in school which children can use but it would be helpful if you could put 8 hour cream on your child before they come to school. Please tell your child’s teacher if your child can’t use suncream because of allergies. We still have some sunhats left which are for sale. Please see Dee in the office.

Sunsafe:      

Last year, we acquired the Sunsafe accreditation for our good practice in raising awareness in school about keeping safe in the sun. With the recent heat wave that we have been experiencing, I feel that it is the right time to continue our good practice. Moat House has purchased sun cream that children can apply themselves in school (please let your child’s teacher know if you do not wish your child to use this). We also have sun hats available for parents to buy for £3 each – these can be bought at the school office. Alternatively, you are very welcome to apply eight hour suncream before children arrive at school in the morning and provide children with their own sun hats.  We will be raising awareness through assemblies and classroom activities to educate our children about how they can protect themselves against the sun’s harmful rays.

Adults’ language on the playground:     

It's recently been brought to my attention that on occasion adults are using 'bad language' while they are dropping off and collecting their children. We are working really hard to encourage children not to swear while they are at school and it would be really helpful if you could be positive role models while you are on the school site. 

Fidget Spinners:      

We have become aware that children are bringing these toys into school and we are happy for children to play with these at appropriate times ie: playtimes and lunchtimes. However, children must ensure that they are not being used during learning time and that they take full responsibility for them. We have no plans to ban these toys at the moment, although this could change if we find that they are causing upset amongst children or if they are interrupting learning time. 

Family Fit Session:   

Another Family Fit Fun session took place on Wednesday 10th May in the glorious sunshine. Once again this proved to be very well attended with both parents and children enjoying healthy competition between themselves and other families. These sessions will continue every Wednesday after school from 3:20pm until 4:20pm. All Moat House children are welcome from Reception to Year 6.

Fidget Spinners:    

Unfortunately, we have had a lot of incidents involving spinners being used inappropriately at lunchtimes, playtimes and in class. They have caused several arguments and problems. Because of this children will not be allowed to have them in school from Monday 15th May. If they do bring one in 'by accident', an adult will look after it and return it to a collecting adult at home time.

Term time holidays:    

I have had several requests recently for children to take time off during term time. Unless there is a change in the law, I am unable to authorise any term time holidays. The government changed the law a few years ago and took away Headteachers' ability to authorise term time holidays.

Dropping off children:  

Can you please wait with your children until school opens at 8.50am. Children in Years 5 and 6 can be left from 8.45am.

Family Fun:   

Premier Sports held their first Family Fit Fun session on Tuesday 25th April. This proved to be very well attended with both parents and children enjoying healthy competition between themselves and other families. These sessions will continue every Wednesday after school from 3:20pm until 4:20pm. If you would like to come along and join the fun, please let Mrs Dolden know.

Nursery:   

We were very pleased to hear recently that we will be taking on the management of the Nursery which is currently managed through the Children's Centre from September. This is in addition to the School Nursery which Mrs Tovey currently leads. It will give us the opportunity to work with families at an earlier stage and give their 2 and 3 year olds a chance to access the school and prepare them for joining the School Nursery when they are a little older. We are currently planning to run morning and afternoon sessions. There will be more details and application forms after the Easter Holidays.

Family Fun at Moat House:

On Tuesday 25th April (3:30 – 4:30), Premier Sports are leading a fun event for parents and children. This is a taster session which will lead to a twelve week programme, if there is sufficient interest from families. You are welcome to come along on the day – please remember to wear comfortable clothing and suitable shoes for fun activities. 

Seatbelts:    

There have been a few instances recently when children have been in cars without seatbelts on. For Health and Safety (and legal) reasons can you please ensure that any child who you transport by car is either in a correctly fitted booster seat or wears a normal seat belt.

Mobile phones:    

 It was brought to my attention that two of our pupils were filmed fighting near the shop recently. This was filmed on a mobile phone and the video was then sent to several other pupils. I spoke to the children involved who were shocked when I explained that now that the video has been posted that it can be viewed for the rest of their lives (and possibly one day by their own children.) We regularly remind children about keeping safe online. Can you please be vigilant and monitor what your children are accessing and using their mobile phones for. 

Red Nose Accessories: 

Sainsburys have donated the remainder of their Red Nose accessories to the school and children are welcome to collect an item (one per child) on a first come, first served basis. The items include red noses, water bottles and fold away bags and these can be collected from the school office.

SENDCO:     

For your information, our Special Needs coordinator is Mrs Tite. If you have any concerns about your child’s progress or development, then please see Mrs Tite. In liaison with your child’s class teacher, Mrs Tite will be able to give advice, suggest and sign post you in order to support you and your child.

Family Fun at Moat House:

On Tuesday 4th April (3:30 – 4:30), Premier Sports are leading a fun event for parents and children. This is a taster session which will lead to a twelve week programme if there is sufficient interest from families. You are welcome to come along on the day – please remember to wear comfortable clothing and suitable shoes for fun activities. 

Pedestrian Crossing:      

There have been a few complaints about cars failing to stop for children and parents at the pedestrian crossing on the Moat House campus.  Please can I ask motorists to ensure that children and parents are prioritised on the school crossing. 

Car Park:     

Can I please remind parents and carers to park safely and have consideration for others when they park at the beginning and end of the school day. I am aware of how busy it gets in the car park but we are very lucky to have off road parking, unlike all of the other schools where I have worked where the only parking has been on the streets around the school.

School Uniform:    

Can I please ask that children use half term week to track down any missing sweat shirts or other items of school uniform that they might have lost at home so they can all be neatly turned out in school uniform when they come back after the holiday. Can you please check that their uniform has their name written clearly on the label so it can be returned if it gets lost at school.  It is important that the children are all dressed in uniform at all times (apart from special events like World Book Day, Christmas jumper day, etc)

Traffic:  

I was concerned to hear about a near miss recently when a child was crossing Winston Road on their way to school. I spoke with Councillor Patricia Seaman about the issue and she advised that this could be raised at a local residents’ meeting. Her contact details are pat.seaman@coventry.gov.uk telephone Office:   024 7683 1039

Parents in School:       

As part of our drive to improve our contact and communication with parents, we would like to inform you that refreshments will now be available after each class assembly on a Friday morning. We would also like to invite you in for refreshments on the two parents’ evenings that are being held on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd March. Our school choir will also be performing on these evenings and our new school library will be open for children to take out books and for parents to experience.

Mobile Phones:

We would like to remind parents and children that mobile phones are not permitted in school. If Year 5 and 6 children walk to and from school, then any mobile phone that they carry for this purpose needs to be handed in to the school office at the beginning of the school day and can be collected at the end of the day.

Holidays in Term Time:   

Can I remind you that I am not legally allowed to give children time off during term time to go on holiday.  This was a decision made by the Government a few years ago. At this time of the year many families are planning their holidays for Easter or the Summer. Can you please check our holiday dates (below) when booking them. Thank you.

School Nurse:  

We recently received this from the school nurse: Coventry School Nursing is delighted to launch two new health focussed websites for young people across Coventry, one aimed at children and another for teenagers. www.healthforkids.co.uk offers a fun way for children to learn about health with games, activities and quizzes, and also offers advice to parents.

Severe Weather Conditions:  

In the event of severe weather, which may result in us having to close the school we would like to advise you that you will be able to find up to date information on local radio stations and on the website www.coventry.gov.uk/schoolclosures Closures will also be reported on Coventry City Council’s Twitter account www.twitter.com/coventrycc and Facebook account www.facebook.com/coventrycc  Please do not telephone the school and we have been advised to request you not to telephone the media as this may affect communication between schools and the radio stations. Please note, we will not close the school unless it is absolutely necessary ie: where there is a risk to pupils and staff.

Parents’ Group:           

On Friday 6th January, we held our very first Parents’ Group and it was brilliant to speak to parents about their ideas for how they can help within the school. Lots of interesting points were raised and discussed, and the Parents’ Group are looking forward to their future meetings (Friday mornings at 9:45 am). All parents are welcome, as are toddlers so we would love to see you there. 

Parents’ Group:

Starting on Friday 6th January 2017, and carrying on weekly will be the first ever “Moat House Parents’ Group”. This will be a chance for parents to come into school and get to meet other parents and the Learning Mentors for a coffee and maybe a few biscuits!!! In the future, the Parents’ Group will be able to get involved in school activities like the Summer Fayre, cake sales and various other fund raising activities. If you feel that you can add something to our Parents’ Group, please pop along on Friday 6th January 2017 at 9:45 am.

Parents’ Evening:

Thank you to everyone who attended the parents’ evening on Monday 28th November. It is important that we meet with you throughout the year so that we can update you with your child’s progress and attainment. If you were unable to make the date, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher, who will be more than happy to meet you at a more convenient time.

Parent Support Group: 

After Christmas, the Learning Mentors will be holding coffee mornings at Moat House every Friday from 9:30 – 10:30. As well as enjoying the refreshments, it will be an opportunity to discuss how parents can help to support Moat House, for example in fundraising events. It will also be an informal way to make links with staff and get to know other parents.

Parent Governor Vacancy: 

We currently have a vacancy for a parent governor.  If you are interested in being part of the governing body, nomination forms are available from the school office and must be returned to the school no later than 3.20 pm on Friday 2nd December 2016. Voting arrangements will be sent to you at a later date.

Adult's language on the playground:

 It's recently been brought to my attention that on occasion adults are using 'bad language' while they are dropping off and collecting their children. We are working really hard to encourage children not to swear while they are at school and it would be really helpful if you could be positive role models while you are on the school site. 

Family Learning Service:

COMING SOON! There is an exciting opportunity coming up in the New Year for parents. The Family Learning Service are planning to come in to Moat House to run short courses about how you can help to support your child's learning. Watch this space for more details.

Collection of Children:

Moat House procedures are as follows; if your child is in Year 1 – 6, children can be collected by an adult or secondary school aged child (provided we have received written or verbal communication from the parent/carer). Only children in Year 5 or Year 6 are allowed to walk home unaccompanied (again, provided we have received written or verbal communication from the parent/carer). It is important that we have the most up to date details on our records to ensure that we safeguard all of our children.

If your child is in Nursery or Reception, children can only be collected by an adult over the age of 16 and a password needs to be provided – please update the Nursery or Reception staff if there are any changes.

End of half term message:

We would like to say a huge well done to all of our children for settling into their new classes so quickly. They have taken on the challenge of more difficult work and higher expectations in their new year groups and they should be congratulated for the good progress that they have already made. Well done children and a big thank you to parents and carers for all your support. We hope you all have a happy and healthy half term break.

Winter Uniform:

Thank you to everyone who send their children in correct uniform. I have had to speak to a few children recently about the trousers or shoes that they are wearing. Can you please make sure that they have proper 'school' trousers and black shoes. As the winter is approaching their shoes will need to be suitable for the cold, wet weather which we'll no doubt have over the next few months. They will also need to have a winter coat for playtimes and lunchtimes (as well as to keep them dry and warm on their way to and from school).

Bikes:

Worryingly, there have been a few children riding to school on bikes which either have had the brakes removed or have brakes which don't work. I've told them not to ride them to school. If they do arrive on a bike without effective brakes, I will not allow them to ride home on it but will keep it until an adult collects it. Can you please ensure that any bikes that your children ride are safe.

Car Park:

Can you please be considerate to other parents when parking to drop off or collect your children. I am aware that the car park gets very busy and we don’t have enough spaces for all of the cars. This is why we opened up the spaces along the front of the building. Please be patient at these times.

Parent Governor Vacancy:

As you are aware we currently have a vacancy for a parent governor.  If you are interested in being part of the governing body, nomination forms are available from the school office and must be returned to the school no later than 3.20 pm on Friday 30th September 2016.  Voting arrangements will be sent to you at a later date.

Safety on School Site:

Can I please ask that you and your children get off and push bikes and scooters between the gates at the car park and the rubber mound next to the playground. There have been a couple of near misses recently where young children (and their parents) have almost been knocked over. May I please also remind you that dogs are not allowed on school site. Please help to keep everyone safe at Moat House.

Car Park:

May we please remind you about safety on the Moat House site car park. It has been reported to us that there have been some cases where mobile phones are being used and children are not securely strapped in, while vehicles are in motion. Please help us to keep our children safe. Thank you.

One Body One Life:

The One Body One Life team are coming to Moat House in the Autumn term to deliver a programme of sessions for the whole family, designed to help in leading healthy lifestyles. There will be ten sessions in all, running on Thursdays from 15:30-17:00. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, learn more about health and nutrition and to have fun. We will be sending letters out, however if you are already interested, please let the school office know as places will be limited.

Health and Safety on School Grounds:

Please could you ensure that if you use the school car park, that you follow the one way system that is in place to keep everyone safe. The entrance is closest to Castlewood and the exit is closest to Moat House. We would also like to ask you to be patient and considerate when using the school car park, as traffic does become very heavy at the beginning and end of the school day and parking can become difficult.

Last term a child needed hospital treatment after someone riding a bicycle on school grounds knocked into him. Please could you ensure that bicycles and scooters are pushed rather than ridden on the school grounds. Thank you for your co-operation in these matters.

School Meals:

As you are aware we introduced “Grab Bags” for children as an addition on a daily basis to the existing school menu. These have proved to be so popular that concern has been raised that children will now not consume a hot meal all week, if they choose the “Grab Bag” option every day. Therefore, from next week (9th May), “Grab Bags” will be available on a Tuesday (ham sandwich or equivalent) and a Thursday (cheese sandwich or equivalent).

School Uniform Challenge:

You will have received a letter this week clarifying the expectations for school uniform at Moat House.  We are keen to encourage our children to be neatly turned out in their school uniforms, as we feel that this helps children to feel part of the school community and to have a sense of belonging. For this reason, we would like to set a challenge for the children to come into school smartly dressed in their school uniforms from next week and to make it more exciting we will be awarding prizes to the smartest class or classes.

Behaviour Notice:

At Moat House, we are extremely proud of the way that our children usually work, play and get along with each other. There are always going to be times when children fall out with one another and this can involve unkind words or actions. When this happens, we sometimes find that children report to adults that they have been “bullied.” Within classes, teachers regularly remind children about the difference between occasional incidences of unkind words or actions and bullying. Bullying is often defined as repeated, intended to hurt someone either physically or emotionally and can be aimed at certain groups eg: race, religion or gender (www.gov.uk). At Moat House, we pride ourselves on having a consistent approach for dealing with any inappropriate behaviour, and where there are reports of bullying, we take these very seriously indeed and have a robust policy in place.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to speak to your child’s class teacher.

Parking Spaces:

I would like to thank all of our parents who respect the disabled spaces in our car parks, including those nearest to Castle Wood School. These spaces are essential for many of the Castle Wood parents. Can I please ask that nobody uses any of the disabled spaces unless they have the right to do so and display the appropriate 'Blue Badge' whilst parked there. I’ve spent some time on the gate and carpark this week and seen just how busy it gets. Can you please think whether you need to drive to school at all as there aren’t enough spaces for the amount of cars that come at the moment.

Collection of Children:

 As part of our Safeguarding procedures we need to know in advance if you are unable to collect your child and would like someone else to pick them up. Can you please contact the office if you need this to happen so we can let class teachers from Years 1 - 6 know. The system for EYFS remains the same - they have a list of people who are authorised to collect their children. If children are collected by older siblings (of secondary school age and above) can you please insist that they stay with them all of the way home. We have had a few children recently who were collected and then left a short distance from school to fend for themselves.

Bikes and Scooters:

Can I please ask that you and your children get off and push bikes and scooters between the gates at the car park and the rubber mound next to the playground. There have been a couple of near misses recently where young children (and their parents) have almost been knocked over. Please help to keep everyone safe on site.

Pedestrian Crossing:

Please be aware that the pedestrian crossing within the Moat House Campus is not manned on a regular basis. We would ask that you are extra vigilant in supervising your children across the crossing as it becomes very busy at the beginning and end of the school day.

Safeguarding Children at Moat House Primary - A Statement to Parents

In the interest of safeguarding children, there may be occasions when the school has to consult other agencies without parent’s knowledge. The school’s first concern is the child’s welfare and the school has a duty to act to protect the child at all times. Such consultation may result in a formal referral which could prompt visits from social services and/or the police.

We fully understand that this can be a very distressing set of circumstances, but we can only assure you that we follow the procedures laid down by the Coventry Safeguarding Board, a copy of which is available in school as is a copy of our own  policy.

School Uniform: 

Please may we remind you that children are expected to wear school uniform to school every day. As well as following school policy and promoting a sense of belonging to the Moat House school community, we have noticed that children can feel uncomfortable if they are wearing different clothes to their friends. They can also get upset if ‘weekend’ clothes become dirty or damaged as a result of them being worn at school.

Mobile Phones:

It has come to our attention that a couple of children have accidentally brought mobile phones in to school. Please may we ask you to remind children to leave these valuable items at home as we are concerned that they may become lost, broken or stolen. If you need to contact your child in an emergency during the school day, the school office phone number is 024 7661 2073 and any messages that are urgent can be passed on in this way. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Severe Weather Conditions:

In the event of severe weather, which may result in us having to close the school we would like to advise you that you will be able to find up to date information on local radio stations and on the website www.coventry.gov.uk/schoolclosures Closures will also be reported on Coventry City Council’s Twitter account www.twitter.com/coventrycc and Facebook account www.facebook.com/coventrycc  Please do not telephone the school and we have been advised to request you not to telephone the media as this may affect communication between schools and the radio stations. Please note, we will not close the school unless it is absolutely necessary ie: where there is a risk to pupils and staff.

School Meal Procedures: 

In order to ensure that our children receive a chosen meal that they know they like and will enjoy, we are implementing a new school meal system. For each day, there are three different menu options and these are labelled 1, 2 and 3. Every day, the class teacher will ask the children whether they would like menu choice 1, 2 or 3 and this will be processed by the kitchen to ensure that all children receive their meal of choice. It would be really helpful if you could keep the school lunch menu handy at home and discuss with your child which meal he/she will select on that day so that the child can quickly tell the teacher during register time. We hope that this makes meal time a much more enjoyable experience for all of our children and ensures that they are satisfied with food that they actually like.

Parking:

There has been an increase in the number of parents parking on the access road outside Moat House and Castle Wood schools in recent weeks.  This is causing problems for other drivers particularly for larger vehicles that come on to the school grounds, such as coaches and council vehicles.  It also very important that these routes remain clear to avoid obstructing pupils and staff in the event of an evacuation and to allow emergency vehicles access to the site. We would appreciate your co-operation in keeping our children safe.

Parents’ Evening:

We were delighted with the turnout of families at our Parents’ Evening on Wednesday 25th November. We hope that you found your meeting useful and informative and we hope that you now have a good idea of how you can help and support your child to continue to progress and succeed in his/her learning at Moat House.

Coats and Shoes:

With the onset of the colder, wetter weather, children should have ‘winter’ coats to help to keep them warm and dry. Can you please make sure that their names are in them so they don’t get lost. As you replace their shoes from earlier in the year, can you please get your children black ‘school’ shoes which are part of our uniform. They are more waterproof than trainers and provide better support for children’s feet as they grow.

Headlice:

We have been notified by a number of parents that headlice have been on the increase. Please can you thoroughly check your children (and family) to ensure that everyone is free from headlice. If they are present, it is important that the whole family is treated to ensure that the condition does not re-occur.

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School Grounds’ Notices:

Unfortunately, due to damage to school equipment, we will need to open the gate that leads to Reception and Nursery classes at restricted times only. These gates will be opened at 8:40 am and they will be closed at 9:05 am.

Please note that animals, including dogs, are not permitted on the school site – this is clearly signposted on entrances to the school.

Uniform:

Thank you to everyone for ensuring that your children are wearing the correct uniform. They look really smart and there has been a big improvement since last term. Can I ask that as your child outgrows their current shoes, that you please replace them with black 'school' shoes and not trainers. With the winter months coming up, these provide better support and protection for their feet. Also, I've had a few items of jewellery handed in since the start of term which were in danger of becoming lost. Can you please remind your child that they are not allowed to wear any jewellery at school apart from stud earrings.

Photograph Permission Letters:

You will have received a letter requesting permission for your child’s photograph to be used across the school and beyond, for example on the school website or on our Twitter feed. It is important that you return the signed form, as we are unable to publish photographs without this. Sometimes we find that parents (and children) can become upset if they are not included in group or class photographs, because the permission slip has not been returned. 

Collection of Children: 

You will be aware that the school day ends at 3:20pm and teachers plan learning for the children at all times of the day. Children should only be collected early from school in exceptional circumstances and certainly not on a regular basis.