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As always, if you have any school-related news that would be interesting to our parents please do contact Nerys in the school office: neryslucas@goldstone.brighton-hove.sch.uk

 
 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

I hope you are well.

As I keep saying, these are difficult and hard times. Everyone is struggling in some way or another and we recognise that home schooling, working from home and all of the other pressures of lockdown, furlough, business closures etc. etc. are making life very hard for many of our families. I know that many people, both adults and children, are struggling with home schooling.  We know this and we are grateful for all of the great work you are doing with your children. I think it is heart breaking for children to be missing so much of their schooling and we are genuinely doing our best. Many staff are working harder than they have ever worked, preparing online work, videos, marking and teaching in school when they are on the rota. We are having a large number of parents/carers requesting if their children can come back as they are really struggling. Whilst we would love to have them back, if we do, we will not be able to take all of the children coming back next week in the year groups, which we have been asked to. We are planning to open four and a half days a week for all of the age groups the government has identified, including the Nursery. Many schools are working with only some of these years and some are working part-time. This is not in any way a criticism of those schools, merely said to point out that we are doing our best to accommodate as many children as we can and doing what some are finding impossible.

 

Nursery, Reception, Year One and Year Six

I have attached a document to this PING, which outlines what you should do from Monday if you are bringing your child to school. Please read it carefully and follow the instructions. It will be strange and difficult for everyone at first. We planned for this return and it should all be fine but it will inevitably take a few days to get used to the new ways of being. The more people follow our requests, the easier it will be for everyone.

 

Year Two, Three, Four and Five

We are fully aware that the government’s statement about these year groups not returning to school this academic year has hit many families hard. We have a meeting of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) planned for tomorrow where we shall review everything we are doing and try to think of ways of lightening the load for parents and carers. I am aware that some of you are very unhappy with how things have been done and the seemingly arbitrary nature of the selection of the years to come back.

I promise you we will do our best, it may not always coincide with what you feel is best but we will apply what we think is right.

 

Key worker and vulnerable children

There is also an attachment giving details of where and when key worker and vulnerable children should arrive from Monday.

 

On a lighter note...

We are missing so many things this year, trips, shows, residentials, sports day it is truly devastating to go through the entire list. I have been asked if there will be reports this year and I can assure you, as I am currently spending every evening surrounded by piles of them, they are on their way. I shall write a separate letter to accompany these; as yet again, they will be a little bit different.

Of course, one thing, which we shall not be able to have this year, is a summer fair. The FRoGS rely on the fair as one of their two big fundraisers (the other being the Christmas or winter fair).  This will obviously leave a large hole in the income of the FRoGS which, in turn, will have an impact on the school.  We are already losing tens of thousands of pounds in lost income from the after school and breakfast clubs so this will hit us hard. There have been some parents who have asked if they can donate money to the school and obviously, we appreciate this very much. I do feel that state education should be just that but also recognise that people want to help, so rather than just a donation I have spoken to Steph, Co-Chair of the FRoGS and I am going to hold a Goldstone Summer Lockdown Quiz. There will be no fixed entry fee but there will be a way to contribute to the FRoGS. We are not going to make up the short fall from the fair, but it will be a fun community thing which we can use to raise a bit of cash and give those people who would kindly like to make a donation the opportunity. The quiz will be on Friday 26th June and will start at 7:30pm. It will not be a children’s quiz but obviously, your children can take part and may well be able to answer some of the questions! I shall send out the details nearer the time, it will be on zoom and the limit will be 100 so there should be plenty of room for everyone.

Yes, it would be easy to cheat, but what’s the point of that?!

 

Best wishes

Stay safe

Chris

Latest News

Year 2 Visit The British Wildlife Centre 

On the 25th February Year 2 visited the British Wildlife Centre in Lingfield where they learnt about many different British wild animals, including what they eat,their habitats and predators. They were lucky enough to see red squirrels, red deer, mice, rats, badgers, rabbits, otters, polecats, foxes and owls. 

Year 1 Enjoy Some Beautiful Music

On Friday 28th February Year 1 were visited by two fabulous musicians; Sergio and Alice. They introduced them to the music of the violin and lute and the children were absolutely mesmerised! As well as hearing them play, each class had the chance to create their own percussion to accompany the instruments. Year 1 were in awe of these talented musicians, enjoyed joining in and loved every minute of the visit! Thank you Sergio and Alice!

Thank you so much for supporting JUST ONE Tree. 

Every £1 really does make a difference, so thank you, we really do appreciate it.

Your tree purchase will be supporting a reforestation project in one of the following countries:

Mozambique
Nepal
Haiti
Indonesia
Madagascar
Kenya

Because of you, 423 seeds will be chosen and planted by our partners in one of their nurseries. Once the next rainy season is upon us, your seedlings will be transported to their carefully selected new homes, where they will be planted and nurtured over the coming years. 

Your 423 trees will then start to remove roughly 5.20 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each and every year.

 

New MagicBooking System proves a resounding success!

At the end of the summer term Goldstone introduced a new booking system for the Summer Playscheme, along with Breakfast and After School clubs; MagicBooking! The main raison d'etre for introducing this system was to reduce the debts the school was covering from unpaid bills, by ensuring that parents pay for the clubs in advance. Secondly, by introducing a parent-managed system, it was hoped it would give parents even more flexibility to book and cancel their own sessions, with bookings possible up until 12pm and cancellations up until 11am on the day of the booking. Despite some inevitable teething problems which can always be expected with the launch of any new software system, parents have been extremely enthusiastic and willing to embrace the new system, with over 1200 bookings already having been made! Parents can now book daily, weekly, monthly, termly or even a whole year in avdvance and payment can be made by card or childcare vouchers. In order for any new users to gain the best from the software, we have put together the following top tips: 

  • The system will only allow you to make one booking at a time until you put funds into it and the balance is back to zero or in credit. Therefore if you want to book multiple days, do this on one booking, and then pay for the whole lot rather than making lots of individual bookings. This will save you alot of time and be more convenient.
  • If you are paying via CVS (childcare vouchers) bear in mind that they can take up to 7 working days to clear in our bank account. Therefore make sure that you make all the necessary bookings within this timeframe.
  • The new taxfree childcare scheme is slightly quicker, and should clear the bank within 1-2 working days.
  • If you book a large number of sessions in advance, and agree to pay via monthly installments, the system will think that you are in debt. This may mean that making adhoc bookings will be difficult. Therefore to give yourself extra flexibility think about only booking as fas in advance as you are able to pay.
  • Bear in mind that places at ASC are limited to 120. This is due to heakth and safety and staffing reasons. It most frequentally gets full on Tues/Weds/Thurs so make sure that if you need those days that you book a few days un advance. 
  • Finally if you are struggling to use the system, or need to make an emergency booking or cancellation, please call Nerys in the school office and she will be happy to help!

We are very pleased that this new service continues to improve our after school club, which is undoubtedly the best value and most flexible of any similar service offered in the area, and provides a valuable resource to the school. 

 

Goldstone achieve the Gold Standard for sport!

We are delighted to announce that we, Goldstone Primary School, have achieved the School Games Gold Sports Mark Award for the 2018/19 academic year. The School Games Mark is a Government led award scheme launched in 2012, facilitated by the Youth Sport Trust to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community, and we are delighted to have been recognised for our success. Our sporting achievements this year include: 1st place at indoor athletics competition 1st place in both age categories in the climbing competition Success in both cross country events 1st place in netball league 1st place in girls football league 2nd place at Withdean Athletics Winning the track trophy at Withdean With a total of young people competing in local inter-school competitions this year, we are extremely proud of our pupils for their dedication to all aspects of school sport, including those young volunteers, leaders and officials who made our competitions possible. As part of our application, we were asked to fulfill criteria in the areas of participation, competition, workforce and clubs, and we are pleased that the hard work of everyone at our school has been rewarded this year. A special thanks to: Vic Leon-Cutler for co-ordinating PE events and sports leagues. Liam Hurley for being a fantastic coach. Sam Maca for providing excellent netball coaching. Emma Greenough for organising all of the 2018/19 School Games competitions. We look forward to applying once again in 2020!

 

 

 

 

 

What's coming up this term:

 

Goldstone Gets the Green Flag Eco Award!

October has been a great month for Goldstone Primary with the fabulous news that we have achieve the coveted 'Green Flag' award for our efforts to be green!

This achievement is in no small part due to Year 3 teacher and Eco warrior Raphaela Henry, who with the help of Ruth the Gardener and their team of children and adult helpers have transformed the school and garden. With composting, battery and crisp packet recycling just some of the initiatives underway, we look forward to supporting every effort we can to make Goldstone as green as possible. 

Parents will notice other changes underway, such as no longer having plastic drinks cups at lunchtime, cutting down (and eventually eradicting) single-use plastics at events (such as Spooky Disco) including our aim for a plastic-free Christmas Fair! 

Please see our dedicated Goldstone Garden and Eco Comittee pages for more details. 

 

 
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