November 2016

Week Ending: 13.03.20

Whole School Attendance: 93.83%.

Upcoming Events

November 2016

Dear Parents/Carers,

Well, the clocks may have gone back but the weather is still wonderfully mild.

Last month we had our multi-cultural week which was an extremely informative event; adults and children alike learnt so much about the wonderful variety of cultures that we have here at St Michael’s.  A huge thank you to parents/carers who sent things in or gave up their time to come into school and talk to the children about their culture – the variety of food was amazing and extremely tasty!

Years 5 and 6 had an amazing trip to Ardres in France.  The children were beautifully behaved and the activities were great fun.  The orienteering was a highlight encouraging the children to communicate with each other using a mixture of language skills and gestures.

This Sunday is the PTA Firework Display.  Gates open at 5pm, weather permitting it promises to be another amazing event.  Don’t forget that the tickets are cheaper if you buy them in advance.

Remembrance Day is on Friday 11th November.  Children in Years 5 and 6 will be walking down to Homewood for a special service with children from Tenterden Juniors and pupils from Homewood.  The rest of the school will be respecting the 2 minutes silence at 11am in the school hall.

Parents/carers of children in Year 5 and 2 are asked to donate cakes for the PTA cake sale on Friday 11th November.  These will be sold at the end of the school day.

The school photographer is coming on 16th November; please make sure that the children are wearing the correct school uniform.

Parent/carer consultations in November are as follows;

Tuesday 22nd November

Wednesday 23rd November

Thursday 24th November


Year R, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6


Year 3 only


Year R, 1, 2, 4, 5, & 6



As previously, the consultations will be held in the school hall and entrance will be via the staff car park through the courtyard.  Please note that all school clubs will be cancelled this week.

Parents/carers of children in Years 1, 2 and 3 should have received information from the NHS regarding flu immunisations that will be given on 18th November.  If your child has already had a flu immunisation or you do not wish your child to have it, please can you confirm this in writing and hand the letter into the school office.

All children at St Michael’s are aware of our school values, and are encouraged to follow these both in and outside the classroom - positive praise is used by the adults to commend good behaviour.  Occasionally children forget how they should behave and so they are given a verbal warning and the reason explained.  If they continue the same behaviour they are given a yellow card and could be asked to have time out of the classroom to calm down.  But if the child continues to exhibit the bad behaviour, they are then issued with a red card which means that they will miss some of their lunchtime.

In a similar way, if bad behaviour is witnessed during playtimes the children are asked to walk round the playground with the adult.  However, if the behaviour is serious e.g. swearing, kicking, fighting, racial comments or spitting they are immediately sent into school, where a member of staff will give them a behaviour sheet to reflect on what they did wrong and how they should now behave.

Children need to be able to learn with minimum disruption and to experience playtime as a positive activity, therefore by ensuring that we all following this consistent approach, bad behaviour will be minimised.

On Friday 18th November we are celebrating Roald Dahl day.  Children are asked to dress up as a character from any of the Roald Dahl books and requested to bring in a £1 donation which will be given to Children in Need. 

We are continuing to invite parents/carers/grandparents to join us for our collective worship first thing on a Monday morning at 9.10am.  Parents are welcome to drop their children off at school as soon as the gates are supervised and then wander up to the church for a cup of coffee and a biscuit prior to our arrival.  The planned dates are listed below.

Collective Worship for Parents/Carers/Grandparents

Year 1 and 2 parents

Monday 7th November

Year 3 & 4 parents

Monday 14th November

Year 5 & 6 parents

Monday 21st November

Year R parents

Monday 28th November

Year 1 & 2 parents

Monday 5th December

Year 3, 4, 5 & 6 parents

Monday 12th December


25th November is a staff training day so please do not send your children to school on that day.

In preparation for Christmas there will be a non-uniform day on Friday 9th December; children are asked to bring in either £1 or a donation for the Christmas wrapping room.  In addition, there is a wreath making workshop on the same day at 6pm in the school hall.  This was a very popular event last year and promises to add that final touch to your home decorations.

Undoubtedly the focus this term is preparing for Christmas.  All parents and carers of children in KS1 are invited to their nativity on either 12th or 13th December at 2pm in the school hall.  On the other hand, KS2 parents/carers are invited to their candlelit service on either 14th or 15th December at 6pm – more details regarding tickets etc. will follow later during the term.

The PTA are running a Christmas Grotto on 16th December at 3.15pm, please collect your children as normal before going into the Grotto.

Children in Year R are holding their Christmas market on 19th December – more details to follow.

Please don’t forget that the children break up for the Christmas holidays on Tuesday 20th December as Wednesday 21st is a staff training day.

Kind regards,

Sara Williamson