Campus Letter - Half Term 09/02/2018

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09022018 Letter to parents half term   

Important Dates and Information 2017-2018 CEC Feb Half Term v2

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

As we approach February half term, I wanted to write and share with you the fantastic achievements of students, the range of opportunities experienced and thank you again for your continued support.

 

EYFS Update from Mrs Simpson – Early Years Phase Lead

  • We have had a very busy half term since returning in January, with Superheroes flying around our Nursery and a variety of naughty dogs and monsters in Reception – and that was just in Literacy! It has been lovely to see the children learn with such excitement and enthusiasm as they settled so quickly into the term. Next half term brings a completely new set of challenging learning opportunities and events. There will be a messy maths day for all, some exciting developments in our Nursery garden, a reading workshop for Reception parents and a new format to our parents evening in our Nursery classes. Further details of all these to follow soon.
  • We have continued to welcome many new children into our Nursery and our current numbers are the highest to date. If you have a younger child or you know somebody who wants their child to attend our Nursery in the future, please ensure that their name is added to our waiting list as soon as possible, as we are currently taking bookings for up to 2020.
  • We always appreciate feedback and try to act on any ideas or suggestions from parents. Recently, it has been brought to our attention that Nursery parents are waiting with their children for a long time between the school drop off and the opening of the Nursery. Starting after half term, in response to parent’s requests, the Nursery doors will open from 8.50 am every morning, with an optional ten minute “Early Bird” time when you can stay to settle your child. The bell will ring for parents to leave ready for a prompt start to our Nursery day at 9am. We hope that parents find this change useful. It also means that if children are settled and parents are leaving promptly at 9am, we are ready to make the most of our learning time. I look forward to receiving feedback about how this new system is working.
  • A few gentle reminders-
    • We use our outdoor learning area whatever the weather, so please make sure your child has a warm coat and a pair of wellies in school every day. Please also provide a change of clothing (or several!) as this weather does often mean children get very muddy or dirty
    • If your child is unwell, please keep him/her at home until fully recovered– we have had some really nasty bugs around this half term and children really do need to be snuggled up at home when they are poorly. Please also be aware of our 48 hour sickness policy, where children must not return to school until 48 hours after the last instance of diarrhoea or vomiting. If your child is unwell, please notify the school reception as soon as you can in the morning (this includes our Nursery children.)
    • If you have a child in our Reception classes, please make sure they have their reading book and phonics book in school every day. It is important that children have plenty of opportunity to practise the skills they have learned in school, so please try to read with your child at home and help them with their phonics at least three times a week.
  • Can you help us?
    • We are going to be developing our Nursery mud kitchen area next half term and are looking for donations of the following-

 

  • Metal pots and pans
  • A stainless steel teapot
  • Cutlery (especially spoons)
  • Wooden spoons
  • Colanders and sieves
  • Any stainless steel pouring jugs or containers

 

  • If you can help, it would be greatly appreciated! We are also collecting any unwanted children’s dressing up clothes and comics – please bring to Mrs Simpson.
  • Finally, thank you all for your continued support – we look forward to another busy and productive half term!

Primary Update from Mr Pratt – Primary Phase Lead

  • The first half term of 2018 has been a really successful one for the children in the Primary phase. They have responded brilliantly to our new ‘Ready to Learn’ behaviour expectations. We are really pleased to announce that we have been able to award over 2600 praise points with a positive ratio of over 98%, well done to all of our learners! As part of this, we will be holding our end of term treat event this Friday. The school council and house captains discussed, debated and decided on having a cinema event with popcorn and lemonade. They will also be receiving some surprise cakes as a kind donation from our PTA.
  • We have seen our Year 2 class split into Turquoise and Aqua class as well as our Year 3/4 class become Topaz and Emerald and have welcomed Miss Barnaby and officially welcomed Mrs Stephens into the team. It has to be said, the children have taken brilliantly to those changes, thank you parents for your support with this.
  • During the term, we have had many great learning experiences being delivered, from a range of wildlife making its way into Emerald class from the University of Exeter, Year 1 classes learning about every corner of the globe and Year 2 classes sharing breakfasts together!
  • Over the coming terms there will be a whole host of activities being announced including trips, messy maths, whole campus events and something special for Sport Relief week as well as celebrating World Book Day.

Secondary Update

  • Year 8 parents evening was attended by over 70% of parents/carers; thank you to those who did attend. Year 8 data projects they will achieve on average a whole grade above their government targets!
  • Year 7 and 8 students enjoyed a thought provoking wildlife roadshow when former students from Exeter University delivered a series of learning sessions on woodlice, crabs and mice, bird flight and using CCTV cameras to watch wildlife at night.
  • Twenty Year 9 students visited the Exeter Careers Fair, hosted at St James School which contained thirty-six local businesses, apprenticeship providers, local colleges and universities.
  • Twenty Year 8 students took part in two drama workshops delivered by Doorstep Arts and the University of Exeter. They worked with a professional actor, creating their own devised performances, and have the opportunity to perform these on the Northcott Theatre stage in a few weeks’ time.
  • In PSHE students have been exploring body image and how many of the images seen in the media have been manipulated. Year 9 watched the documentary Embrace (https://bodyimagemovement.com/embrace-the-documentary/). We encourage you to discuss body image with your children and recommend using the material from the parentZONE article, Celebrity appeal: appearances can be deceptive (http://parentinfo.org/article/celebrity-appeal-appearances-can-be-deceptive)
  • The positive behaviour ratio for the Secondary phase is 95% overall with Year 7 leading the way on 97%. Year 8 are next with 94% and then Year 9 on 92%.

 

I also wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to our dedicated PTA. They have been busy this half term with a bustling cake sale and the annual Curry and Quiz night. The funds generated by the PTA go back into the Campus to support learning and off site experiences. This half term, we have been able to purchase a range of break and lunch equipment for students to enjoy.

 

A final Thank You to Ed Tolkien, professional graphic designer, who painted our lovely new artwork in the atrium.

 

Our Campus website is regularly updated to inform you of all the exciting things taking place. This feeds into our official Facebook and Twitter pages. Please keep an eye on the latest news feed to keep up to date with all the opportunities and updates from the Campus.

 

Safeguarding our pupils is paramount to what we do. We have detailed information on our website highlighting how we keep students safe, which can be found here: https://www.cranbrookeducationcampus.org.uk/keeping-child-safe/. If you are concerned about a student then please either contact us on safeguarding@cranbrookeducationcampus.org.uk or contact MASH (0345 155 1071) or the police.

 

I hope you all have a lovely half term break and the weather is dry so there is chance to explore the beautiful Devon countryside, beaches and attractions. Attached are the future dates for your diaries and other key information.

 

Yours faithfully,

Stephen Farmer
Head of Campus