School Newsletter

We were so excited this week to learn that a whole family of hedgehogs has been preparing for hibernation in Pinkie’s old pig pen in our courtyard. There was one adult and three babies. We are fortunate that Jessica Dack’s Mum who works in a local sanctuary was able to collect them as the adult seemed very poorly. We later found out it was an adult male, who sadly died overnight. We are hoping that the care and kindness given at a distance from the staff and children at CVPS will help the babies to survive and hibernate well this winter.

Year 5 and Year 6 were also delighted to welcome the NSPCC into school as they came in to deliver an annual visit raising awareness of e-safety, how to access Childline, and how to keep themselves safe. As always the visitors were highly complimentary of the children’s manners and openness.

Safeguarding updates

Every year the government releases a new revised version of how we should keep children safe from harm at school. We read this, review our policy and update it, and include it in our training day prior to the start of the new academic year.

This policy is available on the school website and lets everyone know what we do to protect children at school. Please ask a member of staff if you do not have internet access and if you wish a hard copy of this. The big message about child protection is that it is very definitely everyone’s responsibility and we are passionate about making children at CVPS feel safe so that they can thrive in whatever they do. Please be patient if at times we ask you questions from things the children tell us or show us. Often there is a lot of context missing, that means we need to ask extra questions. If any parent ever has any concerns about children, please let any member of staff know. The trained designated leaders for safeguarding children are:
Debbie Wylie
Melissa Costello
Amy Biggins

And our weekly forest school was an absolute delight to visit on Thursday afternoon. There was such a passion from the children about being outside, listening to the staff and learning about nutrients needed by our school animals, how to deliver a tool talk about bill hooks, how to create a trail using orienteering techniques, and how to predict what plot in our outdoors are the perfect conditions for growing seeds.

With older year groups preparing and cooking food over their own fires, and shelter building – it was like an afternoon of outdoor delights. A huge well done to the children for engaging so avidly with the activities on offer – and of course to the staff for planning things so well!

Harvest Festival

Our annual harvest festival takes place on Tuesday next week (18th October) and you are invited to join us at the church from 1.30pm to hear the children singing their autumnal harvest songs, and to see what they have learned about harvest around the world.

We are accepting donations for our local food bank in school next week so if you would like to contribute the usual items, please bring them into school as soon as you can.

We are so excited to announce that Eeva has been chosen to represent the school as a child MP and will be taking part in a parliamentary debate with the Rt Hon Sir Lindsay Hoyle on Friday 14th October at 4pm.
She has been invited to a debate on a number of issues for The Children’s Parliament including the use of social media and will be hearing from a range of guest speakers. We wish her the best of luck and we know she will do an amazing job!

Family Support Worker Amy’s Update

As we get into the colder months, the cost of living is at the forefront of a lot of families’ minds. Everyone is starting to pay a lot more for energy, food, rent and fuel. There have been one-off payments

introduced such as the Energy Bill Support Scheme, Cost of Living Payment for those on means tested benefits, £300 Pensioner Cost of Living Payment, £150 Disability Cost of Living Payment and an increase and extension of the Household Support Fund.
If you need support with school uniform, the Hope Centre runs the School Uniform Bank. But this does rely on donations, so if you do have any uniform that you could donate please feel free to bring it to school all year round. The Hope Centre also runs the Food Bank. If you feel

you would benefit from a referral to the Food Bank please get in touch. Also, just to remind families that you can apply for free school meals if either you get certain benefits or you’re not allowed to claim benefits because of your immigration status.
There are lots of different organisations that can help or provide further information such as Citizens Advice, Step Change Debt Charity and the website. Here are some useful links:

Paul’s Outdoor Idea

Colour Wheel leaves: 
Following on for the theme of falling leaves as we head into Autumn and the leaves are dropping rapidly. 
Thank you to Miss Weatheritt for spotting this activity. How many different colours can you spot while you are out and about? I love the colour chart idea (Having formerly worked for Dulux) Would love to see a poster or a presentation with the different leaves. 
For the younger children could we sort some of the more traditional colours.

And finally some personal news from Debbie Wylie…

I used assembly on Monday morning to explain why I haven’t been in school the past few weeks due to lots of personal reasons including bereavement over the summer causing me to overload! We talked about mental health and how to help each other if we experience overload, and we looked at lots of overloaded trucks and trains – mostly from India! The children listened incredibly respectfully, and we were able to talk about the importance of sleep, exercise, good breathing techniques and how to talk to one another as well as adults, if we feel we can’t cope. A huge huge thank you to the team of staff, so ably led by Sarah and Melissa who pulled together during my absence, and to the families who have shared such kind words since my return.

Achievement Awards

Kindness champions – Masie Morrison and Max Morrison

Swimmer of the week – Anthony Farman

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