Beckfield News – 17 September

Beckfield News – 17 September

Nut Free School

I need to start the newsletter with some very important information again.  We are a Nut Free School. This means that we cannot allow anyone to bring any foods into school which have nuts in them. This will include food such as Nutella (and some other chocolate spreads).

Allergic reactions to nuts can be severe so we all need to be extremely careful. Please get in touch if you’re not sure or you have questions.

We have had a number of requests from parents about chocolate spread at lunchtime.  I visited Asda this morning on the way to work and I could only find 2 chocolate spreads that did not contain nuts. These were Cadbury’s chocolate spread which said it may have traces of nuts and Asda’s ‘Seriously Spreadable Milk Chocolate flavoured spread. We must ask you to check the labels and look at the ingredients. If it says nuts in bold, they must not be included in packed lunches or snacks.

We will be consulting parents and carers on our ‘Packed Lunch’ policy during the autumn term.

ParentPay

Have you signed up for your ParentPay account? You’ll need it to pay for school dinners.

Only 33% of parents have signed up, so please speak to colleagues in our office if you need help. We can’t accept cash for school dinners as the payment goes direct to Bradford Council.

Weekly Award Winners – Friday 10th September

Co-op Coin AwardWays of Being Award
NurseryDelilah-Rose Stirk
ReceptionEwan NorthKane Birkett
Ivy-Rose Hill
Year 1Soraiyah AhmedJesse Meadley
Lexie-Grace Pickard
Year 2Christina HendersonLouie Hudson
Year 3Shaun WaterhouseSonny Durrant
Year 4Zachary ParkesHarry Cahill
Sophia Woodhead
Year 5Canaan InglisJohn Paul Moulden
Year 6Harvey-Lee PickardKye Shafi

Colleague Updates

We have a new teaching assistant starting with us next week. Miss Zafar will be working with children in KS2 and will be linked to Year 3 class for some of her work. Welcome to the team Miss Zafar.

We’re still looking for 2 lunchtime supervisors. If you would like an application form, please ask Miss Durn in the office.

Uniform Reminder

Please can we ask you to support your child in wearing the correct uniform.  We are proud to be members of the Beckfield community and this helps our identity.

We still have children wearing jewellery including earrings that are not studs. To keep everyone safe, please can you ensure if your child has pierced ears they wear stud earrings. All children should take off necklaces, rings and bracelets for the school day

  • The correct uniform must be worn at all times.
  • No dangling earrings are permitted for health and safety reasons
  • One pair of single stud earrings are allowed. This must be removed or covered with a plaster during PE and games
  • No extreme hairstyles such as tramlines and unnatural colours

PE

Please make sure your children bring in their PE uniform on PE days. The PE kit is:

  • Plain white T-shirt, 
  • Black or navy blue shorts, 
  • Black or navy tracksuit and trainers

The children will need to bring their PE kit in on the following days:

Year 1 – Monday and Thursday

Year 2 – Tuesday and Wednesday

Year 3 – Tuesday and Thursday

Year 4 – Swimming Wednesday and PE or swimming Friday 

Year 5 – Swimming Thursday and PE or swimming Friday 

Year 6 – Wednesday and Friday

Dates for your diary

Friday 8th October

Hello Yellow mental health awareness day

#HelloYellow is our biggest campaign, taking place every year on World Mental Health Day.

We encourage everyone to wear yellow and donate £1 on the day to help show young people they’re not alone with their mental health and help us raise vital funds to continue our work.

You can get involved with your school, workplace, community group, or even on your own. So, dig out your neon socks, custard scarf and banana hat, and join us in saying #HelloYellow this Friday 8 October.

Monday 8th November to Thursday 11th November

Parent and carer consultation meetings – These will be arranged with the class teacher, we’ll share more details closer to the date.

Friday 12th November

Children in Need day – We will be having a cake sale, selling Children in Need Merchandise.  All cake/bun donations will be accepted from Monday 8th November

Monday 13th December

Year 1, 2 and 3 Nativity – 2pm – 3pm

Tuesday 14th December

Year 1, 2 and 3 Nativity – 9:30am – 10:30am

Thursday 16th December

Year 4, 5 and 6 Carols Around the Christmas Tree – 2pm – 3pm

Class Activities

Monday 18th October

Year 6 Vikings workshop

Monday 29th November

Year 6 Holocaust workshop

Tuesday 11th January

Year 1 trip to Ilkley Toy Museum

Tuesday 25th January

12 children to visit the new ‘Co-op Live Arena’ in Manchester

School Lunches and Snacks

We will be having a special theme lunch on Thursday 7th October.  More details will follow.

I made an error in the last newsletter. Sorry!  We cannot provide fruit for all of KS2.  We only get free fruit for our Reception class, Year 1 and Year 2. 

Please provide your child with a small healthy snack for playtime. We also do not have the facilities and staffing to provide toast for all children.  Children in the breakfast club have the option of toast.

Playtimes and Lunchtimes

Due to Year 4 and Year 5 swimming this term, we have made some changes to playtimes and lunchtimes.

PlaytimeLunchtime
Nursery11.30am – 12.30pm
Reception Class11.40am – 12.30pm
Year 1, 2 and 310.55am – 11.10am12.30pm – 1.15pm
Year 4, 5 and 610.40am – 10.55am 12.00pm – 12.45pm

Parking outside school

We have continued with the cones which block off the cul-de-sac part of Tyersal Walk to keep the children safe. Mr Senior will be manning this each morning and after school. Please can you also be mindful of local residents when you are parking your cars. A few residents are experiencing their drives being blocked and this can be very frustrating for them. Also, could you please try not to park on the pavements as it restricts access for wheelchair users and people with prams. Walking is the best option if you are able and it will also keep you and your children healthy.

No Dogs on the school site

Please can we remind you all that we do not permit anyone to bring a dog onto the school site.