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Friday 8th January 2021

Newsletter – 8th January 2021

 

 

Awesome Effort

As a school body, we would like to salute you all for everything you are doing to support your children to learn. Pupil engagement at home and in school has been brilliant and we are so grateful that you are supporting us to help your children learn. We are stronger together and this last week has shown that our school community is fantastic.

 

Exercise Books For Home Learners

We are arranging for blank exercise books that parents/carers can come and collect for home learners if you would like them.

There will be crates left outside the office gate (or under the bike shelter by the pre-school building if it is raining). They will be out between 10am and 2pm on Monday and Tuesday next week. Each crate will be labelled with the year group. Please take a maths book and a writing book from the relevant crate for each child (the books in each crate are different so please make sure you are taking the books that are correct for your child’s year group). For Reception children there is one blank book only.

Please be very careful about social distancing. Whilst there might be the temptation to have a chat with fellow parents, we'd like to remind you of the strict social distancing recommendations in place at the moment. Please keep your distance from each other.

 

Thank you

On behalf of the entire administration and leadership team, we would like to thank our families for the very kind messages of support that we have received this week. We haven’t been able to reply to all of them, but they are all deeply appreciated. Whilst you did not want to receive emails at 10:30pm, we certainly didn’t want to be sending them then. But your support, understanding and patience has made a significant difference. Thank you.

 

Home Learning

Here a reminder of the weekly timetable (remember that afternoon sessions will not happen on a Wednesday)

 

Tip to make the Zoom sessions run smoothly

  • If you can, change the name of the zoom user to your child’s name or your family surname (especially if you have to join multiple meetings e.g. The Appleby Family). We use the waiting room as a safeguarding measure – if we don’t recognise the name, we will not admit you into the meeting.

https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201363203-Customizing-your-profile

If you are having any questions, feedback or issues with your child’s home learning, please send an email to the relevant mailbox:

Reception          YRTeachers@fulbourn.cambs.sch.uk

Year 1                  Y1Teachers@fulbourn.cambs.sch.uk

Year 2                  Y2Teachers@fulbourn.cambs.sch.uk

Year 3 / 4            Y3Y4Teachers@fulbourn.cambs.sch.uk

Year 5 / 6            Y5Y6Teachers@fulbourn.cambs.sch.uk   

 

Applying for Free School Meals

The Cambridgeshire County Council has redesigned their online form for families wishing to check their free school meal (FSM) and Pupil Premium eligibility.  Significant improvements made to the online application process enable parents/carers (in most cases) to get an instant result of the outcome of their application.

https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/children-and-families/schools-learning/help-with-school-learning-costs/free-school-meals

It is not necessary for parents of children who currently receive FSM to reapply; this entitlement is protected until the end of March 2022. However, applications do need to be made for younger siblings who are starting school.

The form is quick and simple to complete. Once an application has been submitted for a child, if the family do not qualify at that point, we will continue to check for future entitlement throughout that child’s school life, informing parents if they become eligible.  It is vital, therefore, that schools/families inform us of any changes to their name or address.

Families can access the online application at https://cambridgeshire-self.achieveservice.com/service/Apply_for_Education_Welfare_Benefits. The Education Welfare Benefits Team are happy to answer any queries and can be contacted on 01223 703200 or ewb.fsm@cambridgeshire.gov.uk.

 

Winter Support Grant

The Cambridgeshire County Council’s Winter Support Grant is available to help any family who may need extra support. This website has more information and links to the claim form. This isn’t just for children who qualify for free school meals, it can be accessed by anyone who need support. https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/coronavirus/winter-grant-scheme

 

Fulbourn Community Aid

Fulbourn Community Aid are continuing to offer support during the pandemic.  They can:

Help with shopping
Collect prescriptions
Lend a friendly ear if you just need a chat
Put you in contact with support organisations who can provide a hot meal or financial assistance
Assist with other needs where they can
 

Contact them via:

Phone: 01223 665 051
Email: fulbourncommunityaid@gmail.com
Facebook: Fulbourn Community Aid
Or, find out more at their website: www.whatwillhelp.org/fulbourn

 

Pastoral Leader

Three Year fixed term contract

Full time- open to job share applications.

Unqualified Teacher scale (£18,169- £28,735)

 

We are extremely excited to be recruiting a Pastoral Lead.

In this role you will lead a team of support staff to enhance pupil wellbeing and assist in tackling underachievement by working in partnership with families, carers and children. You will lead and support enrichment throughout the school, including forest school. As Pastoral Lead you will lead family learning initiatives, set up and lead therapeutic and academic focus groups such as nurture groups, forest school, gardening and homework clubs and will coach staff in restorative behaviour practices.

We are open to applications from candidates with experience in a range of relevant fields. Including: education, social care, counselling and youth or family work.

  • Do you believe that you can positively influence others?
  • Are you non-judgemental and generous in your view of others?
  • Do you believe in restorative approaches?
  • Do you have experience in a related field?

 

If so, then we would like to hear from you!

Our school is full of committed and friendly staff as well as delightful, thoughtful children. We can provide a busy and engaging working environment in a school with high standards.

Please contact Susan in the school office via email: office@fulbourn.cambs.sch.uk to request an application pack and/or to arrange a visit.

If you have any initial questions feel free to contact the Headteachers, Claire and Beci via email: head@fulbourn.cambs.sch.uk .

The application deadline is 12 noon on Thursday 28th January with interviews the following week.

Fulbourn primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Appointment to this post will be subject to an enhanced DBS disclosure.

 

PTfA Update:

Upcoming events:

February: ‘Challenge me’ – Individual sponsorship event

March: The Great Lockdown Bake off

 

Some good news!!!!

Although this year has started with a new set of challenges, stresses and pressures, we have received some good news regarding PTfA fundraising. We have been on the waiting list for the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme (funded by Groundworks) for some time and we have been on hold during the Covid pandemic as funding has been redirected to those in dire need. I am pleased to confirm that we have now received a £1,000 donation from the scheme which will go directly into the PTfA fundraising pot. This is an amazing boost at the start of another tough year for our fundraising capabilities and I would like to thank Katie Morrish for setting up the application way back when she was Chair of the PTfA. Thanks Katie!

 

Ways to support fundraising:

•             If you have started your Christmas shopping, the following websites enable you to select Fulbourn Primary PTfA as your charity and a percentage of your spend directly to the PTfA:

Easy Fundraising (https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/fulbournprimaryptfa/)

AmazonSmile (https://smile.amazon.co.uk)

•             Our library appeal fundraising page is still open – JustGiving donation page here: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/fulbournprimarylibraryappeal

•             The iPad appeal fundraising page is still open – JustGiving donation page here:

 https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fulbournschool

 

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