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Red Nose Day 

Thank you for celebrating Red Nose Day with us, your donations raised £146.80. Well Done!!   

World Book Day 

A huge thank you to everyone that helped us celebrate World Book Day. We had a great day, the costumes looked fantastic and you helped raise £122 to help schools in Africa to buy books.

Introducing Children to New Cultures 

Make the world a little friendlier this Easter and introduce your children to new cultures. Welcome an international student from a UK university to your home for a day or weekend to help them learn about the country and to teach your family about theirs.

“One of the most enriching and enjoyable experiences we have had as a family.” Kirsteen Coupar, mum of two.  

To learn more about volunteer hosting visit www.hostuk.org or call 0207 739 6292.

New School Library Times - Stay and Read 

Our library has been a great success story this year with more children attending the lunchtime sessions. We are therefore going to extend the access to an afterschool session for half an hour.

After Easter break the library will be open to children and parents every Thursday from 3:20pm - 4.00pm. Mrs Ridge will be there to help with changing books, sharing ideas, or just giving parents and carers the chance to stay and read in a peaceful environment with their children.

We are also opening a section where donated books for adults can be borrowed and swapped. If you are too busy to go to the library and would like a good recommended read, come and choose a book from our section, and return it when you have finished.

Healthy Schools - Nut and Kiwi Free

Just a reminder that we promote healthy lunches and that we are a nut and kiwi free school.

Please ensure that if your child brings sandwiches to school that these do not have Nutella, or chocolate spread on them. Most of the chocolate sandwich spreads do contain nuts.

If you would like any information on healthy lunches – or take part in a parents group looking at what is a healthy lunch – please speak to Mrs Davies.

Join us

Come, join us for a chat and a coffee, and meet our Start Well workers every Monday 9.10am in our OOSHL Room. Find out what is on offer for you and your family in our local area.

We are very pleased to inform you that Worsley Mesnes Primary School has been nominated for the Diabetes UK Good Diabetes Care in School Award, a brand new school award scheme which celebrates and showcases schools that deliver good care and support to children and young people with Type 1 diabetes.

As part of the nomination, Diabetes UK is inviting parents and carers to complete a brief online parent survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/schoolnomination 

Please follow the link to the survey if you would like to show your support or to oppose this nomination. The survey should take no more than 2 mins to complete. You can select to answer this survey anonymously.

Please be advised there is a deadline of 3 weeks to complete the survey.

Responses to this parent survey will be used by Diabetes UK to assess our school's nomination for the award. To find out more about the Good Diabetes Care in School Award go to www.diabetes.org.uk/school-award 

Healthy Schools - Nut and Kiwi Free

Just a reminder that we promote healthy lunches and that we are a nut and kiwi free school.  Please ensure that if your child brings sandwiches to school that these do not have Nutella, or chocolate spread on them. Most of the chocolate sandwich spreads do contain nuts. 

If you would like any information on healthy lunches – or take part in a parents group looking at what is a healthy lunch – please speak to Mrs Davies.

BBC Radio Two’s- 500 words competition is back!

In 2016 123,436 children entered the competition

Seven years ago, Chris Evans had a dream: to get children excited about reading and writing.  All children, no matter what their ability. 500 Words is now one of the most successful story-writing competitions for kids in the world. Nearly half a million pupils have written a story for us; that’s over 277 MILLION words! It’s very simple. Entrants write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer and submit it online. If they win, their story will be read live on the radio by a superstar celebrity…like Julie Walters, Tom Hiddleston, Sir Kenneth Branagh, Jeremy Irons, or Sherlock himself – Benedict Cumberbatch. Each year, 10 million Radio 2 listeners hear, read and love these stories.

The 2017 competition is now open for entries! For further information, visit the Radio 2 website to be in a with a chance to join Chris at the 500 Words Final from the Tower of London.

Closing date is 23rd February.

World Book Day

On Thursday 2nd March, we will once again be celebrating World Book Day. So get thinking about your favourite book characters to dress up in and watch out for your £1 voucher to buy or put towards a book of your choice. Further information to follow but in the meantime you can find out more at:

http://www.worldbookday.com/

PLEASE NOTE - Y6 Growth Mindset Assembly

An assembly such as this can be quite time consuming, taking up quite a lot of time with rehearsals in order to make it as good as it can possibly be. Therefore, due to the assemblies being so close to the date of the SATs Tests, Year 6 will not be doing a Class Assembly on the above subject.

Class Assemblies

Throughout February and March each class will be presenting an assembly with a Growth Mindset theme. Parents are invited to watch their child’s performance which will take place on the following dates:

Class

Date and time

Venue

Year 4

Thursday 2nd February,11am

School hall

Year 3                                                                                                                

Thursday 9th February, 11am

School hall

Year 1                                                                                                                

Thursday 9th March, 11am

School hall

Reception                                                                                                           

Thursday 16th March,9.30am

Reception classroom

Year 5

Thursday 16th March, 11am

School hall

Year 2                                                                                                                

Thursday 23rd March, 11am

School hall

Parent's Evening Wednesday 18th January - 3:20pm - 5:00pm

On Wednesday 18th January 2017 from 3:20 – 5:00 there is a Parent Evening for your child where you will be able to come into class and share the work, the books and learning with your child. It will be an occasion for children to celebrate their work and their progress with you.

There are no appointments.

The teachers will be in class to discuss your child’s progress.

There will also be the opportunity to see the way the children’s Growth Mindset is being encouraged in class.

At 3:20 the classrooms can be entered through the playground door.  After this please enter and leave by the entrance at the front of school.

Normally there is not a parent meeting in January but we felt it was very important to share the good work of our children and their next steps

Worry Box on School Website

We have a new addition on our website – our online Worry Box. 

At Worsley Mesnes we pride ourselves on our wellbeing, so our online worry box has been set up as an approach to addressing any excessive worries or anxieties we may have, our aim is to take away the worry and place it in the box. School staff will pick these up and act on them appropriately.

Our children are already used to our worry box in school, as we have a box where they can write any worries and post them, this new addition is an extra to a system we already have running in school.  This will be introduced to all children in our Monday morning assembly and through class safeguarding lessons.

Like adults, children tend to do their worrying at night , they are busy and active during the day, but at night minds can wander and stress or worries can start to creep in. By having our facility of the worry box online, children can use this at anytime and have a chance to verbalise and put away their worries and get a restful sleep.

Attendance

As you are aware, excellent attendance and punctuality are vital to both the academic and social achievement of all our pupils.

I would like to draw your attention to the leaflet sent out today which outlines the importance of excellent attendance and punctuality for our children. 

I am confident that we can rely on your support to ensure your child arrives to school on time and ready to learn.  If you would like any support, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Safeguarding and Child Protection Policy

At Worsley Mesnes we pride ourselves in looking after and doing the best for all our children. We regularly deliver Safeguarding lessons throughout school. We have currently updated our safeguarding and Child Protection Policy in line with Wigan Council.

This is now available on our school website and if any parent/carer would like a paper copy, please just ask Mrs Davies.

Worsley Mesnes FOTSA Christmas Fayre  

We will be holding our annual Christmas Fayre on Friday 25th November.

Could you please send in any unwanted toys, gifts, toiletries, tins for our tombola and we hope we have some Mary Berry’s out there as we will be having a yummy cake stall.

Anti Bullying Week - 14th – 18th November

We will be celebrating Anti Bullying Week in school, starting the week off with a full school assembly and Mrs Davies will be delivering an anti bullying lesson to all classes throughout the week. 

This year’s theme is ‘Power for Good’ and we will be supporting children to use their ‘Power for Good’ by understanding the ways in which they are powerful and encouraging individual and collective action to stop bullying and create the best world possible.

More information can be found at http://www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk/anti-bullying-week/

Parents/Carers can also join in – Mrs Davies will be running a drop in session; pop in and have a coffee join in our Anti Bullying Week on Thursday 17th November between 9 – 10am.

Parent Governor Election

The parent governor election was completed and counted last Friday. There were three excellent candidates and a large number of votes cast by parents and carers.

Eve Parkes had the greatest number of votes, and so is now a member of the Worsley Mesnes School Governing body.

Thank you for your support.

Admission to 2017 Reception Class

Children who have a date of birth between the date range of 1/9/12 to 31/8/13, are now eligible to apply for a place in next year’s reception class.

The application period starts on 7th November 2016 and runs until 15th January 2017. Those children who have registered an interest in our school should be given the application form on the 4th November 2016.

If you have any queries regarding the application process or require an application form, please see the office staff.

SEAL Theme

Our theme for this half term is ‘Getting on and Falling Out’.  We will be helping the children to learn about and understand friendship and the best ways of learning together. Have a go at our Family Activity – a small prize for all returned to school!

Success in the Junior Speaks Competition! 11/10/2016

Congratulations to the four Year 6 children Kirsty, Layan, Kai and Isabel who took part in the Junior Speaks competition on Monday. They delivered their speech titled 'Do mistakes have consequences?' exceptionally well which gained them first place and a position in the final this Friday. We wish them the very best of luck!

Toxic Shock Syndrome – TSS

Wigan Council have contacted all the schools in the borough regarding raising awareness of Toxic Shock Syndrome. Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a rare, but serious illness that can affect anyone including men, women and children. It can occur following infections such as those caused by burns, scalds and wounds. TSS has also been associated with menstruation and the use of tampons. Although numbers affected by this syndrome are small, 50% of the cases are females aged between 13 and 25 years. Sadly, out of the small numbers who fall ill each year, 2- 3 people die from TSS. The council have been supporting a lady in our community, Diane Roberts. Diane is on a mission to raise awareness of the dangers of Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) and Sepsis; following the tragic death of her daughter Jemma-Louise in 2014 when she was just 13 years old. Jemma was a student at Standish High School, a talented musician who worked with Wigan’s music service and a keen competitive swimmer. For further information on Toxic Shock Syndrome please go to www.tssis.com or NHS Choices website.

Bags in School

Please can children bring their reading book and belongings in a school book bag or a small back pack. School back packs will be available from Slaters. This is a change from last year where we ask for no back packs because of the limited storage space and the large size of some bags. We are looking at how we can develop the storage areas for each classroom to accommodate small back packs and reading bags.

No handbags.

Electronic Devices

Just a reminder that children should not bring electronic devices in to school to ensure that they don’t get lost or broken. This includes items such as mobile phones, kindles, tablets etc.

School Gateway Payment

Thank you to all the parents who are already using SCHOOL GATEWAY payment system which went live on Monday 12th September 2016.

You can pay for breakfast club, after school clubs, swim, nursery payments etc…. using this system. We would like to encourage more of you to try it because it gives you the ease of paying without having to come in to school.

All you need to do is download the app for android or iphone or visit the website : www.schoolgateway.com to activate your account today.

Not only will you be able to pay online but you get the added benefit that messages sent by school and parents will not incur any charge for the text. We are aiming to get 50% of parents using the School Gateway smartphone app – please help us achieve this target.

For this to work you need to ensure the mobile number and e-mail address you are using is held within school records so if in any doubt please ring and check we hold up to date mobile and e-mail addresses for you and keep us updated of any changes. Also if you encounter any problem again please ring and we will be more than welcome to help you through the process.

Please note school dinners at this stage cannot go through the above mentioned system as DINNERS are run by LIVE KITCHEN. Please note there is the functionality within LIVE KITCHEN for you to pay via Direct Debit so that you do not need to physically come into school with money. However, we will still accept cash payments.

Mrs J Barlow

School Business Manager

School Uniform Reminder

For safety, if your child has pierced ears the earrings need to be removed preferably, or covered, for PE and sports events. No make-up/nail polish. No extreme hairstyles or haircuts with patterns/lines shaved into it. No trainers – if your child comes to school in trainers they will change into their black school pumps. These can be purchased from the office.

Thank you for your support.

Wigan 10K Run in memory of Ethan Caunce

Mrs Lavin was delighted to complete the race on Sunday in 49 minutes 51 seconds, without the need for extra oxygen or medical assistance! The charity that she is raising money for is The Children’s Brain Tumour Research Network (CBTRN) Fund at Manchester Children’s Hospital.

If you’d like to read Ethan’s story or donate online, please go to http://ethan.caunce.muchloved.com

Alternatively, you can put a donation in one of our school envelopes and hand in to the office. Your support is very much appreciated.

Communicating with Teachers

Could parents please ensure that any minor matters are communicated to the class teacher via their Child’s planner. If there is anything of a more serious nature that you wish to discuss, please make an appointment with your child’s teacher, so that this can be dealt with privately and effectively without wasting valuable learning time. The beginning of the school day is an important time for teachers and children, therefore please do not stop the teacher outside. Please allow them to get in with their class straight away to start the day in the exciting way that they have planned.

Online Safety

Take a look at the Parent Info section on our home page to help keep your children safe online.

Bikes / Scooters

Please ensure all children coming to school on their bikes or scooters wear a safety helmet.

Could you please also ensure you collect your bike or scooter at the end of the day, a large number are being left behind and Mrs Davies has quite a collection in her office!

Unify Bank

Our Unify Bank is currently open every Wednesday between the times of 8:35am – 9:00am, if any children and parents wish to open a Unify Account or pay in their savings money they need to attend on a Wednesday morning in our Hippo Zone.

Please note: Our School Office cannot accept any money or applications forms, parents, carers and children need to attend the Unify Bank in the Hippo Zone each Wednesday.

Parking – Clifton Street

At the end of the terraced houses on Clifton Street there is a dirt track, waste land then the pub. At the end of the dirt track there is a garage. We have been requested by the owner of the land/garage that parents do not park on the dirt track as it is her property, and she has noticed on more than one occasion that parents are parking there. Thank you.

School Twitter Account Relaunch @WorsleyMesnes

Having had the intricacies of Twitter explained to me, the school twitter account is now running again. Please follow us for up to date information and comment.

Dog Fouling

We know when children leave home they are clean and tidy ready for school. We do not want our children to step in dog dirt on the way here! In response to a parental complaint about dog fouling on the footpath which runs from Snowden Avenue to Worsley Mesnes Drive, we have been in contact with Wigan Council. To help improve this problem they need information about where the dog fouling is happening.

Please report it yourself to Waste Services on Wigan (01942) 404364. Alternatively there is an APP called ‘report it @ Wigan Council’ in which you can take a photo and submit it to Wigan Council.

E-Safety

It has come to our attention that a number of our children have downloaded an app called ‘Movie Star Planet’. We have been made aware that this app has sexually inappropriate content. We have advised our parents to remove the app from their child’s device/s.

Packed Lunch Policy

Our School Council have been very busy writing and promoting healthy lifestyles.  For any help or information on healthy ideas for packed lunches, please speak to Mrs Davies.

You can view our new Packed Lunch Policy here

Medication in School

If your child requires medication during the school day, please speak to a member of staff in the office for further guidance.

 

Unify Credit Union inspire new generation of savers

More than one thousand junior savers in Wigan Borough have deposited £130,000 into junior savings accounts thanks to a new project by Unify Credit Union.
Unify is delivering an ambitious school’s project, supported by funding from Wigan Council’s Deal for Communities Investment Fund, to encourage young savers and their families to have a better financial future.


Unify’s Schools Development Worker, Tracy Darwin, has been in her current role since February and has already set up four new saver collection points in schools and children’s centres with another seven planned for Autumn. Her role was funded through the Community Investment Fund.
Tracy says: “I have really got my teeth into my new role and the results have been very encouraging. This is a fantastic opportunity for our children to develop skills for later life. It’s never too early to start thinking about money and to help our children flourish as they mature. This is an ambitious project that will take time to embed, but with the support of the school’s, and parents, we can make a difference. Of course, Unify is not restricted to children – siblings, parents and teachers are also reaping the benefits of ethical savings and low cost financial services. Above all, our services are open to anyone, regardless of financial status. I would encourage anyone to join today online or in one of our branches!”


Unify Credit Union is a ‘not-for-profit’ community co-operative owned by its’ members. They offer simple, honest and reliable banking, low cost loans, dividends on savings and free life insurance on savings and loans.
Unify believe it is vital to promote financial well-being to help towards changing today’s culture of debt and non-savers. By setting up schools savings points, many children, staff and parents are able to access ethical and local financial services.


David Worthington, Headteacher at Worsley Mesnes Primary School said: “At Worsley Mesnes Primary School, we want our children to be financially educated and to understand about saving for life. This is a scheme where children actually save their money and see their savings grow… it can’t be more realistic than that!”


Unify are aiming to lay the foundations for ‘Financial Education’ by encouraging children in school to start saving from as young as four years old to embed and maintain a new cycle of thrift and financial security. Unify believe this will play an important role in tackling poverty and inequality in our communities.
Councillor Chris Ready, cabinet member for communities, said: “Helping residents take control of their finances and avoid getting into debt is a key priority for Wigan Council, which is why we chose to support Unify Credit Union. I am delighted that so many children are being taught about the importance of saving their money – it will put them in good stead for the future.”


For more information call 01942 245656 or visit www.unifycu.org
For more information on Wigan Council’s Community Investment Fund visit www.wigan.gov.uk/communitydeal
It’s free to join Unify Credit Union, you can save as little as £1 per week, there are no fees and no hidden charges. And, just like the large high street banks, your money is protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Unify is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, giving our members complete peace of mind.