Being Internet Legends!
Wow what an amazing morning..... Key Stage 2 were all legends!
Wow what an amazing morning..... Key Stage 2 were all legends!
What a perfect time to discuss road safety, just when the nights are getting darker and leading up to the Christmas holidays. From walking to cycling, it is very important we encourage children to keep safe while travelling to and from school.
All schools see a link between good attendance and children achieving their potential. Some parents at KPNS recently received a letter detailing the attendance of their child since September - we will be contacting families again soon if the attendance of their child falls below 90% as these children are very likely to fall behind with their school work.
We have noticed an increase in unauthorised absences recently, and as such want to draw your attention to the letter attached below that was sent out last November. The letter details how Notts County Council issue penalty charges of £120 where there is unacceptable absence from school. Parents should be aware, especially if their child's attendance is already low, that a penalty charge could be issued.
Please contact school if you would like to discuss this matter further.
What a lovely day at school raising money for Ward 40 at the Queens Medical Hospital.
100th Anniversary of The Armistice in Keyworth.
We've had a great half-term here at KPNS! The children have responded really well to the new staff team and are working super-hard! Please continue to support the school and your children's progress by reading regularly at home, using our maths apps and keeping up to date with what is happening in school. Don't forget to sign up for our regular blogs CLICK HERE to subscribe.
Playtimes are getting cold...Named hats, gloves, scarves and coats please!
Thank you to all the parents and children who have been attending Blaze’s Reading Lair this half term. It has been super busy, and we can’t wait to see you all in November.
We are looking for 2 or 3 booster seats to keep in school for when we are transporting our younger children. If you have one which you no longer require, please pop it into the school office. Thank you!
As a school we understand the importance of good communication and we work really hard to make sure that all our parents get key information in a timely fashion via the website, email and text system, Dragon’s Roar News, information evenings and through half-termly class letters. Recently, several of our key information evenings have been poorly attended resulting in big events such as residentials becoming very difficult to organise. If we hold an information evening it is because there is a lot of information to be covered and we anticipate there will be questions from parents. Therefore, attendance at such meetings is important. We appreciate your support with this.
We are currently missing various items of school kit. Please hunt at home for football socks, red KPNS t-shirts, football kits, borrowed shin pads etc and send them in after half term. Also, we are spending a lot of time chasing children for permission slips which are often coming in last minute. Please endeavour to get them signed and back asap so that teams and transport to events can be organised.
Friday 16th of November is Children in Need and a family assembly at 3pm. This year, as a school, we will not be participating in Children in Need. Instead we have decided to raise money for the ward which is looking after our Caleb in Year 4. We will communicate with more information after half term.
Naomi won 4 medals at her gymnastics competition last weekend! Wow!
Please contact the school office, preferably by email marked ‘Hall of Fame’, if you would like to share the achievements of your children with the rest of the school community. We love to hear about what they have been doing outside of school!
Monday 12th November- Parents’ Evening for all children (letters have been sent out to make an appointment).
Wednesday 7th November- FoKPNS Game Night (Limited places)
Friday 16th November- Ward 40 Fundraiser and Family Assembly at 3PM.
Saturday 1st December- Choir Siniging at 3pm for Village Light Switch on.
Friday 7th December- Whole School Trip to the Panto
Friday 14th December- Whole School Xmas Jumper Day and School Christmas Fair (3-6pm)
Tuesday 18th December- School Christmas Performance (9:30am)
Wednesday 19th December- School Christmas Performance afternoon (2pm) and evening (7pm).
With the holiday approaching we thought we would share a few safety tips on an app that has become a firm favourite with children recently. The Musical.ly app (now affiliated with the TikTok app) allows the player to lip sync to music and share their videos with other people.
The age guide for this app is 12+ but we have regularly heard children discussing this app on the playground and thought it was important to keep parents fully informed. It is a social media app.
Always be aware that children using social media apps can be approached by people they do not know if their settings are not correctly in place.
We have witches and wizards reading in school this week.
Another brilliant week with lots of Golden Eggs!
Residential is THIS week! The Y3s are excited!
Vacancy on Equals Trust Board of Directors
Equals Trust was two years old on 1 September, 2018. When the Trust was set up, we were very lucky to have a full complement of Directors, all with the skills we needed to support the strategic direction of the new organisation. Things inevitably change over two years and we currently have a vacancy on our Trust Board following the resignation of Alex Demetriou, who was our Community Director. Alex continues to be heavily involved in the work of the Trust as a Member and as a governor but holding three positions was not sustainable for him.
Directors are volunteers, but essential for the governance of the Trust. We are looking for an individual who will be able to support Equals Trust and our nine (soon to be ten) member schools, operating at a strategic rather than individual school level. The Board of Directors makes decisions that affect the whole Trust, including all member schools and the Central Trust Team. Directors are expected to attend a minimum of six meetings per year and may be asked to get involved in other aspects of the Board’s work.
We know that you are busy people, but we also recognise that you support your children’s learning and are dedicated to our schools and the communities they serve. We also know that you have a wealth of skills and experience that could support the Trust strategically. Therefore we would like to invite expressions of interest from parents who feel they could fill our Director vacancy.
If you would like to express an interest in our vacancy, I would welcome a letter from you that I can present to the Trust Board of Directors, which outlines the skills and experience you have. Our Community Director should have experience of talking to stakeholders and an understanding of how education fits into and can support communities. All applications should be sent to me at the address above by Monday 15 October, 2018. I will then work through them with a small group of directors and communicate with you regarding our next steps.
Equals Trust is a Trust based on a collaborative ethos, with children at the centre of all our decision making. We devolve a considerable proportion of decisions to local governing bodies and our Leadership Group, which comprises of all our headteachers and CEO. Directors are focussed on decisions that are made for the benefit of all schools across the Trust. If you would like any further information about the vacancy, please contact me on (0115) 9143211 (office), 07843 349746 (mobile), or firstname.lastname@example.org (email).
Catherine Cox (Mrs)
Trust Administration and Governance Manager
27 September, 2018
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