Firstly can I welcome you all back to school life with a special welcome to our new reception parents and their families. We have 12 pupils joining us this year and they are settling well and adjusting to the new environment and new routines. I would also like to welcome Kara and Clio Linguard, Poppy Bailey, Jake Payne and Theo Morgan to Lindal and Marton school as they have also joined us but in other year groups. We are thrilled that their families have chosen our school and we hope they are already feeling happy and settled.
As usual I will continue to write a weekly newsletter every Friday which will contain news on any events happening in school, awards/certificates that are presented, diary dates and children’s birthdays. However, you will now only be receiving the newsletter electronically. It will be sent every week via email and will also be available on the school’s website. We now have a new website which is more tablet/mobile friendly and I would like to thank Neil Fleming for working very hard over summer to create the site; we think it is fabulous!
Class teachers also send out a termly newsletter which gives details specific to their class such as topics studied and class trips. Look out for these next Monday. They will also be published on the class pages of the website and these pages are being updated over the next week or so. The school website also displays useful information such as the Extra-Curricular Club timetable (which is currently being devised) and details on upcoming events.
Clubs will begin Monday 17th September. A timetable with permission slip will be sent home next week so you can choose clubs with your child. If you would like your child to participate in any of our after school activities, please ensure forms are returned with the permission slip signed by Thursday. If your child is to be collected after an activity by Lindal Pre School to attend their After School Club, they must be booked in. If your child is not booked in and does not appear on the register then we will be unable to release them without contacting you for consent. If you have any difficulties with the booking system please contact either Pre-School staff or Mrs Gallagher and we will endeavor to solve any issues.
Swimming will also start on Monday 17th September for some children in year 4/5/6. We have split these cohorts into 2 PE groups and one group will go swimming this term and the other group will go swimming in January. A letter will be sent home next week giving details for the group going swimming this term. We are pleased to be able to offer swimming to our year 2 pupils this year for the first time at Lindal. These lessons will take place in the summer term when year 2 and year 3 will go together.
You may have noticed that we have had some minor building work done this term. Our toilets have been refurbished and a stud wall and door installed between class 1 and class 2. The work is not quite finished but we are very happy with the results so far and pleased that our contractors were able to ensure that we could open on time…although it was very close! Thank you to our neighbours for once again being very patient; we hope you were not disturbed at any point.
As explained last term, we are moving to Parentmail for communications and managing permission slips and payments for trips and clubs (not dinners). We have been unable to begin this immediately as there are still a number of parents who have not registered. Please can you ensure that you register so you do not miss any essential information. There is also an app available for smartphones and currently only 48% of our parents are using it.
Year 5 and Year 6 pupils will be taking part in the Cyclewise programme next week. A bike and helmet will be needed every day except Friday. The children can wear their outdoor PE kits or tracksuit pants but must have their uniform in school to wear when they’re not cycling. Waterproofs will be needed if the weather is wet. Bikes can be left at school for the week and I have explained to the children how these will be stored. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
These are useful dates for your diary that will be added to each week. More information about each event will be provided nearer the time.
|07-09-18||Cycling event @ Furness Academy, selected pupils|
|10-09-18||Cyclewise – Year 5/6|
|17-09-18||Extra-Curricular Activities begin|
|17-09-18||Swimming starts for PE group 1|
|27-09-18||NSPCC workshops & non-uniforms|
|28-09-18||Library Van visit|
|12-10-18||Harvest presentation, Lindal Church, 1:30pm|
|17-10-18||Big Bang event, Furness College, 1:30pm – Class 3 & Class 4|