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Mr Ian Battersby: Weekly Update 30/10/2020

Ian Battersby
Ian Battersby (75 posts) Head Teacher, Early Years and Infant Campus View Profile

‘Treat others the way you want to be treated.’  Respect is the characteristic from our ‘aide memoire’ that we are concentrating on this term, and this rule puts simply what we mean by ‘respect’.

We have created some characters to help the children to understand what the different elements of the ‘aide memoire’ mean.  ‘El Respeto’ shows the children how they should behave towards others.

El respeto

Additionally, he has three statements that help the children understand what respect means:

  1. I am polite.
  2. I am a good listener.
  3. I know the similarities between myself and others.

We refer to these as outstanding learner statements. We believe that learning how to behave with integrity and with respect, and caring for others, are just as important as gaining the skills, knowledge and understanding in the subjects we teach. 

Specialist Open Classrooms

Primary Specialist Open Morning 2020 Poster

After the success of last year’s Specialist Subjects 'Open Classrooms', we are very excited to be able to announce that our Specialist Departments - Music, MFL, PE and ICT - will be opening their classrooms up to parents again next Thursday 5th November. This opportunity will be a wonderful way for our parent community to see first-hand the way in which our students are taught in specialist lessons, and why it is they come home excited about what it was they did in one of these sessions.

The morning will begin with a short introduction by all leaders of our specialist subjects at 8:30am in the Sports Hall, and then will be followed up by providing you with the prospect of watching a variety of lessons taking place from 9 until 9:30am across a number of locations. Our specialist leaders will then be available back in the Sports Hall from 9:30am until 10am to answer any further questions you may have about what was observed during the open morning.

Due to ongoing procedures we need to adhere to during these times, we are only able to offer this opportunity to 150 parents of students from the Early Years and Infant Campus. If you are certain you will be available to attend, and would like the opportunity to do so, please sign up by using the Google Form here

 Poppy Appeal 2020

Poppy Appeal

The Royal British Legion created the Poppy Appeal to help those returning from the First World War. A Century on from that conflict, we’re still helping today’s Service men and women, veterans and their families, whether coping with bereavement, living with disability, or finding employment. Without your help, none of this would be possible.

Please join us in showing that we REMEMBER on the 11th of November by purchasing a Poppy or Poppy stationery

Poppy appeal items

Available at Reception until the 11th November 2020


Dates for Your Diary...

05/11/20              EY&I Specialist Open Classrooms @ 8:30am beginning in the Sports Hall

10-13/11/20        F3 SPLATs

16/11/20              Coffee Morning MFL (Y2 choices)@ 8.30am

19/11/20              F1 development day @ EYI sport hall

25/11/20              International Week meeting 2

26/11/20              Moving on Workshop @ BBT

27/11/20              T1 Vietnamese classes finish

29/11/20              T1 Clubs finish

1&2/12/20           Vietnamese and EAL PTSCs

2/12/20                Year 1 Production

3/12/20                EYFS sing along

3/12/20                PTG Disco

5/12/20                PTG Christmas BISzaar

7/12/20                T2&3 Club sign up

8/12/20                Carol concert 6pm@ JC

9-10/12/20          F1 Singalong/ SPLATS

11/12/20              Club sign up end @ 12pm

15/12/20              Term Finishing 11.50am


Health and Safety


We have updated your child’s photograph on swipe cards for our existing children. New families in Term 1, 2020 already have a recent photograph and will not be issued new cards. Your existing cards will be deactivated from Saturday 7th November 2020.

The arrangements to collect new cards is outlined below:-


  • From Monday 2nd November 2020 - Friday 6th November 2020


  • 7.45am - 8.15am can collect from the table at Gate C
  • 2.30pm - 3pm can collect from the table next to the Sports Pitch


  • Bring your 2 swipe cards back to exchange (if you have lost a card you will need to pay 100,000 for a replacement card).

If these times are not convenient then you need to make an appointment with our receptionist by  email or telephone 028 3636 0055.

Any questions please do not hesitate to contact Ms Sarah.

At this time of year there are a lot of coughs and colds in the community. It is a decision every parent faces regularly: whether or not to keep a sick child home from school. If your child is sick, of course they shouldn’t go to school. Sometimes the decision is clear: your child looks awful and you can’t imagine sitting them up, let alone sending them anywhere. However, sometimes children don’t look so bad and the decision is less obvious.

Please keep your child at home if they exhibit any of the following symptoms;

  • A persistent cough, heavy cold symptoms, or another common but contagious illness.
  • Your child has had any episode/s of vomiting/ diarrhoea in the previous 12-24 hours.
  • They should remain at home for at least 24 hours from the last episode of vomiting and at least 48 hours from the last episode of diarrhoea.
  • If they have a temperature greater than 37.7°C (99.8°F) when they first wake up in the morning. They can return to school when they have been fever free (without fever relieving medications) for at least 24 hours.

For the wellbeing of our school community, if your child is unwell or sick overnight or when they wake in the morning they should be kept at home until they are rested and symptom free for at least 24 hours (48 hours for Diarrhoea).

More information can be found in our Parent Handbook please click here or contact me

COVID Precautions

Just a reminder that all children should wear a mask to and from school, and when not in the classroom (moving between classrooms, playtime, etc.).  Please make sure the mask is named and that your child has a spare in their bag.

Children should be bringing a water bottle to school every day as part of their usual routine, but it is all the more important during the current coronavirus pandemic.  Please make sure that your child brings their water bottle, with their name clearly on it, every day.


If for any reason your child is absent from school, we ask for you to inform the class teacher and email reception You can also inform the receptionists via telephone from 7:30am on the morning of absence.  If your child usually takes the school bus, we would also ask for you to also inform Ms Trang, our bus manager, via email at 

When calling reception please use the telephone number: 

•            Early Years and Infants (EY&I) – 028 3636 0055

Community Choir

community choir

The community choir rehearsals are back this week.  Rehearsals are at 7am on Thursdays in the Secondary Theatre and at 1.15pm in the Junior Campus Multi-purpose room.  All staff and parents welcome. Here is a link to the website with details of forthcoming performances and music we will sing.

And Finally…

We look forward to welcoming F2 parents into school next week for the first of our Stay Play and Learn All Together (SPLAT) sessions.  These provide an opportunity for parents to gain a fuller understanding of how their children play and learn inside the classroom, in the Early Learning Centre (ELC) and in the outdoor area.  As with all events in school, we need parents to sign up before the day.  If you have not done so already, please check Seesaw for a link to the sign-up form.

Wishing you a relaxing and enjoyable weekend,

Ian Battersby

Head of the Early Years and Infant Campus