Newsletter 13th sept 2021

Weekly Newsletter – Monday 13th September 2021

Dear parents and carers,

The children and staff have had a great first full week back. It has been wonderful to see the new reception children in whole school assemblies and for them to feel part of the Hillside family. They have been busy making friends and learning about the school environment.

MinYDon Residential

Year 6 have had a brilliant week at the MinYdon Adventure centre. They have enjoyed a variety of outdoor activities alongside developing teamwork and getting to know their new teacher, Mr Riley.

All of which will put them in good stead for the challenges ahead of their final year here at Hillside. All staff have noted superb examples of enthusiasm and determination together with good manners and kindness, which we are most proud of. We look forward to Y6 sharing their experiences with the rest of school. I would like to thank Mr Riley, Mrs Fletcher-Curran and Mrs Moore for giving their time away from their families in order to provide Year 6 with a fantastic start to the year.

Good bye to Reverend Green / Gift from Mr Richardson

Reverend Green will be coming into school on Thursday for his final assembly before retiring at the end of September and moving away. We wish Graham all the best and thank him for all his stories and for being a friend to the school for so long.

Mr Richardson will also be attending the assembly to wish Rev Green a happy retirement and also to present the school with his own farewell gift.

New Reception intake 2022 Open Mornings

We will be hosting visits and tours of the school to prospective parents on Tuesday 28th September and Wednesday 29th September between 9.30am and 10.30am. Please ask any prospective parents looking for Reception places in September 2022 to book their open morning place with the office. Parents of older siblings already in the school are also welcome to attend.

Drop off and pick up reminder

Please can I ask that everyone adheres to the staggered start and finish times so that we can avoid traffic congestion and queues at the gates. I have noticed several KS2 children being dropped off 10-15 minutes before their classes start time. Can I also remind you that children arriving late must enter the buildings through the main office.

 
 

Class

Start of the Day

End of the Day

Reception

9.00

3.20

Year 1

8.55

3.15

Year 2

8.50

3.10

Year 3

8.55

3.15

Year 4

8.50

3.10

Year 5

8.45

3.05

Year 6

8.40

3.00

 

 

 

COVID 19 Regulations

Please note that any pupils that have symptoms of Covid 19 (Any one of: Persistent cough, high temperature or loss of taste/smell) should get a PCR test (not a home Lateral Flow Test) and remain away from school until they have the results. If the result is positive they will need to isolate as advised by test and trace but close contacts or household members do not need to isolate. Please also notify school.

Clubs and extracurricular provision

This week you should receive a letter listing the clubs starting the week beginning 20th September and running until the week beginning 22nd November. Spaces will be limited so please complete the form with your child’s preferred club and return by Friday 17th September.

Harvest Celebrations

Our harvest celebration service will take place at St Pauls Church at 2pm on Wednesday 22nd September. All parents are welcome to join us.

We will also be having our traditional Harvest Breakfasts for the children that week.

KS1 Harvest Breakfast on the 21st September

KS2 Harvest Breakfast on the 22nd September

Teachers will be in touch with details of which breakfast items children should bring in on those days.

Pupil Premium Funding

We would like to remind all parents to check if your child/(ren) are eligible for free school meals (FSM) particularly those who have moved into KS2.   Not only will your child continue to receive free lunches but school also receives additional Pupil Premium funding.

If your child is in KS1 (Reception, year 1 or year 2) your child is currently receiving Universal Infant Free School Meals (UIFSM) already, however if your child is eligible for FSM then the school is missing out on vital Pupil Premium funding. 

If you meet the criteria below, and are eligible for entitlement to free school meals please complete an on-line application for free school meals.  Please go to: https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/education-and-learning/school-meals.aspx

where you can apply on-line. The on-line eligibility checker will notify you straight away if you do or do not qualify.  

Your child may be entitled to receive free school meals if you are entitled to receive one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income that does not exceed £16,190.
  • Universal Credit (Provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400)

What is Pupil Premium?  The Pupil Premium is extra money given to your child’s school to spend on resources such as one to one tutoring, music lessons, extra-curricular clubs and school trips. For 2021/2022 this is £1345 per pupil. Funding is based on children registered for a free school meal, further reinforcing the importance of making sure all those who qualify are actually registered.

Service Pupil Premium - if you are serving in HM Forces or have retired on a pension from the Ministry of Defence the school receives £310 for every pupil, please contact the school office if this applies to you. This funding is to help with pastoral support.

It is really important that you complete the on-line form to help make sure Helsby Hillside is funded as well as possible. If you cannot apply on-line contact the office, they will be able to provide you with a paper copy.

Wellbeing room

Mrs Hughes has been busy trying to make our current SEND/ Wellbeing intervention room more comfortable and inviting for the children. This is a room that all children across the school will eventually be able to use for a variety of social, emotional and academic interventions. We are hoping to paint one of the walls with a mural that could be a focal point for inspiration and reflection.  If there are any budding artists amongst our families, please get in touch with Mrs Hughes if you would like to help.

Term Dates

This half term finishes on Friday 22nd October (at normal finishing time).

The next half term starts again on Tuesday 2nd November.

We close for the Christmas break at 2pm on Friday 17th December.

Further dates (up to and including School year 2022-23) are available on the school website in the parent’s tab.

Invitation to new Governors

Two governors have reached the end of their term in office and so we have two new vacancies for the position of parent governor at Hillside. The position of parent governor is a commitment but it can also be very rewarding and worthwhile.

Governors meet once a term as a full group and also meet in one of three committees once a term. Meetings last between one and two hours and will be held face to face. Governors provide support and challenge for school leaders and the headteacher and play an important role in the running of the school. Hillside currently has a very effective governing body. Governors are looking forward to working with the leadership team to help the school continue to move forward and improve.

Any parent who is interested in the role and would like to know more or discuss this further, please contact the office or speak me either before or after school. Please complete a nomination form before Friday 1st October. If we receive more than two nominations, then we will hold an election. Thank you.

Other dates to note for the Autumn Term

  • 22/09 Harvest Service at St Pauls
  • 27/09 – 01/10 Scholastic Book Fair
  • 28/09 Reception Open Morning 9.30-10.30
  • 29/09 Reception Open Morning 9.30-10.30
  • 07/12 KS1 Nativity (Afternoon performance)
  • 08/12 KS1 Nativity (Evening performance)
  • 14/12 KS2 Christmas performance (Evening)
  • 15/12 KS2 Christmas performance (Afternoon)
  • 16/12 School Christmas Panto Visit

We always encourage parents to get in touch if they are ever unsure of anything as most queries or issues can be solved very quickly with good communication.

Thank you and kind regards,

Adam Khan, Acting Headteacher

Contact the School

Helsby Hillside Primary School

Bates Lane
Helsby, Frodsham
Cheshire, WA6 9LN

Acting Headteacher: Mr A Khan
School Contacts: Mrs Julie Ellis
& Mrs S Tregilgas


Tel: 01928 722991
admin@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk

SEN Contact: Mrs Lynda Thomas

SEN Email: admin@hillside.cheshire.sch.uk