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Friday 18th November 2022

 

Dear Parent/Carer,

 

We have now been back for some time from our two-week half term and are settled into our learning routines, with each class working very hard as they move towards Christmas. We commemorated Remembrance Day on November 11th with some very creative poppy making and also thought carefully about how we can best care for each other during the Odd Sock anti-bullying day. 

 

We continue to extend our children’s learning outside of the classroom with recent visits to our local park and church and a wonderful session from an owl sanctuary where pupils were able to touch and feed the birds. These additional experiences add a huge amount to the excitement of school and allow pupils to encounter and interact with the world in a ‘real’ way.

 

We do ask for small contributions to these events because the school does not receive any additional funding for them. Without your contributions they simply cannot go ahead so we really appreciate your support here. We are very aware that the cost of living has risen hugely and we hope that by publishing the whole year’s programme of events (https://www.ryversschool.com/letters-going-home-pdf-if-yourequire-translation-/ ) it helps you plan your expenditure more easily.

 

School Dinners/After School Club/Breakfast Club

 

Talking of rising costs, I am sorry to have to announce that we will have to be raising prices a little for school dinners – I am sure you are aware that the cost of food ingredients has risen sharply over the past months. 

 

We have some spaces available in both our After School Club and Breakfast Club and again, whilst there will inevitably be some price rises, we do feel that our child care costs are very competitive.

 

If you are on various government benefits, you might well be eligible for free school meals and pupil premium funding. Please do take the time to have a look at https://www.slough.gov.uk/education-helpfinancial-support/free-school-meals/2 If you need help in translating or understanding these documents, please just come and ask.

 

Curriculum

 

Many of you will be aware that we have been really fortunate to employ the very experienced Ms Bovingdon as our new Pastoral Officer. She is already working closely with many families and individual pupils to support them in and out of school. 

One of Ms Bovingdon's roles has been to help us review our Behaviour Policy recently which is mostly about rewarding positive attitudes but obviously does cover the very occasional moments when pupils make mistakes.

Please do have a look at the new version which will be up on our website before the end of term (https://www.ryversschool.com/policies/ ). One element of the school day we are tweaking is the idea of golden time. We are very keen to have lots of rewards in place but don't want to miss out on precious learning time during the school day. Many of the activities we used to have as options in golden time will still be occurring but will now have a closer curriculum link - for instance art activities linked to the history topic, mindfulness colouring during soft start and baking in DT.

 

Communication

 

We have been working hard to improve our regular communication with parents and carers and received really positive feedback from our recent parent information sessions in October. For those of you who were unable to attend the presentation can be found here: Whole School Parent Information Presentations | Ryvers School under which is the feedback, thoughts and ideas we collated from the breakout sessions that followed. It was lovely to be able to invite you back into school to be part of our future planning and to receive ideas on which we can now work. There was a great deal of positivity about the new logo and motto and pupils have also been exploring these within their lessons. We will often be referring to ‘Grow, Learn, Give’ and even in this letter you can see how what I am writing about fits with these ideas.

 

This week we have had a videographer in to film and take photos for a re-vamp of our school website which will be occurring over the next few months. We really hope the new version will be even easier for you to navigate. 

 

Friends of Ryvers

 

This letter goes out on the day of our last coffee morning of 2022, but please do keep an eye out for a list of dates for next term. It is lovely to meet with so many of you informally and everyone enjoys free biscuits and cake!

 

The Friends of Ryvers are working with the school to plan a Winter Fayre. It will be our first since the covid years so everyone is looking forward to attending it after school on Friday 9th December.

 

Finally

 

It was a real pleasure last week to welcome colleagues from three local schools who came to see how our science curriculum is being taught. There were many positive comments and simply, ‘all children excited and engaged in their learning’ was a perfect summary of our classrooms.

 

As always, I need to mention parking. As the winter months continue, I am aware that bringing children in by car increases. Could you please remember to be kind to other road users, be very aware of not inconveniencing our neighbours and most importantly remember that our children often watch and listen to the various interactions that adults have and how they react when frustrations occur – we need to be the very best of role models from Marvellous Monday through to Fantastic Friday!

 

Finally, we are very aware that there are many stresses and strains within our lives at the moment. If you think we can help in any way please do just ask. Ms Bovingdon, our fantastic pastoral officer is usually on the gate with me in the mornings, so do touch base with her or chat to me or the class teacher. We see ourselves as ‘Family Ryvers’ and want all our ‘relatives’ to be know they can rely on us.

 

My very best wishes to you all

 

                                                                                     

 

Mr Pete Rowe

Executive Headteacher                                                            

Ryvers School

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  • Ryvers Primary School,
  • Trelawney Avenue,
  • Slough,
  • Berkshire,
  • SL3 7TS
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