"Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God." Romans 15:7
We would like to extend a warm welcome to all the new children coming to The Cathedral Catholic Primary School this September. We aim to make this important step into school a happy and meaningful one for the children. We want your child to feel relaxed and eager to join us, and also to become familiar with the building and the staff who will be working with them.
These provide an opportunity for children and parents to join in activities with the teachers and to become familiar with the EYFS within The Cathedral School.
Please sign up for the session you wish to attend.
There is also a morning session for all children without their parents on Wednesday 6th July from 9.30am – 11.30am
Mrs Winter and Mrs Blamire will be visiting your child in a familiar environment. It is your choice as to whether this is at your home or at their current Nursery provision. This visit gives the opportunity to talk to you and your child on a 1:1 basis.
We run both a breakfast club and after school club to support working families.
From 7.45am, children can enter school via the East Road entrance. They can participate in a variety of activities and will be provided with a breakfast of cereal, fruit and a drink at approximately 8.15am. The cost of breakfast club is £2.50 per session and is payable in advance on ParentPay or in cash on the day.
AFTER SCHOOL CLUB
After school club is run by staff from school and children are able to play games, use the technology available, read or play outside. They are taken to the hall straight from class or collected by a member of staff. Children are provided with a snack of toast and a drink. The cost of after school club is £3.00 per hour and half and it runs from 3.00pm till 6.00pm each school day. You must book your child into after school club in advance and payment is through ParentPay.
Coming to school for the first time is an important step in the life of a 4-year-old child. We want all the children to feel secure and happy in themselves and with others. We value the time we have to get to know each child, to talk to them and to listen to what they have to say. In the interests of the children, therefore, we are operating a staggered form of entry into school over a period of two weeks. The children will have their lunch in school.
Your child will be in school 2 full days in the first and second week of term (w/c 5th & 12th September) The days will be allocated when we have got to know your child a little better and seen who they are developing friendships with.
The first time all children will be together will be Friday 16th September.
MONDAY, 18TH SEPTEMBER ONWARDS
All children stay for the whole day, starting at 8.55am, having lunch in school, and leaving at 3.00pm.
Children adopt normal school hours as below.
SCHOOL STARTS: 9.00am
LUNCH TIME: 12 noon – 1.00pm
HOME TIME: 3.00pm
You are invited to bring your child into school from 8.45am and spend some time with them in the classroom reading, looking at their ‘work’ or sharing an activity.
All children will inevitably have some time off school due to one illness or another. When your child is ill, please telephone or personally inform school as early as possible on the first day of absence, so that the class teacher may be informed. We need to know that your child is safe at home with you. Our telephone number is 01524 64686.
Children are expected to be in school for a minimum of 96% of the year and your child’s attendance will be monitored on a regular basis.
Did you know? Research shows that higher student attendance at school is associated, on average, with higher student achievement. Research published by the Department for Education (DfE) suggests that children with poor attendance are more likely not to be in education, employment or training when they leave school
Is 80% good? An 80% mark in an exam may be good but 80% attendance through four years of school equal a full school year lost.
Lateness Lateness has a negative impact. Being late can disrupt lessons, affect achievement, embarrass/upset your child. Being late adds up to loss of learning: 5 minutes late every day adds up to 3 days lost each year 10 minutes adds up to 6 days lost each year 15 minutes adds up to 10 days lost each year. Being on time means not missing out!
If your child is taken ill whilst at school or is involved in an accident, we will get in touch with you or the emergency contact as indicated on the admissions information form. It is important that the details are kept up to date, so please inform school immediately of any changes.
Please try to book any medical appointments outside of school time. If this is unavoidable, you will be expected to produce proof of the appointment before the absence can be authorised.
Holidays during term time will not be authorised. Please do not arrange family holidays that will mean your child misses school. If your child has a lot of unauthorised holidays, you may be referred to the Pupil Attendance Support Team who may issue you with a penalty notice.
A piece of fruit is given to the children each morning at breaktime.
Milk is available each morning for children if requested.
Milk is free until the term in which your child becomes 5 years old, and then it is £1 per week and is payable in advance on ParentPay.
• If your child is 5 in the Autumn Term you will need to pay £38 for the year,
• if your child is 5 in the Spring term you will need to pay £23 for two terms,
• if your child’s birthday is in the summer term, £10 for that term.
Please complete the milk form provided in your welcome pack.
Children are given a school water bottle which they should bring to school each day. If your child loses / damages their bottle, you can buy a replacement at a cost of £1.00 from the school office.
Menus for school dinners are available for you to look at on the website; they change each term to reflect the seasons. The meals cost is free and there is always a vegetarian option. If your child has any particular dietary requirements, please see Mrs Winter and Becky, our cook.
Our new school uniform will be introduced from September. If you have the old uniform to hand down from older siblings, you have until September 2017 to purchase the new uniform. Our uniform consists of:
Tartan school skirt (available to purchase from school) or smart black trousers
School jumper / cardigan
White shirt and school tie
Black tracksuit bottoms / shorts / skort (for PE lessons)
White T Shirt (for PE)
School book bag
There are other items of school branded clothing available from our uniform supplier.
Children should wear black school shoes with buckles, Velcro or laces. Ballet pump style shoes are dangerous for school.
Dressing and undressing is a difficult task for small children. Little hands find it hard to fasten buttons and to tackle the problem of a jumper which is inside out.
It would help your children to feel a sense of independence and achievement if you could let them get into the habit of dressing themselves during the summer holiday period, so they have the confidence to at least “have a go” when coming to school in September.
Could we please ask you to clearly label every item of clothing, including hats, scarves and mittens/gloves before coming to school? PE Kit must also be labelled.
When a jumper or coat is found it can be returned to its owner immediately if it is labelled. If not, clothes are put into the lost property box and may remain there for weeks, as many children do not recognise their own clothes.