Parents

2019-2020 Term Dates

Autumn Term 2019 

Term starts – Thursday 5th September 2019

Half term – Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November 2019

Term Ends – Friday 20th December 2019

Chistmas holiday – Monday 23rd December 2019 to Friday 3rd January 2020

Spring Term 2020

Term starts – Monday 6th January 2020

Staff Training Day – Friday 14th February 2020

Half term – Monday 17th February 2020 to Friday 21st February 2020

Term ends – Friday 3rd April 2020

Easter Holiday – Monday 6th April 2020 to Friday 17th April 2020

Summer Term 2020

Summer term starts for children – Monday 20th April 2020

Half term – Monday 25th May to Friday 29st May 2020

Staff Training Day – Monday 20th July 2020

Main summer holiday begins – Tuesday 21st July 2019 to Monday 31st August 2020

2019-2020 Term Dates are provisional and could be subject to change

Awesome Attendance!

To gain Victoria Park’s prestigious Class Attendance Trophy, children in the class will have attended (and been on time!) everyday for a week. They will then be rewarded with being the keepers of the school attendance trophy for the following week and will receive a mini trophy to keep/exchange for prizes.

This year our pupil leadership group – the Changemakers – have decided on the rewards: 

When exchanged, 1 mini trophy entitles the class to receive 5 mins extra playtime.
3 mini trophies entitles the class to receive a class pyjama Pinata.                                                                                                                                                4 mini trophies entitles the class to receive a class pizza party.

The Changemakers also agreed that all pupils present for everyday of the term be rewarded with a badge for their uniform, and that each year group should be represented by a different colour – how many badges can you spot as you walk around the school? 

 

 

 

 

Guidance for Parents around Medical Exclusions in School.

Click here to download PDF document.

ParentMail

This year has seen the introduction of ParentMail at Victoria Park Academy. ParentMail is a service paid for by schools to help communicate and collect payments from parents.

From now on, all letters, messages, parents evenings and payments will be coordinated through ParentMail, meaning less paper used, less opportunities for messages missed, and the introduction of a cashless school office. 

Registering with or logging into ParentMail is usually straight-forward but if you do need help we are happy to walk-through your setup with you – please contact the school office for support. 

We recommend parents download the free ParentMail App onto their smart phones. Doing this means you won’t need to search through busy inboxes for schools messages or have to remember login details. https://www.parentmail.co.uk/support/parent-support/

 

 

Extra-Curricular Activities

This year our club offer has grown enormously – each teacher in the school now runs a lunchtime or afternoon club based on their interests of the interests of our children. 

Clubs change each term and include: Knitting, arts and crafts, football, cooking, baking, marathon training, geography, history, science, Forest school and strategy games. 

Bookings for each term can be made via Parentmail. Please see details and timings in our club booklet, or contact the office for more information.  

 

INSPiRE

INSPiRE is recognised nationally as  an excellent parental involvement activity to help to increase parents’ awareness of children’s English and Maths skills, to build confidence in children and their parents and to help raise levels of achievement in Maths and English. The aim is for every class to be involved in a workshop session; these take place usually on a Wednesday afternoon in an informal atmosphere. Every child will invite an adult family member to attend; this is where your child can show what they have been learning about in school. The workshops are led by the children and facilitated by their class teacher. They are always fun and often you make resources with your child, which can be used at home as a learning aid, or to put proudly on display! INSPiRE has become part of our school culture for well over 7 years and it is a strong base for further parental and family involvement activities which develop the partnership between child, parents and teachers. The activities are practical and the environment is informal with an element of fun. Free refreshments are always available. To the right is a timetable of when your child’s INSPiRE workshop is. Please note that if the workshop is on another date or cancelled you will be told by your child’s teacher. We look forward to seeing you.

Inspire Dates 2019 – 20

All workshops run on Wednesdays between 1.45pm and 3.00pm

Date

Year Group

Initials

18.9.19

2

BM

25.9.19

2

AP

2.10.19

2

KK

9.10.19

6

PA

16.10.19

6

MA

23.10.19

1

CN

6.11.19

1

KL

13.11.19

1

CU

20.11.19

3

JD

27.11.19

3

TB

4.12.19

3

RG

11.12.19

4

SU

15.1.20

4

New staff member

22.1.20

4

JB

29.1.20

Spare

 

5.2.20

5

SW

12.2.20

5

MC

4.3.20

5

New staff member

11.3.20

2

KK

18.3.20

2

BM

25.3.20

2

AP

1.4.20

1

CU

22.4.20

1

KL

29.4.20

1

CN

6.5.20

3

RG

13.5.20

3

TB

20.5.20

3

JD

10.6.20

4

JB

17.6.20

4

SU

24.6.20

4

New staff member

1.7.20

5

New staff member

8.7.20

5

MC

15.7.20

5

SW

School Meals

The school has its own kitchen and school meals and snacks are cooked fresh, on the premises every day. The school has won a healthy schools award and prides itself in providing a wide variety of choices including a meat dish, fish dish and vegetarian option and uses fresh vegetables when possible every day. We also have themed days to give children an opportunity to try new foods, e.g. Chinese Day. Menu’s giving details of the choices for each day are available from the school office and displayed in the canteen.

School dinners include a main meal, pudding and drink which we believe is good value for money. Payments for dinners should be made via Parentmail. Please see the school office for any further information or to request a menu.  https://pmx.parentmail.co.uk/#core/login 

Please click here to view the school lunch menu.

 

Safeguarding Information

Please find all relevant safeguarding policies in the Key Document section. 

For any other safeguarding concerns please contact the school office on 0121 558 8701 to speak to the Designated Safeguarding Officer.

 

 

E-Safety

Victoria Park Academy provide advice on E-Safety as a downloadable information sheet.

School Uniform

Look smart | Think smart

It is the expectation of the school that all pupils wear school uniform. This helps to promote a positive identity, supports discipline, set standards and prevents pupils from wearing unsafe or unsuitable ‘fashion clothes” which are often more costly. 

School uniform (Year 1 -6) consists of:

  • Navy blue v-neck jumper with Academy logo
  • Plain white shirt (not a polo shirt)
  • Red, gold and blue striped school tie
  • Grey or black trousers or skirt
  • Grey or black shoes

Girls may wish to wear blue and white checked dresses in the Summer time. Shorts may be worn in the summer as well.

School uniform for Reception consists of:

  • Navy blue round-neck sweatshirt with Academy logo
  • Plain white polo shirt (from Asda or other stockists)
  • Grey or black trousers or skirt
  • Grey or black shoes
  • Wellies, raincoats, gloves, hats, scarves etc for when playing outdoors in all weathers

School uniform for the Nursery consists of:

  • Navy blue round-neck sweatshirt with Academy logo
  • Plain white T-shirt (from Asda or other stockists)
  • Navy blue jogging pants (from Asda or other stockists)
  • Slip-on or velcro strapped pumps, shoes or trainers
  • Wellies, raincoats, gloves, hats, scarves etc for when playing outdoors in all weathers

School jumpers, sweatshirts and ties are available to buy from the school office.  We suggest that trousers, shirts, skirts and shoes are purchased from a local stockist such as Asda. Book bags and PE bags are also available at a cost of £3.50 each.

Please make sure that all items of uniform are clearly marked with the child’s name.

We ask parent to support the school in encouraging their children to wear school colours and take a pride in their appearance.

Jewellery and trainers are not allowed.