Summer/Autumn menu ( 21.3.19)
Attached is the lunch menu for Summer and Autumn terms.
Attached is the lunch menu for Summer and Autumn terms.
St Nicholas First School raised 332.80 for Comic Relief on Friday 15th March 2019. Thank you to all who took part and dressed in red or wore Red Noses and/or accessories to support this charity. A big well done to everyone.
A family member of a pupil at St Nics has donated surplus Red Nose Day stock from Sainsbury's Wolverhampton. Miss Parker will be giving the children in Reception to Yr 4 a Comic Relief red nose each to say a huge well done for their excellent behaviour in the emergency evacuation which took place on Monday 18th March.
We appreciate the good wishes we have received from the community and for this donation - which we are sure the children will enjoy.
Easter Bonnet Parade Info Tuesday 2nd April
We would like to invite children from Nursery to Reception to take part in our annual Easter Bonnet parade. Children will need to make their own Easter Bonnet or mask and bring it to school with them on Tuesday 2nd April. Where possible if they can be clearly named to aid identification and handing out before the parade (especially for younger years).
The bonnets/masks can be Christian themed or novelty (think Easter bunnies and chicks etc). Every year we always have some really creative families and we hope that the coming together to make the bonnet or mask is a bit of fun family time.
The parade will be kickstarted by a performance from a selection of Year 4 pupils who would like to share their Alice in Wonderland themed dance performance. This will commence at 2.55pm and all are welcome to come and enjoy this.
Then at 3pm we will start our parade with children coming out in year groups (staring with Nursery and working through to Year 4). Children can be cheered on and supported throughout. Once the last group have finished, parents can go to their usual collection points and collect children ready for hometime.
We hope you can come along and join us for this!
Please see attached for information about the session. All welcome.
Thank you for your understanding and support today to collect children as promptly as you were able. I appreciate the inconvenience this may have caused to many. I thought it might be useful to explain to parents the procedure for managing a serious incident such as the gas leak today.
Upon identification, the decision was made to evacuate the children and re-route children so that they did not walk through the affected area. Mrs Currall liaised with Staffordshire County Council , whilst Mrs Richards raised the fire alarm and I rang 999 to speak to the Fire Service.
We followed the school’s well planned Business Continuity Plan and Emergency Evacuation Procedure to manage the scene and minimise distress and excitement for children.
Staff quickly accounted for all children and adults on site so that we knew everyone was safe and we waited for the Emergency Services to arrive. At this point we were unsure as to the cause of the smell and prioritised the safety and supervision of the children. In Dunkirk Spirit children and staff braved the chilly weather, awaiting further instruction, singing songs, dancing and generally having fun!
Very quickly a range of emergency service personnel and vehicles arrived on scene and took control. The one pupil and small number of staff who reported symptoms, or were at risk of exposure to the gas were all assessed and seen by the Ambulance Service who concluded that all were fit and well and advised hot showers at home to open up sinuses.
Once the Fire Team had made investigations it was found that a gas leak had occurred from a small refridgerator in school which had remained behind a closed door until late morning. The refridgerator was removed and taken out into a well ventilated space (the fresh air) well away from the pupils. Dynamic risk assessments were carried out with the Fire Lead , our school Health and Safety Advisor and myself, as we could not be certain that all gas had been removed, as such it was decided to contact parents and ask them to collect their children.
I am aware that before this time the Fire Service Press Team had issued a Twitter statement and that neighbours to the school or parents collecting from Nursery may have shared locally/online the news that there had been an incident. As Head Teacher my immediate priority will always be the management of the safety and wellbeing of the children, staff and site users and cooperation and communication with the team and the Emergency Services. As such there was no need/opportunity for the school to contact parents until there was something concrete to report. I do understand that parents will naturally worry, but all children were safe, happy and accounted for and it was hoped that the school day would resume within a short period of time.
Children were dismissed safely and sensibly, a big thank you to parents for their help with this. I appreciate they will have left lunchboxes and other belongings in school, but unfortunately this was unavoidable. Any children unable to be collected were taken up to the Nursery building and we organised food to be delivered (pizza, sausage rolls, toast, crackers, shortbread etc) from Codsall Middle School (a big thank you to them for their support!) as staff were still not allowed back in the main building to recover lunchboxes or hot dinners.
The Fire Service carried out a range of air tests and communicated these to our Health and Safety Advisor and I and presented their recommendations. As such we left the space ventilated for the remainder of the day. An industrial air blower has been used to ensure any traces of gas have dispersed and this evening we have taken further air/gas readings which have indicated that the site will be safe for the children and staff to return to tomorrow. We will however continue to test readings over the next few days and continue to ventilate the space with the blower. As such Year 3 and 4 children may be dismissed from different parts of school tomorrow (please await a text).
Later in the afternoon staff were supervised by members of the Fire Brigade to quickly get their belongings and exit the building safely. A big thank you to all of the staff for their role in ensuring that the incident was managed calmly and safely. I cannot commend them highly enough. A particular big thank you to Mrs Currall for her management of Health and Safety and Mrs Richards for her practical support to organise equipment needed. It was a real team effort and I feel very lucky to have the team of staff that I have.
The children were a credit to their families and it is without doubt that this will be a day that they will remember for years to come. We look forward to welcoming everyone back in to school tomorrow and apologise once again for any inconvenience the decision to close the school may have caused.
Flyers were sent out last Friday regarding the Ladies Day Lunches that are being held for Reception and Year 4 parents. Please note there is no separate payment item on ParentPay for the Ladies' Day Lunches which are being held on Wednesday 20th March for Reception and on Wednesday 27th March for Year 4.
If you would like to reserve a place slips should be returned to school by the due date to enable the kitchen to prepare the correct number of lunches. Payment should be made via ParentPay on the 'Dinner Money' Payment Item. Please ensure the payment item has sufficient funds on the day of the lunch to cover the cost of the meal i.e. £4.82 for Year 4 (£2.64 adult and £2.20 child) and just £2.64 for the Reception child's adult as there is no charge for Reception children under the Universal Infant Free School Meals scheme.
This week, as part of our World Book Day celebrations, School Council have decided to run a raffle to win Rocky the Reading Bear. Tickets will cost £1 each and can be purchased daily from now until Friday from children who will be visiting the classrooms each day selling tickets. The winner will be drawn in worship next Monday (11th) in front of children in the school hall. We will write names on the back of tickets going into the draw so please don't worry that your child might lose the ticket. All monies raised will be donated (again through the decision of the School Council) to the school we support in Gambia to share our love of reading with them. Please do try and support the children in their fundraising efforts if you can!
Please see attached letter to parents about booking places for the Year 3 Viking Assembly / Presentation to Parents which takes place on Wednesday 13th March at 2:30 pm in the school hall. The letter also includes a picture of Viking Costumes to help parents in the preparation of clothes for the performance.
Please see attached ECO Challenge letter showing this week's activites and also suggestions for children to completing their own ECO challenges as home.
We would love to see what the children produce so please bring them in to share with their class or send a picture to Miss Griffiths.
Fortnightly diary dates commencing 4th March 2019.
Please see attached to evaluate your child's and your internet use.
We are all very excited about World Book Day on Thursday 7th March.
The children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character. The children will be asked to share who they are and which story they are from, as well as why they like this character or story. It would be lovely if the children could bring in the book their character is from if possible (please ensure these are labelled with your child’s name).
Staff are busy thinking about their favourite characters and story from their childhood and we will be holding “Story time at St. Nics”on Thursday. All the staff have chosen a story and the children will choose which story they would like to hear and then go along to hear it read by a particular adult.
During the week we will also be reading and carrying out activities based around our chosen book “Woolf” by Alex Latimer. A wonderful story about being proud of who you are; respecting how we are all different and acceptance.
World Book Day tokens will be sent out this week. Please use these at our book fair for £1 off against the purchase price of the books on offer.
Please see attached the Pancake Day menu for Tuesday 5th March.
Please see attached information regarding a Piano Recital at Codsall Community High School on 6th March at 7.30pm.
Fortnightly diary dates for week commencing 25th February 2019.
Digital Parenting Magazine
Please click here for a useful E Magazine about Digital Parenting that may be helpful for some parents as a point of reference and information.
Fortnightly diary dates week commencing 11/2/19.