Woodfield Weekly Blue Sheet
5th October 2018
Dear Parents and Carers,
Winners of the Attendance Lottery
Year 7: Sabihah, Year 8: Aaliyah, Year 9: Ayub, KS4: Ibrahim
PLP day (Target Setting) – 5th October
Thanks to all the parents and carers who attended Pupil Learning Plan day today. we had over 100 parents and carers attend.
You should have received a letter during the week about giving your consent for the way use use photographs and video of your child. If you have any questions about how we use photos, videos, your own or your child's personal data, please contact the school. A copy of our Data Privacy notices can be found on the school website.
Half Term Dates
A message from Mr Cooper:
I have had some parents contact me recently with observations about Woodfield School Autumn half term break (29th October - 2nd November). Term dates for 2018-19 were shared with parents at the beginning of February 2018. As you will have noticed Autumn half term this year is different to other schools in Brent. A decision was made to adjust the half term break to ensure the two half term were as equal as possible in term of the teaching and learning days (first half term 7 weeks and 2 days, second half term 7 weeks). It was felt that this was in the best interests of the pupils and staff, as 8 weeks leading up until the December holiday is very long and difficult for some of our learners to maintain focus. I do appreciate the difficulty this may have caused for some of you who have children in other Brent schools and I do apologies for any inconvenience. I discussed this issue with Woodfield Governing Board last Monday and as a result will look to harmonise term dates with other Brent schools in future years. I will communicate any alterations to Woodfield term dates that differ to the set Brent dates that may cause issue going forward.
Please read the Attendance Letter from Mr Cooper. (linked here) It outlines some of the reasons as to why your child's regular attendance at school is vital for their learning and achievement.
Term Time Leave
The school follows strict government guidelines and policy that means all unauthorised term time leave will be referred to your local Education Welfare Service which could result in you being issued with a fine. Please visit the Parents Zone of school website via this link, where you will find a form you need to download and complete to make a request for term time leave and please read the attached letter regarding Term Time Leave.
Please make sure that your child comes to school wearing full and correct uniform and please also ensure all school uniform is labelled with your child’s name. If they don’t have a name we are unable to find their owner.
Keeping up to date with on line safety can be difficult for parents and carers. You may a set of guides from the people at National Online Safety a help. Click here for the guides to a number of apps and platforms. As always, anyone worried about on line abuse can report it to CEOPS
Makaton is a language programme that is used in conjunction with speech to aid the pupils’ understanding of language and help them communicate with each other more effectively. Makaton is used across the school in lessons and break times. We would love for you to learn some signs so that you can sign with your child. See the We Talk Makaton website for more.