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Woodfield Weekly Blue Sheet

Friday 4th October 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,
RSE (Relationship, sex education) Coffee Morning - Tuesday 8th October - 10am
Year 10,11,12, 13 & 14 parents ONLY (Key stage 4&5)

We would like to invite you to the RSE coffee morning to discuss the policy and how RSE will be taught in lessons. You will get the chance to look at the curriculum around this topic and what videos will be used during lessons. This event is only for parents of pupils in year 10,11,12,13,14. There will be another coffee morning being held in November for parents of Year 7,8 &9 (Key stage 3). To confirm attendance, please contact Patsy Hudson, Parent liaison officer.

PLP Day - Target setting - Friday 11th October
The autumn term PLP meetings will be held between 8:30am and 3pm on Friday 11th October 2019. You should have received a text message with a link to book a meeting time with your child's form tutor. If you have not made a booking yet, please do so by clicking on the link below to access booking forms. Click the link below your child's form tutor to access the booking form. If you are unsure of your child's tutor, please contact the school office for assistance.

Pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 will attend school on Friday 11th October. If your child is in year 10, 11, 12, 13 or 14,(i.e. Key Stage 4 or 5), you are encouraged to bring them along to the PLP, as at previous meetings. Mrs Emmerson has resumed her duties as 8JEM form tutor.

For those parents making an interview time booking, there is a tiny possibility of an appointment slot being double booked if bookings are made in the same second. We will contact you if this has occurred and arrange an alternate time that suits you.

If you have not made a booking, click here to select your child's class booking form.

If you have any problems, please contact the school office for assistance.

Student Mentors
We are appointing Student Mentors from year 11 at the moment. These pupils have to apply for the position and they wear a blue polo shirt with Student Mentor on the back. They act as good role models for our younger children. They support and help in the playground and of course they are wonderful examples of how to follow the school rules. If your child is in Year 11 please talk to them about applying to be a Student Mentor.

Old uniform
If you have any old uniform which no longer fits your child, please can we ask you to send it in. It can be washed and used as spare clothing in the medical room for pupils who should need it. Along side this, any clothing which is not labelled and left in the lost property box will be used as spare clothing in medical room 

Get set for Autism Hour!
Autism Hour is a chance for you to shop with the lights dimmed and the noise lowered, and for retailers and their employees to learn more about providing an autism-friendly service. Shops, organisations and businesses will be holding Autism Hours throughout the week of 5-12 October. Last year, more than 11,000 businesses took part and already this year The Entertainer has declared its support.
For more information please click on the link below:

Nut free School
Dear Parents/guardians, please ensure if your child has packed lunches, they do not contain NUTS (Nutella spread, chocolate, yoghurts with nuts inside) We are a nut free zone school. Thank you for your co-operation. There is a section regarding school lunches on our website. Click here for details
Pam Andrews 

School Money
Reminder to all parents/carers that we are a cashless school and take card payments via the School Money website or phone. Everyone should have received log in information via text by now, if you haven't then please contact Laila or Shilpa via the school office. We advise all parents to keep up with payments. You are able to pay in advance per week or per term, which ever method suits you best. If you have any questions regarding this then please feel free to contact Laila or Shilpa.
Emergency Contact
Due to a change in safeguarding regulations that came into force at the start of term, in addition to parent/carer details, we must have at least two other persons as emergency contacts for all our pupils. These people could be parents, a sibling aged over 18, aunts, uncles etc.
It is vital that we are able to get hold of a contact person in the case of a pupil emergency or illness.  In the past we have had issues in contacting parents or guardians, which not only creates concern for the school but also makes pupils anxious.
The Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2019 document guidance has full details.
Therefore, we will be requesting this information from all parents/carers shortly.
Signing pupils in
For pupils being dropped off to school, we would be very grateful if parents/carers could please remember to sign their children in to the correct folder. If a child appears to be absent we will always contact home to check. This is for health and safety reasons because we are responsible for each child during the time they are in school. Therefore it is essential we know which children are present at school. If you bring your child in late or collect them early for any reason, please make sure that School Reception are aware that your child has arrived or left school.

Parent Teacher Association (PTA) - Starting up in September 2019
As a school we would like to set up a parent teacher association. The PTA will promote the interests of the students at the school by organising social events, training opportunities and arranging talks on topics of interest to parents and organising fund raising events. This will be a valuable asset as parents will feel more involved in our school as a community. We are aiming set up the association in September and would like as many parents as possible to get involved and show support. If you would like to get involved please contact Patsy - Parent liaison officer. 

Teacher Training
Do you know anyone who would like a career change or a recent graduate interested in training to be a teacher? Salaried training or training with a tax free bursary could be theirs by training with Woodfield to become a teacher. See here for more details, or contact the Woodfield Teaching School Alliance

School uniform
Please can we remind parents of the correct uniform which includes a white polo top / shirt with black jumper, trousers/skirt and black school shoes (not trainers). We do not currently have a school logo on our uniform and so these items can be easy to find in most major supermarkets. 

Please note that caps and hoodies are not permitted to be worn inside the school. These items can be worn as an extra layer whilst at break/lunch and only outside.

Diarrhoea and Vomiting
Diarrhoea and vomiting are common in adults, children and babies. We have had a few cases over the last couple of weeks, so we thought we'd include this advice from the NHS. Diarrhoea and/or vomiting are often caused by a stomach bug and should stop in a few days. If your child is affected by diarrhoea or vomiting, they should stay off school or work until they have not been sick or had diarrhoea for at least 2 days. Please read the NHS advice on diarrhoea or vomiting, and check out NHS advice "Is my Child too ill for school?" which may help you with making a decision about whether or not to keep your child home for the day. as always, we recommend you seek professional medical advice if you are unsure of anything.

Sufra NW London
Sufra NW-London is a charity based in Stonebridge which provides a food bank and community kitchen services to those in need. Woodfield School is now working with Sufra as a referral agency. We are able to issue a voucher to parent/carer to enable them to visit and be provided with a food parcel which contains a week’s supply of food for the whole family. If you require more information or assistance, please contact Patsy, our Parent Liaison Officer. Rest assured, as always, that meetings of this nature are treated confidentially.
Watch this short video for information about Sufra


Easy Fundraising
easyfundraising turns your everyday online shopping into free donations for Woodfield School. How? Just start your online shopping first at easyfundraising, then shop as normal. The retailers will then make a small donation to say “thank you”. There is no cost to you, and you are not charged extra by the retailer. Purchases from Amazon, eBay, Argos, John Lewis and hundreds more retailers can help to raise money for the school to be spent on trips for pupils and equipment in the playground, for example.

Click here to sign up

Have a look at the video below. There is also an iPhone/iPad app and an android app which you can install once you've registered. Use the links below to install on your device.


If you use the Chrome browser, you can install an extension to get donation reminders if the retailer you are visiting is part of the scheme. Easy dot Peasy!

Watch this short video to see how this all works!
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.
Please - Makaton Sign of the Week
Makaton Sign of the Week - Uniform


Have a great weekend!

Nick Cooper

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