Welcome back! A special warm welcome to our new Reception Class and our new joiners across the school. We hope all of our families had a restful and enjoyable summer break.
Staff have been working extremely hard to prepare for the year ahead with some fantastic new events and learning opportunities planned. I am sorry for the long newsletter this term but I hope you find the events we've planned exciting and the dates useful!
Thank you for your continued support
SEND & Inclusion – An Update from our SEND Team
We continue to be pleased and very proud of the hard work and resilience shown by our children who need additional support and adjustment in school in order to thrive academically and emotionally. Not only is this reflected in the exceptional progress our SEN children make throughout the school, we wanted to share how delighted we were at the end of last academic year to receive an exceptionally positive report from the Local Authority following a whole school SEND Review. All schools in the Locality receive a full day visit where provision of Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) is scrutinised. The Summary Comment from the Local Authority Report published following their visit states “There is a strong sense of team and shared purpose amongst the Hambrook staff with regard to inclusive practice. The staff team hold themselves to account and have high joint and individual standards when it comes to inclusion. There is good dissemination of skills across the staff team for supporting pupils with SEND and a shared sense of responsibility for ensuring good outcomes for these pupils”. It goes on to describe Hambrook’s passion for inclusion and how we have clear aspirations for our children with additional needs to fulfil their potential and how this is reflected in Hambrook’s extremely strong SEN attainment in comparison to other schools in the local authority and nationally. We could not be prouder of the dedication shown by all our staff in supporting our children with SEN – not to mention the incredible hard work by the children! The report details the exceptionally calm and high quality learning environment for all pupils here at Hambrook and remarks upon our clear commitment to create independent learners across the school. So positive was the feedback from the Local Authority that it also describes our work as ground breaking and ‘putting Hambrook in the spotlight both locally and potentially nationally’.
In order to continue to ensure that parents are aware of the excellent SEN provision we offer, not just through the daily practice recognised in the Local Authority Review, but also through the wealth of interventions delivered beyond the classroom, the SEND Team will be reaching out to all parents later in the new term with an invitation to join a SEND Parent Working Group. This Group will be lead by Mrs Pitman (Inclusion Lead) and Mrs Yeo (SENDco) and our intention will be to showcase our current provision with a view to giving parents the opportunity to offer feedback and support to enable the SEN Team to share and continue the outstanding practice recognised by the Local Authority. The invite will be extended to all parents and it is hoped that parents of those children with and without special educational needs will take the opportunity to join our initiative.
Welcome To The Classroom Meetings
Parents/carers are warmly welcomed to join us online for our Welcome To The Classroom Meetings. Dates are below. Links for the online meeting have been sent out, if you have not received this please contact the school office.
Reception Class- Thursday 14th @ 2.30pm
Year 1- Thursday 14th @ 9.15 am
Year 2- Wednesday 13th @ 9.15 am
Year 3- Friday 15th @ 9.15 am
Year 4- Monday 18th @ 9.15 am
Year 5- Tuesday 12th @ 9.15 am
Year 6- Wednesday 13th @ 2.30 pm
For parents/carers unable to attend the session we will be emailing home the PPT presentation after the session. Please speak to class teachers directly if you have any questions. Class teachers are available in the playground each day after school.
Come in and support your child in their learning
This year we are introducing Stay and Read and Stay and Calculate. These are new opportunities for parents/carers/relatives to come into school to read with your child or complete some mathematics. This is a great opportunity to see the work that goes on in our classrooms and learn the strategies we teach for reading and mathematics.
No booking necessary, just come along on the day. Parents with more than one child are welcome to split their time between classes.
Come in and see your child's learning
Parents/carers are warmly invited into school on the following dates to sit with your child and look through their books and see their learning in their classroom.
Monday 13th November 3.20-4.00pm
Thursday 14th March 3.20pm-4.00pm
Tuesday 2nd July 3.20pm-4.00pm
These sessions replace us sending home books before parents evenings.
No need to book, simply turn up on the day. Parents with more than one child are welcome to split their time between classes.
We are delighted to share our class assembly dates for this year. During class assemblies each class will present and share their learning from class, this will involve songs, readings and artwork. We hope you can join us for your child's class date.
Reception Class: Friday 17th May 2024
Year 1: Friday 8th March 2024
Year 2: Friday 2nd February 2024
Year 3: Friday 10th May 2024
Year 4: Friday 20th October 2023
Year 5: Friday 22nd March 2024
Year 6: Friday 9th February 2024
All assemblies will start at 1pm in our school hall and last approximately 30-40 minutes.
Preparations are under way for us to celebrate our annual Harvest Festival at school. At this time of year we also seek to support the North Bristol Foodbank with much-needed donations. More information about the charity and the fantastic work they do can be found here.
We will be collecting donations from 9th October. Donations will be collected by the food bank on the morning of the 20th October.
Any support you are able to give this wonderful charity is very much appreciated.
Items can be brought into school and either handed into the office or placed on the Harvest Festival table in the hall.
Thank you for your support.
Communication with school
At Hambrook, we believe that a close and trusting relationship between home and school is integral for the success and happiness of our children. We offer a number of ways for parents/carers and staff to communicate these include:
Parents evenings twice a year (November and March) with a written copy of assessments and interventions provided.
A written report in July.
Teaching staff are in the playground every day after school for informal conversations or quick questions.
Our Headteacher (Mrs. Rubel) and Inclusion Leader (Mrs. Pitman) are on the gate every morning for any questions or informal discussions.
Our School Office is open from 8.30-4.30pm every day for queries relating to dinner money etc.
Parents/carers can email questions to us. Please note that emails are responded to in priority order not the order emails are received in. This ensures we deal with the most urgent needs first e.g. safeguarding. We aim to reply to all emails within 5 days, however during busy times this may take longer.
Parents/carers are able to book individual meetings with our staff (including our SENDCo) by contacting the office.
At all times we ask all parents and carers to follow our Parent Code of Conduct which can be found here.
We have so many wonderful clubs on offer for term 1. Please see below the timetable and links for booking.
All clubs run by teachers can be booked by emailing in the office. Where the club is full we will operate a waiting list.
Parents/carers are wanly welcomed to our OPALWinter Stay and Play on Friday 9th February 2024. More details will be sent nearer the time.
At Hambrook Primary School we are deeply committed to the wellbeing of our children. One way we seek to improve our children's wellbeing and lifelong welling is through our meditation lessons. We are extremely lucky at Hambrook to have Mrs. Bassett-Lowe on our teaching team. As well as being a fantastic teacher she is also a qualified meditation teacher.
Each term Mrs Bassett-Lowe teaches two classes meditation lessons. Please see the timetable below for the terms each class will be working with Mrs. Bassett-Lowe.
To support parents' understanding of these sessions we will be holding a Parents/Carers Meditation Session on Thursday 28th September 8.50am-9.30am in our school hall. During this session Mrs Bassett-Lowe will lead a meditation session for you, very similar to the lessons our children enjoy. If you would like to attend please come into the office and fill in the sign-up sheet or email the office to request a place. It would be lovely to see as many parents/carers as possible at the session.
Meditation Lesson Timetable
Reception Class will have meditation sessions every other week throughout the whole year.
School trip/residential costs
We understand the need to plan ahead for expected costs. To support families we have published below estimated costs of our school trips this year and when we expect these to take place. These may change slightly but hope they give parents/carers an indication of costs.
Term and estimated cost:
Approximate cost: £15
Approximate cost: £15
Approximate cost: £15
Approximate cost: £20
Approximate cost: £25
Term: 1 Residential to Kilve Court, Somerset (3 days)
Approximate cost: £200
Approximate cost: £12
Term: 1 Residential to France (5 days)
Approximate cost: £500 (includes all travel, accommodation, food & drink, insurance and all activities).
Approximate cost: £5
School meal prices
From the start of term 2 school meal prices will be increasing to £2.40 per day. A polite reminder that school meals must be paid for before they are taken as agreed in our policy. School cannot hold any debt for school meals.
A polite reminder about breaktime snacks. As a healthy school we only allow fruit, vegetable or other healthy snacks at breaktime e.g. cheese and crackers. We do not allow crisps, chocolate, sweets or nuts. Thank you for your support.
Please can we ask all parents/carers to take care when driving around our school and park safely. Please use parking around the common and walk to the school gates, dropping off children by our gates is dangerous and puts our children at risk.
Holidays in term time
A polite reminder that we do not authorise any holidays in term time. We recommend all parents/carers read our Attendance Policy and are familiar with it. It is important that all parents/carers understand that if you choose to take your child/ren out of school for a holiday in term time you may be issued with a fine from the Local Authority. Our policy includes more details on this.
Please be aware that the school does not provide work for pupils who take holiday in term time.