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Information for Parents

St. Theresa’s is proud to be a Catholic School rooted in the Gospel values.

We are committed to celebrating and sharing our faith, as well as preparing children for life in a multi-cultural society and developing respect for the values and customs of others.

We are committed to delivering a broad and balanced curriculum to ensure that our children achieve the highest possible standards personal to them.

We aim to develop strong links between family and parish, enabling us to journey together with mutual support and respect

Home School Agreement -Working in Partnership for Success

School

The Learning Environment

Our school will:

  • Provide your child with a high standard of education, implemented by rigorous national guidelines, within a balanced curriculum.
  • Ensure that our learning environment is stimulating and challenging.
  • Celebrate your child’s academic and personal achievements.
  • Provide the scaffolding needed to enable your child to achieve their full potential.
  • Care for your child’s safety and well-being by observation and listening.

A Healthy, Happy Community

Our school will:

  • Teach your child to develop a positive attitude to one another, regardless of gender, race, culture, belief, values, age and need.
  • Encourage your child to become an active member within our community and help them to see that they can have an impact on the world around them.
  • Regularly meet with you to communicate the progress of your child, celebrating their strengths and explaining how we can support them in their areas for development.
  • Provide information to you about our school, including relevant policies, meetings, workshops, activities, newsletters and open days.
  • Be very happy to welcome you if you would like to contribute to our school’s broader curriculum.

Homework

Our school will:

  • Send work home that needs completing due to it not being finished in class time and will need returning to school promptly.
  • Provide suggestions for activities to extend pupils’ learning at home
  • Provide on line programs to support learning at home

Parents

The Learning Environment

As a Parent/Carer I will:

  • Make sure my child arrives at school by 8:40 am prepared to start their lessons. They will be wearing labelled school uniform and will have a PE kit kept in a named bag.
  • Do my very best to provide a safe, secure and happy environment at home for my child, acknowledging that I am their primary educater.

A Healthy, Happy Community

As a Parent/Carer I will:

  • Let the school know of any concerns or worries that may be affecting my child’s learning, behaviour or ability to do homework, as I understand this can then be resolved quickly.
  • Support the school by encouraging my child to develop a positive attitude towards our diverse, multi-cultural community.
  • Attend meetings with my child’s teacher and other staff, aiming to be positive and productive, working towards moving my child on in their learning.
  • Support and work with school to ensure that the behaviour management policies of the school are maintained, particularly with my child.
  • Encourage a positive attitude towards my child’s education and our school. If I have any concerns, I will come and discuss them with school as it is much healthier to work out solutions and move on.
  • Read all information sent home as this gives me important details of relevant policies, meetings, workshops, activities, newsletters and open days.

Homework

  • Read together each evening and encourage independent reading once they are able
  • Will support the school by making sure that homework tasks are completed and returned on time.
  • If given equipment as part of the homework I will remember that it belongs to school and therefore return it when asked to do so.
  • Use my talents and experiences to enhance my child’s learning at home.

Pupils

I understand that I have the right to:

  • Feel safe
  • Feel respected
  • Learn

I will:

  • Show others respect
  • Allow others to learn
  • Accept responsibility for the things that I do.
  • Be responsible for my school and home work.
  • Ask for help if I need it and try my best in all that I do.
  • Respect building, equipment and school grounds.
  • Behave in a safe way.
  • Be helpful.
  • Tell a member of staff if I am worried or unhappy.

Our School Day

The school pedestrian gate opens at 8:30am.  Children are met by their teacher who will then escort them into the school building at 8:40am.  For the safety of all our pupils, please ensure that they are on time to be escorted into school.

Registration opens at: 8.45 am.  

Lunch time: Infants   –   11.45 am. – 1.00 pm.    Juniors   –   12.05 pm. – 1.00 pm.

School finishes at 3 .10 pm,  Infant children will leave class at 2.58 pm. to collect their coats and will leave school at the bell.  At 3.10 pm. after the bell, the Junior children will stop work, put their chairs up, say their prayers before leaving for home.

Menu

Our dinners are provided by Taylor Shaw. Each day the children have a choice of 3 options.

Children in Reception, Year 1 and 2 are provided with a lunch free of charge however, it is still really important that you claim for Free School Meals if you think you are eligible.  This is because it can increase the funding that school gets and therefore increase the resources we can provide for your child.

If you think you may be eligible to claim for Free School Meals, in any year group, please visit the office to find out what you need to do to make a claim and where they will help you if needed.

Leave of absence

Parents must complete the online form on the link below if their child will be absent from school during term time for any reason other than a medical appointment or illness.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=Tnaf2TEH7EGu8FpYqXzFMeECxEEscSFDp3Lz98LdTW5URUNRREQ1Rjc3QVM2WFcxV1gzMFdXOVpQWC4u

Anxiety Awareness – The link below offers easily implemented guidance to help children with childhood anxiety. It provides parents and teachers with a straightforward structure that is simple to use when explaining what anxiety is to children, how to recognise positive and negative feelings, how to handle these emotions and much, much more.

https://tutorful.co.uk/guides/the-expert-guide-to-help-your-child-with-anxiety

Below is a parent guide. Is your child safe at home?

https://learning.nspcc.org.uk/media/1110/home-alone-guide-keeping-child-safe.pdf

School APP

To download your school app, search for School App for Parents in the Apple or Google Play app store.

It should be the first search result, but if you’re unsure see the correct logo below!

Alternatively, you can scan the QR code below.

   

 

 

 

 

Once you’ve found the app, just press download (all downloads of the app are completely free!) Once the app has finished downloading, open it and type in the name of your school/nursery and press ‘Select’. 

Early Bird Club

St Theresa’s run an Early Bird Club for our pupils in the main hall every school day.

Children who attend will NOT be provided with a breakfast, there is childcare included from the time they are brought in.  Children can arrive from 8.00am until 8.15am and they are then escorted to classrooms  at 8.40am.

The costs as approved by the Governing Body is £1 each child.

Any one wishing to register their child for the Early Bird Club should see Mrs Windle or Mrs James in school.

Support for parents

Government guidance for parents and carers

Please follow this link for more information.

Gov.uk Information

New Psychological First Aid training for supporting children and young people affected by emergencies and crisis situations including the COVID-19 pandemic 

PHE launched a new psychological first aid (PFA) online training course to help support children and young people that have been affected by emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. It is available for all frontline workers such as teachers, health and social workers, charity and community volunteers and anyone who cares for or is regularly in contact with children and young people aged up to 25, including parents and caregivers. Those completing the training will be equipped to better identify those children that are in distress and provide support to help them feel safe, connected and able to take steps to help themselves during the pandemic or other crisis situations. The course is free, takes up to three hours to complete (that the learner can complete at their own pace) and no previous qualifications are required. PFA is a globally recognised training programme for emergency situations and PHE has developed this new course with input and advice from a range of experts, government and charitable organisations via an advisory group which includes NHS England, the Department for Education, British Red Cross and in partnership with FutureLearn.

PHE, with support from partners, have launched #PsychologicalFirstAid training for people that work or live with children and young people under the age of 25 to help support the mental wellbeing of our younger generation @NHSEngland @BritishRedCross @educationgovuk https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/psychological-first-aid-for-children-and-young-people

If you work with children and young people or are a #parent #carer our new #PsychologicalFirstAid training can help you to give practical + emotional support to those aged up to 25 that may be struggling with the pandemic @NHSEngland @BritishRedCross @educationgovuk https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/psychological-first-aid-for-children-and-young-people

Learn how to support the mental wellbeing of children and young people during this challenging time with our new #PsychologicalFirstAid training. Open to all #professionals #volunteers + the public @NHSEngland @BritishRedCross @educationgovuk https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/psychological-first-aid-for-children-and-young-people

Turn on the Subtitles

Extensive research shows that turning on the subtitles while children are watching television can double the chances of them becoming good at reading. Please check out the video by clicking: https://youtu.be/I-zISnJ-oao

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