To all parents and carers,

Last week the children produced some fantastic art work linked with Remembrance Day and World War 1. This linked with the National Curriculum Art and History requirements for pupils and also interlinked our British Values work. I have to say the work children have produced is spectacular and thank you in advance for all parents who attended the exhibition today (Monday 12th November) to purchase the art work. I was so proud of all their achievements and just shows how respectful and talented our children are.

I have to say last week I said we were focused on late arrivals to school as this affects attendance. A significant impact could be seen. On Week commencing 22nd October we had 42 late marks in the school and last week this reduced to 29 late marks. This week we will be aiming to reduce this to below 20.

The focus of this week is Anti Bullying. Whilst we address this throughout the school year, we do participate in the National Theme Week. I am delighted to say at Waterside, the children have a good understanding of bullying and how we operate a non-tolerance of such behaviours. Our friendship leaders will be working hard this week to promote reporting bullying if they feel it is happening and we as a school will display learning of all the types of bullying and how we can stop it immediately and report. As a leadership team we will be reviewing the school policy and sending home information to parents about successful working and how we can help if parents feel they have concerns. At school in the past 12 months, we have had 11 cases reported of bullying. 8 were not deemed as bullying and problems resolved and 3 cases we have successful addressed and monitored successfully.

Should you have any questions or concerns come and see myself, a senior leader or the class teacher immediately.

Mrs Knowles and the Waterside Team.