End of Term message for parents/carers from Mrs Siverns
This has been a long and challenging term as we have coped with restrictions placed on us nationally and the personal challenges of self-isolation and illness. Thank you to all parents and children for your support in sticking to our new routines and restrictions, however frustrating. Seeing everyone arrive at school each day smiling and ready for learning brightens up my day, thank you. I hope that we will all be able to spend time with our loved ones over the Christmas break, whilst sticking to the rules, so that we will all be able to return safely in January.
As we reach the end of term we also reach the end of a chapter in the life of our school. At the end of this term, our long standing Chair of Governors, Mr Alan Moseley, will be retiring from the Governing Body at Mallard. Mr Moseley has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to support the school and has provided both effective challenge and support in helping to ensure that Mallard continues its journey to excellence. Every child matters at Mallard and that has always been at the heart of Mr Moseley’s approach to his role as Chair of Governors. He will be sadly missed in his role as Chair, leading the Governing Body but also personally for his unwavering support. On behalf of everyone at Mallard I would like to express our huge gratitude for all that Mr Moseley has done for our school. You will be sadly missed but we wish you every success and happiness in the future.
Our newly elected Chair of Governors is Mr John Dougherty. Mr Dougherty is an Assistant Headteacher at another Doncaster school and brings a vast amount of experience to the role. We look forward to working with him as we strive to make Mallard a happy and vibrant place to learn.
Have a lovely break and I will see you all on Tuesday January 5th (Monday 4th is a training day).
Save the Children! Christmas Jumper Day
On Friday 11th December we wore our festive jumpers to raise money for Save the Children!
Thank you to everyone who helped us support this worthy cause. As a school we raised £243.50 which is brilliant and will go a long way in supporting this charity.
Free Online Course for Teenagers
Christmas Dinner Day and Christmas Jumper Day - Friday 11th December 2020
On Friday 11th December we are having our Christmas Dinner day in school. It will be slightly different this year as the children will be eating in their classrooms with their class teacher, they will have a great time in their bubbles still!
A letter will be uploaded to the website and a link sent out about Christmas Dinner arrangements shortly.
On this day we also are hosting Christmas Jumper Day! We suggest a donation of £1 and this will go to Save The Children!
Anti- Bullying Week - United Against Bullying
This week it was anti bullying week and children have been learning about being United Against Bullying which is this year's theme. We wore odd socks on Friday to show that it is ok to be unique and different.
Whether it is verbal, physical, online or in-person, bullying has a significant impact on a child’s life well in to adulthood. This year, more than ever, we’ve witnessed the positive power that society can have when we come together to tackle a common challenge. Anti-Bullying Week is no different. Bullying has a lasting effect on those who experience and witness it. By channelling our collective power, through shared efforts and ambitions, we can reduce bullying together. From parents/carers, to teachers & politicians, to children & young people, we all have our part to play in coming together to make a difference. We are all a piece in the puzzle, and together, we are United against bullying.
Odd socks day!
This week is anti bullying week and all children are learning about being United Against Bullying which is this year's theme.
On Friday 20th November we are going to all be wearing odd socks to show that it is ok to be different. Help us to raise awareness and join in wearing odd socks.
Children in Need total
Thank you to everyone for their support on Friday 13th with our non-uniform day, we raised a brilliant £317.40 for Children in Need!
Children in Need treats
Could you be a Parent Governor for Mallard Primary school?
The Governing Body has a vacancy for a Parent Governor. Governors play a key role in the school.
Working as a team to provide support and challenge and influencing strategies. We are hoping that parents will nominate themselves or others and help us by contributing ideas and influencing decision making.
Outlines of procedures for nominations are set out here but please contact me directly to talk informally about being a School Governor.
The Governing Body is made up of parents, teachers and other members of the community. Every term the Governing Body meets to support the work of the school, and together with the headteacher is responsible for making sure that the school provides a good standard of education for pupils.
If you would like to become a Governor, or to put forward the name of another parent who is willing to stand, please complete the nomination form attached here. You are allowed to propose yourself or get your partner to do so.
Candidates are also asked to make themselves known to other parents by writing a short letter, something about themselves and what they would hope to do for the School if elected (no more than 100 words).
Year 5 and 6 dinners
Great news, due to the success this week of our Year 5 and 6 children having hot meals in class every day. From Monday 16th November, we are reverting to the normal menu for them. This means they will be able to choose from a red option, green option (vegetarian) or a yellow option (jacket potato). Next week the Menu is ‘Week 2’ you can find a copy of the menu on our website:
The children have had some tasty treats today from the wonderful catering team!
We are overwhelmed with the support from our families! What an amazing day, we have had so many donations and the foodbank will be so pleased to be able to use them to support our community. Once the items have been collected after half term , we will update you with how much it all weighed!
The images for each year group have been posted on the ClassDojo pages.
Spooky treats today for all the children after their lunch. Our wonderful catering staff are at it again with their creativity.
Healthy Start Food Vouchers
Breakfast and After School Clubs
Given current circumstances, we will be delaying any further consideration of beginning breakfast club or after school clubs. Thank you for your cooperation.
After a successful launch we’re continuing using Gooseberry Planet as our e-Safety learning platform. They’ve been very busy over the summer updating it and have a fantastic app called Gooseberry Student that you can download for free and your child can use as part of their home learning. Play with Taff as you explore the virtual playground, street, village, town and city to learn how to stay safe online. We’ve already had a lot of pupils sign in over the last 2 weeks, for pupils currently in Years 2-6 there is a whole host of exciting levels you can play using your log in that your class teacher has given to you.
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