Final festive fair shout out

The festive fair is nearly upon us and this is a final call for donations of unwanted gifts, sweets for in jars for the tombolla, cakes & mince pies to sell and any last minute raffle prizes.

Donations can be dropped off on the day.

We could really do with a few volunteers to help out at 5pm with the tidy up and a couple of volunteers for the silent disco and Santa’s grotto so please get in touch if you could do a 30 minute stint.

Finally, we look forward to seeing you from 2-5pm tomorrow. Come and meet Santa, have some food, buy your tree and gifts at the market and be entertained by the school choirs.

Every penny we raise will go towards essential school activities.

thanks everyone

Zeta + Lisa

PSA AGM: Thu 23 Nov, 7:30pm

Just a reminder it’s the Parent–Staff Association (PSA) annual general meeting (AGM) this Thursday, 23 November, at 7.30pm in the Junior Hall.

As you are hopefully already aware from previous PSA meetings and the latest PSA newsletter, the school is planning to create a new single PSA thereby effectively merging the two existing (infant and junior) PSAs.

It would be great to have as many people there as possible.

Thank you!

Nasal spray flu vaccine: 8 December 2017

All children from Reception to Year 4 in Haringey are offered the flu vaccination. Please complete your consent form by Friday 24 November, whether or not you want you child to receive the vaccination. This will help the NHS to gauge further uptake.

The immunisation is a nasal spray which doesn’t hurt as there are no needles involved.

Rokesly’s commitment to the programme of providing immunisations will help to greatly reduce illness over the flu season.

Consent forms were in book bags last week. If you need a replacement, the form can be downloaded from the gov.uk website (Word doc).

More information on the children’s flu vaccination here (NHS).

International Evening: Thurs 9 Nov

Next Thursday 9th November is International Evening! It is a free event to promote and celebrate our school community. Unfortunately it didn’t happen last year as there weren’t enough volunteers and we’re hoping we don’t have to cancel it again this year.

To be able to go ahead and be a success the PSA are looking for donations of prepared food, for example a family favourite or a dish from your cultural background. This can be a starter, main or pudding. The idea is everyone shares and tastes something new (or at least something they didn’t make!). I assume no nuts!

Helpers to are also needed on the 9th to do the following jobs

  • set up
  • serve food
  • sell drinks
  • tidy up

We are also looking for entertainment, we have the infant school choir performing but if there are any other parents/carers who would like to showcase their talents that would be great. 
If anyone can help with any of the above please email the PSA chair – rokeslychair@gmail.com.
I hope everyone can bring something, come along on the 9th and/or volunteer. 

It’s a family event and is on fairly early to encourage people to come as a family rather than having to find babysitters. More details will follow soon.

It would be great if this event could go ahead this year.

NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. programme

Dear parent/carer,

The NSPCC’s Speak out. Stay safe. programme is visiting our school to make sure our pupils have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse.

l’m pleased to tell you that we will be working with the NSPCC, the UK’s leading children’s charity, who’ll be delivering their Speak out. Stay safe. programme on Wednesday 15th November. This is a nationwide programme for every primary-school-aged child in the UK and Channel Islands. With the help of their friendly mascot Buddy, they’ll be presenting an assembly to the children in our school as well as a workshop for Years 5 and 6.

“NSPCC has helped me to build the confidence to tell people about my worries and problems.” Child’s feedback

What is the Speak out. Stay safe. programme?

Through child-friendly, interactive assemblies and workshops their specially trained staff and volunteers will give our children information about how to keep themselves safe from harm and how to get help if they have any worries, sensitively discussing issues like bullying and sexual abuse, without using scary words or adult language.

We have studied the content of the materials and heard from other schools who have participated and are extremely confident that they are appropriate for primary-school-aged children. By the end of their visit, we’re convinced children will feel empowered – knowing how they can speak out and stay safe.

“This service provides important information in a child-friendly way – it should be made mandatory in all schools. A brilliant service!” Teacher, Wistaston Primary, Crewe

If you would like any more information about the NSPCC Speak out. Stay safe. programme, including frequently asked questions, you can find it on the NSPCC website nspcc.org.uk/schools or please come in to speak to me and I can provide more information.

Talking about the Underwear Rule with your children

The NSPCC’s work in schools will help encourage conversations about staying safe — and they have a number of child-friendly materials to help you carry on the conversation afterwards. That includes ‘The Underwear Rule’, a simple way for parents to help keep children safe from sexual abuse — without using scary words or even mentioning sex.

The guide uses the rules of PANTS to teach children that their body belongs to them and them alone. You can find out more and download the free resources at nspcc.org.uk/pants

if you’d like to know more about the NSPCC’s work, or take a look at the wide range of information and advice which is available for parents and carers, please visit-their website nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe

Yours sincerely,

Grant Bright