As you may be aware, secondary schools are currently organising virtual open evenings to give you the opportunity to see the schools in action, meet some of the staff and children and ask questions to help you decide which school best suits your child.
When it comes to submitting your preference, we encourage parents to include more than one preference on their application. Parents sometimes think that making only one preference will ensure that a place is allocated at that school but this is not the case, and children are not automatically offered a place at their catchment school. If there is no place available at the preferred school(s), a mandatory offer will be made to the nearest school with places available after all on-time preferences have been considered. Making only one preference significantly increases the likelihood of being offered a mandatory place some distance away from the home address. Last year, the majority of mandatory offers for secondary school places were made to applicants who had included only one preference on their application. In most of these cases, if the applicants had included the catchment school, it would have been allocated and no mandatory offer would have been required. To help you make this important decision, I have included the dates of the most popular secondary schools for children attending Wadworth.
Sir Thomas Wharton: Thursday 1st October at 6pm Rossington All Saints: Tuesday 6th October at 5:30pm Maltby, Hallcross and XP are all planning similar events but no dates have been confirmed. Please visit the school website to find out more information.
Nominations are now being invited for the position of Parent Governor on our school’s Governing Body. Following the decision of Mr Tony Senior not to extend his time as Governor at Wadworth Primary after serving for over 30 years we have a vacancy for a parent governor. Tony has been instrumental in monitoring standards, appointing staff, reviewing safeguarding procedures and a million other things to both support and challenge the running of the school and will be very sadly missed. We wish him all the best in his well-earned ‘retirement’ from the position. The governing body, with the headteacher, has overall responsibility for the running of the school. Governing bodies have three core strategic functions:
+ Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction; + the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and + Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.
No special qualifications are needed and the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the school and be prepared to play an active part in the governing body’s work. However, we would particularly welcome nominations from parents with the following skills:
• Knowledge of managing a budget; • Experience in recruitment of staff; • Understanding of data analysis; • Knowledge of safeguarding procedures/processes
Training is available for all governors and this governing body has an expectation that those new to being a governor, attend free induction training.
If you would like to stand for election, please complete the enclosed nomination form and return it to the school no later than Friday 16th October 2020. Due to covid restrictions we are not asking for prospective candidates to receive nominations from other parents but ask that you include a short personal statement to support your self-nomination, which should be no longer than 250 words. If there are more nominations than vacancies, the election will be by secret ballot. If that is necessary, voting papers will be sent to all parents together with details of the ballot procedure.
Headteachers across Doncaster met with Dr Rupert Suckling, Director of Public Health to discuss the latest developments and the implications for schools going forward. He explained that current rate is over 40 infections per 100,000 people – a stark increase to the single figures that we were seeing just over a month ago. Case numbers are more comparable with case numbers seen in the region and Doncaster now is in the top third of all infection rates in the country. For his latest update and the latest update from Doncaster council, please follow the link:
There is information on a range of topics including:
• What to do if your child is sent home to self-isolate • Find further information and data on local Coronavirus cases here. • Watch Dr Rupert Suckling’s (Director of Public Health in Doncaster) latest video update here. • New Restrictions and Guidance • NHS COVID-19 App • Parent and School COVID FAQs • The doctor will see you now: GPs are open for business
With increasing numbers of children joining us (we currently have 154 children on roll) I began the search for a new teacher to join the Wadworth team beginning in January 2021. This teacher will take responsibility for teaching children in Year 1, meaning we will have separate Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 classes moving into the new year. Interest levels in the position are high since the advert went live on Tuesday and so far I have arranged to meet with 22 potential candidates after school over the coming weeks.
Thank you to all the parents who attended Mrs. Bradley’s meet the teacher session last week; we hope you found the session helpful. For those who didn’t make it, the PowerPoint shared will be uploaded onto the school website shortly. Please keep an eye out on your child’s google classroom page for details of when the teachers will be running their event over the next few weeks. If you haven’t done so already, please join your child’s google classroom page to keep up to date with what is going on in the class.
Mr Robson has entered the school into the Doncaster Sumdog competition which begins on Friday 9th October until Thursday 15th October.
How do we take part?
To take part, students play Sumdog’s free maths games. In each game, they need to answer maths questions to make progress. They can choose which game they play, while Sumdog automatically adapts its questions. Each correct answer they give counts toward their score. During the contest period, students who are entered will see the contest activity on their homepage. Any games they play when this is showing will count towards their score. They can play any time, either at home or at school.
How are the scores calculated?
Students compete by playing Sumdog’s games. Sumdog games are free to play, before, during and after the contest. Students are ranked on a leaderboard by the number of correct answers they give. If there’s a tie, we rank them on average answer speed. Their first names, initials of their last names, class and school will appear on the leaderboard. This is visible to anyone who has entered the contest. Classes are ranked on the average number of correct answers. 10 students from a class need to play in the contest for it to appear on the leaderboard. If you have less than 10 students in your class, you can team up with another class in the school.
Are there prizes?
Each student who answers 100 questions in a contest will be rewarded with an item for their Sumdog house. There are also subscriptions for the winning class, and certificates of merit for leading students and daily winners.
How do you make it fair?
Sumdog adapts its questions to each student’s ability, so every student has a good chance of winning. To make contests fair for students with limited access to computers, every student is limited to 1000 questions. However, it’s fun to take part even if students only answer a few questions.
Good luck everyone-and remember we have won more than one Doncaster competition!
Learning the Times Tables need not a tedious chore! Learning them can be fun if you build up your knowledge gradually through using these fun multiplication and division games. It is a good idea to begin with the 2x, 5x and 10 times tables and secure these times table facts before moving on to the others. On the Headteacher blog, you will find links to online games (PC and tablet friendly) and to printable activities to support the children learn these facts.
Hit the Button Quick fire questions on number bonds, times tables, division facts, doubling and halving numbers against the clock. Tablet friendly
Number Fact Families Can you find all the number fact families? Just the thing for learning the relationship between addition/subtraction and multiplication/division. Tablet friendly
Coconut Multiples Coconut Multiples can reinforce children’s knowledge of times tables by helping them to recognise the multiples from each table. Select either multiples from times tables up to 10 or 12. Tablet friendly
Carroll Diagram A resource which can be used both in demo mode for teaching how to use Carroll diagrams and in challenge timed mode. The sorting is based on knowledge of multiples. Tablet friendly
Looking after a child or young person who has emotional or mental health problems can be very hard, especially in the current situation. You may feel challenged, isolated, scared and deeply upset and wish you knew where to turn for help.
Seeking help: You are not alone. Many parents and carers have similar concerns and stresses, although they may not feel able to discuss them openly. There is good support and guidance, through national and local organisations. Do have a look to find out which sources of support might be best for you. The sooner you seek help, the better. Every local area is different but the three places listed below are a good place to start.
Talk to your GP: Your GP will listen, begin to understand your child’s needs and suggest the most appropriate course of action or support for your child, including referral to mental health specialists, if necessary. So, make an appointment for your child and explain your concerns when you do so. You might also find it helpful to make a second appointment with the GP, for yourself, to discuss the “ripple effects” of your child’s difficulties on the rest of the family.
Help at school: School is an important part of the picture when it comes to children’s mental health. It’s a good idea to stay in communication with the school about the issues your child is experiencing. There may well be sources of help and support within the school, so do encourage your child to talk to a trusted teacher or member of support staff.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS): Some local CAMHS services have a Single Point of Access (SPA) to help children, young people and their families get the help they need. Some services need a referral from a GP, school or social care, but some accept direct contact from families. Look up your local CAMHS on the internet to find out what may be available.
What you can do to help your child: As a parent you can have a crucial role in your child’s recovery. The more you can understand about mental health and your child’s difficulties, the more confident you will be in supporting them. Getting professional help can be important but there is a great deal you can do as a parent too. Every case is individual, but these general tips might help you to help your child:
Encourage them to talk Listen and be understanding Give your child reliable self-help information from trusted sources, based on sound evidence Tell them, and show them, how much you care and how important they are in the family Encourage social contact with friends and family
Simple physical activity Know that recovery will not happen overnight Don’t be afraid to seek further advice from mental health professionals Don’t blame yourself Look after yourself
Samaritans provides 24 hour, nationwide support by phone: 116123, email: firstname.lastname@example.org and face-to-face for stress, anxiety or despair related issues, including suicide. www.samaritans.org
Papyrus offers advice and support from qualified professionals about suicide. This is for anyone up to the age of 35 who is having suicidal thoughts and for their friends and families. They can be contacted through the website www.papyrus-uk.org or on their “Hopeline”: 08000684141 or 07786209697 (open 10am – 10pm weekdays and 10am – 2pm weekends)
Beat gives clear advice on all aspects of dealing with eating disorders, including helpful guidance to parents, carers and families. www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk
Sane 0300 304 7000 offers out of hours, 6pm -11pm daily, specialist support and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family and carers.
It has been another eventful week, with several suspected Covid-19 cases coming to light, including family members of school staff. Following government guidelines, these members of staff have had to isolate, book a test for their family members and then await the results. So far around 15 families have booked a test and thankfully all results have come back negative and all staff are back in school from Monday.
You will have heard in the national press that booking a test is proving difficult at times and the advice we received last week, to turn up at the airport, has changed as demand has grown. Government are suggesting that capacity at testing centres is being stretched because people are booking tests when they don’t need to, so they have asked us to share it with you so in this newsletter I have included a link to the Doncaster Council Coronavirus website and the poster together with the table from last week trying to clarify the processes.