Our News items
September news, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 8th Sep 2021 @ 9:32pm
We are having some email problems at school due to a change in providers. We are hoping this will be resolved very soon, however in the meantime please be informed that we are planning for clubs to start next week and also there are 'Meet the Teacher' scheduled via Zoom. Please see the letter below for more information. We apologise for the inconvenience, please bear with us.
ParentPay Newsletter, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 6th Sep 2021 @ 10:05pm
We are pleased to announce that we will shortly be accepting payments online for items such as dinner money, school trips and uniform. Using a secure website called ParentPay you will be able to pay online using your credit / debit card or continue to make cash payments at PayPoint stores. ParentPay will be our preferred method of making payments to school. Please see the information below for further details:
Important changes to collection arrangements, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 1st Sep 2021 @ 8:02pm
Dear Parents & Carers,
Today I reviewed our drop off and pick up arrangements with the staff who know our school best. Now that we are no longer staggering finish times it was felt that if all classes left at the same time at the end of the day, it would inevitably lead to congestion on the 'donkey path'. In order to reduce this number, the following arrangements have been made with regards to collecting your child at the end of the day:
Y2 will leave via the main gate near the Asda carpark
Y3 will leave via the small gate opposite the Annexe near the Asda carpark
Y4 will leave via the Fairview Avenue gate by the school carpark
Y5 will leave via the Fairview Avenue gate by the school carpark
Y6 will leave by the gate and exit most convenient to them as many walk home unaccompanied.
If you usually park on the Asda carpark, but your child is now leaving via the Fairview Avenue gate, you can arrange for your child to meet you near to the park as hopefully by the time your child has walked round, the congestion should have eased.
Hopefully this plan will work for everybody. It will be monitored and reviewed as necessary.
Many thanks for patience and understanding with drop off and collection arrangements to date as I appreciate there have been numerous changes.
New Term Information, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 31st Aug 2021 @ 9:03pm
Dear Parents & Carers,
I hope you’ve all had a happy and healthy summer break but that you’re now ready for school to resume!
I am hoping that this academic year will be more like school years used to be pre-covid, with a full calendar of events , but as a school we will continue to review the pandemic measures in place and reduce these tentatively following the guidance from the DfE and the Local authority. For me, the ultimate goal is to have a year of uninterrupted learning with the whole community remaining safe. Many changes have already been communicated via the newsletter, but I’m sure some reminders would be welcome.
Latest covid guidance
The guidance that came out from the DfE on 16.8.21 was clear in that:
• Pupils do not need to isolate UNLESS they test positive for Covid-19
• Pupils no longer have to be kept in bubbles
• Whole school assemblies for pupils can resume
• Pupils don’t have to be segregated at lunch and break times
As a school we welcome the reduction in measures and hope that pupils will be able to have a higher attendance record, without the need for periods of isolation . We will be maintaining the routines of hand washing, good basic hygiene , additional cleaning, the use of sanitiser and the practice of keeping occupied spaces well ventilated. The usual practice of in-forming the office of any pupil absence still applies and if messages could be left prior to the start of the school day, this would be appreciated.
New start and finish times:
Reception , Year 1 and Year 2 : 8.50—3.05
Years 3-6 : 8.45—3.00
The procedure for drop off and collection will be the same as last year, i.e. dropping off and collecting from the gates. This will be reviewed at October half term.
Please remember on PE days, children should come dressed in PE kit., including trainers There will be no PE this week and PE days will be communicated to pupils this week and sent out to parents by Friday.
Pencil cases & stationery, toys & gadgets
As we are maintaining our schedule of cleaning throughout the school day, it helps enormously when personal belongings are kept to a minimum. Therefore we ask that no items such as pop-its and gadgets are brought into school. All stationery materials needed by pupils will be provided by the school. Thank you for your understanding with this.
I look forward to welcoming back your children on Thursday
This letter can be downloaded as a pdf file below along with the letter to parents from Cheshire East Council.
Holiday Club based at Cranberry School, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 25th Jul 2021 @ 7:32pm
ASM Sports will be hosting a Holiday Club at Cranberry Academy during the Summer Holidays, 2021.
The club will be open to 4-11 year olds and provide children with an opportunity to remain active, develop new skills whilst experiencing a diverse range of activities within a safe environment.
The club will be open to regular bookings and those who are eligible for Free School Meals.
Parents can secure their child’s place through the MyASM portal which is an easy and efficient way to map out the summer. Access to this is found via https://myasm.co.uk/log-in or by visiting the website at asmsports.co.uk.
ASM Holiday Club, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 19th Jul 2021 @ 10:40pm
ASM Sports will be hosting a Holiday Club at Alsager Highfields Community Primary School during the Summer Holidays, 2021.
The club will be open to 4-11 year olds and provide children with an opportunity to remain active, develop new skills whilst experiencing a diverse range of activities within a safe environment. The club will be open to regular bookings and those who are eligible for Free School Meals. Parents can secure their child’s place through our MyASM portal which is an easy and efficient way to map out the summer. Access to this is found via https://myasm.co.uk/log-in or by visiting our website at asmsports.co.uk.
KS1 sports Day, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 22nd Jun 2021 @ 4:51pm
Today was the KS1 Sports Day event. Well done to everyone involved! For more photographs, please see our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/alsagerhighfields
Keeping Children Safe Online, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 10th Jun 2021 @ 9:26pm
Please download this guide for tips and advice related to online safety for primary-aged children.
The Art of Brilliance, by Mrs Woollam
Date: 22nd May 2021 @ 4:34pm
The children in Years 3,4 and 5 have been learning all about positive thinking over the past couple of weeks. Andy Cope (author of the Spy Dog books), has been busy inspiring our pupils and staff into thinking about the positives in life rather than focusing on the negatives. We discovered that actually, no matter how bleak the last couple of years have been, we have plenty to be grateful for.
Maintaining a connection with the natural world, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 15th May 2021 @ 7:45pm
Mental Health Awareness Week may be coming to an end, but maintaining a connection with the natural world and taking good care of our wellbeing is still so important.
The Wildlife Trusts have some great suggestions of things you can do to help relieve stress and improve mental wellbeing. We love this mandala activity!
Find more ideas here: https://mythrive.uk/31hp50w
How can nature benefit my mental health?, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 10th May 2021 @ 9:38pm
Spending time in green space or bringing nature into your everyday life can benefit both your mental and physical wellbeing. For example, doing things like growing food or flowers, exercising outdoors or being around animals can have lots of positive effects.
The downloadable file below shares some brilliant ideas…
5 ways to better wellbeing for your family, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 10th May 2021 @ 9:31pm
A mental health downloadable information sheet: 5 ways to better wellbeing for your family.
Mental Health Awareness Week, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 10th May 2021 @ 10:35am
Mental Health Awareness Week takes place from 10th – 16th May, and provides a great opportunity for us all as a community to normalise the discussion of mental health and wellbeing.
The theme for this year’s week is ‘nature’. Recent National Trust research found a link between feeling connected to nature and having improved wellbeing.
It’s important to keep the focus on mental health and wellbeing throughout the school year, beyond Mental Health Awareness Week, so we use a variety of resources and opportunities to help open up conversations about mental health all year round.
We will be sharing a range of resources on our social media and website platforms this week and beyond.
Oak Leaves, by Mrs Woollam
Date: 8th May 2021 @ 6:12pm
In order for our newly revamped reception area to look truly amazing, I’ve enlisted the help of the children. Each child has been given an oak leaf to decorate . Once completed, all leaves will hang from the branches in reception. The brief was autumnal and stunning. I think those that have finished have more than met the brief, don’t you?
Word Millionaires, by Mrs Woollam
Date: 8th May 2021 @ 6:08pm
Our word millionaire badges finally arrived on Friday and were given out to the worthy recipients. Well done to all our millionaires. We are hoping more children will soon join the millionaire list as some are very close!
Changes, by Mrs Woollam
Date: 8th May 2021 @ 6:03pm
We thought you might like to see some of the changes happening in school at the moment from the new reception area to the organisation of the library. As the saying goes, ’a picture paints a 1,000 words.’
There will be more changes coming soon…….watch this space!
Alsager Nub News, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 6th May 2021 @ 9:52pm
A wonderful report about our new Headteacher via the Alsager Nub News:
Summer Term, by Tina Muddy
Date: 17th Apr 2021 @ 9:13pm
Dear Parents & Carers,
I hope this letter finds you all safe and well and enjoying the sunny Easter weather.
As we embark on the final term of yet another disrupted and challenging academic year, I am looking forward to getting to know you and your children better as I start my full time position as Headteacher.
Our main priority this term, is for our children to have an uninterrupted end to their academic year, or indeed primary education. We would like to have as much normality as possible, including wider curriculum opportunities and end of year celebrations. In order to have the best possible chance of succeeding in our aim, we ask you as parents and carers to adhere to the Government Covid-19 guidelines, maintain social distancing and wear a face covering when necessary.
In order to try and improve the staggered start to the school day, we have amended the start times of some classes. I apologise for yet another change, but hopefully the times stated below will mean children are waiting around for a shorter amount of time. Please do your best to adhere to the new start times. Thank you for your anticipated co-operation on this matter.
|EYFS||8.50 – 3.10|
|Year 1||8.50 – 3.10|
|Year 2||8.55 – 3.15|
|Year 3||8.50 – 3.10|
|Year 3 and 4||8.45– 3.05|
|Year 4||8.40 – 3.00|
|Year 5||8.50 – 3.10|
|Year 5 and 6||8.45 – 3.05|
|Year 6||8.40 – 3.00|
Easter menu 1st April, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 29th Mar 2021 @ 8:40pm
Our Easter menu for Thursday 1st April
Thank You to Asda Supermarkets, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 24th Mar 2021 @ 1:26pm
This week we gratefully received a very kind donation of laptop devices (including headphones, data and wireless internet connection) from Asda supermarkets. The Alsager branch nominated our school to receive these devices in a national ‘Laptops for Schools’ programme Asda was running in partnership with Dell and Vodaphone. The supermarket chain has made the generous gesture to help support children in their learning following the partial closure of schools over the last 12 months. The devices themselves are of a high specification and can be used with both keyboards and touch screen, for this reason we plan to use them with our Reception and Key Stage 1 children. In the picture are Steve Rowley (Manager of Asda Alsager), Jess Rigby (Asda employee), Mrs Frost (our School Business Manager) and Ben V, Olivia T, Holly R, Billy E, Isla B and George F, all from Reception and Key Stage 1, who will be lucky enough to be using these devices soon. Thank you Asda and Dell!
Comic Relief - Non Uniform Day, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 18th Mar 2021 @ 6:50pm
Tomorrow (Friday 19th) is comic relief non uniform day – Please wear something red if possible and bring one pound to donate to comic relief - We will be telling jokes to find the best one in each class to be shared in our celebration assembly and also to be shared on our newsletter next week!
Year 6 Leavers Jumpers, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 11th Mar 2021 @ 4:10pm
Dear Year 6 Parent / Carer
We are delighted to offer you and your child, the opportunity to purchase a Class of 2021 Leavers Hoody for the Year 6 cohort of 2021. The hoodies will have a large `21` printed on the back, containing the first name (not nicknames) and surname initial of all students in the year group and will also feature an embroidered school logo on the front. The colour will be charcoal grey for all children, with white lettering. We will permit all year 6 children to wear their leavers hoody as part of their school uniform from Monday 7th June onwards until they leave us on 16th July.
Please dowload the information below for further details:
It's Mindful March, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 1st Mar 2021 @ 1:51pm
This calendar has lots of easy mindful activities for each day in March.
NSPCC Assembly, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 12th Feb 2021 @ 10:40pm
The NSPCC have developed an adapted version of their 'Speak Out. Stay Safe.' assembly to support children through the current lockdown. This will be shown as a Facebook live event on Tuesday 23rd February at 10am and can be accessed via the NSPCC Facebook page. It will be available afterwards on the NSPCC website as well.
Communication Thursday, by Mrs Muddy
Date: 11th Feb 2021 @ 1:59pm
Dear Parents / Carers
I hope you and your families remain safe and well. I would like to thank you for all your continued support and hard work over this last half term, which I know has been very difficult for many of us. There is still no confirmation from the government about the full re-opening of schools but we are planning for this to be on 8th March as was announced (which is two weeks after half term). As I have mentioned previously, we are going to make a few changes to our remote learning starting after February half term on the 22/2/21. This is to reflect changes in government guidance and to help prepare all our young people for their return to school;
· The children of key workers or deemed vulnerable that are attending school on a daily basis, will no longer be supervised in their year groups, rather they will be with their normal class teacher in their regular classroom.
· Ms Malton will be taking over from Miss Crowther-Green who will be starting her maternity leave. All year 5 children should continue to access remote work via the Mrs Dyde’s class page and all year 6 children should continue to use Mrs Walker’s class page for remote learning. Ms Malton will conduct the daily class tutorials for her class.
· All tutorials will operate in exactly the same way as now but will take place via Microsoft Teams and not Zoom. All parents / carers will be sent an individual letter through parent mail or e mail or post (depending what you use), this will contain further instructions about how Microsoft Teams works and most importantly it will contain your son’s / daughter’s unique school e mail address and password. If you have not received this information by Monday 22nd February or you have any questions about how to use Microsoft Teams, please contact the school on firstname.lastname@example.org As always, there maybe a few glitches initially as we move over to using Teams but I am sure they will be sorted out quickly.
Parent Friends Association (PFA) Update:
In accordance with the PFA constitution, the financial statement for the year ending 31st of August 2020 and the annual Chair’s Report can now be found on the PFA section of the school website. The school would like to place on record their thanks to the outgoing Chair, Mrs Carlie Wright who stood down in
the autumn term. In her year as Chair, Carlie and the committee, ably assisted by the PFA ‘fairies’, put on a number of high quality events and raised much needed funds for school. At the meeting in the autumn term the committee agreed to fund £2000 of new reading material for each classes recommended reading boxes. Miss Sarah Simpson now takes over as Chair and she will be looking to recruit further members to the committee in the new calendar year, so that the PFA can start to plan for events in the summer term and beyond.
Finally, I wish you and your families a safe and relaxing half term break. For those children and families who are in receipt of Free School Meals, you should soon be receiving a link to download your vouchers. If you are facing financial difficulties, please remember to contact Mrs Henshall on email@example.com
My thanks once again for your continued support and please remember to contact the school if you need any help or support, we are here for you.
Acting Headteacher and Executive Headteacher for Alsager Multi Academy Trust