Letters from the Headteacher
22nd July 2019
Thank you so much for all of the responses from the Parent questionnaire sent out. I have collated all of your feedback and have the responses ready to share. Please have a look at the attached document which shares the responses.
Your honesty has given us some areas to work on and these will be developed throughout the year.
Parent questionnaire July 2019
September 2019 Information
During next week the whole school will be exploring Sex and Relationships Education. Each class will visit the Life Education classroom which will be based at Huish Primary School, if you are willing to help walk your child to and from Huish please speak to the class teacher.
Also during this week all classes will be using the A Journey in Love programme exploring relationships and sexual development in greater detail. Parents are able to withdraw their child from these sessions, however we would prefer all children to leave St Gildas with a consistent understanding of living in the current social climate.
A letter explaining this programme is attached below and an overview can be found on the website;
Key Information - Curriculum - Education for Personal Relationships
If you have any further questions please speak to the class teacher.
Feedback from Parents Forum 20-05-19
- Parents discussed the use of the website and whether it was being used effectively. Parents would like the calendar updated more regularly. Parents suggested putting homework links on website to make families look at it.
- A suggestion to limit the traffic issues on the Avenue was to hand out parking permits to all parents when they join the school. Feedback on this welcomed.
- There will soon be a notice to all families explaining that the PTA may have to cease operation due to lack of support. Please offer your time and support as all parents are members of the PTA. Next PTA event will be the Quiz (replacing the Summer Fete) on Friday 5 July.
- Parents discussed the need to publicise the school as much as we can and also try and get children to more sporting events. A previous suggestion of setting up a Facebook page is currently being explored, concerns over the need to 'admin' this were raised. Transport to sporting events can be an issue and parents discussed whether any parents have had recent minibus driving training and would be willing to support by driving.
- The school needs a tidy up and some redecoration. Parents discussed the viability of a working day where families come and are assigned activities to do as a group. Food and refreshments would be supplied by the school. This would potentially happen on Tuesday 23 July. Please let me know if you would be able to help out.
The next meeting will be scheduled in the next academic year.
Dear Parents and Carers
Over the last 4 school weeks, whilst entering Mary Street in my car, I have almost knocked 5 children from St Gildas over. Please remind all children who are walking to school that Mary Street is a frequently used road and children must stop and look both ways. I know this is an issue and I ensure that I stop on the duel carriageway but other road users may not be so careful.
Please discuss road crossing with all of your children to ensure they are able to get to school safely, the duel carriageway by the hospital roundabout is not a safe crossing point.
Kilve Court Holiday club information
Feedback from Parents Forum.
- Communication with teachers has been raised as inconsistent, especially when children move to Key Stage 2 and contact with teachers only happens after school. To help parents communicate directly with teachers you are encouraged to email the school office address and in the subject bar add FAO and the class teachers name. This email doesn't need to contain the communication but can request for the staff member to phone you or to request a meeting.
- Parking on The Avenue was discussed. All parents in the meeting accepted that the Marion Hall needs blocking off between certain times of the day, Mrs Frost will visit Father and discuss the options. Mrs Frost agreed that this will need monitoring by school staff and she would arrange this. If parents are struggling with parking legally on The Avenue they should come to the office and get a parking permit for Goldcroft car park. If parents are unable to walk their children from Goldcroft car park Mrs Frost will set up a walking bus using 2 members of staff to collect the children and bring them to school.
- Mrs Frost will look in to getting more notice boards for the playground to ensure all notices are publicised clearly. This will include a weekly timetable of events to hopefully ensure all families know what is going on.
- Mrs Frost will update the website regularly with information families need to know regarding safeguarding issues. All parents should remember to check the website regularly to keep up to date.
- The parents in attendance were not keen on having the meetings in the evening especially if the numbers attending are poor. The next Parent Forum will be held on Monday 20th May @ 2.45.