Whole School Indian Dance Day – Friday 28th May

On 28th May all children will have the chance to work alongside a professional dancer, gaining a flavour and an appreciation of modern India, and the opportunity to express themselves through dance.

There will also be the opportunity to learn about Indian art, cookery and music.

We will need the children to wear comfortable, loose clothing on this day – track suit bottoms or leggings will be the most suitable.  No jeans please. If your child already has an Indian costume, we are happy for them to wear it.

If you haven’t already done so, please remember to return your Bollywood Lunch slip by next Tuesday and please remember that snack packs will not be available on this day.

As we would like to capture the fun and excitement of this multicultural event, we are planning to video each class as they learn and perform their dances.  If anyone does not wish their child to be included in this please can you contact Ms Fox before the 28th May.

We would like to thank The Friends for funding this wonderful day.

Parent-Teacher Consultation – Spring Term 2009

Monday 15th March, 4pm – 6.30pm or Wednesday 17th March, 6 pm – 8.30pm

This term’s consultation meeting will be to discuss your child’s progress with their class teacher.

An appointment system will operate and so I ask you to please complete the slip below and return it to school as soon as possible.  On the slip we ask you to state the day and the half hour preferred.  The member of staff will then return a slip giving the time of your interview.  Appointments should be made via the class teacher and not through the office.  For these two evenings each member of staff will be in his/her classroom.

Spring Parent Consultation Slip

Parking Outside School

Dear Parent/Carer,

There has recently been an increase in the number of reports of inconsiderate, illegal and dangerous parking outside schools.

Local police are taking all the necessary steps to educate drivers, increase public awareness, prosecute offenders where necessary and thus help to ensure your child’s safety whilst travelling to and from school.

To help us keep your community safe, please report any incidents that you witness to Police by calling 0845 456 4567, or by emailing sntaylsham@norfolk.pnn.police.uk.

If you have any concerns or would like to speak to a local officer – please contact your Neighbourhood Police Team using the details above.

Your local police team will work with partner agencies, including your school, parish and/or town council, local authority, housing providers and others, to find both short-term and long-term solutions to the problem.  We wish to encourage sensible and safe parking; this should help to reduce congestion as badly parked vehicles slow down other road users including the emergency services and buses.  Inconsiderate parking makes the road dangerous for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

By encouraging parents to take responsibility for ensuring that their vehicle is parked legally we can allow the Police to devote more resources to tackling crime.

Yours faithfully,

Aylsham Safer Neighbourhood Team

Theatre Royal Performance

Our school has been invited to include a class to participate in the Norwich Theatre Royal’s Norfolk Schools Project alongside Buxton and Hevingham Primary Schools. Dolphin class will  create their own version of Falstaff . They will then perform their efforts on the main stage at Norwich Theatre Royal on the afternoon of Sunday 15th November 2009.

This event is free and you are all welcome to attend. I would very much like to make it a memorable event for the children and the school by taking along a large audience to the event. The school will arrange for coaches to take parents and carers with their children. Siblings and grandparents are also most welcome to attend. We ask for a nominal contribution of £1 per person towards the cost of the coaches. You may have as many tickets as you wish. Please note that we cannot take children without a supervising adult, so we recommend you make it a family event.

Please let me know as early as you can how many tickets you would like and whether you would like to travel down with the school on our coaches, as I will need to book them in advance for the event. We’re very much looking forward to the event and hope your family will choose to join us.

John Starling

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Swine Flu Awareness

With the summer holidays approaching and the number of swine flu cases in the region continuing to rise, I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the advice we have been given by the NHS and Health Protection Agency about dealing with any cases of swine flu we may have in the school in the future.

National guidance has recently been updated so that school closures are only likely now in exceptional circumstances, and preventative anti-viral drugs will no longer be routinely offered to large groups of school pupils.  As swine flu starts to circulate more freely in the local community, these measures are no longer effective, as people may be exposed the virus outside school, or as soon as they have finished a course of drugs.

The most important advice we have been given is that children who have symptoms of flu-like illness should stay away from school until they have recovered and are free of symptoms.  This is to avoid spreading the infection as much as possible.

You can check any symptoms online at www.nhs.uk or call the Swine Flu Information Line on 0800 1513 513.   If you are still concerned, stay at home and call your GP, who may suggest a course of anti-viral drug treatment.  This is designed to reduce the symptoms and help a quicker recovery.

If your doctor does advise anti-viral treatment for a child, please let the school know as soon as possible.

It is important to point out that the vast majority of people who have swine flu make a quick recovery at home.  However, you should do what you can to prevent the infection from being spread to others by ensuring your family take some simple precautions:

  • Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible.
  • Disposing of dirty tissues promptly and carefully.
  • Washing your hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to your face or to other people.
  • Cleaning hard surfaces (such as door handles) frequently using a normal cleaning product.
  • Making sure your children follow this advice.

Yours sincerely,
Mr. J. Starling