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Class 3B Update

This letter was emailed to Class 3B parents and carers on Tuesday 29th March and is available to view in the link below.

 

Dear Parents/Carers

 CLASS 3B

This letter is to inform you that Mrs Charlotte Dixon and Ms Louise Crimmins will be the class teachers for Class 3B effective from Tuesday 19th April until the end of this academic year.

They will both have shared responsibility for the class. Mrs Dixon will be in class on Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with Ms Crimmins taking responsibility for the class on Thursday and Friday.

Both are experienced teachers at Vaughan Primary School, have worked together previously in a shared teaching role and are well known to the pupils. Ms Crimmins currently works in Year 3.

The Deputy Headteacher, Miss Hima Mistry will act as Year Group Leader for Year 3, overseeing the day to day running of the year group.

The usual forms of communication for the class remain the same and both teachers will be spending time with Class 3B tomorrow.

Thank you for your patience and continued support.

Yours sincerely

MRS KAREN JONES
Headteacher

JCA & London-based Day Trips Costs and Payment Commitment

This letter was emailed and a paper copy sent home to parents and carers of children in Year 5 and is available to view in the link below.

 

Dear Year 5 Parents

JCA & LONDON-BASED DAY TRIPS COSTS AND PAYMENT COMMITMENT

A meeting was held last night for all Year 5 parents and carers regarding the residential school journey to a JCA in Shrewsbury or the London-based day trips.

Both activities will take place in the week of Monday 31st October to Friday 4th November 2022.

This is the first time since lockdown that the school has organised a residential school journey and we are pleased to offer pupils this opportunity.

The school will offer two different experiences:

  1. JCA – 5 day residential trip - Monday 31st October – Friday 4th November 2022 at a cost of £285

OR

  1. London-based day trips – Monday 31st October – Friday 4th November 2022 at a cost of £100

The venue for the JCA residential is Condover Hall based in Shrewsbury.  You can find out more information on the PowerPoint shown to parents last night which will be available to view on the school website by the end of this week.

We would ask parents to talk to your child about what they would like to do.  We do run a payment and savings schedule which helps to spread the cost over the school year. 

Please see below.

Residential trip:

Homebased tips:

If your child does not want to attend either option, they will be required to be in school that week when the activities are taking place.

Full payment must be made by the final date indicated.

Payments for these trips will be required through www.schoolmoney.co.uk in the usual way using a debit card only. 

Please complete and return the slip by Monday 28th March indicating which trip you want your child to attend and your commitment to pay.

Yours sincerely

MRS KAREN JONES
Headteacher

Year 6 Trip to Cuffley Camp

This letter was emailed and a paper copy sent home to parents and carers of children in Year 6 and is available to view in the link below.

 

Dear Parents / Carers

YEAR 6 TRIP TO CUFFLEY CAMP

Friday 15th July 2022

As part of the planned Leavers Activities, Year 6 will be going on a day trip to Cuffley Camp on Friday 15th July.

This trip will be an all day visit therefore the children will need to bring a packed lunch with them, AN additional snack as well as a water bottle.  No fizzy/energy drinks or sweets please.  If your child is entitled to free school meals, the school will be able to provide a packed lunch (sandwich, bottle of water, fruit and cookie). 

Children will need to wear comfortable clothes to take part in a range of physical activities and bring a waterproof jacket.  If the weather is warm, a sun hat and sun cream will also be required.

There will be a cost for this trip to cover transportation and the visit itself.  This is not a school curriculum visit and is therefore not subject to a voluntary contribution.  The cost of the trip will be £40 and payment will need to be made using your child’s schoolmoney account.  The payments will be split into 3 instalments and will need to be completed before the trip in order for your child to take part.

Please complete the slip attached to indicate whether your child will be attending and return this to your child’s class teacher by Friday 25th March, so that the school can make the appropriate arrangements.  If parents have not responded by this date, we will assume that you do not want your child to take part.  If your child is not attending the trip, they will be expected to attend school that day and be assigned to another year group.

If your child is entitled to free school meals and you would like a free lunch from school, please ensure you indicate this on the form where indicated.

Yours sincerely

MRS KAREN JONES
Headteacher

Year 6 Leavers Plans

This letter was emailed to parents and carers of children in Year 6 on Wednesday 9th March 2022 and is available to view in the link below.

 

Dear Parents / Carers

Y6 LEAVERS PLANS

Following the recent letter to parents regarding plans for the current Year 6, please find the activities that the school is hosting to celebrate the pupils last year at primary level:

  1. Pupils will receive their free Vaughan hoodies as a memento of their time here at Vaughan Primary School from Friends Of Vaughan
  2. There will be a Leavers Picnic for all Year 6 pupils hosted by the school
  3. Year 6 Rounders Match vs Staff
  4. Leavers Assembly to parents– looking back on their time at Vaughan
  5. Year 6 Pizza Making and legendary ‘Water fight’ day
  6. Year 6 Movie Day
  7. Year 6 Activity visit
  8. Year 6 Prom.

The activities arranged may look quite different from those in the past but we were not operating in pandemic recovery circumstances previously, so I am sure that all parents will understand this.  Please remember that a number of the activities that we did historically cannot be actioned appropriately at this time.  Aside from the pupils receiving their hoodies, all other activities are scheduled for the month of July.

The activity visit is being costed and a letter should go out to parents this week regarding the final costing of this as the pupils will not be on site.

Parents will be permitted to attend the Leaver’s Assembly, and we will have the traditional trophy presentation at this ceremony.

The aim is for all the pupils to have fun and enjoy their last weeks’ of what has been a very difficult time for everyone in the last two years.  We hope the Year 6 parent population supports the school in ensuring that pupil attendance is high in order for everyone to enjoy the activities that have been arranged.

There is a very small window to accommodate these plans and we will give more exact details for all activities in the next half term so pupils’ and parents are ready in preparation – particularly if they are non-uniform days or sport activity days.  Some are also weather dependent!

Thank you for all the support that you have shown on your child’s journey at Vaughan Primary School and more information will be coming out to you in due course.

Yours sincerely

MRS KAREN JONES
Headteacher

Whole School Geography MS Teams Group (Reception to Year 6)

This letter was emailed to parents and carers of children in Reception to Year 6 on Thursday 3rd March 2022 and is available to view in the link below.

 

Dear Parents and Carers

WHOLE SCHOOL GEOGRAPHY MS TEAMS GROUP

Reception to Year 6

As a part of our Geography curriculum, we aim to inspire pupils to care for the environment and wider social issues.

To celebrate pupil enthusiasm we will be creating a whole school MS Teams Geography Group where pupils will have the opportunity to engage with current geographical topics and complete projects.

The projects set on this group are completely voluntary and are not homework.

There will be no expectation for pupils to take part or submit anything.  The purpose of the group will be to inspire, motivate and celebrate pupils geographical learning.

Yours sincerely

MRS KAREN JONES
Headteacher

Wider Community Geographical Skills

This letter was emailed to all parents and carers on Thursday 3rd March 2022 and is available to view in the link below.

 

Dear Parents and Carers

WIDER COMMUNITY GEOGRAPHICAL SKILLS

At Vaughan, we have passionate pupils who care for the environment and social issues in the wider world.  Through our Geography curriculum we nurture this passion and encourage critical thinking and a moral conscious regarding how we treat others and the environment.  Our staff along with the ‘Diversity’ and ‘Environmental’ groups are working hard to ensure that pupils across the school have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed and be mindful in the modern society we live in.

We would like to broaden our Geography curriculum even further by taking this opportunity to ask parents and carers to share any skills or knowledge that they have which would be beneficial to share with our pupils.  We are looking for skills/knowledge in the areas listed below:

  • The environment – recycling, energy efficiency, pollution, waste management
  • Plants – allotment, trees in the UK, fruit and vegetables that grow here
  • Animal habitats – biomes; such as rainforests, oceans
  • Tectonics – volcanoes, earthquakes, mountain ranges, deep sea trenches, hazards
  • Rivers – water cycle, water maintenance, flood defences
  • Our local area – history, community services, facilities
  • Cultures of our school community – traditional dress, recipes, celebrations
  • Human aspects - trade, food production, towns/cities regeneration projects, transport, population
  • Fieldwork - Mapping skills or orienteering, measuring and observing patterns in weather

If you would like an opportunity to come into school and to share your knowledge/skills with pupils please complete the attached skills form and email it to 5a@vaughan.harrow.sch.ukPaper forms are available on request from the school office if you would prefer to submit the form in this way.

We will then gather the skills within our community and see where they best support our pupils and curriculum.  Please be patient as this process will take time.  We kindly ask that you wait to be contacted regarding any potential visits and appreciate that this may not be this academic year.  We hope to include as many as we can, however, depending on the number of parents and carers who put themselves forward it may mean that it is not possible to offer everyone an opportunity at this point. We will do our best, and ask that parents and carers respect this.

This will be an ongoing project that we hope will become part of our traditions at Vaughan.

Thank you for your support on this journey.

Yours sincerely

MRS KAREN JONES
Headteacher

Taylor Shaw School Meal Service - Price Increase (Years 3-6)

This letter was emailed to all parents and carers on Friday 25th February 2022 and is available to view in the link below.

 

Dear Parents / Carers

TAYLOR SHAW SCHOOL MEAL SERVICE – PRICE INCREASE

Years 3 to 6

Due to unprecedented increases in the costs of raw materials and food inflation, along with rising staff costs, increases in supply logistics costs which include factors such as transportation and energy increases, I am writing to advise that the cost per meal of the school meal service will be increasing from £1.95 to £2.00 per meal per day.  This price increase will take effect from the 1st April 2022.   

The cost of the lunch service will continue to include the selected hot meal, along with freshly baked bread and unlimited salad bar, along with a choice of fruit, dessert or cheese and crackers.

Children eligible for free school meals will continue to receive their free school meal and the costs of the increase will be met by the funding received from the government. If you believe you may be entitled to free school meals, please contact Mrs Scott in the school office, who will be able to run an eligibility check.

The cost of school meals at Vaughan has remained consistent for the last three years and been held at £1.95, however due to external market forces and increasing costs, this is no longer possible.  Despite the 5 pence per meal increase, we believe £2.00 per meal still offers excellent value for money.

Thank you for your support.

Regards

MRS KIRSTEN BEAVEN
School Business Leader