Coldingham Newsletter 24 August 2018


Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome to the new school session. First impressions – lovely children and super staff! I am very much looking forward to meeting and working with you all over the coming year. We will be continuing with all the good practice and developing new. Our three main areas for improvement this session are:

· Developing Writing (Literacy)

· Growing Confidence and Building Resilience (Health and Wellbeing)

· Developing family and community engagement and involvement.

We hope you will work with us in developing these important areas.

Staffing – just when we thought staffing was in place for the new session, the new teacher we had selected for P3, 4, 5 withdrew. Rather than put children through planned disruption, the decision was taken for Ms Sarah Blyth to take the class along with Ms Debbie Knighton who will release Ms Blyth for Principal Teacher duties. Ms Knighton will also be sharing P6/7 teaching with Ms Shona Easingwood on a Monday and Friday.

Increased ELC provision – Coldingham PS ELC provision is now offering the full 1140 hours entitlement to children living within the Coldingham postcode. If your child attends Coldingham PS ELC and you don’t live in the Coldingham postcode you will be able to purchase wrap around care for the additional hours. Ms Jessica McCabe is joining our ELC team as a Nursery Nurse. If you require more information please ask Ms Elaine Gourlay or the office.

Self-evaluation – we aspire to being a continuously improving school and we can achieve this through rigorous self-evaluation. We welcome feedback from you on any area of our service. There will be times throughout the session when we will ask you specific questions but you can also post thoughts and comments (positive and not so positive) on the self-evaluation board at the front entrance which will be coming shortly.

Parent helpers – do you have an hour or two you could come in to school to help with a variety of tasks eg displays, resource preparation, baking etc? It doesn’t matter how much time you can offer, or for what duration, we can find a job for you! Just let us know.

Breakfast Club – will be starting on Monday 27th August from 8am. It is open to all pupils at a cost of 20p a day.

Rules and Values – at our assembly on Tuesday we discussed the importance of being ‘Ready’, ‘Respectful’ and ‘Safe’ in school. These are our rules and our values for all children and adults in Coldingham Primary School. Please could you help us by reinforcing these values at home.

Suitable clothing- children need to change into shorts and t-shirt and gym shoes for PE and all jewellery should be removed. Please can you ensure your child has a named bag with their PE kit. Also, as the weather appears to be turning, please can you ensure your child comes to school with a waterproof for playtime and lunchtime.

Fund raising – As a school we have decided to support the Pseudomyxoma Survivor charity by collecting stamps. This is a very simple way to help this cancer charity. All kinds of stamps are welcome, on or off paper. Simply cut or carefully rip the postage stamp from the used envelope, being careful that you don’t damage the stamp, and once you have a collection bring them into school. When we have enough we will pop them in an envelope and send them off. You can find out more about this charity at

Making contact – if at any time you have a query about your child’s learning or something that has happened during the day, please contact the Class teacher. It is my intention to be in both schools every day, but there will be times when that will not be possible. If you need to see me and I am not in Coldingham PS, just leave a message with Sheila Wilson or drop me an e-mail and I’ll arrange to see you as soon as possible.

Tuck shop – will start on Wednesday 29 August at a cost of 30p. If you are able to help with baking for tuck shop, please complete the attached slip and Katie or Anna will be in touch. This should only be once or twice a term, enough for 20 portions and you can make anything you like baking.

Walk to school – takes place every Wednesday. Meet Sheila in the village car park at 8.20am for walk to school.

Kind regards

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