Newsletter Term 3 - February 2020

We have reached the end of Term 3, still with the sound of unbroken New Year’s Resolutions ringing in our ears and yet so much has happened in such a short space of time.

We have officially joined The Island Learning Trust and look forward to improving standards of education for all pupils with opportunities for collaboration with Minster and Halfway Houses.

The school is now considered to be ‘under new management’ and as a result we are no longer deemed inadequate.

Plans for our New Build project have been shared with parents and residents and we now wait to see what the next steps are in expanding and upgrading our current site.

There are a few staff changes to inform you about as we wish Mr Okutubo, Miss Armitage and Miss Bell good luck in the future as they move on to new challenges.

I would like to welcome Miss Baker, Mrs Robinson and Ms Guillade-Martinez to Sunny Bank as they join our fantastic team of Learning Support Assistants.

To ensure the ongoing involvement of parents in the development of the school, there will be a number of parent workshops arranged for next term as well as a parent forum with Debbie Wheeler, CEO of the Trust. Dates will be confirmed when we return and I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Mr D. Waters

Head of School

Fit4Kids - Thank you to Fit4Kids where classes had the chance to do new and engaging fitness activities catered to their age. As well as having fun the children also had a chance to learn about wellbeing and healthy lifestyles.

Official TILT Assembly - From the beginning of this month we officially joined TILT as one of their academy’s. Through the assembly we made sure children felt included and excited to the prospect of the future with the trust. We watched a video made across the three schools in the trust and listened to the TILT anthem. Both can be found on our home page!

Young Voices - Our choir group recently performed on the O2 Arena stage. A lot of hard work when towards this night but we are very proud of the result and lucky to have been a part of this once in a life time opportunity.

World Number Day

NSPCC’s World Number Day was a great success, with children arriving in their best number clothes, and donating 20ps to take part in fun Maths activities. All together we raised £196.00 towards the charity, what a fantastic effort from all those who took part.

Railings Extension

As some of you are aware we have issues regarding safety outside Tonge Road. We are pleased to say that there will be an extension to the railings outside the nursery entrance being added over half term. Hopefully this will make a great difference to the school run.

Home Time Collection and Contact Details

Last term we gave each child a green home time collection sheet for parents or guardians to fill in. If you have not handed one in, please ask your child’s class teacher or the office. It is essential that we know who is able to pick your child up whether that be a relative or a family friend, if they are not on the list then a phone call home will be made. Year 5 and 6’s are the only year groups who are allowed to walk home by themselves, all other year groups are to be collected by someone on the form who is of appropriate age/maturity. This is for the best interests of your child and following safeguarding guidelines.

Following this if any of your contact details change for example phone number, address or email, please make sure you let the school know. It is important that we are able to contact you to keep you updated in school news or in the case of an emergency.

School Dinners & Dinner Money

If your child wishes to have school dinners this will be for the whole week, no mix and match days, sorry. The kitchen has to order in the food and need to know at the beginning of the week the numbers they are cooking for.


The charge for school dinners is £11.50 per week. The school is responsible for any debt and therefore we are unable to allow debts to accumulate, if you have not paid on Monday morning when Principal’s Cash Collector checks the registers you will be contacted by the school office and asked to bring in a packed lunch for the whole week.

Attendance, Lateness and Breakfast Club

If your child is going to be absent from school, please contact by calling the office or texting on 07860055264. In the event that your child is off for an extended amount of time you may need to provide evidence, for example prescribed medicine or medical appointments.

This year we have introduced an incentive where children who attend school every day will receive a small reward – this term will be linked to Valentine’s Day. We as a school are committed to improving attendance, and look forward to further incentives that your children can get involved in.

School starts promptly in the morning and lateness has an adverse effect on a pupil’s learning, please ensure that your child attends school on time every day. After 9:15am lateness is recorded as unauthorised absence for the morning and 10 unauthorised absences may result in a Penalty Notice. Please may I remind parents/carers that the gate closes at 8.55am.

We do offer a breakfast club, it will be open between 8:00 – 8:20am, any later will not give the children a chance to eat before class. Before attending a form will need to be filled in and a payment of £2 (per session). Children will be offered a choice of bagels, toast and cereals.

Diary Dates


Monday 24th – Start of Term 4 - children return

Tuesday 25th – Art Exhibition


Monday 2nd – Friday 6th- Book Week

Tuesday 24th - Parents Evening 3.30 – 7pm

Thursday 26th - Parents Evening 3.30 – 6pm

Tuesday 31st – End of Term 4


Wednesday 1st – Staff Development Day – School closed to pupils

Thursday 16th – Start of Term 5 - children return


Friday 22nd – End of Term 5


Monday 1st - Start of Term 6- children return

Monday 15th - Inset Day

Wednesday 22nd - Inset Day


Tuesday 21st - End of Term

Further dates to be confirmed

To be the best we can be

©  Sunny Bank Primary School  2020