SAVE THE DATE! QUIZ NIGHT SATURDAY 18 NOVEMBER 2017
- e-mail sent 26/09/2017
Dear Parents and Friends
The KHF have organised a Quiz Night at Pirbright Village Hall on Saturday 18 November 2017 at 7:30pm. To reserve your place at this very popular event, please send your ticket request to school as soon as possible to reserve your table. Don’t worry if you do not have enough people to fill a table – there will be other tables you can join if you wish to come by yourself. (This is an adult only evening, so no pupils on this occasion.)
Full details about how to sign up for this event are attached. A hard copy of the booking form is being sent home with the children this week, but for those of you who do not have a child at Knowl Hill, please feel free to call in to the school office to collect a copy.
HARVEST FESTIVAL ASSEMBLY- e-mail sent 22/09/2017
Dear Parents and Friends of Knowl Hill School
We are holding a Harvest Festival Assembly for the pupils on Monday 25 September and would like to invite you to send in a store cupboard contribution with your child, which will be boxed and donated to Woking Food Bank at the Lighthouse in Woking.
Please see the ‘Shopping List’ below produced by the Foodbank. It would be great if everyone could bring in at least one item from the list to support their work, but this is, of course, not compulsory:
The items that thy food bank urgently need are:
Long life fruit juice
Long life sponge puddings
Long Life Milk
Washing Up Liquid
Shampoo and Conditioner
They do not need:
Please click on the following link for more details about the Woking Food Bank: https://woking.foodbank.org.uk/
For friends of the school who do not have a child here, please feel free to drop a donation into the school office. We would love to see you!
KHF TEXTILE COLLECTION - e-mail sent 22/09/2017
Friday 29 September is our first textile collection of the school year. Last year we managed to raise nearly £300 from old clothes and our aim is to do better this year.
Don't forget to have a clear-out over the weekend of any unwanted clothes, shoes, or bags. They can be brought to the school from Wednesday next week, ready for collection on Friday, so we can turn them in to cash for the school.
For more information on what happens to the clothes click on the link below:
Chair of the KHF
PARENT REPRESENTATIVE NOMINATION - e-mail sent 18/09/2017
The role of Parent Representative is up for election. Please submit your interest to the KHF, via the School Office, if you would like to be considered for the role, with a short description of what you feel you could offer in this position and any relevant experience. In the event of more than one submission, all parents will be asked to vote for the nominee who they believe is most suited to the role.
DESCRIPTION OF THE ROLE OF PARENT REPRESENTATIVE
As many of our Parents live some distance from the school, we appreciate that any Parent Representative may have to travel quite a way to attend Board meetings. We would like to make this easier, and to make communications between the school and the Parent Rep more efficient. We therefore intend to structure the role as follows:
The Parent Rep will not be required to attend all Board meetings. They will meet with the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher on a regular basis (date and time to be decided between them, but preferably once or twice a term) to discuss any issues that parents have raised with the Parent Rep. The Parent Rep will submit a report on any issues and any outcome of any meeting with the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher that they feel the Board need to be informed about.
The Parent Rep will attend the AGM of the Board, usually in May, and report directly to the Board.
If the Parent Rep has any concerns that they think are not being addressed, after discussion with the Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher, they have the right to bring this issue directly to the Chair of Directors, in the first instance by email, and a meeting can be arranged between the Parent Rep and the Chair and any other Director if required.
The Board see the role of Parent Representative as a liaison between the parents, the Board and the School. The Parent Rep role enables parents to have a point of contact with someone who is not a member of staff, to discuss concerns that they do not necessarily wish to bring to the attention of the Headteacher or Deputy Headteacher themselves. It should be noted that any issues relating to individual children’s education should be referred to the Form Tutor, Deputy Headteacher or Headteacher, not to the Parent Representative.
The Parent Representative should work in the best interests of both parents and the School and should seek to facilitate communications between parents and staff at all times.
The Parent Representative should attend the Knowl Hill Friends school meetings in order that parents can have the opportunity to talk to him/her and the Parent Representative will, hopefully, be able to answer many of the questions parents usually raise.
From the Knowl Hill School Board of Directors
KHF AGM - e-mail sent 15/09/2017
Dear Parents and Friends
On behalf the KHF, we would like to remind you that there is a meeting in the school hall at 3:15 this afternoon. Please drop in to meet our PTA team and to find out more about the valuable work they do for our school.
If you are unable to attend, please have a look at the KHF Facebook page, which has the details of all future events: https://m.facebook.com/groups/212318032509781
ROALD DAHL DAY - e-mail sent 12/09/2017
Mrs Hughes and Mrs Keynes will be holding a Roald Dahl Celebration Assembly on Monday 18 September 2017.
We would like to invite the children to come in on the day dressed either as a character from their favourite Roald Dahl book, or in mufti, for a small donation to Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity, which helps to make life better for seriously ill children in the UK.
For more information, please follow this link to the Roald Dahl website: http://www.roalddahl.com/create-and-learn/join-in/roald-dahl-day
TAXI GUIDELINES - e-mail sent 12/09/2017
The attached information was handed out to the taxi drivers this afternoon as a point of safeguarding. Please read the document, because the guidelines do apply to anyone delivering or collecting your child at the beginning or end of the school day.
WELCOME BACK - e-mail sent 05/09/2017
We are all looking forward to seeing the pupils, some old faces and some new, tomorrow morning.
School Opening Times: A reminder that school opens at 8:55 each weekday morning and that children should not enter the school grounds until 8:40, when members of staff will be in the playground to greet them. Collection time is 3:45 in the afternoon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 3:10 on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please come to the side door to collect your child, when the car park gate has been opened. New taxi drivers will need to bring their ID to the School Office and we need to be informed if anyone other than parents or drivers that we have already been introduced to are coming to collect your child. Pupils should not be permitted to walk unaccompanied from the cars to the school, but they must be handed over to a member of staff at the beginning of the day and collected from the school at the end of the day.
Parking: If your child is transported by a taxi, please remind your driver to park safely and that they cannot pull onto the driveway for drop offs or pick-ups, or park on the yellow zig-zag lines outside school.
School Planners: Please send in money for your child to purchase a school planner for the academic year. The Junior Planners are £7.50 and the smaller Senior School Planners are £6.50.
Second Hand Uniform: Mrs Mallett has very kindly washed, dried, catalogued, priced and labelled our supply of second hand uniform. Please contact her via the School Office if you would like to purchase any items and, if your child has grown out of their uniform, please consider donating it to the school.
Meet the Tutor Evening: There will be an opportunity for you to meet your child’s form tutor on Thursday 14 September 2017, from 7:00 to 8:00pm. This is a very important meeting, as it is intended to introduce you to the staff who look after your child while they are in school and to keep you informed about the school’s aims and objectives. It will also be an occasion for you to meet the parents of other children in your child’s tutor group. This will not be a replacement for parents’ evenings, or to discuss your child’s academic, pastoral or behavioural progress, but we hope it will strengthen our home/school partnership and enhance your child’s learning experience.
New Staff: We are very pleased to welcome Mrs Jordan, a new Learning Support Teacher (some pupils will already have met her at Unbridled Grace sessions), and Mrs Harris, our new Lunchtime Assistant.
KHF: More information about the KHF (our PTA) will be given at the Tutor evening. The KHF are recruiting to fill the vacated post of Chair, as well as lots of new members.
Medicines: Please remember to send in any prescribed medication that your child may require while at school, clearly labelled with their name and dosage. A covering letter or chemist’s instructions is necessary for the School to administer any such medication.
Check the Website: Dates for your diary and important messages are uploaded to the school website: http://www.knowlhillschool.org.uk/
For any queries, or to report an absence, please contact the School Office at the usual address (below).
Knowl Hill School, School Lane, Pirbright, GU24 0JN
T: 01483 797032
CALSHOT ACTIVITIES CENTRE - e-mail sent 19/07/2017
(This is a group e-mail to all Year 5 to 9 Parents – please ignore if you have already made your booking for this trip.)
I hope the summer holiday has started well for all of you. I am in the process of confirming numbers for our trip next June to Calshot. Please would you be kind enough to reply to myself and the office to confirm whether or not your child will be attending - we currently have 12 pupils signed up and it would be good to take as many of the pupils from Y9 downwards as possible. It will be a rewarding and enjoyable week and very much helps the pupils to develop social skills and friendships.
If you are confirming attendance, please can you complete the form which was previously sent home and return it together with the £110 deposit, as we will be paying Calshot in August. The final deadline for booking your child on to this trip is Monday of next week.
SNAPCHAT (Snap Map) - e-mail sent 18/07/2017
Dear Parents and Carers
Many of you will be aware of a recent update to Snapchat (Snap Map) which shows publicly posted images on a searchable map which is accurate enough to determine exactly where that person is located at that time, therefore indicating a user’s home address. We advise that all of our pupils should switch off Snap Map location sharing and we encourage you to check that your son or daughter has done this. The details below show how to do this.
How to switch off Snap Map location sharing:
When in photo-taking mode, pinch the screen to open Snap Map.
Touch the settings cog in the top right corner of the screen.
Tap "Ghost Mode" to switch off location sharing.
Photos and videos posted to Snapchat's public 'Our Story' will still be discoverable on the map.
Please follow this link for an article with more information: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40382876
I wish you all a wonderful summer.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
SPORTS DAY TOMORROW - e-mail sent 10/07/2017
Sports Day has arrived and fingers crossed the weather will hold tomorrow. The students should arrive at school in their PE kit and anything else they may require for the day, i.e. water bottle, lunch, sun cream and a waterproof jacket.
To get into the spirit of the day students can wear the colours of their house. This could be an item of clothing or in previous years students have used face paints. This helps build team spirit and engages many of the students in the events of the day. If your child is unsure what house they are in it is published in the Sports Day programme that has be emailed to all parents.
Parents are of course welcome to attend. The field events take place from 10:00 on the Pirbright Playing Field during the morning session, at the end of which the whole school breaks for a long lunch to allow preparation for the afternoon of track racing to commence. The track events take place in Pirbright Primary School and start at 13:40, which is the earliest parents will have access to the school. There may be the opportunity for parent participation in a tug of war, so if you want to take part come prepared!
KHS PE Dept
SPORTS DAY PROGRAMME 2017 - e-mail sent 07/07/2017
The programme for our Sports Day on Tuesday 11 July 2017 is attached for your information. Hard copies are printed up for your use on the day.
PRAGMATIC/SOCIAL SKILLS QUESTIONNAIRE - e-mail sent 30/06/2017
We have sent home with your child today a questionnaire regarding their pragmatic/social skills from your perspective as a parent.
We would be extremely grateful if you could return this ASAP next week so that we can plan our social skills groups for September.
Many thanks and best wishes.
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
Head of Therapy
BREAKFAST - e-mail sent 30/06/2017
Dear Parents & Carers
We would like to remind you that we have a fantastic Breakfast Club which runs from 8:00 – 08:40 Monday to Friday.
Miss Leeming, who runs the Breakfast Club, provides food and drinks for the children, along with a few activities if they wish to participate.
From September 2017 the fee for this Club will be £6.00 per day. If you would like to sign your child up to the Breakfast Club please complete the attached form and return it to the school office before Thursday 13 July 2017.
HOT WEATHER UNIFORM - e-mail sent 20/06/2017
Mrs Lusty has given permission for the children to wear their PE kits to school during this spell of very hot weather.
Please also ensure that they have applied sun cream before they come to school and, unless it is an all-day lotion, please send the bottle in to school so that it can be reapplied it at lunchtime. It would be advisable for them to wear a sunhat for break times and outdoor activities as well.
Please also make sure that they bring in a named water bottle, so that they can stay hydrated throughout the day.
I am attaching a copy of the Heat Wave Advice information that we have received from Surrey County Council’s Children, Schools & Families Directorate, which you may find helpful.
CLASSCHART SURVEY - e-mail sent 15/06/2017
Below is a link to our Classcharts survey.
Please could you take the time to fill the survey in; it should take no more than a couple of minutes.
PIRBRIGHT COMMUNITY GAMES - e-mail sent 12/06/2017
Thank you all for your generous donations towards our stalls at Pirbright Community Games. The Games start at 12 noon on Saturday 17 June and we will be on Pirbright Village Green until 4pm.
Our next mufti day on Friday 16 June is in return for bottles and cans, but please continue to send in any good quality toys that would be suitable for reselling in the meantime.
Thank you in advance and we look forward to seeing you on the day.
The Friends of Knowl Hill
SAFEGUARDING UPDATE - e-mail sent 07/06/2017
I am writing to alert you to two areas of concern that have been brought to my attention:
Netflix series, ‘13 Reasons Why’
I understand that this has been a popular series with teenagers throughout the UK, but has raised some serious concerns from mental health professionals.
‘The Netflix breakout show “13 Reasons Why” has been praised for its binge-worthy, dramatic storytelling. But mental health experts warn that its thrilling narrative devices also make it problematic. The story, which is adapted from Jay Asher’s best-selling novel of the same title, follows high school student Hannah Baker as she posthumously narrates the months leading up to her death by suicide. Hannah leaves behind tapes for people in her life that detail how their nefarious actions ultimately led to her decision. The 13-episode drama also vividly depicts the method Hannah used to end her life. Mental health advocates say the show should not have shown Hannah’s suicide and have spoken out about the potentially harmful nature of the show’. (Lindsay Holmes of the Huffington Post)
The series aims to raise awareness of teenage mental health and suicide in a sensitive way, but as stated above there have been criticisms from professionals in the field of teenage mental health about aspects of the series and particularly the final scenes depicting the suicide itself. Some professionals have praised its sensitive handling of the issues.
The links below provide more detail about the series and comments from mental health professionals:
The Blue Whale Challenge
There have been a number of articles in both the British and global press about an online phenomenon called the Blue Whale Challenge. In this challenge, it has been reported, vulnerable children are given an online curator who gives them fifty daily tasks of increasing nastiness, culminating in an instruction to commit suicide. This is obviously a highly distressing and upsetting idea for any parent to consider. Substantiated facts about the challenge are still very limited, but I did wish to let you know. Should you wish to discuss this with your son/daughter, the NSPCC have good, clear advice for parents about helping to talk to your child about online safety which you may find helpful.
The links below give a little more information about what is being reported about the Blue Whale Challenge, and the NSPCC’s guidance on online abuse:
If you ever have particular concerns about your son/daughter, please contact me via the school office.
Designated Safeguarding Lead
Help Knowl Hill School win £5,000 of Book Tokens - e-mail sent 07/06/2017
Knowl Hill is entering a competition to win £5,000 of book tokens for new books and we need your help to be in with a chance.
Please put our school name and address forward by clicking on the ‘Enter Now’ button below and this will lead you to a very short submission form.
We will let you know if we are chosen to receive the prize!
KNOWL HILL SCHOOL GARDEN - e-mail sent 11/05/2017
As you may remember, earlier in the year we won 2nd place in the ‘Tesco bags of help’ competition.
We have been doing some internal voting and it has been decided that we are going to have 3 large raised flower beds to plant vegetables, fruits and herbs, a small portable conservatory to help the seeds grow, and to also purchase a new piece of playground equipment.
Leading on from our garden project, Mrs Hughes and Mr Plunkett have agreed to take on a Gardening club during Enrichments, which will help the garden to flourish and hopefully provide us with some wonderful produce and also include gardening crafts, garden tidying and lots of useful tips and tricks.
We wanted to send out a plea to see if any of you had any spare gardening items to help get us started. Please see a list below:
Old Belfast/Butler sink
EXAM READING & SCRIBING ARRANGEMENTS - e-mail sent 05/05/2017
As I am sure many of you are aware, the public examinations are now underway and nearly all of our pupils will be benefitting from either a reader and/or a scribe to help them with the papers.
The students are most at ease receiving this support from Knowl Hill staff and often request Therapy staff to help them. With this in mind, we are asking for your understanding, as over the next few weeks there may be times when therapists are required in these exams and this may have to take precedence over their usual therapy timetable. We will endeavour to keep to timetables as much as possible and therapy targets will remain unaffected.
Please bear in mind that those children who are not taking exams this year will be likely to receive the same assistance when they reach the exam stage of their education in the future.
Specialist Speech and Language Therapist
Head of Therapy
BREAKFAST CLUB/SCHOOL START TIME - e-mail sent 04/05/2017
It has come to light that some pupils are being dropped off before school opens at 8:40 in the morning and they are attempting to join the Breakfast Club group.
Please can you remind your child and their taxi drivers, if appropriate, that they are not permitted on the school grounds until 8:40, as there is no supervision prior to that time.
If you wish them to join our Breakfast Club, please contact the school office. Full details about the Club, with terms and conditions, are attached and hard copies are available on request.
BE KIND anti-bullying campaign - e-mail sent 16/03/2017
Mr and Mrs Timpson kindly sent us the following link to a poignant TV article about the ‘Be Kind’ anti-bullying campaign featured on this week’s ‘This Morning’ programme: http://www.itv.com/thismorning/hot-topics/pledge-to-share-our-anti-bullying-message
We intend to show the clip to our year 9, 10 and 11 pupils* during tutor time next week, but would like to offer you the chance to watch it with your children as well.
(*If you have any objection to us showing the clip to your child, please let us know by return.)
Head of Science & Safeguarding officer
BREAKFAST CLUB - e-mail sent 10/03/2017
We are pleased to announce that we are starting a Breakfast Club at Knowl Hill School from Wednesday 19 April 2017.
The club will be held in the Life Skills classroom from 08:00 to 08:40 every weekday during term time and it is open to all Knowl Hill pupils for a daily charge of £4.00. (Only members of the Breakfast Club will be able to enter the school grounds before 08:40.)
We are also very pleased to welcome Miss Leeming as our Breakfast Club Supervisor. We are sure that she will be a valuable member of our team.
Full details, with terms and conditions, are attached. Hard copies of the registration form are available on request.
AEROSOL BAN - e-mail sent 09/03/2017
As a number of our staff and pupils are asthmatic, we are maintaining our ban on aerosols at school, because they can be a particular allergy trigger.
Please make sure that no aerosols of any kind are brought to school by your children. Other forms of deodorant, like roll-ons, are fine.
Thank you for your understanding and continued assistance.
Mrs Janet Lusty
Headteacher and SENDCo
RED NOSE DAY FUNDRAISING - E-mail sent Tuesday 21/02/2017
As part of our fundraising for Red Nose Day, we are holding cake sales after school every Friday from this week until the end of term. Please send in money for your children to spend on the cakes of their choice; £2 would purchase three or four individual cakes.
There will be other events, including a mufti day on Thursday 23 March, when we will have various quizzes to help raise funds for the charity. We would like to beat last year’s record of £507.00!
Knowl Hill School, School Lane, Pirbright, GU24 0JN
T: 01483 797032