BILTON JUNIOR SCHOOL
Plantagenet Drive, Rugby, CV22 6LB
Photo’s will Hello and welcome back to the second half term! I hope you managed to have a
take place on holiday/rest with your children last week. I managed a spa with my Mum and a
Monday 6th sleep over with my nieces and nephews, as well as a walking trip with my hus-
and Tuesday band. I won't tell you which bit was my favourite!
By the time you have seen this bulletin we will have had
Science Evening our annual fireworks event organised by the PTA. I am
Wednesday 29th always a bit nervous about writing anything before the
event, after the time a couple of years ago that they didn't
November go off! I will never forget that...hopefully this year they went
Please book your with a BANG!
tickets (see page
3 of the bulletin Lots of other things to look forward to: coming up, look out for more information
about an event Ms. Davies has organised for our special year of Science! We also
for more have the Christmas Fayre on Saturday 2nd December and other celebrations com-
information) ing up in mid December, including evening concerts at St Marks.
Coming up in the coming weeks is Anti Bullying Week (13-17th November 2017).
We are passionate, being a 'No Outsiders' school that we STAMP OUT BULLYING.
Look out for a special leaflet I have created which informs parents/carers about
what we do here at BJS to support and educate children. On Friday 17th
November we are encouraging the children to come in wearing an item of blue
clothing to highlight the importance of the anti bullying message.
Christmas Have a lovely week,
Performances at St. Mrs Norton
Mark’s Church at
I have the freedom and choice to be ambitious for my future
Lunch Time Top Table Punctuality
WISDOM RESPONSIBILITY Well come back to the new half term!
Lucas B - 3FS Leon G -3SV Every week Mrs. This week Oak were awarded the Time Keeper's Award with 5
Aiden R- 6AL Kyle V - 3SV Reeves-Brown and her late marks.
Tillie C - 6CC Finley W- 4DB team awards children
Finlay U- 6AL Ella W - 3ED for demonstrating our Congratulations to Year 5 who won the Golden Pocket Watch
Max A - 3FS Christian values during Award due to their perfect time keeping across the year
Finlay C- 6AL lunch time, the group.
Kieran B- 6AL nominated children get
an invitation to join the We had 20 late arrivals this week and 11 of those came from
top table on the Friday year 6 pupils. Perhaps next week they could follow the
of that week. example set by year 5!
TevezEL-Sx- 6cAeL llence Awards Value of the Half Term
Excellence Awards Our Value for this half term is 'Hope'
and already there have been two
This week’s Excellence Awards were presented to the following children assemblies that the children have
during Thursday’s assembly: enjoyed thinking about hope and what it
means to have hope in the future. Mrs
3SV—Whole class for an excellent music lesson yesterday using the Bowler Smith showed them a really lovely short clip about
glockenspiels hope, you may wish to see it and discuss it with your children as
I think there is a poignant message there for all of us whether
3FS—Sofia F for a huge effort and fabulous presentation in home we have a Christian faith, another faith or no faith:
3ED—Megan B for fantastic effort and achievement in maths
4DB—Oliver R for a much improved attitude to writing and learning
Parent Representatives for each class have been chosen and
4BR—Sinead L for sharing some thoughtful ideas about will attend their first meeting of the Parent Partnership Forum
our text in English on Monday 6th November in school. After our meeting
parents will be able to contact their rep. by school email. If
4AT—Charlotte D for her enthusiasm for learning you have anything to add to the agenda for Monday please
seek out any of the willing parents below or email
5JB—Fin T for always being engaged, enthusiastic and a thoroughly Mrs Norton [email protected]
delightful pupil We are still looking for a parent from 4AT to come forward…..
5JE—Sophie N for being an excellent talk partner and always helping Class Name of Parent
3SV Jing Ho
5SS—Summer C for her consistently positive attitude to her learning
3FS Kev Timms
6AL—Ben H for his continued drive with completing his writing
3ED Emma Pearce
6CC— Joe M for excellent writing in English
4DB Jessica Delaney
6KC—Phoebe for being an enthusiastic classroom helper 4BR Pam Davey
French—6AL—Grace F for excellent effort and a really great attitude to 4AT VACANCY
her learning in French—Fantastique!
5JE Sarah Vigus
Food For Life—Roast Dinner Day –
Wednesday 15th November 5JB Vicky Shaw
Children can enjoy a lovely roast dinner at 5SS Blanke Gal
school on Wednesday 15th November. Forms
have been sent home, please return forms by 6AL Julie Monk
Wednesday 8th November.
6KC Lynsey Smith
6CC Karen Farmer
SHOE BOX DONATIONS—Please bring any shoe box donations to
school on Monday 6th November, thank you. SEND Claire Brinkley
2017 - 18 is BJS’s Year of Science
Year 5 have already made a fantastic start with their visit to Rugby High School’s science
labs where they took part in some amazing experiments investigating changing materials,
and the VR space experience.
Throughout the year we aim to ensure each year group has access to many exciting
opportunities science has to offer both in school and beyond. We have scientists visiting
from local universities, scientists and engineers who work in industry coming into school to
help bring the real life purpose of the subject to the fore.
In November we have a really exciting opportunity for everyone, children, staff, parents
and the wider community. On 29th November we will be having a visit from the Royal Insti-
tute in London. They will be presenting an exciting show to the children based around electricity, followed by a staff
training session and in the evening a presentation for parents and the wider community. This promises to be an exciting
opportunity for everyone. If you have ever seen the Royal Institute Christmas lectures, they are entertaining
and exciting as well as educational. We will send further details nearer
the time, but put the date in your diaries and spread the word - it’s not to
We will be taking part in the national Science week in March and
later in the year, during the summer term, we will be holding our
Bringing science to life own science week and would love to get anyone among you who works in a
science related industry or profession to come into school and share your
Dive into science and be ready to get hands-on enthusiasm and expertise with the children.
with surprising experiments, shocking facts and Again, we will send out details nearer the time, but if anyone thinks they
the odd explosion. This show provides a whistle- might be interested in taking part, perhaps you could drop an email to the
stop tour of some of the great scientific discov- school office [email protected], so that we can contact you
directly when we have more details.
eries made at the Royal Institution. It introduces Looking forward to sharing our exciting year of Science with you!
interesting science facts through fun, interactive Ellen Davies
and above all exciting demonstrations.
We have an exciting event coming up and we are sure you and your children will want to be
part of it!
This year, amongst other things, we are putting a great focus on science. As Science leader in
school I have organised a wonderful opportunity for you to attend an evening on
Wednesday 29th November, 'to bring science alive!' Tickets are limited to 250 and we recommend booking up
fast. There will be a nominal charge of £2 per person on entry, tickets need to be booked per person attending.
Dive into science and be ready to get hands-on with surprising experiments, shocking facts and the odd explosion. This show provides
a whistle-stop tour of some great scientific discoveries made at 'The Royal Institution'.
Please book using our Parents evening booking system: https://biltonjuniors.parentseveningsystem.co.uk/
Congratulations! Sponsored Sleep Out—Friday 17th November
We are pleased to announce Mr Cantillon is doing a sponsored sleep out for the ‘Helping Hand
both Mrs McKee and Mrs Community Project’. Money raised will go towards a permanent
Chesney have safely welcomed storage facility which will store household goods., to benefit local
their babies into the world. We wish them all individuals and families in need in the Warwick area.
If you would like to sponsor Mr Cantillon please send your donation into the
school office in a clearly marked enveloped. Thank you for your support.
Chess Set Donations & LEAVE OF ABSENCE DURING TERM TIME
UPDATED INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
We are interested in starting up
a chess club in school, if you The Supreme Court recently reached a decision in the case of Platt v Isle of Wight Council which has clarified the
law on unauthorised leave, including holidays, during term time. The parents of children of compulsory school age
have any new or pre-loved chess are required to ensure that they attend school on a regular basis. The Supreme Court has made clear that attend-
sets that you could donate to ing school ‘regularly’ means that the children must attend school on every day that they are required to do so. As
school we would really appreci- such, the parents of any child who is absent from school without authorisation for any length of time are likely to
ate it. be considered as committing an offence under s444 of the Education Act 1996.
We are also looking for parent
Head Teachers retain the ability to authorise leave in accordance with the Education (Pupil Registration) (England)
volunteers to help us run a chess Regulations 2006. When considering such requests for a leave of absence, the school are obliged to act within the
club, please get in touch If you law. Head Teachers may not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circum-
stances relating to the application. If the leave is granted, head teachers are able to determine the number of
can help. school days a child can be absent for.
PTA NEWS It is for the Head Teacher to decide what is ‘exceptional’ and it is at their discretion if the circumstances warrant
the leave to be granted. The school can only consider Leave of Absence requests which are made by the ‘resident’
Saturday 2nd Dec— parent.
Christmas Fayre 9.30am
to 12.30pm Each application for a leave of absence will be considered on a case by case basis and on its own merits.
Friday 19th January Where applications for leave of absence are made in advance and refused, the child will be required to be in
2018—Family Bingo school on the dates set out in the application. If the child is absent during that period, it will be recorded as an
unauthorised absence, which may result in legal action being taken against the parent(s), by way of a Fixed Penal-
Friday 26th Jan—Adult ty Notice.
Failure to make an application for leave in advance can also result in a Fixed Penalty Notice being issued to the
Friday 9th Feb—Disco parent(s).
Friday 8th June 2018—
All matters of unauthorised absence relating to a Leave of Absence will be referred to the Attendance, Compliance
Family Bingo and Enforcement Service of Warwickshire County Council
It is important to note, Fixed Penalty Notices are issued to each parent of each absent child, (for example 2 chil-
dren and 2 parents, means each parent will receive 2 invoices in the amount of £120 each, totalling £240 for both
children, this is reduced to £60 per child if paid within 21 days).
Where a Fixed Penalty Notice is not paid within the required timeframe as set out on the notice, the matter will be
referred to Warwickshire County Council’s Legal Services to consider instigating criminal proceedings under S444
Education Act 1996.
Fixed Penalty Notices are issued in accordance with Warwickshire County Council’s Code of Conduct for Penalty
School Information School—Diary Dates
School gates open at 8.30am, doors open at 8.40am 2017/2018
School starts at 8.50a.m - Any child arriving after this time is late and will be marked
Monday 23rd October to Friday 27th October
as such. 2017—Half Term
School finishes at 3.30p.m Monday 25th December to 5th January 2018—
If your child is ill and going to be absent please either telephone us on 01788 810675 Christmas Holiday
Children start back on Monday 8th January 2018
(you can leave a voice mail if the office is closed or busy) or email us Monday 19th February to 23rd February 2018—
on [email protected] Half term
If you feel you need to meet with a teacher face to face please email the school Friday 30th March 2018 to 13th April 2018—Easter
office [email protected] Holiday
If you need to talk with a teacher over the phone or have a general enquiry for them Monday 7th May 2018—School Closed Bank Holi-
please email [email protected] Our teachers are busy with your day
children in the classrooms all day however they will get back to you as soon as Friday 25th May 2018—Teacher Training Day
possible. Monday 28th May to 1st June 2018—Half Term
If you would like to share concerns or contact Mrs Hodgson our Home/School Friday 20th July 2018—Teacher training Day
Support worker, please call the office, pop into school or email her directly
on [email protected]
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