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September 2021 Update

September 2021

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back! We hope you all had an enjoyable summer break. As we start the new school year, it is great to see the children all settling into their new classes and with their new teachers. We all hope that we have a more settled year ahead of us. I wanted to write with a few reminders and changes so that all families are kept informed.


Firstly, the children look very smart in their school uniforms. I wanted to reinforce the expectation that all pupils are wearing correct school uniform. This includes blue jumpers or cardigans, grey or black trousers/skirts and suitable school shoes (not trainers). Uniform is so important as it creates a positive ethos for the school and we encourage the pupils to take a pride in wearing their uniform. On PE days, we also ask that pupils come to school dressed in the new agreed PE kit – plain white t-shirt and black shorts (grey or black tracksuit) Thank you to all of the families who have already supported this. An additional reminder, that children should not be wearing additional jewellery to school for Health and Safety reasons. Stud earrings and watches are allowed; however necklaces/chains and bracelets should not be worn.


Secondly, it is paramount that pupils attend school every day and we ask you support us in ensuring high attendance for the children. This is to ensure that they can access all of their learning. Low attendance of children/families will be followed up and challenged by school. Please remember, that the school gates open at 8.40am to allow 10 minutes for children to enter their classrooms to start the school day at 8.50am. Any children arriving late must report to the School Office.


Finally, as a school we place great emphasis on Reading. Reading forms part of daily practice within school and we ask that parents support this as part of the pupils’ homework. All pupils should be reading daily at home and they will benefit from reading to adults and discussing their reading. School will provide Reading Records that must be completed weekly by pupil and signed by parents. These will be checked by staff and any pupils who complete the Records will be entered into our ‘Reading Champions’ prize draw each month. All reading books and diaries can be kept in the school reading bags provided by school. All pupils will be provided with weekly homework – TTRS, Spellings, Reading, English and/or Maths. It is important that this work is completed to support and reinforce the pupils’ learning. Please encourage your child to complete all homework and return it to school on the agreed days.

Everyone at HJS looks forward to working with you over the next year. If you have any queries, please contact your child’s class teacher or the School Office for further support.  

Yours sincerely,

Mr Fowler                                                                                                                                                                                             Acting Headteacher