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Blogs from the School Office, Mrs Evans and Year 3 to 6.

Ofsted report June 2019 - GOOD

We are delighted to report that the school continues to be a good school.  Thank you to all the pupils, parents, carers, governors and staff for all their hard work.  Keep it up!   For the full report follow the link: http://www.pixmore.herts.sch.uk/attachments/article/36/10087415%20-%20Pixmore%20Junior%20School%20-%20117259%20PDF%20Final.pdf
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Sun Safe

The lovely Easter weather made me think that this is a good opportunity to remind parents of our Sun Safe policy and procedures. At school, we reduce the lunch time so the last 15 minutes are ‘Cool Down time’. All children are required to sit in the shaded areas of the field and use this time to go to the toilet, fill up water bottles and ‘cool down’ before the afternoon sessions. Our shade sail is currently being replaced, after recent storm damage but hopefully should be back for after half term. Many of our PE lessons are in the afternoon, so in the heat, teacher’s will plan to have frequent ‘cool down’ breaks, all children can access water and shade or in some instances alternative activities (but this is left to the teacher’s discretion, once the outside temperature and UV levels are determined). It would help your child in school...
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Medication

I know that many children suffer from allergies or hay fever at this time of year, so please can we ask that AN ADULT sign in any ‘emergency’ medication with the school office. We can then administer medication should your child start to suffer during the school day. This also applies to any medication that needs to be given during the school day. Remember that if your child requires access to an asthma pump then they should keep one in their classroom and an emergency pump should be given to the school office for safe keeping. DO NOT send your child to school with medication, all medication needs to be signed in by an ADULT and collected at the end of the day by an ADULT
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Sports news

Fantastic Sporting News from the Herts. County School Games at Wodson Park. Pixmore Juniors represented North Herts in 4 areas: girl athletics, boys’ athletics, speed stacking and rapid fire cricket. In all 40 children were great sports people and positive ambassadors for our school.  Huge congratulations to both athletics team being crowned County Champions (for the 3rd year running). Ethan in Year 4 was the fastest speed stacker at the tournament (the team came 8th in the competition) and our cricket team came 4th in their group. A massive thank you to our wonderful committed coach Mr Willard , to all our parent and staff supporters but especially to our talented children !#ProudHTmoment !!
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Momo Online Safety Guide for Parents

Momo Online Safety Guide for Parents FEB 2019Please read the online safety advice.  
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ART COMPETITION

The 2018 Calendar is an ideal gift for families and will show school holidays, etc.   The calendar will feature 12 pieces of artwork which reflect each month. We would like the children to produce a high standard piece which is created with lots of care and attention.   If your child would like to enter, they need to produce a bright and colourful piece of artwork on an A4 landscape piece of paper. They are able to use felt tips, pencil crayons or collage as long as anything stuck on is flat as the artwork has to be scanned. Your child’s name and class should be written on the back.   The winning 12 will have their artwork published in our calendar and will receive a small treat. Each year group have been allocated months to focus on as follows: Year 3 – January, February or March Year 4 –...
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Secondary School Applications

The deadline for secondary school applications is Tuesday 31st October. If you have not already done so, please make your application online at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/admissions as soon as possible. Mrs Jarvis in the school office is also available to assist anyone who requires assistance with the application. Please ensure your application is made by Friday 26th October in case of any issues with the system. Note a late application will only be considered once ontime applications have been actioned. 
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School Office

Please assist our school office by ensuring that any replies and payments for trips and return of signed data sheets with amendments as required are returned to the school office by the deadlines. We know parents forget and we do try to remind you as often as we can! The office is reporting too much time is spent chasing these.   Please make payments for school meals on time to ensure that your child continues to receive a meal at school, the school will only allow a debt of two meals (£4.80). If payment is not made you, will be asked to provide a packed lunch for your child until the debt is cleared.   When sending in any monies please mark envelope with your child’s name and what it is for, cheques payable to Pixmore Junior School for trips, music payments etc. School meals payable to: Herts Catering Ltd. Payments...
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Absence from School

Please ensure you telephone the school if your child will be absent for any reason by 9.00am. You can leave a message of the answerphone, send a message using ParentMail absence service or email the school office at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please note all holidays taken in term time will be marked as unauthorised, which may result in the Attendance Improvement Officer being involved.
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Uniform Clarification

As it starts to get colder children like to wear trousers and we see Jeggings and leggings. These are fine worn underneath skirts or trousers but they are not part of our school uniform. Grey trousers (light or dark charcoal grey) are part of the uniform. Please also ensure that all uniform is named. We will retrieve, and return to the child, any named uniform; un-named uniform is more difficult!!
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Pixmore Sports day on Thursday 28th June now 10.30am - 12.30pm - Parents welcome at 10.15am. This is due to the hot weather forecast.

Pixmore Sports day on Thursday 28th June now 10.30am - 12.30pm - Parents welcome at 10.15am.  This is due to the hot weather forecast.
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Healthy Snacks

Please can I remind all families that children should only bring in a healthy snack of fruit (fresh or dried) or a plain sandwich for a snack at break time. Snacks that contain nuts, spices, chocolate or sweets are not permitted and will be confiscated by staff and returned to the adult collecting the child or the child themselves at the end of the school day. We have a number of children with severe nut allergies who can have some very severe reactions so please abide by this request. Children are able to have milk (at morning playtime) which needs to be paid for in advance please speak to the school office (if your child has free school meals, the milk is free to your child but still needs to be ordered in advance each term) and access to water during the school day. 
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Attendance

Please be aware that school starts promptly at 8.55am and registration closes at 9.00am. We are seeing a number of children arriving late this doesn’t help the children settle into school and even being 5 minutes late regularly adds up quickly. Please be punctual to school it is important for routine and attitudes to learning. School finishes at 3.15pm. We realise that many parents collect and drop off at Hillshott School. To assist this our classroom doors should be open at 8.40am which will allow time for younger siblings to be dropped off afterwards and we will keep children safe in school until they are collected by a parent if that is the arrangement with us. Also remember that Morning Club is available from 8am at £2 a day to assist working parents.
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SUN SAFE

Whilst it is lovely to bask in this lovely sunshine this is also an opportunity to remind parents of our Sun Safe policy and procedures. At school, we reduce the lunch time so the last 15 minutes are ‘Cool Down time’. All children are required to sit in the shaded areas of the field and use this time to go to the toilet, fill up water bottles and ‘cool down’ before the afternoon sessions. Children have access to water fountains outside. Many of our PE lessons are in the afternoon, so in the heat teacher’s will plan to have frequent ‘cool down’ breaks, all children can access water and shade or in some instances alternative activities (but this is left to the teacher’s discretion, once the outside temperature and UV levels are determined). It would help your child in school if could ensure you have applied sunscreen (at least SPF30+) before...
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Muddy Mayhem

A group of teachers took part in Muddy Mayhem at the weekend and raised money for the Garden House Hospice.  Go to the gallery page to see the photos.  
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Bad Weather Advice

You may be aware that bad weather/snow has been forecast for later this week.  In the event that school has to be closed please see the attached link for information about the procedure for school closure:  http://www.pixmore.herts.sch.uk/attachments/article/5/In%20the%20event%20of%20bad%20weather%202017-8.pdf  
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