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Family Fridays

Thank you to all parents, children and relatives that attended the Family Friday events last year.  We hope to have the same success with these events this year.


Family Fridays this half-term

08.09.17      New Parents Coffee Morning 9 am

15.09.17       Phonics session for reception parents 9 am

22.09.17      Dan Worsley for KS 2  2.45 - 3.30 pm

29.09.17      MacMillan Coffee Morning 9 am - everyone welcome

06.10.17      FRED - Families Reading Every Day 2.45 - 3.30 pm

13.10.17       Science Afternoon 2.45 - 3.30 pm

20.10.17      Parents Forum 9 am


PCSO Visit

Two local PCSO's visited school to talk to the children about keeping safe.  They answered questions from the children and joined in with the afternoon activities. Everyone had fun trying on the uniforms!

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EYFS and Year 1 Phonics Day

Parents were invited to learn about how their children are taught phonics in Early Years and Year 1. Parents had a wonderful time and children were very excited to join in with some phonics activities with their parents which they can now carry out at home.

We hold Family Friday sessions in school each week. They are held to allow our families to learn with their children and see just how fabulous the school is. 


Stay and Play sessions are very popular with our EYFS and KS1 parents as younger siblings can come to the school and learn with their siblings. 


Arts for all enable the school to produce some wonderful displays based upon our worship themes. 


We hold some sessions just for the adults so that they can learn the

St James' way in relation to how we teach the curriculum and in particular phonics, mathematics, reading, writing and spelling. 


We also hold Topic afternoons where families can spend the afternoon with the children learning. These are scheduled with the class teachers. 



Eid Celebration 

Thank you to all the families who attended our Eid Family Friday.  This is the first time we have celebrated Eid in this way in school and everyone had a great time.  Martine and Maxine would especially like to thank Mrs Khan, Mrs Khurram and Mrs Hiwa for the delicious food and the key stage 2 children who helped out.

Stay and Play 

Stay and Play sessions are run half-termly for EYFS and KS1 children and are always popular.  Parents and carers are invited into school to spend time with their child and take part in the many activities on offer.


Here's what you said:

"Lovely to see all the outdoor activities in EYFS and to spend time with the children."

"Really good idea, enjoyed having one-to-one with my child."

"Fantastic afternoon.  Loved seeing everything in the classroom and outside.  Would love to come again."

"Had a great time, the children loved it."

"A lovely family afternoon. Thank you."

"Lovely afternoon, lots of hard work been put into it! Well done!"

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Arts for All

Arts for All sessions are open to the whole school.  They offer a chance for parents and carers to spend time with their child and to learn some new artistic skills.  The art work produced in these sessions is used for our display board in the school hall.


Here's what you said:

"Great atmosphere and plenty of materials to go around.  A lovely end to the working week."

"Enjoyed by kids and parents.  We had a great time!"

"Excellent activity, children given helpful roles also.  Thank you to all staff."

"Lovely coming into school and doing arts and crafts with all my children as at home they usually won't do stuff all together."

"Good afternoon, really good chance to work with the children."

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Christmas Afternoon

A huge thank you to everyone who attended our Christmas afternoon, it was wonderful to see so many parents, grandparents and friends.  Our fantastic school choir put everyone in the festive mood with their Christmas carols.  The PTFA raffle was drawn by the children.

Here's what you said:

"A friendly and happy atmosphere in a full hall.  Congratulations to all."

"Lovely event to hold, especially with the choir and raffle - very 'Christmasy'!"

"Very well organised, enjoyed the whole thing."

"Very festive, funny and emotional. Lovely!"

"Absolutely delightful singing and a fabulous start to the Christmas festivities."

"Love these Family Fridays.  Lovely afternoon, special touch with the choir singing."

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Parental Voice Group

The parental voice group is a friendly, informal group of parents who meet each half term for approximately an hour to discuss school issues.  Everyone is welcome to join us for these sessions. You will be informed via the school newsletter as to the dates of the next meeting. 


Recent topics have included:


PREVENT: Parents are concerned about the radicalisation and safety of their children and how we will educate their children and also how they can discuss issues relating to recent events. 


AS A RESULT WE HAVE added a link to our website EDUCATE AGAINST HATE to give parents information. Linked with the Burnley Faith Centre to promote tolerance and British values. Members of the Prevent team have visited the parents forum to explain the Prevent agenda. All staff have undertaken channel and WRAP training and Mrs Cassidy and Mrs Whiteside are going to Northern Ireland to take part in the REACH training enabling school to manage any issues. School have also published an anti- radicalisation policy and have procedures in place to maintain safeguarding. 


PARKING- parents are concerned about unsafe parking around school.


AS A RESULT SCHOOL HAVE enlisted the support from the parking team at the council, placed parking signs outside the school before and after school. Allocated two members of staff to monitor parking and discourage illegal parking outside ks1 and ks2. School have completed road safety training for year 3 pupils. Placed many items on the newsletters relating to parking. School have also contacted the local PCSO to patrol the areas. School have educated children about the dangers of bring dropped off and running into the school. 


FUND RAISING - parents were asked which March fundraising event they wanted school to support.  Parents chose the local charity  Pendleside Hospice Bunny Hop.  Parents also said they would like to be invited to join these events and have younger siblings join in too.


AS A RESULT SCHOOL HAVE organised the Bunny Hop fundraising afternoon for March 18th. Parents and younger siblings are invited to take part in the event.


ASSEMBLIES - Parents would like to be invited to join Celebration Assemblies, they enjoy celebrating their child's achievements.


AS A RESULT SCHOOL HAVE arranged to hold a Celebration Assembly at the end of each half term. The focus of these assemblies will be Christian Values. Information will be sent out nearer the time. School also invite parents to join us for class worship at least every half term and to support the children each Friday in the Family Friday sessions. 


SCHOOL LUNCHES - Parents were concerned about the lack of choice for

some children at lunch times.

AS A RESULT SCHOOL HAVE discussed the matter with our school cook and put a rota in place to allow each class to have first choice.