26 October 2018
Dear Parents and Carers
Thank you for agreeing to your child attending the visit to the Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour on Friday,
9 November 2018. Here are just a few reminders for the trip. Your child will need:
• To wear full school uniform and sensible footwear. Coats may or may not be necessary as the tour is indoors for the most part;
• A small bag containing essentials for the day;
• A small purse/wallet to carry money, if necessary;
• A packed lunch and a packed tea. The tea may be stored on the coach and eaten on the homeward journey.
Packed meals should be clearly labelled and not include fizzy/energy drinks please; however, if a lunch has been ordered previously from the school kitchen this will be collected before leaving on the day. Tea will not be provided for any pupils. You may also wish to provide a mid-morning snack as we will not eat lunch until reaching the studios.
There is an extensive – and expensive - gift shop at the studio where children may buy reasonably priced items although we are not planning on this being a shopping trip! On this occasion, we are not recommending any maximum amount of spending money; however, please be aware that pupils will be responsible for any money taken at all times.
Sweets may be taken on the trip, but these may not be eaten on the coach. Mobile phones or other hand-held devices may be taken providing they are used in accordance with the school policy i.e. NOT FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OF OTHER CHILDREN. They may be used in the studio but NOT FOR TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS OF OTHER CHILDREN. The usual school rules will apply and anyone not adhering to these will have their phone confiscated, as in the school policy. Please note, cameras, etc. may not be used on the trip for safeguarding reasons and all photographs of pupils will be taken by staff. Any use of social media, during and after the trip, will be treated as a serious matter.
If your child needs medication, including travel sickness pills, please ensure that they are taken in good time for the outward journey. Tablets for the return journey should be clearly labelled with your child’s name and the dosage and handed in to your child’s group leader.
Finally, please remember that we aim to leave promptly at 9am and will not return until approximately 8.00pm. Pupils will be allowed to text when we are within 30 minutes of home. Please do not park in the bus bay or the drive as it is important that they are kept clear at all times for the coaches - and the children - to enter and leave safely. Should you wish to park on the school grounds, Y6 and Y7 playgrounds will be available before and after the trip. Please access these carefully via the school driveway.
Thank you for your consideration and cooperation.
Mrs V Ward Mr J Terry
Head of Year 8 Head of Pastoral Care
22 October 2018
On Thursday, 8th November the Kinetic Theatre Company will be presenting “Lady Cecily’s Sound Box”” for Year 6. This play will focus on Scientific issues relating to Sound, Light and Hearing.
We believe that this performance will help children gain a greater understanding and knowledge of the subject matter through an entertaining interactive approach. Further information can be found at www.kinetictheatre.co.uk.
To enable the performance to take place, we are asking for a contribution of £2.00 towards the cost of the theatre company’s visit.
No child will be excluded for non-payment, however, since the balance of the payment will be met by school funds, we hope you will be willing to send £2.00. Children in receipt of Free School Meals do not need to make a contribution.
Please send your contribution and return the attached reply slip with your child to the school office by Friday, 26th October. This can also be paid on Parent Pay.
S P Home
SCISSETT MIDDLE SCHOOL - Kinetic Theatre Visit for Yr 6 Children is 8th November 2018
Pupil Name: …………………………………………. Class: ………………..
I enclose my contribution of £2.00 □ OR
I will pay using Parent Pay □
Signed: …………………………………… Parent/Guardian
Please return to the school office.
11th September 2018
Our next parents’ evening is a ‘Meet the Tutor’ event on Tuesday 25th or Thursday 27th September 2018 for Year 6. This is an opportunity to meet your child’s class teacher. You can choose which evening you wish to attend. A further Parents’ Evening where you meet their subject teachers will be held in January. During the evening there will be a short presentation, taking place every 30 minutes, on the Standard Assessment Tests (SATs). English and Maths teachers will be available to give advice and demonstrate how you can support your son/daughter in preparation for the tests throughout this academic year.
Go to http://www.parents-booking.co.uk/scissettmiddleschool or click on the link on the school website under ‘Parents’.
PLEASE NOTE: You need to type this address into your website browser’s ‘address bar’. Do not try to ‘Google’ this website address or use a search engine as that will not work. This is a common mistake on phones and tablets especially. There is also a link on the school website, under the parents’ section.
Login to see which appointments are available and select one that is convenient for you.
You will need:
• Your child’s first name and surname
• Your child’s date of birth
• Your email address
The system is live TODAY and will be open to take your bookings until 12pm on Monday 24th September. You can book for the Parents’ Evening as soon as you receive this letter.
Once you have logged in, we suggest you use the ‘Automated Booking’ wizard to make your appointment. You will be asked to enter your availability and choose the teacher you want to see before being shown available times for the night.
Troubleshooting Tips - please read before booking!
• To login you need to enter the details we have on record for you and your child. If you have recently changed your title or surname, for example, and not informed us, we will be expecting you to login with the details we have on record
• The email address you enter is only used to receive a confirmation of your appointment. If the system gives you an error when you login, it will not be the email address that is the problem
• If you have several children to make bookings for, use the ‘Change Child’ button on the blue bar (above the school’s name) in the very top left corner of the Parent’s Booking Page to swap between your children. This does not apply to the Booking Wizard, where your children are tabbed above the teacher names
If you are unable to book at home, please contact the school office and a member of staff will help you.
Mrs N Greenough
10th September 2018
Dear Muggle Parents
During the Autumn Term, the Art and KS2 English Departments are combining forces, yet again, to provide our Year 6 pupils with the opportunity to visit the bewitching Warner Brother Studios Tour and encounter The Harry Potter Experience on 9th November 2018.
The spellbinding visit almost speaks for itself, being the home of the eight Harry Potter films. Following the end of filming in 2010, the treasure trove of props and sets, creatures and clothing, were all lovingly preserved and displayed as part of the ever-changing studio tour. At the studios, your child can experience the mystery of green screen and fly on a broomstick, learn how special effects have been created and enjoy the magic of Platform 93/4 in the backlot tour. What makes the visit extra special is that during this period, the studios will be spooktacularly dressed for the Halloween festivities with pumpkins galore!
The cost of the whole day’s visit is £40 and the deposit of £20 must be Paid by Monday, 17th September by Parentpay. The deposit must be paid by this date as no other pupils can attend after this time. This price includes admission, coach transportation and insurance. We are aware that the cost is quite high; however, the standard price for a child’s admission in 2018 will be £33 alone. Participation in this visit is entirely voluntary and no pressure will be placed on any pupil to take part; however, in accordance with the school’s policy on educational visits, unless a substantial number of parents of participating pupils are willing to meet costs, the visit may not take place.
If your child is in receipt of free school meals, the entire cost of the trip will be met by the school and lunch will be provided on the day, as usual. Also, if cost is prohibitive, please contact one of us on the usual telephone number as you may be eligible to certain financial benefits.
On the day of the trip, pupils are asked to arrive promptly as we are planning to leave immediately after morning registration and, due to the distance being travelled, we will return at around 8pm on the evening; therefore, pupils must be collected from the bus bay outside of school hours. Further details regarding meals, spending money, etc. will be available nearer the time of the visit.
Vikki Ward Jason Terry
Head of Year 8, KS2 English and Head of Pastoral Care, Art and
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