Letters

Whole School

Cashless School

12th February 2019

Re: School becoming cashless from Monday 29th April 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

As mentioned in the Winter Newsletter, Scissett Middle School will be going cashless from Monday 29th April 2019.

The school kitchen already operates a cashless system and 97% of our parents/carers use ParentPay to make payments for school meals, trips and other items.

This means we will no longer be taking any cash payments in school, apart from the charity dress differently days where pupils pay £1. The ParentPay system allows you to make payments for any school activities such as trips, clubs, books, lockers, etc. We will also be adding some school uniform items, such as ties, in the future. Payments can be made either by using a secure website or Pay Point facility at your local newsagent.

The administration staff have spent an immeasurable amount of valuable time on collecting and keeping track of what payments have been received for the numerous events that take place. This, combined with the burden that you may endure in either finding the correct change or writing a cheque to pay for your child’s activities can at times be frustrating.

What do you need to do now?

Already using ParentPay

If you already have a ParentPay account, you can continue to pay for items as usual.

New to ParentPay?

You will have a secure online account, activated using a unique activation username and password; you will be prompted to change these and to keep them safe and secure as your Username and Password for future logins. The activation letters have been sent out previously but please contact the school office if you need a copy.

If you have two or more children at a ParentPay school, you only need to activate one account to create your ‘main account’ and then add your other children via the Add a child tab on your home page.

Please visit www.parentpay.com and activate your account via the Account login area on the home page of the site.

ParentPay holds an electronic record of your payments to view at a later date. Once you have activated your account you can make online payments straight away.

Those parents wishing to pay cash can request a barcode letter from the school office which you can take to your local PayPoint store to make payment. Please note that you will need a barcode letter for every different payment item. If you are able to use the online system this would be much easier for you.


The local PayPoint stores are as follows:

Clayton Village Stores, 11 High St, Clayton West, Huddersfield HD8 9PD.
Skelmanthorpe Co-op, 38 Commercial Rd, Skelmanthorpe, Huddersfield HD8 9DA.
Londis, Denby Dale, 275 Wakefield Rd, Denby Dale, Huddersfield HD8 8SD.
McColls, 2 Westerley Cl, Shelley, Huddersfield HD8 8HN.
Flockton Stores, 202A, Barnsley Rd, Flockton, Wakefield, WF4 4AB.
Lane Head Service Station Shepley (Co-op), Lane Head Rd, Shepley, Huddersfield HD8 8BL
Shepley Co-op, 2 - 4 Station Rd, Shepley, Huddersfield HD8 8AA

If you need any support in using ParentPay please contact the school office for advice and guidance.

We will send out further reminders as we get nearer to the 29th April 2019.

Yours sincerely

Mrs N Greenough
eadteacher

Changes in School

19th December 2018

Dear Parent/Carer,

As I am sure you will be aware, Scissett Middle School is part of the Mast Academy Trust. The trust was set up by four good and outstanding schools within our Pyramid under the principles of collaboration and partnership. We share values which place children and young people at the centre of education to ensure they grow into rounded, resilient and responsible individuals. Since the establishment of the trust, Debra Knowles, Headteacher at Shelley First School, has acted as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The fixed period of her contract has now concluded and she will return full time to her role as Headteacher at Shelley First School.

I am pleased to say that from January 2019, Natasha Greenough will take up the part-time post as CEO for the trust. In order to ensure continuing strong leadership in school, Mrs Ann Large will take up the post of Head of School to assist Mrs Greenough who will remain as Headteacher. Mrs Large has been a long standing Deputy Headteacher at Scissett Middle School and is a very experienced leader. Mrs Large and Mrs Greenough will continue to work collaboratively to ensure the highest standards of education for all pupils at Scissett Middle School and are well supported by a team of strong senior and middle leaders in school.

The trust brings significant value to the school and its continued development brings great benefit to the pupils and families at Scissett Middle School. We have seen the development of Maths Mastery teaching which has benefitted schools across our Pyramid; experienced greater cost efficiencies and shared services and expertise across schools which allows head teachers and leaders in schools to focus on pupils. As the trust moves into its next phase of development, under Mrs Greenough’s leadership, we expect to see the Trust make an even greater impact on the education and wellbeing of the pupils at Scissett Middle School.

As a Governing Body, we are very grateful for the continued support of our parents and carers and it is this collaborative partnership which allows Scissett Middle School to continue to thrive and develop.

May I take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas from the Governing Body.

Yours sincerely

Ruth Potter
Chair of Governors

Thank You and Future Fundraising Letter

16th November 2018

Dear Parent/Carer,

We have been overwhelmed by messages of support from our community, and beyond, following the break in and subsequent theft of the Apple Mac computers from Music. I think it is particularly poignant as these were funded by a sponsored event which took place in 2015 and were consequently paid for by the money raised by our pupils and parents.

Since the break in, we have received a number of offers of help and have considered a number of suggestions and ideas. Although school has insurance to cover incidents such as this there will be a shortfall, therefore later in the academic year, or early next academic year, we may have another ‘Tech Trek’ to raise funds for IT equipment for pupil use. However, the weather is not currently conducive to this in November. Consequently, as it is close to Christmas, we intend to have a raffle.

If parents, carers or members of the community and local businesses are able to offer prizes we would be very grateful. These could be physical items, vouchers or “promises” for example car washing, ironing, gardening, trip to the tip! We hope to be able to collect items/” promises” over the next two weeks, we will then sell raffle tickets in the last 3 weeks of term, with a view to drawing the raffle before we break up for Christmas. All funds raised will be spent directly on replacing the equipment and any additional monies will be used to provide more ICT equipment for pupils to use and to support creative projects.

Any offers of help, would be gratefully received. Items can be sent in and given to the school office.

Raffle tickets will be on sale from Monday December 3rd until Friday 14th December. Pupils will bring a number of tickets home with them, should you require more please let us know.

May I once again thank everyone who has already made offers of help. Situations like this are never easy to deal with, but the response we have had, highlights what a fantastic community we live in.

Your sincerely

Mrs Greenough
Headteacher

Book Fair

6th November 2018

Dear Parents,

We are pleased to inform you that Scholastic Books will be holding a Book Fair in school from 12th to 16h November. Every pupil in the school will have an opportunity to visit the fair and buy a book, or just browse and see what wonderful books are on offer. There will be over 200 titles to look at; fantasy, thrillers, non-fiction, comedy and lots more. With books starting at £2.99 there’s sure to be a book for everyone to enjoy.

Books should be ordered on the day and will be delivered to the school the following week. These must be paid for at the time of ordering using cheques made out to Scissett Middle School, cash or Book Fair Gift Vouchers. Book Fair Gift Vouchers are the simple, secure way to ensure your child gets the books they want when the Book Fair arrives and are perfect if you can’t make it to the Book Fair. Even better, you’ll save 20% when you buy online meaning a £12 voucher costs only £10, a £6 voucher costs only £5 and so on. The Book Fair Gift Vouchers can be purchased from Scholastic.co.uk.

Thank you for your support.


Yours sincerely

 

Mrs S Jessop
Learning Resource Centre Manager