As parents your responsibility is to ensure that your children attend school on time, dressed appropriately and ready to learn. This page has lots of information to keep you in the loop and let you know what is expected of you. With your co-operation we hope that your child/children have a fulfilling and wonderful experience with us.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
Parent Governor Election
There is a vacancy for a Parent Governor to serve on the Governing Body of Holy Cross Catholic Primary School. Please see below the letter which went out to parents 20th October 2017.
Helping you to help your child
Learning begins at home and although we do our very best to provide the best education and to guide your children to achieve the best of their capabilities, there is a lot that you can do with your child and a lot that can be done at home to ensure that they achieve their very best.
Read at home - it is very important to encourage your children to read, if they are too young to read on their own, try to read to them at least several times a week. There is lots of evidence to support that reading from an early age leads to better communication and speech and language skills within children. Try to find books that capture their attention and ones that they will enjoy, click the link below to find suggested reads - and also check out the local library for inspiration!
Get organised - A good structured morning routine helps a child to stay focused - get up in plenty of time to ensure time for a good breakfast, time to get dressed smartly and gather important things that they need for the day - such as their book bag, any neccessary homework and their planners.
Avoid being Late - It is your responsibility to get your child to school on time so please ensure plenty of time for outside influences such as traffic and weather. If for some reason you are late then you need to go to the main reception and sign your child in, providing a reason for the lateness. If lateness is a regular occurrence we will ask you to come in to school to explain and to see what can be done to help.
Do homework - Homework needs to be done, it provides opportunities for reinforcement of work learned during school time and for children to develop their research skills. Please make sure to check the planner of your child to see what is due. The best environment for them to complete their homework is with no distractions, away from TV's, phones and siblings. It is your responsibilty to ensure that they complete their homework, NOT to do it for them! Allow your child to complete their homework by themselves.
Things to try -
Plan a homework timetable and agree on when your child will do their homework.
Allow your child to have something nutritional to eat before starting on homework.
Discuss any homework tasks with your child and how it connects with what they are studying at school.
Don't give your child the answer in order to get a task finished. Instead, explain how to look up information
Don't teach your child methods you used at school. It could confuse them.
Don't let homework become a chore. Keep it fun and make it a special time that you both look forward to.
Praise effort and achievement; building self-esteem is very important if a child is to try with school work.
Show an interest, make time to talk about school in daily conversations. Take your child to the library if he or she needs to access reference materials such as books
Set a good example by sitting beside your child if they are struggling and show your support.
Check homework over. It is important to remember that the homework is not yours, but your child's. If you do the assignments you are not helping him or her to become an independent learner. Discuss with your child's teacher what support is expected from you.
Sign Planners - Planners must be signed weekly so that teachers can see that you are keeping track of pupils progress. Please make sure that you ask your children to see their planners and read any comments within them.
St Helens Safeguarding Children Board
Please click on the link below to find out more:
1. Treat your password like your toothbrush – keep it to yourself!
Parents, Teachers and Friends Association (PTFA)
Want to get involved? Whether you want to have your say about various school issues or you just want to come along to hear about our future plans and upcoming events, everyone is welcome. We meet at various times throughout the year to discuss many school matters. If you are interested or you would like to know more send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with one of our teachers for details. Keep an eye out on our upcoming events also, as it will be advertised there if there is a meeting coming up.
Things that are discussed at a PTA
Upcoming fundraising events
The next PTA meeting will take place....
Reducing absence from school is a national key priority. As a parent you are committing an offence if your child regularly misses school and has unauthorised absences. A penalty notice will be issued to your home with fines of up to £100.
This club is run by staff who stay late to allow a later pick up for parents. It is a great idea for working parents who are unable to make the 3.15. p.m. pick up. All children are welcome, there is a small cost of £5 for this service to cover the cost of the refreshments and activities that are offered.
Open until 5:30 p.m.
Includes a snack
Various activities - Creative, writing, playdough, baking, painting, homework, reading, dance and fitness.
If you have any questions about the Late Mate club or would like to enroll your child then please contact Miss Lauren Mcloughlin at email@example.com or call into the school office.