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RED NOSE DAY RAISED OVER £700 SO WELL DONE ALL.

JUST A REMINDER TO PARENTS THAT FROM 1 APRIL DINNER MONEY WILL BE £2.05 PER DAY, £10.25 PER WEEK. PAYMENT CAN BE MADE BY THE WEEK TERM OR HALF TERM. PAYMENT DUE EVERY MONDAY MORNING. IF BY CHEQUE PLEASE MAKE THE CHEQUE PAYABLE TO WMDC. PARENTS CAN NOW LOOK AT THE WHOLE TERMS MENU ON OUR ABOUT US TAB ON OUR WEB PAGE IN THE HEALTHY SCHOOLS TAB.

THERE WILL BE NO CODING CLUB UNTIL AFTER THE EASTER HOLIDAYS MRS TWIDDY 19.3.15

Please could parents donate any school uniform your child has outgrown into school for spares. Could anyone who has had spares please return them into school.

Parent Working Party meeting notes from 2 October 2014 are available to read on the Parental Engagement tab at the top of the page.

PLEASE CHECK THE SCHOOL CALENDAR AND OUR LATEST NEWS LINK FOR ANY UPDATES.

Parking and dropping children off outside school

Dear Parents,

The local police did a spot check on Southdale Road regarding parking infringements. As a result, 3 parking fines were issued. We have been asked by West Yorkshire Police to remind you of the following information, taken directly from the Highway Code:
• DO NOT park opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of Southdale Road/Southdale Gardens junction, except in an authorised parking space
• DO NOT park opposite or within 10 metres (32 feet) of Southdale Road/Belgrave Street junction, except in an authorised parking space
• You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs
• You MUST NOT wait or park, or stop to set down and pick up passengers, on school entrance markings
• It is safer for your passengers (especially children) to get out of the vehicle on the side next to the kerb
• DO NOT stop or park in front of an entrance to a property
West Yorkshire Police have advised us that they will be conducting regular spot checks and WILL enforce any illegal parking. Please can I ask for your co-operation in making sure that the children who attend our school are delivered and collected from Southdale as safely as possible.
With kind regards, Mrs Eccles

Our texting service is now in use please ensure mobile numbers are correct.

In January, the Ofsted Report on our recent inspection was published on their website www.ofsted.gov.uk. To read the full report please go to the green box named current letters below it makes wonderful reading about your children and the whole school family.

When your child is unwell, it can be hard deciding whether to keep them off school. We hope these few simple guidelines, adopted from the NHS website, will help.

Not every illness needs to keep your child from school. If you keep your child away from school, be sure to inform the school on the first day of their absence before 9.30.
Common conditions
If your child is ill, it’s likely to be due to one of a few minor health conditions.
Whether you send your child to school will depend on how severe you think the illness is. This guidance can help you make that judgement.
Remember: if you’re concerned about your child’s health, consult a health professional.
• Cough and cold. A child with a minor cough or cold may attend school. If the cold is accompanied by a raised temperature, shivers or drowsiness, the child should stay off school, visit the GP and return to school 24 hours after they start to feel better. If your child has a more severe and long-lasting cough, consult your GP. They can give guidance on whether the child should stay off school. Get more information in Common cold.
• Raised temperature. If your child has a raised temperature, they shouldn’t attend school. They can return 24 hours after they start to feel better. Learn more in Feverish illness in children.
• Rash. Rashes can be the first sign of many infectious illnesses, such as chickenpox and measles. Children with these conditions shouldn’t attend school. If your child has a rash, check with your GP or practice nurse before sending them to school.
• Headache. A child with a minor headache doesn’t usually need to be kept off school. If the headache is more severe or is accompanied by other symptoms, such as raised temperature or drowsiness, then keep the child off school and consult your GP.
• Vomiting and diarrhoea. Children with these conditions should be kept off school. They can return 48 hours after their symptoms disappear. Most cases of vomiting or diarrhoea get better without treatment, but if symptoms persist, consult your GP. Learn more in Rotavirus gastroenteritis. However, if your child has had a one off tummy upset, and their symptoms have disappeared, they can return to school as normal.
• Sore throat. A sore throat alone doesn’t have to keep a child from school. If it’s accompanied by a raised temperature, the child should stay at home.

Happy Children Make Progress...

Southdale is a dynamic, vibrant, church junior school situated in the heart of Ossett, West Yorkshire. The two form entry school is full of character, love and life and provides an extremely high standard of education as well a wealth of wonderful experiences for children between the ages of seven to eleven. Southdale’s ethos is built on a bedrock of strong, Christian values.

It is a school full of warmth, energy and enthusiasm where children feel nurtured, happy and valued. This exciting yet calm, purposeful atmosphere is palpable the moment you step into the environment. We pride ourselves in having a totally committed staff team who are relentless in their drive to offer a curriculum which is broad, challenging, creative and inspiring. Expectation is very high and all children are motivated to ‘be the best that they can be’.

The whole Southdale family subscribes to the notion that it is ‘cool to work hard… do well… be positive and enthusiastic’.

Elodia Krische Eccles
Headteacher

The school environment promotes excellence and outstanding experiences. From specialist cooking and horticultural practices, exceptional creative and imaginative displays, including ceramic design of the highest quality, geographical and historical enquiries and links with the local environment and beyond, and relationships and expectations that exude ambition and aspiration, Southdale oozes `pure delight.` Learning is exciting, stimulating and relevant.
Pupils are subsequently absorbed, immersed and enthralled at all times. No mountain is too high to climb, no challenge too great and no reward undeserved. All adults, including learning support and administration personnel, make a strong contribution to this overall ethos and ambience.

Dr Andy Swallow
School Improvement Consultant
2012

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