Here we are! We finally reach the end of another different, challenging year. Despite the challenges faced, it’s been wonderful to see how all of your children have grown and developed in all areas. We would all like to wish you a wonderful summer break, and wish our Year 6 leavers all the very best as they move onto the next chapter in their lives. We had a fabulous leavers’ service on Wednesday evening at St Peter’s – it was great to be able to do this again in church.
There’s quite a bit of information on this last newsletter of the year; some of the things we’ve been asked to share by Dudley – have a good read! Please check your ParentMail occasionally over the holidays as we may be sending out some information ready for the start of the new year in September.
A big, heartfelt thank you from all of us for all your gifts and messages. We never expect anything but we all really appreciate them. Thank you again.
The final Pedmore Thrive of the year can be found here.
School Lunches From September
The school lunch price from September will be £2.40 per meal. We have kept this as low as possible for a number of years and our school meal price is still cheaper than most other schools. We always try to keep in mind how difficult changes are and unfortunately this time costs are rising for the meals provided. This doesn’t affect those children in reception and KS1 who are eligible for the Infant Free School Meal Initiative.
Let’s Get Moving!
Dudley Public Health is embracing the current nostalgia for the 1980s with the launch (13 July) of the next Let’s Get Moving challenge to encourage people to move more. Every fortnight for the rest of July, August and September a short, fun, video will be uploaded on the Dudley public health Let’s Get website and TikTok account. Each clip demonstrates simple and enjoyable ways that you can add movement into your day. From playing with the kids, to seated exercise, and even golf football – they are all things that you can easily do with little, or no, equipment. Today’s video is of The Mayor of Dudley, Councillor Sue Greenaway, demonstrating a few chair-based exercises. The clips aim to give you inspiration and motivation to get active in any shape, way or form. Best of all, the videos are set to the classic Bananarama & Fun Boy Three track ‘It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it’. Not only is that a great motto for the campaign, but it will keep you humming through the day. Remember, any movement, no matter how small, is better than doing nothing. Being active can: reduce your chance of getting diseases; strengthen your bones and muscles; improve your balance, reducing your risk of falling; help you sleep better; and reduce anxiety. To find out more about the support and resources offered through the Let’s Get Moving campaign, go to www.lets-get.com/move.
Summer Mental Wellbeing Support Available
A reminder to Schools/Young People that the online/telephone support is available to them at all times, but especially important is to remind them before the summer hols, when some of their usual support systems, may not be there. Kooth – an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for young people 11-18 years old. Including an online chat, magazines, forums, activity centres, and live counselling.https://www.kooth.com/ A free, confidential, 24/7 text messaging support service for anyone who is struggling to cope https://giveusashout.org/get-help/ You can talk to child line about anything. No problem is too big or too small 0800 1111 or chat online https://www.childline.org.uk/get-support/ Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 0800 008 6516.
The Mason Mile’s Summer Fundraising Challenge
The Mason Mile www.masonfoundation.co.uk is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new fundraising challenge: 40 Miles, in 40 Days!
This challenge is going to be run over the school holidays, starting on Monday 25th July, through to Friday 2nd September (a total of 40 days).
The aim: To complete 1 mile (or 15 minutes of equivalent activity), each day, for the 40 day duration. You can choose to do this however you like, whether it be; walking, scooting, swimming, or something in the comfort of your own home. It’s ‘Your Mile, Your Way, Each Day’.
What are we fundraising for? Did you know that only 5.1% of people with a learning disability are in paid employment? Through our brand-new programme, Propel, The Mason Foundation are supporting, empowering, and upskilling young adults with learning disabilities into meaningful employment. By taking part in this challenge, you will be helping raise vital funds to support these young people in their journey to independence. We also have exclusive prizes to be won, for the highest fundraisers on the campaign:
1st Prize: Thanks to our partner, Vinci Facilities, 1st prize is a new bike to the value of £250 (or equivalent accessible exercise equipment)
2nd and 3rd Prize: Our founder, Stephen Mason, is donating 2nd and 3rd prizes, which will be a pair of trainers worth up to £150. To sign up and find out more information, click here: https://givepenny.com/campaign/40miles40days
Beat the Street
Beat the Street is at our school until 10 August and we’re all invited to play. It’s a free walking and cycling game that has transformed the area into a giant game! Pupils, parents, carers and staff earn points for our school as you travel around our area. You can walk, run, cycle, scoot, skip or roll between Beat Boxes on the journey to and from school, take trips round the area at weekends and enjoy spending time to help our school earn points and rocket up the leaderboard. There are great prizes up for grabs! Get out playing over the next few weeks to be in with a chance to win amazing Commonwealth Games merchandise in celebration of the upcoming Commonwealth Games!
We hope you’re enjoying taking part in this free, fun community-wide challenge. It’s a great way to enjoy the rewards of better health, improved mental wellbeing and community spirit. Let’s see if we can make it to the top!
Kids Eat Free (or cheap)
Have a look here at the range of places that have deals for children and families over the summer holidays. You can see them here.
Pedmore PTA 100 Club
The last 100 club draw of the year can be found below. Thanks Year 6!
Forest School Review (Mrs Hill)
Last week we saw the last of the forest school sessions for this year.
It’s generally been a great year in the woods with all Year groups having spent some time with me.
This year marks my 10th as a forest school leader teaching Pedmore children and it really is pure joy year on year watching them grow in every way.
The learning in forest school is led by the children with me aiming to provide sparks and opportunities to develop that. I’m always amazed at how each group takes that in their own individual way and they definitely develop their knowledge and connection of our natural world as well as grow in confidence, resilience and understanding of both themselves but of each other.
They also have lots of opportunities to play. Whatever our age, play is so important with so many opportunities to learn at every level. It’s a privilege to stand back and watch them.
This last week I said good bye to Year 6, most of them I have taught since they were in pre school. We had a great day, cooking lunch on the fire and doing all our favourite activities one more time. Good luck children on your next chapter, you are all great .
Year 4 also had their last session and we literally had the best talent show with Mr Hickman giving the children a great performance. Their laughter was infectious!
Thank you to everyone who has completed my questionnaire, I am very grateful for you taking the time to complete it and for your feedback. I’m really grateful that your children enjoy forest school so much and that you are happy with my provision. It means a lot.
I hope you all have a great break. I shall be running some sessions over the holidays which are open to all families. For dates and booking, please see the link below.