We have been asked to let you know that there are opportunities for parents to access courses which will enable participants to gain a greater understanding of what and how children learn at school. There are programmes in maths, phonics as well as parenting support courses. For further information, please access the following website: https://adulteducation.a365hosted.com and search ‘Family Learning.’
The Moat Family Hub:
We have been given leaflets with information about the services that the Family Hub can provide from now until December. These include a healthy lifestyles advisor (Tuesdays), a stay and play group for pre-school children (Wednesdays) and a school nurse drop in session (first Thursday of every month). Please ask at Reception if you wish to have a leaflet with more information.
St. Chad's Church Hall:
Thousands of pounds has been raised to provide secure, on site, off-road parking for up to 25 cars at St. Chad’s Community Hall. This ground mesh provides a stable surface for people with mobility issues and can still be used for child's play and outdoor activities. This new outdoor space plus the newly refurbished church hall is now available to hire for children's parties and activities. All are welcome to call in and see the improvements for yourself. For more information please email:- Lorraine Page (Churchwarden) email@example.com
The Moat Family Hub:
Your local School Nurse (Georgina) will be available for parents to speak to about any health questions or concerns on the first Thursday of every month from 3 – 6 pm. – no appointment is needed.
Parents and children enjoyed a special assembly on Monday 2nd October where we all shared our gratitude for the food that we enjoy on a daily basis. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who contributed food to our Harvest Festival. Your kind donations were given to Mr Tyrrell from St Chad's Church who came to the assembly and were distributed to local people who are in need.
During the summer break, there will be a free summer holiday camp every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11 am – 2 pm at the Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre. A range of activities will be available, including arts and crafts, music, health and beauty, cookery and sports and there is also a free meal for all school aged children.
On Tuesday 7th August, there will be a Family Fun Day at the Moat House Leisure and Neighbourhood Centre from 1 pm – 5 pm. It is free entry for all and events include a dance show and a magician. For unlimited rides and a hot dog or burger, a wristband for children costs £4.00. T
St Chad’s News:
Can you inspire? We are looking for a part time, self-employed Scout project supporter. Are you a friendly person who can help welcome new adults and young people into Scouting? If so, then we need you to be our Project Supporter. Based at St Chad’s, Hillmorton Road, we plan to open new Scout sections that will welcome young people and adults from all of the diverse communities in the area, regardless of background, faith or beliefs. Interested? Contact Natalie Boarer on 07507 856 252 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
St Chad’s Events:
The following events will be held at St. Chad’s Church on Hillmorton Road.
Children’s Disco: Saturday 8th April 4-7pm - £1 adults 50p children
Easter Service: Sunday 16th April 10.30am followed by FREE Easter Egg Hunt (free breakfast for children from 9.30am)
St. Chad’s Church Visit:
On Wednesday 5th April, the whole school visited St Chad’s church, where they enjoyed the experience of seeing what a church looks like at this time of year. Reverend Andrew Fisher invited Mr McIlroy, Mrs Turner and Miss Wilson to help him to engage everyone and inform them about the different events and traditions. The children all enjoyed the visit and they all enjoyed squash and biscuits before they returned to school.
St. Chad’s News:
Rev Andrew Fisher would like to invite you to an “All Age Mothering Sunday Service” at St Chad’s on Hillmorton Road at 10.30am this Sunday. There is a free breakfast for children from 9.30 am and free flowers and cards for mums and grans!
We recently received this from the school nurse: Coventry School Nursing is delighted to launch two new health focussed websites for young people across Coventry, one aimed at children and another for teenagers. www.healthforkids.co.uk offers a fun way for children to learn about health with games, activities and quizzes, and also offers advice to parents.
St Chad’s News:
On Thursday 19th January at 6 pm, St Chad’s on Hillmorton Road, will be hosting a Children’s Talent Night. All welcome, especially any under 16s, who want to showcase their talent! Additionally, there will be a buffet and raffle on the night! For more information, please contact Paul Gregory, Boys Brigade & Girls Association Captain on 024 76 668 112. Also English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) lessons will be restarting in the church hall on Thursday 19th January from 10am – 12pm. A crèche is available.
Family Health at St. Chad’s:
Over the next few weeks, St. Chad’s has a researcher from the University of Warwick visiting St Chad’s on Hillmorton Road to talk to families about their experiences of keeping healthy. Marie Murphy is carrying out this project at a small number of sites across the city as part of a collaboration with Coventry City Council to understand the barriers to keeping healthy and maintaining a healthy weight for families in Coventry, and what can be done to better support families.
Marie is aiming to recruit 10-12 parents to take part in a group interview. The research project is especially aiming to recruit families from black and minority ethnic groups to make sure that the diversity of Coventry is being captured in the project. The project will allow parent’s voices to inform the design of local services. Marie will be at St Chad’s from 10am on Friday 2nd December, when breakfasts will also be being served. If you want to find out more, you can also email Marie at email@example.com.
St. Chads News:
St. Chads would like to share that free English classes (ESOL) are now available on Thursday mornings from 10.00 am until 12.00 pm. These will start on Thursday 10th November and will be held at St. Chad’s Church, Hillmorton Road, CV2 1FY. Please contact Matt Robinson for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assembly with Rev. Andrew Fisher:
Andrew and Gareth led our assembly on Monday 17th October. The theme was to always be positive and look on the bright side of things and not to dwell on the negatives. The children enjoyed helping Andrew to retell his story, helping out with the actions.
Community Events at St Chad’s, Hillmorton Road.
Thursday 20th October (6.15pm – 7.30pm): Better-than-Halloween Party for Families. Free arts, crafts, God slot and Food. Children and their grown-ups welcome.
Saturday 22nd October (10.30am – 1pm): Autumn Fayre. Jumble, Bouncy Castle, Splash-the-Vicar, Tombola, Games, Raffle and more. All welcome.
Thanks to everyone who made a donation for our Harvest Assembly on Monday 3rd October. It was great to have so many of you in the assembly. Rev Andrew Fisher led an exciting assembly which involved several characters (children and adults) acting out the story of Stone Soup. This reminded us that life is always better when we work together and support each other.
Rev Fisher asked if we would give the following message: “Thank you to the pupils, parents, carers and staff at Moat House Primary School for your Harvest Festivals gifts. Altogether, 24 bags of food were collected which will be distributed to residents at Loxley Court, Alexandra House and St Clement’s Court, and also to the vulnerable, lonely and elderly in the parish. Every blessing from Rev Andrew and all your friends at St Chad’s church, Hillmorton Road.”
One Body One Life:
The One Body One Life team are visiting Moat House Primary this term to deliver a programme of sessions, designed to help families lead healthy lifestyles. Their first session was on Thursday 29th September and there will be nine more sessions, which will all be held on a Thursday from 3:30pm until 5:00pm. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, learn more about health and nutrition and to have fun. If you are interested, please let the school office know as places are limited.
St. Chad’s Notices:
The following will be held at St. Chad’s on Hillmorton Road.
On Tuesday 5th July (and every Tuesday thereafter) there will be a New Youth Group starting at 7-9pm in the Church Hall for young people aged 11-14. The young people can take part in games, including pool and video games or just come along for a chat and relax – all free of charge. There will also be a tuck shop available. For more information please contact Paul Gregory on 024 7666 8112.
St. Chad’s Church Visit:
On Thursday 24th March, the whole school visited St Chad’s church, where they enjoyed the experience of seeing what a church looks like at this time of year. Reverend Andrew Fisher invited Mr Kelly to help him to engage everyone and inform them about the different events and traditions. The children all enjoyed the visit and they all enjoyed squash and biscuits before returning to school.
St Chad’s News:
We have been asked to share the following notices from St. Chad’s. All of the groups detailed below will be held in St Chad’s Church Hall, which is on Hillmorton Road.
12th Coventry Boys Brigade & Girls Association:
The group meets every Thursday from 6.15pm - 7.30pm and activities include arts, crafts, games, badge work and a tuck shop. Girls and boys from age 5-12 are welcome. The sessions and uniform are free.
This is a free stay and play with great toys for under 4s. They meet every Friday at 1pm until 2:30pm and refreshments are also included.
On Tuesday 20th October, our local PCSO, Rachel Horton-Barr spoke to the children in their KS1 and KS2 assemblies about keeping safe at this time of year. She spoke to the children about the risks and dangers that they need to be aware about, especially if children want to celebrate and enjoy special events like Hallowe’en and Bonfire Night.
In the week beginning 12th October, 5HT, 6JK, 1JS and 2ET all enjoyed their trip to Bell Green library. The library staff were very impressed with the children’s behaviour and attitudes: “We have really enjoyed the last week of class visits from Moat House School, the children have been so well behaved and very enthusiastic.”
The library staff have also been in contact to answer some questions that have been raised by children and parents. For your information:
the children’s library cards can be used in any of the Coventry City Libraries,
the books they have borrowed can be returned to any of the Coventry City Libraries on or before the date stamped (four weeks),
there are no fines for late returns for children under 8 years old,
the fines for late returns for children 8 years old and over are 12p per day per item,
If any parents/carers are concerned about getting the books back to a library on time please phone or email Bell Green Library (the details are on the leaflets that should have gone home with each child) on 024 76785818 or email@example.com, or one of the other Coventry City Libraries www.coventry.gov.uk/libraries. The library staff can then renew the items for another 4 weeks.
If books, or library ticket become lost please can you contact the library, as the library would rather know earlier so they can try and resolve this without any fees having to be incurred.
The car park continues to be very busy at the start and end of the school day and I would encourage you to walk with your children if at all possible, as we have limited parking on site. If you have no option other than to drive, can I please ask that you park safely and appropriately to ensure the safety of the children. I have asked the Site Service Officers to monitor the situation and supervise the parking arrangements. Any parents who choose not to park safely or whose driving may put our children at risk will be refused entry to the site. We are very lucky to have the opportunity to drop children off on site and not on the roads outside – which has been the case at my previous schools. Can you please support us by driving and parking safely so that we can continue to do this.