Latest news from around the school

Proper parking

Posted on 30 January 2018 by Mr Roundtree

As a parent / carer, you’ll be aware of the issues surrounding school gate parking. Parking illegally or inconsiderately not only causes inconvenience to local residents and undermines our efforts to be a good neighbour, but it also creates a major road safety issue, causing danger to our children and pedestrians crossing roads.

In a bid to combat illegal and dangerous parking near our school, we’ve been
working with Leeds City Council’s Uniformed Patrol Officers and the new parking enforcement vehicle to identify dangerous and inappropriate parking.

The vehicle uses camera / video footage which is then verified by officials to identify where a parking offence has been committed. Fines are then issued.

Data from the Autumn term shows that the mobile enforcement vehicle made 190 visits to 52 different schools and issued 111 penalty charge notices. Uniformed officers, who patrol on foot, made 772 visits to 41 different schools and issued 177 penalty charge notices.

These results highlight the shocking and persistent problem of inappropriate and dangerous parking outside schools at the beginning and end of the school day.

It might sound obvious, but if you really do need to drive for the school drop off or pick up, then please show some consideration for the safety and wellbeing of others…

  • Don’t park on double yellow lines or school markings, on pedestrian crossings or where a school crossing patrol officer operates.
  • Don’t block driveways, junctions or cause an obstruction to pupils and other pedestrians who are trying to cross roads.

Rather than battle to find a space right outside the school gates or in the car
park, it is probably far easier to park slightly further away and walk the last five
minutes. You may well find that this is quicker, easier and far less stressful.

By parking in a legal and considerate manner, you will help to reduce congestion and pollution, improve road safety for pedestrians needing to cross and improve the relationship of the school with its neighbours.

Thanks to all the parents / carers whose child walks, cycles or scoots to school. And thanks to the parents / carers who need to drive, but park away from school and walk the few minutes.

Some spellings support

Posted on 15 January 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Have you checked out out Learn More pages? They contain lots of tips and ideas to support your child at home.

In particular, look at the Help Your Child page. On here, we’ve just published a new guide to support your child with their spellings – it’s full of ideas to learn spellings in an active way. Encourage your child to try out the ideas. They won’t all suit, but some may end up being their favourite – and most effective – strategy!

Staying happy and healthy

Posted on 15 January 2018 by Mr Roundtree

As you will know, there have been cases of people here in the UK having ‘Aussie flu’.

There are two main types of flu – A and B. One of the strains of influenza circulating this year is a type of A flu known as H3N2. ‘Aussie flu’, the H3N2 subtype of influenza A, is a particularly violent strain of flu, with more aggressive symptoms than usual.

To help keep you and your child happy and healthy, all parents, carers and children should be extra careful to prevent the spread of colds and flu:

  • wash your hands often with warm water and soap
  • use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze
  • bin used tissues as quickly as possible

If you think you or your child has flu-like symptoms, you should:

  • rest and sleep
  • keep warm
  • take paracetamol or ibuprofen to lower your temperature and treat aches and pains
  • drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
  • consider asking a pharmacist for advice

The NHS advice is to contact your GP if your symptoms don’t improve after
seven​ ​days​ ​or​ ​you’re worried about your child’s symptoms. Antibiotics won’t help – they can’t treat infections caused by viruses such as colds and the flu.

Pants! The NSPCC safeguarding campaign

Posted on 15 January 2018 by Mr Roundtree

As you may be aware, the NSPCC have been broadcasting a TV advert to raise awareness of how parents can help their younger children keep safe from child sexual abuse. If you’ve missed it, you can watch it here.

The TV advert directs parents to the PANTS campaign, often used in schools. There is now a pack for parents to use, to encourage them to have a conversation that many might feel uncomfortable about having. The parents’ PANTS pack can be found here.

The NSPCC have also teamed up with award-winning animators, Aardman, to create a free app, for both android and iOS, featuring the Pantosaurus characters. There are four mini games where players test their skills against Pantosaurus. The app is great fun to use! Get the app by going to the relevant App Store below:

Find on Google Play.

Find on the Apple App Store.

A must-watch recommendation

Posted on 12 January 2018 by Mr Roundtree

A parent has recommended a recent BBC programme, Fighting for Air, to us. He tells us: ‘I’ve just watched this great BBC documentary about combatting air pollution. It’s a great watch and has many parallels with our schools in my opinion.’ The BBC describe the programme:
Imagine if you could change the quality of the air we breathe – in just one day. Air pollution in the UK has been declared a ‘public health emergency’ and Dr Xand van Tulleken is seeing what can be done about it. Enlisting the help of enthusiasts and sceptics from the Kings Heath community in Birmingham, Xand stages the first ever large-scale experiment of its kind – using people power to try and bring about a quantifiable improvement in air quality for a single day. With the pollution levels on the high street at the cusp of legal limits, the odds are stacked against Xand and his team. Can they achieve the improbable? Can the power of communities – with the help of some ingenious tech and some of the best experts in pollution science – succeed where governments have failed? Xand also becomes a case study in his own experiment. As he carefully tries to rid his body of the effects of pollution, he measures how his body functions are affected after exposing himself to a typical city street. The results are shocking.
‘Fighting for Air’ is available on BBC iPlayer until 09 February.

Playtimes and peers

Posted on 10 January 2018 by Mr Roundtree

This year at St James’ CE Primary, we’ve introduced peer mediators who help support the other children at playtimes. Here’s what some children have to say about peer mediators at our school:

‘When I was arguing with my friends, the peer mediators helped me sortit out and it came to a happy ending.’

‘When I don’t have anyone to play with, or when my friends are not playing a game properly, they come and sort it out and show us how to play it properly.’

‘Bailey and Alex helped me by telling people to stay away from me when I was upset. I said thank you to them.’

Well done and thank you to our peer mediators for carrying out this role so effectively and conscientiously.


The Resource Vault

Posted on 08 January 2018 by Mr Roundtree

The Children’s Society website, the Resource Vault, is an essential for all families.

The site contains information about just about everything young people need to know about emotional and mental health. There’s advice on anger, sleep, wetting, loneliness… Topics that could well be relevant for your child.

The resources are organised by age group. Each entry has further links about where to find more information. Although aimed at young people themselves, it’s a good resources for parents and carers, too.

Attendance matters

Posted on 02 January 2018 by Mr Roundtree

Our attendance figures for the Autumn term are really encouraging. The average dropped a little over the course of the term, and we’ll continue to monitor this closely. However, it’s great to compare this year’s figure with last year’s…

  • Autumn last year 96.2%
  • Autumn this year 97.1%

Attending school as much as possible is something which we know makes a difference to your child’s learning. This improvement is great – well done and thank you to pupils and parents/carers. Can we keep it up in 2018??

The year groups averages are:

  • Reception – 96.0%
  • Y1 – 95.0%
  • Y2 – 97.9%
  • Y3 – 97.5%
  • Y4 – 98.8%
  • Y5 – 97.3%
  • Y6 – 97.6%

Well done to the even numbered year groups! Years 2, 4 and 6 all have attendance that’s especially high! (How odd that the odd numbers are lower!)

PTA Events

Posted on 15 December 2017 by Miss Beatson

Thank you to everybody for supporting the PTA events this term. Over £1,000 has been raised over the three events and it will be used to improve the playground. Thank you to the PTA who have organised the events and made them happen!

If you would like to be more involved in the PTA, please come along to the meetings next half term.

St James' School Choir

Posted on 11 December 2017 by Mrs Rowley

The school choir has been busy over the past week. On Friday afternoon, the choir entertained travellers at Moto Wetherby Services. The children sung their hearts out and raised £303.23. Well done, choir!

Further to their success on Friday, choir visited Ashfields nursing home in Wetherby. Their carol singing was appreciated by all of the residents and staff. The children behaved brilliantly and were a credit to our school.