We Welcome Your Child to St Augustine's School and hope that their time with us will be very happy. Thank you for choosing our school.
All that we do is underpinned by our Mission Statement:
GOD IS THE HEART OF OUR SCHOOL
RESPECT OURSELVES, EACH OTHER AND THE ENVIRONMENT
OPEN OUR HEARTS AND MINDS
WORSHIP AND WONDER
INSPIRE EACH OTHER
NURTURE THE BEST A PERSON CAN BE
GROW AND LEARN TOGETHER
The playground gate opens at 8.45am and a member of staff is on duty from this time to supervise (Children
should not be left unsupervised before the gate opens). When the gate opens, please bring your child to the main playground outside their classroom and feel free to stay with them until their teacher welcomes them from 8.50am. On wet mornings please bring your children to their usual entrance from 8.45am. Please pick your child from the playground at 3.25pm. (For Reception children the first few weeks in school have special arrangements, please see Important Dates.)
The playground gate is locked at 8.55am. If your child is late bring them to the front entrance and sign them
into the ‘late book’. For security reasons we ask that you do not accompany them through the school to his/her class. They will be taken by a member of staff while you sign the late book, located in the front porch.
ORGANISATION OF THE SCHOOL
EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE – There is a total pupil admission number of 45 children, who are
divided into two classes. We employ a staggered start to best meet the needs of our new children and to
accommodate our visits to their homes – all children will be full time by the end of the first term (October).
KEY STAGE ONE – Children are in classes of 30 and are grouped according to age.
KEY STAGE TWO – Grouped in six classes according to age, but set for Maths in Years 5 & 6.
For security reasons it is essential that we know with whom your child is going home. We are unable to release your child without written authorisation. Please let us know who has permission to collect your child by completing the form enclosed in your starter pack. If occasionally you are unable to pick up your child on a particular day, let your class teacher know in writing in advance the name of the person who will do this. If there is an unexpected change of pick up for your child and the adult is not on your permission list, please contact the school office.
CARS AND PARKING
We request that you follow these rules:
EMERGENCY CONTACTS AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS
It is essential for us to have emergency contacts and telephone numbers, should your child have an accident, fall or be unwell during the day. We always try the home number first. Please complete and return the relevant forms included in this pack as soon as possible. Please give an additional contact other
than parents and please ensure that they are correct and updated as necessary.
COMMUNICATION BETWEEN HOME AND SCHOOL
We use ‘Parentmail’ for almost all communications home to parents delivering letters and notes electronically to your email address(es). Payment for school trips and permission slips may also be requested by Parentmail. For parents who do not have internet access, paper copies will be sent home. The school website www.st-augustines.kent.sch.uk is also updated regularly, and the homepage is often used for
important announcements (especially in times of snow or other events).
Every week, a newsletter is sent home via Parentmail. This contains important information about things
happening in school.
If you wish to speak to your child’s class teacher you could see if they are free to talk before or after school by
approaching the teacher directly or contact the school office first. For a more lengthy discussion with your
child’s teacher, you can make a mutually convenient appointment by telephoning the school office, writing to
your child’s class teacher, or emailing the office.
HEALTHY, SAFE AND SECURE
We value and respect all our children and families equally and recognise that they learn best when they are
healthy, safe and secure. If you have any concerns about their learning, safety or welfare please feel welcome to contact us.
If your child is ill, for whatever reason, we need to be informed by 9.30am on each day of the absence, otherwise the absence will be marked as unauthorised. Absences can be informed by telephoning the school and leaving a message, sending a notification by Parentmail or by emailing the school office. In the case of sickness and diarrhoea, children should not return to school within twenty-four hours from their last bout of sickness or diarrhoea. If your child is sick at school, and sent home, they should not return the following day. The expectation is still 24 hours from the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea. Please notify the school if your child has contracted or come into contact with any communicable diseases such as Chicken Pox for example – we have children with low immune systems who are at a greater risk from these illnesses. We expect at least 95% attendance for every child. If there are issues with ill health or other issues that reduce your child’s attendance below this percentage we will work with you to improve this.
If your child needs to take any medication whilst at school, a ‘Parental Agreement Form’ will need to be
completed and handed into the office (forms are available from the office, or can be downloaded from the
website). All medicines must be handed in to the school office in their original container as dispensed by the
pharmacist. If your child has an inhaler, please ensure that they have had medical instruction on its use. All
inhalers are kept in the classroom. It is essential for the class teacher to know if your child suffers from any
Pupils with pierced ears should wear plain studs only, which will need to be removed by the children
themselves for PE. Children are not allowed to do PE wearing earrings. New piercings should be left until the six week summer holiday to allow for healing. Hair must be tied back if shoulder-length or below. All hair
bands/clips etc. should be in uniform colours, blue, grey or yellow.
GETTING DRESSED AND UNDRESSED
Children will be expected to dress and undress themselves at school. They will also need to be able to remove
coats, hats and scarves and to hang them on their own peg.
Children often feel hungry at break-time, so we encourage you to send your child to school with a snack of fruit. We do not allow sweets, chocolates, biscuits, cereal bars or crisps and no nuts or food containing nuts please. We are a nut free school. We are involved in the Government’s free fruit scheme for infants; this means that they will be given an additional piece of fruit/vegetables to eat during the day. If you wish you may send in small treat to share with the class on your child’s birthday. These treats will be share with the class at the end of the day. Please do not send in cakes or chocolates/sweets for the class that contain nuts.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS (ALSO KNOWN AS PUPIL PREMIUM)
You may also be entitled to claim ‘Free School Meal’ status which secures important additional funding for the
school. Your child does not have to have school lunches for the school to receive the additional funding. This
funding is used to benefit your child’s learning for six years, whether your child has a school meal or not. Please see the enclosed letter for further information.
Every child under the age of five is entitled to a free 189ml serving of milk whilst in attendance at a registered
day care provider for two or more hours a day. Upon starting school your child is registered to receive their
portion of free milk with our milk provider Cool Milk which will continue until their fifth birthday. After their fifth birthday you may chose to continue with the milk scheme at a subsidised rate of approximately £14.00 per term. If your child is entitled to ‘Free School Meals’, your child will automatically receive a free 189ml portion paid for by the school.
All money for trips, lunches or saving schemes should be sent into school via your child’s class teacher, in an
envelope clearly labelled with your child’s name, class, amount and what the money is for. For larger amounts,
clearly labelled envelopes can be posted in our secure deposit box fixed to the wall on the left hand side in the entrance porch. No money can be accepted in the office. Please note that all correspondence should be sent via your child’s class teacher and not directly to the office.
HELPING OUT IN SCHOOL
We welcome family volunteers in all classes for as much or as little time you can spare. We also enjoy one-off
visits from family members who have a particular skill or vocation. If you would like to volunteer at the school,
please contact the office. DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks are required for all regular helpers. DBS
checks are arranged through the school; please make an appointment through the school office.