Grow to School & the Co-op are supporting our School

Exciting news!! We are very pleased to let you know that Grow to School is raising money for the allotment at our school in partnership with the Coop.  If you are a Coop member you can log into your account and select Grow to School as your local cause – click here https://www.coop.co.uk/local-causes

Become a member of the Co-op, select Grow to School as your cause. Use your card when you shop and raise money for an exciting gardening project at Holmfirth Junior and Infant School. Click here for information on membership https://www.coop.co.uk/membership

More information on Grow to School below

Growbag – your year-round food growing programme

Coop Grow to School HJIN

KS2 Christmas Carols at Holmfirth Parish Church

It is that time of year again and our KS2 classes have just finished their final practice for our Christmas carol concert at Holmfirth Parish Church today at 6pm.  Please arrive at 5:30pm where your child will be met by a staff member whilst you find a seat. It will be lovely to be joined by all our NABB families.

If possible, we would like the children to wear something ‘Christmassy’ – for example a festive jumper or hat, or both!  Please ensure your child is collected by an adult from your child’s class teacher at the end of the performance where they will be signed out.

We look forward to seeing you all tonight and hope you enjoy the service!

End of an Era!

Yesterday Mrs Hunt finally hung up her Senior Lunchtime Supervisor pinny!  She has been a ‘dinner lady’ since 1993 and during this time has fixed hundreds of bumped heads and scraped knees – all with the ‘magic’ wet paper towel.  However, this is not the end – Mrs Hunt will continue on as a Teaching Assistant (much to Mrs Worsley’s relief).  We wish Mrs Hunt many more peaceful lunch breaks to come……

 

Winter Illness

You will be aware that there are many winter virus’s and illnesses circulating, nationally and locally, at the moment including (amongst others): –

Scarlet Fever

Flu

Gastroenteritis

Chicken Pox

Covid-19

Attached to this post are some guidelines to follow for these, and other, illnesses.  Please do NOT send your child to school if they have any of the illnesses listed below that advise that the child should be kept off school until they have recovered.  The information below has been taken from the Gov.UK website – clicking on the blue links will take you to the NHS website where you can find more detailed information.

Medical advice should always be sought from either your GP or NHS 111.

Winter Virus 6.12.22

Community event – Holmepride-CiA & Fresh Group – Sunday 23 October 2022

Holmepride-CiA, the team who built our allotment for us, have been working with The Fresh Group to makeover School Street Garden (adjacent to Crown Bottom car park) that Holmepride-CiA took over management and maintenance of from Kirklees Council in April this year.

On Sunday 23 October, they will be launching a ‘Book Library’ in School Street where the community can donate and share children’s books.  The library will be accessible and adjacent to the Methodist Church who have agreed its location on their grounds outside the building.

Holmepride-CiA will be in School Street to give out a “free” cotton Holmepride-CiA bag for donations of 5 children’s books or more on Sunday 23 October from 10am – while stocks last.

Children will be able to come and “touch & smell” herbs and to bring herbs to plant in the School Street Garden, where there will be compost available for this purpose.

The Fresh Group installed 2 x 3 tiered planters, bug hotels, signage and £300 of plants, plus a “dog library” too (sticks for dogs!)

If you have books that you would like to donate any old books please take them along to School Street on Sunday.

Help with the Cost Of Living Crisis

One-off Cost of Living Payment

Kirklees Council have recently announced that they will be providing financial support for the families of those children who are entitled to free school meals, to receive a one-off cost of living payment of £50 per child. This will help families who are experiencing extreme financial difficulties in Kirklees.

Families can expect to receive this money before Christmas.  Check if you are eligible to claim for Free School Meals here.

The funding is part of a wider package of financial support approved by Cabinet. The details are in our news story: Cabinet approves huge expansion of award-winning affordable food service – Kirklees Together

Additionally, the Local Welfare Provision (LWP) scheme helps vulnerable people in short-term crisis with food and essential items. Entitlement for help is based on a person or family’s circumstances at the time and is discretionary.

Get in touch if you or your family are in immediate need or hardship.

 Local Welfare Provision
• lwp@kirklees.gov.uk
• 01484 414782 (10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday excluding bank holidays)

Apply for the Local Welfare Provision Fund – Eligibility – My Kirklees Account

Additionally:
• Kirklees residents can find support to help manage the increase in household bills on the Kirklees Council website: www.kirklees.gov.uk/cost-of-living
• Check out the free events taking place in Kirklees this October half-term: Spooktacular schedule of events this Halloween

Our Chair of Governors, David Sharp, has shared some links with us from the HSBC which you may find helpful

1.Wellbeing resources across a range of issues – see Wellbeing dropdown on HSBC home page and attached document.

https://www.hsbc.co.uk

2.Links below to various sites on Cost Of Living – this includes various webinars run every week including Cost Of Living Sessions. There is also a link to book a financial fitness appointment – 30 minute sessions – you don’t have to be a HSBC client. This link also has budget planners, and links to external debt advice:

https://www.hsbc.co.uk/financial-fitness/fitness-score/

https://www.hsbc.co.uk/financial-fitness/rising-cost-of-living/

https://www.hsbc.co.uk/financial-fitness/managing-debt/

Free School Meals

Free School Meals – During this time we realise that some families may be suffering financial difficulties. If your employment circumstances have changed in the past few months and you are now in receipt of certain benefits you may be entitled to claim for Free School Meals.  Please be assured that there is no stigma attached to Free School Meals and your eligibility will remain confidential.  Children are not aware that they are having a Free School Meal.
If you wish to check whether you are able to claim Free School Meals please log onto the Kirklees Council website by following this link

https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/schools/free-school-meals.aspx#

If you do qualify Kirklees will inform us and we will add your child to our Free School Meals list.

Please note that children in Reception and Years 1 & 2 currently receive Universal Free School Meals – this is a different scheme to Free School Meals which is only available to families in receipt of certain benefits and who meet the Free School Meals criteria.
In the meantime, please contact Alex Sykes in the office if you have any queries by emailing alex.sykes@holmfirthjinschool.net