February 2015 Newsletter

February 2015
Message from Margaret ….
I am delighted to welcome Oli to Crocodiles. I welcome Karen O’Neill to Kingsdown; she is working in Elephants.
The class photographs for this year are now displayed on the corridor wall outside the hall.
Whether this year your child has an Education Health Care Plan Conversion meeting, or an Annual Review Meeting you
will receive a periodic evaluation of their progress towards the agreed outcomes. The first will be sent approximately 13
weeks after the meeting and the second after 26 weeks. The evaluations will be sent directly from the teacher.
Winter has certainly arrived with temperatures in the morning as low as -5 degrees. Please ensure your child wears warm
clothes as many of the children go outside at play and lunch time and children can become very cold getting on and off the
bus. Also it is advisable for children to have spare clothes in school in case the clothes they are wearing get wet or dirty. As
always please ensure you put your child’s name in their clothes.
On Sunday 18 January 17 of our pupils attended a wonderful party at the Grosvenor Hotel in London. There were many
activities during the day which included face painting, marching bands, carnival dressed characters, face painting,
dance groups and party food. The day was financed and organised by the
London Taxi Drivers’ Fund. Kingsdown received invitations via Access
Anyone. I would like to give many thanks to Access Anyone, Donna and all
the Kingsdown staff who volunteered to support this day.
Dates for the Diary
Although our present sensory room looks very good it really is no longer
appropriate for the needs of the pupils at Kingsdown. With the aim to rectify
this, Toni and Yvonne have devised a new layout for the room which will cost
the large sum of £35,000. I am delighted that the PTA has agreed to
contribute £15,000 much of this money was raised by the 2014 Colourthon.
Leigh Lions have pledged an additional £1,500 and the governors have
agreed that the remaining money will be paid from the school fund. A huge
thank you to everyone who took part in the Colourthon as the children will
gain greatly from the new room. The aim is to have the improvements in
place by April 2015.
6 Feb. HPV1 Vaccinations
10 Feb. Governors Pupil Needs &
Curriculum Committee
Meeting 4pm
13th Feb. Non pupil day
16 - 20 Feb. Half Term Holiday
On 17 January, Southend Mencap launched the start of their Diamond
Jubilee year. The society has, and continues to support children and adults
who have special needs in so many ways which includes The Music Man
23 Feb. Continence Clinic
24 Feb. Full Governing Body
Meeting 3.45pm
Thursday 12 February Monkey Class will be raising money to support the
‘Cheeky Monkey Campaign’ for the charity Children with Cancer. The
national theme is ‘26’ which means 26 of anything. Monkey Class are taking
part in a sponsored obstacle race with twenty-six bananas to collect.
On 3 February all the children will see the show ‘Robin Hood’ in school; this
is financed by Happy Days.
27 Feb. PTA Coffee Morning
3 Mar. Parents Evening 3.45
17 Mar. Non pupil day
23 Mar. Continence Clinic
Bob Craven will be at part of the PTA coffee morning on 27 February to
explain the Tram Stop Shelter. This is a proposed facility for people who have
special needs. If you are free please come along and give your views to his
If your child is unable to attend school please phone the office before 8.30
a.m. to inform them of their absence.
24 Mar. Governors Capital & Asset
Management Meeting 9.30
27 Mar. Last day of term
27 Mar. PTA Coffee Morning
By request this month every parent will receive a hard copy of this
Newsletter. If you are happy to receive the Newsletter by ParentMail please
email the office.
30 Mar. - 10 Apr. Easter Holiday
28 Apr. Governors Capital & Asset
Management Meeting 3pm
Kingsdown School, Snakes Lane, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6XT
Tel: 01702 527486 Fax: 01702 526762 www.kingsdownschool.org
Coffee Mornings take place between 10.00 am – 12.00 pm and are held in the Parents/Meetings Room at Kingsdown
School. These are very informal gatherings and are an ideal opportunity to meet other parents and have a chat over
Coffee Morning Dates:
Friday 27 February 2015
Friday 27 March 2015
Friday 24 April 2015
Kingsdown School, Snakes Lane, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, SS2 6XT
Tel: 01702 527486 Fax: 01702 526762 www.kingsdownschool.org