Welcome to the final bulletin of the school year!

Another year gone! And what a busy, productive, successful one it has been. As ever, thank you to all in our community for your support and ongoing kindness. On behalf of all the staff team, we would like to wish you a safe and enjoyable Summer. If you are travelling, bon voyage. If you are not, then enjoy the ‘staycation’.

If you are the parent/carer of a child starting with us in September – a very, very warm welcome. We’ll greet you properly when we’re back! The bulletin is a weekly event, officially published on Friday, but often brought forward to Thursday. We send out a link via the Scholarpack app/text, when it is published. It provides a summary of all that week’s content from the website, our official ‘news channel’ so to speak. It also includes reminders of things coming up the next week. All website news is also shared ‘live’ automatically on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/parkdalecarlton. We are on Twitter (@parkdalecarlton) too, but that is unofficial and very ad hoc – worth a follow if you are on there though.

If you are the parent/carer of a leaver and have no children remaining in the school, this will be your last bulletin from us. We wish you and your children well and hope you will keep in contact with us. We always love to know how the children – or ‘students/young people’ as they tend to become at Secondary – are getting along. Only this week, we’ve had a lot of ex-pupils visiting us on work experience and it’s great to see the lovely young adults they’ve become. We saw literally scores of ex-Pardalers at the Summer Fair and that was lovely too.

For everyone else, we’ll see you in September! 🙂

Summer Safeguarding: We remain ‘on-call’ for concerns relating to child-protection over the Summer. The initial point of contact for any concern is Claire Smith, Operational Safeguarding Lead, Transform Trust: 0115 982 5090. Claire is then able to ‘triage’ calls and contact our own Safeguarding staff if necessary.

Look out for works to redevelop the playground over the Summer – this should be starting week commencing the 28th of August and should really improve the environment and play opportunities for the children. Added to the recently completed work to develop the outdoor provision for Nursery, this should make quite an impact.

Thank you to all who completed the community survey. Your feedback is always welcome and useful to us. We have had a close look at the responses and put together a plan of action to address some of the matters arising. If you have any further suggestions, for example communication or homework, please feel free to share them with us. Full details here: https://parkdale-primary.co.uk/annual-survey-thank-you/

Uniform Orders – Our supplier’s website is suggesting that orders need placing before 1st August for delivery before the start of term:https://www.pbuniform-online.co.uk/parkdale

On the subject of uniform, a reminder that we come back still with Summer rules applying – hopefuly, we’ll still get some nice weather! Ties not necessary, polo shirts still fine, summer dresses etc. The change to the more formal Winter uniform doesn’t officially come until after October half-term, though of course you are free to choose to start with that right a\way if you prefer.

Some important updates and information around attendance for 2023-24 here. the full piece is quite a long read, but we urge that you at least read the summary at the top of the article: https://parkdale-primary.co.uk/attendance-2023-24/

Nottingham City have a great website here, full of ideas of things to do in the Summer holidays. It’s also worth noting that they have re-priced the Castle. £12 buys an adult access for the entire year and children are free: https://www.asklion.co.uk/kb5/nottingham/directory/landing.page?directorychannel=5_10

Similarly, some holiday activities from Gedling Leisure here: https://www.gedling.gov.uk/holiday-activities/

Nottinghamshre Libraries are running the annual Summer Reading Challenge, which we’d very much encourage and would love to see any certficates and medals won! https://www.inspireculture.org.uk/reading-information/find-a-library/gedling-library/news/2022/07/14199/

Notts County Council are running a Holiday Activity and Food Programme – well worth a look to see if you are eligible: The Holiday Activities and Food programme (HAF) supports the wellbeing of children between 5 – 16 years by providing a variety of activities and food during school holidays: https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/education/holiday-activities-and-food

Year Six enjoyed their leavers’ disco, courtesy of the wonderful Friends of Parkdale: https://parkdale-primary.co.uk/year-6-leavers-disco/

Yesterday (Wednesday) also saw the Year Six end-of-year production – a spectacular and very funny performance of The Roald Dahl Express. The children were amazing – their performances so confident and engaging. It really was a joy to behold. Thanks to the enthusiastic audience, staff and volunteers.

Clumber (green) house had a fantastic trip to the Broadway Cinema on Monday and, as we would expect, came home with rave reviews for their behavour and manner from the general public in town, Broadway staff and the coach drivers. We all enjoyed seeing Mummies and munching on popcorn for the morning: https://parkdale-primary.co.uk/clumbers-cinema-treat/

Monday also saw our now traditional whole-school water fight on the field. No photos of this, sadly – no one dared risk taking a device out! That we are able to enjoy such activities is testament to the trust we are able to have in the children. They know how to have fun, whilst still maintaining kindness and sefl-control. Believe us, such an event would be way too risky in some settings!

Football Kit – a quick nudge for any year five or six children with school football kit to please return it tomorrow, Friday. 

Another (!) bonus for Year Six here – a live gig by a rock band: https://parkdale-primary.co.uk/year-6-live-band-performance/

Another survey – this one for the children – full results to follow in September as we’re still getting responses coming in. We try to get a response back from each and every child and we follow up individually on any that suggest the children do not feel safe, do not enjoy school or otherwise hint at wellbeing concerns. https://parkdale-primary.co.uk/childrens-survey/

Transform Trust Awards: The Trust host an annual awards event and very posh it is too, held at Colwick Hall. This year’s is tomorrow (Friday) and we have eight children atttending to pick up an award around the Trust values. These were nominated by children and selected by a panel of children, led by School Council. Another Parkdale child has been selected from special nominations across the entire Trust to receive the Superhero Award.  We don’t want to spoil any surprises, so will put a report up (with names) on the website on Friday evening.

Tomorrow – last day of the year – is a Toy Day. No formal lessons and a bit of a treat day for all. It is uniform as normal. There will be a special assembly to celebrate attendance. As usual, those who have hit the target or who have 100% attendance will be receiving their wrist bands and badges. There is a new award for the Y6 leaver with the most outstanding attendance over their time with us.  

This week, we bid a fond farewell to two much-loved members of staff:

Miss Kaleem, 1 Chestnut class teacher,is off to do some adventurous travelling. We wish Hibah all the best and would like to thank her for all she has done in her time with us. Miss Kaleem is a promising young teacher with a bright future ahead of her. We’d love to see her back here one day!

Mrs Parry, Midday Supervisor, leaves us after 17 years. We wish Marilyn all the best for a very happy retirement and thank her for all she has done for so many chldren over that long service.

Finally, a belated update on Mrs Hinton (6 Beech Teacher, Teaching  & Learning Lead, Digital Lead) . We are delighted to be able to share with you that Jenny delivered a beautiful baby girl, Beatrix, into the world last Tuesday. Mum and baby are both doing well.