Supporting learning

It is essential that you:
  • Keep us well informed of any difficulties your child may be experiencing
  • Give clear instructions about arrangements for your child going home
  • Explain absences either through a letter to the class teacher, e-mail or a telephone call to the School Secretary
  • Inform us of any changes of address or of telephone numbers where you may be reached

Benefits of the PTA:

Help your child be ready for school by encouraging them to:
  • talk with and listen to other children and adults
  • play and socialise with others
  • understand and follow simple instructions
  • dress and feed themselves and attend to their own toilet needs
  • Cope with being separated from their parents/carers
A booklet entitled ‘Getting Ready’ is available free from the School Secretary.

A pre-school information pack is presented to parents in July.

Help your child make the best possible progress by:
  • Taking an interest in your child’s learning
  • Supporting our homework policy and encouraging your child to use our ‘learning platform’ to extent and consolidate their thinking
  • Sharing and enjoying books and talking about the texts
  • Encouraging independence and self reliance in organising themselves
Get to know other parents as well as socialising with other parents, teachers and your child’s class mates outside of school.
Fundraising events help raise extra money to buy equipment not provided by the States. This enhances the school environment for your child and all the children at the school.
Take part more fully in your child’s schooling and education as part of the extended community.
Provide a channel of communication with the school and its teachers on matters of concern both educational (e.g.11+) and practical (e.g. car parking).
Have fun!

Information Evenings

Supporting your child with writing

Many parents attended the evening workshop provided by Mavis Humphreys. Please find below the parents’ booklet that was available on the evening, outlining strategies that can be used to help you to support your child’s writing. Parents’ booklet

The PTA

We are fantastically well supported by our PTA, and parents play a key role in making St Martin’s the successful school it is.

As a parents/carers of children at the school you are automatically members of the PTA.

Communication

We try to build a strong partnership with parents and we aim to make you feel welcome. We will contact you if there are any problems and let you know if your child has done something particularly praiseworthy.

We communicate through:

  • Our home/school book and monthly newsletters
  • Three parents’ evenings a year
  • Our learning platform on the internet
  • An end of year school report
  • Informal meetings – eg chats before and after school

Helpers in school

We welcome and encourage volunteers to come in and  help with learning activities such as assisting swimmers, cooking, hearing readers, and accompanying school trips. We have nearly 100 regular helpers, all we ask is that a CRB check is completed before you start coming into school. Just take your passport or driving licence to the Education Department and ask to fill in the criminal record check forms.

A school booklet entitled ‘Guidance for Helpers in School’ is available free from the School Secretary.