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.
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 Class Dojo
- Three parents’ evenings a year
- An end of year school report
- Informal meetings – eg chats before and after school
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
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
Benefits of the PTA:
Social: Get to know other parents as well as socialising with other parents, teachers and your child’s class mates outside of school.
Fundraising: 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.
Community: Take part more fully in your child’s schooling and education as part of the extended community.
Communication: 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).
Enjoyment: Have fun!
Voluntary Helpers in school
We welcome and encourage parents/volunteers help with learning activities – such as assisting swimmers, cooking, hearing readers, and accompanying school trips. We have nearly 100 regular helpers in school and they enable us to deliver a more creative and varied curriculum. We ask helpers who regularly help in school and who work with small groups outside of the classroom to have a CRB check. Please ask the school office for help and advice on how to get this done.
With the help of the Digital Leaders we have devised a website for the children to give them age-appropriate guidance on e-safety.
We hope you will find a lot of useful information about the technology that is available to children at the moment. Within the site, we have included information on social media and online gaming. Whilst these are not accessible at school and generally do come with an age rating that exceeds the age of primary school children, we are aware that a number of children are using them so feel it is important to include key information to help parents keep their children safe online.