Events and Communication

At St Mary’s we pride ourselves on excellent communication with parents.

Key Person

Your child’s Key Person will introduce themselves to you and will be your reassuring point of contact whilst your child remains at our setting. Kindergarten Practitioners are available at the start and end of the day to speak to parents, if needed. Parents who wish to have a longer meeting should arrange this through the Kindergarten Manager as child to adult ratios must be adhered to at all times in the setting.

School records

It is important that school records are complete and up-to-date, in the event that parents need to be contacted urgently. Please notify the Kindergarten Manager if there are any changes.

Tapestry

It is important for us to share with you how your child is progressing in the Kindergarten. The online learning programme Tapestry is a two-way system which gives parents the opportunity to see what their child has been learning. It also allows you the opportunity to share key moments with us. This creates a rounded picture of your child’s learning and development.

Parents’ Evening

You will have the opportunity to formally meet with your child’s Key Person twice a year. The meeting will focus on your child’s learning and development progress. Next steps learning targets will also be shared at the meetings.

Email and text communications

Correspondence between Kindergarten and parents is via email or text message. Messages may require a ‘click response’. The School Office staff are happy to help with any difficulties.

Newsletter

News from the Kindergarten, upcoming key dates and other useful information is sent home as part of the Lower School Spotlight newsletter every Friday.

Website

The school website is a great source of information on the Kindergarten and all sections of St Mary’s School. It also includes school policies and the latest news. The Parents Portal contains useful information such as school day timings, key dates, menus, uniform guide and online shop, curriculum, news, galleries and other useful information.

Social Media

You can follow us on Twitter(@stmaryscolch), Facebook (Stmaryslowerschoolcolchester) and Instagram (@Stmaryscolchester)

PTA

St Mary’s has an active Parent Teacher Association, which organises at least one social or fundraising event for the whole school each term.

Membership of the PTA is automatic and parents are kept informed via the newsletter and by letter, of the various PTA events. Parents who would like to help organise PTA events are encouraged to join the PTA committee – the School Office staff can arrange contact with the current PTA Chair.

The committee meets on one evening each half term to plan events.

School trips

Children preparing to move on to school take part in a school visit in the summer term. This introduces the concept of school visits and allows the children to enjoy a day out with their Kindergarten friends.

Key events

We enjoy welcoming friends and family members into school on a regular basis for events. These include performances such as the Nativity, outdoor theatre production, Sports Day for the older Kindergarten children, PTA events such as Fireworks Night and our annual Prize Giving celebrations. Details of events are communicated via email, on our website and in our weekly newsletters.

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