This page outlines everyday routines at Monkfrith, but if you have a question that is not covered here, please ask at the school office.
Parents receive a weekly newsletter each Monday by email. Please let us know if you don’t receive it.
Newsletters, trip letters and all key school information can be found on this website.
TEXT MESSAGING SERVICE
We use the text messaging service to communicate with parents as much as possible. In order to contact us using this method, you need to save a message from us which you can reply to otherwise the message will not reach us.
THE SCHOOL DAY
Breakfast Club is available from 7.45am and After School Club runs until 5.45pm. Years 1 to 6 work on a ‘soft start’ to the school day. The gates are opened by Mrs Adak, Miss Deasey or Mrs Whent at 8.30am. Children are able to start their day anytime between 8.30am and 8.55am when the bell is rung in the playground. Each class is supervised by an adult during this time. For Years 1 and 2 the end of the day is 3.20 and all of Key Stage 2 finish at 3.30pm. Reception start the day at 8.55am and finish at 3.15pm.
If your child is unable to attend school, please phone us (020 8368 6020), email email@example.com or text by 9.30am on the first day of absence. Unreported absence will be marked as “unauthorised” and may be followed up by the Education Welfare Officer who visits school each term. The school is penalised for absences that are not authorised, so please help us by reporting absences in the correct way.
Punctuality is an important part of our day and our weekly class Punctuality Awards encourage this. However, if your child is late (arriving after 8.55am) you must accompany them to the school office via the main entrance in Knoll Drive and sign the late book. PLEASE DON’T DROP THEM OFF AND LET THEM COME IN ON THEIR OWN. A member of staff will then take your child to their class.
COLLECTING AT THE END OF THE DAY
For your child’s safety please let us know if they are going home with someone who doesn’t usually collect them – even if this is another Monkfrith parent.
KEEPING US UPDATED
It is extremely important that we always have up to date contact details (especially mobile numbers) in case we need to get in touch. Please also tell us of any changes to emergency contact details.
APPOINTMENTS DURING SCHOOL TIME
Where possible, we appreciate knowing in advance if your child has an appointment during school time so that we can make sure he/she is ready for you to collect. It is also helpful to know if they will not be having a school lunch if leaving early/coming in late.
HOLIDAYS DURING SCHOOL TIME
Children are not allowed to take holidays in school time. If they do, it is marked as unauthorised absence and may incur a fine. If you need to take your child out of school during term time because of an emergency or exceptional circumstances, please complete an Authorised Absence Request form (available from the school office or download here), to request leave.
SCHOOL LUNCH ARRANGEMENTS
Children can bring a packed lunch or have a school dinner. Four weeks’ notice in writing is required if you want to change your child from packed lunch to school dinner, or vice versa. This does not apply to Reception class children during their first half term; please speak to the office (not the class teacher) if you want your child to swap. PLEASE NOTE, IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A COMBINATION OF SCHOOL DINNER AND PACKED LUNCH EACH WEEK! If you don’t let the office know about changes, any school meals ordered will be charged.
Dinner money can be paid by parent pay. If you have any queries or need log in details, please contact the office. The current cost is £2.15 per day (£10.75 per week).
You will receive a reminder text if you are in arrears; if debt not paid within two weeks your child will need to bring packed lunch until the amount is settled.
CHARGING FOR SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
The school policy is to ask parents to make a voluntary donation towards the costs for those activities where a direct charge is not permitted. Children will not be excluded from activities because their parents cannot or will not make a contribution but an activity may be cancelled if insufficient voluntary contributions are collected.
Direct charges can be made for:
• Board and lodging on residential visits
• Musical instrumental tuition
• Activities which normally take place outside of school hours
• Wilful loss or damage to school property
• Some ingredients and craft materials
If your child needs prescribed medicine in school, please complete an authorisation form at the school office. We cannot give medicines without this. PLEASE NOTE, WE ARE NOT ALLOWED TO ADMINISTER NON-PRESCRIBED MEDICINES (IE CALPOL ETC.).
As anything infectious goes round like wildfire in school please keep your child at home for 48 hours after the last bout of sickness/diarrhoea, or if they are suffering from eye, throat or ear infections. This will avoid other children and staff becoming ill.
Children will be sent home if they have a high temperature, have been sick or have an upset tummy.
We are advised by the Clinic nurse that it is the parents’ responsibility to check expiry dates on asthma pumps, epipens etc. Please therefore ensure that you keep all medication held at school up to date and notify us of any changes to long-term medication/allergies etc. Please talk to Sue Morley in the office regarding all long-term/allergy medication.
All money (for trips, dinners, after school club etc.) must be sent via your child’s bookbag in a marked envelope. PLEASE DO NOT HAND LOOSE MONEY TO CLASS TEACHERS OR OFFICE STAFF to avoid money going astray.
If you need to visit school for any reason, please use the main entrance in Knoll Drive and do not enter from the playground. This is to ensure the safety of all our children and not because we’re being difficult!
Teaching staff always accompany children on trips, but occasionally we need parent help. Requests for help will be on individual class trip letters. We also greatly appreciate parent help with our Science and Art days – you don’t have to be an expert, all help is welcomed!
FRIENDS OF MONKFRITH SCHOOL (FOMS)
This is run and supported by Monkfrith parents and without their fundraising we would not have wonderful things like our climbing area and the shaded courtyard activities. There is always something to buy, renew or repair, which is why we need as much support as possible. For more information please visit the FoMS page.