- Staffing update
- Reception Classes - Reminders
- Nursery and Pre-school - News
- Nursery and Pre-school Open Morning
- Open Morning for 2023 Starters
- Free School Meal Vouchers
- Pupil Absence
- School App
- Opportunities at Dunalley
- We are recruiting for OPAL Play Partners
- Lates - Reminder
- Atlas Holiday Camp - October half term
You may have noticed some new faces amongst our staff; we would like to welcome three new Teaching Partners to our team.
They have all settled in well and are already making a positive impact on teaching at learning at Dunalley.
Congratulations to Mrs Hannah Spiers who has been appointed as Nursery Practitioner, Hannah has been a valued member of staff since September 2021 and is already well known to the nursery children. The OPAL team will certainly miss Hannah.
Submit your club's choices here.
We have been so proud of all the new Reception children which have started their time at Dunalley this term and have embraced our school motto of Respectful, Ready and Safe. There are new friendships being formed, exploring underway and excitement in learning – we are all really looking forward to the year ahead!
Starting full time
Reception children will start with us full time from Monday 26th September; the school times are 8.40am - 3.10pm
Tea and chat
We would like to invite all reception parents and carers for a tea and chat on Wednesday 28th September at 2.45pm in the school hall. It will give us an opportunity to catch up after the first few weeks, give you a little more colour as we start our phonics lessons with the children and answer any questions you may have.
To echo what was highlighted via tapestry, please chat with your children in the mornings about lunch choices. Reception children will be asked to choose their lunch option at morning registration from Monday.
You can access the menu here (it will be week 1): Menu - Summer 2022
Nursery and Pre-school children have settled well into the term and for many, into a new setting. They have been exploring the environment, enjoying mark making, painting, construction and the outdoor area. Some of the children have been taking part in Boogie Beats sessions too. We have been introducing the children to yoga, classical music and our squiggle and wriggle programme. We have a busy week but they are taking it all in their stride!
We are very pleased to be welcoming Mrs Hannah Spiers to the team, as an Early Years Practitioner (level 3). Some of the children already know her as she has been helping out with some supply cover so we know the Hannah will be diving straight onto her new role.
10am-11.30am - Wednesday 9th November
If you have a child due to start school in September 2023, we are delighted to invite you into school on Wednesday 9th November, from 10am to 11.30am. During the visit you can look around, meet the Dunalley team and chat with our Headteacher and other Senior Leaders.
Please email [email protected] if you would like to join us.
We would like to make you aware of the Holiday Free School Meal Voucher scheme that Gloucestershire County Council is currently offering to families in Gloucestershire.
This October half term, Gloucestershire County Council are providing vouchers to eligible families who have signed up to our Holiday Free School Meals (FSM) scheme. These vouchers are provided by Gloucestershire County Council as part of its commitment to 'no child goes hungry'. The vouchers are funded through grant funding we have received and is separate to that of the term time free school meals.
The scheme is for children in reception to year 11 who receive benefits-related free school meals and attend a school in Gloucestershire.
Families who have signed up to the scheme will receive £15 per child, for the week half term.
To find out more about the scheme and to apply, parents can visit our Holiday free school meal vouchers webpage<https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/education-and-learning/school-transport-and-free-school-meals/meals-during-school-holidays/holiday-free-school-meal-vouchers/holiday-free-school-meal-vouchers/#main
Parents who have signed up previously do not need to re-register, they will already have been included. To ensure we reach all those who are eligible, we are encouraging parents that have not previously signed up, to sign up as soon as they can.
For those parents who have already signed up, if more children have become entitled to free school meals since you applied, please contact [email protected]<mailto:[email protected]
Applications for Holiday Free School Meal Vouchers for the October half term period are now open until the 11 October. Voucher emails will be sent out on 19 October. Please check their junk/spam email folders during this period as sometimes the vouchers end up there.
If families have not received their vouchers by the 19 October, please contact: [email protected].
Do you feel that you are now ready to get back into work, but still want to be at home for your family? If so, we have the solution.
Did you know that many of our staff returned to work through the role of midday supervisor?
Some of our team have now furthered their careers with us, moving on to become Teaching Partners, Office staff and Nursery Practitioners. Even Mr Childs, our Site Manager, started with us as a member of the lunch time team.
This is an exciting time to join the Dunalley team, and there are so many benefits to working at school. Here is what you can expect:
- You work during term time only as an OPAL Play Partner/Lunch supervisor
- You work for 38 weeks a year, but get paid for 43.5 weeks a year
- A regular income for 12 months of the year (summer holidays too)
- Lots of free training and development opportunities
- Excellent pension through the local government pension scheme
- A lovely, friendly and rewarding working environment
- Wellness packages
- Comprehensive induction programme
- Opportunities for progression
- Supportive and approachable network of colleagues
“One of the biggest strengths in the school’s work is in the continuing development of staff to take up key posts and responsibilities.’”
Whenever we have a vacancy at Dunalley we welcome applications from people who are keen to make a difference and add that little bit extra.
OPAL Play Partners
We really do want to build our team of dynamic Play Partners, to support meaningful and productive child-initiated play during our lunchtimes ensuring that our children have the very best lunchtimes experiences possible.
Lunch Hall Supervisors
We also want to add to our fabulous team who work in the dining hall.
Full details of our vacancies are available on our website – opportunities to work at Dunalley available here.
We are seeking to recruit dynamic Play Partners who will support meaningful and productive child-initiated play during our lunchtimes ensuring that our children have the very best lunchtimes experiences possible. This is a fabulous opportunity to join our team here at Dunalley as we continue our OPAL journey, our whole school play initiative. Full details are available on our website – opportunities to work at Dunalley available here.
Please remember that Lates ends at 5.30pm (unless you have made a pre-organised, specific arrangement with the office to collect your child earlier).
Whilst caring for children in Lates, our fantastic team are busy facilitating play and activities whilst making sure that everyone is safe and happy. They make the most of our fabulous grounds whilst also providing a range of indoor opportunities. In order to ensure that staff can focus on these essential tasks, we can only facilitate early pick ups in exceptional circumstances. Thank you for your understanding.
It’s just 4 weeks to go until Atlas Camps will be running their award-winning holiday clubs this October half term, with a selection of places still available to book!
Rating Outstanding by Ofsted, Atlas Camps specialise in multi-activity clubs for children ages 4-14. With a focus on fun, activities on offer span everything from arts and crafts, to sport and active play, all in a safe, enjoyable environment designed to cater for all.
- Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’
- Childcare vouchers accepted from a variety of providers
- Early drop-off/ late pick-up options
- Sibling discount available
For further information, please watch this video https://atlascamps.co.uk/promo/generic-16x9.mp4
Head to the Atlas Camps website at www.atlascamps.co.uk to book.