The weather may be colder, but this week seeing the installation of our fully accessible roundabout made me smile. It will be a wonderful addition to our outside play area and I hope the children enjoy using it. As I was showing a visitor around staff told me how much the children welcomed this rather expensive, but oh so worth it play equipment. There are pictures on our social media and on the school blog.
Is your child new to school? Would you like me to call to introduce myself to you, tell you a little about my role in school and give you the chance to pick my brains and see if there is anything I can offer? If so, please get in touch. My contact details are at the end of the page.
Workshops for parents/carers.
Prior to the pandemic, we were able to welcome parents/families into school for coffee mornings, class events and workshops. Clearly, things have not moved forward as we would have hoped. Could you please get in touch with me if you feel there is anything with which we could help? Our students are at the heart of what we do at PHS, and involving parents/carers as part of the team around the child is so important. After all, they spend more time with you. Did you attend any workshops here or elsewhere and if so which ones were most helpful?
DLA/PIP and Preparation for Adulthood
I have lots of information on these topics. I have held Teams meetings, had telephone and/or email contact with a number of families. Feedback has been positive. Would a group session help? I can organise these if there is a good level of interest. If not, I can offer 1:1 support.
Contact NE and North Cumbria Family Support Pilot – further funding until March 2022
I’ve been asked to share information with you as follows:
Shona Chambers is a Senior Parent Adviser with Contact – based in the North East Region. She is a trained Sleep Practitioner, hold a PGCERT in Positive Behavioural Support , Makaton Regional Tutor, Toileting Trained /Adviser, and with lots more other relevant training. She has been a Parent Adviser for several years with lots of personal and professional experience to draw upon.
She got in touch to let us know that Contact has secured more funding for a new phase of Family Support for the North East and North Cumbria. As part of the work they can offer 1;1 Listening Ear Call Backs at a time that is convenient for you and also places on their extremely popular ‘Understanding Sensory Processing’ Workshops.
I have added the links below to the Workshops – which must be pre booked via Eventbrite – just follow the links
Tuesday 4th February 10:00-12:00:
Friday 11th March 10:00-12:00:
Tuesday 29th March: Webinar 10:00-12:00:
You can contact Shona on the email below but she has asked that you let her know that I put you in touch with her. There are some other opportunities for parents/carers of those who attend Great North Children’s’ Hospital on “Encouraging positive behaviour” and “Managing your child’s sleep”.
Shona Chambers – firstname.lastname@example.org
Some other information one of our Leadership team asked me to share; it may be of interest to some of you:
5 week Nurturing children with ADHD programme
5 week programme for parents/professionals is £49.99
Out of My Mind” – Help find the lead actor for the movie version!
The book Out of My Mind is being turned into a movie and the producers are looking for someone who’s right for the lead role of Melody, a young female, aged 11-14, who has cerebral palsy.
The movie is being produced by people who have made some wonderful movies and given them heart, elegance, and insight. You will certainly know some of them.
Are you interested?
Dreams Come True:
This charity supports children aged 5-18 with severe or life limiting conditions to fulfil a wish. It is for children living in the most deprived areas of the UK, so it really depends on your home postcode. Referrals can only be made by professionals; they do not accept them from parents/carers.
To be eligible your child must be in receipt of medium or high rate care component of DLA with diagnosis of Autism or high rate with Cerebral Palsy. For PIP this would be the enhanced rate care component.
The funding covers a wide range of things, although equipment which should be funded through the NHS/Local Authority is not included. In addition, if you have received funding from another “wish” charity, it is less likely to be successful. I attach their catalogue. If you think this may benefit you please get in touch. I can do the postcode check and discuss with your child’s class team.
Walk The Wall – February Challenge
Calling all dog walkers, runners, hikers and coffee strollers…
Get outside this winter
Walk, run, wheel or hike the length of Hadrian’s Wall – 84 miles, throughout February
A challenge you can do from home
As a personal goal or with friends & family
Sign up to Walk The Wall for Percy Hedley and share pictures of your challenge with us. Sign up to take part in Walk The Wall HERE
The Poverty Commission.
I have been asked to share the flyer below with our families.
Your voice matters in the fight against poverty. The Poverty Truth Commission has
been set up to listen to your experiences of financial hardship and to develop actions to
help others in our region.
PTA Meeting: We are holding our next meeting via Teams on Thursday 27th January from 10.00-11.00. We would love to see you there.
Have you joined or is it on your “to do” list? The link is below:
If you haven’t done so, have a look on the PTA section of the website. All parents/carers and staff are members by default. If you’re not ready or able to take on a committee role we would welcome as many as possible to attend the AGM and see what we do. I will send links in the next few weeks. It will be held on Thursday 10th March
PTA Facebook group
Family Liaison Officer
Telephone: 0191 2161811 ext 3260