Newsletter No.5 - 31st October 2017


Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome Back!

I hope you all enjoyed a happy and safe half term holiday.

NB: School will be closed to all pupils on Friday 24th November 2017 due to our Autumn INSET Day.


I hope you are pleased with your child’s proof photograph. All orders and monies should be returned to your child’s teacher NO LATER THAN MONDAY 6th NOVEMBER.  If you wish to purchase photographs please ensure that you complete your order form correctly (with your selection of prints required, your child’s name, type of payment and amount enclosed) and return it to the class teacher in the supplied plastic envelope.  All envelopes should contain your order, the EXACT money AS NO CHANGE WILL BE GIVEN and MUST be sealed.   Please ensure you keep a note of the photograph reference number for your records.  If you do not wish to order any photos you may keep the proof – they do not have to be returned.

NB: Any envelopes received after 6th NOVEMBER will NOT be included in the school order (the envelopes will be returned to you and if you wish to proceed with an order you must deal directly with the photographers). 


School uniform is compulsory for all pupils and is available to purchase from the school office – please see the school website or your prospectus for items/prices. Uniform is on sale from the school office from 8.30am-11.30am and 2pm-3.45pm every day.


If you do not wish your child to participate in any of the forthcoming Christmas festivities or other religious activities/lessons/assemblies due to your own religious observations an appointment needs to be made with the class teacher to discuss this if you have not already done so. An appointment request form is available from the school office for parents to complete.


Further to my letter dated 19th October I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that all donations should be handed to your class teacher by Thursday 2nd November at the latest.


“Parents it’s that time of year when the Barking and Dagenham Immunisation team are coming back into Furze Infants’ School to offer the children (reception to year 2) the nasal flu vaccine. The flu is an illness caused by the influenze virus, it is common during the winter months. The vaccination programme is designed to protect your child against flu which can be an unpleasant illness. The Immunisation team will be at Furze Infants’ School on Friday 3rd November 2017 helping to protect children from the flu virus in time for the winter, and helping to protect other family members because the children are not spreading the influenze virus infection”.

CHILDREN IN NEED 2017 - Non-uniform day

We are holding a fundraising day on Friday 17th November for Children in Need.  The children may wear their own clothes to school on the day and we request that they bring a donation of however much you feel is appropriate to be given to the class teacher (all donations gratefully received).  NB: In the interest of safety please ensure your child wears sensible shoes and brings their coat to school.


If your child’s birthday falls between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014 (Nursery aged children) then you need to be aware that on-line applications for Reception 2018 are available from 1st November 2017 to 15th January 2018:      

You must APPLY ON-LINE at

Yours sincerely,


Head of School.



                                                                  LAST DAY OF TERM                                                FIRST DAY OF TERM

AUTUMN INSET DAY                          School closed to all pupils Friday 24th November 2017

CHRISTMAS 2017                                  Friday 15th December (1.15pm closure)                         Wednesday 3rd January 2018

SPRING HALF TERM 2018                   Friday 9th February                                                          Monday 19th February

EASTER 2018                                          Thursday 29th March (1.15pm closure)                          Monday 16th April

MAY DAY 2018                                     School closed to all pupils Monday 7th May 2018

SUMMER HALF TERM 2018                Friday 25th May                                                               Monday 4th June

SUMMER 2018                                       Friday 20th July (1.15pm closure)                                       

School opens at 8.45am and closes at 2.45pm (AM Nursery 8.30am to 11.30am/PM Nursery 12.30pm to 3.30pm) unless otherwise notified.

In addition Nursery closed to am and pm pupils on Friday 15th December 2017, Thursday 29th March 2018 and Friday 20th July 2018. 

Any alterations or extra days will be notified separately.