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A number of parents came in to see me this week regarding the use of social media.  It appears a number of WhatsApp groups have been set up by different classes which has resulted in inappropriate comments being made.  The amount of groups has also put an immense amount of pressure for children to respond to an excessive number of texts.

Can you please check your child’s phone to ensure they are not leaving themselves vulnerable and open to exploitation.  I have recently advised some parents about deleting the different WhatsApp groups.  Our safety lead, Miss Hamlin has arranged to deliver a training session and general questions and answer session regarding social media on Thursday, 6th December at 3:30 p.m.  If you feel that this would be something you would like to learn more about, please indicate complete and return the slip on this week’s newsletter.



There will be 2 meetings on Friday 23rd November regarding the Phonic programme.  Reception parents are invited at 9:15a.m. and Y1 parents are invited to come along at 10:15 a.m.  The meetings are separate for each year group as they will be designed specific to children in those year groups. There will be a chance to ask Mrs Buckley any questions or concerns you may have.

If you would like to attend your child’s year group meeting please complete and return the slip on this weeks newsletter.


I am sure you will join us in wishing Mr McFarlane all the best for tonight at the Pride of St Helens Awards.   Mr McFarlane was nominated by one of our parents earlier this year for the Carmel College Leadership Award.  As one of 3 finalists he will be attending a dinner tonight at Langtree Park with his family.  You may already have seen the article below in the St Helens Star.

Neil McFarlane

WHEN one pupil at Thatto Heath Primary School was grieving the loss of his little brother, Neil McFarlane went out of his way to provide support.

Thomas was left devastated after he lost three-year-old brother Jake Stanley on January 21, 2017, who was given a drug overdose in hospital to treat a seizure.

With Thomas having a keen interest in I.T, Neil decided to give up most of his dinner times over the course of a year to help Thomas take his mind off things.

He gave Thomas IT-related activities to do and offered vital support.

On one occasion, Neil, along with a teaching assistant, even took Thomas outside to fly the school’s drone

Thomas’ parents Anne-Marie and Ian said: “We would like to thank Mr McFarlane publicly and feel he deserves to be recognised for going above and beyond for his pupils.

Our older son Thomas was devastated at the loss of his little brother and he struggled badly to come to terms with life without him.

“He (Neil) has been a friend to Thomas when he needed one the most.”


As part of the Radio City Mission Christmas we have agreed to be a drop off point for gifts for a child at Christmas.  Gifts need to be new and unwrapped and we will be collecting them until Monday 10th December.  Radio City are asking if you or a member of your family could buy one extra gift to give to a child less fortunate than themselves.  They could make a big difference to a family this Christmas.

Please let your family and friends and the rest of the local community know they can leave their new and unwrapped present at the school office any time.  Thank you


We will be selling cuddly animals in aid of Willowbrook Hospice from Monday.  Children can purchase one of the animals from the school office at morning breaks only.  The animals cost £1 but we only have a limited amount so please purchase early to avoid disappointment.


On Monday, 19th November we will be launching the Daily Mile.  From 8:40 on Monday morning music will be played outside and children can walk around the track with parents and staff.  During each day children will complete the daily mile at various times: during curriculum time, during lunch time or breaks.  Alternatively, children can complete the mile with parents before school starts each morning. Parents may have already noticed the banners around the playground