Monday 17th December 2018
We are fast approaching the end of a successful first term of the academic year, and look back at the many successes we have enjoyed over the last few months. I am thankful for our students, who have shown resilience and determination in preparing for the end of term examinations and assessments. Our students have shown a commitment to excellence and the desire to want to improve and achieve.
Once again, our Secondary students have excelled with their performance of A Mid Summer Night’s Dream at the Old Rep – this involved students from YR8-10. Students performed to a high level and represented the school very well. Our Primary students have worked hard on many creative projects, producing high quality radio and TV shows and making a positive impression with our visitors from Arts Council England.
We are now able to share some further information about updating the school logo on our Primary and Secondary school uniform. The only change to the current uniform as shared on our website will be the Starbank School badge.
We are expecting that both our Primary and Secondary uniform (updated with the new logo) will be available to purchase from Clive Marks at approximately the end of the Spring 1 term – dates will be confirmed next term once the stock arrives in-store. As with Secondary uniform, all Primary school uniform will then be available to buy from Clive Marks only rather than in school. This will also coincide with a stock move from the Small Heath Clive Marks store to the Sheldon store on Coventry Road. The latter store is much larger to accommodate more stock at any one time with better access than the current Small Heath store.
As mentioned in earlier newsletters we do not expect parents to buy any new uniform items before you would normally buy them and we fully appreciate that there will be a transition period over this year.
We are in the process of negotiating some type of discount when the newly badged uniform is launched – details to follow! We have also organised for a pop-up shop to be available on
each of our three sites when Clive Marks will bring the uniform stock to us to make the process even easier. This will happen when the newly badged uniform is launched and we expect to continue to offer this service annually to our parents.
Our Community Project workers have worked tirelessly to engage families and local community members in school events. Ladies Night was well attended not only by our parents and students but members from the local police and businesses.
This year we have managed to raise an impressive £2119.83 for Children in Need. Our families have also been very generous in donating to the Food banks we have on some of the sites.
In the extremely unlikely event that the school is closed due to bad weather we will communicate this message on our website and via our text system. It is therefore important to make sure that your mobile number is up to date on our system. You should assume the school is open unless you receive such a message.
It is important for us all to remember that Starbank School is a community school, one that fosters and promotes an inclusive approach and encourages all of our students and families to show respect, understanding and tolerance to cultural diversity and backgrounds. We all know that the behaviors exhibited by adults are often replicated by our young people and therefore it is essential actions are positive and all adhere to our Code of Conduct for Parents/Carers (see attached).
Finally, thank you for your continued support this year. Our school and community will continue to thrive with effective partnership and support, one based on mutual respect. I wish you well over the festive season and look forward to welcoming you all back on Tuesday 8th January 2019.
Starbank is a happy and friendly school. We aim to provide an excellent education for our students, focused on learning and raising achievement in an environment where fairness, justice and equality are embedded throughout the school community.
At Starbank we work hard to build trusting relationships with all students and families to ensure their engagement and enjoyment in every aspect of school life. We believe that the environment we offer plays a crucial part in developing all our students into happy, healthy, safe and motivated learners.
Our vision is to ensure an inspiring, aspirational learning environment for all; where all members of our community have opportunity to fulfil their potential and realise personal successes both now and a foundation for their own futures.
Code of Conduct
At Starbank School we value our strong relationships with parents and carers. Together this helps us achieve the very best for our students in a mutually supportive partnership between parents, staff and the school community.
As a partnership, our parents understand the importance of a good working relationships to equip their children with the necessary skills for adulthood. For these reasons we continually welcome and encourage parents or carers to participate fully in the life of our school.
To truly create the best outcomes for students it is required that the relationship between home and school is based on the principles of care, integrity, trust and mutual respect. The maintenance of this relationship is important to ensure that all children are safe (please read our safeguarding policy) and not open to undue distress and anxiety.
As well as following the guidance set out in our Home School Agreement and holding the above principles in mind, parents, carers and visitors are reminded:
- To respect the caring ethos and values of the school,
- That both staff and parents need to work together for the benefit of their children,
- Approaching school staff for help to resolve an issue is done in an appropriate manner,
- All members of the school community are treated with respect using appropriate language and behaviour,
- That students are to be listened to respectfully and without prejudice and that their opinion have worth,
- To correct their child’s actions; especially where it could lead to conflict, aggressive or unsafe behaviour – both on and off the school premises,
- To accept responsibility for the actions of their children and to support the school.
In order to ensure a peaceful, respectful and safe school environment for all stakeholders, the school will not tolerate the following behaviours from parents or carers:
- Disruptive behaviour which interferes or threatens to interfere with any of the school’s operation or activities anywhere on the school premises.
- Any inappropriate behaviour on the school premises.
- Using loud or offensive language or displaying temper.
- Threatening, in any way, a member of school staff, visitor, fellow parent/carer or student.
- Damaging or destroying school property.
- Sending abusive or threatening e-mails or text/voicemail/phone messages or other written communications to anyone within the school community.
- Defamatory, offensive or derogatory comments regarding the school or any of the pupils/parent/staff, at the school on Facebook or other social sites.
- The use of physical or verbal aggression towards another adult or child. This includes physical punishment against your own child on school premises.
- Approaching someone else’s child in order to discuss or chastise them because of the actions of this child towards their own child. (Such an approach to a child may be seen to be an assault on that child and may have legal consequences).
- Smoking, taking illegal drugs or the consumption of alcohol on school premises.
- Dogs being brought on to school premises (other than guide dogs).
Should any of the above occur on school premises the school may feel it is necessary to take action by contacting the appropriate authorities and/or sadly, consider banning the offending adult from entering the school premises.
Thank you for abiding by this policy in our school. Together we create a positive and uplifting environment not only for the students but also all who work and visit our school.
Note: Can parents please ensure they make all persons responsible for collecting their children aware of this policy.