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Parent's Newsletter January 2015

Date added: Tuesday 20th January 2015
Latest updated: Tuesday 12th March 2019

Dear Parents 

I hope you all had a lovely and relaxing time over the Christmas holidays!

Thank you for celebrating Christmas with us and attending the Christmas plays and the Carol service. The continuous support from families is greatly appreciated!

New pupils

This term we have welcomed two new pupils - Faith and Ruby who have joined Michelle's Class 1.


Our topic this term is ‘growing'. During the first half term the children will be learning about what plants need to grow and during the second term how humans grow and develop. Each term your child's teacher will send home ideas on how you can support their learning at home. Teachers will send home ‘wow moments' slips and we would like parents to write down any fantastic things you see your child doing or saying at home.

My Goals

The spring 2015 edition of the My Goals [used to be called Individual Education Plans (IEP)] will be sent home shortly. Please get in touch with the class teacher to suggest short term goals you would specifically like us to work on with your child.

Emergency medication

The Nurses set up zip bags for every child needing emergency medication. The code for the bags are identical for all children: 306. This way all emergency medication will stay with the child.

Guidelines to parents on school attendance

Please find linked below some guidelines on school attendance if your child is unwell. We hope you will find this information useful.

Outdoor sessions

We endeavour to take all children out into the fresh air every day. As the weather is rather chilly please send in appropriate warm coats and clothes.

School uniform

As you might be aware, Beverley orders the Vranch school uniform. Please let us have feedback (regarding quality, size, etc) about the garments your child received so we can make changes if required.

Spare clothes

We ask parents to provide a set of clothes in case of accidents. We have spare clothes for emergencies but are running low on supplies. If your child took home clothes from Vranch, please wash and return them so we can reuse them.

Mobile phones

There are many signs around the school to remind us all that the use of mobiles phones is prohibited at Vranch House. To ensure the safety of our pupils please turn off your phone on arrival.

Easter celebrations - 26th March

All families are welcome to join us and make Easter bonnets, biscuits and cards at the workshops (10.00-10.40; 11.20-12.00; 13.30-14.10) and the Easter parade (from 14.10).

Coffee morning

Please join us for a coffee and some treats on 31st January (Saturday) 10.00-12.00. As usual, Vranch staff will provide entertainment/activities for the children whilst parents will have opportunity to discuss matters over a cup of coffee.


The Local Authority is seeking views of parents regarding school admissions. Please find their leaflet link below and visit the proposals on their website.

Board of Governors

You are invited to nominate Parent Members to sit on the Board of Governors for 2015, please download the form linked below if you wish to nominate someone or would like to express your own interest in the post.


  • 14th November was Children in Need day. Thanks to your generous donations we donated £31.50.
  • On 16th December all children and staff wore their prettiest or silliest jolly Christmas jumpers to school. We donated £40 to the Young Epilepsy Foundation who have supported many of our children and families.
  • Vranch House is the nominated charity of Exeter Chiefs. Thanks to all the volunteers we have collected over £1000 on the Exeter Chiefs vs La Rochelle game!

Dates for your calendar

6th January (Tuesday): first day of the Spring term 2015

31st January (Saturday) 10-12pm: Coffee morning, all families welcome

13th February (Friday): Valentine day's disco - wear red or pink!

13th February (Friday): last day of first half of the Spring term

16th-20th February: half term

23rd February (Monday): first day of second half of the Spring term

26th March (Thursday) from 10am: Easter celebrations, all families welcome

26th March (Thursday): last day of the Spring term

Further school and holiday dates are available here.

Your feedback is much appreciated; please do not hesitate to contact me (education@vranchhouse.org) or any member of the Vranch House team if you would like to discuss any aspect of your child's schooling.

Hope to see you at the forthcoming events at Vranch House!


Viktoria Pavlics

Head Teacher

Parent's Newsletter January 2015 [pdf]

Guidelines to parents on school attendance  [pdf]

LA School Admissions Consultation Leaflet [pdf]

Governor Nomination Form 2015 [pdf]