Parents

Welcome to this section of the website. It will provide you with all of the information you require on a day to day basis as a parent.  If you would like to see anything added to this section please contact the school office.

Attendance

Why is Regular School Attendance so Important?

Chilham St Mary’s works closely with children and parents in connection with attendance so that each child can achieve their full potential. By law, all children of compulsory school age (five to 16) must receive a suitable full-time education.

Once your child is registered at school, you are legally responsible for making sure that they attend regularly. If your child fails to do so, you risk getting a penalty notice or being prosecuted. You also need to think about the negative impact upon the following:

  • their learning
  • their friendships
  • their self-esteem and confidence.

Chilham St Mary’s monitors the attendance of every child in the school and in
partnership with the Education Welfare Office, we will work and support those
children and their families who are not attending school without sufficient reason.
90 Percent attendance sounds good, but means that your child misses:

  • one half day each week
  • nearly four weeks every school year
  • over one school year in a school career

Timekeeping

Timekeeping is also important in the education of your child. If your child is persistently late then they are missing out on important learning opportunities at the start of the lesson. 

School Meals

School meals are now provided by Caterlink. The price remains at £2.05, and must be paid for via the school office in a named sealed envelope. You may make payment by cash or cheque – please make cheques payable to Caterlink Ltd. 

Meals must be paid for either in advance or on the day. Meals will not be supplied by Caterlink if payment has not been received. Payment may occasionally be made at the end of the day with prior arrangement via the school office.

Menus are available from the school office.

Uniform

Please follow the link to order your school uniform online with our supplier www.yourschooluniform.com 

Alternatively you may order by telephone on: 0844 2721888.
If you have any problems with this service please contact the school office for guidance.

We have negotiated an ‘in stock’ service with ‘Your School Uniform’. This means that they will keep a number of pre-embroidered uniform items in stock ready for dispatch within a day or two of ordering, rather than having to wait weeks for delivery.

For parents who can’t easily accept parcel deliveries at home or would prefer the ease of having their orders delivered to school, the ‘collect from school’ service is available. All orders delivered to school will benefit from FREE DELIVERY, no matter how small or large the order!

Key features:
• Parents order and pay online at www.yourschooluniform.com
• Scheduled delivery dates agreed with the school, typically once every half-term.
• Parents collect their parcels from school – avoids missed deliveries at home.
• Each order arrives at school individually packaged & labelled to make it easy for schools to    hand out.

PTA

The P.T.A. is a vibrant and energetic group chaired by Leona Adams. The school is immensely helped by the P.T.A. financially but also enjoys many opportunities for additional activities which enrich the children’s experience and provide fun extra curricular events!

Latest News (October 2016)
The P.T.A. provided refreshments and ran a raffle for a hamper at the Harvest Festival on 12th October at St. Mary’s Church. Many parents attended an informal gathering at the church before the service and new members are likely to be joining us soon!

We are in the process of arranging a Christmas Fair at the Village Hall (16th December from 2 p.m.) and hope to offer a disco for the children too.

We look forward to letting you know about all our upcoming events soon.