The Madjeski Award
In July we have an annual prize-giving event – The Madejski Award Ceremony. This is a major event. Children are presented with certificates that are earned as a result of the achievement they have demonstrated in four categories – the arts, sport, curriculum and citizenship. In year three, children who have made a significant achievement in all four areas are rewarded a bronze certificate. In year four, this will be silver, in year five, gold and in year six, platinum. In the final year they are presented with a booklet containing all the certificates they have earned. In 2002, 2003, 2005 & 2006 we were very pleased that Mr John Madejski presented the awards to which he has given his name.
What do children wear to school?
All children are expected to wear school uniform. This is designed so that children look neat and smart and are comfortable. The uniform can be bought from the school and is on display in the school office. There is a choice of royal blue tops – sweat short or a polo shirt and a white T- shirt. These should be worn with grey/black trousers or a grey/black skirt. For girls, there is the additional choice of a gingham dress. (For further details and a price list see the school uniform leaflet). Shoes should be sturdy and fastened with straps or laces so that children can run around the playground and use the stairs safely.
All Physical Education (P. E.) is done in shorts and T- shirts. These form part of the uniform and can be bought from the school office. Indoor gym is done in bare feet unless there is a medical problem. Children need pumps or trainers for outdoor games. Children swim at some point in the school year. Children will need a costume and a towel. Children with long hair should wear it tied back and wear a cap. When taking part in P.E., it is dangerous for children to wear jewellery. The teacher will take care of items such as watches. Please make sure that earrings are not worn on P.E. days.
Please name all clothing. It is surprising how many unclaimed items of clothing we have that have no names.
Children are not encouraged to bring personal possessions to school. They can get lost or broken and this upsets children and teachers alike.
What do your children eat at school?
Children can buy a variety of food at school. At playtime, milk, orange juice, toast and cereal are on sale. At lunchtime children can buy a set meal or choose an alternative. Salads, sandwiches, drinks, fruit and biscuits are also on sale.
Meals are paid for daily and money for meals should be sent in a purse or envelope clearly marked with your child’s name.
Children are also welcome to bring a packed lunch from home. Arrangements are made for children to eat these in their area. Drinks should be stored in a plastic container to avoid accidents. It is advisable not to send hot drinks to school.
If you are receiving Income Support or Job Seekers Allowance your child will be eligible for a free school meal. Application forms are available, in confidence, from school or from Reading Borough Council (Education Department).
Want to know what your child is eating at school? Download the Scholarest menu here. We are always interested in what your child thinks about school dinners, so please let us know!
How do I visit the school?
Parents are a vital to the work of the school. It is essential that children see parents and teachers working well together for their benefit. Teachers, however, are often busy preparing for the children first thing in the morning and sometimes have meetings or pre- arranged appointments with parents after school. It is therefore better for both the teacher and yourselves if you make an appointment.
The Head teacher or Deputy Head teacher will make every effort to see you immediately if they can, but they may be involved in dealing with something else. Again, it is best if you can make an appointment. You can leave a message with the school secretary, who will contact you by telephone.
Visitors to the school, including parents, are asked to report to reception first. Anyone needing to work around the school is asked to wear a visitor’s badge so that everyone knows they are on official business. Other members of staff will challenge anyone not wearing a badge.
The tunnel entrance to the playground is locked at 9.00am and opened at 3.00pm. Between these hours the only entrance to the school should be via the office at the front of the school.