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Celebrating ‘munch’ time for National School Meals Week

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Parents are being urged to sign their children up for food glorious food during National School Meals Week (November 7-11) – and save time and money.

The call comes from West Sussex County Council in partnership with Chartwells, which provides the majority of hot meals in West Sussex primary schools.

Peter Griffiths, Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, said: “If your children go to schools that have this service and they don’t use it, why not sign them up to it during this week so they can enjoy a tasty, nutritious and filling meal at lunchtime and save you some time at home in a busy family life.”

Individually prepared hot meals are cooked in the school kitchen.

Pupils can enjoy food such as roast lunches, pasta bolognaise, vegetable chilli and rice, plus desserts including flapjacks, jelly, sponge cake and fruit dippers.

Packed lunches are also offered in schools that do not have the hot meal service. They give children some of their five-a-day in wholemeal sandwiches, salads, fruit and yoghurts.

Hot meals cost parents from £2.15 and packed lunches from £1.80.

Find out more at your school, and see what’s on the menu at www.mealselector.co.uk

 

Music To Our Ears – Music Service is ‘outstanding’

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Music To Our Ears – Music Service is ‘outstanding’

West Sussex Music Serivce's County Youth Orchestra

West Sussex Music Service (WSMS) is singing from the rooftops after being rated ‘outstanding’ by the Federation of Music Services (FMS).

The FMS, which is a collection of 150 of the UK’s local education authority music services representing more than 500,000 pupils and 10,000 teachers, worked with Ofsted on the decision.

The two organisations agreed WSMS offers outstanding music education and music making opportunities for schools, young people and the West Sussex community.

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, Peter Griffiths, said: “We are delighted with this accolade, showing what a great service WSMS is.

“The WSMS service is closely aligned to the local authority’s vision for education, providing high quality music and education for all children and young people in, and out of school.

“With 10 music centres around the county, children can learn a range of instruments from the popular guitar or drums to the more unusual gamelan or djembe.

“There are also regular rock workshops, where people can perform in a band, and samba drumming classes.”

There’s also good news for the WSMS County Youth Orchestra, which has been awarded a place for the first time at the National Festival of Music for Youth in Birmingham.

They will play at the Symphony Hall on Saturday July 9, after winning their place by performing three pieces of music, including ‘Music from Gladiators’ by Wessel.

The orchestra will also perform as part of Chichester Festivities on June 30 in Chichester Cathedral and will tour the Czech Republic in July.

WSMS is looking for local businesses to sponsor the orchestra and other music groups.

If you’re interested, contact Roger Crocker, roger.crocker@westsussex.gov.uk

West Sussex schools are chipper on Chartwells’ Chip Day

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

West Sussex schools are chipper on Chartwells’ Chip Day

The chips will not be down on Friday March 11, as West Sussex schoolchildren put their culinary imaginations to the test for Chartwells’ Chip Day.

To celebrate the day, being held by the County Council’s primary school meals preferred provider, students have been asked to sketch their ideal plate of fish and chips on paper plates.

The winner will be announced on Monday May 9 and will be awarded an iPod Shuffle.

Peter Griffiths, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, said: “This competition is a great way to get the children thinking about food in different ways, as well as bringing out their creative skills.”

For more information about the school meals service in West Sussex schools visit http://wsgfl.westsussex.gov.uk and search ‘school meals’.

New technology helps West Sussex schools save energy

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

New technology helps West Sussex schools save energy

New energy meters are being installed at all maintained schools in West Sussex to help lower energy consumption and save money.

The devices use a new type of technology which automatically collects the schools’ energy data, whether for gas, electricity, oil or LPG.

The Automated Meter Reading (AMR) programme, which got unanimous support from head teachers and governors at the county’s Schools Forum, is being rolled out from the end of March.

Once connected, schools can go online and see where their energy goes and how they can manage it better and reduce their carbon footprint.

Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, Peter Griffiths, said: “It’s a case of ‘practising what we teach’ as we will encourage teachers to use this as an educational tool to support learning on climate change.

“It’s great device, saving the County Council money and improving energy efficiency.”

Switching to the new meters also means the county avoids paying an extra tax to the government.

This is because we are no longer providing estimated meter readings.

The government will continue to charge schools for their carbon dioxide emissions – around £400k in West Sussex annually – but as energy savings are made, this too is expected to fall.

Young people can make music this summer

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Young people can make music this summer

The sun will have his musical hat on this July with West Sussex Music Service offering summer courses for young people age eight to eighteen.

From day courses for beginners, to five-day residential courses for the more experienced musician, young people can enjoy playing in a band or orchestra, singing in a choir and joining in smaller groups led by experienced staff from the service.

The courses are:

• Elementary courses – day sessions for beginners to grade one ability held at Windlesham House School, near Worthing. Running from Monday July 11 to Friday 15. They cost £28 per day.

• Junior courses – two-day weekend residential courses for anyone at grade two and three musical ability held at Lodge Hill Residential Centre, Pulborough. Running from July 1 – 3 and 8-10 and costing £111 for a weekend.

• Intermediate courses – five-day residential courses for grade four to six musical ability held at Lodge Hill Residential Centre, Pulborough. Running from July 4 – 8 and 11 – 15 and costing £191.

Peter Griffiths, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, said: “These summer courses have been running successfully for many years.

“They provide young people with musical and educational skills, as well as being lots of fun and a chance to meet new people.

“It widens opportunities for young musicians.”

Application forms are available from Music Centres and music teachers. You can also ring the County Music Office on 01243 642361 and a form will be sent to you.

The closing date for applications is Friday 4th February.

Closing date for starting school applications in West Sussex

Friday, January 7th, 2011

Closing date for starting school applications in West Sussex

Children could miss out on their preferred school places in West Sussex if parents who haven’t applied for Reception places fail to do so by the deadline.

The critical date is Saturday January 15 for returning their forms for children starting at first, infant or primary school.

The authority’s advice to parents is to complete and submit the form, or apply online, by visiting www.westsussex.gov.uk/admissions and click on ‘Applying online for starting school and transfers’.

This page provides further information about how to apply online and a link to the online booking system in which you can submit your application electronically.

Peter Griffiths, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, said: “With only a week to go, more than 1,000 parents still haven’t let us know what their wishes are for a place in a primary school in September 2011.

“There is now a national deadline of January 15 and it is essential that parents who have yet to apply for a place complete an application before this closing date.”

The deadline also applies to those transferring from infant and first schools to junior and middle schools.

Video interviews challenge Cabinet Members

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Video interviews challenge Cabinet Members

Tough decisions taken by West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Members are being challenged in a no holds-barred collection of video interviews now available for viewing on the County website.

The Digital Democracy series asks blunt questions of top politicians, and demands they justify their decisions and proposals. Four interviews have so far been recorded by the Communications Unit, and more are planned.

“Digital Democracy is about good and bad news, and digging out the truth,” said County Council Leader Louise Goldsmith. “We’re planning one the most difficult budgets ever, against a background of spending cuts and no increase in council tax this year. People have a right to know, and to see, who is taking the decisions and why.”

Louise herself was questioned by interviewer Chris Rider on whether West Sussex could really save £75m over three years. Was the Big Society nothing more than an urban myth, and why had the county given more than two-and-a-half million pounds to Chichester Festival Theatre over 10 years?

Children and Families Cabinet Member Pete Bradbury was asked if he would resign following the Ofsted ruling that child safeguarding was inadequate. How did it happen, who was to blame and what was he personally doing about it?

In another interview, Peter Catchpole, Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, was challenged on whether proposals to close some day centres were just about saving money. He was also asked to explain why there were proposals to cut adult social care and limit it to people with substantial or critical needs.

Peter Evans, Cabinet Member for Public Protection was asked to justify why he approved Fire and Rescue Service changes that will include the closure of three retained fire stations.

“The Digital Democracy series is a success because literally no question is taboo,” explained Louise. “It asks exactly what the person in the street would ask, given the chance.”

Future interviews in the video series include Michael Brown, Cabinet Member for Finance, and Peter Griffiths, Cabinet Member for Education and Schools. Anyone can submit a question which could be included in future interviews. Just e-mail: press.office.ce@westsussex.gov.uk

To watch the Digital Democracy series, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk and click on ‘Your Council.’

Impressive SATs results for primary school students

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Impressive SATs results for primary school students

Pupils across West Sussex are celebrating success in their SATs tests this year.

Overall 80% of 10 and 11 year olds in the county achieved Level 4 in English and 78% in maths.

Level 4 is the expected level for this age group.

In fact 75 primary schools in West Sussex scored higher than 80% for English, while the number of schools boasting above 80% for maths is 68.

Arundel C of E Primary is the top achieving school in the county, where 100% of pupils achieved Level 4 in both subjects.

Arundel is closely followed by St Giles C of E Primary School, Haywards Heath, and Stedham Primary School, Midhurst.

Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, Peter Griffiths said: “Eighty per cent is a good figure, the same in fact as last year. Both pupils and teachers should be proud of their achievements.

“The council does recognise however, that this year’s league table does not give a full picture because a number of schools opted for Teacher Assessments instead of the National Curriculum tests, where the teachers formally assess their pupils’ performance.

“This has made it difficult to make meaningful comparisons with historical data.”

Teacher Assessments are robustly reviewed and these results are shared with parents and the schools that children are transferring to.

Give the gift of learning this Christmas

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Give the gift of learning this Christmas

If you’re stuck for ideas for presents this Christmas, why not consider giving the gift of learning – with a voucher for an adult learning course.

The vouchers are offered by the West Sussex Adult and Community Learning Service and can be put towards the cost of any of the courses run by the service across the county.

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Schools Peter Griffiths said: “The vouchers are a novel but practical idea for a Christmas present.

“If you know someone who wants to develop their job skills, retrain for a new career, or wants to learn a new hobby, then the gift of learning is perfect for them.”

The vouchers are available in £10 and £20 and come with a gift card.

They are valid for one year from the date of purchase.

For further information, or to buy a gift voucher, contact 01730 816683.

To view the range of courses on offer across West Sussex visit the County Council website at www.westsussex.gov.uk/adulteducation

West Sussex schools munch their way through National School Meals Week

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

West Sussex schools munch their way through National School Meals Week

West Sussex schools are celebrating National School Meals Week (November 8-12) with a host of fun activities.

Throughout the week schools are holding themed days such as learning about the catering industry, and what school meals were like in the 1940s.

‘Giggle Day Friday’ will involve students making each other laugh with funny food masks at lunchtime, as well as sharing jokes around the table. Each student who has a school meal on the day will get a giggle bug.

Sompting Village Primary School is also getting a special visit from Tim Loughton MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, who will be having lunch with the schoolchildren on Friday.

Peter Griffiths, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, said: “Now’s the perfect time to introduce your children to hot school meals as the winter sets in.

“They are ideal for hectic family life, especially when there is more than one child to feed.”

The meals give pupils tasty and nutritious hot meals that are individually prepared and cooked in the school kitchen.

The menu, provided by Chartwells, has lots to offer such as roast bacon and gravy with roast potatoes, macaroni cheese, veggie mince cottage pie and vegetarian hotdogs.

Packed lunches are offered in schools that do not have the hot meal service. Also provided by Chartwells, they give children some of their five-a-day in wholemeal sandwiches, salads, fruit and yoghurts.

Hot meals cost parents from £2.10 and packed lunches from £1.75.

Find out more at your school, and see what’s on the menu at www.mealselector.co.uk

There is also a short film about school meals at

http://wscc.silver-cast.tv. Click on the ‘schools’ section.

Primary maths competition hots up now heats are over

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Primary maths competition hots up now heats are over

Fourteen primary schools have beaten off stiff competition to make it through to this year’s final of the Countywide Primary Mathematics Competition.

Organised by West Sussex County Council, this is the tenth year for the competition.

Eighty schools took part in the heats throughout October, but there can only be one winner!

The schools in the final on November 11 at County Hall North Professional Centre are:

Heron Way Primary School, Horsham

Thomas A’ Beckett Middle School, Worthing

Holbrook Primary School, Horsham

East Preston Junior School, Littlehampton

Maidenbower Junior School, Crawley

Rudgwick Primary School, near Horsham

Vale First & Middle School, Worthing

Seal Primary School, Selsey

South Bersted CE Primary School, Bognor Regis

Arundel CE Primary School

Broadwater CE First and Middle School, Worthing

Manor Field Primary School, Burgess Hill

Arunside School, Horsham

North Mundham Primary School, Chichester

Cabinet Member for Education and Schools, Peter Griffiths, said: “This has been a great way for children to show off their mathematical talents and have fun. I wish the final fourteen the very best of luck.”

At the final the teams will be asked to solve problems, play Countdown, unravel shape challenges and decipher picture puzzles.

All children in the top three teams will receive medals and every school taking part will receive a certificate.

Get the eXtra Factor this winter and boost your work skills

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Get the eXtra Factor this winter and boost your work skills

Gain that eXtra qualification this winter with free maths and English courses in West Sussex.

The West Sussex Adult and Community Learning Service runs a variety of courses teaching maths, English and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at venues across the county.

Getting a qualification in maths or English can boost employability and job skills, and in the current economic climate, a range of skills is vital.

The Service offers free Level 1 and 2 courses in maths and English.

West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Education and Schools Peter Griffiths said: “Maths and English isn’t for everyone at school, but it’s never too late to learn.

“Gaining a qualification has a number of benefits including improving your confidence at work, improving your skills and employability, helping with everyday tasks and helping with your child’s homework.

“Our classes are taught by highly skilled tutors in friendly groups at venues across West Sussex. So don’t put it off any longer, enrol now for one of our winter classes.”

For further information or to enrol visit the website at www.westsussex.gov.uk/adulteducation or contact 01243 872028.