GOODBYES AND HELLOS
We sadly said goodbye at the end of term to our headteacher, Mrs Roberts, and to Miss Beattie and Miss Simpson. We look forward to welcoming, at the start of term, our new headteacher, Mrs Dean, and our new Year 1 teacher, Miss Monaghan.
SILLY HAT DAY FOR CLAIRE HOUSE
We had a very colourful and funny day at the end of term when the children – and staff – wore silly hats that they’d made, or adapted, for a special day of fundraising for Claire House. The winners in each class, chosen by a panel of teachers, were:
Reception – Zac
Year 1 – Harrison
Year 2 – Tomasz
Year 3 – Liam
Year 4 – Heidi
Year 5 – Isabelle
Year 6 – Siobhan
The winning member of staff, chosen by the children, was Miss Morris.
Thank you to everyone who who took part; you all did brilliantly. A cheque for £150 has been sent to Claire House.
UNIVERSAL CREDIT FRAUD
Liverpool City Council is advising organisations, including schools, about a fraud involving Advance Payments of Universal Credit.
It appears that some people are being approached in public places by people posing as advisors. The fraudsters use the victim’s personal details to make a claim for Universal Credit and request an ‘Advance Payment’ on their behalf. This Advance Payment can be up to 100% of the value of the Universal Credit claim.
The fraudster then takes a ‘cut’ of the Advance Payment, which in some cases has been paid immediately to the individual in cash.The fraudster then has the victim’s personal details, making them vulnerable to further fraud.
The individuals being targeted don’t realise that, not only will all their current benefits stop and be replaced by Universal Credit, but that they will then also have to pay back the Advance Payment in full from their future Universal Credit payments.
There have been reports of the scam taking place across the country, with some examples of people and families being £1,000 worse off having fallen foul of it.
If anybody requires help to claim Universal Credit they can get support from Citizens Advice Liverpool through its Help to Claim service. Citizens Advice Liverpool will check that any move to Universal Credit is the right move for that individual or family. Citizens Advice Liverpool will also provide any support needed up to receiving the first correct Universal Credit payment.
Any potential scams can be reported via the Consumer Help Line on 0345 404 0506 and the Police via Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.
FREE SCHOOL MEALS
If you think your child may be eligible for free school meals, please read this letter. School gets extra funds for Free School Meals pupils, which can help fund trips, buy extra resources, and even help with staffing costs. If you would like to talk to someone about it, please contact the school office.
DIVERSITY WEEK AT ST CHARLES’
Look at our own wonderful Umbrella Project, celebrating the uniqueness of each one of us.