Communicating with parents is an important part of what we do, making sure you get the correct information about activities, events and things that really matter is something we care about.
We use a communication system called PMX, part of ParentMail, a service used by over 5,000 schools, nurseries and children’s clubs to communicate to parents. PMX is beneficial to you because:
- Information will get to you reliably and on time
- We send letters, newsletters, forms, updates etc., directly to you via your email account
- Important information i.e., school closures for snow, heating problems, cancellations of clubs/sporting events etc., is sent via a text message
The registration process for PMX is very simple; a registration invitation is sent to the email address provided on admission, enabling you to set up an account. Should you not receive an invitation to register with PMX please contact the school office to trigger another invite.
All parents must ensure their contact details on PMX are kept up-to-date to receive current information.
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the school office.
From the start of the new academic year we will be going cashless.
This will mean that you will no longer be able to send cash or cheques into school for:
- School dinners (Year 3 onwards)
- School Trips
- Music lessons
- After-school clubs
- Swimming etc
You will have to pay for all these items using +Pay on ParentMail.
The only exceptions are events organised and payable to our Orchard Parents’ Association (OPA) e.g. discos, Christmas and Summer Fayres etc. as well as sponsored events e.g. Children in Need, Red Nose Day etc. Monies for these events should be sent into school in a named envelope.
Setting up your account couldn’t be easier. The +Pay app on your account will automatically be activated from August 15th. You will be able to purchase dinners, uniform, music lessons etc. and place them in your basket. When you make your first payment you will be required to enter your card details. However these will then be securely stored making any further payments a simple procedure.
Your child must inform the teacher if they require a dinner when the lunch register is taken. We will only be able to provide a school dinner if your online dinner account has sufficient funds in it. The system will automatically send you an email when your balance is running low.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.
To log in to your PMX account click here.