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2018-2019 Newsletters

25 October 2018

Dear Parents

This has been a very busy week of indoor athletics for some of our children representing school.

KS2 Sportshall Athletics
On Tuesday, a team of Y5/6 children took part and finished 17th out of the 24 schools that took part.

KS2 Sportsability Sportshall Athletics
On Thursday, a team of Y6 children took part in a competition designed for children who don’t often represent schools in sports competitions. This team also performed very well, finishing 5th out of the 18 participating schools.

KS1 Sportshall Athletics
Our KS1 team took part in their competition on Thursday afternoon and when the results were announced, after a grand finale in which they won both relays, we were delighted to hear that we had beaten all of the other 16 schools to win the competition. This is a fantastic achievement and the children were very proud of their achievements. To quote one of the team: “I think this is the best day of my life.”

Website updates
Two areas have recently been updated. Firstly, this year’s Y6 SATs presentation for parents is now available (click here). If any parents were not able to attend and wish to have any slides or points clarified, please contact the class teachers or Miss Wilkes. Secondly, the Maths Calculation Policies have been rewritten to reflect recent updates in the school’s approach to teaching Mathematics (click here). In a change to the original format, there is now a document for each operation (+, -, x and ÷) and within that there is a further breakdown for each year group. We hope these will prove useful to you as parents as you continue to support your children’s learning.

Christmas Card Orders
A reminder that any Christmas card/gift orders need to be school by Tuesday 6 November.

Year 6 Secondary Transfer
Please remember the deadline for submitting your preference for Secondary School is 31 October. If you have not submitted your application by this date your child will not be allocated a school in March.

Year 6 Residential Visit
Thank you to those who have made payments this week or have contacted us regarding payments. Unfortunately, at present, there is still an outstanding amount of £2,885.

Again, thank you to those who have returned the paperwork in respect of medical/dietary needs. There are still a number of children who have not returned these. The remaining ones must be returned on Monday 5 November as this information needs to be passed to Abernant to ensure they are suitably informed of our requirements. Children are unable to go if we do not receive this information.

Poppies
We will continue selling poppies in school after half term. Some work from school will be on display in St Michael’s Church from Saturday 27 October as part of their commemoration of the centenary of the ending of World War I. Please feel free to pop in and have a look. The church will be open specifically for this on Saturday 10 November from 10.00am – 4.00pm and on Sunday 11 November from 12noon – 4pm. Visiting at other times can take place by prior arrangement.

Parents Evenings
We had a very good turn out on Tuesday for this and we hope to see many more tonight. If, for any reason, you missed your appointment, please contact school to rearrange. Thank you.

Family Learning
The Family Learning project on “Understanding Your Child’s Behaviour” proved to be highly successful with fabulous attendance figures over the 6 weeks. We are very pleased with this positive response and look forward to running more courses in the future.

Attendance Update
This week’s winners of the attendance awards are as follows:
A* Attendance: 2V and 5L with 100%
Pride in Punctuality: 1J, 2B, 2V and 6CN all with 0 lates.

Today 187 children received a sticker for 100% attendance without being late this half term.

Diary Dates
Thursday 25 October End of Half Term
Monday 5 November Return following Half Term
Thursday 8 November Y5 & Y6 Film Festival am only
Monday 12 November Y6 to Abernant Residential
Friday 16 November Y2 to Thinktank, Birmingham 8.30am
Y6 return from Abernant

Wishing you all a very restful half term break

Matthew Gould
Headteacher