2018-2019 Newsletters

21 December 2018

Dear Parents

We have finally come to the end of a very long term. There has much to be pleased with this year already – we are really pleased that so many parents and families have attended the newly introduced year group assemblies and enjoyed spending time in the classrooms afterwards. Attendance at the Parent Consultation evenings was, as always, very high and there have been many enrichment activities to support the children’s learning throughout the school. Our school has continued to perform well in many different sporting activities – the highlight being our coronation as Y5/6 Netball champions of Telford and Wrekin.
We have continued to practise what we preach – our school prayer speaks of helping others. We have collected food for the Harvest Festival (and continue to collect for Telford Food Bank) and presents for the Christmas Smile project; and we have collected money for Children with Cancer through our Christmas Jumper Day and McMillan Nurses with our first coffee morning.

Food bank photoOllie from Telford Food Bank surrounded by our donations.

We are aware of areas in which we wish to improve and we are all determined to continue to do this whilst maintaining a balanced offer for the children that allows them to develop their personal skills as well as academic skills.

Christmas Performances
We have been delighted to have managed to complete all our Christmas performances this week. The children have done amazingly well in all that they did. Altogether we were delighted to have welcomed over 700 visitors to see the children in action. Thank you for your very kind donations for this - £496 was collected.

John Muir
There are still 10 children in Year 5 who have not returned paperwork.  There is still time if you wish your child to participate in this activity which will run for 10 weeks commencing at the end of January.  Please contact the school office if you need replacement paperwork.  The total cost for the activity is £42 which can be paid in instalments by speaking to Mrs Watson who will issue you with a payment card.  If you have been paying in instalments, the next payment is due 31 January.

Reception Christmas
This week has been a busy week for Reception with two Nativity performances on Monday and Tuesday plus a trip to the theatre to watch Cinderella on Wednesday. We are immensely proud of how well the children have sung, learnt their lines and behaved this week. It’s been a busy term and this was a lovely, festive way to end it.

Signing In
When children arrive late at school please ensure that a parent signs them in accurately.  We are having a number of errors as they are being signed out instead of in.  It is vitally important that we have accurate records for attendance in case of fire.

I recently put a message on the newsletter regarding an unhappy neighbour who has complained about inconsiderate parking.  He has contacted the school again as he cannot access his property with his nearly blind 4 year old daughter because people are parking on the path outside his house. Please can we again ask that you park considerately around school or park at Tesco and walk the short distance to school for the health, safety and convenience of all. 

Mr Strickland (father of Noah in Reception) is running the Ironbridge half marathon and has kindly offered to raise funds for the school, which we will put towards more equipment for the children to use at playtimes. If you would like to sponsor him, please use the link below. Thank you.

Year 4 Swimming
Year 4 will be having swimming lessons at Abraham Darby School next term.  These will take place every Tuesday for 10 weeks commencing 15 January and finishing on 26 March.  Children will be travelling by coach to the Leisure Centre.

Residential Visit payments
Please can parents of Year 4 be reminded that the next instalment for Condover is due on 18 January. There is still an outstanding balance of £1390 for the recent Year 6 Residential Visit to Abernant.  Please can you arrange for this to be paid as soon as possible in the New Year.  Thank you. 

2019 Reception Applications
This is just a reminder that the closing date for applying for a school place for reception in September 2019 is 15 January 2019. Please spread this message to anyone you know who has a child of the relevant age.

Staffing News
Following a long period of ill-health, Mrs Tomlinson has decided to resign from her position here to fully focus on her recovery. I should like to extend my grateful thanks to Mrs Tomlinson for her contribution to school (particularly her support of Miss Brotherton in developing the music provision here) and wish her the very best of luck in the future.

Attendance Update
Today 142 children received a sticker for 100% attendance this half term and 117 children who have had 100% attendance since September and have not been late in that time have received their certificates. Well done to all.
Our attendance for this term has been 96.58% which is very close to our target. However, we are struggling with some children persistently arriving after 8.55am. This term, 111 children arrived at school after the start time. This means that they often miss the introduction to many lessons and therefore is very disruptive for their learning. Please do all you can to ensure your child arrives on time.

This week’s winners of the attendance awards are as follows:
A* Attendance: 1J with 99.17%
Pride in Punctuality: 2B and 3B both with no lates.

Diary Dates
Friday 21 December School Closes for Christmas
Monday 7 January  Children return to school
Tuesday 15 January Year 4 swimming lessons commence
Friday 18 January   Year 4 Condover payment due
Thursday 31 January  Year 5 John Muir payment due

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Peaceful New Year.

Matthew Gould

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