2018-2019 Newsletters

8 February 2019

Dear Parents

Chinese New Year
This week, to celebrate Chinese New Year, all the children in school have taken part in Chinese dance workshops. They have thoroughly enjoyed this celebration of the Year of the Pig and many classes have also explored Chinese food tasting (including using chop sticks) and creating Chinese Willow patterned artwork.

 Chinese New Year 1  Chinese New Year 2  Chinese New Year 3

Chinese New Year 4  Chinese New Year 5  Chinese New Year 6

Parents’ Evenings
You should all have received your appointment slips for next week. Please ensure you arrive in time to look through your child’s work before your appointment. If, for any reason, you are unable to attend the evening, please contact the school office so we can inform the class teacher.
Thank you.

In view of Parents’ Evenings please remember there are no clubs running next week.

Y6 Artist Visit
As promised, here are a couple of examples of the fantastic artwork produced by the Y6 children last week working with Rory McCann.

 Eye 1                Eye 2

Just a reminder that 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 to those who have already donated. 

John Muir
The next John Muir session for Year 5 is on Wednesday 13 February.  Children need to come into school suitably dressed to be outdoors all day.  A reminder of the other dates for John Muir sessions are below:-

Wednesday 27 February
Wednesday 20 March
Wednesday 27 March
Wednesday 1 May
Wednesday 8 May
Friday 24 May
Wednesday 26 June
Wednesday 3 July – John Muir sharing presentation at school to parents beginning at 1.30pm 

Menu Addition
On Thursday 14th February, we will have an additional choice to the pudding as it is Valentine’s Day. There will be heart shaped homemade biscuits with red icing & sprinkle.

If you are paying for your child’s school meals by cheque, could you please make sure the cheque goes in an envelope with your child’s name and class on it.
Thank you.

Staffing News
I am delighted to inform you that Miss Wellsbury yesterday gave birth to Isla-Rae. Although this was a little early, both are doing well and we look forward to seeing them both as soon as possible.

Last Monday, we took two dodgeball teams to Telford Tennis Centre for the annual Dodgeball Competition. They both played fantastically against a range of schools from across Telford and Wrekin. Team 1 did very well, just missing out on qualifying from the group. Team 2 on the other hand, sneaked into a qualifying position, with 5 other teams, and will play a finals competition at a later date. A brilliant effort from all.

Cross Country
Look out for the letter coming home with the children today. We are looking to take as many pupils as possible to the Telford and Wrekin Cross Country series this year. This is an amazing chance for your child to represent our school and compete with hundreds from across the district. It is a well-organised event, encouraging children to become more active and competitive. No previous experience is required, as long as they are happy to put on a pair of trainers, run, jog or walk across the finish line with the possibility of some mud. Please send the reply slip by Friday 1 March to secure a place. 

FoodbankThe Foodbank will be calling to collect this term’s donations on Thursday 14 February.  Therefore, please could we have all donations before then.  Once again, can I also remind you that the foodbank don’t just collect food items – toothbrushes, toothpaste, bars of soap, baby milk, nappies and feminine hygiene products are always needed too.

Year 4 Condover Residential
The deadline for submitting the final paperwork is this coming Monday, 11 February.  Can we also take this opportunity to remind you that the pre-trip Parent/Carer meeting will take place 27 February from 6pm – 6:45pm.  It is essential that at least one parent/carer attends this meeting.

Year 4 Swimming – Tuesday 12 February
Next week, the children will be learning the essential life skill of extracting themselves from water whilst wearing clothing.  In order to do this, they will need to have a pyjama top and bottoms or similar (e.g. legging/joggers and t-shirt) in addition to their usual swimming kit.

Attendance Update
This week’s winners of the attendance awards are as follows:
A* Attendance: 5L with 100%
Pride in Punctuality: 1J with no lates.

Term / HolidayDates
Term dates for 2019 – 2020 and 2020 – 2021 will be distributed next week and put on the school website.

Diary Dates
Monday 11 February  Condover paperwork deadline
Tuesday 12 February  Parents’ Evening (4.00pm – 7.00pm)
Wednesday 13 February Parents’ Evening (4.00pm – 7.00pm)
Wednesday 13 February John Muir Session Year 5
Friday 15 February  Y2 Parents’ Assembly 9.15am
Friday 15 February  School closes for half term
Monday 25 February  Children return to school
Wednesday 27 February 6pm Final Meeting for Year 4 Parents regarding Condover

Yours sincerely

Matthew Gould