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2018-2019 Newsletters

1 March 2019

Dear Parents

On-Line Safety
You will, undoubtedly, have heard about the publicity surrounding the “Momo” challenge. We took the decision to send a leaflet to parents of Key Stage 2 children and to talk to them about the importance of keeping safe on-line and reporting any concerns to adults at home. There is currently some debate nationally about the nature of the concerns, but it served us well to remind children about their safety. We have also put more leaflets on the school website giving parents information about all sorts of Apps (click here) so please take time to look at these to help you to keep your child safe.

BBC Radio Shropshire

Radio Shropshire

BBC Radio Shropshire’s Ryan Kennedy has been to school and is featuring us on his “School Report” slot on Sunday 3 March. You can hear the children after 8.30am on 96FM, Digital Radio, Freeview channel 721 or at https://www.bbc.co.uk/radioshropshire

Year 4 Residential Visit
Thank you to those who have already paid for this visit which is almost upon us.  Please can we remind those paying in instalments that the final payment is due on 11 March 2019. 

Y5 John Muir
Year 5 spent a gloriously sunny day at Madeley Community Orchard this week.  This particular session worked towards the conservation aspect of the John Muir Award.  They spent the morning cutting back dead bracken, picking the fallen and moulding apples off the floor (ewwww!) for composting, and clearing some of the grass and weeds from around the bottom of the trees.  They then spread fresh mulch around the bottom of the trees and cut them back a little to encourage fresh growth.  After their hard labours of the morning, they were rewarded in the afternoon with a lesson in fire lighting before heating water over their own fires to make hot chocolate.

Book Fair
The Book fair has arrived!
Sales will continue until next Wednesday (6 March).  Opening times are 3:30pm – 4pm. The Book Fair will be in the South Hall and you can enter using the double doors by the car park (Breakfast Club doors).
This year we are pleased to be able to offer three payment formats;
1. Cash (Best option).
2. Chip and pin card machine.
3. Telephone payment direct to Scholastic (Just follow the information displayed on posters within the hall).

If the book you require is no longer on the shelf, see Mr Cusden because he can order it (up until 12pm on Wednesday 6 March) for delivery when the Book Fair is collected on 7 March.

World Book Day
We will be having a dressing up day on Thursday to celebrate World book Day. Children are invited to come to school dressed as any book character.

KS2 Cross Country
We have had a great response so far for the cross country races that are coming up. With only a limited amount of spaces left, please send your letters in as soon as possible to guarantee a place. Spare letters will be available from the office or speak to Mr Cowdrill.

TWSCFA
Recently we have had 5 pupils from our school representing the Telford and Wrekin U11 football district team. In the boy’s team, we had one representative for John Fletcher who captained the side. Sadly, the boys just missed out on the semi-final through goal difference. Four of our girls represented the school in two separate teams in a league of 9 districts. One of the teams finished fourth while the other won the competition. With this fantastic achievement, two of our girls will be representing the district in the National Final in Liverpool in May.

Year 5/6 Girls Telford and Wrekin Football Tournament
On Thursday, our girls took on the best in Telford and Wrekin, with 28 other schools turning up for the tournament. The girls showed how much they have developed over the recent years and won their group comfortably without producing their best football. A confident win against St Peters and St Pauls (3-0), a smashing 6-1 win over Woodlands, a 1-0 win over Newport and to finish, a 3-1 win against Captain Webb. The girls went straight into the quarter final against Grange Park. From the start the girls found it difficult to get themselves going, with Grange Park dominating. A goal mouth scramble saw Grange Park go 1-0 up, as the girls were pushing for an equaliser, Grange Park caught the girls on the counter and got their 2nd. We were very unfortunate to go out to the eventual finalists and wish them all the best at The Bucks Head. A great effort from our girls – thank you to all who came and supported. 

Sports Kit
We have plenty of fixtures coming up within the next term. If your child has represented the school team, please can you send in kit to give other children the opportunity to represent school. With these up and coming fixtures, we have been grateful for recent donations of football boots, goalkeeper gloves and shin pads. If you have a useable pair sitting around at home, please could you send them in. Thank you.

School Site
The warmer weather has ushered on the spring flowers and we currently have vibrant displays of daffodils around the site which make the site much more pleasant to see.  They are very tempting, but please help us to maintain these for all our school community to enjoy for as long as possible by encouraging your children to look at these flowers and not pick them; and to keep to the paths in these areas.  The KS2 children in particular are being treated to a carpet of yellow on the bank thanks to the regular reminders during the winter to avoid using it as a ramp!

SEND
At the recent parent consultations, parents of children who are currently on our SEND register should have been given the opportunity to review their children’s new provision maps with the teacher.  If you were not able to attend the meetings, the class teachers will be getting in touch with you to enable these reviews to take place.
This week, we have received the latest SEND Parent/Carer newsletter from Telford and Wrekin’s SEND Local Offer which is also available on their website.  It is packed with useful information about local services and programmes and links to relevant websites.  Click here to download.

Fundraiser
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.
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/johnfletcherofmadeley-ironbridgehalfmarathon2019 

Staffing News
After many years of service with our Primary School and, prior to that with the Junior School, today marks the final day of Mrs Watson’s time with us. I should like to thank her for her years of dedication to the school and wish her the best of luck for the future. Any queries can be directed to any of the other members of office staff. Those relating specifically to visits should go to Miss Lee or to me. Thank you.

Environmental focus fortnight
This week, we have started a whole school focus on the environment and how to be more eco-friendly.  As part of this topic, each year group will be producing a piece of artwork made from recycled materials.  If anyone has any of the following, please could you send them into school:
• Plastic bottles (1l or 2l)
• Bottle caps
• Pringle tubes
• Kitchen roll tubes
• Old clothes
• Broken pencils/ dried up pens
• Old wellington boots
• Milk/ juice cartons

School Meals
Tuesday 5 March is Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day!). Pancakes will be available on this day as a pudding choice.
Please remember that when you are paying for school meals by cheque, they need to be sent into school in a clearly labelled envelope with your child’s name on.

Attendance Update
This week’s winners of the attendance awards are as follows:
A* Attendance: 5RD with 99.48%
Pride in Punctuality: 1J, 2B and 3H all with no lates.

Diary Dates
Thursday 7 March     World Book Day
Monday 11 March      Final instalment Condover due 
Wednesday 13 March    Year 4 to Condover
Friday 15 March     Year 4 back from Condover
Wednesday 20 March    John Muir session 4
Wednesday 27 March    John Muir session 5
Friday 5 April      Reception parents assembly
Friday 12 April      School closes for Easter
Monday 29 April     Children return to school

Yours sincerely

Matthew Gould
Headteacher