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Newletter Autumn 2 - 25.09.15


Autumn Term 2015 - Newsletter 2

25th September 2015

Dear parents/carers,

School Development Priorities

As in all schools, priorities for our school improvement work over the coming year are agreed at the beginning of each year. This year, our areas of focus will be:

  • Maths and writing, particularly in KS2

  • Further improving the quality of teaching and learning and developing our approach to assessment in light of the new national curriculum.

  • Improving behaviour at lunchtimes and the behaviour of individual challenging children.

Harvest, Tuesday 6th October

Our annual Harvest Service will be led by Rev. Julia Lall on Tuesday 6th October at 9am in the church. All children, including Nursery children will join us and parents, grandparents etc are warmly invited. We ask children to bring in a box of produce (this could be fresh or tinned) that is then sold off to raise money for a charity chosen by our School Council.

This year, we are inviting parents to join us in the village hall afterwards for pumpkin soup and bread rolls, made by the children. The produces boxes will be sold during this. This will be followed by the Friends’ AGM to which all parents are invited.

Breakfast Club

Our Breakfast Club has got off to a great start and more children are coming each week. There are still spaces each day if anyone else would like to use it, either on a regular or one-off basis. Places need to be booked before the day by contacting the office. Children can be dropped off at 7.45, 8.00 or 8.15 and are served breakfast of toast and cereal. For details, see the website or ask at the office.

Lunch Meal Choices

As you will probably be aware, from the beginning of this school year, we have said that lunch choices need to be chosen in advance, through the email that goes out to parents each week and children are no longer able to change them on the day. We have had a few teething problems with this, with children getting upset, saying they don’t like the choice that has been made for them. Please make sure you talk through the lunch choices with your child to check they like it and and they understand what they will be getting. Jacket potatoes and school packed lunches are very popular and offered every day as alternatives to the standard meal.


With the colder days beginning to set in, please ensure your children have a coat in school everyday.


Changes to Governing Body

At last week’s meeting, Tina Daubney was elected Chair of Governors. Sarah Payne is now Vice-Chair, after two years of being Chair.

Messages about Collection of Children/ Pupil Absence etc

Please make sure that you telephone with messages about the collection of children, rather than email. Email messages are not always picked up.

As it states in our Attendance Policy, the school should be notified about any pupil absence by telephone, rather than email. There is usually someone in school by 7.30am, or messages will be picked up by our answerphone.

Messy Church Club and Sparkle Party

Rev. Julia will be running a Messy Church Club in school. The first three clubs will be on the 5th, 12th and 19th October, 3.15 - 4.15pm. Children will be offered a snack and drink, followed by a story and activity. Over the three weeks they will be making a candle decoration, stained glass and a tea light holder.

The children can show what they have made at a Sparkle Party on 1st November, 3-5pm in the Village Hall. All children are invited to this party - further details to follow.

The next three clubs will be on 16th, 23rd and 30th November 3.15-4.15, again there will be a variety of activities with an advent and Christmas theme. The children will be invited to show their work at the Crib Service on 20th December in the church. The church will be open all day that day, culminating with a service at 6pm.

The cost of the club is £9 for 6 sessions to help cover the cost of materials\. Please complete the form at the end of the newsletter (or email the same details to the school office) if your child would like to go.

Vicky Doherty


Dates for your diary:


6th October

Harvest Service at the church

Followed by pumpkin soup and bread in Village Hall


6th October

Yr R,1,2 - Parent lunch


6th October

Friends AGM (all welcome)


14th October

Yr 3,4 - Parent lunch


20th October

Yr 5,6 - Parent lunch

3.45 - 6.00pm

20th October

Parents’ Evening

3.45 - 6.00pm

21st October

Parents’ Evening

23rd October

PD DAY - school closed to children


6th November

Chestnut Class Assembly

13th November

Individual School Photos


20th November

Lime Class (including Reception children) Class Assembly


27th November

Sycamore Class Assembly

11am - 4.30pm

28th November

Victorian Christmas Fayre at the Middy


7th December

Christmas Service

Term Dates -

2nd September to 18th December 2015

Half Term 26 October  - 30th October 2015

4 January to 24th March 2016

Half Term 15 February -19th February 2016

11 April 2016 to 21 July 2016

Half Term 30 May to 3rd June 2016

PD Days

2nd, 3rd September 2015

23rd October 2015

4th January 2016

27th May 2016

Parent Response Slip

Either email or send in a paper version for the attention of the Headteacher.

Name of parent  ________________________ Date _______________


Thank you for taking the time to respond. Your views are listened to and given careful consideration.


I would like my child to attend Rev. Julia’s Messy Church Club on the 5th, 12th & 19th October at 3:15-4:15 pm.

Name of child _________________________________Class_____________________________

Parents signature______________________________ Date ____________________________

Please return the slip to school by Friday 2nd October. Thank you.