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Newsletter Autumn - 7.11.14


Autumn Term 2014 - Newsletter 4

6th November 2014

Dear Parents/Carers,

‘What’s Working?’ board/questionnaire

Thank you for all your comments so far about what is/isn't working well at school both on the board that has been out before and after school and in the questionnaires that have been returned. Please make sure you do share your views with us. I will write soon summarising what has been said and what actions will be put in place as a result.

Value for Life

Each half term, we focus on a different value both in collective worship and day to day throughout the school. This half term we will be focusing on ‘perseverance’, supporting children to reflect on times when they need to do something or stick at something because it is the right thing to do. This could be standing up for what they believe in or supporting someone, or sticking at something that they are finding challenging.

Extreme Reading

We have had a great response to this with children (and adults) reading in amazing places from their dog’s basket to on a quad bike! All the entries can be seen on the school website. The winners will be announced next week.

Netball Club

With the nights getting darker, next week will be the last session. However, Mrs Walton has kindly offered to run the club on Wednesday lunchtime’s to prepare the children for an upcoming competition.

School Clubs

There are still lots of places available in gymnastics,football, multi sports and recorder clubs. We heavily subsidise the cost of sports clubs and these are a fantastic opportunity for children to be active, improve their sporting skills and gain a sense of achievement. When we ask for parents’ views, we often hear that you would like more clubs so it is disappointing that these opportunities are not being taken up. If your child would like to take part in one of these clubs, please let the office know.

Children in Need Day 14th November 2014Gemma Cairney as a superhero

To raise money for Children in Need this year children can come to school next Friday dressed as a superhero and pay £1 to do so.

Making a costume is not as daunting as it might sound. These tips come from the Children in Need website:

  1. Choose a pair of brightly coloured shorts to wear over leggings for the traditional superhero look.

  2. Draw and paint or colour in your personalised super symbol - this could be absolutely anything from your initials to something that reflects your superhero identity.

  3. Pin the paper or card shield to the front or back of a plain t-shirt. Use silver foil or stick glitter around the edges to make it stand out.

  4. Make a superhero eye mask with a pair of tights, a piece of fabric or card. Customise with glitter or sequins for a sparkly look or other embellishments to suit your superhero identity.

  5. Make a cape using an old sheet, bin liner or colourful beach towel. Cut into a wonky hourglass shape and add tape or string to tie it around your neck, or sew it onto your t-shirt.

  6. Attach your paper or card super symbol to a headband or piece of fabric to tie around your head.

  7. Create a utility belt with a fabric belt and tape. Attach some of your super utensils to and spray with metallic paint to make them look extra super.

  8. Put on colourful knee-high socks (e.g. sports socks) or cut up a pair of tights to accompany the pants over leggings look.

  9. Wear a pair of wellies or wrap coloured duct tape around your shoes for the super cool look.

  10. To complete your superhero outfit, get yourself a pair of Pudsey or Blush ears, available at the BBC Children in Need Shop!

Long Hair

A reminder that long hair should be tied up as part of our uniform expectations.

PE Kit

Children MUST have their PE kit in school, including footwear that fits them. We have an increasing number of children without this at the moment.

Whispering Wood

We have been extremely disappointed to hear that some children, including some from this school, have been climbing over the gate and going into our Forest School area out of school time. This area is very special to the children and Mrs Hammond puts an enormous amount of work into preparing and maintaining it for the children to enjoy. The police have been informed.

School Photos

Individual school photos will be taken on Wednesday 19th November. If you would like photographs of younger siblings taken individually or with their older siblings, these can take place from 8.30am.

Christmas Events

Some dates for your diary:

Friends Victorian Christmas Fayre - Saturday 22nd November at the Middy

Pantomime (Wolsey Theatre) - Wednesday 10th December - late collection from school

Carol Service & Nativity - Monday 15th December, 6pm in the church

Carols Around the Tree - Thursday 18th December, 3.30pm in the Village Hall

Vicky Doherty


Term Dates - 2014/15 School Year

3rd September to 19th December

Half-term 27th to 31th October

5th January to 27th March

Half-term 16th to 20th February

13th April to 22nd July

Half-term 25th - 29th May

PD Days

24th October 2014

5th January 2015

23rd February 2015

Parent Response Slip

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

Name of parent  ________________________ Date _______________

Comment  (items in this letter )

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