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Newsletter Autumn Term 3 - 13.10.14


Autumn Term 2014 - Newsletter 3

13th October 2014

Dear Parents/Carers,

Harvest Festival and GIfts

Thank you to all the parents who joined us for our Harvest Festival at the church on Monday and for all the wonderful boxes of gifts that were brought in. A total of £50.95 has been raised and the leftover packets of food and tins have been taken to the local food bank all this goes to support the Salvation Army’s work.

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 have been focusing on ‘responsibility’ and supporting children to think about how they can show responsibility in what they say and what they do.

School Improvement and Development Priorities

Every year, the school drafts a School Improvement and Development Plan which articulates the school's annual priorities and targets. The plan is informed by issues arising from analysis of pupils performance, the outcomes of monitoring carried-out, changes to legislation and best practice.

This year, our priorities are:

1.  Pupil achievement - To raise pupil achievement, making sure that all pupils make at least nationally expected progress.

2.  Quality of teaching - To improve the quality of teaching so all teaching over time is at least good.

3. Conditions for learning - To improve behaviour, including behaviour for learning and levels of pupil engagement, in order to support learning.

4. Leadership and Management  - To secure high standards of teaching which impacts positively on pupil achievement through accurate monitoring, effective performance management and development, and fostering a collaborative culture of high expectations and shared sense of purpose.


Mr Moss, who has been teaching Sycamore Class (Y3/4) since September has left the school. Mrs. Victoria Walton will taking over from Monday for the rest of the term.

WOW Newsletter

Each half term, the school produces our ‘Wonders of Wetheringsett (WOW) Newsletter’ where we celebrate all the achievements and wonderful things that have been happening in school. Children who have an achievement out of school, whether this is the summer Reading Challenge or a sporting award can also feature in the newsletter. Please let me know and bring any awards into school so a photograph can be taken.

Cathedral Education Service

There will be a special service for church schools in the Cathedral at Bury St Edmunds on Oct. 19th (5-6pm).  It will be a great occasion with the Bishop in attendance, giant 3 m. puppets, dance, pupils singing and leading prayers, and an African song 'Immanueli' sung and signed live  -  all in the midst of amazing art work from Suffolk schools.

We are making a amazing giant puppet to take along and have asked our School Council members to represent the school there, but all parents and children are very welcome to attend.

Stowmarket Library

The library have asked us to let parents know that on Saturday 18th October they will be hosting a visit from children’s author James Campbell and the illustrator of his books, Mark Weighton.  James, who is the author of the Boyface series of books, will be telling stories, entertaining children (and adults!) and talking about his writing whilst Mark will be showing how to draw Boyface and other characters from the books.  The whole experience will be interactive so the children can join in or just watch.

Netball and Football Clubs

Netball Club takes place after school on a Tuesday and Football Club is at lunchtime on Tuesdays (KS1) and Thursdays (KS2). We have had a disappointing number of children sign up for these so far this year. We try very hard to offer sports opportunities for the children and it would be a terrible shame to have to cancel them due to lack of interest. Please contact the office if your child would be interested in joining either club.

A few reminders:

Parents Evenings

  • These will take place next week and are an essential way to find out about how your child is doing at school and how you can support them, and to discuss any concerns with teachers. If you have not yet made an appointment, please contact the school office.

  • Sycamore Class’s Parents’ Evening will take place towards the end of December when Mrs Walton has had a chance to get to know the children.

PD Day

  • School will be closed on Friday 24th October for staff training

Easton Park Farm Trip

  • Reception, year 1 and year 2’s school trip is next Tuesday October 21st.

Chestnut Class Assembly

  • This is Friday October 17th at 9am.

School Nurse Drop in session

  • Bev will be available to answer your queries after the assembly next Friday (about 9.15am) in the Village Hall.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Attendance Awards

  • Children with 100% attendance each term will be awarded a certificate, with the possibility for a Gold Certificate for 100% attendance for all three terms!

Race Night

  • Don’t forget to buy your tickets for this exciting event on Saturday 18th, organsied by the Friends. Please contact Emma mOrris 01449 766117 for further details.

Victorian Christmas Fayre

  • This fantastic annual event will take place on Saturday 22nd November at the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway (The Middy) 11am - 3pm. Craft Stalls, Ride the steam train, Games, Food and visit the Frozen themed grotto.

Vicky Doherty



14th October - Y6 to DHS for the morning

17th October - Chestnut class assembly 9am

17th October - School Nurse Drop-In Session

18th October - Friends - Race Night

21st October - Parents Evening - Chestnut Class

23rd October - Parents Evening - Chestnut, Lime and Willow Classes

24th October - School Closed - PD Day

7th November - Sycamore class assembly

22nd November - Victorian Christmas Fayre

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

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Name of parent  ________________________ Date _______________

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