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Newsletter Summer Term 1 25.4.14


Summer Term 2014 - Newsletter 1

25th April 2014

Dear Parents/Carers,

Welcome back to the Summer Term. We will be packing lots of exciting activities into this term, with school trips, event days and lots of sporting events. We are also planning to put on a school play at the end of term (more information about this to follow at a later date!).

Use of Technology Survey

We are sending home a survey with each child today about their access to technology and how they use it at home. Please support us by helping your child to complete the survey and returning it to school by Tuesday 6th May. The survey is vital in helping us plan how we use IT both at school and for homework and how we can support children who don’t have access to equipment at home. Having an idea about how children are using technology at home will also help us to plan how we teach internet safety at school. The survey is anonymous and there will be a box near the school entrance for completed surveys.

School Meal Payment

A growing number of parents are using the online payment facility for school meals via Eats-catering.co.uk. I would encourage as many parents as possible to use this as it frees up office time in school. We are hoping to move towards online payment only from September.

Value for Life

This half term we will be focusing on ‘service’ in Collective Worship and throughout the school. We will be encouraging children to think about the importance of serving others and reflect on those who serve others and how they might serve others themselves


Children will have school swimming lessons in Stowmarket in the Autumn Term. We have decided that Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6) only will go. Key Stage 1 children will have a chance to take part in Forest Schools sessions that term instead. We feel that this is better suited to the little children who often find going swimming with school quite daunting and struggle to change independently. It will also mean that the pool will be much less crowded for the older children and they can be taught in smaller groups.


There are still many children getting caught out without a coat in school. Even though we are in the ‘summer’ term, the weather can still be quite changeable and we do let children play outdoors in light rain . Please make sure your child has a waterproof coat in school each day. A pac-a-mac type coat is ideal.


Please take particular note of the dates below as many new dates have been added.

Vicky Doherty



28th April - After School Clubs start

1st May -   Grandparents Lunch at 12.00

9th May -   Chestnut Class Cake Stall at 3.15 p.m.

12th May - SATs week

19th May - School Nurse will be in school for parents drop in session 9.00 a.m. to 9.30 a.m.

23rd May - Sycamore Tree Class Assembly at 9.00 a.m. and Break up for half term.

2nd June - Return to school

11th June - Father’s Day Brunch - details to follow after half term.

13th June - Willow Tree Class Assembly at 9.00 a.m.

16th - 20th June - Chestnut Tree Class to Sizewell Hall

27th June - Chestnut Tree Class - African Adventure Assembly at 9.00 a.m.

4th July -   Sports Night at 6.00 p.m.

9th July -   Year 5 Science Enrichment morning at DHS

11th July -  Lime Tree Class Assembly at 9.00 a.m.

15th July - “Wind in the Willows” afternoon performance

16th July -  Year 6 Induction day at DHS

17th July -  “Wind in the Willows” evening performance


22nd July -  Whole School trip

23rd July -  Break up

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

3rd, 4th September 2014

24th October 2014

5th January 2015

23rd February 2015

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