Newsletter Autumn Term 6
We have had a lovely learning week in school and the children have all had a great focus in classrooms. A visitor commented this week how smart they all looked. Thank you so much as it helps with our common identity, and it is down to you all.
1. Our Thinking Topic
This week we have been thinking about ‘words’ and how to use them. I demonstrated in assembly that sometimes we say things we can’t take back and used a tube of toothpaste to show this. In the Bible James said that “just like a tiny spark can cause a forest fire our tongues can cause incredible damage.” We talked about the need to use kind words. As Anet in Y5-6W said in their class assembly that I watched ”once you have said something you can’t put it back.”
2. Our Value – Responsibility
3. Class Of The Week
4. Lunch Time Clubs
5. Grandparents’ Christmas Dinner
We have begun organising our annual Christmas Dinner for grandparents’ and pupils and have attached a booking form with all the information on. Please complete and return your forms with payment by Wednesday 4th November. The cost is £3.20 for a dinner, pudding and a drink and for children it is £2.20 for those that have to pay for their school meals so please top up lunch accounts. This is a much looked forward to event for the children.
6.After School Club
7. Y6 Tests Meeting for Parents/Carers
This is on Monday at 3:10pm-3:25pm, when we will explain the new government tests and show some example papers. I will have a member of staff on hand to look after any younger children in another room to help you.
8. Good Behaviour Reward Disco
This is on Thursday for Y1 to Y6 children. Only those who have received a red card are not invited, so far that is 8 children, the families will be texted to confirm this although they and the children have been told. It is from 3.00pm – 4.15pm. The entry is £2, which includes a drink and bag of crisps. There are some other sweets on sale from 10p to 25p and hopefully the children will have a fun time. All the money raised goes to school budget and is spent on your children.
9. Good News
We have been able to fund a free PE visit for KS2 in December as we did last year and for KS1 in January. Visits are expensive and others will have to have a contribution, although all our subsidised. Reception will have a visit in the New Year as well.
10. Looking After Our Teeth
All the children from Nursery to Y2 will receive a free toothbrush and tooth paste and have had a lesson about its importance. Stoke-on-Trent has one of the worst statistics for teeth decay in children in the country. Please help your child with it! This is one of the reasons we have banned sweets and drinks on school premises except for ‘special events’ and added it to the home school agreement that you have signed.
Children, I also feel, do not need to be rewarded for going to school and it sets a bad example. In Kenya children would walk miles every day just to get the chance of an education. My staff on duty at night tell me not all families are following this, which is very disappointing, when we do so much at no cost for families to help finances. Children are chosen for extra events according to how they follow school rules and we have a lot coming up and will prioritise children who follow these.
11.Puppet Making Workshop
Next week all classes in KS1 and KS2 will have a puppet making workshop led by an expert we have bought in. The children will enjoy their class session.
- Our attendance last week was 97.7%. Very well done to all our families.
- Friday – 11
- Monday – 6
- Tuesday – 2
- Wednesday – 4
- Thursday – 7
13. Events In School This Week/This Week
- Well done to the football team who took part in a National 7 A-Side Tournament last Friday transported by Mrs Oldfield and myself. They lost all 3 games but had some good moments. Thank you to parents/carers who came along to support them. Theo Molyneux was voted by
Miss Pickerill as player of the tournament.
- Local Democracy week – Mrs Ramsden took Chad Varquez, Charlie Bird, Laynee Tunnicliffe and Isabelle Westwood to meet the Lord Mayor tour the chambers and learn about how decisions are made.
- On Friday we are selling juice and biscuits for 30p to raise money for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Please support this charity event which Y6 are helping at. Our prefects have been busy helping at lunchtimes and are doing their duties brilliantly.
14. Home School Link Worker Information
16.Dates for your Diary
Our children/classes who received awards on 09/10/15 were:
Morfeas Chatzopoulos, Jessica Chittock, Surra Osman, Georgia Gould, Rubina Mahnoor and Leona Johns.
Mrs Bloor’s Award: Grace Hawkins
Dusty Bin (tidy classroom): Y1B
Smart School Uniform: Sahej Bhullar and Matthew Ingram
Lunchtime Supervisor’s Award: Humaira Shakil and Alan Sose
Good to be Green KS1: Angel Johnson and Tyler Hodgkinson
Good to be Green KS2: Isabelle Godwin and Liam Davis
Time for Sport: Y2
Walk to School: Y5-6W
Lunch Time Award: Y6
Challenge Award: Berrie Johnson
Awards given out for data collected w/b 28/09/15:
Class Attendance: 2C and 4-5M – 100%
Whole School Attendance: 97.0% (Government target is 95%)
Pupil Attendance Awards: Robin Craggs and Monica Joshua
Mrs P Bloor