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NEWS - 18 OCTOBER 2018

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds”. Psalm 1:5

 

Dear parents/carers

It’s been a busy week for staff development. On Monday, Miss Howells attended an all-day training session with a leading literacy specialist, sharing ideas and good practice with colleagues from other schools. On Wednesday, Mrs Newton and I met with a representative from the ‘Guildford Science Education Partnership’, with whom we plan to work to further develop science teaching and learning. This science scheme is part of a government-led initiative to increase children’s interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) disciplines, and is part of an even grander, longer-term bid to address the shortage of workers available to work in STEM-related careers in future. We are very excited about the project and look forward to networking with other schools and attending further training courses including ‘Making powerful connections between science and literacy’, ‘Strengthening Science Subject understanding’, ‘Developing the role of the Science Subject Leader’ and ‘Working Scientifically in the Primary Curriculum’. We will be reviewing our Science Action Plan and looking at ways to develop practical experimental science and science assessment. 

Internet Safety 

Are you aware of the NSPCC Net Aware website or App? This helps parents to look up Apps or games that children might access. Parents can find out more information about the dangers and risks. Visit https://www.net-aware.org.uk  to access this excellent resource.  It’s also worth knowing about the O2 mobile phone provider helpline.  Parents who find it difficult to set parental locks or solve technical questions, relating to online safety, can call the helpline and speak to a specially trained E safety expert who will help answer questions about filtering or setting parental locks. The number to call is 0808 800 5002. Alternatively, you can pop into any O2 branch and ask to speak to an NSPCC trained specialist who will set the locks for you, on your tablet or mobile phone. 

It is important to have conversations with your children, from an early age, to keep them safe. There are some effective videos on the NSPCC website which are designed to be conversation starters; they are extremely thought-provoking and easy to watch. Visit https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping -children-safe/share-aware/ to view the videos.

Have a super weekend and a safe and enjoyable half term. See you on Monday 29 October.

Janis Radcliffe

Headteacher

REMINDERS

MICHAELMAS TERM

19th Oct

World Maths Day

19th Oct @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

w/c 22nd Oct

Half Term

29th Oct am

Sign-up sheets on Mullard building for parents evening slots

29th Oct

Clubs Weeks 6

29th Oct

Y5 Trip to Lego Land

1st Nov @ 9.00am

Y2 Class Assembly – parents welcome

2nd Nov @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

3rd Nov

Chiddingfold Bonfire Celebrations

5th Nov

Clubs Week 7 – No clubs only paying clubs

6th Nov 3.30 – 7.30pm

Parents Evening – Whole School

8th Nov

Y2 Trip to Museum of London

8th Nov 3.30– 6.00pm

Parents Evening – Whole School

9th Nov @ 10.15am

Remembrance Service in School Hall – parents welcome

9th Nov @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

10th Nov

GDSSA Cross Country at Glebelands

12th Nov

Clubs Week 8

12th Nov

Nasal Flu Vaccinations

14th Nov

Y6 Imperial War Museum Trip

16th Nov

Children In Need – wear mufti and donate £1

16th Nov @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly -  parents welcome

19th Nov

Clubs Week 9

22nd Nov @ 9.00am

Y3 Class Assembly – parents welcome

23rd Nov @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

26th Nov

Final Clubs Week 10

26th Nov

Y6 Surrey History Centre

29th Nov @ 9.00am

Y5 Class Assembly – parents welcome

30th Nov

Pied Piper Theatre Company R, Y1, Y2

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS – CHANGES

There will be no clubs week of 5th November due to parent’s evenings, with the exception of the paid clubs of Kickstart, Girls and Boys Football and Recorder Club.

Miss Clark's netball club - Year 5 and 6

On Monday 12th November there will be NO Miss Clark's netball training due to a fixture the following day.

SCHOOL FUND

Thank you to those families that have already donated to the School Fund. School Leaders do their  utmost to manage school finances to maintain a balanced budget however the money from Central Government doesn’t always  meet the needs of the school. We are determined to continue to appoint high calibre staff and to ensure that children have the resources available to participate in a broad and exciting curriculum. Every parental donation counts, no matter how small! We understand that many families help the school in other ways, including help with reading and supporting school trips/off site activities. We are always very grateful for everything that parents do to help our school.

If you would like to donate please do so on line through Scopay on the Tucasi portal; this is the same place you make school meals choices for your children https://www.scopay.com/login.html

Thank you! 

PE NEWS

Last Wednesday 8 of our Year 3 and 4 pupils took part in a Multi-sports festival run by Kickstart Coaching. This took place in fabulous weather on the football field. The children joined four other schools - St Barts, Chandler, Busbridge and Tillingbourne - to try different sports. They enjoyed Tag Rugby, Handball, Capture the Flag and other team games. Well done to Amber, Grace, Rory, Joseph, Isobel, Ella, Billy and Noah.

A massive well done to our Year 5 and 6 pupils who took part in the netball matches against Grayswood Primary on Monday after school. It was the first time the teams had played together – and both were victorious! Team A won 6-5, with

some fantastic goals and passes. Team B beat their opponent 7-5 – some of these children had never played netball before joining Miss Clark’s netball club. A brilliant start to the netball year and we all look forward to the next match and tournament!

On Wednesday afternoon boys and girls from Year 5 and 6 played a football tournament at Tillingbourne School. We were grouped with Cuthbert-Mayne, St Barts and Tillingbourne.  Each match we played was 8 minutes long so it was important to play hard, keep marking and create lots of pressure. We won our first match with goals from Jack and Blaise but unfortunately lost out to St Barts and Tillingbourne - although we did not make it easy for them!

Well played: Blaise, James, Fergus, Matis, Barnaby, Dylan, Lochlain, Sam, Liam, Jack and Eleanor.

Thank you to the parents who drove and supported us.

PARENTS EVENINGS

Sign-up sheets will be on the Mullard building for parents to sign-up for their slots on Monday 29th October in the morning.

Y5 TRIP REMINDER         

Y5 will have their trip to Legoland on Monday 29th October please remember to bring a packed lunch in for your child and note that the collection time is 3.30pm

SECONDARY SCHOOL APPLICATONS

A reminder the closing date for on time applications for secondary school is 31 October 2018.

CHIDDINGFOLD BONFIRE HELP PLEASE!

The Bonfire Committee desperately need help with the building of the bonfire to ensure that it will be ready for Bonfire night on 3rd November.  Can you spare time on Saturday morning? 

They start at 9 am, have bacon butties, cakes and coffee at 11.00 and finish at 12.30 followed by refreshments in the pub.  

Sturdy footwear and gloves recommended.

Simply come down to the Green and join in.  

Many thanks

Bonfire Team

SANTA DASH AND ELF TODDLE – SATURDAY 1ST DECEMBER 2018

 

I hope your training has started and is going well for this year’s festive fun run?!

However, if you’d prefer to support the event without running then your help would be massively appreciated for the following jobs:

  • Course marshals
  • Santa suit sellers
  • Hot drinks stall
  • Mulled wine stall
  • Sweet stall

Please get in contact with Emma Hitchcock on emmahitchcock@hotmail.com!

Thank you in advance for your support!

PTA CHALLENGE

Round the Isle of Wight Challenge 2019

After the great success of the Three Peaks Challenge last term a group of us thought it would be fun to attempt the IOW Challenge.  

Our event will take place on 9-11th May 2019 (we have decided not to do it on the date of the official Challenge for a number of reasons) and is 70 miles (106 kms) following the marked Coastal Path and is open to any parent/carer who is prepared to train appropriately! 

IT WILL NOT BE A GROUP FUNDRAISING EVENT however you are obviously able to do individual fundraising if you would like to.

If you are interested in finding out more we will be having a meeting on 13th November in the Crown at 8pm.  We would love to see you there.  If you are interested but know that you can’t make this meeting then please email Anna Garfield at brindos@yahoo.com.

SCALES – Surrey Communication and Language in Education Study

As part of the ESRC festival of Social Science, the SCALES team are holding a pop-up interactive exhibition “Words for Wellbeing” at The Lightbox, Woking on Saturday 10th November 10.30am – 5.00pm – pupils and parents are welcome to visit.

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