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NEWS - 1 NOVEMBER 2018

 

 

 

 

Next week’s value is Wisdom

“Wise people want to learn more, so they listen closely to gain knowledge.” Proverbs 18:15

Dear parents/carers

I hope you all had a lovely half term break. Children certainly seem to have enjoyed themselves! Nevertheless, they have settled quickly back into the school routine and are enjoying their learning.  With no time to lose, on the first day back, Year 5 children went, with their teacher and helpers, to Legoland, where they had an enjoyable day out and learned all sorts of interesting things. Thank you to teachers and helpers for supporting this event and a big well done to Y5 children who, once again, were congratulated by members of the public, for their exemplary behaviour.  We are so proud of them!

On Monday afternoon, the School Business Manager and I met with the joint PTA Chairs to establish a spending plan for the coming year. The school submitted requests for the PTA to consider in their evening meeting. Once again, I cannot reiterate strongly enough, how much we value the PTA’s determined fund-raising efforts, on our behalf.  

We are anticipating an inspection any time. It could be next week, next month or even next year, but we are sure it can’t be long! In the event Ofsted does arrive, you are bound to be asked for your views about the school. Please remember you can add your comments at any time, on the Ofsted Parent View website at https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/

There is a great buzz in the staff room this week as professional dialogue turns to the curriculum. You may have heard that, from September 2019, the Ofsted spotlight will switch somewhat, from reading, writing and maths data outcomes, to the appropriateness and effectiveness of the whole school curriculum. This is, of course, music to our ears! Mrs Amanda Spielman, Chief Inspector for Ofsted, says: ‘One of the areas that I think we sometimes lose sight of is the real substance of education.  Not the exam grades or the progress scores, important though they are, but instead the real meat of what is taught in our schools and colleges: the curriculum’. Mrs Spielman admits that Ofsted have helped create the culture by pressuring schools to deliver test scores above everything else, but it is reassuring that they now want to redress the balance.   The idea that the curriculum should be ‘broad and balanced’ is nothing new, but it is likely that it will be scrutinised by Ofsted like never before.

We regularly audit and review our curriculum and, whilst we are satisfied that our topics are exciting and inspiring, we are never complacent and plan to develop them even further to make them even more immersive from the outset and add even more of what is of interest to 21st century children. We plan to introduce a sustainability project and to encourage children to understand their responsibility in relation to their role as future stewards of our earth and precious planetary resources. 

If you would like to know more about our school improvement priorities, please see outline attached to this bulletin, for your convenience.

Finally, as a parting message of appreciation, thank you to Year 2 children and their teachers for a wonderful all-singing, all-dancing assembly on the theme of the ‘Great Fire of London’, this week. The topic has been the stimulus for some outstanding pieces of writing, art, design technology and science work - a veritable cross-curricular extravaganza!

Well done to all!
Janis Radcliffe

REMINDERS

 

 

 

 

MICHAELMAS TERM

2nd Nov @ 2.15pm

Celebration Assembly – parents welcome

3rd Nov

Chiddingfold Bonfire Celebrations

5th Nov

Clubs Week 7

6th Nov 3.30 – 7.30pm

Parents Evening – Whole School

8th Nov

Y2 Trip to Museum of London

8th Nov 3.15 – 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

12th Nov

Clubs Week 8

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

Clubs Week 10

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.

PICK UP TIME

Can we kindly request that you leave the school grounds promptly after collecting your child/children from their classes and not linger in the playground.  The grounds are needed for after school clubs and it is difficult when parents and pre-school children are still on the premises to maintain health and safety.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

SPORTS CREW

Mrs Wright has four new assistants! On Tuesday morning four pupils from Year 6 attended the 'Sports Crew' training at Broadwater School, in association with Active Surrey. A Sports Crew is a group of young people organising and developing school sport and activities in their school. A Sports Crew adopts roles of leading, managing and officiating.

After a meeting with Mrs Wright on Wednesday, they are looking forward to planning their first event! Well done Lily, Fergus, Blaise and Jemima.  

PAVILION REPAIR WORKS

The parish council wish to make you aware that as part of ongoing investigations into structural damage at the Pavilion on Coxcombe Lane Recreation Ground, the company CET Property Assurance will be undertaking works in the immediate area of the pavilion on Wednesday 7th November with the contractors aiming to arrive at around 8.30am.

Due to this work, there will be additional vehicles and movement of machinery between the car park and Pavilion around the time of school drop-off so please take care when parking and walking with your children.  Please make older children that walk themselves to school aware of this and ask that they pay extra attention when entering the car park.

POPPY APPEAL

We will be selling poppy merchandise etc in school for Remembrance. Y6 will visit the classrooms with the poppies should your children wish to make a contribution.

HEIGHT AND WEIGHT CHECKS

Year 6 – National Child Measuring Programme

On Thursday 22 November 2018 the School Nurse will be carrying out height and weight checks. Your child has received information in their book bag. Please note you only need to return the form if you DO NOT wish your child to take part. Please return them to the School Office by Monday 19th November 2018.

PE NEWS

Woolmer Hill Sports dates reminders:

Year 1 will be going on the morning of Monday 5th November. They will need to come to school dressed in their PE kit that day. There is no need to bring in school uniform.

Year 2 will be going on Monday 19th November.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Your child cannot attend if you have not returned your permission slip

PARENTS EVENING

Don’t forget to book your slot on the sign-up sheets which are on the windows of the Mullard Building.

£1 CHALLENGE

Thank you to everyone who has brought in their fundraising from the half term £1 challenge.  If you haven’t already brought your funds in please do so by the end of this week.

PTA NEWS

The PTA will, once again, be offering you the chance to purchase a beautiful Christmas tree from them, with an order form in book bags today.  Feedback from these fantastic, non-drop Nordmann firs has been fantastic since the scheme was introduced and is a valuable source of fundraising for the school.

With two collection dates available (Saturday 1st December & Sunday 9th December), and a fantastic choice of sizes, please support the PTA by buying your tree from them this year.  All funds raised will go towards valuable fundraising for two new white boards for Years 5 & 6, outdoor musical instruments and other resources to enhance learning and encourage creativity.

SANTA DASH

Save the date Saturday 1st December registration from 12.45, warm-up 1.15, race starts at 1.30 from St Mary’s.

More details to follow shortly!

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