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NEWS - 29 NOVEMBER 2018

Next week’s value is Charity

 

“It is more blessed to give than receive.” Acts 20.35

Dear parents/carers

What an eventful week! 

On Monday, Year 6 pupils and their teachers went to the Surrey History Centre to reinforce learning within their World War 1 Topic Work. We are very proud of our Year 6 pupils whose excellent behaviour prompted a hugely complimentary email from the Project Officer at the History Centre; pupils were credited with being ‘fully engaged in all of the sessions and impeccably behaved’ and ‘the best class we have worked with in all the sessions we have done around the country’. Praise indeed! Well done Year 6 and thank you to Mrs Newton and other adults who helped to make the trip such a success. 

For younger pupils, much of the week has been dedicated to Nativity rehearsals. It’s all going swimmingly well and I am confident that children will rise to the occasion. I have been enjoying listening to the Year 1 and 2’s singing, from the comfort of my office, situated right inbetween the two classrooms. It all sounds good. The trick of course, is not to peak too early! We look forward to welcoming you to our performances next week. 

A group of Year 6 pupils attended Chandler School’s ‘Able Writers’ Day’ today. This was an opportunity for them to work on some very challenging writing activities with able writers from other schools. 

This morning, children and parents were treated to a fantastic assembly on the theme of Ancient Greece. Year 5 pupils shared with the audience all that they have learned in their topic work this term. Well done Year 5 and Miss Clark and her team. It was especially great to see some of our shyer pupils coming out of their shells, gaining in confidence. 

This afternoon, the hall was booked out by Miss Hampshire and Year 4. They hosted their WW2 Tea Party which included tea, sandwiches, home-baked cakes and a display of the wartime dance, the Lindy Hop! A good time was had by all! 

Teachers have had another busy week of training, including Advanced Level 3 Safeguarding training for Mrs Buckley and Miss Howells. Mrs Oqvist attended data protection training and Mrs Newton met with other science leaders at the Science Education Partnership’s Science network meeting. All teachers participated in a curriculum workshop, which, together with feedback from an informative Year 6 pupil questionnaire, will complement our discussions and facilitate a wider curriculum review in due course.  

Reception and KS1 pupils are looking forward to a visit form the Pied Piper Theatre Company tomorrow. The local Village Nursery children will join them for a presentation of ‘The Enormous Present’!

Don’t forget the Santa Dash this Saturday 1st December.  More about this PTA led event attached.  

Have a great weekend 

Janis Radcliffe Head teacher 

 

 

CHRISTMAS TERM

30th Nov

Pied Piper Theatre Company R, Y1, Y2

1st Dec

Santa Dash

4th Dec

Barrow Hills Cross Country – selected pupils

4th Dec @ 9.30am

Nativity Dress Rehearsal – nursery invited

5th Dec @ 2.00pm 

Nativity Performance – donations to Save the Children

6th Dec @ 9.00am

Y4 Class Assembly - parents welcome

6th Dec @ 2.00pm

Nativity Performance – donations to Save the Children

7th Dec

Mufti Day – bring in your PTA donations for the fair, raffle and hamper

7th Dec @ 9.30am

Nativity Performance – donations to Save the Children – Please note this performance is now fully booked

7th Dec @ 2.15pm

REACH Assembly – whole school, parents/carers

10th Dec @ 9.00am

Drama Club Assembly – parents welcome

11th Dec

Christmas Lunch Amber and Emerald

12th Dec

Christmas Lunch Ruby and Sapphire 

13th Dec @ 9.00am

Y6 Class Assembly – whole school, parents/carers

14th Dec @ 9.00am

Rock Steady concert

14th Dec

Christmas Jumper Day and School Fair

14th Dec

No celebration assembly

17th Dec @ 6.30pm

KS2 Carol Service at St Mary’s Church

18th Dec @ 1.40pm

WW1 Exhibition in School Hall

19th Dec @ 9.15am

Final Assembly – whole school, parents/carers

19th Dec @ 1.30pm

Last day of term

4th Jan

INSET Day

7th Jan

Epiphany Spring Term 2019 Commences

SANTA DASH  

Don’t forget to register for the Santa Dash on Saturday 1st December – details attached!  If you’re keen to help, please email Emma Hitchcock on emmahitchcock@hotmail.com!

PIED PIPER

A kind reminder to classes R, 1LS and 1B to please pay £4.85 on Scopay towards the Pied Piper Performance this  Friday 30th November.

NATIVITY PERFORMANCES

Please note all performances are now sold out – please do not turn up if you do not have a ticket as there will be no space available in the school  hall.  We understand that some parents have swapped tickets, if you have please inform the school office so that there will be no confusion on the day.

RESIDENTIAL TRIPS

If you have not already returned your form and paid your deposit by the end of the week we will assume that your child will not be attending.

MENTAL HEALTH

It is quite natural for children to worry or to be anxious during various stages of school and home life. Most children will learn how to manage their thoughts, feelings and emotions, but some may need extra support. If you are concerned about your child’s mental health or would simply like to find out more, you may find the  links below helpful. If you have specific concerns about a child’s mental health that you would like to discuss with the school, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 

https://www.mentallyhealthyschools.org.uk/mental-health-needs/the-anxious-or-worriedchild?mc_cid=b3b268656b&mc_eid=f2aad6e1e5

Parenting a child with issues  https://mindedforfamilies.org.uk/Content/parenting_the_child_with_issues/#/id/59e5c70d779fae116f09fac7

Parents Survival Guide  https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/parents-survival-guide/

As highlighted by our wonderful Three Peaks Ladies, Young Minds is an organisation which is 'leading the fight for a future where all young minds are supported and empowered, whatever the challenges.' 

Have a look at their website  - www.youngminds.org.uk for a PARENT SURVIVAL GUIDE and parent helpline (08008025544) if you are worried about your child's mental health.

PTA REMINDERS

Friday 7th December – mufti day for children and bring in all your donations for the fair, raffle and hamper!

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