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NEWS - 28 FEBRUARY 2019

Next week’s value is Hope

“Faith is what makes real the things we hope for.  It is proof of what we cannot see”.  Hebrews

Dear parents/carers

I hope you were able to make the most of the wonderful weather during half term! How fortunate we were to experience ‘above average’ temperatures for this time of year!  Over half term our new Outdoor Classroom has been installed thanks to the fundraising of the 3 Peaks Team!  We are very excited by the new addition to the playground and look forward to many outdoor learning opportunities.

The second half of the spring term has got off to a flying start! I have been reflecting, alongside my busy colleagues, on how it seems like more than four days since we returned to school after the half term! Monday was the first of our earlier-timed assemblies, since we adjusted the timetable to fit in more curriculum time.  On Wednesday, I attended an all-day training event at the Good Shepherd Trust offices, when head teachers heard, from a practising psychologist, about the latest developments and provisions offered by Educational Psychology Services. During the afternoon, we were privileged to receive detailed and well-informed child protection/safeguarding training. 

This afternoon, Mrs Buckley and I meet with the Trust’s Director of Education. We will talk through our experience of the recent inspection, in respect of which we expect to receive a formal account of findings at some point during the next couple of weeks. Please look out for the report in an A4-size envelope in children’s bags.

Tomorrow, to finish off the week, children in all classes are to be treated to a performance of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ presented by ‘M and M Productions’. There will no Monday morning assembly and no Celebration Assembly next week.

Two of our teaching assistants will be out of school tomorrow. They will be attending the training centre at Guildford Church House, where they will learn about supporting teaching and learning in Early Years.  Mid-year staff appraisals are due to commence next week. As well as assessing teachers progress towards meeting their predicted targets for pupil outcomes at the end of this year, this provides me with an opportunity to thank all of my colleagues for their invaluable contribution to the school.

Finally, a reminder that next Friday (8 February), children may come to school dressed as animals, in return for a small fee (£1). This is to support the World Wildlife Fund, a charity which raises money to help sick and injured animals. This is a cause that is very dear to our children’s hearts. The Mufti Day was instigated by our Pupil Leadership Team and School Council! This is yet another example of children displaying caring attitudes and the values we try to promote. Aren’t they all wonderful! 

Have a super weekend!

Janis Radcliffe

Head teacher

 

EPIPHANY TERM

1st Mar

Alice and Wonderland Theatre Production

4th Mar

Clubs week 6

6th Mar

Y5 Winchester Science Museum

7th Mar

Y3 Kew Gardens

7th Mar @9.00am

Y6 Class Assembly - Parents/Carers welcome

8th Mar

Mufti day – come dressed up as animals to raise funds for WWF - £1 donation

11th Mar

Clubs week 7

12th Mar @3.15pm

Chidham parents meeting in Y6 classroom

13th Mar

Y1 Lookout Discovery Centre

14th Mar

Y2 Marwell Zoo

14th Mar

Y5 Class Assembly - Parents/Carers welcome

15th Mar

Science Day

18th Mar

Clubs week 8

 

AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS CHANGES/UPDATES

There will be no Netball Skills Club on Tuesday 5th March.

There will be no Science club on Thursday 14th March 2019 due to Mrs Dickson being on a school trip.

Due to parents evening w/c 25th March there will be NO clubs that week except for the following: -

  • Cookery
  • Football on Tuesdays
  • Football boys and girls on Wednesday
  • Multi-sports with Mrs Wright on Wednesday
  • Recorder Club – will be on Wednesday 27th March

ALICE IN WONDERLAND THEATRE PRODUCTION              

A kind reminder for you to pay £4.50 (voluntary contribution) on Scopay towards the Alice in Wonderland Production tomorrow.

MENTAL HEALTH

We have been very lucky with the weather over half term and this past week. Hopefully you have all been making the most of it and getting outside! Studies show that being outside - rain or shine - has a positive impact on our children's Mental Health.

There once was a time when children played outside until they were called in for tea! Not so much these days. Parents fear for their children’s safety, whether due to increased traffic on the roads or wider reporting of crimes against children. All of this causes parents to be more reluctant to allow children outdoors unless they are fully supervised. Controversial screens and computer games continue to take the blame for our children becoming sedentary and uninterested in venturing outside.

By encouraging our children to get back to basics and have some fun playing outdoors, we can make a huge difference to their overall mental health and wellbeing.

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