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8th September 2017


Dear Parents and Carers


I want to start by saying how thrilled I am to be writing my first newsletter at St Mary Redcliffe Primary as Headteacher. I wish to say thank you for how warm and welcoming you have all been as a group of parents who do not really know me yet. During my first week, I have been helped by lots of different parents explaining how things are supposed to work around here. May I also say, how lovely it is to spend time with your wonderful children. I have found the children to be polite, creative and very articulate. Having spoken at length with the teachers they have told me about how smooth the transition to new classes has been and what a great start to the new school year the children have made.

Over the last year, the school has made significant gains from its previous OFSTED report and together we as a school continue in our efforts to improve yet further. The staff team has been the reason for these improvements and is great to be leading such a supportive, dedicated team.

There are lots of exciting events coming up over the next term, from Pirate workshops in Year 1 to Year 2 visiting the ss Great Britain (hopefully without the skills they learnt in Year 1 at the pirate workshop last year!) Year 4 are going to Bath to explore Roman life and each year will have many more experiences that enhance the vibrant curriculum here at St Mary Redcliffe Primary. The staff are looking forward to meeting you during the parent information meetings, scheduled for next week.


Have a lovely weekend; we are excited about what promises to be a cracking term.


John Calvert


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to: 1 Ash: Scarlet, 1 Hawthorn: Ophelia,

2 Silverbirch: Trey, 2 Whitebeam: the whole class, 3 Elm: Nynke, 3 Lime: Jackson,

5 Apple, Jemima, 4 Juniper: Lily, 4 Willow: Oli C, 5 Cherry: Lola, 6 Hazel: John,

6 Larch: Jacey-Leigh


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to: 1 Ash, Archie, 1 Hawthorn: Audrey,

2 Silverbirch: Jahshore, 2 Whitebeam: Ezra, 3 Elm: Felix, 3 Lime: Elsie, 4 Juniper: Wilf,

4 Willow: Lucan, 5 Apple: Ayman, 5 Cherry: Archie, 6 Hazel: Emma, 6 Larch: Harry


Housekeeping: Some reminders from the school office –

There is no parking at school (including by the bollard or under the bridge near school). Please park elsewhere and walk your child to the school.

Please do not leave bikes and scooters on school premises overnight, we cannot be responsible for any damages incurred.

Please be reminded that you can pay online for dinner money, trips, music lessons, after school clubs and so on. If you would like to pay for Breakfast Club online, please contact the office.

School dinners are £2.25 per child per meal. If you think you may be eligible for Free School Meals you can apply online or come to the office and we will be happy to help you.

You can access SchoolComms (for payments online) and Free School Meals from the school website on


PTFA NEWS: Welcome to the start of the new school year! Next Monday September 11 there will be a get together for parents of new starters in the school hall at 9:00am. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served and it'll be an opportunity to meet other parents and PTFA members. Existing parents are also welcome and if you have any uniform donations please bring them along. As always, we’ll be hosting lots of events this term and we’re looking for cake donations and volunteers for Art on the Hill on Saturday October 7. Please email if you can help. Thank you – Mary, Wendy, Claire, Rob, Jackie, Lynne, Adriana – PTFA Committee.


Community News: VPAG Festival: It's festival time! Victoria Park Action Group Community Festival returns on Saturday 16 September. There will be Children's Entertainment, Arts & Crafts, Bouncy Castles, Live music BBQ, Poetry, Raffle, Dog Show, Fun Run and much more. The festival starts at 12pm. The dog show starts earlier at 11. Please bake cake donations for the cake stall and bring on the day. We also need more volunteers to help on a stall/help setup/pack up. If you can spare any time please contact Thanks, VPAG.


Children’s Choir: Local choir ‘Break Out Voices’ are starting a kids choir after school on Wednesdays at Windmill Hill Community Centre on Vivian Street. Run by local parents Kate Fletcher (choir leader) and Sarah Fyson (acting teacher), the choir will incorporate costume, performance and movement alongside singing to put on really fun glee club / musical theatre style performances at the end of term. Sessions are £5 (payable termly) but the first session is always free as a taster. Years 3&4 will take place at 3.45-4.45 pm and years 5&6 will be at 5-6 pm. Please contact or for more details.


Handfuls of Harmony Choir New Term: New adult members are welcome at our FREE taster session next Thursday, 14th September, 7-9pm at Ashton Park School, Blackmoors Lane, Bower Ashton, BS3 2JL. Handfuls of Harmony is a friendly, community choir, open to everyone of all abilities. Why not bring a friend for an uplifting evening of song. For more information, see


Dates for your Diary:

Mon Sept 11 – New Reception Parents Welcome – School Hall 9:00am

Sat Oct 7 – Art on the Hill


Term Dates: Please note that there are 7 in-service days next year due to extras because of the academisation process.


TERM 1: Tuesday 5 September– Friday 20 October




TERM 2: Tuesday 31 October – Friday 15 December


INSET 6: Tuesday 2 January 2018 – SCHOOL CLOSED TO CHILDREN

TERM 3: Wednesday 3 January 2018 – Friday 9 February

TERM 4: Monday 19 February – Friday 23 March

TERM 5: Monday 9 April – Friday 25 May

TERM 6: Monday 4 June – Tuesday 24 July



We will see your children before 8.55am on Monday 11th September. Gates open at 8.45am.