10th February 2017
Dear Parents /Carers,
Thank you to all those who attended Curriculum Afternoon on Wednesday, it’s always great to welcome parents/carers into school to see what children have been learning. If you still have a feedback form at home please can you take five minutes to complete it and return it to the office.
Learning this week: Reception classes have enjoyed making puppets and homes for them for the Curriculum Afternoon. Year 1 classes have been learning about a spider called Anansi. Year 2 performed their dances at Ashton Park Secondary School and have celebrated Chinese New Year. Year 3 have been looking at adventure stories about different children and Year 4 have enjoyed their trip to Cadbury World. Year 5 made some wonderful ‘shaky hand testers’ for Curriculum Afternoon to illustrate what they had been learning about in their Fairground topic this term. Year 6 have been learning about Bristol ‘Then and Now’ and got to watch a goat’s heart being dissected.
Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:
Reception Hawthorn: Jahnequa, Reception Ash: Sasha, 1 Silver birch: Bill, 2 Elm: Amy, 2 Lime: Elsie, 3 Juniper: Dilan, 3 Willow: Owen, 5 Larch: Imogen, 5 Hazel: Yaseen, 6 Blackthorn: Emilio, 6 Dogwood: Malith
Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:
Reception Hawthorn: Isabelle, 1 Silver birch: Poppy, 2 Elm: the whole class, 2 Lime: Amro, 3 Juniper: Freddie, 3 Willow: Dulcie, 4 Apple: Hussein, 4 Cherry: Eve, 5 Larch: Sagal, 5 Hazel: Hayden, 6 Blackthorn: Mina, 6 Dogwood: Aisha
Teachers and children will be updating their class pages on the website every Friday. Do look at what they are all learning at http://www.stmaryredcliffeprimary.co.uk/class-pages/
Reminders: Please can we remind children that they should not bring their own footballs or basketballs to school, and that children should not have any kind of glass container in school including their lunchboxes.
Message from the Chair of Governors:
Progress review 03/02/2017. Last Friday, Richard Hanks, LA Primary Lead, chaired the first full review of the progress the school has made since the Ofsted report in November. He considered a wide range of evidence including feedback from lesson observations, children’s books and actions completed in response to the SEN and Pupil Premium external reviews. It was agreed that the school has made reasonable progress in all areas. We are very pleased with this outcome as it’s the best we could have achieved at this stage. Thank you to all staff, children, parents/carers for your continuing hard work and support.
Breakfast Club: Parents/carers are now able to pay for Breakfast Club on the school gateway. You have the option to pay for a minimum of 10 sessions in advance. If you would like to do this please go to www.schoolgateway.com. You may continue to pay by cash if you prefer.
Parent/Carer/Teacher Evenings: These will be held on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 February after school. A letter has gone home in book bags with further information. Please book online at https://stmaryredcliffep.parentseveningsystem.co.uk or come to the office to make an appointment.
School Photographer: The school photographer will be in school on Wednesday 22 February to take individual and sibling photos. Every child in school (including Nursery) will have their photo taken and one taken with their siblings (if they have them) as well. If you have pre-school children and would like them to have their picture taken with their siblings in school please come to the office and leave your details.
PTFA NEWS: World Book Day, Thursday 2 March. It's that time of year again and we are on the hunt for good quality book donations and volunteers to help in school for an hour on the day. If you can spare a little bit of time it would be very much appreciated. This is always a lovely day to be involved in.
The PTFA are also in need of second hand uniform, particularly for children aged 7-8 as we are getting short of this size. The second hand uniform sales are a great way to pick up cheap uniform and we want to keep them going so any donations are gratefully received.
Summer Fair 2017, Saturday 1 July: We are beginning the planning for this year’s summer fair already and will be putting together a summer fair committee to oversee the organisation. We would love some new faces on the committee so if any of you have been thinking about getting more involved then please come and have a chat with one of us or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Planning these events is great fun, very rewarding and it's great to have new input and ideas. Come and help!
Many Thanks, Wendy, Mary, Hannah, Lisa, Katy and Rose (PTFA Committee)
Community News: Club Marmotte (French club) is continuing for its second term on Wednesdays at Windmill Hill Community Centre, 4-4.30 for 4 to 5 Yrs and 4.30-5pm for 6 to 8 Yrs. Children sing, speak and play games in French. To book a place please email email@example.com Tel: 07900810416.
Windmill Hill City Farm: There are lots of lovely activities for children and families going on over half term including pizza making and farm tours, so please visit! There is more information on their website: www.windmillhillcityfarm.org.uk
Handfuls of Harmony Choir: “Sing into spring” Saturday 4 March, 10.30-12.30, Ashton Park School: This fun workshop gives parents/carers and children an opportunity to sing together. Refreshments provided, no need to book. For more information please visit www.handfulsofharmony.org
Dates for your Diary:
Mon 20 Feb – INSET DAY – school closed to children
Tue 21 Feb – Term 4 starts
Wed 22 Feb – Individual & sibling photos
Wed 22 Feb – Parent/carer/teacher meetings
Thurs 23 Feb - Parent/carer/teacher meetings
Thurs 2 March - World Book Day-In School
Sat 1July - Summer Fair-School Playground
Have a wonderful half term. Remember that Monday 20 February is an inset day and school is CLOSED to children. We will see them before 8.55am on Tuesday 21 February 2017. Gates open at 8.45am.