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14th October 2016


14th October 2016



Dear Parents /Carers,


Thank you to the 213 visitors who attended our curriculum afternoon this week, we hope you enjoyed the wide range of learning that was on show.  Amongst other activities this week, year 3 took part in science activities at @Bristol and year 6 enjoyed their space experience at the Planetarium.


Teachers and children will be updating their class pages on the website every Friday, do look at what they are all learning.


Keeping your child safe online: Digital Parenting Magazine: We have been able to order free copies of the latest Digital Parenting Magazine, one for each family will go home with the eldest child today in book bags.  Please let the office know if you do not receive one and let Ms Payne know if you find it useful.


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-


1 White Beam: Tunde, 1 Silver Birch: Hattie, 2 Elm: Theo, 3 Willow: Rufus, 3 Juniper: Freddie,

4 Apple: Erda, 4 Cherry: Sabira, 5 Larch: Molly, 5 Hazel: Leo, 5 Larch: Azaan, 6 Blackthorn: Stacey,

6 Dogwood: Alvaro


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-


1 White Beam: Samir, 1 Silver Birch: Hattie and Brie, 2 Elm: Madison, 3 Willow: Lama,

3 Juniper: Louie Blue, 4 Apple: Ethan, 4 Cherry: Alex, 5 Hazel: Draco, 5 Larch: Arlo,

6 Blackthorn: Rosa, 6 Dogwood: Jabez


Attendance:  Please can we remind you that when children are late they find it embarrassing walking into lessons and it means that they have missed crucial parts of their learning.  Breakfast Club runs from 8.00am in the hall for £1 a session.  Gates open at 8.45am and children start learning as soon as they get to the classroom.  The register is taken at 9.00am, the council may issue penalty notices to families if children are regularly late for registration.


Reception Admission – September 2017: Parents/carers with children born between 01 September 2012 and 31 August 2013 are now able to make an application for reception admission in September 2017.  The guide for parents/carers is available on-line at for you to view and download. The closing date for all applications is midnight 15 January 2017.


Secondary School Places:  The deadline for applying for a secondary school place for your child in

year 6 is Monday 31 October.  Please let Mr Williams know if you need any assistance with applying.


Reminders: Please let the office know what your child would like for lunch if they are going to be late into school.  We send the numbers to the kitchen by 10.00am in the morning so it can be difficult to accommodate children’s choices after this time.


Coats: Now that the weather is getting colder/wetter please can we remind you to send your child into school with a suitable coat.  Please ensure that coats have your child’s name in, we cannot return items to children if they are not named.


Parent/Carer/Teacher consultation evenings:  These will be held on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 November in school.  A letter with further information and how to book will go out next week.


PTFA NEWS: Cake and Uniform sale, Monday 17 October, 3.30pm-4.30pm: This will be held in the school hall. Come along and pick up some second hand uniform bargains and a piece of cake (or two...). We would appreciate any cake or world food donations; these do not have to be homemade. Please bring donations to the school office on Monday. We hope to see you there!

Winter Fair, Saturday 26th November, 1.00pm-4.00pm, school hall: If you haven't already volunteered to help with this event and you have an hour or two to spare then please do contact the PTFA or the school office. This event takes a huge amount of volunteers to run and we would appreciate every bit of help. This is always a fun day but we can't do it without you.


Many Thanks, Wendy, Mary, Hannah, Lisa, Katy and Rose (PTFA Committee)


Community News: You can now book for the October 2016 Holiday Activity Programme at Ashton Park Secondary school, a leaflet will go home in book bags today.


Free Financial Entitlement Community Event:  There is a free event on Friday 21 October at the Gatehouse Centre, Hareclive Road, Bristol BS13 9JN, 10.30am -12.30pm which is aimed at ensuring local residents are claiming all their financial entitlements.  All are welcome to attend and benefit from advice from lots of experts from a range of organisations.


Charity Collection: One of our children is collecting green bottle tops for charity, if you have any at home please bring them in (washed and clean please).  There will be a collection box in the foyer.


Windmill Hill City Farm competition:  The Farm is inviting children to design a human sundial for its 40th birthday celebration.  Designs from children in year 5 and 6 will be turned into brass discs on the sundial.  Drawings of favourite animals, or memories of the Farm would be great.  The competition closes on

4 November, designs can be dropped off at the Farm or scanned/photographed and emailed to


Dates for your Diary:


Mon 17 Oct – Cake and Uniform Sale – 3.30-4.30pm – School Hall

Fri 21 Oct – INSET DAY – school closed to children

Mon 24 Oct – Fri 28 Oct – Half term

Mon 31 Oct – Start of term 2

Weds 2 Nov – Parent/Carer teacher consultations – time tbc

Thurs 3 Nov – Parent/Carer teacher consultations – time tbc

Sat 26 Nov – Winter Fair – 1.00-4.00pm


We hope you have a lovely weekend. We will see your children before 8.55am on Monday 17 October.  Gates open at 8.45am.




Emma Payne

Head teacher

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