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15th September 2017


Dear Parents and Carers


We would like to say welcome and well done to all our new children in Reception Sycamore, Reception Poplar, Maple and Oak Nursery - you have had a great week and settled in really well to your new school. Learning for the other years this week has included rounding and place value charts in Maths, talk for writing in English, drawing silhouettes in Art and new topics including ‘Earth and Beyond’, ‘Vikings’ and ‘Pirates’.


Thank you to all parents who came to the Meet the Teacher meetings, it was wonderful to hear all your positive feedback about the teachers and their teaching.


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to: 1 Ash: Megan, 1 Hawthorn: Audrey,

2 Silverbirch: Mohammed, 3 Elm: Joe, 3 Lime: Lola, 5 Apple, Jemima, 4 Juniper: Nadiya, 4 Willow: Olive,

5 Apple: Mohamed B, 5 Cherry: Jennifer, 6 Hazel: Layla, John, 6 Larch: Isra


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to: 1 Ash, the whole class for a great pirate day,

1 Hawthorn: Amel, 2 Silverbirch: Sajmanda, 3 Elm: Enzo, 3 Lime: Gabriel, 4 Juniper: Dom, 4 Willow: Owen,

5 Apple: Josie, 5 Cherry: Grace, 6 Hazel: David, 6 Larch: Oscar


Secondary School Places: If your child was born between 1st September 2006 and 31 August 2007 you will need to apply for a secondary school place by 31st October 2017. You will need to apply online, you can see the guide to applying at . If you have any queries or need assistance with your application pleases come to the school office or ask to see Mr Williams, the Family Link Worker.


SMSA Position: There is job available in school as an SMSA (School Meal Supervisory Assistant). If you or anyone you know are interested in this please come to the school office and ask for an application form. This is a great opportunity to work with children and to get back into work after maternity leave.


Whole School Art Day: On Wednesday 27 September the children will be doing a range of exciting activities based on the work of Paul Klee. This will be exhibited as part of the community art event, Art on The Hill on Saturday October 7. We would appreciate any help you can offer in supporting children with their art work. This could be an hour, a morning or the whole day and don’t worry you do not have to be an expert! Please see your class teacher if you can help.  KS2 classes will need lots of corrugated card for the main art piece/activity which is a big textured card collage of Bristol - please could you start to collect it at home and it would be best to bring it in on the day only as there is very limited storage in school.  Thank you for your support in continuing to make our school a creative place.  Tess McNab


PTFA NEWS: It was great to see so many of you at the ‘Tea and Tissues’ event, thanks to everyone who came along. We’re now looking for volunteers for Art on the Hill on Saturday October 7. Please email if you can spare an hour between 10 and 4pm. We will also be hosting a school uniform sale this term, so watch this space. Thanks to everyone for all the continued support, it makes all the difference.

Thank you – Mary, Wendy, Rob, Jackie, Natalie, Kath and Rose – PTFA


Community News: VPAG Festival Saturday 16 12-6pm: The Victoria Park Festival is still on (despite the forecast of showers). The forecast is worse later in the afternoon so make sure you get there early to make sure you don't miss out. We'll be running the cake stall again, please bring cake donations to the stall any time after 11:30. Please label containers if you want them returned. Please note the Dog Show starts earlier at 10:30. If you can help setup, please meet at the park lodge at 9:45am. See you there! VPAG


Kids Dance Workout: Do your kids love to dance? Kids dance class, Mondays term-time 6-6.45pm, Windmill Hill Community Centre, £4 per child/£6 per family. Call or text Farrah before attending on 07800597718


Dates for your Diary:

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

Tues Sept 26 - KS1 reading meetings - 2-3pm or 6-7pm

Weds Sept 27 – Whole School Art Day

Sat Oct 7 – Art on the Hill


Term Dates: Please note that there are 7 in-service days this 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

INSET 7: Friday 6 July 2018 – SCHOOL CLOSED TO CHILDREN ** note amendment to day


We will see your children before 8.55am on Monday 18th September. Gates open at 8.45am.

Have a good weekend,


John Calvert