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15th January 2016

15th January 2016


Dear Parents / Carers   

                                                                                                                                                        This week the Nursery classes have been exploring ice and learning rhymes about penguins.  It has seen the Reception classes continuing their learning about dinosaurs especially T-Rex.  Year 1 have been counting in 2’s and looking at Anansi stories. Year 2 have been learning about ‘inverse’ and writing their own problems & resolutions for Mrs Armitage.  Year 3 have learnt the formal method of column addition and been writing their own arguments about the Olympics.  Year 4 have written timelines for different eras and placed fractions on a number line. In Year 5 children have been learning about electrical circuits and planning their own wishing tales and Year 6 have been making their own comics and reading ‘The Other Side of the Truth’.


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-

Reception Silver Birch: Jahshore                     Reception White Beam: Mubarez

1 Elm: Karell                 1 Lime: Jackson          2 Juniper: Dilan              2 Willow: Yousif

3 Apple: Lola                 3 Cherry: Archie         4 Hazel: Ahmed              4 Larch: Reuben

5 Poplar: Evie               5 Sycamore: Leo        6 Ash: the whole class    6 Hawthorn: Elijah


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-

Reception Silver Birch: Chloe                          Reception White Beam: Rayaan  

1 Elm: Jahmoure          1 Lime: Yaseen           2 Juniper: Annabelle      2 Willow: Annie

3 Apple: Ethan              3 Cherry: Lyla             4 Hazel: Saja                 4 Larch: Sagal 

5 Poplar: Mason           5 Sycamore: Stacey   6 Ash: Tom                    6 Hawthorn: Rocky


Attendance:  Look out for the latest attendance figures on our website:-  The website contains a great deal of information about all aspects of school life.  If you do not already access this you may find it helpful and is worth checking from time to time for updates.


Reception places 2016:  The deadline for reception places is today, I hope that you have all applied.  Please remember that a place in our nursery does not guarantee your child a place in our reception class.


Parent courses: ESOL for Schools and You. Do you want to improve your English? Come along on Wednesdays, from 1-3pm in the School House. There are a limited number of places left. There is a free crèche available for pre-school children. If you are interested please come along on Wednesday.


Are you interested in working or helping in schools? We will be running a number of courses over the rest of the school year to enable you to do this.

Monday 25 January - Children's first aid workshop - 9am -11 am in the School House.

22 February x 7 Mondays - Children's first Aid - 9am -11 am in the School House. Completion of this course will award you with a certificate which will help you if you are planning to work in schools. A 'Helping in Schools course' is planned for the summer term. At the end of this course you will be directed to further courses and placements.  A free crèche will be available for pre-school children for all courses.  If you are interested please contact the office.


We need your help!  School Spring Census Day is on Thursday 21 January, please encourage your child to eat a school meal.  The menu will be pizza, hotdogs, (vegetarian halal options), salad bar, jelly, ice-cream and fruit.  Please return your choice slip and payment (if required) by Wednesday 20 January.


PTFA News: PTFA Social, Weds 20 January, 9am onwards at the City Farm cafe. Come along and have a catch up and a cuppa, it would be lovely to see as many faces as possible.

PTFA General Meeting, Friday 22 January, 9-10am, Upstairs Kitchen. The general meetings are a great opportunity to get involved with the school PTFA or just to find out what we are planning for the school year. We always appreciate people coming along to these meetings and would love to hear any suggestions or ideas that you have for possible events/fundraising ideas. All are welcome, tea and coffee will be provided.  Many Thanks, Jo, Katie, Lisa, Hannah and Egle (PTFA Committee)


Girl-Guides: Is your daughter between the ages of 5-7 years and wanting to have fun while learning?  Rainbow Guides is the youngest section of the Girl-guiding organisation and gives girls opportunities to explore the outdoors, cooking, craft, overnights while learning life skills. We currently have places at the unit which meets in Totterdown. If you would like to learn more or register your daughter please email Maria on


Community Event: Windmill Hill Community Orchard Wassail, Sunday 17 January 4.00-6.00pm – Wassailing drinks, apple cake, music and merriment – all welcome.  St. John’s Burial Ground, Cotswold Road, BS3.


Democratic Education Workshop for Teachers & Parents: Saturday 23 January – 10.30am-12.30pm, Friends Meeting House, Bath.  Contact for further information.


Dates for your Diary:

Weds 20 January - PTFA Social - 9am onwards - City Farm cafe

Friday 22 January - PTFA General Meeting - 9-10am - Upstairs Kitchen

Weds 24 February - PTFA General Meeting - 9-10am - Library

Weds 9 March - PTFA Social - 9-10am - City Farm cafe

Weds 23 March - PTFA Evening Social - Time and Venue tbc

Term 3 - Monday 4 January to Friday 5 February 2016

Inset Day (school closed to children) - Monday 15 February

Term 4 - Tuesday 16 February to Wednesday 23 March

Inset Day (school closed to children) - Thursday 24 March

Term 5 - Monday 11 April to Friday 27 May

Bank Holiday (school closed) - Monday 2 May

Term 6 - Monday 6 June to Friday 22 July

Inset Day (school closed to children) - Thursday 1 September 2016

Inset Day (school closed to children) - Friday 2 September 2016

Term 1 - Monday 5 September 2016


We hope you have a lovely weekend.  We will see your children before 8.55am on

Monday 18 January 2016.  Gates open at 8.45am.



Emma Payne,


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