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16th December 2016

16th December 2016


Dear Parents /Carers,


It has been a very busy week for the children.  They have enjoyed performing their plays for parents, the Reception and Nursery classes have been to ‘Treefest’ at St Mary Redcliffe Church, Year 2 to 6 have been to see ‘The Snow Queen’ at the Old Vic, the whole school has been to the Church to share in a festive celebration and there have been parties galore!


We also enjoyed wearing our Christmas jumpers on Tuesday for Save the Children.  We raised £122.41 for the charity, thank you everyone for your donations.


We are very sorry to be saying goodbye to Mrs Harrex, the Bursar, who is retiring today. We would like to wish her a happy retirement.  We are also saying goodbye to Teri Pearce from Year 1 who is leaving to have a baby – good luck Teri!


It has been a tough term for everyone, thank you to the staff and children for continuing to work hard with enthusiasm and dedication, and thank you to the parents and carers for all your support.


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


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.


Parent Meeting: A meeting to discuss the process and implications of academisation for the school will be held at 6pm on Thursday 5 January 2017. All current and prospective parents and carers welcome.


World Book Day Competition: The school have entered this competition for World Book Day 2017. The challenge was to create a display based around books that we love. All classes were involved in creating lists of favourite stories that they love and have inspired them to read more. Children created artwork based on these stories and the end result is a wonderful display in the library entitled, 'Our school sails on a sea of stories'. Thank you to all involved and a particular thank you to Sean Taylor and Adriana Meirelles for all their help.


Bridge In Schools Counselor:  A message from Jinny Paige, the school counsellor who works in school every Tuesday and Wednesday morning who is also available to meet parent/carers;

I am available for a telephone consultation or a meeting at School to talk about and explore any concerns you have about your child. For example there may be difficulties you are facing as a family that may be affecting your child, the illness or death of a family member, divorce or separation. I would also be able to give you relevant information about your situation or find out about other services that may be helpful.

Jinny Paige, Child Counselor


Christmas Tree:  Mr Parkes would like to let you know that the lovely Christmas tree in the hall has been recycled and sent on to a local care home.


PTFA NEWS:   The PTFA would like to thank everyone for their fantastic help and support this term. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in organising events, donating goodies and coming along to support the school and the children.

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


Community News: Filwood Quietway Cycle Path: A planning application has now been lodged for a 4.7m wide cycle path through Victoria Park and along Windmill Close.  The route will significantly change some aspects of the park. To view and comment on the application online please go to the Bristol City Council Planning website

Search for application 16/06497/F and click on 'comments' to submit your views. The period during which comments can be made will end on 27 December. You can also check the VPAG website for more information.


VPAG Events: Fantasy Orchestra: The fabulous Fantasy Orchestra will be returning for a performance at St Michael's Church, Saturday 17 Dec, 7:30pm. They will be performing an Argentinian Folk Nativity and other exotic music. Mulled wine, mince pies and other refreshments will be available. Email for information and to reserve tickets: or visit


Carols in the Park: St Michael's Church will be leading us again in Christmas Carols in front of

Mrs Brown’s cafe at 6.00pm on Monday 19 December. Please wrap up warm and come and join us. A collection for Crisis Centre Ministries will be held.


Ashton Park Sports Centre Holiday Activity Programme - December 2016: Parents are now able to book for activities at Ashton Park secondary school for the holidays at


Dates for your Diary:


Tues 3 Jan – INSET DAY – school closed to children

Wed 4 Jan – Term 3 starts

Thur 5 Jan – Information meeting regarding academisation – 6.00pm – School Hall

Fri 10 Feb – end of Term 3

Mon 20 Feb – INSET DAY – school closed to children

Tue 21 Feb – Term 4 starts


Have a wonderful holiday. We will see your children before 8.55am on Wednesday 4 January 2017.  Gates open at 8.45am.




Lucy Swift

Acting Head


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