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16th September 2016

16th September 2016


Dear Parents /Carers,


In school this week Year 1 have been making pirate maps and learning one more and one less.  Year 2 have been on a wonderful trip to the S.S. Great Britain.  Year 3 have been swimming and Year 4 have been making posters for book covers for ‘How to Train your Dragon’ and playing place value maths games. Year 5 have been looking at time lines and researching people from history.  Year 6 have experimented with solar beads and have been making a toolkit for balanced arguments.  Reception and Nursery children are settling well into their new classes.


STOP PRESS: Congratulations to our girls’ tag rugby team, winners of today’s South Bristol tournament.


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


Chris Williams (who is our Family Link Worker) is still out of school on jury duty at the moment.  If you have any concerns or issues please see Ms Payne.


Keeping your child safe online: The NSPCC has a great site for checking out the age appropriateness of social networks and apps your children use.  Now also available as an app to download.  There is also lots of useful information on our website too.


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-


1 White Beam: Beth, 1 Silver Birch: Sherice, 2 Lime: the whole class, 2 Elm: Rudi, 4 Apple: Ethan,

4 Cherry: Lyla, 5 Hazel: Adelene, 6 Blackthorn: Mzamil, 6 Dogwood: Aisha


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-


1 White Beam: the whole class 1 Silver Birch: Norah, 2 Lime: Amro, 2 Elm: Asta, 4 Apple: Katie,

4 Cherry: Josh, 5 Hazel: Lottie, 6 Blackthorn: Brandon, 6 Dogwood: Malith


Attendance:  Look out for the latest attendance figures on our website: 


Nursery Places:  There are limited places still available in our Nursery. We can offer 15 hours on either a Monday, Tuesday all day and Wednesday morning or Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday all day.  Please contact the office if you are interested in a place or pass this information on to your friends.


Secondary School Places:  You can now apply for a Year 7 secondary place for your child currently in Year 6.  This must be done online on the Bristol city council website and completed by 31 October.  This link will take you to the council website

If you need any help please come to the office.


Level 1 Nutrition and Level 2 Food Hygiene course for parents/carers: This course will be FREE if you are on means tested benefits. If you are not on means tested benefits but would still like to attend the course, the cost will be £48 for both courses. The school may be able to fund parents if their child/ren are in receipt of Pupil Premium. At the end of this course we will be holding a C.V. writing session. A crèche will be available for pre-school children but must be booked in advance. The course starts on Monday 26 September 9.15-11.15 am. It will run for 9 weeks until 26 November and will be held in the School Kitchen.


If you are interested in this course please register on Monday 19 September, at 3.30pm in the School Nursery. If you have any questions or would like more information, please feel free to come along to the Nursery and talk to Helen Loosely.


Lantern Making Workshop: We are taking part in the Bedminster Lantern parade on Saturday 10 December. The children will either make an individual lantern or a large group one. There is a training workshop on Monday 26 September 9.15-3.30 at the United Reform Church which is for teachers, LSA's and parents. We will learn basic techniques and design our lanterns. Please contact Tess McNab if you are interested.


PTFA NEWS: Art Day, Wednesday 21 September: This is a whole school art day, focusing on producing the artwork for our Art on The Hill exhibition and will be in school, in the classroom. We urgently need as many helpers as possible in every class on this day so if you can spare an hour or two to come in and help the children we would be very grateful. You don't need any special skills or talents, just a little bit of time. If you can help please speak to your child’s class teacher or email the PTFA at

Art on The Hill, Saturday 1 October, 11.00am - 4.00pm, School Playground: The artwork for our Art on The Hill exhibition is coming along brilliantly and we are looking for volunteers to help on the day itself and on the Friday 30 September pm before the exhibition, when we will need to clear the classrooms. In order to run the day itself we will need lots of help to run the cafe, the cake stall, to hang the exhibition and to help with workshops. This is a fantastic event, a great opportunity for the school to showcase the children's artwork and for you as parents/carers to show your support. Please do help if you can and come along on the day to see how hard the children have worked.


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


Community News: Windmill Hill City Farm 40th birthday celebration, Saturday 24 September, 11am-5pm.  Food, music, bar, games, activities, arts and crafts.


Lost: A black and green child’s watch has been found, please contact the office if you think this belongs to your child.


Job Opportunity: Fundraising and Marketing Assistant (16 hours per week, flexible hours)

Life Cycle UK, the Bristol-based cycling charity, has an exciting opportunity for a resourceful person with a ‘can do’ attitude to join their team as a fundraising assistant. Location: CREATE Centre, Smeaton Road, Bristol BS1 6XN. Closing date: 9am Monday 26th September. For more information and to apply, visit 


Dates for your Diary:


Weds 21 Sept: Whole School Art Day - In school

Sat 1 Oct - Art on the Hill Exhibition - In school

Fri 21 October – INSET DAY – school closed to children


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

Monday 19 September.  Gates open at 8.45am.



Emma Payne

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