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19 June 2015

Dear Parents / Carers


Visit by Teacher Mike from Uganda Thank you to everyone for making Mike so welcome at our school.  He really enjoyed his time with us and is going back with plenty of ideas to develop the teaching at Child of Hope.  Miss Price and Miss Swift are returning to Uganda in July and will be helping him implement any changes.  We would be grateful if you could donate any stationery items (stickers and colourful stationery) that we could take with us.   They really make a huge difference to the children – thank you for your generosity.


Learning this week Nursery children have been reading the story about a snail and a whale! They have also been creating fabulous Nikki De St Phalle sculptures which are a surprise for Wednesday – whole school ‘Art Day’.  Reception children have been learning about the planets and space and have been writing sentences about what they have learnt.  Year 1 children travelled back in time and met Florence Nightingale – the lady with the lamp.  Children in year 2 have been making papier mache sculptures, also for Art Day, and have been learning what the seaside was like in the past.  Children in year 3 have been looking at different buildings and working out how they could recreate them by adding and subtracting their capacity.  Year 4 children have been preparing Ugandan projects and adding and subtracting fractions with different denominators.  Children in year 5 have been learning how to use ‘modal’ verbs in sentences and how to use percentages in numeracy. Year 6 children have also been making sculptures for Art Day - using socks!  


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-            

Reception Elm – Unud                   Reception Lime – Rafa                   1 Juniper – Kinga

1 Willow – Dulcie                             2 Apple – The whole class             2 Cherry – The whole class

3 Hazel – The whole class             3 Larch – Ben                                   4 Poplar – Megan and Evie

4 Sycamore – Dylan                        5 Ash – Joe                                       5 Hawthorn –            Christina

6 Silver Birch – Saffron                  6 White Beam – Lucy


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-

Reception Elm – Felix                    Reception Lime – Molly                  1 Juniper – Henry   

1 Willow – Arthur                             2 Apple – Brooke                             2 Cherry – Jess

3 Hazel – Lottie                                3 Larch – The whole class             4 Poplar – Emilio

4 Sycamore – Emmanuella           5 Ash – Joshua                                5 Hawthorn – Amos

6 Silver Birch – Destiny                  6 White Beam – Anwar


Attendance:  Look out for the latest attendance figures on our website:-  Please note that our website now has a ‘translator’ button on the ‘Home’ page which allows text to be translated from English.


Tree Planting We are very sorry that the children could not plant their trees in the park this week but on the morning we heard from the Council that this event could not go ahead. There will be a new date arranged.




PTFA News:

Summer Fair - Sat 20th June, 2pm - 5pm. The Summer Fair has finally arrived and it is set to be a fantastic, fun filled afternoon! There will be loads of free entertainment, a children's open mic session and circus skills or come for afternoon tea or strawberries and cream. There will be face painting and loads of other games and stalls. There are some amazing raffle prizes this year, including champagne, a spa day, activity days, meal vouchers, swim tickets, train tickets and a Red Point climbing session. We really appreciate all the support you have given us in organising this year’s fair and all the donations that you have brought in. Without you these events would not happen. So come along on Saturday and enjoy the fun, there will be something for everyone! We hope to see you all there.


Art Day - Weds 24th June, all day. The Art Day is fast approaching! You may have noticed lots of work going on behind the scenes as the children have been building their brilliant Nikki de Saint Phalle sculptures this week with the help of their teachers and some wonderful parent volunteers who have given up their time to come into school and help. Please, if you haven't already volunteered to help, either on the day or on Monday or Tuesday next week, then do speak to your child’s class teacher about coming in to help in the class. Both the teachers and the children really do appreciate any time you can give, it really does make a difference.  There is still a lot of papier mache to be done next week so please bring in any old newspaper you might have at home. Thank you so much for all your help and support.


Many Thanks, Jo, Katie, Lisa, Hannah and Egle (PTFA Committee)


Be Safe-Stay Safe Children’s Programme Tues 7 July 9.30am – 11.30pm at 43 Ducie Road BS5 0AX.  Hear about initial outcomes, learning and steps forward in a programme for children with problematic behaviour and their parents/carers.  For more details contact


Brownies Summer Fair Sat 4 July at St Michael’s and All Angels Church 2.30pm – 5.30pm A lovely family event for all ages – bouncy castle, raffle and games.


The Big Act’s ‘We Will Rock You’ 48 hour Challenge on Monday 6 July at The Hippodrome at 7.30pm. One of our former pupils will be performing at this charity event to raise money for the Mercury Phoenix Trust.  To support her and to help fight Aids worldwide please go to  or buy a ticket at



Breakfast Club door opens at 8.00am and closes at 8.30am.  Please escort your child up to the door so your child is not alone.


Dates for your Diary:

Sat 20 Jun                 2.00pm – 5.00pm Summer Fair in playground – entrance through top gate

Wed 24 Jun              9.00am – 3.30pm Whole School Art Day

Tues 30 Jun              3pm - Stay and Play Playpod for families

Wed 1 Jul                  6.00pm – Internet safety workshop for parents

Wed 8 Jul                  6.00pm – 7.30pm Year 6 Leavers’ Disco

Thur 9 Jul                  2.00pm – 2.50pm Curriculum Afternoon – International Day

Fri 17 Jul                   End of Term 6

Mon 20 Jul                INSET Day – School closed to pupils    

Tues 1 Sep                INSET Day – School closed to pupils

Wed 2 Sep                INSET Day – School closed to pupils

Thur 3  Sep                Start of Term 1


We hope to see you at the fair tomorrow and we will see your children before 8.55am on

Monday 22 June 2015.  Gates open at 8.45am. 


Emma Payne, Headteacher       

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