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19th February 2016

19 February 2016


Dear Parents /Carers,


Welcome back to school, we hope you had an enjoyable half term.  Thank you to all parents and carers who came to the parent consultations evenings held this week.  We appreciate your feedback so please fill out a form and hand it in to the office if you have not already done so.


Learning this week has seen Nursery learning about stories, in particular ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears’.  In Reception the classes have followed the clues to find Rosie the Chicken on a treasure hunt.  Year 1 have been learning about Vincent Van Gogh.  Year 2 have been learning the time and all about ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’.  Year 3 have learnt about the powers of the brain and done a Macchu Picchu treasure hunt.  In Year 4 they have been learning all about life as an Aztec.  Year 5 have made window panes in art and written instructions for their shaky hand testers.  In Year 6 classes have been using an animation programme in ICT and been looking at mysterious writing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-


Reception Silver Birch: Mohammed, Reception White Beam: Samir, 1 Elm: Javier,

1 Lime: Yaseen and Molly, 2 Juniper: Kai, 2 Willow: Skye, 3 Apple: Erda, 3 Cherry: Jama,

4 Larch: Jacey-Leigh, 4 Hazel: Logan, 5 Poplar: Megan, 5 Sycamore: Enzo, 6 Ash: Adam,

6 Hawthorn: Sarah


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-


Reception Silver Birch: Brie, Reception White Beam: Ashton, 1 Elm: Abdi, 1 Lime: Isabella,

2 Juniper: Joby, 2 Willow: Olive, 3 Cherry: Nasreen, 3 Apple: Ashton, 4 Larch: Mia,

4 Hazel: Jozef, 5 Poplar: Jesiah, 5 Sycamore: Lauren, 6 Ash: Logan, 6 Hawthorn: Lilly-May


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


Keeping your child safe online and on social media:  Check out our new website page which contains information to support parents and carers to protect children on line


Paediatric First Aid Course for Parents: Due to high demand we have managed to run this course twice more. The courses will start on Monday 22 February in the Kitchen in the Key Stage Two block.

Course One 9-11 am, crèche in the School House/Course Two 12-3pm, no crèche.    

If you have been given a place on either of these courses you will have received a letter to inform you. There are still some parents on a waiting list, if any places come up we will contact you.


Individual School Photos: The photographer will be in school on Wednesday 24 March to take individual child photos. 


Maths Evening for Parents: The new date for this event is Wednesday 9 March 6.30-7.30pm in the school hall.


World Book Day Thursday 3 March: Dress up as a book character – bring a donation for Book Aid International on the day and dress up as a book character – who will you be this year?

50p Book Sale – The PTFA will be running their popular 50p book sale in the library.  All classes will visit and have the chance to buy a book.  Children should bring their 50p in and hand it to their class teacher from Monday 29 February.  We suggest it is taped to a piece of card with their name on.

There will be many other exciting Book Day activities including workshops by Sean Taylor for KS2 children during the week and a ‘bedtime story session’ from 6-6.45pm on Thursday 3 March for KS1 and Reception.


ParentMail Upgrade: Over half term we upgraded to a new version of Parent Mail which we use to send you texts and emails.  We’d like to encourage all parents to download the APP as there are a number of benefits both to you and the school:

•      You don’t need to login to pick up messages or attachments when you use the App.

•      The App stores all the messages we send you in one place.

•      Every message sent arrives as an instant alert on your mobile.

•      You help save us money!

You can download the App for free from either the Apple APP store or the Google Play Store.


Please note that the School Gateway, ParentMail and Parents Evening Bookings are all separate systems and are not currently linked, you will have to register separately for each system at present.  Payments can only be made through School Gateway.  Please come to the office if you have any problems or queries.


PTFA News:  PTFA General Meeting, Wednesday 24 February, 9.00-10.00am, Library. We will be discussing future events including the plans for World Book Day, please come and join us. Tea and coffee will be provided.  World Book Day, Thursday 3 March. We will be collecting donations of books for children to buy during the Book Day Book Sale. Please could you bring your donations to the office from Monday 22 February onwards. We will also be collecting on the gates from Friday 26 February.

PTFA Social, Wednesday 9 March, 9.00am onwards at the City Farm cafe. Come along and join us for a cuppa. Everyone is welcome.  PTFA Annual General Meeting, Tuesday 26 April, 3.30-4.30pm, School Hall. Please come along to this meeting, we need as many parents as possible to attend so that we can vote in the committee. If there aren't enough parents we cannot have the vote. There will be childcare so please do come along after school, we would really appreciate your support.


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


Parking: The small car park on the right just before the railway bridge is a private carpark, please note that parents, carers and visitors to school are requested not to park there or obstruct the entrance.


Dates for your Diary:


Wednesday 24 February – Individual and sibling photos

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

Wednesday 24 February – Year 2 Parent’s Information Evening for End of Year Assessments – 6.30pm

Thursday 3 March - World Book Day

Wednesday 9 March - PTFA Social - 9-10am - City Farm café

Wednesday 9 March – Maths Evening for Parents – 6.30-7.30pm – School Hall

Tuesday 22 March – Easter Egg Hunt – 3.30pm - Playground

Wednesday 23 March - PTFA Evening Social – 7.30pm - Venue tbc

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


We hope you have a lovely weekend.  We will see your children before 8.55am on Monday 22 February.  Gates open at 8.45am.



Emma Payne,


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