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20 November 2015

20 November 2015


Dear Parents / Carers


Thank you for supporting Children in Need on Friday, we raised a magnificent £228.34 and saw some very inventive costumes in school, thank you for your support.


This week in school we have been celebrating Diwali with a special assembly this morning where we all enjoyed a wonderful display of traditional Indian dancing. The nursery classes have been learning how to make special Diwali sweets called Burfi.  The reception classes have making diva lamps.  Year 1 had a slightly wet trip to the park for hot chocolate from Mrs Brown’s.  Year 2 have watched a puppet show.  Years 3 and 4 have been learning Indian folk dancing. Year 5 have been learning Bollywood dancing whilst Year 6 have been getting creative with Rangoli patterns.


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-

Reception Silver Birch:  Sherice, Reception White Beam: Tunde, 1 Elm: Amy, 1 Lime: Idris,  2 Juniper: Nadiya, 2 Willow: Edward, 3 Apple: Ikhlaas, 3 Cherry:  Lyla, 4 Hazel:  Joey, 4 Larch: John, 5 Poplar:  Ellie, 5 Sycamore:  whole class, 6 Ash: William, 6 Hawthorn: Najma


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-

Reception Silver Birch: Hattie, Reception White Beam: Mason, 1 Elm: Enzo, 1 Lime: Oscar, 2 Juniper: Christvie, 2 Willow: Izzy, 3 Apple: Javari, 3 Cherry: Lola, 4 Hazel: Adelene, 4 Larch: Jude, 5 Poplar: Ava, 5 Sycamore: Verast, 6 Ash: Mickey, 6 Hawthorn: Kitty


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.  If you, or anyone you know, would like your child to start in our school reception class in September 2016 please ask at the office to arrange a tour of the school with

Ms Payne.  Please remember that a place in our nursery does not guarantee your child a place in our reception class – you will need to apply for a place through the Local Authority.


PTFA - Winter Fair, Saturday 21 November, 1.00-4.00 pm, School Hall. It’s Winter Fair time and we are going to have a brilliant day on Saturday.  Come along and enjoy the Santa’s grotto, do some crafting and play some games or come and have some soup or hot chocolate at the cafe.  There will be stalls selling Christmas gifts and cards, cakes and world food.  This is the perfect opportunity to start your Christmas shopping.  We recommend that you buy your Santa’s Grotto tickets as soon as you arrive at the fair as they sell out very quickly.  Please come if you can, we are really looking forward to seeing you all.

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


E-Safety Presentation for parents, Monday 23 Nov, 6.00 pm.  This will be a presentation by the South West Grid for Learning about keeping your child/children safe on the internet.  Can we urge you to attend as this is a very important subject which a lot of parents have some confusion over.


Windmill Hill Junior Parkrun:  Free weekly timed 2K run for all children age 4 to 14.  Every Sunday at 9am in Victoria Park.  To register and find out more go to:


Head Injuries:

It is school policy to inform all parents if child has a head injury as a courtesy.  Your child may not have concussion at the time of incident but it could develop later and therefore you would be aware of the incident should you need to seek medical advice.  If your child starts to display any of these symptoms following their head injury you should seek medical advice.  The following symptoms are listed on the back of all head injury letters given to your child to take home:


Worsening headache, Nausea / sickness, Dizziness, Sleepiness, Failure to focus visually,

Confusion, Memory loss, Dilated pupils, Paleness (shock indicator), General distress/shakiness, Unsteadiness when they walk.


Front Room Art Trail:  The Totterdown Front Room Art Trail is this weekend.  A number of parents from school and also Shelly Webb (who is one of the art enrichment teachers) will be exhibiting their work.  Please visit the trail and show your support for our amazingly creative community.


Lost Coat:  Coat belonging to Evie S. was lost on Thursday 12 Nov.  Black quilted coat, gold zips age 12/13 from F&F Tesco.  The coat was named.  If anyone sees it please can it be returned to school.


Dates for your Diary

Saturday 21 Nov, 1.00-4.00pm - Winter Fair

Monday 23 Nov, 6.00 pm –– E-Safety Presentation for parents - All welcome

Thurs 10 Dec - PTFA Christmas evening social - venue tbc

Mon 14 Dec 2.00-3.00pm – KS1 Performance

Mon 14 Dec 6.30-7.30pm – LKS2 Performance

Tues 15 Dec 9.30-10.30am – UKS2 Performance

Tues 15 Dec 2.00-3.00pm – EYFS Performance

Weds 16 Dec – Christmas Dinner

Weds 16 Dec 2.00-3.00pm – LKS2 Performance

Weds 16 Dec 6.00-7.30pm – UKS2 Performance

Thurs 17 Dec – Christmas Parties

Fri 18 Dec Last day of Term 2


We hope you have a lovely weekend, and see you at the Fair.  We will see your children before 8.55am on Monday 23 November 2015.  Gates open at 8.45am.



Emma Payne,


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