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21st October 2016

20th October 2016


Dear Parents /Carers,


In school this week Nursery have found their voices and have been doing lots of chatting and making friends. Reception have been finishing off their self-portraits and learning about the skeleton. Year 1 have learned that there is a line around the world called the equator and have been learning about Rosa Parks.  Year 2 have learned that during the Great Fire of London the fire spread quickly because the houses were built so close together.  Year 3 have been learning how to tell the time and about money.  Year 4 had a trip to the Harbour where they rowed boats and acted out being Viking invaders.  Year 5 have been looking at the grid method of multiplication and continuing with their ukulele lessons.  Year 6 have been learning about shadows in science and about simplifying fractions in maths.


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


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-


1 White Beam: Keturah, 1 Silver Birch: Sajmanda, 2 Elm: Abdi, 2 Lime: Hannah, 3 Willow: Yousif,

3 Juniper: Nadiya, 4 Apple: Martha, 4 Cherry: Kaiser, 5 Hazel: Pablo, 5 Larch: Yahye,

6 Blackthorn: Fatima, 6 Dogwood: Cameron


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-


1 White Beam: Amii, 1 Silver Birch: Florence, 2 Elm: Amy, 2 Lime: Freya, 3 Willow: Olive,

3 Juniper: Maeve, 4 Apple: Ikhlaas, 4 Cherry: George, 5 Hazel: Isaac, 5 Larch: Mia,

6 Blackthorn: Magnus, 6 Dogwood: Leo


Keeping your child safe online: We hope you all received a copy of the Digital Parenting Magazine.   Please let the office know if you did not receive one and let Ms Payne know if you found it useful.


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.


Secondary School Places:  The closing date for transfers to Year 7 in September 2017 is 31 October 2016. Please make an application to the Local Authority where you live.  You may apply for schools inside and outside your Local Authority area. It is quick and easy to apply on-line.  You can apply on-line by following the below link.


Parent/Carer/Teacher consultation evenings:  These will be held on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 November in school.  A letter with further information and how to book will go out in book-bags today.


After School Clubs:  There will be no Art Club on Monday 31 October due to teacher absence and clubs on Wednesday 2 and Thursday 3 November are cancelled due to parent/teacher evenings.


Lunchtime Football Club: There is no football tomorrow because of the inset day, Raphael will run a catch up lesson on Friday 4 November.  Football and Cricket will start the week beginning 7 November.


PTFA NEWS: Winter Fair, Saturday 26th November, 1.00pm-4.00pm, school hall: If you haven't already volunteered to help with this event and you have an hour or two to spare then please do contact the PTFA or the school office. This event takes a huge amount of volunteers to run and we would appreciate every bit of help. This is always a fun day but we can't do it without you.


Many thanks to all who helped organise the cake and uniform sale on Monday.


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


Community News: Community Lantern Workshops: Create lanterns for the Bedminster Winter Parade at Compass Point School, South Street, BS3 3AU on Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October at

10am – 12.30 pm and 1.30-4.00pm and also Ashton Vale Community Centre, Risdale Road, BS3 2QY

on Saturday 12 November at 1.30-3.30pm.


Charity Collection: One of the children is collecting green bottle tops for the Great Western Air Ambulance charity. There is a collection box in the foyer for washed bottle tops if you have any at home.


Request: We have been contacted by Charlotte Mealing, a third year student at The University of The West of England (UWE) studying English. She is writing a dissertation about children's author Jacqueline Wilson and would like to interview some parents by email to gather views about the author and her books. If any parents would be interested, please email Charlotte at


Dates for your Diary:


Fri 21 Oct – INSET DAY – school closed to children

Mon 24 Oct – Fri 28 Oct – Half term

Mon 31 Oct – Start of term 2

Weds 2 Nov – Parent/Carer teacher consultations – 3.50-6.00pm

Thurs 3 Nov – Parent/Carer teacher consultations – 4.10-7.00pm

Sat 26 Nov – Winter Fair – 1.00-4.00pm


We hope you have a lovely holiday – remember it is an inset day tomorrow and children are not coming to school. Thank you for all your support this term.  We will see your children before 8.55am on Monday 31 October.  Gates open at 8.45am.



Emma Payne

Head teach
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