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22nd January 2016

22nd January 2016


Dear Parents /Carers


This week Nursery classes have been learning how to make a penguin huddle.  Reception classes have talked in RE about who is important to them and also thought about how to trap a dinosaur. Year 1 have finished and fine-tuned their Anansi stories, Year 2 have been learning about journey stones and fractions. Year 3 have been writing their own endings to a Jungle Book story and learning about contact forces in science.  Year 4 have been learning about improper fractions and audio guides.  Year 5 have looked at wishing tales and generated fair-ground ride ideas.  Year 6 have written letters of argument and learned about John Cabot.

                                                                                                                                                        Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-

Reception Silver Birch: Hattie                               Reception White Beam: Iolo

1 Elm: Flo                          1 Lime: Vlas                2 Juniper: Badriya      2 Willow: Ayman  

3 Apple: Aryansh               3 Cherry: George        4 Hazel: Trixel            4 Larch: Muna

5 Poplar: the whole class  5 Sycamore: Rufus      6 Ash: Daisy              6 Hawthorn: Yousef


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-

Reception Silver Birch: Rosie                               Reception White Beam: Ava,

1 Elm: Bella                      1 Lime: Freya              2 Juniper: Halle           2 Willow: Joel

3 Apple: Eda                     3 Cherry: Kaiser         4 Hazel: Logan            4 Larch: Daniel

5 Poplar: Fatima               5 Sycamore: Paris      6 Ash: Zubaydah         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.


Parent courses: ESOL for Schools and You. Do you want to improve your English? Come along on Wednesdays, from 1-3pm in the School House. There are a limited number of places left. There is a free crèche available for pre-school children. If you are interested please come along on Wednesday.


The First Aid courses are now full, but we hope to run them again in the future.


Reminders: Please remind your children not to bring either chewing gum or spray deodorants to school. Can we thank you for all the school census meals that were ordered and eaten yesterday. School dinner debt letters were sent out earlier this week, if you think the amount on the letter is wrong please contact the office.  Please make sure your child wears a helmet when scooting, riding or skating to school. There are some very busy roads around school, pleases can you make sure that our younger children (Nursery – Y4) are accompanied on their way to school by an adult.


PTFA News:  PTFA General Meeting, Wednesday 24 February, 9-10am, Library. Come along to our general meeting, find out more, and have a say in the upcoming events being organised by the PTFA. We need you! Tea and coffee will be provided.


PTFA Social, Wednesday 9 March, 9am onwards at the City Farm cafe. This is always a lovely, informal chance to get to know other parents and enjoy a cuppa at the farm.  

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


Community News:  Free exhibition ending this weekend: One of our Year 6 mums has made an immersive artwork on show this weekend at the RWA on Queen’s Road. It’s called ‘Theatre Within a Theatre’ and is part of their ‘Centre Stage’ exhibition. She has created a model of the Bristol Old Vic, complete with peepholes. Inside there is footage of theatre shows, including ‘Sleeping Beauty’, which many of you have recently seen. The exhibition also includes props and sets from Cameron Macintosh’s ‘Phantom of the Opera’ and ‘Mary Poppins’, including her carpet-bag and umbrella! It’s suitable for all the family and entrance is free.


Bristol Library Central Library is starting its very first Code Club: It will be at Central Children’s Library every Saturday from 6 February from 2-3pm. Code Club is a really fun way for children to learn how to code, make animations and games using Scratch, HTML & Python. It develops children’s creative thinking and problem solving skills. It is most suitable for children age 9-11 years. For more information contact and phone 0117 9037215 to book your place – places are limited so book soon to avoid disappointment.


Appeal for donations to Syria: We Care Foundation and One Nation have teamed up to send urgent aid to thousands of victims of war in Syria.  They have a hub on Stapleton Road where they are collecting dried food and warm clothing to be sent to the besieged Alhoula at the end of January. Please take donations to Stapleton Road or place in the box in the school foyer.


Theatre Production: ‘The Star Seekers’ will be on at The Wardrobe Theatre, Old Market, BS2, 8 – 14 February.  Described as an ‘out of this world adventure for 3-8 year olds’, tickets are now on sale.  Please contact 01179020344/ for more information.


Dates for your Diary:

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

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

Wednesday 23 March - PTFA Evening Social - Time and Venue tbc

Inset Day (school closed to children) - Monday 15 February

Term 4 - Tuesday 16 February to Wednesday 23 March

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

Term 5 - Monday 11 April to Friday 27 May

Bank Holiday (school closed) - Monday 2 May

Term 6 - Monday 6 June to Friday 22 July

Inset Day (school closed to children) - Thursday 1 September 2016

Inset Day (school closed to children) - Friday 2 September 2016

Term 1 - Monday 5 September 2016


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

Monday 25 January 2016.  Gates open at 8.45am.



Emma Payne,


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