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23rd June 2017

23rd June 2017


Dear Parents/Carers


Another busy week of learning here at St Mary Redcliffe, everyone has done really well despite the heat. We had lots of certificates to hand out due to missing them for Sports Day last week.


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to: Reception Ash: Ridha,

Reception Hawthorn: Ophelia, 1 Silverbirch: Lansana, Abdulrahman & Norah,

1 Whitebeam: Amii, 2 Elm: Felix, 2 Lime: Gabriel, 3 Willow: Yousif, 3 Juniper: Kinga,

4 Apple: Laurie, Javari & Ayman, 4 Cherry: Sabira, 5 Larch: Azaan, 5 Hazel: Daisy,

6 Dogwood: Billy & Jabez, 6 Blackthorn: Oscar & Yasmin


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to: Reception Ash: Maisey-Jade,

Reception Hawthorn: Raph, 1 Whitebeam: Walt, 1 Silverbirch: Gaya, 2 Elm: Amy,

2 Lime: Daniah, 3 Willow: Olive, 3 Juniper: Nojus, 4 Apple: Ayman & Mohamed,

4 Cherry: Lyla & Kieran, 5 Hazel: John, 5 Larch: Molly,

6 Dogwood: Emmanuella & Jennifer, 6 Blackthorn: Benjamin & Fatima


Teachers and children will be updating their class pages on the website regularly. Do look at what they are all learning at


Reminders: Please let us know as early as possible if someone different is collecting your child. The end of the day is very busy and we may not be able to relay messages before classes go up onto the playground. Child safeguarding is our top priority – please do not be offended if we refuse a pick-up until we have confirmation from the parent.


Sports Day & Curriculum Afternoon: There is a revised date for the missed Sports Day last week. Thursday 29 July, 9.30-11.30am, on the playing fields. The last Curriculum Afternoon will be on Thursday 6 July and will be International themed, this will be 2.00-3.20 in the playground and will be followed by the Eid Party 3.30-4.30pm – all welcome.


Message from the Governors: Progress Review Report - At the end of last term, the School Progress Review Group, which includes education officers from Bristol City Council, met to consider evidence presented by the school and the actions we are taking.


This was the last progress review before the school converts to academy status and joins the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust on 1st July 2017.


We are very pleased to report that the overall judgement in improving all key areas (teaching and learning, assessment, achievement, behaviour and leadership) was that the school has made Good Progress. “There is increasing evidence that the work [of staff] is positively impacting on rates of pupil progress. The capacity of leaders is growing and there is a culture of mutual support and increased accountability… there has been good progress overall.”


Thank you to all our staff for their determination and hard work in continuing to move our school forward.


Your school needs you! Parent governor opportunities: Are you passionate about the school and its community? Do you want to be involved in improving the learning environment of our children? Do you have the skills and drive to make a positive contribution to the life of the school? If so, you should consider becoming a Parent Governor. The school has two Parent Governor vacancies - this is your chance to make a difference. Please see the school website or call in at the office for more information.


Nominations close at 12pm Friday 30th June.


PTFA NEWS: Summer Fair: Thank you so much to everyone who has offered to help at the PTFA Summer Fair, we have filled all the slots, but we still need a couple of volunteers to help set up and clear away. Please email if you can help.


Do you have anything you can donate for the stalls? We need good quality second hand uniform, books, toys, raffle prizes and as many cakes as possible! Hand them in at the gate next week or give them to the office or your child's teacher. You will also be able to buy raffle tickets at the gate next week – we have some outstanding prizes this year!

If your child would like to take part in the talent show please make sure you arrive at the fair as early as possible as all slots are awarded on a first come first served basis. If they need music, please get in touch with us on the email above to find out what is compatible with our PA system.


Community News – Message from Governors: As you may be aware Bristol City Council is currently consulting on proposals for making cuts to local services such as libraries and school crossing patrols.

One of the school crossing patrols the council are proposing to remove is ours on Whitehouse Lane.

Governors are concerned about the impact this will have on our children's safety and will be submitting our feedback to the council on behalf of the school. We also encourage all parents to complete the consultation survey at:


Dates for your Diary:

Thurs 29 July – Revised Sports Day Reception, Yrs 1, 2 and 3

Sat 1 July - Summer Fair – 2.00-4.00pm - School Playground

Thurs 6 July – International Day Curriculum Afternoon – 2.00-3.20pm –School Playground

Thurs 6 July – Eid Party – 3.30-4.30pm – School Playground

Fri 7 July – Trumpet and Keyboard Assembly – 10.00am – School Hall

Fri 21 July – END OF TERM

Fri 21 July 3.30pm onwards – Annual Summer Picnic at Victoria Park on the slope by Mrs Brown's Café




Monday 4th September, Friday 6th October, Monday 30th October, Friday 24th November and Tuesday 2nd January 2018


Have a lovely weekend. We will see your children before 8.55am on Monday 26th June. Gates open at 8.45am.


Lucy Swift

Interim headteacher
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