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23rd September 2016


23rd September 2016


Dear Parents /Carers,


This week the whole school took part in an art day creating Marimekko work for Art on the Hill next weekend.  Thank you to the teachers who organised this and the parents who came and helped in class.


Also this week Year 1 have been finding out how to find buried treasure and year 2 have been learning about number bonds. Year 3 have been writing a diary pretending to be Hogarth from ‘The Iron Man’. Year 4 have been writing descriptions about a place and editing them.  Year 5 have been learning about football and continuing to read ‘Stormbreaker’.  Year 6 have been making rockets using balloons and toilet rolls and also writing their own balanced arguments – should Darth Vader become a teacher at our school?


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


Keeping your child safe online: The NSPCC has a great site for checking out the age appropriateness of social networks and apps your children use.  Now also available as an app to download.  There is also lots of useful information on our website too.


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-


1 White Beam: Walt, 1 Silver Birch: Pablo, 2 Lime: the whole class, 2 Elm: Vinnie, 3 Willow: Tiyanna,

4 Apple: Zac, 4 Cherry: Eve, 5 Larch: Mahdi and Harry, 5 Hazel: Joey, 6 Blackthorn: Benjamin,

6 Dogwood: Munira


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-


1 White Beam: Iris, 1 Silver Birch: Trey-Sean, 2 Lime: Beya, 2 Elm: Asta, 3 Willow: Skye, 4 Apple: Lola,

4 Cherry: Archie, 5 Hazel: Jeshna, 5 Larch: John and Ben, 6 Blackthorn: Ameena, 6 Dogwood: Evie


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


Nursery Places:  There are limited places still available in our Nursery. We can offer 15 hours on either a Monday, Tuesday all day and Wednesday morning or Wednesday afternoon, Thursday and Friday all day.  Please contact the office if you are interested in a place or pass this information on to your friends.


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 preferred method of application is on-line, but please contact the office if you are unable to access the internet and need assistance.  The closing date for all applications is midnight 15 January 20167.


Secondary School Places:  You can now apply for a Year 7 secondary place for your child currently in Year 6.  This must be done online on the Bristol city council website and completed by 31 October.  This link will take you to the council website

If you need any help please come to the office.


Message from the School Counsellor: My name is Jinny Paige and I am the new school counsellor. As many of you know, the school has a counselling service provided by The Bridge Foundation for Psychotherapy and the Arts. Some of you will have known Tulin Bedri the former school counsellor. I look forward to meeting some of you in the future.


Guinea Pig News: Our guinea pigs Stevie and Squeakers had a great time staying at Windmill Hill City Farm over the summer.  We would like to say a HUGE thank you to all the staff at the Farm for taking such good care of them.  They returned briefly to school last week but are now back at the Farm temporarily!  This is because we have decided to improve their accommodation here to give them more space.  Once this is organised they will return, in the meantime please call in to the Farm to say hello.


PTFA NEWS: The Art Day was a huge success. The children have almost finished their work ready for the exhibition. Thank you so much to all those who came into school to help.

Art on the Hill: Saturday 1 October, 11.00am - 4.00pm, School Playground. We are still looking for lots of volunteers to help with setting up on Friday afternoon (30 September) from 3.30pm-5.00pm and all day on the Saturday. We need help with setting up on Saturday morning from 9.30am-11.00am, from 11.00am-1.00pm, 1.00pm-3.00pm and 3.00pm-5.00pm on either the cake stall or the cafe or helping with the workshops. We will also be needing volunteers to help clear up from 4.00pm to 6.00pm. We would appreciate donations of cakes which can be brought into school on Friday or Saturday. Please come along and support the school. This will be a really fun day and a great chance to see the children's artwork. Please contact us if you can help on

Winter Fair: Saturday 26 November. Save the date for our Winter Fair! More info to follow.....


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


Community News: Windmill Hill City Farm 40th birthday celebration, Saturday 24 September, 11am-5pm.  Food, music, bar, games, activities, arts and crafts.


Somali Day at the M-Shed: Somali volunteers needed to help at Somali Family Fun Day on Saturday 29 October.  Please contact the museum on 01179036172 or


Dates for your Diary:


Sat 1 Oct - Art on the Hill Exhibition - In school

Fri 21 Oct – INSET DAY – school closed to children

Mon 24 Oct – Fri 28 Oct – Half term

Mon 31 Oct – Start of term 2

Sat 26 Nov – Winter Fair – time tbc


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

Monday 26 September.  Gates open at 8.45am.



Emma Payne

Head teacher

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