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27 March 2015

Dear Parents / Carers


The School Improvement Adviser visited school this term and agreed with the self evaluation of the school.  She was really pleased with the quality of the teaching and learning.  She was also very pleased with the behaviour of the children.  We continue to be a very good and improving school.


Learning this week Nursery children have been busy making chocolate nests and Easter cards.  Reception children have had a visit from storyteller, Martin Maudsley.  They have also been learning to say ‘hello’ in various languages.  Children in year 1 have been measuring how far they can throw bean bags!  Year 2 children have been performing poetry about Spring.  Children in year 3 have been dividing with big numbers and have been watching year 5 children playing with the games that have they have designed.  Year 4 children have been painting and drawing trees.  Children in year 5 have been practising their poetry.  And of course most of year 6 have been away at camp on the Isle of Wight having a great time!!


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-            


Reception Elm – Unud                   Reception Lime – Daniah              1 Juniper – Zakaria

1 Willow – Betty                                2 Apple – Yasin                                2 Cherry – Eve

3 Hazel – Hayden                            3 Larch – The whole class             4 Poplar – Malith

4 Sycamore – Mustafa                    5 Ash – Djafar                                  5 Hawthorn – India

6 Silver Birch – Nicole, Saffron     6 White Beam – Rhianna, Alfie and Dhanuska


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-


Reception Elm – The whole class                                                                        Reception Lime – Emma

1 Juniper – Ggiven                          1 Willow – Edward                           2 Apple – Stanley

2 Cherry – Archie                             3 Hazel – Emma                              3 Larch – Imogen

4 Poplar – Megan                            4 Sycamore – Rufus                       5 Ash – Zubaydah

5 Hawthorn – Amos


Attendance:  Look out for the latest attendance figures on our website:-  Please note that our website now has a ‘translator’ button on the ‘Home’ page which allows text to be translated from English.


Hockey Our hockey team – Luke, Lara, Megan, Liam, Bella and Stefan - took part in a tournament last week at Merchants Academy and made it through to the quarter finals.  Well done and congratulations to them! 


PTFA News: Thank you so much to the parents who helped with the Easter Egg Hunt yesterday and to all of you who brought your children along to take part.  It was so lovely to see the playground full of parents and children dashing around, having a great time!  We raised £150 to put towards school events and equipment and it didn't rain!  Hooray!

  • The PTFA page on the school website is now up-to-date (thank you Justin).  Please go to 'Community' and then click on 'PTFA' to see dates of events, meetings and socials, or to download PTFA newsletters and meeting minutes.
  • Our plant sale will be held in the playground on Fri 1st May at 3.30pm.  Please email or leave a message with the school office, if you are able to help.
  • We will be organising an exhibition of children’s art and a day of art workshops, on Sat 3rd Oct, as part of the Windmill Hill Art Trail.  We will need parents to run/ help with sessions with each class, in the summer term, to create art work to be displayed.  If you are interested in being involved in this, or in running a workshop on the day, please email
  • Please see dates for next general meeting and social get-together below.

Many thanks, Jo, Katy, Lisa, Hannah & Egle (PTFA Committee). 


Thank you to the PTFA from us all!!

Allotment Club - help wanted please.  This will start again on Thursdays after the Easter break. It takes place at our allotment at Windmill Hill City Farm after school. If there are any parents/carers interested in gardening who would be available some Thursdays to help run the club with Mrs Barraclough and Miss Radnor please leave a message with the school office. Also if anyone has unwanted seeds at home Allotment Club would be able to make good use of them, thank you.


Have you registered to vote? If not, register now so you can vote in the general and local elections on 7 May 2015.  Deadline to register is Monday 20 April at


Dates for your Diary:


Mon 13 Apr               Start of Term 5

Tues 21 Apr              9.00am – 10.00am PTFA General Meeting in school

Mon 27 Apr               9.00am onwards PTFA Social – location to be confirmed

Wed 29 Apr               9.30am – 11.00am Sports Day for Years 1,2 and 3

Thur 30 Apr               9.30am – 11.00 am Sports Day for Years 4,5 and 6

Fri 1 May                    9.30am – 11.00 am Sports Day for Early Years.

Fri 1 May                    3.30pm Plant Sale in the playground                

Mon 4 May                Bank Holiday - School will be closed

Fri 22 May                 End of Term 5

Mon 1 Jun                 Start of Term 6

Sat 20 June              2.00pm – 5.00pm Summer Fair

Fri 17 Jul                   End of Term 6

Mon 20 Jul                INSET Day – School Closed to pupils                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         


We hope you have a lovely holiday break and we will see your children before 8.55am on

Monday 13 April 2015.  Gates open at 8.45am.



Emma Payne,


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