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29th January 2016

29 January 2016


Dear Parents /Carers,


We have had a busy week with lots of learning and trips. Nursery have been learning about polar bears and making ice caves for them.  The Reception classes have been making models of dinosaurs and writing stories about their favourite things.  Year 1 have made number bond monsters to find ways to make 10.  Year 2 had a wonderful trip to Haynes Motor Museum and managed to fit the whole class into a Cadillac.  Year 3 visited the Zoo and Year 4 went to Cadbury World.  Year 5 built shaky hand testers and made film covers for wishing tales. Year 6 built boats which will get tested in the harbour in July and made bridges out of lolly sticks.

                                                                                                                                                        Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-


Reception Silver Birch: Rosie, Reception White Beam: Ezra, 1 Elm: Sarah, 1 Lime: Hannah,

2 Juniper: Wilf, 2 Willow: Taiyo, 5 Poplar: Ramani, 5 Sycamore: Cameron, 6 Ash: Stan and group, 6 Hawthorn: Alex


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-


Reception Silver Birch: Keelie and Chloe, Reception White Beam: Xander, 1 Elm: Asta, 1 Lime: Alice, 2 Juniper: Tiegan, 2 Willow: Lucan, 5 Poplar: Solomon, 5 Sycamore: Ned, 6 Ash: Ellie-May, 6 Hawthorn: Luke


Attendance:  Look out for the latest attendance figures on our 


British Council International School Award:  We are delighted to have been awarded the Foundation Certificate by the British Council.  A letter from them said; ‘You have demonstrated an excellent start in promoting the international dimension across your school and highlighting the benefits of learning in a global context.’ Well done to all our staff and children, but especially Miss Dudding and the members of the International Team!


Keeping your child safe online and on social media:  Check out our new website page which contains information to support parents and carers to protect children on line


Please see the email sent on Thursday which had a poster attached showing what ages children are permitted to use different apps.


SchoolComms Direct payments:  The new system will go live on Monday 1 February, you should have received a letter in your eldest child’s book bag with information about how to register.  If you did not get a letter or have any problems or questions please go to the office for assistance.


PTFA News:  Thank you so much to everyone who came along to our last meeting, full of ideas & enthusiasm. Minutes & event dates will be up on the PTFA page of the school website soon (click on the community button to find us). The following events are now planned and we need help to run them. Please email or leave a message with the office, if you are interested:

World book day book sale & events – Thursday 3 March, Easter Egg Hunt - Tuesday 22 March, Plant Sale - Date TBC, Bike Day - Date TBC, Summer Fair - Saturday 18 June

We are also looking for parents to help write bids for funding applications for our ongoing playground improvements. 

Simone is organising the tidying up & re-seeding of the meadow flower bank at the front of the school (Windmill Close) again this year.  We are starting this Thursday afternoon (4 February) by clearing all the dead leaves from the bank.  We need volunteers from 1.15pm-3.15pm.  Please do come, even if you can only spare half an hour.  Meet us by the slope up to the school office.  Please bring gardening gloves and a leaf rake if you have them. We will have spares.  Wear old clothes & wellies!


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


Community News:  Bristol City Council and Sustrans are working to improve the walking and cycling route the part of the Malago Greenway between Whitehouse Lane and Hartcliffe Way and we want to hear from you! Our next event is Thursday 4 February near the entrance to Marksbury Road Open Space from 4.30-6.30pm. Please see the website for more information and details of future events:


Moose Club ( are recruiting!  Moose provides much valued after school care and holiday clubs for pupils for 3 local schools including ours. A new board of Directors has been appointed and is working hard to improve the Club. We are asking parents and carers if they can volunteer some time to join the current team of 3. If you would like to support and ensure the continuation of this great after school and holiday club, please contact Cath on 07722 140187.  We are also recruiting a new playworker to join our existing experienced team. If you are interested in finding out more about Moose and these opportunities please refer to our advert on our new page on our website:


Fizz Pop Science After-School Club: There are still spaces left for this club, please contact the office if you are interested.


Speed Limit Petition: You may be interested in this petition to keep 20mph speed limits in residential areas of Windmill Hill:


Dates for your Diary:


Tuesday 2 February – Curriculum Afternoon – 2.30-3.20pm

Wednesday 3 February – Maths Evening – 6.30-7.30pm – Hall – all welcome

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

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

Tuesday 22 March – Easter Egg Hunt – 3.30pm - Playground

Wednesday 23 March - PTFA Evening Social – 7.30pm - 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

Tues 26 April - 3.30pm-4.30pm - School Hall - PTFA AGM - Free childcare will be provided

Sat 18th June - School Playground - Summer Fair


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

Monday 1 February 2016.  Gates open at 8.45am.



Emma Payne,


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