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30th September 2016

30th September 2016


Dear Parents /Carers,


In school this week the Nursery children have done their first full day and have explored their new surroundings.  Reception children have been learning new sounds and about different types of family for their topic. Year 1 have been learning to tie their shoelaces and have been ‘climbing out of the learning pit’.  Year 2 have replanted their plants and in maths they have learned to use the greater than and less than signs.  Year 3 have been learning about column addition and investigating electricity in science.  Year 4 have been learning how to sew their names and making pouches in their metacognition lessons.  Year 5 have been pretending to be spies and enjoying their book ‘Stormbreaker’.  Year 6 have been stitching houses for Art on the Hill and have also been making rockets and seeing if they could fly to Mars.


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: Iolo, 1 Silver Birch: Oscar, 2 Lime: Florrie, 2 Elm: Luc, 3 Willow: Oli, 3 Juniper: Joby,

4 Apple: Maryam, 4 Cherry: Jess, 5 Larch: Molly, 5 Hazel: Tyler, 6 Blackthorn: Mina,

6 Dogwood: Brandon


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-


1 White Beam: Milo, 1 Silver Birch: Lansana, 2 Lime: Vlas, 2 Elm: Joe, 3 Willow: Isobel,

3 Juniper: Eve, 4 Apple: Ben, 4 Cherry: Liam, 5 Hazel: Kirra, 5 Larch: Thomas,

6 Blackthorn: Emilio, 6 Dogwood: Solomon


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 2017.


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.


Census Day Lunch: We need your help!  It is School Census Day next Thursday, 6 October which means we need as many children as possible to eat school dinner as our funding for the next year for dinners is decided with these numbers. Please can you encourage your child to eat a school meal on that day.  The menu will be sausage, beans and chips or cheese and tomato pizza or the salad bar.  Pudding will be jelly and ice cream, or a fruit bowl or yoghurt.  There is no need to order in advance.


Breakfast Club:  Can we please remind you that there is no supervision by staff before 8.00am.  Please do not drop your children off before this time as there is no-one to look after them.  You should be dropping them off at the Breakfast Club door and not letting them walk up the slope by themselves.


Lost:  Some Pokemon cards were found in the playground last Friday, please ask at the office if you have lost some.  Also a pink and purple girl’s watch has been handed in at the office.


Artwork: If your child did a design for the new bike arch in the top playground and would like their artwork back please come and ask in the office.  It will be here until Friday 7 October after which we will recycle it.


PTFA NEWS: Art on the Hill: Saturday 1 October, 11.00am - 4.00pm, School Playground. This will be a really fun day and a great chance to see the children's artwork. Cakes can still be donated for the café, you can bring them to school on Saturday morning.

Friday 7 October: General PTFA meeting 9.00-10.00am.  All welcome.

Winter Fair: Saturday 26 November. Save the date for our Winter Fair!


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


Community News: Ray who is the Victoria Park park-keeper is having to take voluntary redundancy and his last day was yesterday.  There is a box up at Mrs Brown’s in the park for people to make a contribution to a gift if they wish.


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 – 11.00am – 4.00pm – School Playground

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 and that we see you at Art on the Hill. We will see your children before 8.55am on Monday 3 October.  Gates open at 8.45am.



Emma Payne

Head teacher
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