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6 March 2015

Dear Parents / Carers


Learning this week Nursery children had a lovely time yesterday when Goldilocks visited and made some delicious porridge!  Reception children have been learning how to ‘double’ numbers and have been reading ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.  Children in year 1 have been writing a biography of Vincent Van Gogh and finding out why his painting of chairs was so important.  Year 2 children have been dramatising ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ and have also been using the poem in a comic strip.  Year 3 children have been practising passing a ball with one hand and have also been using graphic designs to write their names.  Children in year 4 have been learning about and discussing ‘The Railway Children’.  They have also been adding and subtracting 2 step word problems.  Year 5 children have been learning about what features are inside a church and what they represent.  Year 6 children, along with the rest of Key Stage 2 watched a performance of ‘Sammy and the Snow Leopard’.


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-


Reception Elm – Floyd                   Reception Lime – Alice                  1 Juniper – Dominic

1 Willow – Oliver                              2 Apple – Farid                                 2 Cherry – Jama

3 Hazel – Rahma                             3 Larch – Molly                                 4 Poplar – Evie

4 Sycamore – Enzo                         5 Ash – Dylan                                   5 Hawthorn – Lyra

6 Silver Birch – Nicole                    6 White Beam – Joshua


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-


Reception Elm – Bella                    Reception Lime - Rafa                    1 Juniper – Halle

1 Willow – Owen                              2 Apple – Eda                                   2 Cherry – Ruby

3 Hazel – Pablo                               3 Larch – Tilly                                   4 Poplar – Miles

4 Sycamore – Anwen                     5 Ash – Stan                                     5 Hawthorn – Malachy

6 Silver Birch – Bella                       6 White Beam – Dhanuska


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.


Stages A huge well done to the Stages Performers who performed brilliantly at the Colston Hall last Saturday.


World Book Day Thursday 5 March Thank you so much for dressing up your children in their costumes and making a donation - they looked great and enjoyed a lovely day yesterday. A huge thank you to the PTFA for organising and running the 50p Book Sale – it was a great success.  We will let you know next week how much money we raised for ‘Book Aid International’ from the ‘dressing-up’ donations.  Every child should bring home a £1 World Book Day voucher today which is valid until 29 March 2015.

Parking in Whitehouse Lane The Police and Bristol City Council have observed and  reported to the school that obstructive parking on Whitehouse Lane, specifically along the pavement outside the ACES units and WEST HOUSE TRANSPORT is endangering the lives of the students leaving the school, as well as other pedestrians and cyclists. 18 vehicles were observed on Thursday 5 March, parking illegally and undertaking several illegal manoeuvres. One vehicle was seen without child seats or boosters, picking up 4 children none of whom were strapped in, wearing seat belts or restrained in any way – this is illegal and will bring a HEAVY fine.

Enforcement action is being planned for this area and parents and carers are being asked to consider changing their behaviour i.e. not driving to collect their children or parking further away and walking to drop off or collect. The highway code states: Rule 244 - You MUST NOT park partially or wholly on the pavement in London, and should not do so elsewhere unless signs permit it. Parking on the pavement can obstruct and seriously inconvenience pedestrians, people in wheelchairs or with visual impairments and people with prams or pushchairs. Law GL(GP)A sect 15


PTFA News: A huge thank you to the parents, staff and children who helped with setting up, running and packing away our 50p bookstall yesterday.  This was a brilliant event!  The children all had a lot of fun choosing their books and there was a very excited buzz in the library all day!  Thank you so much for all the wonderful books you donated.  All left over books will be saved for the summer fair, or donated to St Peters Hospice Charity shop, who support us with this event.  If your child had forgotten their 50p, they were given the chance to reserve a book.  Please bring 50p to the school office by next Friday to collect your book.

  • There will be a PTFA social get together at Windmill Hill City Farm on Mon (9th) from 9am onwards.  Please come along for a cuppa and a chat.  Everyone is welcome.
  • Please remember we are holding our AGM on Wed 18th March 6.30pm-7.30pm, in the school hall. Childcare will be provided.  We really need people to attend this, so that you can vote us all in!  If we don't have enough people there, the PTFA can't continue to run, so please do come if you can.  More info in book bags next week.

Many thanks, Jo, Alex, Sarah & Katy (PTFA Committee).

Donation A huge thank you to Riverside Garden Centre in Clift House Road for their generous donation to us of £25 worth of seeds and a large bag of compost.


Stop Press Congratulations to our rugby team who made it to the semi finals of a tournament today!


And last but not least It’s wonderful to hear that Ashton Park Secondary School has received GOOD in its Ofsted inspection.  Read the report here:

I have passed on our congratulations!


Dates for your Diary:

Mon 9 Mar                 9am onwards – PTFA Social get-together – Windmill Hill City Farm

Wed 11 Mar               Maths Workshop for Parents 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Wed 18 Mar               6.30-7.30pm - PTFA AGM - School Hall (childcare provided)

Wed 25 Mar               7.30pm onwards – PTFA Social get-together - Windmill Pub

Thur 26 Mar              3.30pm Easter Egg Hunt in the playground

Fri 1 May                    3.30pm Plant Sale in the playground                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Sat 20 June              2.00pm – 5.00pm Summer Fair


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

Monday 9 March 2015.  Gates open at 8.45am.


Emma Payne, Headteacher

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