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8th January 2016

8th January 2016


Dear Parents / Carers   


We hope that you all had a wonderful holiday and are full of enthusiasm for the New Year ahead.


This week has seen the reception classes learning about fossils and dinosaurs.  Year 1 have been learning to tell the time and have had a wonderful trip to the theatre as well. Year 2 have been looking at adjectives and learning about ‘Mrs Armitage on Wheels’.  Year 3 have been very creative; making their own board games and writing fable stories.  Year 4 are enjoying their new topic by tasting chocolate and talking about texture. In Year 5 children have been learning about circuits in science and taking their pulse in PE.  Year 6 have been writing stories about immigrants.


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-

Reception Silver Birch: Noah      Reception White Beam: Phoebe      

1 Elm: Hafsa               1 Lime: Sulaiman              2 Juniper: Noor          2 Willow: Oli P and Joel

3 Apple: Brooke          3 Cherry:  Khalid               4 Hazel:  Draco          4 Larch: Yasmine

5 Poplar:  Miles           5 Sycamore:  Anwen        6 Ash: Adam               6 Hawthorn: Ethan


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-

Reception Silver Birch: Pablo     Reception White Beam: Riley

1 Elm: Felix                1 Lime: Elsie                         2 Juniper: Sheikidris   2 Willow: Harvey

3 Apple: Maryam        3 Cherry: Joshua                  4 Hazel: Macey          4 Larch: Imogen  

5 Poplar: Leon            5 Sycamore: Gracie-Jayne   6 Ash: Anas,              6 Hawthorn: Malachy


Attendance:  Look out for the latest attendance figures on our website:-  The website contains a great deal of information about all aspects of school life.  If you do not already access this you may find it helpful and is worth checking from time to time for updates.


Reception places 2016:  The deadline for reception places is 15 January.  Please remember that a place in our nursery does not guarantee your child a place in our reception class – you will need to apply for a place through the Local Authority.


Parent courses: ESOL for Schools and You will be starting on Wednesday 13 January, from 1-3pm. There is a crèche available for pre-school children. If you are interested please come along on Wednesday.


Are you interested in working or helping in schools? We will be running a number of courses over the rest of the school year to enable you to do this.

Monday 25 January - Children's first aid workshop – 9-11.00am in the School House.

Starting Monday 22 February (x 7 week) Children's First Aid course running on mornings in the School House. Completion of this course will award you with a certificate which will help you if you are planning to work in schools.

We are then hoping to run a 'Helping in Schools course' in the summer term. At the end of this course you will be directed to further courses and placements.

A crèche will be available for pre-school children on all the courses

If you are interested please contact the office.


We need your help!  School Spring Census Day is on Thursday 21 January, please encourage your child to eat a school meal.  The menu will be pizza, hotdogs, (vegetarian halal options), salad bar, jelly, ice-cream and fruit.  A letter will go out to parents shortly.


SchoolComms Direct payments:  We will shortly be introducing a direct payment system for parents to pay for school meals, After School Clubs and school visits directly from their bank account.  This will take a little time to establish but I am sure a large number of parents/carers will find this helpful.  We will of course still take payments at the school office for those people who want to continue to pay by cash.


Community Event: Windmill Hill Community Orchard Wassail, Sunday 17 January 4.00-6.00pm – Wassailing drinks, apple cake, music and merriment – all welcome.  St. John’s Burial Ground, Cotswold Road, BS3


Dates for your Diary:

Term 3 Monday 4 January to Friday 5 February 2016

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

Term 5 Monday 11 April to Friday 27 May

Bank Holiday (school closed) Monday 2 May

Term 6 Monday 6 June to Friday 22 July


Inset Days 2016-2017:

Inset Day (school closed to children) Thursday 1 September 2016

Inset Day (school closed to children) Friday 2 September 2016

Term 1 starts Monday 5 September 2016


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

Monday 11 January 2016.  Gates open at 8.45am.



Emma Payne


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