10 October 2014
Dear Parents / Carers
Learning this week Nursery and Reception children have been learning about Eid and have been making sweets and necklaces. Children in year 1 have been learning to write numbers the correct way round and have been making up a game for ‘Discovery Dog’s’ birthday! Year 2 children had a special visitor who told them what it would have been like in The Great Fire of London. Children in year 3 have been practising high and low movements and have been writing comments on their own art work. Year 4 children had an exciting visit to the harbour where they became ‘viking rowers’! Year 5 children have been learning the ‘formal’ method in numeracy and have been adding difficult numbers together. Today year 6 children are visiting the National Space Centre in Leicesteshire!
Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-
1 Juniper – Dominic 1 Willow – Martha 2 Apple – Lola
2 Cherry – Archie 3 Hazel – John 3 Larch – The whole class
4 Poplar – Alvaro 4 Sycamore – Anwen 5 Ash – Evan
5 Hawthorn – Christina
Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-
1 Juniper – Joby 1 Willow – Oliver 2 Apple – Martha
2 Cherry – Joshua 3 Hazel – Ahmed 3 Larch – Azarel
4 Poplar – Shernette 4 Sycamore – Rosa 5 Ash – Dylan
5 Hawthorn – Elijah
Free School Meals. If you think your child may be entitled to receive free schools meals please either come to the school office or go to www.bristol.gov.uk/fsm to apply. It is very important that anyone who is entitled applies for free school meals as the school receives extra funding towards the children’s education. All information that you provide is, of course, confidential. Please remember that even if you apply for free school meals your child does not have to have school dinners – you can continue to provide them with a packed lunch if you wish. This includes Reception, year 1 and year 2 children (even though they get a free lunch!)
Attendance: Look out for the latest attendance figures on our website:-
www.stmaryredcliffeprimary.co.uk Please note that our website now has a ‘translator’ button on the ‘Home’ page which allows text to be translated from English to another language.
Applying for a place at a secondary school If your child is in year 6 you must apply for a secondary school place before 31 October 2014. Bristol City Council prefers that you apply online at www.bristol.gov.uk/schooladmissions. If you need help please contact Mr Williams, our Family Link Worker.
Applying for a place at a primary school If you have a child who was born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011 you must apply for a reception place before 15 January 2015. Bristol City Council prefers that you apply online at www.bristol.gov.uk/schooladmissions. Please remember that even if your child attends our Nursery you must still complete an application. Again, Mr Williams will be happy to help you.
Eid Celebration. Thank you to all those who came to our Eid celebration yesterday after school. Special thanks to all who made such delicious savouries and sweets for us to enjoy. It was a great success and we raised £617.36 which will go towards Save the Children Fund who are supporting children in Syria.
Smartie Tubes for Child of Hope Thank you for sending in your Smartie tubes with 20 pence pieces. Please note that all donations are welcome and the Smartie tube does not have to be full and can contain different coins. Please send what you can to help the children at Child of Hope School.
Sending money to school Please remember when sending money to school that you put it in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and a note of what the money is for – dinner money, school trip, uniform, donation etc. Thank you.
Dates for your Diary:
Thur 23 Oct 2.30pm- 3.20pm Curriculum Afternoon for parents
Fri 24 Oct – End of Term 1
Mon 3 Nov – INSET Day – School closed to pupils
Tues 4 Nov – Start of Term 2
Fri 19 Dec – End of Term 2
Mon 5 Jan – INSET Day – School closed to pupils
Tues 6 Jan – Start of Term 3
Fri 13 Feb – End of Term 3
Mon 23 Feb – Start of Term 4
Fri 27 Mar – End of Term 4
Mon 13 Apr – Start of Term 5
Fri 22 May – End of Term 5
Mon 1 Jun – Start of Term 6
Fri 18 Jul – End of Term 6
Mon 20 Jul – INSET Day – School closed to pupils
You may have seen in the press about a strike next week. The strike has been postponed and school will be open next week. I hope you all have a lovely weekend. We will see your children before 8.55am on Monday 13 October 2014. Gates open at 8.45am.
Emma Payne, Headteacher