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Friday 12th September

12 September 2014


Dear Parents / Carers


Well done everyone for a super week, especially all our new children!


Learning this week Nursery children have been learning about their classroom and exploring the school. Reception children have also been learning their way around school and had their first PE lesson.  Children in year 1 have been learning about their brains and also writing stories about ‘Titch’.  Year 2 children have been learning about Bristol.  Children in year 3 have been learning about thunderstorms and the link with electricity.  The Romans and the Vikings have been some of the topics for year 4 children.  Year 5 children have been playing a game called ‘Kev Wins’ to enhance their understanding of ‘place value’.  Year 6 children have been learning dribbling and passing skills in football and also using primary colours to produce prints.


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-


1 Juniper – Luka                  1 Willow – The whole class           2 Apple - Brooke

2 Cherry – Liam                   3 Hazel – The whole class             3 Larch – Daniel

4 Poplar – Mason                 4 Sycamore – Mzamil                     5 Ash – Adam

5 Hawthorne – Alex             6 – Silver Birch – Emily                  6 White Beam –Stefan


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-

1 Juniper – Loui-Blue         1 Willow – Isobel                              2 Apple – Hussien

2 Cherry – Lyla                     3 Hazel – Jeshna                             3 Larch – Imogen

4 Poplar – Ava                      4 Sycamore – Jabez                        5 Ash – Aideen

5 Hawthorne – Lyra             6 Silver Birch – Liam                       6 White Beam – Nicole


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 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:- 


Muslim Parent Group  After the success of the last two year's Eid parties we want to make this year's celebration even bigger and better! Our Eid al-Adha party will be on 9 October.  We need your help!  Please come to a meeting on Thursday 18th September at 9am in the House to help us plan the party.  Creche available for pre-school children.


Art Exhibition and Workshops On Saturday 4 October, the school is taking part in Art on the Hill arts trail from 10.30-4.00. Please come through the park entrance to see an exhibition of work that your children did last term based on Mattisse’s Cut-Outs and take part in art workshops. You may even fancy a cream tea from our vintage cafe especially as all the proceeds are going to the PTFA. 

This term we aren’t having a cake sale so can we ask you to bake some of your delicious scones, cake or savouries for the cafe. We also need 8 camping/patio folding tables, vintage style cake-stands, china plates, cups and saucers but no valuables. Please deliver these to school on Friday 3rd October. Or maybe you could spare an hour of your time during the day to help out. Please get in touch if you can: text DB on 0773 1484723 or email

PTFA News:- We will be holding our first PTFA meeting of the new school year next Wednesday (17th Sept) from 9am-10am (please meet at the office reception).  Everyone is welcome, please do come. This is your chance to have an input into planning events and to discuss how the money we raise can be used to benefit our children.  It is also a great way to meet other parents.  Please come along to find out more about the Art Exhibition, Workshops & Tea Room that we are running in school on Sat 4th Oct, for Art On The Hill.  Our second tea & coffee welcome for new Reception & Nursery parents is on Thurs 18th Sept from 2.15pm-3.15pm, in the School Hall.  All new parents are very welcome to come along for a cup of tea and a chat.  Please feel free to bring young children with you.  If anyone can help with this, please email, or leave a message with the school office.  We will be selling second hand uniform at 50p per item. Many thanks, Jo, Alex, Sarah & Katy (PTFA Committee)

  • PTFA dates for your diary:
  • Wed 17th Sept 9am-10am - General meeting – (Meet at the office reception)
  • Mon 29th Sept 9am onwards - Social get-together - Mrs. Browns Cafe
  • Wed 22nd Oct 9am-10am - General Meeting - School 
  • Fri 7th Nov 9am onwards  - Social get-together – Windmill Hill City Farm cafe

Message from a parent “I am a parent of a child at SMR and an experienced primary school teacher who is embarking on the training to become a child psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic, London. The course requires a period of infant observation, which involves observing a baby for one hour a week in the baby’s home.  If you are expecting a baby this autumn and are interested in taking part, or know someone who might be, please consider getting in touch (via email at and I can talk some more about it. Thank you!"


Windmill Hill City Farm will be holding a weekly club for 8-12 year olds.  For more information go to


Dates for your Diary

Thur 18 Sep 2.15pm – 3.15pm New Reception and Nursery parent welcome event

Wed 24 Sep 2.15pm – 3.00pm Key Stage 1 Reading Meeting for parents

Thur 25 Sep 2.45pm – 3.20pm Child of Hope Meeting for parents

Thur 25 Sep 6.00pm – 7.00pm Key Stage 1 Reading Meeting for parents

Thur 2 Oct 6.30pm – 7.30pm Parent’s Meeting: Assessment/New Curriculum (Yr 1-6)

Thur 23 Oct 2.30pm- 3.20pm Curriculum Afternoon for parents


I hope you all have a lovely weekend and we will see your children before 8.55am on Monday 15 September 2014.  Gates open at 8.45am.


Emma Payne,


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