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Friday 21st November

21 November 2014


Dear Parents / Carers


Learning this week Nursery children have been reading about The Little Red Hen and have visited the kitchen where she bakes her bread!  Reception children visited St Mary Redcliffe Church to look at the stained glass windows and have been learning the difference between one more and one less.  Year 1 children had an exciting time carrying out a local traffic survey.  Anti-bullying week was the main topic for children in year 2 and also writing ‘Wishing Tale’ stories.  Year 3 children learnt how to deal with ‘cyber bullies’ and how to keep safe by using passwords.  They also watched a video of celebrities encouraging the children to say ‘no’ to bullying.  Year 4 children have been designing anti-bullying posters and writing instructions on how to make a friend.  Children in year 5 have re-written the story of ‘Moby Dick’ and have also been writing about ‘Unity and Trust’ – two of our Core Values.  Year 6 children have been learning how to measure and calculate perimeter and area.


Super Learner Certificates have been awarded to:-


Reception Elm – Florence             Reception Lime – Ewan     1 Juniper – Kinga

1 Willow – Yousif                             2 Apple – Iklaas                    2 Cherry – Khalid    

3 Hazel – Ahmed                             3 Larch – Muna                    4 Poplar – Miles

4 Sycamore – Ruby                         5 Ash – Wilf                          5 Hawthorn – Ifemi

6 Silver Birch – Daniel                    6 White Beam – Anwar      


Value Champion Certificates have been awarded to:-


Reception Elm – Amy                     Reception Lime – Amber   1 Juniper – Annabelle

1 Willow – Oliver                              2 Apple – Zac                       2 Cherry – Xander

3 Hazel – Leo                                   3 Larch – Jake                      4 Poplar – Jakub

4 Sycamore – Linda                                    5 Ash – Luca                                    5 Hawthorn – Rocky

6 Silver Birch – Emily                      6 White Beam – Alfie


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.


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  Please remember that even if your child attends our Nursery you must still complete an application.  Our Family Link Worker, Mr Williams will be happy to help you.


Christmas Lunch Wed 17 Dec The deadline for booking a Christmas lunch is Fri 28 Nov


Children In Need We collected £222.17 last Friday.  Thank you so much for your generous donations.

Smartie Tubes are due in next Fri 28 Nov. (They do not need to be full) Thank you for all your support.


Handfuls of Harmony is a choir made up of staff, parents and local school children – soon to include St Mary Redcliffe Primary.  This choir is one of the 2 final projects, one of which will win £50,000 on 26 Nov National Lottery’s ‘People’s Millions’ Fund. If we win the South Bristol Choir Project will be able to grow to include more schools in our area. PLEASE VOTE  on Wed 26 Nov between 9.00am and midnight. You will need to have registered your email address at beforehand.   The telephone number to phone to vote will be sent to your email address in the morning of Wed 26 Nov.


PTFA News  WINTER FAIR - SATURDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 2-5PM SCHOOL HALL:  Many thanks to all of you who have volunteered, we hopefully have enough helpers now, we just need the rest of you to come and along and have fun!  But we do still need donations of various things to make the Fair a success: We will have a Xmas joke machine, please bring your jokes by end of today, or email to this evening. We are DESPERATE for sweetie donations for the Sweet Tombola – we haven’t had any so far so please can we have some by next Thurs 27th November at the latest or we won’t be able to run this stall. Jolly Jars – please fill a jam jar with sweets, biscuits, small toys (anything really) and ask your child to decorate the jar, we will be selling these as gifts and giving a prize for the best decorated jar (so please label with your child’s name and class).  We’d like these by Friday 28th November. There will be PTFA volunteers on the gates (top and nursery) every morning next week to collect donations of second hand toys, books, uniform, clean empty jam jars for the craft room and decorated ‘jolly jars’. Raffle tickets will be on sale at the school gates every morning next week.  30p each or £1 per strip.  Lots of amazing prizes including activity and travel vouchers, family days out, meals out and gifts.Finally a Winter Wreath making workshops will be running next Friday 28 Nov from  9am-12noon in the Top kitchen.  All welcome.  Bring secateurs if you have them. Thanks very much, PTFA and Winter Fair team.

PTFA Dates for your diary:

Fri 28 Nov 9am – 12 noon             Wreath making in the top kitchen

Sat 29 Nov 2pm - 5pm:                   Winter Fair – School Hall

Wed 10 Dec 7.30pm                        Christmas Social Get-together –Windmill Pub

Fri 12 Dec 6pm - 7.30pm                Christmas Disco – School Hall


Dates for your Diary:

Fri 12 Dec 9.30am – 10.30am       Early Years (Nurs & Rec) Christmas Performance

Mon 15 Dec 2.00pm – 3.00pm      Key Stage 1 (Ys 1 & 2)Christmas Performance

Tues 16 Dec 9.30am – 10.30am   Early Years (Nurs & Rec) Christmas Performance

Tues 16 Dec 2.00pm – 3.00pm     Upper Key Stage 2 (Ys 5 &6) Christmas Performance

Tues 16 Dec 6.30pm -7.30pm       Lower Key Stage 2 (Ys 3 & 4) Christmas Performance

Wed 17 Dec 9.30am – 10.15am    Key Stage 1 (Ys1 & 2) Christmas Performance

Wed 17 Dec                                      Christmas Lunch

Wed 17 Dec 2.00pm – 3.00pm      Lower Key Stage 2 (Ys 3 & 4) Christmas Performance

Wed 17 Dec 6.30pm – 7.30pm      Upper Key Stage 2 (Ys 5 & 6) Christmas Performance

Thur 18 Dec                                      Christmas Church Service

Thur 18 Dec  1.30pm - 3.20pm      Christmas parties                

Fri 19 Dec                                          End of Term 2

Mon 5 Jan 2015                               INSET Day – school closed to pupils

Tues 6 Jan                                        Start of Term 3


The tickets for the Christmas performances will be available at the school office from Monday 1 December. I hope you all have a lovely weekend.  We will see your children before 8.55am on Monday 24 November 2014.  Gates open at 8.45am.


Emma Payne, Headteacher

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