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Message from Miss Emson

And, just like that we have reached the end of another week.  I cannot believe we are approaching the middle of March already.  Where has the time gone?  The mornings are bright and the evenings are certainly drawing out.  I want to touch upon a few key areas this week, some of which will be expanded upon in more detail further down the newsletter. Over the last couple of weeks we have seen an increase in the number of ex-pupils using the school site after school into the early evening.  They are climbing over the fence and playing football and when they’ve been asked to leave have been very abusive and threatening.  A group of youths were on the school site earlier this week and filmed themselves damaging the gas box outside the hall and then uploaded the video to Tik Tok. Despite Tik Tok being an app for 12 years and over some of the children saw it. We have CCTV all around the school and so have all of this on camera.  
It’s Comic Relief next week (18th March) but as a school we are having a themed Science day as it’s national science week.  The children can come to school in sportswear/ PE kit as some of the activities might involve a lot of movement.  If you’d like to make a donation to Comic relief, you can but as we’re already raising money for the athlete that’s in school on Wednesday then it’s completely acceptable if you’d rather do nothing.  We’ve had a busy few weeks!! 
Following on from the success of our themed WBD of Alice in Wonderland, I’ve realised that we’re quite a competitive bunch so I’m giving you the ‘eggs’ up that we’re having an egg competition!! I am sending a flyer out with this information on.  Such an eggcellent idea!! 
As usual, if you need to contact us please use the office email or call us.  There are lots of staff on the playground before and after school too who you can speak to. We will endeavour to get back to you and sort any query in a timely manner. 

Emma Emson – Principal. 

Rewards

Stars of the week

Key Stage 1

Mrs Woods – Aleisha L

Miss Winn – Orland K

Miss Watson – Leighton-James M

Mrs Brown – Darcy-May L

Key Stage 2

Mrs Cox – Charlie H

Miss Baxter – Shaye S

Mrs Bradley – Iris N

Miss O’Neill – Lily-Belle O

Mrs Martin – Jake W

Year 6 Superstars

Each week up to six year 6 children are chosen as the Year 6 Superstars, for their efforts in school with behaviour or learning and because they are incredible role models for the rest of the school. These children get a special badge to wear for the week.

This week’s Year 6 Superstars are:

Laila K – Laila has spent her own time researching words and synonyms for the class vocabulary wall.

Alexcander D – Alexander is working hard to make excellent progress with his reading.

Jake W – Jake always puts 100% effort in: excellent contributions to discussions; great role model and incredible SATs practice scores!

Adam S – Adam has an excellent attitude towards learning. He has made phenomenal progress and has superb SATs practice results.

William A – William has made fantastic efforts in his SATs practice. He always listens to feedback and he should be very proud of his attitude.

Sienna T – Sienna achieved 40/40 in her arithmetic SATs practice and has produced a fantastic piece of writing.

Reading

Mrs WoodMrs WatsonMiss WinnMrs BrownMrs CoxMiss BaxterMrs BradleyMiss O’NeillMr BaxterMrs Martin
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Congratulations to Mrs Martin and Mrs Brown for achieving 100%!

Times Tables Rock Stars

This is the ongoing leaderboard for Times Tables Rock Stars. Well done these children for working hard on your times tables.

1. Phenix MY3
2. Deon OY6
3. Cody DY6
4. Jasmine MY6
5. Max KY3
6. Vienna HY5
7. Jack CY5
8. Olly CY6
9. Alicia JY6
10. Isobelle HY6

To get on the leaderboard you need to play on ‘Studio’ on times tables rock stars and you need to play at least 10 times. The school has now moved up to 17th in local schools. Well done!

News

Bikeability

On March 28th and 29th Year 5 children, who have registered, will be taking part in ‘Bikeability’ cycling proficiency training. If you wish to register please complete the registration form that was sent out last week by Tuesday 15th March.

World Book Day Winners

Book Face

The book face competition winners were: Scott W, Ebony O, Max K and Isabelle H. Fantastic pictures. Well done.

The winners of the hat making competition were Vienna H, Freddie M, Nhyla-Mai B are Myla W. Well done.

Shoe Box Reads

Every week, in each class one child will be chosen to bring home a box which contains hot chocolate, biscuits and a lovely book to share with your child. When you have read the book and eaten the treats inside please return the box to school so we can replenish it and pass it on to another lucky member of the class to enjoy. The response book inside is to write your feelings about the book. You might want to also draw a picture.

This term’s reading prize

This term the prize for reading 3 times a week, (and having those 3 reads clearly written in your reading diary) will be a disco. The disco will be during the school day and in the last week of term.

Para-Athlete Visit

On 16th March, the school will be visited by the Wheelchair Rugby League World Cup winner, Martin Norris. The children will take part in a physical activity with Martin and have an inspirational talk. The visit is sponsored by the organisation Sports for Champions. To fund the visit, pupils have been sponsored to complete the physical challenge set by Martin.

Thank you to all pupils who have collected money and all those who have sponsored pupils.

Please can pupils come to school dressed in their PE kits, on Wednesday 16th March.

Martin Norris

Nursery Places

Do you have a child or know of a child who will be age 3 by 31 March?If so they could start nursery in April 2022 for 15 hours free funding or if eligible 30 hours funding.Please contact the school office now to find out more – email school office at [email protected] or give us a call on 01472 808608

Attendance

Mrs WoodMrs WatsonMiss WinnMrs BrownMrs CoxMiss BaxterMrs BradleyMiss O’NeillMr BaxterMrs Martin
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We are very excited to announce, that the class with the top attendance in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 will win the attendance cup to keep in their class for the week!

If you wish to take your child to an appointment, we need to see evidence of the appointment to mark it as an authorised absence. Please show evidence at the office or email the office at [email protected]

If your child will not be attending school, please call the school office on 01472 808608 or email the school on [email protected] to report their absence. For planned absences, please do this before the first day of the absence.

When a child does not attend school, and no explanation has been provided, the school will contact the individuals listed on our system as contacts, starting with the primary contacts. If we cannot reach any of these contacts, or we do not receive a satisfying response as to the whereabouts and safety of the pupils, we will immediately send a staff member to the pupil’s home. If there is no response, we will contact the police.

Dates for your diary

Year 4 Swimming Dates
March 14th
07.3.22
Sponsor money in for Sports for Champions Fitness Challenge08.03.22
Visit to school by Para-Athlete. Martin Norris16.3.22
Comic Relief – More details to follow18.3.22
Swimming for Year 5 begins – Please use link below for the Year 5 swimming letter for more details.22.3.22
Bikeability for Year 5 – Please return registration form by Tuesday 15th March to take part28th and 29th March
Close for Easter holidays01.04.22
Open for Summer Term20.04.22
Close for Half-Term27.05.22
Re-open06.06.21
School Closed – Training Day17.06.22
School closes21.07.21

Year-5-Swimming-letter

Safeguarding and Well-being

Internet Safety.

The following website gives lots of information about keeping children safe online.

The following posters give some insight into Tik Tok.

Parking on Yellow lines

Please can we remind parents that is is against the law to stop on the yellow lines in front of school. It creates hazards for children and parents entering and leaving the school grounds and causes congestion around the school. We have a large car park, which can be accessed through John Whitgift Academy.

Riding Bikes in School

Please can children come off their bikes and scooters within school grounds to avoid accidents.

Jewellery

Earrings – No-earrings except small studs are allowed in school. We have had a small number of children with hoop earrings in school. These present a Health and Safety risk to the children. If we deem that your child’s earrings are unsafe we will ask the child to remove them or telephone parents to ask them to remove them. No jewellery is to be worn in school including friendship bracelets.

No earrings at to be worn for PE.

Uniform

Below are our expectations on uniform which will also serve as a reference throughout the year.

SWEATSHIRT: Logo sweatshirt or a plain red sweatshirt or cardigan.

SKIRT/TROUSERS: Black or dark grey skirts/pinafore or trousers/shorts/ red check summer dress

SHIRT White polo shirts underneath sweatshirts      

SHOES: Black flat school shoes – no trainers.

PE KIT

Plain white t shirt / black shorts/ Plimsolls or trainers for inside P.E.

Trainers for outdoor games.

Jogging bottoms or dark coloured track suits may be worn in cold weather.

What have we been learning this week?

Follow the link to the school Twitter page.

Follow the links to our class pages on Twitter.