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Message from Miss Deans

I have the pleasure of writing a message on the newsletter this week, and what a week it has been! On Wednesday, the children were put through their paces by Martin Norris, Wheelchair Rugby World Cup winner. They made us proud with their fantastic enthusiasm and energy, as they worked out in the hall, pushing themselves in the challenges Martin set them. Then Martin spoke to the whole school about wheelchair rugby, his life and achievements. He was inspirational, with his message that you need to take whatever opportunities come your way and focus on the positive. The children raised an incredible total of £966.00 for the charity Sports for Champion! Thank you so much for your donations and thank you to the children for their amazing effort. Martin was blown away with the pupils’ behaviour and attitude and the fabulous donation.

Also today, we have had Red Nose Day combined with Science Day. The pupils have done many fun science activities and experiments, including, creating rainbows, making optical illusions and investigating Mars. The weather has been great and many classes have been outside investigating plants in forest schools. To top it off we have raised money for Comic Relief along the way. The total raised will be shared next week.

I hope everyone can enjoy the better weather that seems to be coming our way and have a safe weekend.

Lynn Deans – Vice Principal. 

Rewards

Stars of the week

Key Stage 1

Mrs Woods – Bentley W

Miss Winn – Freya C

Miss Watson – Ivy-May S

Mrs Brown – Oliver M

Key Stage 2

Mrs Cox – Evelyn B

Miss Baxter – Leland B

Mrs Bradley – Millie B

Miss O’Neill – Kiera L

Mrs Martin – Ruby C

Mr Baxter – Alexander D

Reading

Mrs WoodMrs WatsonMiss WinnMrs BrownMrs CoxMiss BaxterMrs BradleyMiss O’NeillMr BaxterMrs Martin
82%93%73%100%84%97%93%76% 81%95%

Congratulations to Mrs Brown for achieving 100% and Mrs Watson on most improved!

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. Elisha WY6
5. Jasmine MY3
6. Max KY5
7. Vienna HFY5
8. Jack CY6
9. Olly CY6
10. Alicia JY6

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 is18th in local schools. Well done!

News

PE Day changes

PE days will change for the next two weeks as follows:

Monday – Mrs Watson, Mrs Brown, Mrs O’Neill, Miss Baxter,

Tuesday – Mrs Martin, Mrs Woods

Wednesday – Mrs Cox, Miss Winn, Miss O’Neill, Mrs Martin, Mrs Bradley

Thursday – Mrs Bradley, Mr Baxter,

Friday – Mrs Cox, Mr Baxter, Miss Winn

Sponsored Fitness Challenge

Here are the children who have raised the most money for Sports for Champions. Thank you so much for your donations. You will receive your signed photo wallet on Monday in assembly.

Book Face Entries

We are so impressed with the fantastic entries for the book face competition on World Book Day we would like to share them with everyone. Thank you to everyone for taking part and celebrating reading.

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.

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
93% 98%97%96%95%97%93%90% 90%99% 

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

Swimming for Year 5 begins – Please use link below for the Year 5 swimming letter for more details.22.3.22
Maths Day in school23.3.22
Parent Consultations – More details to follow28.4.22-1.4.22
Bikeability for Year 5 – 28th 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

Compass Go, Mental Health Support Team

School are working in partnership with Compass Go (Mental Health Support Team) to support the wellbeing of children, young people and their families.
Compass Go are a new mental health support team who will be working together with your school to help support children and young people’s emotional wellbeing.  As part of this support, they will be looking at how they can help parents/carers to understand the types of mental health and emotional wellbeing difficulties their children may encounter and how best to support them. 
They would really appreciate your views on what support you would find helpful, please click the following link to express your views regarding this matter –  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/3DJ7WYQ

Compass Go Coffee Morning

Speaking to children about the war in Ukraine

The Save the Children Website has some helpful information regarding talking to children about the war in Ukraine. You might find it useful.

https://www.savethechildren.net/news/ukraine-5-ways-talk-children-about-conflict-0

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

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