Newsletter 18: 1st February 2019

Newsletter 18: 1st February 2019
‘The best that I can be’
What an exciting week we’ve had at Dame Tipping. We have had lots of opportunities to be creative and to learn from hands on experience, both outdoors and in. We believe it is so important that children get to explore and to use their imagination: it really does make their learning not just fun, but more meaningful so that they are to remember what they have learnt.

The Great Royal Bake Off
This morning, I am delighted to say that 8 children took part in ‘The Great Royal Bake Off’ and have achieved an amazing 2nd place. They also won first place for presentation. This competition took place at Frances Bardsley Academy and was organised by the Head of Margaretting C of E Primary School (also part of the LIFE Education Trust). I’m sure you can all agree that the Dame Tipping children deserve a round of applause for taking part in this amazing competition. The children were so well behaved and polite- a real credit to our school.

Young Voices at the O2 Arena
What a fabulous night!
The children in Years 3-6 had an opportunity to sing with 8000 other children, as well as professional singers such as Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet. The children behaved very well, despite the long day and they sang their hearts out during the evening performance.
Thank you to all the adults who gave up their evening to enable the children to take part in this event.

Uniform Consultation
The school uniform consultation will take place on Thursday 7th February at 9am in the school hall. I look forward to hearing your views on how we can improve our school uniform in the future.

INSET Day
Apologies for the short notice, but the school will be closed to the children on Wednesday 27th February to enable the staff to take part in a training day. We are not being used as a polling station this year, so this INSET day is the 5th one (that was not set at the beginning of the year).

HABCOS Traffic Meeting
HABCOS will be meeting about the traffic outside the school at 5.30pm on Friday 1st March at the Education Centre at St. Francis Hospice. Andrew Rosindell, the local MP and members of the local council will be present. We would like as many of your views as possible regarding the traffic in the village, including parking issues and the speed at which drivers drive through. If you would like to have an input into the meeting, please come along, or alternatively put your views in writing and give them to Verity Collins (either in person or via the school office).

Attendance
Reception and 1 : 91.29 % ; Class 2 : 99.29% ; Class 3 and 4 :96.21% ; Class 5 and 6 :90.36%
Let’s hope that we have all recovered next week and that attendance in all classes reaches our 97% target.

Work of the Week
Reception/Year 1- Corie Singleton, for an excellent effort in Phonics.
Class 2- Kayan Pokar for his fantastic story writing, vocabulary choices and sentence structure and Sian Stafford for her determination and drive to improve her handwriting.
Class 3/4- George Viney, for excellent work in Topic.
Class 5/6- Mojola Awosan, for a creatively written narrative and well-chosen vocabulary.

Commendations
Reception/Year 1- Zack Stafford: For fantastic team work at Forest School.
Class 2- Blake Turner for his fantastic attitude to his work and for persevering even when he finds it tricky.
Class 3/4- Rhys Hayes, for helping lots of his peers with their Maths this week.
Class 5/6- Lexi P, for great writing and editing.

Achievements
Congratulations to Ella and Emily Murch for earning their 300m swimming medals, to
Sapphire Hagon for coming 4th Place in her trampolining competition and to Willow Snell and Emily Murch for achieving their Stage 4 Swimming certificates and badges.

Dates for the Diary
Termly Learning Conferences- Tuesday 26th February 2019
INSET day- Children not in school- Wednesday 27th February 2019
Friday 1st March- HABCOS meeting about the traffic outside the school- 5.30pm Education Centre St. Francis Hospice

Dates for the Diary from the Friends of Dame Tipping
Family Bingo- 1st March 2019
Mothers’ Day Breakfast- 29th March 2019
Fathers’ Day breakfast- 14th June 2019