Newsletter 3: 18th September 2015

‘The best that I can be’

Dear parents/ carers,

We have had a really lovely week this week. The Reception children are now in all day and the other children are getting into their topics and doing some fantastic work. We are really focusing in collective worship, RE and in class on our Core Christian Value of ‘Friendship’, so please talk to your children at the weekend about what they have learnt. We are also encouraging all children to become more independent learners. Maybe you could ask them about the ‘3 before me’ rule.

 

Harvest Festival

Our annual Harvest Festival has been confirmed for Thursday 22nd October in the morning at St. John the Evangelist Church. More details to follow.

 

Coffee Morning

Thank you to those who organised and supported the Friends of Dame Tipping coffee morning.

Please look in the newsletter for information about future dates for events and meetings. The Friends also have a Facebook page which includes up to date news.

 

Parking

Some of you may have seen the police officers who were monitoring the parking outside the school on Thursday. The way some parents park is frustrating for the school and for local residents, as well as being a potential danger to our children. Please do not park on the pavement, or on the blind bends near the school. Parking tickets will be issued to those parking illegally. If at all possible, please walk to school or park further away from school and walk up. The officers also came to school later in the day to monitor the speed of cars driving past. Cars were not speeding excessively, but I think there is a case for reducing the speed limit outside the school at peak times. I will pursue this with the local council. Thank you for your support and co-operation with this.

 

Out of School Clubs

From time to time, companies and clubs ask us to hand out leaflets for their services (such as Rugby/Karate etc…). We are happy to hand out such leaflets and keep you informed about what is available. However, it is important for parents to realise that they must take responsibility for checking that those who will be working with their children have had the correct clearance to work with children and the correct qualifications.

 

Attendance

Classes 1 & 2 and 3 & 4 had excellent attendance this week at 99.3 and 99.6%. Class 5&6 had 97.3% and Reception had 96.4%. I hope that we can continue to reach and exceed our attendance goals for this school year.

Persistent Absenteeism

Persistent Absentees (PA) are defined as those pupils missing around 10% or more of their possible sessions at school. Please see below for the number of sessions which meet this threshold.

 

Terms PA @ 10%
TERM 1 7 or more sessions
TERM 1& 2 14 or more sessions
TERM 1, 2 & 3 20 or more sessions
TERM 1, 2, 3 & 4 25 or more sessions
TERM 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5 31 or more sessions
TERM 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 38 or more sessions

 

Achievements

Well done to Scarlett Blackshaw for coming first in the Junior Ladies category in her recent archery competition.

Congratulations to Neve Collins for winning a Bronze medal in her swimming gala.

 

Pen Licence

Congratulations to Tami Quadri for earning her pen licence this week. Pen licences are awarded to children for consistenly neat, cursive writing.

 

Commendations

Zachary Teshola, Fibian McKenzie, Sidney Turrell, Stevie Makepeace, Freddy Parrish, Kai Boorman, Caleb Chan, Kitan Sosanya and Sidonie Holmes,

Well done, everyone !

 

Gold Book

Congratulations to Lexi Webb, Tobi Oyetunde, Tiffany Sosanya, Amber Gordon,

Jack Robinson (twice), Bradley Allen-Guinane (twice), Scarlett Kedadi, George Dignum, Mikey Snow and Freddie French for earning their place in the Gold Book. They have all displayed excellent learning behaviour.

 

Dates for the diary:

  • Wednesday 23rd September- School Nurse Drop In 8.30am
  • Tuesday 6th October ‘Termly Learning Conference’ parents evenings 2.00-6.30pm
  • Thursday 22nd October- Harvest Festival at St. John the Evangelist Church 9.30am

 

Mrs. Kathryn Waters

The Christian value we are learning about this term is ‘Friendship’