Newsletter 26: 21st April 2017

Welcome back and I hope you all had a lovely Easter. I would like to take this opportunity to thank parents for their ongoing support of our school. As I am sure you have heard in the press, times are very challenging for schools at the moment: with budget cuts, high-stakes testing, a crisis in teacher recruitment and retention and a lack of adequate funding for pupils with additional needs, we are under a lot of pressure. Please rest assured that all staff and governors are committed to providing the best quality education for your children, despite the challenges we face.

Go, Mrs. Omodara!

We wish Mrs. Omodara every success in running the London Marathon on Sunday. Please see her message below:

Thank you to everyone who has brought in their Mini Marathon sponsorship money so far – we have already raised over £400 for Campus Children’s Holidays. If your child has not brought their sponsorship money in yet, please make sure they do so by next Friday 28th April, when we will be giving out prizes in assembly. If you would like to track me in the London Marathon on Sunday, you can download the official Virgin Money London Marathon app, search for me by name or running number and add me to your favourites. The app will let you know when I start and finish, as well as where I am on the route and how far I have left to run. If anyone is going to watch the race, please let me know where you’re planning to stand so I can look out for you. It will definitely help to have some friendly faces in the crowd. Thank you all for your support. Mrs. Omodara (54879)

Parents Meetings

Thank you for coming to the parents meetings yesterday. If you were unable to attend, you should receive an information letter today. Class 3/4 will have their meeting next Thursday after school.

SQUID Payments

Please ensure that you top up with a sufficient amount of money to cover your child’s dinners. The school does not have surplus funds to cover meals taken by pupils which have not been paid for. If you have surplus dinner tickets, they should all be brought into school in a named envelope so that your account will be credited. Please note: the school no longer sells drinks with lunch, but water is always available. Unfortunately, we are not able to take payment for other products, such as visits and clubs at the present time, but hope to in the very near future.

Young Scientists

Class 3 & 4 had a great day visiting the Science Museum yesterday. We explored some of the galleries before visiting the Wonderlab, where the children got to take part in over fifty different experiments. We finished off by watching a show about electricity. The children’s behaviour was exceptional and they were a real credit to the school.

Class Dojo

If you have not already signed up to class Dojo, please do so. Teachers are increasingly using Dojo to communicate messages, so please check daily if possible.

Commendations

Congratulations to these children who received commendations this week: The whole of class 3 and 4, for their impeccable behaviour on their trip to the Science Museum; Sadie Turrell, for showing kindness to other children on the trip; Fern Collins, for a detailed oral retelling of the Easter story; Rhys Hayes, for scoring the most Dojo points; Ella Murch, for always having a positive attitude towards learning and Ruby Walton, for completing all her SATs revision booklets over the Easter holidays.

Work of the Week

Reception: Isabelle Mahoney- writing a fantastic list of things she would like to take on an adventure to space.

Class 1/2: Oscar Knight-including questions and exclamations in his story writing.

Class 5/6: Freddie French- writing an excellent letter as a character from our class novel.

Achievements

Congratulations to Fibian McKenzie, who passed her LAMDA Speaking Verse and Prose grade 1 examination with a distinction (95%). Well done also to Willow Snell for passing her level 8 and Imogen her level 7 in gymnastics and to Abigail Lee for winning ‘player of the week’ at football.

Attendance

Reception: 92.75%; Class 1 and 2: 92.41%; Class 3 and 4 : 97.92% ; Class 5 and 6 : 98.15%

Dates for the diary:

  • Thursday 27th April- Class 3/4 parents meeting
  • Monday 1st May- Bank holiday
  • Thursday 4th May- School closed to pupils- Polling Day
  • Friday 5th May- Nurse Drop-in session (8.30am)
  • Monday 8th May- KS2 SATs week begins
  • Thursday 8th June- School closed to pupils- General Election
  • Friday 16th June- Secondary Transfer Meeting for Year 5 Parents

 

Mrs. Kathryn Waters

 

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