Newsletter 11: 23rd November 2018

‘The best that I can be’

Supporting our Local Community

A choir from class 5 and 6 sang at Queen’s hospital on Wednesday afternoon, in order to raise money for the children’s ward. They were in fine voice and were a credit to the school in terms of their behaviour.

Reindeer Run 2018

We had great fun running across the fields for our Reindeer Run this afternoon. Thank you to Mrs Squirrell for organising it. Thank you so much for your very generous sponsorship of this event. The reindeer run proceeds will support a campaign to provide all children in-patients across the hospitals with a present at Christmas. Please return your sponsor forms on Monday if you haven’t already done so. We will announce the grand total next week.

Children in Need

We raised over £150 for Children in Need. Thank you for your generosity.

Nurse Drop-In

The school nurse will be dropping in to meet parents from 8.30am on Tuesday 27th November. She will have with her our school’s mental health support worker who will be happy to talk to you about any concerns you have over your child’s mental health and wellbeing. Please do make use of this opportunity.

Online Safety and Gaming

Recently, I attended a talk by Lorin LaFave of the Breck Foundation. Her family faced tragedy due to her son meeting someone online whilst gaming. During the talk, she stressed the importance of parents working together to keep their children safe online. Many children will tell their parents ‘all my friends play this game or use this app’ and parents often feel that their child will be left out if they do not let them play. Sadly, this leads to children playing inappropriate games and engaging in risky online behaviour. Apps and games, such as ‘Fortnite’ have an age limit for a reason and they are not appropriate for Primary aged children. Please think carefully about what your children do online and make sure that you are fully aware of what they are accessing and how this could affect their mental health and wellbeing.


Reception and 1 :98% ; Class 2 : 100% ; Class 3 and 4 :97.93% ; Class 5 and 6 : 98.52%

Well done ! What great attendance this week !

Work of the Week

Reception/Year 1- India Walsh-Farren for fantastic sounding out in phonics.

Class 2- Michelle Nehmara for her great attitude to learning.

Class 3/4- Rhys Hayes for consistently high scores in weekly arithmetic tests.

Class 5/6- Aaron Hick for writing an excellent formal letter.


Reception/Year 1- Noah Chen for his independence in Maths work, inckluding division and Emily Murch for her fantastic attitude to learning.

Class 2- Willow Snell for demonstrating the core Christian values by helping a friend in need at Forest School.

Class 3/4- Poppy Whitcombe for always working hard and haveing an excellent attitude to learning.

Class 5/6- Jamie Goodman for consistenly putting all his effoer into his work.


Congratulations to Sapphire Hagon for winning a gold and a bronze medal in the Southend singing festival ; to Jack Wallace for winning man of the match in his team’s football match ; to Emily Murch for achieving her Level 4 trampolining badge and to Aaron Hick, for coming 3rd in Havering when running in the London Youth Games. What amazing achievements !

Pen Licences

Congratulations to Rhiannon Geca and Sinade Singleton, for earning their pen licences for their consistently neat, joined handwriting.

Headteachers Award

The Headteacher’s award went to Zachary Teshola for living out the school’s core Christian values and for his contributions to school life.

Well done to you all!


Friends of Dame Tipping.



We are holding our AGM meeting on Thursday 29th November , starting at 7:30PM at the Orange Tree Pub. All parents are welcome to attend.


Thursday 6th December – Beauty and the Beast pantomime – performed to the children in the church hall. All costs of the performance covered by Friends of Dame Tipping.


Wednesday 5th December, we will be working with the teachers to provide the children with an in school Christmas Fayre from 2-4pm. More details to follow soon.


Please could you send your child in with a chocolate donation (big or small!) next week. Thank you








Dates for the Diary

Friday 23rd November- ‘Kids on the Catwalk’ St John’s Church Hall- 6.30pm

Tuesday 27th November-  Nurse drop-in with Mental Health worker.

Saturday 1st December- LIFE Carol Concert at Frances Bardsley Academy- 7pm

Wednesday 5th December- Christmas Fayre PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

Thursday 6th December- Forest School ‘after dark’ YEAR 2 ONLY- 5pm

Wednesday 12th December- School Christmas lunch (with Christmas jumpers)

Wednesday 12th December- Christmas Carol Evening with Dame Tipping Gospel Choir- 6pm

St John’s Church

Thursday 13th December 2018- Reception, 1 and 2 Nativity- 1.30pm

Monday 17th December 2018- Class 5 and 6 Pantomime- 6pm


           K. Waters

Mrs. Kathryn Waters



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