Newsletter 13: 9th December 2016

 ‘The best that I can be’

Through the Looking Glass

The whole school had a fantastic time at Brentwood Theatre yesterday, watching ‘Through the Looking Glass’. I hope all your children have told you about the show. Every child was given a voucher for a free child’s ticket if you would like to go again as a family.

Forest Club

At the last Year 5/6 Forest Club yesterday, the children were able to choose their favourite activities : lighting fires, carving arrows and making a rope swing were all topped off with delicious hot chocolate and biscuits. Year 3 and 4 will have the chance to attend Forest Club next term.


Mathletics Results

In total the school earned 375,165 points and spent 299 hours and 10 minutes doing Mathletics! We finished the challenge 8th out of 452 schools. Very impressive!

48 children earned at least 1,000 points with many scoring many more. The winners in each year group were:

Year 1 – Tom Marshall, 9,683 points

Year 2 – Poppy Whitcombe 2,022 points

Year 3 – Deborah Ajayi, 39,908 points

Year 4 – Elena Marshall, 43,881 points

Year 5 – Ruth Airen, 14,693 points

Year 6 – Finlay McKeown, 31,347 points

School Uniform

Most children are now wearing smart, correct uniform. Thank you for your part in this. If your child does not have a school shirt and tie, please ensure that you purchase them over the Christmas holidays. Reception children may wear polo shirts all year round.


The Infant Nativity will be performed next week on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th December at 1.30pm.  If parents of children performing still need tickets please see Mrs McCormack.  We have a few remaining tickets; spare tickets will then be offered to those who would like to bring an extra family member.  You will be welcome to take your child home once they are changed if you are in the audience that afternoon, together with siblings if this is more convenient for you.

We have taken group photos of the children dressed up in their nativity costumes to make into a programme.  These will be on sale at the entrance, on the performance afternoons for £1 and the money donated to Crisis at Christmas.

Parents will be welcome to take their own photos after the performance is over but the group photos will be on display at the nativity if you would like to purchase one.  These will be laminated and are priced at £2 each.  Money will be taken with the order and photos given to the children to bring home.

The children have been working very hard on their songs, dances and lines.  Thank you for your support in helping them.  We are very much looking forward to performing for you next week.


Commendations this week went to: Bradley Allen Guinane, for his consistently positive attitude towards learning ; Elaina Goodison, for the energy and effort she puts into all of her work ; Brooke Thorne, for fast and accurate number bonds in fast maths ; Kitty Jerrett, for using interesting adjectives in her writing ; Kai Davis and Zachary Teshola, for excellent effort when using mathletics ; Caiden Boorman, for playing nicely and being kind to his friends and Evie Williams, for excellent sounding out and blending in phonics. Well done, everyone!

Pen Licences

Last week, pen licences were awarded to Albert Gilbert and Oliver Mahoney for consistently neat, joined writing.

Work of the Week

Class 3 and 4 : Lexi Webb- brilliant, independent factor bugs in maths.

Class 5 and 6 : Mikey Snow and David Prim- good teamwork when completing the bridge challenge.


Well done to Lexi Webb for achieving her level 3 swimming badge and Jack Webb for achieving his level 1 swimming badge.


Reception: 100%; Class 1 and 2: 90.69%; Class 3 and 4 : 92.08% ; Class 5 and 6 :97.78%

Well done to Reception for 100% this week. Unfortunately, some parents are still taking their children out of school for unauthorised holidays- hence the low attendance in classes 1/2 and 3/4. Please only take your children on holiday during the 13 dedicated school holiday weeks ; children with low attendance make slower progress than those with good attendance. We can’t teach them if they are not here !

Dates for the diary:

  • Friday 9th December- School Christmas Fayre in the church hall- 3-6pm
  • Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th December- Reception and KS1 Nativity- 1.30pm
  • Monday 19th December- Christmas lunch
  • Tuesday 20th December- Christmas Church Service- 1.30pm St. John’s Church

Mrs. Kathryn Waters

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