Newsletter 14: 16th December 2016

 ‘The best that I can be’

We had a truly magical week this week at Dame Tipping, as we prepared for Christmas together.

The school and the Reception and KS1 parents were treated to a truly outstanding performance of ‘Strictly Comes to Bethlehem’- the nativity story with a twist ! The school choir sang beautifully at Saint Francis Hospice for the day patients at their Christmas party and the week finished today with ‘Everybody Writes Day’- where all the children were involved in solving a (fictional) Christmas crime.

Christmas Fayre

Thank you to everyone who came and supported the Friends of Dame Tipping Christmas Fayre last Friday. It was a very enjoyable event. We will let you know very soon how much money was raised. The Friends made it possible for us to heavily subsidise the visit to the Brentwood Theatre.

Infant Nativity

Miss North’s class and Mrs McCormack’s class performed their nativity called ‘Strictly Come to Bethlehem’ to the school as well as to two packed audiences of parents on Tuesday and Wednesday.  There were lots of different styles of dancing including a line dance, a tango and an angel ballet.  The funky camels and kings were very entertaining and all the children did very well indeed.  Sales of our programme and photos raised a fantastic £148 for Crisis at Christmas.  This means that we can fund 6 people in having hot meals, medical care and a warm place to be this Christmas.  Thank you for your generous support.

Building Bridges

Here are the very impressive winning teams of the class 5 and 6 bridge building competition.

bridge 1 bridge 2

Gifts and Cards

Thank you, on behalf of myself and the staff, for all the Christmas cards and gifts you have given us.

Forest School

Forest school for year 2 will take place on Monday morning. Please remind your children to bring their wellies home in case you need them over the holidays.

Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Lunch

The children will be wearing their Christmas jumpers on Monday, as they will be having a Christmas lunch together. They should wear their school uniforms with their Christmas jumpers. If your child has no Christmas jumper, but has a Christmas top or t-shirt, they may wear that instead of their school shirt. This is just for fun, so children will not need to donate any money.

Christmas Service

I hope that you will join us at St. John’s church from 1.30pm next Tuesday (20th December). The children may be taken home from the church straight after the service. If you are not attending, please ensure that you collect your child from the church by 2.30pm.

Havering Catering Services Dinner Tickets

We do not yet have the facilities for you to pay for school lunches electronically. If you call to buy tickets from Havering, please inform them of this. We are hoping that the electronic system ‘Squid Pay’ will be up and running very early in the new term and will inform you as soon as it is ready to use.


Commendations this week went to: the choir, for their performance at Saint Francis Hospice which reflected so many of our school values ; Amber Gordon, for her exemplary attitude towards learning- a great role model for the school ; Abigail Lee, for her perseverance and hard work to improve her academic performance in all lessons ; Elena Marshall, for always trying her best in all she does ; Aaliyah Bimpong, for always going out of her way to be kind and helpful ; Eva Ali, for always being so kind and caring to her friends ; Isabelle Mahoney, for always trying her best in all activities and Ellie Allen-Moss, for an excellent term’s work. Well done, everyone!

Work of the Week

Reception : Ava Shorter- for writing an excellent sentence about baby Jesus.

Class 1 and 2 : Adaora Emechebe- for lovely story writing with a range of punctuation.

Class 3 and 4 : Sadie Turrell- for brilliant independent writing about ‘The Snowman’.

Class 5 and 6 : Tami Quadri- for the excellent effort put into all her practice tests last week.


Mojola Awosan earned her 15m swimming certificate this week. Kai Boorman earned his yellow belt in karate. Very impressive!

Headteacher’s Award

This week, Bradley Allen-Guinane was awarded the Headteacher’s award for living up to our school motto: ‘The best that I can be’.


Reception: 98.13%; Class 1 and 2: 97.93%; Class 3 and 4 : 95.83% ; Class 5 and 6 :98.52%

A big improvement on last week. Well done, everyone !

Dates for the diary:

  • Monday 19th December- Christmas lunch
  • Tuesday 20th December- Christmas Church Service- 1.30pm St. John’s Church

I would like to wish you and your families a peaceful, happy Christmas. I hope that you will have a chance to spend quality time together and to rest and relax as a family.

Mrs. Kathryn Waters


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