‘The best that I can be’

Dear parents/ carers,

Despite the cold weather, we have managed to get outside for PE and Forest school this week. The children have been deepening their understanding of the world through their topics: Animals, Water, Guatemala and The United Kingdom. Do ask your children about their learning and encourage them to tell you what they have enjoyed at school this week.


School Council

As you may know, the school council are becoming even more active this year. The council, chaired by Head Girl, Scarlett and supported by Head Boy, William, have organised some fundraising events for this term. All money raised will go towards the playground project (more news on this soon). The first event is a Valentine themed cake sale, to take place next Friday. Posters will be around the school next week. Please send cake donations in on Friday morning. Your child should need around 50p to make a purchase.

The next event is a ‘Movie Night’ on Friday 5th February. The children will pay £3.50 to watch the film ‘Big Hero 6’ and eat popcorn. The last event will take place during the last week before half term and will be an international day/afternoon with non-school uniform. More information will follow on this event.


Friends of Dame Tipping

Please come along to the extraordinary meeting of the Friends (PTA) just after 9am on Monday 1st February. We are hoping to elect a new Chair and Vice Chair and are very keen to get new people on board to build on the excellent work of Danielle and Michelle. The Friends are a vital part of our work at Dame Tipping, especially as we try to raise funds for our new play equipment. If you are not able to stand for one of the roles, please do come along, as we would like as many people’s input as possible.


Attendance and Medical advice

Your child will come home with some documents from our attendance and welfare service today. The fridge magnet gives you a reminder of expected levels of attendance and the medical pack gives you advice on when you should and shouldn’t keep your child off school for medical reasons. I hope these documents will help us to work together to improve our attendance further. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions.



Attendance for each class this week:

Reception- 95.33%; Class 1 and 2-% 97; Class 3 and 4- 97.24%; Class 5 and 6-94.33 %




Commendations this week went to Jack Percival, for working hard in Maths ; Bonny-Blu Kedadi, for being helpful ; Deborah Ajayi, for mature handwriting ; Jack Wallis, for amazing addition ; Rhys Hayes, for trying really hard to do cursive writing and Kitty Higgins, for always being very kind to her friends and helping them when they need it.

Well done to all of you !


Work of the Week

Class 5 and 6 work of the week was awarded to Finlay McKeown for his atmospheric story opening, Class 3 and 4’s to Sidney Turrell for her research on Guatemala, Class 1 and 2’s was awarded to Kitty Jerrett for her carefully thought out descriptive poem and Reception’s to Stevie Makepeace for writing a great fact about penguins.


Gold Book

Well done to Fibian McKenzie, Adaora Emechebe, Miller Davis, Caleb Chen, Chidi Emechebe, Lexi Webb, Tommy Randall and Kai Davis  for earning their place in this week’s Gold Book for excellent learning behaviour.


Dates for the diary:

  • Monday 25th January 2016- Parents’ Meeting for Kingswood Residential 4.15pm (Y5 and 6)
  • Friday 28th January- Cake Sale (school council event) Break time
  • Monday 1st February- Friends of Dame Tipping extraordinary meeting 9.15am
  • Thursday 4th February-Wednesday 10th February- Book Fair 3-4pm
  • Friday 5th February- Movie Night (school council event) 3pm-5pm
  • Tuesday 23rd February- Parents’ evening 2pm-6.30pm

Mrs. Kathryn Waters

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