Newsletter 20: 15th February 2019

‘The best that I can be’

FBA Year2  Games Festival

Year 2 had a fabulous time participating at the Frances Bardsley Games Festival yesterday. They participated in a number of sports activities including: basketball, football and tennis.  They approached every activity with enthusiasm and energy. They were a credit to our school. Well done Year 2.

Charity Fundraiser

Fern and Fae, who organised our non-uniform day for Children with Cancer UK, were so delighted with the response. Thanks to your generosity, they raised £185.74. What a fabulous way to end our this half term.

World Book Day

We will be celebrating world book day on the 7th of March. The Theme this year is ‘Let’s share a story’.  The children are invited to dress up as their favourite book character and bring in their favourite book to share in class. The children will participate in a number of reading activities throughout the day and have lots of fun.

Read for Good Readathon

We will be participating in the Read for Good Readathon from 1st-8th March. The children are encouraged to read as much as possible for the week and to gain sponsorship money for doing so. The money raised will go towards purchasing new books for children in local hospitals and as a school we will receive 20% of the amount raised in book vouchers. Children who participate will be put into a draw and three lucky winners will receive a book.  We hope that the children will not only be able to raise money for this cause but also have fun doing so!

School Uniform

An updated uniform list will be published after half term (with minimal changes). In the meantime, please can you ensure that your children come back after the holiday wearing a shirt and tie (except Reception), the correct school cardigan or jumper and the correct shoes (not trainers). We need to ensure that all pupils take pride in their uniform and that the way they present themselves reflects well on the school. Please do not purchase any more polo shirts or PE t-shirts at this stage. Thank you for your co-operation.


I would like to remind parents that the school will be closed to the children on Wednesday 27th February to enable the staff to take part in a training day.

Termly Learning Conferences

Please make sure that you have returned your slips for the Termly Learning Conference or Termly Learning Conference Plus. If you have an issue with the times or date, please contact your child’s class teacher to let them know so that it can be arranged. We expect all parents to attend these meetings.

There will be after school care on Tuesday, but NO after school/sports clubs.

HABCOS Traffic Meeting

HABCOS will be meeting about the traffic outside the school at 5.30pm on Friday 1st March at the Education Centre at St. Francis Hospice. Andrew Rosindell, the local MP and members of the local council will be present. We would like as many of your views as possible regarding the traffic in the village, including parking issues and the speed at which drivers drive through. If you would like to have an input into the meeting, please come along, or alternatively put your views in writing and give them to Verity Collins (either in person or via the school office). As you know, there have been several accidents on North Road recently and we really want to get something done before any further accidents occur, so your support would be most welcome.


Reception and 1 : 92.90% % ; Class 2 : 98.57 % ; Class 3 and 4 : 97.24% ; Class 5 and 6 :95.71%

Bugs and Viruses

Whilst we are always striving for excellent attendance, there are times when children should be kept off school, namely when they have a contagious virus or a sickness bug. The guidance and our school policy state that children should stay off school for 48 hours after their last bout of sickness or diarrhoea. This is to prevent other children and staff becoming ill.

Term Time Dates

The term dates and INSET days for 2019-20 have now been published on our school website. Please check the dates carefully before booking any holidays. Once again, other local boroughs have holidays which slightly differ from Havering. The October half term is in a different week to Essex, for example. The school cannot authorise holidays during term time, even if they are booked at the wrong time by mistake.

Work of the Week

Reception/Year 1- Molly Percival for writing a fantastic set of rules that she would implement if she was to become Queen

Class 2- Alicia Moran for her hard work researching her chosen country and using the information to write a SPECTACULAR innovated story.

Class 3/4- Daniel Roberts, fo joining in with all activities and for very good behaviour on the class trip to Bedfords Park.

Class 5/6- Elena Marshall, for a very well written short story.


Reception/Year 1- Lenny Sains for writing an exciting story about a Knight for his homework task

​Jack Bartram for a great attitude towards learning this week

Class 2- All of Year 2 for showing all of the Core Christian Values at the FBA Sports festival.

Class 3/4- Rhiannon Geca, for trying her best in all her work, right up to her last daya t the school.

Class 5/6- Lexi Webb, enthusiastic writing and an impressive amount of hard work; Sophia Louise Turner, for writing a detailed story setting and Aaliyah Bimpong, for great arithmetic.

Well done to Lenny Sains, for achieving his level 2 swimming certificate and to Sinade, for passing her Level 1 and Level 2 swimming.

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 26th February 2019- Termly Learning Conferences

Wednesday 27th February 2019- INSET day- Children not in school

Friday 1st March- HABCOS meeting about the traffic outside the school- 5.30pm Education Centre St. Francis Hospice

Dates for the Diary from the Friends of Dame Tipping

Family Bingo- 1st March 2019

Mothers’ Day Breakfast- 29th March 2019

Fathers’ Day breakfast- 14th June 2019


I would like to wish you all a happy, restful half term break, full of fun times with your families.

           K. Waters

Mrs. Kathryn Waters



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