Newsletter 20: 2nd February 2018

‘The best that I can be’

A Special Visitor

The children and staff made me feel so proud today. Tim Elbourne, Director of Education for the Diocese visited our school, along with our Diocesan adviser and 2 local Head Teachers. They were all very impressed with the children’s focus and how well they spoke about their learning.
Reverend Elbourne said ‘This is a cracking school. The children are great. I look forward to when the sun shines on your new veranda!’.

Thank You, Friends!

Sincere thanks go to the Friends of Dame Tipping, who donated these wonderful toys to the children. They have worked very hard over the last year to raise money in order to give our children these little extras, as well as subsidising our theatre visit in December. If you are interested in supporting the school through fundraising, please speak to Kay Percival, Louise Garwood or any of the Friends and visit their Facebook page for further information.

Kingswood Deposits

Just a reminder to Class 5 and 6 parents that the second Kingswood deposit of £50 is now overdue. Please ensure that this is paid as soon as possible, as we need to pay second deposits to Kingswood. The full balance is due by 16th April. Please ask Mrs Wakeman if you are not sure how much you still need to pay.

Grand Opening Rescheduled

Sadly, we were unable to have our Grand Opening this morning, as the outside area was not completed sufficiently in order to have photographs taken. The inside of the building is very near completion and we will invite parents in after half term to see the completed works. It is very disappointing that the work has taken so long to complete, but myself and the builders are determined that the school will be finished to the high standard that our children deserve. Hot school meal service will also commence after half term, where there will be an opportunity for children to sample the food from the menu.

After School Care Reminder

Please remember that after half term, After School Care will finish at 4pm on Mondays and Fridays. This is due to the fact that we did not have enough children attending on the days to pay the staff.
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the provision will finish at 6pm. Please ensure that you have alternative childcare arrangements in place.

Work of the Week

Reception- Lenny Sains for working hard to find out facts about polar bears.
Class 1&2- Eva Ali for her participation and willingness in English.
Class 3&4- Milo Shorter for excellent reasoning skills in Maths, for fantastic times tables knowledge and for responding well to feedback.
Class 5&6- Jack Percival for writing a very amusing, rhyming cautionary tale.
Well done, everyone!


Reception- Thea Shorter for being kind and caring to her peers and Noah Chen for excellent, independent writing in phonics.
Class 1&2- Nathan Hughes for being an excellent role model.
Class 3&4- Paul Olusegun and Jack Wallis for being kind, encouraging and supportive in running club.
Class 5&6- Fibian McKenzie for accurate spelling in her dictation sentences.


Well done to the following children :
Tyler Randall, for achieving his stage 2 swimming award, Rhiannon Geca for achieving her stage 4 swimming award, Poppy Whitcombe for achieving distinction in her modern theatre grade 1 dance exam and merit in her tap exam and Kesiah Hughes for swimming 600 metres.

Ms Holmes gave a special mention to all the year 2 children who attended the sports event at
Frances Bardsley Academy on Tuesday : they were a real credit to the school.


Reception- 100% ; Class 1&2- 98% ; Class 3&4- 97.86% ; Class 5&6- 95.2%
Great job again, Reception !

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 6th February- KS2 Young Voices at the O2.
Tuesday 6th February- Safer Internet Day.

Friday 9th February- Crazy Hair Day (£2 suggested donation)
Tuesday 20th February- Termly learning conferences for all year groups by appointment (2-7pm)

Mrs. Kathryn Waters

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