Newsletter 27: 3rd May 2019

‘The best that I can be’

Welcome back and I hope you all had a lovely break. We were really blessed with the weather over the Easter weekend, so I hope you all managed to get out and enjoy it. The children have settled back well and have been taking part in some fantastic learning opportunities, including planting seeds and flowers and creating their own board games. The Year 6 pupils have been completing practice SATs papers and have been very focused. I am sure that all their hard work and that of the adults working with them will pay off when they take their real tests in 2 weeks’ time.

Polling Day

The school will be used as a polling station on Thursday 23rd May. The late notice is due to the fact that the European elections are now taking place because of the delay to Brexit. I am hopeful that an alternative polling station will be found in the village so that future elections will not necessitate the school closing. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

An Evening of Song with Dame Tipping Gospel Choir (and friends!)

On Wednesday 22nd May at 6.30pm in St. John’s church, Dame Tipping Gospel Choir are presenting an evening of song. The children’s choir will also be taking part and there will be solo performances from Bethany Rose, the choir’s director. The event is a fundraiser for the school, so please come and support if you can. Tickets will be on sale from next week (£5 for adults and £3 for children, including refreshments).

Summer Uniform

The children should wear their summer uniform after the Easter holiday. Please remember that this no longer includes a polo shirt. Children may wear short sleeved shirts with their ties, shorts or a yellow school dress or playsuit (school uniform style). Please note that white cardigans and sandals are no longer permitted. When the sun comes out, children will need their school baseball caps whenever they are outside, so please ensure your child has a named school cap in school every day.

Meeting with the Secretary of State for Education

Next Wednesday, I will be visiting the Houses of Parliament, along with some other Havering Headteachers, to meet with the Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds. This is an opportunity to highlight the budget crisis our schools are facing and hopefully to help him to understand the challenges we are all facing to deliver the high quality of education that your children deserve.

SATs Breakfast Club

We are inviting all children in Year 6 to attend a special breakfast club, free of charge, on Monday to Wednesday of SATs week (13th-16th May). Please bring your Year 6 child in for this if you possibly can.

Clubs Payments

All children who have applied for clubs have been allocated places.

Please could you ensure that you pay for clubs before they attend. Mrs Wakeman has put 2 offers on Squid- 1 for sports clubs and one for all other clubs. Thank you for your co-operation.


Reception and 1 : 98.06% ; Class 2 :100% ; Class 3 and 4 : 96.54% ; Class 5 and 6 : 99.64  %

A very good week. Well done again, in particular, to Class 2!

Work of the Week

Reception/Year 1- Jake Allen-Moss, for his enthusiasm in learning about our new topic and carrying on his learning at home independently.

Class 2- Beau Maskell, for showing all of our core Christian values every single day in everything she does.

Class 3/4- Rhys Hayes, for excellent work in maths.

Class 5/6- Lou Lou French, for a well-written mystery story.


Reception/Year 1- Noah Chen for great independent maths investigations in the outdoor area and William Davis for a fantastic effort to learn new sounds.

Class 2- Blake Turner for his times tables work this week.

Class 3/4- Naa-Dedei Osaji-Okai for showing kindness to others.

Class 5/6- Jamie Goodman, for an outstanding grammar and spelling score; Zachary Teshola, for an outstanding maths score and Jack Percival, for an outstanding reading score.

Well done to all the year 6s this week, who have worked very hard and shown great determination and concentration.  I am very proud of them all because everyone has tried really hard, stayed positive and focused and done their very best. Mrs McCormack


Well done to Miller Davis for earning his yellow belt in kick boxing ; to Ella Murch for achieving distinction in her modern and ballet exams and her orange belt in karate and to Michelle Nemhara for winning a medal in her classical ballet competition.

Dates for the Diary

Wednesday 22nd May- Dame Tipping Gospel Choir presents an evening of song at St. John’s Church 6.30pm

Thursday 23rd May- SCHOOL CLOSED for polling day

Dates for the Diary from the Friends of Dame Tipping

Fathers’ Day breakfast- 14th June 2019


Mrs. Kathryn Waters

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