Newsletter 3: 15th September 2017

‘The best that I can be’

But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20)

The children have had a very exciting first full week at school. Our new Reception children have settled very quickly and the rest of the children have produced excellent, creative work around our whole school topic of ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare. Class 5 and 6 visited the Imperial War Museum yesterday, as a stimulus for a collaborative project with the Ascension Church, which will commemorate local men who were killed whilst serving during WW1.

‘Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises…’

Here are just a couple of highlights from our performances of ‘The Tempest’ by William Shakespeare. I was very impressed with the children’s concentration and creativity.

School Uniform

I would like to apologise for the confusion caused around which school uniform children should be wearing. I asked at the end of term that the children wear summer uniform until half term, however, the information that went out with your forms said that children could wear winter uniform from the beginning of this term. Due to the cold weather, many parents have decided to dress their children in winter uniform from the beginning of term. For this half term, please dress your child either in full summer uniform or full winter uniform. Full winter uniform includes a shirt and tie and not a polo shirt. After half term, polo shirts will not be permitted (except for Reception children) and all children should be in full winter uniform. Children should wear school shoes and not trainers. I am pleased to say that the children have returned in very smart uniform and we need to keep up these high standards. There are a few children wearing burgundy and white ties- please replace these as soon as possible for burgundy and gold ones.

Year 7 Success

Speaking to the parents of children who left last year, I am happy to report that they are settling in well at their new secondary schools. It is always lovely to hear that children have been well prepared at Dame Tipping for the next stage of their educational journey.

Parent Information Meetings

Parent information meetings will take place after school during the week beginning 18th September.

This will be a chance for you to meet your child’s teacher and find out what they will be learning this term. Class 5 and 6 parents will also be able to find out about the residential trip to Kingswood.

Class 5 and 6 : Monday 18th September

Class 3 and 4 : Wednesday 20th September

Reception and Class 1 and 2 : Thursday 21st September


Sports clubs and Booster Classes begin on Monday. Please send in your forms and pay on sQuid pay for any clubs which incur a charge. We now provide after school care and will therefore no longer be offering the one hour, free of charge clubs. We will, however, be offering enrichment activities during school time on a Friday, where children will have the opportunity to take part in sports, creative activities and outdoor learning (such as Forest School).

Sports clubs are :

Tuesday: Years 4, 5& 6 boys’ football

Wednesday: Years 1, 2 & 3 football (boys and girls)

Thursday: Years 4, 5 & 6 girls’ football

Dress our Dollies!

The poor dolls in Reception have no clothes ! If you have any very small baby clothes or doll’s clothes at home that you don’t need any more, please bring them in and give them to Miss North or Mrs Hood. Thank you.

Dame Tipping Gospel Choir

Our School and Community Gospel Choir will begin rehearsals for a fundraising Christmas concert on Wednesday 20th September at 6.30pm. The first rehearsal will be at the school, with subsequent rehearsals in St. John’s church. You do not need to be a great singer to join, or to read music, as long as you are enthusiastic and willing to commit to rehearsals. Feel free to bring friends with you. This is an adult choir, so over 16s only, please. Please let me know if you are able to come.

Payment for Breakfast and After School Clubs

sQuid pay is now up and running, so please ensure that all clubs are paid for in advance. When the school is closed and after school clubs are not running, we will credit your account for the sessions you paid for. There are still places in breakfast and after school clubs, so please sign up if you would like to take advantage of this provision. There are still parents who are arriving late to pick up their children after school. Please be advised that children who are left will no longer be sent to the office, but will be taken to after school club, for which there will be a charge. I have attached the Breakfast and After School club parent’s guides, which contain all this information.

Dates for the Diary

Monday 18th September – Class 5 and 6 parent information meeting- 3pm

Wednesday 20th September- Class 3 and 4  parent information meeting- 3pm

Wednesday 20th September- Dame Tipping Choir Rehearsal- 6.30pm Dame Tipping School

Thursday 21st September – Reception and Class 1 and 2  parent information meeting- 3pm

Friday 22nd September- Friends Coffee Morning- 9.15am St. John’s Church

Thursday 19th October- Harvest Festival at St. John’s Church- 9.30am


Mrs. Kathryn Waters


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