Newsletter 34: 25th June 2018

‘The best that I can be’

It has been a real pleasure on my learning walks this week to see how wonderfully creative our teachers are. The children have many opportunities to learn through practical experience, through the arts and through their outdoor environment. We look forward to sharing the children’s creative work with you at the end of term, when you will be invited to visit your child’s classroom.

A Magical Week for Class 5 and 6

Class 5 and 6 have had a Harry Potter themed week. Our classroom has had a Great Hall makeover and everyone has been sorted into one of the four Hogwarts’ houses. The children have produced some excellent writing inspired by ideas from the book and taken part in lots of activities including investigating acid and alkaline substances, making and packaging chocolate frogs, making house ties and sculpting clay dragons. They have even played a Quidditch tournament! It has been a lot of fun!

Mrs. McCormack

Secondary Transfer Talks

Parents of Year 5 pupils are invited to a meeting at 3.15pm on Wednesday 27th June, where a representative from the Local Authority admissions department will explain the secondary application process and answer any questions you may have. Please let Mrs. McCormack know via Dojo if you are planning to attend.

Before and After School Care from September

Following feedback from children and parents, we plan to offer an art and a drama club in addition to the sports after school clubs from September. The clubs will be charged at £4 per session and will run until 4pm. We will send out forms when we return after the summer, but would be grateful if you could send a message to your child’s class teacher if you are interested, so that we can get an idea of numbers for staffing purposes.

Breakfast club will continue to run from 7.30am.

We need to know how many children will be attending after school care from September, again for staffing purposes. If you would like to use after school care until 4pm on Monday and Friday and until 6pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, please let your child’s class teacher know via Dojo, or let Mrs. Wakeman know. We would like to continue this provision in order to support working parents who need childcare, but we have to ensure that it is financially viable.

We have had feedback from very few parents on this, so please do let us know if you wish after school care to continue.

Sports Day

We look forward to welcoming you from 1.30pm on Friday afternoon. Please keep an eye on Dojo for updates from Ms. Holmes. It will be very hot, so please make sure you have a hat and a bottle of water for yourselves, as well as providing them for your children.

Dame Tipping Family Fun Day

So the fun day is taking place this week. Please do come along and enjoy all the things we will have on offer. There will be performances from the Dame Tipping Gospel Choir and Bethany and John ‘Daddio’ Clarke as well as Foundation Sports hosting kids’ and adults’ five-a-side football games.

If you would like to purchase wristbands in advance, then please return the forms by Wednesday 27th June.

It’s not too late to donate: we are still on the lookout for donations of wine/beer/spirits and old items of crockery. 

We are holding an afternoon tea tent and would be grateful for donations of cakes (shop bought or homemade). If these could be dropped off at school on Friday it would be greatly appreciated.

If anyone has a gazebo we could borrow for the day please let us know.

And lastly it’s not too late to lend a helping hand. If you are able to help on the day please let us know and if you could help set up, all help would be appreciated from early morning onwards.

Thank you! 

The Friends of Dame Tipping

Whole School Art Project

We have been fortunate enough to book a professional artist, James Scott, to work with the children on a very special project for our new school foyer. The project will involve all the children and will reflect what is special about our school and our village. The idea is that the finished artwork will be a long-term fixture, visible to all who visit our school. In order for the project to go ahead, we will need to raise funds, so we are having one of our popular movie nights on Thursday 5th July. Please pay £5 for each of your children on sQuid if you would like them to attend. This price includes the film ‘Early Man’, popcorn and a drink.

Work of the Week

Reception- Charlie Lockwood – for being sensible and mature and showing all of the core Christian values.

Class 1&2- Yoana Kitanova – for excellent independent writing

Class 3&4- Fae Dignum for two excellent pieces of writing using description and dialogue

Class 5&6- Maansi Chagger for an excellent clay dragon sculpture


Reception- Noah Chen – for being a computer genius!

Class 1&2- Isabelle Mahoney  for being a kind and caring friend and Nathan Hughes – for his excellent effort and enthusiasm in all he does

Class 3&4- Sophia-Louise Turner for working very hard to learn her lines and songs for the show

Class 5&6- Zachary Teshola for lightning-speed long multiplication

Well done, everyone !


Reception- 92.31% ; Class 1&2- 90.34 % ; Class 3&4- 97.31 % ; Class 5&6- 95.38%

Dates for the Diary

Wednesday 27th June- Secondary Transfer talks for Year 5 parents

Friday 29th June- Sports day (weather permitting)

Saturday 30th June- Friends of Dame Tipping Family Fun Day

Wednesday 4th July- Reception and Class 1 and 2 Trip

Thursday 5th July- Visit from new Reception parents and children- 1pm-2.30pm

Thursday 5th July- Movie Night- 3-5pm

Monday 16th July- Class 5 and 6 musical showcase- 6pm

Tuesday 17th July- Open afternoon (an informal chance to see the children’s work)

Wednesday 18th July- Class 3 and 4 performance of ‘Alice’- 6pm

Thursday 19th July- Leavers’ Service 1.30pm (St. John’s Church)

Friday 20th July- No school for pupils- INSET day

Mrs. Kathryn Waters

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