Newsletter 35:17th June 2016

‘The best that I can be’

All the Fun of the Fair!

The Friends of Dame Tipping Summer Fair promises to be a fantastic event again this year. It is taking place on the village green, where there will be bouncy castles, a fire engine, soak the teacher, coconut shy, a variety of other games and many delicious types of food and drink. If you are able to help in the morning to set up, the friends will be on the green from 9am- please help if you can. If you have a gazebo you can lend us, any more old crockery for the crockery smash or bottles for the tombola, these would also be greatly appreciated. The fair will begin at 12pm and finish at 4.

Parking for the event could be a challenge, so if you are able to walk, car share or use public transport, it would be very much appreciated. As there will be no deliveries or work going on Saturday, there will be parking available at the back of the school. Bedfords park would also be a good alternative to parking on the green. We have attached the 375 bus timetable, should you wish to leave the car at home altogether. If you do drive, PLEASE PARK RESPONSIBLY, as we do not wish to cause upset or distress to the local residents. This means not parking on or over driveways, or on the pavement (for which you would be given a parking ticket).

I look forward to seeing you all there.

Year 5 and 6 residential to Kingswood

We will be leaving for Kingswood around lunchtime on Monday, but children will need to be in school at normal time. Please complete and return the swimming consent letter with your child on Monday. Those not attending the trip should come to school as usual and go to Mrs. McCormack for registration. Children attending should bring a packed lunch (or advise the school if they are entitled to a free packed lunch and wish to have one). Mrs. McCormack will be in charge for the week, as I will be joining year 5 and 6 for the whole visit. We will be leaving at 1pm from Kingswood on Friday, so should be back at school by 3pm.

Lost Property

There is a large amount of lost property in and around the basket. This will be laid out in the front playground next week for you to claim. Any unclaimed items will be taken to the clothes bank afterwards.

School Office

The school office is open from 8am to 4.15pm, Monday to Friday. Whilst the teachers are in school outside these times, they are busy preparing lessons, having meetings etc…and do not have the time to answer the phone. We will be upgrading the phone system very soon, so that it is easier to leave messages, but please look on the school website for information to avoid unnecessary calls. If you need to send information to the school outside these hours, please email the school office.

INSET day Play Date

You & your children are warmly invited to another Friends of Dame Tipping Play Date, to be held Thursday 23rd June. Weald Park, Brentwood. Car parks can be found on Weald Road and Lincolns Lane, CM14 5QS (small charge made for parking).Stick Man Trail, Deer & Ducks to feed.  Play & Picnic Area. Meet outside the Visitor Centre at 10.30am.  Please bring packed lunch & a child or two or three ! Contact Verity Collins if you want further info 07876 497 988.

Parking Situation

Due to the adverse weather this week, the building of the playground is still not finished. When the installation is complete, the ground has to be dry enough to lay the safety surface ; therefore, the car park will unfortunately be inaccessible for at least one more week. This is because the lane needs to be accesible at all times before, during and after school. Once again, thank you for your patience.

Gold Book

Well done to Kitty Higgins, Ellie Allen-Moss, Bradley Allen-Guinane, Kaci Peart, Josh Thurbon, Mikey Snow and Henry Simmonett for earning their place in this week’s Gold Book for excellent learning behaviour.


Congratulations to Sapphire Hagon for 100% in Fast Maths, Maisie Randall for excellent sounding out in phonics, Freddy Parrish for great work in phonics, Ellie Allen-Moss for always being kind and helpful to her friends and teachers, Jack Robinson for always being attentive in class and Neve Collins for a fantastic improvement in her first Maths. Thank you all for living out our core Christian values.

Work of the week

Reception’s work of the week was awarded to Adaora Emechebe for writing an excellent story, Class 3 and 4’s to Livia French for writing a story with a clear beginning, middle and end and Year 5 and 6’s to Mikey Snow for writing a very persuasive letter for his enterprise project. Well done, everyone.


Sidonie Holmes had the great honour of playing her cornet with her band for the Queen at her 90th Birthday celebrations last weekend. If you wish to see the performance, it is still available on the BBC iplayer.


Reception : 95.33% ; Class 1 and 2 : 98% ; Class 3 and 4 : 95.52% ; Class 5 and 6 : 93.10%

Dates until the end of term

As usual, there are lots of events happening towards the end of term. Please make a note of all dates in your diary.

Dates for the diary:

  • Friday 17th June- Class photographs
  • Saturday 18th June- School Summer Fair on the village green
  • Monday 20th-Friday 24th June- Class 5 and 6 residential visit.
  • Thursday 23rd June – School closed to pupils for the European Referendum.
  • Friday 8th July- Taster afternoon for new Reception children and parents- 1.00-2.30pm
  • Tuesday 12th July- Sports Events- parents may attend from 2.30pm (there will be no parking behind the school for safety reasons)
  • Thursday 14th July- Class 5 and 6 performance for parents (St. John’s Church Hall) 6.30pm
  • Tuesday 19th July- Reception, Class 1 and 2 performances for parents- 9.30am and 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 20th July- Leaver’s Service (St. John’s Church)- 1.30pm

Mrs. Kathryn Waters


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