Newsletter 36: 10th July 2015

‘The best that I can be’

Dear parents/ carers,

It has been a very busy week here at Dame Tipping, with lots of visits and special events.

Wellgate Farm

The children really enjoyed meeting the animals from Wellgate farm on Monday. We had a selection of small animals and birds and spent the whole day looking at them, learning about them and even holding them. Thank you to Mrs. French for organising the day.

Quad Kids

Mrs. Davies and coach Del were very proud of our Year 2 children who competed in the Quad Kids event at Hornchurch Stadium on Tuesday. Their behaviour and effort were excellent. A special congratulations to Chinaza, who came 16th out of 104 boys in the running and 4th in the jumping.

Year 6 Show

The children, teachers and parents had a special treat this week when they watched the ‘World War 2 Show’, written and performed by Year 5 and 6. It was a great performance with excellent singing, dancing and acting. Thank you to ‘Shoop’ and Mrs. Hood for organising the show and to Mrs. Whitcombe for choreographing the dances. The collection raised over £80 for the Pageant charity.

Visit to Bedfords Park

Years 3-6 had a very fun and tiring day at Bedford’s Park yesterday. They looked at plants and animal habitats and even saw some deer!


You will be receiving your child’s report today. I have enjoyed reading them all and seeing how well the children have been doing this year. As this is a transition year in term of levels and the curriculum, your children’s attainment may be presented in different formats. Next year, they should be more uniform and there will be no reference to National Curriculum levels.

Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 have been working from the new National Curriculum this year, which places higher demands on the children than the previous one, so please do not be alarmed if your child does not seem to be achieving as highly as you expected.

Years 2 and 6 have their results in levels, based on the old National Curriculum.

Year 1 also have their phonics screening results.

Please read your child’s report and discuss it with them. There is a slip for you to return on which you and your child can comment on the report.

If you have any questions regarding your child’s report, please ask your child’s teacher during the open afternoons, or make an appointment to see them later in the week.

Open Afternoons

We look forward to seeing you during the open afternoons next Monday and Tuesday. You may come to the school between 1 and 3pm and may take your children home after you have seen their work.


Please remember that there are NO CLUBS next week or the week after. New clubs will be announced in September.

Picking children up on time

There are several parents and carers who are persistently late when picking up their children after school and after clubs. Please ensure that your childcare arrangements allow your children to be collected on time. The staff have a lot of work to do after school finishes and they are not able to get on with it when children are picked up late. Thank you for your co-operation.

Lost Property

Please could you check the basket and take home anything belonging to your child. Anything left behind at the end of term will be taken to the clothes bank.

Family Cricket at Bedford’s Park

We had a lovely afternoon last Friday playing cricket in the park. We hope to repeat this event next summer, as everyone who came enjoyed it so much.

Tipping’s Got Talent

The children have been auditioning for our talent show this week. We will let them know who has a part in the show early next week. Please send your children in with £1 on Tuesday 21st July, as they will need this to vote for their favourite act. All proceeds will go to the Pageant charity.


Well done to class 3 for having 98.28% attendance this week. Classes 1 and 2 also reached the Local Authority target.

Please remember that from September, the threshold for ‘persistent absentee’ status will go from 85% to 90%, which will mean that the local authority will become involved at an earlier stage. Please consider this when booking your holidays for next year.


Fern Collins, Poppy Whitcombe, Amelia Stanley, Toby Rowson, Ben Wapling, Chinaza Osaji-Okai, Elena Marshall, Jack Percival, Kai Boorman.

Well done, everyone !

Headteacher’s Award

This week’s award goes to Billy Newman for living up to our school motto : ‘The best that I can be.’ Congratulations, Billy.

Next Week’s Newsletter

As I will be at Stubbers next Friday, I will publish the next newsletter on Monday 13th July.

Dates for the diary:

  • Monday 13th July – Open afternoon. Years 1,3,5 and Reception-1pm-3pm
  • Tuesday 14th July Open Afternoon. Years-2,4,6 and Reception-1pm-3pm
  • Wednesday 15th July- Friday 17th July- Year 5 and 6 residential trip to Stubbers
  • Monday 20th July- Year 1/2 show for parents- 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 22nd July- Leavers’ church service-1.30pm followed by family BBQ-2.30pm (at the school)
  • Thursday 3rd September 2015- Return to school after Summer Holidays

         Mrs. Kathryn Waters