Newsletter 36:1st July 2016


‘The best that I can be’

SIAMS Inspection

On Tuesday, we were inspected on our church school distinctiveness. Children, teachers, governors and parents were interviewed and lessons, books and the learning environment were scrutinised. The inspector was impressed with how well our core Christian values contribute to the children’s education and wellbeing. The full report will be available in the next week or two.

New Adventure Playground

The children of the school and the village have been enjoying playing on the new equipment at the back of the school. There is still a little work to be done in the area surrounding the playground to prevent it getting too muddy. The official opening will be within the next few weeks.

Glorious Mud!

You may have noticed that the Forest School ‘Muddy Kitchen’ is in place near the playground. We need lots of old pots and pans (not too heavy, please) for the children to use in making their mud pies. Please donate what you can.

Year 5 and 6 residential to Kingswood

We had a wonderful time at Kingswood last week. Despite the delayed start, we managed to pack in lots of exciting activities.

Summer Fair Success

A huge thank you to all the family and friends of Dame Tipping that helped to make the Summer Fair a huge success! We had so many wonderful compliments and the children all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We are still totalling up the money raised for the school but will let everyone know as soon as possible. Many thanks again. Vicki

School Phones

We now have a new phone system. Please follow the instructions to leave and listen to messages. It is very helpful if you can read the newsletter and check the website for information before calling.

Cricket at Bedfords Park

If you would like to join us after school on Friday 15th July, we will be having a family cricket match at Bedfords Park by the first car park. We will go there straight after school finishes. This is a family event, so all children will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Next week will be the last week for clubs. There will be no after school clubs on the week beginning 11th July, or the last 3 days of term.

Maths Competition

Mrs Potts and I accompanied 4 year 6 children to a Maths competition this morning. Whilst we weren’t placed in the top 2, Michael, Dylan, Sidonie and Scarlett K really did us proud with their excellent behaviour, team work and Maths skills.

Summer Sports Camp

Foundation Sports will be running a fun-pack Multi-sports camp @ Holly Trees Primary school from 2nd – 19th August. For full details please call Del Holloway on 07806 811589

Closure of Orange Tree Hill

We have been notified that Orange Tree Hill will be closed next week (between Bower Park School and the Orange Tree Pub).

Missing Trainers

Please could all parents of children who went to Kingswood check their belongings to check that they have not taken a pair of black Adidas ‘Flux’ trainers with MT written in the tongue by mistake. Please return them to school if you find them. Thank you.

Year 5 and 6 Enterprise

On 4th July, there will be a cookie sale in the hall after school run by: Dhiya, Scarlett K, Scarlett C, Jessica and Kaci. Each cookie costs 50p and drinks cost 30p, so don’t forget to bring your money!

On Wednesday 13th July, Conor, George, Finlay, Joe and Bradley will be helping the children to make toy animals, which the children will then be able buy for £2.50 each. The first 20 children to bring their money and will be able to make the animals. Please send the money in a named envelope.

Gold Book

Well done to Bradley Allen-Guinane, Ellie Allen-Moss, Katie Snow and Sidney Turrell

for earning their place in this week’s Gold Book for excellent learning behaviour.


Congratulations to Year 6 for working so hard to improve their writing over the past weeks. You have won a commendation for perseverance ; Elijah Oyetunde (Kindness) for sharing his belongings with someone in need ; Elaina Goodison (Respect) for listening carefully and respectfully in class.

Work of the Week

Ruth Airen, for turning a story into a playscript ; Maansi Chagger, for her excellent playscript and Alfie Makepeace for his R.E work on the Ten Commandments.


Reception : 100% ; Class 1 and 2 : 96% ; Class 3 and 4 : 97.24% ; Class 5 and 6 : 95.52%

A special congratulations this week to Reception. Well done !

Dates for the diary:

  • 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) 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’