Newsletter 4: 22nd 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)


We have had a very productive week and the children are continuing with their excellent learning behaviour and focus in class. I have had the pleasure of spending time in every class this week and your children have been a credit to you. The children are responding well to our new behaviour system and are looking forward to their first enrichment session this afternoon.

Parent Information Meetings

Thank you to all those parents who attended the parent information meetings this week. If you were unable to attend, please make sure you pick up the relevant information from your child’s teacher. Class 5 and 6 received some important information about the residential trip to Kingswood, so please ensure you ask us for information about this.

Kingswood Payments

Class 5 and 6 parents can now pay their Kingswood deposits on sQuid pay. Please ensure that you pay the first deposit by 16th October. If your child is, or has ever been entitled to free school meals, they are entitled to a discount for residential visits : please speak to Mrs. Wakeman about this so that she can let you know the total amount payable.

Girls’ Sport Club

Please let Mrs Potts know if you would like your daughter to join ‘Dodgeball Club’ on Thursdays after school, run by a sports coach. If we have enough takers, we will begin next Thursday. The cost will be £22.50 for the term (as there are only 9 sessions remaining). Please pay via sQuid Pay. Girls who are in After School Club that day may attend at no extra cost.

Dame Tipping Gospel Choir

We had great fun at the first rehearsal of Dame Tipping Gospel Choir on Wednesday. The choir will meet once a fortnight, with the next meeting being on Wednesday 4th October, 6.30pm at the school. Mrs Omodara filmed part of the rehearsal and posted it  on Class Dojo. You do not need to be able to read music or be an experienced singer to join ; you just need to be over 16 and enthusiastic. I hope to see lots of you there next week.

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. It is important that you pay for the products you are buying and that you do not put money for clubs and trips into your child’s dinner money account.

Supervising Children

There are still parents who are arriving late to pick up their children after school. Please be advised that children who are not picked up will be taken to after school club and parents will be charged. We have also had some parents leaving their children unsupervised outside the school in the morning. Again, please book your children in to breakfast club if you need to drop them before 8.30am, as we do not have outdoor supervision before this time. Breakfast club is £4 per session, including toast, cereal and other healthy food.


Reception- Molly Percival and Arthur Parrish, for being very helpful around the classroom.

Class 1&2- Freddy Parrish for being kind to others and helping them with their work ; Caiden Boorman, for trying hard, working independently and being helpful around the classroom.

Class 3&4- Tahir Ceesay and Aaliyah Bimpong, for persevering and being very brave during their first swimming lessons.

Class 5&6- Bonny-Blu Kedadi- for her excellent attitude to learning and her hard work.

Work of The Week 

Reception- Rosie Robinson, for her excellent retelling of a story.

Class 1&2- Yoana Kitanova, for her excellent, detailed self-portrait.

Class 3&4- Deborah Ajayi- for her fast and accurate Maths work.

Class 5&6- Lou Lou French, for her Tempest poem which used excellent imagery ; Elaina Goodison, for her empathetic WW1 letter and Oliver Mahoney, for his atmospheric poem about how it feels to be scared.

Well done, everyone !


Reception- 93.33 % ; Class 1&2- 94.33 % ; Class 3&4- 96.92  % ; Class 5&6- 97.69  %

We need to do a lot better next week !

Dates for the Diary

Wednesday 4th October- Dame Tipping Choir Rehearsal- 6.30pm St. John’s Church

Friday 6th October- Individual and sibling school photos

Thursday 12th October- Reception and Year 6 Health Checks

Tuesday 17th October- Years 1-6 Termly Learning Conferences

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

Friday 20th October- ‘Light Party’ (alternative to Halloween)- 3.15-5.00pm at Bower Hall