Newsletter 6: 6th October 2017

‘The best that I can be’

“True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. ”― Martin Luther King Jr.


We have had a very enjoyable and productive week this week. Children are responding very well to our new behaviour system and the vast majority will be enjoying their chosen enrichment activities this afternoon. It has been a pleasure to see the children trying their best to do the right thing.

Those who have made mistakes have the opportunity to reflect on their behaviour and talk about how they will do things differently next time. It is very important that parents support the school in helping their children to understand the importance of treating everyone with respect and following our school code of conduct; please bear this in mind when discussing your child’s behaviour with them at home.

Class Dojo

Class Dojo is a great way for teachers to share the successes of their class, send messages about homework and inform parents about their children’s learning. Please do not use Class Dojo to inform teachers of issues or concerns : teachers do not always have time to reply to messages and conversations about delicate issues are best dealt with face-to-face (or over the phone if you are unable to come into school). It is also important that teachers have time to unwind and focus on their own family lives in the evenings and at weekends. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Dame Tipping Gospel Choir

We had some new members join us on Wednesday, which was fantastic. The choir will next meet on Wednesday 18th October, 6.30pm at the school. 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. Check out the school story on Class Dojo to hear our latest rehearsal.

Friends of Dame Tipping

Thank you to all those children who have returned their filled Smartie tubes. Please remember to return them next week if you have not already done so.

We have already sold some tickets to the ‘Light Party’. Please send your slip and money in as soon as possible, as numbers are needed for catering purposes.

The Friends are keen to receive donations of school uniform for their second hand uniform sale. They will accept school uniform, P.E kit and winter coats. The first sale will take place when enough uniform has been donated. Please bring unwanted uniform to the school. Thank you.

Class 5&6 Kingswood Residential

Thank you to those parents who have paid their deposits. We hope that all of the children will take part in the visit, but please could you let us know if you do not intend your child to attend so that we can finalise numbers as soon as possible.

Horseman Sunday

At 12.30pm on Sunday 8th October, there will be a special service on the green outside St John’s church. Please come along to join in this traditional service which is special to the life of the village. There will be lots of horses for you and your children to see.


Reception- Zack Stafford and Thea Shorter, for trying their best to learn and use Makaton (sign language).

Class 1&2- Jaeden Aberdeen, for showing compassion and friendship to members of his class and Tyler Randall, for trying really hard with his Maths and his writing.

Class 3&4- Katie Percival, for trying her best in all she does and always being kind, polite and helpful.

Class 5&6- Amber Gordon, for her fantastic organisational skills and maturity in her role as Student Leader.

Work of The Week 

Reception- Harlee Hammond-Johnson, for his excellent effort to learn new letter sounds.

Class 1&2- Freddy Parrish, for his excellent Maths work.

Class 3&4- Kesiah Hughes, for trying really hard to solve challenging problems in Maths.

Class 5&6- Jack Robinson, for excellent work on the grid method for long multiplication.

Achievements :

Well done to Eva Ali for achieving her Level 7 gymnastics award and to Jaeden Aberdeen for achieving his level 2 swimming certificate.

Congratulations to Milo Shorter and Poppy Whitcombe for passing their entry level violin exam.

Well done to Poppy Whitcombe, Rhiannon Geca, Rhys Hayes, Elena Marshall, Tom Marshall and Alicia Moran for completing the Summer Reading Challenge.


Reception-  96.43 % ; Class 1&2- 97.33 % ; Class 3&4- 93.08  % ; Class 5&6- 100%

Well done to Class 5 and 6- let’s see if we can all get 100% next week !

Dates for the Diary

Tuesday 10th October- Nurse drop-in session- 8.30am

Thursday 12 th 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

Wednesday 8th November- Reception Termly Learning Conferences 3.00-6.30pm

Monday 20th and Friday 24th November- Prospective parents open morning- 9.30am

Thursday 14th December- Reception and Class 1/2 Nativity

Friday 15th December- ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe- Brentwood Theatre

Monday 18th December- Class 5/6 Pantomime


Mrs. Kathryn Waters


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