Newsletter 7: 21st October 2016

 ‘The best that I can be’

Harvest Festival

I hope you agree that the Harvest Festival was a lovely service. I particularly enjoyed the lively singing. Thank you to all those who took part, attended and sent in gifts for the retired people of the village. I have already had some thank you letters from them, which I have read to the children.

Class 5 and 6 Assembly

I was very impressed by the assembly which was led by Year 5 and 6 on Monday. It was both informative and enjoyable and really showed the children’s understanding of Black History Month and its origins.

Book Fair

We sold a grand total of £614.43 worth of books at our book fair this week. This means that we can choose over £300 worth of free books for the school. I hope that all the children enjoy reading the books they have purchased. Thank you all for your support.

Book Fair Competition

Debby, our cook, had the difficult task of choosing the winners of our competition. We had a record number of entries this year. The winners, who were awarded a prize of a book each, were:

Tyler Randall (Reception); Fae Dignum (Class 1 and 2); Mo McCormack (Class 3 and 4) and

Henry Simmonett (Class 5 and 6).

Termly Learning Conferences

Thank you to all the parents and children who attended the termly learning conferences this week. The children enjoyed the opportunity to show their parents how much progress they have made so far this term. If you did not have the opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher, please make an appointment to do so after half term.


Our boys’ team played St. Patrick’s this week. Although we did not win, all the boys showed great determination.

Friends of Dame Tipping Curry Night

I would like to thank Vicki Makepeace and the Friends of Dame Tipping for organising a very enjoyable evening of great food and live music. The evening raised nearly £200 for the school.

School Photos

Please return your order forms for school photos by 7th November.

Deadline for Secondary School Applications

Parents of Year 6 children who will be starting secondary school in September 2017 must apply online for a school place by the deadline of Monday 31 October 2016.   All parents with children born between 1 September 2005 and 31 August 2006 must apply.   Any questions can be directed to the School Admissions Team who can be contacted at 01708 434600. The line is open between 12–5 pm, Monday to Friday.

Parent Governor Elections

So far, we have received 2 nominations for the vacant parent governor position. If you were planning to apply or make a nomination and have not yet done so, please ensure your forms are handed in by Monday 31st October. If you no longer have your form, please email a short statement to the office, stating why you would like to be a governor at Dame Tipping.

Royal British Legion Poppies

Poppies and other merchandise are on sale for between 50p and £1. Please give generously for this worthy cause.


Well done to Kitty Higgins for achieving her level 8 gymnastics award.


Commendations this week went to : Oliver Garwood, for excellent singing during the Harvest Festival ; Flo Jerrett, for always having a positive attitude towards learning ; Sian Stafford, for excellent effort in phonics this week ; Michelle Onifade, for writing like an author and editing her writing to make it more effective ; Jack Percival, for trying to improve his work and supporting his classmates ; Jessica White, for setting a great example to the whole school in terms of hard work and behaviour, showing great dedication ; Amber Gordon and Conor Hazelwood for being a great team when producing their poster presentation ; Maisie Randall, for her independent story writing ; Jack Webb, for being kind to his friends and Maansi Chagger, Fibian McKenzie and Imogen Snell, for helping at Forest School in adverse weather conditions. Well done, everyone !

Work of the Week

Class 1 and 2 : Poppy Whitcombe- a carefully written story with wonderfully descriptive phrases; Class 3 and 4 : Deborah Ajayi- using dialogue and powerful words to write her original story ;

Class 5 and 6 : Elaina Goodison and Ruth Airen- a comprehensive and well-presented poster about the history of Havering-atte-Bower.


Reception: 100% ; Class 1 and 2: 98.33% ; Class 3 and 4 : 92.21% ; Class 5 and 6 : 98.57 %

Fantastic, Reception and a big improvement from class 5 and 6 this week.

Dates for the diary:

  • Wednesday 9th November- Reception Termly Learning Conferences 3-6.30pm *
  • Thursday 10th November- Class 5 and 6 Trip to London
  • Thursday 17th November- Class 3/4 assembly (Parents Welcome)- 9.00am

* Last week’s newsletter published the incorrect date and time.

Mrs. Kathryn Waters



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