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November Autumn Term 2 Newsletter 2015

Dear Reader 

Here we are half way through the Autumn term, with Christmas fast approaching. 

The school theme of When a Knight Won his Spurs has proved popular.  The children have been involved in some interesting projects and visits.  A reminder that our themes for the remainder of the academic year will be “Arabian Nights” in the Spring term and “Land Before Time” in the Summer. 

We will continue to keep you informed during the year by way of half termly newsletters and termly class letters. 

As always, if you have any queries or suggestions, please contact us. 



Thank you for your donations of Harvest produce. As you know we didn’t hold a traditional Harvest Festival.  Instead we held an Autumn Fayre where we raised approximately £600.00. 


Children in Need – 13.11.15 

Details will be sent out separately.


Charity of the Year 

Our school charity for the next year will be decided by the School Council members.


Poppy Appeal 

We will be selling poppies and others items in school to raise funds for the Royal British Legion.  Poppies will be on sale for 20p and there will be various other items available priced at 50p and £1.00.


Head Lice 

In order to help in the fight against “head lice”, ALL children with long hair MUST have it tied back when in school. 

Can we please remind all parents to be aware of the problem of head lice and ensure that you check your children on a regular basis.  This is obviously a problem that can affect the whole school. 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the school office.


KS2 Fruit 

A reminder that KS2 children are able to purchase fruit on a daily basis.  All items are 20p.


Bikes & Scooters 

Please be aware that for Health & Safety reasons, bikes and scooters are not allowed to be ridden on school premises. Please make sure that children are supervised closely and not allowed to ride too quickly.  It can really hurt if they crash into somebody. Bikes are allowed to be ridden to school ONLY when your child has passed the Bikeability Course.


School Jumpers & Cardigans 

School jumpers and cardigans are available from the School office.  School jumpers are £6.75 and cardigans are £10.50.


School Meals 

Can we remind all parents that all school meals must be paid for in the week that they are taken.  Meals can be paid for daily.  We do not enforce a rule of paying for meals on a weekly basis.  School meals are £2.10 per day. 

The Admin staff will continue to take steps to ensure that meals arrears do not become a problem for parents and school.  Packed lunches will be required until any arrears are cleared.  We would ask for your co-operation, however, in order to keep payments up to date. 

As you are aware meals are free for all KS1 children.  However, if you qualify for Free School Meals, please ensure that your application is kept up to date.


School Start Times 

Can we remind all parents of the school start times: 

KS1                  Classes start at 8.55 a.m.

KS2                  Classes start at 8.50 a.m. 

Please ensure that your children arrive at school promptly.

We would ask that children in Foundation and KS1 continue to be supervised by parents until the children go into class.


Breakfast Club 

We would remind you of the free Breakfast Club that we are running in school.  The Club starts at 8.15 a.m. and we offer healthy cereals, fruit juice, toast or bagels and jam.  ALL FOR FREE! We have had a very successful start and the children appear to be really enjoying the experience.  

The Breakfast Club has been very successful and the number of children attending has increased.



We would remind all parents that the only items of jewellery allowed to be worn for school are small stud earrings.  These must be removed for sport or covered with tape.  Please ensure that tape, if used, is provided.


School Website 

We will continue to update the school website on a regular basis with all information relating to the school.  Please make sure you visit the website on


Playtime Equipment 

We are in need of extra resources to use during wet playtimes.  If you have any dolls or DVD’s (U certificate) that you no longer need we would be very grateful if you could donate them to school.


Theatre Visits 


Stephen Joseph Theatre –

Hansel & Gretel                      Y3&4               Monday 14.12.15

                                                Y5&6               Wednesday 16.12.15


As in previous years, school will cover the cost of transport and a treat.  We would ask, however, for a voluntary contribution of £5 to cover the cost of tickets.


Contact Details 

Following the recent school closures it became obvious that our records are not up to date with mobile telephone contact details for parents.  It is vital that we have this information in order to contact parents immediately FOR ANY REASON.  All parents were issued with purple “Contact information” forms before half term.  Please ensure that these are completed and returned to school as a matter of urgency. 

We are able to get information to you immediately by text but only if your contact details are current.  


Safe Internet Use 

We continue to work with our children on helping them to keep safe whilst they are online or using the Internet. 

Please remind your children about this at home and feel free to contact us if you need any guidance or support with this. 


Diary Dates 



Friday 13.11.15                            Children in Need – details to follow


Monday 16.11.15                          Individual Photographs


Monday 23.11.15                          Parents’ Consultation Evening – details to follow


Wednesday 25.11.15                   Parents’ Consultation Evening – details to follow




Tuesday 1.12.15                            Y4 Performance – 2.00 p.m. & 6.00 p.m.


Tuesday 8.12.15                            EYFS Share:

                                                            Class 1 & 1/2 Nursery – 9.15 a.m. – 10.15 a.m.

                                                            Class 2 & 1/2 Nursery – 10.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m.


Wednesday 9.12.15                      Y2 Performance – 10.00 a.m.


Monday 14.12.15                          Theatre Visit –Y3 & 4       

                                                            Y5 Christmas party – 1.15 p.m.


Tuesday 15.12.15                          Y4 Christmas party – 1.15 p.m.


Wednesday 16.12.15                   Magic Mike – Nursery & Reception – morning & afternoon sessions to be confirmed

                                                            Theatre Visit- Y5 & 6

                                                            Y3 Christmas party – 1.15 p.m.

                                                            Y6 Christmas party – 6.00 p.m.


Thursday 17.12.15                                    Ash Grove Carol Singing – 11.00 a.m.

                                                            KS1 Christmas party – 1.00 p.m.


Friday 18.12.15                              Casual Clothes

                                                            School closes at 2.30 p.m.