Barrowcliff School

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September Autumn Term 1 Newsletter 2013

Dear Reader

Welcome Back!!

I would like to welcome you back to the new school year at Barrowcliff School. Firstly, a welcome back to our existing students and their parents, who all look refreshed and ready for another exciting term. Secondly, to those new families who are joining the school, I hope you will soon settle in and feel a member of the “Barrowcliff Family”. It has been lovely to hear about all the holiday news, so many exciting adventures!


New Staff Members

I am sure you would like to join me in welcoming 2 new members of our teaching staff. Mr Barber, Class 7 and Miss Wilson, Class 8.



As a result of the success of awarding the Attendance Cup and cakes during the Friday Assembly, we do intend to continue with this system.  We will also be keeping a record of Attendance Scores for each class on a display board in the Hall corridor.


Whole School Theme

‘Tell me a Story’ Children in KS1 and 2 will be working on Tell me a Story, which focuses mainly on a book by Fiona French, ‘Snow White in New York’.  This is a twist on the original story and is set in 1930’s New York.

The children will be looking at the music, fashion and events of the period.  As part of this, during week commencing 7th October the children will be concocting their own cocktails! We will also be holding a 1920’s/1930’s themed dressing up day on Friday 11th October.  PLEASE DO NOT WORRY!! This could be party frocks for the girls and shirts and ties, with school trousers, for the boys.  Please do not go to any expense but these days really do help bring the curriculum alive for the children. If you are stuck for ideas please speak to Mr Johnson or your child’s class teacher.


Author of the Term

This term’s featured author will be Shirley Hughes.


Book Fair

The first Book Fair of the year will take place on Thursday 19th September – more details for follow regarding class timetable etc.


Parents’ Open Evenings

21st October 5.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.

23rd October 3.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m.

This will give you the chance to visit your child’s new teacher and classroom. Please take the opportunity to come into school, have a look round and a quick chat to see how your child is settling in.


Head Lice

In order that the whole school is in-line with the Juniors, and 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 child/children on a regular basis.  This is a problem that can affect the whole school.If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the school office.


Get Caught Reading & Reading at Home

With the success of Get Caught Reading last term we will continue to award tickets to the children when they are “caught reading” during the school day, especially during their free time.  The tickets are then collected and entered into the Friday draw. As many of you already hear your children read at home, you may have noticed the new Reading Records and the 'tips' sheet.  We really appreciate the time you give and I am sure you enjoy hearing the progress your child makes. You may have noticed that we are awarding books for each 20 books read in Years 1-4 and for each 10 books read in Years 5 & 6.


New Playground Equipment

I am sure you will have noticed the new equipment in the KS1 playground.  This has all been funded with money raised by Barrowcliff Buddies (formerly FOBS) over a number of years. The children are already having great fun using the equipment.  We would ask for your co-operation regarding health & safety by ensuring that your children do not play on the equipment prior to school. Thank you.


KS2 Fruit

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


Harvest Festival

Thursday 24th October. Please make a note of this date – Years 2 & 3 will be leading the Harvest Festival Celebrations.  More details to follow.


Individual Photos

14th October.More detailed information will be sent out nearer the time.  This will include details on arranging single and group family photographs.


House Teams

Freddie Spivey won the competition to name the new school House Teams, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme.

Your child will be put into his/her ‘House’ and will remain in it for the duration of their time at Barrowcliff. They will be able to earn points for various activities,  which will count towards the Weekly Cup.  In addition we will be holding various inter-house competitions during the year.


Bikes & Scooters

Please be aware that bikes or scooters are not allowed to be ridden on school premises for Health & Safety reasons. Please make sure that children are supervised closely and not allowed to ride too quickly.  It can really hurt

if they crash into somebody, as has happened to one of our parents in the past. 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

School Cardigans are £10.00


School Meals

Can we remind 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 (£1.60 for Nursery). The Admin staff will continue to take steps to ensure that meal arrears do not become a problem for parents and school. Packed lunches will be required until any arrears are cleared.  We would ask for you co-operation, however, in order to keep payments up to date. Copies of the current menus for school meals and Cold Café are attached.


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.

Can you please ensure that your child/children arrive at school promptly.

Thank you for your help.



Can we 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 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


Sports Clubs

A new range of clubs will commence in the next few weeks. Please watch out for information relating to individual clubs and ensure that all permission slips are returned.


Adventure Playground

Would parents please be advised that for Health & Safety reasons, the Adventure Playground in the KS2 playground is NOT to be used by children at the beginning of the school day.  It is important that children are supervised while using the playground and this can not be guaranteed at this time of day.

The gates will be locked and the area must not be accessed by climbing the fence. We will inform the children via their Class Teachers but would ask for your co-operation in reinforcing the message from home.

Many thanks.


PE Kit

We would appreciate your help in ensuring that your child has the required PE kit in school.  Kit should be brought into school on Monday and returned home on Friday. Please remember to provide tape to cover earrings that cannot be removed for sport. We believe that through physical education, is an important part of the curriculum.  Through physical activity children will learn about themselves; the importance of a healthy lifestyle; self-expression and concepts of fair play and respect.If kit is forgotten 3 times we will send a letter home as a reminder. Kit can be very basic in terms of t-shirt and shorts.  If you are experiencing any problems please do not hesitate to contact school.

We appreciate your help and support.


Gallows Close Centre

Gallows Close Centre would like to invite volunteers and groups to run and help with activities including Social Clubs, sports, hobbies and crafts.  Hire of the Community Room is available from £6.00 per hour. For further information contact the Centre Co-ordinator, Damian Kelly, on 01723 375280 or 07854226747.



As usual we have attached a copy of the Diary Dates up to Half-term. We have also attached a copy of the School Term and Holiday Dates for the Academic Year 2013/14