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Newsletter 29 January 2016

Dear Parents

The building work has started, with fences erected and lots of people in hard hats being very busy. The compound is built next to the kitchen, so there is no access to the school around the kitchen. Yellow Room has been partitioned so the toilets can still be used and a small area is left for music lessons. The scaffolding is up and drilling has started on the new classroom. Foundation Stage are very excited to be using the courtyard as their outdoor area.

With Oscar back at school, please can I remind you to be vigilant about illness, especially sickness and diarrhoea where children need to off school for 48 hours after the last bout of illness.

Activities this week: Year 6 attended Junior Citizen today. The governors met this week to look at the school’s finances and I am pleased to report we are on track. Y4 performed a ‘monstrous’ dance to an appreciative Y3.

Children’s Survey on Strengths of the school and areas for improvement. I talked to the children about the strengths of the school and areas where we could do better. There were some very interesting suggestions that staff, governors and parents had not thought of…

Strengths:

Solar panels, we try different things, library, school dinners, partnership with other schools, Sweden,  France, residentials, fire safety, sports and tournaments, ICT, after school clubs, friends, voting, eco-school, friendly, playing fairly, clean school, teachers are nice, history, art, a good education, no bullying, Young Voices, Wildlife Area, School Council, Tree belt, swimming, music lessons, acting, reading, PE, fun playground with lots of equipment, good resources for maths and English, having the opportunity to video conference with our penpals in Sweden, the Golden Rules are fair, the Christmas plays are a great opportunity to learn drama, fantastic, awesome, amazing, great teachers, good eco-school, we do a lot of different types of sport, amazing food with a wide variety, friendly pupils we don’t bully each other, sports tournaments, reading with other classes, pond dipping, snack bar, netball is good, healthy school, great visits from authors and visitors, well done assembly, taking care of wildlife, sports day, tidy school, vegetable area. Great maths, English, Science and ICT.

Right amount of time for lessons, being fair, good at safety, good at sport, lots of space to play, good football pitch/field, big electronic whiteboards in every class, we make new friends, adventure playground, we are all kind, we are very fit, a good building,

Better if:

Every class should learn French, more author visits, more cooking, pond kept clean, electronics, pay attention, experiments (potions!), taking care of possessions, class pet, sewing, Lego Club,  Knitting lessons, no homework! Raising more money. Upgrade technology (computers), more ipads, new tables and chairs as they are wobbly, more life skills e.g. sewing, first aid, school football team for anyone who wants to participate boys and girls mixed, solo singing, more reliable laptops for research. Do cricket in PE and learn the rules, cooking club, porridge at breakfast club, bring back sticky toffee pudding!

FOHNS: Diary Dates:  Coming up next month:-

Sunday 14 February, 4-6pm in the School Hall – Family Valentine’s Bingo – with Licenced Bar & food

Friday 26 February, 8.15pm in the School Hall – Quiz Night for the grown-up’s! Licenced Bar

Well Done! This week we have said Well Done to  Mya Scobbie, Neve Kelly, Poppy Driver, Sam Bayliss, Frank Foakes, Oscar Simmonds, Oscar Hawthorne, Hannah Newby, Darcey Davis-Batchelor, Orla McArdle, Alfie Newman, Fred Neal, Tarron Gilkes.

Mrs Belgrove’s Stars of the Week: Matt Haldane, Toby Luxton, Victoria Wilson and Tarron Wilkes for doing a fantastic job litter picking on Thursday.

Out of School Achievements: James Hicks for golf, Poppy Queenan level 8 Ice Skating, Scarlett Marshall Stage 5 Swimming, LAMDA Introductory Grade Stage One: Rebecca Milne, Zoe Milne, Lily Stanton, David Kirk.

Owl Value of the month: wisdom/education

Yours sincerely

Mrs S Belgrove

Head Teacher

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