It has been wonderful to see so many Class Three parents come for their Inspire Workshop today. Parents had the opportunity to work with their children to create their own grammar booklets together. Some of the parents found they learnt something new too! We also had some parents arrive for our Reading Workshop on Monday and we welcomed many parents to the first of two parents’ evenings on Tuesday.
We have also welcomed Mrs. Simms in to school this week with several volunteers. They are in the process of creating an amazing piece of artwork to commemorate the war; please see below for more information.
Next Tuesday we have school photographs in the morning. On Tuesday afternoon the children are going to work in their teams (Morris, Eadburgha, Lygon or Russell) to create guys to go on top of the Farncombe Estate Bonfire. (A flyer for their Bonfire Fireworks event was sent out earlier this week – see more details below). The winning guy will go on the top of the bonfire and the winning team will go to the Farncombe Estate to do their nature trail and be treated to afternoon tea.
On Monday we will be holding our Class Four assembly, on Wednesday we have parents’ evening, on Thursday it is Class One assembly and on Friday we have Class One and Class Two Inspire Workshops. Friday is also a non-uniform day with a voluntary donation of 50p for one child or £1 per family.
Poppy Making Activity
During October 2014, in memory of the soldiers who died in the First World War and inspired by the clay poppies at the Tower of London, a whole school project was born! The idea was to involve all the children in making one felt poppy each that could then be put on a banner for the school hall. Broadway Arts Festival kindly sponsored the purchase of wool weft; Jude (Community governor) had already put together the raw material for the poppies and the rest of the kit.
Every afternoon this week small groups of children have worked with Jude, Tracy B, Mags (Playschool), Becky and Hattie (parents), and Philippa and Rachel (Governors) to follow the process of laying out the weft, covering with netting, soaping and matting and finally rolling to make the felt. One of the most delightful moments was when the children, as they rolled the felt bamboo roller back and forth, suddenly broke into song singing the alphabet in French! We also had renditions from the film ‘Frozen’.
All the children were fabulous to work with; the volunteers remarked how much they enjoyed the children’s enthusiasm and how good they were at listening and following quite complex instructions. Some of the children talked about their granddad or relatives who had fought in wars or served in the forces; it was quite moving to hear how they appreciated their sacrifices.
A PowerPoint presentation of photos of the poppies at The Tower of London was also on display and there are photos of the children making their felt poppies. Another contact is making up the banner and the older children will assist with the gluing of the felt poppies to this after half term.
Appointments for Wednesday (22nd October) evening have already been sent out in book bags earlier this week to everyone who returned a reply slip. If you haven’t heard back then please contact the office to check your allotted time. Please note that children should not be brought along to these sessions.
Timelock Photography will be coming into school next Tuesday morning to take individual photos of the children. We will ensure that siblings within school are photographed together as well. However if you would like any younger/older siblings (who do not attend our school) to come in for a family photograph then please ensure you arrive at school for about 8.15am.
Class 1 and Class 2 are holding their Inspire Workshop next Friday 24th October at 9.00am in the hall. Parents/carers are all invited to come along and make teddy bears!
Non Uniform Day
We are holding a non-uniform day next Friday 24th October. A voluntary donation of 50 pence for one child or £1 per family would be much appreciated.
Forest School - Waterproof Clothing
Due to the very changeable weather we are having please ensure your child brings in a waterproof coat, waterproof trousers and wellies for Forest School. Please note that Year 3 children will not be doing Forest School next week as they will be making a guy for Bonfire night (Farncombe Estate) in each class on Tuesday afternoon instead.
Bonfire Night at Farncombe Estate
A leaflet has been sent home earlier this week about a fireworks party to be held at Farncombe Estate (Willersey Hill) on Wednesday 5th November. Entry is free. Gates open at 5.30pm, the winning Guy Fawkes will be announced at 6.15pm (the children will be making their own guys in each class at school next week), fireworks start at 7.00pm and the event closes at 9.00pm. Do come along!
Young Voices - Coach Spaces
If you have bought tickets to come and see the Young Voices concert in January there are still a couple of spaces on the coach (at a cost of £5). Let the office know if you need a place.
Children's University - Graduation
Could you let the office know if your child has accumulated 30 hours or more of approved activities in their Children’s University passport? They may be eligible to attend a graduation ceremony.
Snapchat - Please Aviod
SnapChat allows users to send each other photos and videos that automatically disappear after a few seconds. SnapChat is possibly becoming more common with younger pupils due to the number of older siblings introducing them to the service. There has been a lot of publicity recently about celebrities having their private photos made public after being hacked. Some of the stolen photos that are making their way onto the internet have come from Snapchat. Many of the pictures are actually coming from a site that is called SnapSaved which allows users to easily capture images from Snapchat rather than allow them to disappear as intended. Please ensure your children avoid this website.
If you haven't bought your tickets yet they are still available from school office or Jo Grant. Last year was an amazing success raising almost £3,000 which funded half of the new outdoor classroom and was a fun evening for all who attended. We also have a disco and auction. Auction prizes include a Prego chef cooking dinner in your house for 6 people, a fully signed 2014 England football, £300 night owl package for two at the Dormy House Hotel and a champagne dinner for four at Luke's in Broadway. If you can't come along but want to bid in the auction, sealed confidential maximum bids can be left with the office or Jo Grant. Don't forget this is during half term so best to get your tickets before school breaks up (cost £5). Early booking allows the Friends to organise table seating as well.
Recruiting For New Secretary
The Friends are still looking for someone to take on the role of secretary. You would have to attend Friends’ meetings, take notes and prepare minutes. All new members are very welcome too.
- The Friends need people to help out at our Christmas Fete, Friday 28th November 5.30manning various stalls. If you are able to volunteer then let either Jo Grant know or the office (either verbally or via email on email@example.com). You would need to arrive at school by 5.15pm that day.
- Stalls Available
If you would like your own stall at the fete to sell items then please contact Jo Grant or the office.
- Father Christmas Tickets
- We will be selling tickets for the children to meet Father Christmas at the fete from Monday 17th November (cost £2.50). The ticket will assign a particular time slot for your child to meet Father Christmas.
- Tombola Prizes
- We will be holding a non-uniform day on Friday 7th November. Please bring in a prize that we can use on the tombola at the Christmas Fete.
- After School Club – Early Finish (5pm)
- Wraparound Club will finish early on the night of the Christmas Fete to allow set up. Parents must have collected their children by 5pm that evening.