Newsletter 18th October 2019

Dear parents and carers,

Beech Class Assembly – Friday 25th October

All are warmly invited to next Friday’s assembly led by Beech Class.  This will take place at 2.30pm in the school hall.

Science Week

This will take place after half term and is being organised by Miss Hadland.  If your job involves science in any way (biology, chemical reactions, animals, medicine….) and you would be happy to come into school to talk with the children about it, please contact the office or Miss Hadland directly.  Previous visitors have included nurses, gardeners, pilots, anaesthetists, physiotherapists and chefs, so the remit is very broad!


This year we have begun to use a new handwriting scheme across the school called Letter-join. Today, your child will be bringing home a letter that will enable them to practise their handwriting at home. Once you have logged in, if you click on info, this will lead you to a home user guide which explains the handwriting programme in detail. If you are unable to access this or would prefer a hard copy of this guide, please see Mrs Watson.

Friends of Dr South’s

The first draw for 100 Club will be taking place next Thursday 24th October.  There are still numbers available to purchase at £10 per number which will enter you into all 10 monthly draws for the year.  There is a chance to win a top prize of £25 each month whilst helping to raise much needed extra funds for the school.  If you are interested please fill in the attached form or contact Nicole Tucker (Lily Y5 and Grace Y2).

Cheese and Wine evening – Thursday 7th November 7.30pm, Lin Cooper Building

All parents/carers are warmly invited to a cheese and wine evening on the first Thursday after half term (non-alcoholic drinks also available). We hope that this will be a relaxed evening which gives parents a chance to talk without the constant interruptions that happen at drop off and pick up! New parents are particularly welcome – please come along to meet other parents and find out more about the school (or anything else!)


This week we congratulated:

  • Willow Class: Jackson, for always being helpful and kind to his friends;
  • Ash Class: Milly A, for great independent work in maths; Noah V, for working hard on his writing;
  • Oak Class: Milly N, for great effort in everything; Harley, for excellent contributions in all lessons;
  • Beech Class: Agnes H, for presenting to the class to raise awareness of global issues; Hollie, for fantastic effort during assessment week;
  • Sport: George, for leadership and respect during the tag rugby tournament;
  • Art: Agnes H, for enthusiastic participation and using her initiative;
  • Cookery: Agnes R, for increased confidence in her abilities.

 Our Christian Value this term is Friendship.  Ask your child about Pumpkin Soup.

Future events (w/b 21st October)

  • Cookery:                                     Oak
  • Art:                                              Year 6
  • Sport:                                          Year 5

Monday 21st

  • Year 6 Forest School

Tuesday 22nd

  • Year 3/4 Forest School

Friday 25th

  • Beech class swimming
  • 2.30pm Beech Class Assembly

Dates for the year

  • 25/10/2019                               2.30pm Beech Class assembly
  • 28/10/2019                               Half term week
  • 04/11/2019                               Science Week
  • 08/11/2019                               Individual photographs
  • 11/11/2019                               10.45am Remembrance event at the War Memorial
  • 15/11/2019                               Children in Need Day – non-uniform
  • 20/11/2019                               Parent consultations
  • 21/11/2019                               Parent consultations
  • 06/12/2019                               9.15am St Nicholas Service at the church
  • 11/12/2019                               9.30am Willow Class nativity at school
  • 12/12/2019                               Pantomime trip
  • 13/12/2019                               Children’s bazaar
  •                                                      Reception class vision screening
  • 16/12/2019                               Wellbeing Day
  • 17/12/2019                               2.00pm Ash Class nativity in the church
  •                                                      End of term


  • 18/12/2019                               INSET Day – school closed
  • 19/12/2019                               INSET Day – school closed


  • 06/01/2020                               Start of term
  • 17/01/2020                               Beech Class charity event
  • 05/02/2020                               Reception/Y6 heights and weights measurement
  • 14/02/2020                               Soup Lunch and Talent Show in the Village Hall
  • 17/02/2020                               Half term week
  • 05/05/2020                               World Book Day
  • 06/03/2020                               2.30pm Oak Class assembly
  • 15/03/2020                               Red Nose Day
  • 27/03/2020                               Ash and Willow Class charity event
  • 03/04/2020                               2.00pm Oak Class Stations of the Cross service in the church
  •                                                     End of term


  • 20/04/2020                               Start of term
  • 08/05/2020                               Friday Bank Holiday – school closed
  • 22/05/2020                               May Day
  • 25/05/2020                               Half term week
  • 08/06/2020                               Beech Class residential
  • 23/06/2020                               Sports Day (all day, with family picnic at lunchtime)
  • 01/07/2020                               1.30pm Ash and Willow Class production in the Village Hall
  • 09/07/2020                               1.30pm/6.00pm Oak and Beech Class production in the Village Hall
  • 10/07/2020                               2.30pm Ash Class assembly
  • 15/07/2020                               Reserve Sports Day
  • 17/07/2020                               2.00pm Leavers’ Service in the church
  •                                                     End of term


  • 20/07/2020                               INSET Day – school closed
  • 21/07/2020                               INSET Day – school closed