Newsletter 20th October 2017

Dear Parents,


Thank you for the positive response to the new playground area – the children are very excited about all the changes.  Particular thanks to Gary Hicks for helping prepare the ground in readiness for the work.


We are having a collection of old fabric which is being collected on Wednesday 1st November.  If you have any old clothes or pairs of shoes you want to get rid of, please bring them to school by this date in big bin liners to help raise money for school.

Abacus Pupil World

Today your child (Years 1 to 6) has been given their log-in details in order for them to access Abacus Pupil World.  This will allow them to complete tasks and homework online. More information has been given with a bookmark to your child and a letter with more details for parents is included as a link.  There are some tasks already allocated for your child to complete over half term if possible.  If you have any problems accessing the site, please see Mrs Watson.  After half term we will offer one lunchtime session per week which will enable pupils to complete these tasks if they do not have internet access at home.

Parent Consultations

These will take place the week after half term, mostly on Wednesday and Thursday.  There are some other chances to meet the teacher, though – please check available timings on the lists in classrooms and sign up for something convenient.  If you would like a longer appointment, please see the teacher to arrange this at a different time.


After the holiday we will welcome Ms Amy Carter and Ms Laura Brandon to Ash and Willow classes every Thursday for five weeks.  They are trainee teachers doing an early placement to become familiar with the world of school.

Friends 100 Club

The first draw for the Dr South’s 100 Club took place on Thursday 19th October and the winners were as follows: 1st Prize – Madeleine Hollywood, 2nd Prize Sylvia Pearson, 3rd Prize – Dave Johnstone, with £41.50 going to The Sparkle Fund (which is used to pay for things such as the new playground markings).

The next draw is on 30th November and there are still numbers available to buy at £10 per number, please contact Nicole Tucker (Lily, Yr 3 and Grace, Reception).

Science Week

We have a whole school science week planned for the week beginning 6th November.  If you use science in your job and are happy to come and talk to the older children about it, please contact the office.

This week we congratulated:

  • Willow Class: Grace, for some brilliant number work;
  • Ash Class: Ella, for super maths work; Ehsan, for trying hard and getting on with his work;
  • Oak Class: Alice, for a fabulous model of Hadrian’s Wall; Charlie, for great work when rounding numbers;
  • Beech Class: Davina, for great instructions on how to make a pom-pom; Melina, for great logic in maths;
  • Sport Award: Noah, for enthusiasm and encouraging others; Matti for commitment and determination;
  • Art Award: Porsha, for her diligence and beautiful art work;
  • Cooking Award: Seth, for great work in the kitchen.

Our Christian Value for the term is Responsibility.  We thought this week about taking responsibility for family members and how we can live well in our family.

Future events (w/b 30th October)

All week:

  • Cookery – Oak Class
  • Art and Design – Year 4
  • Health and Fitness – Year 3
  • Miss Goater is away
  • Mrs Barnett is away


  • Forest School – Year 3
  • Reception Parent Consultations


  • Forest School – Year 5
  • Ash Parent Consultations


  • All Class Parent Consultations


  • Mr Morgan is at an academy meeting
  • All Class Parent Consultations


  • Finance audit

Dates for the year

  • 10/11/2017      2.30pm          Beech Class assembly
  • 17/11/2017                              Children in Need
  • 06/12/2017      2.00pm          St Nicholas service
  • 13/12/2017                              Children’s bazaar
  • 14/12/2017      9.15am          Willow Class Nativity
  • 19/12/2017      2.00pm          Nativity and carol service
  •                                                    End of term


  • 04/01/2018                              Start of term
  • 05/01/2018                              Pantomime trip
  • 19/01/2018                              Oak Class charity event
  • 02/02/2018                              Soup Lunch and Talent Show
  • 05/02/2018                              Beech Class residential
  • 12/02/2018 – 16/02/2018    Half term holiday
  • 21/02/2018                              Parent consultations (Reception upwards)
  • 22/02/2018                              Parent consultations (Reception upwards)
  • 01/03/2018                              World Book Day
  • 09/03/2018      2.30pm          Ash Class assembly
  • 16/03/2018                              Beech Class charity event
  • 27/03/2018      2.00pm          Holy Week service
  •                                                    End of term


  • 16/04/2018                              Start of term
  • 07/05/2018                              Bank Holiday – school closed
  • 14/05/2018                              Year 6 Assessment (SATS) week
  • 18/05/2018      2.30pm          Oak Class assembly
  • 24/05/2018                              May Day
  • 25/05/2018 – 01/06/2018    Half term holiday
  • 11/06/2018                              Year 1 phonic screening week
  • 15/06/2018                              Ash and Willow Class charity event
  • 03/07/2018                              Sport Morning and family picnic
  • 11/07/2018      2.00pm          Ash and Willow Class production
  • 19/07/2018      1.30pm          Oak and Beech Class production
  •                             6.00pm         Oak and Beech Class production
  • 23/07/2018                              Reserve Sport Morning
  • 25/07/2018      2.00pm          Leavers’ Service
  •                                                    End of term