Newsletter 2nd November 2018

Dear parents and carers,

Science Week

I hope your child has enjoyed Science Week.  There has been a real buzz around the school and great fun has been had in the after-school science clubs.  Many thanks to Miss Prud’homme for organising this, and to the Friends of Dr South’s for helping fund the scientist with visiting experiments on Thursday.

Thank you to those who have donated towards the after-school science activities.  If you would like to and feel able to donate some money towards resources if your child took part in these, please send it to the office.

Your child will bring home a booklet of activities today (one per family).  I hope you enjoy trying these out.


These will be available from the school office from Monday.  If you would like your child to have one, please ask them to come to the office first thing in the morning.

Request for materials

We are collecting resources for art.  If you have any glass jam jars (with or without lids) to spare, please bring them in to the office.  Many thanks.

Book Amnesty

We recently did a stocktake of books at school and have discovered that many of our sets of books are incomplete.  Please have a look at home to see if you have any lurking under the bed or at the back of shelves.  We are particularly keen to track down the ditty books we use for phonics (ReadWriteInc, RWI).

Many thanks.

Christmas Lunch

This will be on Tuesday 18th December.  We will be asking for definite numbers of children nearer the time, but in the meantime, please put it in your dairy.


We are delighted to announce that Mrs Cornish is pregnant and is expecting her first child in the spring.  We wish her well with this.  The school has started the process of recruiting a teacher to cover and we will keep you informed of progress with this.

Next week we welcome Miss Alice Rockett to Beech Class.  She is a student teacher who will be with us until 14th December.  I am sure you will make her welcome.

Islip Carol Concert

All children aged 7 and up are invited to sing in the carol service at 6pm on Sunday 16th December.  There will be rehearsals at 4pm on Sundays from 11th November to 9th December.  If you are interested, please contact for more details.

This week we congratulated:

  • Willow Class: Amelie, for writing a fantastic letter;
  • Ash Class: Sarah, for fantastic work on place value in maths; Emily, for skill in comparing and contrasting books;
  • Oak Class: Joe, for great enthusiasm during Science Week; Noah OB, for concentration during maths;
  • Beech Class: William, for an amazing sail-powered buggy; Aoife, for fabulous guided reading homework.
  • Cookery: Bella, for excellent effort and following instructions beautifully;

 Our Christian Value this term is Peace.  Ask your child how they use the Peace Garden at school.  Can they tell you any poems about peaceful places?

Future events (w/b 5th November)

All week

  • Cookery:                                  Ash
  • Art:                                           Year 1
  • Sport:                                       Year 2

Monday 5th

  • Forest School – Year 5

Tuesday 6th

  • Forest School – Year 3
  • Parent consultations

Wednesday 7th

  • Mrs Cornish is out in the morning – the class will be taught by Mrs Barnhill
  • Ms Rayner is out in the morning
  • Parent consultations

Thursday 8th

  • Parent consultations

Friday 9th

  • Beech Class swimming
  • The children will visit the church to see the World War 1 art installation

Dates for the year

  • 06/11/2018                               Parent consultations
  • 07/11/2018                               Parent consultations
  • 08/11/2018                               Parent consultations
  • 16/11/2018                               Children in Need – non-uniform and cake sale
  • 06/12/2018                               2.00pm – Christingle
  • 07/12/2018                               Visit from Bishop Colin
  • 11/12/2018                               9.30am Willow Nativity
  • 12/12/2018                               Oak and Beech classes singing to the Islip Lunch Club
  • 14/12/2018                               Children’s Bazaar
  •                                                      FODS party
  • 17/12/2108                               Pantomime trip
  • 18/12/2018                               Christmas Lunch
  • 19/12/2018                               2.00pm – Ash Nativity and Carol Service
  •                                                     3.15pm – end of term
  • 20/12/2018                               INSET day – school closed
  • 21/12/2018                               INSET day – school closed


  • 07/01/2019                               Start of term
  • 18/01/2019                               Non-uniform day raising funds for an international charity
  • 01/02/2019                               Ash Class Assembly
  • 08/02/2019                               Beech Class charity event
  • 14/02/2019                               Beech Class Junior Citizen trip
  • 15/02/2019                               Soup Lunch and Talent Show
  • 18/02/2019                               Half term week
  • 06/03/2019                               Parent consultations
  • 07/03/2019                               World Book Day
  • 07/03/2019                               Parent consultations
  • 15/03/2019                               Red Nose Day
  • 05/04/2019                               2.00pm – Stations of the Cross led by Oak Class
  •                                                     3.15pm – End of term


  • 23/04/2019                               Start of term
  • 03/05/2019                               Non-uniform day – bring a tombola prize
  • 06/05/2019                               Bank Holiday – school closed
  • 12/05/2018                               Big Bike Ride
  • 24/05/2019                               May Day
  • 27/05/2019                               Half term week
  • 03/06/2019                               INSET – school closed
  • 10/06/2019                               Beech Class residential week
  • 14/06/2019                               Ash and Willow Class Charity event
  • 02/07/2019                               Sport morning
  • 10/07/2019                               2.00pm – Ash and Willow Class production
  • 18/07/2019                               1.30pm and 6.00pm – Oak and Beech Class production
  • 24/07/2019                               2.00pm – Leavers’ Service