Newsletter 6th October 2017

Dear Parents,

Help your child with KS2 maths

Thank you to Mrs Watson and Mrs Cornish for running this.  There was a lot of information, both from this and the meeting on early maths.  Documentation from both presentations will be loaded on the website in the near future.  If you have any further questions about things to do at home, do ask one of the teachers.

Harvest Festival

Thank you for your contributions and support for this.  I hope you enjoyed the service.

Data Checking

Please make sure you have returned this. We need 100% return, so please send it back to save us chasing you.

100 Club

This is a reminder that we have numbers for sale for the 100 Club.  This is a new academic year and so if you have held numbers previously you need to re-purchase them in order to stay in the draws.  The numbers are £10 each for the whole year and this means that you will be entered into each of the 10 draws for the academic year.  If we manage to sell all 100 numbers it means that the Sparkle Fund receives £50 per month over the academic year to help fund enrichment for all our children (art resources, additional books etc).  The prizes for number holders are 1st prize £25, 2nd Prize £15, 3rd Prize £10.  If you would like a chance to win from the first draw on 19th October then please contact Nicole Tucker (Lily – Y3 & Grace – Reception).


I hope you and your children like the new markings.  We will be developing games with the children over the coming weeks.  Many thanks to the Friends of Dr South’s for funding this.


Next week we are joined by two students on work experience, Stanley Ward and Moritz Oberwinter.  They will be based in different locations around the school.

This week we congratulated:

  • Willow Class: Matthew, for a positive attitude to trying lots of new things;
  • Ash Class: Isabella, for super maths; Jack, for his enthusiastic learning;
  • Oak Class: Lily, for excellent time telling; Mia, for a dramatic performance in a Roman role play;
  • Beech Class: Sylvia, for excellent general knowledge about Ancient Egypt; Islay, for amazing instructions;
  • Sport Award: Amie, for showing great care and respect whilst participating in activities;
  • Art Award: Clara, for excellent design work and superb behaviour all week;

Certificates will be handed out in Monday’s assembly.

Our Christian Value for the term is Responsibility.  Ask the children how they show responsibility through giving.  Do they use resources wisely?

Future events (w/b 9th October)

All week

  • Cookery – Beech Class
  • Art and Design – Year 6
  • Health and Fitness – Year 5


  • Forest School – Year 4


  • Forest School – Year 6


  • Mrs Halsey is on a training course.


  • String lessons
  • All teachers are having maths training in the afternoon.

Dates for the year

  • 23/10/2017 – 27/10/2017    Half term holiday
  • 01/11/2017                              Parent consultations (Reception upwards)
  • 02/11/2017                              Parent consultations (Reception upwards)
  • 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