Newsletter 13th July 2018

Dear parents and carers,

Ash and Willow Production

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did; the children performed brilliantly and should be very proud of themselves.  Many thanks to the adults for preparing the children so well: Mrs Halsey, Miss Prud’homme, Mrs Barnett, Jessica and Nikki, with particular thanks to Mrs Jaggard for giving so freely of her time.

Oak and Beech Production

This will take place in the Village Hall at 1.30pm and 6.00pm on Thursday 19th July.  Do come along and enjoy yourself.  If you want to bring younger children, please bring them to the afternoon performance.  Children in the school will see the show during school time but are very welcome to return in the evening if they can sit quietly.

Annual Reports

The copies sent home today are intended for the main care-giver, and copies will be posted to separated parents whose address we have on file.  If, for any reason, you do not end up with a report, please contact the office.  Also, if addresses have changed, please let us know.

Parent Governor

Nominations for Parent Governor closed today at noon.  We will be sending ballot papers home on Monday so please watch out for them.  Thank you to those standing for election.

Forest School and The Jacobs’ Field

As you know, most of the children have spent time this year up at the field; I am very grateful to the owner for allowing us access so freely.  Thank you to Mrs Jaggard for leading the sessions.  Many thanks also to the supporting adults, both staff and volunteers; I am wary of mentioning them by name as I am bound to miss somebody out from the huge team we have, but thank you all.

The funding for trips to the Jacobs’ Field (Y1-2) comes from within the school budget and parental contributions, and the funding for Forest School (Y3-6) comes from the Lin Cooper Teaching Bursaries.  I am pleased to report that this funding has been renewed for next year, so it will continue in the autumn.  I try to send a report to the grantmakers each year to show the impact on the children, so if you have any thoughts you would like me to pass on, do please drop me an e-mail.

Islip Village Fete Thank You

A huge thank you to everyone who helped with the children’s activities and races at Islip Village Fete on Saturday. A lot of fun was had during the long, hot afternoon. The bouncy castle was a big hit and there were many happy children delighted with their painted faces, tattoos and hair feathers. Thank you also to Serinne, Mrs Jaggard and Miss Prud’homme for running the ever-popular Hoopla stall and lollipop game.

Friends AGM – Wednesday 18th July, 8pm

All are welcome at the Friends’ AGM on Wednesday 18th July at 8pm at Appleyard, Mill Street. We will be discussing the past year, thanking this year’s reps and electing reps and committee members for next year. Do come along, even if it is just to have a celebratory ‘nearly the end of term’ drink and nibbles! If you have any items for the agenda, please email them to

End of Year and Leavers’ Party – Wednesday 25th July

Please come along to celebrate the end of the school year and to say goodbye to the year 6s on Wednesday 25th July at Islip Village Hall. Willow and Ash classes are invited from 3.30 – 5pm, Oak and Beech classes are invited from 5-7pm. (If you have children across all the classes, they can all, of course, come to either or both slots!) There will be sausages/burgers and cupcakes and we have booked an inflatable obstacle course to help wear out the children completely! Tickets (£2.50) will be available next week. We hope very much that Year 6 children and parents in particular will be able to come to this final school event. There will be plenty of food for all but please bring your own drinks.

Site Security

Please note that the Lin Cooper Practical Skills Building is part of the school site, so we must maintain the same level of security in terms of parent access as we do across the rest of the school.  Please do not enter the building without a member of staff being there.  Also, please note that the accessible toilet is not available for general use.


Next week we are having an all-weather surface laid under the tree.  Please follow the safety signs to ensure you remain safe.  Many thanks to the Friends of Dr South’s for contributing towards this.


Next week we welcome back Mrs Talbot from maternity leave.  She will be working with different classes until the end of term before becoming the Ash Class teacher in the autumn.


Please remember to park appropriately when dropping off and collecting children.  We have had some complaints about cars on pavements – this is dangerous and illegal, so please make sure it is not you.

Our Christian Value this term is Perseverance.  Can your child tell you the story of The Hare and the Tortoise and explain what that can tell us about Perseverance?

This week we congratulated:

  • Willow Class: all of them, for a fantastic effort in the production;
  • Ash Class: all of them, for acting, singing and dancing so well in the production;
  • Oak Class:  Seth, for imaginative story writing; Marcus, for a fantastic attitude to literacy;
  • Beech Class: Sylvia, for fantastic work in topic lessons; Joseph for huge enthusiasm when learning about rivers.

 Future events (w/b 16th July)

All week:

  • Cookery – Ash Class
  • Art – Year 2
  • Sport – Year 1


  • 1.30pm and 6.00pm, Oak and Beech production


  • Transfer morning
  • Final Beech Class swimming

Dates for the year

  • 19/07/2018      1.30pm           Oak and Beech Class production
  •                             6.00pm          Oak and Beech Class production
  • 20/07/2018                              Transfer Morning – meet your new teacher
  • 25/07/2018      2.00pm           Leavers’ Service
  •                                                     End of term


  • 04/09/2018                              INSET day – school closed
  • 05/09/2018                              INSET day – school closed
  • 06/09/2018                              Start of term