Newsletter 14th October 2016

Dear Parents,


I have been talking with the children about how to improve playtimes.  We have come up with various rules and will see what difference they make.  Please note that we will always encourage children to put their coats on in the autumn weather, but the presumption is that the children get outside whenever possible; if your child does not have a coat, they may get wet and cold.

Beech Class Sharing Assembly

This will take place in the school hall at 2.30pm next Friday (please note date change).  All family and friends are welcome to come and find out what they have been learning.

Hundred Club

The Friends of Dr South’s run the Hundred Club as a way of raising funds for some of the enrichment activities we do at school.  The numbers are on sale now, so see Tracey Hudson (Noah – Y2) for more details or to buy tickets.  The first draw will take place next Thursday, so buy your number now to ensure you are entered in time.

Forest School

Many thanks to parents and friends who have dropped off bags of conkers, acorns and sticks lately for Forest School activities – they have been well used and enjoyed.  We also require a few longer branches for den building and saw work so please let the office know or talk to Mrs Jaggard if you are planning garden works.  As the colder weather approaches the children will need to wear plenty of layers, waterproof trousers and sturdy footwear in order to stay warm and comfortable while they work outside each week.  We are currently in need of some spare waterproof jackets and wellingtons (size 12 upwards) so please let us know if you are willing to donate these to us.

This week we congratulated:

  • Willow Class: Emily, for thinking of lovely sentences during phonics;
  • Ash Class: Logan, for super maths work; Louis, for great calculations;
  • Oak Class: Marcus, for working so hard in everything; Ruby, for great adverbials homework;
  • Beech Class: Islay, for a superb leaflet on coastal erosion; Parnia, for showing good concentration in maths.

Future events (w/b 17th October)

All week

  • Cookery – Year 6
  • Cooper Building – Year 6
  • Sport – Year 5


  • Forest School – Year 4
  • Miss Preedy, Miss Goater and Mrs Travis are on a phonics training course


  • No Forest School for Year 6
  • Ms Rayner is on a finance training course in the morning
  • Miss Prud’homme is on a training course in the afternoon
  • 3.00pm – Beech Class are running a charity event


  • Oak Class are on a Stone Age Day trip
  • Mr Morgan is at an academy conversion meeting in the afternoon


  • String lessons
  • Some children from Beech Class are at a tag rugby tournament
  • Mr Morgan is at an academy ethos meeting in the afternoon


  • Beech Class swimming
  • Willow Class are welcoming an external advisor for the morning
  • 2.30pm – Beech Class sharing assembly

Useful dates for the term

18/10/16          3.00pm            Beech Class charity event

19/10/16                                   Oak Class trip

21/10/16          2.30pm            Beech sharing assembly

21/10/16          3.15pm            Start of half-term holiday

31/10/16          8.50am            Return to school

09/11/16                                   Parent consultations

10/11/16                                   Parent consultations

11/11/16          10.45am         Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial

06/12/16          2.00pm           Christingle service

08/12/16          9.15am          Willow Class nativity

12/12/16                                  Children’s bazaar

16/12/16          2.00pm          Carol service and nativity

Our Christian value for the term is Friendship.  Ask your child about how to make Pumpkin Soup!  Ask also about the work of Elizabeth Fry.