Friday, 11 November 2011

Newsletter 11.11.11 Blog Edition

Newsletter 11.11.11 Blog Edition

I am sure you will be aware that the 30th November is a day of industrial action for Headteachers and teaching staff. Staff have not yet made a decision whether to follow their union advice or not. We will be making a decision early next week; I would urge you to consider having a contingency plan in case the school is closed.

Please do remember that no children should be in the playground before 8.45am in the mornings.

Next week we will be raising money for Children In Need. On Thursday the School Council will be holding a ‘bake sale’ -children have been encouraged to bake either a sweet or savoury item which they should bring into school in the morning for the sale at 3.15pm. Friday is non uniform day when the children are asked to donate £1 if they would like to join in the ‘Crazy dress’ day. The children are allowed to wear pyjamas (with clothes underneath), inside out or back-to-front clothes, crazy colours or anything silly. They must not wear any face paints, high heeled shoes or make up.

Thank you to all of the pupils who have bought a poppy this week.

Well done to the Learners of the Week, we are very proud of you all.
Our theme for this half term is “Understanding Others”.
w/b 7th November 2011

EYFS Lauren Beech – being willing to share and consider others
Yr 1 Jessica Poulter - listening well and thinking of others
Yr 2 Max Heal - listening well and thinking of others
Yr 3 Samuel Pesez – listening to others’ problems
Yr 4 Ethan Russell – considering what others had to say in a debate and asking relevant
Yr 5 George Kershaw – giving others the chance to share their knowledge about Henry VIII
Yr 6 Rachel Key – reviewing her writing and improving it

I hope that you have a good weekend.
Paul Driver

Curriculum Workshop
The Curriculum Workshop will be held in the school hall on Tuesday 15th November at 3.30pm. and will last for approximately half an hour. Crèches will be available in the classrooms for children of all ages. This is an opportunity to learn more about our exciting new curriculum. Please come and find out more about your child’s learning.

External stall holders: If you would like to book a table at the Christmas Fair on Saturday 4th December please contact Fiona Ryan or speak to another member of FOHBS in the playground.

May Ball 2012: letters have gone out today about next year’s May Ball. If you would like to book a table of 8 or 10 please complete the booking form and return to the FOHBS tray as soon as possible.

Round Table Carnival May 2012
We have been invited to enter a ‘motorised float’ into the Carnival parade on Sunday 20th May 2012. The Rotary Club will pay £100 to any group or school willing to enter a vehicle of some sort. We would like to participate as a school and are looking for a group of keen, creative parents to be in charge of this exciting venture. If anybody would like to lead this or be involved in any way, please come and tell the office staff.

w/b November 14th ....................... Anti Bullying Week
Tuesday 15th November.................. Curriculum Workshop School Hall 3.30pm
Wednesday 16th November ......... HSOA Thanksgiving Service 9am - School Council to attend
Thursday 17th November................. Children In Need Bake Sale 3.15pm
Friday 18th November ..................... Children in Need – Crazy Dress Day – bring min. £1 donation
Tuesday 22nd November .............. Year 5 Hazard Alley Visit
Wednesday 23rd November ........... Open Morning for EYFS starters 2012 (9.30 – 11.30am)
Thursday 24th November ............. Year 4 Cake Sale
Friday 25th November .......... Occasional Day – School closed
Wednesday 30th November ........... Open Morning for EYFS starters 2012 (9.30 – 11.30am)
Possible Strike Day
Friday 2nd December ..................... NON UNIFORM DAY – bring a bottle for the tombola stall
Wednesday 7th December.............. Rotary Carol Concert 7.30pm
Thursday 8th December .................. Nativity 2pm
Friday 9th December ....................... Open Morning for EYFS starters 2012 (9.30 – 11.30am)
Friday 9th December ....................... Nativity 6.30pm
Tuesday 13th December ................. Whole School Panto Visit (pm)
Friday 16th December ..................... Term Ends 2pm

Letters Sent Home

9.11.11 – School Councillor Thanksgiving service letter
10.11.11 - Christmas Lunch – those children who are normally have packed lunches.
11.11.11 – FOHBs May Ball

Friday, 4 November 2011

Newsletter 04.11.11 Blog edition

Newsletter 4th November 2011 - Blog Edition
I hope that you all had a restful half term break. The children certainly seem to have been very busy. I have enjoyed hearing about the various trips and activities they have been involved in.

Thank you to everybody who filled a Shoebox for the Rotary appeal. I am very pleased to announce that we filled 106 boxes this year. Thank you to the school council for organising this appeal. The Rotarians collecting the boxes were overwhelmed by the number of boxes.

We enjoyed a wonderful day with Phil from Zoofari on Thursday. The children experienced a number of animals including a 15ft Python, a meerkat and tortoise. They all learnt a great deal about each of the creatures and their habitats.

Poppies will be on sale on Monday. We are asking for a minimum donation of 20p.

Thank you to everybody who supported the cake sale on Fri 21st Oct. Year 5 raised £53.75. Thank you to all of FoHBs for their support.

Thank you also to FoHBs for their recent donation of £3000 to the school. Which has enabled us to order six i pads with a docking / charging / synchronising station. The I Pads will be available for all of the children throughout the school once the Apps have been loaded on to them. The educational uses for i pads are vast and we are very excited about using them to further enhance and enrich our curriculum.

Please remember that nobody should be in the playground before 8.45am. There is no member of staff on duty until this time the school is not responsible for the children, so they are not insured if there was to be an accident.

Well done to the Learners of the week, we are very proud of you all.
W/b 17th October 2011

EYFS Lauren Dent – working hard to improve her writing
Yr 1 Kerry Mawditt- working hard to improve her phonics
Yr 2 Madeline Roy – making improvements to her vehicle
Yr 3 Thomas Dadswell – improved handwriting
Yr 4 Thomas Crawford – working hard to improve his writing
Yr 5 Georgia Clothier – continuously improving her survival story
Yr 6 Alfie Reed – improvement in handwriting

I hope that you have good weekend.
Paul Driver

EYFS Christmas Concert
This year our Foundation Stage children (EYFS) will not be involved in the Infant Nativity due to the larger intake of children. We can not fit 90 children on to the stage or their parents into the hall. The EYFS children will be performing a Christmas Concert on the 9th December at 2.45pm to which all parents / carers are warmly invited.

School Council News
Children In Need Day
This year Children In Need Day is Friday 18th November and we will be having a non uniform day.
The School Council are asking children to dress in ‘Crazy Dress’, for example, wearing pyjamas (over normal clothes), dressing up outfits or something unusual. In order to take part each child will need to bring in a minimum donation of £1.
On Thursday 17th November we will be holding a Blue Peter Bake Sale and we would like everyone to bring in something they have baked at home for us to sell at 3pm. We would like both savoury and sweet items. Please mark any items that may cause allergies and remember nothing must contain any nuts or trace of nuts.
We are holding a design a poster competition to advertise the Bake Sale. Please design a poster on an A4 piece of paper. This is to handed to your class councillor by Fri 11th Nov, don’t forget your name and class on the back!

Christmas Cards
Christmas cards were sent home yesterday. If you would like to purchase any Christmas Cards the orders must be returned to the school office by Thursday 17th November.

Parents premises group

I am interesting in starting a parent / carer premises group to complete small tasks around the school on a Saturday morning. We will be able to offer food and coffee in exchange for any support that you may be able to offer this may include painting / gardening etc. We currently have a project which we do require some expertise with. I would like to build a path to the Gazebo in order to be able to use it all year round. I have the slabs and other materials but would really appreciate support from anybody with building expertise in laying the path, together with support from other parents/carers.

If you are would like to help in the premises group please give in your name to the school office. I would like to hold one ‘meeting’ before the Christmas Holidays. If you are able to help lead the ‘path project’ please contact Mr Driver.

Parent / carer forum
The parent / carer forum met today for the first time this year. Thank you to all of the parents/carers for attending. A Parent Forum Update will be sent out with next week’s newsletter. We will include in each newsletter a section which details all of the letters sent out this week from school – a point raised at the forum today.

Letters sent home this week
Yr 5 Hazard Alley – 1/11
Yr 3 Cookery Club participants for next ½ term 1/11
FoHBs newsletter - today