Christmas Fayre

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Christmas fayre last weekend. Thank you to you all for your donations on our ‘fine days’ and then putting your hands in your pockets and supporting us through buying raffle tickets and goods on the day. Thank you to the volunteers who gave up their time to help us prepare before and on the day. Thank you to the stall holders and reindeers who supported us and helped to draw in members from the wider community. Special thanks to Father Christmas for making time in his busy schedule to come and visit us in person. Well done to the children for singing in front of a crowd. Thanks to Barbara for accompanying us so well on the piano. Without all of your kindness and support the fayre wouldn’t have been as successful as it was. You helped us to raise an incredible £1700! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Santa Steam Train Trip

As you know, we went to see Santa on Wednesday. We all had a great time. It was made even better thanks to the lovely manners and fantastic behaviour demonstrated by all pupils. Thank you for contributing towards the trip - everyone had a great time.

Pantomime

As you know, we are going to Buxton Theatre on Monday 12th December to watch Snow White. Huge thanks to the Robertsons and their company, Sector UK, for funding the trip. We are extremely grateful. Please send a small bag of sweets and a disposable drink (not fizzy) for your child to enjoy during the show. Please make sure you have made travel arrangements for your child(children) after the performance. We will be back at school at approximately 4:45pm.

Norovirus

The Norovirus (winter vomiting bug), seems to be making an appearance in school. As the bug is still infectious for up to 48 hours, if your child suffers from vomiting or diarrhoea they must stay away from school for 48 hours after the last bout of the illness. This will help to reduce the spread of the illness. Please also promote hand washing with your child/children as this will help us to prevent germs spreading. Thank you for your support in this matter.

Open morning

Thank you to those who were able to attend our open morning on Tuesday. We showed 6 people around the school. If you were unable to attend but would like to have a nosey at some point, please let me know and we will arrange something. If you know anyone else that might be interested in coming to have a nosey, please spread the word! It would be lovely to share our work with people and also to see numbers grow at Manifold.

Parent consultation

Thank you to those who were able to attend our public consultation meeting with Mark Jones from Proludic on Monday. It was lovely to welcome Councillor Heath, Kevin Thomson, Park Wildlife ranger - and Rob Faulkner the Chair of the Parish council to the meeting. We also received communications expressing their support for the initiative from other members of the community including Laura

Gordon and The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP. The general consensus seemed to be that people would be interested in pursuing the idea. We now plan to seek the views of parents and community members – including those covering a wide radius – via a questionnaire. A further meeting in the New Year will then take place with Mark Jones who will draw up some plans following conversations with Peak Park. Please keep everything crossed that they support the idea!

Roman Project

Wow!! What fantastic work Years 3/4 have created for their homework. Their fantastic work will be on display in school for parents to see on Monday 12th December between 4:45 – 5:00pm. We hope you can join us.

Education city

Our trial with education city comes to an end this weekend. Thank you to all those who provided feedback. I have a meeting with one of their consultants on Monday to decide on the next plan of action and to find out more details about what they offer. I will keep you informed once I know more.

Homework this week is:

Early years – practise counting up to and back from 20

Years 1 and 2 – practise number bonds

Years 3 and 4 – practise times tables (up to 12x)

Nativity

The children have been busy preparing for their Nativity concerts on Wednesday 14th December. If your child is not staying for tea, please make sure they are back at school by 5:30pm for the evening performance. After the performance, refreshments will be available (included in the ticket price) while the children gather their belongings. We will then dismiss the children from their classrooms to ensure that all children go home with the appropriate guardians.

15th December

Hopefully you have all received your invite to our ‘Thank you Afternoon Tea’ on Thursday afternoon at 1pm. The children are going to prepare and wait on you as our way of thanking you for your support over the last term. The invite is for 1 adult per child. Please complete and return the attached slip on Monday so that the children can start work on their maths activity – calculating the number of pieces of bread required, the amount of ingredients needed for cakes etc. Please also record any dietary requirements.

Please note there will be no celebration assembly on Thursday morning. We look forward to welcoming you again after the holidays.

16th December 2016

You are all welcome to join us in church at 9:30am for a service led by Rev Price. You are then welcome to join us in school for a morning of crafts and an afternoon of dancing. This will be a joint venture between us, pre-school and Manifold Monkeys. The pre-school will be selling raffle tickets for a Christmas hamper on the 16th so please bring some money and support them if you can.

Reception Admissions – September 2017

The reception class 2017 admission process is still open. If you have a child who will turn 5 before 31st August 2018, (or know someone who does!) please consider sending them to our fantastic school.

Nursery admissions

As you know, we now offer full day provision to children aged 3 and over in our early years foundation stage. Children can join us the term after their third birthday. Don’t forget, we are also very fortunate to have a private provider onsite offering childcare provision from 18 months. Again, please help us to spread the word.

Years 5/6

As mentioned in a previous letter, we are able to take children for years 5 and 6. We would appreciate it if you could return the form below to give us an idea of interest.

Piano tuition

As mentioned in previous weeks, Barbara Fouldes, a Warslow resident, is offering piano tuition (for a small charge – paid directly by the parents) either within the school (at lunchtime or after school) or at her home. Barbara accompanied the children in their singing at the Christmas fayre. For more information, please contact Barbara on 01298 687405 or Mrs Virani in the school office.

Treasure hunt

Ever thought of doing a treasure hunt on Christmas Day? Why not go one step further, hide the presents and do a treasure hunt from Father Christmas! Have a look at www.tracetheplace.co.uk. All the clues are free, you don’t have to register and in addition, there are details of how to put it together. It’s not only good fun for the children!

Free singing workshop – Lichfield Cathedral School - Saturday 21st January, 9:30am – 2:00pm. Learn how to sing choral music in Lichfield Cathedral. Please see the attached flyer and booking form for more information. Alternatively, call 01532306168.

Please note – the school does not endorse the above companies, we are merely passing on information.

The results are in/Celebrations

Well done to everyone this week! All children received a special star award for their behaviour during our Santa Steam Train trip. Keep up the good manners!

Dojo winners

Ravenclaw – 1st place

Hufflepuff – 2nd place

Slytherin – 3rd place

Gryffindor – 4th place

Well done to all the children in Gryffindor. They are the overall winners of our Dojo competition this half term. Children in this house team will be rewarded during school time on Tuesday.

Dates for your diary:

Please note these dates are subject to change; including cancellations, additional or date changes. We will try to keep these to the absolute minimum, but sometimes things are totally out of our control.

12th December 2016

Pantomime – bus returns to school at 4:45pm (approx)

14th December 2016

Whole school Christmas Concert 1:30pm and 5:30pm (£2 a ticket)

15th December 2016

1 family member per child to attend school in the afternoon if possible!

16th December 2016

Service in church led by Rev Price 9:30am

Followed by Christmas crafts and party! Parents will be welcome to join us.

Have a fantastic weekend. See you all on Monday for the last week of term!   J Ackers

Mrs Ackers and the team

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Child’s name: ___________________________________ Class: __________________________

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Thank you afternoon tea

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I/We(*) will/will not be attending the afternoon tea on Thursday 15th December at 1pm. (Please delete as appropriate)

(*) Please note it is one invite per child – therefore if you have two children in school, two adults are able to attend.

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Dietary requirements:

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