What a busy week. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve blinked and missed a few days!

Last Saturday saw the three schools within the multi academy trust (MAT) coming together as local governing bodies and trustees. The session included talking about our vision and aims for the MAT and ways in which we can support each other to ensure that our children get the best possible outcomes and opportunities we can possibly give to them. I believe it is an exciting time for us and the MAT and look forward to collaborating with the two other schools more.

Governor update

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Felix Bellaby, a trustee and local governing body member (both at Manifold and Hollinsclough) has resigned from all of his positions. His support to our school and myself has been fantastic and I thank him from the bottom of my heart. He was an instrumental part in fixing our internet systems and always had the children’s best interests at heart. Being a local resident, he also put me in touch with some wonderful contacts. You, Felix will be sorely missed, however I hope you won’t be a stranger. The door will always be open and the kettle on!

Worship

Unfortunately I had a day full of meetings yesterday so was unable to attend our worship and celebration assembly. A big thank you to Miss Easter for leading everybody. Well done to all those who received certificates or brought in items from home. You are all superstars and make me very proud to work at Manifold.

Worship next Thursday 9th February.

Reverend Price will be leading us in worship next week. Unfortunately, I will be on a course. I look forward to hearing all about it from the children upon my return! Don’t forget you are all welcome to join us for worship on a Thursday morning at 9:05am.

Date for your diary!

We will be going to church on Wednesday 1st March at 2pm. Rev Price will be showing the children how the ashes are burnt. Children will have the opportunity to have an ash cross on their forehead. You are most welcome to join us.  

Meeting

Date:Monday 6th February.

Time: 3:15pm

Place: Manifold Church of England Academy meeting room (upstairs).

Childcare available via Stoke City football club or a crèche facility in school.

Did you know? All parents are automatically members of the PTFA when they join the school. We are aiming for another term of successful fundraising, and need your help to make it happen! Please join us if you can. The kettle will be on!

Help needed!

Thank you to all those who give up their time to help us. It is very much appreciated.

We are currently looking for volunteers to support us in a range of activities. We would love to hear from anybody willing to either listen to readers, or to accompany us to the swimming baths on a Friday morning. If you have some spare time and are willing to help, please speak to Mrs Virani ASAP.

E Safety

Thank you to all those who created E Safety posters at home this week. If your child hasn’t done one yet— it’s not too late! All posters will be displayed around the school in an attempt to reiterate to the children, the importance of E Safety. We will be looking more closely at E Safety as part of ‘Safer Internet Day 2017’ which will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February. We will be sending home further information about E Safety on Tuesday. Please support us in attempting to make the internet safer. Thank you.

PSHE lessons

We have arranged for our year 4 children to team up with children from St Bartholomew’s in Longnor for some PSHE lessons. This will be a 6 week block course (1 hour sessions each week during the school day) focusing on Healthy Friendships, Anger, Safety planning, Safe and Unsafe secrets. This will be a great opportunity for the children to form friendship groups before our visit to Laches Wood.

World Book Day

Further information relating to World Book Day activities will be shared shortly however as mentioned last week, we will be encouraging all staff and pupils to come to school in fancy dress (dressed as a book character of their choice). Please do not go out and buy something specially for the day—home made costumes are the best!

After seeing your fantastic ‘silly socks’ before

Christmas, we can’t wait to see your creations!

Stoke v Everton

Mrs Marchant and I had the pleasure of being guests at the Stoke v Everton match on Wednesday evening. It wasn’t all play though, as we were invited to offer feedback on their educational services. We look forward to working with the steering group closely over the next few months to ensure our children get fantastic opportunities. Thank you Mrs Marchant for accompanying me.

Phonics

We will be holding a phonics workshop on Wednesday 1st March at 3:15pm.

. The aims of the session will be to:

  • Share how phonics is taught
  • Develop parents’ confidence in helping their child with phonics and reading
  • To teach the basics of phonics and some useful phonics terms ? To outline the different stages/phases in phonics development
  • To show examples of activities and resources used to teach phonics
  • To provide you with information about the national phonics test in year 1

Thank you!

Big thanks to Mrs Trafford (Shirley) who never ever grumbles at the mess we make in school. This week’s carpet delights included pasta, rice and Chinese scented play dough! Thank you, Shirley!

Star awards

Well done to all our certificate winners this week. Keep up the fantastic work!

EYFS — Gwen

Year 1 — Macey and Zach

Years 2,3,4 — Jacob H and Edie

Christian value award — Joseph and Ellie

Golden table — Jake E and Fred

Dojo winners

1st – Ravenclaw

2nd – Gryfindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff

Reminder — Year 4 parents

If you have not yet sent in your £10 deposit for Laches Wood — please do so before half term. We need to confirm final numbers with the centre. For those unable to attend the meeting held on Wednesday, a kit list has been sent home via your child’s book bag.

Open door policy

I hope you would agree that all staff are approachable and have an open door and listening ear. Please can I ask, if you do need to speak to a member of staff, please try to do so at the end of the day in order to avoid disrupting the teaching and learning taking place. If your query is urgent, please speak to Mrs Ackers who will arrange for the class teacher to be released.

Early years foundation stage news

If you noticed any delicious smells wafting over the hills this week, they might have been coming from our very own Chinese Takeaway! The children have had great fun taking and making orders. The children loved using the chopsticks and learning about Chinese traditions. They particularly enjoyed making lucky red envelopes and filling them with sweets. The outdoor area looked cleaner than ever as the children ‘swept away the rubbish’ as we don’t have evil spirits in school!

Year 1 news

Year 1 have been busy reading the story, I Love You, Blue Kangaroo. They then worked hard to create story maps before acting out the story. They devised some fantastic questions for the fictional character, Blue Kangaroo, before playing hot seating! Children have also been enjoying answering their learning challenge question, ‘Is the Wii more fun than our grandparents’ old toys?’ Huge thanks to all the parents and grandparents for their support during the homework task last week. The children thoroughly en-

Years 2,3,4 news

There has been lots of persuasive writing taking place this week. The children used emotive language and rhetorical questions to encourage the reader to question the effects of landfill sites on animals and wildlife.   The children also enjoyed going outdoors for their Science lessons as they went in search of different plants. The children then drew pictures of what they could see, labelling the different parts.

Next week

I have a busy week filled with meetings and courses next week. All staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, I can be contacted via email.

Monday 6th February: Mrs Ackers attending a meeting at St Edward’s Primary School, Cheddleton

Tuesday 7th February: Mrs Ackers attending a head teacher's diocese meeting in Lichfield (9:30—3:30pm)

Wednesday 8th February: Cross country competition at St Edward’s middle school (Years 2,3,4) Keep everything crossed for some winners! Mrs Ackers—Understanding Christianity course— 4:00-5:30pm

Thursday 8th February: Mrs Ackers attending ‘New to Headship’ course in

Stafford. Rev Price leading worship. (9—4pm)

Friday 10th February: Mrs Ackers attending a Trustee meeting with the other principals (10am) Venue TBC

Illness

We have had 7 cases of chicken pox in school over the last two weeks. For more information on the incubation period, signs and symptoms, please visit: NHS Chickenpox

Please ring the office if your child is absent from school.