Dear Parents

Wow! Friday seems to be coming round quicker and quicker each week!

Thank you!

Thank you to all those who were able to join us for our worship and celebration assembly yesterday. We look forward to welcoming you all again next week and every Thursday morning.

Thank you also to all our volunteers. There are too many of you fantastic people to name individually, however, we want you to know that each and everyone of you is valued and thanked from the bottom of our hearts. Your help, whether it is visible in school or behind the scenes, allows us to do even more with the children and to make our school a better place. Thank you!

Thank you to Mr Wilkinson (Principal at Bursley Academy) for releasing Mrs Green for two days this week. Mrs Green (an experienced teacher) supported both staff and pupils delivering whole class teaching and some small group work, while also providing some CPD (continuing professional development) activities for the staff. Mrs Green has agreed to be our named INCO (Inclusion Coordinator). Therefore, we will have regular contact with her and be able to benefit from her wealth of experience. Thank you Mrs Green. We appreciate your help and support.

Star of the week

EY – Gwen

1/2 – James

3/4 – Joe

Christian Value

Friendship – Arianna Jack Gr

Dojo Winners

1st place

Gryffindor (Red)

2nd place (joint)

Slytherin (Green) and Hufflepuck (Yellow)

3rd place

Ravenclaw (Blue)

Attendance

1st place – All classes have 100% attendance (with the exception of nursery who legally do not need to be present). Well done to you all! Fantastic news. Keep it up!

Please try to ensure your child is in school as much as is possible, unless of course they are ill. A reminder that if your child is going to be absent from school you must ring school at 8:30 on the first morning they are absent, and this must be followed up with a letter explaining the absence on their return to school. Thank you for your cooperation.

PE kits

Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school every Monday.

Swimming

Please make sure your child has their swimming kit in school on Friday. Years 1-6

Monies

Please make sure all money is sent in in a clearly labelled envelope.

Middle School Admissions – September 2017

Year 4 children and their parents are invited to an open evening at Churnet View Middle School on Monday 26th September 2016 at 6:00pm. Hopefully, you will have received a letter from the school (sent home via your child yesterday).

After School Clubs

Our after school clubs all started this week. Thank you to all the staff, helpers and children for making the clubs possible. If anyone else is interested in supporting us at any of these clubs, listening to readers, accompanying the children to swimming, we would love to hear from you. We are particularly short of helpers for Art and Craft club on a Wednesday evening.

Day:

Club/Activity:

Staff members involved:

Cost:

Monday

Football

Stoke City Football Club

£3

Tuesday

Running club (12-12:30pm)

Choir (3:15pm)

Mrs Marchant and Miss

Easter

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Miss Perry and Mrs Ackers

No charge

 

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£2

Wednesday

Art and Craft club

Mrs Savage

£2

Thursday

‘Outrageous Outdoors’

Miss Easter, Miss Lipp and

Mrs Critchlow (alternate weeks)

£2

Friday

Dance

Mrs Ackers supported by

Miss Turner (every other week)

£2

Please remember to send any monies in for clubs in a named envelope. Please also send a snack and drink plus a change of clothes for football and dance. Outrageous outdoors will also need a change of clothes (preferably old clothing) plus Wellingtons and a coat.

Social media

As mentioned last week, we have a new Facebook page: Manifold CofE Academy. We are hoping to use the page to share photographs and examples of work in addition to providing you with updates regarding school life. Hopefully you all received a copy of our new consent form earlier this week. If you have not yet returned your completed form, may we urge you to do so on Monday 27th September as we are really keen to share our work with you and the wider community; however do not want to do so until we are certain that all families have given us permission. As safeguarding is our number one priority, children’s surnames will not be used under any circumstances. We would request parents also respect this rule when making comments under posts. Advice regarding this matter was sought at a level 2 safeguarding course (with police officers, social workers and health professionals). Unfortunately, Facebook settings do not allow us to request approval from admin for comments; therefore your support in both respecting our request and in monitoring activity will be greatly appreciated. Staff will also be closely monitoring the site and will endeavour to delete any comments as quickly as possible where they identify individual children. Hopefully though we can all work together to protect our children while sharing their successes with our immediate and wider community.

Online safety

More and more children of a younger age are accessing the internet. One of the features that is overlooked by parents but is a useful tool to help protect your children is ‘Restrictions’. By activating ‘Restrictions’ you can limit features on any Apple devices including in-app purchases, Facetime, Safari & Siri. You can also set age restrictions for the type of content your children are accessing. To do this on an iPad/ iPhone go to ‘Settings’ > ‘General’ scroll down and tap ‘Restrictions’. Select ‘Enable Restrictions’, put a restrictions passcode in (this is used to change or delete the restrictions on the device) and then select the restrictions you want to put on the device. We are hoping to deliver some ESafety training for all pupils and parents in the near future. Watch this space!

Paper work

On Monday we will be sending home a revised home school agreement. Please read, sign and return the completed form by Friday 1st October. Thank you.

Please note that copies of any slips attached to the newsletter that need to be completed and returned will be available from the school office should you need them.

Harvest – Pie and Pea Supper

Our Harvest service will take place on Thursday 20th October at 6:30pm in the school hall. We are hoping that all children will be able to join us for the first part of our service, if not the whole of the event. (Children will be able to have a lie in the next morning as it is an inset day.) If your child can not attend the service please could you inform their class teacher by Friday 1st October as we are beginning rehearsals and allocating parts!

Countyfile Ramble and Children In Need -Sunday October 9th at 2pm.

A ramble has been organised in response to Countryfile’s campaign where they are hoping as many people as possible will join them in harnessing the power of our rural landscape to raise money for some of Britain’s most disadvantaged youngsters over the weekend 8th-9th October. Further details are available in from the school office.

European Languages

Please accept my sincere apologies for the date error in last week’s ‘dates for your diary’ section. To celebrate European Languages Day, children will have the opportunity to learn some basic Welsh (Roald Dahl’s birthplace) on Monday 26th September.

Staffing and Trustees

As mentioned last week, the Trustees, following Mr Cooper’s recommendation, have agreed to help the school financially this term. The money will be used to secure a teacher to cover Y1/2 while Mrs Harris is absent from work. Mrs Etchells will be teaching in there for the immediate future. She will be present at the Parent Forum to say hello to you all. Due to Mrs Etchell teaching, I will commence my original teaching commitments next week (Monday afternoon: PPA covers Y1/2, Y3/4, all day Wednesday and Thursday afternoon in early years). The rest of my week will be centred on carrying out the role of a Principal (book scrutinies, lesson observations, teacher and pupil support to name a few things). Parents’ evening will be held over two dates to try and accommodate all families. Monday 7th November 3:30-5:00pm and Tuesday 8th November 5:00-6:30pm. Appointment sign-up sheets will be available soon. If these times and dates are not suitable, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you at a more convenient time.

PFA News

Don’t forget that ALL our parents are automatically part of our PFA! If you would like us to consider a particular event please let us know. Please be reminded that the next PFA meeting will take place after the Parent Forum meeting on 26th September at 3:15pm. The meeting will include discussing our first event, Harvest Celebration on Thursday 19th October at 6:30pm. Childcare will be provided (if necessary) to assist parents in attending the meeting. Coffee/tea and cakes will also be provided so please do try to come along. You will be very welcome. Before the meeting, please consider what time of day is best for you to attend a meeting and where you would like to meet (school or local pub) as we want as many people as possible to attend future meetings.

Church News

I was delighted to read in the local paper that an Interim Minister of Alstonefield, Butterton, Ilam, and Warslow with Elkstones & Wetton has recently been appointed. I am hoping to contact Prebendary Lawrence Price over the next couple of weeks to invite him into school and to hopefully lead us in worship.

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.

26th September 2016

European Languages Afternoon

26th September 2016

Parent Forum meeting followed by PFA (drinks and cakes provided!)

29th September 2016

School photographs (families, individuals and siblings)

9th October 2016

Countryfile Ramble 2pm

20th October 2016

Harvest celebration followed by pie and pea supper (PFA event) 6:30pm

21st October 2016

INSET

7th November 2016

Parents’ Evening (3:30 – 5:00pm)

8th November 2016

Parents’ Evening (5:00pm – 6:30pm)

3rd December 2016

Christmas Fayre

7th December 2016

Santa Steam Train (approximately £15*)

12th December 2016

Pantomime (approximately £15*)

*If you wish to start paying small amounts each week/fortnightly towards these trips, please see Mrs Virani who will be happy to help.

Have a fantastic weekend. See you all on Monday.

J Ackers

Mrs Ackers and the team

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Manifold Church of England Academy

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I can’t believe we have already reached the end of our second week. You’ve heard the saying, ‘Time flies when you’re having fun!’ We really do hope the children are enjoying being in school, despite us making them work hard!

Thank you!

Thank you for your patience while the internet lines are down. We are hoping to have the situation rectified by Monday (19th September), however a text will be sent to inform you once this has been successful.

Thank you also to all those who were able to join us for our Thursday worship and celebration assembly. We look forward to welcoming you all again next week. (Thursday 22nd at 9:05am followed by tea and coffee until approximately 10am.)

The results are in!

Thank you to all those who put themselves forward for one of our jobs! (School council, Eco council, Worship leader, team captain and librarian. We were really impressed with the effort some children went to in order to encourage people to vote for them. We had posters, talks and canvassing on the playground. We even had one entry from a sick bed! In order to teach the children one of our British values, we had a secret vote to elect our representatives and introduced the word democracy.

House Captain

Slytherin – Jake E

Ravenclaw – Eaton

Hufflepuff – Joe

Gryffindor - Edie

School council

Chloe

Grace

Ellie

Daisy

Jack P

Archie Evie

Sam G

Sam B

Eco council

Fred

Madeleine

Arianna

Jacob H

Hattie

Imogen

Forest council

Cora

Thomas

Martha

Jack G

Worship

Annie

Archie

Casey

Jack G

Eton

Edie

Librarian

Zac

Molly W

Well done to every single person who put themselves forward and to all those elected. The staff are looking forward to working with you.

 

Celebrations

Well done to our first stars of the week and to our children wining our Friendship certificate (awarded in recognition of children living out our Christian Value – Friendship). Well done also, to all our entrants for the ‘Reading in Unusual Places’ competition. We were delighted that Alex Wolvers from the Diocese agreed to judge it, as we were struggling due to so many fantastic ideas.

Star of the week

EY – Ellie

1/2 – Archie

3/4 – Edie

Christian Value

Friendship – Jack P, Evie

Reading in Unusual Places

Chloe and Isobel H

Jack G

Sam B

Mr Hall

Dojo Winners

1st place

Ravenclaw

2nd place

Gryffindor

3rd place (joint)

Hufflepuck Slytherin

Attendance

Every week we will publish a chart of individual class attendance. Children in the winning class will be awarded 2 Dojos each. Please try to ensure your child is in school as much as is possible, unless of course they are ill. Please note we have a 48 hour sickness and diahorrea policy. This is to try and prevent widespread outbreaks. Please use the time of the last bout of sickness or diahorrea to start the 48 hour period.

1st place – Y3/4

2nd place – Early Years

3rd place – Y1/2

Change of Details

It is essential that we have up to date contact numbers especially in the event of an emergency. If you have changed any personal details, especially phone contact numbers, over the summer please notify the Mrs Virani in writing as soon as possible.

Social media

As part of our commitment to improving communication with all stakeholders, we have opened a new facebook page: Manifold CofE Academy. We are hoping to use the page to share photographs and examples of work in addition to providing you with updates regarding school life (once our technical issues have been dealt with). Children’s surnames will not be used under any circumstances as safeguarding is our number one priority. A new consent form will be sent out on Monday.

Uniform

Thank you for supporting our school uniform code. We are aware that there had previously been little guidance with regards to the colour of socks, skirts, trousers etc. Therefore, if you have already purchased some items, please do not worry. Where possible though, please do try to adopt the code. Thank you. We have decided to amend the code slightly to include grey socks for girls.

After School Clubs

Our after school clubs will begin on Monday (19th September) and run from 3:15-4:15pm.

If any parents are interested in supporting at any of these clubs, please speak to the relevant staff member. All clubs are open to children all ages (Nursery – Year 4). In order to help cover the costs of heating, lighting and water, we will be making a small charge for some of the clubs. Please send your child’s money into school in a sealed, labelled envelope.

Day:

Club/Activity:

Staff members involved:

Cost:

Monday

Football

Stoke City Football Club

£3

Tuesday

Running club (12-12:30pm) Choir (3:15pm)

Mrs Marchant and Miss

Easter

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Miss Perry and Mrs Ackers

No charge

 

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£2

Wednesday

Art and Craft club

Mrs Savage and Mrs Goldstraw

£2

Thursday

‘Outrageous Outdoors’

Miss Easter, Miss Lipp and

Mrs Critchlow (alternate weeks)

£2

Friday

Dance

Mrs Ackers supported by

Miss Turner (every other week)

£2

We are in the process of creating a new school information pack containing such details which you will receive shortly.

 

Out of school/Holiday club

Thanks to Mrs Hill for organising the recent survey which looked at before and after school provision and holiday club care. The governors briefly discussed this as an agenda last night; however, we do not want to rush into something without ensuring that we are providing a quality provision at an affordable cost for parents. Therefore, we are going to invite Mrs Hill to attend our next meeting (after half term) to discuss the findings in more detail. The setting up of a provision is something we are keen to do, however, at the earliest it would be January if not after Easter. We will keep you updated of any developments.

Governing Body

The governing body met last night. It was agreed at the meeting that the word ‘interim’ be dropped as it implied that the governing body would only be active for a short space of time, possibly resulting in instability for the school. The current members are all extremely keen to see our school grow and develop and would like to be part of the whole journey as opposed to part of it. Therefore, it was agreed that the current members are the official, permanent members, with the view to growing the body in the future. Mrs Diane Beardsmore was elected as the chair.

Staffing and Trustees

The Trustees held their meeting at our school yesterday. Your hard work over the summer did not go unnoticed. They have asked me pass on their thanks to you all. Thank you!

As principal, I was invited to attend part of the meeting (alongside the two other principals) to discuss how the Trustees could possibly help our school to succeed. Following the meeting, the Trust have agreed to help the school financially this term. Special thanks to Mr Cooper, who as Executive Principal, put a strong case forwards on our behalf. (Contrary to popular belief – Mr Cooper is not a trustee and is as such unable to make decisions on behalf of the school. His role is to support the Principals and to help make suggestions to the Trust.) The money will be used to secure a teacher to cover Y1/2 while Mrs Harris is absent from work. Mr Cooper suggested to the Trustees that the appointment is made up until Christmas to allow staffing stability for the pupils with the added benefit of us having an additional teacher (upon Mrs Harris returning to work after the holiday) to carry out intervention groups. I have been in contact with an experienced teacher this afternoon, who I have arranged to observe teaching within our school on Monday morning. Please be assured that my priority is to find a quality teacher as opposed to a body in the school. Also, the person needs to be able to commit to the full length of time we are offering (until Christmas) as we need a stable workforce and more importantly, the children need to know who to expect in front of them each day.

Parent helpers

If you would like to help in anyway (ie listening to readers, accompanying the children to swimming) we would love to hear from you. If you are interested, please speak to Mrs Virani.

European Languages

To celebrate European Languages Day, children will have the opportunity to learn some basic Welsh

(Roald Dahl’s birthplace)

Dojo Winners

As mentioned last week, we have introduced Dojos as part of our new behaviour and rewards system (online reward system). Each individual can earn Dojos by being good and following our school values of Honesty, Respect, Self belief, determination, passion, teamwork, equality and excellence. These will then be counted and added to their team total with the winners being announced each Thursday. We have now roped the bus drivers into applying the same system, so children might come home with a little card saying, ‘Please award me 1 dojo.’ Please encourage your child to hand the card into their teacher the next morning.

Dinner money

Please send dinner money into school on a Monday. Please make sure this is in a clearly labelled envelope.

PE kits

Please make sure your child has their PE kit in school every Monday.

Swimming

Please make sure your child has their swimming kit in school on Friday. Years 1-6

Early years foundation stage

All of the children in school have settled in really well but we feel the children in the early years foundation stage should receive special praise for taking to school like ducks take to water. Well done.

Just to clarify – the early years provision that we offer at school is operating under two separate provisions but with the same teaching staff in each. The morning sessions are funded through the maintained nursery grant (15 hours free childcare) with the afternoon sessions operating via our governor run nursery (paid provision at £4 an hour). Unfortunately this means we are currently unable to offer flexibility in terms of accessing the 15 free hours. In simple terms this means – the children can stay with us every morning for free (9-12). If they wish to stay after 12 o’clock there will be a charge. You will be invoiced on a Friday for any afternoons attended in a week. Please make sure your bill is paid on a Monday. Thank you.

PFA News

Don’t forget that ALL our parents are automatically part of our PFA! If you would like us to consider a particular event please let us know. Please be reminded that the next PFA meeting will take place after the Parent Forum meeting on 26th September at 3:15pm. The meeting will include discussing our first event, Harvest Celebration on Thursday 19th October at 6:30pm. Childcare will be provided (if necessary) to assist parents in attending the meeting. Coffee/tea and cakes will also be provided so please do try to come along. You will be very welcome. Before the meeting, please consider what time of day is best for you to attend a meeting and where you would like to meet (school or local pub) as we want as many people as possible to attend future meetings.

Dates for your diary:

19th September 2016

European Languages Morning

19th September 2016

After school clubs start

23rd September 2016

Swimming starts (Y1-4)

26th September 2016

Parent Forum meeting followed by PFA (drinks and cakes provided!)

29th September 2016

School photographer (families, individuals and siblings)

20th October 2016

Harvest celebration followed by pie and pea supper (PFA event) 6:30pm

21st October 2016

INSET

3rd December 2016

Christmas Fayre

7th December 2016

Santa Steam Train (approximately £15*)

12th December 2016

Pantomime (approximately £15*)

*If you wish to start paying small amounts each week/fortnightly towards these trips, please see Mrs Virani who will be happy to help.

Staffing next week:

Mrs Etchells will be teaching in Y1/2 Monday morning (Mrs Ackers to observe)

Mrs Ackers will be out of school on Tuesday and Wednesday due to attending training courses and with the diocesan advisor on Thursday.

Miss Louise Simpson (Assistant Principal from Bursley) will be in school on Wednesday and Thursday to help with cover.

We will keep you updated regarding the appointment of a supply teacher for Y1/2.

Have a fantastic weekend. See you all on Monday.

J Ackers

Mrs Ackers and the team

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Welcome back to the start of a new academic year. I hope you all had a lovely summer. A very warm welcome to all our new children in the Early Years class (nursery and reception) and to Mrs Marchant, Oliver and William who have re-joined us. We are delighted to welcome you all to our Manifold family.

The children have all been fantastic this week. Well done girls and boys!

Thank you!

Words cannot express my gratitude for your hard work and support over the summer holidays. From the agricultural work, to moving and painting furniture, building resources, sharpening pencils, power washing and carpet cleaning, general tidying, display boards, securing furniture to walls and providing spare clothes (!) thank you so much. You were all fantastic.

Staffing news:

Unfortunately, Mrs Harris has contacted me today to say that she has been back to the Doctor and he has signed her off work until 21st October due to extreme morning sickness. We hope she is feeling better soon and look forward to welcoming her after half term. I have been in touch with Mr Cooper and the Interim Governing Board this morning to discuss cover arrangements. I will be teaching the class next week, supported by Miss Perry and Mrs Marchant on occasions. The following week, an experienced teacher from Bursley, Miss Simpson, will be joining us on Tuesday and Wednesday to cover me as I am attending a course (20th and 21st). I will keep you updated once firm decisions have been made. However, please be assured that the interests of the children are our priority. We will be avoiding using daily supply where at all possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Meet the Teacher

I have decided to postpone our ‘Meet the Teacher’ sessions due to Mrs Harris being absent. Please accept my sincere apologies for the change of date. Once a new date has been scheduled, I will be in touch. The meeting will involve meeting your child’s teacher and receiving an information pack, giving key information on the coming year.

Change of Details

It is essential that we have up to date contact numbers especially in the event of an emergency. If you have changed any personal details, especially phone contact numbers, over the summer please notify the Mrs Virani in writing as soon as possible.

Medicines

Asthma Register - it is a requirement of our Asthma Policy that we have a full and up to date register of the children in our school with asthma. If your child suffers with asthma please could you collect a registration form from the school office and return it to Mrs Virani as soon as possible. We will also need to keep an inhaler in school. This will be kept in the child’s class in order to ensure immediate access if necessary. We must have a new form completed at the beginning of each academic year. Alternatively, if your child no longer needs an inhaler please inform Mrs Virani in writing so we can remove their name from the register. If your child is diagnosed with asthma at a later date please ensure you inform Mrs Virani as soon as possible and ensure you complete a registration form. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Medicines in School - our school has a medicine policy in place, a copy of which is available to look at from the school office. The main points however are:

  • Staff are NOT permitted to administer ANY medication that has not been prescribed by a Doctor or Dentist.
  • If you require staff to administer prescribed medication it must be taken by a parent / representative to the school office and the relevant form completed
  • All medication must be collected from the office at the end of the school day by the parent / representative
  • Please do not send medication to school in children’s bags
  • Any child requiring the use of an inhaler or epi-pen please must speak to Mrs Virani so that the necessary form can be completed.

School dinners

Special thanks to Mrs Critchlow and Miss Lipp for their hard work and support in the canteen. Not only do they make the children delicious dinners, but they go over and above to help the staff, children and visitors feel welcome in the school. Please can I ask for your support in paying for school dinners on a Monday morning where possible. I am aware that children might wake up and want a dinner on different days. On these days, cash on the day is ok! Please can you send cash in, in a clearly labelled envelope. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to accept cheques or take payments in advance. We are also unable to allow parents to fall into arrears. We are currently looking into more convenient payment systems for parents so please bear with us. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.

Uniform

I would like to thank all our parents / carers for supporting our uniform policy - the children looked smart on their return / start days. Please can I remind you that:

  • Trainers and open toed shoes are not part of our school uniform. Shoes should be black and ideal for school purpose (i.e. not canvas or sports shoes).
  • Trousers and skirts (preferably grey. However I am aware that some of you will have bought black trousers over the holidays. Next September – will be moving to just grey colour.) ?Academy jumper/cardigan.
  • Polo shirts (preferably blue and with the school logo on. However, white will be acceptable for this academic year).
  • Socks should be white (girls) and grey or black (boys).
  • PE kits – black shorts, black pumps and school PE T shirt.
  • Hair that is shoulder length or longer MUST be tied back – including boys.
  • Hair accessories should be small and in school colours.
  • Earrings should only be small studs – your child must be able to remove their earrings for PE or you must provide plasters to cover them.
  • Nail varnish and tattoos are not permitted for school

It always amazes me how uniform manages to ‘sprout’ legs and disappear. Therefore, please ensure ALL uniform is named so that it can be returned to you if lost. Thank you for your cooperation.

After School Clubs

Our after school clubs will begin week beginning Monday 19th September and run from 3:15-4:15pm. The clubs are as follows:

Day:

Club/Activity:

Staff members involved:

Monday

Football

Stoke City Football Club

Tuesday

Running club (12-12:30pm)

Choir (3:15pm)

Mrs Marchant and Miss Easter

Miss Perry and Mrs Ackers

Wednesday

Art and Craft club

Mrs Savage and Mrs Goldstraw

Thursday

‘Outrageous Outdoors’

Miss Easter, Miss Lipp and Mrs

Critchlow (alternate weeks)

Friday

Dance

Mrs Ackers

If any parents are interested in supporting at any of these clubs, please speak to the relevant staff member. All clubs are open to children all ages (Nursery – Year 4). If your child is interested in attending any of them, please complete and return the slip at the bottom of the page by Wednesday 14th September. Please note there will be a £2 charge for clubs to help cover building costs. Further details of each club will be provided in next week’s newsletter.

House Teams

We have lots of exciting events planned for this academic year, starting with our ‘Reading in Unusual Places’ competition being judged on Monday 12th September by Alex Wolvers (Christian Distinctiveness Adviser from the Diocese) followed by our Roald Dahl day on Tuesday (13th).

House Teams

We believe all children should be given a sense of belonging within our school community through encouragement to be positive role models and be part of a supportive team. As a result, every child (and each staff member) has been assigned to one of our four ‘houses’. Each house is made of pupils of different ages from Nursery through to Year 4. The house system creates friendly competition, promotes good work and behaviour, encourages teamwork, provides opportunities to take on responsibilities and brings everyone in the school together.

The children held a vote to decide on the team names:

Gryffindor

Red

Mrs Harris and Mrs Savage?

Hufflepuff

Yellow

Miss Perry, Mrs Critchlow and Mrs Goldstraw

Ravenclaw

Blue

Miss Easter and Mrs Virani

Slytherin

Green

Mrs Ackers, Miss Marchant and Miss Lipp

Our Year 3 and 4 pupils have been invited to apply for position of House Captain for each of the four houses. The successful candidates will act as role models to young pupils as well as develop and demonstrate their leadership skills. Throughout this year our House captains will: ? Demonstrate the school’s CORE VALUES and promote these within their house ? Represent our school when visitors attend.

Everybody in the school has been invited to nominate themselves to join our Student Council, Worship Committee, Eco Council or to be a school librarian. Anyone interested in applying for a position (house captain, worship committee, eco council or librarian) should consider how they will ‘sell’ themselves to the rest of the school community. Children will have the opportunity to put their pitch forward on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before we ‘go to the polls’ on Wednesday 14th September. The results will be announced on Thursday 15th during our celebration assembly – to which you are all invited.

Dojo Winners

As part of our new behaviour and rewards system, we have introduced Dojos (online reward system). Each individual can earn Dojos by being good and following our school values of Honesty, Respect, Self belief, determination, passion, teamwork, equality and excellence. These will then be counted and added to their team total with the winners being announced each Thursday.

Certificates

Two children will be selected each Thursday to receive our Christian Values award. This half term, our focus will be on friendship. Anyone displaying acts of friendship across the week will be considered for a certificate (all ages). One child in each class will also be selected to receive our ‘Star of the week’ certificate. This will be awarded to children who have tried their best, shown resilience, produced fantastic work etc. All parents are invited to join us for our Thursday morning Worship and Celebration Assembly (9:00-9:40am approximately.) You are then welcome to stay for a cup of tea/coffee in the dining hall (until 10am when the preschool children enter for their snack).

Attendance

Every week we will publish a chart of individual class attendance. Children in the winning class will be awarded 2 Dojos each. Please try to ensure your child is in school as much as is possible, unless of course they are ill.

PFA News

Don’t forget that ALL our parents are automatically part of our PFA! We will soon be giving details of events we have planned but we are always welcome to suggestions. If you would like us to consider a particular event please let us know. Please be reminded that the next PFA meeting will take place after the Parent Forum meeting on 26th September at 3:15pm. Childcare will be provided if necessary. Coffee/tea and cakes will also be provided so please do try to come along. You will be very welcome.

Up and Coming Events

We have lots of exciting things planned for this half term. Some of these details can be found on the attached attendance newsletter. Don’t forget to send in your Reading in Unusual Places photographs on Monday 12th September. We don’t have many entries yet. In fact, there are more staff entries than pupils! There are 3 prizes available. Get reading and snapping!

Pre-school

I would like to formally thank Sarah and the rest of the pre-school team for their cooperation in amending the preschool pick up/drop off points this week. Although the preschool is a private provider and not officially linked to the school, we are keen to work closely with them to ensure that the children’s transition between settings runs smoothly. If you have children aged 18 months upwards, or know of any in your neighbourhood, please consider using/recommending the setting. We hope to welcome the preschool children and staff to join in with some of our school events over the coming year.

Dates for your diary:

12th September

Reading in Unusual Places Competition Deadline

13th September

Roald Dahl Day (fancy dress)

14th September

Polling day! (House captains, Eco Council, Worship Committee,

Student Council, Librarian)

15th September

Celebration Assembly (announcement of badge winners and certificates)

19th September

After school clubs start

26th September

European Languages Morning

Parent Forum meeting followed by PFA (drinks and cakes provided!)

23rd September

Swimming starts (Y1-4)

20th October (TBC)

Harvest celebration followed by pie and pea supper (PFA event)

21st October

INSET DAY

24th – 28th October

HALF TERM

29th October (TBC)

School photographer (families, individuals and siblings)

1st November

Parents’ Evening (3:30-5:00pm)

2nd November

Parents’ Evening (5:00 – 6:30pm)

7th December (TBC)

Santa Steam Train (approximately £15*)

12th December

Pantomime (approximately £15*)

Other dates will be sent over the next few weeks. Please note – some of the above are subject to change.

*If you wish to start paying small amounts each week/fortnightly towards these trips, please see Mrs Virani who will be happy to help.

Thanks for taking the time to read this newsletter. Have a fantastic weekend. See you all on Monday.

J Ackers

Mrs Ackers