Trust update

I met with the Trustees and Principals this morning to discuss ways in which we can move the trust forwards for the benefit of all children involved. It is a very exciting time for us as a school and as part of the wider multi academy trust. I am particularly looking forward to some collaborative work across the three schools, both at pupil and staff level. I firmly believe that together we can share effective practice across the MAT and create wonderful opportunities for our children.

Governor update

I am delighted to inform you that our governing body continues to grow in both strength and numbers. Judy Holt will meet the rest of committee next week when we have our Spring term meeting. Our new website will hold lots of information about governance including short biographies of the governors. The role of the governing board is absolutely key to the effectiveness of a school. I am extremely grateful for the time, energy and commitment our governing body puts into ensuring that our school is the best it can be. Each and every governor wants to make a positive contribution to your child's/children’s education. Thank you all.

Valentines disco

Hopefully you have all been digging out your dancing shoes and polishing your dancing skills in preparation for our PTFA Valentine’s disco. The event runs on Friday 17th February from 3— 4:30pm. For those too embarrassed to boogie, there will be tea and coffee available while you sit and take the weight off your feet. There will be a £2.50 entrance fee (per child) and this will include sweets and a juice drink. Water will also be available. 

Date for your diary

We will be going to church on Wednesday 1st March at 2pm. The children will be involved in an Ash Wednesday service, officiated by Reverend Price. The service will be followed by a phonics evening for parents in school at 3:15pm.

This will be accompanied by fair trade tea/coffee and cake as part of Fairtrade fortnight. We hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us.

Star awards

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

EYFS — Emily

Year 1 — Thomas

Years 2,3,4 — Jack Gr

Golden table — William and Grace

Worship

Reverend Price visited school on Thursday to lead the children in worship. I enjoyed listening to the children’s recounts of the message he was delivering — that we can love in different ways.

Hair styles

I am sure many children will be going for haircuts over the holidays. Please remember extremely short hairstyles, lines and extreme hairstyles are not permitted in school.

Help needed!

We would love to hear from anybody willing to listen to readers. Full support will be provided by the class teacher. If you have some spare time (even if it is just 20 minutes) and are willing to help, please speak to Mrs Virani ASAP.

Year 4 — Laches wood

Final call! We need to finalise numbers next week. Thank you!

British values

We actively promote British Values through ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes real opportunities for exploring these values.

Democracy

Democratic values are an explicit part of the ethos at Manifold Church of England Academy and Pupil Voice has a high profile. All adults listen to the views of the pupils and respect their opinions. Pupils are actively involved in agreeing classroom rules and understand the rewards of following agreed rules and the consequences of failing to adhere to the rules that have been agreed. Every child is given the opportunity to feed ideas into our Student Council. The elections of the School Council members were based solely on pupil votes, reflecting our British electoral system and demonstrating democracy in action.

The Rule of Law

The importance of laws and rules are consistently reinforced in the classroom, as well as through school worship. Pupils are taught to understand the need for laws - that they are there for individual protection, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Pupils follow a positive behaviour policy and clearly understand the rewards and sanctions that are used. We are hoping that future visits from local road safety officers and police officers will help to reinforce such messages.

Individual Liberty

Pupils are actively encouraged to make independent choices knowing that they are in a safe, secure and supportive environment. We provide boundaries for pupils to make choices safely. We encourage pupils to see themselves as unique individuals able to make a unique contribution to building community. Developing their self-esteem and self-confidence is very important to us all. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights, responsibilities and personal freedoms and receive advice about how to exercise these safely, for example through discussions of E-Safety and whole school responsibilities. All pupils are keen to support charities, whether local, national or global. They are taught consideration for others through our Religious Education curriculum and PSHE lessons in particular.

Mutual Respect

Pupils and staff model respect at all times. The school promotes respect for others and this is reinforced through collective worship, our classroom and learning environments as well as extra-curricular activities such as sport. Our school’s ethos and behaviour policy are based on Gospel values, Love Jesus, Love Others, Love Learning, Love Life (John). In line with our commitment to democracy, pupils are always able to voice their opinions as we foster an environment where they can debate ideas and are safe to disagree with each other. We encourage pupils to communicate honestly and openly and to understand the value of cooperation and consensus as well as decision making through voting. Our golden table encourages children to debate and come to an agreement through cooperation about which staff member they would like to join them at the table. Our ‘What would Jesus do’ board encourages children to consider their actions and that of their peers.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

As a Christian school, we actively teach and encourage pupils to develop positive values and understand their own beliefs within a culturally diverse society. Acts of worship and class work promote the diversity of society and the right for each person to be respected and valued equally regardless of ability, gender, faith, heritage or race. We are hoping to offer pupils’ opportunities to experience such diversity within the wider community through visits, for example, to a Temple and through members of different faiths or religions being invited to school to share their knowledge and enhance learning within assemblies and in class.

Phonics session

Wednesday 1st March at 3:05pm

The aims of the session (open to all parents) 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 Mr Turner who does a fantastic job at keeping our extensive grounds and buildings in working order. He spent this week with his hands down the drains! I’m glad that fell under his job description and not mine!

Friendship Day

Mrs Critchlow and Miss Lipp will be serving up a special menu of delicious delights on Friendship Day (more commonly known as Valentine’s Day!) If your child hasn’t yet sampled their fantastic food, my lips and hips will tell you that their dinners are definitely worth trying!

Monies

MONIES Where possible, please try to send in any money on a Monday morning in a clearly labeled envelope. Please also encourage your child to hang in any letters, forms, money etc to their teacher first thing in a morning.

Cross country runners

A huge well done to all those who participated in the Leek First Schools Invidual cross country competition this week. All runners did remarkably well against some stiff competition. Our positions ranged from 4th to late 20s. No one from Manifold came last! Well done!

Do you like cucumber?

Calling all cucumber fans! We have lots of cucumbers available at cost price! Due to an ordering error we have 30 kilos of cucumbers! In our defence, they had changed the quantity to bundles of 10 kilos. Not realising this, 3 lots were ordered resulting in a surprise delivery of 30 kilos! Now as much as some of the children love cucumber (it is available to them every lunch time along with other vegetables and fruit) we don’t think we will get through them all. If you would like to buy some from us, we would love to sell them to you! We are charging £1 for a kilo of cucumber. They will be weighed on Mrs Critchlow’s industrial scales. Please help us to use them up!

Golden mile

After half term we will be starting the golden mile at 12:55pm each day. This will involve all children running for 5 minutes every day with the aim of improving their stamina each day.

Early years news

Early years have had another busy but fun week. It is a real pleasure seeing all of the children in the classroom enjoying their learning. This week I was invited to join in with their brain gym dance activity. They were all superstars!   The children have also enjoyed making egg box dragons.

Year 1 news

Year 1 have been working extremely hard on their poetry competition entry pieces! It brought a real smile to my face watching children who have previously shied away from writing, creating the most fantastic, vivid pictures through poetry. Please keep your fingers and toes crossed for some winning entries!

Years 2,3,4 news

Years 2,3,4 have been showcasing their creative side this week. I was amazed to discover we have some budding Picassos in the class! The children were experimenting with pen, ink and watercolours to recreate city and landscapes. The children were comparing Manchester to the Peak District.  

Formal Assessments

All classes have completed formal assessments this week. We hope they haven’t caused too much stress for them. We encouraged children to do their best. Assessments indicate how effective teaching and learning is in school and allow us to set up intervention activities to ensure that all children are on track to achieve their potential.

 

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.

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Miss Perry is no longer working at the school. Miss Perry has been a stable member of the workforce since spring 2016 and has had a great influence on many children and families alike. She felt passionately about making Manifold the best place it can possibly be and the children remained at the forefront of her decision making. Unfortunately, her health is now dictating that she takes some time to focus on herself. I know it was not an easy decision for Miss Perry to make. We wish her all the best for the future and hope to welcome her back to school in the future as a supply teacher. Thank you Miss Perry. You will be sorely missed.

Mrs Robinson will now be teaching in early years until we make a permanent appointment.

Illnesses

Unfortunately, the winter vomiting bug is doing the rounds at school. If your child is unwell, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last bout of sickness or diarrhea. We have also had a case of chicken pox in school. Before the rash appears, you or your child may have some mild flu-like symptoms, including:

  • feeling sick.
  • a high temperature (fever) of 38C (100.4F) or over.
  • aching,
  • painful muscles.
  • headache.
  • generally feeling unwell.
  • loss of appetite.

Year 4 Parents and Pupils

There will be a meeting for year 4 pupils and their parents at Waterhouses School on Wednesday 1st February 2017 at 4.15pm. This will be an opportunity to hear more information about the residential trip we are running in conjunction with other local schools. The trip will take place between 4 – 7th May 2016.

Star of the week

EY – Alex and Andrew

Y1 – Arianna

Y2,3,4 – Eton

Christian value

Love – Isobel and Jake E

Golden table

Edie and Molly

Dojo winners

1st – Slytherin and Hufflepuff

2nd – Gryyfindor and Ravenclaw

Well done!

Well done To Mrs Marchant who appeared in the Leek Post and Times! Have a look online!

Good luck!

Good luck to our cross country runners who will be participating in the Leek First Schools Sports Tournament on Wednesday 25th January. Hopefully they will come back as winners!

After school club snack

Some children are spending 10-15 minutes eating their snack. Please only send one small item.

Staffing next week

Mrs Ackers – out of school all day on Tuesday (24th January) due to a training course. (New to Headship). Miss Easter will be deputising for Mrs Ackers.

Dates for your diary

Cross country team (participants have received a separate letter) Wednesday

25th January at 10am. (Waterhouses)

Cross country event Wednesday 8th February.

Thursday 16th February – Full governing body meeting Half term: 20th – 24th February.

Parents’ evening 6th and 7th March. Details to follow soon.

4th – 7th May – Year 4 Residential

RATE MY PLACE!

 

In between making us all delicious delicacies and supporting us with jobs else where around the school, Mrs Critchlow and Miss Lipp run a tight ship in the kitchen. This was recognised by the Environmental Health Inspector who arrived unannounced last Thursday morning to do a monitoring inspection. I am delighted to share with you that they received 5 stars (the top award). Well done ladies! You can see the rating for yourself on ratemyplace.org.uk

NEWSLETTER FORMAT:

You might have noticed I’m trying a different approach with the newsletters this half term. I want the newsletters to be a useful means of communicating with you and sharing what we are up to. Any comments (good or bad!) will be most welcome.

 

FEEDBACK FORMS:

We have a comments book in the main entrance. Comments can be written directly into the book or on a slip provided in the entrance. We look at the book each week to glean feedback and feelings.

OPEN DOOR:

We operate an open door policy. If you ever have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of staff.

PARENT VIEW:

Another useful tool for gaining your feedback is ‘Parent View’. This medium gives you the chance to tell Ofsted what you think about our school, from the quality of teaching to dealing with bullying and poor behaviour. The survey can be completed at any time; you don’t have to wait until we are being inspected. (www.parentview.ofsted.gov.uk)

IT'S A BOY

I am delighted to tell you that the newest Manifold baby arrived safely in the world on Monday morning. Welcome to the world, Harry George Savage. We can’t wait to meet you.

SPORTS NEWS

Well done to the 10 children who represented us in the Leek First Schools Cross Country Team Tournament on Tuesday at St Edward’s Middle School. All 10 children were a credit to the school and their families. Despite the arctic conditions, they ran like Trojans and cheered on their team mates. I was extremely proud and honoured to watch you all race and to see you representing our school so well in the community. Thank you: Archie, Matthew, Jack Gr, Sam G, Joe, Casey, Edie, Imogen, Evie, Molly. Special thanks also to Mrs Marchant who trains the children each week on a Tuesday lunchtime. Your help is very much appreciated.

REMINDER—AFTER SCHOOL CLUB SNACK

Thank you to all those who supported our request last week. Some children are spending 1015 minutes eating their snack. Please only send one small item.

THANK YOU

Special thanks to Mr Cope who donated a wendy house to our early years children. They have had tremendous fun in it.

PTFA Meeting

We have our first meeting of 2017 next Monday (6th February). It will be held in school at 3:15pm, and we'd love you to join us. We'll be discussing fundraising events and ideas for this term, and would welcome your input. We are aiming for another term of successful fundraising, and need your help to make it so. We look forward to seeing you.

Worship

Don’t forget you are all welcome to join us for worship on a Thursday morning at 9:05am.

CHINESE NEW YEAR:

Saturday 28th January marks the start of Chinese New Year - a celebration lasting 15 days. This year is the year of the rooster. As part of raising children’s awareness of other cultures, we sampled some Chinese food this afternoon. We tried Sweet and Sour Chicken, Chicken Chow Mein, Special Fried Rice, Spring Rolls and Prawn Crackers. We then made up some dragon dances in the hall.  

STAFFING UPDATE:

Mrs Harris has informed me that she will not be returning to school until after her baby is born. We wish her the best of luck and look forward to hearing about her new bundle of joy when the time comes.

GOVERNOR NEWS:

I am delighted to report that our governing body continues to grow in both strength and numbers. Mrs Seaby (ex governor and local resident) and Mrs Wolvers (Christian Distinctiveness Advisor from Lichfield Diocese) have both joined us. I look forward to working closely with them and will welcome their support and challenge.  

GOT SOME SPARE TIME ON YOUR HANDS?

If you are in the fortunate position of having some spare time on your hands, we would love to hear from you! We are especially keen to hear from people willing to listen to readers and to accompany us at the swimming baths. If you can help, please speak to Mrs Virani who will arrange for a DBS check to be completed.

KEY STAGE 2

A couple of children have mentioned this week that they would like to stay with us for years 5 and 6. We would love to have them stay with us! Legally, we are registered as a primary school, therefore we can offer the provision. If you are interested, please inform Mrs Virani ASAP. We hope some of you will choose to stay.

E SAFETY

We are committed to keeping your children safe, including being safe when using a computer. All children have been tasked with desigining an E-Safety poster at home. We will then be putting these on display in school. For more information, including useful tips, please have a look at the following websites:

www.thinkuknow.com

www.chatdanger.com

http://www.safetynetkids.org.uk/personal-safety/staying-safe-online

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/curations/stay-safe

http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/

We will be focusing on e-safety during Safer Internet Day 2017 which will be celebrated globally on Tuesday 7th February.

REMINDER—YEAR 4 PARENTS

There will be a meeting for year 4 pupils and their parents at Waterhouses School on Wednesday 1st February, 4:15pm. This will be an opportunity to hear more information about the residential trip we are running in conjunction with other local schools. The trip will take place between 4 – 7th May 2017.

WORLD BOOK DAY

We will be celebrating World Book Day on 2nd March. Further details will be shared soon. The day will involve coming to school in fancy dress — as a character from a book.

ILLNESS

As mentioned last week, the winter vomiting bug is doing the rounds at school. If your child is unwell, please keep them at home for 48 hours after the last bout of sickness or diarrhea. We are aware that this is not always convenient; however it is to prevent the bug spreading further. Please help us by supporting this policy. Thank you. Please ring the office if your child is absent from school.

DOJO WINNERS:

1st – Hufflepuff

2nd – Gryyfindor

3rd - Ravenclaw

4th – Slytherin

No star awards were awarded this week due to unexpected technological difficulties. We didn’t want children receiving awards without having given parents the opportunity to attend. We will do double next week. Sorry.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!

Thank you to all those who give up their time to help us. It is very much appreciated. There are so many people to list—here are just a few:

  • Mrs Cope who supports in the early years class each week.
  • Miss Gilman who has been helping us to sort through resources and tidy cupboards.
  • Mrs Chambers who comes in to listen to readers.  
  • Mrs Eades who spends hours researching grants and funding opportunities.
  • Mrs Wallace who supports us in art club each week.
  • The PTFA committee who work tirelessly to raise funds.
  • Our governors and trustees.
  • All the fantastic staff.

Teamwork really does make the dream work.

EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE NEWS

Excitement broke out earlier this week when the postman hand delivered a letter from Professor Van Drop, followed by a parcel the next day. Thanks to the Professor, we are now responsible for looking after Burt the dinosaur while he continues his archaeological work in the Himalayas!

The children thoroughly enjoyed making edible dinosaur eggs with Mrs Cope this week. Thanks to her fantastic baking skills, cooking will now be a weekly feature.

YEAR 1 NEWS

Year 1 have been working exceptionally hard over the least few weeks. I was particularly impressed when I walked in to the classroom and was asked how I was in French! (It’s time for me to get my French dictionary out!) Well done year 1. They have also been busy writing about Chinese New Year and learning their times tables.

YEARS 2,3,4 NEWS

The children have been enjoying a book called The Tin Forest by Helen Ward. The book shows how even the most barren landscape can be a home to all sorts of life. The children have been putting what they have learned into practice by writing persuasive pieces, for and against landfill sites. Next week we will be putting their persuasive writing skills to the test when we ask them to write to local companies to see if they would like to sponsor us by purchasing a new school sports kit that can be worn by children representing us in sporting events. Let’s hope they manage to persuade somebody!

NEXT WEEK

I will be leaving school at 3pm on Tuesday to get to a meeting at Stoke City Football Club. I have been asked to be part of a steering group looking at how they can improve their sports provision in schools.

After attending the Leek Education Partnership (LEP) meeting as a guest this week, I have arranged to visit other local schools over the next few weeks in the hope that we can begin to share resources for the benefit of our children. I will be visiting Leek First school on Thursday 2nd February and All Saints and St Bartholomew’s on the 3rd.

MUSIC CONCERT

We will be joining other local schools in a music concert at All Saints Church on Monday 27th March at 5:30pm. Further details will be shared nearer to the time. If your child does not currently attend our choir club but would like to join in, please send a message in via their communication book.

ACTIVE KIDS VOUCHERS

Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers are back! Please help us to collect vouchers which we can then exchange for sports equipment. Collection boxes are available in school.

         

 

January 11th to 17th is National Obesity Awareness Week. As School Nurses, part of our role is to participate in Public Health Activities to encourage healthy lifestyles and healthier outcomes for Children Young People and their Families in our communities. You can access the School Nurse Service for any support or further information that you may require to achieve this. School Nurses can give advice on healthy food choices, healthy lunchboxes, healthier cooking, increasing exercise and can signpost as required. The North Staffordshire School Nursing Team can be contacted on 07713303644 or please contact your Named School Nurse. Further information can also be found on:

www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/Healthyeating www.nhs.uk/change4life

www.nhs.uk/Livewell/fitness

www.nhs.uk/Livewell/childhealth6-15

Snow!

Apologies for any inconvenience caused today. We hope you managed to have some fun in the snow!

Children’s safety was at the heart of decision making.

Star of the week:

EY – Ellie and Annie

Y1 – Jack P

Y2,3,4 – Evie

Christian value:

Love – Hannah B

Dojo winners:

1st - Hufflepuff

2nd - Gryffindor

Joint 3rd – Slytherin &

Ravnclaw

Get well soon!

Sending lots of love and speedy get well wishes to William S and James. We can’t wait to welcome you both back to school soon.

Staffing:

for week beginning 16th January.

Miss Perry and Mrs Robinson will be doing a job share in early years.

Miss Danforth will be teaching in year 1.

Miss Easter will be teaching in years 2,3,4.

Mrs Ackers will be withdrawing groups of children during the week to deliver extra reading, phonics, English and Maths lessons.

As always, the children come first when considering staffing for the week. If you do have any questions or concerns, please do get in touch.

Mrs Ackers will be leaving school at 3:30pm on Tuesday in order to attend a Music meeting at Churnet View.

Monies:

A polite reminder, please make sure any monies are sent in in a clearly labelled envelope. Please send this in on a Monday where possible and by Thursday at the very latest. Where possible, please inform the catering staff of hot dinner requests for the week on a Monday. Apologies for any inconveniences caused.

Uniform:

Thank you for supporting us with our school uniform policy. Hopefully you received an order form last week. Please send in any forms and monies by Friday 20th January at the very latest.

Dates for your diary:

Cross country team (participants will receive a separate letter) Wednesday 25th

January at 10am. (Waterhouses)

Cross country event Wednesday 8th February.

Thursday 16th February – Full governing body meeting Half term: 20th – 24th February.

A more detailed calendar will be sent home shortly.