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Mr A Beedie, Headteacher

Mr A Beedie, Headteacher

Whether you are one of our pupils, a parent or perhaps a future parent of a child in school, we know you will find lots of examples of our children’s learning in this blogsite. Many of our children use this site to write, or to showcase their work in video or sound, showing a wide range of topics and subjects. Each time you visit our site, you are adding to the visitor count, and we warmly welcome comments on the children’s work.

On this site you can also find links to many of our school policies and documents, including our school brochure; and to particular groups and activities such as sports and our Gifted and Talented blog. All the information which the Department for Education require us to supply are also easily found from the home page.

As a Church of England school with a wide ranging curriculum, we hope that this site reflects our Christian character built on key values such as Perseverance, Hope, Friendship, Creativity and Service. We also aim to reflect the exciting activities including computing and outdoor learning which are a special feature of our school. We have three elected pupil councils: the School Council, Eco-Council and Safety Council, and much of their work is reflected here and in our activities in school.

If you would like to know more about our school, or to suggest improvements to our website, please contact me at head@horwichparish.net or by telephone on 01204 333147

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World Book Day March 2nd 2017
Calling all children!

Do you enjoy reading a particular book?
Are you passionate about sharing books with others?
Why not enter our World Book Day competition!
All you need to do is recite a short section from a book of your choice to read out in front of your class. Dressing up as the character may even help you to deliver your lines with expression! Each class will hold a mini-competition in each class. One child from each class will then perform their recital for Mrs Hall to compete for a KS1 prize and KS2 prize.
Are you up to the challenge? Go on – be brave!
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Year 6 were given the opportunity to watch a live cooking demonstration by Mr Leach who shared his expertise as a chef. Throughout the demonstration, Mr Leach talked us through a range of skills and top tips from how to get the most juice out of a lime to crushing garlic without using a garlic press and how to slice a cucumber quickly but precisely. The demonstration involved a vast array of different Mexican dishes which will provide inspiration for us to create our own Mexican delicacies for our fiesta on Wednesday with the Reception buddies. We were even lucky enough to sample some of Mr Leach’s creations – salsa mixed with coriander, tomatoes, onion and garlic; mango and pineapple salsa; burritos and guacamole. The flavours were incredible! Throughout the demonstration, Mr Leach gave us an insight into his job as a chef at a Greek restaurant in Preston (The Olive Tree Brasserie) and allowed us to help him with some of the ingredients. We would like to thank Mr Leach for his time and generosity; we can’t wait to get started with our own Mexican creations!

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Dear Parents and Carers,

Staff Changes
We hope Miss Hanlon is well as she starts her maternity leave. Miss Parker has been supporting in the class over the past few weeks and now starts as the full-time teacher.

Mrs Slawson is currently absent, and from next week we plan for her class to be taught by Mrs Charlton (a.m.) and Mrs Washington (p.m.), and hope that Mrs Slawson will soon be back.

Whole School activites
It has been lovely to see many classes really working on their number bonds and times tables in class. It really will help them in the future.

Thank you also for your continued support in listening to your child read books they enjoy. We hope the children in Year 3-6 are listing books and you are signing the booklet, and parents in reception – Year 2 reading with their child and asking questions about the pages read then signing their diary. It’s a good team effort everyone!

Whole school events:

Next Friday it is our ‘Science Day’. The children can dress up as a scientist if they wish to. During the day children will complete science experiments and learn about scientists.

On Wednesday 8th February it is our SAFER INTERNET DAY. During the week the children will complete different activities at different points to develop this area so children use this technology safely and responsibly.

Parents’ Evening
We will be holding our spring term parents’ evening consultations on Wednesday 1st March (3.30 – 5.00pm) and Thursday 2nd March (5.00 – 7.00pm). This year we will be trialling a new online booking system for appointments, which will save a lot of work for parents and school staff (especially office staff) and so that you can select your own appointment times. A letter will be sent out next week with further details on how to use this new booking system.

What is the PTA?
 The PTA committee is a group of parents and school staff who meet every few weeks to plan events.
 PTA events can be to raise funds for the school (usually!) or to help people get together socially, or both
 All parents and staff members are welcome
 We aim to meet at a time and place to suit as many people as possible How do the PTA help?
 Over the years, the PTA have raised thousands of pounds for school
 Everything the PTA supports goes to help as many children as possible, whether or not their parents are involved
 All parents and school staff are busy people! We are hugely grateful to anyone who can help out in any way
 Without the voluntary help of the PTA, events such as school discos, chocolate bingo and school fairs will not happen
What have the PTA done for our school?
Created a garden area where there was only mud
Subsidised class trips and visits
Subsidised Robinwood experience
Paid for the allotment cabin and fence, timber, tools and soil
Bought tonnes of sand for the sandpit
Built two climbing frames
Paid for playground markings
Paid for football and netball strips
Paid for a lot of PE equipment and storage
Provided the texting service to parents
Bought welly racks and lunchbox trolleys
Created our school pond
Built our woodland path and pruned the trees
Contributed to the kitchen refurbishment
Organised carnival entries
Helped fund the World War 1 immersive experience
Written a history book
Made a huge contribution of funds for the new building extension
What ideas and events have the PTA promoted?
 Personalised Christmas cards with your own child’s work (2016)
 Christmas puddings on order (2015)
 School discos
 Christmas Fair and Summer Fair
 Chocolate bingo
 100 club
 Y6 leavers’ parties
 Race nights
 Fashion shows
 etc How can parents get involved?
 You can do as much or as little as you are able to do
 If you can’t come to the meetings you can still help at events
 We do need some new faces on the committee, and our Annual General Meeting is on Monday 6th February at 6.30pm in school
 We are offering a video and supervision for the children during the meeting if you need it.
 Wine and nibbles, and a chance to meet other parents – hope to see you there.

Specific class information

Year 5 Robinwood
This week we had a short meeting to share our up and coming Robinwood outdoor trip for the current Year 5 from October 20-22nd. Please look on the blog here: horwichparish.net/2017/01/31/robinwood-meeting/ to read a powerpoint produced by the children. More information will be provided closer to the time. Parents can now start to pay for the trip via Parent pay so payments can be spread over time.

Year 3 enjoyed visiting their partner school at St. Matthews. They enjoyed playing different games together and learning about each other and how their lives may also differ from each other. The children were a credit to the school and have made new friends.

Reception class
Every day each child in Reception has the option of having a snack. To help with the costs involved we do ask all parents who have children in Reception to donate £1 per week. This can be handed in at either the school office or to one of the class teachers. Alternatively we can set you up on ParentPay.

School Dinners
Please ensure that any monies owed for this term are paid as soon as possible. This can be done via ParentPay. If you require a login please see the school office.

Community Luncheon group
Every week a group of 10 Yr6 children will be visiting our local elderly luncheon group at Wright Street Evangelical Church to develop and build relationships in our community.

Football invitation
Next Tuesday some of our footballers have been invited to a training session from 10am – 12pm at the BWFC academy training ground. Children invited will need astros / trainers, a football kit, shin pads and a water bottle. Mrs Dickson will be there picking up any coaching tips and transport has been provided.

100 club winners for January
1st – D Powell
2nd – L Adams
3rd – R Bagnall

Safety Council
The children enjoyed another visit this week down to the leisure centre to see the on-going development.
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