Newsletter 18/09/2017

Growth mindset mantra: I can’t do it yet… with effort I can.

Dear Parents and Carers,

The end to a successful second week! The children are becoming more aware of how to develop positive learning behaviours and have settled well into school. As you may be aware we complete the register at 8:50 am and then start lessons straight away, so it is vital your child is on time so they don’t miss the initial input of the lesson. Well done to the 6 classes who had no-one late all week. Let’s get to 14 classes next week!

Well done to 5 of our classes as you had 100% attendance for this week. Please can parents now ensure that they bring appointment letters to inform school if they will not be in school for part of the day so these can be recorded on our system for attendance, otherwise they will be classed as unauthorised. We really appreciate your support in trying to make any appointments out of school time.


We hope you found the dates helpful to plan this year. We will update this as the term progresses. Each week we will ensure key information is on the newsletter. To further develop communication each day any messages and letters will be given to teachers at 2:30 pm so it is important that any messages are provided to school before this point, especially regarding picking up arrangements.

Very little money passes through the office due to Parentpay however please can any money given in at the office be clearly labelled with the child’s name and registration group in a sealed envelope.

Golden tickets!

You may be aware that some of your children have come home with a ‘Golden Ticket’. During the day a teacher may observe a child demonstrating: exceptional acts of kindness, politeness and growth mindset attitude. When they are spotted they receive a golden ticket and then are eligible to enter a raffle to get a prize which is drawn on Friday in our celebration assembly. We would love you to celebrate with your child their achievements as we are very proud of their acts and attitudes towards their learning.

Prayer group at school

As a church school, we encourage children to lead their lives following Christian values and they are embedded in the way we approach each day with the children in our care.  We would also like to work more closely in this aspect of our school life with all parents. Mrs Muzvidziwa, who has children in year 2 and 4, has offered to lead a prayer group for parents who feel they would like to meet together to pray for the school community. I know she has already canvassed opinion and there are parents who have shown a clear interest.  Please can you email  if you would like to join the group by 22nd  September so we can review the number of parents interested. We look forward to hearing from you.

Growth mindset

It was lovely to hear a child in year one this week say, “ My neurons are helping me to learn as I’m not giving up and they are joining together!” He is definitely developing a growth mindset! As a school we have been working on the science of growth mindset again this week.

Sharing our manifesto

This week children who wanted to stand for school, safety and eco council presented their manifestos to the class. Next week they will be voting using authentic polling booths thanks to Mrs Hall! We will be able to share the results as soon as the count has been done – hopefully we won’t need a re-count.

PTA- come and join us!

It would be lovely to see parents and family members coming to our first PTA meeting on Wednesday 20th September in school at 6pm- 7pm . We will be organising events that raise funds for school through enjoyable events for all families to join in.  We will decide on a clear focus as to what we will be raising funds for so we can keep you updated on the newsletter.

 Lunchtime clubs:

Cross country club every Monday lunchtime for Year 4-6 children with Mrs Washington. We will also be choosing our school team on Monday due to cross country events taking place very soon. Unfortunately we were rained off last week Anyone can come along though. You may just want to just enjoy a jog. Please bring additional clothing on this day: trainers, socks, tracksuit bottoms and top – not school PE kit

Y5/6 football trials on Wednesday 20th September at dinner time. Children will need to bring a kit, boots and shin pads in order to take part.

Girls football sessions began on Thursday 14th September, all girls in Y5/6 are welcome to join.

Additional after school club

Netball club with Mrs Washington – after school on Monday 3:30 -4:15 starting on Monday 18th September, for year 5 and 6 initially.

Para Olympic fencer coming to our school

We’re very excited to be welcoming GB Paralympic Fencer Craig McCann to the school on Monday, 25 September. Craig was spotted by the British disabled Fencing Association in 2010, after being diagnosed with a brain tumour in 2004 leaving Craig permanently disabled. Craig has some great achievements including reaching the quarter finals at the 2012 Olympics in London. Craig is now training in the disciplines of Paracycling and Paratriathlon.

Craig will be leading a sponsored fitness circuit with all pupils, and will follow-up with a talk and question and answer session. The aim of the event is to inspire the pupils to take up sport generally, but just as importantly to encourage them to discover and then pursue their passion in life.

The children will be provided with a sponsorship form for your child to use in order to help raise money for the event. You can also sponsor your child by following the below link:

As the sponsorship form and online sponsorship page explain, much of the money that is raised will be used to buy sports equipment for the school, while also supporting GB athletes (including Paralympic athletes).

Please ensure that sponsorship forms and moneys are returned to the class teacher on or before Monday, 02 October at the latest.

Please also make sure that your child/children come to school on the event day with their PE Kits!

Thank you in anticipation of creating a terrific and memorable event


Thank you for ensuring that the children are wearing their correct school uniform as we start this term. It ensures we are a school team proud of our school. Please can we remind you that school rucksacks are not allowed in school and children should only bring their book bag and PE bag into school, thankyou. Please ensure that all school uniform items are clearly labelled.

Year 6 – Applications for secondary school

Please remember that you can now apply online for a secondary school place at .  The admission booklet is available online. Contact Pupil Services Tel. 332137/332143 if you have any queries. The closing date for application to secondary school is  the 31st October 2017.

TK Maxx

TK Maxx has partnered with Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens and is encouraging the public to Give Up Clothes for Good. September marks Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and TK Maxx is urging you to help brave kids beat childhood cancers sooner as every item donated will help fund vital research into childhood, teen and young adult cancers. For further information on where you can drop off these clothes please visit the TK maxx website at

Wonder- what does kindness look like?

Please follow this link for further information concerning the Gap Kids t-shirt competition.


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