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Newsletter 3/11/2015

Dear Parents

I hope you have all had a pleasant half term. We hope we can work together this half term to help our school community develop. As always we are open to suggestions and welcome any ways to help the children in our care.

Staff changes

As you may be aware, Mrs Slingsby is absent through illness at the moment, and is effectively beginning her maternity leave now. We hope that her replacement Mrs Sealey will very soon be in position – you will appreciate that staff changes can take time. There will now be no parents’ evening appointments for 2H, but once Mrs Sealey has got to know the children, we will aim to offer some form of consultation.

We also look forward to welcoming Mrs L Green to our staff, as the permanent teaching assistant to fill our vacancy in Year 4. She is expected to start with us imminently.

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

If you wish to take part in this years appeal then shoeboxes can be dropped off at the main office, and we will take them up to Church. Alternatively you can drop them off at Church directly. You can pick up empty shoeboxes from Church for a donation.

Robinwood

What a brilliant time we had in Robinwood! The children had a fantastic time and conquered some fears and learnt more about each other. A huge thank you to the staff who gave up their half term to take the children.

Parent governor election

We are delighted that three parents have decided to stand for election, though sadly we only have one vacancy. Please look out for the ballot papers which go out today and should be returned within two weeks.

NSPCC Childline Appeal

Thank you so much to everyone who supported our sponsored spell. The NSPCC will be returning to thank the children in assembly on Friday and we hope to be able to confirm the total amount raised very soon.

Thankyou

Thankyou to Mrs England who won a Leapfrog Leapreader and Writing system in a competition and kindly donated it to the school. We are sure the children will love this!

SIAMS inspection (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools)

On Monday next week we will welcome Mr Robert Haigh as our denominational inspector. He will be with us for the day, assessing how effective and distinctive we are as a Church of England school. This is a completely separate system from the Ofsted schedule, although Mr Haigh may take the opportunity to speak to some parents.

Poppy appeal

Children are very welcome to bring money towards the poppy appeal: the poppies and collection tin are at the main office.

Supporting your child in the New Curriculum – open evening

You may be aware that all children are now following a new curriculum and schools do not use a system of levelling, which parents may have just have got their heads round. The expectations now for children are significantly higher than in previous years, especially as the children move into Year 3 onwards. For example a child in Year 4 is now expected to demonstrate skills which would previously have been equivalent to someone working in Year 6.

To help you understand the details of the new curriculum and the terminology we will be using to discuss your child’s progress, and also to help you see the standards which are required for your child in their classrooms, we are offering an open evening for you to visit your child’s classroom and listen to a talk in the hall at various times. This will be tomorrow, Wednesday 4th November 4-5:30 pm.

Parents’ Evening

Don’t forget Parents’ evening will be held on the 11th November 3:30-6pm. Some children will receive information in letter form about attending a structured conversation instead, so we can share the support put into place for your child this term. This means you will not need to attend the Parents’ Evening as well. You should have received either of these letters on Friday. The eldest child will have been given the letter if they have siblings in school. The slips confirming the time allocated to you should already have been sent out.

PTA news

Table Top Sale in the Holy Trinity Church Parish Hall this Saturday 7th November (10am-3pm) with proceeds supporting Horwich Parish School building work. If you would like to take have an outside space (dependent on the weather) at £6 just turn up on the day.

Please come and support this event where there will be many bargains.

An event not to be missed!! Refreshments will be available.

Drama club

Miss Hanlon would like to hear from children in Years 4 to 6 who would like to join a Drama Club on Tuesdays after school from 3.20 – 4.20pm. This will now start on Tuesday 10th November. Please let Miss Hanlon or the school office know if you are interested.

Christmas Fair

Our popular Christmas Fair will be held on Friday 27th November from 3.20 – 5.00 pm. There will be a full range of stalls including Father Christmas in his grotto. More details to follow. Again, please also let us know if you are able to help in any way.

Football

On Thursday 22nd October our year 3 and year 4 teams played at home against Chorley New Road. Due to a mix up they had to play their year 5/6 teams and battled like warriors! The year 3 team were outstanding and lost a very respectable 7-4. The year 4 team managed a truly unbelievable 6-5 victory!! A fantastic performance by both teams and thanks to Mr Banner and Mr Carr for managing the teams.

On Tuesday 20th October our A and B football teams played away at Chorley New Road. The B team played first and did extremely well, winning the match 12-0. The A team then played fantastically, beating the opposition by 22 goals to 0!

Birthdays

Happy birthday to all those birthday falls between 3rd and 9th November: Grace, Max, Harriett, Abbie, Daniel, Bear, Zachary, Ben, Josh, Kaiden, Ella, Charlie, William.

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How quickly this half term has passed. The children have settled well into school life and making their way towards meeting targets to improve. This week the children in year 2-6 are completing one to one meetings with their class teacher to review the areas they need to improve on in maths, writing and spelling.

Remember that we finish for half term on Friday at the end of school, and the children return on Tuesday 3rd November. Have a lovely half term.

The 5Rs

To support learning to learn skills we are reinforcing the 5Rs which underpin the life of our school.

Resilience

Reflective

Resourceful

Risk taking

Relationships

Now the children are learning a song to accompany learning these important life skills!

Supporting your child in the New Curriculum – open evening

You may be aware that all children are now following a new curriculum and schools do not use a system of levelling, which parents may have just have got their heads round. The expectations now for children are significantly higher than in previous years, especially as the children move into Year 3 onwards. For example a child in Year 4 is now expected to demonstrate skills which would previously have been equivalent to someone working in Year 6.

To help you understand the details of the new curriculum and the terminology we will be using to discuss your child’s progress, and also to help you see the standards which are required for your child in their classrooms, we are offering an open evening for you to visit your child’s classroom and listen to a talk in the hall at various times. This will be on Wednesday 4th November 4-5:30 pm.

Parents’ Evening

Don’t forget Parents’ evening will be held on the 11th November 3:30-6pm. Some children will receive information in letter form about attending a structured conversation instead, so we can share the support put into place for your child this term. This means you will not need to attend the Parents Evening as well. You should have received either of these letters on Friday. The eldest child will have been given the letter if they have siblings in school. The slips confirming the time allocated to you will be sent out by the teachers this week.

New member of staff

We are pleased to announce that we have appointed Mrs R Sealey to replace Mrs Slingsby during her maternity leave. Mrs Sealey will be joining the staff for a 12 month period starting on 1st December.

Robinwood

Our year 6 children are off to Robinwood for the weekend. We hope they have a brilliant time enjoying the different outdoor pursuits. Fingers crossed for dry weather!

Sport news

Cross country

What a fantastic performance by all our cross country team again. It was a gruelling course at Moss Bank Park. Over 300 competitors took place and our all children were placed below 121. Well done to: Freya, Chloe, Lucy, Molli, Joel, Isaac, Sam D, Sam, Joe, Noah, Cole, and Joshua.

Netball

Some of our children took part in a fun session up at Rivington and Blackrod High school. Our team played extremely well. Thankyou to Mrs Russell for looking after the team.

Football

On Thursday 15th October the Football A team entered a tournament which they played at Leverhulme Park. The team won the group stages by winning 1-0, 1-0, 3-1, 5-0 and 5-0. They went on to beat Johnson Fold 4-0 in the semi-final and ended up playing the final against St Stephen’s which they won 3-1. Well done to the team and thanks to Mr Griffiths for managing them.

Next half term sports clubs

Monday: Yrs 2+3 football

Tuesday: Yrs 1,2+3 multi skills

Wednesday: Yrs 4,5+6 dodgeball

Thursday: yrs 4,5,+6 cheerleading

Friday: dance – please see the office for more details

Bags in school

Unfortunately due to storage space in class please do not allow your children to bring their books in a rucksack. The correct size bags are available from the office for £4 each.

PTA news

The PTA will be having a table at the Table Top Sale on Saturday 7th November 10am – 3pm at the Parish Hall to raise money for the School Building Project. We will be doing a Tombola Stall based on Chocolate and Fancy Goods. To encourage donations there will be a non-uniform day on Friday 6th November for all the children who would like to bring in some chocolate or fancy good items. We hope to see a lot of parents on the day. Please could you let the PTA via Mrs Worthington/ Mrs Wilson if you will be available to help on the day or after school on Friday to prepare the raffle prizes. If any parents or staff would be willing to man the refreshments during the sale for one hour slots we would be very grateful. Only two/three people would be needed per hour. We will be providing tea/coffee/juice and cake/biscuits between 10 am to 3 pm. If you can help please contact Caroline on tel: 01204 692303 / email: caroline@archangelos.co.uk.

PTA Disco

We have unfortunately been unable to secure the services of a DJ this year for our Discos. It is too late to organise the October Disco now but if any parents know of someone who can do a Disco on Thursday 11th February 2016, please let us know. There are two discos between 5.30 – 6.30 and 6.45 – 7.45. They will need their own disco equipment. Any help would be very much appreciated. Please see Mrs Worthington or Mrs Wilson if you can help.

Year 2

Year Two’s project after half term is: Land Ahoy! The children will be learning lots and will be reinforced about activities in the curriculum newsletter. To start the project we would love the children in year 2 to dress up in Pirate outfits on our first day back after half term. We will be dressing up again at the end of the project to celebrate the learning in the project.

Also, if anyone has a boat shape sand pit year 2 would love to loan it to support their project.

Drama club

Miss Hanlon would like to hear from children in Years 4 to 6 who would like to join a Drama Club on Tuesdays after school from 3.20 – 4.20pm. This will start on Tuesday 3rd November. Please let Miss Hanlon or the school office know if you are interested.

Open morning

On Thursday 22nd October from 9.30 – 11.45 am there will be an Open Morning for parents of children due to start school in September 2016. Please pass on the word to anyone you know who has a child born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012.

Namibia appeal

The Namibia Committee are selling Quiz Sheets in order to raise funds for Namibia. These can be collected from Holy Trinity Church at any one of the Sunday services (8am, 9.15 am, 10.45am and 6.30 pm). 1st prize is a £5 book token – 2nd prize will be sweets from the Fair Trade Stall in Church. All quiz sheets to be posted in the Post Box in Church. Closing Date 25th October.

Christmas Fair

Our popular Christmas Fair will be held on Friday 27th November from 3.20 – 5.00 pm. There will be a full range of stalls including Father Christmas in his grotto. More details to follow. Again, please also let us know if you are able to help in any way.

 

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Horwich Parish Primary Logo v2Harvest Service

Thank you for your support of our service last Friday. From the sale and auction of allotment produce we also managed to raise over £50 as a donation to Winterwatch. Thank you to all those who donated items also.

Supporting your child in the New Curriculum – open evening

You may be aware that all children are now following a new curriculum and schools do not use a system of levelling, which parents may have just have got their heads round. The expectations now for children are significantly higher than in previous years, especially as the children move into Year 3 onwards. For example a child in Year 4 is now expected to demonstrate skills which would previously have been equivalent to someone working in Year 6.

To help you understand the details of the new curriculum and the terminology we will be using to discuss your child’s progress, and also to help you see the standards which are required for your child in their classrooms, we are offering an open evening for you to wonder round your child’s classroom and listen to a talk in the hall at various times. This will be on Wednesday 4th November 4-5:30 pm.

Parents’ Evening

Don’t forget Parents’ evening will be held on the 11th November 3:30-6pm. Letters will be coming out this week. Some children will receive information in letter form and text about attending a structured conversation instead, so we can share the support put into place for your child this term. This means you will not need to attend the Parents’ Evening as well.

Supporting reading with your child

When you look in your child’s reading book you will see there is a sticker stuck into their reading diary to show you the main skill the group is working on in their guided reading session over a number of sessions. During the Local Authority review comments were made on our reading links at home. We know lots of parents write short comments after listening to their children read. Please could we ask parents to sign their child’s diary or make a short comment when they have

listened to them read, or asked them to read independently. We really appreciate your support as we know that you take the time where possible to listen to your child read. We would then be able to show this aspect when the Local Authority return in February. Thank you very much for your support.

Calling on the dads

We are trying to show some of our boys that reading is a valuable tool and can be fun. We would love it if any dads could offer some time before picking up their child to listen to some of our boys read. Please email Mrs Washington (awashington@horwichparish.net ) or just let Mrs Worthington or Mrs Wilson know. Thank you so much.

 

6th October 2015

Our Vision

Our vision at Horwich Parish is:

To provide a safe, healthy and happy place for learning and fun.

Help each person to gain the skills they need to be confident members of the community.

Encourage each person in their life’s journey to achieve the best they can.

To support learning to learn skills we are reinforcing the 5Rs which underpin the life of our school.

Resilience

Reflective

Resourceful

Risk taking

Relationships

Local Authority Review

Last week we had a visit from Bolton authority to review the progress in particular areas in school. We are pleased to share that the school has made good progress in all of the areas identified and just needs to continue over time. We know that our school community has the vision outlined above at the heart of all we do.

Supporting reading with your child

When you look in your child’s reading book you will see there is a sticker stuck into their reading diary to show you the main skill the group is working on in their guided reading session over a number of sessions. During the Local Authority review last week comments were made on our reading links at home. We know lots of parents write short comments after listening to their children read. Please could we ask parents to sign their child’s diary or make a short comment when they have listened to them read, or asked them to read independently. We really appreciate your support as we know that you take the time where possible to listen to your child read. We would then be able to show this aspect when the Local Authority return in February. Thank you very much for your support.

Calling on the dads

We are trying to show some of our boys that reading is a valuable tool and can be fun. We would love it if any dads could offer some time before picking up their child to listen to some of our boys read. Please email Mrs Washington (awashington@horwichparish.net ) or just let Mrs Worthington or Mrs Wilson know. Thank you so much.

Sponsored spell

We have invited the NSPCC to speak to the children about their work in supporting children in need, and also to explain about the Childline service. As part of the awareness raising for NSPCC, all the children in Years 1 – 6 are invited to take part in a sponsored spell. The children will be taking home a leaflet with a series of spelling lists- your child’s teacher will be able to indicate which is the best one for your child. The children are encouraged to have a go at learning the spellings (which they will do in class) and to collect any donations from people they know to support the activity. Taking part is more important than the amount raised, but any donations will be gratefully received. The donations need to be returned by Monday 19th October at the latest. Thank you for your help.

Supporting your child in the New Curriculum – open evening

You may be aware that all children are now following a new curriculum and schools do not use a system of levelling, which parents may have just have got their heads round. The expectations now for children are significantly higher than in previous years, especially as the children move into Year 3 onwards. For example a child in Year 4 is now expected to demonstrate skills which would previously have been equivalent to someone working in Year 6.

To help you understand the details of the new curriculum and the terminology we will be using to discuss your child’s progress, and also to help you see the standards which are required for your child in their classrooms, we are offering an open evening for you to wonder round your child’s classroom and listen to a talk in the hall at various times. This will be on Wednesday 4th November 4-5:30 pm.

Parents’ Evening

Don’t forget Parents’ evening will be held on the 11th November 3:30-6pm. Some children will receive information in letter form and text about attending a structured conversation instead, so we can share the support put into place for your child this term. This means you will not need to attend the Parents’ Evening as well.

School Meals

School meals for this half term is £42.50. Apologies for giving out the incorrect amount earlier this term. If you do have any queries please contact the school office.

Open morning

On Thursday 22nd October from 9.30 – 11.45 am there will be an Open Morning for parents of children due to start school in September 2016. Please pass on the word to anyone you know who has a child born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012. Please see the attached document for further information.

Table Top Sale

There will be a ‘Table Top Sale’ taking place at Horwich Parish Church Hall on 7th November 10 am to 3 pm. Samantha Davies and Rev Caroline Tracey are organising this event. All money raised from the hire of tables and refreshments will go to Horwich Parish School towards the cost of the new school building. The indoor tables have all been booked, but it is still possible to secure an outdoor table, for £6.00, which you can do even if you turn up on the day – no need to book in advance.

Our own PTA have decided to have a stall at the Table Top Sale, including fancy goods and a tombola. Please look out for further details, and if you are able to help on the day or before, please let us know.

Namibia appeal

The Namibia Committee are selling Quiz Sheets in order to raise funds for Namibia. These can be collected from Holy Trinity Church at any one of the Sunday services (8am, 9.15 am, 10.45am and 6.30 pm). 1st prize is a £5 book token – 2nd prize will be sweets from Fair Trade Stall in Church. All Quiz sheets to be posted in the Post Box in Church. Closing Date 25th October.

Volunteers

We value any support parents can provide to help our children. If you would like to offer your services for any time at all in the day please let Mrs Worthington know in the office or email Mrs Washington at awashington@horwichparish.net

Uniform Donations

We have been given a huge amount of school uniform in all age groups and sizes. We would love to pass it on to anyone who needs it for a small donation to the McMillan Nurses Charity. Please call in the office if you would like to have a look.

 

Harvest Service

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Harvest Service

Our annual harvest service will be in church on Friday 9th October at 9a.m. You are welcome to join us. We are hoping to have some of our home-grown produce from the allotment, and also the children are invited to bring harvest gifts. Any donations of in-date tins and packet foods, toiletries etc will be very welcome. A presentation of the gifts will be made in church by a group of children, and the gifts will be sent on to Bolton Winterwatch and the St Luke’s Drop-in Centre. Gifts may be brought in on Thursday 8th or Friday 9th. Thank you.

Parents’ Evening

This is just to let you know that our autumn term parents’ evening is planned for Wednesday 11th November from 3.30 – 6.00pm. This is where there will be 5 minute appointments. Parents of children with additional needs will be invited to a longer appointment for a structured conversation with the class teacher, in the two weeks following parents’ evening. Therefore they will not be asked to make parents’ evening times.

Open morning

On Thursday 22nd October from 9.30 – 11.45 am there will be an Open Morning for parents of children due to start school in September 2016. Please pass on the word to anyone you know who has a child born between 1st September 2011 and 31st August 2012.

Building appeal

Building appeal

Many thanks to Stewart Leece, Managing Director of Self Select Distribution and Investors in Publishing Ltd, whose granddaughter attends our school.  Stewart has put the full support of his publications, the Horwich Advertiser, Local Independent and Newshounds behind our “Buy a Brick” project.  We are looking forward to working with his young reporters, with other firms, and with parents and friends to help us raise the funds we need.

We are aware some parents may feel uncomfortable about the coloured brick scheme, as it points out how much a donor has given.  It was not our intention to cause any difficulty, only to acknowledge and celebrate any gift, however large or small.  However, we will ensure that any display or web-page uses only one colour of brick, though we will thank each donor individually also.