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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.