Headteacher’s Newsletter – March 10th 2017

It has been an incredibly busy week at school which started last Sunday at our joint schools’ mass and finished on Friday with World Book Day. There have been many events in between that have celebrated the children’s successes and tested their understanding. The school council spent Tuesday afternoon at the Palace of Westminster and observed both houses in debate,the boys and girls football teams played in the latest round of matches, the book fair has been at school all week and the art exhibition was well attended on Thursday afternoon. I have spent time in the classes again this week observing the teaching of mathematics. It has been a pleasure to watch the children drive their own learning and take control of the processes and direction that help them to meet the outcomes of lessons. Please ask your child how they “Go APE”. You will be very surprised!  Thank you to the PTA for organising another successful disco last week; over 170 children attended the event and much needed funds were raised. Reconciliation services have also begun and will continue throughout Lent for all year groups.The weather continues to be unsettled so please make sure your child comes to school in a coat until the promise of sunnier days arrive.


The word of the week is – ENCOURAGEMENT – How often does a little word of encouragement help you to realise your own potential? How do we let Jesus be that person in our lives?


School Improvement Plan – Key Priorities for Parents –  The School Improvement Plan (SIP) is a key document that drives much of what is undertaken through the year to improve outcomes for all children. Please spend a few moments familiarising yourself with it. You will find it under the Latest News section.


School Council visit to the Palace of Westminster – Mr Soyka and Mrs Butterworth accompanied the School Council to the Palace of Westminster on Tuesday afternoon for a tour of this incredibly historic building. Known as “the mother of parliaments”, a phrase instituted by John Bright in 1865 it didn’t disappoint! The children were guided round the great hall and in to the House of Lords and the House of Commons by their excellent tour guide Ed. He was very impressed by their knowledge and excellent level of questioning and enquiry about the building. They even took part in their own debate! It was a truly memorable trip for the children and staff. Thank you for representing the school in such a mature way.


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Book Fair – Thank you to everyone who bought a book or an item of stationery from this year’s book fair. We managed to raise over £1000 which is an amazing sum and the proceeds will be spent on purchasing new titles for each class.

Book Fair 1


Art Exhibition – It has been two years since our last exhibition and judging by the large numbers of families who attended it was a great success once again. Just over half of the pictures were sold which is a fantastic result. If you want to buy your child’s art work you still have time – they are priced at £5 and can be collected from the school office for the next week.

Art Show 2


World Book Day – The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed dressing up as their favourite book character. There was a wonderful array of colours and outfits on display, all of which added to the fun experienced by the children. Thank you to everybody for making the effort in helping to make the day a great success. Children from all classes were presented with the new Effort Badges we have introduced for Writing. It was very encouraging to see so many children receiving this new award.



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Future Dates – Monday 13th March – Class 2 Assembly 9:05am / Reconciliation for Year 5

Friday 17th March – Reconciliation for Year 6

Monday 20th March – Class 1 Assembly 9.10am / Parent Teacher Consultations Classes 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 – 4.00pm  – 5:30pm

Tuesday 21st March – World Down Syndrome Day – Children and Staff to wear odd socks to school

Wednesday 22nd March – Parent Teacher Consultations Class 1 and 2 – 4.00pm – 6.45pm

Thursday 23rd March – Parent Teacher Consultations for Classes 3 4 5 6 7 8 – 4:00pm – 6:45pm

Monday 27th March – Class 5 Assembly 9.10am

Thursday 30th March – Parent Teacher Consultation Class 2 – 4.00pm – 5:30pm


A Message from the County

Law change for using your mobile phone whilst driving

It is illegal to use a hand-held phone or similar device while driving, or riding a motorcycle – this is still the case stopped at traffic lights or queuing in traffic.
Did you know? It is also illegal to use a hand-held mobile when supervising a learner driver or rider.
New penalties now mean that motorists and motorcyclists caught using a phone while driving and riding will receive six penalty points on their licence and a £200 fine. This means that new drivers, within two years of passing their test, run the risk of losing their licence for a single offence.
Keep safe – put your phone away in the glove compartment.
Many thanks for your help with this.


PTA Update:
We had another successful disco last Friday. 173 children attended with many dressed up as their favourite movie, book or TV star. Thank you to Ann Moss for running the event, to Abby Batty for assisting and to all the parents and teachers who helped. The next disco will be on Friday May 12th.

Thank you also to Catherine Birkin who has volunteered to help with the PTA posters. If anyone would like to assist Catherine then please email ssaspta@gmail.com.

Mother’s Day Gifts will be available for the children to purchase on Friday March 24th. More details to follow in a Parentmail next week.




Attendance – Congratulations to Class 5 who had the best attendance this week with 98.6%

2nd Place – Class 7 with 97.8%

3rd Place – Class 4 with 97.5%


House Points – Congratulations to the children from John who were this week’s winners with 368 points

2nd Place – Luke 336 points

3rd Place – Mark 308 points

4th Place – Matthew 255 points


The Weekend Tune –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cBBhmu-fPyk


Doing What is Right

Dear God,

I resolve this day to do what is right,

even if no one else will join me.