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January Newsletter

VALUES

Value for January:
COURAGE

In our January Values assembly, I told the story of a group of women who did the right thing even when it was difficult—the Suffragettes. 

The children took part in an unfair vote and were asked how they felt. I’m sure you can all imagine the responses! The story of how, 100 years ago, a group of women stood up for what they believed in and had the courage to instigate change was  the key message and all children were asked how they could show courage to make the school and the world a better place to be.
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COLD WEATHER CLOTHING

Please make sure your child comes into school with warm clothes as they will be out in the playground at break and lunchtime.

PLEASE NAME YOUR CHILD’S CLOTHES

Please also make sure school  uniform is named and that, if your child brings the wrong clothes home, you bring them back to the school so that we can reunite them with their owner!

We appreciate your support with this.
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SCHOOL UNIFORM

More and more children are coming to school in trainers.  Whilst the children need trainers to participate in the Golden Mile and PE, they should not be worn as daily footwear.

The school’s uniform policy clearly states that shoes should be worn.
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School policy also states that hair should be kept neat with accessories that are blue or black—no large bows please!

Many thanks for your support with this.

NATIONAL YOUNG CARERS AWARENESS DAY

Support our non-school uniform day on Thursday 24th January, raising money for Swindon Young Carers.

what is a young carer

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PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT

As we broke up for the Christmas holidays, we received the wonderful news that our bid for £10,000 from the National Lottery had been granted.

Mrs Peer put a great deal of work into securing this bid and a huge “THANK YOU” must be given to her for this.  The children had already voted for their favourite equipment in September as this needed to be included with the bid—see the image below.

Alongside the £10,000, the money raised in our sporting non-school uniform days has enabled us to place the order for the equipment and already we have confirmation of an installation date—22nd February!

I am sure this will be a great addition to the playground equipment. 

We are now looking for further grants to install new equipment on to the KS1 playground!

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APPROPRIATE BEHAVIOUR ON THE PLAYGROUND BY PARENTS

It is with much sadness that I have to report that since the start of term there have been a small number of incidents where the peaceful and safe school environment we strive for has not been maintained.

I would like to remind all parents that the school has a Code of Conduct for Parents and Carers.  Some particular points which are not being adhered to by a small number are:

    • Loud or offensive language, swearing, cursing or displaying temper.
    • Chastising someone else’s child inappropriately.

 Should the code not be adhered to then the school will contact the appropriate authorities and, if necessary, ban the offending adults from entering the school grounds.

THE GOLDEN MILE

We are delighted to have begun our Golden Mile health and wellbeing initiative, looking to make 2018 the best year ever for our physical fitness.

The Golden Mile is a safe, simple and measurable health & physical activity initiative accessible to all age groups regardless of ability. We aim to inspire and encourage participants with a focus on fun, rewarding personal achievement and healthy competition.

We reinforce the message from the Department of Health that children should engage in regular daily physical activity habits across the week, every week all year round. The Golden Mile is an ALL YEAR ROUND initiative whereby Pupils, Staff and parents can get involved. Simply walk, jog or run around your Golden Mile track within the safety of the school grounds.

Lawrence Dallaglio, England Rugby World Cup Winner and a supporter of the Golden Mile says “The future health and happiness of our children couldn’t be more important, and the Golden Mile has already proved itself as the sort of vital fitness initiative which could make all the difference. The most simple initiatives are often the best, and I urge all children to get involved and get fit while they have fun with the Golden Mile.”

All children across the school will be participating every day, so it is essential that your child has some trainers suitable for running available each day.

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Tuesday 16th January
2:30pm—Y2 SATS Parents Workshop
6:00pm—Y1/2 Phonics Workshop (re-run of one held on Tuesday 9th January)

Thursday 25th January
Non-school uniform day raising money for Swindon Young Carers

Week beginning 5th February
E-safety week

Monday 5th February
Fabulous Finish Afternoon
2:15pm- New Zealand Play in a day assembly starting with a 10 minute presentation on E-Safety (please note that these are different to last year’s)
2:30pm – Reception, Year 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Fabulous Finish afternoon begins

Tuesday 6th February
Safer Internet Day

Tuesday 6th February
2:15pm– Australia Play in a day assembly at starting with a 10 minute presentation on E-Safety (please note that these are different to last year’s)

Thursday 8th February
School disco

Friday 9th February
Last day of term 3.  School finishes at 3:15pm

Monday 19th February
All children return to school

Tuesday 20th February
2:30pm and 6pm
Years 6 Parents SATs workshop