Lainesmead News 11.01.19

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THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS

Welcome back to and a Happy New Year to all our families.
This week in assembly, we started our term by considering the following question:

Assembly question

It was very humbling to hear how many of the children said their mum, dad, uncle, grandparent or another relative.  They all gave such amazing reason to explain why they want to be like them as well.  For example, ‘They are always so kind to me and I want to make sure I’m as kind as them.’ We also linked this question into looking at the achievements people have that mean we now see them as heroes, such as Rosa Parks, Sir Edmund Hillary or Simone Biles.  We discussed how many of these didn’t set out to be heroes and many had huge obstacles to overcome to achieve what they had dreamed of.  We discussed what values these heroes all had to show to achieve their goals.  This culminated with the children coming dressed as their hero today.  It was great to hear some of the children explain why they were dressed as they were, for example, “I came as the surgeon who saved my life last year!”

This week, the Year 3 children visited the computing department at New College to use some programs that are not possible in school.  They all had a fantastic time.  The other Key Stage 2 year groups will attend during the remainder of the school year.

READING

Firstly, thank you for supporting your children with their reading at home. At Lainesmead, we believe that reading with your child is invaluable. Not only does it help your child to become a confident reader, it also helps your child to develop a love of reading, increases their vocabulary and helps your child to become more imaginative, which also helps them to become better writers. Being a good reader will also influence your child throughout their life.

“A strong reader at 10 years old will earn 21% more per hour at age 38 than someone from the same background with poor reading skills.” – 

Hooked on Books

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To ensure that all children are reading at home at least 5 times a week, children’s reading logs will be monitored closely. Teachers will check reading logs each week and will keep a record of how many times your child has read at home during the week. Our policy states that this should be at least 5 times. When a child has not read at home 5 times during the week, the teacher will put a note in the log as a reminder. Usually, this reminder is enough. However, if the same thing is noted in the following weeks, your child’s teacher and then the year group leader will ask to meet with you. During this meeting, we will talk about what we can do to support you so that this reading does take place. In the final instance, you will be asked to meet with a member of our school’s senior leadership team.

Look out in the next few newsletters for helpful hints and tips about how to support your child with reading at home!

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CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE

This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:
Germany: Nikhil                                   France: Jesse
Spain: Corey                                         Iceland: Michael
Canada: Ella                                         Russia: Harry
Mexico: Kavinmukil                              South Africa: Jacob
Brazil: Macauli                                     China: Maria
New Zealand: Emily                              Australia: Kavenayan

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It was a real pleasure to see so many of them share their work and talk so confidently about what they had achieved during the week, especially when it was going from not understanding something to being completely confident, such as Emily with adding fractions.

Well done to South Africa class (99.7%) and Iceland class (98.3%) for their high attendance in the last week before the Christmas holidays. Both classes rolled the dice and moved to the same reward on our ‘Class-opoly’ board – extra time with PE equipment.

ATTENDANCE
We will continue to keep a very close eye on attendance this term.  We are in the process of putting together many of the ideas from the poster competition we ran before the holidays.  Look out for the results soon!

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Tuesday 15th January
Year 1 Phonics Workshops – 2:30pm and 6:00pm
This is a must attend event!  Phonics packs will be given out to all parents in attendance

Wednesday 23rd January
National Handwriting Day

Monday 28th January
Australia Day (Australia Class)

Wednesday 30th January
Whole school Maths Day

Week beginning 4th February
E-safety week

Tuesday 5th February
Safer Internet Day

Wednesday 6th February
New Zealand Day (NZ Class)

Thursday 14th February
2:30pm – Fabulous Finish

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Lainesmead News 21.12.18

THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS
We have finally reached the end of a long term! This week has been as busy as the others and it has certainly been a week of Christmas cheer.
First of all, a huge well done to EYFS who completed two performances of the Nativity on Monday. They spoke so clearly and their singing certainly brought a tear to the eyes of many a parent!

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The children have thoroughly enjoyed their Christmas parties this week, with time for a dance in the hall and games in the classrooms. Thank you to Chef Luann and her team for organising the party food on top of the usual lunches that were being prepared.
Finally, we ended this week with our traditional ‘Songs Around the Christmas Tree’ with children all the way from Nursery to Year 6 performing a song of their choice to the whole school. It was lovely to welcome our Nursery and Reception children to assembly. They sat beautifully throughout, showing how much progress they have made in the short time they have been at school. Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who came dressed in their Christmas Jumpers, whether decorated from home or bought, it was wonderful to see the children looking so festive!

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Thank you for all of your support this term and we look forward to welcoming you all back on TUESDAY 8TH JANUARY.

 

CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE

This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:
Germany: Denis                          France: Noah
Spain: Kenan                               Iceland: Leo (absent)
Canada: Poppy                            Russia: Finley
Mexico: Nikhil                             South Africa: Neha
Brazil: Aloy                                  China: Kyron (absent)
New Zealand: Rodney               Australia: Lexis

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Well done to Germany class (96.7%) and New Zealand class (99%). Both classes are choosing their own rewards this week.  Well done also to all the children who have 100% attendance for the term, we know that this is not always easy to achieve. They have received their treat already! At the end of every long term (the Autumn, Spring and Summer), we reward a family where every child has 100% attendance. This term the family name drawn was Pagett – Noah (Scotland) and Alba (Iceland) who have won a family cinema voucher.

Remember, even if children have been absent this term, they can still be reward in the Spring Term for their 100% attendance as we award this on a term by term basis.

ATTENDANCE
As you are aware, we have been running a poster competition to encourage attendance at school.  We were delighted to announce the winners in today’s assembly and they are:
First place: Ansel (China)
Second Place: Alesha (New Zealand)
Joint third place: Tyler M/Daniel P (South Africa)
Riley G/Umar (South Africa)

We will be working on putting many of the ideas presented by the children, such as ‘School is Cool’ and ‘Attend to Achieve’ together onto one finished poster, which we will be distributing in the new year.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Monday 7TH January
TD DAY – SCHOOL CLOSED TO ALL PUPILS

Tuesday 8th January
Reception to Year 6 children return to school

Wednesday 9th January
Nursery children return

Friday 11th January
Non-school uniform day – come dressed as your hero!
50p-£1 donation

Tuesday 15th January
Year 1 Phonics Workshops – 2:30pm and 6:00pm
This is a must attend event!  Phonics packs will be given out to all parents in attendance

Wednesday 23rd January
National Handwriting Day

Monday 28th January
Australia Day (Australia Class)

Week beginning 4th February
E-safety week

KITCHEN NEWS
The kitchen has received its first full Food Premises Inspection Report since its refurbishment in the summer.  The outcome of the inspection has been very help full and supportive but unfortunately also means our Score on the Door Rating has been reduced from the top rating of 5.  However, please be assured we regard this as a temporary measure whilst we work through the findings of the report.  We already have a plan in place taking corrective measures where needed and all points will have addressed by the later part of January.  We will then request a revisit by the Food Premises Inspection Team to again review the kitchen with all points raised having been fully addressed.
Please be assured the School Governors and I have the utmost confidence in the school kitchen and the food provided for our children.

TIMES TABLES ROCKSTARS
As you will be aware from newsletters in term 1, the children have access to an online resource that supports their learning of the times tables.  The ‘Times Tables Rockstars’ program enables the children to compete against each other individually, as classes and even as houses.  Teachers are also listed on the program and it is a great incentive to many to ‘beat the teacher!’

In this week’s assembly I was delighted to hand out a number of ‘High Achievers’ certificates to children and introduce our new ‘Rock Hero’ badge to children.  These awards are for children who are regularly accessing the program in school and when at home and are earning points to achieve different stages whilst playing.  Well done to all who are playing. Here are just a few of the children with their awards.

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Mrs Saxby has also been analysing which class has the most amount of regular participants (both in and outside of school).  With 94% of children regularly accessing Times Tables Rockstars the winning class is Mexico.  Well done to them as they have earnt extra playtime.

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Lainesmead News 07.12.18

THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS
This week’s visit from the author/illustrator Fred Blunt was certainly a highlight for many children in the school.  Fred is an ex-pupil of Lainesmead, having attended the school as a child.

During his visit, Fred read to the whole school his new book ‘Santa Claus vs the Easter Bunny’ which the children enjoyed immensely.  Fred then also spent time in Years 2, 3 and 4 conducting a drawing workshop which inspired children and adults alike.  In fact, there has been a lot of ‘bunny’ drawings appearing since his visit!

We are delighted to host such events as this and it is always so worthwhile to show the amazing things than are being achieved by ex-pupils of the school.  Do get in touch if you know of anyone else who can make such a visit.

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THIS WEEK FROM THE GOVERNORS
This week at our curriculum meeting, we began with a presentation from Miss Griffiths on the computing curriculum. Although Miss Griffiths feels we can adequately resource computing lessons, Lainesmead is always looking for ways to fund new equipment, especially as the world of computing moves on so quickly! This is an issue that Emma Conduit-Adams (Computing link governor) is already exploring. I had asked through the newsletter for parents to talk to or email any governor if they had any strong feelings regarding homework generally. As no opinions were forthcoming, we have assumed parents to be happy with the current policy as were the parent governors in attendance at the meeting. Lainesmead tries to strike a balance between supporting parents to help children at home and not intruding on valuable family time. We hope you feel this balance has been struck. We also reviewed and challenged a number of policies, including Modern Foreign Languages. We will be receiving a presentation on this in Term 6. As usual, the minutes will be published on the website shortly.

CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE
This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:
Germany: Riley                                    France: Jagdeep
Spain: Evie-Mai                                    Iceland: James
Canada: Olivia                                      Russia: Bobby
Mexico: Kallum                                     South Africa: Laura
Brazil: Kathiravan                                China: Connor
New Zealand: Nicole                            Australia: Brian

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Well done also to Iceland (98%) and Mexico (98.6%). Iceland landed on ‘Chance’ on our Classopoly board which means that they are able to make a class choice on their reward.  Mexico landed on free time with the PE equipment.

ROYAL BALLET
As you may be aware, every year we are fortunate to be provided with 6 weeks’ worth of ballet tuition in Year 3 through the Royal Ballet School.  From this children are identified to a final identification workshop, which took place last week.  We were delighted to learn that the following children have been invited to join the Primary Steps after-school class starting in January:

  • Shane Colley-Moore
  • Christopher Kujawski
  • Finley Byrne
  • Maddison Edwards
  • Kayla Rowland
  • Keira Lambert

A huge well done to all of the children.  I am sure they will all enjoy this amazing opportunity and thrive in their learning of dance form.

FEEDBACK ABOUT ASSESSMENT WEEK IN SCHOOL
In every lesson, our teachers are making assessments of the children to decide whether or not they have successfully learned what has been taught. This ongoing monitoring also helps us them make a judgement about how well the children are learning their year group curriculum. As well as this, throughout the year we have Assessment Weeks, when the children complete more formal assessments (tests). Teachers use the results of these, together with their knowledge about the children’s learning in lessons, to decide if each child is meeting the year group expectations or not.

This year we have introduced a new test made by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER). These test are designed to get progressively harder across the year, giving us a more accurate picture of how children are achieving in the autumn and spring terms. Teachers will also use the tests to identify key objectives to cover for classes, groups and individuals.

Teachers will share with you how your child is attaining and progressing at the parents’ evening in Term 4.

SWIMMING ACHIEVEMENTS
This week, we have been notified of the fantastic swimming achievements of two of our children, namely Lily Hazell and Amy Simms, both in Year 5.

Lily, competing for Swindon Dolphins, swam 8 races in total and won a medal in every race! These included 3 golds (200m individual medley, 100m breastroke, and 50 m breaststroke), 3 silvers (200m freestyle, 100m freestyle and 50m butterfly) and 2 bronze medals (100m individual medley and 50m freestyle). Huge congratulations to Lily.

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Amy won the award from her swimming club (Tigersharks ASC) as Squad Swimmer of the Year Junior Potential. In addition to this, Amy achieved personal best times in all 10 of the events she was entered in, including the 400m freestyle.  She won a gold, silver and two bronze medals in the 10 year age category which she has only recently moved into.  Well done to Amy.#

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ATTENDANCE
This week our school council discussed why is attendance important. They have also launched a new poster competition on this topic. All poster design on this topic should be handed in to Mrs Chapman by 19.12.18.  A lucky winner will be announced in the last week of term and win a special prize.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Friday 7th December
Christmas Fair – 3:15pm – 5:00pm

Tuesday 11th December
Fabulous Finish – Year 5 Assembly

Wednesday 12th December
Christmas Dinner Day – please note that no more bookings can be made for this.  If you have not booked, please ensure that you provide your child with a packed lunch.

Friday 14th December
1:30pm – KS1 Carol Service in Christ Church

Monday 17th December
EYFS Nativity in school (am and pm performances) – EYFS parents please see separate letter sent out previously

Tuesday 18th December
EYFS Christmas Party
School Christmas Disco

Wednesday 19th December
KS1 Christmas Party

Thursday 20th December
KS2 Christmas Party

Friday 21st December
Christmas Jumper Competition Day.
50p-£1 Donation will be given to Save the Children.
Last day of term.  Christmas Crafts at 2pm.  School finishes at 2:30pm

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ARE YOU INTERESTED IN THE PERFORMING ARTS?
** Prime Theatre are searching for enthusiastic young people to take part in Swindon’s Young Arts Showcase! **

Prime Theatre are excited to be organising Swindon’s 4th annual Young Arts Showcase, funded by Friends of Swindon Arts Centre, taking place on Sunday 27th January 2019. The Young Arts Showcase is designed to give young people an opportunity to showcase their talent at a professional venue – be that singing, painting, poetry, comedy, film, dance or something we’ve never seen before!

If you are aged 5-25 and have a skill or passion you’d like to share, we’d love to hear from you. No prior performance experience is necessary, it’s all about having a go.

For this year’s showcase we are theming the evening around the colour RED. You are free to interpret and use this theme however you like, or you can ignore it entirely, it’s up to you! Performances can last up to 5 minutes. If your work is an object (i.e. a painting) it will be exhibited for the duration of the evening.

Previous showcases have featured singers, poets, media make-up artists, sign language choirs, art exhibitions, dance and much more.

“It’s brilliant this event is happening again. Last year was so fun to be a part of and I’m sure a whole new group of young people will really enjoy being involved this time round.”

Daisy Jesson, previous participant.

If you are interested in taking part please contact either Helen Morley atyoungdirector@primetheatre.co.uk or Ellis Evason at youngproducer@primetheatre.co.uk. You can also ring us on 01793 614864 for more details. For more information about Prime Theatre visit www.primetheatre.co.uk.

All applications should be submitted by 17th December 2018.

Lainesmead News 30.11.18

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THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS
At the end of last week, Year 2 were visited by Mark Sutton, from Swindon Heritage Society. He spoke to the children about local soldiers who had fought in World War 1 as well as showing them many artefacts from this period.  In fact he was so impressed her tweeted the following:

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On Tuesday the Year 5 children enjoyed a fantastic trip to ‘We are curious’ (previously @Bristol). They applied what they have been learning in Science as well as having a fantastic hands-on science day.  A particular highlight has to be the Planetarium visit.

Also on Tuesday, the Swindon Borough Council Tommy silhouette arrived in school.  The children thoughtfully added their piece of material to our giant poppy with it taking shape gradually throughout the day.  It was such a pleasure to see how it developed and ‘grew’ as the day went on and how it was a fitting tribute to those who have been killed or injured in conflict around the world.

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THIS WEEK FROM THE GOVERNORS
On Tuesday evening, 3 governors attended Governor and Clerks briefing, run by the local authority. As well as safeguarding updates, we had a presentation about Swindon as a learning Town which is a project designed to promote lifelong learning. They have a website, www.swindonlearningtown.com, which can be accessed to find out information on a wide range of learning options (0-90)! For governors though, the changes to Ofsted were the most important part of the presentation. The new framework (due September 2019) stresses the importance of a broad and balanced curriculum and stems from the worry that too many schools teach a narrow curriculum focused on end of key stage tests. This has never been the policy at Lainesmead, although we do of course ensure children are well prepared for the tests they face. It also stresses the vast amount of knowledge and vocabulary children are expected to remember. This is one area where parents can make a real contribution to their children’s education.

CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE
This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:
Germany:                                   France: Phoebe
Spain: James                             Iceland: Roliana
Canada: Gabriel                         Russia:  Luke
Mexico: Lila                               South Africa: Jacob
Brazil: Zunaid                             China: Varshan
New Zealand: Kieran                 Australia: Evie-Marie

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Well done also to Iceland and Australia who both achieved 97.7% attendance last week.  Iceland landed on ‘Free Parking’ and await an award.  Australia landed on free time with the PE equipment.

PE NEWS
Last week, at an area PE Conference, Mr Tew was the first PE Leader and school in Wiltshire to be awarded with a REAL Legacy certificate.  REAL Legacy is an ambitious two-year programme, personalised for your school to make a real difference and create a real legacy for EVERY child in relation to their health and wellbeing.

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ATTENDANCE
Linking back to last week’s attendance information, this poster has been produced to show the long term effects of non-attendance on achievement:

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Wednesday 5th December
Local Author, Fred Blunt, visiting the school.  Drawing workshops in Years 2, 3 and 4

Friday 7th December
Christmas Fair – 3:15pm – 5:00pm

Tuesday 11th December
Fabulous Finish – Year 5 Assembly

Wednesday 12th December
Christmas Dinner Day

Friday 14th December
KS1 Carol Service in Christ Church

Monday 17th December
EYFS Nativity in school (am and pm performances)

Tuesday 18th December
EYFS Christmas Party
School Christmas Disco

Wednesday 19th December
KS1 Christmas Party

Thursday 20th December
KS2 Christmas Party

Friday 21st December
Christmas Jumper Competition Day
Last day of term.  Christmas Crafts at 2pm.  School finishes at 2:30pm

CHARITABLE DONATIONS
As a school we have run a number of charitable donations during the Autumn term.  So far we have raised the following:
Jeans for Genes day: £190.65
Children in Need: £154
British Legion Poppy Appeal: £313.80
Many thanks to everyone for your generous donations towards these charities.

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Lawn Manor Christmas Fayre

Lainesmead News 09.11.18

THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS
Welcome back to Term 2.  It has been a pleasure seeing everyone return; the children have certainly come back ready to learn.  Term 2 is always such a busy term, leading up to Christmas.

Enriching the curriculum started on the very first day of term with Mike Mullen from BMX Academy returning to school.  He ‘wowed’ the children with his skills in our first assembly of the term and reinforced the importance of the having resilience and a Growth Mindset.

It was lovely to see so many parents attend the last Royal Ballet demonstration lesson with the Year 3 classes.  They have learnt so much during this very special experience and I do hope that those who have been selected to attend further lessons are able to take part in this fantastic opportunity.

A huge well one to Eddie, Lila, Salma and Audey who attend headteacher’s lunch this week.  They talked about positively how about how much they are enjoying being in Year 4 and they were especially looking forward to going to Braeside next week.

THIS WEEK THE GOVERNORS…
…with responsibility for chairing a committee met to agree agendas for Term 2. We have various standing items, such as reviewing policies and ensuring that actions from previous meetings have been effectively carried out. We also invite middle leaders and senior leaders of the school to present regularly. This term, Miss Griffiths will present to the Curriculum Committee on the subject of progression in computing skills across the school. This is in response to governors reviewing the computing policy in Term 6 last year and wanting to ensure that aspects of the policy are having an impact on teaching and learning.  We will also be looking at the interventions put in place for children needing additional support as well as homework. At full governors, link governors will be sharing analysis of the Rapid Action Plans the school put into place after the Ofsted and the PPG and SEND reviews that were recently carried out. The Finance committee will be focusing on the performance management of teachers pay. If you have any view on this in advance of the meetings, please email or speak to any of our governing Body or read the minutes published on the website shortly after the meetings take place.

CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE
This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:

Spain: Tyla                            Iceland: Damon
Canada: Taslema                        Russia:   Laylah
Mexico: Kallum                         South Africa: Cornel
Brazil: Ella                           China: Mustafa
New Zealand: Charlie                  Australia: Roshan

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Well done also to France and Brazil who achieved 100% attendance last week 100% attendance as a class last week. As France are on a trip today, the will roll the dice next week. Brazil class were awarded with extra time with the PE Equipment.

ATTENDANCE
Thank you to all parents/carers and pupils who have been well and were able to attend regularly in Term 1. We achieved a good attendance rate of 97% in comparison to the national average of 96%. Hurray for Lainesmead!

Eleven pupils, who have really improved their attendance since the first few weeks of term, received a certificate in today’s assembly.

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CHILDREN IN NEED – FRIDAY 16TH NOVEMBER
Monday 12th November is the start of this year’s BBC Children in Need Appeal Week. Our school is excited to be joining in with others around the UK to participate in fundraising for this good cause.

On Friday 16th November, the children can come into school dressed in yellow or in dots for a £1 donation.
Let’s make a big difference to the lives of children in the UK.
Thank you for your continued support. 

It was planned that we would have a Talent Show similar to that run last year.  Unfortunately, due to time constraints we have not been able to organise this.  We do hope to find a new date for it in the Spring Term.

SCHOOL LUNCHES
As children returned to school this week, we had a number of incidents where a lunch had not been booked for children but no packed lunch had been provided either.  In fact, on one day this was equivalent to a whole extra class needing a hot dinner.  As I am sure you can understand, this amount of extra food is just not possible to make or serve at such short notice.  It is essential that you use Parent Pay to book ALL lunches.  If lunch is not booked, a packed lunch MUST be provided.

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Week beginning 12th November
Anti-bullying Week – odd sock day on Monday 12th November.

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Monday 12th – Wednesday 14th
Year 4 Residential to Braeside

Wednesday 14th November
Flu Vaccinations day

Thursday 15th November
2:30pm – Years 3 and 4 Parents Power Maths Workshop

Friday 16th November
WWI Theatre Group performance to Y5/6
Non-school uniform day (Children in Need) – £1 donation

Monday 26th November
Maths Day

Thursday 29th November
2:30pm – Years 5 and 6 Parents Power Maths Workshop

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Lainesmead News 23.10.18

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YEAR 6 ISLE OF WIGHT
It was lovely to welcome back the Year 6 children and staff from their residential trip to Little Canada on the Isle of Wight.  The weather was fantastic for the whole trip.  The children really showed the school values and lived the school vision during their time on residential.  Many photos have already been shared on the school’s twitter account which have also been placed on the school website.  More photos will be shared on the website soon but here is a small variety of what they got up to!
Year 5 parents, make sure you sign your child up for this wonderful experience!

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ATTENDANCE
We have been so pleased with the attendance we have achieved this term.  Look out soon for some more prizes and awards for regular attendance at school!

SCHOOL UNIFORM
I would like to use this opportunity to remind you that in order to reinforce the strong community ethos of the school children are expected to abide by the school uniform policy.  Please could I reiterate the school policy on footwear which states that shoes are expected as footwear and NOT trainers.  Furthermore, school policy states that hair should be kept neat, with no extreme haircuts and that any accessories should blue or black – no large bows please.  Many thanks for your support with this.

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FUNDRAISING
The school’s band of parent volunteers are working hard already preparing events for Christmas, including the school Christmas Fair and a Christmas disco. We are currently fundraising for the following piece of equipment for EYFS and KS1, as KS2 have previously benefitted from the fundraising:

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FUNDRAISING

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We have just signed the school up as a cause on the website Easyfundraising.

Easyfundraising is an entirely free service that allows people to shop directly at their favourite online store via the links on the easyfundraising.org.uk website and raise a donation for their school cause once a purchase is made. Donations can be up to 15% of the value of your purchase, depending on the retailer and the item purchased. There are thousands of stores that are already participating with leading high street brands such as Amazon, Expedia, John Lewis and more, making it one of the most effortless fundraising ideas for schools.

All you have to do is set up an account (it is free) and then access other websites via easyfundraising.  This ensures that any purchase you make is tracked to your easy fundraising account and therefore automatically raises money for the school.  It really is that easy – there is no catch and you do not have to pay extra for your product.

If you are completing online shopping, especially in the run up to Christmas, please could we urge you to login via the easyfundraising website, set Lainesmead as your cause to start raising money for the school!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Tuesday 23rd October
End of Term 1 – school finishes at 3:15pm

Wednesday 24th October
SCHOOL CLOSED – TD DAY

Monday 5th November
Term 2 starts
Mexico Day (Mexico Class)
EYFS2 Parent Workshop in The Hut
Year 5/6 BMX Workshops

Tuesday 6th November
Year 5/6 BMX Workshops

Thursday 8th November
2:30pm – Year 1 and 2 Parents Power Maths Workshop

Friday 9th November
School photographer in (individual and sibling groups)

Week beginning 12th November
Anti-bullying Week

Monday 12th – Wednesday 14th
Year 4 Residential to Braeside

Wednesday 14th November
Flu Vaccinations day

Thursday 15th November
2:30pm – Years 3 and 4 Parents Power Maths Workshop

Friday 16th November
WWI Theatre Group performance to Y5/6
Non-school uniform day (Children in Need)

Monday 26th November
Maths Day

Thursday 29th November
2:30pm – Years 5 and 6 Parents Power Maths Workshop

Lainesmead News 19.10.18

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Strive, Achieve, Excel: Believe in a limitless future

THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS
It was great to welcome so many parents into school for our Fabulous Finish afternoon on Thursday. A huge well done to Year 2 on their fantastic assembly, celebrating all the learning they have completed in just a few weeks.

I have been lucky enough to have many children show me their wonderful work this week, particularly in writing.  It is clear that the children have made progress in 7 weeks and are enjoying their learning.

I also enjoyed welcoming Amy S, Amy V, Macauli and Adiyath to headteacher’s lunch this week who shared with me what they have been enjoying so far about being in Year 5 .

Today we waved goodbye to half of the Year 6 cohort who have headed to the Isle of Wight on their residential trip for the weekend.  I know that they will have a fantastic time.  Make sure you keep an eye on our twitter feed, Facebook and the website to see what they are getting up to!

Sally Arthur, our Achievement for All Coach, was delighted to speak to a number of parents on Tuesday as well as the children who have been part of the Achievement for All group.  A short summary of what was shared by parents and children is as follows:

Parents:

  • Stated that the school was very welcoming and that this had especially improved over the last 18 months to 2 years.
  • There is always someone in school that they would talk to if they had a worry or concern.
  • Good relationships had been formed this year with class teachers

Children:

  • Very positive about their education, especially in KS2. Power Maths, in particular was talked about as a positive change.
  • All were open and honest and were a credit to the school and their parents
  • Resiliency and organisational skills is something to develop with younger children

CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE
This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:
Germany: Jacob                                   France: Alek
Spain: Leo                                       Iceland: Isabella
Canada: Zofia                                    Russia: Stefan
Mexico: Matthew                                 South Africa: Marianna
Brazil: Keziah                                   China: Maria
New Zealand: Jaiden-Lee                       Australia: Makhluf

We are so please with the attendance of classes in that past week. In fact we had 3 classes as joint winners as they all achieved 100% attendance. They are Germany, Russia and Brazil.  Only one class (France) in the last week fell below 96% but have worked hard this week to attend.

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As you know we use a computer program called Times Tables Rockstars.  We were able to celebrate the highest earners for this term.  Well done to all in the photo below and keep working hard on those times tables as we know it makes such a difference!

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Also special mention must be made of Amy in Brazil class who won 4 medals in swimming – 2 golds, 1 silver and a bronze. She has also just been awarded her fourth Blue Peter Badge. Well done Amy!

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ATTENDANCE
Government expectation for Primary school attendance is 95 % with many school achieving 96% or higher.
In Term 1, up until 12/10/18 Lainesmead attendance was 96.98%
Please help us to maintain this figure above 96% as we enter term 2.

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Friday 19th – Monday 22nd October
Year 6 Isle of Wight residential (Tuesday 23rd is a rest day)

Tuesday 23rd October
End of Term 1 – school finishes at 3:15pm

Wednesday 24th October
SCHOOL CLOSED – TD DAY

Monday 5th November
Term 2 starts
Mexico Day (Mexico Class)
EYFS2 Parent Workshop in The Hut
Year 5/6 BMX Workshops

Tuesday 6th November
Year 5/6 BMX Workshops

Thursday 8th November
2:30pm – Parents Power Maths Workshop

Week beginning 12th November
Anti-bullying Week

Monday 12th – Wednesday 14th
Year 4 Residential to Braeside

Wednesday 14th November
Flu Vaccinations day

THIS WEEK THE GOVERNORS HAVE…
Met as a Full Governing Body (FGB). At this meeting on Wednesday evening, we were delighted to welcomed four new governors: Emma Conduit-Adams and Calvin Smith will be joining the finance and staffing committee, with Lorraine Walker, who a lot of parents will remember from her time as a TA at Lainesmead and Bibi Akhtar joining our curriculum committee. It was a very full meeting which saw governors sharing their research on local Multi Academy Trusts. Becoming an academy is something governors regularly discuss, debating the pros and cons to ensure the best possible education for all children. We have agreed to discuss what advantages joining a MAT would have for Lainesmead before we pursue possible next steps. Mrs Painter shared the school’s Rapid Action Plans for key subjects, detailing the actions taken so far this term in our journey to becoming a good school. Governors will follow this up by looking at the impact of all actions when they are analysed at the end of this term. Mrs Chapman then presented the SEND annual report which governors agreed was clear and detailed the progress made by our SEND children in the last year.  Please look out for the full minutes published on our website in the next week.

POWER MATHS PARENT WORKSHOPS
As you are aware we have introduced a new maths scheme this year – Power Maths.  We have a number of dates for parents to come in and learn about this new scheme, how we are teaching maths now and how you can support with maths homework to complement the scheme.  Please make every effort to attend as this would be hugely beneficial to the way you support at home.

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BEAT THE STREET
A reminder that Beat the Street is coming to an end on Wednesday 24th October.  Let’s try to move as far up the leader board as we can in the last few days.  Don’t forget the celebration event that is happening on Wednesday 24th October – a perfect event to attend as school is closed to children that day!beat the stree

Lainesmead News 12.10.18

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THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS
I was delighted to start our Headteacher lunches once again for this academic year with four of the Year 6 children – Nicole, Luke, Sudiksha and Aaron.  They have all been regularly placed on the Board of Recognition in their classrooms for following the school rules and displaying the school’s values.  They shared with me how they felt about being in Year 6.  As some of them are eagerly anticipating their residential trip to the Isle of Wight next week, they were very much talking about what they will be looking forward to when they get there.

I have been delighted to have many children show me their fantastic work.  Of particular note is some amazing writing completed by three of our Reception children – Florence, Theo and Isaac – who used their emerging writing skills to complete a message in a bottle after being stranded on a desert island! Well done to all three children.

Year 4 children thoroughly enjoyed their trip to Avebury at the end of last week which supported their Stone Age Boy topic.

Well done also to our football team who won their cup game yesterday on penalties.  There were 2 players of the match – Jamal and Connor.

THIS WEEK THE GOVERNORS HAVE…
Attended a Maths Focus Meeting.  Mrs Timbrell, the Maths Link Governors, worked with Mrs Saxby discussing the implementation of our new Power Maths Scheme as well as looking at feedback from this from both teachers and teaching assistants and also the children. They also looked at the children’s Power Maths Practice Books.  When looking at these teachers are asked to ensure that children complete the following:

  • Write a date that is underlined.
  • All lines are drawn with a ruler
  • Read and respond to the teacher’s marking
  • Put one neat line through mistakes
  • Only use a sharp pencil
  • Numbers are formed correctly
  • Work marked wrong is not rubbed out but written correctly again
  • Handwriting for written answers is neat and grammatically correct

FEEDBACK FROM T D DAY ON MONDAY 1ST OCTOBER
As stated last week, the teachers gained a great deal from visiting other schools in Swindon on our TD Day.  They observed many features that we are working hard on in school.  Namely:

  • High expectations of the children
  • Children reading regularly at home and in school
  • Joined handwriting throughout all year groups
  • Children working independently
  • Clear differentiation with extension and support

Many teachers mentioned the number of workshops run by the schools also.  We are running workshops after half-term for our new Power Maths scheme.  Please do make every effort to attend as we know this will be invaluable in supporting parents with maths at home.

CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE
This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:
Germany: Grace                                    France: James
Spain: Alfie S                                    Iceland: Maja
Canada: John                                      Russia: Lacie-Mae
Mexico: Layla G                                   South Africa: Ellie P
Brazil: Kai P                                         China: Connor
New Zealand: Kallum                             Australia: Sudiksha
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Well done also to Canada class who achieved 100% attendance last week and Germany who had 98.8% attendance last week. Canada rolled the dice and were awarded 10 minutes extra play. Germany’s roll resulted in dance time!
Last week, three classes fell below the 96% attendance figure aimed for  – Spain, Mexico and China.  Please could we make an extra effort for the children to attend in these 3 classes to lift their figure above 96% once again.

ATTENDANCE
During parents’ evenings last week your child’s class teacher may have informed you of your child’s below average attendance rate. This is because it is our role as school staff to report to parents on a child’s attendance and share any concerns that we may have about the impact of poor attendance or punctuality upon learning.

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PLAY LEADERS
In assembly today we announced our new play leaders.  These children are trained by Mrs Dee in organising and running games/play outside at break and lunchtime.  They ensure that no child is left out or feeling lonely outside. Well done to the following children:
Janice; Montana; Kieran; Jamal; Karina; Catie; Lexis; Keith; Imrana; Lillymai; Lola; Lara; Tilly; Keziah; Sofia B; Macauli; Adiyath; Jaina; Rosie; Rudy; Eddie; Lexi; Kyron; Jayden; Max; Norisha; Beth; Julia; Amy S; Kai P.

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BREAK TIME SNACKS
We would like to remind you that it has long been school policy that children are provided with fruit or vegetables snacks at break time.  They should not bring chocolate or cereal bars into school to eat during this time. In Key Stage 1 and Early Years, children are provided with a fruit or vegetable snack free of charge but parents can provide one as well if they so wish.

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DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
Monday 8th October
Reception Parents Workshop – Interactive Learning Diary
Please note that this will take place in SPAIN class and not the Hut.

Friday 12th October
Spain Day (Spain Class)

Monday 15th October
Harvest Assembly – contribution towards Women’s Aid

Wednesday 17th October
Volunteer Parents Training (re-rerun of the training held in Term 6)

Thursday 18th October
Fabulous Finale – Y2 assembly
Gates will be opened at 2:30pm for all year groups (Years 1 – 6)
Parents will be asked to wait on the playground from 3pm as the teachers organise their classes for the end of the day

Friday 19th – Monday 22nd October
Year 6 Isle of Wight residential (Tuesday 23rd is a rest day)

Tuesday 23rd October
End of Term 1 – school finishes at 3:15pm

Wednesday 24th October
SCHOOL CLOSED – TD DAY

Lainesmead News 05.10.18

LAINESMEAD NEWS 05.10.18

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THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS
Another busy week here at Lainesmead!

Monday was busy day for all staff here at school with the teachers visiting others schools and then receiving training back at school.  I know many found it an extremely useful and worthwhile day.
Thank you to all those parents who have attended our parents’ consultation evenings this week.  It was lovely to see so many of you coming in to share your thoughts about how the start of term has been for your child/children.  The book sale was extremely popular.  We will be running this again in the Christmas Fair.

THIS WEEK THE GOVERNORS HAVE…
Met as a curriculum sub-committee with a very full agenda. After reviewing actions from the previous meeting we began by discussing our Home Reading policy which arose from the previous meeting. This is something governors are particularly interested to ensure is effective as reading is at the heart of successful learning. Mrs Mepstead shared news of the reading log relaunch, with particular focus on ensuring teachers regularly monitor the logs to thank parents who read with their children and challenge and support those who find this more difficult. If you have any views on this, please feel free to speak to any parent governor on the playground or via mail.

We also discussed a range of reports from subject coordinators sharing their vision, actions and impact on learning from last year. We all agreed these reflected a massive amount of work and congratulated staff on their clarity. As part of this, we particularly enjoyed an inspirational presentation from Mrs Baldry about her work as subject Leader for DT. The minutes will be available on the website shortly.

In addition, Alan Mulrooney and I, attended Head Teachers performance management training on Monday evening to ensure we are able to effectively review Mrs Painter’s targets for last year and to set new targets to ensure the school continues to move forward.

FEEDBACK FROM PARENTS EVENINGS
This term we introduced a new format to our parents’ evenings.  We wanted to hear much more from you, the parents, regarding how the children had settled.  We also introduced our new Home School Agreement. For those who have not been able to attend a meeting yet our agreement states the following:

THE SCHOOL
We will:
·         Encourage children to strive, achieve and excel to reach their full potential
·         Develop children’s self-esteem
·         Provide a broad, balanced curriculum
·         Provide a safe environment that develops pupils independence and enhances learning
·         Communicate regularly with parents about pupils progress, achievement, attendance and behaviour
·         Provide appropriate homework
HOME
I/we will:
·         Make sure my child comes to school every day and on time
·         Phone the school to explain if my child will not be at school
·         Make sure my child is dressed following the school’s uniform policy
·         Make sure my child has the correct PE Kit in school
·         Share with school any concerns or problems
·         Follow all the school’s rules and policies
·         Attend meetings to support my child
·         Make sure my child reads 5 times a week at home and does their homework
THE PUPIL
I will:
·         Be safe
·         Be ready
·         Be respectful
·         Show the school values in everything I do
·         Come to school every day, on time, dressed in my uniform
·         Complete my homework, including reading 5 times a week

ATTENDANCE
We would like to clarify the situation regarding extended pupil absence.

If your child is to be absent for 20 continuous days of unauthorised absence or the pupil fails to attend school within 10 days immediately following the expiry of the period for which leave was granted, parents will be notified in advance that their child may be removed from the school roll. In such circumstances the parent/carer would need to reapply for a school place via Swindon School’s admissions. A further placement at Lainesmead cannot be guaranteed.

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HARVEST COLLECTION
On Monday 15th October, we will be celebrating our yearly harvest in assembly.  This year we have decided to pass any donations on to Swindon Women’s Aid.  If you can provide anything from the following list then we would be most grateful:
Long Life Fruit Juice    Coffee jars   Tinned Meat (Ham, Corned Beef, Stewing Steak)
Long Life Milk           Tinned Fruit           Tinned Fish        Rice & Sponge Pudding
Cooking Sauce (Pasta/Curry)      Tinned Potatoes      Breakfast Cereals        Sugar         Tea           Tinned Soup              Biscuits                   Baked Beans                 Pasta & Rice              Tinned Spaghetti, Macaroni, Meat Pie, Curry
Tinned Vegetables        Tinned Tomatoes

CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE
This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:
Germany: Anushka                       France: Ibrahim
Spain: Isabella                                Iceland: Alimu
Canada: Conrad                             Russia: Kayla
Mexico/South Africa: Out on a trip so no certificates
Brazil: Agnes                                 China: Beth
New Zealand: Zara                      Australia: Evan

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Well done also to Iceland who achieved 100% attendance last week and South Africa who had 98.3% attendance last week.

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Monday 8th October
Reception Parents Reading Workshop

Friday 12th October
Spain Day (Spain Class)

Monday 15th October
Harvest Assembly – contribution towards Women’s Aid

Wednesday 17th October
Volunteer Parents Training (re-rerun of the training held in Term 6)

Thursday 18th October
Fabulous Finale – Y2 assembly

Friday 19th – Monday 22nd October
Year 6 Isle of Wight residential

Wednesday 24th October
SCHOOL CLOSED – TD DAY

READING LOGS
As you are aware, our policy is that children should be reading at home at least 5 times a week.  All children are provided with a coloured Reading Log Book in order to note down their reading throughout the week.

It has come to our attention that there is some confusion regarding how these log books are filled in and by whom.

Every time a child reads to an adult it should be noted down in the book.  Please note that the reading log book is not for noting other homework that the child might be completing.
Below is a sample from the front of the book illustrating how the book should be completed.

Sample Recording page

Lainesmead News 28.09.18

THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS

So much has been happening in school this week.
Huge thanks to those who came to our very first Maths Day.  It was great to see children sharing with parents the new things they had learnt about Times Tables.  Remember to log on at home to Times Tables Rockstars to keep up the practise!

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Year 2 and 5 were delighted by the visit of the Space Dome as well. Even though I didn’t have the pleasure of going into the dome, the “Woos” and “Aaahhs” that came from there told me how much the children were enjoying.
Our Year 6s visited Lawn Manor yesterday to take part in their Artsmad day, with a focus on the Performing Arts.  They had a great time.

Just a reminder that on Monday school is closed as it is a TD Day.

THIS WEEK THE GOVERNORS HAVE…
Attended our Safeguarding Audit and the Maths Days.  Here’s feedback from one of our parent governors, Caroline Mazzotta:
The safeguarding meeting was very informative.  It was good to see the school’s action plans in place and the ones going into place regarding the safeguarding of not only vulnerable children but for ALL children in the school. It was interesting to hear about the work that goes on behind the scenes and especially out of hours, for example the Designated Safeguarding Lead and Headteacher being on call out of term time, and the extra steps that are being taken to look out for vulnerable children. 

MATHS DAY
It was lovely to see all the children engaged and enthusiastic about Maths. I am looking forward to using the “Times Table Rock Stars” and encourage all parents to do so also – it will be refreshing to see the enthusiasm for this rather than “Minecraft” for a change.  I am looking forward to seeing, and sharing, the impact from using this will have on individuals and the school as a whole.

LAINESMEAD NURSERY
Do you know a family who still needs a space in nursery?
If yes, then please ask them to contact the school as we have spaces remaining in our newly opened school nursery.

Only need 30 hours but over 3 days? We can do this!

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CERTIFICATES OF EXCELLENCE
This week’s certificates went to the following children for amazing work, attitude and showing the school values:

Germany: Mollie Benjafield           France: Kaydon-Lee Bradford

Spain: Corey Compton                 Canada: Jai Saran

Russia: Sean Yates                   Mexico: Skylar Fernandes

South Africa: Federico Milea        Brazil: Lennon D’Souza

China: Amy Vasishat                  New Zealand: Munsif Xec

Australia: Luke Calixto Gama

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Well done also to Spain, Iceland and Mexico class who achieved 100% attendance as a class last week and rolled the dice to find out their class reward.

ATTENDANCE
Although we have only recently started a new school year, some of you are thinking ahead to booking holidays for 2019. Please do check our school holiday dates first.
Our policy states that is a parent/ carer’s responsibility:
‘To take holidays out of term time’.
Plus
‘Parents DO NOT have the legal right to remove their child from school during term time unless the pupil is genuinely ill or the parent has received permission in advance of the absence. Requests for pupil leave of absence during term time should be made in advance and before any arrangements confirmed or money committed. Parents/carers should complete the appropriate form, which is available via the school website or from the school office.’
Please note that ‘If an absence is not authorised, parents/carers can be fined for taking a pupil out of school without permission.’
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation

BEFORE SCHOOL ROUTINE
Please could we take this opportunity to remind you that children should not be bringing into school their own footballs/balls.  We have a strict policy that football is not played on the playground before school starts.  This is to ensure the safety of all as the playground is a very busy place in the morning.  Thank you for your cooperation with this matter.

BOOK SALE
During our Parent Consultation Evenings this week, we will once again be running our Book Shop from the hall.  Parents pick up a bargain book – all books will be on sale for only £2. Every book is brand new and there will be a range of age appropriate books available. Remember, earlier this term, we stated how important reading at home is and the difference it makes in the long term to a child’s future life.

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IPad Fundraising

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As you are aware, the school, like many across the country has been suffering from budget cuts.  Unfortunately, due to government budget cuts, last year we lost £80,000 and had to make several redundancies. This year, our dire finical situation has continued and we are having to make further cut backs.

As a result of this we have set up a Just Giving Page to help us to raise money for some much needed equipment. We had been really hoping to be able to purchase a set of 15 IPad for the children to use to enhance their learning – not only in computing but in many subjects across the curriculum. If you are able, then please could we ask you to make a contribution, however small, to this cause.  Also, if you could spread the word amongst family and friends then we would be extremely grateful!

The link to the Just Giving page is:
https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/alyssia-mepstead

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

Monday 1st October
SCHOOL CLOSED – TD DAY

Tuesday 2nd/Wednesday 3rd/Thursday 4th October
Parents’ consultation evenings – please ensure your attendance at this vital meeting

Tuesday 2nd October
China Day (China class)

Monday 8th October
Reception Parents Workshop

Friday 12th October
Spain Day (Spain Class)

Monday 15th October
Harvest Assembly – contribution towards Women’s Aid

Wednesday 17th October
Volunteer Parents Training (re-rerun of the training held in Term 6)

Thursday 18th October
Fabulous Finale – Y2 assembly

Friday 19th – Monday 22nd October
Year 6 Isle of Wight residential

Wednesday 24th October
SCHOOL CLOSED – TD DAY