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Newsletter 6th March 2020

Newsletter 6th March 2020
March 12, 2020 Sandy Pike

Dear Parents and Carers

This has been a week full of fun activities for the children and it has been lovely to see how engaged they have all been.

The Fair Trade Bazaar on Wednesday was a great success, highlighting the reasons why the Fair Trade system makes such a difference to communities around the world. The children enjoyed cooking the biscuits for the refreshment table, chancing their luck on the tombola and lucky dip and, of course, sampling the chocolate! Thank you to everyone who helped fund this event and to Miss Gale and team for organising it all.

Also on Wednesday, Hazel Class were visited by the local Police Community Support Officers and the children learnt what the police do to help keep people safe. They enjoyed listening to the wide variety of roles the officers have to fulfil and especially enjoyed seeing Mrs Cheeseman dressed up in the uniform!

Many thanks to the PCSOs for coming into school.

On the subject of the law, a quick reminder about the rules on Child Seats and transporting children in cars. Government advice states: Children must normally use a child car seat until they’re 12 years old or 135 centimetres tall, whichever comes first. Children over 12 or more than 135cm tall must wear a seat belt. Full advice can be found on https://www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules

Still on the subject of the work the police do, following a number of break-ins in the local area, I have been asked to remind you all to make sure doors and windows are properly secure when you leave home, and not to leave valuables in your cars. Please also immediately report anything you think is suspicious to the police on 101.

Yesterday, of course, we had World Book Day. The children brought in some brilliant clues from their favourite books and we all had fun trying to guess which books they had come from.

Earlier in the week, Eco Club had the difficult job of choosing the winners of the poster competition. Well done to all those who entered and particularly to the winners, who will enjoy seeing their posters displayed around the school in the next week or so.

In assembly this morning, the children were introduced to the new award to be given out each Friday. Named the Oracy Cup, and kindly donated by the Governors, this will be presented to the child whom the class teachers feel have shown great skills with the spoken word. Oral Communication is an incredibly important attribute and we will be having a particular focus on this as we develop our curriculum further.

We are involved in a number of sporting events this half term. Last week our hockey team played very well against the other schools in the local area and came a very creditable 5th out of ten schools. As always, they played brilliantly as a team and it was super to see their play improving as the tournament progressed. Well done to all the children involved. Next week our Year 3 and 4 Football Team will be competing against some of the same schools at Gillingham, and shortly after that, we have the next Swimming Gala for children in Years 5 and 6 – we wish them all well.

As this half term races away, advanced notice of the next Parents’ Group meeting is on Monday 23rd March at 2:30, and don’t forget the PTFA Easter Egg Hunt at Duncliffe Wood on 5th April.

With best wishes

James Stanford