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Newsletter 11th October 2019

Newsletter 11th October 2019
October 11, 2019 Sandy Pike

Dear Parents and Carers

This time last week we had our fingers crossed for success at the Gillingham Carnival, and I am delighted to let you know that the Stower Provost School and Stower Vale Preschool entry built on their excellent 2nd place at Shaftesbury to win at Gillingham! Once again, the children looked wonderful; their obvious enjoyment at being involved and pride at winning were fantastic. We were very proud of them! Well done and thank you to everyone involved.

Rotary Shoe Box appeal

Don’t forget that any Christmas Shoe Boxes need to be in school by Monday 21st October. Please remember to fix a £1 coin to the box towards the carriage costs and do not seal the box up, as per the instructions. If you would like another leaflet with the label, please collect one from the office. Last year we sent off a brilliant number of boxes which were very gratefully received. If your child is in Oak Class, please bring them in next week rather than waiting until the Monday as the children will have plenty of kit to carry into school on the 21st!

Jeans Appeal…

Zack’s mother has offered to make her lovely denim Christmas Stockings for sale this year, with all profits going to the PTFA. If you have any jeans that are not too far gone (no holes larger than a candy cane…) but are no longer needed, please bring them into school. For an extra contribution, she will also personalise them – let the office know.


The annual meeting will be held in school next Wednesday, 16th October at 3:00pm. Do come along to support the committee, share any ideas you may have, and hear plans for the forthcoming year.

Uniform Reminder

In order for us to maintain the smart appearance of all our children, I would be grateful if you would help us by ensuring your child follows the school uniform code. The main uniform is generally followed, with the Stower Sweatshirts being the most obvious. It is the ‘peripheries’ which seem to be open to interpretation, so please remind your child that standard black shoes (no boots), grey socks or tights, smooth round studs for earrings and a plain hair band are all acceptable. Other colours or fancy items do not aid concentration, can constitute a health and Safety risk and, as I know the secondary school is particularly vigilant in this matter, it makes sense for us to set the standard early. Thank you for your co-operation.

Raffle Tickets – a message from Vanessa Lucas, Chair of Governors

Coming home today are two books of raffle tickets. The tickets are priced at £1 each. Please try to sell as many tickets as possible; friends, neighbours and relatives are all very welcome to take part. The raffle has been organised by The Rotary Club of Dorchester Casterbridge and they have secured fantastic prizes: 

1st prize £500 2nd prize: £250 3rd prize: £100 4th prize: £50 

These prizes have all been donated by very generous supporters of this year’s Christmas Draw. The great news is every penny we raise by selling the raffle tickets will be given to the school and the Rotary Club will also give us a bonus

We hope you will show us your generosity and purchase tickets to support our fundraising. Please return all ticket stubs, money and unsold tickets to the School Office by Friday, 6th December. 

Parents’ Evening

Also coming home today should be a booking slip for Parents’ Evenings, which take place during the first week back after half term. They will be held on Tuesday, 5th November 4:30pm – 6:30pm, and Wednesday 6th November 3:30 – 5:00. As always, we will try to co-ordinate your appointments if you have more than one child.

With best wishes

James Stanford