School Newsletter Oct 2016

Oct. 24, 2016, 6 a.m.

Dear Parents/Carers,

It has been a busy half term in school. The children and staff have all been working very hard and we are delighted with how well all our new children have settled into school.


Congratulations to Beatty and Drake who are the joint winning houses this half term. Children in Beatie and Drake are invited to wear home clothes to school on Monday 31st October. Children in other houses must come to school in their school uniform.

Golden Mile

On Thursday 6th & Friday 7th October the children took part in the Golden Mile Fundraising Event in the school playground. The children had great fun completing their laps and all money raised will go towards improving the playground. We know many of you have already sent in your sponsorship money but may we please kindly request that any remaining sponsorship money is brought into school by Friday 4th November. Premier Sports are collecting all the money and will present the school with a cheque for the amount raised. They will also present certificates and relevant prizes to the children in assembly.


Thank you to everyone who kindly donated food for our Harvest celebration this year. All the donations were taken to the Harold Hill Food Bank for distribution. Also, it was lovely to see so many Year Three parents come along to support our Harvest assemblies.

High 5 Netball

We would like to congratulate the 7 girls who represented us in the High 5 Netball tournament at Albany school. They played some fantastic netball and demonstrated superb team work throughout the tournament. They were exemplary representatives for our school.

Thank you to Abigail, Ruby, Emily and Evie in 6A as well as, Emily in 6RW, Maisie in 5H and Gemma in 5B - Mrs King and Mrs Chestnutt (P.E. Coordinators)

Girls Football Tournament

On Thursday 13th October the Y5 & Y6 Girls Football Team went to Wykeham Primary School for a tournament. They played 5 games over the whole day and demonstrated our school core values throughout (Respect, Togetherness, Courage, Growth & Passion). The weather was very challenging but the team persevered. They lost their first two games, drew their third and won their last two games comfortably.

Thank you to Elise, Le Tonia and Aaliyah in 5B, Lucy and LeShai in 5H, Emily G and Emily J in 6A and Megan, Millie and Chloe in 6RW.

Well done girls – Miss Turnbull.

Boys Football Tournament

On Wednesday 19th October Y5 & Y6 boys took part in the Primary Boys Football Tournament at Play Football Romford. Well done to the boys who played:

Tom, Harry and Freddie in 5B, Darnell and Louie in 5H, George in 5CS, Steven and Danyaal 6M, Nathan, Casey in 6A, Harrison, Max, Alex and Harry in 6RW.

We didn’t win any trophies on this occasion but a solid effort all round and a fun day had by all. Well done boys! - Mrs King

Shakespeare Workshop

On Tuesday 18th October some children in Year 6 took part in a drama workshop.

They were visited by an actor from the Young Shakespeare Company who led a 2 hour session on 'The Tempest'. The children became familiar with the story and got the opportunity to take part in Drama activities. This will be followed up by further workshops for the rest of the year group and then a final visit to Millfield Theatre, Edmonton on the 9th November. They will then have the amazing opportunity to watch a production of the play in a real theatre before using what they have learnt to help with their English lessons back in school.


On Friday 11th November we will be remembering our war heroes in our special assembly. If any children have a story of a family member’s experience during the war that they would like to share with the rest of the school please encourage them to write a report for our remembrance book.

We will be selling poppies in school from Monday 31st October onwards. Children may bring in their donations to purchase a poppy up until 11th November.

Attendance and Punctuality

Unfortunately we are still experiencing several children arriving late for school in the mornings. As a school, we work hard to promote good attendance and punctuality. When the children come into school in the morning, they sit down to complete some early morning work to revise key concepts. If children are late to school, it means that they miss this vital revision time. We ask that all pupils are in the playground no later than 8.45 am each morning. This allows them five minutes to put away their things before beginning their work for the day. The gates at the front and back of the school are closed promptly at 8.50am. Therefore any children arriving after this time will have to enter via the school office and will be marked as late.

If a child is persistently late we will contact their parents by letter in the first instance to make them aware that we are monitoring the situation. However if their punctuality does still not improve, parents will be asked to attend a meeting with the Education Welfare Officer.

If your child is absent please either call the school office on 01708 446472 and choose option 1 to leave a voicemail message or option 4 if you need to speak to a member of staff. Alternatively, please e-mail with details of your child’s absence.


Appointments (eg GP, dentist) should, where possible, be arranged outside of school hours. Where it is unavoidable and appointments have to be made during school hours, the school should be notified in advance. The appointment card or a note is acceptable. Parents are requested to minimise the amount of teaching time that is lost as a result of such appointments, by registering their child for the first lesson if the appointment is not until later in the morning / afternoon and ensuring that they return to school as soon as possible following the appointment.

Dates for the Diary


24th – 28th Half Term

31st Y5 Bikeability Week


4th Maths Workshop for parents at 9am

8th Flu Immunisations

9th Y6 Trip to Millfield Theatre

9th Open Evening 3.30 – 5.30pm

10th Open Evening 3.30 – 6.30pm

11th Parent Forum at 2.15pm

14th Anti-Bullying Week

17th FOSH AGM at 2.30pm ( In Infant hall)

21st Y6 Bikeability Week

23rd Parent volunteers for reading meeting at 2.15pm

24th Book Fair


2nd Christmas Bazaar (details to follow)

6th & 7th FOSH Christmas present selling

9th Y4 to Colchester Castle

14th Y4 Christmas Performance to Parents at 2.15pm

15th Y4 Christmas Performance to Parents at 6.30pm

21st Last Day of Term

January 2017

3rd Inset Day

4th Children return to school

We hope you all have a very relaxing half term and look forward to seeing the children back in school on Monday 31st October.

With all good wishes,

Mrs M Shipton