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September Newsletter 2018

SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Welcome to September’s newsletter which is packed with all of our busy activities.
I can’t believe how much we have done in such a short time!

 

WELLY WEDNESDAY CHALLENGE DAY

 

On Wednesday we pulled on our wellies and got messy!

The children spent the day outside as snail hunters, leaf detectives, shelter builders and even fire makers!

Look out for pictures on the website!

The children gained some fantastic skills through our outdoor day using tools, taking guided risks, enjoying time out of doors, caring for the environment and using creativity.

 

We really love our Challenge Days and know they are part of what makes our curriculum unique.

Forest school will be starting again in October and in the meantime Miss Percival has been training up pupils on our own site and really got stuck in on Welly Wednesday.

Forest School is an innovative educational approach to outdoor play and learning. The philosophy of Forest Schools is to encourage and inspire individuals of any age through positive outdoor experiences.

Miss Percival taught fire building activities on the challenge day developing skills of self-awareness, self-regulation, empathy, good social communication skills, independence and a positive mental attitude through increased self-esteem and confidence!

All that and the HUGE fun of lighting a fire.

 

NEW VENTURES OUTSIDE

 

Plans are well underway for the installation of our Daily Mile track!
The track will provide the opportunity for children to participate in running a mile every day

in a non-competitive and fun way.

The track will support our children’s health and well-being, allowing them to be outside in the fresh air in all weathers building confidence, resilience and determination.

 

Look out for our new gate being installed at the Park & Stride entrance to give our main pupil entrance the respect it deserves!

 

NEW VENTURES INSIDE

 

We are also installing an electronic entry system in line with GDPR requirements which will increase efficiency and safety for visitors and staff to access our school.

We are also implementing an online payment system for parents to pay for school dinners.

Hurrah I hear you say!

Once we are up and running we will explore opportunities for on-line payment for clubs and trips.

Please be supportive and patient with us (especially the office) while these new systems are implemented.

 

STUDENTS

 

Mrs Beech is our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) student who is undertaking her main placement through the Loughborough Learning Alliance. She is currently working in Y2.

We welcome her to our lovely school.

 We will also host work experience students from Maplewell Hall later this term as well as pre-university placement students.

 

PARENTS’ EVENING

 

Our Autumn Term parents’ evenings were held this month. It was great to see so many families making the effort to attend. Teachers will contact any parents that they have not managed to meet with and arrange an alternative time to see them.

The consultations all took place in the hall and were really successful and efficient.

 

CALCULATION, PHONICS AND SPELLING EVENINGS

 

Thank you to all of our families who attended these really informative and useful evenings. These evenings are designed to support families to support their child’s learning at home. Please see the website for our phonics video. Other resources from the evenings are posted on the Helping at Home tab and School News section on our website to ensure that information is fully shared with all of our families.

Thank you to Miss Patel, Miss Joslin and Mrs Yendall for preparing and delivering these sessions.

 

SATs EVENING

 

Mrs Yendall also held an informative evening for Y6 parents about the end of year assessment tests. Thank you to all of the families that attended this session.

Please keep a note of the dates for the tests and make sure that you do not book any appointments on these important days. If you did not manage to attend please see Mrs Yendall who can give you a guide to Y6 SATs which will answer any questions you might have. Information is also on the website in the School News section and the Help at Home tab.

 

GAMELAN WORKSHOP

 

Year 5 enjoyed one of the first topic visits of this academic year and had a wonderful time learning how to play Indonesian instruments as part of their topic. They learnt so much in such a short space of time.

 

YEAR 6 TRANSFER TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS

 

The transfer from Primary School to Secondary School is not automatic so all parents need to apply, even for their child to attend the catchment area school. Late applicants may not be offered a place at any of their preferred schools, or even their catchment area school. You can either return the application form to Leicestershire County Council or apply online at www.leics.gov.uk/admissions.

The closing date for applications is 31st October 2018.

YOU ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO APPLY ONLINE.

 

4+ OPEN DAY

 

We held an informal drop in session for our 4+ children recently. This session was to give an opportunity to parents to familiarise themselves with their child’s surroundings and find out little things like where their child’s peg is and where they keep their drink bottles etc. If you didn’t manage to make it, look out for our whole school open sessions on November 6th (9.10am to 10.10am).

 

CLARINET

 

Clarinet continues to be taught to our Year 4 children. Hopefully they will take to it as well as last year’s children. It is great to see so many children continuing with the clarinet into Year 5 and now into Year 6. Please bring your instrument every week (you, not your parents) and practise, practise, practise at home.

 

DIOSING

 

Once again Friday afternoon sessions fill the school with the sound of children’s singing.

Emma Trouson still visits us each week to take high quality singing sessions. She teaches singing to our KS2 pupils and they gain in confidence and practise reading and team work skills.  Their concentration increases as they focus on their singing but most of all they have fun. They are starting to learn songs for Harvest and our KS2 Christmas production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Auditions for parts take place this week and scripts will be available for half term. Yummy!

 

16 DAY BOOK

 

The 16 day book will be available to you as parents/carers throughout the year and will once again be sent home for you to keep at the end of the year. It went out for the first time this month and showed what was happening in school on Monday 17th September.

Please make sure that your child’s book is returned on time in order for it to be sent home the next time!

 

 

 PTA AGM

 

Please try and attend our AGM on Friday 5th October at 3.45pm.
We will explore potential new projects for 2018/19 and agree our constitution.

Hope to see you there.

 

 CLUBS

 

This term our clubs include -

Yoga, Cross Country, TAG Rugby, Gymnastics , Choir , Chess , Cooking , Drama , Chess and Football and Fitness. All alongside our fantastic Gigantic Bowl of Cereal and Planet Play.

Big thanks go to Mrs Kay and Miss Burke who run their clubs on a voluntary basis each week as well as for the preparation they take to make these sessions so worthwhile. (Cooking and Choir).

I’m worn out already and know October will be just as exciting!

 

Yours sincerely

 

Cal Hurst

 

Mrs C Hurst BA(Hons) PGCE NPQH NLE

  • St. Paul's CE Primary School
  • Meadow Road
  • Woodhouse Eaves
  • Loughborough
  • LE12 8SA
  • United Kingdom
  • Tel: 01509 890483
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