Newsletter week beginning 20/01/14

Dear Parents/Carers,

The following children received certificates in assembly today:

Y6H – Corey for working hard in maths lessons both independently and during group work.
Y6H – Joe R for great debating skills and producing counter arguments.
Y6R – Niamh O for always attempting activities even when she finds them difficult.
Y6R – Joshua R for great debating skills with well thought through counter arguments.
Y5C – Lewis E for working hard to learn his multiplication tables.
Y5C – Becca for hard work and showing great resilience in maths.
Y5K – Beth for a positive attitude towards all aspects of her learning.
Y5K – Matthew for hard work and showing resilience in maths.
Y5W – Adele for being a brilliant artist: taking her time to draw a great map of Africa and its geographical features and some super patterns in art.
Y5W – Eva for having a really positive attitude towards her work and always having a go at trying new things.
Y4J – Aliyah for trying really hard in maths – persevering and never giving up when faced with a challenge.
Y4J – Amelia W for writing a fantastic report about a grey wolf.
Y4P – Sophia for her fantastic work on fractions in maths this week.
Y4P – Adam for bringing in a radio he had made at home and giving the class a fascinating presentation on how it works.
Y4W – Isaac for always trying his best in literacy, rising to every challenge and impressing his teacher with how much he has learnt already this term.
Y4W – Ben K for a very impressive report about a lizard, with all the required features. It was very interesting to read.
Y3LW – Amie for her excellent work in maths on decomposition.
Y3LW – Harrison for trying hard to improve his sentences by using a connective.
Y3M – Connor B for being resourceful and showing resilience when making the class rainforest.
Y3M – Makinde for showing good body tension and control in gymnastics.
Y3P – Lewis for being polite and showing excellent manners to the Year 6 monitors at break time.
Y3P – Amy for describing excellent directions in mathematics.

Well done to class Y4P who had 100% attendance last week.
If your child is not in school for any reason, please phone the school office to let us know. The answer machine is on from 4:00pm until 8:30am so it is always possible to leave a message.

Congratulations to the following children who have received House Point certificates:
Y3P: Matilda (100) and Luke H (200).
Y4W: Hannah J (100), AJ (100), Isaac (100), Alex (100),
Lucy (100), Scarlett (100), Ben C (100) and Thomas (100).
Y5W: JJ (100), Ben H (100), Ben G (100), Anezka (100),
Summer (200) and Eva (200).

Friends’ of Nevill Road meeting
The Friends’ AGM is on Wednesday, 5th February at 7pm in the Junior School.

School Dinners – New System
Thank you to those parents who have taken on board the new system and have sent in order forms and payment on a Monday morning. However, this morning we are owed £174.25 in dinner monies due to parents not adopting the new system and also the non-clearance of arrears from last term. Please, therefore, could I ask that all arrears are cleared as a matter of urgency and if your child is having dinners this week you complete and return an order form tomorrow morning.

The procedure is that Order Forms are handed to the children on a Friday for completion and return the following Monday. Orders must be placed on the Monday to ensure that your child will be able to have a meal in that week.

Sainsburys – Active Kids
Active Kids Vouchers will be available from Sainsbury’s stores and petrol stations commencing Wednesday, 29th January. We will be collecting these vouchers and collection boxes will be placed in the School Reception area.

School Band
Band will start up again on Wednesday, 22nd January. All instrumentalists are welcome to attend.

Keeping healthy
All our Year 6s received training from St John Ambulance before Christmas. They covered topics including: putting someone into the recovery position; dealing with shock, minor bleeds & bruising and burns & scalds; and what should be in a First Aid kit. The children received their certificates this morning.
If you have any feedback on this I would welcome your comments as it is something that I am planning on arranging for our Year 6s each academic year.

At this time of year we frequently experience a range of illnesses in school. If your child is ill please contact the school office to let us know. There are a number of conditions where there is a time limit in place before an ill child can return to school, for example with sickness and diarrhoea the child should be kept off for 48 hours from the last instance of vomiting or diarrhoea. If you are unsure as to whether there are regulations around your child’s illness please contact the office.

Within a school the easiest way to reduce the spread of disease is through personal hygiene. We constantly remind the children about washing their hands, not putting their hands in their mouths and covering their mouths when they cough. I am sure that these are messages that they receive at home too. Please ensure that children come to school with a coat, preferably warm and waterproof, and suitable outdoor footwear as we will go out at playtimes unless the weather is too awful.

We continue to encourage the children to eat healthily but there is still a huge amount of crisps and chocolate coming into school. Not only does this provide excess sugar which cannot be burnt off during a 10 minute playtime, it also increases the amount of litter in the school grounds. It would be lovely to see more fruit and healthy snacks at morning playtime and Mrs Watts will be discussing this, and any ideas to improve the situation, with the School Council.

We will continue to focus on keeping healthy in our Science and PSHE lessons, during assemblies and in class circle time and hope that you will support us in this area.

Thought of the Week
“Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the 20th” – Julie Andrews

I will keep on trying until I succeed.

Best wishes,

Miss Sheila Harrison


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