Autumn 1 Week 7

Dear Parents and Carers, 

It has been wonderful to return to school and see the children again, following my period of absence. I spent some time last week conducting learning walks and the children continue to amaze me with their enthusiasm towards their learning. A vital area of my learning walk was to find out through the pupil’s voice how the children felt about their learning. My favourite quotes are ‘I love learning something new every day’ – Year 1. ‘Yesterday I didn’t get it, but today I do because I tried a new method’ Year 6. The staff are looking forward to sharing your children’s learning journey with you at our Parent Consultation meeting on Wednesday 3rd November and 4th Thursday, November 2021.

This week, albeit short, will be very busy this will include the children participating in an Indian and African dance workshop tomorrow. We will also be sharing our Harvest assembly with you by the end of the week.

SCHOOL VALUE OF THE WEEK (W/C 18th October 2021): Acceptance

Values Roll of Honour (W/C 11th October 2021)

ExcellenceStephanie, Zara, Idelle, Sophia M, Evelyn, Ved, Aaron R, Aniyah, Thandiwe, Diya, Amelia, Amy, All of Year 6. 
ResilienceAbel, Stephanie, Ed Mitchel, Chloe, Evelyn, Martin,  Aaron R, Kemuel, Thandiwe, Aniyah, Jadon, Thiago, Oluwaloni, Jana, Tayla-Ann & Reuben. 
IndependencePhineas, Zion, Stephanie, Joycellin, Idelle, Sophia M, Michaela, Hana, George, Unami, Austin, Gabriella & Reeya. 
Co-operationLucca, All of Reception, Chloe, Michaela, James, Isaiah, All of Years 2/3, Isaac & Noah. 
Self-ControlStefan, Matthias, Stephanie, Michael, Michaela, Idelle, Chloe, All of Years 2/3, Austin & Simona. 
CuriosityAurelia, Philip, Stephanie, Chloe, Isaiah, Hana, Aaron R, Aniyah, Diya, Thandiwe, Thiago, Shemilore, Emmanuel, Aaron G & Christopher D. 
AcceptanceStephanie, Joycellin, Philip, Matthias, Michael, Piers,  Micah, Martin, Diya, Aniyah, Jadon, Thandiwe, Christiana, Unami, Amanda & Caden. 
RespectStephanie, Piers, Sophia M, Zara, Aaron R, Martin, Thandiwe, Kemuel, George, Aniyah, Thiago,  Amy, Arjun & Eden.
**Growth Mind-set **Aurelia, Matthias, Idelle, Aaron R, Aniyah, Christiana, Shemilore, Nomsa & Lucas. 

Stars of the Week (Headteacher Awards) W/C 11th October 2021:

Nursery Abel 
Reception Stephanie 
Year 1 Sophia 
Year 2 Aaron 
Year 3 Aniyah 
Year 4  Unami 
Year 5  Nomsa 
Year 6  Lucas 

 Keep letting your light shine! I am so proud of you all.

You will be aware that NHS test and trace now get in touch with close contacts, who are then advised to take a PCR test. Pupils under 18 identified as close contacts do not need to self-isolate if they do not have symptoms. Each school is required to have a contingency plan in the event of an outbreak. General COVID information Symptoms: • a high temperature • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal.If you are not sure whether you or your child’s symptoms suggest that they have coronavirus or an everyday cough or cold, you can consult this online NHS symptom checker: most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness. If you are concerned about your child’s health or the health of anyone else in your household please seek advice from your GP, use NHS 111 online or call NHS 111.  

Attendance W/C 11th October 2021

Each school in the local authority has an attendance target that is set for them. This year our published school attendance target is 97.5%. 

Year GroupAttendance %
Nursery 91.55%
Reception 96%
Year 1 96%
Year 2 93.33%
Year 3 95%
Year 4 92.86%
Year 5 93.33%
Year 6 97.5%

Please contact the office if your child is unable to attend school by 10:00 am every day in line with our school policy. We understand that the building is cold, but we have to keep the windows open for ventilation due to Government regulations, so please ensure that your children arrive at school with lots of layers to keep warm.

School Lunch Menu and Price Increase

Please see the attached new and revised Vegetarian lunch Menu from HCL. The new menu will be available after the half-term break (W/C 1st November 2021). Please note that there will be a 10p price increase per meal from after the half term and HCL are now offering a daily ‘chilled option’ on the Menu also. 

School lunches for Autumn Term (2nd half) are £85.80 at £2.60 per day. Please ensure school lunches are paid for in advance. Thank you.

Year 6 Transition to Secondary School

For our current Year 6 parents, please remember School Applications for Secondary School places need to be in by 31st October (preferably by 22nd October in case of any issues over half term).

For our Nursery parents, applications for spaces for Reception for September 2022 open on Monday 1st November

Flu Immunisation

Letters regarding the upcoming Flu (nasal spray) immunisation were sent home a few weeks ago. Please return the forms as soon as possible (even if you DO NOT want your child to have the spray) If you require another copy of the form please visit the school office.

Fundraising Clothes Bank

We now have a clothes bank in the school car park. Please feel free to donate any unwanted clothes, shoes or textiles which will help raise funds for our school. Please ensure that all items are in a carrier bag/black sack before depositing. Thank you.

Parents Consultation Meeting

Parents’ evenings will be held on Wednesday 3rd November and Thursday 4th November 2021. The meetings will be hosted using Zoom. You should have received an email from the school office asking you to confirm your preferred day and time slot.

Lost Property

Please can we ask that you label all clothing. We have several items in lost property that are unnamed. Please can we ask that you label all uniformitems to prevent them being lost. We will put all Lost Property out on the last day of term on the green in front of the school office.


 Key Dates:

African and Indian Dance Workshops19th October 2021
Last Day of Term (1st Half) school ends at 1:30pm WEDNESDAY 20th October 2021
First Aid Training for all Staff 21st October & 22nd October 2021
First Day of Term (2nd Half) 1st November 2021
Parliament Week Begins1st November – 5th November 2021
Visit from Mr Dean Russel (MP) 1st November 2021

See link for our school calendar –

Finally, let us remember to ‘Seek His will in all you do and He will show you which path to take’. Proverbs 3:6 NLT

Love and blessings, 

Mrs Madden