Spring 2 Week 3

A massive thank you for the effort that you and your children have put into the World Book Day costumes and activities. The children have enjoyed a fun-filled World Book Day with lots of reading and book-based activities. I know they particularly enjoyed the author’s visit with Isabel Thomas and each class performing a drama skit to the whole school of their favourite book. I am sure that your encouragement and the activities planned by teachers will help to inspire a love of reading in our children.

The recent news has been dominated by awful stories and images of the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine. This is probably something that many of your children are asking questions about. The DfE has published the following about talking to children about this. It is worth reading and may help you discuss the situation and answer your children’s questions. Help for teachers and families to talk to pupils about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and how to help them avoid misinformation.

We have seen an increasing number of children arriving late for school in the mornings. This is incredibly unsettling for the children and does not allow them to enjoy a smooth start to the school day with their peers. It also means that the reception area can become very congested and unnecessarily busy first thing in the morning. Please be aware that teachers often focus on some of the most important things for children early in the morning because research shows this is when they are most receptive. If your child is regularly late for school, s/he will consistently miss this critical part of their learning.

Our Y6 pupils received notification of their secondary school places this week. I hope that you were all pleased with the allocations that you received. Please respond to your offer before Tuesday, 15 March 2022, by accepting your place, even if you have not been offered your first choice. In this case, you should accept and opt to remain on the waiting list(s) for any school(s) you ranked higher than your offered place.

I would also like to thank the children who joined me for a late breakfast on Friday, to eat pancakes instead of attending afternoon tea to celebrate their learning and achievements across the week – Thank you Mrs Zvezdova for making such delicious pancakes for us all.

SCHOOL VALUE OF THE WEEK (W/C 7th March 2022): Curiosity

Values Roll of Honour (W/C28th February 2022)

Excellence Eva, Stephanie, Matthias, Joycellin, Fatima, Sophia, Idelle, Micah, Martin, Kemuel,  Sophia, Unami, Christiana, Austin, Shemilore, Amy, Christopher O & Reuben. 
Resilience Elicia, Phineas, Zion, Mahlon, Stephanie, Philip, Joycellin, James,    Ed Mitchel, Martin, Ved, Aniyah, Diya, Kemuel, Zachary, Thiago, Emmanuel, Simona & Zainab.
Independence Lerato, Matthias, Joycellin, Idelle, Sophia, Michaela, Marqueza, Rutendo, Shemilore, Nomsa, Jana & Isaac. 
Co-operation Elicia, Stefan, Matthias, Joycellin, Stephanie, Chloe, Fatima, Ed Mitchel, All of Year 2/3, Thiago, Sophia, Austin, Noah & Gabriella. 
Self-ControlPhineas,  All of Reception, Michael, Fatima, Chloe, Hana, Evelyn, Jadon, Kemuel, Austin, Lucas & Tayla-Ann.
Curiosity Lucca, All of Reception, Piers, Michael, Fatima, Hana, Martin, Evelyn, Thandiwe, George, Zachary, Christiana, Nomsa, Shemilore, Austin, Reeya & Aaron G. 
Acceptance Eva, Aurelia, Matthias, Mahlon, Joycellin, Michael, Piers, Martin,  Evelyn, Thandiwe, Aniyah, Amy, Nomsa, Oluwaloni & Eden. 
Respect Lerato, Stefan, All of Reception, Michaela, Idelle, Chloe, James, Martin, Aaron R, Evelyn, Hana,  Nomsa, Arjun & Amanda. 
**Growth Mind-set ** Aurelia, Mahlon, Stephanie, Philip, Piers, Martin, Aniyah, Christiana, Rutendo & Christopher D.

Stars of the Week (Headteacher Awards) W/C 28th February 2022:

Nursery Abel
Reception Mahlon
Year 1 Fatima
Year 2 Martin
Year 3 Aniyah
Year 4 Sophia
Year 5 Amy
Year 6 Caden

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


Please be reminded swimming lessons are on Tuesday afternoons at Woodside from 2:30pm – 3:00pm. As before, the children will be required to wear their school uniform and bring their swimming kits to school and they will be transported to and from Woodside as usual.


On Friday 18th March 2022 we will be joining other schools across the country in raising money for Comic Relief. This charity supports people across the world and every penny that we can raise will support those most in need. As part of our fundraising efforts we will be having a ‘Heroes’ Day on Friday 18th March. Children can come into school dressed as their hero, this could be superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, a member of the uniformed services or anyone that is their hero. In return for coming into school dressed up, we are asking for a donation of £1.00 to Comic Relief. The school council will also be hosting a cake sale – all cakes will be priced at 50p.

Attendance W/C 28th February 2022:

Each school in the local authority has an attendance target that is set for them. This year our school attendance target is 97%. Of course, we do not expect children who are unwell to come into school. They need to stay at home and rest to get well. They also need to stay at home, so they don’t pass on illness to others.

Year GroupAttendance %
Year 192%
Year 296.67%
Year 396.67%
Year 4100%
Year 5100%
Year 6100%

Please contact the office if your child is unable to attend school by 10:00am 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.

Urgent – humanitarian help for Ukraine

Astra Recycling who provide us with the fundraising clothes recycling bank in our school car park has a special request (Please read below):

I am sure you are aware of the horrors and atrocities taking place in Ukraine.  This War is very close to home at Astra Recycling, because Dmitry, the business owner is from Ukraine.  He has family there and, a lot of our customers who reuse your textiles are based there too.

Women and children are all trying to get out, and the men are staying behind to fight.   The situation is heart-breaking.

We have been in contact with people in Ukraine who are in desperate need of donations and I’m wondering if you could help!

Any clothing and shoes would be really appreciated; however, the following items would be particularly useful…

·         Sleeping Bags

·         Winter/ Warm clothing

·         Torches

·         Backpacks

·         Tents

·         Nappies

·         Baby formula

·         Camouflaged clothing

·         Blankets

If you would like to help, please donate your items to the school office by Friday, 11th March 2022 (Please do not use the clothes bank for these special items).

Fundraising Clothes Bank:

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.

2 year old provision

Stanborough  Primary School is looking into the prospect of providing nursery places for 2 year olds from September 2022. So, we may can gauge the level of interest in this provision, if you feel that this would be of relevance to you and your family please click register your interest with the school office. If you have any questions or enquiries please feel free to speak with Mrs Dean-Roberts (EYFS Lead).

 Key Dates:

7th March 2022Lego Workshop
11-20Th March 2022SCIENCE WEEK
18th March 2022Red Nose Day
21st – 25th March 2022Youth Week of Prayer
31st March 2022Spring Concert
1st AprilTree Planting Assembly

See link for our school calendar – https://www.stanboroughprimary.org.uk/calendar/

Finally, let us remember the scripture which reminds us ‘For we walk by faith, not by sight’ 2 Corinthians 5:7.

Love and Blessings,

Mrs Madden