School Newsletter

All sorts of successes around school in writing! This week teachers have been assessing a final piece of writing to take as a ‘polished piece’ which we judge against the age related expectations. Across school staff spent Wednesday’s usual staff meeting reviewing other class teacher’s work, and what a lovely time it was! Reviewing the books allowed us to share and celebrate some fabulous progress and enjoy the children’s writing!

Our new emphasis on improved presentation has produced phenomenal results and we see a renewed energy from pupils with increased confidence when self checking and peer assessing their work. We look forward to being able to share this with you next half term when we have our usual informal parent book look – we plan for an oracy afternoon so that you can see our oracy in action. A huge thank you to our wonderful teaching team for their hard work and efforts putting some of these new strategies into place. The outcomes have been very positive.

School start times

I have had the pleasure of spending more time in classes this week, especially early years at the start of the day. A huge thank you to everyone for getting their children into school on time as this helps the children have the best start to the day. Our well established routines allow families a bit of leeway to get into school on time.

School grounds open from 8.20 every day and gates are locked at 8.40. Please note that school starts at 8.30am though when the registers are taken. If your child arrives after this time staff have responsibility for teaching the rest of the class from 8.30. If you feel your child needs additional support to settle into school please let the person on the gate know so they can bring the child into the classrooms for you.

Food list for donations

Boxes of cereal, long life milk, bottles of orange squash, tins of spaghetti, tinned meals (spaghetti bolognese, steak etc) tinned new potatoes, tinned tomatoes, tins of peas, tins of carrots (or alternative vegetables as available) jars of pasta sauce, packet rice, jars of jam tinned fruit, tins of evaporated milk, tinned rice pudding, tinned custard, tins of corned beef, tins of ham or pork, tinned tuna, packets of sugar, tub of butter or margarine, bottle of mayonnaise, packets of instant mash, packed of biscuits, tea bags (80’s), tinned soup, coffee, packets of pasta sauce, packets of savoury rice, chocolate, packets of sweets, shampoo, soap, shower gel, washing up liquid, deodorants, donations
of baby food, nappies, wipes etc are given to social services who distribute to people in need of baby products.

Christmas dinner dates 3rd, 4th, 5th December

We have set dates for the family Christmas dinners, and the Christmas carol services that are listed in the dates for your diary section at the end of the newsletter. Please try and find an adult to accompany your children to the family Christmas dinner – as the children love to have someone there. We usually only have one or two children per class without a special adult from home, and they sit together with a member of the school staff team. Christmas lunch tickets go on sale in November and are £6 per adult. Unfortunately due to the space available in the school hall, there is the usual restriction whereby other than ‘babes in arms’, we cannot accommodate younger children at any of
the sittings.

Staffing update

A few staff changes are taking place at the end of this half term. Following a recent period of absence Hannah (Y1) has moved onto pastures new. During recent weeks we have been grateful to Tanya who has extended her usual working week to cover for Hannah’s absence in both Y3 and Y1 in the afternoons on Mondays and Tuesdays. This will now continue for the rest of this academic year. We all wish Hannah well in her new role and thank her for her many positive contributions to CVPS life. We are also welcoming Louise Tweddell to CVPS on a permanent contract as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant in Y3. Louise has been working with us on a temporary basis on and off for a couple of years now so we are delighted to have her permanently on the team. We are also continuing to benefit in Y1 from the support of Lindsey Johnston. Lindsey will continue working with us in Y1 alongside Lisa Brown until further notice.

Y6 Sats and transition

Applications for Y7 places are now officially open. Frequently the strongest high schools are oversubscribed so families MUST submit their applications before the closing dates to be assured of places.

Food bank collection

We will continue to collect food until the end of this half term if you can donate. Many thanks to so many people who have already donated.

Harvest Thanksgiving Service at St Nicholas Church (15th Oct at 1.45pm)

Families will be welcome to come into church from 1.30pm once the children are seated. Please try and make alternative arrangements if you have pre school children who struggle to sit because the service will be a full hour long. We aim to start at 1.45pm and families will be able to collect their children from the church at the end. Please sign your child out with their class teacher or assistant teacher.

Attendance and Punctuality

  • YR 97%(2)
  • Y1 94%(6)
  • Y2 98%(4)
  • Y3 99%(4)
  • Y4 97%(4)
  • Y5 97%(1)
  • Y6 100%(1)

Well done to Y6 for 100% attendance this week.

Polite request

Some of the children have told us that it can be ‘smokey’ when they come into school in the mornings. If you smoke, please keep the pedestrian access into school free of smoke in
line with the school’s ethos of promoting healthy living! Thank you!

Achievements awards

Kindness Champion – Willow Reay

Ashleigh’s Outdoor Idea

We have been inundated with conkers! It has been lovely hearing so many children talking about picking conkers with their families. This week it would be wonderful if your child could pick some blackberries and bring them in on his/her Forest School day. We are looking forward to our Halloween themed Forest School sessions next week where we will be making some spooky treats!

Dates for your diary