Newsletter #9 – 18/11/16

Value – Peace | Menu – Week 2


We started the week with the news that the school is being presented with a prestigious award from the RNLI Bambridge, Isle of Wight. It is in recognition of funds raised and donated by the school over the last 20 years. This has been in excess of £15,000.00. The money has been traditionally raised by the year 6 children before they have gone on their residential to I.O.W. This award is exceptional as they have never presented it before.

The Year 3 children together with staff and parents visited Bristol Docks where they spent time aboard ‘The Matthew’. They experienced what life was life as a sailor and as a slave in the cramp conditions. Afterwards they were led by ‘Pirate Pete’ along a pirates trail in the docks. Their behaviour was exemplary and it is always a pleasure to receive messages about our children’s conduct on out of school activities.

Y6 trip to a Synagogue in Cheltenham gave the children an insight into other places of worship. They were able to ask delving questions about tradition and practices.

Year 4 represented the school in a maths tournament in Cheltenham last week. They competed against a number of private and prep schools. I am extremely proud to announce that they took first place overall, an amazing achievement. The team were Ollie Gleeson, Owain Pass, Eva Gabb and Harvey Fell well done!

School Photographs

Can all school photograph orders be returned by Monday 21st November.

Children in Need

Amelie Thompson and Maddie James raised an impressive £96.40 through raffling two Pudsey bears, congratulations to them both. Ticket winners were Alex & Eleanor Walker and Morgan Exeter. Donations from ‘ wear what you want’ day raised a further £258.58.

Crossing Patrol Warden Vacancy

We have a vacancy for a crossing patrol warden if you are interested please speak to the office for further details.

After School Club Parking

A reminder please that the staff car park should not be used by parents picking up from after school clubs. Last Tuesday evening was particularly overwhelming and dangerous as children who walk alone had to navigate the ‘Wacky Races’ scene in the car park. I will be leaving the gates locked on Tuesdays to prevent this happening again. We are only considering the safety and welfare of your children.

Parents Evening – Email Addresses

To further improve our communications with parents we will be trialling emailing the weekly newsletters. For this to happen parents are being invited to upload their email addresses onto the school laptop that will be displayed in the school hall on both parent evenings. Once this information is collated we will start to circulate the newsletters this way and also on the school website and there is always a few paper copies in the main entrance.

Christmas Gifts – Additional News!

Further to last weeks news about the parent Christmas Gifts the PFTA secured an amazing purchasing deal which is now being passed down to the children. The cost of the presents will now be just £2 each. For the last two years the PTFA have sold ‘parent gifts’ to the children at a small cost. The gifts have been excellent value for money and the children have really enjoyed decorating the gift bags, choosing individual gifts and hiding them at home until the big day. This year the gifts will be sold on Friday 25th November throughout the day. If you would like your child to buy a gift for either parent or both please send your child in with the £2 (in an envelope) per gift on Friday 25th November.

A reminder for Parent Prayer Group

We are looking into the possibility of setting up a Tewkesbury Primary School Parent Prayer Group. If you feel this is something you would be interested in, please contact the school office.


Our pre-school is increasing weekly with new children joining. We have Free Funded places available for all 2, 3 and 4 year olds. The Pre-School team is led by Miss Rowland and Mrs McMahon and supported by Mrs Hughes, Miss Hewett, Miss Smith and Miss Merriman. If you have a pre-school aged child why not drop by and see the team and view the amazing learning experiences.

A reminder – Open Days Reception Parents for 2017

We have three open mornings for parents with children looking to start school in September 2017:
Tuesday 22nd November between 10-12noon.
Tuesday 29th November between 10-12noon and,
Tuesday 10th January 2017 between 10-12noon.


No clubs due to Parents Evening except Tuesday – Andy Tucker Football Club (Yr1&2) 3.15pm – 4.30pm


22nd November – Reception 2017 Open Morning for September 2017 starters
23rd November Parents Consultation Meeting 3.30pm – 6.30pm
24th November Parents Consultation Meeting 3.30pm – 6.30pm
2nd December Christmas Fayre 3.30pm – 5.00pm 5th December Abbey Carol Service 2.00pm
8th December Year 2 Trip to Black Country Museum
13th December KS1 Nativity & Praise Assembly 9.30am (Rec, Yr 1, 2)
15th December KS2 Praise Assembly 9.30am (Yr 3, 4, 5, 6)

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