Newsletter #10 – 2/12/16

Value – Peace | Menu – Week 1


In the last newsletter I reported how victorious the Year 4 maths team were. This time I am reporting on the Year 5 team who represented the school in a maths tournament in Cheltenham last week. Again they competed against a number of state, private and prep schools. I am extremely proud to announce for the second time, that our school was victorious as they too took first place overall! An amazing achievement. Schools in Cheltenham are now asking who is Tewkesbury C of E Primary school ? The team were Jack Bennett, Adam Banfield, Zuzanna Kula and Isabelle Beauchamp – well done!

Over 200 parents registered their email addresses during the parents evenings. If you would still like to register and receive the newsletter by email in the future please do so at the main office.

This week and last week we opened our school to over 60 new parents of children starting in September 2017. Our prefects led tours of the school and we had some wonderful feedback about their knowledge and enthusiasm for the school.

Our Christmas tree went up after school on Wednesday evening by the male members of staff much to the amusement of on lookers! Today the tree will be decorated by the children. This week we also welcome our new site manager Simon Horsley.

Staff put up Christmas tree
Staff vs Christmas tree

Christmas Fayre

A reminder that our Christmas fayre is straight after school on Friday until 5.30pm. The children have made many quality crafts this year. Obviously Father Christmas will also be visiting and the children can post a letter with their wishes to him and have their photograph taken. Hot mince pies and pizza will be served too.

Abbey Carol service

This is a lovely service at the Abbey that really does signal Christmas is here. A reminder to parents, particularly our new parents that all the children walk from the school with the staff to the Abbey. Parents form part of the congregation (seating plan has been given out) after the service the children can go home with parents or a designated adult. As the space is restricted the children do not bring school bags into the service so we are reminding parents that pack lunches should be in a plastic disposable bag.


The Christmas disco is on Wednesday 14th December . KS1 (Reception classes, year 1 & year 2 ) is straight after school at 3.30pm – 4.30pm They can bring their disco clothes to school to get changed into. KS2 (years 3,4,5 & 6) disco starts at 4.45pm to 6.00pm. Tickets and consent forms are available from the school office from Tuesday 6th December. The cost is £2.50 per ticket.

Book Fair

From Friday 9th December to Wednesday 14th December we will be having the book fair in the school hall between the times of 3.30pm -4.30pm.

Crossing Patrol Warden

Currently two staff members are carrying out the crossing partrol warden duties in Chance Street. This is only a temporary measure until a new appointment is made. Both ladies will be standing down in the new year and unless we have a successful applicant we will not have a crossing warden from 1st January 2017. As you know we fought to keep a warden in place until the summer of 2017 when the council will be reviewing the need. I will readvertise the position but would ask if anyone knows of a suitable person who may wish to apply for the position be encouraged to do so as soon as posible.

Christmas Tree Offer

All our parents have been offered a 10% discount on Christmas trees from the Tewkesbury Car Wash at Shuthonger in partnership with Cornerways Nurseries. Just say the code word C of E and you will receive your 10% discount.

After School Club Parking – Reminder

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.

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.


W/b 5/12 last week
Monday Football Y5/6 4.15pm finish, Choir Y4/5/6 4.15pm finish,
Tuesday Netball Y6 4.15pm finish, Football Y3/4 4.15pm finish, Cooking Y3/4/5/6 4.15pm finish, Drama Y4/5/6 4.15pm finish, Maths Club Y1/2 & Parents 4.15pm finish Thursday Dance Y2 4.15pm finish,
Friday Book Club Y3,4,5,6 4.15pm finish, Table Tennis Y5/6 4.15pm finish


5th December Abbey Carol Service 2.00pm
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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