Year 4 Tag Rugby

Year 4 Tag Rugby

On Thursday 19th October, children in Year 4 took part in the Tewkesbury Tag Rugby Festival. The event was organised and supported by Gloucester Rugby. Despite the wet weather, all children competed in friendly matches against schools from the Tewkesbury, Gloucester and Cheltenham areas and showed excellent sportsmanship and team spirit. Congratulations to all of the children who took part – it was an excellent event.

Half Term Holiday Premier League Primary Stars Poetry Competition

Dear Parents,

During the coming half term holiday, do you anticipate those magical words ‘but I’m so bored’ surfacing? If so, then this optional home learning activity might be for you.
 
We want to offer our pupils the opportunity to write poems any style of poem they like based on the theme of resilience, entitled Try, Try Again, linked to our school wide Growth Mindset theme. You might recognise that as the title of the poem used in the TV advert for Premier League Primary Stars – it encourages you to work hard and to never give up.
 
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We would like to set this as (an optional) half term challenge where the children take time to think about what resilience means to them, and if there are any areas in their life that require them to be resilient.

Key information

  • The competition is open from Thursday 28 September 2017 – National Poetry Day – until the end of the autumn term – Friday 22 December 2017.
  • There are two categories – one for pupils in Key Stage 1 and one for those in Key Stage 2.
  • Individual or group entries are allowed for Key Stage 1, only individual entries for Key Stage 2.
  • Poems should be no more than 20 lines or 150 words and be on the theme of resilience.
  • Pupils can continue the Try, Try Again poem or start a new poem. Poems can be of any structure and don’t have to rhyme.

Prizes

There will be a top national prize and 10 regional prizes for each category (Key stage 1 and Key stage 2).

Prizes for national winners:
– A visit to your school by a children’s author or poet to lead a poetry workshop, plus the Premier League Trophy!
– The winning poems read aloud by a Premier League star and captured on film

Prizes for regional winners and national winners:
– An invitation to an exclusive award ceremony in March 2018 in London
– The winning poems featured in an illustrated book of Premier League Writing Stars poems
– A framed version of the winning poems
– Premier League football kit

There will also be some brilliant bags full to the brim with poetry books up for grabs for the first 1,000 schools who submit entries!

We would like all (handwritten or word processed) entries to be in by Friday 3rd November and handed into the entry box in the school office. All poems should be created on A4 paper, which, if required, can be collected from the office. We will upload these entries and send them off to be judged, and then await to hear whether we have any regional or national winners!
Best Wishes and Happy Writing
Mr Hibell and Mr Scorer

Newsletter #4

Tewkesbury Church of England Primary School 

Chance Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. GL20 5RQ

Headteacher: Mrs C. Scott Tel: (01684) 292309.

     Newsletter:4

20/10/2017

Value next half term is: Peace

Menu Week 2

A reminder that all newsletters are on our website www.tewkesbury.primary.co.uk these are not every week but as and when needed. You can have it sent to your personal email address (please give updated details to the office).

Parking

Unfortunately parking has become an issue again around Chance Street and Rope Walk. During recent years we have worked tirelessly with the local authority to be given free parking for dropping off and collection of our children. More recently the campaign by parents to have our crossing patrol warden reinstated has resulted in a much improved facility of new road signs and road markings thanks to Councillor Cromwell. Despite this, several parents are continuing to drive and park illegally in Rope Walk and there has been another incident where a child could have been struck by a vehicle. To keep all our children safe we need all parents and visitors to work together and use the free parking facilities in the Cascades car park. It is not acceptable to use the excuse that parents are in a rush to go on to work (the vast majority of all our parents go onto work). Today we have started a log to record those vehicles parking illegally in the turning bay and will be forwarding this onto the Police. It is disappointing that we are finding it necessary to do this to keep all the children safe. I hope that those parents who are parking illegally give another thought to the fairness and message they are giving to their children when they park, putting others at risk.

Crossing Patrol

Unfortunatley there will be no crossing patrol on Barton Street on Friday 3rd November morning and afternoon and Tuesday 28th November in the afternoon.

Parents Evening Wishes

Thank you for some of your many suggestions and I hope the above statement goes some way to addressing many of the concerns about parking.

Starting Time

Increasingly some of the older children are arriving at school as early as 8.00am, we do not open the school until 8.30am. There is no adult supervision for your child when arriving this early.

Retiring

At the end of the Autumn term Mrs Meadows (Year 3) will be retiring. She has been with this school for a number of years having had a variety of roles including senior leadership. She has been instrumental in environmental studies and has led the children in many a successful wheelbarrow Britain in Bloom entry. She has always been a champion for the pupil voice. The children and the school will miss her but wish her a restful retirement. During parents evening, parents from Mrs Meadows class were able to meet our new appointment, Mr Stagg.

School Photographs

Tuesday 7th November is individual and family photograph day. If you would like family photographs please come from 8.15am into the hall. Brothers and sisters in school will automatically have family groups and individual photographs taken. You have no obligation to purchase the photographs.

PATA Training

We have the opportunity for 10 free places on the PATA introduction to childs play course. This course normally costs £80. It is a 6 week course of 2 hour sessions. These will be delivered in the Community Centre by a PATA leader.

Join us for this hands-on, practical course which looks at play from the child’s perspective, exploring why children need to play and how they learn from it. You will develop a folder of ideas, information, resources and recipes and will be involved with other students in practical activities and discussions, sharing experiences and exchanging ideas.

  • The course is 6 hours in total and includes:
  • Child development
  • The role of the adult
  • Health and safety
  • Equal opportunities
  • Practical play activities; using paint, natural and recycled materials, food and snacks, stories and music, playdough, developing imaginative play.

The course is suitable for parents wanting ideas and skills for improving play with their children and anyone wanting to work with children. It is an excellent course for anyone looking to volunteer in a toddler group or seeking work in any early years setting, or as a pre-course activity for a higher level early years qualification. Due to the limited places please contact me if you are interested.

INSET Dates

24th November 2017

2nd January 2018

6th July 2018

Pre-School

I am delighted to say that our Pre-school is now expanding to whole day sessions including a lunchtime provision. We are accepting the 30 hour funded places. For additional information please contact Rachel McMahon Pre-School Manager on 01684 292306

TumbleTots

The Tumble Tots gymnastic club is now offering classes at the school every Saturday from 8.00am to 2.00pm for additional information please contact Catherine on 0844 984 0338

Half Term

School will break for half term today for one week. We will start back on Monday 30th October.

Newsletter #3

News

Year 5 have been busy with their launch day of ‘It’s all Greek to me’. Dressed in togas they have transported themselves back in time to experience life as a Roman. Our new Reception children have really settled into the routine of school life. Thank you all for your kind Harvest donations which will be passed onto the Tewkesbury foodbank.

Our Macmillan coffee morning ‘Bake Off’ was a success with Mrs Mellisa Oakley claiming the title of champion cake.

Clubs

Due to the Mop Fair on Monday 9th and Tuesday10th October there will be NO AFTER SCHOOL CLUBS

Parents Consultation Evenings

This terms parent consultation evenings are fast approaching. They are on Tuesday 17th October and Wednesday 18th October from 3.30pm -6.30pm. Appointment boards will be in the main entrance hall from Wednesday 11th October.

Reception Intake September 2018

If you have a child due to start school in September 2018 please let the school office know.

New Reception Intake 2018 – Open Days   

If you have a child who is due to start next September 2018 we have the following Open Mornings available. Thursday 23rd November at 10.00am, Wednesday 10th January 2018 at 10.00am and Thursday 11th January also at 10.00am. Please book a place through the school office 01684 292309.

INSET Dates

24th November 2017

2nd January 2018

6th July 2018

Pre-School

I am delighted to say that our Pre-school is now expanding to whole day sessions including a lunchtime provision. We are accepting the 30 hour funded places. For additional information please contact Rachel McMahon Pre-school Manager on 01684 292306

TumbleTots

The TumbleTots gymnastic club is now offering classes at the school every Saturday from 8.00am to 2.00pm for additional information please contact Catherine on 0844 984 0338

Year 1 trip to All Things Wild

On Thursday 28th October, Year 1 took a trip to All Things Wild. We had the opportunity to go on a dinosaur safari, where we saw a life size Triceratops, T-Rex and an enormous Brachiosaur!

Thanks to the success of our Year 1 cake sale, we also got the chance to expand our knowledge of mammals, birds and reptiles by holding and stroking a Guinea pig, a chick, a bearded dragon and a rather large snake!

Year 2 Kingswood Trust residential

On Monday and Tuesday, Year 2 went on an exciting expedition to the Kingwood Trust, near Wolverhampton. For many children, it was their first time staying away from home and all of the staff were pleased and proud of their fantastic attitude to trying new things.
Monday saw an exciting rush to find a bed in their dormitories, followed by activities such as the zip wire, ropes course and sensory treasure hunt. After a delicious lunch of macaroni cheese, we went on a walk on Kingswood Common where we made some fabulous birds’ nests. The children enjoyed our torch-lit night walk and everyone slept well after hot chocolate and a DVD.
On Tuesday, the children made their beds and ate breakfast, before a fun-packed day of animal handling, tree climbing and peg orienteering. It was finally time to go home and 46 very sleepy but happy children arrived back to lots of hugs from Mummies and Daddies.

What a fantastic time we had!