Newsletter #18

TEWKESBURY C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL

NEWSLETTER

12.11.2018

Value: Peace

News

We had a wonderful day with Boxing Champion Kerry Davies. She put the children and staff through their paces. So far the children have raised £562.15 for new play time equipment.

Armistice Assembly

 

 

To celebrate the 100 year remembrance our Year 6 children led us through a very moving assembly. They sang ‘Silent Night’ in German as well as English. All the children laid their Poppies around the flag pole and Mr Shaw, one of the Year 6 teachers played the ‘Last Post’. This was a very fitting tribute.

Reading Challenge Prize Winners

Following our ‘We’re All Going On A Summer Holiday’ and ‘Get Caught Reading’ summer challenges, we are delighted to announce the winners. For each competition, a £10 National Book Token was awarded during Thursday’s collective worship. All entries are winners in our eyes and as such have received house point awards from their teachers.

Our ‘Get Caught Reading’ picture competition was won by the Clingan family for their aeroplane cockpit photographs. Their pictures, along with all other entries, are on display in our school library.

All entries for our ‘We’re All Going On A Summer Holiday’ challenge were entered into a hat and the winner was drawn by our Open The Book Team. We are delighted to announce that Cassidy Wrightson was successfully selected.

Thank you for all your entries and your support with the competition.

New Sports Equipment

 

The equipment pack was awarded to our school following our successful application for last year’s Premier League Primary Stars Kit and Equipment Scheme. The scheme is part of the Premier League Primary Stars education programme which uses the appeal of Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children at primary schools across England and Wales the opportunity to learn, be active and develop important life skills.

A huge thank you must go to the parents that highlighted a potential benefit from Premier League Primary Stars kit and equipment scheme.

As a result, we have been buoyed at the start of the new term, with the delivery of a free Premier League Primary Stars equipment pack. Stocked full of items including Nike match footballs, training bibs and numbered and lettered floor markers, the Premier League equipment pack will aid teacher delivery of active lessons across the curriculum.

Children in Need Day- Friday 16th November

This Friday we are dressing up in our Pyjamas in support of Children in Need. We are asking the children to donate any small change they may have to cover our Pudsey Bear.

All the way from Cairo Yasmina of Cairo

Charity Show on the 24th of November at Tewkesbury C of E School @ 7:30pm. Doors open at 7:00pm. Please see attached leaflet about this amazing event. You can purchase your ticket from the school office.

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

Thank you for the many boxes already received. A reminder that the boxes will be collected on Friday 23rd November.

School Photographs

Can all orders be back by Friday 16th November please.

A reminder of PTC – Parents and Teacher Committee

This year we are opening our PTC to all parents throughout the school. Previously it was open to the parents of Reception classes only to help them make friends and become part of the school committee. I have had so many requests where parents would like to become involved with the school in some capacity. On Monday 19th November at 6.00pm-7.00pm at school we will be holding a special enrolment evening. If you have some time to give then please come along and enrol and put yourself forward to manage and suggest events. There will be a crèche available.

A reminder of the Open Morning

A reminder that we have another Open Morning on Thursday 22nd November at 10.00am for new pupils starting in September 2019.

A reminder of Up coming dates for October – for more dates please see the school website calendar

Monday 12th November all week Anti-Bullying week

Tuesday 13th November Whole School  First Aid Training

Monday 19th November PTC meeting 6.00pm-7.00pm

Wednesday 21st November Reading Raider Workshop – Parents  5.00pm- 6.00pm  Crèche available

Friday 7th December Reception classes trip to Smart Trees

Mrs C Scott

Headteacher

Newsletter #17

TEWKESBURY C OF E PRIMARY SCHOOL

NEWSLETTER

26.10.2018

Value: Peace

News

The pantomime season came early this year as the whole school were treated to Jack and the Bean stalk. It was a colourful spectacular that engorged all the children. There was much laughter and mayhem.

 

Maths challenge

Year 6 pupils, Oliver Gleeson and Eva Gab took first place at the Cheltenham schools Maths Challenge. This was a second victory for this pair who were part of the Year 4 winning team two years ago.

Parent governor elections

Candidate Number of votes
Stacy Grimmet 71
James Blockley 100
Daniel Webb 81

 

Therefore the two elected parent governors are James Blockley (100 votes) and Daniel Webb (81 votes).

 

Grand Opening and sponsored event- Wednesday 31st October

We are very fortunate to have female boxing champion  Kerry Davies officially open our new fitness suite on the field. Kerry is from Cheltenham and is the England Number 1 and has now been selected for the GB team. She is currently training for the 2020 Olympics. It is particularly inspiring for the children to have a local athlete.  As part of her visit she will be show her many medals, belts  and trophies, demonstrate sparing and work out with the children on  the fitness apparatus. The children will be bringing home a sponsor form for this event. The money raised will go towards purchasing more playtime equipment. All the children will have the opportunity to use the fitness equipment for 30 mins. There are 8 different pieces for the children to work out on. They are being sponsored for completing the course

Two stars and one wish feedback

Thank you for all your responses that have helped us review our practices. It is encouraging to read how the new uniform, teaching staff, office staff and groundsman are appreciated by you. So too are efforts of communication through more regular email updates. We will endeavour to release newsletters weekly but these will vary in size and content. (Some paper versions will be available in the main office)We really wish to push the website as our main point of communication.  Some parents wished for an online payment system for easy to pay diner money, uniform and trips. Mrs Thomas, the Chair of Governors has made a full response to this in her parents letter attached to this Newsletter. We are looking to see how more after school clubs for the younger children can be achieved.

PTC – Parents and Teacher Committee

This year we are opening our PTC to all parents throughout the school. Previously it was open to the parents of Reception classes only to help them make friends and become part of the school committee. I have had so many requests where parent would like to become involved with the school in some capacity. On Monday 19th November at 6.00pm-7.00pm at school we will be holding a special enrolment evening. If you have some time to give then please come along and enrol and put yourself forward to manage and suggest events. There will be a crèche available.

Open Morning

A reminder that we have another Open Morning on Thursday 22nd November at 10.00am for new pupils starting in September 2019.

Up coming dates for October – for more dates please see the school website calendar

Wednesday 31st October whole school sponsored event

Tuesday 6th November – individual school photographs (8.30am start)

Monday 12th November all week Anti-Bullying week

Tuesday 13th November – whole school St Johns First Aid training

Monday 19th November PTC meeting 6.00pm-7.00pm

Wednesday 21st Reading Raider Workshop – parents  5.00pm- 6.00pm  Crèche available

Friday 7th December Reception classes trip to Smart Trees

Mrs C Scott

Headteacher

Newsletter #15

News

We have welcomed our new Reception Class children this week. They have been amazing and settled into the routines incredibly well.

Thank you for your attendance at the individual Year group overview meetings this week. I hope you found them useful and informative.

Many of the classes also launched their topics this week and the school has been adorned with explorers, Greeks and Victorians! Please go to your child class webpage to see pictures of their day.

Visit to the Baptist Church

Next week some of the year groups will be going to the Baptist Church to take part in the 4front Theatre’s ‘operation Bible’ experience. It is an interactive walk around experience for primary age children. They are given a case file to solve and sent back in time to meet characters from 2000 AD. Each character tells the story of one of Jesus’s miracles. Below are the days and times the children will be going.

Year 2: Thursday 20th September 9.30am to 10.30am

Year 3: Thursday 20th September 11am to 12 noon

Year 4: Thursday 20th September 1.30pm to 2.30pm

Year 5: Friday 21st September 11am to 12 noon

Year 6: Friday 21st September 1.30pm to 2.30pm

After school provision costs

As from Monday 17th September parents using the after school care provision will have to pay the the hour that their children may be attending an after school club/activity. This is because a place has been secured, a pack lunch provided and staffing ratios incurred at the after school care provision. If you require further information please speak with me.

Parent Governors

A reminder that nominations for two governor vacancies will close at 12 midday on Friday 21st September.

Library books

A huge thank you to all the families who have donated books to our school library. They have all been labelled and added to our wonderful selection for all our children to enjoy. Should you have any surplus books at home that you would like to donate, please do drop them in to the school office. Any publication would be very gratefully received. Also, should you wish to help with our school library, be that scanning and labelling books or contributing to the design of the learning space or simply to help children make the most of the wide range of books available to them, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

After school clubs

Thank you for your patience and support with our Autumn Clubs sign up system. I am extremely grateful to the staff for volunteering their time to offer such a wide selection of extra curricular opportunities. I completely understand that some year groups have more options than others, mainly due to staff expertise and our desire to enter local tournaments and festivals, which specify age group entries. Do do try to provide additional opportunities by sourcing outside agencies, which of course comes at a cost. As the year progresses, and indeed as the years go by, we do hope that all of our children have the chance to experience a wide range of extra curricular activities for the enjoyment of all. Should you wish to help us broaden our clubs offer further, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Up coming dates for September – for more dates please see the school website calendar

Wednesday 19th Tri-Golf competition

Thursday 20th September Operation Bible

Thursday 20th September Year 6 visit to Winchcombe

Friday 21st September Operation Bible

Wednesday 26th September Year 1 visit to Holy Trinity

 

Mrs C Scott

Headteacher

Newsletter #14

News

We have had a very successful and productive couple of weeks. In athletics the children won the Large Schools Tournament, the Drama Club performed a spectacular version of Aladdin and the Tag Rugby, American Football and Cricket teams have also done exceedingly well in their competitions. Year 5 took part in a festival organised by the Tewkesbury School head teachers, for the pupils, to come together and work collaboratively to overcome physical challenges and mental problem solving. Again our pupils received awards for their successes as individually as well as a team.

Monday we launched our Science Arts week with an amazing assembly led by Mr Shaw who demonstrated several science experiments to ignite the children’s curiosity for the coming days.

Thank you for the offers of help. If you have not yet paid £3 for the children’s T shirts please do so.

Uniform

On our summer parents evening (Thursday 19th July) at 3.30pm we will be show casing the new royal blue uniform. Whilst the logo sweatshirts and cardigans are compulsory, there is also a range of other uniform items that parents may wish to order for September.  Parents will be able to select uniform items by completing an online form.  Uniforms can then be collected on the two INSET days (3rd & 4th September) when the school will be open throughout the day.

Weather

A huge thank you to those parents who have provided us with gazebo’s this week, to help shelter the children from the extreme heat. Can I ask that the children continue to wear sun hats and sun cream during this extremely hot spell.

Parking

From next week we will be issuing our own parking notices to those parents who continue to drive and park in Rope Walk. It is frustrating and annoying for those parents who do park responsibly. Most parents need to get to work but set out earlier so that they can park responsibly and this is what we are asking those parents who continually use Rope Walk to do the same.  Many schools in the town have an issue around parking for parents but we are the only school where free parking permits are granted to stop irresponsible parking. It would be amazing to share with those schools that we are 100% clear of parent parking by our school.

Dates

Thurs 5th July PTC (Parents and Teachers Committee) disco

Friday 6th July INSET the school site will be closed there will be no staff

Mon & Tues 9th & 10th July Year 6 Transition day to Tewkesbury High School

Tues 10th July Moving up day in new class teacher for September.

Weds 11th Summer Fayre – the big bounce

Newsletter #13

Tewkesbury C of E Primary School

Value: Community

Newsletter 20/4/18

Arts Week (Science Theme):

Monday 25th June to Friday 29th June

This year our Arts Week has a science theme. We are very much basing the week on the environment and particularly on the impact that plastics have. One of our challenges is to construct a greenhouse from plastic bottles. We will be using the green house in conjunction with the gardening club where the children grow a variety of vegetables and flowers. Does anybody have a greenhouse structure that is no longer used and would like to donate it to School (Structure only please).We are asking the children and yourselves to start collecting the clear 2L bottles and bringing them into school from Monday 4th June. Two large collection bins will be placed by the main entrance gates.

Communication

We now have almost every parents email address and will be sending most of our communications this way. The newsletters will go out as and when they are needed. Teachers are informing parents regularly through the class website page. Please check your child’s class webpage for information, pictures, dates and achievements.

Children’s published poetry books

We are still selling the children’s own poetry books at the main office for £5 each

Clubs

After school clubs will start from 23rd April.

 

Safety

Please note that the bottom pedestrian gate will be locked until 10.00am and then again from 2.30pm. This is to encourage those parents who are still not doing so, not to drive down or park in Rope walk during the peak times. Whilst this may be an inconvenience to some parents, the safety of the children comes first. A reminder that parking permits for Cascades car park are free from the school office.

Dates

Friday 27th April Y4 9.00am Miss Davis Class Assembly

Thursday 3rd May PTC Disco all years (times to be confirmed)

Thursday 4th May 2.30pm Parents Phonics Meeting for Year 1 Parents

Friday 4th May Y5 9.00am Mrs Rouse Class Assembly

Tuesday 8th May 3.15pm PTC Cake Sale

Monday 21st May Y4 Pioneer Residential Trip

Newsletter #12

Children’s Published Poetry Books

The books below were created by the children of Tewkesbury C of E Primary School to celebrate the wonderful world of poetry.

To begin the project, all of the teachers got dressed up and read out poems about many of the different mini beasts that you would find in the great outdoors. There were some truly memorable performances!

The children then carried out a variety of workshops to immerse themselves in the world of poetry, before creating their own poems.

Once the poems were completed, they produced beautiful pieces of art to represent their poems. These have now been published in their own class books, copies of which are being donated to the town library.

We are selling these books to Parents at £5 each on Parents’ Evening next Tuesday and Wednesday. Reception classes, Year 1 & 2 are A5 size and Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 are A4. The books are wonderfully illustrated by the children and I am sure you will want a keep-sake for grandparents too.

Easter Bonnets

It is a tradition for the younger children (Reception, Years 1 & 2) to make and parade their Easter bonnet at the end of term assembly. For those new parents unaware of this tradition below are some ideas.

End of Term Assemblies

Easter bonnet parade assembly for Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 is on Wednesday 28th March at 9.30am.

Praise assembly Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 is on Thursday 29th March at 9.00am.

End of Term Closing Time

We will be finishing school at 2.00pm on Thursday 29th March.  There will be no After School care provision.

The summer term starts on Monday 16th April at 8.50am.

Clubs

All school clubs will finish this week. Outside clubs will still run next week.

Safety

From the 16th April the bottom pedestrian gate will be locked until 10.00am  and then again from 2.30pm. This is to encourage those parents who are still not doing so, not to drive down or park in Rope Walk during the peak times. Whilst this may be an inconvenience to some parents, the safety of the children must come first.  A reminder that parking permits for Cascades car park are free from the school office.

Report

Next week a new style report will be given to your child. We have tried to improve the depth of information that we give to parents about progress. It is more detailed than previous termly reports and forms the basis for the final summer report.

Newsletters

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).

Teachers are informing parent’s regularly through the class website page. Please check your child’s class page for information, pictures, dates and achievements.

Newsletter #11

Tewkesbury Church of England Primary School

Chance Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. GL20 5RQ

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

Newsletter:

26/1/2017

Value this half term is: RESPECT

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News

OUTSTANDING

Last week we had our SIAMS inspection (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodists Schools) I am delighted to announce that we were awarded the OUTSTANDING grade. The full report is on our website. Below are just a few comments made by the inspector.

‘Embedded Christian values shape the life and ethos of the school. This has a direct influence on the excellent standards of behaviour, positive attitudes and high quality relationships enjoyed across the school.’

‘As one pupil described, ‘Jesus made such a big difference to the world, we can easily make a difference to our own community if, together, we follow Jesus’ example’

‘The school’s inclusive approach gives opportunity to all, irrespective of background, culture or physical ability.’

‘The school makes a huge investment in the personal development and welfare of its pupils, ensuring that pastoral care is exemplary. Unique in the sight of God, and as an embodiment of the school’s vision, each is ‘valued, challenged and nurtured to aspire to reach their full potential’.

 

Safer Internet Day – for parents

To coincide with Safer Internet Day, we are hosting an event presented by the ‘You’re not on the back foot!’ team for parents to learn about the impact of Social Media on children. The event includes presentations from two speakers a short film depicting a teenager’s personal experience as well as an opportunity for parents to share their concerns.

This will take place at 6:30pm on Wednesday 7th February.

Important dates reminder

Year 6 Mock SATs week beginning 29th January

January 31st Visit Y3 visit to Selly Manor

Monday 5th February Parents prayer group all welcome

Tuesday 6th February Y5/6 football competition

Tuesday 6th February Reception parents stay and play

Wednesday 7th February Reception parents stay and play

Wednesday 7th February Reception classes parents welcome service at Holy Trinity(time to be confirmed)

Wednesday 28th February Parents maths workshop- Addition and subtraction

Friday 9th March Y4 Visit to Bishops Wood

Community Centre

If you know of any charitable organisation that may need a venue for their group to meet please contact the school office. They may qualify for a free room.

Zumba Gold Chair is a fun chair based fitness class with Latin based and funky music. It is suitable for everyone especially beneficial for those with limited mobility, young at heart and wheelchair users. Every Wednesday at 11.00 am. Totally FREE! At the community Centre.

Newsletter #10

 Tewkesbury Church of England Primary School

Chance Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. GL20 5RQ

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

Newsletter:

12/1/2017

Value this half term is: RESPECT

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News

It has been a very busy week for the children with the launch of their new topics. Year 6 have been learning how to survive as cavemen and have been building shelters. Year 5 have had a visit from the Space Dome which filled the hall and has left them thinking about the universe around them. Year 4 have emersed themselves in live sketching of flowers inspired by the artist Henri Rousseau. Year 3 can tell you that the human body has 206 bones as they have launched their science topic with identifying and naming these bones.

Year 2 have had a mysterious visit from Paddington Bear who left a trail of distruction with abandoned marmalade sandwiches in the classroom! Year 1 dressed as fairytale characters for the day and have produced some wonderful writing. The Reception classes have had a visit from our ‘Lollypop’ lady and have been busy designing her a new coat that had to be waterproof, reflective and warm. Our Pre-school have been enjoying their nature walks around the school grounds.

After School Clubs

This term sees the start of even more after school clubs. Please ensure you collect your child from Cascades carpark.

Important Dates Reminder

Friday 19th January Swimming Gala

Monday 29th January Year 6 Mock SATs week beginning

Monday 5th February Parents Prayer group all welcome

Tuesday 6th FebruaryY5/6 Football Competition

Tuesday 6th February Reception Parents Stay and Play

Wednesday 7th February Reception Parents Stay and Play

Wednesday 7th February Reception Parents Welcome Service at Holy Trinity(time to be confirmed)

Wednesday 28th February Parents Maths Workshop- Addition and Subtraction (Reception  – Year 6)

Friday 9th March Y4 Visit to Bishops Wood

Community Centre

If you know of any charitable organisation that may need a venue for their group to meet please contact the school office. They may qualify for a free room.

Zumba Gold Chair is a fun chair based fitness class with Latin based and funky music. It is suitable for everyone especially beneficial for those with limited mobility, young at heart and wheelchair users. Every Wednesdays at 11.00 am. Totally FREE! At the community Centre.

Newsletter #9

Tewkesbury Church of England Primary School

Chance Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. GL20 5RQ

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

Newsletter:

15/12/2017

Value this half term is: Peace

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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) paper versions are available at the school office.

What a challenging end to the Year, kitchen out of order, snow days and burst water mains!  I think Miss Davis’s class elves may be responsible!

But as they say these things are sent to try us. Throughout this difficult week the children have been amazing. We have had supply teachers in to cover staff illness and they commented on how well behaved the children were. We will have our own Christmas week when we return in the New Year. Christmas lunch will be on Wednesday 3rd January and the Nativity  KS1 praise assembly will be on Friday 5th January at 9.30am. Fortunately KS2 praise assembly was able to go ahead and again we were able to celebrate the range of achievements the children had made.

We said goodbye to Mrs Meadows as she retired from teaching and she wanted me to pass on her thank you to you all for your kind gifts and support over the 12 years she has been at this school.  Mr Hibell has also left to take up a supply position and we have a retired Headteacher taking up his position. I am sure you will all join me in wishing them both every success in the future.

The staff and I would like to thank you for your generous gifts and pray you have a Happy Christmas and New Year.

Open Days

For the September intake 2018 there are two open days in the new year. Wednesday 10th and 11th January at 10.00am.

After school clubs

Can parents be extra vigilant during the dark nights when collecting their children from the after school clubs at Cascade car park. The children are naturally excited to see their parents and will run to them as other parents are driving off. It is particularly difficult to spot younger children in this light. I draw your attention back to an accident in Tewkesbury at this time of year when a 5 year old was run over on the crossing by Cascades which resulted in very serious injuries.

Important dates reminder

Tuesday 2nd January  INSET

Wednesday 3rd January Christmas Lunch

Friday 5th January Nativity KS1 assembly 9.30am

Community Centre

If you know of any charitable organisation that may need a venue for their group to meet please contact the school office. They may qualify for a free room.

Zumba Gold Chair is a fun chair based fitness class with Latin based and funky music. It is suitable for everyone especially beneficial for those with limited mobility, young at heart and wheelchair users. Every Wednesdays at 11.00 am. Totally FREE! At the community Centre.