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!

Year 6 evacuation day experience

Yesterday, pupils from Year 6 in were – in support of their theme lesson – whisked back to 1940s Britain and were duly evacuated to the safety of Winchcombe.

They experienced a steam train journey, met with other real evacuees and even had to seek shelter during an air raid. They were also trained to be members of ‘fire parties’ ready to put out any fires after a bombing raid. Finally it was time to head back to the future.

 

 

 

Our brains are growing!

The whole school took part in a “Week of Inspirational Maths” last week, which taught us lots of new ideas about how to make our brains grow in Maths lessons. Did you know that making mistakes makes your brain grow? If you think you “can’t do” Maths, think again because we now know that no-one …

Year 2’s Victorian School Day!

On Friday, Year 2 were transformed into Victorian children for the day. Even the teachers and classrooms looked Victorian. The children learnt about strict Victorian teachers and their punishments as well as taking part in lessons such as textiles, country dancing, woodwork, arithmetic and handwriting – on a chalk board of course! What a fantastic time we had!

Newsletter #2 – 15092017

Tewkesbury Church of England Primary

Chance Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. GL20 5RQ

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

     Newsletter: 2

08/09/2017

Value this half term is: HOPE

Menu 3

News

The children have settled into their new classes and year groups exceedingly well this week. Our new Reception class children are exploring all corners of the school. The new approach to maths has the children buzzing. This morning Year 2 went back in time dressed as Victorian children. The school looked very different in their classrooms.

Evacuation Day- Friday 29th September

As part of our Health and Safety Major Incident Policy we now have an annual evacuation drill. This will be on Friday 29th September . This means that there will be no after school clubs and no after school care provision.  We will send every parent a text when the drill starts. All parents will receive a text message indicating the start of the evacuation drill and to collect their child. The children must be collected from Holy Trinity church.  The text will be sent between 2.00pm – 2.30pm. As part of the process every child has to be signed out to a responsible adult/parent. This year the school admin staff have organised the signing out procedures alphabetically so that parents need only go to one sign out station. Please ensure that your contact details are up to date. As in previous years we aim to make this efficient and non-threatening to the children. Most children are familiar with Holy Trinity and they watch a video until collected. The children view this as a big adventure which is good I the event that this is a real procedure. If you have any questions relating to the Evacuation Day please feel free to contact me.

INSET Dates

24th November 2017

2nd January 2018

6th July 2018

After school Clubs

A letter is going out tonight confirming club selections. All clubs will be starting next week. Please remember that collection is from Cascades carpark.

Year 5&6 Tutoring – This is starting next week from Monday 18th September

Please note a change of tutoring days

Year 5 are Monday and Tuesday

Year 6 are Monday and Friday

Overview Meetings – Parents Only (a crèche will be provided)

These meetings are particularly valuable for parents to attend as the whole year overview, expectations, homework and residential are discussed.

Monday 18th September          6.00pm Y1

Thursday 21st September         6.00pm Y4

Monday 25th September          6.00pm Y5

Tuesday 26th September          6.00pm Y6

Wednesday 27th September   6.00pm Y3 (please note a change of day)

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

Newsletter

A reminder that you can have the newsletter sent to your personal email address – please give updated details to the office.

Newsletter #1 – 08/09/17

News

Welcome back after what I hope has been a good summer holidays for everyone. Thank you for your continuing support with school uniform. They all looked very smart indeed. The children have been sharing their holiday travels and experiences with us, they certainly have enjoyed themselves. During the break substantial work has been carried out both outside and inside the school. We have a new library room with a bespoke electronic scaling system that quizzes the children on each book they read and sets their next challenging book. Our PE store and resources have been relocated and audited giving the children more equipment to use during playtimes. We launched a Singapore Maths scheme throughout the school this week. It is particularly credited for inspiring children with the ‘Can Do’ approach, relating not just to maths but to all learning and life challenges. The children are enjoying the changed approached. All in all it has been a lovely positive start to the academic year.

Staff News

During the holiday Mrs Lewis gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Our congratulations go to both her and her husband at this very special time.

Dates

We have updated our website with notable events throughout the year. For a paper version please ask at the school office.

INSET dates

24th November 2017

2nd January 2018

6th July 2018

Swimming

Swimming starts in the spring term for years 1, 3 & 5

After School Clubs

A letter will be going out to the children next week for them to make their choices of clubs.

Residential Visits

We currently arrange three residential visits a year. We would very much like to sustain these visits as the children gain so much from their experience. However, there has been a considerable rise in the cost of these residentials . We are giving parents the opportunity to start paying gradually. More information will be given at the year group overview meetings. Below are the overall costs.

Kingswood for Y2        The cost this year will be £100

Pioneer Centre for Y4 The cost this year will be £220

IOW for Y6                 The cost this year will be £350

Overview Meetings- Parents only a crèche will be provided

These meetings are particularly valuable for parents to attend as the whole year overview, expectations, homework and residentials are discussed.

Wednesday 13th September                 6.00pm Yr 2

Monday 18th September                         6.00pm Yr 1

Wednesday 20th September                   6.00pm Yr 3

Thursday 21st September                      6.00pm Yr 4

Monday 25th September                        6.00pm Yr 5

Tuesday 26th September                       6.00pm Yr 6

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

Tumble Tots

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.

Newsletter

A reminder that all newsletters from next week are on our website www.tewkesbury.primary.co.uk or you can have it sent to your personal email address. (please give updated details to the office).

Dinner Menu

Please check the school website for the current dinner menu. Please note there 3 daily options for the children to choose from.

Breakfast & Afterschool Provision

A reminder bookings and payment for breakfast and afterschool provision need to be made on the Thursday before the week required. We cannot guarantee spaces if bookings are made after Thursday.

Newsletter #32 – 21/07/17

 Tewkesbury Church of England Primary School        

Chance Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. GL20 5RQ

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

     Newsletter: 32

21/07/2017

Value this half term is: Hope

Menu week 1 (Dinner Menu for September on website)

News

Whilst it is very exciting time leading to the summer holidays it is also a time for reflection on the academic year. Last September we welcomed five new members of staff as well as a new Reception year. I can say without hesitation that those staff members are now part of the the school fabric and the Reception children are ready to take up the role of Year 1 warriors! Our year 6 will take the final walk on Friday as they too are ready for the next stage of their education journey. They are a year group that over the years have triumphed in Sport, Drama, Choir, Maths competitions, Fund raising and high achievement in academic learning.   These children will be moving onto various high schools; Tewkesbury Comp, Sir Thomas Rich’s, Pates, The Crypt, Hanley Castle, Cleeve School. They have taken full advantage of all the things uniquely offered by this school. Behind this year group has been a team of dedicated staff from the ladies in the front office, IT, kitchen staff, lunchtime supervisors, grounds and premises staff, teaching assistants and classroom teachers. All of whom together with the governors, I wish to thank for their hard work and dedication.

This year we also expanded our school to include a pre-school and community centre. The pre-school admission is from 2 years to 4 years with funded places available. From September it will be open all day. The incredible success and reputation is due to Mrs McMahon and her team. It is with pride that I see how the physical up keep of the community building and its usage reflects on the school.

The reputation of our school is fast growing beyond Tewkesbury town, particularly for our advanced technology, sporting success, behaviour, ethos, and now academic challenge.

For the next academic year we will be striving to improve on these achievements by working alongside parents. A lot has been said in the news about school budgets and the implications and we have not been immune to this. Reducing our swimming timetable is one such example and the cost of residential trips will increase.

We have also been very fortunate with the donations made to the school during the last year. These include school furniture, IT equipment and the plants and flowers at the Community Centre given by Tewkesbury Garden Centre.

I would like to take this opportunity in thanking parents on behalf of myself and staff for the many kind gifts and wish you all a lovely summer break and look forward to see you all at 8.50am on Wednesday 6th September 2017.

Farewell

On Friday we will be saying farewell to Mrs Ashforth who is retiring after 45 years in teaching. She has been with this school for 14 years and will be missed by both the children and staff. Also leaving is Mrs Louise Tolley as she moves away to settle in Wales. Mrs Tolley has been at the school for 5 years in two roles as lunchtime supervisor and teaching assistant. Mrs Lewis left us on Friday to start her maternity leave. Baby Lewis is due at the start of August. Finally Miss Moore is leaving to take up a full time teaching position at a school in Gloucester. We wish them all every success in the future.

Sports Day

Regrettably our sports day was cancelled due to the weather and the grass being extremely slippy underfoot. We tried to communicate in advance the possibility of postponement to parents. I feel the media coverage regarding the weather overnight prepared most parents. As parents you need to have full confidence in me to make the right decision not to put your children at risk whether in school or on an out of school activity. On Tuesday afternoon parents were given a text informing them that decision would be made early Wednesday morning. On Wednesday I came into work at 7.00am (heavy rain) to check the field and to give parents notice about sports day. At 8.00am the decision was made to notify parents. Many parents, although disappointed, had expected the decision. Some parents took the opportunity to have lunch with their children which was lovely.

Uniform

On the children’s return can you please ensure that EVERY item of uniform is labelled with your child’s name clearly visible. You will see from recent weeks the colossal amount of unmarked uniform we have uncollected.

After school Clubs

A new list of clubs will be sent out on our return in September for the children to sign up to.

Key dates

Monday 4th September Inset Day – School closed to pupils

Tuesday 5th September – School closed to pupils

Wednesday 6th September 8.50am Autumn term starts