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

Newsletter #31 – 14/07/17

Tewkesbury Church of England Primary School
Chance Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. GL20 5RQ
Headteacher: Mrs C. Scott Tel: (01684) 292309.
Newsletter:
14/07/2017
Value this half term is: Faith
Menu Brown bags all week

Trophies
A reminder please for all trophies to be returned by Wednesday 19th July ready for our Praise Assemblies. Thank you.
Praise Assemblies
Reception Y1 & Y 2 at 9.30am on Thursday 20th July
Y3, 4 & 5 at 9.30am on Friday 21st July
Y6 farewell assembly 1.00pm on Friday 21st July (Y6 parents/grandparents only)
Year 6 Farewell
As is a tradition for our Year 6 leavers on their final day, they exit from the main school doors through an archway of teachers and staff. The school office will be closed at 1.30pm until after the Y6 children have exited. Parents are asked to keep this area up to the island free. This area will be coned off. The side pedestrian gate will also be closed. Can all parents use the main top pedestrian entrance.  Year 5 children will be escorted onto the front playground where parents can meet them.
School Lunches
Next week we will be serving brown bag menu ALL week. This is to allow the kitchen the opportunity to deep clean before the holidays.
Sports Day
A reminder that sports day is on Wednesday 19th July from 9.30am to 12.00 midday. The morning is divided into two halves; the traditional Kiwi Games where the children compete in a course of fun games . Parents are encouraged to support their children at these game stations, and the traditional competitive races.
KS1 (Reception classes, Years 1 & 2)  will start their competitive races at 9.30am on the school field. Then from 10.45am their Kiwi games will be held on the front playground.
KS2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6) will start their Kiwi games at 9.30am and will be held on the back play ground. Their competitive races will start at 10.45 am on the field.
A program of events will be made available on the day so that parents can keep track of their child/ren events.
The school will provide drinks for the children .
A reminder to parents not to approach the children during the morning please as this makes it very challenging to supervise the children safely.
At 12.00 midday we invite you to stay on the field and have your picnic lunch with your child/ren. Those children who have ordered a brown bag meal will collect it from the hall and will return outside to join parents. Please do not accompany your child into the hall as there is insufficient space. At 1.00pm the children will return back into school. On Thursday during our assembly the children will be told which was the winning house and those children will be presented with their medals. Please ensure your child wears their PE kit to school. Year 6 children to bring their school uniform into school to change into for the Abbey Leavers Service in the afternoon.

Breakfast and Afterschool clubs
Thinking ahead to after the summer holidays if you would like your child to have a place the first week back (W/b Monday 4th September) can you please book this by Thursday 20th July.

Key dates
Wednesday 19th July  2.00pm Year 6 Abbey Leavers Service
Thursday 20th July Foundation  & KS1 (R, Y1 & 2) end of year praise assembly 9.30am
Friday 21st July KS2 (Y3,4,5) end of year praise assembly 9.30am
Friday 21st July Year 6 Leaver Assembly 1.00pm (y6 parents only)
Friday 21st July School Finishes 2.00pm
Monday 4th September Inset Day
Tuesday 5th September Inset Day
Wednesday 6th September  Autumn term starts 8.50am

Cool Aeronautics

Cool Aeronautics

On Friday 30th June a small group of Year 6 pupils attended the Cool Aeronautics 2017 event at the Jet Age Museum in Gloucester.

The day was broken into a succession of fast moving talks, events and activities aimed at introducing children to aviation and engineering. During the morning, children learned about the history of flight and Gloucestershire’s long association with aeronautics. They t

hen toured the museum and enjoyed sitting in the cockpits of a Hawker Hunter fighter and Hawker Siddeley Trident airliner.

Across the afternoon, the group participated in a series of hands-on tasks. The undoubted highlight of these was the construction challenge organised by Safran Landing Systems. Despite being considerably outnumbered by children from other schools, Jessica Paginton, Sophie Paginton, Jacob Lutton and Niamh Brady produced easily the day’s quickest time (12 seconds) for assembling a replica of an Airbus liner’s landing gear.

All of the children enjoyed a fantastic day of learning at Cool Aeronautics and returned to school laden with their jelly bean prizes from Safran Landing Systems!

Newsletter #30 30/06/17

Tewkesbury Church of England Primary School
Chance Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. GL20 5RQ
Headteacher: Mrs C. Scott Tel: (01684) 292309.
Newsletter:
30/06/2017
Value this half term is: Faith
Menu week 1

News
Last week our Year 6 children experienced the Isle of Wight for their long awaited residential. We had numerous reports of their outstanding behaviour. I have just been part of their afternoon award celebration which included multi videos of their experiences. Without exception every picture and clip captured their enjoyment and excitement. My sincere thanks go to the members of staff who gave up their own precious family time to take the children away each year. It is a huge responsibility particularly in recent times.
Year 1 enjoyed donkey rides and ice cream in Weston on the hottest day of the year. Year 5 have had an epic week of being Young Apprentices. The winning team was ‘Sugar Rush’.
We have celebrated more sporting success in the Tewkesbury Schools Athletics coming first and taking 2nd place in the Cheltenham Schools Athletic competition.
The Drama club concluded their year with an Oscar night style celebration and the children walked down the red carpet and posed for the paparazzi.

Fun day
Next Wednesday the 5th July 2017 is our much awaited Summer Fayre fun day. The children I know are counting down the days. A reminder that things will be a little different this year. Please note that the event starts at 3.30pm and parents are asked to collect their children as normal at the end of the day and if you are attending the Fayre then to exit the school site and queue by the main double gates at the bottom of Rope Walk. These will be opened promptly by staff. There will be several lanes of entry giving a quick method of payment and entry.  An entry band costs £5 for school children and adults (those wishing to have a go) and £3 for Pre-school children. This gives you unlimited goes on all the rides.

Sports Day
A reminder that Sports day is on Wednesday 12th July from 9.30am to 12.00 miday. The morning is divided into two halves; the traditional Kiwi Games where the children compete in a course of fun games . Parents are encouraged to encourage/support their children at these game stations. And the traditional competitive races.

KS1 (Reception classes,Years 1&2) will start their competivie races at 9.30am on the school field. Then from 10.45am their Kiwi games will be held on the front playground.

KS2 (Years 3,4,5&6) will start their Kiwi games at 9.30am and will be held on the back playground. Their competitive races will start at 10.45am on the field.
A program of events will be made available on the day so that parents can keep track of their child/ren events.
The school will provide drinks for the children .
A reminder to parents not to approach the children during the morning please as this makes it very challenging to supervise the children safely.
At 12.00 midday we invite you stay on the field and have your picnic lunch with your children. At 1.00pm the children will return back into school. On Thursday during our assembly the children will be told which was the winning house and those children will be presented with their medals. Please ensure your child has their P.E. kit.

SuperSchools Update
After raising the magnificent sum of over £1000 for our school, with our SuperSchools sponsorship, I am delighted to inform you of the benefit it has made to our children. We have already purchased new safe class footballs for use at playtimes. We have allocated some of the money to our Science, Cooking, Eco and Art clubs to ensure that they are free for all members. Miss Rowland has already organised a new school netball kit, complete with our school badge. Mr Rylatt is in discussions about purchasing a new school football kit, again with our school badge attached. Mrs Lewis is also looking to purchase a new athletics kit. We are also receiving quotes to purchase new resources for French, Rounders, Netball nets, Football goals, all of which have been highlighted by our school council. We will look forward to sharing these with you in due course.

Key dates
Wednesday  5th July Summer Fayre
Thursday 6th July Sex Relationship Education for parents of Years 4,5,6 at 6.00pm
Friday 7th July Y5 Medieval Festival Trip
Thursday 13th July Parents Celebration Evening (meet your childs new teacher) 3.30pm to 5.30pm
Wednesday 19th July  2.00pm Year 6 Abbey Leavers Service
Thursday 20th July Foundation  & KS1 (Reception, Y1 & 2) end of year praise assembly 9.30am
Friday 21st July KS2 (Y3,4,5) end of year praise assembly 9.30am
Friday 21st July Year 6 Leaver Assembly 1.00pm (Y6 Parents Only)

Athletics update

On Saturday 17th June our KS2 athletics team competed in the Cotswold Shield Athletics event at the Prince of Wales stadium in Cheltenham.

The children competed brilliantly in both track and field events, against 5 other schools from the Gloucestershire area. Tewkesbury C of E came top in the individual  races winning or coming second in many races. The relay events were closely fought for first and second place. After a tense announcement, the results came in with just one point in it for first place between Tewkesbury and Lechlade school.

After the closest Cotswold Shield for many years Tewkesbury C of E Athletics team were awarded second place overall, after a fantastic competition. Congratulations to all our competitors and a huge thank you to all parents, friends and family who came to support the event on such a warm day!

A shining example of sportsmanship shown by all who competed!

Mrs Lewis

Newsletter #29 – 16/06/17

Tewkesbury Church of England Primary School
Chance Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. GL20 5RQ
Headteacher: Mrs C. Scott Tel: (01684) 292309.
Newsletter
16/06/2017
Value this half term is: Faith
Menu week 1

News
Welcome New Parents
Last week we welcomed the new parents and children who start with us in September. Miss Rowland and Mrs Arnold gave their ‘get ready for school’ presentation and Mr Rylatt invited parents to a coffee morning with him and Mrs Tolley as part of the new PTC (Parents and Teachers Committee) if you are a new parent and missed the presentation you will find it on our website.
Reception
Last Friday our Reception children launched their summer topic by dressing up as mini-beasts and exploring the school environment.
Year 3
Year 3 opened their classroom doors to a very special visitor – a Mayan. Whilst in full costume the children learned about the daily life and experiences of a Mayan.
Year 6
This year again the Year 6 children ventured on a sponsored bike challenge of 25 laps of the field each to raise money for the RNLI Bembridge Lifeboat. An incredible £1512.35 has been raised – Fantastic! The children will make their presentation next week whilst on the Isle of Wight.
Summer Fun Day
Following on from last years summer funday we have decided to repeat the experience . Only this year it will be BIGGER and BETTER! We have some incredible inflatables including the infamous ‘Wipe Out’! There will be lots of fun games for all age groups and refreshments. We have sought the views of the Parents Forum group and instead of making a charge at each inflatable we will be making a one off entrance fee of £5 per child (pre-school age children £3). Each child will receive a wristband as proof of payment and this will entitle them to as many goes on the inflatables as they can possibly manage. This really is amazing value based on what the Mop Fair often charge. More details are on the back of this newsletter.
Dates
19/6/17 – 23/6/17 Y6 Isle of Wight
19/6/17 Year 1 Weston Super Mare
23/6/17 Year 2 Miss Armstong Assembly 9am
5/7/17 Summer Fete 3.30 – 6.00pm
12/7/17 Sports Day
19/7/17 Year 6 Leavers Service Tewkesbury Abbey 2.00pm

YR6 Ride for RNLI

On Friday 9th June, Pupils from Year 6 participated in a sponsored bike ride which took place on the school field and the money raised will be donated to the RNLI during their upcoming trip to the Isle of Wight. We raised well over a whopping £1000!

A special report by Thomas Singer

After more than a week of organising and preparing for this moment, the Year 6 staff and pupils were ready for the tough task ahead: they were about to ride 25 laps of the school field.

Some of the Year 6s felt brave an thought they could do 50, 75 or even 100 laps. Also, others decided to run laps in addition.

Our friends were also really supportive and gave us water and counted how many laps we had done. We all supported each other and gave each other encouragement and there were even some chants of support.

At the end, the children were rewarded with a bag of sweets as a thank you for being dedicated and support to each other.

Twenty-five laps of the school field is 5 miles and so, as there are 60 pupils in Year 6, this means that a total distance of 300 miles (more than the total return distance to the Isle of Wight).

When I spoke to Leo Berryman, an enthusiastic witness to this event, he told me “I really enjoyed the riding and had to be tough. Also, I got jelly legs when I got off my bike but carried on and did more running laps; I was very energetic that day and would definitely do it again.” I also spoke to Daniel Ward who said that he liked how every one supported each other.

So, if you had the opportunity to do something like this, would you?

 

 

 

 

Newsletter #28 – 26/05/17

Tewkesbury Church of England Primary School
Chance Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire. GL20 5RQ
Headteacher: Mrs C. Scott Tel: (01684) 292309.
Newsletter: 26/05/2017
Value this half term is: Faith
Menu week: 3

News
It has been a very busy week for all of the children . We started on Monday by seeing off the Year 4 children to their Pioneer residential in Shropshire. They had three glorious days of weather and were able to make the most of the activities available that included raft building, caving, campfire sing alongs, high wire and abseiling. The children were an absolute credit to us and their parents as staff were complimented on their behaviour and in particular – team spirit on encouraging one another to have a go and then celebrated when small mile stones were achieved.
KS1 SATs
Our Year 2 children are coming to an end of two weeks of statutory assessments and this afternoon Mr Rylatt and Miss Armstrong celebrated with them by having a picnic on the field. Again every child tried their best and really enjoyed going to our new Community Centre with Mr Rylatt and Miss Armstrong for their assessments.
During Wednesday afternoon we held our first Children’s Party Fayre in the Community Centre. There were many entertainers exhibiting along with the schools catering team. If you were unable to attended don’t dismay as will be holding another event very soon. If you are interested in hiring the rooms for a social/business event details can be obtained from the school office, website or facebook page.
Year 6
On Wednesday 7th June our Year 6 pupils have been invited to join with other year 6 pupils from around the county in a special leavers service at Gloucester Cathedral. This is only for the children and it is in addition to the service held at Tewkesbury Abbey. The Abbey service is on Wednesday 19th July at 2.00pm and parents and families of the Year 6 children are invited to join us.
Hot Weather
Can I remind parents that on the rare occasion that we have very hot weather forcasted that the children bring a sunhat to school and that suncream is applied at home. If you feel that your child would need a further application during the day you are welcome to come into school and apply or your child can bring the cream into school and apply it themselves.
Emails – A reminder
The newsletter is also being emailed to parents who registered with us their email address, however, some of these emails have been bouncing back to us as not recognised addresses. If you have requested that the newsletter is emailed and you are not receiving it could you please email the school office your email address again.
Pre-School – A reminder
Our pre-school is increasing weekly with new children joining. We have Free Funded and paying 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.
Clubs
Monday Art Club Yr1 Miss Croome, Cricket Y5/6 Mr Rylatt, Home Learning Y3 Miss J, Choir Y4/5/6 Mr Hibell, Athletics Club Y3/4
Tuesday French Y1/2 Miss Davis, Maths Y1/2 Mrs Green, Singing Y2/3 Miss J, Rounders Y4/5/6/ Mrs Pawley, Book Y3/4/5/6 Miss Moore
Wednesday Andy Tucker Football, Girls Tag Rugby Y4/5 Mrs Buchanan
Thursday Athletics Club Y5/6
Friday Tennis Y5/6 Mr Shaw
Dates
29th May – 2nd June Half Term
5/6/17 School starts back 8.50am
16/6/17 Reception Class Assembly 9am
23/6/17 Year 2 Miss Armstong Assembly 9am
12/7/17 Sports Day
19/7/17 Year 6 Leavers Service Tewkesbury Abbey 2.00pm