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Newsletter 12

Newsletter 12 –4 June 2014


Dear Parents / Carers


Welcome back.  We hope you had an enjoyable half term holiday. Yet again we have a busy half term ahead so please check your child’s reading folder and the school website regularly for any news.  Year group Curriculum newsletters will also come out this week detailing the topic for this half term and suggesting ways you can support your child’s learning at home.


School Expansion

Thank you for your patience and understanding when the junior top gate was closed last half term.  As you can see the infant school has another portacabin for a third Y2 class for September.  The Governing Bodies of both the infant and junior schools are working closely with the Local Authority and architects to ensure that the building work causes the least disruption.  Building is due to start during the summer holidays.



For the period 3rd September to 16th May, whole school attendance was 95%.  I am pleased to say that there has been some improvement since my last newsletter and we are now meeting the Government’s expectation of 95%+. 


Class attendance for the same period as above was:

Owlets              93.3%

Snowy Owls    92.6%

Little Owls       94.3%

Speckled Owls 94.3%

Tawny Owls    95.9%

Barn Owls       96.3%

Hawk Owls     95.2%

Eagle Owls      96.7%


A HUGE well done to Eagle Owls and Barn Owls with their high attendance. 



Mr. Cullington, Hawk Owls class teacher, will be leaving us at the end of this term.  I am sure you will join me in wishing Mr. Cullington the best of luck for his future plans as teacher at Potley Hill Primary School in Yateley.  Please feel free to make a contribution at the school office towards a leaving present.

We have also appointed three new LSAs and another teacher for September.


Y2 Transition

Y2 children are starting their transition work with the juniors.  They will visit each week for assemblies and to complete a joint project.  At the end of the half term, they will also join the juniors for playtimes and lunchtime.  We are also in the process of organising class lists to advise the junior staff.


Sports Morning

Hopefully, weather permitting, this will take place on 11th July at 10.00am. The children will all participate in competitive races.  At 12.15pm children may be collected for our annual Infant & Junior Family Picnic.  Further details will follow nearer the time.


Sun Awareness       


The school nurse has asked us to inform parents of the following health update:


Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK, and too much sun can increase your risk. Exposure to sunlight can also affect your eyes. Here’s how to protect your skin and reduce the risks to your eyes.


  • Seek shade especially between 11am and 3pm
  • Wear protective clothing, a T shirt and a broad brimmed hat
  • Wear sun glasses that offer 100% UV protection
  • Apply water resistant sun cream (SPF) 15 and above, and apply every 2 hours
  • Remember to take extra care with children


Skin cancer can affect anyone. Those people most at risk have already had sunburn, especially when young.


For further information go to: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/skin/Pages/Sunsafe.aspx

To contact your School Nurses, tel: 01256 313081


Car Park


May we please remind parents that, in the interests of the health and safety of all children, staff, parents and visitors, under no circumstances must you park in the school car park at any time of the day.  This includes dropping off for breakfast club in a mornings and collecting children from after school clubs.  It will be especially important not to drive onto the school grounds once the building work commences on the new extension.  Both the infant and junior schools are working with the local community police and traffic enforcement officers – do not be surprised if you receive a very strong warning!


Key dates

4th June –        Y1 school trip to Southsea

27th June –      Young Interpreter’s Conference with Mrs. King

30th June -       INSET – school closed

2nd July -         Sponsor Event – details to follow

4th July -          Transition Morning

                        Y2 Sleepover in school – details to follow

11th July -        Sports Morning at 10.00a.m.

                        Family Picnic 12.00 – 1.15pm.  SCHOOL CLOSED at 1.15pm.

16th July -        Y2 school trip to The Living Rainforest, Newbury

23rd July -        Y2 Leavers’ Assembly at 9.00a.m.

Break up at 1.15pm


Yours sincerely





Larissa James