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Dear Parents / Carers,


8th October 2014 - Newsletter 3


We’ve Got Talent!

Our choir were invited to perform at the Basingstoke Variety Show at The Anvil Theatre in town on Saturday night.  We joined 4 other schools in Basingstoke to sing 3 songs.  It was a long day as rehearsals started at 3.00pm.  But our children did not give up and excelled themselves when the actual performance started at 7.30pm.  They brought tears to my eyes and many others.  Not only did they sing their hearts out with pride and smiles but their behaviour throughout the whole day was outstanding.  It was a pleasure hearing many positive comments from the organisers and audience.  It was a great opportunity for the children and a memory that will stay with them forever.  It would not have been achieved if it wasn’t for Miss Smith who co-ordinated the event and taught the songs to the children.  A HUGE Well Done to the choir and Miss Smith including the members of staff and Mrs Leggitt who helped on the day.  Come and see for yourself as they will sing in Friday’s Celebration Assembly.   


School Nurse

We have been allocated a new school nurse called Vicky Coia.  As part of her role she is starting a new Parent Drop-in service at the school.  Vicky will be available from 8.30-9.30am on 7th and 21st November and

5th and 19th December.  This will be a great opportunity to discuss any concerns you may have about your child’s health or behaviour and referrals can be made a lot quicker.


Advice from the School Nursing Service - Flu

Flu is an infectious and common viral illness spread by coughs and sneezes. It is not the same as the common cold.  Preventing the spread of germs is the most effective way of slowing the spread of flu.  There are three main ways of preventing flu:


1. Good Hygiene

  • Make sure you wash your hands regularly with soap and water. 

  • Clean surfaces such as your keyboard, telephone and door handles regularly to get rid of germs

  • Use tissues to cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze (Catch it, Bin it, Kill it)

  • Put used tissues in a bin as soon as possible


2.  Flu vaccination: Available free to:

  • Children aged six months to two years at risk of flu 

  • All healthy children aged two, three and four years old will be offered a flu nasal spray vaccine

  • All Children and Adults with underlying health conditions


3.  Antiviral medicines.


The best remedy is to rest at home, keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. For further information go to: www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu or contact your GP or School Nurses 01256 313081



We have had an increasing number of children arriving late for school in the mornings.  I would like to remind parents that school starts at 8.45a.m.  If your child arrives after 9.00a.m. they will be marked as late in the register and after 9.30a.m. it will be marked as unauthorised absence.  Please try to ensure that your child arrives at school on time.  It can be very disruptive to both their own learning and to the other children in their class.  Arriving late can also make it difficult for some children to settle and they can become very anxious.


Also, if your child is absent for any reason, please call the school before 9.30a.m., giving the reason.  You can leave a message on the school’s answering machine.  If no reason is given before 9.30a.m. the absence will be marked as unauthorised.


Children starting School in September 2015

Will your child be celebrating their 4th birthday between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015?  If so, you will be able to apply for a school place from 1st November, preferably online at www.hants.gov.uk/admissions. If you are unable to apply online you will be able to collect a paper application form from the school.  The application deadline is Thursday 15th January 2015.


We shall be holding an Open School Viewing on Wednesday 15th October at 9.30am, Wednesday 22nd October at 1.15pm and Wednesday 5th November at 6.00pm for Reception children who will be starting school in

September 2015.  This will be an opportunity to visit the school and view daily practice.  Please pass on this information to any families in the local community with 4 year old children.


Pebbles Children’s Centre

We are improving our links with the local community and have invited Sophie Brice to our Celebration Assemblies in order that she can inform parents about the events taking place at Pebbles Children’s Centre in Popley.  Events include parenting skills, arts & crafts sessions for pre-school children, improving children’s behaviour and many more.  The first assembly Sophie will be available at is on Friday 28th November from 8.45 – 10.00am.



Please ensure you label all school uniform including hats, gloves, coats, shoes, PE kits, lunch boxes and water bottles.  I am already amazed at the amount of lost property in the box in the office porch!  Children often have the same items and become very anxious when they lose something.


Key Dates

20 – 24th October – Arts Culture Week

20th October -   3.30 – 6.00pm Parents’ Evening

21st October -   4.00 – 6.30pm Parents’ Evening

22nd October -    Halloween Disco YR: 3.30-4.30pm          Y1 & 2: 4.45 – 5.45pm

24th October -    United Nations Dress-up Day – details will be sent out nearer the time

24th October -    Break up at 3.15pm for half term

3rd November - INSET School Closed

4th November – School starts at 8.45am


Yours sincerely




Larissa James