07 September 2018                                                                                                                                         Newsletter 1

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Welcome back to everyone and we hope you had an enjoyable summer.

 

Staff Announcements:  We are pleased to inform you of Mr and Mrs Evans’ exciting news.  A little Evans is due to arrive next February.  We look forward to welcoming the new arrival!

 

Mrs Ashby has started a new job and, as she only heard about it at the very end of last term, there was no time for her to say goodbye properly.  We wish her all the very best in her new role and she has written the attached letter to you all.  Steph Grainger has kindly offered to co-ordinate a collection for her.

 

Class 1 News:  We will be doing Show and Tell on a Monday afternoon and PE will be on a Tuesday.  We will be having Forest Friday sessions on a Friday afternoon. Please bring a set of old clothes into school and waterproofs if you have them.

 

If you have any cereal boxes etc, please may we have them for junk modelling next Friday?

 

Class 1 homework has been chosen by the children this week.  Think about a pet you would like – it can be real or imaginary.  Draw it or make a model of it and be prepared to tell the rest of the class all about it next Tuesday.

 

Class 2 News:  Although Monday 10th September will be a little different with our visiting blacksmith, Class 2 will usually take part in PE on a Monday afternoon. Please could parents ensure that children have PE kits ready to use on Monday, which can then be left in school for the entire week. This allows a standard PE session to take place on a usual Monday, as well as any other opportunities for physical activity throughout the week.

 

Class 2 have been studying an adapted version of the poem “The House in Crooked Lane” by Annie Fisher. The poem tells the tale of a crooked man who lives alone and a daring boy who climbs his garden wall. For homework, children should try to make links with the story and their own experiences. Does the poem remind you of anything – something you have read, a film, an experience you have had?

After School Care:  Thank you to everyone who came to the meeting yesterday afternoon and gave your input.  As a result of the meeting, After School Care Club will run from Monday next week on the following basis up to October half term after which we will review the provision:

 

  • It will run until 5.30 pm Monday to Thursday but this may need to alter depending on take up.
  • There will be a nominal charge of £1 per child for the first hour 3.15 – 4.15 pm. This applies whether a child is in After School Care Club or the activity clubs which commence later in the term.
  • If a child stays for the whole period 3.15 – 5.30 pm the charge will be £6.25 each which will include a light snack. If children are picked up before 5.30 this amount will still be chargeable.
  • While we recognise that circumstances change and parents may need to ‘dip in’ to care club on an ad hoc basis, we need regular attendees to sign up on the attached sheet and pay in advance on a monthly basis so that we can plan accordingly.
  • We will need one volunteer per night to help cover the club. Several people kindly offered to help at the meeting last night; please can you confirm your availability with Ms Curnow so a fair rota can be drawn up?

Art Project:  We have been extremely fortunate to secure The Arts Society Malvern Hills: Young Arts Grant for a project we have called ‘Flowers of the Field’.

Inspired by our local oral history project, our conservation project at Hardwick Green and the art work of Paul Cummins the children will enjoy a rich experience of exploring different ways to record the beauty of flowers. As part this we will welcome Eastnor Pottery and Jon Bull an Artist Blacksmith to work with the children to create two permanent Art Installations for the front of the school.

To represent the centenary of the end of the First World War they will include 5 red poppies to represent men who are named on a ‘Great War Memorial Plaque’ in our school foyer and a sea of other flowers to represent the past and the future. The landscape installation will be crafted in materials that will withstand the elements and remain in situ for children and adults to see on arrival at the school.

We really want the whole school community involved so these are some dates for your diary:

Eastnor Pottery Workshop Tuesday October 2nd. Come into school between 2.00pm – 4.00pm and create a beautiful ceramic flower. For the display to look marvelous we need as many flowers as possible and it should be a true representation of the school community. Former students are very welcome, particularly year 7s who have already worked on the project.

Remembrance Day revealing The Sculpture, ceramic installation and fabulous exhibition of the children’s work Friday 9th November at 2.00pm. Come for afternoon tea, take part in our remembrance service and see what the children have been doing.

FOPS AGM:  This will take place this coming Monday, 10th September at 6.00 pm in the school hall.  We will be electing the new officers, receiving a report on last year’s activities and planning for the coming year.  Everyone is very welcome to attend so please come along, meet new people and help shape our plans for the benefit of the school.

 

Future Dates for Your Diaries:

 

Internet Safety Session for Parents – 3.30 pm Thursday 13th September

Whole School Trip to Tewkesbury ‘Operation Bible’ – afternoon only, Tuesday 18th Sept – details TBA

Whole School Trip to Hardwick Meadows – Monday 24th Sept, further details TBA

Swimming Lessons Begin – Thursday 27th September

Autumn Half Term – 29th October – 2nd November

Autumn Term Ends – Friday 21st December

 

Best wishes

 

 

Sally Lyndon-Chance,

Head Teacher and all teaching and non-teaching staff