08 November 2019                                                                                                     Newsletter 9

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back to you all to another busy half term where there are lots of exciting activities taking place, both within school and outside school.  Apologies in advance as this is a lengthy newsletter however there are so many aspects of school life that we feel are important to share with you. 

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our first celebration assembly – it was really nice to see so many of you this week.  Well done to all the children as they have been busy earning PRIDE marks through their work and their conduct around school.  Well done to the following specific children:

Star of the Playground – Callum

Stars of Class 1 – Ava and Isla

Star of Class 2 – Ethan

Star of After School Care Club – Delilah

Thank you to Daisy W, Billy and Jack for sharing their achievements outside of school. It was wonderful to share with them their successes in dance and acting.

Curriculum News

Class 1

Class 1  have spent a lot of time learning outdoors this week! Thank you to everyone who supported our Family Forest School Day (even though it was too wet for the fire). Reception have worked so hard in Maths especially this week, learning how to create patterns out of shapes and colours. We loved using the Autumn leaves as an introduction to this work. We have also loved getting to know our new class members, who have brought so many lovely qualities with them to our class. A great week has been had, thanks everyone!

Year 1 and 2 Gymnastics Festival:  We will be going to this on Tuesday 12th November not 19th November as previously advised.  Permission slips were sent home yesterday – please return these on Monday morning if you have not done so already.  We are asking parents to drop their children at Hanley Castle High School at 8.50 am ready for a 9.00 am start and they will need to be in their PE kit.  We will be coming back to school on a coach together with Castlemorton.

Class 2

This week Class 2 have been studying Remembrance Day. We looked at the poem ‘In Flanders Fields’ by John McCrae and spent time reflecting on those who had died in war whilst making poppies. They are now displayed with our Great War plaque which honours past Pendock Primary School students.

At Pendock, we believe that the key to pupils’ success is their ability to read.  So much so that we devote half an hour to independent reading every morning. 

We would love parents, grandparents, uncles, aunties and any other family members to be a part of this.  As well as reading with your own children at home, we would like to invite you to stay a little longer after the morning drop off and read with a pupil in Class 2.  You can listen, read, ask questions and take part in one of the biggest drivers of academic success and an activity that many pupils in the school already love. 

If this is something you would like to take part in, please speak to Mr Greenbank or Mrs Gilroy.

Year 6 Guided Reading:  Please complete the comprehension on newspapers in your books.

Year 5 and 6 Spring 2020 Residential:  If you have not yet returned your slip and deposit for this, please can you do so as soon as possible.

Remembrance Day:  We will be holding a minute silence at 11am on 11.11.19 in the playground (or the hall if raining). If you would like to join us you are more than welcome. Please arrive at the main office to be signed in by 10.55.  We still have poppies etc on sale in the office if you would like to buy one.

The Book People:  I know that Christmas is still a long way off but I have heard that some people have started their shopping.  If you are planning on buying any books as gifts, if you use The Book People they will donate £1 to your named school for every £10 that you spend.  Please follow www.thebookpeople.co.uk/bigbookboost and nominate Pendock CE Primary School so the school will reap the rewards.  Just something to bear in mind and pass on to your friends and family!

Community Lunch:  Thank you to everyone who came or supported our Community Lunch which took place on Monday.  I know there is a Christmas Community Breakfast planned which sounds exciting – Monday 2nd December at 9 am – please see FOPS/office for further details. 

Houses:  The School Council have launched Houses this week where each child has been allocated to one of 4 houses.  The School Council chose to name the Houses after four peaks of the Malvern Hills. They are: West Beacon, North Hill, Summer Hill and Table Hill. 

The houses have children from each year group in them so they are working together as a team across the school collecting PRIDE marks and taking part in activities on a Monday afternoon.  These activities will enrich areas of the curriculum throughout the year.  The first four activities are: Yoga and Meditation strategies supporting Mental Health, Performance Poetry (with performances taking place in Celebration Assembly), Famous People and Philosophy 4 Children. 

There will be other opportunities throughout the year where the children will take part in activities in Houses such as Sports Day.  The School Council are very excited to support the development of the Houses across the year.

Look at the Book: The next session will be on Friday 22nd November at 2.45 pm for all years.

Tempest Photography:  Tempest are keen to encourage parents to order online.  We will return the orders via school in the traditional way as well but please make sure they are handed in by first thing on Monday 18th November at the very latest.

Parents’ Evenings:  Thank you to everyone who has signed up for parents’ evening – there are still a few times available if you haven’t. There will be an opportunity to look through your children’s work as well as sharing their achievements with your child’s teacher. The Governors are also keen to gain your views on a couple of school development points so there will be a clipboard with two questions on them where we would really appreciate your input. Jotting down ideas and thoughts on a clipboard is a very informal way of sourcing your views and it will help the Governors form a view moving forwards. Thank you in advance for your support. I will be available throughout both parents’ evenings too if you would like to speak to me about anything. 

Wider Community:  We are hoping to do a joint community carol singing event in the local area, together with people from the benefice and Eldersfield Primary School.  The proposed nights are either 10th or 13th December.  All are welcome but children must be accompanied by their parents. 

Karate Club:  From Tuesday 19th November Tony Johnson will be running a Family Karate Club in the school hall from 6.00 – 7.00 pm.  The cost will be £7 per class.  If you want to know more about this, Tony will be joining us for Celebrations Assembly on Thursday 14th November when he will give a short talk about the classes.

Breakfast Club:  Invoices for the first half of this term are attached.  If your child only attended one session this will be carried forward and billed at the end of term.

New Books for Library:  Now that our new library area is looking so great, we are hoping to add some more books to it.  We have a wish list on amazon at https://www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/255AC7ETVVS41?ref_=wl_share if anyone wants to buy a book (or two!) for the school.

Non Uniform Days for Christmas Fayre Tombola Items:  We have two non uniform days coming up.  On 15th November we will be collecting chocolate (bars, boxes or any other form!) and on 22nd November bottles with something really nice in them!  In addition, if anyone has anything suitable for the ‘present room’ please drop this in at any time. 

There is also a sign up sheet on the back door if you are available to help with the Christmas Fayre itself.

Community Auction:  From 6.00 pm on Tuesday 12th November there will be a community auction of household items and ornaments etc which will raise funds for the school.  If you would like to know more about this or you would like to bring some items for the auction please contact Matt Vallender on 07932 452171.

Have a good weekend.

Mrs Gilroy and the staff team

Future Dates for Your Diaries:

Parents’ Evenings – Class 2 on 11th November, Class 1 on 15th November

Year 1 &2 Gym Festival, Hanley Castle – Tuesday 12th November – morning only

Look at the Book – Friday 22nd November 2.45 pm all years

Year R vision checks – Monday 25th November

FOPS Christmas Fayre – Friday 29th November 6.00 – 8.00 pm

Last Swimming Lesson – Thursday 5th December

Flu Immunisations – Friday 6th December (details TBA)

Class 2 Visit Ashmolean Museum – Thursday 12th December

Nativity Performances – Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th December

Term Ends – Friday 20th December

Pendock Spring Chicken Run – Sunday 22nd March 2020 – Save the Date!!