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Infant 12/7/13

12 July 2013

Dear Parents,

Well this week we had two important visitors at the junior school. The first was Her Majesty’s Inspector to see how we were making progress following the recent Ofsted report and the other were the 96 new entrants to the juniors including the 60 children from Pewley Down. It was interesting because both visitors came on the same day.

The HMI was tasked with making a judgement on the school leaders and governors regarding their capacity to make progress, as Ofsted defines it, for all the children in the school. He told us that as leaders we were working swiftly to bring about change which can quickly lead to a good or better judgement by a subsequent Ofsted re-inspection. This along with our good SATS scores puts us in a strong position to achieve this judgement well before the usual two years. It is our plan to have a trial inspection from our HMI in March or May followed by the formal Ofsted inspection in July or September after the SATS results are received. In the meantime we will continue to keep you in touch with proposed developments in the school. I am planning to have a short meeting for all parents in HTPD very near the beginning of next term. I will give the date of this next week when we have looked carefully at our diaries.

The other visitors included a large group who weren’t visitors at all, but members of our school already. It was a real pleasure to have our 60 year twos joined by 36 other year twos at the school for Wednesday and Thursday. We then met the parents of all those children yesterday evening. The new year two children did really well and learnt about the school and where everything was. They joined with their Year 5 buddies to finish a project about Dragons. This was a great session with children three years apart in age cooperating, working and enjoying each others company.

We are all looking forward to all next year will bring. We know we will have a wonderful new group of children and hope for well-deserved Ofsted success.

With very best wishes, Richard


HT Sports Day, Tuesday 16 July

We realise that pick-up may be difficult next Tuesday afternoon if you also have children taking part in Sports Day at Holy Trinity. If this is a problem for you, please let your child’s class teacher know and we will keep the children in Oak Class until you arrive.

Open Afternoon, Wednesday 17 July, 2.00pm
Parents are invited to come along to our informal open afternoon on Wednesday. Please meet your child in their classroom where they can show you round and you can look at their books together. It is also an opportunity to look at your child’s new classroom and meet their teacher for next year. Reports will come home in book bags on Tuesday afternoon.

Year 2
  • Trip to the beach, Monday 22 July: If you haven’t already done so, please return your permission slip and payment for the beach trip as soon as possible. There are limited spaces on the coach so it is probable that some parents will have to drive down. If you would prefer to drive and can perhaps also car share, please let Year 2 teachers know. 
  • Leavers’ Assembly, Tuesday 23 July: Year 2 parents are invited to the assembly at 9.30am.
  • If you have reading or library books at home please bring them back next week.


Year 1
In preparation for swimming lessons next term, Year 1 children should have received a ‘Child Information Form’. Completed forms should be returned to the school office by Friday 19 July. If you have not received a form, please contact the school office. Thank you.

FOPS NEWS

Class Reps
Thank you to all those who have offered to be Class Reps next year. The class reps are as follows:

Hazel: Lucie Isaacs (Ben) & Sarah Williams (Zac)
Willow: Sandra May (Oscar)
Beech: Jill Morgan (Isla) & Debbie Parker-Perryman (Joshua)
Oak: Emily Young (Ivy) & Jo Butler (Lucy Brooke)
Chestnut: Nicci Holliday (Rocco Collinson)
Walnut: -
Year 2 Leavers' Year Book: Sam Ingham (Lola)

We are still looking for volunteers to be class reps in Walnut class and one more for both Chestnut & Willow class. The class reps perform a really valuable role. Please consider if you might be able to get involved.

FOPS Committee
We are looking for volunteers to take on the roles of Treasurer and Chairperson. If you would like to know what is involved please have a "no strings attached" chat with Louise Alfonsi or Emily Bourke.

Menu for week beginning Monday 15 July

G Live Parent Ambassador Programme
We are looking for a local parent from your school who would be interested in developing the relationship between G Live and the school community by becoming a Parent Ambassador. This is a voluntary role and involves no more than a couple of hours a month at hours to suit. No specific experience is required. Ambassadors simply need to be enthusiastic about the arts and good at coordinating partnerships and developing networks. Ambassadors will receive complimentary tickets for selected family shows at G Live.  Interested parents are invited to come along for coffee and cakes at G Live on Thursday 18 July, 10.30am to hear more about what is involved. To reserve a place please email Lee-Anne Gough, on lgough@GLive.co.uk by Monday 15 July.  Alternatively, if you are not able to attend the event but would like to put your name forward to represent your school please let Lee-Anne know.
 
BEC-Art Classes for 7 -12 year olds will be starting again on Saturday 7 September 2013 for 9 weeks. 9.30-11.30am class (9-12 years),11.45-1.45pm (7-10years). 9 week term of 2 hour classes costs £145, of 1 and half hours costs £120 or 1 hour classes cost £95.  All materials included. Drop-in classes also available. We will be using Watercolours, Acrylics, Pastels, Printing, & doing 3 Dimensional work finishing with Gilding.  For more information please contact Becca Clegg (mother of Georgia in 5R & Issie in Oak) at www.becart.co.uk   where you can also see some of the work done previously & the itinerary for the term. Please note: only 2 spaces left in each class so please book promptly if you are interested.