• School finishes on Wednesday 17 October (12 at PD, 12.15 at HT). We start back on Monday 29 October

Infant 23/11/12

23 November 2012

Dear Parents,

This morning I had the pleasure of taking part in the infant school Fluffy Friday. I took thirty children onto the Downs along the mile path and around the Chantries before returning the same way. We came back to hot chocolate which was needed to revive the aching legs of our 5-7 year olds. It was a great morning, the sun was shining and the puddles inviting. Children enjoyed being outside and actually learnt in so many ways. Teachers and parents were constantly talking about what they were seeing and experiencing. We were all looking for fresh evidence of a recently sighted monster – and a great deal of it was found – from a claw to a piece of wood bearing tooth marks. Children at this young age are still able to suspend disbelief and thoroughly enjoy this creative experience. Fly agaric toadstools, a buzzard and yellow sandstone were all pointed out to the children as they got in touch with their own environment. As well as actual and incidental learning the children were also gaining a great deal by interacting with each other and with adults. It was a real piece of social education.

I have just finished a two week period of precise observation of teachers at the junior school. I am required to give Ofsted style grades to each teacher and they did extremely well. In many cases the children made good progress (they learnt something) and showed enthusiasm and resilience in their leanring. I was able to give grades of good or outstanding. I got to wondering what grade ‘they’ would have given me for my two hours this morning. I guess it didn’t tick many of the Ofsted boxes, but so much subtle and deep learning was achieved. Let’s make sure we continue to offer a genuinely broad and balanced curriculum.

With best wishes, Richard

Mufti – Monday 26 November
Don’t forget that all children should come to school in mufti (home clothes) on Monday.  There will be lots of arty (and potentially messy) activities going on so it’s probably best not to send them in their best clothes!  Also, don’t forget to bring in your contributions for the Christmas Fair.

Teacher-Led Clubs
Next week (26 November – 1 December) will be the last week for teacher-led clubs (Cooking, Binca, Lego, Film, Gardening and Art) this term.  It is also the last week for Football and Ballet.

Operation Christmas Child
Our shoeboxes are being collected on Monday 26 November so there is just time to fill a box over the weekend and bring it in on Monday morning.

Christmas Play Tickets
A letter about tickets for the Christmas play will be coming out in book bags on Monday.  Owing to space constraints we do have to limit tickets to two per family.  Please return order forms by Friday 30 November.
Performances on Tues 11 Dec, 4.30pm and Weds 12 Dec at 9.30am – Hazel, Beech & Walnut classes
Performances on Weds 12 Dec, 4.30pm and Thurs 13 Dec at 9.30am – Willow, Oak & Chestnut classes.

Christmas Play Costumes and Props
If anyone can help with some very simple sewing for costumes and prop making for the Christmas play we would be very, very grateful.  Please contact either Sheena or Rosie in Year 2.

PUPS
Due to the Christmas production, there will be no PUPS on Tuesday 11 December and Wednesday 12 December. 

Prayer Group
The date of the next Prayer Meeting is Wednesday 5 December, 9.15 am at Emma Laporte’s house – children welcome!  Contact emmalaporte@hotmail.com for further information.

Yellow Moon Catalogues
The Christmas edition of the catalogue is in book bags today.  It's full of fantastic Christmas gift ideas and seasonal crafts.  All purchases generate commission for FOPS, as long as orders quote our source code, which is SPE1101. This is also shown on the front of the catalogue.  Please place your orders directly with Yellow Moon and all your goodies will be sent to your home address.

FOPS News

School Disco
Saturday's School Disco was a huge success and really well attended.  Not only was it a great night out, but we also raised more than £600 for the school.  Thanks to everyone for supporting the event and special thanks to DJ David who very kindly gave his services for free.
 
Christmas Fair
Our next big event is the Christmas Fair on Sunday 2 December.  We are asking for donations towards the Fair to be brought in on Monday 26 November and the children may come in Mufti.  We are looking for:
• lots of Jolly Jars (standard size jam jars filled with sweets & small toys)
• bottles for the bottle tombola
• chocolate items for the chocolate tombola
• good quality second hand toys and books
• We will also be collecting home made cakes, biscuits, jams etc for the home produce store on Saturday 1 December or the morning of Sunday 2 December, if you have time to do some baking!

You should have received some raffle tickets to sell in your book bags.  Please return all completed counterfoils and money or unsold tickets to the School Office by Friday 30 November.  The draw will be made at the Fair on Sunday. 
 
The last opportunity to order Micro Scooter products from FOPS (the school will receive 10% commission on all orders), is at the Fair.  Brochures and order forms are available from the School Office. 
 
We will be decorating the school hall and setting up for the Fair on Friday night (7pm to 9pm - wine provided!) and Saturday (10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm).  As much as we love the place, your FOPS Committee don't want to spend all weekend at school!!  So, if you able to spare an hour or two to help so we can get it done quickly, we would be very grateful.  Similarly, help at the end of the Fair to pack away would be appreciated.  
 
Pewley Calendar
We are very excited to announce that the Pewley Calendar 2013 is ready to be printed.  Order forms for the calendar will be coming home in book bags.  Unfortunately we are limited to one print run, therefore orders for the calendar must be in by Wednesday 5 December.  Calendars will be received before Christmas.

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Lost:  Veronika Koch has lost her Sainsbury’s navy sweatshirt (named)

Jonathan Hennessey-Brown very kindly read the story of ‘The Fairly Amazing Adventures of Mole’ written by his sister (Katy Baker) to the Year 1 and Year 2 children this week.  Further details about Katy’s book are available from http://www2.xlibris.com/books/webimages/wd/uk/304961/buy.html

Victoria's Market will have a stall at the HT Christmas Fair today - run by Victoria (mum of Joshua in Chestnut) selling new and preloved luxury clothing for kids and adults.

For sale two single beds.  One John Lewis slatted (dark wood) and one Ikea ‘Malm’ oak.  Good condition.  £20 each - half the money will be donated to the school fund.  Please contact Naomi on 07947073524 or naomi.beevers@ntlworld.com