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Abbey Road
Pershore
Worcestershire
WR10 1DF    
Tel: 01386 552722    Fax: 01386 555975

e-mail: office@abbeyparkfirst.worcs.sch.uk

Headteacher: Mr David Johnson

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June 2009


The last half term of the year has arrived, and for the children in year four (and I’m sure their parents too) there will be a mixture of excitement and anxiety at the prospect of moving to middle school. Well, we certainly have lots of exciting things going on during the last few weeks to keep all our children busy.


SPORTS DAY & LEAVERS’ ASSEMBLY
Here are the dates for these important events at the end of the Summer Term. I know many of you are keen to book the time off work well in advance. Unfortunately Sports Day relies on the weather, so we can’t guarantee it will definitely happen on this day.

Sports Day – Wednesday 1st July 9.30am start.

Leavers’ Assembly – Friday 17th July 9.00am start.




HOLIDAY FORMS
Keeping a good attendance record as a school is very important and is one of the key areas OFSTED judge a school on. It is therefore very important that wherever possible, families avoid taking holidays during term time. In some circumstances the school may be able to authorise a few days of absence, however before this is possible, a holiday request form from the office must be completed. We ask that forms are returned to the school at least 4 weeks before the planned absence.

Whilst we appreciate that family holidays are expensive during school holidays, we ask for your continued support in ensuring that our attendance figures remain healthy.


WHITE POLO SHIRTS
Several of our parents have commented on the cost of the school polo shirts with logos and have suggested that we allow pupils to wear plain white polo shirts as an alternative. We have no problem with this being the case, especially during the credit crunch. Please do however make sure that your child’s shirt is plain and sports logo free.


EARLY MORNING LINES
As a team, the staff felt that early morning lining up was becoming a little chaotic and children didn’t seem to know what to do. As a result, we have been making an effort to tighten things up since half term. As you have probably already gathered the teachers will now receive their classes from a line on the play ground. Thanks to all parents for their help in getting their children into line at 8.45am when the whistle blows.  


SWINE FLU
The school is kept well informed of the situation from Worcester County Council and they reassure us that there are no concerns at this present time, either in school or during class trips. Obviously we have procedures in place to deal with an outbreak and promise to keep you informed if the situation changes. It is very important that if you child shows signs of having the flu, that you keep them off school until the symptoms have passed and notify us. It is also vital that we have up-to-date contact details, such as home and mobile numbers. Please let the office know of any changes. 



PARENT ANXIETY WORKSHOPS
These anxiety workshops are open to all parents and will provide great advice on helping you and your child to cope with the pressures and responsibilities growing up brings. For further details contact Family Support Worker, Neil Grimshaw on: 07943872807. 


HOLIDAY CLUB AT PERSHORE BAPTIST CHURCH.
The church is again running their successful holiday club during the first week of the summer holidays, 20th-24th July. All children from Reception to year 4 are invited to attend. This year’s theme is ‘Showstoppers’ and will cost 5 for the whole week. For more details contact Anne Sadler on 01386860491.


SUMMER FAIR -19th JUNE 2009
The Friends are extremely busy getting ready for the event of the year. This year’s fair promises to be even more exciting than before, with go-karts for the first time. Please keep the evening free and tell all your relatives and neighbours to come along too. Raffle tickets will also be sold on the day and the prizes really are amazing. Be there to support your school, the gates open at 5.30pm.
Please contact a member of the Friends if you can help in any way.


GOOD BYE MRS SUE LEE
We are sad to have to say good bye to our fantastic TA, Sue Lee. Mrs Lee will be going on an exciting adventure though, as she and her husband will be relocating in Derbyshire. Mrs Lee will be leaving at the end of this week, Thursday will be her last day after 15 dedicated years. Sue will be greatly missed by pupils and staff, she has been a real asset to the school.     


IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR
Thur. 11th June.         Friends Beach Party Disco at 3.30-5pm.
Fri. 12th June.            School closed to pupils – Teachers’ training day.
Fri. 19th June.            Non- uniform day/Summer Fair - 5.30 util 7.30pm
Mon. 6th July.            Reports out to parents.
Wed. 8th July.            KS2 Play- afternoon
Thurs. 9th July.           KS2 Play - evening        
Thurs. 16th July.         Non-uniform Day - 1 (2 per family).
Fri. 17th July.              Break up for summer holidays.