March Newsletter


STAFF CHANGES FOR THE SUMMER TERM

We are pleased to announce that we have appointed Miss Sarah Mitchell as the year 2 teacher for Miss Hutchinson’s class for the Summer term. Miss Mitchell is a newly  qualified teacher, and has been teaching in a number of schools as a supply teacher. Miss Mitchell has also worked in our school in the past as part of her work experience so she knows the school very well.

Miss Hutchinson, although acting headteacher, will be supporting her during the whole of the term. The children have already met Miss Mitchell, but she will be visiting the school over the next two weeks to get to know the children much better. We would also like to invite all our year two parents into the classroom on TUESDAY 18th MARCH at 3.00 pm in order to meet Miss Mitchell with the children.  She will also accompany Miss Hutchinson   during the parent evenings next week, so you will have another chance to meet her. We are really looking forward to welcoming her to our school, and I know that she is very excited to be coming to Abbey Park to teach our lovely children in year two. I hope the year two parents will be able to meet Miss Mitchell on the above date.


ACTIVEMARK 2007

I am delighted to announce that we have just been awarded Activemark 2007 for exceptional delivery of the National Sport Strategy. We received this award after being  assessed to see how much PE and extra curricular sport clubs the children are doing each week. It was found that at least 90% of children across the school were doing at least 2 hours high quality PE and school sport each week! The award lasts for twelve months, and then we will be automatically assessed again through next year’s annual school sport survey.  At the top of the page you will see the new logo which will now join our other achievements on our school letter head.

A great big thankyou to all the staff and parents who give up their own time to provide these extra sporting opportunites for the children  after school. Special thanks go to Mrs Pratley, our PE coordinator, and Mr Perry who have worked hard to co ordinate and promote sport in our school by offering three active clubs per week. Thankyou to Mrs Smith who helps Mrs Pratley on a regular basis, Mrs Hill who supports Mr Perry with the football, and also Mr Crouch who has also given up his time to coach rugby at our school



ANY PARENTS INTERESTED IN A BREAKFAST CLUB?

Recently I received a note in the comment box requesting a breakfast club at the school, to run from 8.30 am. I am very interested to hear if other parents would welcome this too. I cannot guarantee that this will happen in the future, but we would explore this possibility if we have enough parents wanting this, especially working parents.

If we were able to provide this service in the future would you be interested in us providing breakfast for your children? There would obviously be a small cost for this but at this stage I can not give you an exact figure. I would be very grateful if you could fill in the slip below and return to school as soon as possible to show your interest. Thankyou.



RECENT FUND RAISING EVENTS

NON UNIFORM DAY
On the 8th February  the Friends held a non uniform day in order to raise funds for their next project for the school- buying stage lights and staging for the hall. They raised £101.10.

DVD SALES OF THE RECEPTION PERFORMANCE AT CHRISTMAS
The Friends raised £55 selling the DVD’S of the reception Christmas performance. Thankyou to Mrs Cathy Davis who filmed the performance for us and then organised the sales.

BOOK FAIR
We took £300 in book sales at the recent book fair, enabling us to have 40% commission in books. Each teacher chose new books for their classroom libraries.

Thankyou to all parents that supported us in the above events.



NATIONAL DOODLE DAY
We had a fantastic ‘doodle day’ on Friday 7th March. It was lovely to see all the children sprawled out on the floor enjoying doodling on the larges pieces of paper in the hall! Everyone had great fun and we hope to display the ‘doodles’ in school for you to come and have a look at! Thankyou to Mrs Wiitts who organised the event.


BOOK FAIR
It was fantastic to see so many children dressed up as their favourite animal character on Friday 29th February. The costumes’ were amazing! Thankyou to all parents that encouraged and helped their children to dress up on the day.
BOOK FAIR COMPETITION
Although we had very few entries for the drawing competition where we asked the children to draw their favourite animal from a book of their choice, the children who did enter the competition did a brilliant job! The winners were: kate Howley (Reception), Josh Sharrott ( year 1), Ryan Sefton ( year 2), Harley Williams (year 3), Jasmine Hayes ( year 4), and Matthew Smith ( year 4). They each received a book from the book fair as their prize.


DATES FOR THE DIARIES
Week beginning 10th March …………………    last week for clubs
Wednesday 12th March…………………………Malvern information evening for KS2
Week beginning Monday 17th March ………    Parent consultation evenings
Wednesday 19th March ………………………... Late night - Parent consultation evenings
Friday 14th March ………………………………..Non uniform day
Friday 14th March………………………………    Easter Bingo
Thursday 20th March ……………………………BREAK UP FOR EASTER
MONDAY 7th APRIL………………………………RETURN TO SCHOOL
Sat/ sun 19th / 20th April……………………………Malvern weekend kS2
Friday 16th May   …………………………………  Welcome assembly @ 9.00 am
Monday 19th May ………………………………… WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK
FRIDAY 23rd MAY…………………………………BREAK UP FOR HALF TERM
RETURN TO SCHOOL 2nd JUNE 2008