October Newsletter  8th October 2007



SKIPPING ROPES FOR £4

We had a very successful skipping day on Friday 5th October. All the children and staff  thoroughly enjoyed themselves, and we could really see a diference in their skipping by the end of the session. The two skipping coaches were excellent and taught the children many ‘tricks’ and helped them develop their confidence too. Some of our year 4 children even had a go at ‘ double dutching’ using two skipping ropes!  The presentation at the end of the day showed all the children’s developing skills, ( Miss Roe also showed us how she could skip with two skipping ropes!).

The skipping ropes can be purchased at the office for £4. There are adult and children ones, so if you fancy getting fit you could buy yourself a rope too! It really is a great way to keep fit and healthy.
Thankyou to all our parents for the contributions that made the day possible, so that we could pay the coaches costs for the day.


HOMEWORK MEETING

Thankyou for the replies we received regarding a possible homework meeting on ways you could help your children with their homework, and about our school priorities. We only received a few replies, with some parents wanting a meeting but others saying that they felt that they had enough information, or felt that the homework liaison book were an excellent way of liaising with the teacher, or that they felt they could always see the teacher.

We therefore feel that for now we would not hold a meeting, but possibly consider an open day or an information evening in the Spring term. It was pleasing to think that most parents are happy with the current situation and feel that we do have an open door policy.

I look forward to seeing you all next week at the parents consultation evenings. These evenings are always well attended which is wonderful, as we all need to continue to work together to provide the very best for our children.



A BEAUTIFICATION DAY!

A HUGE thankyou to our mums, Mrs Williams, Mrs Rowling, Mrs Lloyd Cowley and Mrs Forrest, that gave up their time to come and tidy up the pond and quad areas around school. They worked really hard and made a marked improvement; now we can see the pond much better! Please visit our website to see the mums in action! We hope that they will come into school on a regular basis to keep on top of the work. If anybody would like to join them we would be most grateful, as the more the merrier and easier too!  Thankyou very much mums!


LEARNING AND TEACHING POLICY

We have now completed our learning and teaching policy. This sets out what we consider good learning and teaching in our school, and how we ensure that we create the right learning environment for our children. A copy is available in school if you wish to have a read, and there is also one placed in the entrance by the office.


FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

WELL DONE Abbey Park First School football team who beat both Holy Redeemer and Cherry Orchard Schools on Thursday 4th October at home! I was so pleased with all of the team who played really well, and with great team spirit! We are now the proud owners of a beautiful trophy that is going to be placed in the gallery. My thanks go to all the children and the parents who supported them, especially Mrs Hill and Mrs Mellish. Thankyou also to Miss Collins and Mr Perry who organised the matches, and an exhausted Mr Perry who had to step in at the last moment as the referee. Lets hope we can have more of these events.


SUPER READING PROGRAMME

In my last newsletter I asked if any parents would like to support a ‘ super reading programme’ we have in school. I am delighted to report that quite a few mums have said they would like to come into school and support children with their reading. They will start their training in the next few weeks.

This means that in the Spring term we shall have more trained parents that will be able to support more children with their reading, and help  them to become confident readers.

If you feel you could give up a few hours of your time to help in school you would be more than welcome. This may be to help with reading, playing games, crafts etc. It would be great to see you!


ECO SCHOOL WEEK – 29th October to 2nd November

We are looking forward to an exciting week straight after half term. All Worcestershire schools are invited to join in the country wide SWITCH IT OFF campaign to reduce energy use. This will be one of many things the children will be involved in. Watch out for a letter soon giving you more details about the week and the competition we are running.


COMMENT BOX

Just a reminder that we do have a comment box in the entrance to the school by the office. If you wish to make any comments about what you think we are doing well, and also suggestions about how you think we might do better, and how you think we might improve then please feel free to write your comments down using the slips, and then post them in the comment box on the table in the entrance. You can make it anonymous if you wish.
 Some parents have been asking me about Pershore High School providing hot puddings. We are currently talking to them about this, and it may be a possibility in the near future.



Friday 12th October at 9.00 a.m………   Harvest festival .
Monday 15th h October to 18st Oct……   Parent Evenings for Rec to year 4 parents.
Friday 19th October …………………….Non uniform day & Sponsored Skip
HALF TERM HOLIDAY- Monday 22nd October to Friday 26th October.
Monday 29th October – Fri 2nd Nov ………… Eco school week
Thursday 8th Nov …………………………….School photographs



WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS – MANAGING BEHAVIOUR-

 Tuesday 30th October at 3.00 p.m in the nursery
Neil Grimshaw, our family support worker, who holds the ‘drop in’ sessions at our school, would also like to hold a workshop for any interested parents about managing children’s behaviour. It is not easy bringing up children today with all the demands of life, and from time to time we all need some advice or support, or just need to share any concerns about our children, and know that you are not alone!  Unfortunately, children do not come with instruction manuals do they?

Neil will be joined by Sian Templeton, an educational psychologist, who will run a workshop, whereby parents can talk about any sort of behaviour, and ask questions in a very informal way. Even if you feel you have no concerns about your children’s behaviour, I think it will be an interesting session. We shall provide refreshments too!

Please sign below and send the slip back into school if you would be interested in attending the above workshop by Monday 15th October.

Thank you very much.
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WORKSHOP- MANAGING CHILDREN’S BEHAVIOUR-
I / we would like to attend the workshop about children’s behaviour on Tuesday 30th October at 3.00 p.m.                                        
Name of child/ ren ………………………………………………………………………..

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