18th Octover 2007
October Newsletter No.2
MRS WALTERS MABBOTT IS
At the end of this half term, we will be saying goodbye to Mrs Walters
Mabbott ,who as most of you know, is our teaching assistant who has
worked with Mrs Caine and Mrs Witts in the reception class. She has
given so much to our young children in the foundation stage, supporting
them in so many ways at this crucial start in their learning journey,
and providing enjoyable experiences in the outdoors as a forest school
After half term she will commence a new post at Gorse Hill
Primary School in Worcester. I thank her very much for everything she
has done at Abbey Park, and wish her well in her new promotion.
We are delighted to announce that we have appointed Mrs Smith to
replace Mrs Walters Mabbott in the reception class. Mrs Smith is so
well known to the children, as she has been working in the early years,
and supporting children across the school for many years. During this
time she has already built up a very special rapport with parents and
children, therefore the children will have no problems in getting to
know her! Among all her talents she is also a forest school leader, and
therefore will continue to provide this enrichment for the reception
Another HUGE thankyou to our mums, Mrs Williams, Mrs Rowling, Mrs Lloyd
Cowley and Miss Forrest, that are still giving up their time to
beautify our environmental areas, and tidy up the pond and quad areas
around school. They work so very hard, and it is lovely to see the
Remember if anybody has any free time and would like to join them next
term then we would love to here form you! Thankyou very much
HOT MEALS –
We have asked Pershore High School about hot puds, and they can provide
a hot dessert selection including bread & butter pudding
& custard, pineapple upside down sponge, sticky toffee pudding
and apple crumble to name just a few! However these would be an extra
20p cost. Currently you pay £1.80 for a meal and cold
dessert, therefore a meal and hot dessert would be £2.00. I
think you should find these alternatives on the next menu cycle.
It was absolutely fantastic to see so many of our parents and families
at our harvest
festival last Friday. We took all the lovely harvest gifts to Roland
Rutter after the festival, and they were very thankful to all of you
for your kindness. The children had a lovely morning talking to the
residents, and they handed us a collection of £198!
We are now looking forward to buying some books for our school library.
As you can see at the top of the newsletter you will see the
web site address is different, and now matches up with our e
mail address. However, you can still reach our web site through the
other address too: abbeyparkfirst.ik.org
My special thanks go to Mr Justin Rowling who continues to keep the web
site in order for us.
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.
MOBILE PHONE RECYCLING
Please find attached a leaflet about the mobile phone recycling
campaign. All they want is old mobile phones, and in return we as a
school receive cash and prizes! Every phone is reused in
developing countries, so this campaign fits in well with our drive to
make our school an eco friendly one! We earn £300 cash for
every 200 phones. So please dig out your old phones, and see if you
could help us in this campaign. Thankyou.
HALF TERM HOLIDAY- Monday 22nd October to Friday 26th October.
Monday 29th October – Fri 2nd Nov
………… Eco school week
Thursday 8th Nov
Friday 16th November
Last night for the Book Fair.
Monday 10th Dec sometime this
Reception Christmas performance
Mondy 10th Dec at 9.30
Christingle service in the Abbey
Tuesday 18th th December……Whole school visit to
see panto at the Swan Theatre – not nursery
. Party day
– SCHOOL BREAKS UP FRIDAY 21st DECEMBER
Please find the results to the questionnaire given to you in
April, and all the suggestions for improvements. All your comments have
been fed into our school improvement plan that we shall be addressing
during this academic year. I shall let you know if and when action has
been taken over the year.
Please find below areas
you think we do well and what we you are pleased about
helpful, friendly and approachable teachers who give parents time,
parents concerns and act!
positive learning environment
- Eco / healthy
school initatives taken on
- Quality of
taking part in the dance festival!
- Excellent co
operation : induction into reception and introduction to
- New pond
- Good trips
- Use of
playground before school
- Smart tidy
right amount of spellings- smaller chunks!
- Learning is
- Whole school
- Fewer cars on
- Male teacher
– good role model
such as bell boating
feedback to help children
Some of these we have
already achieved or addressed.
Involve the nursery in more whole school events- prizes etc
More out of school activities for the Nursery.
More early reading books for nursery.
Better security at the reception class entrance.
Teachers more informative about accidents children have in day.
Assemblies and performances at the end of the day for working parents.
Better supervision during wet lunchtimes.
Assess selection of children for special events.
Fruit for all at break times.
More teaching assitants.
More creative writing.
More activities that involve parents help- e.g making of maths hats.
Maths ‘bring and buy’ sale, Chinese day being over
a term not just a week.
After school activities for year 1 children.
First day of school in September – teachers out on playground
to meet new class.
Spellings and tables together for homework – too much
Too much homework – especially in the holidays
More varied homework
Music lessons and lack of musical instruments
Grey v neck jumper allowed.
Provision of legionnaire type sun hats.
Cars a hazard on the drive way – collecting children from
after school clubs.
Provision of cycle shelters- separate to Abbey Park Middle.
More shady areas
Dog excrement at back and front of school
Proposed drive improvement- when?
Cold drinking water provided
Cleanliness of school – window sills etc