Headteacher Newsletter: Issue 18
FORTNIGHTLY NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 18
On July 2nd Classes 1, 2 and Reception spent an exciting morning competing in the key Stage One Athletics Tournament held at Newport Free Grammar School. The children, alongside children from five other local schools, took part in throwing, jumping and relay activities, helped by year nine students from NFGS. The event was rounded off by flat, egg and spoon and obstacle races. The children were very well behaved and a credit to the school. Thank you to all the parents who came to help.
The annual sports morning took place on Thursday 3rd July. The children competed in house groups, with the older children organising the younger ones. The event started with flat races, followed by novelty races which included a Three Legged Obstacle Race, an Evacuee Race and an Elephant Race. The relay races took a little bit of organising, as the teams were not quite even, but the children quickly sorted out where they needed to be and what they were doing. It was lovely to be joined by the pre-school, who bravely crawled through a tunnel and threw objects in a bucket!
A big thank you to all the helpers who sold uniform and made tea, and a special thank you to the finish line crew, handing out stickers and holding the rope!
The children all tried extremely hard and had fantastic team spirit. The house cup was won by Wymarc, well done.
Our Parent Forum met this week to review the year and thank our representatives. We spent some time looking at samples of new uniform from Tesco with the view to changing providers following feedback from parents. We are still awaiting communication and confirmation from suppliers and will update you as soon as any confirmation is received. I would like to thank our representatives for this year for their support and time especially our Year 6 representatives who will be moving on at the end of this term as their children start secondary school.
- Year R Sarah Holmes and Victoria Collier
- Year 1 Rosie Mackenzie and Jemma Macfadyen
- Year 2 Kym Elliston and Jane Chetcuti
- Year 3 Lucy Hill and Jacqueline Berglund
- Year 4 Sonja Phipps and Elaine Moloney
- Year 5 Sophie Chalk and Wendy Berrett
- Year 6 Jane Hartley and Victoria Cooke
Year 5 and 6 Parents invitation to lunch
Thank you to all the year 5 and 6 parents that joined their children for lunch this week to sample the menu. We have received positive feedback from all parties and will look forward to repeating the event for further year groups in the future.
Year 6 residential to Kingswood
On Sunday 22nd June Year 6 went on their residential trip to Kingswood in West Runton, Norfolk. Whilst we were there we spent every day doing lots of different activities, including abseiling, leap of faith, archery, go-karting, quad biking, caving, climbing wall, bushcraft and team challenge. Our group leader was called Amey and before every activity we had to do a ‘shout-out’ – “Clavering are you ready, Amey we were born ready”. The food was really nice and in the evenings we had a pool party, movie night and on our last night we had a campfire. We had hot chocolate before bed every evening. We all had an amazing time.
By Archie Camp and Zak Zanella
Year 5 residential to St Marks
Last Wednesday, Class 5 went to St Marks at Audley End. On the first day we did lots of big activities and fun games followed by a great dinner. On Thursday we met the drama teacher and started our play ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’. That evening we went on a walk in the countryside around Audley End House. On Friday we had final rehearsals and our parents came to watch the final production. We had not seen them for 3 days! We all had a fabulous time.
By Elliot Wood
Years 3 and 4 to Duxford
On Wednesday 25th June Class 3 and 4 went to Duxford Imperial War Museum to support their topic of World War II. We all dressed up as wartime evacuees, we all had gas mask boxes and name labels. We did lots of activities, such as drilling (that’s marching!) and shooting and typing our names in morse code. All the grown-ups at Duxford were dressed up too. We met Winston Churchill, Monty, a black marketer, a policeman on his bike and a home guard. Whilst we ate our wartime packed lunch we had a personal spitfire display, which was an epic experience. We all had a fabulous day.
By Luke Townsend, Hannah Moloney, Beth Parker and Franziska Evers
Clavering Horticultural Society – Rose Show
Children from Clavering Primary School took part in the Rose Show colouring and photographic competition. The judges informed us that the entries from the children under 7 were considerable, with many beautifully coloured pictures of a rose. All 3 photographic entries from the older children were amazing, but George’s photo of a snail was exceptional.
Colouring a drawing of a rose.
3rd prize Jasmine Henchie
2nd prize Lucy Carter
1st prize Kitty Crabb
Photograph of something in the garden.
3rd prize Elliot Wood
2nd prize not a Clavering pupil
1st prize George Oakes
Highly commended – Maisey Dillon
Library Service Summer Reading Challenge
All children will be bringing home information about the Mythical Maze summer reading challenge, including an invitation to join in. This is a great opportunity to maintain reading skills during the summer holiday and a fun way to explore a range of different books that are available at any local library. Clavering children have always been keen participants in this project so we hope as many of you as possible will take part this summer. There is a trophy for the school with the highest percentage of participants! It’s all FREE!
Free School Meals
You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:
- Income support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190
- You will not normally be eligible if you receive any amount of Working Tax Credit
Please provide this information when requested as schools use this money to help support your children within the school environment to achieve their full potential in education.
How to apply
- Go online to www.essex.gov.uk/educationawards
- Apply over the telephone or request an application form by calling 0845 603 2200
STAR OF THE WEEK
Week ending June 20th
Reception: Scarlett Hilton-Keech – for brilliant maps, painting and writing about our visit to the zoo
Year One: Freddie Lawton – for introducing Class 1 to the words ‘Reptile’ and ‘Prism’) not in the same lesson.
Year Two: Sam Prentice – for his great approach to maths – switching the numbers around to make it easier.
Year Three: George Macfadyen – for super work leading his maths challenge group and supporting Year 2
Year Four: David Owen – for persevering to learn his lines in our class play.
Year Five: Leonard Evers – for his ‘barely solvable’ maths word problem
Year Six: Isabel Hartley – for fantastic swing building and patience when working with the younger children in the forest.
Week ending June 27th
Reception: Ruby Akers – for her enthusiasm and hard work at all times
Year One: Maya Parker – for the fantastic use of adjectives when writing an animal poem.
Year Two: Grace Livesey – for helping the class even more than usual by lending her brain box animal cards
Year Three: Saffron Frewin – for great work in French remembering animal names
Year Four: William Downham – for making good progress in maths
Year Five: Away on residential
Year Six: Jack Brash – for facing and completing extreme challenges at Kingswood with determination and a great smile
‘IT DIDN’T GO UNNOTICED’ AWARD (fortnightly)
3.7.14 Harry Chalk – to say thank you for his impeccable manners in the dinner hall.
A large amount of lost property is collecting. If your child has lost any clothing please could you have a look through the collection to see if any of it belongs to you. It will be displayed in the main entrance during the last week of term. After this time it will need to be re-cycled.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
22nd April Summer Term starts
24th April Class photographs
24th April SATs and Residential meeting for year 6 parents
2nd May Non uniform day for Ludgate – Spring Term House Cup winners
5th May Bank Holiday
12th – 16th May Year 6 SATs week
14th May Friends of Clavering Bag2School
19th May Assessment week for Classes 3, 4 and 5
26th – 30th May Half Term
5th June Friends of Clavering ‘Film Night’ from 3.15 pm
9th June Fun Run
16th June Year 6 visit Crucial Crew
20th June Induction Morning for new Reception parents
20th June Sharing Assembly – an invitation for Class 4 parents
25th June Years 3 and 4 visit Duxford
25th – 27th June Year 5 Residential to St. Marks
22nd – 25th June Year 6 Residential to Kingswood
27th June Sharing Assembly – an invitation for Reception parents
3rd July Sports Day (reserve date 11th July)
7th July Inset Day – school closed/Tour de France
8th July Induction Day at Newport Free Grammar School and Saffron Walden County
High School for Year 6
9th July Years 5 and 6 visit the Houses of Parliament
10th July Tray Day/Open Afternoon 3.15 – 4.30 pm.
11th July School Fete
15th July Class Swap (10.30 – 12)
16th July Playleader Celebration at St. Marks
17th July Church Service am.
17th July Leavers’ Assembly pm.
18th July End of term 3.15pm
Please send all dinner money/cheques in to school on Monday to cover your child’s school dinners to the end of term so that year end can be completed. Thank you.
If you have any questions at any time then please feel free to make an appointment.
Have a good weekend