Headteacher Newsletter: Issue 2
FORTNIGHTLY NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 2
Building Work update
I am pleased to report that the building work has virtually finished. The builders are now just tidying up a few areas.
Class walk years 5 and 6
Classes 5 and 6 went on their autumn class walk last week. The morning started off grey and cloudy but luckily the sun came out as we set off from school with our OS maps of the village. The children used their maps during the walk to identify key features such as the windmills and the footpaths we were following. As we walked through the fields the children also looked for signs of autumn and even tasted some of the delicious blackberries. Our walk was about 5km and we only had one short rest, eating our snack while we all enjoyed the view. Hopefully our walk will encourage more of the children to enjoy the area we live in, while still following the Countryside Code.
School Council Representatives
Congratulations to the pupils who have been elected by their class members to represent them on our School Council. Our new members for this academic year are:
Year One: Matilda and Freddie
Year Two: Keira and Ben
Year Three: Uma and Harry
Year Four: George and Ella
Year Five: Heidi and William
Year Six: Thomas and Georgia (Clerk to Council – Jessica)
The Key Stage Two representatives will be attending a School Council Conference with representatives from local schools on 9th October. The children will learn what it means to be a School Council representative. They will also be writing an action plan for the school.
House Captains were chosen to represent their respective houses this year:
Oliver Captain – Jessica Barker Vice Captain – Sophie Eldrett
Wymarc Captain – Daisy Collett Vice Captain – Maddie Dudley-Scales
Wales Captain – Elliot Wood Vice Captain – Amelia Donker
Ludgate Captain – Georgia Carter Vice Captain – Joseph Berrett
Saville Captain – Harry Chalk Vice Captain – Lawrence Aggarwal
Children and staff have enjoyed a very busy week involving many and varied activities centred around friendships. Children have made collages and patchwork quilts to represent their house groups, as well as composing music and songs, making friendship bracelets with loom bands and working in teams to problem solve and create games together. Class 6 have been working hard towards completing their Play Leader training. Other activities back in class have included drama, role play and circle times.
It has been lovely to see the children so engaged and developing and strengthening their friendships. We are particularly proud of our older children, who have really stood out for their encouragement and support for the younger members of school.
We celebrated languages day today with children wearing hats they created themselves to represent countries from all over the world. They looked fantastic – thank you to parents for your support with that homework.
We have had visitors in all classes teaching us games, songs and rhymes in languages including French, Spanish, Dutch, Russian, Italian, Turkish and Romanian. Children and staff have enjoyed this immensely and learned lots.
Year 6 welcomed and served visitors coffee and cake this morning in French and provided themed French menus.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
Our coffee morning was well attended and a great success. Thank you to everyone who came to support it. We will let you know how much we raised soon.
Next week, we will be celebrating harvest in school. This year we will be collecting non-perishable foods for a local food bank. Please would you be kind enough to donate one or some of the following food items:
- Tea bags
- Instant coffee
- Sugar (500g)
- Rice (500g)
- Pasta (500g)
- Tinned soup, baked beans, rice pudding etc
Could you please make sure that the items have a long use-by date.
Many thanks for your support with this good cause.
Class 2 will be holding a cake sale next Wednesday, 1st October, to raise money for their classmate Jude. Cakes will be on sale for 20p.
Friends of Clavering
The Friends of Clavering Annual General Meeting took place this week to review the year and organise events for the next. The Friends raised around £9000 for the school last year, which is an amazing achievement and an excellent source of funding for the school. Much of this went towards ICT equipment, which includes laptops and ipads for the pupils. Other funding has supported The Wider Opportunities provision and reading resources.
On behalf of the school I would like to thank the Friends of Clavering and the parents that have contributed to this amount. Without this extra funding, alongside the cuts that are being made to school funding, we would not be able to maintain the high standards of education in the form that we currently provide.
A special thank you to Emma Caton, the Chair of Friends, Amanda Crabb, the Secretary, and Emma Copeland, the Treasurer. Emma Caton is leaving this position. We would like to thank her for the support she has given the school and for all her hard work. We would like to welcome Amanda Crabb and Rachel Betts to the role.
We have updated our list of Parent Forum representatives. Please see below –
- Year R Katherine Elphick and Helen Casson
- Year 1 Sarah Holmes and Victoria Collier
- Year 2 Rosie Mackenzie and vacancy
- Year 3 Kym Elliston and Jane Chetcuti
- Year 4 Lucy Hill and Jacqueline Berglund
- Year 5 Sonja Phipps and Jayne Hartley
- Year 6 Sophie Chalk and vacancy
Cross Country Years 3,4,5,6
A reminder that the Saffron Walden Primary School Cross Country league series starts the new season with the first race on Monday 13th October. As usual it will be at the Friends School starting at 1600 hours.
School Admissions – Primary and Secondary – Apply Now!!
To apply quickly and easily for primary and secondary school places go online to www.essex.gov.uk/admissions
For secondary applications – (children in year 6) apply between 1 September 2014 to 31 October 2014
For primary applications – (child born between 1 September 2010 and 31 August 2011) apply between 10 November 2014 to 15 January 2015
Free School Meals Funding
If you have a child in Key Stage One and are receiving the free meal which is part of the universal offer you could be missing out on this additional funding for the school, which will support your child with their learning, if you meet the criteria below. You have to apply for this funding. If you think you meet the criteria below then please follow the guidance below.
You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:
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 September 12th
Reception Abigail Van-Rooijan – for being a brilliant listener and a great helper
Year One Oliver Dyster – for being an excellent role model to all children in Class One
Year Two Albany Newton – for being extremely polite and helpful
Year Three Mazie Wicks – for being a really caring friend and including others at playtime
Year Four Ella Rixon – for being polite, helpful and considerate
Year Five Levi Draper – for being very helpful and polite in class
Year Six Ziggy Wicks – for an excellent approach to his learning – positive and enthusiastic, also being proactive in his efforts to uphold the class code
Week ending September 26th
Reception Charlie Birch – for brilliant writing of his name without his name card!
Year One Abigail – for her enthusiasm in sharing her knowledge to identify leaves.
Year Two Freddie Lawton – for his brilliant responses in Guided Reading
Year Three Harry Clark – for reading with super expression in Book Club – a great improvement
Year Four Sam Elliston – for his enthusiasm for our topic on the Romans
Year Five Alex Taylor – for all the effort she is making in her work
Year Six Amelia Donker – for a very positive approach to all her learning and classroom activities
IT DIDN’T GO UNNOTICED’ AWARD –
19.9.14 Thank you to year 6 for being excellent buddies to the Reception children
THE TIDIEST CLASSROOM OF THE WEEK!
Our cleaners are judging the tidiest classroom each week. The winners are announced in assembly on a Friday. The class that has won the most times at the end of a term will be awarded an afternoon with an activity of their choice or an extra playtime.
Week beginning –
8.9.14: Year 6
15.9.14: Year 2
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
September 3rd Staff inset day
September 4th Autumn term starts for children
September 12th Non-uniform day for the most house points last term – Ludgate
September 18th Meet the Teacher evening (7 – 7.30 even classes. 7.30 – 8pm odd classes)
September 22nd – 26th Friendship Week
September 24th School Improvement Evening for staff and governors
September 26th Language Day/MacMillan Coffee Morning
October 2nd – 9th Book Fair
October 3rd Non-uniform day for Sports Day winners – Wymarc
October 6th – 10th Book Week
October 7th Visiting Poet Paul Cookson
October 9th School Council Conference
October 16th School photographs
October 22nd School Disco
October 24th Staff inset day – school closed
October 27th – 31st Half term
November 11th Bag 2 School
November 14th Sharing assembly – invitation for class 5 parents to attend
November 20th Film Night 3.30pm – 5pm
November 21st Sharing assembly – invitation for class 2 parents to attend
November 25th and 26th Parent consultations
November 26th Non-uniform day – for bottles and chocolates for the Fayre
December 3rd Book Bus
December 4th Tray Day 3.15 – 4.00pm
December 5th Christmas Fayre
December 6th Spirit of Christmas for school choir – pm
December 10th KS2 dress rehearsal am
December 10th KS1 dress rehearsal pm
December 11th KS1 performance pm
December 11th KS2 performance eve
December 11th Reception Nativity play am
December 15th Christmas Shopping Morning
December 17th Christmas lunch
December 19th Term ends for Christmas – 3.15 pm
January 5th Spring term starts
- Swimming for this term is for year 2 and 3 on Mondays. Please make sure your payments are up to date, the cost is £4.00 per week, £52.00 per term. Please make cheques payable to Clavering Primary School.
- Please could we ensure that children keep off the front gardens along Stortford Road.
If you have any questions at any time then please feel free to make an appointment
Have a good weekend