Headteacher Newsletter: Issue 3
FORTNIGHTLY NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 3
Book Fair/Book Week
Many thanks to all who have supported our Book Week. The Book Fair raised the fabulous amount of £265.00 commission which we can spend on new books for the school. The children have really enjoyed listening to stories – special thanks to all the parents and friends who have given up their time to share their favourite books in class. Thanks also to all the parents who have helped create the fabulous costumes the children are wearing today – they look fantastic! We hope that all the activities will help increase the love of books!
Paul Cookson Performance Poet
On Tuesday the whole school was treated to a fabulous day of poetry led by visiting poet, Paul Cookson. None of the children could resist joining in with the catchy rhythms and repeating lines in his amusing poems. Paul is also (in his own words) an average ukulele player and it was great to watch and listen to the children as they sang along to his playing (which was far from average!) with enthusiasm and obvious enjoyment. Later in the day Paul worked with each class to help them to write some poetry of their own and everyone was inspired to ‘have a go’ for themselves. All the children thought it was a fun way to learn and many of them have lots of new ideas ready to include in their work
Sir Alan Haselhurst
On Tuesday 30th September, School Council were lucky enough to have Sir Alan Hazlehurst came in to talk to them. Before the meeting with Sir Alan each class held a class council to think of questions to ask. After a short tour around the school Sir Alan met with the school councillors. We found out that Sir Alan has been our MP since 1977 and he had been inspired to become an MP by Winston Churchill. He suggested that a zebra crossing could be put outside the school to make crossing Stortford Road safer for pupils.
School Council Conference
School Council Conference at Henham and Ugley School. On Thursday 9th October the eight KS2 members of our School Council went to the Uttlesford conference. Along with seven other primary schools they discussed their role as school councillors and how they could work together to help improve our school. We left with lots of ideas for our School Council to take back to their classes for possible future projects.
Year 6 celebrated completing their playleader training this week with a graduation assembly where they received their new red hats and certificates. Three lead Playleaders were chosen this year – Daisy Collett, Maddie Dudley-Scales and Elliot Wood. We are sure they will all be fantastic playleaders following their outstanding start to the year in their role as buddies to Reception Class.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
Year 6 would like to thank everyone who supported their Macmillan coffee morning. It was a wonderful way to complete our Friendship week and we are proud to have raised just over £420 for Macmillan.
Well done to Class 2 for all your efforts to raise a brilliant £91.00 to buy Jude ‘a get well soon present’. Thank you to all the parents who supplied the cakes and thank you for your kind donations.
Last Friday, we held a special harvest assembly in school. Each class shared some work and there were poems, prayers and drama. Thank you for the kind donations of food which we will be taking to a local food bank.
Class 3 visit the church
Class 3 enjoyed an informative visit to our local church as part of their RE studies this term. They learned about the history of the church and how it has changed over the years as well as finding out more about the role our vicar, Reverend Davies, plays in the community. The children used wax crayons to take rubbings of some of the patterns and textures found in the church and will use these designs as part of a follow-up art project once they have visited the exhibition of ecclesiastical art at the Fry Art Gallery next week.
Arkesden Flower Show
Clavering Primary School pupils were invited to take part in the Arkesden Village Flower Show which took place in the church on September 27th and 28th. The theme was Nursery Rhymes and the children were asked to design a mini flower garden which was displayed in the church over the weekend. The gardens were judged and prizes given. Well done to:
|First Prize Winners –||Second Prize Winners –|
|Ted BettsOscar KellettPatrick Neagu|
|Amber ShawHermione BarkerKeira Shaw|
Years 5 and 6 Girls Football Tournament
The girls in both classes enjoyed the morning and benefitted from skills training with the four football coaches. They were put into teams with girls from the other primary schools and they all worked well together. After the training session they had a quick drink and then took part in a mini tournament. All the teams tried hard and a few goals were scored!
Years 3 & 4 Multi-Skills at Joyce Frankland Academy
This Wednesday, Years 3 and 4 enjoyed a very active and enjoyable afternoon at the Multi-Skills Festival at the Joyce Frankland Academy. Along with children from other local primary schools, they practised skills such as throwing and catching and developed their general agility in small sided games situations. Thank you to the parents who came to support the children.
Saffron Walden Choral Society Christmas Carol Competition.
KS2 pupils have the opportunity to enter this annual competition, organised by SWCS. Entry forms and information have been given to those children who have expressed an interest, but extra copies are available in school. Following the success of Beth Parker in last year’s competition, we hope that children will be motivated to begin their Christmas composition.
Job vacancy – Midday Assistant
Start date: Week beginning 3rd November
We are looking to appoint an enthusiastic person to join our experienced and friendly team of Midday Assistants to take care and manage children during the midday break from 12.15 – 1.15 pm for up to 2 days a week (number of days to be agreed, term time only). Your primary role will be to maintain the safety, welfare and good conduct of the pupils during the lunchtime period.
DBS checks and references will be obtained prior to appointment.
Further details and an application form are available from the School Office.
Closing date for applications: Thursday 16th October.
Interview date: Tuesday 21st October
Flu Immunisation for all pupils – 2nd December 2014
You may have seen the date on your school calendar and have wondered what this is all about.
As an Immunisation team we are looking forward to coming to your child’s school to give the Flu vaccinations (nasal spray).
However, we are only sending letters, consent forms and information leaflets three weeks before the vaccination date
Therefore, we have attached a list of websites that will give you more information:
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Immunisation Team Leader
01279 827 141
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
STAR OF THE WEEK
Week ending September 26th
Reception George Johnson – for joining in really well during Friendship Week
Year One Jude Dunn – for sharing his great ideas
Year Two Keira Shaw – for explaining our French song brilliantly to another class
Year Three William Forster – for his generous and friendly offer to share his conkers with the class
Year Four Millie Denyer – for being an enthusiastic reading partner during shared reading
Year Five James Fanthorpe – for his positive attitude towards his work and trying to do his best.
Year Six Maddie Dudley-Scales – for an outstanding contribution to Friendship Week – caring, supportive, encouraging to all
Week ending October 3rd
Reception Ted Rotheram – for being really helpful and hardworking all the time!
Year One Martha Slade – for super ideas for harvesting nettles
Year Two Emily MacKenzie – for her excellent manners which has been noticed by many staff members
Year Three Maddie Bunce – for being a caring and supportive friend to her class mates
Year Four Freddie Wardle – for being an archaeologist
Year Five Heidi Buckley – for her positive attitude to maths and being willing to ‘have a go’
Year Six Max West – for demonstrating excellent understanding of our Science work on circulation and respiration
IT DIDN’T GO UNNOTICED’ AWARD
10.10.14 Hermione Barker for helping the Midday Assistants on several occasions to clear away the play equipment
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
22.9.14: Year 5
29.9.14: Year 3
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 2nd Flu Immunisation
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
1.10.14 Girls Football Training Newport 10 – 12
8.10.14 Years 3 and 4 Multi-skills Newport 1.15 – 2.45
15.10.14 Football Tournament Herberts Farm
Yr6 Boys 9.30 – 12.15 Girls 1 – 3
22.10.14 Dodgeball Training Newport Yr6 1 – 3.30
5.11.14 Family Cross Country Newport Yr3,4,5 and 6 9.30 – 10.30
12.11.14 Basketball Stansted 10 – 12.30
17.11.14 Ks1 Cross Country Clavering 9.30 – 10.30
- 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