Headteacher Newsletter: Issue 16
FORTNIGHTLY NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 16
Gail Broadbent will be changing her role from September so that she can spend more time with her young family. She will have a non-contractual role leading our 1 to 1 Tuition provision. Just before half term we appointed a new member to the team to work with Sarah Rudkin as part of a Class Teacher job share. Alice Sabin will be joining us from September and we are looking forward to working with her.
Years 3 and 4 visit to Pelham Grid
On Tuesday 19th May, to support their Science topics, Classes 3 and 4 enjoyed a fun and educational day at the Pelham Grid Centre. The focus for Year 3 was, “How did that blossom become an apple?” whilst Year 4 investigated the conditions and wildlife in the woodland, meadow and pond habitats.
Both classes were interested to discover if any creatures were caught in the small mammal traps and studied a variety of moths before releasing them.
We were incredibly lucky with the weather. Despite thunderous clouds, only a small amount of hail fell, not enough to dampen the spirits! Thank you to the parents who accompanied us.
Year 6 Rounders Tournament
Team A Results
On the 20th May, Wednesday, Clavering went to JFAN to take part in a rounders tournament. Our first match was against Elsenham and we won 8 and a half to 6.
Great Chesterford was our second game and it was incredibly close. Clavering won by half a rounder to make the final score four and a half to four. The A team then had a break but we were quickly back in positions to play against Chrishall. This match was not as close as our last and we won six to one and a half.
Clavering then joined Wimbish in a game and played hard and won four to two and a half. Our fifth match was against Rickling. Again, we narrowly won to make the score five to three and a half.
The Clavering A team were nervous and determined to win their final match against Debden to make sure they came home after winning all their matches. We tried hard and won our final match with the score of five to one. The A Team then arrived back with gold medals.
By Daisy and Amelia
On Wednesday 20th of May Clavering went to a rounders tournament at JFAN. We were split into two teams and started playing. We soon got playing all the games.
Our first match was against Elsenham and it was a good game, the score was 8.5 to us and 6 to them. The win boosted our confidence and we all felt very proud. The second game was against Great Chesterford and it was the closest game of them all. We fielded first and got off to an amazing start. When we started batting they had 4 points. After our innings we had had only 4.5 which means we just won. The score at the end was 4 to them and 4.5 to us.
Our third game was against Chrishall and we thrashed them, after many good hits we beat them to 4.5 points. The final score was 6 to us and 1.5 to them. One of the last games was against Wimbish, we started off with a lot of good catches and our bowler did a lot of good throws. The final score was 4 to us and 2.5 to them. After winning all of the following games we went forward with a lot of confidence.
Our penultimate game was against Rickling and it was a challenge, we batted first and got off to a good start. They were very good at fielding and got some people out. We got a lot of rounders but not much half rounders. The final score was 5 to us and 3.5 to them. We had one match left and we felt quite confident. The final match felt like it went very quickly they got off to a good start by getting one of our players out. This team we played were our rivals and we beat them. The final score was 5 to us and 1 to them. We won by 4 points.
By Ziggy and Joseph
Year 6 Cricket Tournament
On Wednesday 3rd June, Year 6 and two members of Year 5 went to a cricket tournament at Saffron Walden cricket club. The boys played in the morning and the girls played in the afternoon. The boys lost their first match quite convincingly as they played the previous winners of the Tournament.
The second game Clavering came out fighting and started off well. After our strong innings we had to field to our highest ability, to then win the game. The next game we started with great confidence from winning the last game. We got thrashed in our next match. Then, to finish off, the boys tournament we mixed with some of Elsenham against Rickling and the rest of Elsenham.
The Girls first game they lost as well, but they only lost by 10 runs. The next game they lost by 4 runs despite the efforts of the girls team. Their next game they also lost by 4 runs but they said they still had fun.
By Joseph and Adam
On Wednesday the 3rd of June Year six of Clavering Primary School went to Saffron Walden cricket club for a tournament. We had two teams, a boys’ team and a girls’ team. The boys played for the morning and the girls for the afternoon.
In the first match for the boys they played Rickling A team. The score for us was 186 runs to their 264 runs. In the second match we were playing Rickling B team and we won the game by a comfortable margin. In our third and final game we played against Elsenham and sadly lost. While the final was going on the team and Elsenham played together against the rest of Elsenham and Rickling for fun. Sadly yet again we lost but it didn’t count as a proper game!
In the afternoon the girls played their first match and was against Rickling which they lost by only ten points. The next two matches the girls played they narrowly lost, they were very unlucky the games could have gone either way.
By Thomas and George
Football – Clavering v Birchanger
On Wednesday 20th May, Clavering girls football team played a friendly match against Birchanger. The teams were really even and both teams showed great sportsmanship. We drew 1:1, Daisy scored a brilliant goal in the 2nd half levelling out the scores. Thank you to the parents for providing all the lovely snacks after the match.
By Georgia and Amelia
Cross County League Results – Well done to Clavering
Congratulations to all the children that took part in the Cross Country. Clavering have been given a special mention as we are rapidly climbing up the league table. We are in third place for this academic year.
Sports Day – advanced warning
Sports Day is taking place on Thursday 9th July 10 – 12. All parents are welcome.
Magistrate visit to Year 6
On Thursday 4th June Mrs Terry came to our school about the Magistrates court and the Crown court. She explained about her work, the laws and the different sentences she gives. Mrs Terry talked about small crimes and punishments against bigger crimes and punishments that had to be sent to the Crown court.
The Crown court had a judge and jury as the Magistrates court had a chairman and two people at the side of the chairman which are also magistrates and stand as the jury because there are no jury in the Magistrates court. The defendant is the person who has been accused of the crime and the victim is the person who has been affected by the crime and they have accused the defendant. The witnesses are the people who have seen the crime and they tell the magistrates.
To show evidence they show CCTV footage and print off information from websites on computers to get proof of a crime like cyber bullying. Witnesses say what they saw during the crime to make it beyond reasonable doubt.
The sentences the magistrates can give are a caution, community service, curfew, a fine, a custodial sentence or a suspended custodial sentence. A caution means that you get a warning. Community service means you have to work but you don’t get paid. A curfew means you can’t go out between two times. A fine is where you have to pay a certain amount of money. A custodial sentence means you have to go to prison for a certain amount of time (6 months maximum for a Magistrates court), a suspended custodial sentence means if you don’t commit a crime for a certain amount of time you don’t go to prison but if you do , you go straight to prison.
We all enjoyed the talk and we learnt a lot about the punishments you can get.
Max, Jack and Lawrence
Last Sunday, a group of talented children who attend the Bedazzle theatre arts club at school performed in the annual show at the Rhodes Centre in Bishop’s Stortford. This was an exciting opportunity to perform within a real theatre environment. The theme was ‘Putting in the Glitz’ and the group sang and danced to A Whole New World, Bugsy Malone and Paparazzi. The children and staff rehearsed all morning and then put on a wonderful show in the afternoon. Well done to all involved – you looked like you were having an amazing time in front of the lights, microphones and audience.
Friends of Clavering Film Night
We had our second ‘Film Night’ just before half term, which was a great success. The Reception to Year 4 children watched ‘The Book of Life’ and Years 5 and 6 ‘Night at the Museum – Secret of the Tomb’ with a drink and popcorn.
Thank you to the Friends of Clavering for running and organising this event.
At last the sunny weather has arrived! Please can you ensure that on sunny days your child brings a hat to wear at breaktimes and lunchtimes. Wide-brimmed or legionnaires hats, which have a cloth attached on the back to give additional protection to the neck, are perfectly acceptable. Sunglasses are not allowed and sun lotion (long lasting waterproof sunscreen with a high protection factor and high UVA protection) should be applied just before the children come to school. This should last until after school and overcomes the need for pupils to bring in lotion.
Home Time Arrangements
Please could we remind you that if anyone other than a parent is picking up your child at the end of the day (this includes relatives) to please notify the office and class teacher via letter, phone call, email or gate book.
We will also assume all children registered for the bus will be taking the bus each evening unless we hear via email, phone or through the gate book that morning that this is not the case.
Oliver’s Lodge have their own register which we follow and if this differs to the information that we have been given we will call the relevant parents.
School starts at 8.50 a.m.
We have noticed several children that are consistently arriving late for school – ‘late’ is defined by not being within the school gates by 8.50 a.m.
Please make every effort to be at school on time and if you know that your journey will be disrupted by road works, do allow time for this. Thank you.
Friends of Clavering dates
5th June Fun Run (within school time)
1st July Bag2School
10th JulyFete at 3.15pm
18th JulyBarn Dance
Free School Meals
An opportunity to raise funds for Clavering Primary School when shopping online:
To raise funds for Clavering Primary School before shopping online –
• please click on www.easyfundraising.org.uk
• then click on Friends of Clavering Primary School.
Every purchase through many websites (including Amazon and John Lewis) raises a percentage for the school.
STAR OF THE WEEK
Week ending May 15th
Reception: Isla Lawton – for working really hard to get quicker at writing
Year One: Freddie Hill – for enthusiastically embracing challenge in his learning
Year Two: Oscar Kellett – for being a brilliant ‘batter’ in Three Tees Cricket
Year Three: William Crabb – for always pushing himself to take on an extra challenge in his work
Year Four: Imogen Kocher – for her thoughtful preparation for work and excellent presentation of all work
Year Five: Sophie Hartley – for her excellent, descriptive story
Year Six: All of year 6 for embracing SATs with smiles.
Week ending May 22nd
Reception: Rosie Cooper – for super writing about the sense of touch
Year One: Jack Pemberton – for being a phonic super star and being so helpful in the class
Year Two: Teddy Dore – for his outstanding description of Mr Twit
Year Three: Harry Clark – for persevering with this times tables to get fast enough for his challenge
Year Four: Sam Elliston – for answering lots of questions at Pelham Grid and completing all activities with great interest
Year Five: Lizzie Bohannon – for her excellent homework and poster on the Battle of Britain
Year Six: Elliott Wood – for always going the extra mile in all areas of school life
For children who have achieved their personal best:
India Casson for working hard to write on her own
Joshua Philpott for really concentrating well to get better at counting and ordering numbers
Jude Dunn – for super progress in reading and writing
Olivia Collier – for super progress in reading and writing
Freddie Lawton – for writing instructions independently with time words and imperative verbs
Hannah Smith – for outstanding symmetry work in maths
Georgie Collett – for her enthusiastic attitude to all her learning, always responding positively to challenges and advice
Annie Donker – for excellent effort and progress across the curriculum
Saffron Frewin – for excellent research and recording of information about Henry VIII’s 6 wives
Emer O’Keeffe – for her amazing Tudor portraits gallery
Beth Parker – for her entertaining stories and perseverance in maths
Rafaella Phipps – for tackling problem solving in maths with positivity and resilience
Max West – for a very positive approach to all of his learning resulting in excellent progress and achievement so far in year 6
Daisy Collett – for her positive and thoughtful approach to all her learning, particularly her mature level of engagement with reading texts
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.
20.4.15 Year Two
27.4.15 Year Three
4.5.15 Year Six
11.5.15 Year Four
18.5.15 Year Six
THE IT DIDN’T GO UNNOTICED AWARD
Rebecca Langton for being extremely helpful at lunchtime.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
5th June Fun Run
12th June Induction morning for new Reception Parents
12th June Sharing Assembly – an invitation for Class 4 parents 2.45pm
11th June Maths evening for Parents
15th June Crucial Crew for Year 6
15th June Magna Carta
15th June Phonics Week Years 1 and 2
16th June Classes 3 & 4 to Kentwell Hall
16th June Classes R, 1 and 2 to Southend Sealife Centre
19th June Class photographs
21st – 24th June Year 6 residential to Kingswood
24th – 26th June Year 5 residential to St. Marks
26th June Sharing Assembly – an invitation for Class Reception parents 2.45pm
1st July KS1 Athletics 9.30-11, JFAN Years R, 1, 2
1st July Friends of Clavering Bag2School
3rd July Extended Tray Day 3.15 – 4.30pm
3rd and 6th July Induction days for Year 6 children transferring to Saffron Walden County High School
6th July Induction day for Year 6 children transferring to Joyce Frankland Academy School
9th July Sports Day
10th July Year 2 Talent Camp 2 children from Year 2
10th July School Fete
16th July 9.30am Church Service
16th July Year 6 Leavers’ Assembly 1.45pm
17th July ‘Class Swap’ (11 – 12)
18th July Friends of Clavering Barn Dance
21st July Break up for the summer 3.15 pm
Parking and residents’ front gardens
Please remember to park sensibly and be mindful of the restrictions. A few cars have been seen parking on the yellow lines. The Community Police are monitoring the situation and can get sent photographs of illegally parked vehicles.
A few cars are starting to drive up to school to drop off and pick up children. As before I am afraid we cannot accommodate these vehicles due to lack of space and the health and safety needs of the pupils. There is no parking at the school.
Please can remind children not to climb fences or trespass across the front gardens along Stortford Road before and after school. It has been reported to me that children are climbing and damaging fencing. Thank you
If you have any questions at any time then please feel free to make an appointment.
Have a good weekend