FORTNIGHTLY NEWSLETTER: ISSUE 18
Sally Gilder and Wendy Berrett are leaving us to explore further employment opportunities. Sally has been our Catering Manager for the last two years and Wendy Berrett a Learning Support Assistant and Midday Assistant for many years and a parental volunteer before these roles. We will miss them both and wish them well in their next adventures. We would like to thank them for their ongoing support.
Last Monday we appointed Jayne Coy as our new Catering Manager and Vivienne Prentice will be taking over Wendy Berrett’s LSA role.
Year 6 residential to Kingswood in Norfolk
On June 21St the whole of class 6 set off on an exciting journey to Kingswood. The class experienced many enjoyable activities, such as caving, leap of faith, zip wire, go-karting and thoroughly enjoyed every single one.
During their visit to Kingswood, many new friends and several unforgettable accomplishments were made. At the end of class 6s trip everyone was very tired and sad to go home. Overall the Kingswood experience was absolutely fantastic and something every child would love!
Mrs Lipscomb was extremely proud of the way all the children conducted themselves at Kingswood. They were so well behaved and put in maximum effort in all challenges put to them.
Year 5 residential visit to St Mark’s 24th June – 26 June.
Class 5 had a brilliant three days at St Mark’s. On the first day we did lots of outdoor activities- archery, ‘Big Games’ and an assault course. On Thursday and Friday Jenny Richards from the Active Shakespeare Company ran drama workshops on Romeo and Juliet. On Friday our parents came and watched our performance of a hint of Romeo and Juliet. Though we were nervous we gave our best and were proud of ourselves afterwards. We would like to thank Mrs Perry and Matt Snelling for giving up their own time and helping to make our visit such fun.
Reception local farm visit
All the children in Reception Class spent a fabulous morning at Clavering Place Farm on Thursday. The Balaam family treated us to a fun tractor ride around the crops, a visit to the lake for some bug hunting and an amazing climb on the grain mountain. An enjoyable and educational time was had by all. Many thanks to Mr and Mrs Balaam for inviting us, we all loved it!
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 well supported, with many beautifully coloured pictures of a rose.
The winners were:
Colouring a Rose (under 7’s)
1st India Casson
2nd Thomas Harris
3rd Seraphina Harris
A photograph of something in the garden (7 – 11)
1st Elliot Wood
2nd Luke Townsend
3rd Not a Clavering Pupil
All received their prize money and certificates at the Show.
On behalf of the Clavering Horticultural Society Jill Simpson, the organiser, would like to thank the school for their Sponsorship.
Our Parent Forum met last week to review the year and thank our representatives. We spent some time discuss the on going plans for our outside area following our Vision Day last year, the progress with our latest menu and the new Special Educational Needs Code of Practice with Ms Crosby.
I would like to thank our representatives for this year (listed below) for their support and time. I would especially like to thank Jane Chetcuti for all her support over the years especially with our Professional and Global Weeks. Jane will be leaving us at the end of term.
If anyone is interested in joining the representatives for next year we will be look for Reception representatives and one each for classes 2 and 4. Please contact the office if you are interested.
As you may or may not have heard, in order to help us locate funding to develop our outside area nine incredibly supportive parents are cycling 270 miles and are seeking sponsorship. Please read the information and explore the links below outlined by Jonathan Hill our Vice Chair of Governors, a parent and one of the participants. We are truly grateful for the support, time and energy they are giving to this cause to provide more resources for our pupils. We will keep you up to date with the event…..
“What…… Nine (middle aged) dads are riding 270 miles from Clavering School, Hartlepool to Clavering School, Essex in under 3 days.
When….. 5-7 September 2015.
Why……. To raise funds for improvements to the outside areas of Clavering Primary School (Essex).
- Building an all-weather surface to allow outdoor activities during periods of poor weather and further enhance the sports provision on offer that the school has to visit other sites for at present.
- Resurfacing and repainting the playground, replacing existing apparatus and adding new equipment.
- Enhancing the existing allotment and orchard areas so pupils can grow their own fruit and vegetables.
- Establish a wildlife area to complement the existing pond to enhance the Science curriculum and compliment the forest school programme.
How……. On road bikes with just padded shorts between posteria and a very hard, pointy saddle.
It’s a very exciting project and will leave lasting benefits for the school and children. The transport, logistics and accomodation are all self funded so every penny is going to school and please use GIFT AID if you would like to support. Thanks for reading this, we are all extremely grateful for any support you can afford and here’s the link if you wish to do so:
And here’s our facebook page for more info and the truth behind the characters on this ride. Please like us or pass on the links!:
Many thanks indeed,
On Wednesday 1st July, Reception and classes 1 and 2 took part in the annual cricket competition at Joyce Frankland Academy.
After lots of jumping, running and throwing, some of the children represented Clavering school in an obstacle, egg and sppon and flat running race.
The children were very well behaved and thoroughly enjoyed the morning.
Many thanks to all the parents who came to support the children.
Sports Day – advanced warning
Sports Day is taking place on Thursday 9th July (next week), 10 – 12. All parents are welcome.
Healthy and Safety notice regarding the wearing of earrings during PE
We have been informed by Essex that The Primary Code states that all jewellery is to be removed for PE lessons and taping over earrings is not allowed. This means that if pupils cannot take their earrings out they will have to sit out of PE until a time that they can be removed. Schools have to comply with this guidance.
If your child is about to have their ears pierced it is advisable for it to take place over the summer so that the earrings can be removed for PE ready for the start of the Autumn term.
In the interest of safety as well as appearance, pupils should wear suitable footwear for school. Shoes should fasten securely and be plain black and low heeled with enclosed toes. Boots, sandals, sling backs and trainers are not appropriate for school. Trainers can be worn for PE.
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. Please make sure that children have water bottles in school.
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.
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
10th July Fete at 3.15pm
18th July Barn Dance
STAR OF THE WEEK
Week ending June 19th- no assembly Fun Run
Week ending June 26th
Reception: Darragh Free – for working so hard to remember to do little writing
Year One: Rebecca Langton – for always trying to do her best and being a kind class mate.
Year Two: Albany Newton – for her great effort all week to join her handwriting
Year Three: Annie Donker – for her entertaining story re-telling using cue cards as a prompt
Year Four: Freddie Wardle – for great batting and fielding skills in rounders and for organising a game during playtime
Year Five: Residential trip
Year Six: Harry Chalk – for excellent descriptive writing about the Kingswood trip.
THE TIDIEST CLASSROOM
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
1.6.15 Year Four
8.6.15 Year One
15.6.15 Year Three
DATES FOR THE DIARY
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 10 – 12
10th July Year 2 Talent Camp 2 children from Year 2
10th July School Fete
16th July 9.30am Church Service
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
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