Headteacher Newsletter: Issue 3 9.10.15
We would like to welcome three new families to the school: Lilly Mitchell in year 4, Andrew Mitchell in year 3, Bobby Mitchell in year 2, Abigael Beattie in year 6, Gianluca Ravazzotti in year 4.
School Improvement Evening
On Wednesday 30th September the class teachers, learning support assistants and governors all met to discuss our school improvement areas with actions for the year. We are looking forward to another successful year.
A Magistrate visits Year 6
On Tuesday 29th September Year 6 enjoyed a really interesting visit from Elaine Terry, a magistrate in Chelmsford. She explained how the court worked, what types of crimes would be heard there and the variety of penalties that could be incurred. The children took part in very lively debates discussing the relative severity of a variety of crimes and the appropriate punishments. They also considered the contexts of crimes and reasons that might cause people to offend. They discussed what criminal responsibility from the age of 10 means in real terms and what situations they might find themselves in as they grow up where making the right choices would be imperative.
Sports Ambassadors Day – by Tabi and James
James Fanthorpe and Tabitha Joseph in Year 6 went to Forest Hall School in Stansted. It was for a Sports Ambassador event. When we arrived at the school we went into the hall with about 100 other children, also Ambassadors. We took part in the Robin Tournament. It was in the style of a group tournament. Afterwards we went outside and did a skipping knockout tournament. James came 3rd. We really enjoyed our time there. We are looking forward to representing Clavering School this year as their Sports Ambassadors.
Years 5 and 6 Girls Football Training
The girls in Classes 5 and 6 enjoyed the morning at JFAN and benefitted from skills training with the football coaches. At first the girls were put into teams with other girls from the different primary schools. They all worked well together and learnt new football skills. After the training session we had a quick drink and then took part in a mini tournament. All the teams tried hard and a few goals were scored!
Boys Football Tournament – Herbert’s Farm – by James Fanthorpe and Luke Townsend
The Year 6s arrived at Herbert’s Farm playing field on 7th October and our first match was against St Thomas Moore and we drew 0-0. There was no time to stop for there was another match against Elsenham and with 2 amazing goals from Levi we won 2-0. The next match we played was against Henham and Ugley and ended in another 0-0. The next match was against St Marys and we drew 0-0 again. We all had to sit with the other football teams and were told we would be in the semi-final. In the semi-final we played Bentfield Primary School and we drew 0-0 but it went to penalty shoot-out and James, our goalkeeper, scored the winning goal. We went to the final and lost against St Thomas Moore who beat us 2-0. By then it was the end of the tournament and overall we came 2nd.
Girls Football Tournament – Herbert’s Farm – by Tabitha, Sophie, Hollie and Martha
On Wednesday 7th October, Year 6 girls went to Herbert’s Farm for a football tournament. On our first match we played against Howe Green and it was 0 – 0. We had a break and went on to the next match. There was Scoring Sophie, Lizzie Legs, Cunning Chloe, Magic Megan, Muddy Martha, Terrific Tabi, Hat-trick Hollie, Hurrying Heidi and Hannah Hero. Marvellous Mrs Martin (always ready with biscuits), Magnificent Matt and lovely Mrs Lipscomb were all cheering us on.
When we found out we had made it to the finals, we did our Clavering hacker because it gave us luck before every match. At the end we came second out of a 8 schools just losing 2-1 in the final. Even though we didn’t come first, we all got a bit of chocolate to cheer us up.
We had a fantastic time playing football at Herbert’s farm with lots of other schools. We wish we could do it again soon.
Friendship Day – By Fin and Will, Year 6
On the 1st of October 2015 it was Friendship Day and everyone came in their house colours. The colours are red, green, blue, yellow and orange. It was a fun packed day and everyone enjoyed working together and getting to know each other better. We did different activities throughout the day. We made collages, house banners and poems, we played games and problem solved together. All of the teachers commented on how well everyone got involved and supported one another.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
On Friday 25th September Classes 5 and 6 brought in lots of delicious cakes and biscuits to sell to the rest of the school to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The cakes were enjoyed by everyone and we raised £78.70
We have all been enjoying looking at how we can tell stories through plays for Book Week this week. Children have been doing improvisations in drama, performing their own scripts, making puppets and even studying Shakespeare.
Thank you for your support with the book fair has been busy as ever. We hope to buy some new books for the library with the commission earned from those sales.
School Council Conference at Henham and Ugley School
On Thursday 8th October 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 our classes for possible future projects.
Year 4 Bikeability
This week, Year 4 have participated in a cycle training course delivered by two of our parents who are employed by Essex County Council. The children were taught about the importance of wearing suitable clothes when cycling, including the wearing of a cycle helmet, and how to ride their bikes safely and with control. The children responded well to the training and have passed Level 1 in cycling proficiency. Thanks go to Julie Palmer and Lisa Wright for their instruction and also to parents for arranging to bring their child’s bike to school so that this important training could take place.
Year 6 have been busy training to become Play Leaders over the last few weeks. They have been thinking about how they can make playtime fun and a positive experience for all. The children have been creating and adapting games for different ages and had great fun practising them with Year 1. They celebrated with a graduation assembly this Thursday where they were presented with their certificates and new hats. Lizzie and James were selected to be Lead Play Leaders and will be representing the class at midday meetings. They are all looking forward to starting their new roles next week.
Thank you to all who supported their fundraising and bought healthy cakes at play time today.
Football match Clavering v Rickling by – James Fanthorpe and Luke Townsend
On Thursday 24th September we played against Rickling. They were a very strong team to play and unfortunately we lost 8-0. In the 2nd half we only conceded 1 goals compared to the first were we conceded 7. In the end Clavering played very well and so did ricking cause they over do it.
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 2015 to 31 October 2015
For primary applications – (child born between 1 September 2011 and 31 August 2012) apply between 9 November 2015 to 15 January 2016
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 September 25th
Reception Woody Pratt – learning and keeping all the Golden Rules.
Year One Austin Dewson – fantastic balance in gymnastics
Year Two Tom Harris – working very hard and for being a good listener
Year Three Teddy Dore – for really careful listening and a positive attitude to his learning
Year Four Edward Sowter – for making such a fantastic start to year 4
Year Five Izzy Palmer – for her excellent maths homework
Year Six Hannah Moloney – for using expanded noun phrases and complex sentences to very good
effect in her writing
Week ending October 2nd
Reception Joshua Windsor – for trying very hard to write his name and being so proud when he did.
Year One George Johnson – for being a kind and caring classmate
Year Two Summer Hilton-Keech – for being a wonderful friend to the younger children on Friendship
Year Three Agatha Donker – for making huge progress in maths
Year Four Megan Elliston – for her positive approach to English: writing, spelling, handwriting and
Year Five Freddie Wardle – for being such a good friend on Friendship Day
Year Six William Downham – for effort, enthusiasm and very positive approach to his learning in
IT DIDN’T GO UNNOTICED’ AWARD
9.10.15 Rosie Cooper – for helping the Midday Assistants tidy away the play equipment on several occasions without being asked
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 14.9.15: Year 5
21.9.15: Year 2
28.9.15: Year R
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
8th October School Council Conference
22nd October School Photographs
22nd October Halloween Disco
23rd October Non pupil day – INSET – Consortium Conference
13th November Sharing Assembly – an invitation for Year 6 parents
17th November Bag2School
20th November Sharing Assembly – an invitation for Year 3 parents
27th November Sharing Assembly – an invitation for Year 2 parents
2nd December Parent Consultations 3.30 – 5.30pm
3rd December Parent Consultations 5 – 7pm
4th December Christmas Fayre
8th December Tray Day – 3.15 – 4.00 pm
9th December KS2 Dress Rehearsal am, KS1 Dress Rehearsal pm.
10th December Reception Nativity am, KS1 performance pm, KS2 performance Eve
14th December Christmas Shopping Morning
16th December Christmas Lunch
16th December Cross Country event am.
18th December End of term
4th January Spring Term begins
• please ensure children bring in coats now that the weather is getting colder
• Swimming for this term is for year 2 and 3 on Mondays. Please make sure your payments are up to date, the cost is £5.00 per week, £65.00 per term. Please make cheques payable to Clavering Primary School.
• Please note during periods of transition eg primary to secondary, pupils should not be taken out of school to look around schools. Secondary school tours during the school day are meant for parents only. Taster days or entrance tests are an exception to this. If you have any questions at any time then please feel free to make an appointment
Have a good weekend