Headteacher Newsletter: Issue 11
Headteacher Newsletter: Issue 11 26.2.16
We would like to welcome three new pupils and their families to the school. Joseph Lawless who has joined Reception Class, Skye Tinsley who has joined Reception Class and Tilly-May Tinsley who has joined Class Two.
Diane, a volunteer from WaterAid, spoke to Classes 3 and 4 about the support this charity gives to communities in thirty- seven different countries around the world where people suffer from a lack of a local clean water supply. The children are now keen to raise money to enable WaterAid to continue in their aim to supply safe water for drinking, sanitation and hygiene to improve the lives of those less fortunate than themselves.
Number Day 2016 February 5th
Classes enjoyed a variety of mathematical activities on Number Day. Reception class collected and counted sticks whilst in the forest and year 1 put their measurement skills to the test when cooking. Year 3 played and created their own game of ’Who wants to be a Mathionaire?’ and Year 2 and Year 4 puzzled over Maths investigations. Maths games and activities involving resources such as counters, matchsticks and cards proved an interesting challenge in Years 5 and 6. Well done to everyone who ‘dressed up for digits’ and thank you for your contributions to support the NSPCC, a total of £117 was raised.
Mr Phipps visits classes 3 and 6 to talk about fossils
On Friday 5th February, Mr Phipps came into Class 6 to talk about evolution and the importance of fossils. Before he came we had a bit of knowledge about the topic from our Science work. When Mr Phipps came in he gave us more information on it.
We saw some videos to help us understand better. Mr Phipps showed us some fossils too. He showed us that fossils were not just of animals but they could be roots, plants and even mud cracks from the bottom of the pond.
We really enjoyed his visit and we hope he will visit us again soon.
By Rafaella Phipps and Hannah Sowter, Year 6
Outside area developments
Our outside area is developing well. The Reading Circle is nearly in place along with the allotment beds and Wild Area. We would like to thank all the parents, children and scouts who worked really hard at the end of half term to move all the material from the car park to the allotment area.
Friends of Clavering organised a fun Film Night just before half term. The children thoroughly enjoyed the films, popcorn and drink. Thank you to all the parents who supported and organised the event.
On Wednesday 10th February some of Year 6 went to represent Clavering School in tag rugby against Rickling, Elsenham and Great Chesterford. The tournament was held in Newport. Everyone did exceptionally well in their games.
One team got through to the next round as they had won every game except for the final. The other team unfortunately did not get through but they came 3rd only losing in the semi final. The district tournament is next Friday at Carver Barracks and we hope everyone will do as well in this round.
By Rafaella Phipps and Jack Day, Year 6
On Friday 5th February the hockey team played a match against St Thomas Moore. St Thomas Moore started off well, but Clavering defended brilliantly. William Downham was fabulous in goal. Clavering soon started to fight back and had many attempts at goal. A very close game that ended with a 0–0 draw. Well done Clavering.
Hockey Tournament – Wednesday 24th February
On Wednesday selected Year 5s and Year 6s went to a Hockey Tournament at Joyce Frankland Academy. We played 4 matches against Ricking, Great Easton, Dame Bradburys and Howe Green. Ricking 1-1, Great Easton 1-0, Dame Bradburys 0-4, Howe Green 0-1. We played very well coming 4th in our group. Harrison played exceptionally well scoring the goal against Great Easton and making chances for the team. In the end we were very happy with our result.
By Luke Townsend and Martha Collet, Year 6
Girls football match against Great Chesterford
On Thursday 25th of February Clavering girls football team played a great match against Great Chesterford. Lizzie, Heidi, Hollie, Martha, Tabitha, Chloe, Megan, Grace, Georgie, Petra, Sophie, Raffie and Emilia. In the first half Hollie played mid and did a great pass to Martha and suddenly had a goal. In the second half Lizzie and Georgie did the kick off and got off to a great start. Lizzie tried to score but unluckily the goal keeper saved it. Unfortunately the other team scored and brought the game to a draw. Over time Great Chesterford managed to make their way to our side of the pitch and took a few shots but thankfully didn’t manage to score again. After a goal kick the ball made its way to the other teams side and Chloe made a magnificent goal which made us in the lead. Soon the game came to an end and clavering won 2-1. Everyone played amazingly and are grateful for winning.
By Lizzie Bohannon and Heidi May Buckley, Year 6
Boys Football Match Against Great Chesterford
Year 4 and year 6 played a match against Great Chesterford School. We arrived and immediately started to play the match. The first half was even play and everyone did really well. James Fanthorpe the goalie made some really good saves and Luke Townsend made some good tackles. The half time score was nil – nil. Clavering got off to a good start in the second half, they had a couple of chances and Jack Day, William Downham and Sam Prentice nearly scored but sadly they did not go in. At four minutes left Great Chesterford scored the only goal of the match making the final score 1 – 0 to Great Chesterford.
By James Fanthorpe and Jack Day, Year 6
Weekend GP appointments are now available across west Essex
A new Weekend GP Service is being trialled in Epping Forest, Harlow and Uttlesford which allows parents and children to access routine appointments on Saturdays and Sundays.
The NHS service is based out of five hubs across west Essex. Appointments are accessed through your own GP surgery for a booked appointment only and it is not a ‘walk-in service’.
Most GP practices in west Essex are taking bookings for the service, which is staffed by local GPs, healthcare assistants and nurses. You can book routine appointments, health checks and treatments. You can also ask for an appointment to discuss or manage long term health conditions such as asthma, diabetes and skin conditions.
To book appointment, simply contact your GP in the usual way or to find out more, please go to www.weekendgpservice.net
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.
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.
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.
This year BBC Essex and Heart FM will not be announcing or publicising via websites. Parents will be notified via our new school website or the Essex County Council on the ‘Emergency School Closures’ page: http://www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Schools/Dates/Pages/Emergency-School-Closures.aspx It’s getting to that time of year again – if you would like to volunteer your services to help Mr Docking to clear the school grounds in the event of snow, please let the office know so that we can compile a list of names. We are very grateful for any offers of help, so that school can, where possible, remain open.
Please note that when the school is open in bad weather a path will be cleared to enable you to gain access to the school but care does still need to be taken.In the event of severe weather conditions and possible school closure a notice will be placed on the school website.
STAR OF THE WEEK
Week ending February 5th
Reception Olivia Abrahams – for brilliant listening and number work.
Year One James Fuller – for being a kind and caring class mate.
Year Two Jamie Donoghue – for making great progress in her phonic work and trying her best in reading.
Year Three Hannah Smith – for working well in a team and for supporting her peers.
Year Four Sam Prentice – for creative and descriptive phrases in syllabic poetry.
Year Five Isaac Bamford – for his excellent Stone Age report.
Year Six Lizzie Bohannon – for being very quick to solve maths challenges.
Week ending February 12th
Reception Holly Williams – for always working hard and for her wonderful poetry journal work.
Year One Joshua Philpott – for super writing.
Year Two Louis Russell – for working really hard to write a brilliant limerick.
Year Three Keira Shaw – for listening well and always contributing to classroom discussions.
Year Four Mazie Wicks – for making fantastic progress with joined up writing.
Year Five Millie Denyer – for her good thinking and discussion in our science experiment.
Year Six Rafaella Phipps – for a conscientious and questioning approach to all of her work.
For children who have achieved their personal best:
Charlie Williams – for his fabulous wolf picture on the ipad and his description
Daisy O’Hara – for trying very hard to add 1 more
Rosie McNaughton – for excellent progress in story writing
Harry Smith – for super progress in reading and writing
Niamh O’Keeffe – for growing confidence and always doing her best.
Agatha Donker – for always trying hard and great map reading
Phoebe Windsor – for consistently taking great care over the presentation of her work
Finley Anderson-Patmore – for always showing great enthusiasm in Maths and Science
Millie Collier – for use of shade and tone when drawing in pencil
Amelie Windsor – for use of tones of colour and shading in Art
Molly Hood – for her interesting and thoughtful written work
Harrison Bower – for rising to the challenge in Maths
Hannah Sowter – for her conscientious approach to all of her work and particularly engaging
Tabitha Joseph – for excellent effort and improved confidence resulting in good progress in maths
‘IT DIDN’T GO UNNOTICED’ AWARD
Bobby, Jude, Louis, Timothey, Cameron, Scarlett, Lucy (Class 2) for helping the Midday Assistants and the Playleaders
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.
25.1.16 Year 6
1.2.16 Year 2
8.2.16 Year 5
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
4th March Sharing Assembly – Class 1 parents invited to attend 2.45pm
11th March Sharing Assembly – Class 5 parents invited to attend 2.45pm
12th March Friends of Clavering Quiz Night
15th March Parent Consultations 5 – 7pm
16th March Parent Consultations 3.30 – 5.30pm
21st March Tray Day 3.15 – 4.15pm
21st March School Council Spring Fair for the pupils
24th March Friends of Clavering Easter Egg Hunt
24th March End of Term (Thursday)
11th April INSET Day – school closed to pupils
12th April Summer Term begins
17th April Friends of Clavering – The Clavering Ramble
18th January Year 6 Talent Camp (selected year 6)
20th January Family Schools Sports Hall Athletics 1
22nd January Hockey Match RA Butler v Clavering
4th February Partnership Schools Sports Hall Athletics 2
5th February Hockey Match Clavering v Stansted St Marys
10th February Tag Rugby selected Years 5 and 6
24th February Hockey
4th March Tag Rugby Finals (if qualify)
4th March Hockey Match Clavering v Bentfield
Hockey Match Clavering v Henham and Ugley
18th March Hockey Match Clavering v Friends
Hockey Match Clavering v Debden
23rd March KS1 Dance Festival Years R, 1 and 2
- Please ensure children bring in coats now that the weather is getting colder. Also please ensure that all items of clothing are clearly labelled with your child’s name.
- Please remember do NOT park at the shop for school events (eg class assemblies, school plays, Tray Day and Sports Day) only for drop off and pick up. The Fox and Hounds are more than happy to accommodate parking at all times. Parking at the shop prevents customers from accessing the shop.
- Please could all uniform be named as the lost property for this term with unnamed items is growing already! There was a large amount of uniform, unnamed, that had to be recycled at the end of last term.
- 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.
If you have any questions at any time then please feel free to make an appointment.
Have a good weekend