Headteacher Newsletter: Issue 15
Headteacher Newsletter: Issue 15 29.4.16
Y3 and Y4 made a splash for WaterAid
A visiting speaker from WaterAid told Classes 3 and 4 how this charity aims to improve the lives of 650 million people around the world whose lives are affected by the lack of a clean and local water supply and sanitary toilets. The children decided that they wanted to fundraise to support this vital work and with their slogan, ‘Make a Splash for WaterAid’, baked cakes to give others as a reward for throwing coins into a bucket of water.
The children emptied the buckets, counted the coins, and were thrilled to learn that £122 had been donated to send to WaterAid from Clavering Primary School. Thank you to everyone who donated money and well done to Y3 and Y4 for baking such delicious cakes!
Three children represented Year 6 at a Primary Quiz morning at Wimbish Primary School last week. Jack, Beth and Rafaella played in different teams, alongside children from several other Primary Schools, answering questions on Maths, Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation and Geography. They particularly enjoyed the quick fire buzzer rounds and some challenging Geography puzzles. Well done to all three and thank you to Mrs Pemberton who accompanied them on the day.
Children, staff, parents, along with key people that helped to create the area, gathered this morning to open our new outdoor learning area, incorporating a stunning new allotment garden complete with reading circle/outside learning space, orchard, wild area and pond.
After speeches from myself, Julian Hall (Chair of Governors) and Sonja Phipps, a child from each class, together with Sonja, cut the ribbon to open the new learning space. The school and visitors then took part in a tour of the area followed by refreshments provided by the kitchen.
The children are very excited about the new area and are keen to start working on their new allotment beds. The School Council has introduced each class to the idea of running and maintaining an allotment bed. Nature Club is developing the new herb bed and pond area. The plan is for the children to produce their own fruit and vegetables for the school kitchen to use in the school lunches.
The area will also extend the existing outdoor learning that already takes place offsite during Forest Schools. The reading circle, complete with wishing chair, will be used as an outside learning space to support the curriculum, including drama.
The pond is due to have work on it to increase the space around the pond and revamp the whole area. The children are also about to each produce a tile, which will form flooring around the herb garden.
We would like to thank many people who have helped to produce such an amazing learning environment: the parents via our Friends of Clavering Committee who have raised the necessary funds and have helped support the manual labour moving material. Paul from Ace of Spades who carried out the works; the Rusch family for donating the wishing chair and toadstools in memory of the belated Lillian Rusch, who used to help hear readers in the school; Ron Docking, our handyman, for putting up the fence and assembling the reading circle. A very special thank you has to be given to Sonja Phipps who has been instrumental in designing the area with myself, staff and pupils, and coordinating the works, as well as seeking various grants.
New Governor Tour!
Clavering Primary School welcomed our three new governors last week, Mr McNaughton, Mr Elphick and Ms Loram. After meeting with myself, they had a tour of the school during which they met pupils and the staff followed by lunch with our Year 6 School Councillors.
Food Hygiene award
Well done Jayne Coy and her catering team for the five star rating for food hygiene in our kitchen. This was awarded in February 2011 and renewed in April 2016 after a formal inspection against the required hygiene standards.
Football Match – Clavering v Birchanger
Last Thursday, Clavering football team went to Birchanger school to play a match. Birchanger got off to a good start, scoring a goal to put them ahead early on. We were 1-0 down at half time. The next goal was expertly placed by William Downham after a two-footed challenge by Tom Hawkins. Clavering School quickly scored again and again, thanks to Levi Draper, Sam Prentice and Jack, who scored twice! What a great result, Clavering won 5-2.
By James Fanthorpe and Tom Hawkins
Sharing Assemblies – an invitation!
We would like to invite our parents to attend one of your child’s Sharing Assemblies. The assemblies take place in the hall on a Friday afternoon and start at 2.45pm. Listed below are dates when your child’s class will be taking part in a Sharing Assembly. Please join us on this date:
Autumn Term 2015:
Class 6 13th November
Class 3 20th November
Class 2 27th November
Spring Term 2016:
Class 1 4th March
Class 5 11th March
Summer Term 2016:
Class Reception 1st July
Class 4 24th June
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.
STAR OF THE WEEK
Week ending April 15th
Reception Beau Worrell – for knowing there is 100p in £1 and for saying kind things to others
Year One Darragh Free – for super work about Johnny Appleseed
Year Two Martha Slade – for always working hard and for being a kind and cheerful member of class 2
Year Three Maya Parker – for demonstrating good notetaking skills in English
Year Four Harry Clark – for improved concentration and focus when working
Year Five Emer O’Keeffe – for imaginative writing and challenging herself to improve
Year Six Megan Carter – for an excellent approach to complex problem solving in Maths
Week ending April 22nd
Reception Poppy McNaughton – for singing the alphabet to the class all by herself
Year One Charlie Birch – for excellent addition skills
Year Two Niamh O’Keeffe – for always working hard, particularly in writing
Year Three Roisin Kirkham – for working really hard on her handwriting and joining beautifully for her poem
Year Four Annie Donker – for confident use of speech marks
Year Five Charlie La Roche – for coping so well with his broken ankle
Year Six Rafaella Phipps – for excellent achievement in both English and Maths in preparation for SATs
100% ATTENDANCE AWARDS FOR SPRING TERM 2016
Please note that illness or medical appointments during school time are not classed as attendance. School trips, visits and sporting events are. Well done to:
Class R: Tommy Crabb, Harry Daynes, Lacey Deane, Holly Genetia-Williams, Joseph Lawless, Conor Matthews, Chloe Pemberton, Alex , Woody Pratt, Charlie Williams, Joshua Windsor, Micah Windsor
Class 1: Elizabeth Balaam, Ted Betts, Rosie Cooper, Milana Kacar, Isla Lawton, Olly O’Hara, Ted Rotheram, Amber Shaw, Harry Smith
Class 2: Cameron Bower, Kitty Crabb, Agatha Donker, Isabelle Down, Ollie Dyster, Thomas Harris, Freddie Hill, Harry Hood, Timothey Kacar, Rebecca Langton, Daniel Liddle, Abigail , Louis Russell, Mia Sundler, Matilda Westoby
Class 3: Finley Anderson-Patmore, Bella Birch, Teddy Dore, Freddie Lawton, Maya Parker, Hannah Smith, Ben Spicer, Grace Wardle
Class 4: Maddie Bunce, Georgie Collett, William Crabb, Thomas Dyster, Megan Elliston, Patrick Neagu, Molly Pemberton, Sam Prentice, Orla Russell, Edward Sowter, Mazie Wicks
Class 5: Isaac Bamford, Harrison Bower, Sam Elliston, Amelia Hartley, Molly Hood, Imogen Kocher, Emer O’Keeffe, Freddie Wardle, Ellie Wilkinson
Class 6: Hollie Buckley, Martha Collett, Hannah Moloney, Beth Parker, Charlotte Smith, Luke Townsend
‘IT DIDN’T GO UNNOTICED’ AWARD
Conor Matthews – for helping the Playleaders tidy up and giving his own play equipment to another child who needed it for a game
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.
18.4.16 Year 2
25.4.16 Year R
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
20th April Year 6 Sats and Residential meeting for parents 3.15pm
24th April Saville Non Uniform day for most House Points over the Spring term
29th April Opening Ceremony
2th May Bank holiday
9th – 13th May May SATs week for Year 6
10th May Years 3 and 4 visit Duxford
19th May Years 5 and 6 visit The Houses of Parliament
23rd May Matt’s Football Day
27th May Break up for half term
6th June INSET DAY – school closed for pupils
7th June Return to school after half term
8th June Classes Reception, 1 and 2 visit Castle Hedingham
10th June The Queen’s birthday party
14th June Bag2School
14th June Years 3 and 4 visit Audley End grounds
15th June Residential meeting for Year 5 parents
19th – 22nd June Year 6 residential to Kingswood
23rd June Crucial Crew for Year 6
23rd June Reception Induction Morning
24th June Sharing assembly – an invitation for Class 4 parents
20th – 24th June Hobby Week
29th June – 1st July Year 5 residential to St. Marks
1st July Sharing assembly – an invitation for Reception Class parents
8th July Induction morning for Year 6 pupils at SWCHS and JFAN
11th July Induction morning for Year 6 pupils at SWCHS
13th July Extended Tray Day 3.15 – 4.30pm
13th and 14th July Archaeological Dig
13th July Class Swap (11 – 12)
18th July Play Leader Celebration Day out (to be confirmed)
19th July Sports Day
21st July Leavers’ Assembly 1.45pm
21st July Church Service am TBC
22nd July Break up for the summer 3.15 pm
18th May Family Rounders 9.30 – 11.30 Year 6
25th May Family Kwik Cricket Boys am Girls pm
8th June USSP Rounders 9.30 – 3.30
15th June USSP Kwik Cricket Boys am, Girls pm
22nd June KS2 Athletics 10.00 – 1pm
29th June KS1 Athletics 9.30 – 11.30
8th July Year 2 Talent Camp 2 children from Year 2
- 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 also be mindful of where you park along Stortford Road outside the imposed restrictions. We have had cars parked opposite the school drive which has made crossing the road and access for the school buses very difficult
- Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers
- We are collecting the Active Kids vouchers from Sainsbury’s. If you shop in Sainsbury’s, we would be very grateful if your children could bring any vouchers into school.
If you have any questions at any time then please feel free to make an appointment.
Have a good weekend