Headteacher Newsletter: Issue 3 14.10.16
We would like to welcome Ethan White and his family to the school. Ethan joined Class One recently. We would also like to welcome Nienke Van De Sande to the staff as a relief Midday Assistant.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
On the 30th September, Year 6 held a coffee morning to raise money for MacMillan. Everyone baked delicious cakes and bought them into school to sell. 48 people entered the Clavering Cake Off competition and the judges chose Amelia Hartley, Year 6. The runners up were joseph Lawless, Year 1, Millie and Roe Denyer from Years 6 and 4. There was a competition called “How many spots on the cake?” which raised an extra £50 for the charity. Everybody enjoyed the event and getting together in the school hall, which was very busy with parents and children. Overall, we raised just short of £500 and we both hope that we can do it all again next year.
Thank you to all who supported us.
Imogen Kocher and Millie Denyer, Year 6
Friendship Week was a great success as everyone made new friends and worked as a team. Everyone got into their house groups and that’s when the fun began. Our favourite activity was choosing house captains and playing parachute games. We also enjoyed lots of team games and challenges and made new houseboards which you can see in the hall. Also the new reception children fitted in well with the school and the house groups and the buddies helped them out.
By Emily Berglund and Ella Rixon, Year 6
This half term Year 6 have been working hard with their playleader training. They have been making up new games and learning about having good empathy. The Year 6s graduated on Friday 8th October and playleaders have already started to hit the playground with our new black and yellow hats!
By Molly Hood and Hannah Chalk, Year 6
On Wednesday 12th October, we had a visit from the author Jack Trelawny. He showed us pictures like strange animals and plants that he used to inspire his stories. Some were of animals mixed up such as the apechick (half chick half ape) and the pigerel (half pig half cockerel). He read a chapter of one of his books. This book was called The Crystal Pool. It was really exciting. Some people bough signed books from him. Some lucky children answered a question correctly or asked a good question and were awarded a prize book from him.
By Ellie Wilkinson and Charlie La Roche
Last week Book Fayre was held each night in the hall. There were lots of fantastic books to read and lots of books by popular Authors such as Roald Dahl and J.K. Rowling. Lots of people came over the week to buy lots of books!
We raised over £100 for new books. We are very grateful for all the money we got from the book fayre. Thank you for your support.
By Megan Logan and Saffron Frewin
A Magistrate visits Year 6
On Thursday 13th October, year 6 were visited by a local magistrate. She talked about her job and the different kinds of court: the Crown Court is for really big crimes such as burglaries and rioting; the Magistrates Court is for crimes such as speeding and drink driving. Apparently 97% of crimes go to the magistrates court rather than the Crown Court. We did an activity in groups of 3. One person was the magistrate and the other two were wingers and we had to decide out of 5 crimes, which we thought was the worst. It was an interesting afternoon.
By Izzy Palmer and Harrison Bower
E-safety awareness for Years 5 and 6
On Monday 10th October, Years 5 and 6 took a visit too Joyce Frankland Academy in Newport to learn about e-safety and the dark web. Everybody knows about stranger danger and not to take sweets off a stranger but now there are problems on the internet. The two policemen talked about how to stay as safe as possible on the internet; even if you do get caught in the dark web there is always a way out of it. If it’s not easy asking a parent, try childline for help. The police assured us that there is always a way to tell someone.
By Emer O’Keeffe
School Council Conference at Henham and Ugley School
On Thursday 13th October nine KS2 members of our School Council, accompanied by Mrs Hall and Mrs Martin, went to the Uttlesford conference. Along with other primary schools, we discussed our role as school councillors and how we 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.
School Improvement Evening
On Thursday 13th October 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.
On Tuesday 11th October the whole school gathered for our harvest festival. Each class shared work related to harvest and we san very enthusiastically.
Class Reception – leaf buddies
Class 1 – fruit faces
Class 2 – shape poems
Class 3 – Harvest poem
Class 4 – prayers
Class 5 – musical accompaniment to the Paintbox song
Class 6 – The Story of Ruth/Jewish harvest
A heartfelt thanks to all those who donated food and toiletry items for the Bishop’s Stortford food bank.
Sports Ambassadors Day
On Friday 7th October, Emily and Harrison in Year 6 went on a trip to learn how to be good Sports Ambassadors. We went to Henham and played games learning how to make tournaments. One was a skipping knockout tournament another was a rock, paper, scissors tournament. There were roughly 15 different schools taking part. We came back to school with lots of ideas for our new role.
Harrison Bower, Year 6
Years 5 and 6 Football tournaments
Girls Football Tournament
Last week the Year 6 girls played in the football tournament at Herberts Farm. First we played against Felsted which was our best game and we managed to win 4-0. Our second game was against Henham and unfortunately we lost 1-4. We were disappointed but they won fairly. Our last game before the semi-finals was against Little Hallingbury. We drew 1-1. We got into the semi-finals and played St Thomas Moore. They won 2-0 so we didn’t get into the finals. To decide whether we were to go into third or fourth place, we played Great Chesterford. We had to go into penalties where we won with Molly Hood saving 7 penalties before Amelia scored 1 for us! Everybody was so pleased because we came a proud third and had a great afternoon.
By Izzy Palmer and Amelia Hartley
Boys Football Tournament
Class 6 have been training for a football tournament at Herberts Farm football grounds. When we arrived there were many schools training. Our first opponents were St Mary’s and we drew 0-0. Next we were against Henham and we luckily won with a lead of 1-0. Our next match was against Howe Green and we unfortunately took a defeat and lost 2-0. After that we waited to see the results and found out that were in 3rd place out of five. So our final match was against Felsted. Sadly we lost and the final score was 0-1. Overall we came 5th out of 10. The squad of Year 6 and Year 5 boys played really well and we had a great time.
By Freddie Wardle and Isaac Bamford
The first match of the season was against Rickling & Farnham. They had some really good players and unfortunately they won 8-0. But it was our first game as a new team.
Last week we played our second match against Henham. The score this time was much better although Henham won 2-1. Edward Sowter scored the goal and everyone played much better as a team. Henham scored both their goals in the last 5 minutes, which was a shame.
This week we played Birchanger. There were loads of goals and Birchanger won 6-4. Our goal scorers were Sam Prentice, Harrison Bower and William Crabb. William’s second goal was really skilful and the whole team played really well.
By Harrison Bower
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 5 September 2016 to 31 October 2016
For primary applications – (child born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013) apply between 14 November 2016 to 15 January 2017
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
13th October School Improvement Evening for staff and governors
13th October School Council Conference
14th October Halloween Disco – Friends of Clavering
18th October Parent Consultations 5 – 7pm
20th October Parent Consultations 3.30 – 5.30pm
21st October Non pupil day – INSET – Consortium Conference
8th November Bag2School – Friends of Clavering
11th November Sharing Assembly – an invitation for Year 6 parents
11th November Individual and family photographs
17th November Film Night – Friends of Clavering
25th November Sharing Assembly – an invitation for Year 4 parents
2nd December Christmas Fayre – Friends of Clavering
7th December Tray Day 3.15 – 4pm
14th December KS1 Dress Rehearsal am, KS2 Dress Rehearsal pm.
15th December Reception Nativity am, KS1 performance pm, KS2 performance eve
19th December Christmas Shopping Morning – Friends of Clavering
20th December Christmas Lunch
20th December Church Service
20th December Christmas Entertainment, Friends of Clavering
21st December Cross Country event am.
21st December End of term
5th January Spring Term begins
STAR OF THE WEEK
Week ending September 30th
Reception Matilda Skinner – for her brilliant writing and phonics
Year One Henry Down – for checking his work and adding full stops
Year Two India Casson – for working hard and listening very carefully
Year Three Niamh O’Keeffe – for excellent mental maths skills
Year Four Summer Hilton-Keech – for trying so hard with her handwriting
Year Five Thomas Dyster – for terrific effort towards class discussions
Year Six Millie Denyer – for showing resilience in tackling maths challenges and achieving success
Week ending October 7th
Reception Sidney Rotheram – for his fantastic phonics
Year One Joshua Windsor – for being so enthusiastic to read
Year Two Elizabeth Balaam – for being a very helpful class member who listens carefully
Year Three Jude Dunn – for his good ideas for our Harvest poem
Year Four Imogen Allen – for great enthusiasm, effort and lovely presentation
Year Five Petra Joseph – for thoughtful responses and ideas in both class and home work
Year Six Molly Hood – for courage and skill under goal keeping pressure
‘IT DIDN’T GO UNNOTICED’ AWARD
YEAR ONE: Jack, James, Joseph, Rory, Micah, Nathan, Charlie, Joshua, Skye and William
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 –
26.9.16 Class 5
3.10.16 Class 6
10.10.16 Class 6
Swimming for this term is for Years 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.
If you have any questions at any time then please feel free to make an appointment
Have a good weekend