HEADTEACHER NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2 27.9.17
We would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Liz Carter, one of our parents who is a professional photographer, for the excellent photographs she took of the school during the last academic year. As a result we have been able to update the pictures on our website.
Please have a look: http://www.clavering.essex.sch.uk/
The staff and children have enjoyed a very successful friendship week with a range of off-time-table activities running each day. Children have worked in house groups to consider eco issues and possibilities for a future team of eco warrior in school; to create new superhero characters to represent our 5 key learning behaviours; to play games and solve problems; to consider aspects of manners and respect for one another and to “parachute!”
Sports Ambassadors Day
On Thursday 21st September, Georgie and Tom in Year 6 went to Henham School for the Sports Ambassador event. The role of sports ambassadors is to represent the school in all sporting events. First we were separated into groups and we learnt how to keep track of scores for round robin and knock-out tournaments. Then we had to write down and discuss ideas about what makes a good sports ambassador. At the end of the day we watched a video that the Henham sports ambassadors from last year made.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
Once again our MacMillan coffee morning was very well attended and much enjoyed by all. We raised over £400. Thank you to everyone who supported us with both cake donation and for attending with their children.
The girls in Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 all enjoyed an outing to Carver Barracks on Wednesday. The activities were organised by the Schools Partnership to inspire them to take part in sports. They practised their football skills and had great fun with a mini tournament.
Football Match – Clavering v Ricking & Farnham
On Thursday 28th of September, Clavering played a football match against Rickling & Farnham school. Rickling & Farnham started very well and were soon 2-0 up but soon Clavering caught up to 2 all with goals from Gianluca and Sam. Then Edward scored a very well worked goal to make us 3-2 up at half time. In the second half, their star player scored a hat-trick to make the final score 5-3. This is the first year we had a mixed team of 4 girls and 6 boys. Everyone played really well and it was a very hard fought game.
By Sam and Georgie
Class Walk – Class 5
On Tuesday 19th September Class 5 went on a class walk around Clavering. We went past Parsonage Farm, Deers Green and the two unused windmills. Altogether we walked 6.4 miles. Luckily, the weather was fantastic. We walked over lots of fields and we got very muddy. We started our walk at 9.25 and finished at 12.00, just in time for lunch. We had a great time on our class walk.
By Freddie and Rose
Meet the Teacher Evening – Thursday 21st September
Thank you to all the parents that attended the evening last week. We hope you found it informative. Thank you to the class Parent Forum representatives and class Governors that attended.
School Council Representatives
Congratulations to the pupils who have been elected by their
class members to represent them on our School Council. Our new members for this academic year are:
Year One: Aurelia and Sidney
Year Two: Woody and Chloe S
Year Three: Henry and Elizabeth
Year Four: Tilly and Jack
Year Five: Patrick and Maya
Year Six: Petra and Isabella
The Key Stage Two representatives will be attending a School Council Conference with representatives from local schools on 12th October. The children will learn what it means to be a School Council representative. They will also be writing an action plan for the school.
Vital E-safety Training for Parents, Pupils and Staff
On Monday 9th October there will be e-safety awareness training for years 5 and 6 pupils during the afternoon and staff training for all class teachers after school.
There will also be an opportunity for parents to attend in the evening.
This is vital training led by some excellent specialists. Other local schools will also be attending. Please see below for details for the parent event.
I cannot stress enough the importance of attending this event, especially for Key Stage Two parents (years 3 ‑ 6).
I attend the headteacher session each year and every time there is something new to learn. Our children are highly vulnerable online and we need to work together to support them in staying safe.
Date : Monday 9 October 2017
7.00 – 9.00pm : 2 hour parent event
Venue : Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport CB11 3TR
Course to be run by : John & John, EST E-Safety Training
An App to be particulary mindful of: ‘musical.ly’, especially the ‘live.ly’ aspect to it. A popular game to be mindful of: ‘Roblox’ . The session for parents outlined above will discuss these with you.
There is also a link on our website with advice that can also support you. It is a link to Parent Zone and their guides:
During the week 2nd-6th October, we will be celebrating harvest in school. This year we will be collecting non-perishable foods for a local food bank. Please would you be kind enough to donate one or some of the following food items:
- Tea bags
- Instant coffee
- Sugar (500g)
- Rice (500g)
- Pasta (500g)
- Tinned soup, baked beans, rice pudding etc
Could you please make sure that the items have a long use-by date.
Many thanks for your support with this good cause.
Friends of Clavering AGM
The Friends of Clavering Annual General Meeting took place last week to review the year and organise events for the next. The Friends raised around £11,300 for the school last year which is an amazing achievement and an excellent source of funding for the school. Much of this went towards Computing and Mathematics resources for the pupils. Other funding has supported The Wider Opportunities provision.
On behalf of the school I would like to thank the Friends of Clavering and the parents that have contributed to this amount. Without this extra funding, alongside the cuts that are being made to school funding, we would not be able to maintain the high standards of education in the form that we currently provide.
A special thank you to Rachel Betts, the Chair of Friends.
PE Clothing – a reminder
In compliance with health and safety regulations, earrings (including studs) must not be worn for any sport. Please make sure that children who wear earrings know how to remove them and have somewhere safe and clean to keep them during PE lessons. Thank you.
School Admissions – Primary and Secondary – Apply Now!!
To apply quickly and easily for primary and secondary school places go online to http://www.essex.gov.uk/Education-Schools/Schools/Admissions/Pages/Apply-Online.aspx
For secondary applications – (children in year 6) apply between 12 September 2017 to 31 October 2017
Secondary Admissions booklet:
For primary applications – (child born between 1 September 2013 and 31 August 2014) apply between 13 November 2017 to 15 January 2018
Primary Admissions booklet:
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
25th – 29th September Friendship Week
29th September Friends of Clavering Fun Run
29th September Macmillan Coffee Morning
30th September Friends of Clavering Apple Drop
3rd – 7th October Friendship Week
2nd – 5th October Book Fair
9th October E-safety for years 5 and 6 pupils, all class teacher and years 5 and 6
12th October School Improvement Evening for staff and governors
12th October School Council Conference
17th October Parent Consultations 3.30 – 5.30pm
18th October Parent Consultations 5 – 7pm
19th October Friends of Clavering Halloween Disco
20th October Non pupil day – INSET – Consortium Conference
3rd November Flu Vaccine
9th November Friends of Clavering Film Night
10th November Individual School Photographs
1st December Friends of Clavering Christmas Fair
13th December KS2 Dress Rehearsal am, KS1 Dress Rehearsal pm.
14th December Reception Nativity am, KS1 performance pm and KS2 performance evening
18th December Friends of Clavering Christmas Shopping Morning
19th December Christmas Lunch
20th December Church Service
20th December End of term
2nd January Non pupil day – INSET
3rd January Non pupil day – INSET
4th January Spring Term begins
STAR OF THE WEEK
Week ending September 15th
Year One George – always helping to tidy up
Year Two Henry – neat careful handwriting
Year Three Darragh – his positive attitude towards his learning
Year Four Scarlett – persevering with her pencil grip and trying hard with her handwriting
Year Five Teddy – massive improvement in his times tables test
Year Six William F – a very positive approach to all aspects of year 6
Week ending September 22nd
Year One Aaron – always being helpful and kind in class
Year Two Olivia M – settling in so well in her new school and year 2
Year Three Max – for his excellent Maths work on addition
Year Four Jack – trying so hard in every subject
Year Five Bella – good effort and understanding reading and writing Roman numerals
Year Six Megan – being an excellent buddy and mentor to the younger children
- Swimming for this term is for year 2 on Mondays. Please make sure your payments are up to date, the cost is £79.00 per term. Please make cheques payable to Clavering Primary School. Year 3 will now be swimming next term. A separate letter has been issued to these parents explaining the change.
If you have any questions at any time then please feel free to make an appointment
Have a good weekend