Headteacher Newsletter Issue 12
FORTNIGHTLY NEWSLETTER ISSUE 12: 16.3.18
Thank you to all the parents that attended Parent Consultations last week. We hope you found the meetings informative. We have received positive feedback with regards to the new online system, despite a few teething problems, which we will iron out with the provider before next time. The new bell system was also well received and there seemed to be very little waiting time. Thank you for all your support and to Mrs Prentice for introducing the new system.
Expansion/New Playground Equipment
We are excited to announce that our new playground equipment, which will replace the Monkey Bars, is being installed over the Easter holidays.
Our expansion work starts after the Easter holidays, when some internal building work will take place followed by external work during term time. The Workman’s compound is being set up during the first week back.
Forest School Year 1
Year 1 had a lovely time at Forest School on Monday. The children enjoyed building dens, hunting for bugs under logs and making musical instruments out of different natural materials they could find. They also enjoyed warming up with a cup of hot chocolate at snack time! We would like to thank Mrs Berrett and our parent helpers for allowing the session to go ahead. The children cannot wait to visit the forest again next week.
On Tuesday 6th March the Year 6 rugby team played a tournament at Carver Barracks. We played 7 matches and we won 5 of them. One of the sports coaches from another school supported us throughout the matches and said we played very well. We came 7th out of 13 schools overall. Mrs Ford, Mrs Martin and Mrs Lipscomb were very proud of us.
School Football Matches
Our school football team have played 3 matches so far this term and have won all of them. The game against Chrishall was very close and we were lucky to win the match 5:4. The game against Manuden was very exciting as we hadn’t beaten them before. We were losing 2:0 at the beginning and then caught up with them and won the game 11:4. Great goals were scored by Jake, Edward, Will, Sam and Gianluca. We also beat Great Chesterford 6:1.
Friends of Clavering Quiz Night
A very successful Quiz Night took place last Saturday. Thank you to everyone that took part and a special thank you to Rachel Betts and her team for all the hard work organising the event. Thank you to Mr Betts for acting as compere.
Thank you to the Friends of Clavering for organising an entertaining Film Night this week.
It’s 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.
In the event of severe weather conditions and possible school closure a notice will be placed on the school website.
Parents will be notified via our school website or the Essex County Council on the ‘Emergency School Closures’ page: https://www.essex.gov.uk/education-schools/schools/dates/pages/emergency-school-closures.aspx
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.
Just as a reminder, in order for the communication chain to be effective it is important that phone calls are made as opposed to emails or texts, in order to ensure contact is made. Normally the chain will be activated the morning of the school closure as the decision is made on the day, unless in exceptional circumstances we know of the need in advance. We will try to open where possible, hence the decision being made at the last minute, once we can assess the school site. We will endeavour to give you as much notice as possible, but as you are aware it takes some time for the communication to pass through.
Facebook can be used as a supplementary means of communication if requested to do so by a member of the leadership team but this is not part of the school process. ParentMail, the Communication Chain, the school website and the Essex link above are the school notifications.
Thank you again for your support with this process.
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.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
15th March Friends of Clavering Film Night
23rd March Sharing Assembly – an invitation for Class 3 parents, 2.45 pm start
26th March School Council Spring Fayre
27th March Tray Day 3.15 – 4pm
28th March Church
28th March Friends of Clavering Easter Fayre
29th March Friends of Clavering Easter Egg Hunt
29th March End of term
16th April INSET – School closed to the pupils
17th April Summer Term starts
STAR OF THE WEEK
Week ending March 9th
Reception William E – counting to 100 all by himself
Year One Thomas – trying hard to make his handwriting much neater
Year Two Charlie – brilliant writing about sea creatures
Year Three Rosie M – her imaginative diary inspired by Harry Potter
Year Four Mia – concentrating and working hard all the time
Year Five Hannah – lovely thoughtful poetry writing
Year Six Edward – excellent effort and achievement in English and Maths
IT DIDN’T GO UNNOTICED’ AWARD
Reception Class, especially Rio, Luna, Darcy, Max and Ava, for helping the Playleaders and Midday Assistants tidy up at the end of play time.
Sam and Amelie in Year 6 and Phoebe in Year 5 for helping the sports coaches 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.
Autumn Term 2017 – Class 6
8.1.18 Year 4
22.1.18 Year 5
5.2.18 Year R
19.2.18 Year 2
12.3.18 Year 2
Dinner money for this half term is £59.40 or £123.20 for the whole of the spring term (to Easter). The cost of a meal is £2.20 a day, £11.00 for a week. Dinner money should be sent in to school on a Monday in your child’s Friday Folder and should be in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and amount enclosed written on the front. Cheques should be made 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.