FORTNIGHTLY NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2: 27.9.19
Well done Clavering Primary School – Congratulations from the Local Authority
Meet the teacher and meeting with Mr Roberts, Principal from JFAN
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.
Year 6 Sports Ambassador Training
On Wednesday morning our new Y6 Sports Ambassadors, Harry, Ollie, Hermione and Jamie, went to JFAN for some training in their new role. They worked alongside children from our family primary schools to learn more about the role. They practised leadership skills and how to organise sporting events for children back at school, as well as taking part in a mini tournament. The new ambassadors plan to organise some intra school events and games tournaments over the course of the year, as well as assisting Mr Snelling at his lunch time clubs in the Spring and Summer terms. They will also be contributing to the newsletter and web site with sports reports and news.
School Council Representatives
Classes 1 to 6 have voted for their new School Councillors. We would like to welcome to School Council –
Y1 Tristan and Polly,
Y2 Morgan and Ellie,
Y3 Emma and George,
Y4 Alex and Olivia M,
Y5 Amber and George,
Y6 Jude and Kitty and Secretary Abigail.
We have already started our Christmas box appeal and KS2 councillors will be going to the School Council Conference on Thursday 3rd October.
Last Wednesday Years 3 and 4 girls and Years 5 and 6 girls enjoyed some additional ‘girls only’ football coaching run by the Uttlesford Sports Partnership at JFAN. The girls worked alongside girls from a number of other schools in small groups learning and practising skills. They then played a mini tournament in mixed teams. Several girls are now playing for teams in and outside of school and we are pleased to be able to offer further support and encouragement for girls to get into the sport.
Class Walk – Class 6
On Thursday last week the children in class 6 enjoyed their first ‘class walk’ of the year. We were fortunate to have the sunshine with us and it was a perfect day to enjoy and appreciate the countryside on our doorsteps. The children followed local maps with a 5 mile circular route along the footpaths, which has been established as the Year 5 and 6 walk for a number of years now. Map reading skills were encouraged and signs of Autumn identified along the way. We are now looking forward to the Spring and Summer walks to see how the landscape changes.
On Thursday 26th September Years 1 & 2 took part in Scootfit, an Uttlesford Schools Partnership initiative. The children brought in their scooters and spent the morning outside learning safe scooting, road safety, coordination and spatial awareness. The morning was a great success and the children had lots of fun.
MacMillan Coffee Morning
Thank you to all who supported our MacMillan coffee morning today. The event was extremely well attended and it was lovely to welcome parents and grandparents to enjoy the many cakes that had been donated. Well done to the children and their contributions baked in the food tech room this week. The Clavering Bake Off competition cakes were fantastic; congratulations to our star bakers, George (Y5), Agatha (Y6) and Florence (Y2). Parents and staff have all been very generous and we raised approximately £560.
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 £9,000 for the school last year, which is an amazing achievement and an excellent source of funding for the school. Much of this went towards new computer screens for the classrooms and Wider Opportunities Music 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 who has been the Chair of Friends for many years and has recently stood down from this position. We are very grateful for the time and support she has given to the school over the years. We would like to welcome Andrea Vaughan who has officially taken over this role. We would also like to thank the other members that are standing down.
BBC OwnIt – digital wellbeing app
One for your parents newsletter – the BBC have launched a new app for children called Own It. The app monitors how young people interact with others online and uses artificial intelligence to evaluate the mood of the child so it can offer advice. For example if the child types ‘you’re really stupid’ the app will alert the sender and ask if they really want to send. It does a lot more and definitely worth a look. For more information see here:
To enable us to communicate with parents under GDPR, we are required to obtain your consent to forward (via our parentmail system) emails about after school clubs, communications from the Friends of Clavering and any other school community information. If you are happy to receive this information there is no need for any further action. If this is something you do not wish to receive, then please contact the school office. If we have not had a response from you by the 30th September, we will assume you are happy to receive these communications. You will have the opportunity to update your consent each year when we send out the pupil update form.
During the week commencing 14th 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.
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 from 12 September 2019
For primary applications – (child born between 1 September 2015 and 31 August 2016) You can apply for a primary (Reception) place from Monday 11th November 2019.
Applications can be made online via www.essex.gov.uk/admissions
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
26th September Scootfit years Reception, 1 and 2 (moved due to School Photo clash)
27th September – 4th October Book Fair
27th September MacMillan Coffee Morning
3rd October School Council Conference
1st – 4th October Bikeability for year 6
10th October Harvest
7th and 11th October Bikeability for year 6
16th October Cross Country Event years 2 – 6 at JFAN
17th October School Improvement Evening for staff and Governors
23rd October Parent Evening 5 – 7.30pm
24th October Parent Evening 3.30 – 6pm
7th November School Photos
7th November Friends of Clavering Disco
22nd November Open morning for new parents
2nd December Flu Vaccine
3rd December Reception Class visit Santa at Audley End
6th December Friends of Clavering Christmas Fair
11th December Christmas Performance dress rehearsals and evening performance for years 5 and 6 parents
12th December Christmas Performances – Reception, KS1 and KS2 (years 3 and 4 parents)
16th December Tray Day 3.15 – 4.15pm
16th December Friends of Clavering Christmas Shopping Morning
17th December Church Service
18th December Christmas Lunch and Friends of Clavering Entertainment
STAR OF THE WEEK
Week ending September 6th
Year One Frankie – for showing great enthusiasm towards his learning in Year One
Year Two Toby – for settling brilliantly into Year Two, working hard and very focussed
Year Three Hadley – Super Reading
Year Four Nathan – for a brilliant piece of Free Writing
Year Five Harrison – for demonstrating great focus and working hard
Year Six Ted – for excellent contributions in Science – a great start to Year Six
Week ending September 13th
Year One Darcey – for some super writing in English this week
Year Two Max – for fantastic Maths this week, exploring numbers to 100, partitioning into tens and ones
Year Three Matilda – for a fabulous re-telling of ‘The Tiger Child’
Year Four Olivia – for her great mental maths
Year Five Rose – for her continued focus and for being a great role model
Year Six Tom – for his enthusiasm and contributions in English
- SWIMMING, Year 3 will have a term of swimming instruction in the Autumn and Year 2 in the Spring. If your child is fit to attend school then they are fit to go swimming, unless a medical note is provided. Swimming will commence Monday September 9th for 13 weeks. Swimming costs £6.75 per session. This can be paid termly – £79.00 Please make cheques payable to Clavering Primary School.
- When it is raining heavily all the children walk to their classrooms through the main entrance. There will be a person on duty outside at the front of the school to take any messages and to guide the children. Please could parents leave their children at the main entrance/notice board area to avoid congestion in the entrance hall.
- Reception parents, at present, are escorting their children to Reception class, they need to do this when it is raining via the main entrance where they will need to sign in and collect a ‘visitor’ sticker before going through the school. They need to sign out via the main entrance once their children have been taken to class.
- When the weather is fine the usual routine applies. The children go on to the playground via the side gate and wait for the bell. There is a person on duty on the playground. There is also a person on the gate to take any messages from parents.
- Reception parents, at present, are escorting their children to Reception class via the side gate where they wait on the playground for the bell when Mrs Course or Mrs Berrett will meet the children.
If you have any questions at any time then please feel free to make an appointment
Have a good weekend