Headteacher Newsletter Issue 16
FORTNIGHTLY NEWSLETTER ISSUE 16: 26.5.23
Science and Eco week
We had a fantastic Eco/Science week last week, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. Thank you to Miss Hagger, Mrs Tokeley, our visiting speakers and staff for organising such a brilliant event.
Please read all about it in our Friday Focus edition –
Year 6 Cricket Tournament
Year 6 attended a cricket tournament on Wednesday 24th May 2023. We all had a lot of fun; the boys played in the morning and the girls played in the afternoon. It was a very hot day, but everyone played to the best of their ability. We were very proud of their sportsmanship and behaviour throughout.
Boys (Team A)
We played two matches. We won one of them and lost one. The first game we played against Great Chesterford and won 108-58. We lost against Chrishall 52-75. We had a picnic lunch before being picked up and going back to school.
By George S, Sid and Liam
Boys (Team B)
Team B won two matches and lost 1 match. We came second in the whole Team B tournament. The players were Samuel, Brian, Josh, Aaron, Arlo, Taylor and Isaac. We are very happy with the way our team played.
By Isaac and Taylor
On Wednesday 24th May the Year 6 girls went to a cricket tournament in saffron Walden. We played two matches but were supposed to play three; Elsenham had to leave early because their bus had arrived. First the girls played against Wimbish and won 150-62. On our second match, we played against Great Chesterford and won 104-76. We had lots of fun and got into the final.
By Robin and Hadley
Class 4 walk
Class 4 enjoyed a walk to Jubilee Field on Thursday afternoon as part of our class reward. We took a walk on the footpath, along the fields and through the woods. Once we arrived at the park, we had our picnic together. We then had some time to play in the park. Some of us played a game of football, which involved more running than usual as the goal posts were very far apart! Some of us enjoyed playing with a bat and ball while the rest of us took to the playground! Thank you to Mrs Elliston for leading our walk and to our wonderful parent helpers.
Rapid Fire Year 3
Class 3 had a great time attending ‘Rapid Fire Cricket’ at JFAN. We were split into three teams. Each team was allocated a pitch and we played matches against different schools. The children worked together amazingly as teams. Well done to everyone who took part, we had a fantastic afternoon!
Yesterday, we were delighted to welcome our new Reception parents. Their children will start in September 2023. They spent the morning meeting some of our staff members and pupils.
Important information – Term time holidays – Essex update
Improving school attendance is a key priority for all schools across Essex. Where families choose to take a family holiday during term time, this can detrimentally impact a pupil’s progress and can prevent them from fulfilling their true academic potential. Our school attendance policy, available via our school website, clearly sets out the process that parents should follow if they wish to apply for leave during term time. Please note that applications should only be made, if you feel that there are exceptional circumstances which mean that the leave cannot be taken during the school holidays. We would ask all parents to note that, where families choose to go on holiday during term time and the absences are coded as unauthorised, Essex County Council may not issue penalty notices and may instead proceed to prosecution and place the case directly before the Magistrates for their consideration in court.
School starts at 8.50 a.m. We have noticed several children 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.
Please note that lateness is recorded on a per pupil basis.
Cost of Living Support
We know that there are families across Essex who are currently struggling with the rise in the cost of living. Colleagues have pulled together a special newsletter which gives information on some of the support they may be eligible for. Please share onwards with parents and carers. You can also find out more about cost of living support on the Cost of Living web hub.
Free School Meals Funding
You can register for Free Schools Meals Funding if you meet the criteria below.
If you have a child in Key Stage One and are receiving the free meal, which is part of the universal offer, you could be missing out on this additional funding for the school, which will support your child with their learning, if you meet the criteria below. You have to apply for this funding. If you think you meet the criteria below then please follow the guidance below and contact the school office.
Free school meals are available to pupils in receipt of, or whose parents are in receipt of, one or more of the following benefits:
- Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- The guarantee element of Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)
- Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
How to apply –
This is a gentle reminder not to use mobile phones whilst on the school site.
This is part of our safe-guarding policy for all of our children.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY
23rd May Reception Farm Visit
24th May Year 6 Cricket
25th May Year 3 Rapid Fire Event
26th May Sharing Assembly 2.45pm – invitation for year 1 parents
29th May – 2nd June Half term
5th June INSET day – school closed to the pupils
5th – 9th June Statutory Multiplication check – Year 4
7th June Year 6 Parents Residential Meeting
12th – 16th June Phonics check
14th June Crucial Crew
17th June Clavering Village Fete
19th June Sports Day 10-12
25th – 28th June Year 6 residential
30th June Transition day at JFAN
30th June Tray Day Rec – year 5
26th June Year 5 Harlow Outdoors trip
3rd – 7th July Work experience student
4th July French Day
6th July Tray Day – Year 6
7th July FOC Summer Fayre
10th – 14th July Work experience student
17th July Class Swap
17th July Parent evening
18th July Parent evening
19th July Year 1 and 2 school trip TBC
19th July Leavers assembly – 1.45pm
21st July Last day of term
STAR OF THE WEEK
Week ending 12th May
Reception Quincey Beau – for outstanding effort re-telling Jack and the Beanstalk
Year One Luna – for super effort writing expanded noun phrases
Year Two Astrid – for fantastic column method for addition and subtraction
Year Three Evie – for being curious in her learning this week
Year Four Penny – for her enthusiasm in French lessons when learning about transport and places to visit
Year Five Ernie – for his great contributions in Maths and Science
Year Six Class 6 – for working hard all week and trying their best in SATs tests
Week ending 19th May
Reception Griff – for his fabulous poster about caring for our world
Year One Laura – for super effort and understanding in all her learning
Year Two Fraser – for determination and focus throughout the SATs
Year Three Hattie – for being very engaged in Eco/Science week
Year Four Oscar – for his enthusiasm and working well with others during Eco Week
Year Five Luke – for his wonderful explanation text in Science on night and day
Year Six Brian – for his positive and mature attitude towards his learning
Cameron – for outstanding progress in reading and writing
Felix – for excellent progress in phonics and reading
Frankie-Mae – for fantastic effort and progress in reading
Annabelle – for great effort and improvement in her reading and writing
Emily – for fantastic progress and attitude in maths, writing and reading
Barney – for brilliant attitude to learning and working hard to progress in writing and maths
Beebee – for a fantastic improvement in her writing
Phoebe R – for amazing effort and challenge within her maths work
Penny – for continuing to challenge herself and for making fantastic progress in her writing and in her problem-solving skills in maths
Tommie – for having a positive attitude to his learning and for his enthusiasm when sharing his knowledge of the events of the Second World War with the class
Martha – for continued effort and focus, championing a serious, learning ethos in class
Oscar – for continued effort and focus, championing a serious, learning ethos in class
Aaron and Amelie – for consistent good progress in learning
Cartoon Attitude Learning Awards
We have our super-hero learning behaviours, which the children created in their house groups during a Friendship Week. This term the children worked hard on co-operation , championed by “co-octopus”. Two children from each class were nominated for a special award and will enjoy a hot chocolate treat with Miss Allsop.
Reception – Daisy and Naomi
Year 1 – Luna and Nell
Year 2 – Wilbur & Cecily
Year 3 – Lottie and Tilly
Year 4 – Ella and Sebastian.
Year 5 – Madalynn and Tommy
Year 6 – Lily and Lacey
Spring Term 2023 Art Awards
The Clavering Art prize is awarded each term to a representative from Early Years, Key Stage One, Lower Key Stage Two (Years 3 and 4) and Upper Key Stage Two (Years 5 and 6) in recognition of outstanding work in Art. The winning pieces are displayed in the entrance hall.
Early Years Winner: Freddie Year R
Key Stage One Winner: Jude Year 1
Lower Key Stage Two Winner: Alexa Year 4
Upper Key Stage Two Winner: Teddy Year 6
If you have any questions at any time, then please feel free to make an appointment.
Have a great half term