Newsletter 18 – 1st February 2019

Dear Parents

Southern Pro Musica in Southampton On Thursday we all went to Southampton to enjoy a feast of orchestral music – and, as it turned out, some magic as well! It was a wonderful experience and we were delighted that one of our children won the “Programme Cover” competition, one of our children actually conducted the orchestra, and two of our children and a member of staff were invited to stand up and dance the Can Can! I don’t suppose we will ever forget this. Our children were beautifully behaved, as they always are, enjoying everything with enthusiasm. Thank you to all our parents who made sure their children were in school on time with packed lunches – not a single problem.

Links with Old School Nursery Miss Nisbeck and I have visited Old School Nursery in the past few weeks to make contact with the new managers and to meet the children who might be coming to our school in September. We have been made very welcome and we are impressed with what we have seen so far of the new management. It is very important to us that these links are close and useful so that our children make a seamless transition into our school.

Very real dangers We are hearing that many of our children are being allowed to play computer games such as Fortnite – this has an age 12 restriction because it provides opportunities for children to chat to others whom they do not know and could result in grooming and all the abuse and horror that could come from that. It is also clear that children are becoming “addicted” to these games and become unreasonably agitated when they are required to come off the game. Please make sure that, on your Playstation or whatever consul your child is using, you have found out how to set the filters strictly so that your child is limited in the time they spend on the game, limited in the information they can disclose to others and limited in the contact they can make with others. No child should be using age restricted games at any time, of course. The restrictions are there for a reason

Bored children There is a lot of research that shows that children should be allowed to be bored for several hours every day. This means they have no access to TV or other screen based devices, no structured clubs or activities, no formal play interventions. They should be left to their own devices, perhaps outdoors, or with cardboard boxes or construction sets, pieces of fabric, or pencil, paints and paper. They should be left to work through those first uncomfortable minutes of being bored, until their own creativity is triggered and they find how to use their own resources for their play. This builds confidence, resilience and self-reliance.

If your child has very rarely experienced relying on their own resources, it may take a while for them to adjust to this, but it is worth persevering. It will help them hugely in the long run.

Helping Parents with Online Safety  PCSO Georgina Dodd will be holding sessions for parents to find out more about:

  • Apps and games children are using and the dangers they may present.
  • What options these apps have (Live chat, permissions etc).
  • Apps parents can use to keep tabs on what their children are downloading/using.
  • And other pitfalls that children may encounter online.

These sessions are NOT for children.

These sessions will be held at:

  • Rowde Primary School on 5th February at 6pm and will last approximately an hour.
  • Dauntsey’s Academy Primary School on 5th March at 6pm and will last approximately an hour.

New School Uniform Site Tesco uniform has been taken over by a new company, My Clothing, with all products, etc remaining as before. All parents who have ordered from Tesco before will still have the same login details as previously and our school account is the same as before. There will be a £3 postage charge and the ‘click and collect’ service will no longer be possible. Their website is:-

Upcoming Events (Calendar of events is available on the website at www.
Friday 15th February Last day of term
Monday 25th February Everyone back to school
Monday 11th March Parent teacher meetings 5.30pm – 8.00pm
Wednesday 13th March Parent teacher meetings 3.10pm – 6.00pm
Tuesday 19th March Pilgrimage Day – please bring a packed lunch
Friday 5th April Last day of term
Monday 8th – Friday 12th April Holiday Club, Superstars
Tuesday 23rd April Everyone back to school
Tuesday 21st May Music Concert for children taking music lessons in school 5.00pm
Wednesday 22nd May – Friday 24th May Residential trip to Forest of Dean, Years 5 and 6
Friday 24th May Last day of term
Monday 3rd June and Tuesday 4th June TD days
Wednesday 5th June Everyone back to school
Wednesday 12th June Music Concert for children taking music lessons outside of school 11.00am
Friday 28th June Written school reports uploaded for parents
Wednesday 3rd July

Thursday 4th July

Year 3/ Year 4 performance
Friday 5th July Year 6 Leavers’ trip to Salisbury Cathedral
Wednesday 10th July Sports Day and picnic 9.15am  – 1.00pm
Wednesday 17th July School Eucharist 2.00pm
Tuesday 23rd July Last day of term
Tuesday 3rd September Back to school


Best wishes

Mercedes Henning

PFA News

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Many thanks!

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