Newsletter 21 – 14th February 2014

Dear Parents

Half Term Break is from 17th February to 21st February. Holiday club will run through this week. There are still spaces available – you can either book directly with SuperStars on 08452413682/ or simply pay on the day – it is a very popular club and the children who attend have a great time. We all return to school on Monday 24th February.

Annual General Meeting  The governors of our school would like to invite all parents to an AGM, to be held on Tuesday 25th March at 6.30pm. The Chair of Governors, Mr David Graham-Wheeler, will give a short report on various aspects of the school and there will be the opportunity for you to ask questions or make comments on any area of school life or governance.  This is a great opportunity to find out a bit more about our school and to meet our governors and other parents. Please do come along – you will be made most welcome.

KS2 Sports Club We are offering an “Alternative Sports” club on Tuesdays after school, from 25th February to 1st April from 3.15pm – 4.15pm. Children will receive coaching from a qualified coach in sports such as Urban Polo, Rock-it Ball, Dodgeball and many other activities. The cost for the whole course is £19. It will be a lot of fun – please sign up on the forms available in the office.

In the following term, we will be offering a KS1 sports club for our younger children on the same afternoon, which will run through the summer term.  Sign up forms for this club will be available next term.

Reading for Pleasure Every child should do some reading for pleasure each week – whether they are reading a book, a magazine, a comic or newspaper, a Kindle, a Tablet, something online, emails or any other medium. Children who read for pleasure do better academically than those who don’t. Please do encourage your child to read for fun. The child does not have to be accessing difficult reading material – they should just be enjoying it!

Lataca The date for the special Pancake Day meal is Tuesday 4th March, not as previously advertised!

Dance Club There will be one last session on Tuesday 25th February to make up for a missed one when the teacher was ill.

PFA  My heartfelt thanks once again to our wonderful PFA who work so hard to ensure that our children are given the enrichment which makes their learning even more fun. We are very grateful to all of you who support the school through the PFA events – your contribution really does make a difference to the education your child is getting.

A summary of the Behaviour Policy The school has a set of rules for behaviour which are aimed at promoting caring behaviour, honesty and good relationships, so that people can work together in a supportive atmosphere with the common purpose of helping everyone to learn, to be creative, to grow emotionally and physically, and to be happy. Behaviour is this school is outstanding, which is why learning and enjoyment of school are rated so highly by children, by parents and by other stakeholder who work with our children.

We praise and reward children for good behaviour in a variety of ways: teachers and other staff praise children; teachers run award schemes of their own choosing; special certificates/stickers can be awarded; children might visit a leader of learning or the headteacher to celebrate with them; sharing assemblies are held and show examples of children’s achievements.

Occasionally is may be necessary to sanction a child who has misbehaved or disobeyed the school rules. The sanctions may take the form of a non-verbal reprimand (meeting the child’s eyes) or verbal reprimand, isolating the child for a few minutes within the classroom or on the playground, an interview with a leader of learning or the headteacher or playtime detention – either by staying inside or remaining near the adult on duty. Sometimes children will be asked to complete a piece of work in their own time if it was not done satisfactorily in lesson time.  Should behaviour not improve, parents will be called in to discuss ways in which they can support the child and the school in their efforts to improve behaviour.

The full behaviour policy is available on our website – follow this link:

Children’s Movie Night… Come and enjoy food, film and fun with friends, on Friday 21st February from    6-8pm in Erlestoke Church. All are welcome but children under five must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. A light supper and pudding will be provided; donations of £1 for food per person are gratefully accepted.


Cake Sale Thank you to everyone for supplying such beautiful cakes for the sale today – we were overwhelmed by your generosity.

Second Hand Uniform Sale – The next date for this is Friday, 28th February.

Best wishes              

Mercedes Henning


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