PILLING ST JOHN’S CE PRIMARY SCHOOL AND NURSERY
9th November 2018
It has been great to see the children back in school this week. Their manners, enthusiasm and excellent attitude are a real credit to you all.
We have discussed Remembrance in school during each assembly this week and the children have been very reflective and sensitive in developing their understanding of the tragedy of war. We do hope as many children as possible will be able to join the staff on Sunday at St John the Baptist Church. The service starts at 10am and will partially be held outside. Although we ask the children to wear uniform, we do recommend a warm coat is worn!
Oak Class Armistice Day Presentation
Oak Class are currently finding out about WW1 and have asked if they can present information to parents. They will be doing this next Friday 16thNovember at 2.30 before the Celebration Assembly. They will also be sharing this with the school and some invited guests on Tuesday 13that 1pm. You are welcome to this if Friday is not appropriate for you.
Please send into school with a clearly labelled bag containing a black top and black trousers or leggings for the children to wear at the performances.
Please do not leave your children unattended in or outside church until staff arrive at 8.45am.
Church will start promptly at 8.55 each Monday. If children arrive after 8.58 you will be asked to sign the late register by the staff member.
Please remember Spotty Day on Monday! A collection will take place as children arrive at church. We suggest a minimum donation of £1. The proceeds will be sent to Children In Need.
Saint Aidan’s Teachers
Next Wednesday we will be joined by some teachers from Saint Aidan’s who are spending the day with us. They are keen to see how an effective primary school teaches pupils in the primary sector.
Half Price Scholastic Book Fair
The Scholastic Book Fair is open from Thursday 15thNovember until Monday 19thNovember. Please come along after school until 4pm each afternoon. School will receive a percentage of proceeds if a certain amount of money is spent.
Flyers are being sent in bags this afternoon.
Oak Class will be enjoying a Science Work Shop on Thursday 15th which sounds excellent.
Miss Bell has arranged for some new playground markings to be put down on Friday 16th. There may need to be some changes to access to school on that day, but we will keep you informed.
I am delighted to let you know that Mrs Hill is attending the Forest Schools training this term and we plan on becoming a Forest School. You can find out more by clicking this link.
Borwick for Y5 and 6
Please remember to pay the £10 deposit by November 23rd if you want to secure a place for your child to attend the residential Borwick trip next year.
Message from Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP Minister of State for School Standards
We received a letter from Nick Gibb congratulating school on its outstanding achievement in phonics.
Please remember photographs are taking place on 13 November start 08:30am.
A massive thanks to the PTFA for all that they continue to do. The Noticeboard at the side of school is looking excellent. The PTFA Committee are a really friendly and encouraging group of people so please do take the time to chat to them and get to know them better. You can easily identify them from the Noticeboard. All parents are automatically PTFA members and any help is welcome regardless of how much or little you can offer. It all adds up.
Important Message from the PTFA
With Christmas fair approaching fast, we need your help, please. We will need assistance to set up the fair, staff the stalls and tidy up afterwards. Early next week, there will be a list in the school porch, to put your name down. If you can’t get to school, please offer your help to us directly.
We will need donations ASAP of:
toys- clean &in good working order; tombola prizes for children and adults; bottles for a bottle tombola, eg, alcohol, bubble bath, ketchup (anything that comes in a bottle!); small children’s gifts for bran tub, eg. crayons, pens, yo-yo’s, mini cars, etc.
Also, cakes (NO NUTS) for cake stall to be brought in on the 27th, please.
Your children have been sent home with raffle tickets (£1 each /£5 book). Extras are available from school office or Stakepool stores. A prize list will be sent out soon, but includes a generous cash sum, Sandcastle and Zoo passes, and many great vouchers &gifts. If anyone can offer a prize, please contact us.
On Thursday 15th, 6-7pm, at St. John’s church hall, we are getting together for a cuppa &to prepare for the fair. We’d love to welcome some new faces.
Just a note looking towards the New Year. We will be collecting clothes to be sold by weight. If you’re having a clear out, please put aside for us.
On the day of the fair, children can wear Christmas jumpers or party clothes
Thank you so much. See you soon.
Cath, PTFA Chair.
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Yesterday we held a Lost Property Sweep and while were able to reunite a lot of belongings with the rightful owners there are still a lot of unnamed and unclaimed items left in school. You really do not need to sew in fancy name tags a waterproof pen-written name in a label is just as effective.
At the end of the school day staff will be outside if you have any quick queries however, we ask that parents do not enter the school building for any reason without permission from a staff member. This is to ensure we are compliant with safeguarding procedures.
Please do not park at the front of the Golden Ball. The landlord has generously agreed that parents may continue to use his rear car park. The Reading Rooms Committee has agreed that parents may use their car park as well.
Please be mindful of children’s safety at drop off and collection times.
Please can we encourage everyone to join our school lottery?
- Tickets cost just £1 per ticket, per week and 40% of all ticket sales are donated to our school.
- There are guaranteed cash prizes every week with the chance to WIN a £25,000 Jackpot every week.
- Draws are every Saturday at 8pm and results are posted online.
- The easiest and quickest way to join our lottery is online where you can set up your payment either by Direct Debit or Debit Card.
We are planning a big social event on February 8thwith The Versions Band providing live music. They have kindly agreed to perform at a very reduced rate.
Please put this date in your diaries, tell your friends and book a babysitter! We really want to raise money towards affording a mini bus to help us get out to more tournaments and events. Follow this link
After School Club and Breakfast Club
Please remember that places must be booked and paid for in advance. We really do try very hard to accommodate working parents and where possible we try and find staff cover but in the interests of transparency need to let you know there will be times when requests cannot be met.
PE and plasters
Please remember that plasters are not suitable to cover earrings, please teach your children to remove their earrings before each PE lesson.
Speakers in School
If you, or a friend would like to come to talk to the children about your jobs or experiences (voluntary or otherwise) we would love to hear from you.
8.45 award goes to Cedar
Worker Bee Awards–
Nursery Oliver super emergent writing
Reception Martha P H amazing story writing about Divali
Year 1 Harry L settling in superbly and creating patterns in Maths
Year 2 Harley a great week and solving problems using her 3 times tables
Year 3 Joe fantastic focus all week especially in guided reading
Year 4 Alfie for really well thought out answers during group discussions
Year 5 William for a can do attitude in the play
Sophie for settling in so well and having confidence to jump right in
Year 6 Charlotte for wonderful acting skills
House points awarded to St David’s