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     Sholden Primary School

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23.03.18

Dear Parents

We are nearing the end of this term and the children are all excited for the Easter break, but next week we have some exciting events going on.  On Thursday the children will earn their Easter Eggs, show off their Easter Bonnets in a parade on the school playground after they have enjoyed the Easter Service at St Nicholas Church at 2:30.

 THURSDAY 29th is a special HALF PRICE tag day! 50p!

 

Thought for the day:

One of the most important gifts that we can offer young children is a positive view of themselves.

Without this gift they will flounder throughout life and be constantly seeking reassurance from others, as they cannot see it from within.  (Marion Dowling)

 

Staffing Matters

I am writing to let you know that, sadly, Miss Bloomfield will leave us at the end of this term.   Although a tough decision, Miss Bloomfield has decided to change direction in her career and to work in a specialist provision for children with special educational needs.  Although, sad to say goodbye, we give thanks for her valued contribution to the children of Sholden and wish her all the very best on her exciting next steps in her life’s journey.

On a positive note, we are delighted to announce that after a rigorous appointment process we have recruited a new permanent teacher for Kingfishers from September.  Details will follow about this in the Summer.  In the meantime, we have appointed a very experienced teacher, Mrs Martin, to start after the Easter break until the end of the academic year in Kingfishers.  To make the transition smoother, the children have met with Mrs Martin this week and will do so again next week.  She is a super teacher with a very nurturing manner which the children have responded to extremely well.  

 

Spiritual Garden and reflective area

Since the Spiritual Garden project competition which we ran earlier in the year, we now have the project underway.  We have had some fab ideas from the children which are being incorporated into the development.  The area next to the spiritual garden is being prepared for the surfacing of a Labyrinth design which will be a reflective place for children to just be and to pray.  We must say a massive thank you to Bunnings store at Westwood for their ongoing support with regards to the project.  Children will be visiting Bunnings in the next term to make birdfeeders, wind chimes and other features which will develop a sense of ownership over the project, as well as their skills.  As well as a variety of plants, the Spiritual and reflective area will also feature a sensory garden and growth area.  It promises to be an accessible and beautiful place to just be!

Longer term, we are looking at developing the area where the pond is to be a natural ‘meadow-like’ space with its bug hotel, which will be interesting, safe and accessible for the children.  It’s all very exciting!  There are lots more ideas. 

School Spaces Available

We have just 1 space left in year R (Ducklings), 2 spaces in year 2 and 1 space in year 1.  Please let anyone know who may be interested in attending our wonderful little school.

Golden table – Sophie L, Alfie G, Lily R, Evie K, Darcy G and Kayla.

Head Teacher’s Award – Lily B – outstandingly excellent emotive writing.

Best class Attendance this week awarded to Herons for  99.3%

Second best class Attendance this week awarded to Kingfishers for 96.3%

 

EVENT DATES

  • Thursday 29th March – Half Price Tag Day
  • REMINDER SCHOOL CLOSED MONDAY 16TH April – First day back is the 17th.
  • GREEN DAY 23rd June - Let’s give the school some TLC. Mr Lidgley (Gov) is arranging this year’s green day and is hoping to make it a family affair with activities for the children, possibly a BBQ and sweet treats and some tunes to keep us all moving. There will be a list of jobs, from painting to planting all in order of importance. There will be a sign up list next term, so book the day off!

Head Boy’s Collective Worship

A MASSIVE well done to Thomas for his amazing Head Boy’s Assembly today!  He completely independently prepared and presented this assembly which is no easy task!  Despite, his nerves being a little wobbly before his presentation, he overcame these and delivered a wonderful collective worship.  We are all extremely proud!  Well done Thomas.

 

MR RAINER’S SPORTS COLUMN

I am very proud to say that the sponsorship money for sport relief has started coming in; the final amount will be announced next week. Thank you to all who took part in this fundraiser. If you haven’t done so already, please make sure all sponsorship forms and money are in as soon as possible please.

As the weather will be hopefully getting warmer over the following weeks, please make sure your child brings a water bottle to school.

After Easter, all classes will be taking part in healthy eating lessons, as well as learning how the human body works and what we need to do in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle: this will include lots of fun activities for the children to enjoy at home that everyone can get involved with. I would like to ask that all parents and carers try implementing what the children learn at school at home as best you can, whether it be eating 5 fruit or vegetables a day or drinking more water.  I would love to hear any feedback or see any pictures of the children eating healthy or exercising at home as I feel this should be rewarded in school.

As a final note, I would like to hear from parents, carers and most importantly the children, regarding after school clubs for after Easter. Bearing in mind the limited hall space most clubs will be run outside and hopefully on the field. However, the clubs do not have to be all sports based. If you wish to provide any feedback or suggestions please speak to me in the mornings before 9 o’clock or after school. Alternatively, any feedback can be given to the office and passed on. I would appreciate to hear from as many people as I can as I want to offer clubs which the children will enjoy and benefit from.

Thank you.

Governors

Following the recent restructure of the Full Governing Body, the new Strategy Committee met and elected a new Chair (Mary Treadwell) and Vice Chair (Carl Lidgley). The committee discussed a number of topics including long term school strategy and staffing matters as well as school policies. The committee also discussed several governance matters, including current governor vacancies, training and monitoring.

 Prayer

 

May the risen Christ

Fill your heart with joy,

Bring you new hope,

And bless you with peace.

Amen

     

 

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