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Save the Date for our Summer Fete

March 21, 2015

Our annual Summer Fete is planned this year for Saturday 20th June 2015.  It promises to be a fun packed day including Dog Show and ever popular Raffle.  SAVE THE DATE so you don’t miss out on a fantastic afternoon of fun with all the family.

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This week…..

March 20, 2015

We have had a fun end to the week as we shared the awe and wonder of the solar eclipse today looking at the BBC live webcam and spending some time outside trying to feel the changes in light and temperature.  It was difficult to sense a change in light in the shaded area of the canopy but the temperature was cold.  Some children tried out their pin hole cameras and special glasses.

Also on a fun note, lots of Year 3 and 4 enjoyed the Country Dancing festival at Stratford Park on Tuesday – great to see parents and staff doing the Dosey Doe!

Moving from fun to blood, sweat and tears!  Year 5 and 6 took on the triathlon challenge of 30 minutes swimming, cycling and running – huge amounts of tired children in the afternoon!  Well done to the Year winners – Monty Pope and Lauren Ingram in Y6, Alex Courtney and Lizzie Dutton in Y5, and Mr Southcott who won the staff triathlon challenge. The new running track was fab, swimming felt like a rough and tumble session and cycling on the grass was really hard work!

The outside eating area is a big hit with the bank being very popular for sliding down.  We look forward to enjoying many lunchtimes eating outside.

We would like to congratulate Zoe Avastu for being successfully appointed as the new Headteacher  at Eastington Primary School.  Zoe started her teaching life there and is hugely delighted to be returning to lead the school in September.  She has played a significant role in raising the quality of teaching and spirituality within our school. and I am sure everyone would to wish her the best in her next exciting journey. The appointment is another great result for us in creating excellent leaders – now to find the next leaders for Nailsworth.  The Governors and I have a recruitment schedule for next term and look forward to announcing the team for September before Whitsun.

Litter seems a problem again, please can you help keep school tidy by picking up litter where you see it. Some is ours and some is not but if everyone can pick up a piece that would help tremendously.

Have a great weekend.

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Parents Evenings

February 26, 2015

Parents evenings will be held on Monday 2nd March and Tuesday 3rd March; look out for the letter coming home to book your appointments.

The times of appointments will be slightly different for classes due to teacher training:

Monday 2nd March – 3.30 to 5pm for Reception, Y3, Y4 & Y6, and 4.15 to 5.30pm for Y1, Y2 & Y5.

Tuesday 3rd March – 3.30 to 6.45pm for Reception, Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4 & Y5, and 4.30 to 6.45 for Y6.

The appointments will be made on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so please return the slip as soon as possible stating which slots work best for you.  Your child(ren)’s teacher will allocate the slot(s) and let you know.

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Last week of Term 3……

February 13, 2015

We had a lovely Valentines party to end the term. Great singing with lots of children and a few adults (including me!) taking courage in front of the mic at the Karaoke. Thank you to all the PTFA members for making it happen.

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Also lots of children have been enjoying the new climbing frame which the PTFA helped fund with a £1,000 contribution.

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All the PTFA take massive action in raising funds and creating enjoyable experiences for the children and their families. Big, big thank you – you are fab role models.

We enjoyed a Culture day across the school today, learning more about Bangladeshi culture. There was amazing cooking in Year 5&6.

Another great sporting result for the Indoor Athletics team who achieved Bronze in the county finals this week.   The boys football team came second in the District Finals, reports to follow after half term. Many thanks to all the parents who supported these activities.

Year 5&6 had fun playing waterpolo this week during swimming and it was amazing to see some of the children mastering tumble turns… It’s my new challenge the next time I go swimming!

Thank you to all the parents who have shared their concerns over the use of the climbing frame during pick up and drop off times. Please can we all take care of children, excited by the new climbing frame, just in case they suddenly appear running across the carpark at these times.

Enjoy the holiday and we look forward to seeing on Monday 23rd February.

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This week….

February 9, 2015

It was lovely to see the excitement of Reception Class going on their first trip on Monday. Thank you to the many parents who joined in to make it happen, Westonbirt sounded like great fun.

We continue to celebrate lots of children showing courage in their work and out of school. I love hearing about the different foods children are using courage to try before saying “I don’t like that”, I haven’t heard too many vegetable stories yet! Let’s see if I can hear at least five vegetable stories by end of next week, a special big well done to anyone who tackles Brussel Sprouts or cabbage!!

I am looking forward to seeing and sharing with you the Big Art courage medals that each class are making with their own motto or saying. My favourite quote from the research I have done is “Courage is the little step between not knowing or doing something and knowing and doing it”.  Final note on courage, well done to Millie Judson, one, for creating her own illustrated stories and two for sharing them with Keystage 1 this week – awesome!

Everywhere I look at lunchtimes and afterschool there are clubs, clubs and more clubs. Well done to all of you who have attended and thank you to all those who have put on a club – especially the children who run clubs. I had a lovely surprise recently – I dropped into Year 2 at lunchtime to be greeted by a throng of children sewing quietly and intensely, going about their own business creating and making all sorts of things – fab stuff Mrs Amos and Mrs Griffin!

Well done to the hockey team and Sarah Edwards for risking ankle and shin injuries, valiant effort by all. From what I gather from Max and Connor,  we scored lots of goals but didn’t win the tournament!  Good luck to the Indoor Athletics team who complete in the County finals next Wednesday – remember take courage as everyone’s personal score contributes to the whole. Even if you are coming last in your event don’t give up because you might win the extra points needed for the team to come first!

The new climbing frame is now installed and children will be allowed to use it on Monday. Parents, please ensure that children don’t use it at the start and end of day when there are lots of cars coming and going – many thanks.  A massive thank you to the PTFA for their £1000 contribution.

Finally, thank you for your patience with the car park and the work on the outside eating area. The special sand for the bank has frozen and is unusable until it the weather warms up – watch this space!

Have enjoyable weekend!

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This week….

January 30, 2015

It has been a real pleasure to hear so many amazing compliments about our choir and their performance on Friday night at St Georges. Not only was their singing beautiful, but their whole performance and the way they conducted themselves was awesome. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Lots of children are enjoying the challenge of using courage and I am hearing many stories of courage from outside of school. Joseph in Year 3 certainly enjoyed his challenge of eating a whole trout and Monty in Year 6 ate a gurkin!  I also heard that Lilly in Year 3 got straight back on her horse after falling off, that takes courage!!  Remember courage is the single step between doing something or not doing it.  Children enjoyed Miss Burkett’s act of worship this week seeing clips of her tandem sky dive where she raised lots of money for charity through having courage.  It was amazing to see again Felix’s courage to take one small step and freefall from space back to earth. The youtube clip (INSPIRATIONAL – Felix Baumgartner – Headcam footage space Jump!! FULL) is just awesome, how Felix got himself out of a flat spin before passing out – you can see the world beneath him spinning madly!  Please let me know your acts of courage, it’s fun to share.

Good news…. the new climbing frame will be installed on Tuesday and the safety rubber floor on Friday.  Please can you ensure that children don’t use the climbing frame at the start and end of the day until the safety floor is completed and dried firm.  We hope that the running track and outside eating area are finished next week too.

The next two weeks’ sports fixtures include Netball, Hockey, Netball Finals, Sportshall Athletics next round, Outdoor Football Finals!  Take courage Mrs Reay that you will triumph and get through it all!  Thank you to the parents who provide lifts and support – we couldn’t do it without you.  There are many fixtures and events after half term too, its never too late to have courage and join in – follow Kelsey’s, Year 4, lead, he is trying out all the clubs for the first time.

Enjoy your weekend.  Only 2 weeks until half term – now where did January go?

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Snow!!?

January 13, 2015

There is a rumour that we may get snow tonight!  If the snowfall is sufficient to close the school, we will send out a text message to parents as early as possible.

Here are some alternative ways of finding out the closure information:

We will stay open if we can and will only close if it is absolutely necessary.

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