Newsletter May 2019

 

We have had a very busy and productive half term!  Well done to all our children in Year 2 and Year 6 who have completed SATs this half-term.  We provided all Year 6 with breakfast each morning during SATs last week and amazingly they managed to eat their way through 28 boxes of cereal, 21 loaves of bread, 36 pints of milk (1 of soya milk) , 10 jars of jam/spreads,  8 tubs of butter and 10 litres of squash! 

 

Year 1 Phonics Screening will be taking place from Monday 10th June and I am sure all our year 1 children will all try their best at sounding out those regular and nonsense words.

  

Sporting News

Congratulations to our Year 6 swimmers (Leo, Tom, Tom, Eddie, Michael, Charlie, Ava, Emi, Mia, Alice, Gabriella and Harriet) who qualified for the Doncaster Swimming Finals. The Doncaster Finals was a fantastic competition with 72 of the best swimmers in Doncaster competing in races supported by Active Fusion, with both foundation and elite levels of races. They then went on to win this event, meaning that they reached the South Yorkshire Swimming Finals which was held this week.  Our team were amazing and they won the tournament making them the South Yorkshire Swimming Champions. 

 

Our Year 5/6 football squad (Finley, Lily-Ann, Georgia, Thomas, Leo, Tom, Leo, Finlay, and Tom) have also competed to Golden Boot Football Tournament for the fourth year. This year the standard of competition was extremely high with increased levels of talent and energy from all the attending schools.  The winner was to be decided in the final game, with both Hill Top Primary and ourselves, who were both unbeaten, and the game finished 0-0 meaning both teams finished level on points. Unfortunately, the trophy was awarded to Hill Top due to their superior goal difference.

 

For the first time, we entered our Year 2 athletics team into the Doncaster Quadkids athletics competition. The children took part in 5 activities, which enabled pupils to demonstrate their running, jumping and throwing skills, as well as develop their speed and agility. All children showed exceptional determination to succeed and try different events including taking part in the long jump. A successful morning was had with the children developing new skills in a competitive environment.

 

Thank you again to all the parents who were able to support the children by attending these sporting events.

 

We are currently in the process of holding heats for our competitive sporting events, ready to host the finals during our sports days on 5th and 6th June, after the half term holidays. All our children are competing in these heats and we wish them all good luck!

  

Attendance

Attendance for the year so far is 97% (FS2 – Year 6) which means we are on track to meet our target.   Good attendance is celebrated each week in school and at the end of each term.  Thank you to everyone who makes sure their child is in school every day and on time – your support is valued. 

 

The table below shows the weekly average attendance figures for each class for the last half-term. 

 

Class

Average Attendance

Number of Late Marks

F2 KW

89.6%

0

F2 MS

95.9%

0

Y1 AS

95.2%

3

Y1 EW

98.5%

4

Y2 AS

99.5%

2

Y2 VL

98.1%

3

Y3 JC

98.5%

6

Y3 AR

98.9%

4

Y4 JT

96.9%

4

Y4 CB

97.5%

1

Y5 EN/KN

96.3%

8

Y5 HR

96.5%

2

Y6 KG

99.9%

1

Y6 ES/NB

98.1%

3

 

I have attached a copy of the school holiday pattern for the next academic year to this newsletter, to make planning breaks in the school holidays easier. Please note that there are 4 training days to be added, once these have been agreed by the Local Authority.

  

Health & Safety

Sunscreen

As we go into the last half of the Summer Term, please encourage your child to bring a hat and wear a high factor sunscreen before coming to school in the morning.   If you wish your child to re-apply sunscreen, they must bring it to school in a plastic bag and the bottle must be labelled with their name and class.  Children are responsible for looking after and applying their own sunscreen.

 

E safety

As in my previous newsletter, please encourage your child to keep themselves safe online.

For further information, please see:

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

 

Hot Drinks

With sports day in mind, please remember that hot drinks are not allowed on the school site or premises for safety reasons, unless in a lidded safety cup.      

School Grounds

Recently, there have been several incidents where children have been observed trampling on the garden areas and climbing over the wall at the front of school.  Please help us by supervising children, instilling respect for the school grounds and supporting the standards of behaviour we expect during the school day.

  

Staffing

Since the last newsletter we have welcomed Mrs Smith to the Foundation Stage staffing team, whilst Mrs Sharp is absent. Thank you to all of you who have welcomed her as she has taken up her post. 

  

Contact Details

To support us in being able to contact you in an emergency and remain GDPR compliant, please inform the school office of any change in address and/or contact numbers asap.

 

Dinner money

Just a reminder that the cost of pupil school meals from 29th April 2019 were increased £2.40 per day which is £12.00 per week (as advised in letter dated 22nd March 2019).

  

As we finish for half-term, the children are really looking forward to our Sports Days on Wednesday and Thursday.  Please remember to send the children with a bottle of water, a sun hat and ensure they have been applied with suncreen – let’s hope the sun will keep shining!

                           

 Enjoy the half-term holiday – school re-opens Tuesday 4th June 2019

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