Tuesday, 24 July 2018

2017/18 Newsblog - End of school year

Hello All

Thank you to all those of you who came along to our end of term service today - it was lovely to share this with you.  It's been an exciting year - the opening of our Key Stage 2 (Year 3 upwards) and, next year, our first Year 6 class; another successful year for our Friends of Tadpole Farm fundraising committee, who are looking forward to more innovative events next year; and many happy memories of great learning and living our shared values. Thank you for the many lovely gifts and positive comments you have shared with all the staff - we really appreciate them very much - your continued support is valued by us all!

If you haven't yet had time to fill in the Parent Report Feedback via link given with last week's newsblog email - please follow link https://goo.gl/forms/i5Vn6GrGfIdMnT3w2 before the end of this week.   We really value your feedback on the service we provide to your child, your family and the wider community.  Please follow this link and complete our Parent Report Feedback and Survey before it closes at the end of this week - Thank you.
  
No dates for your diary this week as I'm sure you all have lots of exciting things planned...  towards the end of August, I will set out all the dates for the new school year in a long newsblog, so those of you that like to have as much warning as possible can put them in your calendar.  These dates will also be available on the school website.   

Things that might be useful to know for the holidays:-

Uniform Reminder for 2018/19
Early Years and Key Stage 1
Nursery
  • Black leggings or joggers
  • White round neck t-shirt
  • School logo hoodie
  • Trainers/comfortable shoes
Y1/2/Reception:
  • Grey trousers, shorts, skirt, pinafore dress
  • White Polo shirt - can be logo or plain
  • School logo sweatshirt/cardigan
  • Black shoes
  • White, grey or black socks/tights
  • Summer dresses - white and royal or pale blue check
PE Kit - Nursery, Reception, Year 1, Year 2
  • Black shorts
  • White round neck t-shirt
  • Daps or trainers
  • School logo hoodie or black non-logo tracksuit top
  • Black non-logo tracksuit bottoms or joggers
You will also need:
  • a school logo book bag (Y1/2/Reception only)
  • a school logo PE bag
  • a pair of wellies
  • a waterproof coat


Key Stage 2
Y3/4/5/6:

  • Grey trousers, shorts, skirt, pinafore dress
  • White Polo shirt - can be logo or plain
  • School logo sweatshirt/cardigan
  • Black shoes (not trainers)
  • White, grey or black socks/tights
  • Summer dresses - white and royal or pale blue check
PE Kit - for Year 3/4/5/6
  • Black shorts
  • White round neck t-shirt
  • Trainers
  • School logo hoodie or black non-logo tracksuit top
  • Black non-logo tracksuit bottoms or joggers
You will also need:

  • a backpack or messenger bag large enough to hold an oversized A4 workbook - there is not much peg space so slim bags are best
  • a school logo PE bag
  • a pair of wellies
  • a waterproof coat
  • we do provide stationery, but you may bring a small pencil case - must be able to fit in a shallow tray; coloured pencils (no felt-tips or Sharpies please); pencils (HB) and handwriting pen (blue - Berol pens work well for improving handwriting)
Jewellery should be kept for home use though small ear studs (not rings) and a watch may be worn. If hair is past shoulder length we suggest it's better put up in some way - hair accessories should be neutral colours or school colours only and any bows should be small please (bows such as the brand Jo-Jo are great for parties etc, but not for school please).

A Message from Dress My School - one of our uniform suppliers
Dress my school will be open for extended hours during the last two weeks in August as follows: 
  • Saturdays 18th & 25th August, 9am to 4.00pm
  • Monday to Friday 20th to 31st August, until 8pm (closed for the Bank Holiday on Monday 27th August
Please remember that we offer FREE HOME DELIVERY when you buy one of our name tape packages, please see our website for further details (https://www.dressmyschool.co.uk/).

Wishing you a fantastic summer from all the team at Dress My School, and we look forward to seeing you at some stage over the holidays.

Kind regards,
Dress My School
Help - lost books!

Over the summer please can you check your book shelves for school reading books - they are all stamped with the school name and we'd be grateful for any you find - thank you.

Friends of Tadpole Farm News from Kristina, Chairperson 

The PTA here at Tadpole Farm is called FOTF (Friends of Tadpole Farm) and is run entirely by volunteers, ordinary school parents just like you and me.
We organise events throughout the year to raise money for the school to enable it to purchase additional equipment that would not be covered by the normal school budget.
The additions that we are able to buy benefit all of the children in school and enhance their time here at Tadpole Farm. 
With the school reaching its full capacity, we are expanding our newly formed committee. Various committee positions with different degrees of responsibilities are emerging. Available roles range from Vice Chair to Secretary to Events Coordinator and Online Platform Manager as well as general ad hoc volunteer opportunities. 
If that sounds interesting to you, get in touch!  
PTA Communication Platform - Classlist
From now on, our new communication platform for all things Friends of Tadpole Farm based will be Classlist. Any FOTF events, important updates and relevant information will be posted on there. Of course, Mrs Leo will update the school calendar to show the FOTF events too and FOTF information will be in the newsblog on a regular basis.
If you still have not joined Classlist follow this link: www.classlist.com
Over 70% of the school is now registered on Classlist. As a thank you for taking the time and helping us to implement a more efficient system to communicate with you and organise events we will be holding a raffle.  One person from each year group,who is registered  on Classlist, will have the chance to win two day passes to the gym. The winners will be announced shortly and contacted via Classlist. 



News from St Andrew’s Church

The 7 members of St Andrew’s Church who came in and helped with the Prayer Space last week all really enjoyed meeting children from every class and helping them explore prayer.  It was great to see how well all the children engaged with the different activities, from praying for different parts of the world to asking help for things they struggle with individually. 
Churches don’t have summer holidays so if you find yourself at a loose end on a Sunday morning, why not pop along to St Andrew’s at 10am for one of our services?  There will be activities for children at every morning service throughout the holidays.  You’ll find full details on St Andrew’s new noticeboard, just outside reception.
Our Children’s service at 10am on 2nd September will have a special ‘Back to School’ focus.
Our next Church at Tadpole Garden village service at Tadpole Farm will be on Sunday 16th September at 4pm.
Praying you would all have a relaxing and refreshing summer holiday.
Sally
Revd. Sally Robertson

07588 594410

Things of Interest in the Community


Looking for summer reading inspiration?

Getting around Swindon?

Try this link - http://www.swindontravelchoices.co.uk - includes an orienteering route too!

Looking for ways to explore nature?

The Big Butterfly Count needs your help - https://www.bigbutterflycount.org  

The wildlife rangers we work with come from Wiltshire Wildlife Trust - their website has lots of activities on too - https://www.wiltshirewildlife.org/Pages/Events/Category/events?Take=12 





Lots more ideas here - https://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/things-to-do/south-west/wiltshire/swindon


Have a lovely summer break - see you on Wednesday 5th September! 

Sunday, 15 July 2018

2017/18 Newsblog Term 6 Week 6

Hello All

The children and staff in Year 3, 4 and 5 gave us an amazing production of Wind in the Willows – we hope those of you that saw it were as impressed as we were with the performing and the team spirit of the whole cast. Just a week and two days left to go, then it’s holiday time for us all. 

In the newsblog this week: -

Dates for your diary
Join our Reading Team!
Lost Property
Headlice
Singing Club – Infant Music Festival Reminder
Roblox and Fortnite
Things of Interest in the Community

Dates for your diary




Term  6  2017/18
17/7


17/7/and
19/7
All day

8:40 - 9:10
YN and YR Creepy Crawlies Carnival – see last week’s blog

Show me sessions for YN - moved due to trips
18/7

Singing Club Infant music festival – details sent previously also below.
24/7
9:15 am
All invited to join us for our End of Year Service
24/7

Last day of term 6 – school finishes normal time
25/7 and 26/7

Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school


















Join our Reading Team!


We are hoping to set up a Reading Team of parent/grandparent/aunties/uncles etc readers to support Years 1-6 in the next school year. If you have a regular morning/afternoon free and would like to help, please email the school office. There will be specific training so this is great if you want to think about getting into teaching assistant type roles or maybe your company allow you so many volunteer hours which would fit perfectly; or maybe you want to gain skills in supporting your own child’s reading – any and all of you would be very welcome to join our Reading Team.  Thank you in advance! 

Lost Property
As usual we have a big pile of lost property. It will be laid out in the small hall – we’ll ask the children to check it too in case they recognise anything. Please come along and look  - it will be in the small hall on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week after school 3:15 – 4:15pm.  Any unclaimed items will be put in textile bank.


Headlice
We have some cases of headlice in Year 1 – please check your child’s hair and treat if needed – advice available on https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice-and-nits/


Singing Club – Infant Music Festival Reminder
Singing club children attending the ‘Infant Music Festival’ on Wednesday this week (18th July) - a reminder that you will need to collect your child at 2.30pm on Wednesday from the school office, give them a snack and then bring them to the Wyvern no later than 3.10pm please. 

This year we will meet the children at the top of the stairs from 3pm (by the foyer entrance) and then take the children as a group to the stage door to sign in as last year this became quite congested and didn’t feel as safe. 

A reminder that children do need to be in their school uniform please but can add red, white or blue accessories. We will take drinks for the children to have at the Wyvern, so please do not send them with anything as there is limited space to store things.

Roblox and Fortnite

This week we have received information from our Health and Safety advisers regarding a popular IT based game called ROBLOX. We are letting you know so that you can amend any settings on your own IT and Wifi systems at home.  The information they gave us is as follows:- 

'Internet pornographers have infiltrated a children's gaming site called Roblox. The imagery that children can be exposed to is sexually violent and extremely disturbing.

Roblox is designed to be an accessible site for children. But whilst the games are aimed at 8-18 year olds, there are no age restrictions for users. This means both adults and young people can play and communicate with each other on the platform. 

All games are multiplayer and include a written chat feature, which is visible to players within each individual game. Users can also make and receive friend requests during gameplay and this means that they can chat to each other outside of the game.

There is also a section where players use their imagination and skills to create their own games and share these with others. The ability to create and play games can be very appealing to young people who like to create the content they see. However, because content is user-generated it can mean that some games might not be appropriate for young children. For example, whilst the graphics are not very life like, some of the games feature weapons and blood, and recently, sexual violence.
The game has become increasingly popular and schools are advised to make parent/carers aware of the risks of accessing it. Measures that parent/carers should be aware of include:
1. Teach children to speak about anything they see online that is disturbing or upsetting.
2. Make sure you and your children know about block and report functions on the site and can use them.
3. Find out about parental controls and use them, including additional settings for the under 13s.
4. Consider blocking access the site altogether.
Here is some detailed advice on the matter from the UK Safer Internet Centre:

For those of you who have questions re Fortnite – the link to the ChildNet site might help -


Things of Interest in the Community