This blog has details of:-
- Nativity services
- Updated allergy information
- Snow closure procedures
- Parent helpers
- Message for Nursery Parents - School admissions and snack money for term 3
- Thank you for supporting various charity giving events
- Looking forward to next term
- Term 3 dates
Thank you to all those of you who came along to the nativity services this week. Christmas is a special time of year in a Church school and to be able to have these services in church added to the sense of the school being part of the wider Christian community. A huge thank you goes to Laura (mum of Ella YR), Denise (gran of Ella YR), Kerry (mum of Annabel YR), Sara (mum of Lucas YR) and Lisa (mum of Grayson YN and Rheya YR) for all their marvellous costume making. The costumes are beautiful and will last us for many years to come.
Updated allergen information
Following changes in government policy, our menus for nursery snack and Lily pad breakfast/snack now contain more detailed allergen information. If you would like to know more this link will take you to the poster displayed in school https://www.food.gov.uk/sites/default/files/fsa-dfe-eu-fic-schools-posterv2.pdf
There are links from that document to further web based information from the DFE.
Snow Closure Procedure
Hopefully we won't need to close for any reason, snow or otherwise, but it would seem sensible to let you know where you can find out what we will be doing should the weather turn snowy. If at all possible, in terms of safety, we will open so that those of you who work can still get to work. The teaching staff live at various long distances from school so their ability to get in to Swindon will have a major impact on whether we open or not.
A decision on opening or not will be made by 6:30 a.m. on the day of any snow difficulty. Regardless of what happens after that time, the school will open or close for the whole of that day - so if, for example, the decision is to open and then the snow gets worse we will stay open until 3:30, though you would be welcome to collect your child early if you were worried about travelling in the snow; on the other hand, if the decision was to close for the day, we would remain closed for the whole of that day even if the snow all suddenly melts and the roads clear.
We will put a message on the website via blog; will send out a text and will send out an email. The Friends Of Tadpole Farm facebook page will also be updated.
Would you be interested in coming in to school on a regular basis to help support reading in Reception? Maybe you are someone who is great at music, art and crafts and could offer your time on a one off basis? The children in Reception are now well settled and we think they would cope with parents coming in to help from term 3 onwards. Please let Miss Leach or Mrs Flynn know that you are interested in finding out more and your availability in terms of day/time.
School Admissions - If your child is 4 before the 31st August 2015 then the deadline for applying for your school place is 15th January 2015. You may have already completed your application but, if not, you can apply online at http://www.swindon.gov.uk/primaryschoolplaces
If you would like to discuss applying for a school place or would like any help with the process please pop in and see us at the start of term 3.
Snack Money - The snack money for next term is £6. Please send in by Friday 9th January.
Thank you for your donations to various charity giving events we have held. A box full of Christmas gifts has gone to the Swindon Foodbank, along with a cash donation of £75.00 to help support the work they do. We have sent £59.00 to Children-in-need from our super hero day. The Christmas themed day raised £41.90 and this has been donated to Save the Children. A really valuable part of the learning the children do here is about how they can impact positively on the world around them; how those who have need to think of ways to help those who are in need. Your support in this important area of their learning is much appreciated.
Looking forward to next term
Values - the values the children will be learning about next term will be truthfulness and perseverance. We'll be thinking about why it's good to tell the truth and what to do if you make a wrong choice; how do you sort it out with your friends and family. The New Year is always a good time to focus on perseverance - those new leaves we all like to turn over and resolutions we make... we'll be talking about why it's good to keep trying, even when we find something hard.
Owls and Squirrels - PE kits have been sent home for washing; we noticed some were not named yet and some of the daps/trainers are getting a little small so you may want to check this. Please could they come back on the first day of term. Next term we'll be learning through investigating traditional tales, experimenting with ice and spending lots of time outdoors making dens and studying woodlands.
Hedgehogs - PE kits have been sent home for washing; we noticed some were not named yet and some of the daps/trainers are getting a little small so you may want to check this. Please could they come back on the first day of term. Already planned for next term is learning about and through nursery rhymes; we will be investigating and exploring how things change and why things happen.
Lily Pad - still have spaces so if you need time at the beginning or end of each day then your children would be welcome to come along - please see Niki in the office to sign up for these - one off sessions can be accommodated with a weeks notice. Thank you for donating toys and games to the Lily Pad, your generosity is much appreciated.
Term 3 dates
We look forward to seeing you on Monday 5th January 2015 for the start of another exciting term and the beginning of the year that will see us move in to our real school building.
As the term begins, we will be welcoming new children and families to school in our nursery class and we know you will make them all feel welcome and help them to settle in to our community.
On a personal note, may I wish all of you a Happy Christmas. Thank you for all of your support in this first part of our life as the community of Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy. At this time of year we are reminded of the humility of the shepherds; the faith of the wise men; the joy that the angels bring and the peace of the birth of Jesus - these values run through the school community we are building and I look forward to sharing more of this exciting journey with you in 2015.