Sunday, 7 October 2018

2018/19 Newsblog Term 1 Week 5

Hello All

Thank you so much for the generosity you showed in your donations for the Harvest Service – we have a significant amount of food waiting to be collected and it will go to make a significant difference to those in need in our local community.  In the newsblog this week:

   Dates for the New School Year Term 1/2 only

   Come and join our Local Board (Governors)
   Football Team News
   Harvest Service Thank You
   Space Hopper Edwards and Ward Competition Winners
   FOTF Meeting Update
   News from St Andrew’s Church
   Request for Barbie and Action Man type donations

Dates for Term 1 and 2
Any updates will be in red
Term 1 and 2  2018/19
15/10 – 16/10

“Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 15/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 16/10 – 3:30 – 4:00. Times for YN to be notified nearer date. Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of October holiday.
18/10 and 23/10
3:40 – 7:00 pm
Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 10 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5/6 – YN slots times as per those notified to parents on Monday 1st October
9:00 am
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship - please note if this becomes very popular we may need to restrict numbers but we'll see how it goes for now.

Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
25/10 – 4/11

October holiday – school closed

Additional Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school

Children back to school normal times for start of term 2

Parent Workshop 1 – Reading/Phonics - more details will follow

No Swimming for Y2
Week beginning 12/11

Y6 Residential at Condover Hall
2:45 pm
Y2 will be leading worship – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
3:30 – 6:00 pm
LilyPad closed for staff training
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Parent Forum – all welcome – a chance to help shape the way the school supports all the children, families and the wider community – more details to follow

3/12 – 4/12

“Show me” sessions; for children in YR-Y6 - Monday 3/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 4/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times will be shared nearer date
Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.

2:00 pm dress rehearsal for Nativity themed performance by YR – grandparents and local community to be invited – more details nearer time
6:00 pm actual performance for all YR parents – more details nearer time
9:00 am
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
Times to be confirmed

Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited
4:30 – 5:15 pm (Y1/2/3)
5:45 – 7:00 pm
FOTF Christmas Disco – more details to follow.
6:00 pm
Carols by Candlelight - all invited– the aim is for this to be outside unless weather really bad so all will be welcome

Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to   charity if you wish
22/12 – 6/1/18

Christmas holiday – school closed

Come and join our Local Board (Governors)
Are you willing to give up some of your time to give back to your local community?  If so , Tadpole Farm CEPA needs you as a Community or Parent Governor.

Being a Governor is challenging yet rewarding.   It gives me a chance to make a real difference in the children's lives and also give back to the local community.  I became a Governor because I am passionate about education and have a drive to see children learn and be their best.

As a Governor, I attend meetings on a regular basis (at least once per month) and we bring our own experiences of life to inform the discussions.  We bring the experience and skills from our day job into the governing body to enhance decision making and to make it effective. 

So what do we do as Governors?  

      Visit the school to observe and understand how the children are learning.  It is always a thrill to hear an excited pupil eloquently explain what they have discovered or learnt during a lesson.
      Monitor the progress and attainment of the pupils' performance and challenge when necessary. 
      Oversee the financial performance of the school and monitor how the money is spent.
      Ensure that the Pupils and Teachers at Tadpole Farm are safe and happy within the school environment.

Get in touch via  ...You do not have to know anything about education, as training and support is us make a difference.
Sharon Bennett-Thomas
Chair of Local Board TFCEPA

Football Team News
Our footballers had another outing last week and, whilst they played really well, the score didn’t reflect the closely fought match.  Unfortunately, the team found themselves on the end of a defeat to a very good Orchid Vale side. Despite the boys losing 5-0, even when losing they were still looking to pass the ball to each other and showed great sportsmanship in defeat. Without a a great defensive display from Owain and Daniel and of course our mighty shot stopper Muhammad the score could have been greater. Great effort from the team. 

Harvest Service Thank You
Thank you much for the large number of Harvest donations, which are being collected this week, along with donations of £135.  

Space Hopper Edwards and Ward Competition Winners

Edwards and Ward kindly ran a competition for those children eating school dinners this week and the following children have all won a Space Hopper:-

Josh K
Lacey M

Jecoleah W

Izzy D

Jessica F

Rio R

Tobias C

Lily R

Harry Mc

Riley H

Luke T

Tomi A

Amalia E

Poppy L

Annie G

Alfie S

Mimi C

Olivia P

Dominik B

Daniel P

Willow L

Riley C

Matthew B

Ruari S

Holly M

FOTF Meeting Update
Thank you to all those who came along to the first FOTF meeting this school year.  Laura Harrison has stepped up as Chairperson and Laura Firth as Secretary.  We are looking for a Treasurer to join them… you don’t have to be called Laura!... and we’d really appreciate year group coordinators and a deputy chairperson. Please get in touch if you could take on these vital role. We have teams working on Christmas Card production and running a Christmas disco for the children.  Niki Wilding and Sammi Lamb will be taking care of Class List, so sign up to the app for FOTF news.  It would be great if someone would take on running the community coffee mornings – they provided a support network for both school and wider community but it needs a small team to take this on – perhaps you and some of your friends would build a small team to run this.
The group made plans that are achievable and will provide funding for additional resources for all the children.  They are working towards funding a whole school art project in Term 3 that will be part of our RE and Spirituality Through the Arts week plus part funding and sitting on the panel for our Dragon’s Den event for Y4/5/6  to develop the outdoor area by the Y5/6 classrooms that every child will use on their journey through school. 
Fundraising plans that will be put in place are a Christmas Hamper Raffle, to be drawn at the Carols by Candlelight event; Christmas card packs, to be designed by the children in next two weeks and available for sale around the October holiday; Christmas disco for Y1-3 and Y4 -6 on Wednesday 12th December, more details to follow; term 3 will see a cinema night in school for children and term 4 another quiz night for adults, which was a hugely popular event last year.
Please get on board with this new committee and help us to expand the opportunities and resources for your children.

News from St Andrew’s Church
Church at Tadpole Garden Village will be happening again next Sunday 14th October at 4pm.  We meet in the school hall, starting with refreshments then have a time of live music, Bible story, talk for adults and craft for children and prayer.  We’ve always finished by 5pm.  It would be great to see you, whether you haven’t been to church for years or regularly go to a different church.  The theme this month is ‘Jesus the healer’.
Revd. Sally Robertson
07588 594410

Request for Barbie and Action Man
Do you have any old Barbie or Action Man type toys that you would be happy to donate to school?  If so please drop off at the school office as our YR children have plans for them!