Sunday, 18 November 2018

2018/19 Newsblog Term 2 Week 2

Hello All

Last week’s Y6 Residential Adventure Trip was full of courage, perseverance and laughter – the Y6 children were a pleasure to be away with and they all showed our school values during their time away.  A huge thank you to Miss Weston, Mrs Plumridge and Mr Kirby who gave up their own time to be with the children and to Mrs Wilding for tag-teaming the week with me.
Thank you also for the donations you gave on Children in Need day and the colourful, cosy, spotty outfits the children enjoyed wearing – we’ll let you know how much was raised in next week’s newsblog.

In the newsblog this week:

Dates for Term 2
School Council Update
Young Carers Update
Match Report
Parents Forum 3rd December
Things of interest in the community

Dates for Term 2
Any updates will be in red
Term 2  2018/19
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 – see below

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

School Council Update
The School Council met on Thursday the 15th November 2018 and we welcomed our new year one school council members, Jasmine and Joel. Then we voted for the school dinners for after Christmas. They sound ‘dinner-tastic’! Next we talked about an issue with our book boxes for outside and we think we need to put new ones in them. After this, we got into partners and used our class’ ideas to write our shopping list for the quiet area. We looked on Amazon and added to our shopping basket. We realised we can get most of it from ASDA, so we are going to put all our names in a hat and pick a few people to go to ASDA with a member of staff to buy the last bits for our Quiet Area.

After we have finished the Quiet Area, we will be focusing on a new project with the leftover money.

If you have any ideas to make the school better in any way please use our post box in the big hall or add it to the class council board in your classroom!!!

Minutes by Mionie & Emily

Young Carers Update
Miss Milsom, who is our Young Carer Lead, will be on the drop zone the morning of Tuesday November 20th .   If there are any parents who wish to discuss any queries or have any questions about Young Carers Group please feel free to come and talk to her on the drop zone. You may already have a child who is part of our Young Carers group or you may feel that your child could benefit from our group. 
Thank you
Miss Milsom 

Match Report
Another high scoring game for the boys but they, unfortunately, found themselves on the losing team again. With a very depleted squad, due to the YR6s being away on residential and a few of the YR5s unavailable, we took boys to Abbey Park to play our cup game against East Wichel and Miss Wood and Mrs Philpot couldn't be more proud of them. It took great COURAGE and PERSEVERANCE to play with only 6 for the whole game (usually 7 aside) and, when the opposition brought ten players, it is a massive achievement. 

The boys conceded first, after the referee penalised Tadpole for a harsh handball, and East Wichel managed to convert their spot kick. The next goal came shortly after that, when Tadpole failed to clear their lines in defence and found themselves two goals down. Despite being two down, the boys were playing well and were continuing to look to pass to each other, rather than just hit and hope; this is something that the boys are constantly improving on game after game. The third goal came in unfortunate circumstances from a goal kick; Muhammed, rather kicking up field ,decided to pass to Josh who was open, unfortunately the ball was taken from him and ended with East Wichel scoring -  but this shows confidence through the team, as this is something the boys would not have done back in game one. 

After some cracking defending from Ethan, Owain and Josh and some more superb saves from Muhammed, the boys were fortunate that the score line wasn't any greater. After another sublime effort from the East Wichel striker, Tadpole found themselves 4 down. Having been 4-0 up, East Wichel showed exceptional sportsmanship and decided to take a player off and play with just five, leaving Tadpole playing with 6. Although the boys were tiring, they found a final bit of energy to push forward and Darcy, Owain and Gabriel all had good chances and, after a few great saves from the opposition keeper, Tadpole were unlucky not to score more than one. However, it was Gabriel who managed to find the net for Tadpole this time, after he was unlucky not score last week, a good low shot from 5 yards out found the bottom corner. Tadpole would go on to concede again through an almost identical goal to the third they conceded, although they boys had already conceded like this it showed tremendous COURAGE to continue to playing and developing in the game.
The final score was 5-1 to East Wichel which saw the boys get knocked out the cup, but all is not lost as they get placed into the PLATE competition. You never know we might bring that silverware back to TADPOLE FARM. 

Keep going boys and well done on a great terrific team performance. 

Parents Forum 3rd December

On the 3rd December, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, please join us at school for our first Parent Forum meeting of this year. We would really appreciate as many of you joining us as possible.
What is Parent Forum?
The Parent Forum is a partnership between parents and the school. It is a valuable way to share ideas, views, concerns and make suggestions for improvement.  It will play an active role in influencing, supporting and enhancing the development and learning of all children at Tadpole Farm.
What are the aims of the Parent Forum?
The aims of the Parent Forum are to:

· Work closely with the Local Board (governing body) and school leadership team to ensure an open and beneficial dialogue exists,  so that we can work together to improve the education provided for the children
· Assist Local Board members and staff by commenting on new initiatives, drawing attention to areas of concern and contributing to solutions.
· Meet in a mutually supportive environment
· Develop and disseminate ideas that improve life at Tadpole Farm
What are the principles guiding the Forum?
Together, we aim to be:
   Collaborative: participating together for the benefit of the school community
   Constructive: helping to identify effective solutions
   Transparent: keeping everyone informed of meetings and their outcomes
   Encouraging: welcoming ideas and initiatives to foster a positive ethos
Who can be part of the Forum?
All parents and carers of children attending Tadpole Farm are welcome to be part of the Forum. In addition, a representative from the Local Board and the leadership team has committed to attend each meeting.
What will the Parent Forum not do?
The Parent Forum is not a decision-making body. It is a body which can feed in views and represent the parents and carers of issues surrounding the school. The Parent Forum is also not the place to discuss concerns or complaints involving individual children, families or members of staff.
How can parents & carers participate?
Parents and carers can participate in a number of ways:
   All are warmly welcome to attend and participate at any Parent Forum meeting;
   By taking a role to help promote the Forum and make it work;
   By suggesting items to be discussed.
What will be the agenda on 3rd December?
·      Parent comments on the school’s vision and ethos
·      Discussion of Health and Safety aspects
·      Contributions and suggestions from parents on any aspect of school life
Hope to see you there.

Things of interest in the community