It was lovely to see all our returning children and families and to welcome all our new families. A huge thank you to all those of you who had thought about different ways of getting to school now there is no parking on site - we really are very grateful for your support in keeping the school site safe at the end of the day - more below.
- Dates for Term 1/2 only
- This Term’s Value
- Uniform reminder - start as we mean to go on...
- Message for Y2 Parents
- Thank you - Arrangements for Dropping Off and Picking Up
- Aldi Tokens & Book People Big Book Boost
- Message for YR Parents
- News from St Andrews Church
- Things in the Community
Dates for the Term 1/2
Term 1 and 2 2019/20
Clubs on offer for term 1 and 2 will be announced
9/9 – 11/9
Sign up for clubs available
11/9 – Y1/Y2
4:30 - 5:10 pm for Y1, Y3, Y4
5:15 - 6:00 pm for Y2, Y5, Y6
Meet the teachers events - note separate times for those who have a child in each year group. An opportunity to meet the teachers, hear about the learning approach and the ways you can support your child. YN and YR have had parents meetings at end of last term but if you didn’t get the chance to attend then please feel free to ask your child’s class teacher for a brief meeting to go over any specifics for your child’s year group. Please come in through the front entrance and signs will direct you to the appropriate classrooms
Club places announced
Week beginning 16/9
Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 16/9, 23/9; 30/9; 7/10; no clubs week of 14/10, 21/10 and 4/11; clubs are on week beginning 11/11, 18/11, 25/11, 2/12 – no clubs week of 9/12 and 16/12 - if your child attends football/drama/ dance/martial arts arranged by outside groups they will let you know session dates for those
Meeting for Y6 Parents re Rock UK Residential Trip
Sign up on line for parent/carer/teacher/child meeting (see dates below) available – complete by Wednesday 25/9 and times confirmed by Monday 30/9
Y2 Swimming lessons start
9:15 – 10:00
Harvest Service– led by KS1 - KS1 parents/carers invited to join us (all classes will be invited at some point over the year when your child’s class is leading worship) – donations will be asked for £1 plus food items – details to follow nearer time
30/9 - 4/10
Y6 at Rock UK for Residential
Y4 will be leading worship on theme of Friendship– parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
Science Week - more details to follow
14/10 – 15/10
“Show me” sessions for Y1, Y3, Y5 only – please note change to arrangements for Show Me sessions this year - in response to feedback about how crowded such sessions can get we have split the year groups - please see note below - For Y1, Y3 and Y5 only Monday 14/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 15/10 – 3:30 – 4:30 For YN please come in for the first 30 minutes of your child’s session.
14/10 and 17/10
“Show me” sessions for YN only – please note change to arrangements for Show Me sessions this year - in response to feedback about how crowded such sessions can get we have split the year groups - For YN please come in for the first 30 minutes of your child’s session i.e 8:40 - 9:10 or 12:20 - 12:50
17/10 and 22/10
3:50 – 7:40 pm
Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 10 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5/6 – YN slots will be notified nearer date
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
Y2 Trip to We the Curious
21/10 - 4/11
Tapestry (YN and YR) and Seesaw (Y1 - Y6) Parent access open
School Photographer in school - more details to follow
Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
24/10 – 4/11
October holiday – school closed
Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of the next term - see below.
School closed to children - Additional Staff Training (INSET) day - staff in school; no children in school
Children back to school normal times for start of term 2 - remember no school run clubs this week
Children in Need - details to follow
Provisional date for Flu Vaccinations
Book Wagon in school - more details to follow
9/12 - 13/12
RE Week - more details to follow
Y6 learning at Lifeskills Centre Bristol.
Provisional Date for YR Nativity - more details to follow
Provisional Date for YN Nativity Tableau and songs - more details to follow
Y5 and Y6 will be leading worship on theme of Perseverance– parents of children in these year groups welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day
16/12 – 17/12
“Show me” sessions; for children in YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 -please note change to arrangements for Show Me sessions this year - in response to feedback about how crowded such sessions can get we have split the year groups - please see note below - For For YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 only Monday 16/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 17/12 – 3:30 – 4:30.
Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
16/12 or 18/12
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 - usual times
21/12 – 5/1/2020
Christmas holiday – school closed
Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of the next term - see below.
School closed to children - Staff Training (INSET) day - staff in school; no children in school
Children back to school normal times for start of term 3 - remember no school run clubs this week
This Term’s Value
This term’s value is Friendship. We will be thinking about what is means to be a good friend; how to show friendship to those who you don’t yet know; why we all need friends and how to value them; we’ll be using some Bible stories, stories from other faiths and stories from real life to help us reflect on and build our understanding of friendship. The ideas below will help you to think about this value at home too.
Uniform reminder - start as we mean to go on…
It was great to see the children looking so smart in their uniforms - thank you. Just a couple of things you may have missed in the previous newsblogs:
Hair Accessories: We seem to have an outbreak of cats ears and colourful headbands - they are beautiful but please can they stay at home - all hair accessories should be in school colours (so blue - can be shades of blue - or white).
Earrings: these should be small studs, not dangly please.
Shoes: Please could coloured shoes and trainers stay at home - school shoes should be black and sensible for wearing in playground please.
Message for Y2 Parents
This message was in previous blogs before the summer and over the summer…
For YR - Y2, the children should have book bags rather than rucksacks as these are more easily stored.
Thank you to those people who have followed this request. In Year 2 we really do not have room for rucksacks on a daily basis. The children may use them on a Wednesday when they have swimming but for the rest of the week please can the rucksacks remain at home and the children just bring in bookbags to help with storage space. Thank you.
Thank you - Arrangements for Dropping Off and Picking Up
Mornings - Thank you so much for the walking, cycling, car sharing etc you have done - we really appreciate the efforts you have gone to to support this initiative. To clarify, we are aiming to make the drop zone run as smoothly as possible and so we are doing crossing patrol at the zebra crossing to help the traffic flow.
Evenings - We knew this would be a trickier time of day, but are thankful for the many positive comments about the improved site safety for your children by minimising the traffic on site. To clarify the only people parked on site at the end of the school day are staff; visitors; those with disabled passes - we have more of these than spaces so the additional people are using the drop zone to park. We are checking passes, so if you have one please ensure it is displayed.
There have been a few queries about who can park where in the roads around school, so I have asked both our PCSO’s and Crest to clarify. The police view is that as long as you are parked legally, as per the Highway Code, then that is all we can ask - they ask you to bear in mind that, once the road outside school has it’s top tarmac coat then there will be the usual double yellow lines, zigzags/no parking zone that you see outside most schools, so it would be helpful if you imagined this is already there - the police say this will ensure all are kept as safe as possible and it is roughly what the traffic marshals are trying to advise you about. Crest has clarified there are no private roads (i.e. roads that are not open to the public) in any of the areas around school - this means that, again, provided you are parking as per the Highway Code, you have the right to park in the roads around school.
We are very grateful to our neighbours around school who are getting used to this change too - we recognise that it can be frustrating for them and are committed to minimising the time you have to park in the roads around school by opening on early at 8:30 a.m.; running the drop zone as effectively as we can; ensuring your children leave promptly at 3:30 p.m.
The Highway Code re parking can be read using this link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/waiting-and-parking-238-to-252
Aldi Tokens & Book People Big Book Boost
Mr Spencer has signed us up for the Aldi Get Set Programme and we need your help…
Message for YR Parents
The children have settled in really well already. Just some reminders…
Please remember to bring in a named pair of wellies for your child as soon as possible - the children need these for playing in the water and mud kitchen! A reminder that YR children should have draw string PE bags not backpacks - we do not have storage space for rucksacks - please use bookbags and bring them to school everyday (see above message for Y2 as mentioned previously) - it would be really helpful.
Having done our first few days, please can we ask that you check that all clothes are labelled - many children have the same shoes, coats and, obviously, the same uniform.
We have lots of toys and resources for the children to use so please can we also remind parents that children do not need to bring in their own toys - we find that, if they do, it can cause upset if they are lost or broken - thank you.
News from St Andrews Church
Hello (again) from St Andrew’s Church
The local parish church of St Andrew’s is really pleased to support Tadpole Farm in various ways and to welcome the school family along to our services.
We hold a monthly service in the school hall at Tadpole Farm on the 2nd Sunday of each month – the next one is 8th September at 4pm. We begin with refreshments and welcome people of all ages, whether you normally attend church or haven’t ever been.
We have services at our 700 year old church building at 10am every Sunday. The church which is tucked away off Tadpole Lane between Lyall Close and Blunsdon Abbey Park. You’re welcome to join us there any Sunday at 10am and most Sundays we have activities for children.
For full details of everything that happens at St Andrew’s, visit our news site or follow us on facebook and look out for regular updates in the weekly school blog.
I’m around the school at drop off time once a month and the children get used to seeing me around school so do stop me and say ‘hello’ if there’s anything you’d like to chat about. I look forward to getting you know you all better in the coming year.
Revd. Sally Robertson (Priest in Charge)
Things in the Community
Butterflies Family Centre details