Sunday, 15 September 2019

2019/20 Newsblog Term 1 Week 2

Hello All

Another lovely week in school, seeing the children already settled in to their new classes and getting engrossed in the learning they are doing. Mr Spencer and I have already had lots of children visiting our office or when we are around the school showing us the great learning they are doing - the excitement with which they describe what they have been doing and how this links to the school’s Christian values is so pleasing:)

A busy blog this week...

  • Dates for Term 1/2 only
  • Y2 Swimming 
  • Thank you, again - Arrangements for Dropping Off and Picking Up
  • Message for YR and YN Parents
  • Y2 Trip Update
  • Message for Y3/4/5/6 Parents
  • Message for Y3 Parents
  • Applying for YR 2020 
  • Tadpole Garden Village Book Festival 
  • News from St Andrews Church
  • Preparation for Harvest Festival - 25th September
  • Things in the Community

Dates for the Term 1/2

Y2 Swimming

Please note swimming starts this week - apologies that I recorded date incorrectly last week - below is timetable for dates for the year - you may want to save it somewhere.

Thank you, again - Arrangements for Dropping Off and Picking Up

The new system is really beginning to settle down now and the children are much safer at the end of the day as a result. The traffic flows in the morning are smoother too… all in all a great success. I know that some of you still have a few queries about where you can park and have asked me to pass on the PCSO’s contact details - he advises that as the PCSO team is changing at the moment then please call 101 and explain that you at a Tadpole Farm parent, would like to discuss parking with the PCSO for our school and you would like them to contact you - in my experience they are pretty efficient and responsive - if that’s not the case let me know.

Just to clarify, we have 4 disabled parking bays but more disabled permits than that so, at pick up time those people with disabled permits (all of whom also have Blue Badges) or those with temporary permits (for example, because child has broken leg and is in wheelchair or other need that may not be apparent) are parked in bays or in drop zone. The only other cars parked on site are staff (permits will be displayed soon in our cars too) or visitors, who will also be asked to display a permit.

One final request, please can you let those who only come occasionally to collect or drop off, know about the arrangements too - including that there is no drive through and drop facility or drive through for the purpose of turning around for the end of the day - the only cars that should be turning in to the site at the end of the day are those with permits, as detailed above.

Message for YR and YN Parents
Your children are settling in really well. We would like to ask you to help us with water bottles - a small number of children have squash in these, however we request that just water comes into school. If your child is having difficulty converting to water only, then try each day adding a bit more water as you dilute. By October half term, the children will be converted to water without even knowing they have done it.

For those who have lunch boxes, please note they need to be nut and sweet free please - the website Change4life is really good to get children involved in choosing what goes in their lunchbox We try to follow the National recommended standards for nutrition for young people; these recommend packed lunches may include:
  • At least one portion of fruit and or vegetable (this could include a dried fruit; grapes to be cut in half lengthways)
  • Meat, fish or other source of non-dairy protein (e.g. lentils, chick peas, hummus)
  • A sandwich that includes a savoury filling (e.g. egg, tuna, cheese, cooked meat)
  • A starchy food such as bread, pasta, rice, noodles
  • Dairy food such as cheese, yoghurt, fromage frais
  • A biscuit not coated in chocolate
  • Crisps (baked or other low fat options if possible) or other such snack such as seeds, savoury crackers, breadsticks etc.
  • Eating utensils if necessary
They also recommend packed lunches should avoid:
  • Confectionery such as chocolate bars, chocolate coated biscuits and sweets.
  • Sausage rolls and pies should only be included occasionally.
  • No fizzy drinks.
In addition we ask that no nuts and nut products (e.g. peanut butter) should not be sent to school because of allergy concerns. Children are not allowed to share food items for this same reason.

Another website you might find really useful about starting school is below - lots of advice on routines, sleep, anxiety, toileting, lunchboxes etc

Y2 Trip Update
Year Two are excited to be visiting ‘We The Curious’ in Bristol on Monday 21st October - details are now on ParentPay. We know that this will help us tie up our term of ‘working scientifically’ and we will have the chance to look deeper into our Space themed topic during our ‘Stargazing 2D Planetarium Show’. There is so much to explore and lots of experiments to get really hands-on with - we can’t wait… and we think the children might enjoy it too:)

Miss Webb & Miss Brandenburg

Message for Y3/4/5/6 Parents
Due to space restrictions in the cloakroom areas, this year we are not going to keep children's wellies in school. If we are going to Forest Schools then class teachers will ask the children to bring them in for that day.

Message for Y3 Parents
Extreme Reading:
Thank you for all the extreme reading photos so far, we are still looking to collect some more so please continue sending them in, we have really enjoyed seeing some of the innovative ways of reading.

Applying for YR 2020

Please share with anyone you know who has children who will be joining YR in September 2020 - there is no automatic move from a place in YN to a place in our YR class - all parents/carers of eligible children must apply for a place in YR.
Message from Swindon Borough Council:-
Dear Parent/Carer 

We are writing to let you know that if you have a child born between the following dates of 1 st September 2015 and 31st August 2016, your child is due to start Primary/Infant School in September 2020 and you now need to apply for your child’s School place. Please note it is your responsibility to apply for a school place for your child. 
How can I apply? 
Applying could not easier. Simply complete the online application form which will be available on our website 24 hours a day 7 days a week on the link below. It must be completed and submitted by midnight 15th January 2020. 
Your first step will be to register your details and select a password if you do not already have a Citizen Portal account. You will then be able to make your application. Once your application has been submitted an automatic email receipt will be sent to your e-mail address. You can make changes to your application, including the preferences, up until midnight on the closing date. If you return to your application at any time, simply to view it, or make changes, you must remember to complete the process and re-submit the application. Any un-submitted applications will not be considered. 
Where can I get information about Schools and the Admission Process? 
On the link below is the ‘Primary Admission Guide’ which explains the admissions process. This guide has a full list of schools and their addresses together with information on how we allocate places etc. You can view or print the guide from our website at
If you do not have access to the internet at home you can use the computers at Libraries or Swindon Direct, One Stop Shop (providing you are able to give an e-mail address). 
We strongly advise that all Parents/Carers read the Admissions Guide before making their application. You will be asked to confirm that you have read and understood this guide before you submit your application. 
Key dates in the application process 
You must submit your application no later than the 15th January 2020. This is the closing date. The online facility will also close on this date. 
Offer emails will be sent out on the 16th April 2020. You must accept or refuse the place offered by the 30th of April 2020. (You will be sent instructions on how to accept your place in your offer email). 
Once you have accepted your child's place the school will contact you with further information.
 If you would like any further information or assistance with the Admission process, The Admissions Team will be available for you to talk to on the following dates. (No appointment is required): Civic Council Chambers - Tuesday 1st October 2019 at 14:00 – 17:00pm Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH 
North Swindon Library Orbital Retail Park, - Wednesday 2nd October 2018 at 10:30am – 13:30pm Swindon, SN25 4AN 
Yours sincerely 
School Admissions Team

Tadpole Garden Village Book Festival

Hello everyone!

We are looking to run a Tadpole Garden Village Book Festival on 12th - 13th June 2020 (think Cheltenham Literature Festival but on much smaller scale… well this year anyway;)). We want to raise the profile of reading in the community, as well as raise money to buy books for children in Swindon who don’t have access to literacy.
We are really excited to have already had interest from a big author, and now we need help from you!
If you have any of the following skills and would like to join us, please email the office or speak to Miss Weston or Miss Brandenburg.
  • Food stalls
  • Published Writing for Children
  • Illustrations
  • Activities to support Wellbeing (e.g massages, mindfulness)
  • Eco friendly solutions to plastic bottles at events!
If you have any links to authors or publishing companies, we would be hugely grateful if you could get in contact with us - come and be part of an innovative, exciting next step in our growing community.
Thank you!
Miss Weston & Miss Brandenburg

News from St Andrew’s Church: The National Prayer weekend

How often do you pray, or wonder if there's someone who would pray for you?

On 28th September from 7am - 7pm Christians will be at St Andrew North Swindon praying for our local community. You are very welcome to join us.

Please let us know of any way we can pray for you, your family, friends or work by completing the form here. There is no prayer request too big or too small.


Revd. Sally Robertson (Priest in Charge)

07588 594410

Preparation for Harvest Festival - 25th September
We will be supporting the Swindon Food Collective again this year - please give all you can for those in need - details of the items that they particularly need are below:-

Things in the Community