Sunday, 29 September 2019

2019/20 Newsblog Term 1 Week 4

Hello All
An amazing demonstration of the value of friendship this week, when you very generously supported our Harvest Service and the donations to Swindon Food Collective - thank you for showing friendship to those in need in our community.

A short blog this week...


  • Dates for Term 1/2 only
  • Y6 Residential Updates 
  • Message for Running Club
  • Parent Use of Social Media
  • Football Match Report
  • YR Baseline Testing
  • News from St Andrew’s Church
  • Things in the Community

Dates for the Term 1/2


Term 1 and 2  2019/20
Date
Time
Event
30/9 - 4/10 

Y6 at Rock UK for Residential
3/10
2:45 pm
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
7/10- 11/10

Science Week - more details to follow
9/10

Uganda Day - more details to follow
10/10

World Mental Health Day 
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 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 as notified in email last week
18/10
9:00 am
Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
21/10

Y2 Trip to We the Curious
21/10 - 4/11

Tapestry (YN and YR) and Seesaw (Y1 - Y6) Parent access open
22/10

School Photographer in school - more details to follow
23/10

Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
24/10 – 4/11

October holiday – school closed
30/10

Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of the next term - see below. 
4/11

School closed to children - Additional Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
5/11

Children back to school normal times for start of term 2 - remember no school run clubs this week
15/11

Children in Need - details to follow
20/11

Provisional date for Flu Vaccinations
Book Wagon in school - more details to follow
9/12 - 13/12 

RE Week - more details to follow
10/12

Y6 learning at Lifeskills Centre Bristol. 
Provisional Date for YR Nativity - more details to follow
11/12

Provisional Date for YN Nativity Tableau and songs - more details to follow
12/12

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
13/12

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 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
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 
20/12

Last Day of Term - usual times
21/12 – 5/1/2020

Christmas holiday – school closed
1/1/2020

Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of the next term - see below. 
6/1/2020

School closed to children - Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
7/1/2020

Children back to school normal times for start of term 3 - remember no school run clubs this week

Y6 Residential Updates

The story of our Y6 residential to Rock UK, taking place this week, will be available via this weblink (ignore page title this is the right page, we're just recycling the title:)).  Provided staff can access wifi to do uploads we aim to put info up each day. 

Message for Running Club

This week can you bring your Beat the Street fobs to running club - we’ll be taking in as many check points as we can. Also please don’t forget your trainers and a light rain coat as we will be running rain or shine.

Parent Use of Social Media

In the last four weeks, there have been a number of parents, in unrelated situations, who have come to see myself or Mr Spencer, concerned/upset by comments made on social media by other parents, that either directly reference, or imply a reference, to either their own or other children in their child’s class or year group. Both Mr Spencer and I have listened to, and in some cases have seen screen shots of, the comments they have been faced with and we can understand why they feel the way they do - they have asked if we will share the situation with you, the parent/carer community. We are realists and, for myself having worked in schools for 18+ years, are no strangers to playground gate chat - we accept that you sometimes need to share what you think, check out concerns and even let off steam. The difference between chatting in a small group at the playground gate and posting something on social media is the number of people it spreads to and the permanence it has - both of these can create situations and impact far beyond that which the poster may have intended - I expect none of you would chat to the parents/carers of 60+ children at the playground gate, but we all know that the use of What’s App or Facebook groups set up for classes/years groups has that effect. I do know these groups can have very positive effects - a group reminder re a trip; a check on what is needed; a question about timings etc; reassurance about how to ask for absence etc - this is not an anti-social media message. It is just a request I have been asked to share on behalf of your parent/carer community that the message groups are kept for practical messages and that any concerns re children, parents/carers, behaviour/class/playground/friendship situations etc are best handled by popping in to school and sorting them out with our support. Thank you.

Football Match Report

After eagle-eyed readers noticed that I'd made a slight mistake in the previous blog, we in fact had two matches last week; with our first being played at home to St Leonard's. Fortunately for us, we were pretty much on the front foot throughout the match. The boys dominated possession and managed to score 11 goals and it could have been more, with several chances striking the post and cross bar. After our teams being on the end of results like that last season, credit must be given to St Leonard's, who remained positive and hard working despite the scoreline. Scorers were Joseph (4) Owain (3) Briel (2) Zack and Kaden.

Sadly, due to weather, our second game was postponed last week. However the team will get a chance to play again on Thursday 3rd October, when we host Westlea to decide who goes through to the next round of the cup.

Mr Spencer and Miss Wood

YR Baseline Testing

You may have seen/heard discussion in the news about the Reception Baseline Tests that are being trialed this year. We are taking part in the trial - not that testing is part of our ethos but because, in our experience, if you want a powerful voice to change such suggestions you need to be in the process. Every year, in all schools, regardless of which year group educators are assessing children all the time in order to know their next step in learning, so assessment is nothing new. Reception children have been assessed on entry to school for years as a way of measuring the impact of school on a child’s progress. For the last few years, schools have been able to choose how this happens - we have done ours against the Early Learning Goals (that we share progress against with you) and have taken 6 weeks to really get to know your child and where they are on their learning journey. The government think that a test (2 blocks of no more than 10 minutes) can replace this approach; can be an equal or better indicator than the professional expertise, applied over 6 weeks, of early years educators… Rest assured that your YR child will not feel any pressure or be disturbed by what is happening - they often do ‘jobs’ with the teachers on a 1:1 basis and they will think nothing of doing this one.

I am happy to add parental feedback to our comments that we send in, so if you would like to know more or add your feedback please drop me an email. jane.leo@tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk

News from St Andrew’s Church

If you enjoyed Harvest Festival this week, or missed out this time because your child wasn't in key stage 1, you can relive the experience at St Andrew's Church on Sunday 6th October at 10am. We will be singing some songs that will be familiar to Tadpole Farm children as well as thinking about what harvest festival is all about, collecting non perishable items for Swindon Food Collective and having a craft for children. You are very welcome to join us.

Many thanks

Sally

Revd. Sally Robertson (Priest in Charge)

Rev.sally.robertson@nschurch.org.uk

07588 594410


Things in the Community