Sunday, 6 October 2019

2019/20 Newsblog Term 1 Week 5

Hello All

Our Y6's had an adventurous if slightly soggy time last week afor their week long residential at Rock UK - I expect much washing of muddy kit and lots of sleep was needed this weekend... and that goes for the adults who went too - Miss Weston. Mrs Fletcher, Mr Kirby and Mr Spencer - without staff prepared to give up their own time and a great staff team back at school who covered their classes, such exciting and rewarding trips could not be offered to your children - thank you staff team for making this week such a success, both at school and away. 

In the blog this week:
  • Dates for your Diary
  • Friends of Tadpole Farm Update and AGM
  • Uganda Day
  • Mental Health Awareness Day
  • Science Week
  • Headlice - letters have gone out to classes affected but we all need to check and treat if necessary
  • Football Match Report
  • Do you have any toy vehicles you would like to donate to us?
  • News from St Andrews Church
  • Parent Elected Member of our Local Board - Request for Nominations

Dates for your Diary
Term 1 and 2 2019/20 
7/10- 11/10 
Science Week  see below 
Uganda Day - see below 
World Mental Health Day - Wear something yellow:) – see below 
4:00 pm 
Church @Tadpole – see below 
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 
7:00 pm  
FOTF AGM – see below 
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 
9:00 am 
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 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  
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 

Friends of Tadpole Farm Update and AGM

Our AGM will be taking place on Wednesday 16th October at 7pm at school, please come in by the main entrance and we will direct you to the meeting.

The meeting will discuss last year's events, monies raised, next year's events, key roles within the committee and any offers of volunteers/committee members.
It's really easy to get involved, you don't need to have loads of time to give we have many roles that take very little time.

This year we are hoping to get enough people on board to do different roles all year round for example, used uniform resales, raffle prize co-ordinator, class reps for each year group, raffle ticket sales co-ordinator, sponsorship facilitator etc

We are hoping to go with the 'many hands make light work' approach!
All the money raised through the FOTF go back into school to provide equipment and experiences that enrich our children's time at school.
Coming up this year............. Rock n Roll Bingo, Christmas Cards, Carols by Candlelight refreshments, Christmas Raffle, Santa Visit, Easter Disco, Scarecrow Trial and The Summer Fayre!!
Please come along and have your say, if you can't make the meeting please drop us an email using to share your thoughts and ideas.

CHRISTMAS SAMPLE CARDSSample cards started to go home on Friday along with order forms.
This year to try and make life a little easier we will be giving you the option of ordering and paying on Parent Pay.
Parent Pay sales will open on Monday 7th October and close at

Final paper order forms must be in the FOTF post box (Situated in the office reception area) by


To keep up to date with all things FOTF we do have a Facebook page, please join Friends of Tadpole Farm Academy
Our page is solely for the communication between the FOTF group and all parents and carers to keep you up to date with FOTF run events and fundraising activities unfortunately we are not able to answer questions on behalf of the school and all school related queries should be made to the school office.

Uganda Day and Celebration

Over the next academic year and beyond, we will be building up links with partner schools and communities in Uganda.  This project is still in it's early stages for us but on Saturday we joined with the wider Swindon community to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Swindon/Uganda Link. 

On Saturday morning, a small group of children represented Tadpole Farm as part of the community gathered at St Francis Primary School to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the Uganda Link across Swindon and Bristol. 
They formed a choir with three other schools and sang beautifully. Then, they listened, danced and even drummed along to the Ugandan Choir who came to visit. 
Afterwards, the children were lucky enough to learn a Ugandan game, take part in arts and crafts and make some jewellery. 
It was a fantastic morning!
This week, on Wednesday, we are celebrating Uganda Day - the children will have a chance to find out more about Uganda; to compare and contrast lives, find out about the natural world in Uganda and begin to build up a picture of similarities and differences to build the foundations for our school link. 

World Mental Health Day - Wear something yellow:) 

Don't forget Hello Yellow day for World Mental Health on Thursday 10th October.
Children can come to school wearing anything yellow, from a simple yellow accessory to all yellow clothing. (Suggested donation £1).
There will also be a coffee morning for parents, where you can come have tea, coffee and a slice of cake. This is an opportunity to sit and have a chat. Being parents or guardians is one of the hardest jobs, so it is important to look after your well-being too. (Donations welcome, all money will be going to young minds.)

Finally, there will be a cake sale after school until 4pm. Miss Weston, Tadpole Farm's Star Baker!, will be making one of her amazing cakes. There will be a guess the weight of the cake competition where you could win her cake. 

Keep a lookout around the school for our Hello Yellow posters which provide more details. 

Science Week - plastic bottle and resources needed please

The theme of our science week this year is Experimenting In Space and there will be updates on the website for you to see what your children have been learning about during this focus week.  YR would be grateful for any plastic bottles this week - with lids - Y3  are going to be making rockets as part of our Science week. If you have any bottles, boxes or newspapers could you please bring them in for us to use next week

Headlice - letters have gone out to classes affected but we all need to check and treat if necessary

Headlice have arrived in school with a vengeance - it's a while until the holiday and treating the whole family then would be advisable, but before then we need to all take active care to try and stop the spread of them.  Please check your children's hair regularly, treat lice and tie hair back in pony tails or plaits. Lots of advice on NHS website. 

Football Match report

We had no favours from the weather this week - a huge thank you must go to Mr Eccleston for making the pitch playable. As our Y6 pupils are all on residential this week, it was a chance for our Y5 footballers to shine. 
Westlea started strongly and we were fortunate that a great save from Charlie, and a bit of luck via the post, meant that the away side couldn't cheer too soon. Tadpole grew into the match and were able to cheer first as Briel went on one of his many runs before slotting the ball in the back of the net. It wasn't too long before Westlea were also celebrating however, as a short goal kick and some great pressing caused panic in the Tadpole defence. In the end it was an easy goal for the oncoming striker. Despite conceding, the boys continued with the passing approach as directed by their proud coaches. With half time fast approaching there were chances for both teams, Briel had the best opportunity for Tadpole, whilst the defence and Charlie's goalkeeping thwarted the efforts of the Westlea strikers. The score remained 1-1 at halftime. 
It was Westlea who were the happier team at the start of the second half as a quick throw in and a good turn and shot on the edge of the box resulted in a deflected goal. The boys weren't going to let that defeat them though as the rest of the second half was largely spent in the Westlea half. They threw everything at the Westlea goal, but were met by a strong and resilient Westlea defence and a goalkeeper who made some cracking saves to keep his team in the lead.  
Unfortunately it wasn't to be for the boys as they ran out of time and lost 2-1. In truth, it could have gone either way and they can hold their heads high. 
All is not lost however as they will be placed into the draw for the plate competition. We return to action on Tuesday in a bid to keep the top spot in the league. 
Thanks again for your support.
Mr Spencer and Miss Wood 

Do you have any toy vehicles you would like to donate to us?

We have a need for some more toy cars - can you help? A lot of ours are broken or very worse for wear and the children respond so well to them; this year we have some who are particularly drawn to vehicles. 
We are also desperate for some emergency vehicles for our topic next term 'people who help us'. Please bring any donations to the school office - thank you. 

News from St Andrews Church - Church @Tadpole

We’ll be meeting again in the school hall at 4pm on Sunday 13th October for refreshments, chat, a Bible story and music. This month we have the very first public performance of TFA’s very own Performing Puppets group too. You are very welcome to join us for a fun afternoon.

Revd. Sally Robertson (Priest in Charge)

07588 594410

Parent Elected Member of our Local Board - Request for Nominations

Dear Parent
Parent Local Board Member (Governor) Vacancy
Would you like to be more involved in your child’s education?
If you would, why not consider becoming a local board member. There is currently a vacancy for a parent local board member at this school.
The local board, with the headteacher, has overall responsibility for the running of the school. Their responsibilities include:
  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction
  • Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils
  • Advising on school policies and procedures
  • Helping recruit staff
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent.

If you are interested in becoming a parent local board member but feel a little daunted by the responsibility you may be taking on, remember that full training will be available, and you will always act as part of a team.
No special qualifications are needed and the most important thing is to have a keen interest in the school and be prepared to play an active part in the local board’s work. However, we would particularly welcome nominations from parents with the following skills - HR, community building, charity or not-for-profit projects.  Would you consider applying?
Local board members also need the ability to be able to build relationships with a range of people, to be able to work as part of a team, to be able to question, and to make connections between different types of information.
If you become a local board member you will be taking on the following commitments to help make sure the school is well managed:
  • Share the responsibilities of the local board as summarised above.
  • Attend and participate in meetings on a regular basis – the local board generally meets six times a year
  • Undergo appropriate training
  • You may also be invited to sit on appointment panels or attend committee meetings.

You will be required to sign the code of practice, and to apply for a DBS enhanced disclosure. Please also refer to the emailed ‘Qualifications and Disqualifications to serve as a local board member’.

If you would like to stand for election please complete the emailed nomination form and return it to the school. You may also include a short personal statement to support your nomination, which should be no longer than 100 words.
The closing date for nominations is 12 noon on 18/10/2019.
If there are more nominations than vacancies the election will be by secret ballot. If that is necessary, voting papers will be sent to all parents together with details of the ballot procedure.
Yours sincerely
Jane Leo
Returning Officer