Friday, 13 December 2019

2019/20 Newsblog Term 2 Week 7

Welcome to the penultimate Newsblog of 2019! 
In the last week we have enjoyed Christmas Jumper Day (thank you for your donations), our Christmas Experience and our Christmas prayer space, where children had the opportunity to reflect on what they are thankful and what they wish for the future. A huge thank you to all involved in making it such a special opportunity for the children. We were also treated to Nativity performances from YN and YR - always a highlight of the Christmas season.
Passing on best wishes from all of the team at TFCEPA - Mr Spencer  

- Dates for Diary
- News from Local Board
- News from St Andrew's Church
- Research Project
- Message from KS1
- Reading Newsletter

Term 2 2019/20

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.
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

Children can come into school via the school office from 5.30pm

No parking on site please

18/12 is reserve date should event be postponed
Christmas Dinner – please book via Parent Pay
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

News from the Local Board

Tadpole Farm Local Board (also known as the Governors) meets once each term and enjoys finding out what’s going on in school, questioning whether children, parents and staff are flourishing as much as they can (within the school’s remit) and looking at future strategy to ensure the school continues to be the best it can be.

We use all sorts of evidence including reports from staff members and visits to the school to carry out our duties, and uses its meetings to scrutinise the evidence presented or observed.

To give you an example of the kind of evidence we look at and how we approach it, we recently studied the results of the Parental Questionnaire completed just before the summer holidays.  We looked at the responses (anonymously), listened to Mrs Leo’s explanation of how specific concerns had been followed up and questioned some of the trends which seemed to occur.  We were very pleased that so many parents had responded and that most parents were so happy with the school and particularly with the relationship between staff and pupils.  We are aware that parking may continue to be an issue, but are pleased that the new arrangements seem to be making the school site safer for everyone.  Communication is another topic we will be keeping an eye on, but again improvements such as the new phone system are clearly designed to help with this.

Revd Sally Robertson, Ex-Officio Local Board member
on behalf of Local Board

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News from St Andrew's Church

Calling all Marys, Josephs, shepherds and angels
On Christmas Eve at 4pm at Tadpole Farm, St Andrew’s Church will be holding an All-Age Nativity service to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.  Everyone is welcome and it would be particularly good if you could come dressed as a character from the Christmas story – Angels, Donkeys, Shepherds, Inn-keepers, Wise men, camels, stars, sheep, stable animals, camels, Marys or Josephs – though you are welcome however you’re dressed!

If I don't see you then, or at any of our other Christmas Services may I wish you all a peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year
Revd. Sally Robertson (Priest in Charge) 
07588 594410

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Research Project - an exciting Opportunity to help others in the future

Our school is working with a team of researchers at the University of Oxford on a large-scale research project called iCATS. The iCATS team want to develop a short questionnaire to help identify primary school children with anxiety problems who would benefit from support. As part of the process, we need contributions from families with a variety of backgrounds and needs.  

We will be inviting all children in Years 4-6, and their parents to take part – and we will send home more information about the project and parent consent forms in January.  We’re hoping as many families as possible will get involved!

Message from KS1

Next term we are learning all about the different people who help us. If you know anyone who would like to come and talk to us about their job in the community we would love to hear from you! Please see one of the Y1 or Y2 teachers on the drop zone. Thank you in advance.

Miss Webb, Miss Brandenburg, Miss Grace and Mrs Holloway

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Reading Newsletter

Here is our brand new reading newsletter which will be released each month! In our first edition we are exclusively revealing the first author to be visiting Tadpole Farm Book Festival! 

Happy Reading - Miss Weston