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Newsletter  6  2017 Dear Parents and Carers, I hope you have all been pestering your friends and relatives about voting for us in the ‘win a playground’ competition. We have dropped to 6th place this morning after being in second place for a while. There are 28 days left to go so see who else you can get to vote. If you have several emails you can vote on each one of them. The stomping ground would be perfect for this, come on, let’s see if we can win this!!   You will have received your sponsor form this week for the NSPCC. Your child will need to collect a few sponsors and then they will complete a Maths activity in school. The NSPCC do tremendous work for children including their very effective Childline support and we wanted to show our appreciation to them for this support to schools. It does not have to be huge amounts of money, if each child collects a little then we will be able to make a good contribution to the NSPCC. The maths activity will take place in school just after half term and then the money can be collected. The NSPCC lady is coming back into school to collect the money and to give each child a badge.   On Tuesday this week we welcome our friends from Rotary who are coming to talk about the shoebox collection. They give a fun presentation to the children and remind them about what should go in the shoeboxes. We have 200 shoeboxes in school ready to go out with the children at the end of the day. There should be a leaflet inside the box explaining what to do. However, if your leaflet has got lost please go to the Rotary website which has all the information you need.http://www.rotaryshoebox.org
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    The PTFA are busy planning the school Christmas fair. They would like me to remind you about Jingle Jars. These are jars that are filled with small toys or sweets with some Christmassy decorations to look festive. These are then sold at the Christmas fair and are very popular. Start collecting jars and fill them up ready for the fair on 24th November.   If you have not returned your flu vaccination form, then you have until tomorrow morning to send it in. They are being collected tomorrow. We are also still chasing some data collection sheets that have not been returned. It is really important that we have the correct details for you. If your child is ill or has an accident then we need to be able to contact you straightaway. Please return the sheet to the office if you have not completed this.   Finally, please remember that it is INSET day on Friday so no school for children but a training day for staff.   I hope you all have a lovely half term, fingers crossed for a bit of sunshine, then back to school ready for all the Christmas fun!!   Yours sincerely, Louise Sandy, Head teacher   Term Dates 2017-18 Inset day Friday 20th October Half term 23rd-27th October Autumn term ends at 3pm Friday 15th December 2018 Inset Tuesday 2nd January 2018 Half term 12th-16th February 2018 Spring term ends Thursday 29th March 2018 Children back to school Monday 16th April 2018 Half term 28th -31st May 2018 Inset day 4th June 2018 Last day of summer term Wednesday 25th July 2018 Newsletter  5  2017 Dear Parents and Carers, The SIAMS inspection went very well last Wednesday. Huge thanks to the parents who bravely came in to talk to the inspector as well as the Governors, prayer partners plus all the staff and our amazing children. The inspector was very impressed with all she saw and the feedback suggests that our report is likely to be a very good one. In the same way as Ofsted, we do not have the report straight away, it has to go for quality assurance and checking before it is published. It would be great if we got it before half term but we will have to wait and see.   Following the success of our spirituality reflection afternoon in the summer term, we held a harvest reflection day on Friday afternoon. The children were in house groups with mixed ages throughout the school. Families worked together on the different activities. We had seed art, potato printing, collage, nature collage on the field, harvest watercolours and pop up harvest cards. It gave the children a chance to reflect on the festival of harvest in a different way. We plan to do a Christmas reflection afternoon as well next half term.   Macmillan Coffee Event 28th September 3pm in the school hall. The final figure for this was £405. Well done to Miss Bastable and all her Year 6 team.   Crazy sock day was great fun. There are pictures of crazy legs on our website for you to see if you can spot whose legs are whose!! We raised £172.15 for Mosaic so well done everyone.   There will be a sponsor form coming home this week for the NSPCC. Your child will need to collect a few sponsors and then they will complete a Maths activity in school. The NSPCC do tremendous work for children including their very effective Childline support and we wanted to show our appreciation to them for this support to schools. It does not have to be huge amounts of money, if each child collects a little then we will be able to make a good contribution to the NSPCC.   We played our first footy and netball matches on Friday afternoon. We were sadly not victorious on this occasion but valuable lessons were learned and certainly when I went to pick up children they had had a fabulous time and were very enthusiastic!   Just a quick reminder about P.E. kit, as a number of children do not seem to have any (blue/white t shirt, blue shorts, jogging bottoms and a warm top for outdoor wear). All items should be named. Also, with the colder weather approaching please make sure your child’s name is in their coat to avoid our lost property box exploding too soon!   Yours sincerely,   Louise Sandy, Head teacher   Term Dates 2017-18 Inset day Friday 20th October Half term 23rd-27th October Autumn term ends at 3pm Friday 15th December 2018 Inset Tuesday 2nd January 2018 Half term 12th-16th February 2018 Spring term ends Thursday 29th March 2018 Children back to school Monday 16th April 2018 Half term 28th -31st May 2018 Inset day 4th June 2018 Last day of summer term Wednesday 25th July 2018 Newsletter  4  2017 Dear Parents and Carers, The main event for us this week is our SIAMS (Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools). This happens every 5 years and is specifically looking at our distinctiveness as a Church School. You will remember that part on the survey you completed recently. It is on Wednesday 4th October and the Inspector is called Mrs Anna Willcox, you will see her outside on the gate with me in the morning. Please feel free to chat with her if you wish.   Macmillan Coffee Event 28th September 3pm in the school hall. You will know from the short email you received on Friday that we are very pleased to say that we raised £360 with our coffee and cake sale. There are still some donations to be counted from the text donations so I should be able to give you a final figure next Monday.   Many thanks also to those who came to Church on Friday for the school harvest festival service. There were a huge number of food items on the altar by the end of the service which have been donated to the Trussell Food Trust. You were very generous in your donations, thank you. We are having a Harvest reflection afternoon on Friday this week. This will be an opportunity for the children to reflect on different aspects of harvest with a variety of activities. Watch the website for pictures of what we got up to!   We have had visits today from the NSPCC. KS1 had an assembly about keeping safe and learning all about how Childline works. KS2 had a separate assembly with Years 5 and 6 then having workshops with the NSPCC staff. This is all part of our very important duty to safeguard the children in our school. We are going to do some fundraising to support the work of the NSPCC. It is going to be sponsorship for Maths activities in school. We will do the Maths activities in school next week and then you will get the forms back after that.   As we are in fundraising mode we are also taking part in ‘Crazy Sock’ day! This will be on Friday this week. Children can come in non school uniform and wearing crazy socks! It is in aid of Mosaic which is a charity to help support children who are coping with bereavement. Try this link to find out more: http://www.mosaicfamilysupport.org.uk   Please check to see if you have completed and returned the data collection sheet for your child.  It is important that the information we hold on your child is completely up to date.  Please amend anything that is incorrect and return it to us as soon as possible. Also, if you think you are eligible for pupil premium money (see last week’s newsletter) then please let the office know as soon as possible as census day is on Thursday.     Yours sincerely,   Louise Sandy,Headteacher   Term Dates 2017-18 Inset day Friday 20th October Half term 23rd-27th October Autumn term ends at 3pm Friday 15th December 2018 Inset Tuesday 2nd January 2018 Half term 12th-16th February 2018 Spring term ends Thursday 29th March 2018 Children back to school Monday 16th April 2018 Half term 28th -31st May 2018 Inset day 4th June 2018 Last day of summer term Wednesday 25th July 2018   Newsletter 3 Dear Parents and Carers, Thank you so much for the huge number of surveys that have been returned to school. It is good to hear so many positive things about our school!  Your time is appreciated.   Macmillan Coffee Event 28th September 3pm in the school hall. We all know somebody in our lives who has been affected by cancer and Abbey School is coming together with the rest of the country to help raise money at the biggest ever coffee morning (in our case the afternoon before!) This will be an opportunity for everyone to show off their baking skills! Any contribution of cake would be much appreciated, the more cake we have, the more money we make! Every slice will go towards making a huge difference to people facing cancer. Coffee and tea will also be available to buy and if you are unable to make the event you can still donate by texting this code- JAM HFR1  to 70550 to donate £5. Thank you for your support and we look forward to tasting your baking delights and seeing you on Thursday.   We also hope to see parents and grandparents at our Harvest Festival in St James Church at 2pm on Friday.  Donations of non-perishable foods are preferred, e.g. tins, dried pasta, etc can be sent in with your child so that they can bring them over to the church.  This will then be donated to the Trussell Food Trust.   Next Thursday, 5th October is an important day for the school as it is when we have the first census of the year which determines our budget for the following year.  It is therefore vital that we know if children are eligible for Pupil Premium.   If you are not sure if you qualify please contact the office or Dorset Direct as soon as possible; we will only get this for the current school year if the child is registered before 5th October. This is worth £1320 per child (regardless of whether they are infant age) which the school will specifically target to help those children achieve their best potential. As an additional incentive, school offers £100 credit per child which can be used during the school year towards the cost of school trips/uniform/music lessons. If you are in receipt of certain benefits we would urge you to register with Dorset Direct NOW in complete confidence. The registration process is quick and easy, you need to phone 01305 221000 and have your National Insurance number to hand. Even if your child doesn’t want to take up the free hot meals it ensures the school receives the extra funding which will benefit your child.   Please look out for an envelope in your child’s bag tomorrow containing the data collection sheet.  It is important that the information we hold on your child is completely up to date.  Please amend anything that is incorrect and return it to us before the end of next week.   We would be very grateful if there is anyone who would have some spare time to come in and sort out our library.  If you are unsure what is involved but think you are interested please come and talk to Mrs Wood.     Yours sincerely,   Louise Sandy,Headteacher   Term Dates 2017-18 Inset day Friday 20th October Half term 23rd-27th October Autumn term ends at 3pm Friday 15th December 2018 Inset Tuesday 2nd January 2018 Half term 12th-16th February 2018 Spring term ends Thursday 29th March 2018 Children back to school Monday 16th April 2018 Half term 28th -31st May 2018 Inset day 4th June 2018 Last day of summer term Wednesday 25th July 2018