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Newsletter  37  2018

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends,

 

Mystery at Magpie Manor

Come and see Y4, Y5 and Y6 perform their summer show. It is set in the 1920’s at Magpie Manor with plenty of famous guests to try and solve the mystery………who dunnit??!! As the script says “Join the flapper girls and their family and Charleston your way through this mystery!” Tickets are on sale from Monday July 9th from the school office £2 each. Dates of performances are on the school website. Still lots of tickets left for the matinee, some left for the evenings.

Summer Fair 6th July 3.30 – 5pm

You will be very pleased to know that the Summer Fair raised £1215.06. Huge thanks to the PTFA and the children in Year 6 for all their hard work with their stalls.

SATs results

Even if you do not have a child in Year 6 you will be aware of the tests that happen at the end of the Primary education phase. Whether you like them or not we have to deal with them and so do Ofsted. The Year 6 team and the Year 6 children work immensely hard towards this goal but be assured they have a lovely time following the tests as they catch up on their History, Geography, Art and Science as well as their residential and their school production.

We are very proud to say that Abbey have once more done extremely well in these tests, it is a real testament to huge amounts of hard work, homework and sheer determination that have once again enabled our Year 6 children to achieve so highly. Abbey got 92% of children reaching the standard in Spag; 88% in reading; 92% in Maths and 80% in writing. Nationally children are achieving scores well below these. It is true that not all children reach the standard but they are incredibly close which shows the progress they have made over their time at Abbey. All of Year 6 and their parents should be enormously proud of what they have achieved this year. Very well done to you all.

Parents in Year 5 in September will find their children have a lot of homework. Encourage your child to come to Homework club. Achievements at the end of Primary do rely on a lot of hard work so please support your child at home, it cannot all be done in Year 6!!!

Bronze Arts award

Year 6 children have the chance to work towards their Bronze Arts award when they are in Year 6. The award is of a high standard and is externally marked and moderated. Mrs Turner runs this at Abbey and if your child is going into Year 6 next year they might like to consider going along. Lydia Smith has written a review as part of her Bronze Arts award. It has to be published so we have given her the chance to share it with you. It is attached to this email, please take the chance to read what she has written, it is a fine piece of writing, well done Lydia.

 

End of term achievement assemblies

These are held every year on the last day of term 25th July. KS1 is 9.15 – 9.45am and KS2 10.00 – 10.30am. If your child has received a Head teachers award for excellence then you will be invited to come along to see your child receive it. Watch your email this week!

Headlice

I’m afraid we have reports again of headlice, please be vigilant and check your child’s hair regularly and treat if necessary. Keep long hair tied back for school please.

There will be no clubs in the last three days of term

 

And finally…………………………

This will be my last newsletter to you as Head teacher of Abbey Primary. I have loved being part of this school, there is something particularly unique about the feel of it as soon as you walk through the door, welcoming, happy and warm. It has been a privilege to lead this school and I have proudly shown around inspectors of many kinds and enjoyed their pleasure in what they found here.

Abbey School is like the Millennium wheel, it does not stop, it keeps moving. People leave and people join but it still keeps going around and there are people to help you on and off. I am about to jump off but it does not mean that I shall not continue to watch and admire the continuing journey of Abbey. I will try to stay in touch and hope to see many of you in and around the area, probably in coffee shops!!!

Thank you all for your unfailing support and kindness throughout my time here at Abbey School, I shall miss you all but especially the children.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 Term Dates 2017-18

Last day of summer term Wednesday 25th July 2018

Term dates 2018-2019

INSET day 3rd September 2018

Children return to school on Tuesday 4th September

Half term October 22nd to October 26th

Last day of Autumn term 21st December

INSET day 7th January

Children return to school 8th January

Half term February 18th to February 22nd

Easter holidays April 8th to April 22nd

INSET day April 23rd

Children return to school April 24th

Half term May 27th to May 31st

Last day of Summer term July 19th

INSET day July 22nd

INSET day July 23rd

Newsletter  35  2018

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends,

LOTS OF INFORMATION THIS WEEK – READ CAREFULLY TO THE END!!

Sports days

KS2 had their Field Sports morning today and every child worked hard to collect points for their house. There was a real battle in the high jump at the end and we all watched Izzy, Josie and Charlotte as the bar went higher and higher. In the end it was Josie who triumphed at 1.32m. This is an all time school record so very well done to Josie in Year 6. Jack and Fred B. fought it out for the boys but Jack sailed over the bar to win. Jack had a go at the record height but was unlucky. It was very exciting to watch.

KS1 had a super sports afternoon. They all did brilliantly and it was lovely to see the Y6 children helping out some of the younger children who were feeling a bit nervous.

MASSIVE thank you goes to Miss Bastable who organised and ran the morning events and the afternoon events. It all went like clockwork and she deserves a very big thank you whenever you see her. It was also lovely to see so many parents, family and friends supporting the children.

Another HUGE thank you to the parents who kindly lent their gazebos, it was great for the children to be able to stay in the shade. They can be collected from the field after KS2 sports afternoon tomorrow.

KS2 children need to come to school tomorrow in their sports kit.

Obviously please make sure your child has enough sun cream on at the start of the day and extra to put on as needed. Hats and drinks are essential.

 

Once KS2 sports afternoon is over we announce the winners of the KS2 sports and KS1 sports. Totals are then added together and the winning house is announced in the Leavers assembly and the captains of the winning house are presented with the Sports Cup.

Transition Day

This is on Wednesday 4th July. All the children in school move up a class for the day. The Y6 children go to Shaftesbury/Gillingham school for the day too. It is a very exciting day for the children and the teachers!

MASH UP festival

Year 5 children and Choir/Band Y6 children are going to an outdoor music festival on Thursday 5th July. They will watch different acts on different stages just like a real music festival. The organisers have warned us that it is going to be very hot, so please think carefully about hats/sun cream/ drinks etc.

Safewise trip

Year 5 are having a busy week, they are also off to Safewise in Bournemouth, the new safety centre. We have been asked to be part of a pilot trial for the new safety scenarios and the children will be evaluating the new sessions, a free session for us.

SSCT day

This is the Safer Schools and Communities team who are coming in for their annual visit to help keep everyone safe online. I have attached an invitation for the parents session from the team. It will be at 9am for about half an hour. Even if you think you are well informed it is really worthwhile coming along, there will be new information you need to know. You do not have to let me know you are coming, just come into the hall once you have dropped off your child.

Mystery at Magpie Manor

Come and see Y4, Y5 and Y6 perform their summer show. It is set in the 1920’s at Magpie Manor with plenty of famous guests to try and solve the mystery………who dunnit??!! As the script says “Join the flapper girls and their family and Charleston your way through this mystery!” Tickets are on sale from Monday July 9th from the school office £2 each. Dates of performances are on the school website.

Cancelling hot meals, NEW INFORMATION

Chartwells, our hot meals provider has informed us that meals now have to be cancelled by the parent at least 72 hours before if a refund is required. All school trip letters should now have that information. If your child is in Y5 or Y6 on the trips this week then please cancel now!!

Summer Fair 6th July 3.30 – 5pm

Please contact your class rep to find out which stall your year group are running. KS2 any bottles for bottle tombola can come into school now. KS1 cakes for cake stall please. Any volunteers much appreciated, talk to your class rep. We look forward to seeing you there on Friday.

BAGS2SCHOOL

Thank you for all the bags that have been brought in. The final day to leave bags is on Friday.

 

Parking

Thank you for noting about the double yellow lines parking, appreciated by all.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 

 Term Dates 2017-18

Last day of summer term Wednesday 25th July 2018

Term dates 2018-2019

INSET day 3rd September 2018

Children return to school on Tuesday 4th September

Half term October 22nd to October 26th

Last day of Autumn term 21st December

INSET day 7th January

Children return to school 8th January

Half term February 18th to February 22nd

Easter holidays April 8th to April 22nd

INSET day April 23rd

Children return to school April 24th

Half term May 27th to May 31st

Last day of Summer term July 19th

INSET day July 22nd

INSET day July 23rd

Louise Sandy

Headteacher Abbey CEVA Primary School,

St James,

Shaftesbury,

Dorset.

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Newsletter  34 2018

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends,

Leeson House

Year 5 have now successfully completed their residential trip to Leeson House. They had beautiful weather and were involved in all kinds of outdoor activities. It is their class assembly on Friday and we are looking forward to hearing all about what they did. I saw the talent show on Thursday night and there were certainly some acts of skill, some musical numbers and some that just made us laugh!! Thanks to the Year 5 team for enabling this trip to take place.

Springhead

Year 4 were at Springhead today. Despite the hot weather they completed the 6 mile walk up Fontmell Down and then enjoyed some den building in the woods. Tomorrow they go back to make egg pirate boats and then do some river dipping in the stream there. The final part of the day is racing their egg boats, whose design will win? Watch this space!

Sports days

Children need to come to school in their sports kit on Sports day.

This is Monday 2nd July for KS2 field sports in the morning (no parents please) and KS1 in the afternoon from 1pm (lots of parents please to cheer them on). KS2 then have their sports afternoon on Tuesday 3rd July from 1pm where KS2 parents come to watch.

This year the children have asked if they can come in a t shirt which is the colour of their house (St John’s GREEN/St Peter’s RED/St James YELLOW). This is optional as we still have some coloured bands the children can use if they do not have a shirt.

If the weather continues to be as hot as it is then we will need some extra shade on the field. If you have a gazebo you are willing to lend school then that would be fabulous. It would need to go up early on Monday morning. 3 gazebos would be great but we can accommodate up to 6 if available. Please let Mrs Sandy or the office know if you can help us out here. Obviously please make sure your child has enough sun cream on at the start of the day and extra to put on as needed. Hats and drinks are essential.

3 Peaks Challenge treat

If you have not already been told then I can tell you that St Peter’s won the 3 Peaks challenge treat. It was quite close in the end as you can see.

House

Number of children who climbed the peaks

St John’s

52

St James

56

St Peter’s

65

 

 

The treat is a trip to the park on Wednesday 11th July. Mrs Junor has promised healthy snacks too! If you would like to help on this afternoon please let me know.

 

Summer Fair 6th July 3.30 – 5pm

Please contact your class rep to find out which stall your year group are running. KS2 any bottles for bottle tombola can come into school now. KS1 cakes for cake stall please. Any volunteers much appreciated, talk to your class rep.

 

Parking

I have had requests from several parents in the last week about parking on the double yellow lines on Foyle Hill. It is making life difficult and dangerous as cars try to get around the parked cars. The double yellow lines are there for a reason!

This has not improved in the last week. Parents and other observers have noted that it is a red car that parks there all the time. Could the owner of that red car please note this and park elsewhere please??

Dates for events

Please remember that dates for the school play, dates for sports days, dates for trips are all on the school website calendar. They are also put on the blackboard outside school each week.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 

 Term Dates 2017-18

Last day of summer term Wednesday 25th July 2018

Term dates 2018-2019

INSET day 3rd September 2018

Children return to school on Tuesday 4th September

Half term October 22nd to October 26th

Last day of Autumn term 21st December

INSET day 7th January

Children return to school 8th January

Half term February 18th to February 22nd

Easter holidays April 8th to April 22nd

INSET day April 23rd

Children return to school April 24th

Half term May 27th to May 31st

Last day of Summer term July 19th

INSET day July 22nd

INSET day July 23rd

Newsletter 33

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends,

Butlins

Our Year 6 children are back looking very relaxed, if a bit tired! They had an amazing week and our thanks must go to the team from Abbey that went with them and supported them so well in their time away, Ms Saunders, Mrs Brown and Mrs Mitchell. I went to visit them on Thursday evening for a meal and the disco. Everywhere I went it was mentioned to me about how well behaved they were, considerate, polite and generally nice to know. Well done Year 6, we are really proud of you for flying the Abbey flag so successfully.

Year 5 go to Leeson House this week for three days. Good luck to them and we hope they enjoy their time away too, the weather is looking really good for the end of the week.

Tennis

Our two teams played really well. Ellie, Henry, Keira and Noah were proud to come in third place with a bronze medal and Lucas, Ryan, Annabelle and Evie were proud to get fifth place for their team. Well done to all of them.

Summer Fair 6th July 3.30 – 5pm

Please contact your class rep to find out which stall your year group are running. KS2 any bottles for bottle tombola can come into school now. KS1 cakes for cake stall please. Any volunteers much appreciated, talk to your class rep.

Library Reading Challenge

The children had a talk to day from Shaftesbury Library about this year’s reading challenge Mischief Makers. It is a really worthwhile and enjoyable activity to get your children involved in over the Summer. I hope your child will come home tonight keen to take part, they get a special certificate and medal in September if they have completed the challenge.

3 Peaks Challenge

Well done to everyone who took part in the 3 Peaks challenge, brain child of Sarah Junor and organised by the PTFA. You will be pleased to know that so far this has raised £1400 for the stomping ground and outdoor area, there is still some more money to come. I will let you know the final amount once it is all in.

I can also let you know the result of the inter house competition for the ‘3 Peaks treat’, but first some statistics. 61 children went up Duncliffe Hill, 55 went up Melbury Hill and 57 went up Hambledon Hill. So, the result is St John’s sent 52 children, St James sent 56 children but St Peter’s sent 65 children on the 3 Peaks challenge. St Peter’s are therefore the winners of this competition. Details of the ‘treat’ will be in next week’s newsletter (if the children have not told you before then!)

Parking

I have had requests from several parents in the last week about parking on the double yellow lines on Foyle Hill. It is making life difficult and dangerous as cars try to get around the parked cars. The double yellow lines are there for a reason! It has been reported to the Shaftesbury traffic police so expect traffic wardens to be in attendance……………………………

Dates for events

Please remember that dates for the school play, dates for sports days, dates for trips are all on the school website calendar. They are also put on the blackboard outside school each week.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 Term Dates 2017-18

Last day of summer term Wednesday 25th July 2018

Term dates 2018-2019

INSET day 3rd September 2018

Children return to school on Tuesday 4th September

Half term October 22nd to October 26th

Last day of Autumn term 21st December

INSET day 7th January

Children return to school 8th January

Half term February 18th to February 22nd

Easter holidays April 8th to April 22nd

INSET day April 23rd

Children return to school April 24th

Half term May 27th to May 31st

Last day of Summer term July 19th

INSET day July 22nd

INSET day July 23rd

Newsletter  32 2018

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends,

We sent Year 6 off to Butlins this morning all looking very excited. I have heard from Miss Saunders that they have arrived safely and are enjoying the sunshine. How lucky they are to be going on holiday this week!

Tennis

Two teams play in the North Dorset finals on 12th June. Well done to all the players from Y3/Y4 and good luck in the finals.

Class assemblies

It is Year 2’s turn this Friday. Assembly starts at 2.45pm and the children can go home straightaway afterwards, siblings can also be collected.

Request

Mrs Steele is trying to get together boxes of toys and games that can be got out at playtimes by groups of children down on the playground. I wondered if any of you had some toys that are no longer needed that could be part of this project? Obviously nothing broken or dangerous in any way but large sized construction/big toys/board games etc. If you have anything you think might be useful then please talk to Mrs Steele, Mrs Howard or me. It will just add a slightly different dimension to playtime for some of the children.

Thanks………………….

must go to Jane Ward who has persuaded the Wessex Ridgeway 100k Relay on 20th May 2018 to donate their profits to the school, £250! We are hugely grateful for these kind of donations, it will go directly to continuing to improve our outside areas.

Sculpture Park

Take a walk down beyond the ‘snake’ and you will see the developments to our new sculpture park. Year 6 are busy making sculptures from concrete and vermiculite and the PTFA have kindly donated some recycled plastic benches for the children to sit on. One of our Governors Mrs Judy Wade who has recently retired from our Governing Body has also donated one of the benches, many thanks to her for this generous gift to the school. They are very colourful and very hard wearing so they should be a good investment. Keep an eye open this half term to await the arrival of the sculptures!! We were lucky enough to get a grant for the cost of making the sculptures with Des Alner from the The Arts Society Blackmore Vale. They are a charity who sponsor art days in primary schools in the Blackmore Vale.

Abbey Primary classes in September

After many discussions and considerations we have finalised the teaching staff for September. As we are starting with a new Head teacher it seemed best for teachers to remain in their current year groups to give a stable start to the new year. TA’s move around as they do every year, so we can offer the best possible support for the children with their learning. Mrs Green will also be reverting to her maiden name Miss Wonnacott in September. Mrs Sanderson is replacing Mrs Crosfield.

Year group Teacher/s
Reception Miss Wonnacott and Mrs Sanderson
Year 1 Mrs Marshall and Mrs Gosling
Year 2 Mrs Wells
Year 3 Miss Bastable
Year 4 Mrs Stone
Year 5 Mrs Wood and Mrs Gosling
Year 6 Miss Saunders

We are lucky to have such fantastic, committed Teaching Staff and TA’s at Abbey let alone our wonderful office and lunchtime teams. A huge thank you to them all for all they do.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 Term Dates 2017-18

Last day of summer term Wednesday 25th July 2018

Term dates 2018-2019

INSET day 3rd September 2018

Children return to school on Tuesday 4th September

Half term October 22nd to October 26th

Last day of Autumn term 21st December

INSET day 7th January

Children return to school 8th January

Half term February 18th to February 22nd

Easter holidays April 8th to April 22nd

INSET day April 23rd

Children return to school April 24th

Half term May 27th to May 31st

Last day of Summer term July 19th

INSET day July 22nd

INSET day July 23rd

 Newsletter  31 2018

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends,

Well, we have already begun our busy time of visits and trips. Thanks in advance to all parents and friends who offer to drive children to different venues. It enables us to offer plenty of opportunities for children to get involved in sporting and musical activities without huge cost to parents. Can I just remind you that if you offer to drive children there is always a drivers form containing essential information about the trip and about the safety of your car. If you drive for us and you have read the form, then you are agreeing that you and your car are safe to transport children. Make sure you read the form carefully!!

KS1 Singing morning at Clayesmore

This is a good example of parental support for an event. We had so many parents offering to drive this morning I had a very peaceful trip to Clayesmore!

Six schools came this morning and everyone sang two songs ‘Song for every day’ and ‘How far I’ll go’ from Moana. Three schools performed in front of the audience in the concert at the end of the morning. Abbey was one of them and delighted their audience with their song ‘Last night’s pizza in my breakfast bowl’. They sang beautifully and we were congratulated about their very tuneful singing. Our audience included a lot of Abbey parents and the children were so excited to be part of this. Behaviour was excellent, I was very proud of Year 2 this morning.

Athletics at Shaftesbury School

We ran a very successful athletics club at school last half term with over 60 children coming along each Tuesday. We asked if an athletics event could be held for the Shaftesbury area and this is happening tomorrow at Shaftesbury School. We wish our team good luck and look forward to hearing how they get on.

Tennis

On 14th May three teams from Abbey Y3/Y4 went to play tennis against other schools in the area. Two of the teams were winners and runners up so they go on to play in the North Dorset finals on 12th June. Well done to all the players from Y3/Y4 and good luck in the finals.

Cricket

Our Y6/Y4 teams have been busy this term and Year 5 go to play Kwik cricket at Shillingstone this Friday. We have also had a coach Rob Norton coming into school every week to work with the Y6 children and with KS1 children as part of Goldentime. Many thanks to Mrs Mitchell for organising the team days out for the children.

Class assemblies

It is Year 4’s turn this Friday. Assembly starts at 2.45pm and the children can go home straightaway afterwards, siblings can also be collected.

PTFA

There is a meeting at The 2 Brewers at 7.30pm on Thursday 7th June. Please try to come along and see what the PTFA get up to! Don’t worry about being given a job to do, often it is just really useful to get different ideas from people. We will be discussing the Summer Fair in particular so if you have some thoughts about that come along and share them.

Calendar

Looking at the calendar it is stuffed full of activities this half term so please check carefully to make sure you know what is going on. We try really hard to keep it up to date but please always let us know if you think something is not correct.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 Term Dates 2017-18

Last day of summer term Wednesday 25th July 2018

Term dates 2018-2019

INSET day 3rd September 2018

Children return to school on Tuesday 4th September

Half term October 22nd to October 26th

Last day of Autumn term 21st December

INSET day 7th January

Children return to school 8th January

Half term February 18th to February 22nd

Easter holidays April 8th to April 22nd

INSET day April 23rd

Children return to school April 24th

Half term May 27th to May 31st

Last day of Summer term July 19th

INSET day July 22nd

INSET day July 23rd

 

Louise Sandy

Newsletter  30 2018

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends,

London Marathon

Emma Partridge was going to run in the London Marathon with her sponsorship going to Abbey Primary, However, she was injured on the day and could not run. But, she doesn’t give up and she has gone on to run in the North Dorset Village marathon raising £345 for our school. She did it in 3 hours and 51 minutes. Thank you so much Emma from everyone at Abbey School, we really appreciate your efforts for us.

Cricket and outdoor sports

We are in the season for outdoor learning of all kinds. Please make sure your child has sun cream applied before they come to school and more available with them if it is going to be really hot. There is plenty of shade outside but they should always have a hat in school as well. Water is freely available at any time of the day, please stick a label on water bottles as we see a lot in lost property at this time of year.

Gardening

Trudi Green has been very busy digging in some plants to make a more attractive border to the steps going down to the playground. If anyone has any of these plants in their garden, she would be really grateful if you could spare some of them to continue her border. They are Comfrey, Pulmonaria and Achemillia. If you are not sure of what these look please see pics below. If the pics do not come through on email then Google them!!

 

 

 

 

Plant sale

Rowenna Williams has also been busy collecting seedlings and plants. She is having a plant sale on Friday afternoon outside school at 3.30pm. Money raised from this sale is going to go towards buying new plants for different areas around school. If you have any spare plants that you would like to donate to this plant sale then please bring them along on Friday and add them to the tables. ALL plants will be 50p regardless of size. Please remember to bring some money with you when you come to pick up your children

An ongoing reminder about The 3 Peaks challenge

May half term is coming up so please try and get out in the sunshine to do the three Peaks challenge. St James is well out in front for the school treat afternoon so if you are in St Peters or St Johns you still have time to try and get that prize!!

New email for Head teacher – reminder

I am trying to find ways to make the handover to Mr Salisbury as smooth as possible. Many of you send me messages on my school address at the moment. I am going to ask you to contact me only on head@shaftesburyabbey.dorset.sch.uk This will then be an easy way for Mr Salisbury to continue in September. All messages will still come to me on my account and Mr Salisbury can then see previous emails and messages which will be very useful for him and good continuity for you all.

Thank you for all your support this half term, have a great week at home with your children.

When we come back after half term it is very busy so keep an eye on the calendar. We do try very hard to keep you up to date with what is going on at school.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 Term Dates 2017-18

Half term 28th -31st May 2018

Inset day 4th June 2018

Last day of summer term Wednesday 25th July 2018

INSET day 3rd September 2018

Children return to school on Tuesday 4th September

Newsletter  29 2018

Dear Parents, Carers and Friends,

 New Staff

We welcome Mrs Saskia King as our new receptionist to Abbey this week. She will be in the office from 8.45am until 10.30am and will deal with any calls or queries you may have. She is no stranger to us as she has been one of our valued lunchtime team for some years, all the children know her well. Please welcome her if you come to the office.

Mrs French retirement

Mrs French had a wonderful day on Friday, thank you to all who came to see her, you really made her day! This is a message she has asked me to send to you:

 Sad news

Unfortunately I have some sad news as well this week. Mrs Crosfield has decided to finish working at Abbey at the end of this term. She has had a tough decision to make but her family and sheep need her so we reluctantly have to let her go. She has offered to come and do some supply work so we shall still see her from time to time. We wish her all the very best as well as HUGE thanks for all she has done here at Abbey school.

SAT’s week 2018

SATs week has begun and the children are tackling it with great determination and a smile on their faces. Well done, we all send you every possible good wish for this week.

An ongoing reminder about The 3 Peaks challenge

I have heard a number of children talking about their walks, they seemed to have really enjoyed doing it. Look in the glass corridor for the place to put the photo and to sign in for the House competition. You have until half term in May to complete the challenge.

New email for Head teacher

I am trying to find ways to make the handover to Mr Salisbury as smooth as possible. Many of you send me messages on my school address at the moment. I am going to ask you to contact me only on head@shaftesburyabbey.dorset.sch.uk This will then be an easy way for Mr Salisbury to continue in September. All messages will still come to me on my account and Mr Salisbury can then see previous emails and messages which will be very useful for him and good continuity for you all.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 Term Dates 2017-18

Half term 28th -31st May 2018

Inset day 4th June 2018

Last day of summer term Wednesday 25th July 2018

Louise Sandy

Newsletter 28

Newsletter  27 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

Car Boot sale

The PTFA ran the car boot on Saturday in very chilly conditions on Park Walk. However, they were very pleased with the result, they made £150. They have donated half to school and half to Macmillan Cancer support.

 An ongoing reminder about The 3 Peaks challenge

I have heard a number of children talking about their walks, they seemed to have really enjoyed doing it. Look in the glass corridor for the place to put the photo and to sign in for the House competition. You have until half term in May to complete the challenge.

Travelling to school

I have been asked to let parents know about some concerns that have been expressed by neighbours to our school in St James. Concerns have been expressed about children on bikes and scooters moving quickly a long way in front of their parents. Residents are worried that these children may meet with an accident and be too far away for help. Please ensure the safety of your child when coming to and from school however you are travelling.

Nits

Unfortunately we have had several more cases of nits again in school. Please check your child’s head regularly for nits. If everyone checked heads regularly then we would be rid of them, also if your child has long hair then please make sure it is tied back for school, it stops lice spreading. There is some good advice on Mums net which might be of interest to you. https://www.mumsnet.com/how-to/head-lice-treatment

How to treat head lice – head lice treatment

www.mumsnet.com

Head lice are so common in school children you might as well accept the inevitable. Simple tips for how to treat head lice and preventing them in the first place.

Bikeability

You will see children in Year 5 and Year 6 coming to school with their bikes over the next few weeks of term. Bikeability is the new cycle training for the 21st century, designed to give the next generation of children the skills and confidence to ride their bikes on today’s roads. To get their Bikeability award, children will be instructed on how to ride their bikes to the Government-approved National Standard for Cycle Training, which sets out the training and skills essential for making cycling trips in today’s road conditions. The standard has been developed by over 20 organisations and is maintained by the professional body for cycle training, the Cycle Training Standards Board.

Children also have cycle safety checks before they do the training.

Good luck to our trainees, starting tomorrow!

Sculpture Park

I have obtained some Arts funding to create a sculpture park on the field. It will be where the old quiet garden used to be. We are utilising the paving that was put down but adding some sculptures. These are being made by our Year 6 children with the help of Des Alner over the next few weeks. The PTFA are contributing some benches to the area as well made of colourful recycled plastic. It will add another area of interest to our school field for the children to explore and enjoy. Watch this space for developments!

Finally……………………….

We welcome Mrs Claire Reynolds into Abbey School. She is going to be our Finance Officer. She will be here in the afternoons and will also take messages between 3-4pm including after school queries. Please give her a great Abbey School welcome when you meet her.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 Term Dates 2017-18

Children back to school Monday 16th April 2018

Bank Holiday Monday 7th June 2018

Half term 28th -31st May 2018

Inset day 4th June 2018

Last day of summer term Wednesday 25th July 2018

Newsletter  23 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Well, that was another interesting start to the week. Let’s hope ‘The Beast from the East’ stays away now although I heard on the radio this morning that it might pop back over for Easter!

Easter Bingo

The PTFA are running an Easter Bingo this Thursday, eyes down at 7pm. Doors are open at 6.30pm so come along and have a go. Children love to play and there are some great prizes to be won. Don’t forget to bring some sort of pen to cross off your numbers!!

Hedge planting day

On Friday the PTFA are planting a hedge around the stomping ground. All the children will plant one of the saplings so they will need wellies in school on Friday. Sarah Adams has put the timetable on facebook if you want to know when your child will be planting and any extra help will be welcome.

Sport Relief

It is Sport relief on Friday so if your child would like to they can come in sports kit for the day. If they come in sports kit then they will need to bring a contribution towards Sport relief, any contribution is helpful.

Class assemblies

Friday is turning out to be one of those busy days. It is also Year 1 class assembly. All Year 1 parents are invited and it starts at 2.45pm. Year 1 parents can take their children and any siblings home straightaway after assembly has finished. Dates for other class assemblies are on the school website if you want to check when you need to be available!

Easter Egg competition

I hope your children are thinking hard about their entries for the Abbey Easter egg competition. Children decorate a hard boiled egg according to a theme. The theme this year is “When I grow up I want to be………………..”

There are 1st/2nd/3rd prizes for each class plus some mini eggs for everyone who takes part.

The important bit……………………..

Bring your egg entry to school in the last week of term. Monday 26th March is the first day they can come into school. There will be class spaces in the glass corridor for the children to put their entries, DO NOT FORGET TO PUT THE CHILD’S NAME ON THE ENTRY!!! Judging is by some of our Governors and this will be in the morning on Thursday 29th March. Good luck to everyone, last year we had 113 entries J

Parents Evenings

The last of our three Parents Evenings is on Wednesday 21st March and we look forward to welcoming parents into school to look at children’s work and to discuss progress with the teachers. Please try to keep to the ten minutes allocated to you, it is unfair to other parents to take more than your time slot. If there is any kind of problem you can always come back at another time to discuss things more fully. I am available on all three nights if you want to come and have a chat about any concerns you may have or just to say hello!

Pupil Survey

Thank you to all the children who have completed their pupil survey. If you have not sent this back yet then please try to do so by the Eater Holidays. Please find 5 minutes to sit down with them and help them work their way through the questions. Each child has a survey to complete. There are spaces for the children to write comments which are always interesting to read. You can write the comments for your child if they are unable to do so. The survey is anonymous but children can add their names if they wish.

Last day of term (advance warning)

We will finish at 3pm on Thursday. If your child uses the school bus then please check with the driver if you still want to use it.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 

Term Dates 2017-18

Spring term ends Thursday 29th March 2018 at 3pm

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  22 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope your children enjoyed World Book Day last week, I am glad they still got to wear their costumes despite the snow closures.

Non Uniform Day on Friday 16th March

The PTFA are running their popular Easter Bingo evening on Thursday March 22nd. Roxy is in charge of the number calling and the children love crossing out the numbers and hoping to win some Easter chocolate! Children bring £1 for wearing non uniform and that money is to buy all the Easter prizes for the Bingo. Make a date in your diary to come along to the Bingo and win some of the fantastic prizes.

Easter Egg competition

It is once again time for the Abbey Easter egg competition. Children decorate a hard boiled egg according to a theme. The theme this year is “When I grow up I want to be………………..”

There are 1st/2nd/3rd prizes for each class plus some mini eggs for everyone who takes part.

The important bit……………………..

Bring your egg entry to school in the last week of term. Monday 26th March is the first day they can come into school. There will be class spaces in the glass corridor for the children to put their entries, DO NOT FORGET TO PUT THE CHILD’S NAME ON THE ENTRY!!! Judging is by some of our Governors and this will be in the morning on Thursday 29th March. Good luck to everyone, last year we had 113 entries J

Parents Evenings

The first of our three Parents Evenings is tomorrow and we look forward to welcoming parents into school to look at children’s work and to discuss progress with the teachers. Please try to keep to the ten minutes allocated to you, it is unfair to other parents to take more than your time slot. If there is any kind of problem you can always come back at another time to discuss things more fully. I am available on all three nights if you want to come and have a chat about any concerns you may have or just to say hello! Come and speak to our Governors who are manning the tea and coffee in the hall, find out what they do to support the school, they are amazing.

Pupil Survey

We try to do a pupil survey every two years to get the views of children as well as parents. There will be a survey coming home in your child’s bag this week. Please find 5 minutes to sit down with them and help them work their way through the questions. Each child has a survey to complete. There are spaces for the children to write comments which are always interesting to read. You can write the comments for your child if they are unable to do so. The survey is anonymous and should be returned to school by the end of term. We will collate the results over the Easter break.

Parents whose children have done this before have said to me how valuable they thought this opportunity was to sit and discuss school with their child, I hope you find it useful.

Bags to School

The lorry is coming to collect on March 15th so you still have 2 days to sort out those cupboards.

Finally……………………

You will by now have received an email from Ed Denham our Chair of Governors about our successful appointment of a new Head teacher for Abbey Primary. I am delighted that Mr Salisbury has accepted the job. I have shown many candidates around now and he was one of the few who truly enthused about Abbey, shared our vision for the future and was excited about the possibilities here. I know you will welcome him and share that journey together in good spirit.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 

Term Dates 2017-18

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 21

Newsletter  20 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Last week was a busy one for us.

Diocesan Adviser Visit

This was a three hour visit on Tuesday by a school improvement adviser. He monitored the teaching of an R.E. lesson, observed collective worship for the school then met with the Chair of Governors, Vicar, Subject Leader for R.E. and myself to discuss the SIAMS report from last September and to talk about the new framework for inspection for SIAMS which comes into force next September 2018. The adviser noted many improvements since his last visit a year ago. He rated the lesson he observed to be of “exceptionally high quality”. The collective worship displayed the many improvements the school has made to the quality of worship and the close partnership between the church and school was very apparent. He thanked us for an inspiring and enjoyable visit. Well done to all involved.

Headteacher interviews

The interviewing panel had a gruelling day on Thursday as they decided who would be leading Abbey from September 2018. An appointment was made and our Chair of Governors will be informing parents of their decision once all the relevant checks have been completed.

Clayesmore Choral Day

20 of our Abbey children represented the school at this event on Thursday. We had a fantastic day and children and adults came back overwhelmed by the quality, enthusiasm and sheer volume of sound that the children produced. The songs are still ringing in my ears this week! I was particularly proud of the way our children behaved whilst at Clayesmore. Mr Smith had a message from the catering manager after lunch to say how impressed they had been with the way all the children who came to Clayesmore had conducted themselves over the lunch period, very good manners indeed. Well done to our Abbey ambassadors for this.

World Book Day Thursday 1st March

Remember this Thursday is the day we all dress up as Book characters. Judging by the forecast, something with fur would be useful……………………………

PTFA Meeting

The PTFA have a meeting on March 1st at The Two Brewers at 7.30pm. Please come along and support your PTFA with all their exciting plans for the Spring and Summer terms.

Reception

If you are a reception parent please look out for a letter in your child’s book bag from the school nurse.

Multiplication tables

Year 1 x2, x5, x10
Year 2 x2, x5, x10, x11, x3, x4
Years 3,4,5,6 all times tables up to x12

You will have heard about the new National test for times tables in the news recently. Due to the National testing system and the higher level of maths skills required overall, it is vital that your child is confident with times tables. Please make sure they practice every day in some way. We thought it would be helpful for you to know when children are expected to know their tables:

 

Weather this week

The forecast is not promising, snow is forecast. If the school is closed please check the Dorset for you website but we will also try to get up to date information on the school website too. If the school is open and it is snowy then please make sure your child wears wellies to school and appropriate clothing for the weather, we do go out and play! They will need indoor shoes in their bag. It is exceptionally cold this week, please ensure your child comes to school in a warm coat at all times.

Bags to School

The lorry is coming to collect on March 15th so you still have plenty of time to sort out those cupboards.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 

Term Dates 2017-18

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  19 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to school, I hope you all had lots of well deserved rest and relaxation over the past week. The evenings are getting lighter and it feels as though Spring is in the air!

 

Lent and the 40 Acts

The children will be working on their 40 acts again this year. The 40 acts happen during the 40 days of Lent and the children are encouraged to do an act of kindness each day. The leaflets are in their classes ready to start today. Hopefully you may be the recipient of one of the acts of kindness this evening?! Please support the children as they try to complete their challenge.

Bags to School

I hope you had a good clear out over half term and filled up one of the bags to school. The lorry is coming to collect on March 15th so you still have plenty of time to sort out those cupboards.

Clayesmore Choral Day

20 of our Abbey children will be representing the school at this event on Thursday. It is a very popular day with lots of singing and a fantastic lunch too! There is a concert at 2pm if parents would like to come and hear the result of all their hard work.

World Book Day

You may need to know……………..next week, Thursday March 1st , is World Book Day and we would love to see all the children dressed up as their favourite book character (possibly some staff as well!)

PTFA Meeting

The PTFA have a meeting on March 1st at The Two Brewers at 7.30pm. Please come along and support your PTFA with all their exciting plans for the Spring and Summer terms.

Headteacher interviews

We have 4 candidates to interview on Thursday this week and we hope to appoint one of them to be our new Headteacher. The interviewing panel consists of our Governors, Dorset County education officers and representatives from the Diocese. We wish them well as they deliberate and face tough decisions for our school. The Governors will announce the results in a couple of weeks as they have to wait for safeguarding checks before they can officially appoint, you will have to be patient!

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 

Term Dates 2017-18

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  18 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

100 Club

The second draw for the 100 club took place in assembly yesterday First prize went to Sally Garret and second prize went to Jodie Goodbody. Remember that forms are available outside the office if you would like to be in with a chance of winning next month.

School Disco

The children had a wonderful time at the disco on Friday. The man who ran the disco for us this year told me afterwards that it was a pleasure to be with children who were so well behaved and who were actually interested in dancing and joining in. Well done to all the children who contributed to this, it makes me feel very proud of our children when you hear comments like that.

 

Song writing in Year 5

The children in Year 5 have been working all term on song writing with Beth Goudie from the Root Academi. It is a project funded by the Arts Council distributed through Dorset Music Service as a singing strategy. Fontmell, Motcombe and Shaftesbury Primary are also involved and we go up on Friday afternoon to Shaftesbury Primary to hear all the songs performed. The children have written some amazing songs on the theme of ‘good to be me’ and are starting to become really confident when they perform them. We might hear some of them in Golden Work assembly after half term!

Parking

I know it has been difficult outside school this last week with the road works and traffic lights at the bottom of St John’s hill. However, I have received a complaint from an irate Shaftesbury resident with photos attached that clearly show the problem is being made worse by people parking on the double yellow lines on Foyle Hill. I have noticed this for a while and it does make it very difficult for cars to turn onto Foyle Hill. Please do not park on any of the yellow lines around school or by the Church it makes it dangerous for our children. The lines are on the road for a reason, traffic wardens have been alerted again.

I know that most parents are very considerate, please can we all work together to park safely and carefully to help the children and the local residents as well.

Bags to School

The PTFA are sending out bags on Friday so this is a great opportunity to clear out your cupboards over half term! It is a good regular source of income for school.

Finally…………

We appointed a new Year 4 teacher yesterday who will start in the Summer term. Year 4 parents have already been notified of this. I explained that Mr Wharton had kindly been helping us on a temporary contract but we are not allowed to have a third term on this basis. Mr Wharton did not wish to apply for the permanent position as he has other interests and family responsibilities at present. We are hugely appreciative of all he has done to support us here at Abbey, we will still see him as he will be doing some supply cover for us once again. The new teacher is called Mrs Stone, she is an experienced teacher from Wyke Primary. She started her career at Abbey as a TA before training as a teacher so please give her a warm and supportive Abbey welcome.

Have a happy half term everyone,

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

Term Dates 2017-18

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  17 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

100 Club

We did our first draw in assembly on Friday. The lucky winners were Mr Grimes and Mrs Russell. There will be another draw on Friday for February. If you would like to be a member of the 100 club (or your friends and family might like to join!) then the forms are outside the office, please help yourself.

School Disco

The PTFA are running a disco for the children this Friday. KS1 disco is at 5.30 -6.30pm. This does include Reception children too. KS2 disco is at 6.45 – 7.45pm. Entrance is free and there are plenty of free drinks for the children during the disco too so no money is needed. The PTFA feel that this is a treat for the children as they do work hard to help out with fund raising over the year.

Non uniform day for British Virgin Islands.

You will be pleased to know that we have a cheque for £262.94 to send to the children of the British Virgin Islands from our non-uniform day and cake sale last Friday. Thanks to Ella and Jacob our school council leaders for organising the cake sale. The children enjoyed having their teddies in school and so did a lot of the staff!!

New idea for fund raising from the PTFA

We are going to have some kind of large piggy bank (yet to be decided!) by the office window to collect loose change. If your purse is clogged up with copper then come and drop it in! Every little bit helps school funds. The piggy bank will appear soon, watch this space and start saving your loose change!!

Nits

Unfortunately we have had several more cases of nits again in school. Please check your child’s head regularly for nits. If everyone checked heads regularly then we would be rid of them, also if your child has long hair then please make sure it is tied back for school, it stops lice spreading. There is some good advice on Mumsnet which might be of interest to you. https://www.mumsnet.com/how-to/head-lice-treatment

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

Term Dates 2017-18

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  16 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you to all parents who responded to the various pleas for help in the last newsletter, all much appreciated. I have just sent another plea for help to you all from one of our Year 6 boys Freddie Bennett. Please read his letter, it is a brave thing to do and it would be lovely if you felt you could support him.

Volunteers for reading in school

Reception are asking for a volunteer on a Thursday afternoon to help with reading activities. If you think you can help then please talk to Mrs Crosfieldecrosfield@shaftesburyabbey.dorset.sch.uk or Mrs Green vgreen@shaftesburyabbey.dorset.sch.uk If you would like to volunteer for reading in any other class then we are always happy to have you in to help. Please let Mrs Howard know on showard@shaftesburyabbey.dorset.sch.uk Thank you.

100 Club

I am sure you will have seen the email about the 100 Club. The first draw is on January 26th in Golden Work assembly. If you would like to be a member of the 100 club (or your friends and family might like to join!) then the forms are outside the office, please help yourself.

Phones in school

A reminder: Children should not have phones in school. If your child needs a phone for picking up needs then the phone should be handed to their teacher at the beginning of the day or the school office. It can be collected at the end of the day. Leaving a phone in a bag is not a safe option in school. If it is left in a bag and goes missing then there is nothing that we can do to help.

British Virgin Islands

I hope you enjoyed seeing the picture of the teddies ready for their journey to the BVI last week. The school council have met to discuss what else we can do to help. The leaders of the school council have written a letter to you which I have attached to the newsletter.

Please make sure you look at this before the non uniform day on 16th February.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

Term Dates 2017-18

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  15 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

Pantomime

I hope you heard good reports of the Pantomime on Friday. The company were of excellent quality and even made some of the teachers laugh! We have booked again for next January.

British Virgin Islands

We have been collecting teddies all week and tomorrow Carol will come and collect them ready to fly off to the British Virgin Islands. If you were hoping to add a teddy then the box is outside my office. Carol is collecting at 10am. Lots of children have coloured teddies to send as well. One child has written ‘I hope you enjoy playing with your new friend’ on the back of a teddy. This really sums up what this is about, extending the hand of friendship to others less fortunate than us, our 4 C’s in action once again.

PTFA

The PTFA are wondering if there is anyone reading this letter who might know (or have themselves) the expertise to prune the willow snake at the bottom of the field. It is pruned bi annually and we are now at the stage where it needs to be done. Please contact Sarah Beauchamp (Chair of PTFA) to let her know or ring school/contact me.

100 Club

The PTFA have started the 100 club again. If you would like to take part please take a letter from the box outside the office. Draws happen every month

Tree and pot request

Trudi Green was wondering if anyone has any trees they do not need! They must not be more than 2 metres tall when fully grown and suitable for putting in pots. She is working on rejuvenating some of the pots around school. Any large pots (big enough for a tree) would also be welcomed. Ring Trudi 07917 130664

Childcare request

Laura Henaghan was wondering if there was anyone who could help her. She needs to drop Leo  off at 7am and have someone take him to school on Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings. She has been really struggling to find childcare. You can contact her by email Laura.henaghan93@gmail.com or on 07557875160 if you think you are able to help her.

Shaftesbury Library

Please see attached a flyer for an event the library are holding on 1st February. They are also interested in anyone who could volunteer for their coding club. Please see the attachments to this email.

 And finally………………………………….

Please check your child’s head regularly for nits. We have quite an outbreak of them once again. If everyone checked heads regularly then we would be rid of them, also if your child has long hair then please make sure it is tied back for school, it stops lice spreading. There is some good advice on Mumsnet which might be of interest to you. https://www.mumsnet.com/how-to/head-lice-treatment

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 

Term Dates 2017-18

 

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  14 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,

As this is the first newsletter of the term may I wish you all a very Happy New Year.

The end of last term was full Christmas activities and thanks must go to everyone who worked very hard to make sure the children had an exciting and fun filled build up to Christmas. The final party day was lovely, smiling faces and Christmas karaoke certainly got everyone in the festive spirit! You will be pleased to know that the Christmas jumper day raised £151.40 for Save the Children. Thank you to Mrs Brockway for organising this.

Pantomime

This Friday 12th January we have a real treat for the children. The West End in Schools production team are coming to perform Beauty and the Beast 2pm to 3pm. There is no charge for this. It should be a most enjoyable afternoon to brighten up January!

 

Poetry challenge

Once again we are holding our poetry challenge in school. Every child in school has to learn a poem by heart to perform in front of their class. After a lengthy process of elimination three winners from each class perform in the poetry recital on March 28th. Last year was so impressive, children were very inventive and some could remember really long poems! Please support your child to learn their poem and help them to practise and be confident.

British Virgin Islands

We have been contacted by Carol Arneborg who is regularly visiting the BVI and supporting the rebuilding of schools and help for children who have lost everything. We are asking the children to look amongst their soft toy collection and find a tiny teddy (or other animal) that could be sent out to the BVI to give to children. We also are sending coloured pictures of teddies with messages on the back. The London office for BVI cannot guarantee safe reliable shipment of any goods so our best method of support is to collect the teddies and Carol will take an extra suitcase out with her when she goes – all the teddies can travel together!This is why they need to be very small and tiny. If we want to support further then we can do fundraising through a cake sale to directly help the schools. The school council will talk about this and get back to you once they have had a think.

Winter weather

I know this sounds an obvious thing to say, but please make sure your children have coats and warm clothing on, we do go outside even if it is cold and wet. Also, children need warm clothing for outdoor P.E. but please write their name on the labels!! Just initials in biro is helpful.

Calendar

We take a lot of phone calls asking about when clubs are on etc. Information is always on the school website either on the front page for the day or on the school calendar tab. You can look ahead for dates of concerts, trips, class assemblies, PTFA events etc.

 

PTFA

The PTFA have a meeting in school on Thursday this week at 3.45pm. It is a meeting for anyone who wants to come not a committee meeting. We would really welcome new thoughts and ideas from parents so come along and join in the fun. There is a crèche for children in Year 3.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 

Term Dates 2017-18

 

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 13

Dear All,

Here is the newsletter for this week.

Dear Parents and Carers,

The last two weeks of term are going to be very busy.  There are still a few tickets available for this afternoon’s performance of “Christmas with the Aliens” but tickets for Wednesday evening have now completely sold out.  (If you are bringing your child for the evening performance you are welcome to wait in the classroom/corridor if you haven’t been able to purchase a ticket).

The choir will be singing at St. Denis Lodge at 11am today and at the Trinity Centre at 11am on Thursday.  Thank you to everyone who braved the cold and brought their children to sing at The Larmer Tree last Friday evening, I hope you will agree that it was a magical experience as well as a lot of fun!

Just to remind you that we have the children’s party lunch on the last day of term so there are no hot meals on that day.  We provide a healthy balanced and delicious lunch for everyone, including special diets.  We would be very grateful if you could bring in a donation of £2 per child to cover the cost of the food before the end of this week.

The PTFA Christmas Fair made an enormous amount of money for school £1346 It is so important that we do raise money for the children, it enables us to buy a variety of different items for school that the school budget cannot cover. Thank you to everyone who gave so generously and hopefully had a good time as well. Saskia Cosgrove would like to send a message about the apple juice that was sold at the fair – please see attached document

We are pleased to announce that Olivia Calverley has won the Mayors Christmas Card competition. The Mayor of Shaftesbury will be coming into assembly tomorrow to present it to her. Well done Olivia, we are all very proud of you.

There is so much going on at the end of term, please come and ask or check if you are not sure of the timings of any event. We do try to keep the calendar up to date as best we can!!

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 

Term Dates 2017-18

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  11 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

Many thanks to everyone who supported the PTFA in their Christmas Fair last Friday.  As yet we haven’t heard how much money has been raised.  If you brought cakes please collect your container from the glass corridor. There will be a table top sale outside school tomorrow for a few items that were not sold on Friday. Bring some cash when you pick up your children and you may also pick up a bargain!

May I also thank you for coming along to the Book Fair to both help supervise and buy books.  We have £180 in commission to spend on new books for the library.

Tickets costing £2 each will be on sale this Friday for next week’s play “Christmas with the Aliens” so if your child is in Year 1,2 or 3 we hope you will be able to come and watch them perform.  The matinee performance will start at 1.45pm on Tuesday 5th December and the evening performance will start at 6pm on 6thDecember.

Tickets will also be on sale for the KS2 Christmas Music concert with children who are in the choir or band.   This is on Tuesday 12th December from 6.30-8pm.

If you are a Year 4 parent then please remember the violin concert at 9.30am on December 1st. Anyone else who is interested is welcome to come and hear the result of ten weeks violin tuition, you will be truly amazed at how much they can do and how good they sound!

Year 6 and Reception children will be having height and weight checks done tomorrow, all parents with children in those year groups were sent a letter a few weeks ago and there was an opt-out form if you do not wish your child to be measured.

I am trying to get started on work to the stomping ground and the old barn. I have been talking with an architect and he has suggested getting a structural engineer to look at the barn to give us an idea of how feasible it will be to achieve our vision of an outdoor learning classroom for the children/community before we start to apply for grants. Is anyone reading this a structural engineer (or knows of one)?? I would be really interested to talk to you!!

Here are a couple of reminders about community events.

 

Locally grown Christmas Trees

If you would like to Pick Your Own Christmas tree and/or have it delivered to school please telephone 01747 850773 or 07834 871548 – Melbury Vale Farm and Winery.

Little Fishes

The last Little Fishes toddler group of 2017 is on Thu 7th December at St Peter’s Church at 10.30am. It’s a fortnightly toddler group for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers with their parents or carers, and restarts on January 11th 2018 at 10.30am.  Bring your little one along to enjoy a simple bible story, craft and sing-along. For further details please ring Karen Dickson on 855343.

Rock Nativity

This unusual take on the Nativity story in two musical acts will be performed on December 7th in St. Peter’s church, Shaftesbury and at St. James church on December 8th and St. Mary’s, Motcombe on Dec 9th. Musical director David Grierson has worked his magic on this little known but interesting musical version, and the visual dramatic scenes are directed by Rosie King.  David and Rosie have worked together previously, with all proceeds from the shows going directly to the upkeep of the team churches.

Tickets are available from Shaftesbury Arts Centre and Motcombe Community Shop, priced £10 for adults, with a reduction for children.  Support your local churches…it costs a great deal to maintain their fabric…and enjoy a musical treat with a difference!

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 

Term Dates 2017-18

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  10 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

Now that the winter weather is settling in we need to remind you to make sure your children are wearing appropriate clothing and shoes to school.  If children come to school by car they should also have warm coats for outside play. Children need their trainers for outdoor PE but they should be wearing proper sensible school shoes the rest of the time.

There are some lovely coats in lost property but unfortunately not named so please can you check that everything is clearly named even if they don’t usually wear it to school.

We are now approaching the season for performances! Y1,2 and 3 will be performing their play ‘Christmas with the Aliens’ om Tuesday afternoon Dec 5th at 1.45pm and Wednesday evening Dec 6th at 6pm (children to be back at school for 5.30pm)

The KS2 Christmas Music concert is on Dec 12th 6.30pm – 8pm. Children just need to be in their seats by 6.30pm. Tickets are on sale for all these events from December 1st from the office.

The Choir are taking part in eight events this year, the first one is next Tuesday up in St Peter’s church. They will be singing carols with 4 other schools at 10am to 11am. Please come and listen if you are up in town. Choir children will get a letter this week to tell them about the other events.

If you are a Year 4 parent then please remember the violin concert at 9.30am on December 1st..Anyone else who is interested is welcome to come and hear the result of ten weeks violin tuition, you will be truly amazed at how much they can do and how good they sound!

Please note a message from Mrs White. There will be no more netball club until the Spring term. Keep an eye on the website and blackboard for any last minute changes in this busy few weeks.    Also, there will be no Warrior club this Friday as it is the PTFA Christmas Fair.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 

Term Dates 2017-18

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  9 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

Firstly, we now have our completed SIAMS report. Please find time to have a look, it is on the school website. We are securely ‘Good’ across all four areas which is a real achievement as the framework for SIAMS has been changed recently, made harder! It gives me an opportunity to thank everyone who helped to achieve such a good report; the children, parents and Governors who gave up their time to come in and talk to the inspector and our wonderful friends from St James’ church who continue to be so closely involved in Abbey School. Well done everybody!

We are now collecting in the sponsorship money for the NSPCC so if you are still chasing up sponsors please may we remind you that the money will be collected on the 14th November.

The NSPCC ladies will be coming in to do a special assembly for the children tomorrow. If there is money left to collect, that is fine, just bring it into school once you have it all. I counted the money that had already arrived over the weekend and it came to £820. I will let you know the final total next week. This is an amazing result and I know the NSPCC will be quite overwhelmed and very grateful.

The Book Fair will be arriving in school on Tuesday morning and will stay for one week.  It is an ideal opportunity to buy books and stationery items for Christmas and the school are able to choose new books out of the commission raised. The book fair is open between 8:30 and 9:00am and 3:30 and 4:15pm, later on Parents evenings.  If anyone can stay after school on Friday and Monday to sell books it would be much appreciated.

The PTFA has had lots of lovely tea towels printed with all the children’s and staff pictures.  They will be on sale after school this Friday.  They make ideal presents, especially if you have to post things to relatives living away!  They cost £3 each with all proceeds going to the PTFA. The PTFA will also be selling raffle tickets ahead of the fair on Friday so if you are unable to attend the fair then you might still win one of the fantastic hampers from the raffle.

There is a ‘wear it bright’ day on Friday in aid of the PTFA Christmas Fair. The clue is in the name and children are asked to bring a contribution of £1 towards prizes for the fair. The PTFA have also asked me to remind you about the Easy fundraising for Abbey. Christmas is coming and when you order online you can get donations for Abbey. The PTFA are going to send out a separate email to remind you about what you have to do.

Year 4 had a very successful visit to the Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne last Tuesday. They all looked very splendid in their Victorian costumes. They had workshops on Victorian wash day, Victorian Ironmonger, Victorian kitchen (making yummy things for us to eat) and Victorian school room with a very strict Mrs Sandy in charge! Thanks to Sarah Junor who returned from running the New York marathon to come and help us on the day.

Parents evenings begin this week. Please remember that you have ten minutes allocated for you to talk to your child’s teacher. If there are more things you would like to discuss, please make a separate appointment with the teacher so that appointments can run on time for everyone. Tea and coffee will be served by our Governors, please take the chance to stop and chat with them about their work at Abbey School. You may be surprised at the amount of things they do for us as volunteers.

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 

 

 

Term Dates 2017-18

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  8 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

A big thank you to everyone who brought in a shoebox.  Although we do not know the exact number collected we think there must have been at least 100.

 

You should have received a Parents’ evening letter – please make sure you have sent this back with your preferred appointment times.

 

We are now collecting in the sponsorship money for the NSPCC so if you are still chasing up sponsors please may we remind you that the money will be collected on the 14th November.

 

The Book Fair will be arriving in school next Tuesday morning and will stay for one week.  It is an ideal opportunity to buy books and stationery items for Christmas.  If anyone has time to help with selling either before or after school please let Mrs French know.  The book fair is open between 8:30 and 9:00am and 3:30 and 4:15pm.

 

The PTFA has had lots of lovely tea towels printed with all the children’s and staff pictures.  They will be on sale after school this Friday and next.  They make ideal presents, especially if you have to post things to relatives living away!  They cost £3 each with all proceeds going to the PTFA.

 

Year 4 are visiting the Priest’s House Museum in Wimborne tomorrow, I am sure they will have a very enjoyable day and look forward to seeing them in their Victorian costumes.

 

Don’t forget that the photographer is coming on Friday morning to take individual photographs plus joint ones where there are siblings.  You will receive proofs next week with details of how to order.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 

Term Dates 2017-18

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  7  2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

I hope you have all been continuing to pester your friends and relatives about voting for us in the ‘win a playground’ competition. We are currently in 5th place this morning having been in 6th place before half term. There are 14 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!!

 

The maths activity for NSPCC will take place in school this week and then the sponsorship money can be collected. If every child collects just a small amount of money, then together we will make a good contribution to an important charity. The NSPCC lady is coming back into school to collect the money and to give each child a badge.

 

I hope you have managed to fill a shoebox with items for children who are not as fortunate as our children at Abbey. Please bring in any completed boxes and add to the pile in the corridor. 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
The date for collection is Thursday 2nd November

 

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.

 

There are height and weight checks for children in Reception and Year 6. Children in these classes will have had a letter about this. Remember, you need to opt out if you do not want your child to take part.

 

Watch out for letters about Parents evening this week in book bags. A letter goes to each family so the oldest child will have the letter. If you want a particular time slot, get the letter back as quickly as possible as we allocate times according to when the slip is returned!

 

I hope you all had a lovely half term, lovely to see the children back to school full of beans and smiling.

 

Yours sincerely,

Louise Sandy, Head teacher

 

Term Dates 2017-18

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  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

Rotary Shoebox Scheme | Children helping children to …

www.rotaryshoebox.org

Message from the retiring Chairman of the Rotary Shoebox Management Committee & Trustees. During the last 18 very enjoyable years I have been Chairman of the Rotary …

 

 

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