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14 Oct 2016

Dear Parents,

Here's our weekly news. If you have any questions or queries, please pop into school or drop us a line. Many thanks.

Well done to our achievers of the week;
'Spotted' for showing Christian Values - Maisie in Year 4, for being kind and helpful, especially to younger children.

Achievers
Year R - Theo & Willow
Year 1 - Finley & Scarlett
Year 2 - Maisie & Lloyd
Year 3 - Samuel & Mia
Year 4 - Archie & Harry F
Year 5 - Alfie & Herbie
Year 6 - Fay & Ben
Attendance award - The winners this week are Year 2
Well done to all the classes for trying hard with attendance.




Year R


Year 1


Year 2


Year 3


Year 4


Year 5


Year 6






93.1 %


98.1 %


98.3 %


98.1 %


97.8 %


97.9 %


97.3 %






Cleanest classroom - Year 1
Special mentions to - all those children who earned a reading challenge certificate.

Parent consultations
We have enjoyed meeting with you this week to celebrate the success of the children. You will have been provided with a summary outline of expectations for your child. Individual targets will follow. If you missed the consultations, please do see the class teacher to arrange a meeting. Year 2 consultations will follow after half term, date to follow.

Flu Immunisations
Years 1-3 will be taking part in flu immunisations next Tuesday. Please make sure that you have handed in your consent form to the office.

Christmas Dates
We will endeavour to produce a list of Christmas calendar dates as soon as these have all been confirmed. Thank you for your patience as we understand how important this time of year is for everyone.

Play Equipment
We would like to say a big thank you to Jonathan Pitman for all the work he has done on the school play equipment.
'Belonging' Story writing competition- Years 3-6
The British Schools Council are running a story writing competition for KS2 children. We would like as many children (and teachers) to take part as possible.
<span lang="EN" style="font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-ansi-language: EN;">· <span lang="EN" style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN;">Children should write a story set in their own country and based around the theme of 'Belonging'
<span lang="EN" style="font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-ansi-language: EN;">· <span lang="EN" style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN;">The story must be written in English
<span lang="EN" style="font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-ansi-language: EN;">· <span lang="EN" style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN;">The story should be illustrated. Take a look at the beautiful covers of the Commonwealth Education Trust's River of Stories anthology as inspiration.
<span lang="EN" style="font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-ansi-language: EN;">· <span lang="EN" style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN;">Participants are free to choose the medium of their illustrations (for example, they can be hand-drawn, using a computer/tablet etc.)
<span lang="EN" style="font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-ansi-language: EN;">· <span lang="EN" style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN;">The word limit of the story for the 7-10 year olds category is 300 words
<span lang="EN" style="font-family: Symbol; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-ansi-language: EN;">· <span lang="EN" style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN;">The word limit of the story for the 11-14 year olds category is 500 words.
More information and details on how to submit are available at
https://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/commonwealth-class-story-writing-competition
<span lang="EN" style="font-family: "Arial","sans-serif"; mso-ansi-language: EN;">The deadline for story submissions is 9:00 AM on Monday 14 November 2016.

Crazy socks and tights day Friday 21st October 2016
We are holding a crazy socks day in aid of the charity Mosaic, who support bereaved children. This charity helps provide support and counselling for children who have lost a parent or close member of the family. The idea of wearing silly socks could represent walking in someone else's shoes. We hope you will join us to raise money for this important work. 'Basepoint' business centres will match fund any money raised. We are asking for a donation of £1 per child. More information can be found at http://www.mosaicfamilysupport.org.uk/. Staff and parents are welcome to join in.

No Nuts in school
We operate a strict no nuts in school policy. This is because we have children and staff who are allergic to them. We want to prevent any serious illness by keeping the school nut free. Please make sure that your child's lunch box/ snack is nut free. Thanks.

The Big Friendly Read
Well done to all the children who took part in the library scheme's reading competition. We gave out a great big pile of certificates today! It's lovely to celebrate the reading for pleasure which children take part in during our school holidays. We were one of the top participating schools in the Sturminster Newton area. Well done!

School Motto
Thank you for those of you who voted for our school motto.
The winner was
· Believe, Discover, Aspire
Leaders and governors will now plan to use this motto to focus our vision and values as a school. We will be exploring ways to use these three areas to move our school forward and help our children to achieve their best.

Playground leaders
Well done to all the children who entered our play leader application process.
The school council have interviewed all the applicants and sent letters to congratulate them. Their duties start next week!

KS2 Parents maths workshop Monday 17th October 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Please do come and join us in the hall for our maths workshop. We will be sharing ways to help at home and show you how we teach certain things throughout the KS2 journey. Please let the office know if you are able to attend. KS2 children can attend with their parents.

Year 2
Well done to all the boys and girls in Owls for coping with change. We look forward to seeing
Mrs Lloyd back on Monday.

Manners really matter
Over the last few weeks we have been encouraging our children to remember their manners at lunchtimes. Sometimes children can forget this when they are busy eating and talking to friends. We are encouraging children to remember to treat others how they would like to be treated. We would appreciate it if you could encourage them to keep trying to remember manners.


PTA news
Thanks for all the cakes and teas and coffees bought today. It was a great cake sale. We will let you know how much we have raised.

The PTA have organised another Bag 2 School collection for Wednesday 16th November. We will be sending home bags after half term for you to fill with your unwanted 'good quality' items for re-use. Items that can be sent are as follows: clothes, paired shoes, hand bags, hats, bags, scarfs, jewellery, lingerie, socks, Belts, Soft toys, household linen, curtains, towels, bedding (bed sheets, pillow cases and duvet covers).
We would like to say a big 'Thank You' to everyone who is using TheGivingMachine to shop online. Together, we have raised £320 from our usual internet shopping and it didn't cost anyone a penny! We have seen the money raised by this method really slow down so if you are signed up please remember to shop via the site. If you would like to get involved, please visit www.TheGivingMachine.co.uk and sign up and choose Stalbridge Church of England Primary School. It's a really easy way to help raise funds for our children's school.




That's all for this week
Kind regards


Sarah Lafferty- Jenkins
Headteacher
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