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Junior - Weekly Email

Dear all
Thank you for your support this week with changes to the school day due to snow and a special thank you to the class parent reps for helping by relaying messages. We are looking at dates for the cancelled parents evening. We will retain the list of appointment times and check with parents that these times still suit once we have confirmed a date. 
Author visit and Book Day - We would love it if children could hold onto their World Book Day costumes and wear them for our next author visit. We are very excited to announce that we have Radio 1 DJ Greg James and Newsbeat presenter Chris Smith coming in on Monday 26th March to talk about their latest Kid Normal book. You may have seen that Greg has been in the news this week doing his Gregathlon for Sport Relief. More details on his visit will be sent home soon
Chiltern DFAS - we are very pleased to say that Georgia, Aoife and Derin have all been selected for the finals of this years painting competition “My Favourite Day”. Congratulations to them all.

Value - The school value this half term is 'Friendship'. You may notice our classroom 'values' display will be changing to reflect this. We also have a Value Tree in the main hall - the coloured leaves on this tree represent children who have shown examples of the school values. Please do take a moment to look at these displays when you are in school.

Class Parent Reps - the minutes of the latest Class Reps meeting is now on the school website here.

Eco Warriors - This week the Eco Warriors are beginning their Great Big School Clean Up! On Tuesday they will be presenting an assembly to encourage children to dispose of their litter considerately and to inform children about materials and their impact on the environment. During the week the Eco Warriors will be litter picking around the school site and helping towards spring cleaning the school! Find out how you can be a #LitterHero here:

Outdoor learning areas - We are planning to do a big spring clean up of the environmental area and continuing work on the Only One You garden once the temperatures improve. Find out how you can help here.

Following our Wildlife watching weeks, Mrs Coleman would like to thank Evie, Euan and Carrie for making and bringing in bird houses and bird feeders! The birds will surely appreciate them during this particularly cold spell! We spotted a great deal of wildlife around the school and look forward to continuing our observations as the weather begins to warm up!

Voice in a Million and Choir - choir will still be on this Tuesday 6th March. Miss Murray will cover until Mrs Court returns from the Year 3 trip. There is no choir the following week (Tuesday 13th March) due to the VIAM trip on Wednesday 14th. Please can everyone return their slips with confirmation of pick up details after the VIAM performance. 

Year 3 - Stone Age activity day - we still do not have sufficient payments to cover the costs of this trip and we are still £60 off target. If you have been waiting to make your voluntary contribution please can you either pay by ParentPay over the weekend or email the School Office to confirm if you are willing to make a payment so that we can confirm the trip with Shortenills.

Year 4 - Both maths groups have MyMaths homework online that has been set. There are also spellings set for this week which are on Spelling Jotter. We do expect these to be completed for Monday but we are not expecting a learning log as we were not in on Thursday to issue it.

Year 5 (and 6) - Cycle training dates have been confirmed for the May half term holiday. There will be places for two groups of 12 children - one group will have 2 sessions on the morning of both Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th May and the other group of 12 children will have 2 sessions on the afternoon of both Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th May 2018. This cycle training will take place at school during the half term break by BeSpoke Cycle training. Letters will be sent out before Easter and places will be available on a first come first served basis once the letters and forms have been sent out for children who have not yet achieved Level 2 Bikeability.
Year 5 - A quick reminder that the full balance of £300 for the Hastings PGL trip is due by Friday 23rd March 2018. If you think that you will have difficulties meeting this payment deadline and you have not already spoken to a member of the office team or Mrs Peal or Mrs English please can you do so this week.
Year 5 - Mr Holmes maths set - please can you practice things on Khan Academy and Mr Holmes has set up a Maths in Motion race at Catalunya for them to set their car up for. 
Year 6 - paper order forms have been sent home this week for Mother's Day gifts. Spare copies are available from the School Office
Year 6 - If you have a Maths in Motion id Mr Holmes has invited you to set up a car for the Catalunya track that he has set up.

Monday 5th March
  • No Gym Club due to parents evening
  • Parents Evening - 15:40 to 6:00 - Year 3 & 4 in the Dining Hall and Year 5 & 6 in the Main Hall. All gates will be open.


Tuesday 6th March

  • Year 3 Stone Age Activity Day at Shortenills Environmental Centre
  • Breakfast Club in the ATA Room with Mrs Rock and Mr Shankland - 08:00 to 08:45 (Invited pupils only)
  • Maths Club in the IT Suite with Mrs Crosbie - 08:15 to 08:45 (Invited pupils only)
  • Violin lessons with Miss Burvill in the IT Meeting Room - 09:50 to 10:40 approx
  • Year 6 - Songs of Praise Service at Parish Church - parents and friends are welcome to attend this service that starts at 11:30 in the Village Church
  • Drama Club with Mrs Golding in Main Hall - Years 5 and  6 session 12:20 to 12:50 and Years 3 and 4 session 12:50 to 13:20 (Year 3 and4 drama club members please go for first lunch)
  • Cello lessons with Mrs Tullie in the IT Meeting Room - 14:00 to 15:30 approx
  • Choir with Mrs Court in Oak Class - club finishes at 16:30 
  • PFO Football Club with PFO in the Main Hall - club finishes at 16:45


Wednesday 7th March

  • Breakfast Club in the ATA Room with Mrs Rock and Mr Shankland - 08:00 to 08:45 (Invited pupils only)
  • Maths Club in the IT Suite with Mrs Crosbie - 08:15 to 08:45 (Invited pupils only)
  • Piano lessons with Mrs Downie in the IT Meeting Room - 11:50 to 15:50
  • Skipping Club with Miss Balaam in Main Hall - 12:20 to 12:50 - no PE kit needed just bring your trainers
  • Football Club with Mr Holmes (for Year 5 and 6 only) in Main Hall - club finishes at 16:45 


Thursday 8th March

  • Year 4 Saxon Day Workshop in school 
  • Spanish Club with El Club Espanol in Art Room - 12:50 to 13:20 (children in this club to go for first sitting of lunch)
  • Guitar lessons with Mr Norton in the IT Meeting Room - 13:20 to 15:10
  • Pilates Club with Mrs Stephenson in the Main Hall - club finishes at 16:30
  • No Cookery club this week
  • Homework Club in the IT Suite - Teacher Led - club finishes at 16:30 (Invited pupils only)


Friday 9th March

  • Breakfast Club in the ATA Room with Mrs Rock and Mr Shankland - 08:00 to 08:45
  • Woodwind lesson with Mrs Wayman in the IT Meeting Room - 13:20 to 14:00
  • Year 6 PE Festival - Dodgeball - children to come to school in PE kit and with a packed lunch
  • Dads to School during the afternoon for all years except Year 6 who will be going to the Handball PE Festival. 
  • Street Dance Club with Tuffney Dance in Main Hall - club finishes at 16:30
  • PTA selling Dads to School items for Year 6 in Dining Hall - 15:30 to 16:00


Future Dates:


Tuesday 13th March - Year 5 PE Festival Handball
Tuesday 13th March - Literacy and Maths meeting for Junior School parents starting at 18:00
Wednesday 14th March - Voice in a Million concert
Friday 23rd March - Sports Relief Charity Day - Children may wear the kit for a sport that they participate in for a suggested £1 donation to Sport Relief.
Copies of letters that are sent out can be found on the website here and most whole class or school emails are added to the Latest News section here.

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Hopefully school will be open on Monday.