Newsletter 25th January 2019

NEWSLETTER

25th January 2018

The Next Fortnight

30th       Y5 to Shugborough residential

31st       PTFA

4th Feb    Academy Photographs – classes, groups, musicians and leavers

7th         Y4 and Y5 Bike-Ability

 

Looking Forward

Shugborough

Good luck to all those children going to Shugborough next week. I hope the weather holds out and you have a great time.

 

PTFA

The PTFA meet on the 31st January at 18:30. All parents are welcome to attend. There’s no pressure to hit the ground running, but our already active PTFA does so much for the school it would be great to have even more members to share ideas.

 

Looking Back

Young Voices

Another triumph. Well done to all those involved!

 

More Info

Crossing Patrol

Mrs Lancaster, our Crossing Patrol lady extends her thanks to all the parents who signed the petition recently. Thankfully it seems that this vital service has been preserved for the short term at least.

 

Pedestrian Safety

Following an incident at another Staffordshire school we have had to review our health and safety procedures, particularly when it comes to pick up and drop off times and that pathway from KSI to KSII.

One of the things we have noticed however is that often parents sit in their cars when we dismiss at the end of a club. We’ve never particularly concerned ourselves with this but part of our review makes it clear that a child running to the car when another parent could be driving off is an accident waiting to happen – especially as they can’t see each other on the corner by the pedestrian gate. For this reason,

Children will now NOT be released to parents waiting in cars that are on the school car park. This applies to all children even if they are allowed to walk home on their own. But it is specific to the school car park because there is no pavement.

Please can you tell anyone who picks up on your behalf that if they are parked on the school car park they will need to walk onto the playground to pick up.

 

Motto

As our school has evolved and changed in the last decade we have changed many things. I think it is about time we thought about our school motto. Were we a blue chip company with a PR department we might call it a mission statement, perhaps a vision statement or a statement of purpose. But call me old fashioned – I like the word Teacher (not Practitioner or Facilitator); the term Headteacher or even Headmaster (not Principal or Director) and I particularly like the idea of having a motto to live by.

We are shortly going to work in the school to come up with a motto to direct our school for the next few years. So if any parents can think of a good motto to live by, that would be understood by the pupils and that encompasses all we want – please let us know.

 

Parent Survey

Please could all parents of children in the school please undertake our annual parent survey (link here).

 

As always, I will always do my best to speak to you about any concerns you may have on the day so please feel free to approach me, either on the playground or book an appointment if you prefer.

Mr B Wilken

Year 2 Paint Fire

Year 2 have been learning about the Great Fire of London as part of their topic. During art they have been exploring colour mixing and using shades to create an image inspired by the Great Fire of London. The children continued developing their pictures by creating a silhouette scene over the top of their painting. The pictures look amazing Year 2, well done!

 

Soundwaves head to Young Voices 2019

On Thursday 24th January, Soundwaves went to the Young Voices concert at the Resorts World Arena in Birmingham. Our 38 children joined together with over 6000 others for an incredible experience. A fun rehearsal in the afternoon was followed by an amazing concert in the evening. The children were joining by guest stars: Charlene Hector, Beau Dermott and the fabulous Tony Hadley from Spandau Ballet! The children had a brilliant time, as did the parents who attended. We’re already looking forward to 2020!

 

Reception Save Jack Frost’s Hands

Today the children received a letter from the one and only Jack Frost! On his visit last night his icy hands got lost somewhere in our school grounds. The Reception children felt very sad for Jack Frost and were ready to help him find his hands again and save the day. They got their coats, hats and gloves and set off outside in search of the missing hands. Everyone was very excited and hoped to be the one to find the hands. They searched high and they searched low and finally found his very cold and icy hands. The children noticed the hands had started to melt and came up with the fantastic idea of keeping them in the freezer until Jack Frost could come back for them. Once the hands were safely in the freezer the children decided to make some posters to tell Jack Frost where his hands were waiting for him. The children absolutely loved helping Jack Frost find his hands and their excitement was contagious.

 

Newsletter 18th January 2019

Reminder

Because of elections we moved our published INSET of 25th February 2019 to

2nd May 2019

­­NEWSLETTER

18th January 2018

The Next Fortnight

24th          Soundwaves to Young Voices, Birmingham

30th          Y5 to Shugborough residential

31st          PTFA

 

Looking Forward

PTFA

The PTFA are meeting in school on Thursday 31st January to discuss events this term.

Clubs

Please return your club applications as soon as possible so that we can allocate them.

Term Dates

Please read the term dates listed below. Our theme weeks often clash with Red Nose Day and World Book Day so I thought we’d give these an opportunity this term.

 

Looking Back

Young Voices

A simply fantastic performance to the parents on Thursday. Well done to all involved.

 

SNOW PLAN

We are getting to that time of year again. We love snow days at The William Amory (well, the first one at least) because we can spend some time building snowmen and making snow angels on the playground. If it is snowy, please send your child in with (LABELLED) waterproof shoes/boots/wellies, plenty of socks and waterproof gloves. Warm coats etc go without saying.

 

On a more practical level, please can I remind parents of our snow plan which can be found on the school website here.

We make every attempt to remain open, even if we need to double up classes and scrap the curriculum for that day. However, this is not always possible and we do have a duty to ensure we have sufficient staff to cover our legal responsibilities. Below are reminders of how we aim to operate on snow days:

  • Our local schools share information from 06:00 though we make our own decisions mostly based on staffing.
  • Staff inform me of the possibility of getting to school and nursery. Please remember that some staff commute for up to an hour and many live in the Peaks so they may be better or worse off than Blythe Bridge for snow.
  • I make a decision with this information, along with Met Office and BBC weather forecasts. I publish via text to all parents/carers by 06:45 if the school and nursery are to close. I then inform the authorities who publish it. Please do not rely on websites or radio – your text is best.
  • Once the decision to close is made, that is final.
  • We make every attempt to clear paths to the school but conditions dictate what we do on the day.
  • I may well close the school the night before if it is clear that the weather overnight is worsening.

To help us out please:

  • Make sure we have your correct and current mobile number.
  • Don’t call school to see if we are open. If you have not heard by 06:45, we shall be open.
  • Don’t call school to see if you should send your child to school – we cannot make that decision on your behalf. If you do not think it is safe to come in then please call and leave a message.

And a final reminder – If you have not received a text by 06:45, the school is open.

As always, I will always do my best to speak to you about any concerns you may have on the day so please feel free to approach me, either on the playground or book an appointment if you prefer.

 

Mr B Wilken

 

TERM DATES SPRING 18/19

January

7th      Term starts for all

9th      Swimming starts Y3 Y4

15th    Shugborough parents meeting Y5

17th    Soundwaves – perform to parents

24th    Soundwaves to Young Voices

30th    Y5 to Shugborough 2 nights

31st     PTFA meeting

 

February

4th      Academy Photos – class photos and groups, leavers, sports and musicians

7th      Level II Bikeability Y5

Level I Bikeability Y4

12th    Y6 WWII theme day including parent assembly

15th    End of first half term

25th    Start of second half term. CHILDREN IN TODAY.  INSET moved to 2nd May for elections

 

March

5th      Parents Evening

6th      Cluster music event at Forsbrook

7th      World Book Day

15th    Red Nose Day

21st     PTFA Charity Fashion Show

 

April

2nd     BBHS Physics Fest for selected pupils

12th    Last day of term

No After School Club tonight

 

Additional Events this term

CADSSA sports

BBSSA sports

PTFA meetings

Reception are inspired by Jackson Pollock and Jack Frost

Reception learnt all about the artist Jackson Pollock. Jackson Pollock was an abstract artist who invented ‘Drip Painting’. Jackson Pollock would lay his canvasses flat to paint on them, then he would dribble paint with large paintbrushes to create his artwork. Reception took inspiration from Jackson Pollock and from Jack Frost, using wintry and icy colours to create their ‘Drip Painting’ t-shirts. We have some fantastic abstract artists in our Reception class. The t-shirts look amazing and very inspired!