Newsletter 6th September 2019

FIRST NEWSLETTER OF 2019/2020

6th September 2019

The Next Fortnight for School and Nursery

11th          Swimming Starts for Year 5 and 6

11th          Class Info Evening

17th          Spelling and Grammar for Parents

 

Looking Forward

Welcome to all our new children, parents and staff.

 

Class Info Evening

Your class teachers will be available on Wednesday 11th September to talk to you about your child(ren)’s new class routines and structures. This is not the opportunity to talk about individual children though you may well want to book an appointment on that day. This is more about homework, trips, curriculum and so on.

KSII – 17.00 to 17.30

KSI  – 17.30 to 18.00

 

Communication

Term dates are attached. However, our school’s calendar is available on the school website (http://williamamory.co.uk/events/) with instructions on how to sync the school diary with yours (beware – you might get reminders at odd times of day. Alternatively, put this link in your favourites or bookmarks to access it quickly and directly.

On top of that we try to communicate via the following:

  • Weekly newsletter which is emailed and is available in the display boards in Reception Class entrance and the school’s main entrance,
  • Texts,
  • Facebook,
  • Notes or meetings directly with the teacher,
  • The KSI display board.

 

Sports

We have reluctantly decided to withdraw from CADSSA (Cheadle and District School Sports Association). Until recently we did not consider that BBSSA (Blythe Bridge School Sports Association) provided sufficient activities for us which is why we were members of both. However, last year BBSSA developed well and looks set to continue this progress. We found ourselves unable to live with two sports associations and have had to make the choice to go with the association that is local to our cluster.

 

Grammar and Punctuation for Parents – 17th September.

If you are not sure what the subjunctive form means or whether ‘fixing’ is in the present progressive form or not, then this workshop may be for you. We will explain some of the requirements of the grammar expected from children aged 5 to 11 and how we attempt to teach it.

This is a more general session, designed to be informative but light hearted. There is no test at the end!

The session will run at 09:00 and be repeated at 17:30. Please feel free to attend either.

 

MORE BELOW

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

Headteacher

 

 

Term Dates Autumn 19/20

Please be aware that the school may well be forced to close for elections this term.  

The decision to close school is made by the electoral committee of Staffordshire and is completely beyond the school’s control. With such short notice our planned INSET on the 25th cannot be moved.

 

September

4th           Children back to school

9th           Piano lesson recommence

11th         Swimming Year 5&6 commences Autumn term

Class Information Evening

13th         Rock Steady recommence

17th         Parents Workshop morning

Parents Workshop evening

23rd         School photographers

27th         Macmillan Coffee Morning and Open Morning

October

9th           Open Morning and Evening for Reception Autumn 2020

15th         BBHS transition morning for Y6

17th         KSII Inter-house Competition

24th         Year 4 Cadbury World

Last day of half term for pupils

25th         INSET

November

4th           Children back to school

11th         Full Governors Meeting

13th         Cluster Music Event at Meir Heath

20th         School Immunisation all years

26th         Gladstone Pottery Museum Y5

29th         PTFA Christmas Fayre after school

December

9th           KSI Dress @ 10.00 Nursery & KSII)

10th         KSI Matinee Nativity @ 14:00

11th         KSI Matinee Nativity @ 14.00

12th         KSI Evening Nativity @ 18.30

13th         KSII Christmas Jumper Day and Sing-a-long

16th         KSII Christmas party

17th         Panto

18th         Christmas Lunch

19th         KSI Christmas Party

20th         Christmas Service at St Peter’s

Last Day of Term

No After School Club

Spring term begins 6th January 2020

TBC – PTFA events and Sporting Events

 

 

 

Newsletter 12th July 2019

NEWSLETTER

This will be our last newsletter of the year. Thank you so very much all of the pupils, grandparents and parents for your support this year.

See you in September!

Key Dates

16th July – Drop In Parent’s Evening

17th July – Nursery Graduation @13.45

18th July – School Service

19th July – Leavers’ Service

                   Last Day of Term

12th July 2019

The Next Fortnight

16th               Drop in Parent’s Evening

17th               Nursery Graduation

18th               School Service at St Peters’

19th               Y6 leavers and last day of term

KSII to meet on KSI playground at 09.00

4th September – School starts for pupils

 

Looking Forward

 

Leavers’ Service

Please see below for the arrangements for the last day of the year.

  • Year 6, please can you come to the main entrance at 08.45 to get ready.
  • Years 3,4,5 to meet on the KSI playground on the Friday morning.
  • The school will open KSII playground for Year 6 parents to park.

 

Staff Changes

We are very sorry to be losing Miss Davies from our Year 4 classroom and Mrs Wilkins from our Year 5. They will be very much missed and I’d like to thank them on behalf of the pupils, parents and governors for their stirling work over the years and to wish them every success in their future.

I am very pleased to announce that we have appointed Mrs E Root to take Year 5 from January 2020. We had an excellent set of candidates and are very pleased with our choice. With plenty of experience Mrs Root will be able to hit the ground running in January and will be coming into school regularly in the Autumn term to meet the children and learn our procedures.

 

Heads and Deputies

I am always so impressed with the ability of our children to think about what makes a good Head and Deputy Head in the school. I am very pleased to announce that we have announced our picks for next year as follows:

  • Head Boy – Seb Head Girl – Chloe
  • Head Girl – Emma D Head Boy – Oscar

 

Reminder – School Service

Our School service is on Thursday 18th at 14.00. We ask parents to wait for us on the KSI playground to help escort our school over to the church. Year 6 do not come as they are preparing their service for Friday but this gives our Year 5’s the chance to look after other classes and take on their roles as the oldest children in school.

Pick up is from school only after we return from church which should be at around 15:00 to 15:30.

 

Looking Back

 

Year 6

What a fantastic Year 6. Thank you for being such great ambassadors, prefects, sportsmen and sportswomen and students. We will really miss you all and wish every one of you success in your futures.

 

 

Have a great summer.

Newsletter 28th June 2019

Key Dates

16th July – Drop In Parent’s Evening

17th July – Nursery Graduation @13.45

18th July – School Service

19th July – Leavers’ Service

                   Last Day of Term

NEWSLETTER

28th June 2019

The Next Fortnight

12th               Rocksteady Concert in Hall

16th               Drop in Parent’s Evening

17th               Nursery Graduation

18th               School Service at St Peters’

19th               Y6 leavers and last day of term

 

Looking Forward

Reception Induction

Next week will be our second Reception Induction session. Our ambition is for parents to leave their children at the entrance and for us to escort them to class. Obviously we can have parents come up as well but we aim to try to get them independently into class.
Given how wonderfully the children settled into class this week, I think this is quite possible this year.

 

Drop In Parent’s Evening

Reports will be out shortly and we provide a final parents’ evening this term. This is not like other parents’ evenings and is far more of a drop in evening. Our reports to parents will contain all that we feel we need to communicate to parents. We provide this drop in session for any parent who may wish to speak to the teacher for clarification about the report. We won’t really have anything more to add so coming in on the 16th won’t provide you with any new information.
Should you wish to speak to your teacher about the report, please make your way to the classroom and the teacher will be available to speak to you if they are free to do so. We don’t take appointments for this session.

 

School Service

Our School service is on Thursday 18th at 14.00. We ask parents to wait for us on the KSI playground to help escort our school over to the church. Year 6 do not come as they are preparing their service for Friday but this gives our Year 5’s the chance to look after other classes and take on their roles as the oldest children in school.

Pick up is from school only after we return from church which should be at around 15:00 to 15:30.

 

Looking Back

Reception Intake

What a great class – thanks to all parents for coming and, judging by the fact that many children didn’t want to go, we’ve got some keen and eager children on the way for 19/20.

 

e-safety Workshop

Thank you to parents for attending our e-safety workshop. I do hope my message was not too alarming and that you are now perhaps a little better prepared for the dangers of online grooming and predation. Please contact me if you want to have further information about parental controls for your broadband providers or your mobile devices.

 

Open Morning

A great turnout and some great work going on. Thanks to all who came.

 

Northwood

Fingers crossed!

 

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.