Newsletter 10th September 2018

FIRST NEWSLETTER OF 2018/2019

DATES FOR THE DIARY
9th November 2018 – WWI Day

 

10th September 2018
The Next Fortnight for School and Nursery
12th          Class Info Evening

17th          Academy Photographs

CADSSA starts promptly this year – as ever. Fixtures will be sent out to members of Football A and B as well as cross country and the other events this term.

Looking Forward
Welcome to all our new children, parents and staff.

 

Class Info Evening
Your class teachers will be available on Wednesday 12th 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.

KSI – 17.00 to 17.30

KSII  – 17.30 to 18.00

Year 6 will be arranged for a different day.

Communication
Term dates are coming out shortly. 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.

 

Photographs
Academy Photographers will be in from 08.30 on Monday 17th September 2018.

From 08.30 to around 09.00, parents are welcome to use this service to take whole family shots – parents, grandparents, siblings, whatever.

If you want a photo of your school child(ren) and older/younger siblings, this is the time to organise this. Just turn up and wait until the photographer is free.

From around 09.00 we will then take individual AND sibling photographs (including nursery) of all children in the school.

For anyone new, you will get a sample pack after a few weeks and request any copies you want via their order system.

 

Rocksteady for next year
There are a number of spaces available, especially for guitar, keyboard and vocals and children from any year group may take part. The best way to enrol is to visit www.rocksteadymusicschool.com and ‘enrol online’.

School improvements

  • Technology Suite

Please sit down as you read this – I don’t want anyone going weak at the knees from an attack of “unsurprise”… the work that was faithfully promised to be completed by this week has now been delayed! Our new deadline is October half term now that the roof is on (hence the big crane the other day).

  • Nursery Learning Area

You may recall we were looking to extend the EYFS playground to include a learning area in a plot where we were originally cultivating nettles. This is complete.

  • Nursery Physical Development

You may also recall that we were looking to replace the “pirate ship” in the EYFS playground and then look to develop the Physical Development area a little more depending on what was left in the budget. This is currently scheduled to happen on Thursday 13th September.

  • Staff Toilets

We have been offered a grant to develop the staff toilets. It appears that the grant can’t be used for pupil toilets or other work. To be fair, the staff toilets are in a very poor state as no headteacher has (or would) ever give priority to toilets over books etc. The work should be done in the October half term.

 

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

 

 

 

William Amory Remembers William Brain

6th October 2016

Our Deputy and Head Boys and Girls remembered William Brian, and Old Boy of The William Amory who died in action 100 years ago today.

The following information was taken from the Blythe Bridge, Forsbrook and Dilhorne Historical Society

Born:  1888 in Trentham

Died:  6th October 1016 28 of wounds.

Son of:   Ephraim and Sarah Brain

Unmarried

Farm Waggoner

Regiment:  Prince of Wales, North Staffs Reg, 1st/5th Battalion.

Awarded the Victory and British War medals.

 

North Staffordshire Regiment 1/5th Battalion Territorial Force

In 1916 the 46th North Midland Division, 137th Staffordshire Brigade included the 1/5th North Staffordshire Reg. The Battle of the Somme which commenced on the I July 1916 lasted throughout much of the summer months and extended into the early autumn. The 46th Division suffered numerous casualties during this period yet remained in the Front Line or near to throughout the entire battle.

During the early phases of the battle the Division was seriously depleted in numbers following the diversionary attack on the Gommecourt salient and was still present in the sector by October.

Pte Brain could have been wounded during any of these ensuing actions as the German artillery barrage to recapture lost ground was continuous through these months.

Refer to Lt. W. A. Bowers for more information regarding this period of the disastrous Somme offensive. It was most likely that Pte Brain was present with him at this time.

 

William Amory Remembers John Hawley

27th September 2016

Our Deputy and Head Boys and Girls remembered John Hawley, and Old Boy of The William Amory who died in action 100 years ago today.

The following information was taken from the Blythe Bridge, Forsbrook and Dilhorne Historical Society

Born:  April 1893 in Sandon

Died:  27th September 2016 aged 23 and buried at Caterpillar Valley, NZ memorial, Longueville.

Son of:   Robert Edward and Julia Goodwin Perkin

Unmarried

Apprentice Grocer

Regiment:  Wellington Reg 1st Battalion

 

“At the outbreak of war the New Zealand Expeditionary Force contained a single infantry brigade which was combined with the unattached Australian 4th Infantry Brigade to form the New Zealand and Australian Division which served at Gallipoli. By the end of 1915, New Zealand’s contingent had expanded such that they could now field a complete division of their own.

In the summer of 1916 the New Zealand Division found themselves serving on the Somme. In May – Aug 1916 they were in the Northern Zone of operations located in the Armentieres Sector Trenches (L’Epinette and Houplines sub-sectors) and as of the 13th Sep-Oct 1916 they took a direct part in the Battle of Flers-Courcelette. It was during this battle that John Hawley lost his life.

 

An excellent account of the New Zealand Div during WWI can be found online ‘May 1916-1918’ by John H. Grey refer p87 onwards for the action in which John Hawley was engaged. Extract as follows;25 to 28 September 1916:
Improvements in the weather and thus to the ground permitted a resumption of the offensive. The Fourth Army was to complete and extend the operations of the 15th. It is significant that far from achieving a breakthrough and releasing the cavalry towards Bapaume, even some of the original objectives of Day I remained unfulfilled. At zero hour the infantry advanced 25 yards behind the creeping barrage.
In the afternoon, by prior arrangement a company of the reserve battalion, 1st Wellington took over Flers Support and the southern section of Goose Alley. The night 25t1/26rh was relatively quiet and the New Zealand posts on the ridge were converted into a continuous line before dawn 25th September had been a day of success. Two days later Pte Hawley was killed in action