Newsletter 14/17


There will be no Star Pupils next week as school finishes on Thursday 21st December.



The Key Stage 2 Christingle takes place next Monday, 18th December 2017.  ALL children will therefore need to be collected from St Paul’s church at 2.45pm, including children in Years 4 to 6 who would normally walk home from school alone. Parents are welcome to attend the service, which starts at 2.15pm, but please remember space in the church is quite limited.  We would politely request that younger children are not brought to this event, as it is a church service, and not a school assembly. Thank you.



The Isle of Wight Council is consulting on its proposed admission arrangements for its Community & Voluntary Controlled Schools for the 2019/20 academic year.  The consultation will run for six weeks commencing Monday 11th December 2017 until Monday 22nd January 2018. The consultation documents can be accessed through the following webpage:



We have received a note of thanks from the Royal British Legion for the £55.90 we raised selling poppies this year.  The recent Mufti Day raised £153.00 for the ‘Friends’ to purchase items for the Christmas Fayre.  Thank you as ever for your continued generosity.



Monday           –  Fish and Chips or  Jacket Potato

Tuesday         –  Traditional Christmas Lunch (pre-orders only)

Wednesday     –  Quiche or Macaroni Cheese

Thursday         –  Party Day Lunch (pre-orders only)

Friday              –  SCHOOL CLOSED FOR CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS       

Desserts will be decided daily by the school cook.



Thank you to all the staff who worked very hard to make the KS1 production such a wonderful success.  We would also like to say ‘well done’ to the children who performed so well!



We are happy to announce that Summerfields now has an official Facebook page. Through this page we will aim to keep you updated with events at school, as well as giving you a daily insight into life at Summerfields.

The main purpose of the page is for our school to distribute/publish information and celebrate what the school and its pupils achieve. It is not intended for two way conversation.

If you have any comments to make, please email the school office on rather than post on the wall. We will then do our best to respond to your query, and where necessary post a statement on our wall.

The page can be found at



Start of consultation: 24 Nov 2017   End of consultation: 12 Jan 2018

Background: The Isle of Wight Council wishes to investigate the patterns of term and holiday dates within the school year to ensure that they best support learning and outcomes for children as well as best supporting our education and wider communities in how they organise their work and home life calendars. 

A paper, seeking approval to consult on possible changes to term dates received Cabinet’s approval.

The suggestions are to look into the possibility of reducing the summer holiday but extending the half term holidays that occur in October and February. No decisions have been taken yet.

The council is eager to have as many comments as possible, because as part of this consultation we would like to ensure that the eventual decision has been informed by as many respondents as possible. 

More information and a link to the online survey, is available here:



Following the Christmas Fayre last week, there were some craft and food items that were not sold.  Therefore the  ‘Friends’ will be running a stall after school next Tuesday outside Year 5/6 classrooms. Everything must go!  Please come along and support their fundraising efforts.



Are you looking for something rewarding to do with your time in the New Year? Home Start IOW needs volunteers in our area to support parents who may be struggling to cope. Home-Start IOW offer full training so no qualifications are necessary other than the parenting experience you already have. All of their volunteers are subject to a DBS (police) check. Please get in touch for details of their next training course. If you are interested and would like to know more please call them on 533357, email or check out their website  




Visit from an Expedition Leader

On Tuesday afternoon, Sean Foley came to Year 6 to talk about being an expedition leader.

He talked to us about not giving up and how to be a good leader. Sean told us that we have a small part in our brain and we call it the chimp brain. As soon as there is danger or a little bit of trouble, our chimp brain will kick in and tell us to run around screaming. This is no good to anyone so to calm our chimp brain down we need to stop, breathe and relax.  Sean used to work in the Royal Marines Commandos but now leads groups of children (around the age of 15) to different places all over the world on expeditions. This is so that they can experience what it is like to get out and about. Our class really enjoyed the opportunity to be able to talk to a real life expedition leader.



On Thursday 23rd November a man called Nick came in to talk to us about Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He used to work in the Royal Navy and had always wanted to re-create something. A couple of years after he left his wife asked to make the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car in real life for her. He was stunned and hopped straight to work to build what would be a masterpiece. Nick started with an old Land Rover and stripped it down right to its chassis. This was his starting place and he went on to build the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Once he had built it he wanted to go around the world with it and that’s exactly what he did. On his way he had some pretty scary experiences. When he was in Iran there was no campsites so he had to travel in to the desert. When he was bobbing along there was a man in hole pointing a rocket launcher at him! His destination was Australia Sydney Opera House and that is where he finished his journey.


Sports Hall

On Wednesday the 6th December, Year 5 and Year 6 took part in an indoor athletics event at Christ the King College.  The activities were: chest push, standing long jump, vertical jump, triple jump, speed bounce and javelin.  The children taking part were: Harley-Mai, Shona-Louise, Carys, Grace, Talia, Erin, Reggie, Cain, Jimmy, Matthew, Deano and Ollie who stepped in at the last minute.

The other schools that took part were: Summerfields, Barton, Arreton, Carisbrooke C of E, Nine Acres, Newport C of E and St Thomas’s.  Out of nine schools we came 5th with 1150 points.  We also competed in some running races these were: 1×1, 1×2, 2×2, 4×1 relay and parlouf. Everybody enjoyed the day and competing against other teams was lots of fun.


The above reports have been written by children in Charles Dickens Class.



Trepidation-A state of alarm, dread, fear, apprehension.  It is used when talking about a concern or anxiety for a forthcoming event.



In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity – Albert Einstein




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