Newsletter 20/15

Newsletter 20/15

DEVELOPMENT DAY REMINDER

Please remember school is CLOSED to pupils on FRIDAY 6TH MARCH 2015 for a Staff Development Day.

 

FUNDRAISING

Thank you for all your donations to “half and half” day today.  The final figure raised will be on the next newsletter.  We will again this year be supporting Red Nose Day on Friday 13th March 2015.  Children can wear “Something Red” and give a £1.00 donation to Red Nose Day.  More details nearer the time.

 

CHILDREN’S CLOTHING

Does anyone have any good condition “grown out of” clothes suitable for babies, toddlers and young children? Mrs Witchard’s, daughter will shortly be going to India to visit a charity called “Free a Dalit Child”. She would like to take some children’s clothes to give to the children the charity work with. Obviously she cannot take cases and cases but if you would like to make a donation of just one item please see the office. Thank you.

 

JACKET POTATOES

Unfortunately the “trial” with jacket potatoes has not been a success. Sorting dinners out in class in the morning has become very unwieldy and if children have forgotten to order a potato, they have become upset at lunchtime. So unfortunately they will not be available after half term.

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM

Please can girls NOT wear “Ugg” type or suede boots to school. The only boots allowed are wellington boots in the wet weather and black formal boots without any embellishments. If you are unsure please ask.

 

HOUSE POINTS

Well done to Mason who is our first pupil to get 100 House Points and has therefore achieved his Silver Certificate.  Come on everyone else!

 

BASKETBALL COMPETITION

Well done to the ten children who took part in the Basketball competition at Carisbrooke Primary School on Tuesday afternoon. Everyone played really well and we only came second when we were knocked out by the winners in a “sudden death” penalty shoot out after extra time! Thank you to Miss Metcalfe and Mrs Wallder for taking the children to this event.

 

SECONDARY SCHOOL PROPOSALS

Please click here to read a letter from Councillor Jonathan Bacon regarding the consultation process that is currently taking place.

 

YELLOW SICKNESS FORMS

Please remember that a Yellow Sickness Form must be completed for every time your child is unwell and unable to come to school, even if you have telephoned the school to advise of the sickness. Due to the amount of illness that school is currently experiencing, chasing up missing forms is becoming very time consuming. Please remember if we do not know why your child was absent from school, they will be marked down as “unauthorised absence”.

 

GLOBAL WARMING CONFERENCE

On Tuesday four pupils from Year 6 attended a Global Warming conference at Christ the King College. The team represented “China” and took part in various activities for the whole day. The children thoroughly enjoyed the experience and had a great time. Thank you to Mrs Haynes for taking and staying with the children.

 

THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11¾ …

Climb a tree. Choose one with strong, sturdy branches from the bottom to the top. Remember to wear boots or trainers and keep three of your arms and legs on the tree at all times. When you get to the top check out the view!

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is “gregarious”.

 

 

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Newsletter 19/15

Newsletter 19/15

ATTENDANCE TROPHY

The 100% attendance percentages for January were as follows:-

England Class                             48.28%

India Class                                    60.00%

China Class                                  54.55%

Australia Class                            52.00%

Kenya Class                                  70.00%

Peru Class                                    58.62%

Great Britain Class                    56.00%

Congratulations to Kenya Class who win the trophy this month. The whole school percentage for January was 94.73% which is well below our target of 97%.

Remember this year we are trying to get at least one day when we have 100% attendance across the whole school.

 

SICKNESS

Unfortunately we do seem to have a lot of children unwell this week. Please can we again ask that you ring the school AFTER 8.30am, when the office is staffed from, and BEFORE 9.30am if your child is unwell and unable to come to school. Please note it is your responsibility to contact school if your child is unwell. The office is spending a lot of time ringing around trying to find out where children are. Please remember to complete a yellow Sickness Slip on their return to school. Thank you for your assistance.

 

MUFTI DAY

Don’t forget that Friday 13th February 2015, the last day of this half term, we are holding a  “half and half” mufti day to raise money towards new reading books. For £1.00 donation you can wear what you like on your “bottom half” and school uniform on your “top half”.

Also on this day, as part of their topic, England class will be coming to school dressed as aliens so will not be taking part in the “half and half” day.  They will not be required to pay to dress as an alien.

Please note school will finish at the normal time of 3.00pm that day.

 

SNOW AND ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS

Please remember that if school does have to close due to bad weather, we will text EVERY family to let you know. HOWEVER if we do not have your up to date mobile phone number you will not receive the text. Please ensure that your details are correct with the office. Thank you.

 

GUIDANCE ON AUTHORISED ABSENCE IN SCHOOL

Schools may wish to take the needs of the families of service personnel into account if they are returning from long operational tours that prevent contact during scheduled holiday time. Schools have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for students with special educational needs or disabilities. Families may need time together to recover from trauma or crisis.

 

FAMILY LIAISON OFFICER

Unfortunately our Family Liaison Officer has left. As always if any family needs our assistance, please do not hesitate to ask and we will do all we can to assist.

 

POMPEY IN THE COMMUNITY

Please look in your child’s bookbag for details of the Pompey in the Community football after half term starting on Tuesday 24th February 2015. All sessions must be booked directly with Pompey. Thank you.

 

FEBRUARY HALF TERM ACTIVITES AT NEWPORT ROMAN VILLA

Clay Day —Monday 16th February 10:30am—3pm

Make a Roman shield or an antefix (decorated tile) to take home. There will be a treasure hunt and craft activities.

Crafty Romans—Wednesday 18th February 10:30am—3pm

Make a Roman shoe box scene or a Roman chariot to take home. There will be a treasure hunt and craft activities.

No need to book for either session, just drop in and enjoy the fun. £1 per entry which       includes museum entrance and all activities.

 

CHARITY EVENT

Steve Gilbert ( a parent of a pupil at Summerfields) is running the London marathon in aid of “Get Kids Going” on 26th April. If you would like to sponsor Steve, please see the office.

 

TALKING NEWSLETTER

This week’s newsreaders are Seanna and Zach M. You can hear them reading the newsletter here.

 

THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11¾ …

Make a snow angel. When it next snows, lie on your back in it and move your arms back and forth as big and wide as you can. Get up very carefully and you will see that you have left the print of an angel in the snow.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is petulant”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

Help is at hand. It’s your responsibility to ask your teacher for help when you do not understand a piece of work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter 18/15

Newsletter 18/15

PARENTS’ EVENING

Parents’ evenings take place on Tuesday 10th and Thursday 12th February 2015.  EXCEPT Year 5, Peru Class, which will take place on WEDNESDAY 11th and Thursday 12th February 2015.  The sheets to book appointments will go up outside your child’s classroom on Monday after school, 2nd February 2015.

Please can we remind ALL parents and carers that there is ONLY one slot available per child, not one per evening.  If you have any queries regarding this please do not hesitate to speak to the office.  Thank you.

 

CLOTHING SALE

On Saturday 7th February 2015 from 10am to 1pm Foodbank are holding a pre-loved clothing and textile sale at the Foodbank Centre, Love Lane, Cowes.  They will be selling good quality second-hand clothes. Tea, coffee, cake and a tombola will also be available.

 

FRIENDS OF SUMMERFIELDS

Thank you to the parents who have volunteered to join the “Friends”.  If you are still interested in joining, even just to help out at events, please complete the slip and return to the office.  Thank you.

 

THREADWORMS

Unfortunately we have had a case of threadworm reported to school.  Can we ask that EVERYONE is extra vigilant as they are very contagious.  However they are easily treated by medication from your doctor or medication bought from pharmacies.  Please can you talk to your children about always washing their hands after going to the toilet and before eating anything.

 

ISLE OF WIGHT EDUCATION SECONDARY SCHOOL CONSULTATION

You may be aware that there is a of the consultation exercise currently taking place about how best to provide the right number and distribution of high quality secondary school and college places across the Island.  The Isle of Wight Council has put forward a number of proposals such as the merging of Carisbrooke and Medina Colleges on the Carisbrooke site and a Sixth Form for the whole island in one location.

A number of open meetings have been arranged (see below) to enable all interested parties to hear more about the proposals and, more importantly, to raise issues/queries, engage in debate and make their views known.  The consultations runs from 5pm on 26 January until 30 April 2015 during which time a detailed consultation document will be available on the Isle of Wight website at: www.iwight.com/schools together with details of a questionnaire response form.

DATE TIME LOCATION
Tuesday 3rd February 6-8pm Carisbrooke College, Newport
Monday 9th February 7-9pm Quay Arts Centre, Newport
Monday 23rd February 6-8pm Medina Theatre, Newport
Monday 2nd March 6-8pm Island Studio School, Cowes
Tuesday 3rd March 7-9pm Quay Arts Centre, Newport
Monday 9th March 6-8pm Christ the King College, Newport
Monday 16th March 6-8pm Sandown Bay Academy, Sandown
Tuesday 17th March 6-8pm Cowes Enterprise College, Cowes
Monday 23rd March 6-8pm Ryde Academy, Ryde
Tuesday 24th March 6-8pm Isle of Wight College, Newport

 

SPORTSHALL ATHLETICS FINALS

On Monday 12 children from Years 5 and 6 took part in the island finals of the Sportshall athletics at Medina College.  Everyone performed really well and we came  9th overall.  Well done!  Thank you to Miss Parry and Mrs Phillips for arranging this event.

 

MUFTI DAY

Our School Charity organiser has suggested we hold a “half and half” day on Friday 13th February 2015, the last day of this half term.  So for £1.00 you can wear what you like on your “bottom half” and school uniform on the “top half”.  Money raised will go towards refreshing the reading books.

 

PARKING

Unfortunately yet again we have to mention “parking” on our newsletter.  We have had complaints from our neighbours in Vecta House not only about parents parking there, when they have been requested not to, but also about children damaging cars.  A parent had requested a driver not to park where children cross the road, at the dropped kerb on double yellow lines, but was ignored.  We will contact the police and request that they patrol the area morning and afternoon.  When you park PLEASE think of others and not just yourselves.  Leave for school a few minutes earlier so you can park considerately.  Don’t EVER park in Vecta House, on double yellow lines or across any of our neighbours driveways.  We understand parking is very tight but that is not an excuse for putting children’s lives at risk.  Only recently a child was knocked over by a “hit and run” driver.  We do not want this to ever happen again. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

 

GUIDANCE ON AUTHORISED ABSENCE IN SCHOOL

Absence for a bereavement of a close family member is usually considered an exceptional circumstance but for the funeral service only. Absences for important religious observances are often taken into account but only for the ceremony and travelling time, not extended leave. This is intended for one off situations rather than regular or recurring events.

 

THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11¾ …

Take a look inside a tree. Some trees have hollows so big you can climb right inside. The oldest trees have the biggest hollows so look for the big tall trees.

 

TALKING NEWSLETTER

This week’s newsreaders are Zane and Nazia, and you can listen to them here.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is “empathize”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

Good timing—Try to get your work done in the time set.

 

 

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Newsletter 17/15

Newsletter 17/15

FRIENDS OF SUMMERFIELDS’ SCHOOL DISCO

We hope you have all received a letter from the Friends of Summerfields this week. Thank you to the Friends for organising the school Discos which raised £200.00.  Everyone who attended had a really good time.  If you are interested in helping Friends with future events, please return the slip via the “Green Box” as soon as possible.

 

COUNTRY DANCING CLUB

Don’t forget to come to the office to collect a letter if you are interested in joining Mrs Stiles’ County Dancing Club which is held on Thursdays from 3pm –3.45pm.  This is for children in Years 3 to 6.  Please can all forms be returned via the “Green Box” by Thursday 29th January 2015.

 

POLITE REQUEST

Please can we again request that ALL parents wait at bottom of path and not at the top by the doors.  It is VERY hard for teachers to see children’s parents if there are lots of adults in the way.  Even if you collect your child at 2.55pm from Reception Class, please can we ask that you stand at the bottom of the path by the wooden flower beds.  Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

 

PE KITS IN SCHOOL

Please can we remind all parents that children should have a PE kit in school EVERY day.  We are finding that lots of children are missing out on their PE lessons because they do not have their kit in school.

 

SCHOOL LUNCHES

Just a reminder that jacket potatoes are now available at lunchtime instead of the hot meal of the day.  There is a choice of filling of cheese, tuna or tuna mayo.  Children need to “book” a jacket potato when the dinner register is taken first thing in the morning by saying jacket potato and their choice of filling. If your child is entitled to a Universal Infant Free School Meal or a Free School Meal, then they can choose to have a jacket potato instead.  For more information please ask at the school office.

 

GUIDANCE ON AUTHORISED ABSENCE IN SCHOOL

Absence during term time for holidays is not considered an “exceptional” circumstance.  Absences to visit family members are also not normally granted during term time if they could be scheduled for holiday periods or outside school hours.  Children may however need time to visit seriously ill relatives.  Every case will be individually assessed by the school with the assistance of the Education Welfare Service where appropriate.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION NEEDS SURVEY

As part of ongoing work regarding the new SEND (Special Education Needs and Disability) reforms, the Isle of Wight Council would like children and young people to complete nine Local Offer questions and five equality monitoring questions on how services could be improved.  The survey can be completed via the following link:-

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/local-offer-survey

Children can have the assistance of parents/carers to complete this survey if necessary.

 

YOUNG ARCHAEOLOGISTS CLUB

The Young Archaeologists Club meet on the last Wednesday of every month from 5.00pm-6.30pm.  The membership cost is £5.00 per year and £1.00 for every session attended.  Places need to be pre-booked which can be done by contacting the club at joy.verringer@iow.gov.uk.  This year’s theme is Celtic Archaeology and the Iron Age.

 

ISLE OF WIGHT EDUCATION SECONDARY SCHOOL CONSULTATION

You may be aware of the consultation exercise which is currently being undertaken about how best to provide the right number and distribution of high quality secondary school and college places across the Island.

A number of open meetings have been arranged (please see below) to enable all interested parties to hear more about the proposals and, more importantly, to raise issues/queries, engage in debate and make their views known.

DATE TIME LOCATION
Tuesday 3rd February 6-8pm Carisbrooke College, Newport
Monday 9th February 7-9pm Quay Arts Centre, Newport
Monday 23rd February 6-8pm Medina Theatre, Newport
Monday 2nd March 6-8pm Island Studio School, Cowes
Tuesday 3rd March 7-9pm Quay Arts Centre, Newport
Monday 9th March 6-8pm Christ the King College, Newport
Monday 16th March 6-8pm Sandown Bay Academy, Sandown
Tuesday 17th March 6-8pm Cowes Enterprise College, Cowes
Monday 23rd March 6-8pm Ryde Academy, Ryde
Tuesday 24th March 6-8pm Isle of Wight College, Newport

The consultation will run from 5pm on 26 January until 30 April 2015 during which time a detailed consultation document will be available on the Isle of Wight website at:

www.iwight.com/schools together with details of a questionnaire response form.

 

PARENT GOVERNOR VACANCY

Every child should have brought home a letter this week from our Chair of Governors, Lisa Marks.  Please note that the letter should have read Rob Johnston is our Vice Chair and not Johnson.  Please accept our apologies Mr Johnston for this mistake.

As the letter explains, we currently have a Parent Governor vacancy.  If you are interested in applying and would like to discuss this further, please ask at office and we will arrange for a Governor to contact you.  Please remember all applications need to be returned by no later than noon on Wednesday 28th January 2015.

 

LOST PROPERTY

After the school disco last Friday a girl’s purse was found.  If anyone has lost a purse, please ask at the school office.

 

PARENTS’ EVENING

Parents’ Evenings are due to take place on Tuesday 10th February and Thursday 12th February 2015.  More information will follow nearer the time.  However please remember there are only enough time slots for ONE per child on either night and NOT both nights.  Thank you.

 

THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11¾ …

Track a set of footprints.  Footprints show up clearly on sandy beaches, especially when the sand is wet.  Pick an interesting footprint and try to follow it for a while to see where it goes and who it belongs to!  Remember to be safe near the sea edge and watch to make sure the tide is not coming in too fast!

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is “resplendent”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

Cool Company! Try to get together with new people during break times

 

 

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Newsletter 16/15

Newsletter 16/15

COLD WEATHER

Just a polite reminder that children are expected to go outside at break and lunchtimes even if it is very cold.  Please can you ensure that children ALWAYS bring a coat to school.  It might be a good idea to send in a hat, gloves and scarf for the very cold weather we are experiencing at the moment.

If we do have any snow, please listen to Isle of Wight radio for details of any school closures.  School will also text everyone if we do have to close.  Therefore please ensure that the office has your correct mobile phone contact details.  Thank you.

 

COMPLAINTS FROM NEIGHBOURS

We are having an increasing number of complaints from our neighbours about the behaviour of children coming to and leaving school; walking across gardens, moving road traffic cones, etc.  Please remember you are responsible for your child’s behaviour at these times—even if they walk on their own!  Please have a chat with your child.

 

KIERAN

We are very pleased to confirm that Kieran represented the Isle of Wight on Sunday 11th January 2015 at the South East Regional Athletics Festival at Burgess Hill.  The boys’ team came sixth and the girls’ team came 8th.  Well done Kieran!

 

SCHOLASTIC BOOK CLUB

This week every family should have received a copy of the Scholastic Book Club leaflet. Please can any orders be returned to school by Wednesday 21st January 2015 via the “Green Box”. Please note we are unable to take cash, payment should be by debit/credit card or cheque. Thank you.

 

PRE SCHOOL SPORTS SESSIONS

Premier School Sport Coaching hold pre-school sports sessions for children aged 2.5 to 5 years.  These are held at Binstead Community Centre on Wednesdays from 9.30am-10.15am at a cost of £3.50 per session.  For further details and to book a place, contact them directly on 07810 693182.

 

GUIDANCE ON AUTHORISED ABSENCE IN SCHOOL

Over the next few newsletters, we thought it might be useful to share with you some guidance from NAHT we have received around authorised absence in school.

Term times are for education.  This is the priority.  Children and families have 175 days off school to spend time together, including weekends and school holidays.  Head Teachers have to rightly prioritise attendance. The default school policy should be that absences will not be granted during term time and will only be authorised in “exceptional circumstances”.  If an event can reasonably be scheduled outside of term time then it would not be normal to authorise absence.

 

COUNTRY DANCING CLUB

This year the Maypole/Country Dancing Club will start on Thursday 5th February 2015 from 3pm to 3.45pm and will run through until 10th June 2015 — the Schools’ Country Dancing Festival at Havenstreet. The club is initially open to all pupils in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 to 6).  If your child is interested in joining, please collect an enrolment form from the office and return it by Thursday 29th January 2015.

 

THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11¾ …

See new born lambs.  Lambs are mostly born from January onwards.  Most sheep have one or two lambs at a time.  Newborns are kept in special pens with their mothers.  Lambs stand up within half an hour of their birth —with the help of their mum.  Find out if there are lambing open days near you.

 

TALKING NEWSLETTER

This week’s newsreaders are Harvey and Hannah, and you can listen here.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is “tootle”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

Show some consideration. Stop to consider how other people may be feeling and speak to them kindly.

 

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Newsletter 15/15

Newsletter 15/15

ATTENDANCE TROPHY

The 100% attendance percentages for December were as follows:-

England Class               73.33%

India Class                     40.00%

China Class                   56.52%

Australia Class              48.00%

Kenya Class                  40.00%

Peru Class                     50.00%

Great Britain Class     64.00%

Congratulations to  England Class who win the trophy this month.  The whole school percentage for December was 91.10% which is well below our target of 97%.  This was due to a lot of illness experienced by some classes.

 

HOUSE POINTS

Each half term the “House Points” from each class are collected and the House with the most points wins the trophy!  Below are the House Point totals for the last half term

Arctic House 925

Atlantic House 922

Indian House 887

Pacific House 883

Therefore the Champions for the second half term were Arctic House.  Congratulations!

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

Please see our website for the important dates for this term up to Easter.  Please remember that these are only PROVISIONAL dates and may be subject to change.

 

CHARTWELL “SPECIAL” MENU

In a change to the advertised menu, Chartwell will be holding a “special” on Thursday 15th January 2015.  This will be an “All Day Breakfast” of sausage (or vegetarian sausage), bacon, scrambled egg, beans and jacket wedges with giant cookie and fruit slices for pudding.  All children entitled to a free school meal or universal infant free school meal will automatically receive this special.  For all other children the cost is £2.05, no need to book, just pay on the day!

 

KIDS’ ART AT QUAY ARTS

Kids’ Art, for children aged between 8 and 12 years, returns to Quay Arts on Saturday mornings from 10am – 12pm from 17 January 2015. All sessions are led by an Artist Educator and a variety of different artforms. Tickets can be booked for individual sessions or for the whole term. For further details and to book phone 822490.

 

BAD WEATHER

A lot of children got very wet walking to school yesterday (Thursday) in the rain.  School ran out of dry clothes and radiator space to dry wet ones!!  In future if it is very wet when you are leaving home, please see if your child could walk to school in “old” clothes and change into their dry uniform when they get to school.  Please note children are expected to be on time for school whatever the weather.  If your child does borrow “spare” clothes, can you please ensure that they are washed and returned to school as we are very short on spares.  We are especially short on grey socks, so if you have any you would like to donate, please see the office.

 

ADVANCE NOTICE

Bright Sparks WILL NOT be open during February half term as they are having building work done.

 

Things to do before you are 11¾ …

Look at frost or snow under a magnifying glass.  In the Winter when the weather is freezing dew turns to frost.  Tiny frost crystals will form on leaves, grasses, seed heads and even spiders’ webs.  Take a magnifying glass outside and see how beautiful the ice crystals are.  Snow crystals are even easier to see—but we need some snow for this!

 

TALKING NEWSLETTER

Welcome back to our Talking Newsletter after the Christmas Break, this week’s newsreaders are Zach and Kane, and you can listen here.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is assiduous”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

You can do it! Try to have confidence in yourself when trying something new.

 

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Newsletter 14/14

Newsletter 14/14

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

We hope all our pupils and their relatives have a very happy and restful Christmas and New Year.

Thank you to everyone for all the lovely gifts and cards, we really do appreciate your generosity.

We look forward to seeing you all on Monday 5th January 2015!

 

WEAR A CHRISTMAS/WINTER JUMPER TO SCHOOL

Everyone looked fantastic in their Christmas and Winter jumpers on Christmas Lunch day! We raised just over £100.00 for Save the Children and new reading books for Key Stage 2. Well done to everyone.

Thank you to Christine and all the kitchen staff for providing the great lunch and the Meal Time Supervisory Assistants, Teachers and Teaching Assistants for their hard work in serving the whole school who sat down together for this lunch.

 

SCHOOL MILK

As previously advised, from January 2015 school will no longer be running its own milk scheme. Children up to the age of 5 will still be provided with free milk. For children over the age of 5 there is a national scheme available through Cool Milk. Information on this is available in the school lobby or by visiting their website at www.coolmilk.com.

 

SICKNESS

Please can you remember to contact school by 9.15am AT THE LATEST if your child is ill and unable to come to school. The office is spending lots of time ringing around trying to find out why children are not in school. Please note you should ring EVERY day and not just on the first day of illness. Please remember to complete a yellow sickness slip on your child’s return to school. Thank you.

 

RECEPTION AND KEY STAGE 1 PRODUCTION

We hope all the parents and relatives enjoyed the Reception and Key Stage 1 production of Ten in a Shed. Despite having a lot of sickness, and roles having to be covered by other children, everyone performed brilliantly. Well done! Thank you to all the staff for their hard work behind the scenes which made this such a great success. £120.50 was raised by the sale of raffle tickets, which will go towards new equipment for Reception and Key Stage 1.

 

SWEETS

Please can you remember that children should not bring sweets to school to eat at break or lunchtimes.  Healthy snacks such as fruit or cheese are allowed at playtime and an occasional treat at lunchtime is fine.  Please help school by not allowing your children to bring them to school.  Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

 

SCHOOL ADMISSION SEPTEMBER 2015

Please remember for admission to primary school in September 2015 all applications must be in by 4.30pm on Thursday 15th January 2015 AT THE LATEST either by competing the online application or by paper application. Applications received late after this deadline, even a day late, will be considered by the local authority AFTER those received on time. For further information please contact School Admissions on 823455.

 

SAINSBURYS TROLLEYS

Year 3 were asked by Sainsbury’s to make some decorations to decorate their online trollies. On Wednesday some of the children delivered the art work to Sainsbury’s in Newport. The children were given some chocolates as a thank you for their hard work. Look out for the decorated trollies being wheeled around the store during the festive season!

trolleys (Small)

 

SUMMERFIELDS’ CHOIR

On Sunday afternoon the Summerfields’ Choir took part in carol singing, organised by Newport churches, in St Thomas’ Square and eventually the church, due to the rain! We were the only school who took part and everyone sang absolutely brilliantly. Well done to everyone who took part and Mrs Wadmore organising this event for the choir.

 

THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11¾ …

Do you want to build a snowman? It doesn’t have to be a snowman” … If we all hope just enough perhaps we’ll have some snow to all go out and enjoy. Or maybe some of you are lucky enough to be going away somewhere cold for Christmas or New Year! Whatever the weather remember to enjoy yourselves.

 

WORDS OF THE WEEK

The words of the week are “Frozen Fractals”.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

Have a great holiday!  But remember it is a holiday for parents too, so try and help out where you can!

 

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Newsletter 13/14

Newsletter 13/14

INCIDENT

I am very sorry to have to confirm that a child was knocked down in Atkinson Drive on Wednesday morning this week.  The car that hit the child failed to stop.  The child, who is 11 and attends Medina College was injured and was treated at the scene by Paramedics but is now recovering.  This has been reported to the police and witness statements have been taken.  If anybody has any information regarding this incident can they please contact PC 1102 Allen by email at nigel.allen@hampshire.pnn.police.uk.  The car was small and red driven by a male which turned into Atkinson Drive from Halberry Lane, hit the child and then drove off.  I know we do constantly go on about children’s safety coming and going from school and cars being parked illegally and unsafely but this is why.  Children’s safety is always of the utmost importance and this is why.  Remember it could have been YOUR child that the car hit and then drove off.

 

WEAR A CHRISTMAS/WINTER JUMPER TO SCHOOL

Next Tuesday 16th December 2014 is “Wear a Christmas or Winter jumper to school for £1.00 donation to charity.    Please note children should still  wear their school trousers/skirts to school as well – this is NOT a mufti day.  This is also the day of the Christmas lunch.  Please note that if a lunch has NOT been pre-ordered for your child, you will need to send them in with a packed lunch for that day as numbers were needed by Friday 5th December 2014.  Please note all children entitled to Universal Infant Free School Meals or are in Key Stage 2 and are entitled to a free school meal, will automatically  receive this lunch.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

Please don’t forget that school closes at 2pm next Friday 19th December 2014 when ALL children must be collected.  Please note Bright Sparks After School Club are UNABLE to take children on that day.  School returns on Monday 5th January 2015.

 

RECEPTION AND KEY STAGE 1 PRODUCTION

The dress rehearsal for “Ten in the Shed” is on Monday 15th December 2014 at 1.30pm.  All grannies, grandads, aunties and uncles are welcome along with any pre-school children.  No tickets needed—just turn up on the day.

Please remember the performances on Wednesday 17th December at 1.30pm and Thursday 18th December at 6.00pm are for ADULTS ONLY and tickets must be purchased IN ADVANCE from the office.  Thank you.

 

THREADWORMS

Unfortunately we have had a case of threadworms reported to school.  Threadworms are very contagious but easily treated by your doctor or medication bought from the chemist.  The school nurse has stressed the need for excellent personal hygiene.  Please can you assist by reminding children at home about washing their hands regularly as a matter of course.  Thank you for your co-operation.

 

DINNER MONEY

Please can ALL outstanding dinner money be paid before the end of term, Friday 19th December 2014.  If you are unsure how much money is owed, please ask at the school office.  Please remember that school dinners should be paid for in advance and not in arrears.  Please can everyone try and remember to use the “Green Box” for all payments to the office as this really does assist school greatly.  Thank you.

 

OFSTED REPORT

Following our recent Ofsted inspection, we have now received their report and a letter from Ofsted has been given out to every family today.  We are very pleased with the result of the inspection.  The full report can be viewed on the Ofsted website from Thursday 18th December 2014.  Thank you to all the staff for their hard work.

 

SUMMERFIELDS’ SCHOOL CHOIR

This Sunday 14th December 2014 Summerfields’ School Choir are taking part in an event organised by Newport Churches, where they will be singing a range of traditional carols accompanied by the Salvation Army Band.  Singing begins at 2pm and ends at 3.30pm in St Thomas’ Square, Newport.  Please come along and support them if you are in Newport on Sunday.  If the weather is wet, the event will be held inside The Minster.

 

MINCE PIE COMPETITION

This year Red Funnel will be hosting a Mince Pie competition to find the best looking, tastiest mince pies. To enter simply take your mince pies along to the Red Funnel Christmas Festival on Sunday 14th December 2014 at Cowes Yacht Haven. Entries will be judged at 12:00 noon by top Island chef Robert Thompson with help from Wight Marque. The winner will receive four tickets to see Cinderella at the Mayflower Southampton plus four Red Jet tickets (if travelling from the Isle of Wight).

 

THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11¾ …

See a spider catch a fly.  The spider weaves a sticky web to catch insects.  It sits in the middle, waiting for an insect to get trapped.  When the insect tries to escape, the spider feels the vibrations and rushes to bite its prey with fangs that inject poison.  The spider then wraps up its victim in silk to stop it damaging the web and takes it back to its den for dinner.  It’s fascinating stuff!

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is ethical.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

Table manners — Eat your own food at lunchtime and make sure the table is clean and tidy when you have finished.

 

 

 

 

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Newsletter 12/14

Newsletter 12/14

ATTENDANCE TROPHY

The 100% attendance percentages for November were as follows:-

England Class                                         43.33%

India Class                                                46.67%

China Class                                              45.83%

Australia Class                                        40.00%

Kenya Class                                              60.00%

Peru Class                                                 66.67%

Great Britain Class                                 52.00%

Congratulations to Peru Class who win the trophy this month. The whole school percentage for November was 93.8% which is well below our target of 97%.

Remember this year we are trying to get at least one day when we have 100% attendance across the whole school. Come on Australia Class—try and catch up with everyone else!

 

TEN IN THE SHED—RECEPTION AND KEY STAGE 1 PRODUCTION

Please can ALL ticket requests be forwarded to school by MONDAY 8TH DECEMBER 2014 at the latest via the “Green Box”. Please remember that “spare” tickets will be issued on a “first come, first served” basis after this date. Thank you.

 

“RED NOVEMBER”

We raised £169.00 wearing red and animal “onesies” last Friday for Red November day. Thank you very much and well done!

 

LETTERS TO SANTA

There will be a special box in school next week for children to post their letters to Father Christmas.  All pupils that post a letter will receive a reply. Please ensure that letters include your child’s full name and class.

 

CHRISTINGLE

Please can ALL children in Key Stage 2 that are attending the Christingle at St Paul’s church on Friday 12th December 2014, bring a named orange into school by Thursday 11th December 2014 at the latest. Children will be walking down to the church at 1.45pm and ALL children will need to be collected at 2.45pm from the church. Thank you.

 

PE SPORTSHALL COMPETITION

Congratulations to pupils from Years 5 and 6 who attended an Athletics competition at Christ the King College this week. Our school is currently ranked 2nd place in the Newport Cluster of schools and Summerfields are now entered into the final which will take place in the Spring term. Well done to all participants and good luck for the final.

 

FRIENDS OF SUMMERFIELDS

Following our last letter regarding the Friends of Summerfields, we are very pleased to confirm that we have now received more offers of help to run Friends. Therefore there will now be a School Disco on Friday 16th January 2015. The Key Stage 1 disco for Years R to 2 is from 6.00pm-7.00pm and Key Stage 2 Year 3 to 6 is from 7.15pm-8.15pm. The cost is £1.00 per child, payable on the night. If anyone else is available to help at these discos, please let the office know. Thank you.

 

FOOTBALL MATCH – THURSDAY 4TH DECEMBER

Result—The Priory 1 Summerfields 1

Thank you to all the children who took part in the match yesterday.  It was the best , closely fought match so far. Staff from the Priory and also the Referee commented that our team were very well behaved, honest, respectful and a credit to the school. We are very proud of the whole team—well done.

 

THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11¾ …

Collect greenery, seed head and berries. Nature has plenty of beautiful things to see in Winter. Go outside and collect dried grasses, shake seed heads and see the seeds fly out! Look for lacy leaf skeletons and bright berries as well as evergreen leaves, such as ivy. Take them home and make a Winter collage—use glitter to make everything look frosty.

 

TALKING NEWSLETTER

Despite both having heavy colds, our newsreaders, Archy and Zane, have done a splendid job. You can listen here.

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is enigmatic.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

Variety is the spice of life!  Listen to other points of view.  You may learn something!

 

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Newsletter 11/14

Newsletter 11/14

OFSTED

As you all know we have had some very important visitors this week in school.  They have been very impressed with the behaviour and attitude of the children and as  Head Teacher I’ve  been very proud of the children and staff and the work they do.  Thank you to everyone who supported the school by filling in the questionnaire and speaking to the inspectors. Ofsted will forward  a letter in the next few weeks sharing with you the grade school received.  Thank you.

 

“CIRCLE AROUND SUMMERFIELDS”

Two Year 6 children recently attended an anti—bullying workshop with Mrs Murphy.  When they returned to school they fed back that a “Summerfields Circle  of  Friends” was a  good way to demonstrate how we care for each other.  Every member of Summerfields, pupils and staff, held hands around the school during “anti-bullying” week to show this.

 

“RED NOVEMBER”

Thank you to everybody who took part in the “Red November” event we held today in support of endangered animals.  The total amount raised will be published in next week’s newsletter.  The drawing competition entries were all fantastic and will be put up as a display shortly.    Well done to the winners.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

The Year 3 assembly is on Thursday 4th December 2014 at 2.50pm.

 

LANTERN PARADE

Over the last few weeks lots of children have been coming to Lantern Club on a Tuesday.  This Saturday 29th November 2014 they are taking part in the Newport Lantern Parade.  Remember if you are taking part in the parade we need to meet in the Matalan car park by 5.20pm at the latest.  The parade leaves at 5.45pm.  The lanterns the children have made are absolutely brilliant!  Please come along and support us!

 

SCHOOL UNIFORM

Please can we remind parents that children should not come to school with extreme haircuts such as “tramlines” shaved into their hair.  Thank you

 

REARRANGED FOOTBALL MATCH

Please note the postponed football match from Tuesday has been rearranged for next Tuesday 2nd December  2014.  The match is away against The Priory, East Cowes.  Children playing in the match have been notified and need to be collected at approximately 4.30pm from Summerfields.

 

FREE ENERGY ACTION EVENT

The above event is being held at the Riverside Centre, Newport, on Friday 5th December 2014 from 11am to 3pm.  There will be lots of advice on how to save money on energy bills and related issues.

 

THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11¾ …

Go for a walk in the dark.  Pick a night when it is frosty, wrap up warm and head out into the darkness with a grown-up.  See how the frost changes the way everything looks—even pavements glitter.  Leaf skeletons, seed heads and berries look magical when dusted with frost!

 

TALKING NEWSLETTER

This week’s newsletter is read for you by Felicity and Becky and can be found here.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is sycophant.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

Cool and Calm—Seek help when you feel like you are losing your temper or try to find ways to cool down.

 

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Newsletter 10/14

Newsletter 10/14

SHOEBOXES

Thank you so much for the kind donations to the annual Shoebox Appeal.  Summerfields donated 17 boxes in total.  Some were whole boxes from families and others were made up of individual contributions of items.  Thank you once again for your support of this event.

 

CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES

Next week every family will receive a letter about forthcoming events over the next few weeks.  These include the Reception and Key Stage 1 performance, the Key Stage 2 Christingle, Christmas Cooking, etc.  Please can we ask that ALL reply slips are returned promptly with payment via the “Green Box”.

There will be a separate letter regarding the Chartwell’s Christmas Lunch on Tuesday 16th December 2014.  This is the same day as Wear a Christmas or Winter Jumper to school for charity!  If your child is entitled to a Universal Infant Free School Meal then they will automatically receive the Christmas lunch UNLESS you advise us otherwise.  However for children in Key Stage 2 we will need to know EVERYONE who would like a lunch, even if they are entitled to a free school meal.  Just a reminder that school closes at 2pm on Friday 19th December 2014.  Thank you for your co-operation and assistance.  If you have any queries please do not hesitate to ask at the office.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

The Year 4 Class Assembly is on Thursday 27th November 2014.  The Year 3 assembly is on Thursday 4th December 2014.  Both assemblies are at 2.50pm.

 

“RED NOVEMBER”

Don’t forget to wear “Red” or an animal “onesie” next Friday 28th November 2014 and pay £1.00 donation per child in aid of the “red” endangered animal list.  Thank you.

 

SCHOLASITC BOOK CLUB

Last week every family should have received a copy of the Scholastic Book Club leaflet, it was half the normal size this time.  Please can any orders be returned to school by Wednesday 26th November 2014 via the “Green Box”.  Please note we are unable to take cash, payment should be by debit/credit card or cheque.  Thank you.

 

NEWPORT CARNIVAL

Earlier this year school took part in the Arts Unit Flag Presentation Day, as well as the Newport Carnival and Ryde Arts Carnival.  We have received a cheque for £20.00 from the Newport Carnival committee as a “thank you” for continuing to support Newport Carnival.  As you are probably aware Summerfields was one of the only schools represented in Newport Carnival and we won the Stan Brown Memorial Trophy.  Well done to Mrs Bast and Mrs Downer for organising the Carnival Club and attending these events.

 

ONE CARD WRIST BANDS AND SWIMMING LEAFLET

Every child has been given a swimming leaflet and a “one card” wrist band from Medina Leisure Centre.  Please note these wrist bands CANNOT be worn to school.  Thank you.

 

SPORTS REPORT – FOOTBALL MATCH (contributed)

Summerfields Primary vs St Blasius Primary Thursday 13th November 2014

Starting Line Up: Matt, Molly, Callum, Amy, Logan, James, Charlie and Stephen.

Subs were: Riley, Kieran

Kick off was 3.30pm

In the early minutes we were being pressured but with a break-away pass from James to Charlie and a through ball to Stephen, he took it round the keeper and stabbed it in.  1-0!

For about 10 minutes we held out but then they got a corner, they whipped it in and with a sliced clearance Logan scored an own goal.  That made it 1-1!

At half time it was 1-1.

Straight after half time we scored our second and Stephen scored his second of the game.  Then five minutes after up the other end they scored again 2-2!

Then straight from the re-start Logan passed it to Stephen and he ran the whole half and scored.  That was three to Summerfields and three for Stephen!  3-2.  But right at the end they looked like they would have scored but with a double save from Matt we won the game!

Final score: Summerfields 3 St Blasius 2.  WE WIN!!

Match report by Stephen, Matt and James

The next match is away to the Priory on Tuesday 25th November 2014. Good luck Summerfields!

 

TTHINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11¾ …

Make and fly a kite.  For your kite to really fly well it needs a nice clear sky and a large open space – look up and check nothing will get in the way.  It’s not that hard to make your own kite—all you need is a big piece of plastic, lots of string, 2 straight sticks such as gardening canes, a bit of tape and some help!  Give it a go!

 

TALKING NEWSLETTER

Izzy and Macey are this week’s newsreaders and you can listen here.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is nebulous.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

Take turns! Make it clear that you can work with other children without taking over and being bossy.

 

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Newsletter 9/14

Newsletter 9/14

SICKNESS

Please can we remind parents that if your child is unwell and unable to come to school, please telephone the office from 8.30am but by 9.15am at the latest on 525085.  We are finding that every day we are spending a lot  of time  ringing around to find out why children are not in school.  On their return, please ensure that a yellow slip is completed.  These are available in the lobby.  Thank you.

 

FREE ENERGY ACTION EVENT

On Friday 5th December 2014 from 11am to 3pm the Footprint Trust are holding a free Energy Action event  at the Riverside Centre, Newport.  Local Island organisations will be available to advise you on energy debt, insulation and boiler grants, free home energy visits and solar energy.  For more details contact the Footprint Trust on 822282 or email info@footprint-trust.co.uk.

 

NETBOOKS

You may now be aware that school has purchased new laptop computers and a number of iPads.  We therefore have a surplus of netbooks which school purchased some time ago.  The cost to purchase one from school would be approximately £20.00.  We do have some with a couple of keys missing and the cost of these would be reduced.  If you are interested in purchasing one, please ask at the office for further details.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES

Year 5 assembly is this Thursday 20th November 2014 and Year 4 is Thursday 27th November 2014.  Both assemblies are at 2.50pm.

 

PARKING

Unfortunately parents are still coming into school complaining about the way cars are parking outside school.  HJ10 YWM and HW64 GPW keep parking on the corner of Cook Avenue, where the dropped kerb is, which is the point children and adults are supposed to cross the road safely.  PLEASE, PLEASE do not park over the dropped kerb or on double yellow lines.  Children and adults cannot see round cars to safely cross the road.  Please can we also remind all parents NOT to park in the staff car park UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES —it is very dangerous.

 

“RED NOVEMBER”

Please can all entries for the “Red November” art competition be in school by Friday 21st November 2014, which will be judged by Tracey Dove from the Isle of Wight Zoo.  To enter you can draw or paint a picture of an endangered animal and write a short caption.  Entries will be split into the following categories and there will be a prize for each category – Reception, Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), Key Stage 2 lower (Years 3 and 4) and Key Stage 2 higher (Years 5 and 6). Please can ALL entries be children’s own work  and have their name and class on the back.

 

THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU ARE 11¾ …..

Build a den!  You will need branches, twigs, leaves and mud, all of which are generously provided by nature for free!  Choose a dry, flat spot for the most solid den and never build with sharp objects.  It could help to start by leaning sticks against a low tree branch like a wig-wam.  Only use things you find on the ground, don’t damage any trees or plants by cutting them down!

 

TALKING NEWSLETTER

This week’s newsletter has been recorded by Louis and Annabel and can be found here.

 

WORD OF THE WEEK

The word of the week is impromptu.

 

WHOLE SCHOOL TARGET

Taking orders—Let your teachers see that you can do as you are told!

 

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