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Bulletin 564 29th June 2017

 

Apologies that we missed last week – the preparations for the Art Exhibition really took over!

 

School Sport

In the final sports competition of the year, the rounders team won their competition.  Unfortunately, there is not a county final in rounders this year.  We have had many successes in sports competitions this year and I would like to thank all of the children who have represented our school so well as well as Mrs Andrews for her regular support, Mr Cartwright-Jones for accompanying teams and, of course, Mr Clucas for organising our teams.

 

Sports Afternoons

The sports afternoons are on Monday 3rd July and Tuesday 4th July and both will start at 1.30pm.  Reception/KS1 is on the Monday and KS2 on the Tuesday.

 

Friends of Saxmundham Primary School – Family Quiz Night

There is one more event for the Friends this year – the Family Quiz Night on Friday 7th July.  Get your teams together and look at the Friends page or our school page on Facebook for more details. Book your team’s place with Ali Fox (school office) or Lou Boswell. Teams of up 8 - all ages! £2 per person. Bring your own drinks, glasses and nibbles. Freshly made popcorn on sale!

 

Onesie Day in aid of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Thank you all for your support of JDRF.  We raised just under £300.

 

Hands exhibition

The Atrium was very busy on both Thursday and Friday evenings for the art exhibition – we really hope you enjoyed it!  We are hoping to get at least some of the displays out in the community before the end of term and then the hands will be going home with their owners!  More about this in the next few weeks.

 

Money for School Lunches

All families are reminded that payment must be received prior to meals being ordered. We are not able to offer credit on school meals.  Lunches must be paid for in advance, on a Monday morning.  Please place the correct money in a sealed envelope or bag stating your child’s name, class and the days that lunch is required.  The envelopes can be posted into the letter box in the school entrance lobby. Any change will be held as a credit balance. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Parenting Course

A 10 week Solihull ‘understanding your child’s behaviour’ course for Parents of Children aged up to 5 years old will be running at the Children’s Centre from the 14th September.  Please contact Kay Witchalls on 07540671191 for more details.

 

Houses

The current positions are: Water-6527; Fire-6196; Air-5877 and Earth-6414.

 

Bulletin

The next bulletin will be on Thursday 6th July.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE REGULARLY AS ALL LETTERS, BULLETINS AND USEFUL INFORMATION ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW

 

Bulletin 563 12th June 2017

School Sport

Our swimming team did very well in the gala before half-term despite some uncertainty over whether County swimmers should have their results counted!  In the final reckoning, we came third with some very creditable performances.  Good luck to the rounders team who will be competing at Alde Valley Academy on Wednesday afternoon.

 

Social Media

The school Facebook page carries photos of school events as well as the learning that goes on in school day-to-day.  It also carries a link to our latest bulletins and other information that we are asked to share with our community.  Please do go and have a look and if you like what you see, please ‘like’ and ‘follow’ our page. The page can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/saxmundhamprimaryschool

 

Friends of Saxmundham Primary School

Thank you to everyone who supported us and all the children who performed and help to run stalls.  What a Fantastic Afternoon! 

 

Parents Survey

Thank you to those parents who completed the survey; the outcomes are being reviewed by a group of governors who will reply in full in due course.

 

Class Photos

A reminder that any photo purchases should be completed by 20th June 2017.

 

Farming School of the Year

The presentation team of Isabella, Larissa, Lily, Freddie and Edward gave a very informative and

entertaining performance at the Suffolk Show last Thursday.   We came runner-up to Acton Primary School and are very proud of the presentation and of all the work put in by Hawthorn class and Mrs Rowe.

 

Onesie Day in aid of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Just a reminder that on the 23rd of June we shall be having a onesie day in support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  The suggested donation is £1.

 

Hands exhibition

We will be holding an exhibition of these hands for school families only on Thursday 22nd June in the Atrium from 4pm.  We will also be holding an exhibition evening for the local community on Friday 23rd June.  Following this we would like to be able to display the work in the local community and I am still looking for local shops or businesses who may like to be part of an ‘art trail’.  If you know of anyone who may be interested, please ask them to contact the school.

 

Money for School Lunches

All families are reminded that payment must be received prior to meals being ordered. We are not able to offer credit on school meals.  Lunches must be paid for in advance, on a Monday morning.  Please place the correct money in a sealed envelope or bag stating your child’s name, class and the days that lunch is required.  The envelopes can be posted into the letter box in the school entrance lobby. Any change will be held as a credit balance. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Houses

The house points competition for last half-term was won by Water with 4776, followed by Earth with 4644, Fire were third with 4517 points and Air came 4th on 4288.

 

Bulletin

The next bulletin will be on Thursday 22nd June.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE REGULARLY AS ALL LETTERS, BULLETINS AND USEFUL INFORMATION ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW

 

Bulletin 562 11th May 2017

School Sport

Good luck to those selected to represent the school in the area swimming gala on the 23rd May.  There are some talented swimmers in the group and I am sure that they will do well.

 

Social Media

The school Facebook page carries photos of school events as well as the learning that goes on in school day-to-day.  It also carries a link to our latest bulletins and other information that we are asked to share with our community.  Please do go and have a look and if you like what you see, please ‘like’ and ‘follow’ our page. The page can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/saxmundhamprimaryschool

 

SATs Week

SATs week has gone very smoothly – we look forward to the results.   It was good to see so many children attending our breakfast club and we would like to thank Tesco’s at Saxmundham for their support.

 

Friends of Saxmundham Primary School

A reminder that the school Summer Fete is on Saturday 10th June 1pm – 4pm.  Dress down day in return for new and unused items for hampers and tombolas will take place on Wednesday 7th June. 

Cake Sale - Calling all bakers!!  We are having a cake sale after school on Friday 19th May to raise money for the Friends of Saxmundham Primary School.  If you would like to donate cakes or biscuits we would be very grateful.  You can either bring them to the atrium on the day at 8.45am or 2.45pm.  Any questions please contact Sarah Stacey (email: sarah_livall@hotmail.com).  Thank you.

 

Parents Survey

Our current Parent’s Survey is available to complete on-line at: http://goo.gl/29CLwz

 

Class Photos

The class photographs will be taken on the morning of the 17th May.  Please ensure that your children are ready to be photographed!  They will be available to purchase in the usual method very soon afterwards.

 

Farming School of the Year

Congratulations to Hawthorn Class who represented our school very well at the semi-finals on Tuesday of this week, held at Trinity Park.  We received the news on Wednesday morning that, thanks to their sterling efforts, we are in the final again!  A letter has gone out to all the children in Hawthorn class today and we shall shortly begin preparations.

 

School Lunch Survey

Vertas would like to know what you think of the lunches they are producing!  Please follow this link to complete their survey: www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/eatsmenufeedback17

 

Onesie Day in aid of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

As you may know, Luke Eves in Poplar class has Type One Diabetes.  This means that he must check his blood sugar several times a day to ensure it is in the correct range.  In support of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, we will be holding a TypeOnesie day on the 23rd June.  On this day we invite everyone to come into school in either a onesie or a top and bottom of matching colours; and to make a donation of £1 to support research into this condition.  In assembly on Monday 19th June, Luke and I will be discussing how diabetes affects those who have the condition and equally how it affects their family and friends.

 

Hands exhibition

As you will be aware, our art work this term involves making plaster casts of our hands.  Every time I walk around the school, I see the collection growing!  Each class is then mounting their collection of hands to represent a curriculum area they have worked on; illustrate emotions, and many other themes.  We will be holding an exhibition of these hands for school families only on Thursday 22nd June in the Atrium from 4pm.  Following this we would also like to be able to display the work in the local community.  If you know of a shop or business in Saxmundham that may be prepared to host the work of one class for a couple of weeks following the exhibition, do let me know.

 

Money for School Lunches

All families are reminded that payment must be received prior to meals being ordered. We are not able to offer credit on school meals.  Lunches must be paid for in advance, on a Monday morning.  Please place the correct money in a sealed envelope or bag stating your child’s name, class and the days that lunch is required.  The envelopes can be posted into the letter box in the school entrance lobby. Any change will be held as a credit balance. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Bygones Museum Open Day At Sweffling (Signs From A12) SUNDAY 14 MAY 11am-4.30pm

You are invited to visit this wonderful museum, run by Mrs Rowe and her family.  Come to see classic cars, gypsy living vans, motorbikes and auto cycles, display of push bikes, model boats, horticultural and agricultural bygones, traditional music and much more. Lunches and refreshments will be available to buy.  All donations on the day will be given in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

 

Houses

It appears that Water house are determined to extinguish Fire Houses flame!  The competition for house points is extremely close at the moment.  Current house points totals: Water - 2006; Fire – 1959; Air – 1937; Earth - 1928

 

Newsletter

The next newsletter will be on Friday 26th May.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE REGULARLY AS ALL LETTERS, BULLETINS AND USEFUL INFORMATION ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW

 

Bulletin 561 27th April 2017

School Sport

We entered three teams in the Netball tournament yesterday and we came away with 2nd, 4th and 5th places!  Some 22 children from years 4 and 5 represented our school and they performed very well and each of them had significant game time.  Well done to all of them on their performances and for the way in which they represented our school.

 

Social Media

The school Facebook page carries photos of school events (such as the netball above) as well as the learning that goes on in school day-to-day.  It also carries a link to our latest bulletins and other information that we are asked to share with our community.  Please do go and have a look and if you like what you see, please ‘like’ and ‘follow’ our page.  We are now also ‘liking’ other local organisations such as Brook Farm Residents Association which allows us to link with them more effectively. The page can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/saxmundhamprimaryschool

 

SATs Week

A reminder to parents of all children in Year 6 that SATs week starts on the 8th of May.  It is vitally important that your child is in school and on-time everyday during this week.  Why not take advantage of our FREE breakfast club for Year 6 children that will run from Monday to Thursday (there are no tests on the Friday).

 

Friends of Saxmundham Primary School

Thank you to the Friends for funding the new picnic benches in the playground – they should last for quite some time!  A reminder that the school Summer Fete is on Saturday 10th June 1pm – 4pm.  Dress down day in return for new and unused items for hampers and tombolas will take place on Wednesday 7th June.  There will be much more information coming out about this soon!

 

Saxmundham Music Festival (from Brook Farm Resident’s Association)

EDF have kindly sponsored our music workshops for 2017 during the build up to Saxmundham Music Festival. We have limited spaces left for both childrens and adults music workshops on the following dates:

Fridays - June 2nd, 9th 17th 23rd 30th

Saturdays - July 15th and July 22nd.

 

Childrens Workshops run from 5pm until 6.30pm, adults workshops run from 6.30pm until 8pm.

 

To apply for your space this year, please email workshops@deyn.co.uk 

 

Key Dates Coming Up

The summer term is always busy so here are some key dates you would not want to miss:

Wednesday 17th May – Class Photos

Friday 19th May – Year 1 and 2 visit to Africa Alive

Friday 9th June and Tuesday 13th June – Hands on Heritage Days (Year 2)

Friday 23rd June – Onesie Day in aid of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Monday 3rd July – R/KS1 Sports afternoon

Tuesday 4th July – KS2 Sports Afternoon

Wednesday 5th July and Thursday 13th July – In-School transition days

Friday 21st July – Leaver’s Assembly (1.30)

 

This is not an exhaustive list and more dates are being added – the school website carries all of these dates on the calendar.

 

Dinner Menu Changes

Please note the following changes to the current menu.

Week 1 Wednesday:

Spaghetti Bolognese

Week 2 Tuesday:

Smokey Joe Chicken with Rice

 

Money for School Lunches

All families are reminded that payment must be received prior to meals being ordered. We are not able to offer credit on school meals.  Lunches must be paid for in advance, on a Monday morning.  Please place the correct money in a sealed envelope or bag stating your child’s name, class and the days that lunch is required.  The envelopes can be posted into the letter box in the school entrance lobby. Any change will be held as a credit balance. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Houses

Last half-term’s points race was won by Fire!  They could tie with Earth for the points title this year but only if they win the next two half-terms.  Current house points totals: Water - 434; Fire – 433; Air – 533; Earth - 491

 

Newsletter

The next bulletin will be on Thursday 11th May.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE REGULARLY AS ALL LETTERS, BULLETINS AND USEFUL INFORMATION ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW

 

Bulletin 560 16th March 2017

 

School Sport

We have another busy two weeks coming up for our sports teams.  The Tag Rugby team take part in their tournament on Wednesday 22nd March at Alde Valley Academy and we wish them luck as they seek to continue the excellent run of form we have had this year.  On Thursday 30th March, our Quicksticks hockey team travel to St Joseph’s College in Ipswich to take part in the County Finals.  As part of their preparation a special training session has been arranged with James Stacey, who plays for Harleston Magpies, we look forward to hearing of their exploits.  Good luck to both our teams!

 

Social Media

The school Facebook page carries photos of school events (such as the hockey above) as well as the learning that goes on in school day-to-day.  It also carries a link to our latest bulletins and other information that we are asked to share with our community.  Please do go and have a look and if you like what you see, please ‘like’ and ‘follow’ our page.  The page can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/saxmundhamprimaryschool

 

World Book Day

Did you see the pictures of our children in the East Anglian Daily Times?  Unfortunately we didn’t manage to get all of our photos published but those that made it into the paper looked wonderful!

 

Eco Team JUMBLE SALE

Thank you to everyone who donated items or came and bought clothes from the jumble sale on Thursday 9th March. 

£69 was raised to support the work of the Eco Schools Group.

 

Friends of Saxmundham Primary School

The next Friends event is the film night on Friday 17th March – tickets are for sale at the end of school in the Atrium or can be purchased on the door for £1.  There is also a tuck shop and popcorn for sale during the films.  More details can be found on the school Facebook page – just search for Saxmundham Primary.

 

Money Matters

Cherry class had a visit from staff of Ipswich Building Society with their ‘Money Matters’ programme on Monday.  They completed a number of activities based around how we use money and the value of different items.  Walnut class have the money matters team in on Monday 20th March.

 

Sizewell Visits

Poplar and Beech class have visited Sizewell Visitor Centre in the past week and Hawthorn class shall be making the trip tomorrow.  The children have enjoyed their visits and learned lots about electricity.

 

Saxmundham Free School Production

Years 5 and 6 will be visiting Saxmundham Free School on Wednesday of next week to watch the dress rehearsal of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  This has already been featured on tree letters and the ‘walking permission’ you signed at the start of the year covers this trip.

 

Year 3 and 4 production

As you will be aware, tickets are available for the year 3 and 4 production of ‘The Pied Piper’.  The children are rehearsing hard and the singing I hear coming from the hall in the afternoons sounds wonderful!  On the morning of Wednesday 29th March at 9.45am, we are holding a community performance which is open to any of the more senior members of our community.  If you know of anyone who would like to come, please let the school office know.

 

Houses

Current house points totals: Water - 2733; Fire – 2825; Air – 2365; Earth - 2258

 

Newsletter

The next newsletter will be on Friday 31st March.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE REGULARLY AS ALL LETTERS, BULLETINS AND USEFUL INFORMATION ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW

 

Bulletin 559 2nd March 2017

School Sport

Congratulations to our Quicksticks hockey teams who did so well at the inter-school tournament held at Leiston Leisure Centre yesterday.  We entered two teams as part of our drive to engage more children in this level of sport and both teams played well in all their games.  As a result of the children’s performances, we have secured a place in the county finals on the Thursday 30th March!

 

Social Media

The school Facebook page carries photos of school events (such as the hockey above) as well as the learning that goes on in school day-to-day.  It also carries a link to our latest bulletins and other information that we are asked to share with our community.  Please do go and have a look and if you like what you see, please ‘like’ and ‘follow’ our page.  The page can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/saxmundhamprimaryschool

 

Speak Out, Stay Safe

A wonderful fundraising effort has led to over £900 now being raised for the NSPCC.  Thank you to everyone who took part and there is still time to bring in sponsor forms if you have them at home.  Cathy Couchman from the NSPCC will be coming in to do an assembly on Monday 6th March so any remaining forms need to be in school by then please.

 

Sign to Sing

We raised over £100 for Sign2Sing – thankyou to all who donated.  We had hoped to post a video of the children online but this is proving problematic – please bear with us.

 

World Book Day

It has been a wonderful day in school starting with a hall full of children’s book characters and continuing with lots of book related activities during the day.  Thank you to everyone for their work on costumes. 

 

Book Fair

The Book Fair was very successful with over £1200 worth of books sold!  This will result in lots of free books being added to our school library. Thank you!

 

Parent’s Evenings

We held two very busy parent’s evenings this week – thank you to all who came to discuss the progress their child is making.  If you weren’t able to attend, please speak to your child’s teacher about their progress and make an appointment for a further discussion if you need to.  There is not a parent’s evening in the summer term, but we shall be producing a full report for each child and also outcomes of assessments in early years, year 1 (phonics), year 2 (phonics rechecks), year 2 (end of key stage assessments) and year 6 (end of key stage assessments).

 

Eco Team JUMBLE SALE – Thursday 9th March 3.15pm – 4.00pm, School Atrium

5 items for £1 & special table items £2 each.  Please bring in any clothing you would like to donate (including school uniform) from Monday 6th March.   All clean items & in good condition please.

 

Friends of Saxmundham Primary School

The next Friends event is the film night on Friday 17th March – details coming soon on the Friends and School Facebook page.

 

Sizewell Visits

Visits have been arranged for Hawthorn, Beech and Poplar class to Sizewell power station over the next two weeks.  Letters have just gone home about these trips and we would be grateful to receive reply slips as soon as possible.

 

Houses

Congratulations to Earth house for winning the house points competition for last half term!  Water house are current leaders this half term!

 

Bulletin

The next bulletin will be on Thursday 16th March.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE REGULARLY AS ALL LETTERS, BULLETINS AND USEFUL INFORMATION ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW

 

Bulletin 558 26th January 2017

School Sport

Commiserations to the girls football team who narrowly lost their playoff 3-2 to Sir Robert Hitcham’s Primary from Framlingham.  A fuller report and some pictures are on the Facebook page; a huge thank you to all the parents who showed up to support the team.  Good luck to the boys who play in the County finals on Saturday at Westley Middle School in Bury St Edmunds and good luck to our indoor athletics teams who travel to Newmarket next Friday to compete in the County Finals.  A letter about this will be sent to the team members today.  Coming up soon is the Quicksticks hockey tournament and Mr Clucas is already considering his side for this.

 

Social Media

Have you looked at and liked our Facebook page yet?  Bulletins are posted here (as well as on the website) and it contains other posts about things happening in school and things your family may be interested in.  If you haven’t visited, the page can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/saxmundhamprimaryschool

 

Speak Out, Stay Safe

On Monday 6th February, we will be joined by the NSPCC who will be presenting their Speak Out, Stay Safe message to all the children and then following up with workshops for years 5 and 6.  We will then be undertaking some fundraising for the NSPCC and the School Council will be talking about this soon.  More details will follow when they are available.

 

Sign to Sing

You should have received a letter from Miss Nicholas about this today.  On Friday 10th February, we shall be joining in with a national record attempt for the greatest number of children singing (and signing) together.  The children have been practising in their singing assemblies and we have a couple of special practices coming up too.  We are suggesting a donation of £1 to the charity which can be sent into school on the day itself or beforehand.

 

Talent Show

Every class is busy with their auditions and rehearsals for the school talent show.  The Parent’s show will be on the morning of Friday 10th February in the school hall.  All parents of those children who perform in the talent show will be invited very soon by letter!

 

Friend’s Disco

FINAL REMINDER!!  The school disco will take place on Friday 27th January.  Reception and KS1 will be 5-6pm and KS2 6.30-7.45pm and the entry cost is £1.  Tickets will be on sale from the 23rd January.

 

Progress Checks and Parent’s Evenings

Mid-Year Progress Checks will be sent home on Friday 10th February.  Before then you will also receive a letter inviting you to your child’s Parents Evenings which are on Tuesday 28th February and Wednesday 1st March.

 

Houses

Current points are:

Earth-2188, Water-2122, Fire-1875 and Air-1533.  Fire have really mounted a challenge to Earth now and caught up over half of the gap last week – time for Earth to respond.

 

Harry Potter Book Night – Thursday 2nd February - 4.15pm – 5.30pm – Saxmundham Free School

For more information please phone Saxmundham Free School on 633910

 

Newsletter

The next newsletter will be on Friday 10th February.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE AND FACEBOOK PAGE REGULARLY AS ALL LETTERS, BULLETINS AND USEFUL INFORMATION ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW

 

Bulletin 557 12th January 2017

 

School Sport

Congratulations to the girl’s and boy’s indoor athletics squads who won their events at Leiston Leisure Centre yesterday.  Both teams now advance to the County Finals.  Good luck to our girl’s football team who have a play-off for the County Finals on Thursday 19th January at 1.30 in the afternoon.  The boy’s team was to have a play-off too but this has been forfeited by the opposition and so they are already in the County Finals on the 28th January!

 

Choir

You will have noticed that the choir was absent from the clubs list this term.  After a busy Autumn term, the choir is taking a rest but will be back in the Summer term.  We are also meeting with Jubilee Opera soon to discuss ways of furthering the singing opportunities for our children.

 

Social Media

On Wednesday, we launched a school Facebook page.  Several parents have already found it and liked it.  It is an open page to enable us to ‘showcase’ more of the things that go on at school and will hopefully reach a wider audience than our existing website.  Soon, you will receive a new photography permission letter which is being updated to specifically request permission for use of your child’s image on social media.  All the existing safeguards that apply to the use of children’s images will be applied to the Facebook page and these will be detailed in the letter.  The page can be found at: http://www.facebook.com/saxmundhamprimaryschool

 

Maths Booster

A number of maths booster groups are starting soon for children in Year 6.  If your child is offered a space in one of these groups, please ensure you return the slip as soon as possible and encourage your child to come to every session.  Thank you.

 

School Dental Inspection

Just a reminder that the School Dental Service will be visiting our school on Thursday 19th January.

 

Friend’s Disco

The school disco will take place on Friday 27th January.  Reception and KS1 will be 5-6pm and KS2 6.30-7.45pm and the entry cost is £1.  Tickets will be on sale from the 23rd of January.

 

Have you applied for a full-time school place?

If you have a child who was born between 1 September 2012 and 31 August 2013, you must apply for a

full-time school place by SUNDAY 15 JANUARY 2017. Applications can be made online at www.suffolk.gov.uk/onlineadmissions.

 

Houses

Current points are:

Earth-370, Water-352, Fire-347 and Air-323.  Unless something changes drastically, it looks like Earth house are going to take their second house points competition in a row!

 

Bulletin

The next bulletin will be on Thursday 26th January.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE REGULARLY AS ALL LETTERS, BULLETINS AND USEFUL INFORMATION ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW.

 

 

Bulletin 556  1st December 2016

 

Children in Need Day

Thank you for your support of Children in Need a couple of weeks ago.  Through the non-uniform day and the cake sale we raised approximately £350 which will support a variety of projects throughout the country.

 

Christmas Bazaar – Saturday 3rd December, 1-3pm

Thank you so much for you generosity on dress down day! We received a huge amount of donations and now have some fantastic hampers we can raffle off (Mum’s, Dad’s and Family Night In) and wonderful prizes for our tombolas and many other stalls at the bazaar. The Christmas Bazaar starts at 1pm in the hall and Atrium and will, as ever, be a very busy event.  We look forward to seeing you there and don’t forget to bring your friends! Please note Grand Draw tickets are available for sale before and after school on Friday – 50p each/£2.50 per book.

 

Reception Open Morning

A number of parents have taken the opportunity to visit our Early Years unit during the Open Mornings we have held so far.  The final Open Morning will be on Wednesday 7th December from 9.30am – 10.30am and will include a tour of the school and time to explore our Early Years unit.  Please book in advance through the office and tell your friends!

 

School Sport

The basketball team will be competing next Wednesday against other schools in our area and the bar has been set very high following our success in the boys and girls football.  We look forward to another strong performance from our children.  Good luck!!

 

Choir

Mrs Nicholas and the choir have been very busy recently.  On the 18th of November they travelled to Snape and performed in the Big Sing along with many other schools.  The highlight of the concert was the choir’s performance of ‘Cuckoo’ by Benjamin Britten.  You can see the video of the performance on You Tube, just search for ‘big sing’.

 

Several members of the choir also sang at Aldeburgh church on Saturday in ‘The Winter Star’, a production by Jubilee Opera.  Well done to Darcy, Daisy, Charlotte C, Emielia, Charlotte F, Cleo, Lily and Bella who I know sang beautifully.

 

End of Year events

There are lots of special events coming up towards the end of term – please have a good look at your child’s tree letter as they will be detailed there.  One I would draw your attention to is the school Christmas lunch on the 15th of December.  We are inviting children (and staff!) to wear Christmas jumpers for lunch if they have them.  If your child does not have a Christmas jumper, there is no expectation that you will buy one just for this event.

 

School Clubs

Just a reminder that next week will be the last week for all of our after school clubs before the Christmas break.

 

‘Flu Vaccinations’ – Years 1,2 and 3

Just a reminder that the School Immunisation Team will be visiting our school on Monday 9th December.

 

Houses

Current points are:

Earth-3406, Water-3111, Fire-2950 and Air-2886.  Unless something changes drastically, it looks like Earth house are going to take their second house points competition in a row!

 

Newsletter

The next newsletter will be on Thursday 15th December.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE REGULARLY AS ALL LETTERS, BULLETINS AND USEFUL INFORMATION ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW.

 

 

Bulletin 555  17th November 2016

Children in Need Day

We are holding a non-uniform day tomorrow, the 18th of November to support Children in Need.  We are asking for donations of 50p for this.  At break time we shall also be having a cake sale with the proceeds going to Children in Need and cakes will cost 50p.  Any donations of small, individual cakes that children can eat can be brought into class by the children in the morning.  Thank-you for your support.

 

Dress Down Day

On Tuesday 29th November we are inviting all children to come to school in non-uniform in exchange for a donation of new or unused items for our themed hampers, raffle prizes and tombolas at the bazaar.  Children can dress in Christmas jumpers, festive colours or simply as they wish!

 

The Christmas Bazaar is being held on Saturday 3rd December from 1-3pm.  We would be grateful to anyone who is able to help with putting up, clearing away or running a stall on the day itself.

Reception Open Morning

A number of parents have taken the opportunity to visit our Early Years unit during the Open Mornings we have held so far.  The final Open Morning will be on Wednesday 7th December from 9.30am – 10.30am and will include a tour of the school and time to explore our Early Years unit.  Please book in advance through the office and tell your friends!

 

School Sport

Both the boys and girls football teams were successful on Wednesday, winning their first tournaments of the year.  Both teams were unbeaten and we have some prolific goal scorers!  Congratulations to all the children and Mr Clucas who organised the teams.

 

Big Sing

Good luck to Miss Nicholas and the choir who are travelling to Snape tomorrow for the Big Sing!  They have been practising hard and I am sure they will perform very well.

 

Poppies

The two minutes silence was well observed on Friday of last week.  As last year, many children purchased poppies and other Royal British Legion items and we hope to have a figure for donations soon.

 

Houses

Current points are:

Earth-1723, Water-1559, Fire-1461 and Air-1382

 

Bulletin

The next newsletter will be on Thursday 1st December.

 

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Bulletin 554  3rd November 2016

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning – Friday 14th October

Thank you to everyone who donated cakes or came along to the coffee morning.  We raised just under £350 which is a wonderful outcome!

 

Harvest Festivals

Our two harvest festivals were well attended events by parents and harvested a substantial amount of food which was swiftly collected by the Foodbank.  Thank you for all your donations.

 

Reception Open Morning

We will be holding our second Open Morning for children entering reception in September 2017 on Wednesday 9th November.  The morning will run from 9.30am – 10.30am and will include a tour of the school and time to explore our early years unit.  Please book in advance through the office and tell your friends!

 

Lunch Times

Children in KS2 who bring a packed lunch should wait until the bell goes before coming inside to eat their lunch.  At present, we do not have the capacity to have all of the children indoors at the same time to eat lunch.

 

School Clubs

If your child is not going to continue attending a club or will miss a session for any reason, please could you ensure you let the office know.  Thank you.

 

Poppies

Poppies, along with an assortment of other items from the Royal British Legion, will be on sale at the beginning and end of the school day from Monday 7th November.

 

New Build

Our building works are now complete!  The atrium is back in use and the scaffolding has been taken down.  We are now looking at new ways of using the atrium as a flexible learning area, as well as using the space for other school functions.

 

Friends of Saxmundham Primary School - Thurs 3rd November 7pm

A planning meeting for the Christmas Fayre is being held at the school tonight.  Please come along if you have some time to support the Friends of Saxmundham Primary School.

 

Christmas Card Project

As you know there have been problems with the APFS online ordering system which has been very frustrating for all concerned! Unfortunately we have been advised by the company that they will have to scrap their online system and resort to the method used last year whereby parents pay the school directly. The company will send new forms to school which reflect the change of order procedure. We will endeavour to send out this new paperwork to every family that has sent artwork with the old form attached. There will however be spare copies available at the school office if you need them. Please fill in the form (which we will re-attach to the artwork) and send payment by cash or cheque (made payable to The Friends of Saxmundham Primary School) and bring in by Monday 14th November. Our collection date for all artwork is 15th! We would like to make sure that any family who would like to place an order still has the chance. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 

 

Bonfire Night – Friday 4th November at 6.30pm

Organised by Saxmundham Adventure Playground team, admission free but donations collected on the night to raise funds for the playground.  BBQ and refreshments available.

 

Houses

Congratulations to Earth house for winning the house points competition for last half term!  The points were:

Earth-5718, Water-5340, Fire-5149 and Air-5119

 

Upcoming Events

The boys and girls football teams will be in action next Wednesday and on the same day, KS1 are visiting Leiston Cinema.  The Choir continue to prepare for their Big Sing with workshops in school and are performing at Snape on Friday 18th November.

 

Bulletin

The next newsletter will be on Thursday 17th November

 

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Bulletin 553  6th October 2016

 

The first dark mornings have arrived and the days are certainly getting shorter – time for a Harvest festival or two!

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning – Friday 14th October (Postponed from 30/9/16)

A reminder that next Friday we shall celebrate the world’s biggest coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care.  As usual, the coffee morning will start at 8.45am and all parents and carers are welcome to join us for a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake.  The children will be coming to the hall at different times during the morning as follows:

Walnut and Birch 9 – 9.15; Ash and Willow 9.15 -9.30; Cherry and Rowan 9.30-9.45; Oak and Holly 9.45-10; Beech and Hawthorn 10-10.15 and Poplar 10.15-10.30.

 

Harvest Festivals

These will take place on Wednesday the 12th of October and all children are invited to bring to school food donations on that day.  Please bring canned or tinned goods, or dried goods.  All donations will then be forwarded to the local foodbank to be distributed further to local families’ in need.  A letter about the harvest festivals and inviting parents to attend has already been sent out.

 

Parent’s Consultation Evenings

These are taking place on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th of October.  A separate letter has already been sent out, inviting parents to book an appointment.  If you are unable to meet with your child’s teacher on one of these two evenings, please contact them directly to arrange a mutually convenient time.  This year we are offering later appointments on the Wednesday evening to accommodate parents who cannot make earlier appointments.

 

Data Collection

It is very important that we have current, accurate contact details for all children.  The children will be bringing home an envelope today containing a data collection printout.  Please check all details and update as necessary, including pupil’s country of birth, nationality and an email address for main point of contact.  Please sign and return to school as soon as possible.  Thank you!

 

Choir Cancelled – Tuesday 11th October

 

Reception Open Mornings

We will be holding Open Mornings for children entering reception in September 2017 on Tuesday 18th October and the Wednesday 9th November.  All the mornings will run from 9.30am – 10.30am and will include a tour of the school and time to explore our early years unit.  Please book in advance through the office and tell your friends!

 

Year 5 Trip

Many of the children in year 5 are eagerly looking forward to their London Trip on the 19th and 20th of October.  A huge thank you to Tesco Saxmundham who are generously supporting the trip by providing ingredients for packed lunches.

 

Science Week

Science week was a great success! Thanks to Ms Denham for organising it.  The children very much enjoyed the activities during the week and a special ‘Thank You’ goes to Tesco Saxmundham, especially Ms McKee, for our ‘Farm to Fork’ visits.

 

Houses

The house point’s race for this year is hotting up!  Current positions are: Earth – 3120; Fire – 2906; Air – 2808;

Water - 2775.  Don’t’ forget that every child who receives a certificate for the Summer Reading Challenge from Saxmundham library also earns 10 house points – we just need to see the confirmation slip!

 

New Build

Work on the Atrium roof is proceeding well and should be completed on time so that the scaffolding can be removed during the half-term break.

 

Friends ‘Family Quiz Night’ – 23rd September 2016

Thanks to the Friends and in particular to Liz Gleave for a fantastic night.  Congratulations to the Quizzards for their first place – there were some tricky questions!  We hope to run a further quiz night

 

Friends of Saxmundham Primary School AGM - Mon 17th Oct, 3.10pm

Stop watches at the ready, we're going for a speedy 10 minute AGM on 17th October! Come along just after school pick-up to the port-a-cabin on the playground. All welcome and kids can play whilst we quickly run through the meeting. If you would like to stand to become a committee member, please contact Ali Fox via the school office for a nomination form. The agenda can be viewed on the Friends page on the school website. Hope to see you there!

 

Christmas Card Project

As last year, we are taking part in the APFS Christmas Card Project to raise funds for the school. We had excellent feedback from parents last year about the cards that were printed, so we hope that you will enjoy ordering your child's designs again this year. This year we will send home paper and instructions for children to design a card at home. Please check book bags! Sample cards will be available to view outside the school office.

 

Bonfire Night – Friday 4th November at 6.30pm

Organised by Saxmundham Adventure Playground team, admission free but donations collected on the night to raise funds for the playground.  BBQ and refreshments available.

 

Bulletin

The next newsletter will be on Thursday 20th October.

 

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Bulletin 552  22nd September 2016

 

We are now well into the year and with most of the building work completed, things have settled very nicely at school.

 

Circus

Come along to Circus Petite on the school field this weekend! The Friends of Saxmundham Primary School will be selling refreshments (hot and cold drinks, popcorn, crisps and sweets) at family friendly prices outside the tent! We also have circus tickets for sale at the refreshments stall. Hope to see you there! Brook Farm Residents Association are hosting Circus Petite on our field this weekend.  All children have taken home a flyer about how to book tickets for the shows.  The circus is also putting on two musical workshops on Sunday from 11:30 - 12:30. 

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning – Friday 30th September

A reminder that next Friday we shall celebrate the world’s biggest coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care.  As usual, the coffee morning will start at 8.45am and all parents and carers are welcome to join us for a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake.  The children will be coming to the hall at different times during the morning as follows:

Ash and Willow 9 – 9.15; Walnut and Birch 9.15 -9.30; Cherry and Rowan 9.30-9.45; Oak and Holly 9.45-10; Beech and Hawthorn 10-10.15 and Poplar 10.15-10.30.

 

Money for School Lunches

All families are reminded that payment must be received prior to meals being ordered. We are not able to offer credit on school meals.  Lunches must be paid for in advance, on a Monday morning.  Please place the correct money in a sealed envelope or bag stating your child’s name, class and the days that lunch is required.  The envelopes can be posted into the letter box in the school entrance lobby. Any change will be held as a credit balance. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Parenting Group

Starting next week, a Triple P Parenting course will be running at our school until the 10th of November.  The course features 5 face-to-face sessions and two weeks in the middle where telephone support is available.  If you are interested in joining the course, or for more information, please contact Kay Witchalls on: 01394 605060 or 07540 671191.

 

Houses

The house points race for this year is hotting up!  Current positions are: Earth – 1494; Fire – 1425; Air – 1361;

Water - 1273.  Don’t’ forget that every child who receives a certificate for the Summer Reading Challenge from Saxmundham library also earns 10 house points – we just need to see the confirmation slip!

 

New Build

Holly class are now settled into their new room and the activity area is being made good use of.   The children’s entry points at the start of the day and exit to go home are now back to normal.  Reception enter and leave through their garden; Key Stage 1 enter and leave through the Atrium and Key Stage 2 enter and leave through the activity area at the side of the school by the Log House.  We do not intend to change these now the classroom and activity area are complete.

 

The Atrium is now accessible and work has begun in earnest on the roof.  The old glass panels have been removed and work on the new roof has started.  This should be finished by half-term and we are hopeful that it does not impact significantly on the school during this time.

 

Friends ‘Family Quiz Night’ – 23rd September 2016 at 6pm

Final reminder - Come along for a fun family evening for kids and parents alike! Bring your own nibbles, drinks and glasses.  Teams of up to 8 people – of all ages! £2 per person.  Tickets on sale after school!

 

Bulletin

The next bulletin will be on Thursday 6th October.

 

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Bulletin 551  9th September 2016

Welcome back to the New Year and to our first bulletin!  The year has started well and even though we still have building work going on, there is a good learning atmosphere throughout the school.

 

Start of the day

Can I remind parents that children should not be playing on the all-weather surface at the start or end of the day, nor should they be on the climbing wall.  Can I also request that when the bell has gone and the children are lining up to go into school, parents leave their children in the line and then move away from that side of the playground.  This will make it much quicker and easier to get the children into school and the day started.  Thank you for your help.

 

Roald Dahl Day

Final reminder! This will be held on Tuesday 13th September. No charge, just for fun!

 

KS1 Trip

Parents of children in years 1 and 2 have already received a letter regarding the trip to the transport museum at Carlton Colville, please return by Monday 12th September.

 

KS2 Trips

All children in KS2 will be going on a visit to the archaeology exploration at RSPB Minsmere over the next couple of weeks.  Letters for these trips are going out today.

 

Houses

Last year’s winning house for house points was Fire House – well done to them!  We now have a trophy – the House Cup and this will soon be on display adorned with red ribbons.

 

New Build

On Monday, the new activity area will be available for children in Poplar, Beech, Hawthorn and Oak class to use as an access point to their classrooms.  This will be important as the Atrium will be out of bounds whilst the scaffold is erected below the glazed area.  The new classroom is almost finished and we anticipate moving Holly class into their new room on Monday 19th September.

 

School Clubs

Letters are coming home today – there are lots of clubs to choose from!

 

Dinner Menu Changes

Please note the following changes to the current menu.

Week 1 Monday:

Large Margherita Pizza or Macaroni Cheese

Week 1 Wednesday:

Smokey Joe Chicken with Wholegrain Rice or Smokey Joe Quorn Fillet with Wholegrain Rice

Week 3 Friday:

Crispy Battered Fish Fillet with Chips or Quorn Sausages with Chips

 

Friends ‘Family Quiz Night’ – 23rd September 2016 at 6pm

Come along for a fun family evening for kids and parents alike! Bring your own nibbles, drinks and glasses.  Teams of up to 8 people – of all ages! £2 per person.  Tickets on sale after school from Monday 12th September.

 

Bulletin

The next bulletin will be on Thursday 22nd September.

 

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Bulletin 550  7th July 2016

Inter School Sport
In what was our final sports competition of the year, our rounders team travelled to the County Finals on Wednesday.  They returned at the end of the day without a win but having enjoyed the experience and played in some close games.  Many thanks to Mr Clucas for leading the team and for all the work he has put in on the sports competition front this year.

Houses
Current house points: Air-3055; Earth-2991; Fire-3433; Water-3397.  Our two sports days were close competitions and really were occasions where all the children made a contribution to their house.  Water house took the trophy in KS2, just beating Earth house to the prize and Earth house were victorious in the reception and KS1 competition.  We were fortunate with the weather and enjoyed two very exciting and very busy afternoons of activities and races.

New Build
The walls have appeared around the new classroom and the builders are today putting on the first of the roofing materials for the activity area.  The pace really has quickened this week and whilst the builders are still officially one week behind, a run of good weather will help them catch up!

School Clubs
All of our after-school clubs have finished for the term apart from choir which has one more session after school on Thursday 14th July.

Breakfast Club – Price Increase
Please note that with effect from 1st September 2016, there will be a slight price increase per session- please see below:-
£3.00 per session for 1-3 sessions a week
£2.50 per session for 4 or more sessions a week (i.e. 1 child, 4 or more sessions per week or 2 children, 2 sessions or more per week)

Money for School Lunches
All families are reminded that payment must be received prior to meals being ordered. We are not able to offer credit on school meals.  Lunches must be paid for in advance, on a Monday morning.  Please place the correct money in a sealed envelope or bag stating your child’s name, class and the days that lunch is required.  The envelopes can be posted into the letter box in the school entrance lobby. Any change will be held as a credit balance. Thank you for your cooperation.

Next Year
Our two transition days for September have now taken place and went very well.  All of the children have met their new teachers and spent time in their new classes.

Leaver’s Assembly
Parents of children in year 6 will soon be receiving a letter about this assembly which is on the afternoon of the 20th of July.  We hope that many of you will be able to attend.

Year 5&6 Performance
Tickets are now available for the end of year performance.  The curtain goes up at 1.30pm on Tuesday 12th July and 6.30pm on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th of July.

Leavers Disco
This is being held on Tuesday 19th July after school and a flyer for this will be sent home from the Friends of the school.

Newsletter
The next newsletter will be on Wednesday 20th July.

Bulletin 549 23rd June 2016

Inter School Sport

It may be close to the end of term, but we have two competitions next week.  On Monday the Quad-Kids athletics team are competing at Leiston and on Tuesday the netball team are off to the County Finals in Ipswich.  Good luck to both our teams and we look forward to more victories.

 

Houses

Current house points: Air-1625; Earth-1803; Fire-1955; Water-1881.  Fire seem to have taken their customary lead, but I know water are intent on pulling them back.  Don’t forget sports day on the 4th (KS2) and 5th (R and KS1) of July which is shaping up to be a great contest – let’s hope for good weather!!

 

New Build

Again, the bad weather has caused some delays with our building works.  A couple of weeks ago, we were visited by Eric, the health and Safety mascot for RG Carter, our builders.  Eric met with all of the children and they heard about the importance of safety equipment on building sites and the importance of staying away from building sites for their own safety.  Next week, we expect the bricklayers to be in as the steel framework has now been erected and the concrete floor installed.  We are really starting to get a clear idea of the size of the building, especially the new activity area!

 

Child drop-off

Can I remind parents to park considerately when you are dropping off and collecting your children.  We have had complaints recently about some parking, particularly on the cul-de-sacs off Brook Farm Road.  There have also been complaints to the Police about cars being parked on the yellow zig-zags outside the school.  Clearly this is dangerous and illegal and could result in penalty notices being issued by the Police.  Please park safely. 

Thank you.

 

Breakfast Club – Price Increase

Please note that with effect from 1st September 2016, there will be a slight price increase per session- please see below:-

£3.00 per session for 1-3 sessions a week

£2.50 per session for 4 or more sessions a week (i.e. 1 child, 4 or more sessions per week or 2 children, 2 sessions or more per week)

 

Mrs Alexander and Miss Davis – Ipswich Pretty Muddy

Miss Alexander and Miss Davis would like to thank everyone for sponsoring them to complete the Ipswich Pretty Muddy course.

 

Jubilee Opera

Mish and Sue from Jubilee Opera came and worked with KS2 last week on a new musical called ‘The Rattler’.  The children really enjoyed the session and Mish commented on how well they sang during the course of the hour long workshop.

 

Summer Fete

Despite the threatening clouds at 3.45, the Friends’ summer fete passed off without any rain and we had a very successful day.  The final total raised was a massive £3,900!  My sincere congratulations and thanks to all of the team who worked so hard to put the fete together.  The money will be used to support the provision of the new KS1 outdoor learning area.

 

Money for School Lunches

All families are reminded that payment must be received prior to meals being ordered. We are not able to offer credit on school meals.  Lunches must be paid for in advance, on a Monday morning.  Please place the correct money in a sealed envelope or bag stating your child’s name, class and the days that lunch is required.  The envelopes can be posted into the letter box in the school entrance lobby. Any change will be held as a credit balance. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Next Year

On Friday 1st July we have our first induction morning as children meet together in their new classroom with their new teacher for the first time.  Unfortunately Miss Underwood is unable to attend so Holly will not be able to meet her until 7th of July!  However all other classes will spend the morning with their new teacher.

 

Leaver’s Assembly

Parents of children in year 6 will soon be receiving a letter about this assembly which is on the afternoon of the 20th of July.  We hope that many of you will be able to attend.

 

Garden Coffee Morning – Saturday 25th June 10am – 12.30pm, 39 Fairfield Road, Saxmundham

Organised by Saxmundham Adventure Playground Committee – Cakes, Tombola, Book and White Elephant Stalls.

 

Newsletter

The next newsletter will be on Thursday 7th July.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE REGULARLY AS ALL LETTERS, BULLETINS AND USEFUL INFORMATION ARE AVAILABLE TO VIEW.

 

Bulletin 548 9th June 2016

Farming School of the Year Competition

On a cold, blustery Thursday morning at the Suffolk Show, our Farming School team of Amy, Maddie, Saskia, Isla and Megan gave an excellent presentation all about pigs and how amazing they are.  The judges very much enjoyed the presentation, especially the song at the end to the tune of ‘Happy’ by Pharrell Williams.  So impressed were the judges that for the second time in three years, we are the Farming School Champions!  Congratulations to the presentation team and all of the children who were part of building our pigs or attended the day at Trinity Park.  A huge thank you also to Mrs Rowe and Mrs Cable without whom this would not have been possible.

 

Inter School Sport

More congratulations to our rounders team of Sam, Tom, Luke, Molly, Megan, Leo, Callum, Molly and Maddison who came away from yesterday’s tournament victorious!  It really has been a tremendous year for us in inter-school sport and we still have the athletics to go, possibly a re-scheduled Kwik-Cricket tournament and a county final in netball.  Thank you to Mr Clucas who organised the team and to Mrs Andrews who accompanied the team yesterday.

 

Houses

Current house points: Air-5462; Earth-5538; Fire-6085; Water-5980

Congratulations to Fire house who have won the house points challenge for the third time this year.  The only house that can beat them to the title for the year now is Water.

 

New Build

You may have noticed that our new build, which got off to a tremendous start, appears to be somewhat quiet this week.  Unfortunately, schedules as they are, the ground crew finished their work so far in advance of the production of the steel framework that we are now having to wait for that to be manufactured and installed.  That should either be tomorrow or early next week and then we really should see a classroom take shape as the bricklayers commence!

 

Child drop-off

We have noticed that some parents are using the area in front of the Exit gate as a drop off zone in the mornings.  Please could we ask that parents do not do this.  It brings traffic into an area where there are a lot of pedestrians (many of them young children) and some of these cars have then been attempting to re-join the traffic by turning across Brook Farm Road which is a dangerous thing to do at that time.  Please think of the safety of the children – this is our paramount concern.  Thank you.

 

Mrs Alexander and Miss Davis – Ipswich Pretty Muddy

Mrs Alexander and Miss Davis are going to be taking part in the Ipswich Mud Run on Saturday 18th June 2016.  If you would like to sponsor them please use the following link:

https://www.justgiving.com/teams/stuck-in-the-mud720

 

Money for School Lunches

All families are reminded that payment must be received prior to meals being ordered. We are not able to offer credit on school meals.  Lunches must be paid for in advance, on a Monday morning.  Please place the correct money in a sealed envelope or bag stating your child’s name, class and the days that lunch is required.  The envelopes can be posted into the letter box in the school entrance lobby. Any change will be held as a credit balance. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Phonics Testing

All children in year 1 and some children in year 2 will be completing their phonics screen next week.  This will be held 1-1 in a quiet space in school so we can see how effectively the children are able to use their phonics skills when reading individual words.  The results of this screening will be sent home to parents in due course.

 

Summer Fete

The summer fete programme competition was won by Taisy Wiseman – congratulations!  We very much look forward to welcoming you and your family to the summer fete which is on Saturday 11th June from 1pm. 

 

Class allocations

You should all have received a letter today regarding your child’s class placement for next year.  There will be two mornings towards the end of the term when your child will spend time with their new teacher, getting to know one another.  We are very pleased to announce that Miss Underwood will be taking Holly class from September.  Miss Underwood is well known to us as she very successfully completed two placements here as part of her PGCE course and we are very confident that we have appointed a high quality member of staff who will add to the established strengths of the school.

 

Newsletter

The next newsletter will be on Thursday 23rd June.

 

 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE REGULARLY AS ALL LETTERS, BULLETINS AND USEFUL INFORMATION ARE ALL AVAILABLE TO VIEW.

 

 

Bulletin 547 12th May 2016

Farming School of the Year Competition

Congratulations to our team who have secured a third consecutive final appearance following the semi-final at Trinity Park yesterday.  The final will be held during the Thursday of half-term week at the Suffolk Show and will take the form of a presentation about pigs.  Unfortunately, only 5 of the team from Tuesday will be able to represent the school in the finals and that is currently being arranged.

 

Inter School Sport

Unfortunately the Kwik cricket competition scheduled for next week has been postponed due to a lack of entries.  We are awaiting further information as to when this will take place.  The inter-school swimming gala is now scheduled for the 24th of May and we have a strong team entered for that competition.

 

School and class photos

On Monday morning, we shall be taking whole school photos and class photos.  Please ensure that your child comes to school with their full uniform including sweatshirts or sweatcardigans.

 

Houses

Current house points: Air-2882; Earth-2934; Fire-3327; Water-3196

 

New Build

As you are aware, the new build starts on Monday.  There will only be pedestrian access to the school at morning

drop-off and afternoon collection times.

 

Money for School Lunches

All families are reminded that payment must be received prior to meals being ordered. We are not able to offer credit on school meals.  Lunches must be paid for in advance, on a Monday morning.  Please place the correct money in a sealed envelope or bag stating your child’s name, class and the days that lunch is required.  The envelopes can be posted into the letter box in the school entrance lobby. Any change will be held as a credit balance. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

KS2 SATs Week

Congratulations to all of the children in year 6 for their very positive attitude during the SATs this week.  All of the children stayed focused throughout and did their best with the materials.

 

Change to School Menu for Week 1

Please note that on Week 1’s menu, Wednesday’s lunch will now be Smokey Joe Chicken with Wholegrain Rice instead of Cajun Chicken.

 

Summer Fete Programme Cover

The summer fete programme needs a colourful cover design and we are running a competition for pupils to design it.  All entrants will receive 5 house points and the winner will be printed on the programme cover.  Entries should be labelled on the reverse with name and house team and handed into your class teacher by Friday 20th May.  For a list of attractions that could be included in your design, please see the Friends of Saxmundham Newsletter that will be sent home today.  Good Luck! 

 

Sunshiners Holiday Club – Friday 3 June 10am-12 noon

Saxmundham United Reform Church are holding an activity morning aimed at 5-11 year olds.  If you would like to join in, please contact Sue Liddell Tel No:- 832322 or email codurham@btinternet.com for more information.

 

Newsletter

The next newsletter will be on Thursday 26th May.

 

 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE REGULARLY AS ALL LETTERS, BULLETINS AND USEFUL INFORMATION ARE ALL AVAILABLE TO VIEW.

 


Bulletin 546 28th April 2016

Inter School Sport

Congratulations to our netball team who convincingly won their recent tournament.  They now progress to the County finals to be held later this term.

 

Houses

Current house points: Air-1563; Earth-1518; Fire-1730; Water-1672

 

St George’s Day and Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday

We had a very enjoyable ‘tea party’ last Friday in the hall.  All of the children were treated to cakes and squash courtesy of Tesco’s and I believe they plan to use some of the photos taken on the afternoon in their community display.

 

New Build

The start date for our new build has been delayed and is now the 16th May.  During the building works there will be changes to access to the school site for dropping off and collecting children as well as some doors being out of use as the build progresses.  After half-term we shall do an additional fire drill to ensure the children know the exit routes.  In addition to the closure of both the entry and exit gates, the pedestrian access gate in front of Beech Class will not be available as the builders will be using that route to take materials to and from their compound.

 

Mr Cartwright-Jones and I have a pre-build meeting this afternoon with the contractors and following that meeting I shall write to you again.

 

Money for School Lunches

All families are reminded that payment must be received prior to meals being ordered. We are not able to offer credit on school meals.  Lunches must be paid for in advance, on a Monday morning.  Please place the correct money in a sealed envelope or bag stating your child’s name, class and the days that lunch is required.  The envelopes can be posted into the letter box in the school entrance lobby. Any change will be held as a credit balance. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

KS2 SATs Week

As I am sure the parents of children in Year 6 will be aware, KS2 SATs take place during the week beginning the 9th May.  A FREE breakfast Club is running on the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th May for children in year 6.  It is essential that this is pre-booked so please return your slip if you have not already done so.

 

After School French Club 

Due to a fall in numbers we have spaces for any Year 1 children who wish to start French Club next 

Thursday 5th May. Please speak to the school office to book a place.

 

Farming School of the Year Competition

For the third year running we are in the semi-finals of this competition which are being held at Trinity Park on Tuesday 10th May.  Congratulations to everyone who was involved in making our Suffolk Black pig for the first round! 

 

Uniform and shoes

The school uniform policy requires that children wear black shoes, not trainers, that are suitable for school.  Open toed sandals are not suitable for school as children’s toes are unprotected.  Similarly, we would expect children to still wear socks in the summer and to change them for PE.

 

Bygones Museum Open Day at Sweffling  (SIGNS FROM A12) SUNDAY 8 MAY 11am-4.30pm

You are invited to visit this wonderful museum, run by Mrs Rowe and her family.  Come to see classic cars, gypsy living vans, motorbikes and auto cycles, display of push bikes, Morris Dancing, model boats, horticultural and agricultural bygones, traditional music and much more. Lunches and refreshments will be available to buy.  All donations on the day will be given in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

 

Bulletin

The next bulletin will be on Thursday 12th May.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE REGULARLY AS ALL LETTERS, BULLETINS AND USEFUL INFORMATION ARE ALL AVAILABLE TO VIEW.

 

Bulletin 545 14th April 2016

Inter School Sport

Mr Clucas is currently preparing a team for the netball tournament being held at Alde Valley next week.  Letters will be going home very soon.

 

Houses

Congratulations to Fire house who won the house points competition by a comfortable margin from Water, Earth and Air.  The year 5 and 6 Dodgeball competition was won by Water, with Air in second place, Fire in third and Earth in fourth.

 

Parents Forum

Again, the last Parents’ Forum was sparsely attended.  I would like to have greater attendance at these meetings as the things discussed do make a difference to your children.  Our next meeting will be held at 9am on Wednesday 25th May.

 

St George’s Day and Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday

Next Friday at the end of the day we shall be holding a celebration in honour of both St George’s Day (Saturday 23rd April) and Queen Elizabeth’s 90th Birthday (Thursday 21st April).  This will take the form of a children’s picnic at the end of the day.  More details to follow on Monday.

 

Year 4 STEM Day

Year 4 will be attending a STEM event at Alde Valley Academy on Tuesday of next week.  Parents of children in year 4 will receive a letter about this tomorrow.

 

Bulletin

The next bulletin will be on Thursday 28th April.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE REGULARLY AS ALL LETTERS, BULLETINS AND USEFUL INFORMATION ARE ALL AVAILABLE TO VIEW.

 

 

Bulletin 544 11th March 2016

Friends Film Night

The Film Night is tonight! Reception and KS1: Shaun the Sheep, 4.30-5.30pm. KS2: Minions, 6.00-7.45pm. Tickets £1.00 (includes a drink and a packet of crisps). Tuck shop also available.

 

World Book Day

World Book Day was a great success!  The school was full of storybook characters and the learning was extended through the day with activities in class.  You may have seen the brief selection of photos of your children in the EADT.  Unfortunately, the photographer did not arrive until just before 3pm and so it was very difficult to get many shots taken.

 

Inter School Sport

We came second in the tag rugby, losing to Snape Primary 6 tries to 7 in our final game.  Despite this,

Mr Clucas was very happy with the performance of our team and we continue to perform very well at

Inter-school sports events.

 

Book Fair

Approximately £800 of books were sold at the book fair – thank you to everyone who purchased from the selection.  The school also received about £400 of books from the book fair as a result of sales – these books are in the library now for your children to read.

 

Houses

Current point’s totals for last half-term are:

Fire – 1751 points; Water – 1710 points; Air – 1534 points; Earth – 1623 points

 

Year 3/4 Performance

Tickets are steadily going for all three performances of What a Knight!  I saw part of the rehearsal today (with Ash and Willow as audience) and I can say you really are in for a treat.  One more dress rehearsal to the rest of the school on Monday and the cast will be well prepared for their opening night at 6.30pm. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

SATs Meeting

There will be a meeting for the parents of all children in Year 6 on Tuesday 15th March at 5pm.  During the meeting we will outline the SATs procedures for this year and what you can do to help your child prepare for them.  Further details will be on your child’s tree letter.

 

Parents Evenings

There was a tremendous buzz around the Atrium during the parent’s evenings and the conversations I had with parents (and staff) were very positive.  I know many of the parents of children in Ash and Willow class have already logged on to tapestry to view their child’s learning journal and to comment on their child’s work in school.  If you have a child in reception and you have not set-up your own access to Tapestry yet, please let us know.

 

Dental Checks

These will be taking place for children in Reception through to Year 4 on Wednesday 16th March.  If you would like your child/ren to be seen by the School Dentist please ensure that you return the completed slip by Tuesday 15th March. 

If you require another copy of the letter, please speak to the School Office.

 

Parents Forum

Our next parent’s forum will be held at 2pm on the 17th March.  Please come to the front office to sign in and you will be directed from there.

 

Newsletter

The next newsletter will be on Thursday 24th March.

 

Term Dates

We close for the Easter break at the end of the day on Thursday 24th March and re-open at 8.45am on Tuesday 12th April.

 

Bulletin 543 25th February 2016

World Thinking Day

It was wonderful to see so many Rainbows, Brownies and Guides wearing their uniform in school on Monday.  In assembly we spent some time exploring the theme of World Thinking Day which was ‘Connections’.  We thought about our connections with other people both in this country and beyond and the differences and similarities between us and them.

 

Inter School Sport

We have school sports events coming up; The first event is Tag Rugby on the 7th March.  The team for this event will be selected shortly.  We look forward to the competition.

 

Breakfast Club

A happy group meets every morning in the Log House for Breakfast Club.  Breakfast club is growing but there are still places every morning.  Places can be booked through the school office and are just £2 for breakfast and supervision from 8 – 8.45am.  We are still taking bookings for this half-term so this is a good time to give it a go!   Please collect forms from the school office.

 

World Book Day

This is on the 3rd of March and, like last year we shall be dressing up as book characters again.  Who will Mr Rutland be this time?  Children in Willow and Ash classes will be dressing up on Friday 4th March as Thursday is their Forest Schools day.  There will be other activities going on connected to World Book Day and these are listed on class newsletters.

 

Book Fair

The book fair is open after school every day until Tuesday 1st March.  There are lots of good books to look at and each class will spend some time looking at the books in class time.  

 

Houses

Final point’s totals for last half-term were:

Fire – 5540 points; Water – 5633 points; Air – 5361 points; Earth – 5252 points

 

Congratulations to Water house for winning the house points competition for a second time.

 

Year 3/4 Performance

This year’s 3/4 production is called What a Knight! and tickets will be available for performances on Monday 14th March at 6.30pm, Tuesday 15th March at 1.30pm and Wednesday 16th March at 6.30pm.  A letter will be coming out in the next few days with details of how to book your tickets.

 

SATs Meeting

There will be a meeting for the parents of all children in Year 6 on Tuesday 15th March at 5pm.  During the meeting we will outline the SATs procedures for this year and what you can do to help your child prepare for them.  Further details will be on your child’s tree letter.

 

Parents Evenings

I do hope you have signed up to come and discuss your child’s progress with their class teacher next week.  Parents of children in Ash and Willow class will have the opportunity on both evenings to create their own account for access to their child’s learning journey on the website ‘Tapestry’.  Please ensure you know your email address as this will be required to create the account. 

 

Bulletin

The next newsletter will be on Thursday 10th March.

 

Friends

Film Night, Friday 11th March

Our Film Night is fast approaching! Reception and KS1 (Years 1 & 2) are invited to come and watch ‘Shaun the Sheep: Saturday Night Shaun, Fleece is the Word’ starting at 4.30pm. Please note that parents of children in Reception classes will need to stay with their child.

KS2 (Years 3,4,5 & 6) can come along to watch the ‘Minions movie starting at 6.00pm. Year 3 may attend either film, but not both.

Tickets will be on sale after school by the atrium entrance from Monday 7th March priced at £1.00 which includes a drink and a packet of crisps for each child. Tickets will also be sold on the door subject to availability. We will be running a tuck shop so your child may wish to bring some additional money for snacks. Look forward to seeing you there!

 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE REGULARLY AS ALL LETTERS, BULLETINS AND USEFUL INFORMATION ARE ALL AVAILABLE TO VIEW.

 

Bulletin 542 28th January 2016

Inter School Sport

Our team of 18 children came third in the Sportshall Athletics competition yesterday.  Well Done! to all those who took part and many thanks to Mr Clucas and Mr Cartwright-Jones for their help and encouragement.  The next sporting event for this term is a Swimming Gala on Tuesday 1st March.

 

Breakfast Club

A happy group meets every morning in the Log House for Breakfast Club.  Breakfast club is growing but there are still places every morning.  Places can be booked through the school office and are just £2 for breakfast and supervision from 8 – 8.45am.  We are now taking bookings for next half-term so this is a good time to give it a go!   Please collect forms from the school office.

 

Packed Lunches

If your child/ren bring a yoghurt in their packed lunch, please remember to pop a spoon in their lunch box!  Thank you.

 

Match Attax

We are happy for children to bring their Match Attax (or other trading cards) into school as long as they follow three simple rules:

  • Tins and binders should be named (preferably with a permanent marker)
  • Cards, tins and binders are only to be used at break times and lunchtimes
  • Children are responsible for their cards, binders and tins and it is their responsibility to keep them safe at all times.

 World Book Day

This is on the 3rd of March and, like last year we shall be dressing up as book characters again.  Who will Mr Rutland be this time?

 Houses

Current point’s totals are:

Fire – 2600 points; Water – 2717 points; Air – 2668 points; Earth – 2593 points

Water have jumped into a strong lead this week  although Air are also doing very well due to the number of certificates they have earnt for work in lessons.  The competition is very tight though and changes weekly – I am sure Fire and Earth will make a comeback!

 

Year 3/4 Performance

Rehearsals have already begun for this year’s Year 3 and 4 performance of ‘What A Knight’.  Thank you to those parents who have kindly volunteered to help with props.  The cast has just been finalised and we will soon begin the quest for costumes.  Please help your children to learn their lines so that they can give their best possible performances.  There will be a performance to parents on the evening of Monday 14th March, afternoon of Tuesday 15th March and the evening of Wednesday 16th March.  Many of the children will then also be involved in the Celebration of Schools’ Music at Snape Maltings on the 18th March.

 Congratulations

Congratulations to all of our swimmers who competed so well at the gala held in Leiston last weekend.  It was wonderful to see so many medals and trophies in school.

 

Parents’ Forum

Thank you to those parents who came to the parent’s forum this afternoon.  Notes from the meeting will be issued shortly.

 

 

Bulletin

The next newsletter will be on Thursday 11th February.

 

Friends

Reminder – the school disco is on Saturday evening in the hall.  Reception and KS1 from 5 – 6pm and KS2 from 6.30 – 7.45 pm; children in year 3 may attend either disco.  Tickets are £1 per child and are available in the Atrium after school or on the door.  The ticket price includes free squash as dancing is thirsty work and your child may wish to bring some additional money for snacks.   We do ask that parents of children in Ash and Willow classes remain with their children for the duration of the disco.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE REGULARLY AS ALL LETTERS, BULLETINS AND USEFUL INFORMATION ARE ALL AVAILABLE TO VIEW.

 

Bulletin 541 14th January 2016

 

Admissions to Primary School

A final reminder if you have children who were born between 1/09/2011 and 31/08/2012, you must apply for their place at primary school in September 2016 by the 15th January 2016. This applies even if you have children already at school.

 

Inter School Sport

Just before the Christmas break, our basketball team made up of Leo, Willow, Lewis, Molly, Brodie, Ethan, Callum, Sam, Tabatha, Tom and Luke took part in the local schools tournament.  They played tremendously well all afternoon and took the title through being the only undefeated team and beating Leiston in the 1st place play-off.  Congratulations to the team and to Mr Clucas who organised everything.  The next sports competition is Sportshall Athletics on the 27th January followed by Quicksticks hockey on Monday 1st February.  The final competition for this term is Tag Rugby on Monday 7th March.

 

After-School Clubs

All after-school clubs start next week and by now you should know what clubs your child has been allocated. 

PLEASE ENSURE THAT ALL CLUB FEES ARE PAID BY FRIDAY 15th JANUARY AS AFTER THIS DATE PLACES WILL BE ALLOCATED TO CHILDREN ON THE WAITING LISTS.

Please let us know if your child is allowed to walk home on their own or will be collected by someone other than yourself at the end of the club.

 

Breakfast Club

There are a limited number of spaces available for booking at Breakfast Club on a first come, first serve basis.  Forms are available from the home page of the website or from the office and must be returned to the office along with payment for the half term before a place can be guaranteed.  The Saxon Road gate is open from 8am – 8.20am for those children attending breakfast club only.  In an emergency, places may be available on certain days, please speak to the office regarding these.  For such places, the breakfast club forms will still need to be completed.

 

Term Dates

As usual, the spring term is the shortest of the year!  The half-term holiday is from the 15th to the 19th of February and school closes for the Easter break at 3.05pm on Thursday 24th March.   Monday 11th April is a PD day for staff and the children return to school for the summer term on Tuesday 12th April at 8.45am.  A more extensive list of dates was on the newsletter issued just before Christmas and is also available on the school calendar on the website.

 

Houses

The school houses now each have a name!  Children made suggestions to their school councillors and these were then voted on before the final decision was made, again by the children’s vote.  The theme for the house names is the 4 elements and so the names are now: Red-Fire; Blue-Water; Green–Earth and Yellow–Air.  We shall soon be holding a competition within each house to design logos.  Current points totals are:

Fire – 778 points; Water – 792 points; Air – 744 points; Earth – 839 points

 

Year 3/4 Performance

Rehearsals have already begun for this year’s Year 3 and 4 performance of ‘What A Knight’.  Thank you to those parents who have kindly volunteered to help with props and as the cast has just been finalised, very soon will begin the quest for costumes.  Please help your children to learn their lines so that they can give their best possible performances.  There will be a performance to parents on the afternoon of the 15th March and the evening of the 16th March.  Many of the children will then also be involved in the Celebration of Schools’ Music at Snape Maltings on the 18th March.

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to Bella Armstrong who passed her Violin exam at Grade 1 with Merit just before Christmas.  Well done Bella!

 

Parents’ Forum

The next Parents’ Forum will be held on Thursday 28th January at 2pm.

 

Bulletin

The next bulletin will be on Thursday 28th January.

 

Friends

There are a number of events coming up soon for our children organised by the Friend’s committee.  The school Disco will be on Saturday the 30th January from 5pm.  The school film night has been moved to the 11th of March to avoid clashing with the Celebration of Schools Music at Snape which many children will be involved in.

 

PLEASE REMEMBER TO CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE REGULARLY AS ALL LETTERS, BULLETINS AND USEFUL INFORMATION ARE ALL AVAILABLE TO VIEW.

 

 

Bulletin 540  3rd December 2015

 

Christmas Bazaar

Thank you to everyone who donated, helped out or simply came and spent money at the Christmas Bazaar on the 21st November.  Including the sales of the Christmas cards, around £2,200 was raised which is a superb outcome!  Special thanks must go to the team of Lucy Mann, Lou Boswell and Ali Fox who took the strain of organising this year’s bazaar.

 

Science Week

Even though we had to delay it, science week was a great success and the children very much enjoyed the activities.  Thanks to Miss Denham for organising it.

 

Admissions to Primary School

A brief reminder if you have children who were born between 1/09/2011 and 31/08/2012, you must apply for their place at primary school in September 2016 by the 15th January 2016. This applies even if you have children already at school.  We have had several families visit us on our open mornings, but are very happy to arrange visits for those that missed out.

 

Nativity Plays

The dates for the Reception and KS1 nativity plays this year are:

KS1:                    Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th December at 2 pm.

Reception:         Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th December at 9.30 am.

 

If you have booked tickets for any performance which you no longer need, please let the office know as we still have requests for tickets coming in.

 

Christmas Activities

A reminder that the school Christmas Lunch is on Wednesday 16th December; this should have been booked and paid for by now.  Any child who has not had a lunch booked for them will need to come to school with a packed lunch on that day.  On Tuesday 15th December, Reception and KS1 will be holding their class Christmas parties in the afternoon and on Thursday 17th December, KS2 will be holding their parties.  More details will come from your child’s teacher.

 

Midday Supervisors

We would like to recruit two or three relief midday supervisors to our team.  If you are interested, please speak to Mr Pearson-Shaul in the first instance.

 

Inter School Sport

Next week our basketball team is off to reclaim first place and local bragging rights.  Good luck to them and all the other schools taking part.

 

Congratulations

We extend our hearty congratulations to Miss Moore who is getting married over the Christmas break.  On our return to school in January she will be known as Mrs Hembling.  If any parents or carers wish to donate towards a gift for the happy couple, this can be handed in at reception in a sealed envelope.

 

Welcome

It is all change in reception as Mrs Cathy Nicholas joins us in January as the new teacher in Ash class.  She has been in the school on a number of occasions since her interview to meet the children and to begin planning with her colleagues and I am sure she will be a strong addition to our staff.  It is also a time to say thank you to Mrs Salisbury who has taken the class for this term and made a very strong contribution to the manner in which those children have settled so quickly into our school.

 

End of Term Dates

Just a reminder that school closes for the Christmas break on Friday 18th December and re-opens for pupils on Tuesday 5th January 2016 at 8.45am (PD DAY Monday 4th January)

 

Attendance

You may have noticed that the playground gate is being closed promptly at just after 8.45am every day; children should be in the playground before the bell rings to line up and go in with their class.  If your child arrives after 8.45am, they will have to come in through the front entrance and be signed in.  Attendance letters for this term will be sent out in the final week of term and will include attendance up to the 11th December 2015.

 

Bulletin

The next bulletin will be on Thursday 17th December.

 

Please remember to check the school website regularly as all letters, bulletins and useful information are all available to view.

 

 

Bulletin 539  19th November 2015

Christmas Bazaar

Saturday 21st November

2.00pm – 4.00pm

Our school choir will perform at 2.45pm

Please come and support this wonderful event!

Raffle Tickets – still available to purchase from the school office 50p a ticket / £2.50 a book

 

Science Week

Next week is Science Week in school, organised by Ms Denham.  All the children will take part in a potions workshop during the week as well as other science activities.  I am sure they will have a great week.

 

Christmas Dinner – Wednesday 16th December

If your child(ren) would like Christmas lunch please make sure that you have booked and paid for it by Friday 27th November.

 

Data Collection

Just a reminder if you have not already done so, could you please sign and return any data collection sheets even if there are no changes as soon as possible.  Thank you.

 

Nativity Plays

The dates for the Reception and KS1 nativity plays this year are:

KS1:                    Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th December at 2 pm.

Reception:         Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th December at 9.30 am.

Letters were sent home this week with further details regarding tickets.  Please return slips to the school office as soon as possible.

 

Midday Supervisors

We would like to recruit two or three relief midday supervisors to our team.  If you are interested, please speak to Mr Pearson-Shaul in the first instance.

 

Parent Governors

A separate letter and nomination form will be sent home next week.

 

Inter School Sport

Well done to our boys and girls 7-a-side football teams.  We came second in the girl’s tournament and third in the boys.  Our next sports competition is Basketball and Mr Clucas will be recruiting very soon!

 

End of Term Dates

Just a reminder that school closes for the Christmas break on Friday 18th December and re-opens for pupils on Tuesday 5th January 2016 at 8.45am (P D DAY Monday 4th January)

 

Bulletin

The next bulletin will be on Thursday 3rd December.

 

Please remember to check the school website regularly as all letters, bulletins and useful information are all available to view.

 

 

Bulletin 538  6th November 2015

Poppies!

Just a reminder that we have Remembrance Poppies available from the front of school, along with an assortment of other items from the Royal British Legion.  We shall be holding our two-minutes silence in memory of the fallen at 11am on Wednesday 11th November.

 

Data Collection

Just a reminder if you have not already done so, could you please sign and return any data collection sheets even if there are no changes as soon as possible, thank you.

 

Reception Open Mornings

We shall be holding our third open morning for children entering reception in September 2016 on the 14th November.  The morning will run from 9.30 – 10.30 and will include a tour of the school and time to explore our early years unit.  Please book in advance through the office and tell your friends!

 

Christmas Fayre

The date for this year’s Christmas Fayre will be the 21st of November from 2pm until 4pm.  We are aware the wrong date of the 28th is in the most recent edition of ‘Saxmundham News’; please let everyone you know of the correct date – thank you!!!  The ‘Dress Down Day’ will be on Wednesday 18th of November and has a Christmas theme – Christmas jumpers are strictly optional!!  As always, donations for the hampers will be gratefully accepted on the 18th.  We have had a terrific response to our Christmas Cards with over £250 raised for the Friends – thank you for all the orders.

Raffle Tickets – Now available to purchase from the school office 50p a ticket / £2.50 a book

 

Friends of Saxmundham Primary School

The Friends will be holding an Extraordinary General Meeting at 7pm on the 11th of November.  Anyone who is interested in being a part of the Friends is very welcome!

 

Nativity Plays

The dates for the Reception and KS1 nativity plays this year are:

Reception:        Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th December at 9.30 am.

KS1:                   Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th December at 2 pm.

 

Midday Supervisors

We would like to recruit two or three relief midday supervisors to our team.  If you are interested, please speak to Mr Pearson-Shaul in the first instance.

 

Parent Governors

The term of office of Russell Wood is soon to come to an end and we will be holding elections for this position.  Russell is willing to stand again for election and further details will be distributed next week.

 

Healthy Relationships

This two hour course is to help parents, carers and grandparents develop and maintain healthy relationships with their children, partners, families and friends.  Further information from Kay Witchalls at Meadow Children’s Centre: 07540 671191 or kay.witchalls@suffolk.gov.uk

 

Bonfire Night – Friday 6th November at 6.30pm

Organised by Saxmundham Adventure Playground team, admission free but donations collected on the night to raise funds for the playground.  BBQ and refreshments available.

 

Year 5 Trip

Year 5 are off to London next week to Kip on a Ship.  I am sure they will have a great time and I know Mrs Evans and the rest of the staff are very much looking forward to it.

 

Science Week

The week beginning the 16th November is Science Week in school, organised by Ms Denham.  All the children will take part in a potions workshop during the week as well as other science activities.  I am sure they will have a great week.

 

Inter School Sport

Good luck to our boys and girls 7-a-side football teams as they take on the local primary schools in the first sports competition of the year.

 

Houses

The final house points totals for last half-term are:

Blue:      6698                   Green: 6274                   Red: 6546                       Yellow: 6055

Congratulations to Blue House for winning the house points competition for the first half term.   All scores have now been reset to zero for this half-term.  This half-term also sees our first house PE competition: year 3 and 4 dodgeball which will take place during their PE lessons on Friday next week.

 

Bulletin

The next bulletin will be on Thursday 19th November.

 

Bulletin 537  22nd October 2015

Data Collection

Just a reminder if you have not already done so, could you please sign and return any data collection sheets even if there are no changes as soon as possible, thank you.

 

Children in Year 6 – Transfer to High School – September 2016

Please can all Parents/Carers of children in Year 6 ensure that they have applied for a High School place by Saturday 31st October 2015. 

 

Reception Open Mornings

We shall be holding our third open morning for children entering reception in September 2016 on the 14th November.  The morning will run from 9.30 – 10.30 and will include a tour of the school and time to explore our early years unit.  Please book in advance through the office and tell your friends!

 

Christmas Fayre

The date for this year’s Christmas Fayre will be the 21st of November from 2pm until 4pm.  In previous years, each class has made crafts to sell as the children’s contribution to the fundraising.  This year, each child will be given the opportunity to design a Christmas card in school which their parents/carers can choose to buy if they wish.  Every pack of cards sold will raise funds for our school and of course will be a unique design!  The children will be completing their design in school before half-term and we would ask for all orders to be returned on the 2nd November.  Please ensure your payment accompanies your order, cheques should be made payable to ‘Friends of Saxmundham Primary School’.  The ‘Dress Down Day’ will be on Wednesday 18th of November and has a Christmas theme – Christmas jumpers are strictly optional!!  As always, donations for the hampers will be gratefully accepted on the 18th.

 

Nativity Plays

The dates for the Reception and KS1 nativity plays this year are:

Reception:        Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 16th December at 9.30 am.

KS1:                     Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th December at 2 pm.

 

Midday Supervisors

We would like to recruit two or three relief midday supervisors to our team.  If you are interested, please speak to Mr Pearson-Shaul in the first instance.

 

Parent Governors

The term of office of Russell Wood is soon to come to an end and we will be holding elections for this position.  Russell is willing to stand again for election and further details will be distributed after the half-term break.

 

Made of Money

A 5 week course starting Tuesday 3rd November 2015 at 11:30am to 12:30pm to help you manage your money!  Further information from: Meadow Children’s Centre: 01728 652 110

 

Healthy Relationships

This two hour course is to help parents, carers and grandparents develop and maintain healthy relationships with their children, partners, families and friends.  Further information from Kay Witchalls at Meadow Children’s Centre: 07540 671191 or kay.witchalls@suffolk.gov.uk

 

BFRA Children’s Halloween Disco (open to all in Saxmundham and area).

Friday 30th October 5.30pm – 7.30pm at Saxmundham Primary School. Ages 11 and under only please.  Fed up with the Halloween door knocking with the annual Trick or Treat?  Then why not bring your children/grandchildren to the Primary School on the evening of our Halloween party for a Disco & Magic show. To make the event fun we would like, if possible, for the children to be in fancy dress with the best (or worst!) winning prizes. Sweets and drinks will also be on sale at very reasonable prices.  Please note this is a BFRA not-for-profit event. Parents must stay with children please. Please register your interest with Ian on 01728 602573. www.bfra.org.uk

 

Bonfire Night – Friday 6th November at 6.30pm

Organised by Saxmundham Adventure Playground team, admission free but donations collected on the night to raise funds for the playground.  BBQ and refreshments available.

 

Houses

The competition has been especially close between red and blue houses this half-term.  The winning house will be announced in assembly on the 2nd of November.  Our first team house competition is also coming up after the break – dodgeball!

 

Bulletin

The next bulletin will be on Thursday 5th November.

 

 

Bulletin 536  8th October 2015

 

Data Collection

It is very important that we have current, accurate contact details for all children.  The children will be bringing home an envelope within the next few days containing a data collection printout.  Please check all details and update as necessary, sign and return to school as soon as possible.  Please note that we still need the form signed and returned if there are no changes.

Thank you!

 

Harvest Festivals

Thank you for all the donations yesterday - it was good to see so many people joining us in the hall for our Harvest Celebrations.  We are very grateful for the generous donations of food that were made – they will be collected by the foodbank very soon.

 

Parent Consultation Evenings

Appointments are being made for all families who have returned their request for a Parent Consultation with their child’s teacher on either Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st October, from 3.30 – 6.30pm. If you have not yet requested an appointment, we would urge you to do so as soon as possible. If you feel that your discussions would take more than 10 minutes, please arrange to speak with your child’s class teacher(s) at a different time. Thank you!

 

Children in Year 6 – Transfer to High School – September 2016

Please can all Parents/Carers of children in Year 6 ensure that they have applied for a High School place by Saturday 31st October 2015. 

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you to all those who attended our coffee morning on the 25th of September.  Donations from the coffee morning and the cake sale after school raised £308.  Thank you for your support!

 

Continental Breakfast

The hall and atrium were packed last Friday for our continental breakfast with 170 children, parents and carers attending.  It was a wonderful atmosphere and huge thanks go to Ms Denham for organising the morning and all staff who helped on the day.

 

Reception Open Mornings

We will be holding Open Mornings for children entering reception in September 2016 on the 14th October, 21st October and the 14th November.  All the mornings will run from 9.30 – 10.30 and will include a tour of the school and time to explore our early years unit.  Please book in advance through the office and tell your friends!

 

Christmas Fayre

The date for this year’s Christmas Fayre will be confirmed very soon.  In previous years, each class has made crafts to sell as the children’s contribution to the fundraising.  This year, each child will be given the opportunity to design a Christmas card in school which their parents/carers can choose to buy if they wish.  Every pack of cards sold will raise funds for our school and of course will be a unique design!  The children will be completing their design in school before half-term and we would ask for all orders to be returned on the 2nd November.

 

 

Made of Money

A 5 week course starting Tuesday 3rd November 2015 at 11:30am to 12:30pm to help you manage your money!  Further information from: Meadow Children’s Centre: 01728 652 110

 

Healthy Relationships

This two hour course is to help parents, carers and grandparents develop and maintain healthy relationships with their children, partners, families and friends.  Further information from Kay Witchalls at Meadow Children’s Centre: 07540 671191 or kay.witchalls@suffolk.gov.uk

 

Halloween Activities

There will be a pumpkin carving competition at Bruisyard Barn on Wednesday 28th October 2015 from 9.30 – 12.30.  All the pumpkins will be used as a display for the EACH annual Ball being held at the hall.  Book by phone: 01728 639000 or email: info@bruisyardhall.com

 

Sunshiners for Primary School Children – Friday 30th October 2015 – 10am – 12noon

Saxmundham United Reform Church are holding a craft morning.  Please contact Sue Liddell on 01728 832322 or codurham@btinternet.com to book a place.

 

BFRA Children’s Halloween Disco (open to all in Saxmundham and area).

Friday 30th October 5.30pm – 7.30pm at Saxmundham Primary School. Ages 11 and under only please.  Fed up with the Halloween door knocking with the annual Trick or Treat?  Then why not bring your children/grandchildren to the Primary School on the evening of our Halloween party for a Disco & Magic show. To make the event fun we would like, if possible, for the children to be in fancy dress with the best (or worst!) winning prizes. Sweets and drinks will also be on sale at very reasonable prices.  Please note this is a BFRA not-for-profit event. Parents must stay with children please. Please register your interest with Ian on 01728 602573. www.bfra.org.uk

 

Houses

Current totals are:      Blue:4159          Green:3923                    Red: 4135                       Yellow:3736

 

Bulletin

The next bulletin will be on Thursday 22nd October, which is the last day of this half-term.

 

Bulletin 535  24th September 2015

Macmillan Coffee Morning

This is tomorrow morning!  Any donations of cakes will be gratefully received.  The cost for a child will be 50p for a cake and a drink and £1 for adults.  Class times: 9.00 – Poplar; 9.15 – Beech and Hawthorn; 9.30 Holly and Oak; 9.45 – Rowan and Cherry; 10.00 - Walnut and Birch; 10.15 – Willow and Ash.

 

School Photographs

If you wish to place your photograph order via the school office could you please do so by first thing tomorrow morning, Friday 25th September.  Thank you!

 

Continental Breakfast (Friday 2nd October)

Don’t forget to book!  Places are limited to 150 only.  All children in KS1 should be accompanied by an adult even if they have a sibling in KS2.

 

PE Kit & Uniform

Thank you for your support with our PE kit and uniform.  Can we remind you that as the weather deteriorates, we expect all children to have a suitable coat and footwear.  We do go outside if it is raining!  Also the children in KS2 will often go out for PE if it is raining and so a sweatshirt and pair of jogging bottoms is a very good idea at this time of year.

 

Reading Competitions

The winner of the reading in an unusual place competition will be revealed in assembly on Monday!

 

Reception Open Mornings

We will be holding Open Mornings for children entering reception in September 2016 on the 14th October, 21st October and the 14th November.  All the mornings will run from 9.30 – 10.30 and will include a tour of the school and time to explore our early years unit.  Please book in advance through the office and tell your friends!

 

Parenting Course

Solihull – understanding your child’s behavior is a parenting course starting on the 29th September, 9.30 at Leiston Children’s Centre.  More details are available from: Leiston Childrens’ Centre on 01728 642930 or Kay Witchalls: Area Parenting Coordinator. Tel. no. 07540671191 kay.witchalls@suffolk.gov.uk

 

Made of Money

A 5 week course starting Tuesday 3rd November 2015 at 11:30am to 12:30pm to help you manage your money!  Further information from: Meadow Children’s Centre: 01728 652 110

 

Halloween Activities

There will be a pumpkin carving competition at Bruisyard Barn on Wednesday 28th October 2015 from 9.30 – 12.30.  All the pumpkins will be used as a display for the EACH annual Ball being held at the hall.  Book by phone: 01728 639000 or email: info@bruisyardhall.com

 

BFRA Children’s Halloween Disco (open to all in Saxmundham and area).

Friday 30th October 5.30pm – 7.30pm at Saxmundham Primary School. Ages 11 and under only please.

Fed up with the Halloween door knocking with the annual Trick or Treat?  Then why not bring your children/grandchildren to the Primary School on the evening of our Halloween party for a Disco & Magic show. To make the event fun we would like, if possible, for the children to be in fancy dress with the best (or worst!) winning prizes. Sweets and drinks will also be on sale at very reasonable prices.  Please note this is a BFRA not-for-profit event. Parents must stay with children please. Please register your interest with Ian on 01728 602573. www.bfra.org.uk

 

Houses

Current totals are:              Blue:1924               Green:2016            Red: 2088              Yellow:1937

 

Bulletin

The next bulletin will be on Thursday 8th October.

 

 

Bulletin 534  10th September 2015

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning

This will be held on Friday the 25th of September in the hall from 8.45 until 10.30am.  As previously, each class will have a set time when they will visit the hall to join in.  The cost for a child will be 50p for a cake and a drink and £1 for adults.  Class times: 9.00 – Poplar; 9.15 – Beech and Hawthorn; 9.30 Holly and Oak; 9.45 – Rowan and Cherry; 10.00 - Walnut and Birch; 10.15 – Willow and Ash

 

PE Kit

It is essential that all children have their PE kit in school every day (including a change of shoes).  It is best to bring it to school on Monday and then take it home for washing on Fridays.  A child without PE kit will not be allowed to do PE and we will be following this up with parents.  Additionally, earrings must be removed for PE and swimming.  If your child cannot remove their earrings themselves, it is best if they do not wear them on PE days.  Under no circumstances will we be covering earrings with tape.

 

Reading Competitions

Tomorrow is the last day to enter the ‘reading in an unusual place’ competition  All photos need to be brought into school  (printed please) with the child’s name and house on the back.  All photos received will earn 10 house points for the child and the top three will receive prizes!  I understand that certificates for the library summer reading challenge will not be available until the 26th of September – bring them into school then to earn 10 house points!

 

Climbing Wall

As you may have noticed, the foot holds for the climbing wall have now been painted around in bright yellow paint.  This should ensure that no more shoes are scuffed!

 

Year 2 Visit

On the 21st of September, Year 2 will be visiting Ickworth House – a letter has gone home about this today.

 

School Clubs

If your child has been given a place for an after school club, they will bring home a slip tomorrow.  Please note that the clubs will be starting on Monday 14th September.  All monies for clubs need to be paid in full by Friday 18th September.

 

Parenting Course

Solihull – understanding your child’s behavior is a parenting course starting on the 29th September, 9.30 at Leiston Children’s Centre.  More details are available from: Leiston Childrens’ Centre on 01728 642930 or Kay Witchalls: Area Parenting Coordinator. Tel. no. 07540671191 kay.witchalls@suffolk.gov.uk

 

Houses

Current totals are:        Blue:321             Green:361          Red: 272            Yellow:288

 

Bulletin

The next bulletin will be on Thursday the 24th September.

 

Bulletin 533  3rd September 2015

Welcome back to the new school year!  It is wonderful to see the playground full again in the morning – it has looked rather empty over the holidays.

 

Staffing

Following a period of illness, Miss Sweet will not be returning to her role as a teacher at our school.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank her for all her support and commitment.  We wish Miss Sweet all the best for the future.  We are delighted to announce Mrs Salisbury will be taking Ash class for this term and we shall be recruiting for a new reception class teacher very soon.  We are also very pleased to welcome Mr Clucas to our staff.  Mr Clucas will be taking PE lessons in the afternoon as well as providing additional lunchtime activities and after school clubs

 

Macmillan Coffee Morning

This will be held on Friday the 25th of September in the hall from 8.45 until 10.30am.  As previously, each class will have a set time when they will visit the hall to join in.  The cost for a child will be 50p for a cake and a drink and £1 for adults.  Further details will be sent home nearer the time.

 

Individual Photographs

These will be taken on the morning of Thursday 10th September.  A form will be sent home soon to enable you to book time for a family photograph before the school day starts.  We will not be able to accept bookings for this on the day.

 

School Uniform – September 2015

We have submitted a further two orders this week and are awaiting delivery from School Trends.  We shall let you know as soon as it arrives.  Can we also ask you to check that your child’s uniform is named clearly on the label.  It does save a lot of time when ‘lost’ uniform has to be tracked down and, of course, saves you money!

 

Walking Home

If your child is in year 5 or 6 and you wish them to walk home on their own or with a friend we do need written permission.  This applies even if your child walked home last year.  If we do not have written permission, your child will be kept at school until we have made contact with you.

 

PE Kit

It is essential that all children have their PE kit in school every day (including a change of shoes).  It is best to bring it to school on Monday and then take it home for washing on Fridays.  A child without PE kit will not be allowed to do PE and we will be following this up with parents.  Additionally, earrings must be removed for PE and swimming.  If your child cannot remove their earrings themselves, it is best if they do not wear them on PE days.  Under no circumstances will we be covering earrings with tape.

 

Year 6 Secondary Choices

This year there are three ‘Meet the Heads’ events being organised for children in year 6 to help you in the choices you make for secondary education.  You can attend any of the meetings; however the most convenient is likely to be on Tuesday the 22nd September at 4pm in the school hall.  The other meetings are on Wednesday the 23rd September at 4pm at Leiston Primary and Thursday the 24th September at Wickham Market Primary.  All meetings will follow the same format as last year; that is, each head will talk for about 10 minutes and then each will be available to take questions.

 

Reading Competitions

A reminder that if your child completed the Summer Reading Challenge with the library, they can earn 10 house points by simply bringing in their certificate.  Also, entries are starting to come in for the photography competition showing your child reading in the most unusual place you can think of.  All photos need to be brought into school by Friday 11th September (printed please) with the child’s name and house on the back.  All photos received will earn 10 house points for the child and the top three will receive prizes!

 

Houses

Children are earning house points for good behaviour at break and lunch and also for their work in class.  In every bulletin, we will carry the most recent house totals.

 

Bulletin

The next bulletin will be on Thursday the 10th September.

 

Bulletin 532  16th July 2015

Parent’s Survey
Thank you to all those of you who have completed the survey.  The results are currently being looked at by the parent governors and I hope they will be able to report back to you before the end of term.

Sports Day
Our two sports days were very successful – especially for Green house who won both of them.  It was wonderful to see so many parents and carers on the field, supporting their children.  We are also very grateful to those parents and carers who took the time to say how much they enjoyed the new format.

Non-Uniform Day
We raised a total of £800 for the Hanlon Family.  Thank you so much!

House Competition
Today we had an assembly about the Summer Reading Challenge and we would like to encourage the children to read over the summer.  To this end, any child who can bring in their certificate in September will receive 10 house points for their house.  We are also running a photography competition: we would like you to take a photograph of your children reading in the most unusual place you can think of.  All photos need to be brought into school by Friday 11th September (printed please) with the child’s name and house on the back.  All photos received will earn 10 house points for the child and the top three will receive prizes!

School Uniform – September 2015
Uniform orders are still being collated and sent through to School Trends.  We shall be receiving orders over the summer and these can be collected either by arrangement or on the PD Day which is Wednesday 2nd September.

We have 2 brand new 32” Sweatshirts to sell on behalf of a parent.  Please speak with the school office if interested.

School Clubs
Just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day for clubs before the Summer break.

Reports
You should have received your child’s end of year report last Friday – if you have not, please let the office know.  We would be grateful for any reply slips to come in as soon as possible.

Attendance Letters
Attendance letters for this term are being sent home tomorrow and they cover the period between 13th April and 10th July 2015.

Leaver’s Assembly on Wednesday 22nd July
Parents/Carers of children in Year 6 are welcome to join us for the Leaver’s Assembly on Wednesday 22nd July, starting at 1.30pm.

Fun Day
Flagship Homes are holding a family fun day on Thursday 20th August on the War Memorial Playing Field.  Look out for the advertising posters!!

Bike Safety Training
A free Bike Safety training day will be held here on Monday 24th August from 9.30 – 3.30.  If you would like your child to take part or would like further details, please email sally-owen@hotmail.co.uk
PLEASE NOTE: Children MUST be accompanied for the day and parents are responsible for their children at all times and helmets MUST be worn.

Saxmundham Parent Hub Topic: Surviving the Summer Holidays
On Monday 20th July from 9.30 at Meadow Children’s Centre, there is a drop-in event for you to find out about children’s activities in Saxmundham and the surrounding area for the summer holidays.

Bulletin
This is the last bulletin of the year; we look forward to a good final week of term and a great summer break!

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