Newsletter: 11 January 2013

Headteacher’s Comments

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year.  It’s all go next week when the themes for this term’s topics are launched.  Please also keep an eye on the ‘Dates for Diary’ section as dates are added constantly.


Well done to Melanie Bennett, Aleyna Gurbuz, Mimi Fetta and Samaya Kaleel (Mrs Raddon’s Class) and Aaron Joseph and (Miss Wood’s Class) who received a Green Card this week.


Well done to Miss O’Riodan’s Class who had the best attendance last week.

Launch Days

Monday (14 January) is our Launch Day when the children are introduced to the themes of the topics they will be learning about over the next term.


Year 3 (Waltham Abbey)

We would like the children to dress up in old Waltham Abbey/Victorian dress – e.g. market trader/ shop keeper/local historical figure.

Year 4

We would like the children to dress in colourful clothes that represent the colours of the Bangladeshi Flag – red and green, or a sari.

Year 5 (Egyptians)

We would like the children to dress in appropriate Egyptian clothes for this day, so they can really get into character.

Year 6 (Water)

We would like the children to dress in blue clothes to represent water particles.

PTA Meeting

The next PTA meeting will be next Monday (14 January) starting at 9.00 am.


The Bags2School collection is next week (Wednesday 16 January) so please bring in any unwanted clothes as soon as possible.  You can use black bags/carrier bags as an alternative if you have already filled the Bags2School bag.  This is a great way to raise funds for the school without it costing you a penny.  Last year we raised over £650 from the collections.

Club Español

The dates for Spanish Club this term are Monday 21 January, 28 January, 4 February, 11 February, 25 February, 4 March, 11 March and 18 March.  Mrs May runs Spanish Club every Monday morning starting 8:15am.  There is no cost for this club.

Coffee Mornings                                                         

This term’s coffee mornings are advertised below.  These give you an opportunity to hear current developments at school and also to hear your feedback about how the school is working.  If you can’t make your particular year group day, please feel free to come on another day.  Nans and Granddads are also welcome.  You will get an exciting FREE GIFT and this time cake will be on offer!!!

Published Writers

Well done to James Warner, Kimberley Murray, Samaya Kaleel and Madison Hammond who will have their poems published in a poetry book.


This is a reminder that dogs are not allowed on the school grounds.

Menu Changes

The menu for the next week will be as follows:






Sausage/mashed potato & gravy


Macaroni Cheese



Seasonal Vegetables






Marble Sponge with Vanilla sauce

Pasta Bolognese



Mediterranean Vegetable Flan


Seasonal Vegetables






Fruit Pie with custard

Roast chicken with stuffing


Cauliflower and Broccoli Cheese


Seasonal Vegetables



Roast/ New Potatoes


Mandarins with Ice Cream

Fish Fingers



Cheese Pinwheels



Seasonal Vegetables



Chips/ New pots



Apple Crumble with custard

Shepherds Pie




Vegetable Curry with fluffy Rice


Seasonal Vegetables





Chocolate Brownie & Chocolate sauce

First Aid Course

Following a visit from the Air Ambulance on Tuesday, a parent enquired whether the school would be able to organise a First Aid Course.  Please return the slip below if you are interested in attending such a course.

Dates for your Diary

Mon 14 January           Launch Days

Mon 14 January           PTA Meeting (9am)

Wed 16 January           Bags2School Collection (9:00am)

Mon 28 January          Year 3 Coffee Morning (9:00am)

Tues 29 January          Year 4Coffee Morning (9:00am)

Weds 30 January         Year 5Coffee Morning (9:00am)

Thurs 31 January        Year 6Coffee Morning (9:00am)

Thurs 14 February        Valentines Disco

Thurs 14 February        Break up from school (3:15pm)

Mon 25 February         Return to school (8:45am)

Tues 19 March Pupil Progress Meetings (3:30- 6:00)

Thurs 21 March            Pupil Progress Meetings (5:00- 7:30)

Sat 23 March               Easter Raffle and Bingo

Thursday 28 March      Break up from school (3:15pm)

Mon 15 April               Return to school (8:45am)

Fri 3 May                     Inflatable Day

Mon 6 May                  May Bank Holiday (No School)

Wed 22 May                Whole School Trip (Colchester Zoo) 8:30am-5:00pm

Thurs 23 May               Break up from school (3:15pm)

Mon 3 June                  Return to school (8:45am)

Tues 9 July                  Bags2School Collection

Tues 23 July                 Break up from school (3:15pm)

Sat 28 September         Autumn Fair


First Aid Course

I am interested in attending a First Aid Course during the school day 0 straight after school 0 later in the evening 0

I would be willing to pay a small charge to wards the cost of the course 0

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