Newsletter: 31 January 2014

Headteacher’s Comments

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Coffee Mornings and Dads’ Drinks this week.  Your feedback on the school’s teaching and Learning Policy was most valuable.  For those parents who were unable to attend the meeting but would still like to contribute, over the next few weeks I will be posting the questions that were asked.  Simply answer the questions and return to the school.


Well done to Leyla Hime, Jack Kingham, Nathaniel Aderemi, Kai Gibbs. Lillie Nelson, Tomas Sichel (Miss Kent’s Class), Ellie Plummer, Rhiannon Margetson, Kyla Erkan (Mrs Sach’s Class), Millie Hamilton (Mr Davey’s Class), Niamh Diss (Mrs Haslehurst’s Class) Victoria Fry, Holly Morris, Megan Hamilton, Toni Brancher, Annie Smith, Stanley Long, Amber Brooks, Tyler Cox (Miss Wood’s Class) who received Green Cards this week.



Well done to Miss Gibbs’s class who had the best attendance this week with 98.6%.

Whole School Trip- 20 May

Following the success of last year’s trip, I am pleased to announce the details of this year’s whole school trip to National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery in London.

Date:               Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Time                8:30am to 5:00pm

Cost                 £5

Clothing          Full school uniform (coat if cold and damp/sunhat if hot)

Food                Packed lunch brought in school bag


As we do not have to pay for the entrance and workshops this year, the total cost of the trip is £2,500 (£9.72 per child).  We have managed to secure some funding.  Therefore, we are asking for every child to pay £5 towards the trip.  If you have a problem with paying this, please arrange to speak to me.

DB Primary

All the children in Year 4 are trialling DB Primary.  Those parents who attended the Coffee Mornings spoke very positively about it and I have seen a lot of great work being posted.  Please do check it regularly as messages may appear.


Also, some children have found that if they click ‘finish’ then their spellings disappear.  The children are being reminded not to click finish.


I would like to remind parents and children, in accordance with the school’s Acceptable Use Policy, “Intentional misuse whilst unsupervised will result in removal of access to this privilege for a period of time.”  It is best practice:

  • to ensure your child uses the internet in your view
  • that time limits are given to your child to be on the internet
  • to check your child’s profile regularly to ensure it doesn’t contain personal information and information that shouldn’t be shared.

Website Update

Our school website has recently been updated by:

  • updating the school’s current performance
  • renaming the tabs so it is easy to navigate
  • allowing children to log on to DB Primary on every page
  • updating the School Behaviour Policy and the Parent/Carer’s Guide to School Attendance (found in School Policies)
  • adding the school’s Term Dates
  • adding information about the Special Education Needs provision at our school, along with the Annual Special Educational Needs Report
  • updating the school’s current performance for children who are entitled to Pupil Premium
  • adding information how the school is spending the Sports Premium money and the schools aims for improving sports provision
  • adding a children’s section where children can download times tables ‘Speed Test’ charts to practise at home

Crossing the Car Park

Please speak to your child about crossing the car park in a safe manner.  A number of children are running across the car park without stopping and looking whether cars are moving.

Times Table Club

Parents have said they would like a reminder when Times Table Club is on.  This is an opportunity for pupils to achieve their bronze, silver, gold and platinum awards and to practise their speed tests.  Pupils will need to bring their white progress books with them so their attendance and achievement can be recorded.

Monday           All year groups drop in session                                    Area 3 (Miss Wood’s classroom)

Wednesday      from 12:45  Year 3 and 4 drop in session                    Library

Thursday         from 12:45  Year 5 and 6 drop in session                    Library

Friday              Speed test practice                                          Area 3

After School Club- 3:15- 6pm.

The After School Club is now up and running.  Each session costs £8 and includes a snack.  Payment will need to be made in advance.  Please ask the School Office for a registration pack.


Year 3 – Museum Visit during w/c 3 February

This is a reminder that the Epping Forest District Museum will be holding a historical workshop for all Year 3 children next week.  The cost per child will be £1.00.  Can you please make sure that your child brings in £1.00 in a named envelope on Monday if they have not already done so.     

Dates for your diary

Wed 12 February                                 Family Fun Time (3:15-4:15)

Thurs 13 February                               Break up from school (3:15pm)

Mon 24 February                                Return to school (8:45am)

Wed 26 March                                     Family Fun Time (3:15-4:15)

Fri 4 April                                              Break up from school (3:15pm)

Tues 22April                                         Return to school (8:45am)

Mon 5 May                                          May Bank Holiday

Mon 12 May                                        Year 6 Key Stage Tests

Tues 13 May                                        Year 6 Key Stage Tests

Wed 14 May                                        Year 6 Key Stage Tests

Thurs 15 May                                      Year 6 Key Stage Tests

Fri 16 May                                            Year 6 Key Stage Tests

Tues 20 May                                        Whole School Trip (8:15am)

Thurs 22 May                                      Break up from school (3:15pm)

Mon 2 June                                           Return to school (8:45am)

Wed 18 June                                         Family Fun Time (3:15-4:15)

Fri 27 June                                            Transition Day (All Years)

Mon- July- Wed 9 July                       Year 6 Residential

Wed 9 July                                            District Sports (Track Events)

Tues 22 July                                         Break up from school (3:15pm)



Whole School Trip


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