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Newsletter 16 February 2018

Dear Parents and Carers                                                  16 February 2018


Yet another busy week to finish off what has been an eventful half term.


We show round many visitors who come to see what we do and how we do it. Everyone who visits is always impressed and this week was no exception. I was delighted with this comment sent to me after the visit:


'We came away impressed with what we saw and felt, especially the approach and culture of that 'can do' attitude where you don't let barriers get in your way.' 


No school is perfect, but it is nice when others recognise a good thing and we hope you value that too.


Yesterday we all dressed as our favourite animals and had a talk from the PDSA about animal behaviour. The day raised £118 for this charity. Also well done to Georgie in Year 6, House Captain of Hedgehogs, who sold biscuits at ITV raising £140 for the 'Make a Wish Foundation.' 


We are celebrating Chinese New Year today in school, and the children have had a great time making a variety of foods, which will be shared at lunch time. Each class has also taken part in a range of activities linked to The Year of the Dog. 


Throughout the week, we have had a great number of sporting opportunities. Our football team won their Primaryship match in a 5-3 thriller against Dodleston. Our netball team played in a Chester tournament and won four out of the five games they played, narrowly missing out on the finals. Our table tennis team finished second in a tournament at Tarporley High School. Have a look at the class blogs as they are full of other exciting opportunities that the children have had the chance to take part in. 


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Newsletter 9 February 2018

Dear Parents and Carers,                                                                             9th February 2018 


It has been our Mental Health Awareness Week in school and the children have had a range of different experiences, including a hilarious laughter workshop! The week was all based around learning about relaxation and self-awareness. There have been posts on Twitter each day on the school account so please feel free to see what the children have been up to throughout the week. 


On Tuesday it was Safer Internet Day, this is an international event with over 1,700 schools in 140 countries all taking part. The children have learned a variety of skills including: how to keep themselves safe online, blocking unwanted messages and how to report items of concern effectively. They have also been given a refresher on our school E-Safety procedure of ‘Zip it, Block it, Flag it’. In an ever-changing technological world, it is important that the children keep up to date with the most recent trends and understand how best to use these platforms safely. It has also been brought to the school’s attention that the game ‘Roblox’ requires a number of settings in order to keep children safe online whilst playing it. In response to this, we have created a parents’ information section in the ‘Online Safety’ section of the school website or visit https://corp.roblox.com/parents/


We have continued our excellent links with the other schools within the Academy Trust by taking part in two sporting events. On Tuesday, Mr Freeman organised a Year 4 Handball festival in which Delamere ran out as winners and on Wednesday a group of our Year 2 children were lucky enough to go to Delamere Forest for an Orienteering competition! Also this week, our Year 5 and 6 Netball team played in a tournament at Tarporley High School and ended up finishing second! Winning a silver medal! Well done to all of the children who took part in the events.


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Newsletter 2 February 2018

Dear Parents or Carers                                                                            2 February 2018


It was good to see parents also learning in school this week with Gareth at our phonics evening. These events are great fun and hopefully inspire you as much as they inspire us to work with your children. Throughout the rest of the week we have also had art days, a full day with the safari rangers from Chester Zoo, fire safety talks and lots of outdoor learning taking place.  Please check out the class blogs and the Twitter feeds if you would like to know more. 


Next week is our Mental Health Awareness Week and the children will have the opportunity to take part in many different opportunities that promote relaxation and self-awareness. On Wednesday we have a laughter workshop day; even the title must have made you smirk. Hopefully the week will be very beneficial to us all as the pace of life never seems to get any slower. Please make sure you talk to your children about what they have learnt and if you want to know more feel free to contact your child’s class teachers.


Please can I remind all parents to use the drop off area in the car park at the top of the school field and not to stop on the yellow lines outside school. Also the disabled space in the car park should be left free for use by those who need it. Please also make sure your child is in school by 8-50am. Parents are also reminded that while we operate an open door policy all communication in written form must come via the school office. Parents are requested not to email staff directly or call them on personal mobile phones under any circumstances. The school has an emergency out of hours number which is published on the school website. Thank you.


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Newsletter 26 January 2018

Dear Parents and Carers                                                                 26 January 2018


It never ceases to amaze me how much takes place in school each and every week. Yesterday we were visited by veterinary nurse Kylie Jones from the PDSA who delivered workshops to all of the children on the five welfare needs of pets. Kylie has offered to come back to school to deliver more workshops to the children. We are planning on holding a PDSA Pet Awareness Day on 15 February, where the children can come into school dressed as their favourite pets and complete a variety of activities throughout the day. We are asking for a £1 donation to go to the PDSA and will also be collecting any unwanted toys to donate to the PDSA charity shop to raise further funds. A letter with further details will be sent out before the event. 

All our infants had a wonderful time at Techniquest in Wrexham on Wednesday with plenty of hands-on learning and Lego based activities. These trips really do enhance learning for children and are a great part of school life.

Also we continue to have success on the sporting front, winning the Year 3 and 4 netball at Tarporley. I am pleased to see how many children are taking part in our fencing club. Valerijs has been visiting the school for many years and is a former Latvian champion. He also runs a fencing club in Tarvin and many of our children over the years have competed for him. The enjoyment which children get from the range of sports we offer is excellent.

Thank you for all the donations of toiletries for Elle for Elle. Your support with all charities we donate to is very much appreciated and particularly this good cause. 


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Newsletter 19 January 2018

Dear Parents or Carers                                                                  19 January 2018


This has been a very busy week in school with lots of great activities taking place for the children. We have had lots of art taking place in our Key Stage 2 classes, attendance at Messy Church was excellent and in addition to winning the basketball at Tarporley High School it has also been Disability Awareness Week in sport. 


Today the children had an assembly from Martin Beddis who is the most capped England Wheelchair Rugby player and each class had a chance to take part in wheelchair rugby. Opportunities like this are good for children in helping them to understand the positive effects sports can have for all people and the challenges that disabled athletes have to overcome in the pursuit of excellence. A really good day.


The following events are taking place between now and the end of term:

19 January – Sandymere Tuck Shop and Uniform Sale

w/c 22 January – Year 6 Assessment Week

24 January – R, Y1, Y2 Techniquest Trip

25 January – PDSA Workshops

1 February – Safari Ranger Workshops

2 February – INSET Day

5 February – Child Mental Health Week

6 February – Safer Internet Day

12 February – PIP Meeting at school 9am

14 February – PIP Cinema Night

16 February – Chinese New Year

16 February – Last day of half term.


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