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Newsletter 15 February 2019

                                                                                                            Friday 15 February 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

 

The final week of this half term has been our Wellbeing and Children’s Mental Health Week. It has been a fun- packed week with lots of wellbeing activities taking place. In class the children have been doing mindful activites daily. On Monday the children had a circus skills workshop with Jon Sensible. There was a lot of laughter coming from the hall all day, so the children obviously had a fantastic time. They were spinning plates, bouncing diablos and balancing feathers. Later in the week, the children took part in a stretch and relaxation session. The children learnt about different stretching poses and how to use their breath to relax .

The week ended with Zumba and finding out how exercise releases happy emotions (endorphins). The video clips on Twitter show the childen dancing happily away and it does look exhausting . Our Zumba instructor will be ready for the weekend after 7 sessions of Zumba!

 

An update on our chickens. This week because the chickens are so much bigger, (they seem to grow before your eyes), the children have been able to handle them. The chickens have travelled all around the school visiting evey class. Today, we have to say goodbye to all of our male chickens and the female chickens will spend half term with Miss Prince. They will be kept in school until spring break and then we will put them in their newly built coop.

 

This week our Basketball team took part in a competition at Tarporley High School and played fantastically well, improving with each game they played and finishing in third place overall. Well done to all the children who took part. On Wednesday some of our Key Stage 1 children and our Year 6 House Captains took part in the annual NWAT House Orienteering Competition at Delamere Forest. This is always a fantastic event with six of our Trust schools taking part this year. The overall winners were the Hedgehogs!

 

Thank you to all the parents who keep their Eezee Trip accounts up to date. This week our admin team have been sending out reminders  for late and non-payment. Please check your Eezee trip account and bring your account up to date as soon as possible.

 

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Newsletter 8 February 2019

Dear Parents and Carers                                                                                     Friday 8 February 2019                                                                                                                                               

 

We have 15 new arrivals this week in school. Thanks to ‘Living Eggs’ we had 20 eggs delivered in two incubators. Hatchmere and Sandymere and all of the staff and children have watched with amazement as each new arrival fought its way out of its shell. There has been lots of videos and photos on Twitter and all of the children in the school have had an opportunity to visit the new arrivals. The chicks are now out of their incubator and in a small enclosure. They are very small, very cute and very noisy! We are hoping to keep some of them and watch them grow. We will however, need an inside pen for six weeks; if any parents have a large dog crate or something similar we could use we would very much appreciate it.

 

We celebrated Chinese New Year on Tuesday. Kelly and Jane cooked a delicious Chinese inspired lunch. We also had a visit from some staff and children from Grosvenor Park Academy and St Martin’s. The children and staff led an assembly all about Chinese New Year and told us all about their amazing residential visit to China that took place in October.

Due to the overwhelming success of the visit, Grosvenor Park Academy will be launching another visit to Qingdao City in Shandong province. The visit will take place in October 2020. As Grosvenor Park are part of our academy trust they have invited us to join them. If any parents are interested in finding out more information about this visit, please let me know and I will arrange an information meeting for parents. Unfortunately, this is only open to our current Year 3 and 4 pupils, who will be in Year 5 and 6 in October 2020.

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Newsletter 31 January 2019

Dear Parents and Carers                                                                                                Thursday 31 January 2019                                                                                                                                                                                        

 

Winter seems to have really set in this week. After two days of playing in the snow there are some lovely photographs on Twitter of the children having a fantastic time. Once again, thank you to all those parents who sent in alternative footwear. The next time we have any snow, can you please provide your children with boots or wellies, so they can enjoy the snow at break and lunchtimes.

 

Unfortunately, because of the weather all of our sports fixtures have been cancelled this week. Last week our Key Stage One children won the Sandstone Sports Partnership handball competition at Tarporley High School . They won every single one of their games .

 

On Tuesday , Blakemere and Nunsmere visited The Lady Lever Art Gallery in Port Sunlight. Each class participated in a workshop; learning about the local history of the gallery and village. The workshop also focused on portraits. The children looked carefully at a selection of portraits, then discussed what they could infer about the subject from the clues in the painting. Afterwards, they learned how to draw a portrait step by step. The rest of the day was spent looking at the collection of paintings and sculptures in the gallery, and completing a variety of art booklets.

 

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Newsletter 25 January 2019

Friday 25 January 2019

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

A cold, snowy and wintery week. The children loved the snow we had on Wednesday and I was amazed how many snowmen were made considering the snow was only a few centimetres deep. Thank you to all those parents who sent in alternative footwear. The next time we have any snow, can you please provide your children with boots or wellies, so they can enjoy the snow at break and lunchtimes without getting wet feet.

 

This week, Year 5, were lucky enough to take part in a bread and baking workshop. This was run by Robert’s Bakery. The children learned all about the factory and how the different types of bread were made. Each child made and baked their own mini-loaf.  Please take a look at our Twitter Feed to see the children in action.

 

Since receiving our Eco – green flag award, we have been looking at ways to reduce our use of single use plastics. We have changed our procedure for when we go out on class visits so we no longer use carrier bags. Whenever we have a school function, we endeavour to use fully biodegradable or fully recyclable products. This week we have been trialling offering milk at break time instead of apple or orange juice. This serves a dual purpose as the juice had an excessive amount of sugar and the cartons were not recyclable and used plastic straws. Last year, the children took part in a workshop run by Chester Zoo about the impact of plastic waste on the environment and this morning’s collective worship focused on what we each could do to reduce our plastic waste and protect our environment. We discussed simple things that we could all easily do – stop using single use plastic drinks bottles, choose tinfoil over cling film or sandwich bags to wrap sandwiches and paper or re-usable straws instead of plastic etc. I hope that you can help us to reduce our use of plastics in school and help reduce the impact we have on the environment.

 

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Newsletter 18 January 2019

Dear Parents and Carers                                                                                                   Friday 18 January 2019

 

This week seems to have flown by.  I cannot believe we have completed two whole weeks of the new term already. This week the whole school took part in a Sikhism workshop. There are some wonderful photos of the children getting fully involved. There are some photos of our staff too – but I am not sure whether they have made the Twitter feed. It was lovely to see the children leaving the workshop full of enthusiasm and many of them adorned with some very delicate face paintings. Workshops like these are a valuable addition to our curriculum and the children learnt all about the 5K’s and took part in dance, music and dressing up. A big thank you to PIP for funding this and giving the children this invaluable experience.

 

On Wednesday, Blakemere and Pickmere were invited to attend a very special Christingle Service at Chester Cathedral. There were about 1,100 other children in attendance and it was the second biggest service of its kind in the UK. During the service, the children observed a drama performance, listened to a short lesson from the Bishop and joined in a variety of Christingle themed songs.

 

We found out this week that we have been listed in Cheshire’s top 10 primary schools in ‘The Real Schools Guide’. The guide gives a more comprehensive picture than just league tables as it takes into account 44 different factors like progress and pupil - teacher ratios. We were ranked best (first) in Cheshire West and Chester and second across the whole county and have been graded 5 stars out of 5 for the past three years. Please see Cheshire-live.co.uk.

 

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