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Newsletter 18 April 2019

                                                                                                                                     Thursday 18 April

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Welcome back after Spring Break. This has been a very busy and short first week back. It seemed odd to have been off at this time of year and not be surrounded by Chocolate Eggs.

 

This week Blakemere have been on their residential to Plas Nantglyn in North Wales. The weather was unusually kind and they all had an amazing time. They spent a lot of time outside crossing rivers on rope swings; building bridges; playing team building games and even doing some environmental art. We have lots of residentials coming up over the next few weeks. Our Twitter feed is a great way of keeping up to date with how the children are getting on whilst they are away from home.

 

Over the Spring break we received some very sad news. One of our much admired and long term governors, Robin Ackerley, has passed away. He slipped away peacefully on Palm Sunday. Robin and his family have had a long and close association with the school. Both Robin’s father and mother were Head Teachers here at Delamere from 1935-1970. Robin will be sadly missed. The funeral will be held at St Peter’s Church at 11am on Thursday 25 April.

 

The weather forecast over our extended Easter Weekend looks amazing. Enjoy the sunshine and we will see you all back in school on Tuesday 23 April.

 

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Newsletter 29 March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers                                                                                                          29 March 2019

 

It is the end of our Spring term. This has been a relatively short term of just 11 weeks, although we have managed to fit a lot in.  Quickly looking through the school diary, we have taken part in 15 sports fixtures; 6 school trips; 4 whole school workshops and received 11 visitors. The highlights for me were the Lego workshops where the children built and programmed some amazing things and the KS2 visit from the English Touring Opera to perform Paradise Planet.

 

This week, Hatchmere have had a busy week. On Tuesday they set off on a forest adventure and a picnic. The weather was beautiful, if not a little chilly. They walked the Gruffalo Trail and had a wonderful time. Today it has been their Mothers’ Day stay and play sessions.

 

It has been a busy week for our football teams with fixtures for both our infants and juniors. Last Friday our Year 3 team took part in the Everton FC Football Festival. After topping our group, we progressed to the knockout stages and managed to reach the quarter finals. 

 

Our Year 5 and 6 team completed their final fixtures as part of their involvement in the Chester Primaryship League with a 3-2 victory. The winning goal was scored with virtually the last kick of the game! 

 

On Thursday, it was our infants’ turn to showcase their football skills with our 'A' Team winning the competition at Tarporley High School and our 'B' team finishing as runners up. Well done to all of the children who represented the school this week. 

 

Just a reminder of our Easter Celebrations taking place on Thursday 18 April. Remember to decorate an egg – this year’s theme is Famous Works of Art. The second is our Egg Rolling Competition and your child will need to bring in a hard-boiled egg for this. Good luck and we look forward to seeing the children’s entries.

Could we please ask that an approved adult or sibling (over the age of 16) is sent to collect your children at pick up times – at the end of the school day, when after- school clubs finish and to sign out from WAC Club.

Thank you

Enjoy the Spring Break and we will see every one back on Monday 15 April.

Julie Clayton

Head of School

 

Here are some dates for your diaries:

 

Monday 15 April- Return to school - Blakemere Residential

Wednesday 17 April – PTA Easter Bingo

Thursday 18 April - Easter Celebrations - Children finish for the Easter Weekend

Tuesday 23 April - Children return to school

Wednesday 24 April – Nunsmere Residential

Monday 29 April – Pickmere Residential

Wednesday 1 May – Hedgehogs Charity Fund Raiser

Monday 6 May – May Day Bank Holiday

Tuesday 7 May – Pupils return to school

Sunday 19 May – Year 6 Residential

Friday 24 May – Finish for May Half Term

Monday 3 June – Pupils return to school

Friday 28 June- Sports Day

Saturday 29 June- Beer Festival

Newsletter 22 March 2019

Friday 22 March 2019

 

Dear Parents and Carers

 

It was the spring equinox this week and we definitely saw some spring-like weather mid-week. The children were out on the field for the first time since the snow. Not only did the children get out on the school fields but so did our chickens. They have now been permanently relocated into their new coop. If you look carefully at each chicken, you will notice they all have a coloured ring on their legs. We can now identify each one so all they need now is a name. We challenge you to think of a name for each of our seven chickens. There will be a prize for the winner. Please email your entries or pass your ideas to Miss Prince.

 

The visit from the English Touring Opera, last Friday was spectacular. The performers, musicians and the special effects were truly mesmerising. It was a fantastic opportunity for the children to experience opera in an interactive and child-friendly way.

It has been a very busy week of sporting fixtures and competitions this week. On Monday our Year 5 and 6 Water Polo team took part in the annual North West Academy Trust Competition at Chester City Baths. This is always a fantastic event which allows the children to take part in a new sport and experience some friendly competition against other schools within the Trust. 

 

On Tuesday our football team had a great 8-3 win as part of their involvement in the Chester Primaryship Football League. Later in the week it was the turn of our girls’ football team to take part in the league competition, playing three games with the highlight being a brilliant  3-0 win in which Isla E scored a hat trick! 

 

This afternoon our Year 3 football team will take part in the Everton FC Football Festival and we wish them the best of luck.

 

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Newsletter 15 March 2019

 

                                                                                                                                       Friday 15 March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

 

Thank you everyone for making such a great effort to support Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day. We have some truly mad hair with my favourite being a bottle of coke pouring out hair in to a plastic cup! I saw several parents with bright red hands this morning so good luck tonight in washing out all that red hair dye.

 

This week, Pickmere and Linmere paid a visit to The Tate in Liverpool.  Here, we saw art installations from famous artists such as Kandinsky and Alberes.  The children spent some time sketching their favourite pieces and were intrigued to learn about some of the different techniques that are used by artists.

 

Today is a busy day in school as well as supporting Red Nose Day. Mr Freeman and Mr Huddart have taken a group of children to watch the British Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool. This is a fantastic experience for the children to see elite-level gymnasts performing live. 

 

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Newsletter 8 March 2019

                                                                                                                  Friday 8 March 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

 

It has been an incredibly busy week – even more so than normal. I think there has been something different happening across the school every single day of this week. It amazes what we manage to fit into our school year.

 

On Monday, Oakmere went to Delamere Forest to take part in the Gruffalo Trail and a den building exercise.  The beautiful sunshine was a pleasant surprise in comparison to the stormy weather from the previous day and the children loved splashing in the muddy puddles on their search for the Gruffalo! 

 

This week our girls’ football team took part in the second round of the Chester Primary Football Cup. In a fantastic game with lots of great skills on show, we were unfortunately narrowly beaten on this occasion but wish our opponents good luck in the next round. As ever our children were a credit to the school with their sportsmanship and resilience. 

 

We were visited on Wednesday by specially trained representatives from the NSPCC. The children took part in interactive workshops and an assembly.  With the help of the NSPCC Mascot “Buddy’, the children learnt about topics such as bullying and abuse, and most importantly, they learnt about the “Speak out, Stay Safe” Campaign which informs children of what they can do if they are worried about themselves or a friend in relation to bullying or abuse. It was a very informative workshop and the children were enthusiastic to share their understanding.

We have had two exciting days of Lego Robotics at the end of the week. This was to kick start STEM week (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). From fairground rides to lions, the children have built Lego models and programmed these using algorithm blocks on a tablet. After being shown the basics of the equipment, the children were then able to explore, problem solve and discover at their own pace. Thank you to Nick at juniorstem.co.uk for opening the children's eyes to the enjoyment of technology and engineering through these engaging workshops. Our Twitter feed and blogs have lots of exciting photographs of the children during their workshop.

 

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