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Newsletter 14 December 2018

                                                                                                                  Friday 14 December

Dear Parents and Carers,


It has been lovely to have seen so many parents, grandparents and other members of your families in school over the past couple of weeks. From the Christmas Fair to Christmas dinner, it has been a super busy time.


Wednesday brought the Key Stage One performance of ‘Christmas with the Aliens.’ The children and staff of Oakmere and Sandymere worked incredibly hard and they put on a fantastic show. They were word perfect and sang nine different songs! It was great to see some of the youngest in the school stand up in front of a large audience with such confidence.


The very next day, Thursday, was Hatchmere’s Christmas Nativity. This took place in St Peter’s church. This is such a special occasion for children, staff and parents. The children looked amazing in their costumes and told the story of the nativity very well.  Please see our Twitter feed for photographs of all our recent Christmas events.


Today is our Christmas Jumper day and School Christmas dinner. This is a huge event in our annual calendar. It is a massive team effort and I am always very proud of how well everyone works together to serve over 400 Chrismas dinners - in less than two and half hours!  A special thank you to Kelly, Jane and Harry in the kitchen.  Thank you, for your donations of selection boxes- these will be dropped off at The Mid-Cheshire Foodbank next week.


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Newsletter 07 December 2018

                                                                                                                  Friday 7 December

Dear Parents and Carers,


Without a doubt, Christmas has definitely started here at Delamere. Our Christmas activities started last Friday.  It was the PTA Christmas Fair – thank you to everyone who came along. A huge thank you to the PTA and the many parent volunteers. The fireworks were spectacular and ended the evening with a very special finale. The event raised over £2,300, which will go towards providing the children with a new set of Macbooks.


On Tuesday, Sandymere braved the weather and took part in a bushcraft afternoon. There are some fantastic photos on our twitter feed of the children lighting fires and toasting marshmallows.


Wednesday was an incredibly busy day for our Key Stage two children. The day started with our Crib Service at St Peter’s led by Reverend Elaine. The whole school took part - singing hymns and recreating the Christmas story. Later that day, it was the KS2 Carol Concert - it was lovely to see that every single child had a part to play. The concert included poetry, carols, piano solos and ‘Last Christmas’ played and performed by a group of Year 6 children.


To end the week, a very excited Hatchmere have set off to Blakemere, to go and visit Father Christmas.


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Newsletter 30 November 2018

                                                                                                                  Friday 30 November

Dear Parents and Carers,


I am amazed every week by how busy we are. It has been a very exciting week, but also a sad one too - we say goodbye to Miss Walker. She will be missed by us all, I am sure you will all join me in wishing her all the best, and good luck in her new role. The staff and children officially said goodbye during Collective worship this morning. We have also asked Miss Walker to turn on the Ark Christmas lights tonight, during the Christmas Fair.


We also welcomed Miss Wood back from her Maternity leave on Monday. Miss Wood will be teaching full-time in Blakemere.


On Tuesday, Blakmere and Nunsmere visited the Kodampa Meditation Centre in Northwich to learn all about Buddhism. The children learned how the Buddhist way of life is based on peace, loving, kindness and wisdom. The children also learned the value of patience.


Archeaology Club visited Norton Priory on Wednesday. I think the highlight of the trip was looking at the skeletons! They learned how to identify signs of trauma and how to put a skeleton back together. At the same time, Oakmere and Sandymere were visiting Chester Cathedral – this was for ‘The Nativity on the move’. The children learned all about the Christmas story by following a trail to search out for different characters.  Please see twitter for some super photos of Shepherds, Wisemen and of course Mary and Joseph.


No sports competition news this week as both the Girls Football and Netball was called off due to rain. However, congratulations to Charlie Barratt, who was successful in gaining a place in the Chester Allstars Girls Football squad. 


We received our SIAMS inspection report on Thursday. I am pleased to report that we have been graded as an Excellent Church School. This is amazing news for us, as the format of the SIAMS inspection as been radically changed. The inspection is much more rigourous and the grading has also changed from Outstanding, Good and Requires Improvement to Excellent, Good and Requires Improvement. A copy of the full report will be emailed out with the newsletter.


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Newsletter 23 November 2018

                                                                                                                  Friday 23 November

Dear Parents and Carers,


It is starting to feel a lot like winter, and dare I say, it is definitely starting to feel a little bit like Christmas. I can hear Christmas songs being practised and outside decorations are starting to be hung!


As the weather has turned chilly, can we please ask that all children come dressed and equipped for the weather? We like to learn outside the classroom, but this isn’t any fun if you are freezing! If your child is wearing a skirt or shorts, the uniform is for plain grey tights or plain grey knee length socks. For those wearing trousers –  plain grey ankle socks. Please no coloured, black or patterned socks or tights. Please see the school website for further clarification on the correct school uniform.


This week, Blakemere visited Broughton Cinema. This was part of the ‘Into Film Festival.’  The children watched ‘Early Man.’  Inspired by this screening, they produced some superb written work.


Each week, different classes from around the school have been treated to a wonderful bushcraft session with Mr Ashworth. This week’s turn was Pickmere class. During this session, the children learned how to make their own shelters using tarpaulin sheets. They worked hard to gather sticks, logs and other materials in order to keep their shelter up. Also, during the session, they learned how to use the “Dragon Sneeze” (a flint and steel) to make their own fires. This was great fun!


It was Hatchmere’s turn for collective worship at St Peter’s Church this week. It was their very first time leading collective worship and they did a brilliant job. The Theme was the story of Noah’s Ark, perfectly linked to last week’s visit to Chester Zoo.


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Newsletter 16 November 2018

Dear Parents and Carers                                                           Friday 16 November 2018


It has been an exciting week as this week for the first time in quite a while, we have been on a whole school visit. Our visit to the zoo on Wednesday was a huge success and the weather was dry if not a little chilly. A big thank you to all our helpers; parents and grandparents who accompanied us. There are lots of great photos on Twitter including a lovely one of the whole school.


On Thursday, Linmere and Pickmere travelled all the way to the NEC in Birmingham for The World Skills UK Live. The exhibition is huge and it gives the children the opportunity to learn about some of the skills and career options available today in the UK. Whilst they were there, they had the opportunity to have a go at some job related skills including plumbing, photography, nail art and TV and radio production.


This week we took part in the North West Academy Trust KS1 Netball competition at Oak View Academy. This was the second of a host of sports events organised throughout the year by Mr Freeman and the PE Co-ordinators in the other Trust schools.  The children worked exceptionally well as a team, putting the skills and knowledge they have been developing in PE into practice and winning all of their games to be crowned overall winners! Well done to all of the children who took part.


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