Article 2

All children have these rights, no matter who they are, where they live, what their parents do, what language they speak, what their religion is, whether they are a boy or a girl, what their culture is, whether they have a disability, whether they are rich or poor. No child should be treated unfairly on any basis.

Help for a neighbour

We have received the email below from one of our neighbours asking for help with parking on the day of a funeral. I would really appreciate your co-operation for this family on what will be a difficult day for them.

“At 3.00pm on Friday 17th May 2019 funeral cars will be leaving Blossomfield Close Junction with Cherry Tree Road Blanford Mere.
Due to the appalling parking in these streets around these times and total lack of respect for residents, I respectfully request you send a letter out to parents hoping that they can respect the families wishes around this time.”

European Elections May 23rd 2019

I am sure that you are aware that on 23rd May, elections will be held for the European Parliament. A number of local primary schools are being used as Polling Stations and we have been informed that we will be needed too. Therefore, school will be closed for children on 23rd May and will reopen for Sports Day on Friday 24th May. I realise that this is an inconvenience but as a council property we are given no choice in the matter.

Places in Nursery

We are now planning places for the new academic year and still have a few places available. We have both 15 hour places as well as a limited number of 30 hour free childcare places to families who may be eligible.

30 hour places are intended for parents who need good quality, affordable childcare to enable them to work. Please ask at the office for further details – applying for these is quite straightforward.

Alternatively, please see the government’s website https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/ which is interactive and explains the criteria for eligibility in detail, as well as the benefits of the scheme.  Also, please click on the attached criteria leaflet from the DFE – to see how the scheme works.

News and Events

Mission X Celebration

Thank you to all the parents who supported their Year 5 child at ‘The Mission X Science Celebration’ on Friday 3rd May.  On Friday 3rd May, Year 5 took part in a celebration at The Kingswinford School along with other local primary schools.  The celebration marked the end of the "Mission X - Train Like an Astronaut" programme undertaken during the Spring Term.

Over the course of four weeks, pupils engaged in a range of scientific investigations to find out about the strength of bones, testing urine for protein and sugars, the energy content of a variety of foods and the fat content of food. The children learnt about healthy living whilst undertaking scientific investigations using the facilities available in a secondary school science laboratory.

All the children enjoyed taking part in the activities and their behaviour and attitude to learning was exemplary. 

Attendance Winners

The attendance winners for April were Mrs Oliver’s 5/6O with an enormous 98.92% attendance. Well done, 5/6 attendance this year has been fantastic!

Sports Day 2019

We would like to invite all parents and family members to our annual Sports Day on the morning of Friday 24th May June 2019 on the playing field. It will start at 9.15 a.m. and we aim to finish by 11.30 am. The races will include an Elite Sprint, which the children have been competing for in their PE lessons, a sack race, a skipping race, a relay race and the egg and spoon race.  Reception class will also have a dressing-up race.  During the afternoon, children will also be competing in a ‘Round Robin’ of events.  Children are allowed to come to school with their PE kits on and wear trainers and a tracksuit.  We shall send home their pump bags beforehand.

Please prepare your child for all weathers!

  • a) If hot, sun hats and sun cream applied before school
  • b) If cold, warm waterproof clothing and coats
  • If it pours or the field is hazardous, we shall cancel the event. Please note that we shall not make a decision about whether to go ahead or cancel until 7.45am – if this is the case, we will send a text message out to parents, so please do not ring before!

    The Event

    We ask that all parents drop their children off at the main entrance at the usual time of 8.45am, for security reasons. Gates will open to parents/relatives who are spectating, at 9.00 a.m. Please use the KS2 gate by the park - We will not allow any members of the public onto the school premises beforehand. We will only be leaving the gate open for 15 minutes.  At this point, it will be locked for security reasons. There will be no entry after 9:15a.m. The gate will NOT then re -open until the sports day has finished. 

    In our efforts to reduce plastic waste at school, we would encourage you to send your child with a refillable water bottle which they will take to the field. Please remember that we are a no smoking site and therefore will not be allowing adults to smoke during the event or to go in and out of the gate to smoke. 

    All children will have the opportunity to take part in at least two races.  They will be given a drink when they have raced. The Sports day will start with Year R—Elite Sprint, followed by Year 1, then Year 2 and so on.  This will remain the format for the morning.

    At the end of the event, we would like all parents to remain seated (for at least 10 minutes), so that we can take the children safely to their classrooms (via the playground doors).  Children will be escorted into the classroom by their teacher.  We ask if parents could be patient as we take the safety of the children very seriously. There will be many people on the field, please do not approach your child, as we need to make sure all children are safely brought back into school.

    We hope that you will take the opportunity to come and support your child, and our sporting events.  The children are currently practising their skills and are looking forward to a fun filled day.

    Any questions, please feel free to contact me.

    Many thanks Mr M Swift

    Little Princess Trust

    Well done to Lily Cartwright for thinking and caring about other children who are going through extremely difficult times.  Lily has donated her long hair to, The Little Princess Trust, who provide real hair wigs free of charge to children and young people up to the age of 24, who have lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other conditions.  We are very proud of her for her kindness. 

    Dates for your diary

  • Monday 13th May – KS2 SATs test week
  • Monday 20th May – Year 5 ‘Helping Hands’ – more details to follow
  • Thursday 23rd May – European elections – School open/closed
  • Friday 24th May – Sports Day am – weather permitting. Please note that there will NOT be a ‘reserve’ date.  If the weather is poor, the event will not go ahead and we will inform you via text message on the day.  We will have an ‘in house’ sports day with just the staff and children on a sunnier day. Thanks for your co-operation.
  • Friday 24th May – School breaks for half term 3.15pm
  • Monday 3rd June – School re-opens at 8.50pm
  • Monday 10th June – Year 1 Phonics check testing begins
  • Monday 10th – Friday 28th June – Year 4 Multiplication Times tables check.
  • Monday 10th June – Friday 21st June Year 3 swimming
  • Monday 24th June – Friday 28th June – Swimming – extra sessions for children to achieve 25m
  • Friday 19th July – break for the summer at 3.15pm
  • Have a good bank holiday weekend

    Mrs Miller

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