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Term 3 News

New House Names

It was time this year, for the children across the school, to choose new names for our houses.  All classes had the opportunity to suggest potential names and then to vote for their favourite. The winning names for our School Houses are:

RED - Ruby House

GREEN - Emerald House

YELLOW - Amber House

BLUE - Sapphire House

All children are in a house and have the opportunity of earning house points every day and also at regular special house events.  Staff are also in houses with the exception of Mr Barlow (who runs the special house events) and Mrs McMahon as they need to remain impartial!

To help celebrate the launch of the new house names we are introducing the opportunity for children to wear a t-shirt in their house colours for PE lessons.  This is optional, and if you have invested in white t-shirts for PE, children can continue to wear these.

 

Uniform

It was fantastic to see the children in Worship this morning looking very smart in their school uniform.  We hope that all children will have their PE kit in school this week to ensure that they are able to take part in this important area of the curriculum.  Can we remind parents that children should wear black shoes or trainers - these should not be slip on shoes or boots.  Children with long hair need to have it tied back and hair accessories should be small and in school colours.  Nail polish and make up are not allowed and children wearing earrings must wear only a small plain stud in the interests of safety.  Thank you for your continued support with this.

 

Green Week - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We had a fantastic week last week focusing on our environment.  Children across the school were involved in a range of activities to learn more about how to reduce waste, reuse items and recycle as much as possible.  This included:

  • looking at the food and packaging waste at lunchtime
  • thinking about landfills and what could be recycled instead
  • the introduction of the new clothes bank on the playground
  • thinking about how waste can impact other creatures on our planet

It is fantastic to hear and see children across the school taking such an interest and trying to do their bit to help.  

 

Year 4 Swimming

A reminder to parents of Year 4, swimming starts again this Thursday.  Please ensure your child has their swimming kit and towel in school.

Term 2 News

After School Clubs

Just a reminder that there are NO after school clubs this week.  We are delighted that so many children have been able to take up the opportunity of attending one of the many free after school clubs.  All clubs will start again in the New Year. 

 Christmas Jumper Day

We had a great day on the 14th December with all staff and children getting into the Christmas spirit by wearing Christmas jumpers.  We raised an amazing £114.  

Christmas Cards

From Monday 10th December, we will have the school Christmas 'post-box' in the entrance hall.  In order to 'send' cards to other children across the school, children can post them in the box.  Please ensure the recipient's first and last names (as well as which class they are in) is included on the envelope.

Pantomime

On Thursday 13th December, everyone in Years One to Years Six will be going to the pantomime to see Aladdin. This is an excellent opportunity for the children and one that they usually thoroughly enjoy - oh yes they do!  Water will be available for the children during the interval and fruit for KS1.  If your child is in KS2, they are most welcome to bring a healthy snack.  All children will need a packed lunch.  If you would like a school packed lunch, please let the school know immediately.

Christmas Craft Fair

There is a Christmas Craft Fair at Avonmouth Community Centre on Saturday 1st December, from 11am-3pm.  Entry is free and there are lots of stalls including refreshments, jewellery, baby clothes, cakes, Christmas decorations and many more. 

Children in Need

Thank you to everyone who supported us in raising funds for Children in Need last week.  We did a range of exciting activities including a non-uniform day, filling up a giant picture of Pudsey with coins and a cake sale.  In total we raised a magnificent £335.87!

The Snow Cat by Holly Webb

If you like snow, cats and happy endings, you will love this book! Bel is spending Christmas with her gran in a beautiful but eerie old house, which has been converted into flats for the elderly. One snowy night, she befriends a white cat and is transported back in time where she meets Charlotte and her poorly sister, Sara. This book has it all – adventure, excitement and a feel-good factor! It is also beautifully illustrated. This would make a lovely Christmas present for children around age 5 to 7.

Christmas Boxes

We are hoping to put together a number of Christmas shoeboxes to send to children overseas who may not otherwise receive a Christmas present.  This is a worthy cause and one which will help us to improve our own children's understanding of the spirit of Christmas.

We would like you to consider donating one small present to fit into one of our Christmas boxes which we will put together in school.  Each class will be collecting to fill a box for a girl and a boy of their own age.  To help you a sign-up sheet will be located outside each class and will be available on parent's evening.

We need to send a small cash donation with each box, so each list will include the option to donate cash.

Donations need to be received in school by 7th November.

Children in Need

This Friday (16th Nov) we will be raising money for Children in need and invite everyone to come to school in non-uniform (or something spotty) for a donation of £1.  I hope you will join us in supporting this charity.

Green Week - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

This week we have planned a range of learning opportunities for the children focusing on recycling and looking after our environment.  The children will be learning about lots of different ways to help look after our planet, including:

  • Developing recycling opportunities in school
  • Recycling old postage stamps and supporting the Air Ambulance Services
  • A nearly new sale to support with recycling and reusing items - 8th Nov
  • Recycling unwanted clothes in our new clothes bank (arriving Wednesday)

On Friday 9th Nov we invite children to come to school in non-uniform, wearing something green.

Christmas Boxes

We are hoping to put together a number of Christmas shoeboxes to send to children overseas who may not otherwise receive a Christmas present.  This is a worthy cause and one which will help us to improve our own children's understanding of the spirit of Christmas.

We would like you to consider donating one small present to fit into one of our Christmas boxes which we will put together in school.  Each class will be collecting to fill a box for a girl and a boy of their own age.  To help you a sign-up sheet will be located outside each class and will be available on parent's evening.

We need to send a small cash donation with each box, so each list will include the option to donate cash.

Donations need to be received in school by 7th November.

Term 1 News 

Green Week

Starting Tuesday 6th November, we have planned a special focus for the week on looking after the environment and recycling.  There will be lots of different learning opportunities for the children to learn  about how we can all do our bit to help.  I hope you will join in with us - look out for further details at the start of next term

Year 7 Admissions

A reminder that the deadline for applying for a Secondary place for September 2019 is fast approaching.  All applications must be returned by 31st October 2018.  Do contact Mr Barlow if you would like any support with this. 

Half-Term Fun!

Bristol Cathedral is offering some great half-term activities for all the family.  On Wednesday 31st October at 10am is Amazing Space,  a free drop-in craft morning for all ages.  On Saturday 3rd November at 10am is Remembering the First World War, a fascinating story of WW1 as seen through the real-life experiences of 32 former pupils of St John’s, Bristol .

More information can be found on the Bristol Cathedral website www.bristol-cathedral.co.uk/whats-on

Harvest - a message from NW Foodbank

We had a lovely thank you from the Bristol North West Foodbank.

"We just wanted to say a big thank you for your kind donation to our Harvest Appeal this year.  Your support this Autumn means that we are able to continue to provide vital food and supplies to people in crisis over the coming months, and stock up our shelves ready for Christmas.  A big THANK YOU - you donated an amazing 63.3 kg of food!" 

Bloodhound Visit

Last week, children from years 5 and 6 were invited to attend a workshop at the warehouse where the Bloodhound SSC has been made.  Next year, the Bloodhound super sonic car will attempt a new land speed record.  The current record is 763mph, but the team based in Avonmouth, will attempt to go faster than 1000mph!

Soldiers from the Royal Engineers alongside staff from the Bloodhound's education team, delivered a fantastic workshop about the history of land speed records, about the challenges the new car faces and about fluid aerodynamics!  Following a tour of the workshop and the car, in small groups the children designed and made their own small cars, designing the body ensuring the least air resistance.  

The highlight of the visit was the speed test of the cars that the children had designed and made.  The Royal Engineers fitted small rockets to the cars, then detonated a starting charge and recorded each car's top speed over a fixed track.  Congratulations to Mckenzie, Damian and George, whose car won the speed test, reaching a top speed of 78mph!

Perhaps some of the children will be involved in designing and building the next generation of super sonic cars in years to come! 

Mrs Wood's latest book review

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

This story is a retelling of the old Russian folk tale of Baba Yaga, but with a twist!  The main character is Marinka, she is 12 years old and just wants a real friend.  She lives with her grandmother in a house that is always on the move, so they never stay for long in one place.  When Marinka breaks the rules one day, her beloved grandmother disappears and it's up to Marinka to find her - even if it means making a dangerous journey to the afterlife.

This book is effortless to read, with great writing and descriptions, which bring the characters and settings to life.  You will like it if you like books that are out of the ordinary and not real life.

I would give this a great big thumbs up recommendation to confident readers in years four and five. 

Flu Immunisation

Packs will be coming home for all children in Reception through to Year 5 regarding the free flu immunisation programme.  Flu immunisations will be taking place at school on Tuesday 9th October.

Harvest

This year our Harvest Service will be held in school as St Andrew's Church continues its renovations.  Due to limited space in the hall, the service will just be for children and staff.  As in previous years, we will be donating all our harvest gifts to the NW Bristol Foodbank so if your child would like to bring in a donation for Harvest Worship, the Foodbank have kindly asked that these may be:

  • Packets - such as pasta, rice, biscuits
  • Tins - such as fruit, vegetables, pies
  • Drinks - such as tea and coffee

 

Open days for new Reception starters in September

Parents and carers are invited to the following Open Days:

  • Thursday 18th September - 11.30am
  • Friday 21st September      - 9.30am
  • Tuesday 2nd October        - 1.30pm

If you would like to attend any of these dates please contact the school office on  0117 9030280 or email avonmouth.p@bristol-schools.uk to reserve a place.

Mrs Wood's latest book review

Secrets of a Sun King by Emma Carroll

This brilliant book only came out a couple of months ago and has already been nominated, shortlisted and won several book awards.

Set in London 1922, Lilian finds a parcel on her grandad’s doorstep sent by a famous Egyptologist, who was found dead that very morning, under mysterious circumstances. It holds a key to a story about a king whose tomb archaeologists are desperately searching for. Lilian and her friends embark on an incredible journey to return the package to its resting place, to protect those they love and to break the deadly pharaoh’s curse.

Emma Carroll writes great books set in different historical periods (Year 6 are currently reading Letters from the Lighthouse, set during World War 2).

This book is a great adventure story that will keep you gripped from start to finish. I would recommend it to children in Years 4, 5 and 6.

Year 7 Admissions

We have arranged for a representative from the Local Authority's admission team to visit on Wednesday 26th September to speak to Year 6 parents.  The meeting will help parents with the admission arrangements as they apply for Year 7 places for September.  The meeting is at 2.45pm - 3.15pm in the school hall.

Medical and permission forms

Thank you to all the families who have returned the medical and permission forms sent home last week.  These are really important to ensure the information we hold on your child is current and up to date.  Please return any outstanding forms by Friday 14th September.

Meet the Teacher

A reminder that we have our Meet the Teacher meetings on Wednesday 12th September from 3.15pm.

School uniform is available to order on-line from our supplier Price & Buckland. The website address to place an order is www.pbparentsonline.co.uk/avonmouthprimary.

This provider is ending at the end of September so will have limited stock available.

When you place an order there will be 3 options available to you.

  1. Order your uniform online by credit or debit card
  2. Order your uniform online, print off the order form and post with your credit/debit card details directly to Price & Buckland.
  3. Collect an order form from school, complete and post with credit/debit card details directly to Price & Buckland.

Click here to download a School Uniform Order Form

We do, however, currently have stock of small sizes suitable for Nursery children at school. Please ask at the school office