Term 2 News
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.
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
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.
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!"
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
- Order your uniform online by credit or debit card
- Order your uniform online, print off the order form and post with your credit/debit card details directly to Price & Buckland.
- 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