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John Fletcher of Madeley

Primary School

06 July 2018

Dear Parents

Forest School
Thank you for your donations of equipment this week for Forest School. If you do have any ‘old’ kitchen equipment/utensils e.g. pots, pans, jugs (not glass), spoons, whisks please would you consider donating them to Forest School. Other useful items would be old white sheets, shower curtains, pallets and tyres.    Thank you.

John Muir
A reminder that there will be a John Muir session next Friday (13 July) when they will be visiting Meadow Pit Mound. This is the session that was cancelled due to the bad weather earlier in the year.  We will use the consent forms that have already been completed for John Muir.  The kitchen will provide packed lunches for the children who had requested them. 

Year 3/4 TAG Rugby Festival
On Monday afternoon, a group of 10 children represented the school at the Telford and Wrekin Year 3/4 TAG Rugby Festival at Telford Hornets RUFC.  
Due to the current weather conditions, games were cut from 10 minutes each to just 8 minutes each.  Our children played fantastically well in our three group games, narrowly losing to Newport Juniors and St Patrick’s before drawing 2-2 against Muxton. This gave the children a final game against Redhill.  They really turned on the style running away to an 8-1 victory.  
Thank you to all of the parents who came along to support us.
If your child would like to play rugby in their free time, Telford Hornets RUFC have their contact details displayed in our KS2 noticeboard.

World Cup Football
Last Friday saw the Year 3/4 World Cup final. A brilliant end to end final game between Australia (from the Air house team) and Colombia (also from the Air house team). Colombia was winning until the last minute but a last gasp goal from Australia took the game to penalties. It went to sudden death, in which Australia scored to win the shoot-out 6-5. A fantastic game for the staff and pupils to watch. Well done to all involved.

5/6 Girls Meadows football tournament
On Monday, the Year 5/6 girls team went to a very hot Meadows Primary school for their final tournament of the year. They lost to Meadows 1-0, drew with Hollinswood 1-1 and sadly lost to Grange Park. They finished 3rd overall and it was great to see the Year 6’s enjoy their final game in the purple tops and we wish them every success in their football journey through their secondary schools. Thank you to all who came and supported.

County Games
On Tuesday, we had three teams that had qualified for the Country School Games. It is a great festival with over 1000 participants across the county, separated into 6 districts, playing a range of different sports throughout the day. We represented the Telford and Wrekin Burton Borough district with our three fantastic teams of NAK (New Aged Kurling), Boccia and Year 3/4 Tri-Golf. All three teams played fantastically, winning a few games against the best in the County. Our district finished 5th overall, with East Shropshire winning the competition. Well done to all our participants who represented the school fantastically.

St Michael's Church
Everyone at St Michael's would like to thank all those who supported Heavens Above last Saturday. We hope you enjoyed a wonderful family day in the sunshine. Special thanks to all the children who sang in the choir or played in the ukulele group, and to Miss Brotherton, Mrs Tomlinson and team, for entertaining us with such uplifting songs and music. Thank you to all who brought teddies for the parachuting and Best Dressed Teddy! Thanks also to Mr Cowdrill, Miss Beddows and Miss England for running an excellent Penalty Shoot Out competition.

St Michael's will be hosting another Holiday Club this summer - this year it is 'Team Builders', looking at characters from the Bible who formed a great team, with games and craft! Look out for a flier in your child's bag in the next few days (please note the family event will be on Wednesday 22 August, not 23 August as stated), and there will be a registration session at school on Thursday 12 July in the playground from 2.45 to 3.45pm, with the opportunity to sign up for places.

Year 6 Revision Books
A reminder that all revision books were due to be handed back last week.  If you have not already done so, please could you ensure that these are sent in with the children so that they can be returned to their class teacher or one of the teaching assistants in Year 6.

2Y and 6CW remained in possession of the coveted EYFS/KS1 and KS2 trophies this week.  Our certificate totals now stand at 76 Gold, 386 Silver and 2065 Bronze.  As mentioned earlier in the term, these figures are an amazing increase on last year’s figures.  The number of Golds has more than tripled from last year’s total of 22 and anecdotal comments from the children, who can see the possibility getting closer on their Mathletics screens, would indicate that it is set to rise further!   It would be super if nearly a quarter of the school could reach this landmark of 20 weeks of achieving 1000+ points.  I know for many children it gives them a real sense of achievement and pride to receive their certificates during our Monday gatherings and for those in Year 2 and above it also counts significantly towards their SMART awards. Keep up the good work!

Weather Update
There are still a large number of children who are not bringing a hat to school (or at least they are not wearing them). As the weather forecast continues to be for very hot weather, please ensure your child brings to school a hat and a water bottle. Sun cream may be brought to school, but it must be named, not shared with other children (in case of allergies) and applied by the children themselves. If children do not have a hat, we may need to keep them inside to help protect them from the sun.
Please also ensure that correct uniform is worn. Thank you.

Crucial Crew
6CW will be attending the Crucial Crew event at TCAT on Thursday please ensure that ALL children bring a hat.  Any child without one will not be allowed to attend.  Please ensure they have plenty of water with them for the day to keep them hydrated.  This event is mostly outdoors.

Times Tables Rockstars
There has been fierce determination this week amongst some of our older children to become Rock Heroes and three new ones have joined the ranks.  Have a look below, could you match our Rock Heroes’ times?
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We now have 36 Rock Legends who have all reached speeds of less than 2 seconds per question and 21 Rock Stars who have dipped under the 3 second barrier.  Can you join them?

Attendance Update
This week’s winners of the attendance awards are as follows: 
A* Attendance: 3B with 99.31%
Pride in Punctuality: 2B, 3B and 6CW all with 0 lates.

Diary Dates
Thursday 12 July   Year 3 to Birmingham Art Gallery & Museum
    6CW to Crucial Crew (TCAT)
    Language Class to Wonderland – Telford Town Park
Friday 13 July   Final John Muir session for Year 5 
Monday 16 July  Open afternoon (3.30pm – 4.15pm)
Thursday 19 July  Y6 Leavers’ Event (6.00pm)
Friday 20 July   School finishes for Summer
Wednesday 5 September School re-opens for children

Yours sincerely

Matthew Gould