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John Fletcher of Madeley

Primary School

1 December 2017

Dear Parents

Year 5 Viking Day
Year 5 have had a fantastic day today. They met a “real” Viking, looked at and held lots of different Viking objects, from horns to spears, shields and swords. The children have found out more about how Vikings raided villages and they know a terrifying Viking battle cry! There were some great costumes on show, too!

Year 3/4 Kwik Cricket 
Last Friday afternoon, our cricket team took on 12 different schools in the Telford and Wrekin competition. We won our group games quite comfortably, with the team scoring an amazing amount of runs, confidently picking space in the opposition’s fielding to score more runs. Our semi-final v St Peter and St. Paul Primary was fantastic with quality cricket on show from both teams. After 20 minutes of hard slogging and fielding it came down to 1 run, losing 59-58. We went into the 3rd place playoff, against Wrockwardine Wood Primary, full of confidence, with 3 balls being hit over the boundary and some unbelievable one-handed catches. The children all left with a bronze medal and should be very proud of their achievement!

KS2 NAK (New Age Kurling) Competition
On Tuesday afternoon, we took 3 teams to the Telford and Wrekin competition. There were 50 teams there representing a range of schools from across the area. Each team had to win their group to qualify for the quarter-finals and 2 of our teams fell just short by only losing 1 game. One of our teams qualified magnificently; they went on to win the quarter-final 3-0 against Old Park. The semi-final v Redhill was intense and it came down to the last throw of the stone. Sadly they lost 2-1 and just missed out on a medal, however the team have qualified to represent the county at the School Games.  All the children were a fantastic credit to our school.

Y5/6 Boys Cluster League
Yesterday evening was the first of our 5 fixtures in a cluster league against an unbeaten Randlay Primary team. This proved to be a fantastic game of football with two great attacking teams. It was a tough start for John Fletcher going 1-0 down to a great cross. Our goalkeeper made some fantastic saves to keep the goal tally down. A penalty given to Randlay made it 2-0. Just before half-time, John Fletcher finished a great goal from a corner. The team re-grouped, discussed areas where they thought they needed to improve and came out brilliantly, scoring a fantastic team goal. The sunlight was disappearing and the ground was slowly freezing over, John Fletcher just couldn’t find the back of the net and the game had to finish 5 minutes early at 2-2. Thank you to all the parents who braved the cold conditions!

Extra-Curricular Clubs
A reminder that club reply slips need to be back by Friday 8 December. Please bear in mind that children in receipt of Pupil Premium Funding are being offered one place at a paying club, delivered by external providers, for the term. For some clubs, there are minimum numbers and, without support, some clubs may not be able to run. Thank you for your continued support.

KS2 Christmas Performance Tickets
Letters were sent home on Wednesday regarding ticket requests for performances.  Due to Health & Safety regulations we are restricted to how many people can attend.  We will only be allocating 2 tickets in the first instance even if more have been requested.  It may be that we have some spare tickets.  If this is the case a message will be put on the facebook page and school website and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Flu Immunisation Programme YR – Y4
There are still a number of consent forms that have not been returned.  Please can these be returned by Thursday 7 December even if you do not wish your child to receive the flu nasal spray. There is space on the form to indicate reason i.e. they have already had the immunisation. The School Nurses will be in school on Friday 8 December to administer the spray – there is no need for parents to attend.

School Council (written by the School Council)
This week we had our first official meeting. Firstly, we discussed all of the ideas from the school councillors across the school and then we chose the most popular ideas. They were: clubs, dinner menus, new playground equipment and healthy courtyard snacks. We are now currently putting these ideas into action so thank you children for giving us these brilliant ideas!

Christingle Service
The Christingle service at St Michael’s on Thursday was a lovely occasion supported by a range of parents and friends. The children sang beautifully and we learnt a lot about the meaning of the Christingle and the work of The Children’s Society.

Mathletics
Congratulations to 1J and 6CN who won this week’s class trophies; both of these were first-time winners.  Each week we continue to celebrate the weekly class champions as they are awarded the ‘Oscars’.   Special congratulations need to go to one of the Y6 girls who has now maintained her leadership of 6CN’s leaderboard for eleven weeks and who made her first appearance on the UK and World Hall of Fame during the week.  So far this year, we have had 12 UK Hall of Fame entrants; eight of whom also achieved World Hall of Fame status.  So far this year we have presented 427 Bronze, 83 Silver and 6 Gold certificates.  These, along with the Spellodrome certificates, are converted into SMART stamps for Y2-6 children and so help to boost their progress towards their next SMART award.

Attendance update
This week’s winners of the attendance awards are as follows: 
A* Attendance: 4C with 99.66%.
Pride in Punctuality: 1J with 0 lates

Diary Dates
Monday 4 December   6pm – Joint Primary Schools’ Concert
Friday 8 December   9.30am Language Class Play
Friday 8 December   Flu Vaccinations YR – Y4 
Monday 11 December   9.30am Reception Play
     1.45pm KS 2 Performance
     6.00pm KS 2 Performance
Tuesday 12 December  9.30am Reception Play
     6.00pm KS2 Performance 
Wednesday 13 December  10.00am KS1 Play at St Michael’s Church
Thursday 14 December  10.00am KS1 Play at St Michael’s Church
     12.30pm RG, RV and LD to pantomime (return 4.45pm)
     pm Y1 party
     pm Y2/3 Christmas Disco
     3.30pm Y4-6 Christmas Disco (till 5.00pm)
Friday 15 December   School closes for Christmas

Yours sincerely

Matthew Gould 
Headteacher