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John Fletcher of Madeley

Primary School

10 November 2017

Dear Parents

This week has seen us entering three different Sportshall Athletics competitions held at Telford Tennis Centre, with a total of nearly 40 children from Y1 to Y6 taking part. There were a variety of races and field events, such as javelin throw and speed bounce and everyone who took part was fantastic. A special mention must go to the KS1 athletes on Wednesday afternoon. They demonstrated great skill and agility, especially in the 'standing jump' event where extra measuring tape was required! We do not yet have the results, but all the children enjoyed taking part and represented the school with pride. Well done to all. Hopefully we will be able to let you know the results next week.

Y6 SATs meeting follow-up
At last week’s meeting a number of parents enquired whether they could have copies of the examples of common errors in Maths and SPaG which were used in the presentation.  These are now available on the school website as the PowerPoint that was used has been uploaded in its entirety.  Click here to download.  If anyone would like a paper copy, please contact the office.

Monday sees the ‘temporary’ departure of many of our Year 6 children who are going on a residential adventure week in Wales.  Y6, don’t forget to check the kit list when packing and please remember that waterproofs, hats and gloves etc. need to be accessible in day bags.  As we are departing at 10:00am, we will be taking our packed lunches with us this year, so these should be put in disposable packaging.  A refillable water bottle is an essential piece of kit!
More news on this in subsequent newsletters.  If you are interested, there will be photographs available on the school website.  A link will appear at the top of the 'Home' page. 

This term’s whole school MAGIC initiative has continued this week with a focus on the letter ‘I’ which stands for ‘I Learn’.  Across the school we have been learning about the concept of a three part brain with this week’s focus being the ‘emotional brain’.  Some children have been looking at how advertisements target this and how it can be harnessed to improve their learning.  Much to the delight of many of the children, Bobby Brain once again sent in some messages that were shared in the MAGIC assembly on Monday afternoon.

We’ve entered the school in this term’s Mathletics Numeracy Challenge which is coming up soon.  The competition will run for one week from November 20th until November 28th.  The event will give our children the exciting opportunity to compete in live, multi-player challenges plus answer self-paced adaptive curriculum questions.  There will be prizes awarded to the top schools, based on the highest average of participation points which would be lovely to win obviously, but it would also be great to see if we could beat our previous highest finishing position of 12th in Europe.  Please encourage your children to support the school by logging in at home if they can.
Our weekly ‘Oscar’ ceremony on Monday once again saw winners proudly taking custody of their class’s owl for the week and 2Y and 6CW leading the class totals charts.  The total for the number of certificates awarded this year has now reached 292 Bronze, 53 Silver and 5 Gold. 

Operation Christmas Child
Thank you to those of you who have kindly donated a filled shoebox for this appeal. There has been a delay in the collection of these, so if you would still like to donate, the new deadline is now Monday 13 November.

School Council
Elections have been held this week for our newly formed school council.  These have been very ably organised by the Y6 team who have been chosen to lead this.  Congratulations to all the children in Y1-6 who have been elected by their peers.  We are awaiting the arrival of the new bespoke badges which have been designed by the children and it is planned that the first official meeting will take place when Y6 return from their residential visit.  Watch this space!

Residential Visit Year 4
In a change to last week’s newsletter, please note that the meeting to give information regarding the forthcoming visit to Condover for Year 4 in March 2018 will now be held on Thursday 23 November at 6.00pm.

Staffing News
We spent many hours last week interviewing for a variety of positions in school. The result is that Mrs Pitchford will now be leading the Learning Mentor team as Pastoral Support Manager and Mrs Price becomes the Learning Mentor. They will be joined later in the term by Miss Katie Wellsbury as Learning Mentor Assistant. Their role will continue to be working with families and children to help children overcome barriers to learning, particularly emotional, and also in supporting the positive behaviour management policies within school.
News on other appointments will come as soon as possible.

Christmas Dates
Please find accompanying this newsletter the dates for all the Christmas activities this year. Click here to dowload.  There may be additional choir activities once dates are arranged. Details regarding tickets, where applicable, will be sent out next week.

Thank you to those who have supported the British Legion by donating money to the Poppy Appeal again this year. Hopefully many of you will have seen the fabulous work in the window of Co-operative Funeral Care in Madeley which was produced by children from all year groups across the school.
Today on the playgrounds, we held a very moving silence as we remembered those affected by conflict which was observed well by all.

Attendance update
This week’s winners of the attendance awards are as follows: 
A* Attendance: 2Y with 99.67%.
Pride in Punctuality: 1H, 1J and 5RD all with 0 lates

Diary Dates
Thursday 23 November   Residential Visit Meeting Y4
Tuesday 28 November   Visit to Weston Park Y1
Friday 8 December   Flu Vaccinations YR – Y4 
Friday 15 December   School closes for Christmas

Yours sincerely

Matthew Gould