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John Fletcher of Madeley

Primary School

12 January 2018

Dear Parents

Young Voices
The highlight of the week was undoubtedly the choir who sang in the Young Voices concert at the Genting Arena in Birmingham on Wednesday evening. To be part of a 6,500 strong choir performing in such a venue is an experience that will be remembered for many years. Children’s behaviour was exceptional throughout the day. Despite the much delayed journey, the day was a huge success. Thanks to the staff involved for organising such a fabulous event.

In the first week of the year, the class trophies were won by 2Y and 6CW.  Two more Gold certificates were earned which is a great achievement; these are the reward for 20 weeks of scoring over 1000 points.  The year’s total is now 687 Bronze, 132 Silver and 11 Gold certificates.

The Owl and the Pussycat
Over the last fortnight, we have had a whole school creative project based upon The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear.  Children have been involved in exploring the story within the poem in Literacy and then developing it across many subject areas.  It has been a delight to see the different interpretations and practical activities in the different classrooms including plasticine pigs with rings in their noses on 3D models and maps of the journey in Year 6, ‘Wanted’ posters and designing model guitars in Years 3 and 4 and treasure hunt translations and garden birds research linked to Lear’s pictures of British garden birds in Year 5.  Next week is the final week of this project, so we look forward to lots more interesting activities taking place

A Reception Wedding 
To support our whole school project of ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ Reverend Alan Walton led two fantastic weddings in RG and RV on Monday afternoon. The children were assigned roles during the ceremony, which they played brilliantly. It was a great experience that they have been talking about all week.

Parent Consultation Evenings
Letters regarding this will be sent out early next week. Please keep your eyes peeled and return the slip as soon as you can.

Staffing Update
Today we said goodbye (for a while) to Mrs Gladwin who leaves temporarily to start her maternity leave. We wish her the very best of luck and will bring you news of the new arrival when the time comes.

Attendance update 
Please can we remind you that if your child is not going to be in school for any reason, you need to telephone the school before 9.30 am on each day of absence.  If we have not received a call explaining the absence by this time you will be contacted by a member of the school office. Please help us to keep your children safe.

This week’s winners of the attendance awards are as follows: 
A* Attendance: RV with 99.13%.
Pride in Punctuality: 4G with 0 lates

Diary Dates
Friday 16 February  School closes for half term
Monday 26 February School re-opens
Wednesday 7 March Y4 residential parents meeting 6.00pm
Monday 12 March   Y4 Residential Visit to Condover (new date)
Thursday 29 March  School closes for Easter

Yours sincerely

Matthew Gould