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John Fletcher of Madeley

Primary School

16 February 2018

Dear Parents

Year 3/4 Girls Cluster League
On a very cold Friday, our girls had a visit from Grange Park Primary for our 3rd fixture of the Cluster League. It was a very confident start from the girls, with all of them understanding their roles within the team. Sadly, early on in the match our centre-back had to come off the pitch, not feeling too well, leaving 6 v 7 for the majority of the game. The girls were 2-0 down at half-time but all put in a great performance. In the second half, the game became more open with our midfield and attacker homing in on the Grange Park goal. Unluckily, Grange Park scored 2 more goals, finishing the game with a flattering 4-0 victory. The girls should be very proud of how much they have developed in a short space of time. Thank you to all who came and supported in the freezing conditions.

The Book Fair
Our annual School Book Fair has arrived.  This year you will be able to purchase books after half-term on the following days from 3:30pm – 4.30pm.

Monday 26th February
Tuesday 27th February
Wednesday 28th February

Please enter via the South hall doors which will be opened at 3.30pm.
Extra information accompanies this newsletter (click here).  Also all children have been given a World Book Day Token, worth £1 which can be used at the Book Fair.

Mathletics
This coming week sees the launch of a new feature on Mathletics.  ‘Multiverse is an immersive game designed to increase multiplication fact fluency and recall. Set in a rich, animated science-fiction world, students use their knowledge and recall of multiplication facts in a story context, to scan asteroids, harvest resources, navigate through space and even defeat space pirates!’  We look forward to hearing some feedback from the children about their first impressions of this new learning tool.
Hall of Fame badges have been positively flying out of the box this week; there have been seven entrants this week onto the UK chart, six of whom have also reached the World chart.  It has been a delight to see three new entrants very proudly sporting their badges during the week.  Miss Wilkes will try to keep track of the Hall of Fame during the holiday, but if your child does want their achievements entered into our Hall of Fame book on their return to school, please screenshot any entries onto the UK or World charts as a back-up.  (The entries are based upon children’s positions at the end of the Mathletics day (7:00pm) so screenshots need to be taken on the ‘previous’ setting on the website.)
 
In the class competitions, 2Y and 6CW both maintained their leads.  Due to half term, the next two weekly champions for each class will share custody of Oscar in the week beginning 26th February. The year’s total for certificates now stands at 1133 Bronze, 209 Silver and 22 Gold. 

John Muir Award
Today, Y5 children have been continuing with their John Muir award. They have visited Madeley Community Orchard and St Michael’s churchyard where they have experienced using tools and participated in scrub clearance. They were well rewarded with hot chocolate around a fire .

World Book Day
This takes place on Thursday 1 March. Information regarding this and costume ideas are on the Book Fair letter (click here).

Site Safety
A reminder that, during half term, there will be additional work done to improve site safety. The three pedestrian gates that lead to the playground will have automatic locks fitted to them that will open at appropriate times during the day. Therefore, please ensure that you do not arrive too early as there will be no access to the playground. This applies to all, but especially to older children who may arrive unaccompanied. We do not want the situation where they are effectively waiting on a car park.
Also, there will be additional external fencing between the Key Stage 1 playground and the houses backing on to it and the field.

Pencil Cases
We are seeing an increase of pencil cases being brought in from home which, historically, has caused problems, especially when items get lost. Please be reminded that there is no need for anything to be brought from home – even with cuts in funding we are still able to provide all stationery that the children will need. Thank you.

Parent Consultation Evenings
It was lovely to see so many parents attend parents’ evenings this week. I hope you found the sessions useful and informative. If you weren’t able to attend, please contact school to rearrange an appointment.

School Dinners 
We have been instructed by Telford and Wrekin that on our return to school after half term we will no longer be serving the following items:-
Parsnips
Mushy Peas
Small bags of raisins.

The new Jacket Potato bar will start on the first day back, Monday 26 February. Booking forms can be found in the main reception with the sandwich bar forms. The forms need to be handed in the week before, the same as sandwich bar.

Attendance Update
This week’s winners of the attendance awards are as follows: 
A* Attendance: 3B with 100%.
Pride in Punctuality: 1J and 6CW both with 1 late

Diary Dates
Friday 16 February  School closes for half term
Monday 26 February  School re-opens
    Book Fair 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Tuesday 27 February  Book Fair 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Wednesday 28 February Book Fair 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Thursday 1 March  World Book Day (Dress up – no charge)
Wednesday 7 March  Y4 Residential parents meeting 6.00pm
Monday 12 March   Y4 Residential Visit to Condover
Thursday 29 March  School closes for Easter

Yours sincerely

Matthew Gould 
Headteacher