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John Fletcher of Madeley

Primary School

20 April 2018

Dear Parents

We welcomed the children back on Monday after Easter and the atmosphere around school has been very positive this week. Year 6 are in the final throes of revision before their SATs in May and there are numerous new activities being planned across the school for the children to enjoy.
This newsletter marks the end of an era as, from now on, the newsletter will only be available via the website. To help those of you with Facebook, a message will be posted each week allowing you to link directly to it. If you want a paper copy, you will still be able to collect one from the school office. This will help us reduce the amount of paper we use. The newsletter uses approximately 20,000 sheets of paper each year.

School Safety
We are very pleased that the new locks have been fitted to the gates. As you may have noticed, the gates automatically unlock at 8.35am. Please try to avoid entering the school site much before this time. Similarly, the gates unlock 10 minutes before the end of the day. The gates also lock automatically, so please ensure that you leave the premises promptly once children have been dropped off or collected to save yourselves being locked in for the day!

Curriculum Newsletters
These newsletters, that give information on the work to be covered this term, will be published on the website next week. As above, these will not be sent out in paper format, unless you call in to the school office to request one.

As some of you may have been informed by your children, due to new data protection legislation (GDPR) that is being introduced across Europe in May, the class and student Halls of Fame are not currently fully operational.  Miss Wilkes got in touch with the Mathletics team when this first became apparent over Easter and has checked back in with them this week.  They are currently working on making the Halls of Fame only visible on the pupil view and not, as previously, on the public part of their website.  Whilst this has temporarily (we hope) put a stop to the recognition of the children’s achievement at a national and international level, we will let you know when we are informed that all checks have been done and the new set-up is operational.
At a school level, nothing has been affected and on Monday we recognised the children’s achievements over the last three weeks.  The KS1 class trophy was shared between 2Y and 2B and the KS2 trophy was retained by 6CW.  Oscars have also been in shared custody this week where there were multiple class winners and over 100 certificates were presented, with several children receiving three.  This year’s totals are now 1641 Bronze, 315 Silver and 45 Gold.  These represent the amazing effort that the children have been putting into improving their skills and in every case are already exceeding last year’s end of year totals of 1351 Bronze, 222 Silver and 22 Gold certificates.  This effort is also mirrored in the monthly total for March of 1,538,049 activity points. 

Times Tables Rock Stars
Staying on a mathematical theme, the Friends Association has very kindly agreed to fund a new whole school subscription to this resource.  It comes highly recommended as a fun way of children learning these key facts. ‘Children enjoy the sense of achievement that comes from answering questions and earning coins, which they use to upgrade their rock avatar. Many children thrive on the competitive element, so choose to play in a multiplayer game against their classmates or students around the world, whilst others focus on improving their rock speed and climbing the rock star ranks, with the ultimate goal of achieving the status "Rock Hero".’ We are currently in the process of setting up the children’s usernames and passwords.  Watch this space for further news next week.

Parental Engagement
We are currently developing strategies to further relationships with parents to support children’s learning and are currently trialling some new ways of doing this. One of the suggested strategies is to provide dedicated time with parents during which  some shared actions can be developed in order to help with the progress of your child. Teachers will be contacting a sample of parents who will be involved in this process. We look forward to this new opportunity.

House team football tournament
With the world cup around the corner, we are holding a lunchtime football tournament. We have around 100 pupils signed up to a country and all will get at least three 10 minute matches. If your child has signed up, children will need their trainers in school on their football match day.  Year 3/4 games will be played on Fridays and Year 5/6 will be played on Thursdays. 

Last Saturday, two of our pupils from year 5 went on to represent Telford and Wrekin in a regional Y5/6 football tournament at St George’s Park. Both pupils played an influential part in the success of the teams. The boys team did fantastically, remaining unbeaten through the day and, as they were the winner, they will now represent the Midlands at the national final held at Liverpool’s training ground. The girls team came 3rd and were only 2 points away from becoming regional champions.

Year 5/6 Boys Cluster League
Last Tuesday saw the final Cluster League match for our 5/6 boys team. A professional team performance followed, from start to finish, against John Randall, showing how much they have improved over the course of the league. This match included a school debut for two players. Thank you to the year 4 goalkeeper who agreed to play at the last minute to help the team out. The match finished 8-1 to John Fletcher. Thank you to all of the supporters who came along.

Year 5 
Thank you to those parents who attended the information meeting on Wednesday regarding the Residential Visit to Abernant in the Autumn Term when the children will be in Year 6. For those who were unable to attend, packs were sent home with the children yesterday.  If you have not received your pack please see Mrs Watson in the School Office.  These need to be returned by Thursday 3 May.

Year 2 Visit to Chirk Castle
We can confirm that all consent forms have now been received and sufficient money pledged to make the visit viable.  Please can the money that has been pledged be paid at the School Office by Monday 23 April.

School Dinner Menus
Updated dinner menus have been sent home today.  These replace the ones you received prior to the Easter break. This menu is also available via our Website where you can also access the online payment service.

School Discos
School discos will take place next Friday (27 April). Letters were sent home earlier this week. All replies and entrance monies need to be returned by Wednesday 25 April. Thank you.

Cross Country
Unfortunately due to the bad weather the cross country event had to be cancelled on Wednesday. The next event will take place at Chetwynd Deer Park, Newport on Wednesday 25 April.

Please can we ask that suncream be applied to children before they come to school.  If children need to bring it to school, it should be clearly labelled with the child’s name and they need to be able to apply it to themselves and not share with anyone else. We have had some cases of children applying cream to each other!  As we have a number of children in school with allergies this is something we need to discourage. Thank you for your cooperation.

Staffing News
We are delighted to welcome back Miss Sharna Cottey who will continue working with Mrs Lawman-Smith in Y5 and we are also pleased to welcome Miss Amy O’Shea who will be working in Y2 with Mrs Young. Both are in their final few weeks of teacher training with the Severn Teaching School Alliance.

Slips advising of places at clubs went home yesterday.  Please remember clubs start again next week.  

Attendance Update
This week’s winners of the attendance awards are as follows: 
A* Attendance: 5L and 5RD both with 100%
Pride in Punctuality: 1J, 2Y, 3B and 5RD all with 0 lates.

Diary Dates
Thursday 26 April Year 2 to Chirk Castle
(Please remember the timings: Arrive at school between 7.50 – 8.00am. Return approx. 4.00pm)
Friday 27 April Rec/Y1 Disco 3.30pm – 4.30pm
   Y2/3 Disco  4.45pm – 6.00pm
   Y4/5/6 Disco  6.15pm – 7.30pm
Monday 30 April Class photos
Tuesday 1 May Class photos
Friday 11 May  John Muir resumes for Year 5

Yours sincerely

Matthew Gould