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John Fletcher of Madeley

Primary School

20 October 2017

Dear Parents

Year 5/6 Boys Football
Last Friday, we gave 7 debuts out of 10 players against a team from Redhill Primary School. The boys were full of enthusiasm as they wore the school kit for the first time. John Fletcher’s confidence grew through the game as the team was stringing a few passes together, putting in some great tackles and forcing their keeper into a couple of good saves. Even with the man of the match performance from our keeper, the boys lost. Thanks to all who came and supported.

Year 5/6 Girls Football - Cluster League
On Tuesday, we had a visit from Redhill Primary School. This was a fantastic fixture in the league with both teams only being beaten by Grange Park. It was full throttle from the first whistle with both teams working hard to keep control of the ball. Redhill were awarded a penalty which our goalkeeper made an unbelievable save keeping the score at 0-0 at half time. The girls regrouped and went into the 2nd half with the same attitude. We had shots go wide, hit the crossbar and some great saves from their keeper. But with 10 minutes to go the girls got the breakthrough goal, winning the match 1-0. A fantastic performance by all, leaving them 2nd in the league with two games left.

Year 5/6 TAG Rugby Festival
Earlier this week, our Year 5/6 team took part in the Telford and Wrekin TAG festival at Telford Hornets RFC.  Despite their lack of match day experience, they acquitted themselves admirably and produced some fantastic attacking rugby, improving with every game.  Unfortunately, we did not manage to qualify for the county finals, but several of our players were ‘scouted’ by Telford Hornets and by the Head of Rugby at Abraham Darby Academy.

Reception Diwali Celebrations
This week we have been learning all about Diwali. We have learnt about the story of Rama and Sita, made Diva Lamps out of clay and sampled some Indian food. We were very lucky to have a special visitor from Tesco come into the class and talk to us about Diwali. We watched her make some Raita using yoghurt, mint and cucumber and then we had the opportunity to try it with either carrot sticks, chapattis or poppadums. It was delicious! 
Our Diwali celebrations sparked a visit on Thursday morning from BBC Radio Shropshire. A number of children from RG and RV were asked questions about what they had been doing in school to celebrate the Indian festival. They all spoke fantastically about what they had been learning and the different foods they had sampled, we were very proud of them.  
Today we finished our celebrations by having a Diwali party where we lit our Diva Lamps, listened to Indian music and ate even more Indian food. It was a lovely way to round up our topic and finish for a well deserved half-term holiday!

There has been a lot of ‘déjà vu’ this week!  Our weekly ‘Oscar’ ceremony on Monday this week  saw a lot of last week’s winners proudly retaining custody of their class’s owl for the week and 2B and 6CW taking back the leadership of the class totals charts. We were pleased to see one Y4 pupil reprising her previous entry onto the UK and World Halls of Fame exactly one week later! The total for the number of certificates awarded this year has now reached 198 Bronze, 32 Silver and 4 Gold. 

This week’s letter ‘A’ stands for Attitude.  Across the school, the children in each class have taken part in a range of learning activities around the themes of ‘I can’ and using their MAGIC strategies to ‘reach for goals’.  Some of the older children have been exploring how some famous people have set themselves goals and what they have had to do to achieve them.  After half-term we look forward to exploring ‘Gumption and Grit’ again.  Look out for a magical new species of tree linked to this MAGIC quality!

Secondary Transfer 
A reminder that the Year 6 Secondary School Applications must be completed by 31 October.

We haven’t had many reports of headlice this half-term, but it is always worth checking hair over the break and treating all members of the family if any signs of “infestation” are found.

Lost Property
During half term, I would be very grateful if you could carefully check items of clothing at home and return any that are not yours to school, so we can try to reunite children with missing items. At the same time, it would be very helpful if you could ensure that items of property are clearly named – biro will fade over time and name labels sometimes come off.
When the children return, it would help if PE kits come in small, drawstring bags not large backpacks as there is not room in cloakrooms to cater for so many large bags.
In turn, we as a school, will have a much greater focus on keeping cloakroom areas tidy, encouraging children to look after their own and each other’s property and we will look into different ways of storing items safely.
Thank you.

Popcorn making 
Class LD have been busy harvesting the vegetables from their garden this week and this morning enjoyed making popcorn from their home grown sweetcorn.  It was delicious.

Christmas Cards
The Christmas card samples were sent home with the children yesterday.  Please can any orders be returned to school by 9.00am Friday 3 November.  Thank you.

Remembrance Poppies 
After half term poppies will be available in school for your child to purchase.  As previously, there is no fixed charge for the poppies and all donations are welcomed.

Attendance update
This week’s winners of the attendance awards are as follows: 
A* Attendance: 4G with 98.93%
Pride in Punctuality: 1J and 2B both with 0 lates

Diary Dates
Friday 20 October  School closes for half term
Monday 30 October  School re-opens
Tuesday 31 October   Deadline for Year 6 Secondary Applications
Wednesday 1 November Y6 SATs meeting for parents
Friday 8 December  Flu Vaccinations YR – Y4 
Friday 15 December  School closes for Christmas

Matthew Gould