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John Fletcher of Madeley

Primary School

23 March 2018

Dear Parents

Our regular ‘Oscar’ ceremony took place on Monday with some Oscars ‘staying on their perches’ and others moving into the care of new custodians for the week.  Both class trophies were retained by their previous winners, 6CW and 2B, with the former reaching an amazing combined total of 103,789 points which also gained them a place on the UK Hall of Fame for classes.  Mr Cowdrill was very proud of his class!  Once more, the drive to gain individual Hall of Fame places has continued unabated.  We have had fourteen entrants onto the UK Hall of Fame, nine of whom have reached the World Hall of Fame.  These included one new entrant and one 10x UK Hall of Fame badge winner.  We have also had a record number of seven Gold certificates awarded, the total now stands at 1449 Bronze, 271 Silver and 36 Gold.  
“Multiverse” – the immersive game designed to increase multiplication fact fluency and recall – has now been operational for a month.  It would be very useful to hear feedback from children or parents about first impressions of this new learning tool.

School Dinners - Menu change
There will be a menu change on the last day of term. Thursday 29 March will now be Fishy Thursday.
Please note, school meals need to be paid for in advance. £2.10 per day or £10.50 per week. Money needs to be put in an envelope clearly marked with name, class and amount enclosed. If you would like your child’s online account number please contact Kathy on 388192

As you were informed earlier in the week, the NSPCC visited school on Wednesday to deliver their ‘Speak Out, Stay Safe’ programme. They will be visiting again next Wednesday to conduct workshops with Y5 and Y6.
On Thursday 29 March we will be having a non-uniform day to raise money for the NSPCC. Children can wear any sensible clothing of their choice, normal rules apply regarding jewellery and makeup. We ask that they bring in a suggested donation of 50p.

Y4 swimming
On Tuesday, Y4 took part in their second Swimathon – challenging themselves to swim as far as they could in 15 minutes. They looked very professional in their swimming caps and swam with determination and confidence. 4C swam a total of 9950m (2950m further than their previous swim) and 4G swam 9475 (3475m further) – this was a fantastic achievement and reflects the hard work the children have put in to improve their swimming over this term.
The children have been working towards their ASA School Swimming Aquatic Skills Award and Self Rescue Award. They have made tremendous progress this term, using all their MAGIC skills and will be taking home certificates to acknowledge their achievements.

A busy week for Year 5
Year 5 have had a busy week this week. It started with 5L enjoying a day at Enginuity where they proved that they were brilliant bridge designers and builders. 5RD will be experiencing this next Tuesday.
They then magically travelled through time into 1968 where they found out what school was like in this era. Whilst nothing was thrown at the children, we did try to make it as realistic as possible, including a mid-morning drink of milk.
Yesterday, both Year 5 classes enjoyed Easter activities at St. Michael’s Church. We looked in depth at the Easter story. The children were amazing and a credit to the school and a big thank you must also go to Reverend Walden and everyone who helped at the church.

A reminder that club letters went out yesterday. Reply slips need to be back by Thursday 29 March in order to be processed. We hope pupils can find a club that they would like to take part in.

Y1 at Blists Hill
Y1 enjoyed a day at Blists Hill on Monday. Although the day was shortened by the snow and cold weather, they had an amazing time reinforcing their work on Victorian Homes. As well as looking at the houses that are there, they experienced the Victorian schoolroom and also explored the shops.

Magical Maths Club 
We had an exciting visit on Wednesday afternoon from The Professor of Magical Maths. This club is available for KS1 (Year 1 and 2) and KS2 (Years 3 – 6). To join this club, please contact Magical Maths directly on 01902 275275 or through their website: www.magicalmathsclub.com.

Cross Country
On Wednesday, we took a team of 21 runners, many of whom were first timers, to the first event of the Telford and Wrekin Cross Country series at Chetwynd Deer Park. Each runner had a fantastic race and had to dig deep to push themselves up a few breathtaking, steep hills towards the end of the course. There are still a few places available on the coach if your child is interested in taking part in the next three races. Please get in touch with Mr Cowdrill.

Year 2
Thank you to those who were able to attend the meeting on Wednesday giving information about the Year 2 Residential Visit to Edgmond Hall and the Year 2 SATs.  The paperwork regarding the visit was sent home with the children on Thursday for those who were unable to attend. This needs completing and returning to school by Wednesday 18 April.  Thank you.

Can we remind you that cars should not come onto the school site at anytime.  Parking on site is for staff and visitors to the school only.  We only have a couple of disabled parking spaces and these are only to be used by parents who have a badge issued from the school office.  Please help us to keep our children safe.

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

Diary Dates
Tuesday 27 March  5RD to Enginuity
Thursday 29 March  NSPCC non-uniform day (suggested 50p donation)
School closes for Easter
9 – 13 April    Activ8 Holiday Activities 
Monday 16 April  School reopens
Thursday 26 April  Year 2 to Chirk Castle 
Friday 11 May   John Muir resumes for Year 5

Yours sincerely

Matthew Gould