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John Fletcher of Madeley

Primary School

24 November 2017

Dear Parents

Non Uniform Day
Thank you for your generous support of today’s non uniform day. There are bottles aplenty ready for next week’s Christmas Fair. We hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Road Closure in South Drive
We have been informed that Severn Trent Water are planning to undertake sewer repair works. The work is set to commence on Monday 27 November 2017 and will last for a duration of 5 days with an end date of Friday 1 December 2017. The diversion route for vehicular traffic travelling will be via Anstice Road and Upper Road. If you are able, please use the Tesco car park to try to reduce congestion.

Telford and Wrekin Boccia Tournament 
We entered teams into the tournament held at Telford Tennis Centre on Wednesday. 
The Year 6 team who completed the tournament conducted themselves brilliantly and won several games.
The Year 5 team managed to reach the final, narrowly losing on points to Grange Park. By finishing 2nd out of 34 teams – a fantastic achievement – this team will now go on to represent the Burton Borough Sports Partnership in the Winter Games to be held in the Spring Term.

Telford and Wrekin Football Plate
On Monday, we had a visit from St Luke’s Primary School for the last 16 of the Telford and Wrekin Plate Competition. Both teams set themselves up for what was a brilliant contest. John Fletcher were on top, with great skill, passing and shots on goal. It was creative football at its best. Against the run of play, St Lukes broke on the counter and went 1-0 up. John Fletcher responded with a great passage of play to have it level at half-time. Straight into the 2nd half, John Fletcher scored again. With St Luke’s goalkeeper having a fantastic performance, we should have scored more. We were caught on the break once again, but John Fletcher, with minutes to spare, scored another well-deserved goal: 3-2. Concentration slipped at the end, with the game finishing 3-3. With the evening getting darker, it went to penalties which sadly we lost 5-4. Thank you for all of the support.

Christingle Service
On Thursday November 30, Year 5 and Year 6 will be walking to St Michael’s Church for a Christingle service. We currently have donation boxes in the classrooms for the event and will be collecting donations on the day. Parents are more than welcome to join.

I am very grateful to all the staff who made last week’s visit to Abernant such a success for the children. It was lovely to see them enjoying and challenging themselves, encouraging each other and utilising the “MAGIC” techniques.
Any unclaimed lost property is now available to be searched through in the Main Office, or please give us a ring if there is anything you are still missing.

Thank you to the parents who attended the meeting last night. For those that were unable to attend, the relevant paperwork has been sent home with the children today. 

We have reached the end of our cycle of the MAGIC initiative with this week’s focus being on ‘C’ for ‘Communication’.  Bobby Brain once again contributed to Monday afternoon’s gathering, commenting on some of the previous week’s activities and then children watched two video clips showing the power of communication in the natural world and then, to the great delight of many of the children, the world of ‘Minions’!  This has once again been followed up by age-appropriate learning activities in the classroom.  Children in Y1-6 have been introduced to some new roles that they will take on when working in teams.  Each class now has sets of badges complete with purple lanyards.  Next term, we will be reinforcing and developing some of the learning habits that the children have encountered over the last few weeks.

Our weekly ‘Oscar’ ceremony over the last two weeks once again have seen some new winners proudly taking custody of their class’s owl for the week.  2Y have retained their leadership of the board over the last two weeks whilst 6CW and 4G have shared the KS2 honours.  The total for the number of certificates awarded this year has now reached 377 Bronze, 74 Silver and 6 Gold.  
This weekend sees the final few days of this term’s Mathletics Numeracy Challenge; the competition closes on 28 November.  The event gives our children the exciting opportunity to compete in live, multi-player challenges plus answer self-paced adaptive curriculum questions.  Please encourage your children to support the school by logging in at home if they can.

Year 5 Viking Day
On Friday 1 December, Year 5 children will be visited in school by a Viking and will be taking part in lots of activities to learn about life as a Viking. These children are encouraged to come dressed as a Viking or come in their own clothes for us to accessorise.

School Status
Governors have recently been investigating the possibility of becoming an academy in the future. Following their extensive work, they have decided that this is not an option that will be pursued for the foreseeable future. They will, however, continue to monitor the ever-changing political and educational agendas.

Christmas Fair
Don’t forget this year’s Christmas Fair will be on Friday 1 December from 3.30pm.

Attendance update
This week’s winners of the attendance awards are as follows: 
A* Attendance: 6CW with 99.03%.
Pride in Punctuality: 1H, 1J, 5RD and 6CW all with 0 lates

Diary Dates
Tuesday 28 November   Visit to Weston Park Y1
Thursday 30 November  10am Y5/6 Christingle Service St Michael’s Church
Friday 1 December   Y5 Viking Day
3.30pm Christmas Fair 
Monday 4 December   6pm – Joint Primary Schools’ Concert
Friday 8 December   9.30am Language Class Play
Friday 8 December   Flu Vaccinations YR – Y4 
Monday 11 December    9.30am Reception Play
     1.45pm KS 2 Performance
     6.00pm KS 2 Performance
Tuesday 12 December   9.30am Reception Play
     6.00pm KS2 Performance 
Wednesday 13 December  10.00am KS1 Play at St Michael’s Church
Thursday 14 December  10.00am KS1 Play at St Michael’s Church
     12.30pm RG, RG and LD to pantomime (return 4.45pm)
     pm Y1 party
     pm Y2/3 Christmas Disco
     3.30pm Y4-6 Christmas Disco (till 5.00pm)
Friday 15 December   School closes for Christmas

Yours sincerely

Matthew Gould