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John Fletcher of Madeley

Primary School

26 January 2018

Dear Parents

50th Birthday Celebrations
Next Friday marks the start of our birthday celebrations. John Fletcher Junior School (which became John Fletcher of Madeley Primary School on September 1 2011) was officially opened on February 3 1968. Following our first Facebook plea, we have received some fantastic early school photos and memories. Please encourage anyone else you may know to send in any more to:
50th.birthday@taw.org.uk
This will help bring history to life and the aim is to invite former members of the “John Fletcher Family” in to school to talk to the children about their memories.
The celebrations will conclude before Easter with the opportunity for all to come in and see what the children have found out about the 50 years since the school originally opened.

Year 5/6 Football
Last Monday, we had a friendly against Meadows Primary. It was a great test to see how far we have progressed as a team. After just scraping a 2-1 win in the October tournament, John Fletcher were ready to show off their free-flowing attacking football. Meadows went ahead first, with a powerful shot from the edge of the box. Then John Fletcher turned up, with an instant reply from a corner. John Fletcher kept continuing their attacks and were 3-1 up at half-time. John Fletcher didn’t stop and were giving Meadows goalkeeper a good workout. We scored 3 more finishing the game 6-1. A fantastic result, well done to everyone involved.

Telford and Wrekin Basketball tournament
On Tuesday, we took a team to Wrekin College for the Telford and Wrekin Basketball tournament. The first game in the group was against Sir Alexander Fleming, which we just lost 4-2. A high scoring 6-6 game v Moorfield Primary saw our team at their best. Sadly, we lost 6-4 to Grange Park but this didn’t stop the children working hard to draw, with the last throw of the match, against Randlay Primary. A fantastic tournament and a great experience for all who were involved.

Forest School and John Muir Award 
Please can we remind you that children need to wear old clothes and suitable footwear for these outdoor activities. They take place in all weather conditions and children are outside for a long time.  School cannot be held responsible for damaged clothing during these activities. 

Mathletics
The competition for the ‘Oscars’ remained fierce last week, but this time moved to the other end of the school as two of our Reception children both managed an impressive 10,000+ points.  One of these children also became a first-time entrant onto the UK Hall of Fame and is now proudly wearing his red Mathlete badge around school!  As a result, RG stormed into the lead in the KS1/EYFS class competition whilst all week 5L demonstrated a determined, and ultimately successful, attempt to take the crown in KS2. Another two Gold certificates were earned recognising yet more ongoing commitment to working on Mathletics. The year’s total is now 818 Bronze, 159 Silver and 15 Gold certificates.

Parent Consultation Evenings
If you haven’t yet returned your slip, please do so as soon as you can to allow staff to allocate appointments. With nearly 400 children, this is a time consuming activity and we try to ensure there are no clashes. Late (or non) returns hinder this process hugely. Thank you.

Attendance Update
Unfortunately we have again struggled with attendance this week with many children and staff still suffering, particularly with ongoing flu-like symptoms. We remain hopeful that this weekend will help us all to recover.
This week’s winners of the attendance awards are as follows: 
A* Attendance: 1H with 98.18%.
Pride in Punctuality: 6CW with 1 late

Diary Dates
Friday 2 February  Y5 Begin John Muir Award
Tuesday 13 February Parent Consultation Evening 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Thursday 15 February Parent Consultation Evening 4.00pm – 7.00pm
Friday 16 February  School closes for half term
Monday 26 February School re-opens
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