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John Fletcher of Madeley

Primary School

3 November 2017

Dear Parents

Year 5/6 Girls Cluster League
Last Friday before half term, the girls travelled to Hollinswood Primary. This was a very tough fixture for the girls, where they went 2-0 down within the first 10 minutes. This didn’t stop them from playing the best passing moves of this academic year. The girls earned themselves a penalty, where it was fired into the top corner, breaking a clip off the net. Fantastic! The girls didn’t stop and due to brilliant saves from the opposition goalkeeper, along with hitting both the post and crossbar, the girls could only manage one more goal. The game finished 2-2 and we saw some of the best football played from the girls! Thanks for everyone who came and supported. We are currently top of the league by a point with one fixture left.

Year 5/6 Football V Meadows
Last night, the Year 5/6 football team played against Meadows.  It was the first time that many of them had played for the school team and they acquitted themselves extremely well.  The result didn’t go our way but the pride, dedication and standard of play were a credit to the players and our school.  We hope to see them pulling on the school football shirt again in the future.  We would also like to say a big thank-you to all of the adults who came to cheer them on – your support is invaluable to the team.

Netball 
A massive well done to the Year 5/6 High 5 Netball girls who played in a competition at Telford Langley School yesterday afternoon. It was the team’s first time playing together against other schools and for some of them, it was their first ever netball match! They played three matches, losing to two very strong teams and grabbing a well fought and well deserved draw against one. It was a super experience for them and they showed huge potential. It is now back to training to prepare for future matches! Well done girls.

Mathletics
Due to the half-term holiday, this week the trophies have, in some cases, been shared.  The class trophies were won by 1H (both weeks) and 6CW followed by 4C and our individual ‘Maths Magician’ owls were awarded to the children in each class with the highest weekly points total in the ‘Oscars’ ceremony.  October’s points total was nearly double that of September, a very creditable 721,420.  
It has also been super to see the school name continuing to appear on the Mathletics Hall of Fame; there have been six entrants over the last fortnight, two of whom were delighted to receive their badges as first timers!  The total for the number of certificates awarded this year has now reached 267 Bronze, 46 Silver and 5 Gold. 

Operation Christmas Child
If you wish to donate a shoebox for the appeal these need to be sent into school by Thursday 9 November. Thank you.

Abernant Year 6
The Year 6 Residential visit is only one week away.  Please can any outstanding money please be sent into school by Friday 9 November.  Any difficulties please speak to myself, Miss Wilkes or Mrs Watson in the school office.

Residential Visit Year 4
There will be a meeting on Wednesday 22 November to give information regarding the forthcoming visit to Condover for Year 4 in March 2018.

MAGIC
This week’s letter ‘G’ stands for Gumption and Grit.  Across the school, the children in each class have taken part in a range of learning activities around the themes of ‘succeeding through sticking with things’. As promised, around the school, various species of the lesser known Gumption tree have begun to grow!  We looking forward to seeing leaves full of gumption sayings and gumption successes blossoming soon.

Language Class 
The children in LD have been enjoying lots of activities in their lessons connected to the story ‘Funny Bones’. As part of this unit of work, they went up to the local park to build some cartoon skeletons using sticks. Their skeleton family and the “Funny Bones” dog looked amazing! To add to their enjoyment and fun whilst they were there, the children found one of the special pumpkin stones which have been hidden around the whole of Shropshire as part of the ‘Shropshire Rocks!’ Face Book trail. They were really excited to have found one of the hidden pumpkin stones and have now re-hidden the stone in a different place for someone else to discover!

Pumpkin stone

Christmas Dates
Dates for all the Christmas activities will be sent out to you next week.

Attendance update
This week’s winners of the attendance awards are as follows: 
A* Attendance: RG and RV both with 100%.
Pride in Punctuality: RV and 6CW both with 0 lates

Diary Dates
Wednesday 22 November   Residential Visit Meeting Y4
Friday 8 December   Flu Vaccinations YR – Y4 
Friday 15 December  School closes for Christmas

Wishing you a very safe and enjoyable “Bonfire Night” weekend.

Matthew Gould
Headteacher