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John Fletcher of Madeley

Primary School

6 October 2017

Dear Parents

Year 5/6 Boys Telford and Wrekin tournament 
Last Friday, our boys had a friendly against Grange Park and were very impressive with some slick passing and great finishing to make us 5-2 winners. The boys took this confidence into the Telford and Wrekin tournament on Tuesday by winning the first game against Meadows 3-1. William Reynolds were next and with some unlucky defending the boys were 2-1 down. They showed great grit and never stopped running – hitting the bar and post and seeing some fine saves meant they could only manage a 2-2 draw. A confident 2-0 win over Dawley set us up with the eventual group winners Newport, where the boys put in their best performance as a team. One moment of brilliance from Newport meant a 1-0 defeat. We are still waiting confirmation to see if we have qualified for the next round of 16. Well done to everyone involved!

U11's Girls ESFA Shropshire Cup
Our girls went to Shrewsbury Sports Village to play some of the best teams in the county. Their first fixture was against Greenfields Primary. The girls stepped up to the challenge, as a team, and grafted out a very impressive 0-0 draw. Their confidence grew into the second game against St Winefrides, putting their keeper under a lot of pressure and were unlucky not to score. Sadly, with 10 seconds on the clock, St Winefrides scored a goal meaning we suffered a 1-0 loss. Our girls were not downhearted and went into the final game wanting to get a positive result, which they did - 2-0 winners against Priorslee! Thank you for all of the support and well done to everyone involved!

Puzzle Days
The Happy Puzzle Company is coming back to school next week.  All pupils will take part in one of a series of ‘Mind Missions’ Workshops which are differentiated.  The Mind Missions Logic Island programmes have been designed to encourage pupils to work effectively as a team to tackle real life challenges and situations and allow them to respond with awareness, creativity and deliberate strategies, in order to achieve a positive outcome. The activities should help them to become resilient and encourage them to persevere.    Unlike our previous programmes, the Mind Missions programmes are based around one detailed scenario with pupils effectively taking on the role of characters within a story who must successfully complete a series of tasks in order to complete their mission.
On both days, Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th, there will be a Puzzle Shop after school.
On Tuesday, there will also be a free Family Workshop session which will run up until about 5.00pm.  This is open to all and is an opportunity for you to solve some of the puzzles alongside your children.  Within the programme, the children initially demonstrate to you what they have learned during the day. The workshop then opens out into a wonderful hands-on challenge, with puzzles that the families can solve together.  Please feel free to drop in and stay for as long as you wish.

This week, the class trophies were won by 2B and 3B.  The competition amongst our youngest pupils is ‘hotting up’ with three classes reaching totals which were very close together. Amongst the Oscar owl winners there were several new recipients; it is great to see these being looked after with pride around the school.  Over 130 certificates have already been handed out this term.  Don’t forget that these also earn SMART stamps.  September’s points total was 374,925 which is nearly four times as many as this time last year – well done!

Harvest Festival
This year, our Harvest Festival will take place in St Michael’s Church on Tuesday 10 October, starting at 10.00am. Y3/4 children will be leading the celebration but we would welcome parents/carers of any children to attend. Although it is only Y3/4 children taking part in the church, we will be giving thanks for the Harvest in school and would like all children if possible to bring in a donation of non-perishable food items, either on Monday 9 October or by 9.00am on Tuesday 10 October. These will be taken to St. Michael’s who will donate them to Telford Food Bank.
Thank you to those who have already donated.

Money in School
Please note that we are unable to accept any old style £1 coins from next Monday as there will be difficulty in banking them in time for the deadline. This applies to the school (including Breakfast Club) and the kitchen. Thank you.

Site Safety
We are becoming increasingly concerned about the number of cars that try to use the drives before and after school. Cars should not be entering the school grounds without permission, including those dropping off at Breakfast Club.
Please also encourage children to use the paths, not the driveways, and also to use the crossing points. Children should not climb on the wall area or use any of the equipment.
All of these are for the increased safety of your children. Please respect and abide by this request.

Attendance update
This week’s winners of the attendance awards are as follows: 
A* Attendance: 1H with 100%
Pride in Punctuality: RG and 3B both with 0 lates

Diary Dates
Tuesday 10 October  Year 6 visit to RAF Cosford
Tuesday 10 October Y3/4 Harvest Festival 10am start at St Michael’s Church
Tuesday 17 October Individual photographs – RG, RV, 1H, 1J, 2B, 2Y, 3B, 3HP and LD
Wednesday 18 October Individual photographs – 4C, 4G, 5L, 5RD, 6CN, 6CW and siblings
Wednesday 18 October  Year 6 Parent Meeting re Abernant 6.00pm
Friday 20 October  School closes for half term
Monday 30 October  School re-opens
Friday 15 December School closes for Christmas

Yours sincerely

Matthew Gould