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John Fletcher of Madeley

Primary School

8 September 2017

Dear Parents

It was wonderful to greet all the children as they returned from the Summer holiday on Tuesday. It has been a very pleasing start to the year across the school. Yesterday we had a visit from Councillor Shirley Reynolds who is the Cabinet Member for Education at Telford and Wrekin Council. After a tour of the school, seeing all the children, she left with a really positive view of the school and the children. They really are a credit to us all.

“The Hobbit” production
On Wednesday Key Stage 2 children enjoyed a fabulous performance of “The Hobbit” (a few photos are on the Facebook post) as part of our whole school focus on mythical creatures and settings. This has certainly stimulated and excited the children very early into the term and I look forward to some excellent work being produced as a result. As this is proving so positive, we have extended it for an extra week which will also help you prepare for the …

“Dress Up” Day Friday 22 September
To conclude our focus mentioned above, we will be having a whole school dress up day where we are asking the children to come dressed as a mythical creature or character. These might include Pixie, Mermaid, Merman, Hippogriff, Gnome, Troll, Yeti, Leprechaun, Fairy, Unicorn, Dragon, Griffin, or Sphinx. As this is to support the curriculum and learning, there is no charge.
I was pleased to be able to give you advance notice of this on the Facebook page earlier in the week.

PE Kits
Please remember that PE kits should be left in school all week and should follow the guidance in the Uniform Policy (click here). Thank you.

Staffing News
We wish Mrs Gladwin and her husband many congratulations on her pregnancy. The sharp eyed of you may have noticed a slight bump that wasn’t visible before the Summer break. Currently the plan is for her to teach until Christmas, with a maternity cover teacher appointed to start in January. Further news will be given when it is available.

Snacks in School
All children up to the end of Y2 are given a free snack in school through the national Fruit for Schools Scheme which they eat at playtime. Children in Key Stage 2 should bring their own snack to school. In accordance with school policy, this should be a healthy snack, not sweets, biscuits, chocolate etc.

After School Clubs
Details of the after school clubs on offer this term will be sent out early next week. It is vital that requests are received by the deadline with any money if applicable. Late returns will not be able to be processed.
Cross Country Club is one that will be offered in order to prepare for the Telford and Wrekin event held in the Spring Term. Numbers have dropped for this fantastic series of events, possibly due to the travel difficulties getting to the venues. Please do not let this put you off. Governors have agreed to my request for a coach to provide transport to each race this year so children do not need to miss out.

Curriculum letters
Letters detailing the coverage for this term will be sent out next week and will also be available on the website.

Parent Consultation Evenings
The first consultation evenings will take place on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 September. A letter accompanies this newsletter. Please complete the form and return it to school as soon as possible.

Secondary School Admissions 2018
Information regarding Local Authority admissions for Y7 2018 accompanies this newsletter. All admissions for Telford and Wrekin must be completed online by 31 October 2017. All information including booklet and mini guide are available on www.telford.gov.uk/admissions. If you do not have access to a computer, you can go to your local library and use their computer facilities, or you can call in to school and we will help if we can. 
I have also been asked to let parents of children in Y6 know that Thomas Telford School admission documentation for Y7 2018 is now available on their website www.ttsonline.net. The closing date for these applications is 4.00pm on Monday 25 September.

Year 6 Abernant Residential Visit – 13-17 November 
Please be reminded that final balances for this visit are now due. Thank you to those of you who have already paid. Please contact either Mrs Watson or me should you have any difficulties with this.

Mathletics
We were very pleased to see that some children had continued to access Mathletics during the Summer. If you have misplaced your child’s log in details, please contact school and we can arrange for them to be sent out again.

Attendance update
This week’s winners of the attendance awards are as follows: 
A* Attendance: RG, RV, 1J, 3HP & 5RD all with 100%.
Pride in Punctuality: RG, RV, 1H, 1J, 2Y, 3B, 3HP, 4C, 4G, 5L, 5RD & 6CW all with 0 lates.

Supporting Children with Cancer
Many of you will, undoubtedly, have heard the very sad news about Lucas Harris, a former pupil, who sadly lost his life-long battle with illness towards the end of the Summer. We have, in school, been remembering all the joy he brought to us and how his courageous attitude should continue to inspire us all. His funeral will be held on Tuesday 19 September and people who are attending have been asked to wear yellow as it was his favourite colour. To mark this, we are encouraging all children here to wear as much yellow as possible to school, in addition to their yellow polo shirts and make a donation. Any money raised will be split equally between the families of Lucas and Liam Finazzi as he courageously continues his own personal battle with illness.

Diary Dates
Tuesday 19 September Wear As Much Yellow As Possible Day
Friday 22 September “Dress Up” Day
Wednesday 27 September Parent Consultation Evening (4.00pm – 7.00pm)
Thursday 28 September Parent Consultation Evening (4.00pm – 7.00pm)

Yours sincerely

Matthew Gould
Headteacher