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John Fletcher of Madeley

Primary School

9 March 2018

Dear Parents

The Book Fair
Thank you to all those who supported the Book Fair before the break. Hopefully the children now have some new reading material for home. Your purchases have given us a huge £375 In commission to spend increasing resources in the classrooms. The children looked fantastic in their costumes as we celebrated World Book Day last Thursday too.

Due to the half-term holiday, last week the trophies were in some cases shared.  The class trophies were won by 6CW (both weeks) and 1H followed by RG alongside our individual ‘Maths Magician’ owls which were as usual awarded to the child(ren) in each class with the highest weekly points totals in the ‘Oscars’ ceremony.  
A further nine entrants graced the Mathletics Hall of Fame, two of whom reached the World Hall of Fame and four of whom were delighted and, in some cases, surprised to receive their badges as first timers!  
In order to reward the enthusiasm and efforts of our repeat Hall of Fame champions, we have ordered some new badges.  There will in future be badges to mark 10x, 25x and 50x entries.  We already have one child who at 23 entries is nearly qualifying for the middle award.  
This announcement last week, seems to have spurred some children on to even greater efforts.  This week we have had a further 14 entrants onto the UK Hall of Fame, three of whom also reached the World Hall of Fame.  On Monday, 5RD were very proud to receive the KS2 class trophy for the first time this year and RG maintained their leadership of the EYFS/KS1 competition.
Over the last three weeks, over two hundred certificates have been awarded, including 5 Gold certificates, bringing the totals so far this year to 1291 Bronze, 240 Silver and 27 Gold. 

Online Safety
We are proud to announce that we have become an eCadet school. The eCadets is an award-winning programme that trains, empowers and supports a team of pupils to keep their friends safe online.
The programme is run by a team of former police officers and there is also the opportunity for every other child at the school to benefit and get involved through Bubble – the 100% safe social platform which is run and moderated by eCadets HQ. This enables children to safely engage with children in the same year group age as themselves in complete safety.
If you would like to know more please visit: https://ecadet.zone or check out their Twitter account: @ecadets.

Year 4 Residential Visit to Condover
Thank you to those who have already sent in the payment for this visit.  Please can all outstanding money for this visit be paid by Friday 16 March. If there are any difficulties please speak to Mrs Watson in the School Office.

School Visits
When sending money into school please can we request that it is put in an envelope marked clearly with the child’s name, class and amount enclosed together with the permission slip.  Thank you.

Holiday Club
Activ8, who run some clubs during the term, are trialling a holiday club over Easter. This club will be held at school. Please see the flyer that accompanies this newsletter for more details.

Phone calls
Can we remind you that if you need to get a message to your child and their teacher regarding who will be collecting them that you ring the school office before 2.30pm. Thank you.

Year 4 Swimming
The children who are not attending Condover next week will still have their swimming lessons.  Please ensure they have their swimming kit with them.  They will be at the Abraham Darby for the whole morning having extra swimming tuition.

On Site Safety
The new fencing that finishes enclosing the school grounds was completed as planned during the half-term break. Unfortunately, the work to lock the pedestrian gates to the playground areas had to be delayed – this will now take place during the Easter break.
May I please remind you that bikes, scooters etc should not be ridden on school grounds. The children are getting much better at this, but it equally applies to adults / older siblings who come to collect children. Dogs are also not allowed on site (this includes dogs being carried).
Thank you.

Y3/4 Girls Football
Yesterday a team of Y3/4 girls with varying football experience took part in the Telford and Wrekin competition at TCAT. The girls performed fantastically well, winning their group and remaining undefeated in 4 matches. They won their quarter final against a very strong team from Captain Webb, holding their nerve in a penalty shoot-out that went to sudden death. Eventually, they lost to a late goal in the semi-final. I am very proud of their achievements and hope they are too.

Medication in school 
Over the counter medications such as bonjela, throat lozenges or lip balm should not be brought into school.  If it is really necessary that these are needed during the school day they must be given to the School Office and the relevant paperwork completed by parents in the same way as for antibiotics. At the end of the day these medications should be collected from the office as we will not return them via the children.

Technical Information
I should like to clarify that, whenever the term “parent” is used in any of our school documentation, for the purposes of education law, section 576 of the Education Act 1996 defines a “parent” as:
- All natural (biological) parents, whether they are married or not;
- Any person who, although not a natural parent, has parental responsibility for a child or young person (this could be a step-parent, guardian or other relative);
- Any person who, although not a natural parent, has care of a child or young person.
Thank you.

Attendance Update
This week’s winners of the attendance awards are as follows: 
A* Attendance: 1H with 100%
Pride in Punctuality: 2B and 6CW both with 0 lates

Diary Dates
Monday 12 March   Y4 Residential Visit to Condover
Wednesday 14 March  Y4 return
Thursday 29 March  School closes for Easter

Yours sincerely

Matthew Gould