• Welcome to our growing academy family based in Tadpole Garden Village.  We provide a rich learning environment, that encourages inquisitiveness; supports exploration; lives by a set of Christian values and aims to give each and every member of our community a chance to be the best they can be.  The children and families who have already joined us have formed a strong and supportive community, that is contributing to building the wider community on this new development.  If you’re thinking of joining our community, we’d love to talk to you: please feel free to contact us using any of the methods detailed above.
    Mrs Jane Leo, Principal

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    2017/18 Newsblog Term 2 Christmas Holiday

    Merry Christmas and Season’s Greeting to Everyone,

    Thank you so much for the many lovely gifts, cards and kind words that you have given to all the staff.  Our staffroom has never been so well stocked with yummy things and we all definitely started the Christmas foodie season early – thank you.  The final weeks of nativities, Christmas Jumper Day, Christmas parties and culminating in the Carols by Candlelight event got us all in to the Christmas spirit – thank you to all those of you who came along and supported, enjoyed and sang with the children.  Especially thank you to those of you who came to the Carols by Candlelight, dressing up warmly and joining in with the singing – very Christmassy with the backdrop of some snow still on the field.

    In this week's blog:-

    ·      Dates for the Term 3
    ·      Thank you from and to FOTF
    ·      Thank you from Young Carers Group
    ·      YR/YN Parents - message re Tapestry
    ·      Christmas at St Andrew’s – support our parish community
    ·      Quick Reminders - Parent Pay, Head Lice, Holiday Requests
    ·      Competition Winners

    Dates for Term 3  

    Any updates will be added in red.

    Term 3 - 2017/18 
    Date
    Time
    Event
    No Staff Training Day – all children back on first day
    Please note that Y3 and some Y2 children will be attending Forest School this term – parents will be sent emails with group lists and dates before the end of term.
    2/1/18
    Children return to school normal time
    3/1
    Y2 swimming starts
    5/1
    Clubs on offer for term 3 and 4 will be announced
    8/1 – 10/1
    Sign up for clubs available
    12/1
    Club places announced
    Week beginning 15/1
    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 15/1; 23/1; 30/1; no clubs week of 5/2; clubs are on week beginning 19/2; 26/2; no clubs week beginning 5/3 due to parents meetings; clubs are on week beginning 13/3; 20/3 – no clubs week of 26/3
    18/1
    3:00 pm
    All of YR - will be leading worship on value of Perseverance – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    23/1



    25/1
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    6:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 3



    FOTF Committee meeting - see below
    29/1
    Sign up on line for parent/teacher/child meeting available – complete by Wednesday 31/1 and times allocated by Monday 5/2 
    2/2
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship 

    5/2 – 6/2
    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 5/2 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 6/2 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session.  Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of February holiday.
    9/2
    Last day of term 3 – school finishes normal time
    11/2 – 18/2
    February Holiday Break – school closed
    19/2
    Children return to school


    Thank you from and to FOTF
    A huge thank you to all those of you who have helped out with FOTF events recently and to Katie for creating a great team and community approach - the response of offers of help have been very welcome.  Message from Katie, the Chairperson, ...
    Just wanted to write a few words to thank everyone that has helped the last few weeks! Whether you was manning a stall at the Fayre, helping set up, providing refreshments at the nativity or warming up hot dogs at the Carol service! Every little bit of help has been appreciated! 

    We are overwhelmed with how we are ending the year, only setting up the committee under a month ago. We have a raised an amazing grand profit of £1419.37! 

    We couldn’t have done any of that without all the fantastic help & support we received so thank you! 

    Our next meeting is 25th January at 6:30pm & anyone and everyone is welcome! We always need your help & support to make these events & future events happen! And we have lots of exciting things planned for next year! So please come along if you would like! 

    We hope you have a lovely Christmas & New Year! X


    Thank you from Young Carers Group

    We were overwhelmed by the donations from both school and the wider community of gifts for our Young Carers Group.  They loved getting them, wrapped up in wrapping paper designed by our Year 3,4,5 children - very colourful and full of love.  Thank you.



    YR/YN Parents - message re Tapestry

    A few of you have experienced problems logging on to Tapestry this term and have been asked for a pin code. We are unsure why this has happened as login should be the same as last time when you set your password. Mrs Holt has been in contact with the Tapestry support team and they are looking into the issue. Hopefully it will be resolved soon. Please keep a look out for any emails from Tapestry of how to reactivate your account. Tapestry will remain open over the holidays so that you still have a chance to share your child's learning. 


    Christmas at St Andrew’s – support our parish community

    Christmas at St Andrew’s Church
    As Christmas rapidly approaches, there is plenty of opportunity to celebrate Jesus’ birth with St Andrew’s church.  We have 2 services which are particularly child friendly
    17th December 4pm at St Andrew’s Church – Family Carol Service
    24th December 4pm at Tadpole Farm Academy – Pop-up Nativity – an interactive retelling of the Nativity Story with carols. We would love children to come dressed as characters from the nativity story, if they want to.
    You’ll find full details of all our Christmas services here.
    However you spend the Christmas period, I wish you all a peaceful and joyful time.  
    Revd. Sally Robertson


    Quick Reminders - Parent Pay, Head Lice, Holiday Requests
    Parent Pay - Message for all parents who book dinners in advance ... dinner booking for January has opened up and they can book through to Feb half term. Orders for first week back MUST be done by Wednesday 27th December or children will need to bring a packed lunch for all of that first week back.
    Also, Y2 parents, the contribution for swimming for term 3/4 is now a payment item on Parent pay and is due before the start of term as we swim first week back -  could all Y2 parents please check as we do rely on contributions to be paid in order to continue this provision. Thank you.
    Head Lice - Head Lice are around in school and this holiday is an ideal period to treat them at home - look at this web page for ideas on detection; suggestions for treatment and recommendations for regular checking.
    Holiday Requests and Absences - our overall attendance figure for the year currently stands at 94.3%, excluding YN, and this is lower than we are expected to achieve.  Our target is 96.5%, which allows for sickness, medical attendance and exceptional holidays/closure days.  Next term, I will be writing to those of you whose children have low levels of attendance to see what we can do to ensure their attendance is higher for the remainder of the year. Education during the primary years is when your child learns and consolidates the building blocks for future learning - please help us to help them do this by keeping holidays for non-term time periods.  Could you also please note that any sickness absence over five days will need to be evidenced by a note from GP - please don't be offended when we ask for this - we are asked to show evidence that we have followed up absences and are categorising them correctly. 

    Competition Winners 

    We are very fortunate to be well supported by the local developers and recently both Crest and David Wilson have funded competitions in school.

    David Wilson sponsored a Christmas Card competition which Year 3 worked on in school.  Sarah won first prize, a £25 gift voucher; Isabelle won second prize £15 gift voucher and Dexter won third prize, a £10 gift voucher.  All three were surprised and very pleased to won.  The designs were used by David Wilson to send to their clients and friends.

    Crest Nicholson kindly supported our business enterprise stalls at the Christmas Fayre and were impressed enough to give every class a £10 Amazon Voucher to buy Wet Playtime games.  They also awarded three additional prizes - one went to YR for having the best presented stall; one to YN for having named cards to attract parents and carers to buy the products and one to Y2 because they had donations rather than prizes as they had been thinking about families who may not be able to afford as much to spend but who still wanted to support the Fayre - each of these year groups received an additional £20 Amazon voucher to spend on wet playtime games.  All the children had thought about and taken part in producing and pricing goods - future Dragon's Den contestants maybe!!!

    Year 2 - Donations only

    YR - Best presented stall

    YN - Named card sets for sale
    Y1 - Commended for stall decoration




    Y3/4/5 - Commended for ideas and amount of goods for sale
    From all at Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy


    2017/18 Newsblog Term 2 Week 6

    Hello All,
    Another short blog this week to give you details of things happening in this last week of term. 

    In this week's blog:-

    ·      Dates for the Term 2
    ·      Snow closure communications
    ·      Thank you from and to FOTF
    ·      Carols by Candlelight arrangements
    ·      Initial feedback from Parent Questionnaires
    ·      Last day of term



    Dates for Term 2/3  

    Any updates will be added in red.
    Term 2  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event
    14/12
    6:00 pm
    Carols by Candlelight - all invited– the aim is for this to be outside unless weather really bad so all will be welcome – see details below
    15/12
    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to charity if you wish
    Class Christmas parties will be this day also
    16/12 – 1/1/18
    Christmas holiday – school closed
    24/12
    4:00 pm
    Christmas Eve – pop Up Nativity Service at School

    Term 3 - 2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event
    No Staff Training Day – all children back on first day
    Please note that Y3 and some Y2 children will be attending Forest School this term – parents will be sent emails with group lists and dates before the end of term.
    2/1/18
    Children return to school normal time
    3/1
    Y2 swimming starts
    5/1
    Clubs on offer for term 3 and 4 will be announced
    8/1 – 10/1
    Sign up for clubs available
    12/1
    Club places announced
    Week beginning 15/1
    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 15/1; 23/1; 30/1; no clubs week of 5/2; clubs are on week beginning 19/2; 26/2; no clubs week beginning 5/3 due to parents meetings; clubs are on week beginning 13/3; 20/3 – no clubs week of 26/3
    18/1
    3:00 pm
    All of YR - will be leading worship on value of Perseverance – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    23/1
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 3
    29/1
    Sign up on line for parent/teacher/child meeting available – complete by Wednesday 31/1 and times allocated by Monday 5/2
    2/2
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship

    5/2 – 6/2
    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 5/2 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 6/2 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session.  Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of February holiday.
    9/2
    Last day of term 3 – school finishes normal time
    11/2 – 18/2
    February Holiday Break – school closed
    19/2
    Children return to school


     Snow closure communications
    An email was sent to all parents today - and a message will be on the website, twitter - the email sent earlier today said...
    Thank you for being patient about a decision on opening/closure at school tomorrow.  Our aim is to open if at all possible but that will depend on the following:-
    1.  Is the school site safe for everyone to access?
    2.  Are there enough staff including qualified first aiders, safeguarding leads, to ensure safe staff:pupil ratios?
    3.  Will we have dinners and heating?

    As things stand at present, we may be able to get enough staff in to cover the classes but currently the site is not cleared.  In order for us to do this we have already decided we are unable to run before school LilyPad tomorrow but will aim to open the school at 8:50 - i.e. no early drop off please, as any staff we can get in will be helping to clear the site and make it safe for your children.

    The only thing that would stop us opening at this point is further snowfall or significant ice on untreated roads.  I will make a decision and email you all at 7:00 am tomorrow morning.
    It's never an easy decision - we'll do all we can to support those of you who need to get to work by opening if it's safe to do so.  Please look out for email tomorrow morning by 7:00 a.m.

    Thank you from and to FOTF
    Thank you to all of you and to the FOTF committee and helpers for a great Christmas Fayre.  The total raised was £833.20 - a great total for a Christmas Fayre.  
    The FOTF also served tea and coffee at the nativities and have raised £48.30.  Refreshments will also be served at Thursday's Carols by Candlelight - see below for details.  Any offers of help with running this will be gratefully received by the committee.
    Many of you also helped man the check out for the Book Fayre - and even more of you supported it by buying books.  As a result we have £608.28 to spend on new books for the school libraries - thank you all. 

    Carols by Candlelight arrangements
    On Thursday 14th December we have our Carols by Candlelight event.  We are holding it outside so that as many of you can come as possible (the hall is not big enough for this) - it does mean that you will need to dress up warmly. We do have some floodlights coming but would also advise that you bring a torch or lantern so you can be sure of seeing where you are going - the more lights the better!  The arrangements are as follows:-
    Timings - 5:30 - drop off children at double gates near drop zone; parents to go around side of school to playground gate off side car park - FOTF will be providing refreshments for sale to keep you warm whilst you wait for things to get started.
    6:00 - Carols by Candlelight starts - children will be inside the games area in the playground and parents/friends/families will be around the outside three sides of the games area (in the rear playground)- this will enable us to allow as many of you as possible to have a good view, to keep the children safe and make sure we hand them to you safely at the end.  We are not intending putting any chairs out so please let the school office know if a member of your family/friends needs a chair. 
    What to wear - children should come to school in warm clothes (not uniform) with hats and scarves and can have tinsel/Christmas hats etc if they wish. (You'll need to be warm too!)  
    Collection at the end of the service - this will be done class by class and the process will be announced at the end of the evening. 

    Initial feedback from Parent Questionnaires
    The parent questionnaire is still open for comments and feedback and will be until the end of next week (15/12/17).  Thank you so much for the very positive feedback you have given us; 100 responses already!  The comments will be considered by the Local Board and the staff team and we will let you know the ideas put forward next term. 
    One of comments was about lost clothing - we do have an issue with this and could we ask you all to check your child's uniform to see if the name inside it is yours - return any ones that have made it to the wrong house please :)  
    YR particularly - a message for you - YR missing clothes.
    A few items of uniform got mixed up when the children were changing for the nativity last week. Please check your child has their named uniform/clothes and not someone else's . We are trying to track down a missing grey skirt and a pair of black leggings. Mrs Holt has an unnamed white t-shirt, a variety of grey socks and a pair of red and grey star socks that are yet to be claimed! 

    Last day of term
    Friday 15th December is the last day of term and is Christmas Jumper Day - the children may wear their own choice of clothes with a Christmas theme (jeans are fine too if worn with a Christmas themed top!).  Pick up time is 3:30 as normal and LilyPad is open.

    2017/18 Newsblog Term 2 Week 5

    Hello All,
    Just a short blog this week that starts with a huge thank you to all those who helped out with the Christmas Fayre; all those from the FOTF Committee who made it happen; all the children and staff who set up and ran the business enterprise class stalls – prize winners to be announced next week, judged and donated by Crest Nicholson; our Y4/5 children who helped out on many of the stalls; and, of course, all of you who came, stood patiently waiting to get in and then gave your support to the event – thank you, thank you, thank you all.
    If you are reading this on Sunday 3rd December and it’s before 4:00 pm why not pop along to the first Sunday Worship Service to be held at our school?

    In this week's blog:-
    • Dates for the Term 2
    • Parking
    • Y2 Swimming
    • YR Nativity
    • YN Nativity
    • Christmas Cards
    • Parent Questionnaire



    Dates for Term 2   

    Any updates will be added in red.
    Term 2  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event
    3/12
    4:00 pm
    Our first Sunday Worship Service  
    4/12 – 5/12
    Not for YN these were held at end of November
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR/1/2/3/4/5 - Monday 4/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 5/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    6/12
    2:30 pm dress rehearsal for Nativity themed performance by YR – grandparents and local community to be invited 
    6:00 pm actual performance for all YR parents 
    8/12
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    8/12
    Times to be confirmed
    Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited –  this will be held at St Andrew’s Church so Nursery will be closed that day as staff will be at church all day.
    14/12
    6:00 pm
    Carols by Candlelight - all invited– the aim is for this to be outside unless weather really bad so all will be welcome
    15/12
    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to charity if you wish
    Class Christmas parties will be this day also
    16/12 – 1/1/18
    Christmas holiday – school closed
    24/12
    4:00 pm
    Christmas Eve – pop Up Nativity Service at School



    Parking
    Thank you to the very many of you that are parking considerately; that are circuiting around until a safe space becomes free and that are thanking both Eric, the traffic marshall, and the school staff when they try and help keep the area safe for all the children.  It really is a very small minority that are not showing care and compassion for others.  We have had the police visiting us again to help, support and advise - please see the letter that followed that visit, which I have been asked to pass on to you, attached to this week's blog notification email. 
    The main areas of difficulty are people who are collecting children parking on dropped kerbs; cars parking within 10 meters of the entrance and exits of the school grounds; cars using disabled bays without permission/blocking others parked in bays; cars parking half on/off kerbs so restricting buggy access and visibility - the Highway Code has clear guidelines on parking - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/the-highway-code/waiting-and-parking-238-to-252 - all we ask is that you comply by these voluntarily.
    No school has sufficient parking for all parents off-road - we would have had to build a multi-storey car park to achieve this - and realistically, the school car park will eventually be staff only so we need to work together to find ways to keep the area safe for all.  Any ideas you have are gratefully received. 
    Thank you to those of you who, I understand, have supported the efforts we are making by adding them to community Facebook pages.  Your support and ideas are much appreciated. 

    Y2 Swimming
    On Wednesday 6th December it is the last swimming/sports centre visit for this term for Y2.  Please check parent pay towards the end of this week as next terms swimming costs will be added ready for you to pay - thank you. 

    YR Nativity
    The Reception team have asked me to pass on the message that all costumes need to be in school tomorrow in a named bag please.  The winners of the Front Row raffle will be announced tomorrow.  For the evening performance, children to be back in school for 5:20 pm and, if you are not staying for the performance, please return at 6:50 pm to collect them. 

    YN Nativity
    Just a reminder that nursery is closed all day on Friday 8th December. For the morning nativity, please drop children to the church for 10:45am for a prompt 11am start and for the afternoon performance 1:45pm drop off for a prompt 2pm start. Please note that, whilst the children are getting ready, parents will have to wait outside the church so wrap up warm. There are also no toilets at the church so please make sure your child goes to the toilet before you leave. Please can all children come in black trousers / leggings and a black/ dark coloured top - thank you. 

    Christmas Cards
    To help the environment we are asking that, as we did last year, could the children bring one card for the whole class if they wish to rather than one card per child. This saves you having to find out the name of each and every child too and will hopefully cut down on both costs and time at this busy point in the year. 

    Parent Questionnaire
    There will be a parent questionnaire, designed by the staff and the Local Board, coming out to you soon - we really value your views about the school and have made changes in the past in response to the questionnaires e.g. the Show Me sessions, that are on this week, came out of feedback from the parents.  You are a valuable part of running our school so please take a few minutes to feedback both the positives and the ways we can improve.


    2017/18 Newsblog Term 2 Week 4

    Hello All,
    Just a short blog this week. 

    In this week's blog:-

            Dates for the Term 2
            A Spotacular Children in Need Total
            FOTF Christmas Fayre
            Christmas Tree Decorations
            PE Kit Reminder
            Naming uniform
            Safety Warning for Parents re You Tube
            Things to do in the Community

    Dates for Term 2  

    Any updates will be added in red.

    Term 2  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event
    28/11
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 2 - Supporting early writing and writing development MANY APOLOGIES BUT DUE TO STAFF SICKNESS THIS HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED – WE WILL RE-SCHEDULE AFTER CHRISTMAS.
    29/11 - 4/12
    3:30 - 4:30
    Book Fayre in school - let the office know if you can help.
    1/12
    3:30 – 5:30
    Friends of Tadpole Farm Xmas Fayre – all the children will have been involved in making products to sell on their class stall at the Fayre
    3/12
    4:00 pm
    Our first Sunday Worship Service 
    4/12 – 5/12
    YN ONLY CHANGED TO 23/11 AND 24/11

    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 4/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 5/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times are 8:40 – 9:10 for all children ON EITHER Thursday 23/11 OR Friday 24/11
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    6/12

    2:30 pm dress rehearsal for Nativity themed performance by YR – grandparents and local community to be invited
    6:00 pm actual performance for all YR parents
    8/12
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    8/12
    Times to be confirmed
    Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited –  this will be held at St Andrew’s Church so Nursery will be closed that day as staff will be at church all day.
    14/12
    6:00 pm
    Carols by Candlelight - all invited– the aim is for this to be outside unless weather really bad so all will be welcome
    15/12

    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to charity if you wish
    16/12 – 1/1/18

    Christmas holiday – school closed
    24/12
    4:00 pm
    Christmas Eve – pop Up Nativity Service at School

    A Spotacular Children in Need Total
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  You raised, including the Just Giving total, an amazing £535.03 for Children in Need.

    FOTF Christmas Fayre
    Katie and the committee, plus many helpers (though they would always welcome more) are all gearing up for the Fayre on Friday.  If anyone would like to make cakes and bring them along the committee would happily receive them... to sell of course :)   
    The sign up for stall slots by Doodle Poll is beginning to work but all year groups have some slots still to be filled.  All that is being asked is that you give up say 20 - 30 minutes of time to help other parents in your year group run a stall.  You may have been meaning to sign-up but not done so yet - don't worry the polls are still open and the links are as follows:-
    Year Group
    Year Group Reps
    Stall(s) that this year groups parents are responsible for
    How many volunteers needed per slot
    Doodle Poll Link
    Nursery
    Katie Read; Kristina Evans, Amanda Wilkins
    Golden Lolly Dip and Snowman Toss
    2

    Reception
    Jo Cox, Charlotte Goodyear, Amber LIdstone
    Guess the Reindeers name and Find Santa
    2

    1
    Anne-Marie Young, Kristina Evans
    Sweet Tombola and Jingle Bell Game
    3

    2
    Petra Woodward, Gemma Johnson
    Bottle Tombola
    4 (likely to be finished before others)

    3
    Caroline Coello, Fiona   McNeill, Davina Morris
    Book Stall
    2

    4/5
    Volunteers Needed
    Refreshments
    2 (other helpers from caterers will be with you too)


    Christmas Tree Decorations
    We will soon be taking out those Christmas decorations, belonging to children who are with us last year, out of their boxes ready for putting on our tree but obviously we have many new children in school this year!  Each year we ask each child, who has joined the school since the previous Christmas, to bring in a Christmas decoration to go on the Christmas tree - details as follows:-
    • the decoration needs to be robust enough to stand the test of time as we will hang the same decoration on the tree every year that your child is in our school.  When your child leaves the school in Year 6 their decoration will be returned to them as part of the leaving worship. The guidelines for the decoration are:
      • it must be named
      • it should fit a colour scheme of red/green/gold
      • it must be of a size that will hang on a branch
      • it must be strong enough to stand being hung each year for up to 7 years and being packed away repeatedly each year
      • it should be sent into school by the 1st  December.

    PE Kit Reminder
    The weather is getting colder.  All the children have PE twice a week and should have PE kit in school (except Y2).  Please make sure they have correct PE kit, including black joggers and either black or school hoodie. 

    Naming uniform
    We have a large amount of unnamed uniform which we can't return to it's rightful owner.  Please check your children's uniform is named clearly and the name hasn't worn off. Thank  you. 

    Safety Warning for Parents re You Tube
    You may have seen news reports about inappropriate children’s videos on YouTube.  These are videos that, at first, appear to be for children, as they include cartoon characters such as Peppa Pig, or characters from Disney films such as Frozen. However, later on the videos become violent or disturbing. One, for example, shows Peppa Pig being tortured at the dentist.The videos can appear in YouTube search results when children look for genuine children’s videos.  YouTube says that such videos will be age-restricted if they are reported by users, so they cannot be viewed by anyone under 18.  The factsheet attached to the newsblog email explains how you can protect your child when they are using YouTube apps or the website.

    Things to do in the Community



    2017/18 Newsblog Term 2 Week 3

    Hello All,

    What a colourful school we had on Friday for Children in Need – many varieties of spots, comfy pyjamas and comfy spotted pyjamas – on the Just Giving page we have so far raised £200 and we are still counting the donations brought in to school – if you haven’t donated yet and would like to then please visit the Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/tadpole-farm

    In this week's blog:-
     
       Dates for the Term 2
       School Photographs tomorrow – 20thNovember
       Reminder re our first Sunday Worship Service from Rev’d Sally
       Update from FOTF – Christmas Fayre and secondhand school uniform sales
       Quick Updates - Christmas Dinner Booking Update; return borrowed spares; sickness advice for parents
       Young Carers Update
       Things to do in the Community

    Dates for Term 2   

    Any updates will be added in red.
    Term 2  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event
    20/11


    School Photographer in school - details about when to bring non-school siblings will follow by email this week.
    20/11 – 24/11

    Road Safety Week – the children will be considering Road Safety in class – links for resources will be in next week’s blog.
    24/11
    All day
    Non-uniform Day  - Wear your own clothes to school day in return for bringing in items for the Tombola – YN – Y1 – FOTF will provide clear plastic cups and children will be asked to fill them with sweets for the sweet tombola; Y2 – Y5 will be asked to bring bottles for the bottle tombola.
    28/11
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 2 - Supporting early writing and writing development - will be separate sessions for Reception; Year 1 and 2 and Year 3/4/5.
    29/11 - 4/12
    3:30 - 4:30
    Book Fayre in school - see below for more details - let the office know if you can help.
    1/12
    3:30 – 5:30
    Friends of Tadpole Farm Xmas Fayre – see below for more details – all the children will have been involved in making products to sell on their class stall at the Fayre – more details next week.
    3/12
    4:00 pm
    Our first Sunday Worship Service  - see below for more details
    4/12 – 5/12
    YN ONLY CHANGED TO 23/11 AND 24/11

    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 4/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 5/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times are 8:40 – 9:10 for all children ON EITHER Thursday 23/11 OR Friday 24/11
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    6/12

    2:30 pm dress rehearsal for Nativity themed performance by YR – grandparents and local community to be invited – more details nearer time
    6:00 pm actual performance for all YR parents – more details nearer time
    8/12
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    8/12
    Times to be confirmed
    Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited –  this will be held at St Andrew’s Church so Nursery will be closed that day as staff will be at church all day.
    14/12
    6:00 pm
    Carols by Candlelight - all invited– the aim is for this to be outside unless weather really bad so all will be welcome
    15/12

    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to charity if you wish
    16/12 – 1/1/18

    Christmas holiday – school closed
    24/12
    4:00 pm
    Christmas Eve – pop Up Nativity Service at School

    School Photographs tomorrow – 20th November
    It's school photograph day tomorrow.  Please can you ensure all children are wearing the correct school uniform and that any hair adornments follow the school uniform guidelines - i.e. school colours and small sized ribbons/bows please. Parents can bring any non Tadpole siblings to have pics taken with rest of siblings to the small hall at 8.30am. 

    Reminder re our first Sunday Worship Service from Revd. Sally
    Our first worship service at Tadpole Farm is coming up on Sunday 3rd December at 4pm.  Everyone is very welcome whether you regularly attend a church or not – there will be activities for all ages and a chance to worship together. 
    We will also be receiving donations of toys which your children don’t play with any more, but which another child could enjoy and will pass them onto the Women’s refuge.  This is a great opportunity to discuss this term’s value of generosity at home, so please raid the toy box and come along with your donations on 3rd at 4pm.
    Revd. Sally Robertson
    Rev.sally.robertson@nschurch.org.uk

    Update from FOTF – Christmas Fayre and secondhand school uniform sales
    We had a really successful FOTF committee meeting and your Year Group representatives are all getting ready to talk to you about the upcoming Christmas Fayre.  The YN, YR and Y1 children will all be bringing cups home on Monday for you to, kindly, fill with wrapped sweets for the sweet tombola - extra donations welcome.  The cups should be brought back on Friday 24th November as part of our wear your own clothes to school day.  On the same day the Y2, 3, 4 and 5 children are asked to bring in one or more bottles for the bottle tombola stall.  Donations are also welcome for the secondhand book stall - please donate your secondhand children's books for the secondhand book stall. A box will be available in the school office reception area for book donations to be left in. 
    Our secondhand school uniform stall will be at the Christmas Fayre but is also available on Thursdays in school. 

    Quick Updates - Christmas Dinner Booking Update; return borrowed spares; sickness advice for parents
    Christmas Dinner Booking Update - could all parents who wish for their child to have Christmas dinner at school on Wednesday 13th December please check that they have a choice selected on Parent Pay - if your child normally has packed lunches and would like a Christmas dinner on that day then make sure you have your access details for getting on line on Parent Pay;
    Return borrowed spares - we lend out many pairs of pants, socks, tights school uniform but are finding our stock is dwindling - please could you all check at home for any borrowed items that you have yet to return and return asap - any donations also welcome; Sickness advice for parents - we are in the midst of another round of coughs/colds and tummy bugs - it's perfectly normal at this time of year but we do need your help to protect the more vulnerable people in our school community.  If your child has vomited at all then they must stay away from school for a full 48 hours - please don't send them back in, even if they have only been sick once.  This web link may be useful - https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Yourchildatschool/Pages/Illness.aspx

    Young Carers Update
    We have a Young Carers group at school and I asked them if they would like to add something to the blog.  This is what the children would like to share with you... 
    We are Young Carers in Tadpole Farm. We help our families with things that they struggle with because we care about them. We may look after our brothers, sisters, mums and dads. We have a Young Carers group, where we do fun things that we sometimes might not get to do at home and we can talk about how we feel - but only if we want to do that. 
    Miss Milsom, who runs the group with support and advice from Swindon Young Carers Group, commented... The children recognised that the caring that they do links in with our value of generosity that we are looking at this term; they feel that they are generous with their time and show this value at home daily. 

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