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    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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    2018/19 Newsblog Term 2 Week 5

    Hello All

    What a lovely start we had to our Christmas festivities – a huge thank you to all the children, staff, volunteers and all the families who came – you all made our YR Nativity performances very special and memorable – thank you. Last week the children also had a visit from the Peartree Pealers from Purton, a hand bell group, who wowed us all with their skills and played some spell-binding festive tunes.  This week we have our YN Nativity tableaus and singing, our School Christmas lunch as well as the FOTF Xmas Discos – plus our FOTF Christmas Raffle tickets are still on sale, with lots of lovely hampers to be won.

    Just a short newsblog this week:


       Dates for Term 2
       FOTF News – A reminder re Raffle Time!
       Parent Forum Feedback
       News from St Andrew's Church
       Y2 Swimming Payment Reminder
       Swindon Admissions Consultation
       Things of interest in the community

    Dates for Term 2
    Any updates will be in red
    Term 2  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event
    12/12
    Times sent to parents
    Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited
    12/12
    4:30 – 5:15 pm (Y1/2/3)
    5:45 – 7:00 pm
    (Y4/5/6)
    FOTF Christmas Disco –
    19/12
    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
    21/12

    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to   charity if you wish
    22/12 – 6/1/18

    Christmas holiday – school closed


    FOTF News – It’s Raffle Time

    Coming up there is the FOTF School Disco - make sure you have your tickets.  The hampers for the Christmas Raffle are looking wonderful – make sure you have your tickets to be in with a chance of winning.






    Parent Forum Feedback

    The Parents Forum was well attended with 10 parents (thank you to all those who came along), 3 members of SLT and one of our Local Board members.   Minutes will be available on the website by the end of term, but a summary of the topics covered is below:-  
    • ·     Parents ideas about what skills, attributes and attitudes children leaving our school community should have gained by Year 6; looking forward to reviewing our School Vision – parent ideas for what should be included
    • ·         Parking – lots of discussion and wide ranging ideas – suggestions for concrete bollards; more signage; highlighted need for all to park safely and respectfully and to treat Traffic Marshalls and School staff considerately as they are working to ensure safety of all; approach Crest Nicholson to reinforce no building traffic at drop off and pick up; Drop zone appreciated but acknowledged that some people coming very early and this is blocking the access for staff to get to work and parents who use Lilypad can’t drop off – suggested this was highlighted to everyone and a reminder given that drop zone opens at 8:30 and to respectfully ask drop zone users to not enter the school site or even begin to queue before then on the road, to leave way open for others who need earlier access; discussed suggestions for pick up to be considered by staff and Local Board
    • ·      A variety of Any Other Business (AOB), brought up by parents at Forum, was discussed including approach to learning; impact of new school opening; safety of cyclists and highlighting need for all to wear helmets; reminding parents to check website for updates and curriculum information for each year group as some parents found this very useful; appreciation of the support school gives to families and suggestion that this should be put in blog in case families were needing support and not knowing they could ask; road safety and personal safety knowledge for children


    News from St Andrew's Church

    Just to remind you our Christmas services start next Sunday 16th December with our traditional Carols by Candlelight service at 6.30pm at St Andrew’s Tadpole Lane SN25 2DW.  
    If you’d like to bring your children to a Christmas service they may prefer the Children’s Carol Service at 10am on Sunday 23rd at church or the Christingle Service at 4pm on Christmas Eve at Tadpole Farm Academy.
    If I don’t see you over the Christmas period, may I wish you a happy and peace-filled Christmas
    Sally
    Revd. Sally Robertson
    07588 594410

    Y2 Swimming Payment Reminder

    Currently we have received only half of swimming fees for term ¾.  Just to reminder to Y2  parents, the children will be starting swimming again on January 16th  and, we need many more contributions to ensure we do not have to cancel. All details are on Parent Pay.


    Consultation from Swindon Admissions Team

    We have been asked to pass on the following message to you:-

    Swindon Borough Council is consulting upon the processes and arrangements by which children will be admitted to all schools in the normal point of entry for September 2020-21, the Admissions Policies for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools in Swindon for the 2020-21 academic year and in year co-ordinated admissions schemes for 2020-21. These are available at:



    The LA is also consulting on the proposed Relevant Area for Admissions for 2020-22 which is proposed to stay the same as it is now, the geographical area of the Borough of Swindon. The consultation on this ends on the 18th December 2018. This is available at:


    The following documents are being consulted on and these are available at the links above:

    1. Co-ordinated Schemes for 2020-21
    2. Admission Arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools 2020-21
    3. Proposed catchment areas for 2020-21
    4. In Year co-ordinated scheme for 2020-21
    5. Proposed Relevant Area 2020-22

    To respond to the consultations you can complete the online surveys at:



    Emily Heaton
    School Admissions Manager
    Swindon Borough Council

    Things of interest in the community

    WIMS11
    Dear Parents,
    Wims11 will be running their after-school football clubs on Tuesdays and Fridays once again for Term 3 & 4.

    Tuesday KS2 3.30 – 4.30, Friday KS1 3.30 – 4.30
    Please note Reception year begins after the Easter holidays for term 5 & 6 when we can get outside more*

    Once again, the class will be mainly outdoor so the children must wear suitable clothing e.g. football boots, shin pads, jumper, tracksuit and lightweight coat if needed.  Should the weather be extreme we will be able to go inside so please ensure they have trainers as well. All coaches are UEFA qualified, DBS checked, hold a valid FA Safeguarding and emergency first aid certificate.

    The cost will be the reduced price of £3.25 per session.
    Tuesday 8thJanuary – Tuesday 2nd April 12 weeks £39
    Friday 11thJanuary – Friday 5th April 12 weeks £39

    If your child(ren) would like to attend, please complete the form below and return with payment (or confirmation that you have made a BACS transfer) as soon as possible.  First come, first served.  Please note that we do not accept pay as you go payments and only full term payments are accepted to secure their places. 

    Payment can be made via bacs to the following account details;

    Wims11 Football Academy, HSBC 12254514, Sort 40/43/41 Ref Tadpole/Childslastname
    Alternatively, payment can be made with a cheque made payable to Wims11 Football Academy.

    Unfortunately, cash will no longer be accepted for our after-school clubs.

    Many thanks
    Wims11 Team

    Jan/April 2019 WIMS11 at Tadpole Farm After School Football Club – send by email to info@wims11.com

    Child/ren’s Name_______________________________________Year  Group __________

    My Son/Daughter would like to attend Wims11 football club held on a TUESDAY or FRIDAY (Please circle)

    Parent’s signature________________________________Emergency Contact No_________________________

    E-mail address for contact by Wims11 Football Academy ___________________________________________

    • I enclose cash/CHQ for £39.00 made payable to Wims11 Football Academy
    • I have arranged a BACS transfer for £39.00              (Please circle as appropriate)




    2018/19 Newsblog Term 2 Week 4

    Hello All

    December has arrived – I’ve been working in schools for 18 years now and it still surprises me how quickly December comes upon us – it seems only last week that the children were coming back to school after the summer holidays!  This week sees the start of our Christmas celebrations, with the YR Nativity – always a wonderful moment in the school year.  This week we also have our Show Me sessions as well as our first Parent’s Forum of the year – we’d very much welcome you joining us to shape the future of the school – see below for more details.

    In the newsblog this week:

    • Dates for Term 2 plus term dates for 2019/20
    • No clubs for rest of term
    • Christmas Dinner in School
    • FOTF News – It’s Raffle Time J
    • Christmas Tree Decorations
    • Play Workshop – YN parents but others welcome
    • Message for Y3/4 Parents
    • Message for YN Parents
    • Message for YR Parents - Nativity News
    • Parent Forum Details
    • Things of interest in the community

    Dates for Term 2
    Any updates will be in red
    Term 2  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event
    3/12
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Parent Forum – all welcome – a chance to help shape the way the school supports all the children, families and the wider community  - see below for meeting details

    3/12 – 4/12
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR-Y6 - Monday 3/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 4/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN there will be sessions from 3:20 – 4:00 on Tuesday 4/12 and Thursday 6/12
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    6/12
    2:00 pm dress rehearsal for Nativity themed performance by YR – grandparents and local community to be invited – see below
    6:00 pm actual performance for all YR parents – see below
    7/12
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for   Friday Celebration Worship
    12/12
    Times to be confirmed
    Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited see below
    12/12
    4:30 – 5:15 pm (Y1/2/3)
    5:45 – 7:00 pm
    (Y4/5/6)
    FOTF Christmas Disco – tickets on sale  – see FOTF newsletter with last week’s newsblog
    19/12
    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
    21/12
    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to   charity if you wish
    22/12 – 6/1/18
    Christmas holiday – school closed
    Term dates for 2019/20






    Clubs finished for this term

    Many apologies, there will be no staff run clubs this week and so no further staff run clubs this term.  I apologise for the late notice but we have staff out on training courses and have moved Show Me sessions to this week.  Staff cannot be involved in those events as well as run clubs  – sadly, I have yet to find a way to clone the staff, which would be very useful at times like these!  This does not apply to clubs run by external groups like football, drama or dance – those organisations set their own term dates.

    Christmas Dinner in School

    If your child would like Christmas dinner in school on Wednesday 12th December please log on to your parent pay account and it is bookable there. Deadline for orders as usual are Wednesday before.

    FOTF News – It’s Raffle Time J
    A huge thank you to the FOTF team (you know who you are:)) for all their hard work and enthusiasm for organising the Christmas Card and Christmas gift design and print project.  There were so many bags going home on Friday it looked like a real Santa's workshop - thank you FOTF Elves - your efforts are much appreciated. 

    Coming up there is the FOTF School Disco - make sure you have your tickets.  This week's big announcement is ...



    Christmas Tree Decorations

    Crest Nicholson have been in already to put up a Christmas Tree for us and we have already put up those Christmas decorations, belonging to children who are with us last year, 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:
    o   it must be named
    o   it should fit a colour scheme of red/green/gold
    o   it must be of a size that will hang on a branch
    o   it must be strong enough to stand being hung each year for up to 7 years and being packed away repeatedly each year
    o   it should be sent into school by the end of the first week in December.

    Play Workshop – YN parents but others welcome

    A reminder to all we will be holding a play workshop run by our Educational Psychologists on Wednesday 5th December at 5:30 pm. This was discussed at YN parents meetings in October and we will be discussing the themes parents suggested they would like to know more about. The workshop will focus on the importance of play and then on four key messages for play which are known to support the development of confidence and language in children and also support behaviour management. There is a sign-up sheet outside the nursery classroom if you would like to attend. If you have any questions please come and talk to a member of the nursery team.  If you do not currently have a child in YN but would be interested in coming along please talk to one of YN staff team.

    Message for Y3/4 Parents

    As an end to our term 2 enquiry, Years 3 and 4 would like to cordially invite all lower key stage two parents to our exhibition entitled ‘What makes Swindon special?’
    The exhibition will take place in the school hall on Friday 7th December, 3.15-3.45pm and will include artwork, fact files, quizzes.
    We hope to see you there to share your LKS2 children’s learning (this is in addition to this week’s Show Me sessions).

    Message for YN Parents

    This week you will have received a letter from the YN team about our Nursery Rhyme Nativity on Wednesday 12th December. Parents have been invited to an allocated time, if your child is not normally in a session that day please see the allocated time you have been given.  If you could support us by practising the nativity songs we’ve sent home with your child so they can do the best performance possible we’d really appreciate it! If you are unsure or have any questions please come and speak to a member of the nursery team

    Could YN children please bring in some old mesh tights or pop socks that you don’t mind being cut up, as we are hoping to use them to make bird feeders next week  (Monday 3rd-Friday 7th December) to tie in with our vets and animals theme. Thank you! 

    Also, please could you make sure all YN children have a labelled PE kit in school as they are now changing and doing weekly PE lessons and some children are still missing kit. If you are unsure what you need please speak to one of the nursery staff.

    Message for YR Parents - Nativity News

    The Reception team have asked me that all costumes need to be in school tomorrow in a named bag please.  The winners of the Front Row raffle will be announced on Tuesday.  For the evening performance, children to be back in school for 5:20pm (please drop at Main school entrance by the office and staff will be available to take them down to the classroom to get ready) and, if you are not staying for the performance, please return at 6:50 pm to collect them.

    Parent Forum Details – Monday 3rdDecember 6:00 pm
    What is Parent Forum?
    The Parent Forum is a partnership between parents and the school. It is a valuable way to share ideas, views, concerns and make suggestions for improvement.  It will play an active role in influencing, supporting and enhancing the development and learning of all children at Tadpole Farm.
    What are the aims of the Parent Forum?
    The aims of the Parent Forum are to:
    · Work closely with the Local Board (governing body) and school leadership team to ensure an open and beneficial dialogue exists,  so that we can work together to improve the education provided for the children
    · Assist Local Board members and staff by commenting on new initiatives, drawing attention to areas of concern and contributing to solutions.
    · Meet in a mutually supportive environment
    · Develop and disseminate ideas that improve life at Tadpole Farm
    What are the principles guiding the Forum?
    Together, we aim to be:
    • Collaborative: participating together for the benefit of the school community
    • Constructive: helping to identify effective solutions
    • Transparent: keeping everyone informed of meetings and their outcomes
    • Encouraging: welcoming ideas and initiatives to foster a positive ethos
    Who can be part of the Forum?
    All parents and carers of children attending Tadpole Farm are welcome to be part of the Forum. In addition, a representative from the Local Board and the leadership team has committed to attend each meeting.
    What will the Parent Forum not do?
    The Parent Forum is not a decision-making body. It is a body which can feed in views and represent the parents and carers of issues surrounding the school. The Parent Forum is also not the place to discuss concerns or complaints involving individual children, families or members of staff.
    How can parents & carers participate?
    Parents and carers can participate in a number of ways:
    •   All are warmly welcome to attend and participate at any Parent Forum meeting;
    •   By taking a role to help promote the Forum and make it work;
    •   By suggesting items to be discussed.
    What will be the agenda on 3rdDecember?
    • Parent comments on the school’s vision and ethos. We’ll be working together to think about what you, as parents, want for the children our school – what is your vision for the skills, knowledge and personal attributes that they should have by the time they leave school in Year 6?  This will feed in to our renewed vision for education, which we will be launching in the Spring 2019.
    • Discussion of Health and Safety aspects – items from parents and carers
    • We would also like your thoughts about a document called Living Well Together.  Schools of the size that we are growing in to, will occasionally have times when school team members, parents and the wider community do not agree with each other and situations need to be discussed and talked through to reach an agreed resolution.  This document will give guidelines for how this should be done to fit in with the Christian values of our school.
    • Contributions and suggestions from parents on any aspect of school life

    Things of interest in the community


    2018/19 Newsblog Term 2 Week 3

    Hello All
    Just a short blog this week to keep you up to date.
    In the newsblog this week:

    • Dates for Term 2
    • FOTF News
    • Y1/2 Message re Forest School Groups
    • News from St Andrew's Church
    • Lunchbox leftovers
    • Match Report
    • Things of interest in the community

    Dates for Term 2
    Any updates will be in red
    Term 2  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event
    26/11
    3:30 – 6:00 pm
    LilyPad closed for staff training
    3/12
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Parent Forum – all welcome – a chance to help shape the way the school supports all the children, families and the wider community

    3/12 – 4/12

    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR-Y6 - Monday 3/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 4/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times will be shared nearer date
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    6/12

    2:00 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
    7/12
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    12/12
    Times to be confirmed
    Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited
    12/12
    4:30 – 5:15 pm (Y1/2/3)
    5:45 – 7:00 pm
    (Y4/5/6)
    FOTF Christmas Disco – tickets on sale this week – see FOTF newsletter
    19/12
    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
    21/12

    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to   charity if you wish
    22/12 – 6/1/18

    Christmas holiday – school closed
    FOTF News





    Y1/2 Message re Forest School Groups
    If your child is going to Forest School this week, please can you send in named hat, scarf and gloves as they can get quiet cold when out in the woods.

    News from St Andrew's Church
    As Christmas is approaching all too rapidly here are all the dates for our Christmas Services.  You'll find more details about each one on our website.  Before Christmas starts, on 9th December Church at Tadpole Garden Village will be happening at 4pm as usual.  Please join us for refreshments, music, Bible reading, craft and prayer as we think about the true meaning of Advent. 
    Sally
    Revd. Sally Robertson
    07588 594410






    Lunchbox leftovers
    We have had a few queries from parents of children who have lunchboxes about the children bringing their leftovers home with them.  We recognise this may be frustrating for you but we currently do not have food recycling here and, even if we did, we would be still paying for waste disposal by the weight of the bin lifted and that would be a cost not covered by lunchbox user.  More importantly it also allows you to see what your child has eaten or not from the lunch you have provided.
    We have researched other local schools and they all follow the same approach of sending lunch leftovers home with the children for exactly the same reasons. 
    Some parents we have spoken to put paper bags in the lunchbox for collecting the leftovers or ask children just to use empty packets for collecting waste items.   If a child has an item that would leak in their lunchbox then they may ask the lunchtime staff if they can tip out the leaky product before putting the container back in their lunchbox.

    Match Report
    The boys came up against a very good side in St Francis and unfortunately lost 9-0.  This score line could have been more if it wasn't for great defending from the boys, especially William and Harley, who both featured for Tadpole for the first time. Muhammad again proved to a vital player in squad as he made many great saves to keep the scores down. That's the last game before the winter break but I'm sure the boys will put the effort in at school to get back out there in February.
    A huge thank you to Miss Wood and Mrs Philpott for arranging the games and giving up their own time to accompany the teams at these matches. 


    Things of interest in the community



    2018/19 Newsblog Term 2 Week 2

    Hello All








    Last week’s Y6 Residential Adventure Trip was full of courage, perseverance and laughter – the Y6 children were a pleasure to be away with and they all showed our school values during their time away.  A huge thank you to Miss Weston, Mrs Plumridge and Mr Kirby who gave up their own time to be with the children and to Mrs Wilding for tag-teaming the week with me.
    Thank you also for the donations you gave on Children in Need day and the colourful, cosy, spotty outfits the children enjoyed wearing – we’ll let you know how much was raised in next week’s newsblog.

    In the newsblog this week:

    Dates for Term 2
    School Council Update
    Young Carers Update
    Match Report
    Parents Forum 3rdDecember
    Things of interest in the community


    Dates for Term 2
    Any updates will be in red
    Term 2  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event
    22/11
    2:45 pm
    Y2 will be leading worship – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    26/11
    3:30 – 6:00 pm
    LilyPad closed for staff training
    3/12
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Parent Forum – all welcome – a chance to help shape the way the school supports all the children, families and the wider community – see below

    3/12 – 4/12
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR-Y6 - Monday 3/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 4/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times will be shared nearer date
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    6/12
    2:00 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
    7/12
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    12/12
    Times to be confirmed
    Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited
    12/12
    4:30 – 5:15 pm (Y1/2/3)
    5:45 – 7:00 pm
    (Y4/5/6)
    FOTF Christmas Disco – more details to follow.
    19/12
    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
    21/12
    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to   charity if you wish
    22/12 – 6/1/18
    Christmas holiday – school closed

    School Council Update
    The School Council met on Thursday the 15th November 2018 and we welcomed our new year one school council members, Jasmine and Joel. Then we voted for the school dinners for after Christmas. They sound ‘dinner-tastic’! Next we talked about an issue with our book boxes for outside and we think we need to put new ones in them. After this, we got into partners and used our class’ ideas to write our shopping list for the quiet area. We looked on Amazon and added to our shopping basket. We realised we can get most of it from ASDA, so we are going to put all our names in a hat and pick a few people to go to ASDA with a member of staff to buy the last bits for our Quiet Area.

    After we have finished the Quiet Area, we will be focusing on a new project with the leftover money.

    If you have any ideas to make the school better in any way please use our post box in the big hall or add it to the class council board in your classroom!!!

    Minutes by Mionie & Emily

    Young Carers Update
    Miss Milsom, who is our Young Carer Lead, will be on the drop zone the morning of Tuesday November 20th .   If there are any parents who wish to discuss any queries or have any questions about Young Carers Group please feel free to come and talk to her on the drop zone. You may already have a child who is part of our Young Carers group or you may feel that your child could benefit from our group. 
    Thank you
    Miss Milsom 

    Match Report
    Another high scoring game for the boys but they, unfortunately, found themselves on the losing team again. With a very depleted squad, due to the YR6s being away on residential and a few of the YR5s unavailable, we took boys to Abbey Park to play our cup game against East Wichel and Miss Wood and Mrs Philpot couldn't be more proud of them. It took great COURAGE and PERSEVERANCE to play with only 6 for the whole game (usually 7 aside) and, when the opposition brought ten players, it is a massive achievement. 

    The boys conceded first, after the referee penalised Tadpole for a harsh handball, and East Wichel managed to convert their spot kick. The next goal came shortly after that, when Tadpole failed to clear their lines in defence and found themselves two goals down. Despite being two down, the boys were playing well and were continuing to look to pass to each other, rather than just hit and hope; this is something that the boys are constantly improving on game after game. The third goal came in unfortunate circumstances from a goal kick; Muhammed, rather kicking up field ,decided to pass to Josh who was open, unfortunately the ball was taken from him and ended with East Wichel scoring -  but this shows confidence through the team, as this is something the boys would not have done back in game one. 

    After some cracking defending from Ethan, Owain and Josh and some more superb saves from Muhammed, the boys were fortunate that the score line wasn't any greater. After another sublime effort from the East Wichel striker, Tadpole found themselves 4 down. Having been 4-0 up, East Wichel showed exceptional sportsmanship and decided to take a player off and play with just five, leaving Tadpole playing with 6. Although the boys were tiring, they found a final bit of energy to push forward and Darcy, Owain and Gabriel all had good chances and, after a few great saves from the opposition keeper, Tadpole were unlucky not to score more than one. However, it was Gabriel who managed to find the net for Tadpole this time, after he was unlucky not score last week, a good low shot from 5 yards out found the bottom corner. Tadpole would go on to concede again through an almost identical goal to the third they conceded, although they boys had already conceded like this it showed tremendous COURAGE to continue to playing and developing in the game.
    The final score was 5-1 to East Wichel which saw the boys get knocked out the cup, but all is not lost as they get placed into the PLATE competition. You never know we might bring that silverware back to TADPOLE FARM. 

    Keep going boys and well done on a great terrific team performance. 


    Parents Forum 3rd December

    On the 3rdDecember, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, please join us at school for our first Parent Forum meeting of this year. We would really appreciate as many of you joining us as possible.
    What is Parent Forum?
    The Parent Forum is a partnership between parents and the school. It is a valuable way to share ideas, views, concerns and make suggestions for improvement.  It will play an active role in influencing, supporting and enhancing the development and learning of all children at Tadpole Farm.
    What are the aims of the Parent Forum?
    The aims of the Parent Forum are to:

    · Work closely with the Local Board (governing body) and school leadership team to ensure an open and beneficial dialogue exists,  so that we can work together to improve the education provided for the children
    · Assist Local Board members and staff by commenting on new initiatives, drawing attention to areas of concern and contributing to solutions.
    · Meet in a mutually supportive environment
    · Develop and disseminate ideas that improve life at Tadpole Farm
    What are the principles guiding the Forum?
    Together, we aim to be:
       Collaborative: participating together for the benefit of the school community
       Constructive: helping to identify effective solutions
       Transparent: keeping everyone informed of meetings and their outcomes
       Encouraging: welcoming ideas and initiatives to foster a positive ethos
    Who can be part of the Forum?
    All parents and carers of children attending Tadpole Farm are welcome to be part of the Forum. In addition, a representative from the Local Board and the leadership team has committed to attend each meeting.
    What will the Parent Forum not do?
    The Parent Forum is not a decision-making body. It is a body which can feed in views and represent the parents and carers of issues surrounding the school. The Parent Forum is also not the place to discuss concerns or complaints involving individual children, families or members of staff.
    How can parents & carers participate?
    Parents and carers can participate in a number of ways:
       All are warmly welcome to attend and participate at any Parent Forum meeting;
       By taking a role to help promote the Forum and make it work;
       By suggesting items to be discussed.
    What will be the agenda on 3rd December?
    ·      Parent comments on the school’s vision and ethos
    ·      Discussion of Health and Safety aspects
    ·      Contributions and suggestions from parents on any aspect of school life
    Hope to see you there.

    Things of interest in the community







    2018/19 Newsblog Term 2 Week 1

    Hello All

    It was lovely to see all the children back and to welcome our new families that started with us this week.  Term 2 is always an exciting term and there’s lots to look forward to; starting this week with the Y6 residential, Children in Need Day and the first of the Winter Wild Walks – see below for more information. 
    In the newsblog this week:
    Dates for Term 2
    Baby News Update
    Children in Need
    Wild Winter Walks
    Reminder – Keep it small please J
    Match Report
    Click to help gain school funds
    Food Bank Thank You
    Y6 Residential Trip Begins
    Things of interest in the community


    Dates for Term 2
    Any updates will be in red
    Term 2  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event
    Week beginning 12/11

    Y6 Residential at Condover Hall
    16/11
    All Day
    Children in Need – see below
    22/11
    2:45 pm
    Y2 will be leading worship – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year



    26/11
    3:30 – 6:00 pm
    LilyPad closed for staff training
    3/12
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Parent Forum – all welcome – a chance to help shape the way the school supports all the children, families and the wider community – more details to follow

    3/12 – 4/12

    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR-Y6 - Monday 3/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 4/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times will be shared nearer date
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    6/12

    2:00 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
    7/12
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    12/12
    Times to be confirmed

    Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited
    12/12
    4:30 – 5:15 pm (Y1/2/3)
    5:45 – 7:00 pm
    (Y4/5/6)
    FOTF Christmas Disco – more details to follow.
    19/12
    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
    21/12

    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to   charity if you wish
    22/12 – 6/1/18

    Christmas holiday – school closed

    Baby News

    You’ll remember the news that Mrs Holt’s baby was born on 18th October and we said we’d updated you with the name… he’s called Oliver Michael Holt, to be known as Ollie.

    Children in Need

    Next Friday, 16thNovember, is Children in Need Day.  If your child wishes to they may come to school in something spotty, or their pyjamas or even, combining the two…  spotty pyjamas!!! Please bring in a donation for Children in Need. The Y6 children will be returning from Residential Camp that day so they may take part if they wish to once they have completed the morning activities.


    Wild Winter Walks

    Winter forest walks are this week for years 1, 2 and 5. Please can you ensure they bring, in a named bag, wellies and warm, waterproof clothes, which you don’t mind getting muddy; as we will go whatever the weather.
    Monday- year 1
    Tuesday- year 2
    Wednesday- year 5


    Reminder – Keep it small please J

    Space is limited in school and rucksacks seem to be getting bigger and bigger – please, if you are replacing school bags, keep them no larger than A4 folder.  The same request goes for pencil cases, which seem to have grown; key ring charms on book bags – we’d prefer only one or none; hair bows – as requested previously no ‘Jo-Jo’ style bows or cats ear hairbands – they’re lovely but not for school – school uniform is small bows or hairbands in school colours only; earrings – just studs please not dangly earrings for safety reasons.  Also a reminder re school shoes not trainers and please check the school shoes will stay on your child’s foot safely.  Thank you for your help with all of above.

    Match Report
    The boys played their second football game of the league season on Thursday and what a goal fest it was!  Unfortunately, the score ended 6-4 against the team but they were very much in the game until the last 2 minutes. 

    The boys went behind first, after a slight switch off in the defence but reacted brilliantly and shortly afterwards found themselves 2-1 up. After some great play between Luke, Gabriel and Dion, the ball found its way to Joseph, who calmly slotted the ball into the net twice on two different occasions. After conceding again, the game became hectic with both schools having chances at either end. Tadpole were for fortunate not to concede more; if it hadn’t been for the excellent defending from Ryan, Nathan and Daniel and some super saves from keeper Muhammed, then scores could have been totally different. 

    Tadpole went on to concede two more just after half time leaving the score at 4-2, but next to get on the score sheet was Luke; after some good play between him, Kewin and Owain,  he managed to find the bottom corner to make the score 4-3. The lead was short lived though as Tadpole found themselves two goals behind again. However the boys reacted amazingly by going onto score another, this time through Joseph, who rounded off a great game with a hat trick leaving the score at 5-4. With only two minutes left on the clock the boys pushed so hard to find an equaliser, but it wasn't to be and unfortunately conceded again. Despite the defeat the boys took positives from the game and can't wait for their next outing against East Wichel in the cup. 

    Click to help gain school funds

    Here's something you can help with, without leaving the comfort of your armchair. Follow the link and vote for Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy 

    The establishment with the most votes will win £7500 to spend on security products and safety equipment. This might not sound exciting, but it then means we could divert funds from the site security budget directly learning activities.

    Please feel free to share the link with others and mention Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy.


    Food Bank thank you

    Y6 Residential Trip Begins

    Our Y6 pupils, along with Mrs Leo/Mrs Wilding (who are sharing the week), Miss Weston, Mr Kirby and Mrs Plumridge (who will all be there all week), are very excited for this first Tadpole Farm Residential Trip.  We are going to Condover Hall and you can follow our adventures on http://www.tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk/pupil-pages/y6-toads-and-frogs/y6-condover-hall-2018/ - content uploaded daily provided we can access their WIFI :) 


    Things of interest in the community

    On Wednesday 12th December there will be a FREE talk organised by the Science and Technology Facilities Council as part of their series of talks titled "Bringing Science to Swindon", held at New College.
    Renowned Professor of Natural History Phil Manning from the University of Manchester will be bringing dinosaurs to Swindon...
    The Science and Technology Facilities Council (the other STFC) based here in Swindon fund some of the most amazing and inspirational science and technology in the world. This is the next in a series of public events to highlight the science realised here in Swindon.

    When:
    Wednesday 12 December 2018 07:00 PM - Wednesday 12 December 2018 08:00 PM
    Where:
    New College, Swindon SN3 1 AH



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