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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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    2017/18 Newsblog Term 5 Week 4

    Hello All

    Just a short newsblog this week.  As the weather is warming up some days, but rainy and windy others, could you please make sure your child has a coat, water bottle, sun hat and sun cream – all named – in school every day – thank you.

    In the newsblog this week: -



    Dates for your diary
    News from St Andrew's Church
    Lilypad bookings for September 2018 – Important - you must read this even if your child already attends LilyPad.
    Junk Modelling Resources needed for Year 2
    Parent Workshop
    Drop Zone and parking/waiting
    FOTF Update

    Dates for your diary

    Term 5 and 6  2017/18
    15/5
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme – 5 – see below Open Forum – ask anything, share ideas and comments … help set up a Parents Forum.
    18/5
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    YR Theme Day – Royal Wedding Day
    21 – 25/5

    Walk to School Week - On Friday 25th May you can wear your favourite shoes to school as a celebration of Walk to School Week.  The usual health and safety things apply though just to keep all toes safe – so shoes must be closed toed; no flip flops; sensible heel height and, if you choose slippers to wear, then bring something to wear outside at playtimeJ

    21 - 22/5

    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 21/5 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 22/5 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 May holiday.
    25/5

    Last day of term 5 – school finishes normal time
    26/5 – 3/6

    May Holiday Break – school closed
    4/6

    Children return to school
    World Music Roadshow in School
    6/6

    No Y2 swimming (starts again 13/6)
    7/6
    3:10 pm and after school
    FOTF Cake Sale – see below
    Week beginning 11/6

    Science Week including Wild Summer Walks
    13/6
    17:30
    YN 2018 Parent Induction session
    15/6

    Reminder – school closed to children
    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    Week of 18/6

    Sports week – Tuesday 19h June is planned sports day – YN/R/1/2 parents invited from 10:00 - 11:45 and Y3/4/5 from 1:15 - 3:15 - parents are welcome to join us for picnic lunch on that day too.
    13/6
    17:30
    YR 2018 Parent Induction session
    20/6
    All Day
    Whispering Wednesday – a sponsorship event organised by the School Council to raise money for developing the Quiet Area in the playground – the project chosen by the children and being run as part of the School Council project – more details to follow
    21/6
    3:00 pm
    YN all of children, from both sessions, will be leading worship on value of Forgiveness – parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship
    22/6

    FOTF Non-uniform Day in exchange for donations for summer fayre – more details to follow
    27/6
    a.m.
    Shuffle Up day 1 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions
    4/7
    a.m.
    Shuffle Up day 2 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions
    5/7
    All day
    KS2 Outdoor Activity Day – more information to follow
    6/7
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    7/7

    FOTF Summer Fayre – more details to follow
    9/7
    p.m.
    Shuffle Up day 3 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions

    9/7 – 10/7

    “Show me” sessions – Monday 9/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 10/7 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 Friday 20th July
    10/7

    YN Trip Group 1– information to follow
    11/7

    End of Year Production Y3/4/5 – 2:30 dress rehearsal and 6:00 actual performance – more details nearer time
    12/7

    YN Trip Group 2– information to follow
    13/7

    Annual Reports sent home
    24/7
    9:15 am
    All invited to join us for our End of Year Service
    24/7

    Last day of term 6 – school finishes normal time
    25/7 and 26/7

    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school

    News from St Andrew's Church
    Just a reminder that our next All Age Service at Tadpole Academy is next Sunday 20th May at 4pm.  This is the day the church celebrates Pentecost, so if you don't know what that's all about do come along and find out, or if you do come and celebrate!  Either way please wear red.
    Hope to see you then.
    Sally
    Revd. Sally Robertson
    07588 594410

    Lilypad bookings for September 2018 – Important - you must read this even if your child already attends LilyPad.


    This week, we will email out a priority sign up form for breakfast and after school club for September to existing users – you mustcomplete this form even if your child already attends LilyPad.  If you do not return the form by the deadline given, we will assume you do not wish to continue with Lilypad in September.  This priority booking form is only open until the end of this term i.e. it closes on Friday May 25th.   Sign up for LilyPad can only be done via the form.  Once the 25th May passes, places will be opened up to new parents and existing parents who currently do not use LilyPad. Remaining places available, after the priority booking period, will be allocated on a first come first served basis only. 
    LilyPad is an extremely popular provision and we do appreciate how necessary it is for many of you.  If you know of anyone interested in working with us to provide this service then ask them to get in touch.  We are currently looking at different ways to provide this facility as staffing for such odd hours is not proving easy – any suggestions welcome.

    Junk Modelling Resources needed for Year 2

    Year 2 are still desperate for junk modelling material so, before you crush your cardboard this week could you instead send it in to school – handing over bags to staff in the drop zone is most welcomeJ

    Parent Workshop



    Tuesday 15th May sees our final parent workshop of this academic year and we’d like to invite you along to an Open Forum.  There will be a panel of staff on hand to answer any questions you have – they may be about how to support your child with learning; they may be about keeping them safe on social media; they may be about how you can get more involved with school and the community; maybe you have burning questions about how the school is run or new ideas you would like us to consider; you may even just want to share concerns or congratulations… all and every comment, question or suggestion will be valued. 
    We would like this to be the start of a Parents Forum group. 

    To give you some background information: Our Parents Forum, open to all parents and carers of children who attend Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy, would seek to represent the collective voice of Parents and Carers in discussions with a school's Local Board and leadership team. It will play an active role in influencing, supporting and enhancing the development and learning of all children at Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy.
     
    The Parents Forum will:
    ·       Work closely with the Local Board and School leadership team to ensure an open and beneficial dialogue exists.
    ·       Encourage closer links between home and school, helping parents and carers engage with their children's learning.
    ·       Assist Local Board Members, teachers and staff by commenting on new initiatives, drawing attention to areas of concern and contributing to solutions.
    ·       Enhance communication with and between all members of the school community.
    ·       Develop and disseminate ideas that improve the life of everyone at Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy.

    Our Parents Forum will 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
    ·       Respectful: open to all the views and ideas of others, listened to and shared in a thoughtful and reflective manner

    The Parents Forum will not be 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 – there are other routes for this to be done already.

    Does that sound something that you would like to be involved in?  If so come along on Tuesday 15th May to get the ball rolling.  Look forward to seeing lots of you attend.


    Drop Zone and parking/waiting

    This is an issue which keeps on coming up and there is no easy answer.  The harsh reality is that we do not, as all schools do not, have enough off-street parking for the many of you who need to drive to school.  As more people coming to the school will, as time goes on, live within walking distance then car usage may fall; though we recognise that many of you drop at school and go straight to work… as many of the staff here do as well.  This is where we have a bit of an issue at present.  The Teaching Assistants are in the classrooms from 8:30 so the teachers can be available outside, at the Drop Zone, for you to see if needed. The problem we have is that some of our teaching assistants are getting stuck in the drop zone queue, which has been starting earlier and earlier – the Teaching Assistants have asked a number of you, politely, to move over so they can park and get in to work.  In most cases the parents concerned have moved over to let them past but, sadly, in some cases the request was flatly refused.  So that the few don’t spoil the facility of the drop zone enjoyed by the many, I am appealing to you again.  The school site will be closed until just before the drop zone opens – if you arrive and the drop zone is not yet open please park up in a layby.  This will allow staff who need to be in work at 8:30 to get in to the car park.  If asked to move, by Eric the Traffic Marshall or by a member of school staff, could I please ask you to do so – it really won’t add more than 5-10 minutes to your morning and you’ll be helping the drop zone remain on offer.

    FOTF Update

    Just wanted to say a massive thank you for everyone that took part in the Tadpole Farm Academy quiz evening - it was a great night.  So lovely to see so many people come & support us & help to bring the community together! We raised an amazing gross profit of £701.53 with a net profit of £237.67! Special thanks to our quiz master Bill & all the friends of team who make these events possible!! Now onto the next event... & if anyone has any ideas then please let us know! 😊 also anyone wishing to help at these events are always welcome!! 

    The next cake sale is 7th June & we would welcome any cake donations and anyone wanting to help out on the day would be great! The sale will start approx 3:10pm so bring some pennies for some yummy treats. 




    2017/18 Newsblog Term 5 Week 3

    Dates for your diary


    Term 5 and 6  2017/18
    7/5
    School Closed – Bank Holiday Monday
    9/5
    7:30 pm
    FOTF Quiz Night for Grown-Ups NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FROM 16/5/18
    10/5

    3:00 pm
    YR Trip to Cotswold Farm Park
    Y4/5 will be leading worship on value of Trust – parents of children in those year groups welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year Note change of date from 3/5 due to Election Day
    15/5
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 5
    18/5
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    YR Theme Day – Royal Wedding Day - see below for details

    21 - 22/5
    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 21/5 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 22/5 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 May holiday.
    25/5
    Last day of term 5 – school finishes normal time
    26/5 – 3/6
    May Holiday Break – school closed
    4/6
    Children return to school
    World Music Roadshow in School
    6/6
    No Y2 swimming (starts again 13/6)
    Week beginning 11/6
    Science Week including Wild Summer Walks
    13/6
    17:30
    YN 2018 Parent Induction session
    15/6
    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    Week of 18/6
    Sports week – Tuesday 19h June is planned sports day – YN/R/1/2 parents invited from 10:00 - 11:45 and Y3/4/5 from 1:15 - 3:15 - parents are welcome to join us for picnic lunch on that day too.
    13/6
    17:30
    YR 2018 Parent Induction session
    21/6
    3:00 pm
    YN all of children, from both sessions, will be leading worship on value of Forgiveness – parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship
    22/6
    FOTF Non-uniform Day in exchange for donations for summer fayre – more details to follow
    27/6
    a.m.
    Shuffle Up day 1 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions
    4/7
    a.m.
    Shuffle Up day 2 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions
    5/7
    All day
    KS2 Outdoor Activity Day – more information to follow
    6/7
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    7/7
    FOTF Summer Fayre – more details to follow
    9/7
    p.m.
    Shuffle Up day 3 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions

    9/7 – 10/7
    “Show me” sessions – Monday 9/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 10/7 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 Friday 20th July
    10/7
    YN Trip Group 1– information to follow
    11/7
    End of Year Production Y3/4/5 – 2:30 dress rehearsal and 6:00 actual performance – more details nearer time
    12/7
    YN Trip Group 2– information to follow
    13/7
    Annual Reports sent home
    24/7
    9:15 am
    All invited to join us for our End of Year Service
    24/7
    Last day of term 6 – school finishes normal time
    25/7 and 26/7
    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school


    Uniform Orders 
    Dress my School is now the new supplier of our school uniform. Orders can be placed via their website at https://www.dressmyschool.co.uk/collections/tadpole-farm- ce-primary- academy. A letter to parents is attached detailing how to order.


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                                                              Year Group Messages
    Messages from YN
    Nursery Drop Off - Thank you to all parents who attended the Independence workshop on Wednesday afternoon. During the workshop it was discussed with parents that as of Tuesday 8th May, Mrs Smith and Mrs Philpot will now be greeting the children from the main entrance door to nursery. The children will be choosing their own peg and putting away their belongings themselves so a big wave and smile to help them in would be fantastic! We feel this is a really positive step for the children to help with their preparation for starting school in September.

    Trips to the park - Unfortunately if your child was due to go to the park on Friday they were unable to go due to staffing, however the trip will be rearranged for Friday 11th May.

    Messages from YR
    Farm Trip Thursday 10th May - An email went out earlier in the week reminding parents of what the children need to wear/bring for the school trip. We will be returning at 4pm and pick up will be from the gates at the drop zone.

    Theme Day - Friday 18th May - Earlier in the year the children really enjoyed learning about weddings as part of our RE topic. Since then the children have often talked about who in the class will get married next! As the children are so keen on this theme we have decided to have a Royal Wedding theme day on Friday 18th May. The children in YR can come into school wearing their finest clothes that  they would wear to a wedding (no high heels or backless shoes please for safety). We will then spend the day setting up our own Royal Wedding and celebrating with a reception in the afternoon. We will of course put all the photos on the website and Tapestry!

    Just a reminder - Please make sure the children have their reading books and key words in school each day so that we can change them. Many children are not bringing them in at the moment.

    Messages from Y2
    Year 2 will be involved in Junk Modelling over the next few weeks as part of their learning. They would be extremely grateful for any junk donations - cardboard boxes, tubes, lids etc - If you have any please drop them with a member of staff at the drop zone.

    Messages from Y3
    A group of twelve children have been selected from Y3 to attend a Forest day on Tuesday 8th May.
    If selected, your child will have a letter with all of the details on it - permission slip must come back into school with them on Tuesday if not already received please.


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    Walk to School Week
    There’s less than a month to go until our walking celebration –Walk to School Week – which is taking place from 21-25 May.
    Walk to School Week is a country-wide celebration of walking. Each year Living Streets puts together a fun themed challenge to take on while walking to and from school. In 2017, 400,000 children and their families joined the challenge and got a taste of the many benefits the simple act of walking can bring. This year, the children are exploring the ecosystem of a tree from roots to blossom, with support from Crest.
    With one in four cars on the road at peak times travelling to school, Living Streets wants to get as many families walking as possible this May – reducing congestion, making our roads safer and helping to clean up our toxic air. Take the 'Walk to school' pledge on Living Streets' website and be in with a chance to win a £40 shopping voucher: https://www.livingstreets.org.uk/what-you-can-do/campaigns/pledge-to-walk-to-school-this-may . Join thousands of families across the UK and
    - Cut congestion and improve safety at the school gate
    -Be part of the fight against air pollution
    -Build in a bit more physical activity into your family’s day

    The children will receive a walk to school pack the Friday before it starts and a packet of seeds to celebrate taking part in it when it finishes. We hope to see lots of you joining in and walking, even if it's only part of the way!

    FOTF
    We are welcoming donations of prizes for the Summer Fayre on 7th July. If you think your company would be willing to donate a prize or a service, please contact the school office with details. Many thanks.  

    2017/18 Newsblog Term 5 Week 2

    Hello All

    Whilst the weather may not be behaving in a spring like way, we are in the summer term and so summer uniforms have been making their way in to school – please make sure the children also have sweatshirts/cardigans and coats until this cold spell has moved on as we like to be outside whenever we can and some of the children found it very chilly last week.


    In the newsblog this week:




      Dates for your diary
      Message for YN Parents - Reminder re Nursery closure day and news re going on an adventure!
      FOTF Update
      Community Café News
      Clubs Update
      Census Day Meal News
      Performing Arts After School Club At Tadpole Farm
      Things to do in the community





    Dates for your diary
    Term 5 and 6  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event
    Week beginning 30/4

    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 30/4; 7/5(excl. Monday);14/5; no clubs week of 21/5; clubs are on week beginning 4/6; 11/6; 18/6; 25/6; no clubs for rest of term.
    2/5
    2:30 pm
    YN Parent Workshop 
    3/5




    6:30 pm
    Local Election Day – School Hall being used for Polling Station – all children will be having packed lunches (either home or school made)
    Nursery Closed All Day for Staff Training

    FOTF Committee meeting at school
    7/5

    School Closed – Bank Holiday Monday
    9/5
    7:30 pm
    FOTF Quiz Night for Grown-Ups NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FROM 16/5/18
    10/5

    3:00 pm
    YR Trip to Cotswold Farm Park
    Y4/5 will be leading worship on value of Trust – parents of children in those year groups welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year Note change of date from 3/5 due to Election Day
    15/5
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 5
    18/5
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    YR Theme Day – more details to follow

    21 - 22/5

    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 21/5 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 22/5 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 May holiday.
    25/5

    Last day of term 5 – school finishes normal time
    26/5 – 3/6

    May Holiday Break – school closed
    4/6

    Children return to school
    World Music Roadshow in School
    6/6

    No Y2 swimming (starts again 13/6)
    Week beginning 11/6

    Science Week including Wild Summer Walks
    13/6
    17:30
    YN 2018 Parent Induction session
    15/6

    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    Week of 18/6

    Sports week – Tuesday 19h June is planned sports day – YN/R/1/2 parents invited from 10:00 - 11:45 and Y3/4/5 from 1:15 - 3:15 - parents are welcome to join us for picnic lunch on that day too.
    13/6
    17:30
    YR 2018 Parent Induction session
    21/6
    3:00 pm
    YN all of children, from both sessions, will be leading worship on value of Forgiveness – parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship
    22/6

    FOTF Non-uniform Day in exchange for donations for summer fayre – more details to follow
    27/6
    a.m.
    Shuffle Up day 1 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions
    4/7
    a.m.
    Shuffle Up day 2 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions
    5/7
    All day
    KS2 Outdoor Activity Day – more information to follow
    6/7
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    7/7

    FOTF Summer Fayre – more details to follow
    9/7
    p.m.
    Shuffle Up day 3 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions

    9/7 – 10/7

    “Show me” sessions – Monday 9/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 10/7 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 Friday 20th July
    10/7

    YN Trip Group 1– information to follow
    11/7

    End of Year Production Y3/4/5 – 2:30 dress rehearsal and 6:00 actual performance – more details nearer time
    12/7

    YN Trip Group 2– information to follow
    13/7

    Annual Reports sent home
    24/7
    9:15 am
    All invited to join us for our End of Year Service
    24/7

    Last day of term 6 – school finishes normal time
    25/7 and 26/7

    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school



    Message for YN Parents - Reminder re Nursery closure day and news re going on an adventure!

    This coming Thursday 3/5 Nursery is closed all day for staff training – as previously notified to parents. 
    As you will know from the Topic Maps,  this term we are exploring the topic of Adventures. Next week we will be taking the children, in small groups, to explore the new park in Tadpole Garden Village. We will be taking the children on Tuesday morning and Friday afternoon. If you have any questions please ask a member of the Nursery team.

    FOTF Update 

    Just a quick update to say the next meeting is Thursday evening 6:30pm at the school.  
    We have counted up and we have raised an amazing £502.49 - thank you all for supporting this. 
     So far since this committee has began in December we have raised a grand total of £1764.79 so just wanted to say a massive thank you everyone! The community spirit, everyone’s willingness to help & the children benefiting from this is down to everyone so a big thank you!
    Gather your teams for the Quiz Night - tickets on sale now. 

    Community Café News

    Thanks to a generous donation from Bovis the FOTF have been able to start a Community Café 9:00-10:15am each Tuesday in the Small Hall (in term time). We met for the first time this week and it was great to have school parents, young families and members of the community join us for the morning. 

    It is open to anyone who is connected to the school or in the local community and we have toys, activities and a story each week for any babies or children who join us. We are always looking for cake donations and people to help serve refreshments, chat to others or read a story so if you, or anyone you know can help in any way please let Laura Firth know. All the money we raise will go to FOTF. Bring your pennies and I hope to see you there!

    Clubs Update

    Details for which child is in which club have been sent out to parents Friday morning via the email you applied with and including the first name and class of each child in that club.

    Some children have more than one club if they applied for it and there were spaces spare. A few parents applied for clubs in the wrong year group and didn't get those obviously and we were over subscribed with singing club so anyone who did last year didn't get in. 

    We have a few (5) spaces left for Multi sports club which we said we would now offer to any year 1 children due to them having only one club available, if parents can send an email to school@tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk  by 12 noon Monday if wishing to be considered names will be drawn out of a hat for those and emailed out Monday PM. Must include child's name and class (must be year 1).
     
    Census Day Meal News

    Census day meal change - this is already on Parent pay but just to advertise to anyone wishing to order a meal...












    Performing Arts After School Club At Tadpole Farm

    As advertised last week, there is a performing arts club, Revolution Performing Arts starting up after school at Tadpole Farm.  The children enjoyed a very active assembly led by this group on Friday and they invited the children to come along for a free session this week – Monday after school for Y3/4/5 and Thursday after school for YR/1/2 – to see if they like it.  Fi, who runs the group, needs to know if your child is coming along for a free session and the details are on the leaflet below.













    Things to do in the community






    2017/18 Newsblog Term 5 week 1

    Hello All


    It was lovely to see all the children back last week – they have all grown!! Just as well as we are beginning to think about September and you will see new dates in the calendar below for times when they will find out which class they will be in next year and the teacher they will have – exciting times!  Other exciting news we have is that Mrs Holt, Assistant Principal, is expecting a baby – I know you’ll join us in huge congratulations for her and her husband.  Though she is, of course, irreplaceable we’ll be looking for a teacher to cover for her from September – more information when we have it.

    In the newsblog this week:


    • Dates for your diary
    • Message for YR parents re phonics
    • Clubs sign up open
    • Parent Pay Alerts
    • Message for YN Parents re Workshop
    • Performing Arts After School Club At Tadpole Farm
    • Things available in the Community




    Dates for your diary


    Term 5 and 6  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event
    23 - 25/4

    Sign up for clubs available
    23/4

    Class Photos Today
    27/4

    Club places announced
    Closing Date for Nursery Applications for September 2018
    Week beginning 30/4

    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 30/4; 7/5(excl. Monday);14/5; no clubs week of 21/5; clubs are on week beginning 4/6; 11/6; 18/6; 25/6; no clubs for rest of term.
    2/5
    2:30 pm
    YN Parent Workshop – see below
    3/5

    Local Election Day – School Hall being used for Polling Station – all children will be having packed lunches (either home or school made)
    Nursery Closed All Day for Staff Training
    7/5

    School Closed – Bank Holiday Monday
    10/5

    3:00 pm
    YR Trip to Cotswold Farm Park
    Y4/5 will be leading worship on value of Trust – parents of children in those year groups welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year Note change of date from 3/5 due to Election Day
    15/5
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 5
    16/5
    7:30 pm
    FOTF Quiz Night for Grown-Ups
    18/5
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship

    21 - 22/5

    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 21/5 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 22/5 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 May holiday.
    25/5

    Last day of term 5 – school finishes normal time
    26/5 – 3/6

    May Holiday Break – school closed
    4/6

    Children return to school
    World Music Roadshow in School
    6/6

    No Y2 swimming (starts again 13/6)
    Week beginning 11/6

    Science Week including Wild Summer Walks
    13/6
    17:30
    YN 2018 Parent Induction session
    15/6

    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    Week of 18/6

    Sports week – Tuesday 19h June is planned sports day – YN/R/1/2 parents invited from 10:00 - 11:45 and Y3/4/5 from 1:15 - 3:15 - parents are welcome to join us for picnic lunch on that day too.
    13/6
    17:30
    YR 2018 Parent Induction session
    21/6
    3:00 pm
    YN all of children, from both sessions, will be leading worship on value of Forgiveness – parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship
    22/6

    FOTF Non-uniform Day in exchange for donations for summer fayre – more details to follow
    27/6
    a.m.
    Shuffle Up day 1 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions
    4/7
    a.m.
    Shuffle Up day 2 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions
    5/7
    All day
    KS2 Outdoor Activity Day – more information to follow
    6/7
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    7/7

    FOTF Summer Fayre – more details to follow
    9/7
    p.m.
    Shuffle Up day 3 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions

    9/7 – 10/7

    “Show me” sessions – Monday 9/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 10/7 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 Friday 20th July
    10/7

    YN Trip Group 1– information to follow
    11/7

    End of Year Production Y3/4/5 – 2:30 dress rehearsal and 6:00 actual performance – more details nearer time
    12/7

    YN Trip Group 2– information to follow
    13/7

    Annual Reports sent home
    24/7
    9:15 am
    All invited to join us for our End of Year Service
    24/7

    Last day of term 6 – school finishes normal time
    25/7 and 26/7

    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school

    School Term Dates for 2018-2019
    Children in school on, and including, these dates unless date is a staff training day
    From
    To
    Staff Training Days - we have 5 days plus an additional Academy day this year.
    Monday 3rd September   
    Wednesday 24th October
    3rd and 4th September
    Monday 5th November  
    Friday 21st December
    5th November - academy day

    Monday 7th January      
    Friday 15th February

    Monday 25th  February
    Friday 5th April

    Tuesday 23rd  April
    Friday 24th May

    Monday 3rd June   
    Thursday 25th July   
    21st June
    24th and 25th July

    Message for YR parents re phonics
    The children have been doing so well learning the phonics and key words and we have been using the following songs to help us. The children have asked if we can give you the links so they can also do them at home with you!!





    Clubs sign up open
    The sign up process for this term 5/6 clubs is now open, closes on 25th April at 3.30pm and clubs will be announced on Friday 27th April.  Please complete one form per child.  YR have the option to come along to a club these terms too.  These clubs are run by school staff on a voluntary basis – to take account of staff members work life balance, each teacher is only asked to volunteer to run clubs for 4 terms.  We brought this guideline in following a staff well-being feedback and it’s just working it’s way through now.  I know that some parents, particularly Year 1, are disappointed with the clubs on offer but we have done the best we can with the resources available.  If any parent volunteers, who are DBS checked, would like to get involved in running free clubs after the summer this is something we would be more than happy to consider – perhaps you have a particular talent or skill you would like to share?
    We are promoting an additional ‘paid for by parents’ club for term 5 and 6 – see below for Performing Arts club starting up.
    Just a reminder – all clubs run from 3:30 – 4:30 pm and will run in weeks beginning 30/4; 7/5(excl. Monday);14/5; no clubs week of 21/5; clubs are on week beginning 4/6; 11/6; 18/6; 25/6; no clubs for rest of term.
    All clubs pick up point is the front double gates, regardless of year group.

    Parent Pay Alerts

    Some parents have mentioned how handy it would be if Parent Pay alerted you by text when you have a payment due.  This is already a feature of Parent Pay but it is not a default option so you have to go in and set it up.  A pdf was attached to this week’s newsblog email with instructions to help you set up this feature.

    Message for YN Parents re Workshop

    At the recent YN parent meetings many of you were asking for ideas to help your child become school ready for September. We would like to invite you to a Parent Workshop on May 2nd at 2:30pm. We will be talking about lots of different ways to increase their independence in readiness for the start of school in September.
    We will add a sign up sheet to the Nursery door, if you are able to make it please sign up. 

    Performing Arts After School Club At Tadpole Farm (pdf also attached to email)


    Things available in the Community (pdf also attached to email)
    For information, please find attached the timetable for the summer term sent to us by the team at the Butterflies Family Centre, detailing all the groups and courses on offer across Swindon.


     









    2017/18 Newsblog Welcome Back - it's Term 5!
    Hello All

    Just a short newsblog to say welcome back to Term 5 and to share the upcoming dates with you.  I hope you have all had a restful, fun and happy break and we look forward to seeing you all at the normal start times on Monday 16th April.

    In the newsblog this week:


    • Dates for your diary
    • This Term's Value - Trust
    • Uniform Reminder

    Dates for your diary


    Term 5 and 6  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event
    No Staff Training Day – all children back on first day
    16/4/18
    Children return to school
    National Offer Day for Primary School places YR September 2018
    18/4
    No Y2 swimming (starts again 25/4)
    20/4
    Clubs on offer for term 5 and 6 will be announced
    23 - 25/4
    Sign up for clubs available
    27/4
    Club places announced
    Closing Date for Nursery Applications for September 2018
    Week beginning 30/4
    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 30/4; 7/5(excl. Monday);14/5; no clubs week of 21/5; clubs are on week beginning 4/6; 11/6; 18/6; 25/6; no clubs for rest of term.
    3/5

    Local Election Day – School Hall being used for Polling Station – all children will be having packed lunches (either home or school made)
    Nursery Closed All Day for Staff Training
    7/5
    School Closed – Bank Holiday Monday
    10/5

    3:00 pm
    YR Trip to Cotswold Farm Park
    Y4/5 will be leading worship on value of Trust – parents of children in those year groups welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year Note change of date from 3/5 due to Election Day
    15/5
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 5
    16/5
    7:30 pm
    FOTF Quiz Night for Grown-Ups
    18/5
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship

    21 - 22/5
    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 21/5 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 22/5 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 May holiday.
    25/5
    Last day of term 5 – school finishes normal time
    26/5 – 3/6
    May Holiday Break – school closed
    4/6
    Children return to school
    World Music Roadshow in School
    6/6
    No Y2 swimming (starts again 13/6)
    Week beginning 11/6

    Science Week including Wild Summer Walks
    15/6
    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    Week of 18/6
    Sports week – Tuesday 19h June is planned sports day – YN/R/1/2 parents invited from 10:00 - 11:45 and Y3/4/5 from 1:15 - 3:15 - parents are welcome to join us for picnic lunch on that day too.
    21/6
    3:00 pm
    YN all of children, from both sessions, will be leading worship on value of Forgiveness – parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship
    22/6

    FOTF Non-uniform Day in exchange for donations for summer fayre – more details to follow
    6/7
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    7/7

    FOTF Summer Fayre – more details to follow

    9/7 – 10/7
    “Show me” sessions – Monday 9/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 10/7 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 Friday 20th July
    11/7
    End of Year Production Y3/4/5 – 2:30 dress rehearsal and 6:00 actual performance – more details nearer time
    13/7
    Annual Reports sent home
    24/7
    9:15 am
    All invited to join us for our End of Year Service
    24/7
    Last day of term 6 – school finishes normal time
    25/7 and 26/7
    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school

    School Term Dates for 2018-2019
    Children in school on, and including, these dates unless date is a staff training day
    From
    To
    Staff Training Days - we have 5 days plus an additional Academy day this year.
    Monday 3rd September    
    Wednesday 24th October
    3rd and 4th September
    Monday 5th November   
    Friday 21st December
    5th November - academy day

    Monday 7th January       
    Friday 15th February
    Monday 25th  February
    Friday 5th April
    Tuesday 23rd  April
    Friday 24th May
    Monday 3rd June    
    Thursday 25th July    
    21st June
    24th and 25th July

    This Term's Value - Trust

    Trust is essential to human life and lies at the heart of all relationships. Trust entails vulnerability, putting yourself in others’ hands. We have to trust experts – pilots, dentists, teachers, doctors. Yet, within our society, there often seems to be mutual distrust between people and those responsible for governing them.
    Trust is central to civilised society, to living together in harmony, so it is to be valued and honoured. With wisdom and discernment, we can relearn to trust. We can begin to rebuild trust in our mistrustful society by being reliable ourselves, by not letting people down. Similarly, when we work with others, if we are willing to let go of control ourselves and trust in the abilities and integrity of others, everyone can be enriched. Jesus, after all, entrusted his ongoing work to his disciples and ultimately to us.


    • How are pupils equipped to know who and what to trust?
    • How can we encourage and promote relationships of trust in school?
    • How do pupils learn to make and trust their own judgements?
    For more information and ideas of how you can discuss this value at home please see pdf attached to the email notifying you of this blog. 


    Uniform Reminder

    A reminder that our uniform is detailed on http://www.tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk/parent-pages/uniform/.  

    Particularly, may I remind you that footwear needs to be suitable for playtimes - no open toed footwear and all footwear should be black please.  We know that, as parents, we all like to have growing room in items we buy but footwear needs to fit - an oversized shoe flies off easily when playing football or running!  It's better that any hair longer than shoulder length is tied back - please could this be done with hair accessories in black/blue/white without characters on and bows of a small size that cannot be caught up in things - thank you.  We had a bit of jewellery appearing last term so just a reminder that watches and stud earrings are the only types of jewellery that may be worn in school.  Please could you also check that your child's PE kit fits with the uniform guidelines - plain white round necked t-shirt, black non-logo'd shorts, school hoodie or black non-logo'd hoodie/tracksuit top, black non-logo'd joggers/leggings or tracksuit bottoms. Thank you.


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