• 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 1 Week 6
    Hello All,

    Sports fundraiser money still trickling in but final amounts came end of week - just leasing with organisers re on-line payments so final total not yet announced - coming soon - wrist bands etc for rewards came at end of the week so they should be ready to be distributed very soon. Don't forget our Show Me Sessions are this week - no school run clubs are on so pick up time is 3:30pm for all children unless Lilypad booked or they have externally run clubs.  

    In this week's blog:-

    • Dates for the Term 1 and 2
    • Friends of Tadpole Farm Parent Group
    • Reading workshop - useful websites
    • All parents - Diwali Day - this Wednesday 18th October
    • Message for Y3/4/5 parents and children re what to wear this week
    • Message for Y2 parents re swimming
    • Messages for Y1 parents re drop off, SeeSaw and PE

    Dates for Term 1 and 2
    Any updates will be added in red.
    Term 1 and 2  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event



    16/10 – 17/10
    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 16/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 17/10 – 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 October holiday.
    18/10
    Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
    19/10 – 29/10
    October holiday – school closed
    30/10
    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    31/10
    Children back to school normal times for start of term 2
    31/10
    2:30 – 6:45 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5 – YN slots will be 12:30 – 6:45
    2/11
    2:30 – 6:45 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2 – YN slots will be 8:45 – 6:45
    16/11
    3:00 pm 
    Y1 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 
    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.

    4/12 – 5/12
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 5/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 6/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note 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 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

    Friends of Tadpole Farm Parent Group

    A big thank you to all those of you who came along to the Extraordinary General Meetings this week. At these meetings it was decided that we would have a committee made up of the Chair, Treasurer, Secretary and then two year group representatives from each year group. This would give us a strong committee and ensure the workload was more widely spread. We have volunteers for Chair, Treasurer and Secretary plus one year group rep for Y1 and two for Y3. This means we are looking for Year group reps as follows:-
    Nursery - 2 parent representatives
    Reception - 2 parent representatives
    Year 1 - 1 parent representative
    Year 2 - 2 parent representatives
    Year 4/5 - 2 parent representatives.
    This group would meet once a term to decide on what fundraising should take place and then pairs of committee members would take responsibility for getting event working parties together as a sub-committee to organise each event.  The main committee would also select which school requests would get support and then fundraise for these specific target areas.
    Of course some of you can't commit to regular meetings but might just want to be part of working parties - there'll be a chance to sign up for that too.  Others would rather just be on call to help and we'll be building up a helpers contact list so please sign up to that. 
    Your support is vital to keep this group going and all the children benefit - you automatically become a member of the FOTF when your child joins the school so please get involved.
    At the meetings, those attending decided what to do with some of the monies raised last year - each class will be given £100 to spend on games they can get out at wet break times - this will help the children to understand how to plan spending money to get the best value and also to respect what they buy.  It was also decided to support the further development of the library with a donation of £1500.  
    The Xmas fair will take place on 1st December from 3:30 - 5:30.  The meetings decided that they would give each class £10 and would ask that the children created items to sell with the aim of at least doubling their money - maybe you could give your children some ideas of things they could do - they'll be working on this after the October holiday. 
    The meetings also discussed how the Xmas Fayre roles could be split up and decided that each year group's parents would take responsibility for one aspect of the fair e.g. one year group's parents might run the tumble for example; another year group might run the games areas... this way everyone can get involved and share the work as well as the enjoyment. 
    Watch out for a questionnaire coming out about how to get involved and with details of the first committee meeting of this academic year. 

    Reading workshop - useful websites

    Thank you to all those of you who came along to our parent workshop last week - we hope you found it useful. Here are the links to websites that we referred to:-
    Nursery and Reception








    KS1 and KS2


    All parents - Diwali Day - this Wednesday 18th October

    This week we will be celebrating Diwali on Wednesday the 18th October, the last day of this term. All the children are asked to come to school wearing red, gold or other bright colours. The children will be taking part in various activities to celebrate this Festival of Light.

    Message for Y3/4/5 parents and children re what to wear this week

    Year 3/4/5 have already been told they have a very busy few days and here's just a reminder of what they need to come dressed in...
    Monday - all to wear Forest School clothes as they will be out and about as part of their art project
    Tuesday - all to come in PE kit (black tracksuit/joggers/sweatshirt or school hoodie, white round necked t-shirt, trainers) as they have a PE day
    Wednesday - Diwali clothes as detailed above.

    Message for Y2 parents re swimming

    Please note that there will be no Year 2 swimming on 6th November - this session will be replaced by a session on January 3rd instead.

    Messages for Y1 parents re drop off, SeeSaw and PE


    Seesaw - This is the online access for parents to be able to see learning the children have done in school and that they have recorded online.  Codes will be coming home with the children and you will need to download the app.  Once downloaded, follow the instructions on the code sheet to scan and log in to your child's account.  Any problems please chat to the Year 1 team who will help you out. 

    Drop off - The children are all settled in Year 1 so please could we ask that they say goodbye at the gate and then go inside to start their day.  They have lots to do when they get in to the classrooms so can give you a wave before they go in to the gate rather than from the windows.  


    PE - Next term our PE day is  changing to Tuesday and Wednesday,; please ensure PE kit is in on these days and named - especially daps. Thank you.

    2017/18 Newsblog Term 1 Week 5
    Hello All,

    Up until Friday, the money was still coming in following Jack Rutter's visit last week so next week's newsletter will have the final amount - we were overwhelmed by the support and the sponsorship amounts - thank you so much.  Thank you also for your support for the Harvest Service and the generous donations for both the Foodbank and the Crisis in East Africa appeal - we were so fortunate with the weather and glad that so many of you could join us.  

    In this week's blog:-

    • Dates for the Term 1 and 2
    • Parents Meetings
    • Health News
    • School start time and safety
    • 20 is Plenty - Traffic Campaign for Tadpole Garden Village
    • Nursery Parents - water bottles and PE kits
    • Reception Parents - building independence
    • Things of interest in the wider community

    Dates for Term 1 and 2
    Any updates will be added in red.
    Term 1 and 2  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event


    10/10
    6:00 – 7:30 pm 
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme – 1 – Supporting reading and developing reading comprehension skills -PLEASE NOTE START TIMES FOR EACH GROUP - 6:00 for Nursery and Reception Parents ; 6:45 for Year 1 up to Year 5 parents.
    12/10




    13/10
    2:20 - 3:20 and 6:00 - 7:00 pm

    3:00 pm
    Friends of Tadpole Farm - special meetings to set up new committee and plan support for events in Term 2.  Creche and refreshments available.  Please come along and support this valuable part of our school community. 


    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship – there will be an opportunity to do this once a term in response to parental   feedback

    16/10 – 17/10
    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 16/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 17/10 – 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 October holiday.
    18/10
    Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
    19/10 – 29/10
    October holiday – school closed
    30/10
    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    31/10
    Children back to school normal times for start of term 2
    31/10
    2:30 – 6:45 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5 – YN slots will be 12:30 – 6:45
    2/11
    2:30 – 6:45 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2 – YN slots will be 8:45 – 6:45
    16/11
    3:00 pm 
    Y1 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 
    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.

    4/12 – 5/12
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 5/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 6/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note 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 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


    Parents Meetings 

    You should all have received an email with details of your parents meeting times for the 31st October and the 2nd November (except Rabbit class, Miss Grindley,  whose appointments, as notified in your email, will now be on Tuesday 10th October and Thursday 12th October as she is unable to do appointments in the first week after the holidays). 

    Health News

    As usual, at this time of year, we have various viruses and infections in school. Rest assured we do our best to encourage the children to keep their hands clean and follow good hygiene rules.  If your child has vomited or had diarrhoea they need to stay at home until 48 hours have passed since the last episode - this helps reduce the risk of them passing on the virus. We currently have diagnosed cases of scarlet fever in school - please see this link for more information - http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Scarlet-fever/Pages/Introduction.aspx.  We also have headlice - this link - http://www.which.co.uk/reviews/head-lice-and-nits/article/treating-head-lice-and-nits/nits-top-five-tips-for-parents  has information that might help you with this very common, but unwanted, childhood visitor! 

    School start time and safety 

    Just a reminder that we take the register at 8:50, which is the start of school. The double gates at the front of school are open at 8:30; the side gate open just after that. All children should have hung up their coats and be in class by 8:50, ready to begin learning.  The registers form part of our safety system and so it's important that, if your child arrives after 8:50, you sign them in at the school office, rather than just dropping them off.

    20 is Plenty - Traffic Campaign for Tadpole Garden Village

    Please see information below from Crest Nicholson - note the deadline will be the end of this term Wednesday 18th October not Friday 6th October as per the poster below.


    Nursery Parents - water bottles and PE kits

    Just a reminder that all Nursery children need a named water bottle and that they need their PE kit in each week as they are now doing PE and learning how to change for PE independently.

    Reception Parents - building independence

    The children have continued to settle so well and now most come into class independently, happily joining their friends. If your child still needs a little support with coming into school then we ask that, from Monday 9th October, you only come into the cloakroom area.  This will help your child to  build their independence and after the October holiday break we will be expecting them all to come in by themselves.  We can support with this if your child is finding it tricky.

    Things of interest in the wider community








    2017/18 Newsblog Term 1 Week 4
    Hello All,

    Just a short newsblog this week that comes with a big thank you to you and your children for the amazing support we received for Jack Rutter's visit last week - we are still totting up amount raised and will let you know asap.  

    In this week's blog:-

    • Dates for the Term 1 and 2
    • Quick reminders - All parents -school uniform reminder; Wellies; water in water bottles; Harvest service
    • Road Safety
    • Things of interest in the wider community

    Dates for Term 1 and 2
    Any updates will be added in red.
    Term 1 and 2  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event


    3/10
    10:15 - 11:00
    Harvest Service at the Allotments – all invited to join us – donations will be asked for £1 plus food items – 
    10/10
    6:00 – 7:30 pm 
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme – 1 – Supporting reading and developing reading comprehension skills - will be separate sessions for Reception; Year 1 and 2 and Year 3/4/5.
    13/10
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship – there will be an opportunity to do this once a term in response to parental   feedback

    16/10 – 17/10
    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 16/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 17/10 – 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 October holiday.
    18/10
    Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
    19/10 – 29/10
    October holiday – school closed
    30/10
    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    31/10
    Children back to school normal times for start of term 2
    31/10
    2:30 – 6:45 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5 – YN slots will be 12:30 – 6:45
    2/11
    2:30 – 6:45 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2 – YN slots will be 8:45 – 6:45
    16/11
    3:00 pm 
    Y1 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 
    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.

    4/12 – 5/12
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 5/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 6/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note 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 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


    Quick reminders - All parents 
    School uniform reminder - some children are wearing school hoodies instead of round necked sweatshirt are cardigans as part of their everyday uniform - could I ask that hoodies are kept for coming to/from school or as part of PE kit for all children unless they are in YN where the hoodie is a very practical part of their uniform.  Similarly, the t-shirts from YR upwards are white polo shirts with a collar rather than the white round necked PE t-shirts, which are just for PE and also the trouser are trousers rather than leggings or joggers.  There has been a creeping number of trainers which are not school shoes and a growth in hair accessories again too - please could you ensure that the children have black school shoes and that hair accessories are in school colours and small in size.  
    Wellies - could all children bring wellies in to school as we use them regularly
    Water in water bottles - could we ask that your child only brings water to school in their water bottle - sticky drinks cause spillage issues - if you feel your child needs to have something other than water please talk to your child's class teacher
    Harvest service
    -
    will be at the Allotments at 10:15 on Tuesday this week. We will be passing donations to Swindon Foodbank and they have asked for the following urgently needed items:-
    They have plenty of pasta at the moment so don't need more of that - for more information please see their website https://swindon.foodbank.org.uk/give-help/donate-food/ .  Donations to be brought to school in carrier bag in the morning please. We would ask, if you can spare it, that you also make a monetary donation of £1 - there will collecting pots in each classroom and at the service too.  These donation will be given to the Christian Aid East Africa Appeal - more information here - https://www.christianaid.org.uk/emergencies/east-africa-crisis-appeal

    Road Safety 
    From the number of complaints I receive from parents it is obvious that many of you feel that parental parking poses a risk to the safety of the children.  Neither I nor any of the staff here have any legal jurisdiction on the way people park outside school - all we can do is appeal to each of you to park in the lay-bys only; to not park half on, half-off the kerb so restricting the pavements for pedestrians; to park away from the school entrances and exits and to park in such a way that you do not block other cars in.  When moving your car please check, double check and triple check whether the way is clear and use an extremely low speed to move off.  For those parents walking or who's children scoot or ride bicycles, please keep them close by you as you move away from school and do not let them run, scoot or ride off ahead of you. The more vigilant we all are the less chance there is of a child being hurt, which is what we all want. 

    Things of interest in the wider community




    2017/18 Newsblog Term 1 Week 3
    Hello All,

    It was lovely to see the Year 2's lead our first class worship this week - they helped us think about what it means to show Friendship - this term's value - see below for more details.  This week also saw the first forest school sessions and our new Year 4/5's went off in the afternoon for team building in the woods - they came back buzzing with the things they had done; we're glad that they are so quickly learning about the ethos and opportunities our school brings them and showing us they understand and can live by our values. We've welcomed many new families this term and have some more coming to join us in the next few weeks - thank you all of you for making them feel welcome.  Each of you is part of the Friends of Tadpole Farm and we are looking for a new committee to take this fundraising group forward.  The previous committee have done an amazing job but have had to move on due to family and other commitments, making way for a new group to take the lead... could you help us? - see below for details of a get together to build the new committee. 

    In this week's blog:-

    • Dates for the Term 1 and 2
    • This term's value - Friendship
    • Our Allotment - Help needed
    • Friends of Tadpole Farm New committee members needed
    • Quick requests - All parents - do you speak Lithuanian?; Macmillan Coffee Morning - offer of use of our small hall; Flu letters; Parents YR/YN - Tapestry; going home from YR; Wellies; YN named water bottles and PE kits in school; Y3/4/5 - glass jars;
    • Things of interest in the wider community

    Dates for Term 1 and 2
    Any updates will be added in red.
    Term 1 and 2  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event


    25/9
    Sign up on line for parent/teacher/child meeting available – complete by Wednesday 27/9 and times allocated by Monday 2/10
    29/9

    Visit to School from Jack Rutter, Paralympic Footballer – children will all need PE kit in that day as they will be taking part in a circuit training event with Jack.  Sponsorship forms are being sent home for this event – children can take part whether they have sponsorship or not but rewards are available depending on amount raised – see forms for details 
    3/10
    10:15 - 11:00
    Harvest Service at the Allotments – all invited to join us – donations will be asked for £1 plus food items – details to follow nearer time
    10/10
    6:00 – 7:30 pm 
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme – 1 – Supporting reading and developing reading comprehension skills - will be separate sessions for Reception; Year 1 and 2 and Year 3/4/5.
    13/10
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship – there will be an opportunity to do this once a term in response to parental   feedback

    16/10 – 17/10
    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 16/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 17/10 – 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 October holiday.
    18/10
    Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
    19/10 – 29/10
    October holiday – school closed
    30/10
    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    31/10
    Children back to school normal times for start of term 2
    31/10
    2:30 – 6:45 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5 – YN slots will be 12:30 – 6:45
    2/11
    2:30 – 6:45 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2 – YN slots will be 8:45 – 6:45
    16/11
    3:00 pm 
    Y1 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 
    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.

    4/12 – 5/12
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 5/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 6/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note 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 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


    This term's value - Friendship
    Attached to the email notifying you of this blog and also available on the website, are some details about the value of Friendship that we, as a school, are studying this term. There are suggestions of things you can talk about and do at home to link in to this value.


    Our Allotment - Help needed

     We are lucky enough to have been given an allotment by Crest Nicholson and a small group of parents has been looking after it - they need some help please to get it ready for our Harvest Festival. If you can spare an hour or so to help please contact the School Office this week and Gill Edwards will let you know what needs doing.


    Friends of Tadpole Farm New committee members needed
    The Friends of Tadpole Farm, our school parent fundraising group that you all belong to as parents of children at our school, is the fundraising group that enables your child to have things which might otherwise be beyond the fund that school holds.  Towards the end of last year the existing committee chair and treasurer along with some of the committee members, having done a great job fundraising over the previous years, had to step down for a variety of reasons.  This means we do not currently have a formal committee and, in these circumstances, it is the responsibility of school to call an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Friends group members, i.e. all parents, to ask for volunteers to make up a committee.  We will run two meetings, one during the day and one evening to give as many of you as possible a chance to come along, chat about what is needed and what you can offer and to sign up to help with upcoming events already in the calendar.  
    The upcoming events are:-
    1. A Community Shopping Evening - possible date to be confirmed Tuesday 14/11 or Wednesday 15/11
    2. A School Xmas Fayre - Tuesday 5th December

    The Extraordinary General Meetings will be on Thursday 12th October - please come to either the afternoon meeting, 2:20 - 3:20 pm or the evening meeting 6:00 - 7:00 pm - no need to sign up, just come along - refreshments will be provided.  These meetings are for adults only so we can have a good chat and get planning - a creche will be available for both meetings. 

    Quick requests 
    All parents - do you speak Lithuanian? - we have a new family joining us who speak Lithuanian and little English and they would like to buddy up with someone who could help them - if you speak Lithuanian and would like to help please get in touch with the school office asap
    Macmillan Coffee Morning - offer of use of our small hall - we haven\t organised anything for the Macmillan Coffee Morning fundraising events but if you would like to organise something and are looking for a venue we would be happy to offer the use of our small hall for such an event - please get in touch with the school office to discuss availability
    Flu letters - if you have received a Flu letter asking for permission for your child to have a Flu vaccination then please could you return it this week - these vaccinations are given by nasal spray not an injection so are painless to have
    Wellies - If your child does not have a pair of wellies in school yet please can they bring them in this week. As the weather starts to change we will be using our wellies more and more! This applies to all children in all classes.
    Parents YR/YN Magnificent moments for YN and YR-On Monday we will be sending home a sheet of Magnificent Moments. These are for you to complete at home to share your child's achievements with us. You could tell us about something new they have learnt to do or something they have done to make you proud. You could also send in a photo to accompany their magnificent moment. We then display these for everyone to see on the board in the burrow. 
    YR - This week we are learning all about families and growing up. We have asked the children to bring in a baby photo of themselves on Tuesday. The new going home system using the separate doors has worked really well this week so we will continue with this. Thank you for your patients while we get to know all the new faces collecting! 
    Tapestry - Tapestry is an online app we use to record all of your child's learning and achievements. Shortly we will be opening this up to parents so that your child can share this learning with you. This week you will receive an email from the office  with information about this. It will ask you to reply with your child's name and an email address. At present it will only accept one email address per child but then you will be able to share the login. More details will follow after we have obtain all of the email addresses. 
    YN named water bottles and PE kits in school - please can all YN children bring in named water bottle and PE kits this week thank you.
    Parents Y3/4/5 - the children in Y3/4/5 are working with some community artists this year and, for one of the projects, they need clean and label free glass jars. Please send any donations in with your child - thank you.

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    2017/18 Newsblog Term 1 Week 2
    Hello All,

    Last week saw the start of swimming lessons for year 2; ukulele lessons for Year 4/5 and visits from some Community Artists for a Key Stage Two project as well as planning visits from our Forest School partners - lots of exciting, enriching learning to look forward to!

    In this week's blog:-



    • Dates for the Term 1 and 2
    • Welcome from Rev Sally Robertson
    • Clubs Places for Term 1 and 2
    • Donation of defibrillator - Janet's Puppy School
    • Quick requests - names in uniforms; water in water bottles; birthdays; painting shirts; help with Forest School
    • Y3/4/5 - break time snacks and lunch boxes
    • YR - Squirrels and Owls - Change to end of day pick up routine and All About Me Bags
    • Things of interest in the wider community

    Dates for Term 1 and 2
    Any updates will be added in red.
    Term 1 and 2  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event



    Week beginning 18/9
    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 18/9; 25/9; 2/10; 9/10; no clubs week of 16/10 and 31/10 – see below; clubs are on week beginning 6/11, 13/11, 20/11, 27/11 – no clubs week of 4/12 and 11/12 - if your child attends football/dance/martial arts arranged by outside groups they will let you know session dates for those - see below for clubs places 
    21/9
    8:30 am

    3:00 pm

    Rev'd Sally Robertson will be available by the Drop Zone - please come and say hello.
    Y2 will be leading worship on theme of Friendship– parents of children in that year group  welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year 
    25/9
    Sign up on line for parent/teacher/child meeting available – complete by Wednesday 27/9 and times allocated by Monday 2/10
    29/9

    Visit to School from Jack Rutter, Paralympic Footballer – children will all need PE kit in that day as they will be taking part in a circuit training event with Jack.  Sponsorship forms are being sent home for this event – children can take part whether they have sponsorship or not but rewards are available depending on amount raised – see forms for details 
    3/10
    10:15 - 11:00
    Harvest Service at the Allotments – all invited to join us – donations will be asked for £1 plus food items – details to follow nearer time
    10/10
    6:00 – 7:30 pm 
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme – 1 – Supporting reading and developing reading comprehension skills - will be separate sessions for Reception; Year 1 and 2 and Year 3/4/5.
    13/10
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship – see note below – there will be an opportunity to do this once a term in response to parental   feedback

    16/10 – 17/10
    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 16/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 17/10 – 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 October holiday.
    18/10
    Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
    19/10 – 29/10
    October holiday – school closed
    30/10
    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    31/10
    Children back to school normal times for start of term 2
    31/10
    2:30 – 6:45 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5 – YN slots will be 12:30 – 6:45
    2/11
    2:30 – 6:45 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 15 minute slots for YR/1/2 – YN slots will be 8:45 – 6:45
    16/11
    3:00 pm 
    Y1 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 
    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.

    4/12 – 5/12
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR/1/2 - Monday 5/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 6/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note 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 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




    Welcome from Rev Sally Robertson - St Andrew's Church

    Over the summer I took up the role of Priest-in-Charge at St Andrew’s - Tadpole Farm Academy’s local parish church.  I am very much looking forward to getting to know the school better in the coming months.  I’ll be joining the Local Board and coming into take Assemblies once a month.  On those mornings I’ll be available in the Drop Zone from 8.30am if anyone would like to chat about anything connected to St Andrew’s.  This Thursday, 21st  September is the first of those mornings.  
    In the coming months we’re intending to start a worship service for All Ages at Tadpole Farm Academy, probably on a Sunday afternoon about once a month.  If you’d like to know more about that or have any ideas about the kind of service which would appeal to you and your family, do let me know. 
    In the mean time you’re always welcome at St Andrew’s Church at 10am every Sunday.  The first Sunday of the month is our children’s service – on the 1st October we’ll be celebrating Harvest Festival and receiving food and money donations for Swindon Food Bank.  Other Sundays we have Sunday School available.  We also run an all age service at St Francis School Taw Hill once a month. The next one is 24th September at 4pm.  We’ll be looking at “The Church as a body” – craft, games and worship for all ages followed by tea and cake.
    Finally, some of you may have met Revd Phil Ashby who has been the Associate Priest at St Andrew’s for over 3 years.  He will be leaving us at the end of September, so we’re saying ‘thank you and good bye’ to him on Sunday 24thSeptember.
    Information about St Andrew’s Church is always available on our website www.nschurch.org.uk and why not follow us on Facebook @standrews.northswindon?
    Looking forward to meeting you soon
    Revd Sally Robertson

    Clubs Places for Term 1 and 2
    An email has been sent to the email address of the person who signed up each child for clubs. Please remember that club dates are as listed above in the calendar and that pick up for all school run clubs is 4:30 from the double gates by the Drop Zone.

    Donation of defibrillator - Janet's Puppy School
    You may remember me letting you know of the generous donation by Janet's Puppy School of a portable defibrillator for our school. Janet is coming in to Friday Worship this week so we can thank her and will be bringing her dog with her.  Obviously, as you would expect from a dog trainer, her dog is impeccably behaved but if you feel your child may be ore by this please let me know. 

    Quick requests - names in uniforms; water in water bottles; birthdays; painting shirts; help with Forest School
    Names in uniforms - please check that all items your child bring in to school are named - we already have missing sweatshirts so please double check you've got the ones you expect to have at home and pop in to school any that have made their way home but are not items that belong to your child;
    Water in water bottles - only water should be in water bottles not squash or juice or milk etc. Water is easy to wipe up when spilt and is the recommended fluid for hydration. If you feel your child needs something else than water please let me know. Any water bottles containing things other than water will be sent home - thank you for your help with this. 
    Birthdays - we celebrate every child's birthday in whole school worship and in class - we know the children like to bring treats to share with others in their class. This can though, cause difficulties for us in school so could we ask that you keep any sharing things such as sweets and cakes for home as we have children with a variety of allergies in school and some parents do not like their children to have particular sweet treats;
    Help! We need...
    painting shirts - do you have any unwanted men's shirts that we could turn in to painting overalls -if so please drop off at the School Office - thank you.
    Help with Forest School - are you an outdoorsy type of person? Are you free on a Tuesday? would you like to help each week with Forest School? If so you will need a DBS check so lease pop in to the School Office and volunteer. If we get sufficient volunteers we will create a rota. It's great fun!

    Y3/4/5 - break time snacks and lunch boxes
    The younger children in Nursery, Reception and Year 1/2 all get government funded fruit at break time. This is not available for Year 3/4/5. They may bring in a fruit - fresh or dried - snack for break time. They all know this but the message re not sweets, crisps or chocolate seems not to have made it home! Could we ask for your help in only providing fresh or dried fruit and no other fruit, sweet or snack item - thank you.
    The Y3/4/5 children have also been having some less healthy items in lunch boxes - could we again ask for your help to make sure lunch boxes follow the healthy guidelines shared previously. 

    YR - Squirrels and Owls - Change to end of day pick up routine and All About Me Bags
    To make things easier at the end of the day the Reception class teachers are going to trial Owls coming out of the usual door into the parent waiting area and Squirrels coming out of the small side gate to the left of the usual door into the parents waiting area. Let us know, after a week or so, how you think this is going. 
    On Friday the children took home an All About Me bag. This is to help us get to know your child and your family better. We ask that your child fills the bag with 4 items that are special to them and your family. The bags will need to be brought back into school on Wednesday so that they can be shared with the class. Bags will be returned home on Friday. 

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