• 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.

    Jane Leo

    Principal

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    2019/20 Newsblog Term 2 Week 7


    Welcome to the penultimate Newsblog of 2019! 
    In the last week we have enjoyed Christmas Jumper Day (thank you for your donations), our Christmas Experience and our Christmas prayer space, where children had the opportunity to reflect on what they are thankful and what they wish for the future. A huge thank you to all involved in making it such a special opportunity for the children. We were also treated to Nativity performances from YN and YR - always a highlight of the Christmas season.
    Passing on best wishes from all of the team at TFCEPA - Mr Spencer  
      

    - Dates for Diary
    - News from Local Board
    - News from St Andrew's Church
    - Research Project
    - Message from KS1
    - Reading Newsletter



    Term 2 2019/20
    Date
    Time
    Event

    16/12 – 17/12
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 -please note change to arrangements for Show Me sessions this year - in response to feedback about how crowded such sessions can get we have split the year groups - please see note below -  For YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 only Monday 16/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 17/12 – 3:30 – 4:30. 
      
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    16/12
    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

    Children can come into school via the school office from 5.30pm

    No parking on site please

    18/12 is reserve date should event be postponed
    18/12
    Christmas Dinner – please book via Parent Pay
    20/12
    Last Day of Term - usual times
    21/12 – 5/1/2020
    Christmas holiday – school closed
    1/1/2020
    Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of the next term - see below.
    6/1/2020
    School closed to children - Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
    7/1/2020
    Children back to school normal times for start of term 3 - remember no school run clubs this week





    News from the Local Board

    Tadpole Farm Local Board (also known as the Governors) meets once each term and enjoys finding out what’s going on in school, questioning whether children, parents and staff are flourishing as much as they can (within the school’s remit) and looking at future strategy to ensure the school continues to be the best it can be.

    We use all sorts of evidence including reports from staff members and visits to the school to carry out our duties, and uses its meetings to scrutinise the evidence presented or observed.

    To give you an example of the kind of evidence we look at and how we approach it, we recently studied the results of the Parental Questionnaire completed just before the summer holidays.  We looked at the responses (anonymously), listened to Mrs Leo’s explanation of how specific concerns had been followed up and questioned some of the trends which seemed to occur.  We were very pleased that so many parents had responded and that most parents were so happy with the school and particularly with the relationship between staff and pupils.  We are aware that parking may continue to be an issue, but are pleased that the new arrangements seem to be making the school site safer for everyone.  Communication is another topic we will be keeping an eye on, but again improvements such as the new phone system are clearly designed to help with this.

    Revd Sally Robertson, Ex-Officio Local Board member
    on behalf of Local Board

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    News from St Andrew's Church

    Calling all Marys, Josephs, shepherds and angels
    On Christmas Eve at 4pm at Tadpole Farm, St Andrew’s Church will be holding an All-Age Nativity service to get everyone into the Christmas spirit.  Everyone is welcome and it would be particularly good if you could come dressed as a character from the Christmas story – Angels, Donkeys, Shepherds, Inn-keepers, Wise men, camels, stars, sheep, stable animals, camels, Marys or Josephs – though you are welcome however you’re dressed!

    If I don't see you then, or at any of our other Christmas Services may I wish you all a peaceful Christmas and Happy New Year
    Revd. Sally Robertson (Priest in Charge) 
    07588 594410

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    Research Project - an exciting Opportunity to help others in the future

    Our school is working with a team of researchers at the University of Oxford on a large-scale research project called iCATS. The iCATS team want to develop a short questionnaire to help identify primary school children with anxiety problems who would benefit from support. As part of the process, we need contributions from families with a variety of backgrounds and needs.  

    We will be inviting all children in Years 4-6, and their parents to take part – and we will send home more information about the project and parent consent forms in January.  We’re hoping as many families as possible will get involved!


    Message from KS1

    Next term we are learning all about the different people who help us. If you know anyone who would like to come and talk to us about their job in the community we would love to hear from you! Please see one of the Y1 or Y2 teachers on the drop zone. Thank you in advance.

    Miss Webb, Miss Brandenburg, Miss Grace and Mrs Holloway


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    Reading Newsletter

    Here is our brand new reading newsletter which will be released each month! In our first edition we are exclusively revealing the first author to be visiting Tadpole Farm Book Festival! 

    Happy Reading - Miss Weston

    2019/20 Newsblog Term 2 Week 6
    Welcome to the TFCEPA BLOG. Another week closer to Christmas and a very busy last two weeks in school to follow. All of the children will enjoy a Christmas Experience journey in school time this week – all of the teachers have been busy preparing stations around the school where children will have an opportunity to reflect on the Christmas Story. We will also enjoy the YR Nativity and finish off the week with Christmas jumper day – which reminds me that I need to pull mine out from the back of the wardrobe… and I’m sure there’s an election in there somewhere too!
    Have a fantastic weekend with your families – as always, if you have any queries, please contact any member of staff via the school office.
    Best wishes – Mr Spencer

    -          Dates for your Diary
    -          Message from Y6
    -         Year R Reminders
    -         Pupil Voice Survey – Inclusion
    -         Church Service Info – Christingle
    -         Coffee Morning – thanks + info
    -         Year Nursery message
    -         Reminder – Head lice


    Dates for your Diary





    Term 2 2019/20
    Date
    Time
    Event
    10/12
    2-3pm

    5-6pm
    YR Nativity – grandparents and siblings

    YR Nativity – parents
    9/12 - 13/12
    RE Week - more details to follow
    13/12
    Christmas Jumper Day – charitable donations welcome  
    10/12
    Y6 learning at Life Skills Centre Bristol.  
    Provisional Date for YR Nativity - more details to follow
    11/12
    10am or 2pm
    YN Nativity Tableau and songs – letters have been sent out to all YN parents with specific time slots
    12/12
    7am-10pm
    ELECTION DAY – POLL OPEN IN SCHOOL HALL School will remain open - packed lunches will replace hot meals. 
    12/12
    EVENT POSTPONED – new date to follow
    Y5 and Y6 will be leading worship on theme of Perseverance– parents of children in these year groups  welcome to join us for worship
    13/12
    Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day
    16/12 – 17/12
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 -please note change to arrangements for Show Me sessions this year - in response to feedback about how crowded such sessions can get we have split the year groups - please see note below -  For YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 only Monday 16/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 17/12 – 3:30 – 4:30. 
      
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    16/12
    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

    18/12 is reserve date should event be postponed
    18/12
    Christmas Dinner – please book via Parent Pay
    20/12
    Last Day of Term - usual times
    21/12 – 5/1/2020
    Christmas holiday – school closed
    1/1/2020
    Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of the next term - see below.
    6/1/2020
    School closed to children - Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
    7/1/2020
    Children back to school normal times for start of term 3 - remember no school run clubs this week


    Message from Y6 

    Hi Everyone
    Our trip to Bristol Life Skills Centre is on Tuesday. Please remember that children should be in school uniform (they may wear trainers) for the trip, and will need to bring a packed lunch as we will be eating at the centre. Our trip is going to return at 4pm, so children will need to be collected then, unless they are to walk home. 

    We are looking forward to learning lots of new skills!
    Thanks - Miss Weston


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    YR Reminders

    Nativity- don't forget the children don't need collecting on Tuesday. They will stay in school at 3.30 to prepare for the nativity and play some Christmas games. We will provide them with a snack picnic tea. 

    Uniform- YR children should be wearing school trousers or skirts and school jumpers. Joggers and hoodies are for YN children only. 

    Bookbags - all children should now have a school bookbag for their reading book that fits into their classroom drawer.

    Tapestry 
    We have been so impressed with all of the home learning observations you have been adding to Tapestry this term. It is so lovely to see the children learning with their families.
    We will now close Tapestry next week Thursday 12th - Sunday 16th, so that staff can upload all the new learning observations for this term. 
    Have you spotted Father Christmas on Tapestry yet? Don't forget to add a photo of how your family celebrates Christmas to help the children talk about their experience when we return in January!



    Parent Voice Survey – Inclusion 
    We would be very grateful if you could find the time to fill in the parent voice survey, which has a focus on inclusion, so that we can continue to improve the support we offer to the families at Tadpole Farm. Please copy and paste the below web link to complete. 
    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1MrH80cCmT8gZD_AMmsCgiVlRlAsQVfM9sW7VOwn7Wes/edit?ts=5de90758



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    Church at Tadpole Garden Village: Christingle Service – This Sunday!
    If you have been to a Christingle Service before you’ll know how exciting children find lighting the candle in their orange and hearing again what all the parts of the Christingle mean.  If you haven’t ever been to one, now is your opportunity to find out.  Either way, come along to our Christingle Service this Sunday, (8th December) at 4pm in the school hall.
    Many thanks
    Sally 
    Revd. Sally Robertson (Priest in Charge) 
    Rev.sally.robertson@nschurch.org.uk


    Coffee Morning – thanks + further info

    Thank you so much to those of you who attended the coffee morning on Tuesday; it was lovely to meet you and have a chat.
    From 14th January 2020, we will be holding these coffee mornings every Tuesday 8:45- 10am in the small hall. These sessions will be an opportunity to talk to new people and learn more about the school and how to support your children. 
    All members of our community are welcome- young and old.
    Refreshments, toys and books will be available!

    Message from YN
    We hope that Hedgehogs families have been enjoying reading and sharing their YN lending library books at home. Just a reminder that all books need to be returned next week, by Friday 13th December if possible please, so the bags can be checked and organised ready for next term. Thank you! 

    Reminder - Head lice
    We have had a couple of reported incidents of Head Lice in school. For advice on how to recognize/treat head lice, please see the NHS guidance. 
    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/head-lice-and-nits/

    2019/20 Newsblog Term 2 Week 5

    Welcome to the TFCEPA BLOG. Where has Term 2 gone? As we move swiftly towards Christmas, there are some key bits of information linked to school events such as the YR Nativity. If, like me, you have been informed that you are putting up Christmas decorations this weekend, I wish you good luck. 
    Have a lovely weekend. Best wishes. Mr Spencer




    -          Dates for your Diary
    -          YR Nativity Info
    -          Election Day Info
    -          Message for New Parents
    -          Christmas Dinner day
    -          Message for Y4/5 parents
    -          Message from Y3



    Dates for your Diary


    Term 2 2019/20
    Date
    Time
    Event
    10/12
    2-3pm

    5-6pm
    YR Nativity – grandparents and siblings

    YR Nativity – parents
    9/12 - 13/12
    RE Week - more details to follow
    13/12
    Christmas Jumper Day – charitable donations welcome  
    10/12
    Y6 learning at Life Skills Centre Bristol.  
    Provisional Date for YR Nativity - more details to follow
    11/12
    10am or 2pm
    YN Nativity Tableau and songs – letters have been sent out to all YN parents with specific time slots
    12/12
    7am-10pm
    ELECTION DAY – POLL OPEN IN SCHOOL HALL School will remain open - packed lunches will replace hot meals. 
    12/12
    EVENT POSTPONED – new date to follow
    Y5 and Y6 will be leading worship on theme of Perseverance– parents of children in these year groups  welcome to join us for worship
    13/12
    Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day
    16/12 – 17/12
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 -please note change to arrangements for Show Me sessions this year - in response to feedback about how crowded such sessions can get we have split the year groups - please see note below -  For YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 only Monday 16/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 17/12 – 3:30 – 4:30. 
      
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    16/12
    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

    18/12 is reserve date should event be postponed
    18/12
    Christmas Dinner – please book via Parent Pay
    20/12
    Last Day of Term - usual times
    21/12 – 5/1/2020
    Christmas holiday – school closed
    1/1/2020
    Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of the next term - see below.
    6/1/2020
    School closed to children - Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
    7/1/2020
    Children back to school normal times for start of term 3 - remember no school run clubs this week

    YR Nativity Info

    Reception Nativity tickets are now available on Parentpay to purchase for both performances on Tuesday10th December 2019. 

    2pm - Grandparents/ Younger Siblings
    5pm - Parents only 

    The tickets are £1.00 per person but due to the limited space, there will be a maximum of 2 tickets available per family for the evening performance. You must pre purchase your tickets before the performance. 

    This year we have moved the evening performance forward to 5pm, as in previous years we have found that the children are very tired by the evening performance. This change means parents will not have much time between collecting the children at 3.30pm, giving them dinner and getting them back to school to put their costumes on before 5pm. 

    To make this easier the children in YR will not need to be collected at 3.30pmon the day and they will stay with the YR staff for some Christmas crafts and games and a snack tea before the evening performance. It also means you can have a free hour or so to go for a coffee with a friend or do a bit of Christmas shopping! 

    Reception parents have the opportunity to win 2 front row seats at the evening performance via a raffle.  Details of this are now on Parentpay for you to purchase as many tickets as you like at £1.00 each.  The winners of the front row raffle will be announced on Monday 8th December. 

    If you are not attending the evening performance, you will need to collect your child from the main office at 5.45 after the performance.

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    Election Day Details – 12.12.19

    The Polling Station (small hall) is open from 7.30am – 10.00pm. The entrance is the door used for breakfast club that can be seen from the Drop Zone. Please look out for signs/helpers for further information on the day.


    Message for New Parents - coffee morning 

    Dear parents and carers of children who are new to our school this year,
    As new starters to Tadpole Farm CEPA this year, we are delighted to invite you to our coffee morning on Tuesday 3rd December 9am- 10.30am in the small hall. 
    The morning will be led by myself, Alison Flynn (School Inclusion Lead) and Anna Salter who is the school Family Support Worker. You will have the opportunity to ask us any questions that are on your mind; meet other families who are new to the school and to discuss school life.
    We hope you will join us to share refreshments and conversation with other members of the Tadpole community.

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    Christmas Lunch

    Christmas Lunch day is 18th December – please book via Parentpay



    Message for Y4 + Y5 parents

    Next week Year 4 and 5 are lucky enough to be involved in a project called Naturehood, which aims to engage children with nature and encourages them to take action to protect it. Year 4 will be going out to explore nature on Thursday and Year 5 will be going out on Friday. Please make sure your child has warm outdoor clothing and wellies for this day! 


    Message from Y3

    If anyone has any clean and used tins or plastic water bottles please can they be passed to a member of the year 3 team so we can use reuse them as part of our topic next week. 

    Thanks

    2019/20 Newsblog Term 2 Week 4

    Welcome to this week’s BLOG. Quite a lot to get through this week as we move towards the festive period. An opportunity to dust off the Christmas jumpers and order an early Christmas Dinner!
    I for one have already enjoyed listening to the Y6 pupils’ fantastic Radio show – I’m certain you will too.
    Have a restful and enjoyable weekend.
    Mr Spencer


    ·                     Dates for your Diary
    ·                     Year 6 Radio
    ·                     Switch Off Fortnight
    ·                     The Sun ‘Books for Schools’
    ·                     Message from YN – Nativity
    ·                     News from St Andrew’s Church
    ·                     Swindon Town FC Courses
    ·                     Scouts – Christmas Cards
    ·                     Term Dates 2020/21



    Dates for your Diary




    Term 2 2019/20
    Date
    Time
    Event
    10/12
    2-3pm

    5-6pm
    YR Nativity – grandparents and siblings

    YR Nativity – parents
    9/12 - 13/12
    RE Week - more details to follow
    13/12

    Christmas Jumper Day – charitable donations welcome  
    10/12
    Y6 learning at Life Skills Centre Bristol.  
    Provisional Date for YR Nativity - more details to follow
    11/12
    10am or 2pm
    YN Nativity Tableau and songs – letters have been sent out to all YN parents with specific time slots
    12/12
    7am-10pm
    ELECTION DAY – POLL OPEN IN SCHOOL HALL School will remain open - packed lunches will replace hot meals. 
    12/12
    EVENT POSTPONED – new date to follow
    Y5 and Y6 will be leading worship on theme of Perseverance– parents of children in these year groups  welcome to join us for worship
    13/12
    Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day
    16/12 – 17/12
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 -please note change to arrangements for Show Me sessions this year - in response to feedback about how crowded such sessions can get we have split the year groups - please see note below -  For YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 only Monday 16/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 17/12 – 3:30 – 4:30. 
      
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    16/12
    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

    18/12 is reserve date should event be postponed
    18/12

    Christmas Dinner – please book via Parent Pay
    20/12
    Last Day of Term - usual times
    21/12 – 5/1/2020
    Christmas holiday – school closed
    1/1/2020
    Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of the next term - see below.
    6/1/2020
    School closed to children - Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
    7/1/2020
    Children back to school normal times for start of term 3 - remember no school run clubs this week



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    Year 6 Radio

    On Friday, Year 6 had a Radio Workshop where they created their very own radio show which went out LIVE on Anderton Tiger. 

    If you would like to listen to it (or listen to it again!) please use this link:

    A big thank you to Russell Prue for giving us this experience! 


    Switch off Fortnight

    As part of our Switch Off Fortnight in school (18th - 29th November), our Eco Committee have decided to try a No Electricity Day on Thursday 28th November. We are all going to try and use as little electricity as possible all day long in classes and around school. We'd like to invite you to join in with us on this day by trying to reduce your electricity at home! Please encourage your children to think of new ways they can reduce electricity around their homes to share with their friends. Thank you! 

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    Sun ‘Books for Schools’
    We have signed our school up for 'The Sun Books for Schools' and would really like your help to collect as many tokens as we can. This can then help to extend our range of books within our school library! 
    Please send these tokens in with your child so they can give them to their class teacher.
    Tokens start in tomorrow's Sun newspaper (Saturday 22nd November).

    Message from YN team
    All parents should have received an invite letter to the YN Nativity - please can parents return slips to let us know how many reports to expect.  

    News from Reverend Sally (St Andrew’s Church)
    News from St Andrew's Church.
    Not long now until Christmas, so here are the details of all our Christmas Services.

    There are two at Tadpole Farm, of which the first is our Christingle Service on 8th December at 4pm.  There will be traditional Christingles and another performance from TFA's Performing Puppets Club.  Hope to see you there.
    Many thanks
    Sally 




    Swindon Town Football Club Courses




    Scouts – Christmas Cards

    We are delighted to be hosting the scouts green post box for Christmas Card deliveries in the local area. A volunteer from the scouting community will be selling scout stamps in the school foyer on Tuesday 26th November 3:15pm – 3:45pm and Wednesday 27th November 8:30am – 9am only - CASH ONLY please.
    The green box will be available during normal school opening hours for dropping off Christmas cards with the scout stamp on them. Last day for posting is 4pm Wednesday 11th December. After that, the thousands of cards are sorted and the local scouting groups deliver them to their communities just before Christmas.



    Term Dates for 2020/21



    2019/20 Newsblog Term 2 Week 2

    Hello All

    New School Sign
    - see more below - thank you FOTF!
    It was a bit of a shock to get up on Thursday to see snow!!!! This little spattering of snow did make us check our snow procedures though and we have included an item below so you know how we communicate to you if it really snows. The beginning of the week was a reflective moment, led by our service family group, to think about the courage and generosity of those in the military services in giving so much for the greater good of our communities - both historically, today and always. Friday saw us all getting dressed up for Children in Need for a different sort of giving to our communities - the children looked colourful and cosy - thank you for supporting this day. 


    In the blog this week:-

    • Dates for your Diary
    • FOTF Update on Fundraising
    • Football Match Report
    • Message for YR Parents and Request for Donations from All
    • Message for YN - Book Return Dates
    • Reception Places for September 2020
    • Issues with receiving email re the Newsblog
    • Thank you for Supporting the Parking Changes 
    • Snow Day Procedure

    Dates for your Diary

    Term 2 2019/20
    Date
    Time
    Event
    19/11

    Forest School for Y1 and Y2 children
    20/11

    Provisional date for Flu Vaccinations 
    Book Wagon in school - more details to follow
    26/11

    Forest School for Y1 and Y2 children
    3/12

    Forest School for Y1 and Y2 children
    10/12

    Forest School for Y1 and Y2 children
    10/12
    2-3pm
    YN Nativity – grandparents and siblings
    9/12 - 13/12

    RE Week - more details to follow
    10/12

    Y6 learning at Lifeskills Centre Bristol.  
    Provisional Date for YR Nativity - more details to follow
    11/12

    Provisional Date for YN Nativity Tableau and songs - more details to follow
    12/12
    7am-10pm
    ELECTION DAY – POLL OPEN IN SCHOOL HALL School will remain open - packed lunches will replace hot meals. 
    12/12

    EVENT POSTPONED – new date to follow
    Y5 and Y6 will be leading worship on theme of Perseverance– parents of children in these year groups  welcome to join us for worship
    13/12

    Save the Children Christmas Jumper Day
    16/12 – 17/12

    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 -please note change to arrangements for Show Me sessions this year - in response to feedback about how crowded such sessions can get we have split the year groups - please see note below -  For YR, Y2, Y4, Y6 only Monday 16/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 17/12 – 3:30 – 4:30. 
      
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    16/12 or 18/12
    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
    20/12

    Last Day of Term - usual times
    21/12 – 5/1/2020

    Christmas holiday – school closed
    1/1/2020

    Last Date for ordering meals via Parent Pay for week 1 of the next term - see below.
    6/1/2020

    School closed to children - Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
    7/1/2020

    Children back to school normal times for start of term 3 - remember no school run clubs this week




    FOTF Update on Fundraising
    Thanks to everyone who has supported the FOTF team so far this year.
    We have raised a massive £1231 already this school year with an amazing amount of support from parents, carers, our wonderful school team and members of our local community!
    If you’ve been into school over the last few days you would have noticed our fabulous mosaic has been put up at reception!
    We are super proud of this project that was funded by the FOTF, we had a great Bristol based mosaic artist David Bowers of Mosaic Madness who came into school and spent 4 days producing this piece of art with a lot of help from the pupils, staff and FOTF team.

    This is exactly why we fundraise, so our children can have these experiences so thank you for this amazing start to the year and for the support already shown, we really do appreciate it. 


    Going forward into December we will have our Christmas Raffle (prizes and ticket information coming soon!) and our refreshment stall at the children’s Carols by candlelight service, if you are available to support at the event there will be a sign up form being emailed over the next couple of weeks.

    If you need any further information about the FOTF team or would like to know how to get involved please email us directly on fotf@tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk or follow us on our Facebook page ‘Friends of Tadpole Farm Academy’


    Football Match Report

    The boys went out looking to bounce back from their defeat last week and were met with a very huge pitch and a Haydon Leigh team who weren’t there to just make up the numbers. They made us work extremely hard throughout and were a credit to their school, especially their keeper, who made some cracking saves as we spent most of the first half in their box. We were rewarded with five goals; Zack being the first scorer, as he found himself an opportunity deep in the Haydon Leigh half and his effort with a little help from the defender snuck into the bottom corner. Kaden then got in on the act as his solo run finished off an effort on goal that snuck in from a tight angle. Joseph found himself beating the Haydon Leigh defender and he, unselfishly, squared the ball to Briel who slotted it home. Later, Joseph was rewarded with his first of the game as he stroked his effort calmly past the keeper. For our final goal, the boys slick passing between each other showed as they chose not to be selfish and finally squared the ball to Joseph for his second of the game.

    After having a very strong half, we took the decision to challenge the boys arranging them in positions they weren’t so familiar with as well as giving them a team challenge. Sadly, we did concede one goal despite Charlie doing his utmost to keep it out. The boys continued to push on with their team challenge and were rewarded with efforts but sadly couldn’t find the back of the net. Meanwhile, Haydon Leigh continued to press and create opportunities and they were thwarted only by Charlie, who was having a brilliant second half. He made several key saves that any goal keeper would have been proud of and was by far the player of the match in second half, as he was vital for keeping the scoreline low.

    This win tops off what is already been a brilliant 2nd season for Team Tadpole. While we now take a break for the winter, all is still to play for as we still find ourselves in contention for the league and are in the quarter finals of the plate competition. We like to thank the parents for their continued support as without your help we wouldn’t be able to compete in these matches. Can’t wait to see what the second half brings.

    Miss Wood and Mr Spencer 

    Message for YR Parents and Request for Donations from All

    Reading - the children have really enjoyed their first reading books and developing their early reading skills over the last week. Please make sure your child has their reading folder (containing their book, reading record and key word key) in their book bag everyday, so that they do not miss being heard read or having new words added.

    Toys - This term we are exploring toys - Do you have any old toys from your childhood we could borrow to look at and compare to modern toys? You could send us a photo of your old toys or even you playing with them as a child!

    Loose parts - We love exploring using lots of different objects. At the moment we are creating a collection of loose parts that we can use for building, sorting, counting, making patterns etc. Do you have any of the following items you no longer need?

    - Small wicker baskets

    - Wooden curtain rings

    - Corks

    - Wooden beads

    - Wooden pegs

    - Buttons

    We would be grateful for any donations!

    Message for YN - Book Return Dates
    We hope Hedgehogs parents and carers have been enjoying the new YN Lending Library and having lots of fun sharing stories at home with your children and doing related activities. Just a reminder, so that the books can be given out to the other half of the class, please can you return your book in their bags week beginning Monday 18th November and no later than Friday 22nd November. Thank you! Happy reading!

    Reception Places for September 2020

    A reminder for anyone who is yet to apply for a school place for September 2020 start. The deadline to apply is Wednesday 15th January with Swindon Borough Council. Please use the link below for details of how to apply for places. ALL CHILDREN MUST APPLY, EVEN IF THEY ATTEND OUR NURSERY.

    https://www.swindon.gov.uk/info/20071/school_places_and_admissions/427/primary_school_places_and_admissions/3

    Issues with receiving email re the Newsblog

    A small number of parents have had issues receiving the newsblog email from the newsblog address. We have checked with our IT people and they have shown us how to check the details behind each email sent to every address within our parent groups (we just use a group address so don’t see individual addresses each time). We think that any minor issues have been resolved.

    If you still have issues or you know a friend who is having issues please take the following action:-
    1.  Send an email from your address to newsblog@tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk. You will get an automatic reply and this should enable you to tell your firewall/email system that the email address is not junk/trash.
    2.  Whilst you are trying to resolve the issue, remember that the blog is available all the time on the website so you can check there too - www.tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk
    3.  If number 1 does not seem to resolve the issue please email school@tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk, copying in jane.leo@tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk. The office will then double check we have your correct email adress and I will send you a test email from the newsblog address.

    This has seemed to resolve all the current issues - some were internally ours, others were firewalls etc on the receivers end. We will be looking in to a parent communication system for the future as part of a communication review project but for now we are persevering… living our values:)

    Thank you for Supporting the Parking Changes  



    A heartfelt thank you for supporting the parking changes this term - your children are safer for you doing so. We have had a request from our neighbours that you avoid parking in designated parking spaces (these have small metal plates on the ground signifying flat or house numbers) as some people are arriving back to find their space blocked by a parent picking up from school. Thank you for your help in building and maintaining good neighborhood relationships.

    Snow Day Process
    Just in case... this is what we do if there is snow... An email will be sent to all parents if we are considering closing because of snow - message will also be on the website and on Twitter, as well as local radio, but the email is your most reliable information. Our aim is to open if at all possible but that will depend on the following:-

    1. Is the school site safe for everyone to access?

    2. Are there enough staff, including qualified first aiders and safeguarding leads, to ensure safe staff:pupil ratios?

    3. Will we have dinners and heating?

    We may have to decide we are unable to run before school LilyPad or only open at 8:50 - i.e. no early drop off, as any staff we can get in would be helping to clear the site and make it safe for your children.

    Decisions are made early on the morning of a closure or, if heavy snowfall then the previous night.

    It's never an easy decision - we'll do all we can to support those of you who need to get to work by opening if it's safe to do so.





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