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Year 5/6 Stockport Tag-Rugby Finalists

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A big congratulations to our Tag-Rugby team who competed in last week’s Stockport Schools’ Tag-Rugby Final at Heaton Moor Rugby Club. The team won all three pool games, winning 6:1 against Cale Green, 7:4 against Bradshaw Hall and 5:2 against Hazel Grove. They then progressed to the semi-final as the highest placed team, beating Pownall Green 5:3. In the final, they faced Norris Bank whom they beat in the first round before Christmas. Norris Bank came back from 3:2 down to equalise in the final seconds of normal time and then went on to win by golden try in extra time. Both teams go through to the Greater Manchester Winter Games with the finals being held on 15th March. Well done everyone.

Newsletter: 15.01.16

Dear Parents and Carers

 If I have not already done so in person, may I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year on behalf of the staff and governors.

 The children have been settling back into the school routines very well after the Christmas holiday every day; impressing their teachers greatly by the amount and quality of their work. The children should really feel proud of how well they have settled back into school and of the amazing work that they are doing.

 In the newsletter, you will find some of the key dates for this term.

 My best wishes for the weekend

 

Yours sincerely

 Mr MJ Shaw

Headteacher

 

Collection from School

 

We have recently had quite a number of children who have not been collected from school until a considerable amount of time has passed after the end of the school day. Just to remind you, the collection times for the end of the school day are:

Reception/Key Stage 1: 15:10

Key Stage 2: 15:15

School Car Park

The school car park is for staff and deliveries only unless you have permission to use the disabled bay. We would be grateful if parents and carers did not use the car park, as some staff cars have recently been damaged by visiting vehicles.

Leave of Absence

If you are requesting Leave of Absence during term time for your child, please could you ensure where possible that you provide the school with at least four weeks’ notice by completing a form from the school office. This does not apply in a small amount of circumstances, such as for children attending independent school examinations as it is not always possible to obtain such advance notice.

E-Safety Consent Forms

We are still awaiting some e-safety consent forms to be returned to school. If you have not already done so, please can you talk through the e-safety rules with your son/daughter, sign the forms and return them to school by Friday.

Local Delivery!

We are very pleased to announce that Mrs Gholinia had a baby girl on Friday 8th January. Josephine Gholinia was born weighing a very healthy 6lb 8oz and both baby and mum are doing very well. Our congratulations go to Mr and Mrs Gholinia.

Spelling Bee

At the end of term, the children in Years 3-6 will be taking part in a spelling bee competition as part of our drive to raise the profile of spelling. In addition, today and on Monday, staff will be taking part in a mind-blowingly difficult test in front of the children. Best wishes to Mrs Babinska, Mrs Bridgehouse, Mrs Fraser, Mr Shaw and Mr Donaldson who are taking part in today’s round. We will let you know how they get on.

Reducing Sugar

With this new year, we are taking the opportunity to reduce our sugar intake. We all know the dangers of too much sugar from dental decay to diabetes. Therefore, we would like to encourage parents and carers not to bring in sweets on their children’s birthdays but if you do want to bring in a gift for the children, it would be great to bring in something creative or practical. An example of this was seen in Year 1 with some fabulous bubble blowers.

 
   

Sports News

Lacrosse Team

Last week, our lacrosse teams travelled to Reddish Vale School for the commencement of the Stockport Lacrosse Tournament. A team of eight children took part in the competition against seven other teams. Our team played brilliantly and showed a very high level of skill, coming third overall. Next month, we will travel to Reddish again for the open final of the wider Stockport competition. Congratulations to lacrosse player of the tournament, George Smith, who also received a special commendation for determination.

Dates For Your Diary

Wednesday 10th February – Pop-Lacrosse Open Final

Thursday 25th February – Stockport Tag-Rugby Final (Years 5/6)

w/b 14th March 2016 – Parent Teacher Meetings Reception to Year 6 (Tuesday/Wednesday evenings)

w/b 14th March 2016 – Science Week

29th / 30th March – Year 4 Residential to Tattenhall

Friday 1st April – Non-Uniform Day

Newsletter: 22.05.15

Dear Parents and Carers

 At school, we can hardly believe that the final half term of the year is upon us as the year has passed by so quickly. It has been incredible to see the children developing so quickly and growing in confidence, particularly our wonderful Reception children in Antarctica class who have changed so much since September.

 I thought it would be helpful to remind you that the children will be returning to school on Tuesday 9th June as Monday 8th June is a First-Aid training day for all staff.

 I hope that your children have a very well-deserved Whitsuntide holiday over the next two weeks and we look forward to seeing them on Tuesday 9th June.

 Yours sincerely

 Mr MJ Shaw

Headteacher

 Fundraising for Nepal

 We have now revised upwards the amount of money that was raised by the school community for the disaster relief fund in Nepal. In total, an incredible £380.34 was raised which is an exceptional effort for the six of our school. The money has now been sent off to the government’s Disaster Emergency Committee.

Year 2 Swashbuckle

On Wednesday, our Year 2 children went to Media City to take part in the BBC Swashbuckle programme. They were extremely excited to be dressed up as pirates and taking part in the show and they had a fabulous time. Gem, Line, Cook and Captain Sinker thought that they were amazing and have declared them to be the cheeriest cheerers ever to set foot aboard the Scarlet Squid. We will let you know in due course when the show will be aired on CBeebies.

Year 1 Hatworks

Year 1 went off to the Hatworks Museum this week in the pouring rain and returned in yes…the rain! However, they had a superb time learning all about hatmaking as part of their topic. Violet commented that the visit was ‘fabulous’ and Caleb stated that it was ‘spectacular!’

Year 3 visit to Chester Zoo

Last week, Year 3 (Africa) went to visit Chester Zoo as part of their summer term topic to look at different African animals. The children enjoyed the visit immensely and were inspired to create incredible African Animal fact-files in class which they share with each other. Who would have thought that two children would have chosen to write about the incredible okapi – relative of the giraffe?

End of Year Awards

If you have any children who were in Year 6 last year and received one of our annual awards, please could you return it as soon as possible so that we can use them in our Leavers’ Asssembly.

Spirals

At the end of each week, we announce which of our houses has won the leaf point competition – Jacaranda, Oak, Willow or Palm. The children really enjoy this and the house captains record the positions on our Leaf Point spirals which reside in our Globe Zone. Mr Roberts who originally made the spirals some years ago, has recently revamped them beautifully with wooden plinths. These will now last for many more years, so we would like to thank Mr Roberts for his hard work yet again.

Reception Mud Kitchen

Mrs Patton and her class would like to say a great big thank you to all the parents who have donated equipment for the Reception Mud Kitchen and to the parents and staff who have helped to create it. A  particularly special mention goes to Mr Tonge who has helped so much in its creation. The Reception outdoor classroom is looking great with all the equipment, plants, beds, gazebo and mud kitchen.

Sports Day

Sports Day will be held on Wednesday 17th June (the second week back after half term). Information about the day will go out shortly after the holiday but this year, there will be refreshments available for parents by Stay and Play. The proceeds will be in aid of our Lucas Garden by the side of our Year 6 classroom.

Lucas Garrity Smile Award

Each week in assembly, we give out a Star trophy to reward a child in school who has demonstrated a really positive attitude in their work and around school. If you visit the school entrance, you will notice that we now have a Lucas Garrity Smile Award board which has been donated by the Rotary Club of Stockport Lamplighter. This board was presented to the school by the Rotary Club and was gratefully received by Mr Shaw and Mrs Garrity. Each year, we will record the names of one boy and one girl in Year 2 who have demonstrated an exceptionally positive attitude and smiley demeanour, just like the shining example that Lucas set for us.

Friends of Tithe Barn

On Thursday 11th and Friday 12th June, FOTB will be selling Father’s Day gifts after school. There will also be a clothes collection (bags going out today) on the Friday and a Kids Cinema Night.

Dinner Money – next half term

The cost of dinner money for next half term will be £73.80 for Years 3, 4 and 5 and £63.55 for Year 6.

Playing Before and After School

Please could we remind everyone that the children may not play on any school playground equipment on the school grounds before or after school. Play equipment is not intended for use outside of the school day as it requires staff supervision.

Sports News

Tennis Competition

Four children in Year 4 had the opportunity to take part in a tennis competition this week at West Heaton’s Tennis Club. Well done to Gustav, Eve, Harry and Lauren who played really well and came second overall out of the three teams represented. Keep up the great work!

Forthcoming Dates for Your Diary

 

May

Friday 22nd May – Break up for Whitsuntide Holiday

June

Monday 8th June – School closed for In-service training (First Aid)

Tuesday 9th June – School reopens

Wednesday 10th June – Year 3 visit to Manchester Art Gallery

Thursday 11th/Friday 12th June – FOTB Father’s Gift Sale

Friday 12th / Saturday 13th June – FOTB Clothes Collection

Friday 12th June – Kids Cinema Night

w/b 15th June – Year 1 Phonics Screening check

Wednesday 17th June – Sports Day

Friday 19th June – New Reception Parents Meeting

Saturday 20th June – Tithe Barn Quiz and Chip Supper

Monday 22nd June – Class photographs

Thursday 25th June – Year 6 Residential Meeting, 6pm

Tuesday 30th June – KS2 Summer Concert, 1830

July

Thursday 2nd July/Friday 3rd July – Year 3 Sleepover

Thursday 2nd July – Year 6 transition visit to Priestnall

Tuesday 7th July – Year 6 production , 0930

Wednesday 8th July – Year 6 production, 1830

Friday 10th July – End of Year Reports out to parents

Monday 13th July – Year 6 visit to France

Sunday 19th July – FOTB Summer Fayre

Monday 20th July – Class swap morning

Thursday 23rd/Friday 24th July – Continents Days

Tuesday 28th July – Children break up for the summer

 

Newsletter: 02.04.15

Dear Parents and Carers

 Easter is here and the signs of Spring are heralding the arrival of our holidays. This week in school, we have been very fortunate to share some wonderful experiences. Year 4 went to Tattenhall, Chester on Monday for our first residential trip there, where they concentrated on willow weaving, team games and map work. They were a real credit to the school and to their parents, with the staff at the centre remarking on their high standards of behaviour and work. They were also impressed by our impromptu piano recital during dinner and the children’s amazing appetites!

 Yesterday, our strings ensemble performed some excellent French music whilst the rest of the school sang along under the tutelage of our fabulous French teacher, Mademoiselle Llaneza and Pia Oliver. Thank you to the children and adults for their hard work and to Carolyn Tregaskis who practised the music with her strings group.

 This morning, we had a very enjoyable and informative Year 3 Egyptian Exhibition for parents where the children were able to show all the amazing work that they have been doing in their History lessons – well done to Year 3 and Mrs Gholinia.

 Finally, Year 2 children were able to showcase their amazing efforts in music to mums and dads by performing ‘Hot Cross Buns’ on their instruments. In fact, it was so good and so well attended, that they had to perform twice just to make sure that everyone got to hear their great performance. Thank you Year 2 and Mr Donaldson.

 May I take this opportunity of wishing you a very happy and peaceful Easter.

 Yours sincerely

 Mr MJ Shaw

Headteacher

 Friends of Tithe Barn

There will be an informal Friends of Tithe Barn meeting on Tuesday the 28th April at the Kro bar. If you are willing to help or lead an event in the summer term, you are warmly invited to attend.

Please can we say a huge thank you for the hard work to raise much needed funds for our school.

Michelle Sinclair and her team created a wonderful Mother’s Day gifts stall. Michelle worked really hard to create some beautiful mothers’ days flowers and gifts and raised over £250 marvellous work –  thank you so much. Another big thank you to Hayley Townley and her team for the brilliant Bingo night!!   We had an amazing event with over 100 happy bingo players, it was a fabulous family night and raised over £450.

Thank you to everyone who helped and supported these two fundraisers it really makes a difference. Funds will be spent on new cookery equipment and provisions, St John’s ambulance first aid training for the kids, new art supplies and seeds for the allotment, plus lots more.
If you would like to organise a school fundraiser we are always looking for new ideas and help.

Safeguarding

If your child is going home with someone other that who they usually go home with, please can you let Mrs Barrett or their class teacher know. If they attend Stay and Play after school and are not attending one evening, please can you ensure that Mrs Maher knows that they will not be there.

Heaton Mersey Music Festival

The Heaton Mersey Music Festival was a huge success for Tithe Barn this term. The children were amazing in all their performances in Brass, strings and singing with Laurel Lane. If the school trophy cabinet is anything to go by, they were absolutely incredible. Well done to all the individual and group performers and thank you to the many parents and adults who helped out with this.

Top Gear Cards

Every now and then, schools are hit by a sudden craze such as Loom Bands and Football cards. These are on the whole great but sometimes can go missing and this then impacts upon learning time. Some children have been bringing in vast amounts of cards to swap and some of them have gone missing. We therefore ask that the children do not bring them into school any more as they are impacting upon different areas of school life.

After School Clubs

Judo restarts on Tuesday mornings after the Easter Holidays (Yrs 1 – 6). The new five week course will start at 8.00am on Tuesday 21 April and will run until Tuesday 19 May. The lessons stay at £20 per block with payment to be made online or cheque made payable to Tithe Barn Primary School.

Lacrosse continues Wednesdays after school but with a new coach. Sean Smith (who came over as part of a Lacrosse development programme with English Lacrosse) has returned to his college in America. Chris Peacock will take over the Club after Easter. Chris, who is also part of English Lacrosse, has already been teaching Lacrosse in the school so knows the children well. The cost stays at £4 per session (£20 for the half term).

After the Easter holidays there will be a new Athletics Club starting on Thursdays after school for Yrs 3 and Yr 4.  The club will be ran by our Year 4 Teacher Miss Heather Ainsworth until 4.30pm and will be free.  If you would like your child to attend this club – or indeed start any of the other clubs we are currently running – please fill in the Permission Slip attached and return it to school on the first day back after the Easter holidays.

Fundraising for Francis House Children’s Hospice

Thanks to Niamh, Grace and Sam in Yr 6 who showed their entrepreneurial skills helping to sell over 360 knitted chicks for Francis House (raising over £360). Thanks to everyone who supported this fundraiser.

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Lacrosse Team

Last week, the Lacrosse team went to the Greater Manchester Winter Youth Games to take part in the regional lacrosse competition. The team performed amazingly well and conceded the least amount of goals in the competition. They have therefore qualified for the national lacrosse finals in June. Well done everyone for your brilliant display.

Newsletter: 13.03.15

Dear Parents and Carers

 It’s been a wonderful Science Week in school with the children gaining some invaluable experiences from our visiting scientists, doctors and engineers. The children also enjoyed their visit from Zoolab looking at different animals such as cockroaches, rats and snakes. Today, Year 6 have been undertaking a Cabbage Science workshop, learning about polymers and PH. Thank you to all our parents and relatives who have been into school to help make our science week such a huge success. The children are very fortunate to be part of such a scientific community. 

 The children have looked amazing with their Red Nose Day funny faces and the Bake Off was incredible with very impressive cakes and biscuits. Well done to all the children for taking part and congratulations to Grace Brimage in Year 6 for her first-placed lemon and orange fairy cakes. World Book Day went off without a hitch last week with a fine array of characters coming into school – children and staff alike. The reading assembly and ‘drop everything and read’ sessions were widely enjoyed.

 My best wishes for the weekend

 Yours sincerely

 Mr MJ Shaw

Headteacher

 Morning Lining Up

From Monday, we are making some changes to the lining-up on the playground before school at 0850. Class lines have become increasingly congested with parents saying goodbye to the children and it is making it difficult for the children to come into school in an orderly fashion. From Monday, the teachers on duty will blow a whistle at 0850 for the children to line up in their classes. At this point, can we ask all parents to move towards the area in front of the stage so that the children can move into the school smoothly, able to see the teachers on duty clearly.

In addition, teachers on-duty have recently been asked to take many items into school by parents to deliver to different classrooms. If you do have items to send into school and these cannot be taken in by the children, please can you kindly take them to the office rather than giving them to the teacher on duty. Thank you.

School Milk

This week, we have sent letters to all children detailing information about free milk for under-fives and milk provision for the rest of the children. Please can you read this information carefully and complete the relevant registrations if you would like your child to take part in the scheme.

Parent-Teacher Meetings

Thank you to all the parents who have replied to arrange appointments for our parent-teacher meetings. If you have missed the opportunity, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your child’s class teacher.

Compost

During science week, the children have been starting to prepare the allotments for growing and have been planting out their seeds. However, we are fast running out of compost, so we would be grateful of any donations if you do have some at home.

Active Kids Vouchers

Just a reminder that if you do have any Active Kids vouchers from Sainsbury’s, please can you send them to the school office.

Friends of Tithe Barn Support – Our PTA

Over the next few months we would like to organise some more great family events which will be fun for everyone and will raise some much, much needed funds to support our children’s education and learning.

To make these a success we need your help and we desperately need some volunteers who are willing to organise some of these events or suggest other events that will be fun. These are the ideas which have been put forward, if you think you or a group of you could help make one of these activities happen then please, please let us know, it would be really appreciated.

March 12th/13th –       Mothers’ Day Gifts  –  Michelle Saddoo

March 20th –                Family Bingo Night – Hayley Townley

April 2nd                      Easter Egg tombola and treasure Hunt

May                                         Family Fun Run –

June                                         Kids Cinema Night    – Julie Woosey

 

Quiz Night –

 

Father’s Day gifts     – Amy Walker and Alison Kellett

 

July

Summer Fair   lots of help plus 2 or 3 organisers

September                   Family Festival –   Team 2014 plus welcomed extra volunteers

October                        Halloween Disco

At the moment the positions of Chairperson or persons of Friends of Tithe Barn and Treasurer is vacant. If you would like to take this opportunity to really make a difference to our school please let us know.

Learning Resource

Are you interested in learning more about kids and computing? Then have a look at this fun free family event in Manchester

Friday 27/03/15 6.00-9.00pm Family Hack Jam

Saturday 28/03/15 10.30-3.30pm Raspberry Jam

 Friday 27th Family Hack Jam

The aim of the Family Hack Jam event is to bring friends and families together to discover the fun, excitement and power of computer science, through an enjoyable, team-based problem-solving evening. No experience is needed

Have a look at the link for more details

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/family-hack-jam-manchester-270315-tickets-15115069580

Erasmus Grant

Last week, as part of her French subject leadership, Mrs Gholinia applied for an Erasmus grant to support our resources and training in a joint project with Mersey Vale. If successful, this will provide an incredible opportunity for our two schools to develop French further. Thank you to Mrs Gholinia for all of her hard work on this.

 

 

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Lacrosse Team

 Having won the Priestnall Lacrosse tournament, the Tithe Barn lacrosse team qualified for the Stockport final for the third year running. On Wednesday, the team travelled to Reddish Vale to take part in the finals and were drawn against Greave, Rose Hill, High Lane and Gatley in the group stage. Tithe Barn won all the matches and were the only school to do so, winning by 11:4, 13:1, 7:3 and 8:4 respectively. The team qualified through to the semi finals as the highest placed team and once again met Greave, winning this time by 10:3. We progressed to the finals against Mellor Primary and again won, this time by 6:4 in what was a nail biting final. Well done to the team who along with Mellor, will progress to the Greater Manchester finals on 24th March. The great result is testament to the hard work and dedication of the children and the investment that Tithe Barn had out into PE, sport, lacrosse and extra curricular activities over the last few years.

Swimming Team

Children from Year 5 and 6 took part in this year’s Rotary Swimathon to raise money for local charities and the school. The children met at Stockport Grammar School and swam for fifty five minutes in three teams. The swimmers chalked up nearly 400 lengths in their session and really enjoyed their participation. The children were presented with their certificates of participation following the event. Well done to all the swimmers who demonstrated how important community involvement is to all of us at Tithe Barn.

Stockport Harriers – Cross Country Competition

The boys did really well over the season in the cross country racing with the Year 3-4 team running superbly to come 5th out of 29 teams over the season.
In the individual events, more than 130 boys took part in the races over the season. Tom Morton came in a magnificent 5th overall out of 70 runners that managed to run in at least 4 out of the 6 qualifying races, Billy Barrett came 14th in the table. Jonathan Hyde ran 3 races, Jamie Roberston 2, Jonah Quinn 1 and Hamish Morton (Year 1)  1, all scoring valuable points for the team.

Hamish was fantastic, filling in at the last minute and coming in 43rd out of 77 runners to earn valuable points for Tithe Barn to hold onto 5th spot. Well done everyone!

Netball Success

Our netball team travelled to Priestnall this week for the Netball tournament. The team showed amazing improvement and Mr Donaldson was very impressed. The team won all but one of their matches, coming second to Didsbury Road. They will now progress to the Stockport finals. What a fabulous effort.

Football – Tithe Barn 2: 1 St George’s

The football team played against St George’s Primary School last night in the Edward’s Cup. The boys played extremely well, showing excellent skills and technique. They had to work very hard indeed against a team who were much bigger physically. However, the hard work paid off with a 2:1 win. Congratulations to the team and specifically to Bilal Ahmed-Little who was our player of the match.

 

 

 

 

 

Stockport Lamplighters Rotary Swimathon

Children from Year 5 and 6 took part in this year’s Rotary Swimathon to raise money for local charities and the school. The children met at Stockport Grammar School and swam for fifty five minutes in three teams. The swimmers chalked up nearly 400 lengths in their session and really enjoyed their participation. The children were presented with their certificates of participation following the event. Well done to all he swimmers who demonstrated how important community involvement is to all of us at Tithe Barn.

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Stockport Lacrosse Champions Again!

Having won the Priestnall Lacrosse tournament, the Tithe Barn lacrosse team qualified for the Stockport final for the third year running. On Wednesday, the team travelled to Reddish Vale to take part in the finals and were drawn against Greave, Rose Hill, High Lane and Gatley in the group stage. Tithe Barn won all the matches and were the only school to do so, winning by 11:4, 13:1, 7:3 and 8:4 respectively. The team qualified through to the semi finals as the highest placed team and once again met Greave, winning this time by 10:3. We progressed to the finals against Mellor Primary and again won, this time by 6:4 in what was a nail biting final. Well done to the team who along with Mellor, will progress to the Greater Manchester finals on 24th March. The great result is testament to the hard work and dedication of the children and the investment that Tithe Barn had out into PE, sport, lacrosse and extra curricular activities over the last few years.

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Newsletter: 27.02.15

Dear Parents and Carers

 

I hope that your children all had a great half term holiday; they have certainly seemed refreshed and ready for the run-up to Easter this week.

 Yesterday was a very exciting day in school as Howard Rose (our guitar and ukulele teacher) came into school with the BBC to perform his song from The Voice. The children really entered into the spirit of the event with their banners and t-shirts – they didn’t even seem put off by filming the same part several times! Many thanks to Mr Blackburn and Mrs Barrett for enabling Howard to come in and perform for us.

 We have several events coming up over the next few weeks which will be outlined in the newsletter such as World Book Day, Science Week, Red Nose Day and Parent-teacher consultations.

 My best wishes for the weekend

 Yours sincerely

 Mr MJ Shaw

Headteacher

 Private Fostering Arrangements

Is your child living with someone else, or is someone else’s child living with you? If this is the case and it has lasted more than 28 days, you will need to let Stockport Children’s Social Care know about the arrangement so that you can gain the right kind of advice and support. If this applies to you, please call them on 0161 2176028 or email cyp@stockport.gov.uk

World Book Day – Thursday 5th March 2015

Next Thursday is World Book Day — a celebration of all things wonderful about books for all ages, with author events and a £1 book token given to all schoolchildren under 18.

Ten children’s books are being published for just £1 — they can be exchanged for the token, or it can be set against a full-price book in local bookshops. There’s also a range of great books for adults that are also priced at just £1. In school we will be celebrating this opportunity to raise the profile of reading. On Thursday, your child may like to come dressed as their favourite book character or bring a prop from their favourite book for their classmates to guess which book it is from. We will also like to encourage the children to bring in a book from home as during the day, we will be ‘dropping everything and reading.’

Science Week – 9th-13th March 2015

From the 9th March, we will be holding our annual science week. Many thanks to the four parents who have already contacted us about coming in to talk or deliver workshops to the children – we are so fortunate to have so many scientists in our school community. If you would like to be involved, please email Mr Shaw – headteacher@tithebarn.stockport.sch.uk

Red Nose Day – Friday 13th March 2015

We will be joining in with the Red Nose Day theme of ‘Make your face funny for money’ on Friday 13th March. Children and adults may come to school with a funny face and may like to make a donation of £1 to this charity. More information can be found at http://www.rednoseday.com/

Big Dig – Thank you

Friday 13th February was the first of our Tithe Barn Big Dig. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped to start this year’s growing season. The children and adults had a great time preparing the allotment, digging over the beds and clearing away. We also had some great learning moments whilst planting the bulbs, which were very kindly donated. The children were very knowledgeable about the difference between seeds and bulbs. We learnt all about the different parts of the bulbs and guessed what they would grow into. They also figured out which way up they should be planted and learnt about different growing conditions for plants. We discussed how squirrels liked to dig for the bulbs and what we needed to do to stop them. We even had some great conversations about what plants need to grow and that Nitrogen fixation occurs naturally in the air by means of lightning, I think we have some budding scientists !! But most of all we all had fun getting dirty and getting out in the fresh air.

We will let you know when the next Big Dig will be and everyone is welcome. It was wonderful to see so many Grandparents, Aunties and Uncles. So if you can spare an hour to join in with the learning and growing please come along. Thank you to everyone who made this such a fun great afternoon.

Growing School

Next month, we will be having some hedgerow plants arriving from the Woodlands Trust to develop our hedgerow along Laurel Lane and we have obtained potatoes from the Potato Council who have an excellent website. If you are a childminder or work in an educational setting, you will also be able to make use of this project by registering on their website http://gyop.potato.org.uk/

This week, the teachers have been planning their growing activities for Spring planting in the allotment. If you are able to donate any compost, gardening tools and gloves or plants to school, we would be very grateful for all items received.

Staff Changes

Unfortunately at the end of next week, we will be saying goodbye to Miss Hay who has been working 1:1 in Reception, Year 1 and last year in Year 3. Miss Hay has gained a fabulous and exciting new position at a school much nearer to where she lives. We would like to thank her for all of her hard work and dedication in her role at Tithe Barn and wish her well for her new position. Today, we have been interviewing candidates to fill her position in school but we know she will be a hard act to follow.

Rotary Public Speaking Competition

Just before half term, we were delighted to be hosting the annual Rotary Public speaking competition for Primary school children for the second year running. Our fabulous team of Grace Brimage (Chair), Rebecca Roberts (Speaker) and Vijay Delange (Vote of thanks) did a great job in informing the judges and audience of their topic ‘Are footballers paid too much?’ Congratulations to Broadstone Hall who were this year’s first placed team. Our thanks go to Mrs Babinska for hosting the event and to Stockport Lamplighter Rotary Club for organising the competition.

 

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 Lacrosse Team

 Our two lacrosse teams performed magnificently in our recent qualification tournament at Priestnall with both team scoring victories. One of our teams qualified for the Stockport Lacrosse Final on Wednesday 4th March and we will be aiming to retain the winners shield and progress to the regional finals later in March. We will be joined by Norris Bank at the final with our two schools representing the Heatons’ Cluster of schools. Well done to all of the children involved; we are very proud of your achievements.

Swimming Team

We will again be participating in the Rotary Swimathon on 7th March with children from Years 5 and 6 participating and raising sponsorship money for local causes. We are delighted by the number of children taking part and it is likely that we will be the largest group taking part for the second year running.