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Tithe Barn Times 24th March 2017

School Dinners

Following extensive consultation with parents, children, governors and staff we have made the decision to seek an alternative provider for our school dinners.

Following a thorough review of alternative providers we have decided to go ahead with Dolce school dinners. Myself, Miss D Vose and a parent governor Laura Whillans visited a local school to taste their dinners and we were all extremely impressed.

Examples of their menus can be found at www.dolce.co.uk and they operate an on-line ordering system along with a payment system using direct debit. One of the many benefits of this company is the ability for parents to select school dinners for their child in advance, to see the nutrition contents and also to have great flexibility. Parents can choose to give their school dinner when it is convenient for them. Children are also able to select their choice for dinner at home or at school.

We will also have the facility in the future to invite parents’ to join us for school dinners and partake in a lunch with their child. We are very excited about our new provider and will provide further details next half term.

Have a lovely weekend.

Katherine Muncaster

Eggstravaganza

This year we will be holding an Eggstravaganza in school on Friday 31st March 2017. The aim is to raise money for the children’s chosen charity; for school and to have some fun!
The junior children will be running stalls in small groups, whilst the infant children will run a stall or activity as a class.

We will also be holding a decorated egg competition; we will be looking for entries where we can see how independent the children have been in their creations! A secret judge will be awarding prizes in the following categories:

A character from a children’s book or a film
A famous sports personality

Challenging yourself – growthmindset in action

Children in Year 4 can bring their entries to school on Wednesday 29th and everyone else who wishes to enter can bring the entries in on Friday 31st.

Children do not need to bring large amounts of money into school, each stall will cost 10p-20p a turn and we would appreciate it if the children brought change.    We are looking forward to a successful day and thank you for your support.

Key Dates

  • Tuesday 28th March – Year 6 Parents’ Evening (all day event)
  • Thursday 30th – 31st March – Year 4 Residential
  • Friday 31st March – Eggstravaganza
  • Friday 21st April – Reels on Wheels Cinema Night
  • Friday 28th April – Year 5 begin swimming lessons

Science Week

Last week saw the children exploring a range of exciting activities as Science was brought to life at Tithe Barn. From exploring space with the Tim Peake Project, workshops from Mad Science, Year 4 visited the lab at Priestnall and a wide range of activities led by our amazing parental volunteers.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Patton for organising the week and all our parents who gave up their time to share their work and Science with the children. If you would like to see further photographs from our adventures please visit our twitter account or the FOTB Facebook page.

FOTB Bingo

Thank you to everyone who attended the fantastic FOTB Bingo night. It was lovely to see so many families enjoying themselves.

It was a great evening with everyone having lots of fun and raising over £500 for school. I would like to say a huge thank to everyone who helped organise the event, to the volunteers in the kitchen, the people working behind the scenes and Hayley who ensured that the evening ran smoothly.

The Jungle Book

On Tuesday 21st March we had a visit from a touring theatre company who performed The Jungle Book. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed the performance and it was great to see the story brought to life in our hall.
The children are now completing further learning based around the story.

Google Chrome Books

As part of our continued development of IT at Tithe Barn, our next phase is the purchase of a class set of Google Chrome Books. These will be used to facilitate the children’s learning across the curriculum and are extremely flexible devices. They have touch operated screens as well as keyboards.

Following the recent newsletter, a local company has kindly offered to sponsor three Chrome Books, which is fantastic news and we are extremely grateful.

Each Chrome book costs approximately £259 and to assist in their purchase we are continuing to seek sponsorship from local businesses. If you know of a local business who would be willing to sponsor a Chrome Book or you work for a company that would like to please can you send the contact details to:
headteacher@tithebarn.stockport.sch.uk.

Thank you for your support with this matter.

Tithe Barn Times 10th March 2017

World Book Day

Last week, we had an amazing and eventful week celebrating World Book Day.

The children all wore some fantastic costumes and a major crime was solved. The mystery of the disappearing gingerbread men captivated the children’s interest and inspired some amazing writing.

If you wish to find out more please take a look on our twitter page or FOTB Facebook page. Thanks to all the staff for their amazing efforts preparing for the day, particularly Mrs Fraser and the ever so guilty Snow White.

We are looking forward to Science Week next week and again will be sharing all of our exciting experiences through twitter and Facebook so please follow us.

Have a lovely weekend. Katherine Muncaster

Lateness

Please can I politely remind parents to ensure that they collect their children on time at the end of the day. Whilst I understand that sometimes events are beyond parents’ control and our first priority is our children’s safety, we have an increasing number of children who are late to be collected on a regular basis. School finishes at 3.10pm for KS1 and at 3.15pm for KS2.

If you are going to be late please contact the office.

Thank you for your support with this matter.

Red Nose Day

On Friday 24th  March 2017 we will be raising money for Red Nose Day.  We have been selling red noses in School but they are now sold out!

In addition to this on Friday 24th March we will be having a non-uniform day. Children can come to school in their own clothes for a donation of £1

Key Dates

  • Tuesday 14th March – Bags to School will be collected
  • Monday 13th March – Friday 17th March- Science Week
  • Tuesday 21st March – Visit from a theatre company performing ‘The Jungle Book’
  • Friday 24th March – Non-uniform Day for Red Nose Day
  • Thursday 30th-31st March – Year 4 Residential

Safeguarding

As a school we are committed to the Safeguarding of all our children. Our school policy can be found on our website. All staff have recently attended Safeguarding training and both Mr Blackburn and myself are trained Designated Leads for Safeguarding.

If you ever have any concerns regarding safeguarding please do not hesitate to contact myself or Mr Blackburn

Bid Writing Working Party

Following on from our success with the AVIVA bid, we are now looking into alternative sources of funding for school.
As part of this process we are setting up a working party . If you feel that you could support the school and contribute to this we
would be delighted if you could attend a meeting on Friday 24th   March at 2pm.

If you are unable to attend and would like to help support the school, please email headteacher@tithebarn.stockport.sch.uk.

Google Chrome Books

As part of our continued development of IT at Tithe Barn, our next phase is the purchase of a class set of Google Chrome Books. These will be used to facilitate the children’s learning across the curriculum and are extremely flexible devices. They have touch operated screens as well as keyboards.

Each Chrome book costs approximately £259 and to assist in their purchase we are seeking sponsorship from local business. If you know of a local business who would be willing to sponsor a Chrome Book or you work for a company that would like to please can you send the contact details to headteacher@tithebarn.stockport.sch.uk
Thank you for your support with this matter.

Rotary Club Debate

Tom, Jessica and Isabelle were all fantastic and presented an informing debate examining the benefits of the NHS and private health care

Tithe Barn Times 20th January 2017

Welcome Back

Welcome back, I hope you all had a lovely break. The children have all settled back into school and are working hard.

We have some exciting activities coming up this term including, Science Week, a visit from a touring theatre company who will perform Jungle Book, and finally World Book Day on 2nd March.
Once again we will be asking the children to come to school dressed as a character from a book and we will be having some exciting activities to encourage a love of reading.

We will be showcasing all of the exciting events this term on our new website which will launch later this term.

Katherine Muncaster
Follow us on Twitter @TitheBarnPri

AVIVA Bid

A huge thank you for all your support with our application for funding for new computers. We are extremely excited that our bid was successful and will be installing fifteen new computers in the GCC after half term, once we have received the funding.

We would like to invite you to join us on Friday 10th February at 3.15pm for cake and a demonstration of what our new interactive boards can do to enhance your child’s learning at Tithe Barn.

Science Week

We are currently in the process of planning a week of exciting activities as part of the National Science Week. It will take place in school from Monday 13th March – Friday 17th March.

Mrs Patton is currently looking for volunteers and scientists to support our special week. If you are interested in volunteering please contact her on angela.patton@tithebarn.stockport.sch.uk

Key Dates

  • 10th February 3.15pm – Open classrooms and interactive board demonstration
  • 17th February 9am – FOTB Meeting
  • 2nd March – World Book Day
  • 8th March – Parents’ Evening
  • Monday 13th-17th March – Science Week

FOTB Next Meeting

The next meeting of FOTB will take place on Friday 17th February at 9am. Everyone is welcome and I do hope you can join us and share your ideas and opinions on Tithe Barn and how we can continue to work together to develop the school.

We will be having an evening meeting after half term for those who are unable to join us during the day. The date will be announced  shortly in the next newsletter.

Bags to School

On Tuesday 14th March we will be collecting clothes to be recycled and to raise funds for school. The more bags we collect the more we raise!

Bid Writing Working Party

Following on from our success with the AVIVA bid, we are now looking into alternative sources of funding for school.

As part of this process we are setting up a working party. If you feel that you could support the school and contribute to this we would be delighted if you could attend a meeting on Friday 3rd March at 2pm.

If you are unable to attend and would like to help support the school, please email headteacher@tithebarn.stockport.sch.uk

Recycling Batteries

The Eco Warriors and Mr Tongue have now organised a collection point for batteries that are ready to be recycled. If you wish to bring any batteries to school you will find the box in the main entrance.

Thank you

Skipping Workshop

On Wednesday we had an action packed day with a Skipping workshop for every class. The children learnt a variety of different skipping techniques and games.

Our new Year 4 Play Leaders and Mid-day Assistants also received training on different techniques and games they could lead at playtime. On Friday lunch time the playground was full of skipping ropes and children actively engaged in a range of games.

A huge thank you to Mr Blackburn for organising such a fantastic day which seems to be having a great impact already.

Newsletter: 06.05.16

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome back to school for the Summer Term. It doesn’t seem so long ago that the school year was starting and now we are in our final term. I have been delighted to see the children developing so much this year in all our classes, with the children in Year 2 and 6 really rising to the challenges of the new curriculum and assessment arrangements.

In this newsletter, you will find key dates for this term and some of the exciting and enjoyable activities that our Friends of Tithe Barn have arranged.

Have an enjoyable weekend.

Yours sincerely

Mr MJ Shaw
Headteacher

Morning Start

School starts at 0850. We are still experiencing a number of late arrivals to school and whilst we appreciate all the delays that can occur at the beginning of the day, we ask that parents/carers do all that they can to ensure that children are not late to school so that they do not start the day upset and are not missing out on their education.

Tucassi On-line Payments

As you will know, the school operates an on-line payments system and we encourage all parents/carers to use this service. When using the payment system, we will be grateful if you could try to avoid using credit cards and business charge cards as they incur a significantly higher charge to the school. We do understand that in some circumstances this is not possible but we will benefit from the increased use of debit cards where possible.

Parking

We would like to remind parents that when parking near the school, to be mindful of our local residents and the safety of pedestrians and other road users. Where possible, please try to walk to school.
Golden University – University of Cheerful, Confident Achievers!

Last week, we introduced a new Friday afternoon regimen for the children whereby they sign up for different activities that they can take part in which they wouldn’t normally be doing during class lessons. This is a reward for the children as well as to develop their skills in different areas such as cooking, sports, outdoor activities and mindfulness.

Big Brekkie

We will be hosting a Big Brekkie on 20th May from 0800 jointly with the United Church for Christian Aid Week. If you would like to prepare any breakfast treats and help with the event, please let Mr Shaw know.

E-Mail

Increasingly, we are using our Teachers2Parents service to email you information and letters rather than printing off copies. If you do not receive emails from school but would like to, please provide Mrs Barrett with your email address.

Safety and Wellbeing Questionnaire

You may remember receiving a questionnaire in November about safety and wellbeing. Attached to the newsletter is a safeguarding newsletter from Mr Shaw and Mr Steve Inch (Safeguarding Governor) to feed back on the information received from the questionnaire. Governors and staff have been working hard to address any issues of concern, so later in the term we will be sending out an update in the form of ‘you said….we did…’

Friends of Tithe Barn (FOTB) – our PTA

FOTB PTA has new Co-Chairs at the helm – Alison Kellett (mum of Tom and Sophie) and Freya Morton (Tom and Hamish) and a new Treasurer – Amy Law (mum of Stan, Elsie and Fred).

Introduction

Hello! We are keen to continue building on the great work of our wonderful FOTB and raise lots of money to help school buy great resources to benefit all of our kids. Importantly, we really want to ensure everybody sees the results of their fundraising efforts and understands where the money raised is being spent.

We’ve been working with Mr. Shaw and school governors to set some fundraising priorities. Our next target is to raise £800 to get the new Forest Zone up and running during this Summer Term.

Eurovision Sweepstake

£2 a go – pick your country and cheer them on in Eurovision for the chance to win! 1st place wins £20, 2nd place £10, 3rd place £5. Countries on sale Friday and Monday morning in the playground, after school on Friday.

Family Bingo

Family Bingo was such a great success last year we hope to run this again on Friday 20th May. This is a provisional date to be confirmed asap.

Summer Fair

The Summer Fair is always a great event but putting it on is a mammoth task and we need to start planning soon. If you usually take the lead on a stall and are happy to do so again this year please let us know. If you have never helped out before but are keen to start please come along to one of our planning meetings. We realise it’s not always easy for people to attend in the evenings so this time we’re hoping a coffee morning might attract some more recruits!? There’ll still be the evening meeting for the regulars who prefer a glass of wine to help with the cerebral flow.

Communication

Join our Facebook group (Parents and Friends of Tithe Barn School PTA) to stay up to date with dates and info on ways you can help. Alternatively, get in touch by email or grab us in the playground.

alisonkellett@live.co.uk, freyasemail.morton@gmail.com,
amylaw22@gmail.com

FOTB Dates for your Diary

May

6th & 9th Eurovision Sweepstake before and after school Friday 20th – Family Bingo – provisional date tbc Wednesday 25th 9.30am FOTB PTA Coffee Morning (Summer Fair Planning) Wednesday 25th 8.00pm FOTB PTA Drinks (Summer Fair Planning)

June

Friday 17th Second Hand Uniform Sale for new parents TBC – Piggy Bank – bags of clothes to school

July

Sunday 17th July Summer Fair

September

Saturday 24th Family Festival

Summer Term Diary Dates

May 2016
Monday 9th – 13th All week Year 6 SATS and KS2 Assessment Week
Tuesday 17th Al day Year 3&4 Tennis Tournament
Friday 20th 0800-0930 Big Brekkie (Christian Aid Week)
Thursday 26th 1530 Rotary Year 6 Public Speaking Competition
June 2016
Monday 13th- 17th All week Year 1&2 Phonics Screening Week
Friday 17th All day Year 4 Viking Day – Tatton Park
Tuesday 14th 1800-1900 Year 6 France Residential Meeting
Friday 17th June 1400-1500 New Reception Parents Meeting
Monday 20th June 0900-1200 Individual and Team Photographs
Monday 20th June All day St John’s Ambulance First Aid Training – Year 5&6
Tuesday 21st June All day Sports Day (Reserve 22nd June)
Thursday 23rd June Year 5 Maths Competition, Stockport Grammar School
Thursday 23rd June 1900 Year 5/6 Reading Celebration Evening – Priestnall
July 2016
Friday 1st July 0915-1215 Year 6 Priestnall Transition Morning
Monday 4-8th All week Year 6 Residential to France
Monday 4-8th All week Year 5 Bikeability
Friday 15th 1510 End of Year Reports out to Parents/Carers
Monday 18th All day Reception VIP Day 1
Monday 18th 10am Year 6 Performance Dress Rehearsal in school
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
Tuesday 19th All day Reception VIP Day 2
Tuesday 19th 10am Year 6 Morning Performance (United Church)
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
Tuesday 19th 1830 Year 6 Evening Performance (United Church)
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
Friday 22nd 0900-1200 Class swap morning
Monday 25th – 26th All day Continents Days – whole school
Wednesday 27th 0930-1030 Year 6 Leavers and Awards Assembly
Wednesday 27th 1330-1430 End of Year Assembly

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.

 

 

Sports News – Sponsored by SGM Solicitors

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Newsletter: 05.12.14

Dear Parents and Carers

 

It seems that Christmas is certainly drawing near with the wonderful decorations around school that the children have made, our Christmas tree in the hall and the fabulous preparations for our Christmas Nativity and play. The children and staff have excelled themselves this year and are really looking forward to putting on their performances for you.

 

Today we have had a visit from Mr and Mrs Fraser and their lovely baby, Callum Michael. It was great to see them and Year 4 really enjoyed their special time meeting Callum and talking to Mr and Mrs Fraser.

 

With our best wishes for the weekend

 

Yours sincerely

 

 Mr MJ Shaw

Headteacher

 Admissions Consultation for September 2016

The Local Authority last week published its annual Consultation on Admission Arrangements, in this case to take effect in September 2016. The documents can be accessed on the Council website www.stockport.gov.uk by inserting ‘Admissions Consultation’ in the Search box. Paper copies can be available on request if you do not have internet access.

It is of particular interest this year because, consequent on the determination from the Office of the School’s Adjudicator in November 2013 and the opening of the additional Key Stage 2 provision for St. Thomas’s at Peel Moat, it proposes to reduce the size of the Tithe Barn and Norris Bank catchment areas. It also proposes to add an additional admissions category for a temporary period for younger siblings of current pupils who live in the area affected by the proposed change.

The closing date for responses to the Consultation is 8 February 2015 and any final decision will be taken by April 2015. It is a public consultation, and individual parents and others can respond to the Local Authority.

The Governing Body will also be considering the likely impact on the School, and responding to the Local Authority in the new year. In order to help inform that response it would be helpful if any parental responses to the Local Authority could be copied to the Chair of Governors (mikefitzjohn@aol.com). Mike will also do his best to answer any questions.

In passing, I would remind parents/carers intending to apply for the admission of a child to Reception in September 2015 that the closing date for such applications is 15 January 2015. All relevant details are on the Local Authority website.

 

Festive Family get together and a chance for your little ones to visit ‘Santa’s Grotto.  

On Monday 15th December at 3.15 pm we would like to invite you to join in a festive family get together and a chance for your little ones to visit ‘Santa’s Grotto.

Bring along friends and family to celebrate the festive season and join the school community to enjoy some traditional festive fun. Mince pies, mulled wine, gingerbread and treats will be available. You will be entertained by some traditional wassailing from our fabulous Laurel Lane choir and you can join in with a few old favourites to toast this festive season. Our school orchestra and musical talents will share a few songs and some festive treats and stocking fillers will be for sale.

Father Christmas will be joining in the fun and children and siblings can visit his grotto, where you can tell Mr. Claus all your Christmas wishes before leaving with a lovely gift. Visits are £2.50 and all proceeds will help our school. We hope to see you all so hurry to book your slot as Santa will be very busy!  Tickets are available to buy tonight at the school discos and next week in the playground at the end of the school day. However, please book soon so we can make sure Santa has all the presents!

Everyone is invited to join in and there is no age limit on visiting Santa. Please join us in celebrating this festive season and looking forward to a wonderful and successful new year at our school.

 Parent e-Safety Workshop

 Last week we had an excellent workshop on keeping your child safe online and the Stockport School Health and Wellbeing advisor, Tanya Cross, gave parents some really invaluable advice about your children’s safety. She recommended that all parents make use of the materials on the CEOP website and share them: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/Parentsold/ On the CEOP website, you can also download a CEOP Report button so that we can all help children stay safe online. If someone has acted inappropriately towards your child online, or to a child or young person you know, you or they can use the CEOP button.

We also strongly advise that the children do not use social networking sites, particularly those that are aimed at older people, such as Facebook. Whilst there are very few children in the school who do access such sites, our work during Anti-Bullying Week did highlight a number of children who were doing so. The minimum age for many of the sites is 13 years and as such, are not aimed at younger children.

Winter Wonderland Hair and Fashion Show

Next week at 1930 in the Town Bar, there will be an awesome hair and fashion show at the Town Bar. The fashion show is a charity night to raise funds for our Lucas memorial garden. If you would like to attend, tickets are available from Eternal Envy at £6 each.

 

Christmas Dinner/Christmas Cracker

Our school Christmas dinner will be held on Wednesday 17th December. If your child normally has a packed lunch and you would like them to have a cooked Christmas dinner, please return your request slip by 10th December. We would be grateful if you could provide your child with a Christmas Cracker for this lunch.

Christmas Performances

 If your child is taking part in the KS2 Christmas performance on Wednesday evening, they will need to arrive at 1800 to get into their costumes for a 1830 start. Thank you.

School Development

You will notice that work is well underway in our Reception Outdoor Classroom on our new path to the school entrance. The path should soon be finished and Ground Designs will then start work on installing the new play equipment in this area.

 Clubs

Next week Laurel Lane, Karate and football club will not be taking place.

Tubs4Tablets

We are collecting Flora and Stork vouchers which are available from Tesco stores now. If you send in your tokens, we will be able to exchange them for Samsung Galaxy Tablet devices.

Key Dates for your diary

December

Monday 8th December                        School Pantomime visit to Stockport Plaza

Tuesday 9th December                        Year 2 visit to Staircase House

KS2 Christmas Play matinee performance, 2pm

Eternal Envy Fashion Show, 7.30pm

Wednesday 10th December               Reception/KS1 Christmas Nativity, 9.30am

KS2 Christmas Play evening performance, 6.30pm (performers arrive 6pm)

Thursday 11th December                    Reception/KS1 Christmas Nativity, 2pm

Friday 12th December                         Year 3&4 Christmas Party

 

Monday 15th December                     Infants Christmas Party

FOTB Festive Family Get Together and Santa’s Grotto, 3.15pm

Laurel Lane Carol Singing

Tuesday 16th December                     Year 5&6 Christmas Party

Wednesday 17th December               Christmas Lunch

January

Monday 5th January                             Term starts for Children

Friday 9th January                                 In-Service Day – school closed

 

Monday 12th January                           Visit from Stockport Mayor

Wednesday 14th January                    Happy Puzzle Maths Workshops

Thursday 15th January                         Deadline for Primary School Applications for September 2015.