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Tithe Barn Times 10th May 2019

Busy, Busy

It is another busy term at Tithe Barn and time seems to be flying by! This week Reception had an amazing afternoon at the Town Hall and joined with lots of Stockport schools to sing a range of nursery rhymes. I would like to say thank you to Mrs Gholinia for organising such a lovely opportunity.

We are very proud of how we have developed our children’s knowledge and skills in IT, the development of our computer suite and the use of chrome books across the curriculum. In KS2 our children use a variety of Google Apps to enhance their education further and we will be hosting an evening for parents after half term to share the practice in school and ways parents can support their children at home. I do hope you can join us!

Katherine Muncaster

Key Dates

13th – 16th May – Year 6 SATs Week

17th May – FOTB Cinema Evening

21st May-, Bags 2 School Collection

24th May- Big Breakfast and break up for half term

10th June- School reopens

17th June – Year 5 Bikeability

Big Breakfast


On Friday 24th May we will be having a Big Breakfast at school as part of Christian Aid Week. Heaton Moor Methodist and United Reform Church members and school staff will be serving a range of delights for breakfast in return for a donation.

Breakfast will be served from 8 am until 8.40am. Please enter school through the front door and come and join us.


We would like you to helpus to purchas a new polytunnel to enable us to grow our own fruits and vegetables and develop our outdoor learning further.

Please can you nominate us for an award of £1000 from Ecclesiastical. In order to do so you will need FOTB’s charity number 1088769. Please click on the link and help us to achieve our goal.



Please can parents remember that if your child is sick or sent home because they have been sick in school they must remain absent for school for 48 hours. This is part of the protocol agreed by the LA.

Thank you for your support with this matter.

Bags to School

  • Bag2School will be collecting from us again on Tuesday May 21st. Please make time for a clear out in the next few weeks and either drop off your donations w/c13th May or bring them with you when you drop the children at Cinema Night. We will send Bag2School plastic bags out in book bags today.

FOTB Cinema Night

On Friday 17th May we are having a FOTB Cinema Night. We will be watching Missing Link doors open at 5.30pm for 6pm start. The letter for tickets will be sent home next week.

We’re on the hunt for a volunteer to oversee the event on the night (with lots of helpers of course). If you can help us out please contact Steph Dawson.



Tithe Barn Times 23rd April 2019

Thank You

It is wonderful to be back at school and I am extremely grateful for all the lovely messages I received during my absence.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Blackburn and the wonderful team for taking care of the school in my absence.

We had a lovely final few weeks of term. We had our annual Road Safety week ‘Operation Eagle Eye’ which began on the 1st April. The children took part in different activities, which promoted their awareness of road safety.

We also had one of my favourite days of the year, our annual Eggstravaganza. We had some wonderful stalls from nail painting, to ice cream making to hunting eggs. The children made a fantastic effort to raise funds for school and our chosen charity Beanstalk.

This year’s charity was chosen in honor of our teacher Mrs Kelly who sadly passed away last year. Beanstalk is a national charity that helps children in the UK to learn to read and develop a love for books.   Further information is available at –


Thank you for your continued support

Katherine Muncaster

Keeping Safe On-line

E-Safety is an important part of keeping children safe at Tithe Barn Primary School. We have extensive security measures in place at school, which are monitored both internally and externally, to help safeguard pupils from potential dangers or unsuitable material. Any e-Safety incidents are recorded and managed.  E-Safety is taught to all pupils explaining and demonstrating how to stay safe and behave appropriately online.

We can only be successful in keeping children safe online if we work with parents to ensure the e-Safety message is consistent. It is important that parents speak to their children about how they can keep safe and behave appropriately online.

As part of our participation in the Speak Out Stay Safe programme, our colleagues from the NSPCC delivered an online workshop session for parents. Please follow the link below for further advice and guidance on how to keep our children safe online.


Following requests from parents we will be regularly sharing websites to support our families on how to keep safe on line. We hope you find them useful.

Key Dates

Tuesday 23rd April– School re-opens

Friday 3rd May- Year 3 begin swimming

Monday 6th May– May Bank Holiday

Monday 13th May– Year 6 SATs week

Friday17th May– Year 4 Class Assembly and FOTB Cinema Night

Operation Eagle Eye


Operation Eagle Eye

1st – 5th April 2019


We worked in conjunction with the Local Authority and had a week focused on road safety in school. There were various activities including learning how to cross the road safely, cycle safety and Year 6 were out patrolling the streets looking at speeding and parking in the local area.


The week began with our

Scoot Fit and Scooter Safety workshops. Every class participated in a session learning how to scoot safely. It was wonderful to have so many parents joining in with these sessions.

During Headsmart, the children in Year 4 investigated what would happen to an egg if riding a bike without a helmet.

Year 6 spent some time looking at the parking in the local area and monitoring the speed of the vehicles. They then analysed the data they collected.

Children in Year 5 worked in small groups to create vehicles and to investigate what would happen on impact.

I would like to thank Mr Stamper for co-coordinating these events and Mr Blackburn for organising the Scoot Fit session.


Our recycling program continues to go from strength to strength. Led by our Eco Warriors we have recently recycled –

  • 2048 crisp packets
  • 1530 pens
  • 260 tooth brushes

What an amazing effort, which has raised £44.16. Please keep sending in your donations – we are making a difference!


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, Miss D Vose and myself are trained Designated Leads for Safeguarding.

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

Holiday Club

Energy Kidz are delighted to be launching their exciting & engaging Holiday Clubs for children aged 4-11 at Tithe Barn Primary School in Stockport! The club offers your child a fun filled, action packed school holiday, delivered in a safe and supervised environment. Each week throughout the school holidays, children can enjoy an exciting range of themed activities designed to cater for a variety of interests. In addition, all children are encouraged to try something new!

As part of our launch we are giving you an exclusive 20% discount on all bookings for our brand new Summer Holiday Club at Tithe Barn Primary School. You can find all the information you need and even take a look at our fun packed activity schedules at www.energy-kidz.co.uk/holiday-club.

Book using the code – 20SUMMER19-1 before midnight on Sunday 2nd June to grab a 20% discount on your Summer Holiday bookings.

Our themes for the Summer include – Astro Adventures, Island Hopping, Ingenious Inventions, Mission Survival, Big Top Adventure & Marvelous Mythology…  We look forward to seeing you all there!’

Exciting News – Energy Kidz Holiday Clubs

Energy Kidz Holiday Clubs

Energy Kidz run exciting & engaging Holiday Clubs for children aged 4-11.  We can offer your child a fun filled, action packed school holiday, delivered in a safe and supervised environment. Each week throughout the school holidays, children can enjoy an exciting range of themed activities designed to cater for a variety of interests. In addition, all children are encouraged to try something new!

All prices and timings are on the website at: https://www.energy-kidz.co.uk/holiday-club/stockport-holiday-club-tithe-barn-primary-school/

Make sure you keep an eye on our website for the Early bird offers saving you 10% on our Holiday Clubs when you book more than 3 weeks in advance of the start of the holiday.

All our clubs are Ofsted registered and we accept childcare vouchers and tax-free childcare.

For further information call 0333 577 1533, email info@energy-kidz.co.uk or visit our website at www.energy-kidz.co.uk.


A few exciting things that have happened in the sporting arena for our children


A small team of children from Y6, Y5 and Y4 – Isla, Lewis, Edie (Y6) Annie, Lilly (Y5), Sonny, William, Maryanne, Pippa, Abby and Amelie (Y4) entered a sponsored swimming event – hosted by Stockport Grammar and put on by The Rotary Club of Stockport Lamplighter. The basic idea was the more lengths they swam as a team then the more money they would raise for charity.

Each team was allocated an hour to swim and WOW did they swim! When combining their totals, both teams swam a magnificent 362 lengths. Impressive!

We thank them (and Miss Heap who organised the swim) for all their efforts.


2 Tithe Barn sisters -Ellena and Megan- put their best foot forward this term to make up part of a new winning team. They joined 2 girls from Moss Hey School to run in a Manchester Harriers Primary School Relay race.

The format of the race was a relay. Each of the girls took a turn at running the course. With Megan setting a fantastic early pace, Ellena brought home the team in magnificent style – 1st place for the newly formed team.

Just shows what you can do when you are all fixed on the same goal!

Running is good for you I am told – I appreciate the many benefits to this sport. To this end, the girls are going to be the Running Ambassadors for Tithe Barn. I really want to pick up the challenge of smile for a mile. Clearly we have some hurdles to get over to achieve this aim. However, with this pair of talented runners leading the way, we will not be short of enthusiasm and drive.

Watch this space!

If you would like to explore running a little more, take a look at the website below…



Off to SLOVAKIA to train…

Tom (Y5) has spent a few days away from school at an intensive Ice hockey training camp in Tréncin. Tom was representing The North of England.

Lots of practise and a few games played. His team won 2 of the 3 matches they played – Tom getting on the score sheet too.

If you ever get the chance to visit Altrincham, take a look at the Ice Rink. You might find Tom flying around with his team mates – Manchester Storm Academy.

Well done Tom – lots of brilliant memories for you to take away from the trip I am sure.


Keep it under wraps…

Some of our talented athletes like to keep their talents under wraps.

When I find out about it, and with their approval obviously, I like to share their stories.

Below you can see Grace in Year 6 in her Lancashire lacrosse kit. Grace was selected to play for Lancs U13s Girls Lacrosse Team at an Inter Counties Tournament. This is very impressive seeing as she is 2 years under that age group.

The B Team she played on finished second in the tournament which again is very impressive.

Interested in Lacrosse? Talk to Nicole Smith ( Year 3 parent)

If you have sporting stories to share then please let me have the details /photos: alistair.blackburn@tithebarn.stockport.sch.uk

Laurel Lane Choir 2nd March 2019


A huge well done to Laural Lane Choir and Alex. They sang brilliantly today and came second in the Music Festival competition, narrowly missing 1st Place by one point.

Their performance of Can You Hear Me? was so beautiful, it brought the audience to tears. Their second song—Doh a Deer—then made everyone smile.

A wonderful performance well done everyone and special thanks to Alex!!

TITHE BARN NEWS: March 1st 2019

Half the Year has Flown By…

We came back to school after our half term holiday to fantastic weather. The warm sun brought smiles to the faces of the children as they walked back in to the playground. Or was that the parents as they dropped them off?

As you are aware, we are working hard to make the process of getting the children into school more efficient. The school day starts at 8.50 and ideally we would like to have the children in and active as close to this time as possible.

We want to maximise their learning time!

To this end, the children are being asked to get ready to enter school with the whistle being blown outside just after 8.45am. Having watched the process in operation for the last few days, when this happens we get most classes in by 8.50.

Staff outside will start to move the reception class first. Please do not worry if the class is not their when your child arrives. We will happily slip younger children in to school and give them priority over the older children.

I have been approached by parents supporting the changes we have made to the start of the day. Staff too feel the process is working well.

Thank you for your co-operation in making this system better for all.

Alistair Blackburn

A Mouse Took a Stroll in the Deep Dark Wood…
I had the pleasure of watching the best production of the Gruffalo in town. Year 1 were amazing!

The story was brought to life with great costumes, wonderful acting and brilliant singing.

I know the many family members watching the performance were as impressed as I was. Thank you for encouraging the children with learning their lines, the actions and coming dressed for the part.

The best efforts of the children, the parents and carers and staff produced a spectacle that will be remembered for some time to come.

Reception Show he Way…
Our youngest members of the school showed off their talents in their class assembly recently. After exploring what makes a hero ‘super’, the children worked hard to understand their own talents and those of the special people they know. Every child spoke and enjoyed their new song.

Ah, Ah, Ah Choo!
Not to be outdone by the younger members of key stage 1, Year 2 wowed a large gathering of family members this morning. Their production had GERMS as its focus. Thanks to Dr. Pattison for her expert input; the children were then inspired to find out as much as they could.

I can safely say that everyone left a little more knowledgeable than when the y arrived. Who knew that germs from a sneeze could travel up to 10 metres!

A busy week for the Upper juniors:

Wednesday 27 Feb: Crucial Crew for Y6
This is a multi-agency event organised, through schools, by the police and supported by the fire service. They aim to raise awareness of safety issues to school children in Year 6.

Thursday 28 Feb : Romeo and Juliet for both Y5 and Y6
An amazing production. A big thank you to Saskia (Z-arts) for organising the tickets for us to watch the show. A fantastic stimulus for the children and the work they are completing this term.

Playleaders are on their way:

Miss Heap has spent time this week training up a very enthusiastic group of volunteers from Y3 and 4.

The children will be out at playtime and lunchtime to lead children in small games on the playground. We are looking forward to watching how they perform.

We are sure they will be a real asset and help some children have a more enjoyable time outside.

Wake up and shake up on its way. Watch this space!

Message From Mrs Muncaster

Hello All

I just wanted to say thank you for all your kind wishes. I’m now starting to feel much better and looking forward to returning to school in the next few weeks. I’m missing all the children and can’t wait to get back. I hope you all have a fantastic World Book Day. In know you will be dressed in your snuggly pyjamas or characters from your favourite books and I’m really looking forward to seeing the photographs!!

Have Fun reading, sharing stories and swapping books.

Best Wishes Mrs Muncaster


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TITHE BARN news march 2019

School Open Today 31st January 2019

Thursday 31st January – School is open as usual today. Please wrap up warm and take care when travelling to school.

Wednesday 30th January 2019

School Closed Today Wednesday 30th January 2019

Unfortunately due to the adverse weather conditions the school will closed today. We will keep you informed via parent text.


Tithe Barn Times 20th December 2018

Have a Lovely Christmas

Last week saw magical performances from Tithe Barn’s children, as they performed their Christmas Nativity show, ‘Innspectors’ and the KS2 Carol Concert to proud smiles, cheers and rapturous applause from the audience.

The staff worked their Xmas socks off to ensure children knew their songs and the words and could deliver them crisply, as well as where to stand and when/how to deliver their lines. They were excellent performances and all the better for having a wonderful stage on which to perform.

As the term draws to a close, I would like to say a huge thank you to the children, parents, staff and governors for all their support. It is a privilege to be the head teacher of such a fantastic school and I look forward to working with you next term to continue to develop the school and enhance the children’s education.

Cracking Christmas

Thanks to the fantastic efforts of FOTB, the wonderful raffle coordinators and parental support we have raised an amazing £3345.73.

Thanks to all the wonderful local businesses that supported us. Everyone’s fantastic efforts have enabled us to buy a stage for our children to perform on.

Fond Farewell

It is with great sadness that today will be Mr Donaldson’s last day in school. He is setting off on a new adventure in France with his wife and new born son.

We would like to thank him for all his hard work since he joined Tithe Barn. It has been a privilege to work with him and we wish him all the best for the future.

Key Dates


7th January School re-opens

11th January Year 5 begin swimming lessons

16th January Year 2 and Year 6 SATs information Evenings 6.30pm

22nd January Year 1 Phonic Evening 6pm

26th January FOTB Fun Run

1st February Reception Class Assembly

Year 1 Victorian Day

In Year 1 this week the children had the most fantastic day to end their topic and stepped back in time. They came to school dressed as children from Victorian times and were met by a very stern teacher who made them pay for the privilege.

A short film of the day is available to watch on the Year 1 class page on E-Schools.

Year 5 Swimming

Year 5 will begin swimming on Friday 11th January 2018. Further information will be sent out during the first week back.

Year 2 and Year 6 SATs Information Evening

On 16th January 2019 at 6.30 pm we are inviting parents of children in Year 2 and Year 6 to attend an information evening.

During the session we will share information about how the assessments are completed at our school and ways in which parents can support their child. If you are unable to attend this evening we will send out information after the event via email.


We have been busy updating our E-Schools site and have created a new section named ‘Groups’. To access this area you need to log in to the site.

We have uploaded both performances of our Christmas Nativity and Carol Concert to the Groups Section to enable parents who were unable to join us to watch it at home.

We have also uploaded a range of videos including our recent Victorian Day to the class pages. Thanks to Mr Stamper for all his hard work in creating these films and enabling us to share what is happening in school with you.

We hope you enjoy them.

Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter. Have a lovely Christmas.


Katherine Muncaster


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