Update on School Closure for Friday 2nd March 2018

We have made the difficult decision to close the school tomorrow due to the treacherous weather, this decision was not taken lightly and has been made to ensure the safety of all our children and staff. We will be rearranging our World Book Day celebrations to next week and I will send out further information shortly about the exciting day we have planned.

We apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause you and thank you for your support with this matter.

Kind Regards

Katherine Muncaster

Update on Weather

Good Morning,

We have made the difficult decision to close the school today due to the treacherous weather, this decision was not taken lightly and has been made to ensure the safety of all our children and staff. We will be rearranging our World Book Day celebrations to next week and I will send out further information shortly about the exciting day we have planned.

We apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause you and thank you for your support with this matter.

Kind Regards

Katherine Muncaster

Tithe Barn Times 16th February 2018

Busy Busy
It has been a very busy few weeks at school. We have had two fantastic assemblies from Year 2 and Year 5. Year 2 educated us all about germs and bacteria. Year 5 showcased a wide range of hobbies and interest. It was a pleasure to watch the children share their learning and interests with the both their parents and the other children. The assemblies can be watched again on the classes’ E-school pages.
Operation Eagle Eye was a great success, children from Year 6 patrolled the streets armed with a speed camera and surveyed the local traffic. Year 2 explored the local area learning how to cross the road safely. Year 5 investigated how to strengthen and reinforce vehicles and Year 4 examined the importance of wearing a helmet when riding a bike.
Katherine Muncaster

Brilliant Books
On Monday 5th February I took a group of children from school to purchase new books for our exciting library. The children were randomly selected for the trip and the school councilors had spent considerable time discussing with their classes different books, authors and themes that they were interested in.
Armed with a very large shopping list we set off to Madeleine Lindleys in Chadderton to purchase lots of amazing books. The children were very helpful and filled the baskets with amazing books and we spent £3500 on books for the library. It was a pleasure to take the children there as the next step in creating our wonderful library. The library will be officially opened on the 1st March as part of our World Book Day Celebrations.

Key Dates
28th February– Parents Evening (4- 7pm) Please note new date due to snowy weather Tuesday 13th March
1st March– World Book and opening of the new school library
12th March– Science Week
21st March  – Year 6 Parents Evening
28th March – Easter Eggstravaganza (More details to follow shortly)

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea
Friday 9th March 3.30 – 5.30pm
All parents and carers are welcome to celebrate Mother’s Day at the Tithe Barn Afternoon Tea.
A massive slice of cake and drink are yours for only the cost of a ticket £2.50.
Cakes and gifts available to buy and a bumper raffle with prizes including wine tastings, haircuts and gym memberships!
This is the perfect excuse to eat cake guilt free! Remember calories consumed helping school funds are not real calories…
Tickets on sale now, please look out for a letter in your child’s book bag.

World Book Day
1st March 2018
Dressing Up.
As part of our world book day celebrations we are asking all of our children and staff to come to school dressed as character from a book and to bring a copy of the book with them.
Come and Read
This year we would like to invite parents in to read to the children, we are particularly keen to welcome dads and grandads. If you are available to join us please speak to your child’s class teacher.
Jo Welch
We will also be having a visit from the author Jo Welch who will be talking about being an author and delivering activities throughout school.
Wind in the Willows
This year our theme for World Book Day will be the wonderful story ‘The Wind in the Willows’. Throughout the day we will be having activities based on this book. We will share the day through our website and twitter account.

Year 6 Class Assembly
We are looking forward to a very exciting day in
school and thank you for your support.
Unfortunately we have had to rearrange the Year 6 class assembly and it will now take place on Thursday 21st June 2018 at 9 am.
Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter.
Katherine Muncaster

Tithe Barn Times 19th January 2018

Welcome Back
It has been another busy few weeks at Tithe Barn. It has been fantastic to see our new computer suite being used and the children developing their skills in using technology.
We are all very excited about our new library and we will be taking some children shopping for books shortly. We will be having an official opening of the library on March 1st and further details will follow shortly about that and our World Book Day Celebrations.
Katherine Muncaster

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FOTB Cinema Night
On Friday the 9th February Tithe Barn will be hosting another exciting cinema night with Reel to Reel. We will be showing Paddington 2.
Doors open at 6pm and the film begin a 6.30pm. Bring cushions and bean bags and join your friends for a night of fun. We will be selling popcorn and crisps.
Tickets will be available shortly and will cost £4 if bought in advance and £4.50 on the door. If you can please buy in advance as it helps us to ensure we don’t run out of popcorn!

Key Dates
26th January- Year 2 Class Assembly 9 am

9th February – FOTB Cinema Night 6pm

28th February- Parents Evening (4- 7pm) Please note new date.

1st March- World Book and opening of the new school library

Operation Eagle Eye
22nd – 26th January 2018
Working in conjunction with the Local Authority we are having a week focused on road safety in school. There will be various activities going on including learning how to cross the road safely, cycle safety and Year 6 will be out patrolling the streets looking at speeding and parking in the local area. We will share the different activities during the week via the school website and twitter.

Monday 22/01/2018 .

Step Outside, Year Two, 9am – 12.

Tuesday 23/01/2018

Crashed Vehicle Project, Year 5, 9am-12.

Wednesday 24/01/2018

Crashed Vehicle Project, Year 5, 9am-12.

Eagle Eye, Year 6, 8.30am-9.00 & 2.30pm-3.15 Headsmart, Year 4, 9.00am-10.30

Thursday 25/01/2018

Eagle Eye, Year 6, 8.30am-9.00 & 2.30pm-3.15.

Friday 26/01/2018

Child Speedwatch, Year 6, 9am – 12.

 

Parents’ Evening
Unfortunately we have had to rearrange parents’ evening for this term. The new date for Parents’ Evening is Tuesday 27th February. Booking will be on line using our E-schools platform and we will send out further information shortly. Our apologies for any inconvenience that this may cause.

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 12th March – Friday 16th 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

Mother’s Day
Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea
Friday 9th March 3.30 – 5.30pm
All parents and carers are welcome to celebrate Mother’s Day at the Tithe Barn Afternoon Tea.
A massive slice of cake and drink are yours for only the cost of a ticket £2.50.
Cakes and gifts available to buy and a bumper raffle with prizes including wine tastings, haircuts and gym memberships!
This is the perfect excuse to eat cake guilt free! Remember calories consumed helping school funds are not real calories…
Tickets on sale soon

Waterproofs
If you have any unwanted waterproofs or wellies we would be extremely grateful if you would donate them to school. We are particularly keen on ones to fit children in Reception and then any other year groups.
Thank you.

Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter.
Katherine Muncaster

Tithe Barn Times 5th January 2018

Welcome Back
Welcome back, I hope you all had a lovely break.
We have some exciting activities coming up this term including, Science Week, Operation Eagle Eye and World Book Day on 1st March.
Once again we will be asking the children to come to school dressed as a character from a book and we will be organising lots of fun activities to encourage a love of reading.
We will be showcasing all of the upcoming events this term on our new website which will launched later this term.
Katherine Muncaster

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Key Dates

10th January – Year 2 and 6 SATs Information Evening

12th January- Year 4 begin swimming lessons

16th January- Year 1 Phonics Information Evening

19th January- Year 5 Class Assembly

26th January- Year 2 Class Assembly

FOTB Cinema Night
On Friday the 9th February Tithe Barn will be hosting another exciting cinema night with Reel to Reel. We will be showing Paddington 2.
Doors open at 6pm and the film begin a 6.30pm. Bring cushions and bean bags and join your friends for a night of fun. We will be selling popcorn and crisps.
Tickets will be available shortly and will cost £4 if bought in advance and £4.50 on the door. If you can please buy in advance as it helps us to ensure we don’t run out of popcorn!

Recycling Phones
If Santa brought any new phones for Xmas we would appreciate it if people could bring their old ones in for us to recycle for cash (in any condition – broken, smashed, working etc.). All you need to do is just remove the SIM card and wipe the phone. Thank you.

Operation Eagle Eye
22nd – 26th January 2018
Working in conjunction with the Local Authority we are having a week focused on road safety in school. There will be various activities going on including learning how to cross the road safely, cycle safety and Year 6 will be out patrolling the streets looking at speeding and parking in the local area. We will share the different activities during the week via the school website and twitter.

Monday 22/01/2018 .

Step Outside, Year Two, 9am – 12.

Tuesday 23/01/2018

Crashed Vehicle Project, Year 5, 9am-12.

Wednesday 24/01/2018

Eagle Eye, Year 6, 8.30am-9.00 & 2.30pm-3.15 Headsmart, Year 4, 9.00am-10.30

Thursday 25/01/2018

Eagle Eye, Year 6, 8.30am-9.00 & 2.30pm-3.15.

Friday 26/01/2018

Child Speedwatch, Year 6, 9am – 12.

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

New Library
Thank you to everyone who helped support our fundraising efforts last year. Thanks to a very kind anonymous donation and the hardwork and efforts of FOTB we will be having a new library installed on Tuesday 9th January 2018.
Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter.
Katherine Muncaster

Tithe Barn Times 20th October 2017

Happy Half Term

This term seems to have flown by and it is lovely to see all our new children so happy and settled at Tithe Barn.

Harvest is always one of my favourite festivals and the children gave a lovely assembly of songs to celebrate this special time of year. Our appreciation to the many parents who attended this, and all the children and families who brought in a donation of food for charity. Once again everyone has been so generous. Thank-you!!

I hope you have a wonderful half term and I look forward to our next half term together.

Katherine Muncaster

FLOWER FESTIVAL

The annual Flower Festival is becoming one of my favourite events at Tithe Barn. This year the theme was around the world and we had some amazing creations. The children showcased a wide range of ideas, and worked hard to make their unique creations.

I would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Osborne for organising such a wonderful event. When we celebrated Harvest, the school hall looked beautiful. The school raised a fantastic £115.00 for Francis House.

Key Dates

November 3rd Fashion and Fizz Night November

15th Parents Evening 7.30pm

December 3rd Christmas Fair (Sunday), 11-2pm

Applications for a School Place

If your child was born between 1st September 2013 and 31st August 2014, you can apply online for a place for your child at Tithe Barn using the online system at:

http://www.stockport.gov.uk/services/education /educationtrainingandemployment/schooladmis sions/applyforschoolplace/

If your child is due to start secondary school next year, you can use the website for secondary applications too. The closing date for primary admissions is 15th January 2018 and for secondary admissions is 31st October 2017.

Parking

I would like to politely remind parents to ensure that they show due consideration to our neighbours when parking their cars. Please do not block drives of local residents and ensure that you park in a safe place and not on the pavement.

Can I also remind parents that the school car park is to be only used for parents and children who have a disabled badge.

Giving Machine

As part of the Friends of Tithe Barn efforts to raise money for our IT they have set up an account with the Giving Machine. This is one of the easiest ways to support our school in raising much needed funds. All you have to do is register and shop. What could be simpler!

The site is supported by a number of big retailers including John Lewis, Amazon and Waitrose- to name just a few.

Visit the link below to support us- www.thegivingmachine.co.uk

Children walking to and from school

Please can I politely remind parents that children in Reception to Year 5 should not be walking to and from school unsupervised.

If your child attends our Before School Club we would like to remind you that they need to be accompanied in the morning as you need to sign them in.

We would appreciate your support with this matter as the children’s safety is a highest priority.

Book Bus

Thank you to everyone who visited the Book Bus when it visited school recently. Your purchases raised £110.00 in free books for our new library.

Tithe Barn Times 8th September 2017

Welcome Back
Welcome back and a special welcome to all our new children and families who are just starting their journey at Tithe Barn.
School Calendar
We are currently putting together a school calendar that will provide an outline of events for this academic year. We are also looking for a company to sponsor the calendar. If you know of anyone who would be interested in doing this please email me at headteacher@tithebarn.stockport.sch.uk. We hope you will find this useful and will be distributing it to every child as soon as it is finalised.
Swashbuckle
Last term, the children currently in Year 2 went to watch an episode of Swashbuckle being filmed. They had a fantastic day dressed as pirates.
The episode featuring these children will be shown Saturday 23rd September at 10.35 am on CBeebies. I do hope you will tune in and spot some familiar faces.
AVIVA
Following on for our successful bid for new computers from Aviva last year, we have decided to put another bid in to support the development of a school library. To assist us in this process we are again looking for a financial adviser to submit our application. If you know of anyone who would be able to support us with this please contact me.
DOLCE DINNERS
I have recently been informed by Dolce as to a change in their policy. Any school lunch that has been ordered and is not cancelled before 9.30 am will be charged for. This is part of their new policy to reduce food waste. We would appreciate your assistance with this matter.
Key Dates
September 22nd – Jeans for Genes day.
September 23rd – Family Festival 4-7pm
October 6th 9am – FOTB Annual General Meeting
October 10th – Flower Festival
October 11th – Whole School Harvest Festival 9 am – parents welcome
Pupil Voice
As practically every single decision we take in school will ultimately affect one group of people (the children), we believe that it’s vital that they have a voice in the decision making and that their voice is heard. Tithe Barn’s school council aims to be one way of doing this. Classes from Y2 to Y6 hold annual elections to vote for a girl and boy who will best represent their class.
Any child who is interested in standing for the position of school councilor is asked to think carefully about how they can effectively represent their class and how they can contribute to developing their school. The children will be asked to share their ideas with their classmates prior to the confidential elections taking place next week. I will let you know the outcomes of the elections in the next newsletter.
Family Festival
On Saturday 23rd September 4pm-7pm Tithe Barn’s annual Family Festival will be taking place. The aim is to celebrating our lovely school community and welcoming all the new children and parents. So, we have decided to slash ticket prices in the hope that more families than ever will join us for this fun- filled afternoon.
Buy your ticket before 15th September at the early bird price of only £2 for adults and £1.50 for kids! Included in this price is a super line up of young musical talent, the return of Mr. Muddleton with his fabulous magic show for the littlies, lots of craft activities, forest play and marshmallow toasting, yoga, dressing up and bubble fun. If you’ve never been, now is the time!
Jeans for Genes Day
Friday 22nd September is Jeans for Genes Day and we are inviting your children to come into school wearing jeans. We would be grateful for a donation of £1 to support this worthwhile charity. If you would like to find out more about the charity, please visit www.jeansforgenes.org.
Medical Needs
It is very important that you let us know if your child has a particular medical need such as asthma or allergies. If your child needs to take medicine whilst in school, please speak to our office staff. You will need to complete a form to enable us to administer medication which must be given to school in a clearly labelled pharmacist’s packet or container with your child’ name, dosage and date printed on it.
School Vision and Rewards
We are currently embarking on an exciting journey where we are revisiting our vision and values for the school. On Tuesday governors and all members of staff spent the day discussing their ideas and means of translating ideas into practice. Our next steps will be to consult with the children, parents and local community and you will receive further information on this shortly.
As part of our discussions we have considered ways to encourage our children to be independent learners to develop resilience and a growth mindset. To encourage the children with this and ensure they become self- motivated learners we have decided to trial the removal of leaf points. Currently the school organises the children into four groups across the school and the children are awarded points for learning and good behavior.
However current research and staff feedback has identified rewards as having a negative impact on the skills we wish to develop in our children. We have therefore decided to trial a new approach where we no longer award points but use the groups (trees) during theme days for collaborative learning.
We will be inviting you to a meeting to share our new approach and our work on growth mindset later this term.
Thank you for taking the time to read the newsletter. The newsletter will be sent out every fortnight and I hope to give you a snap shot of all the exciting things that are happening in school.
Katherine Muncaster Headteacher

Welcome Back to School

Welcome to the new academic year and a special warm welcome to all our new reception children and families who are starting their exciting learning journey

We will be keeping you posted of events and news so watch this space…

Online Payments

The online payment system for school clubs trips and payments is now up and running on the new website.

https://tithe-barn.eschools.co.uk/website

Please log in to my account – the green button top right. You will have received a letter from school with your log in details.

Then select epay on the blue navigation bar.

While we are developing the new website not all the information has been transfered over so both websites are available. We apologise for the appearance  but the new website will be fully operational next term.

If you can not find specific information please contact school.

Tithe Barn Primary School
Mauldeth Road,
Heaton Mersey,
Stockport, Cheshire

SK4 3NG.

Tel: (0161) 432 4941

Email: admin@tithebarn.stockport.sch.uk

Update From the Governing Board

Dear Parents, Carers and School Community

 

Well it’s been a very, very busy year and we are now counting down the last few days to the holidays. I think we can safely say that all the children and the whole school team deserve a well-earned rest and a huge thank you for all the work they have put into making this year a great success!

This year we have seen lots of changes at Tithe Barn School and some great new initiatives. First and foremost, we have welcomed the drive, innovation and enthusiasm of Mrs Muncaster. Mrs Story has successfully joined the team, and we look forward to benefitting from Mrs Kelly’s IT and English skills in September. We wish Miss Boffey success in her new role as teacher. Good luck to Miss Brown starting her new adventure as a Mum and thank Mrs Maher for her contribution in providing the school’s Stay and Play over many years.

The whole school team have really focused on improving progress through assessment, monitoring and support, especially in reading and SPAG. This has led to great progress at KS1 and KS2. Indeed, our SPAG results were fantastic, with nearly 60% of Year 6 children working at greater depth – one of the top scores in our local authority, let’s see if not the country! Well done to all. We have introduced Growth Mindset and talk partners and will continue to embed next year. As a result, we are all learning that mistakes just mean you’re trying hard and there is no such thing as ‘I can’t do that!”

On a different level, the new school meals have been very well received by all. The children and staff are enjoying the tasty dishes.

Next year we will launch new initiatives to further improve progress, with Team teach in Year 5 and 6 and a whole school focus on writing – The Big Write, which I know you will be hearing lots more about. We want to ensure that Tithe Barn Primary School continues to grow and develop, constantly improving teaching, learning and the school environment. we want to help our cheerful, confident pupils develop a lifelong love of learning and have fun whilst progressing. On reflection, next year may be just as busy!

As you all know, being a small school with big ideas, but a very small budget can be very challenging! The current funding formulae and cuts in real terms have a marked impact on single form entry schools in non-disadvantaged areas. But we do not want our pupils education to suffer. As a Governing Board, we have to be more creative with what we do have and also make some tough decisions about how our limited budget is spent. We couldn’t do this without the support of Friends of Tithe Barn and the efforts of the whole school community, so thank you so much for your continual support.

In order to maintain improvement the Governing Board have decided to take a loan from the Local Authority, to be repaid through the funds raised from managing the Breakfast and After School clubs. We shall invest much needed income into improving the whole school environment and learning. For example, over the summer holiday we will be rewiring the whole school’s IT network and improving security. This will enhance the computing skills of all pupils and allow the teachers to harness IT for effective learning. So – fingers crossed – we will have a new computer suite for September, allowing the AVIVA bid computers, the interactive white boards and the chrome books to be effectively used.

We shall also be improving the security throughout the school and at the front entrance and perimeter fencing, to ensure we have a safe and secure environment for our little learners to grow.

Finally, we wish all the Year 6 pupils success and happiness as they move to secondary school, and the warmest greetings to our new reception children starting their learning journey in September. For everyone else, we wish you all a very happy restful summer holiday and look forward to seeing you all at the start of the new school year.

With best wishes on behalf of The Governing Board,

 

Trudy McLindon

Tithe Barn Times 21st July

As the summer term is drawing to a close, I have been reflecting on all the different things we have done throughout the year. It has been a fantastic year and it has been a privilege to be the head-teacher of such a wonderful school.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you; thanks to all of the staff for their hard work and support this year, the governors, who work tirelessly to support the school, the children for working hard and being a pleasure to teach and to the parents for being so supportive and working in an effective partnership with the school.
I am looking forward to September and all our exciting plans but in the meantime I hope you all have a lovely summer break.
Katherine Muncaster
Sports Day
On Wednesday 12th July Mr Blackburn arranged a fantastic day of sport and amazing weather. In the morning the children worked in mixed age teams completing a wide range of activities. It was fantastic to see the children all effectively working together.
This was followed by a fantastic family picnic and a visit from the very popular ice cream van. Then in the afternoon the children had races in their classes whilst being supported by different year groups. Again, it was wonderful to see the children’s positive sporting attitudes whether they won or lost.
It was the best sports day of my career and I would like to thank Mr Blackburn for organising it.

Mobile Phones
The Eco Warriors are collecting any old mobile phones for recycling. Please send any unwanted phones to school and we will use any funds generated towards a new Chrome Book.
Key Dates
27th July- Year 6 Leavers Assembly (9.15am -10am) 6th September- School reopens for all children
22nd September- Jeans for Genes Day
23rd September- FOTB Family Festival

Manchester Games
Having come through as champions at Davenport Tennis Club , we set off to the Manchester Games at Sports City full of hope that we would do equally well at the Regional finals.
The team took their place in the opening ceremony and then walked the short distance to the tennis venue.
We played as we had in the previous games. In our opening group we won all but one of our games. Sadly, this meant we finished second in this group. As there were 4 groups and the winners of each group went on to play for first place, the highest we could come was 5th (well worked out Elsa!)
Finish 5th we did! We won every game in our second group. Of the 8 games we played, we won 7. A fantastic team performance.
Not only was the quality of the tennis the children played outstanding, but the way the children encouraged and supported each other was fantastic too. I was very proud to say they were representing Tithe Barn.
Thank you to Mr Blackburn who has written a detailed account of a very exciting day.
A Fond Farewell
It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that two members of staff will be leaving us at the end of term. Miss Brown is leaving to have a baby and has been a fantastic teacher in Year 4 this year. We are all looking forward to meeting her new arrival in September.
Miss Boffey will also be leaving us this year to take up a teaching post in Reception at Ludworth Primary School. Miss Boffey has been a star and has taught all of the children across the school covering PPA this year.
We would like to wish both the ladies all the best for the future and thank them for all their hard work.
Toy Day
On Wednesday 27th July we will be having a toy day at school. Children are allowed to bring a toy to play with. However they are not allowed to bring in any electronic toys such as a DS or anything that is valuable or has lots of small parts.
Thank you for your support with this matter.
Reading Challenge
This week we had a visit from Stockport Library who came in to school to share this year’s exciting reading challenge.
This year’s theme is Animal Agents and children have to read six books over the summer holidays to complete the challenge. Along the way the children will receive exciting rewards and very smelly stickers. This is a fantastic opportunity and I hope that many of our children will participate and visit their local library.

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