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Tithe Barn Times – 7th September 2019

Welcome Back

Welcome back and a special welcome to all our new children and families who are just starting their journey at Tithe Barn.

We have had a busy first week and the children have all settled into their new classes and are working hard.

School Calendar

We are currently putting together a school calendar that will provide an outline of events for this academic year. We hope you will find this useful and will be distributing it to every child as soon as it is finalised.

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We have a school Twitter account, which is used as an additional method of keeping you up to date on key events and information.   Please follow us.

School Crossing

We are delighted that over the summer the council has installed a puffin crossing outside of school. For the first half term Bob will be there teaching the children how to use the crossing safely. We will also have Stockport Road Safety team in working with the children and delivering an assembly. We are sure that the crossing will enable our children and local residents to cross the road safely throughout the day.

We would appreciate your support with teaching your children how to use the crossing safely. Please ensure that you-


  • Do not cross when the Red Man is showing.
  • Stay within the two sets of studs on the road when crossing. (Sensors are detecting you and therefore will give you time to cross to the other side)
  • Do not follow other pedestrians into the road without checking it is safe to do so especially when crossing in large groups.
  • Do not cross if a car has stopped on the crossing and is blocking it. Press the button again and wait.
  • Do not cross if a driver tells you to do so, check the Red/Green Man box first.

Key Dates

September 13th Year 4 start swimming

September 20th Jeans for Genes day.

September 21st  FOTB have made the decision not to have the Family Festival this month, instead it will be rearranged and become part of our 50 year celebrations. We will send out further details this term about our plans for our celebrations.

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 Y1 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.

Celebrating Bob

After October half term, Bob will be relocating to cross children near the library. We are extremely grateful for his dedication and the time he has given to our school and we are planning a special celebration later this term.

We will send out further details nearer the time. However, please keep it a secret as we want to surprise him!

In the meantime, we are starting a collection for Bob to show our appreciation of his time at Tithe Barn. If you would like to make a donation please send it in a sealed envelope clearly labelled with Bob’s collection. We will be creating a book of personalized messages, If you would like to include one please also send it in an envelope to the school office.

Thank you

Jeans for Genes Day

Friday 20th 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

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 medical needs co-ordinator, Mrs Ceri Barrett You will need to complete a form to enable her to administer medication which must be given to her in a clearly labelled pharmacist’s packet or container with your child’ name, dosage and date printed on it.

Aldi Kit for Schools- Please help us…

How it works… Get involved!

Every time you spend over £30 in any Aldi store you’ll receive a Team GB sticker. Bring your stickers to school to help us complete our poster. Once we have 300 stickers on our poster we can send the poster back to receive an exclusive sports kit and to be in with a chance to win £20,000 for your school.

Thank you for your support.




Tithe Barn Reading Challenge


Tithe Barn Reading Challenge

Over the Summer, we are asking every child to read a book selected by their new teacher in preparation for September 2019! These books will be used as the basis of your child’s English work and often also relate to their topics. They have been carefully selected by the teachers. We hope you enjoy the books and look forward to discussing them in the new school year.


Year 1- ‘Five Minutes Peace’ by Jill Murphy


Year 2- are doing an author study on Julia Donaldson so please read any of her books.


Year 3- ‘The Boy Who Grew Dragons’ by Andy Shepherd


Year 4- ‘Roman Myths’ by Geraldine McCaughrean


Year 5- ‘The Lion and the Unicorn’ by Shirley Hughes


Year 6- ‘When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.’ By Judith Kerr

Tithe Barn Times 26th July 2019

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 pa

rtnership 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

Sponsored Cycle

On Tuesday 23rd July Mr Blackburn arranged a fantastic morning to raise funds for Kiera Byland to travel to the next INAS Games in Brisbane. Kiera is a young woman with a medical diagnosis of Rubinstein Taybi syndrome, Dyspraxia and autism traits. She is a double gold medal winner. It was a fantastic day, Kiera ran balance bike workshops with the younger children and the children also participated in a sponsored cycle around the field.


I would like to thank Mr Blackburn for organising such a successful day, along with Mr Wych and to our parents and school community for supporting this great event.   We look forward to Kiera visiting school again in September.

Key Dates


4th September- School reopens for all children

20th September- Jeans for Genes Day

21st September- FOTB Family Festival (4pm -7pm)

Mauldeth Road


Over the Summer holidays will see some changes to Mauldeth Road. Stockport Council will be relocating the bus stop, installing new street lighting and a puffin crossing.

The crossing will be operational from September and will enable our children and local residents to safely cross the road at any time. At our request, Stockport Council has agreed that Bob will remain at the crossing for half a term to teach the children how to use it safely.

Following this, Bob is being relocated in the local area and we will continue to ensure he is part of a school community. We are currently planning a special event in Bob’s honour for the Autumn term.

Information regarding the works from Stockport Council-

The improvement works are due to commence from Sunday 28/07/19 and will last for approximately 6 weeks. The construction works will be undertaken by George Cox & Son’s. The anticipated operational working hours are Monday to Friday, 8am – 4pm. Traffic management measures will be in place to maintain safe passage for pedestrians throughout the works. Two-way traffic will be maintained during construction so as not to disrupt traffic flows. A road closure will be applied on Sunday 28/7/19 to allow the contractor to remove the existing refuge safely.

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 Edwards (TA in Year 1) is moving to Durham to become an Assistant Psychologists.


Miss Heap (Year 1) will also be leaving us this year to take up a teaching post at Bridge Hall. Miss Heap has found a job that enables her to develop her specialism of PE across a whole school and she is very excited about this opportunity.


We would like to wish both the ladies all the best for the future and thank them for all their hard work.

Summer Fair


On Saturday 14th July FOTB organised an amazing Summer Fair. We were particularly proud of our budding entrepreneurs Annie and Iqra from Year 5 who made their own pompoms and origami animals. The fair raised a fantastic £2765.96!

Reading Challenge

Last 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 Space Chase, an out-of-this-world adventure inspired by the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. The 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.

Thank you for your all support.



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

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:

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 or visit our website at


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:

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

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