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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


 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.


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



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


Erasmus Grant

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



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Lacrosse Team

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

Swimming Team

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

Stockport Harriers – Cross Country Competition

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

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

Netball Success

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

Football – Tithe Barn 2: 1 St George’s

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






Newsletter: 27.02.15

Dear Parents and Carers


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

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

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

 My best wishes for the weekend

 Yours sincerely

 Mr MJ Shaw


 Private Fostering Arrangements

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

World Book Day – Thursday 5th March 2015

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

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

Science Week – 9th-13th March 2015

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

Red Nose Day – Friday 13th March 2015

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

Big Dig – Thank you

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

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

Growing School

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

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

Staff Changes

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

Rotary Public Speaking Competition

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


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 Lacrosse Team

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

Swimming Team

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