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									               Wheelock Primary School
               Crewe Road, Wheelock,
               Sandbach, Cheshire CW11 3RT
               Head Teacher: Ms Susan Tomlinson
               Tel: (01270) 762878 Fax: (01270) 759447

               E-mail: head@wheelock.cheshire.sch.uk
                       www.wheelock.cheshire.sch.uk

15 July 2011

Dear Parents and Carers

As our academic year comes to a close we have been reflecting on the achievements
of the year and how our lovely children have matured, developed and grown in many
ways. We think back to September and the start of this year’s learning journey and
we look at how we have concluded the year with our ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted inspection
and our wonderful University of Wheelock.




Recent events …

YEAR 6 VISIT TO THE CHILL FACTORE – 4 JULY

          What a way to go! We could almost hear the squeals of delight as Year 6
          had a go at ski-ing in Manchester. It was a wonderful end to a very
          successful year for them.

WELCOME TO THE WHEELOCK TEAM – 4 JULY

We were looking to replace Mrs Moores who is moving to another position within
school from September and are pleased to appoint Mrs Bannaghan and Mrs Harrop to
share the role of Welfare Assistant.

YEAR 3 VISIT TO THE CATALYST MUSEUM – 5 JULY

Our intrepid recyclers learned a lot about recycling on their visit and it has
given them some ideas about how to protect the planet. Thank you to Mrs
Williamson for organising this successful educational visit.

             YEAR 5 BIKEABILITY – 6 AND 7 JULY

            Year 5 explored the local area on their bikes and learned how to ride
           safely. This was an important lesson for the children and I was pleased to
see so many pupils getting involved.
   GUITAR CONCERT -7 JULY

  Thank you to Mr Gambling for organising the wonderful concert last week. It was
   so lovely to hear our guitarists performing so well and they appreciated the
   chance to play with experienced and professional players. Mr Gambling certainly
    appreciated the help Mrs Baldwin and Mrs Montgomery gave him and we look
   forward to more performances in due course.

FOOTBALL MATCH AGAINST ST JOHN’S PRIMARY SCHOOL – 7 JULY

Congratulations to our Football Team for their impressive victory over St John’s.
Thank you to Mr Hollings and Ian Wilkins for coaching our footballers.

YEAR 2 VISIT TO THE SEA LIFE CENTRE – 8 JULY

Year 2 had an exciting, albeit long, day last Friday. They certainly
learned a lot about life in the sea and it was a shame their journey
home was problematic. The value of our School Communication
system was much appreciated as we could keep in touch with
parents and carers by text, updating them as to an estimated time of arrival back at
school. I know that some of you are still not signed up to this valuable system and
miss out on getting emails and texts containing important information. Some of you
have signed up just to receive texts and some of you have signed up just to receive
emails, but I would recommend that you sign up to receive both. It certainly makes
our job a lot easier if we can communicate with you in this way and for those of you
who haven’t signed up, I would urge you to re-consider. Forms are available from the
office.

SUMMER BBQ – 8 JULY

Wow! What a truly wonderful evening we all had; I thought that there
was a brilliant atmosphere. The rain held off and it was so lovely to
see so many of you enjoying yourselves and supporting the FOWS and
our school. We hope you liked our OUTSTANDING new ‘corporate’
look – it certainly made it very visible just how many dedicated staff and
governors work for our school. A very big thank you must go, as always, to the
dedicated FOWS. They worked so hard to make this evening enjoyable, and the
preparations start months beforehand and the tidying up afterwards takes a lot of time
too. The FOWS give up their time willingly and I know you would all like to join me
in saying a really big THANK YOU.

If you have the lilac raffle ticket number 643, there is a delicious box of chocolates
waiting for you in the office, which the office staff are eager to devour, so please
come and collect your raffle prize as soon as possible! The first prize of a hamper
went to ticket number 684 and the second prize of wine went to ticket number 963
and both of these prizes were claimed on the night.
Over £2,000 was taken, although there are some costs to be deducted and some match
funding to be added so the profits will be advised in the next FOWS Newsletter but
what an amazing amount – and even better than last year! The FOWS agree with us
what they will fund with the profits from their activities and we are grateful for any
assistance offered.

REPORTS – 8 JULY

All the reports should have come out on Friday and I hope you are pleased with the
progress your child has made. Report writing is a mammoth task and takes up a lot of
teacher’s time and for the office, the task is even more complicated as the different
parts of the report have to be collected and collated. Mrs Harvey takes on this role
and I think she has done a superb job. We have had a lot of parent comments back
and I am thrilled that you are so pleased by what you have read. It is obvious you
realise how well the teachers know your child and we are pleased that you appreciate
this.

THE UNIVERSITY OF WHEELOCK – 11 AND 12 JULY

                We tried a new format this year, running the University of Wheelock
                over two full days instead of over six afternoons and opening it up to
                the whole school. I think it worked really well. The children have had
                the chance to do different activities over the two days, including
Outdoors Workshop, Painting competition, Robotics and Construction, Toy Making,
Italian Day and Cookery, Cricket, Crafts, Newspaper Reporting, Photography and
ICT, Felt Gingerbread Men, and Dance. We welcomed several visitors to school to
help us including a special ‘celebrity’ visitor who was interviewed for our Newspaper
and all the children seemed to have a wonderful time. I was leading our group of
intrepid news-hounds and we have produced a very informative newspaper entitled
the Wheelock News. If you would like to ‘read-all-about-it’, copies are on sale in the
office at 50p each for pupils to buy as it contains some wonderful reporting – I was
really impressed with the children’s original ideas. Mrs Victor, who works really
hard writing much of this Newsletter, was coaxed out of the office to assist with our
Newspaper and it was a lovely opportunity for a member of staff who has a different
role within our school to actually work with our children. She was very impressed by
how nicely all the different age groups worked together and how well they all know
each other and helped each other and it was nice to hear positive feedback from a
different source. I would also like to thank Mrs Gaunt, Mrs Bullock, Mrs Harrop and
Mrs Houghton for sharing their time and talents, as well as Ross and Chris from
Elworth Cricket Club.

SUMMER SCHOOL THE MUSICAL – 13 JULY

We were certainly rocking and rolling on Wednesday as we were caught up on the
musical rollercoaster of our summer celebratory treat. Our theatre company were
thrilled to have such an appreciative audience and I am sure we will be singing the
songs for weeks to come. This was our way of saying ‘thank you’ to our children for
all being so wonderful – especially during the Ofsted inspection.
YEAR 3 CAKE SALE – 13 JULY
As part of their topic ‘Save our Planet’ this term, Year 3 was keen
to purchase some water butts to use around school. To achieve this
and also to support Greenpeace, they made cakes and sold them,
along with recycled pencil pots. Thank you to those of you who
supported this venture, which was a great success and over £100.00 was raised.

SUMMER SIP VISIT – 14 JULY

We were pleased to welcome our School Improvement Partner, Mr John Evans, to
school. He spent the morning with Mrs Dyson, Mrs Houghton and myself scrutinising
and analysing data to assess the attainment and progress of pupils in school. He also
took the opportunity to take a ‘Learning Walk’ around our school to admire all our
wonderful displays and to talk to pupils and staff. Mr Evans enjoyed his time with us
and confirmed Ofsted’s findings that pupils in our school attain well, achieve well and
make good progress – as well as having fun!

PERFORMING ARTS PRODUCTION – 14 JULY

        Mrs Montgomery and her Performing Arts Club have worked very hard to
       learn the songs from Bugsy Malone and it was nice to hear excerpts from this
       wonderful show. I hope the parents and friends who came along enjoyed it
     too.

Forthcoming events …

SUMMER CELEBRATION AFTERNOON – 15 JULY

             We hope that you will be coming along to join us for our special summer
              celebratory afternoon today. School is open for parents and carers
              between 2.45pm and 4.00pm so you can come and look around at what
            the children have been studying and look at their books.

LEAVERS’ ASSEMBLY – 9.15am – 18 JULY

Year 6 are busy preparing for their last special assembly and I am sure
staff, pupils and parents will all be tearful as we wave ‘au revoir’ to a very
special class. We all have fond memories of Year 6, many of whom we
have known since they were 4 years old, and we wish them all well as
they move to their respective secondary schools and hope they will
return to say hello from time to time as we like to know how they
are getting on. We wave ‘good bye’ to Luther, Milo, Joshua, Nathanial, Matt,
Luke, Emily, Ella, Maisie, Katie, David, Lucy, Ella, Mitchell, Ellie, Hannah, Brynley,
Joshua, Sammy, Rebecca, Lewis, Naomi, Milly, Jordan, Ben, Jamie, Haydon and Lee.
There will also be tears from Mrs Ryles as she is leaving us too to move to another
school. We wish her well and she will be sorely missed.
We have had a number of students is to assist us and they are also moving onto
pastures new. Particular thanks go to Adam Welch who has been helping in Year 6
and Katherine McKee who has been working with Year 4.

We have also said good bye to Caitlin and Lydia who have moved to Denmark! Their
classmates are hoping to keep in touch via the internet and to learn more about their
new home environment. We also wish Merridy well at her new school.

In September we have some new faces joining us – Katie in Year 1, Matthew in Year
3, Sam in Year 4 and Thomas in Year 5. We look forward to meeting them and
welcoming them to our school community and I am sure their new teachers and
classmates will look after them.

WELCOME TO WHEELOCK

From September we are looking forward to welcoming Miss Liz Forrester who is on
the Graduate Teacher Programme to support Miss Kenyon in Year 1. I am sure our
new Year 1 children will make her feel very welcome and they will make a super
team.

FORTHCOMING TRIPS FOR THE AUTUMN TERM …

5 OCTOBER – YEAR 6 WILL BE VISITING RADBROKE HALL

14 NOVEMBER – YEAR 5 WILL BE VISITING BLISTS HILL

30 NOVEMBER – 2 DECEMBER – YEAR 4 WILL BE GOING ON A
RESIDENTIAL VISIT TO TATTENHALL
The cost will be approximately £100.00.

16 DECEMBER – KEY STAGE 2 VISIT TO THE NEW VIC THEATRE

29 FEBRUARY – 1 MARCH – YEAR 2 WILL BE GOING ON A
RESIDENTIAL VISIT TO BEESTON

Other news …

CLUBS

All the clubs have now finished and I would like to thank the teachers and teaching
assistants who so readily give of their time to run these clubs. We will be planning
new opportunities in September so look out for more club information next year. Mrs
Guildford will be running a Junk Art Club, making things from items that would
normally be thrown away and she has asked that you collect plastic lids, wine bottle
lids and corks, yoghurt pots, fruit and veg netting, interesting plastic bottles and foil
sweet rappers so she can use them for her club.
FOOTBALL CLUB

                As usual, we will be offering our After-School Football Club for
               children in Years 3 – 6. The club will run from 8 September, each
               Thursday, until 15 December (except for half term). As the club only
                has 20 places, it will be offered to the oldest children to apply. The
                  closing date for applications is Tuesday 19 July at 9.00am after
                  which the spaces will be allocated. With the Club starting so early
             in the new term, it is important that we get the booking forms back as
           soon as possible so if you would like your child to take part, please
                 complete the form as soon as possible. If you are on our
                    Schoolcomms system you should have had a form emailed to you,
                      if not, copies are available at the office.

SWIMMING

Those in Years 3 and 6 should have received a letter about swimming monies. For
those children in Year 6, refunds for the two missed sessions will be available on the
last day but your child will need to come to the office to sign for the money. Those
children who have paid in advance in Year 3, will have one credit applied to their
accounts for when they swim next term in Year 4.

Years 3 and 4 will be swimming in the Autumn term 2011 and more information on
this is to follow. The swimming pool at Sandbach Leisure Centre is closed over
summer for essential maintenance work and we have heard this week that the re-
opening has been delayed until the 26 September, which means our swimming lessons
won’t re-commence until 29 September.

OUR PLAYING FIELD

We have had recent reports of people letting their dogs roam on the school playing
field despite that fact that access is not allowed when school is not open. Mrs Gibson
has had to clean up after these unwelcome visitors and it is a health hazard for our
children. If you have a dog, please keep it on a lead at all times.

TESCO TOKENS

The FOWS have been busy counting all the tokens you have kindly collected and
have sent off an amazing 7482 tokens with which was have obtained a data logging
activities book, 2 packs of rechargeable batteries and an Easi-speak pack of 5. Miss
Kenyon has chosen these items to support the outstanding ICT work she leads within
school. The Sainsbury’s tokens are currently being counted and the FOWS will report
back in September. Thank you to all those of you who have collected them for us and
the Friends, who have had the mammoth task of counting them all!
MUSIC FOR LIFE

You should have received an information leaflet from Music for Life about
the taster sessions they offer on different instruments. If you wish your
child to take advantage of this exciting opportunity, Music for Life do need to hear
from you by the end of term. The can accommodate any student who registers an
interest and if you require more information please contact
admin@musicforlife.org.uk. Our Year 4 benefited from the Music for Life whole
class guitar tuition and many of the children have gone on to have guitar lessons and
starred in our recent guitar concert.

Community News …

SANDBACH – PLACE SHAPING CONSULTATION – 21 JULY

What do you want Sandbach to be like in the future? Cheshire East Council is
running a consultation session at Sandbach Town Hall between 10.00am and 6.00pm
on Thursday 21 July so they can draw up a new development plan for Cheshire East
and Sandbach. They will be looking at homes and jobs, open areas, cycle routes and
footpaths, the road and transport network, improving the town centre and community
facilities and how the environment of the town can be improved. So go along and
have your say!

SPORTS COACHING NORTH WEST – SUMMER PROGRAMME – JULY
AND AUGUST

Please log onto www.sportcoachingnw.co.uk to see courses on offer. Ross and Chris
came in to run our cricket sessions for the University of Wheelock and our children
greatly enjoyed this opportunity. They are offering cricket courses at Mossley and
Haslington Cricket Club and summer camps at Sandbach High School covering
activities such as cricket, rugby, tennis, badminton, football and Olympic events.

HOLIDAY BIBLE CLUB – SPY KIDS – 2 – 5 AUGUST

Wheelock Heath Baptist Church is running a Holiday Bible Club, aimed at children
aged 5 - 11, between 10.00am and 12.30pm between 2 and 5 August and it is free of
charge. For more information, please log onto www.whbc.co.uk, or contact
spykids@whbc.co.uk or phone 01270 876072.
Further information …

ON LINE PAYMENT SYSTEMS

          We are looking to introduce an online payment system for both dinner
          money and trips from September, although you will still be able to pay with
cheque or cash. When the system is fully set up, we will send you more information
and hope that you will find this an easier way of making payments.

PAYMENTS FOR DINNER MONEY AND TRIPS

We have had to do a lot of chasing this year for both dinner money and trip money
and it is not good use of office resources. There are a large amount of dinner debts
and this is unacceptable. If you have monies outstanding, please ensure your bill is
settled before the end of term. School cannot carry this amount of debt and we may
get to the stage that if you owe dinner money, you child will not be allowed to have
dinners until outstanding payments have been settled. If you feel your circumstances
are such that your child may be eligible for free school meals, please call at the office
to obtain more information. We try to work together, but with budgetary constraints,
we need you to fulfil your obligations too. Likewise with trip payments, I appreciate
that some of the trips are expensive and if ever this is a problem, please do call in to
see me. Trips are an integral part of our curriculum as they extend the understanding
of what is being studied and we try to cost them as low as possible. The more parents
who pay, the less we have to take from school funds and we don’t want to
compromise the resources available to all the children.

HEAD LICE

Unfortunately Head Lice have made a return. We have been very fortunate this year,
but it is a persistent problem and we ask that you check your child’s hair regularly and
treat them accordingly.

APPLYING FOR SCHOOL PLACES AT PRIMARY LEVEL AND
TRANSFER TO SECONDARY SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER 2012

The application process for children who are due to start school for the first time in
September 2012, ie those born between 1 September 2007 and 31 August 2008 starts
on 1 September 2011. Parents will be able to apply online at
www.cheshireeast.gov.uk or they can request an application form by contacting the
Local Authority on 0300 123 5012. If you are applying for a Primary School place,
you will need to have your application in by 15 January 2012. If you are applying for
a Secondary School place, your application needs to be completed by 31 October
2011. Late applications may be disadvantaged so please ensure you apply within the
stated time frame.
HAPPY SUMMER HOLIDAYS!

All that remains for me is to wish you a very happy and healthy summer holidays and
I look forward to welcoming you back on Tuesday 6 September. To those of you who
are leaving us, I wish you well as you move on to pastures new. I hope you all leave
with fond memories and will look back on your time at Wheelock as forming a good
springboard for your future life and learning.

Kind Regards




Susan Tomlinson
Head Teacher

								
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