AUTUMN TERM 2011 DATE 21October 2011 - The Petworth

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					        Petworth C.E. Primary School
                                  No: 2
 AUTUMN TERM 2011                              DATE: 21October 2011

Dear Parents

I would like to congratulate 2 Year 6 Students on being elected by staff and
children as our new School Ambassadors. They have already carried out their
first duties representing the school at the Boy’s School Memorial Service and
showing prospective parents around the school during our Open Morning.

I would also like to thank everyone who donated gifts and/or came to our
Harvest Festival Service two weeks ago; Mrs Goodwin and I took the gifts of
food down to the Worthing Churches Homeless Project who were delighted to
receive them.

Anniversary of the Bombing of the Petworth Boys’ School
On Tuesday, 29 September, our school ambassadors, Mrs Standing and the
Deputy Chair of School Governors, Mrs Eileen Lintill joined Reverend Tim
Wright and a number of Petworth “Boys” who survived the bombing, to lay a
wreath in remembrance of the sad events when 28 boys, together with their
Headteacher and staff were killed when the school was bombed in 1942.

Parent Governors
We are pleased to let you know that Mrs Melanie Arnold and Mrs Charlotte
Loukes have been elected as parent governors to the Governing Body of
Petworth CE Primary School. They will join Mr Andy Rowland and Mr Gary
Chandler who have been parent governors for a number of years.
Community Open Morning – Early Warning
We shall be holding a Community Open Morning on Thursday 10 November,
10.00am – 12.00 noon, for all parents, carers, family members, the wider
community and local businesses when there will be a chance to have a look
round the school, meet the children and join us for a cup of coffee. Please
make a note in your diary of this date.

Petworth Primary School Association
The PPSA held a successful AGM when the following staff and parents were
elected to the Committee: Gillian Standing (President), Lisa Whitby & Kerry
Davies (Joint Chair), Cassie Homewood (Treasurer), Jo Pafford and Clair
Simpson (Joint Secretary) Abbie Hodd, Liz Ford, Penny Holden, Kelly
Hazleden, Jackie Wadey, Liz Andreozzi, Claire Baker, Lindsay Jefford, Emma
Carver and Charlotte Loukes (Committee Members), Miss Pankhurst (Teacher
Representative).      As you know the committee is always in need of helpers
for their events, eg. the Christmas Fair. If you would like to offer your help
please contact one of the PPSA committee or let the school office know.
The school is fortunate to have a very hardworking PPSA and the money
raised benefits the school and children in so many ways.

PPSA Tea Towels
We still have 2010/2011 tea towels for sale – blue and white cotton with the
children’s drawings of themselves on them (except for the present Year R) at
a cost of £1.50 each or buy two, get one free. Please come into the school
office if you would like to purchase these.

PPSA Dates
Monday 7 November          PPSA Children’s Disco
                           Oak, Ash and Rowan – 5.30-6.30pm
                           Beech, Maple and Willow – 6.45-8.00pm
Friday 25 November         Own Clothes Day – Bring a bottle for the Tombola
                           at the Christmas Fair
Saturday 26 November       Nearly New Children’s clothes and toy sale
                           10.00-12.00 noon. See flyer attached
Date to be arranged        Daffodil Planting
Friday 2 December          Christmas Fair 6.00-8.00pm in the HSS Hall

Isle of Wight Residential Visit

 From September 23-26, children in Willow Class went to PGL, Little Canada,
 in the Isle of Wight. The camp was very big, and there was a gigantic dining
 hall! Everybody had lots of fun doing the activities; it didn’t matter whether
 they were big or small. Nobody dropped out of the activities, even if they
 were frightened! The activity enjoyed most by our class was probably the
 Matrix. All the instructors were very kind, and most were very young. We
 had a young instructor called Craig, and he was very funny, too!

 The best thing about the weekend away was that we had a break from home
 and we all got to know each other better and work as a team. It also helped
 us make friends with people we didn’t know well. Everybody enjoyed PGL,
 and nobody wanted to come home!

Visit to Arundel Castle by Oak, Ash and Rowan Classes
Oak, Ash and Rowan Classes have been exploring the theme of ‘Banquets and
Battlements’. As part of this exciting learning experience the children
recently took part in a super visit to Arundel

It was wonderful to see the children (and teachers!) dressed in their medieval
costumes, included knights, kings, queens, princesses and even Robin Hood!
The other visitors to Arundel Castle thought they had stumbled back into
medieval times! The children thoroughly enjoyed exploring the castle and

grounds; finding out about towers, dungeons and of course weapons and a
fantastic day was had by all!

Feedback from Parents of Early Years’ children
Following feedback after a successful “Six Weeks In” Coffee Morning for
parents of Oak Class children, it confirmed our intention to hold a Phonics
Meeting to help parents understand the way phonics are taught so that they
could, in turn, help their children. The parents who attended this meeting
found it most informative. We are hoping to hold further meetings in due
course to cover different topics.

“Stars of the Week”
            With effect from the first week back to school after half term we
                  have organised a positive learning award.   Every Monday an
                 award will be made based on a review of the previous weeks
               learning by children in class. Each teacher will choose a child
                who has excelled in their learning for a whole week.        In
Monday’s Assembly the children who have been nominated will be awarded a
gold star to wear for the rest of week and will then be invited to have squash
and biscuits with Mrs Standing in her office at 2.45pm on Friday when they
will talk about what they have been doing in class during the week. The gold
stars will then be handed over in readiness for the next week’s winners.

Certificates of Achievement
You will notice that the Certificate of Achievement cards are slightly
different. In future the children will start with a “Bronze
Award” card, followed by “Silver”, “Gold” and “Platinum”. The
Certificates received will be in the appropriate colour.  Each
year, starting in September, when they join a new year group,
the children will start earning stickers towards their first
Award of the school year. The first two Bronze Certificates have just been

Medicines in School
If your child is well enough to be in school but needs a prescribed dose of
medication, subject to a completed medication form, this can be administered
by a member of staff. Pupils will not administer medicines to themselves or to
other pupils. Preventative medicines which the school agrees to keep at
school (eg. for asthma, hay fever, etc.) will be kept with details of dosage in a
medical cupboard.

Secondhand School Uniform
We have a few school cardigans and PE polo shirts still for sale. Please come
to the School Office if you would like to have a look at them.

Personal Accident to Pupil Insurance Policy
Following the change to the Council’s Insurers in September 2010, we now
have a new supplier of our optional insurance for parents covering personal
accident to pupil insurance policy, previously arranged via Zurich.     From
September this year parents will need to complete the new Chartis application
form available from the Bursar if they wish to insure their child against
personal accident whilst at school. There have been some minor changes to
the benefits provided but the premium remains at £10 per child per annum.

Colder Weather
Please could you ensure that your child has a coat or warm jacket in school
every day now that the weather is turning colder. If you come to school by
car your child will still need a coat for playtimes, etc. Thank you.

INSET dates 2011/2012
Friday 10 February 2012
Monday 11 June 2012

Dates for your Diary
24-28 October       Half Term (inclusive)
31 October          Back to School
 7 November         PPSA School Disco (letter after half term)
 8 November         Rotary Evening with Beech, Maple & Willow 7.00-8.15pm
10 November         Community & Governors Open Morning & Evening 10-
                    12noon & 7.00-8.00pm
11 November         Rainbow Theatre – KS2 only
19 November         Petworth Fair in Market Square & Leconfield Hall
                    Please note date
25 November         Own Clothes Day (letter after half term)
26 November         Nearly New Children’s Clothes & Toy Sale (see flyer)
 2 December         PPS Christmas Fair
 6 December         Matinee Christmas Production & Evening
 8 December         Evening Christmas Production
12 December         Years 1 & 2 Christmas Party at Petworth House
13 December         9.30-10.30 Carol Service at St Mary’s Church
13 December         Children’s Christmas Lunch & Party
16 December         End of Term
Thank you for your continued support for all events in or out of school. I
would like to wish everyone a good half term break and should you attend an
early Bonfire Celebration, please remind your children of the Firework Code.

Yours sincerely

Gillian Standing


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