Newsletter 27th July 2012 by 107629oW


									                   Audlem St. James’ C.E. Primary School
                                   Newsletter 27th July 2012

It has been a privilege to lead the school the last two       IEB
terms. The children are simply wonderful, and a delight       On behalf of the Interim Executive Board may I thank
to be with, a credit to parents and carers. I would like to   you for your help, support and patience during the past
thank the children for their enthusiasm towards their         academic year. It has been a year of great change but,
learning and for all their efforts and contributions.         with your support, we can see the improvements in the
Thank you to parents for your continued support,              provision for children at Audlem St James.
working in partnership with us to move the school             At the last IEB meeting we received the (unvalidated)
forward. A special thank you must go to the whole             outcomes for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. Needless to
school staff for their hard work, dedication and              say we were delighted with the standards the children
commitment that is so highly valued and appreciated.          had reached and the progress they had made. Not only
On a personal note I would like to thank the IEB for          did all the children make the expected 2 levels of
their support and total commitment to moving the school       progress between key stages 1 and 2 but a significant
forward and to Mrs Jewitt for the time she has given to       proportion made greater progress than expected
the school the last six weeks, facilitating a smooth,         nationally. But higher outcomes are not confined to year
positive and thorough transition. This will continue as       6. For this, we thank all of the teachers, teaching
we move into the autumn term as I shall return to school      assistants and especially the children for the hard work,
once a month for a transition visit.                          diligence and perseverance they have put into a year full
Today is a mixture of sadness and happiness as we say         of changes. Especial thanks must go to Rachel Johnson
good bye to our Year 6 class. We wish Megan, Isobel,          who has steered the school for two terms and led the
Sasha, Claire, Ben, Georgia, Millie, Emma, Holly,             improvements noted.
Mark, Harry, Matthew, Grace, Lucy, Jazmin, Luc,               I would like to take the opportunity to thank Janet
Emily, Joe, Pippa, Nena, Daniel, Thomas, Owen,                Broadley, an IEB member from its inception who has
Joeseph, Elliot, and Heather all the very best for the        recently moved to another area of the country. Janet’s
future as they leave us today to join Brine Leas. We          experience, incisive qualities of evaluation and support
send them on their way with our love and best wishes.         for the children were clear from the very first meeting.
They shone on Tuesday at their Leavers Service and            She is sad that she cannot continue with the IEB until
enjoyed a Year 6 ‘Oscars’ back at school. Thank you to        the end of the autumn term and we all wish her well. For
Mr Pownall, Mrs Southhall–Martin and Mrs Hayward              the autumn term, and because there are noticeable
for all the effort that went into making this event special   improvements in provision for children, the IEB will
for the children. We said goodbye to Mrs Davies in            continue with just three members.
church on Tuesday and say goodbye to Mr Pownall               We have always recognised that we are all here for the
today and wish them both all the best with new ventures.      children and it is gratifying to observe the changes that
                                                              have occurred and which we can witness when we visit
On behalf of our school family I would like to wish you       school. The children have responded excellently and,
all a lovely Summer Break. Mrs Jewitt and the school          again as we have always mentioned, they are wonderful
team will welcome the children back to school on              ambassadors for the school, the village, themselves and
Wednesday 5th September, following two Inset days at          their parents and carers.
the start of September.                                       It was good to meet the members of the shadow
                                                              governing body recently. As we move through the
R S Johnson                                                   autumn term more things will be delegated to them and
                                                              they will be more empowered to assume their full role
                                                              from January 1, 2013. They bring a wealth of experience
Handwriting Competition                                       and skills to the role and will serve the school well.
                                                              At the start of next term we welcome Becky Jewitt as
We had some super entries for our Handwriting                 permanent headteacher. As you know there has been a
Competition. Thank you to all those who entered.              lengthy transition process this term to enable Becky to
Congratulations and well done to the following children       take over the reins smoothly. We wish her well and have
who received prizes of book tokens and book marks -           confidence that the school will continue to improve its
Poppy W (Mercury), Hannah T in (Jupiter), Harvey W            provision – there are still things to do!
(Mars), Harlie J (Mars). A special mention and                It remains for me to wish you all a good (even
commendation for Corey (Jupiter) and Maddison                 outstanding – but I’d better leave the Ofsted terminology
(Mars).                                                       behind!) summer break. Whatever you do, enjoy it and
                                                              we look forward to having a super 2012/13 school year.

                                                              Derek Barnes
                                                              IEB Chair.
Roman Day                                                        ‘Early Learning at Audlem’
On Thursday, Mars had a fantastic Roman party. The               We have increased our Nursery provision and
children came to school in Roman costumes and enjoyed a          parents will be able to pay for additional sessions
feast of food and learning about ‘Roman mysteries’ We even       beyond their 15 hours free entitlement. Times of
set off our own ‘Vesuvius’ volcano on the school field.          attendance and charges are as follows.
                                                                 TIMES OF ATTENDANCE
“I really enjoyed the food and dancing” Ruby Y.                  Morning Session: 8:45 are to 11:45 am (or breakfast
                                                                 club from 8.00 am)
“The volcano was great fun to watch” Scarlett L.                 Lunchtime Care:            11.45pm to 12.15pm
                                                                 Afternoon Session:         12.15 pm to 3.15 pm

WILDWOOD Summer Activities                                       CHARGES
Do you dare to go into the Wildwood? Based at Camp Hill,         Additional Nursery sessions         £10.00 per 3 hour
Baldwins Gate, Wildwood offer an exciting and stimulating        session
woodland experience from treasure hunts to den building to       Lunch club only                     £2.00 per session
campfire cooking. We specialise in themed parties, however,      Full day                            £21.00 (with own
throughout the summer holidays we are hosting a range of         packed lunch)/
activities:                                                                                          £24.00      (with
‘Robin Hood’ days (building a hideaway & bow-making)             school lunch)
 ‘Old-Timer’ Panning day (Mineral panning and prospect           Lunch Club with School Dinner       £4.10 per session
camp)                                                            (£20.50 per week)
Pathfinder Bushcraft Day (shelter building, tracking animals     Breakfast Club                      £3.00
and campcraft skills)                                            Places will be allocated on a first come first served
                                                                 basis with priority given to:
Our practitioners are Level 3 Forest School Qualified and are
all CRB Checked, insured and are qualified outdoor first                 Children who are rising 4 this academic year
aiders. For further information please refer to our website or           Treehouse children already attending
contact us on the following details:                                      Nursery                                    Other children requiring places                                  Please do contact our school office to collect a
                                                                 booking form if you would like to book sessions for
                                                                 your child, alternatively we can email one out to you.

Dates for Your Diary

Friday 27th July – School Closes for the Summer Break.


Monday 3rd September
Tuesday 4th September

Wednesday 5th September School reopens for children

Friday 19th October School closes for half term

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