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‘Aiming for Excellence’
No: 14                                                                                      May 2009

Pupil's Name:   ________________________________________

Dear Parents
Your child will be bringing home a letter today
from the Governing Body, about a proposal to                            Student’s Survey
change the times of the school day. Please             We have analysed the results of the student’s
ensure you receive this from them.                     survey that was completed in school. Thank you to
We have a busy two weeks coming up as the year 6       all those students who responded. The overall
children prepare for their SATs next week and the      results show that:
final preparations are made for the Interhouse
Drama competition. We will be interviewing for a       99.5% of students felt that their teachers
new School Sports Coordinator next week, as Miss       expected them to work hard and achieve their best
Wilkie will be teaching full time at Alameda from      99.5% of students felt that the school was clear
September. We are looking forward to having three      about how it expected them to behave
PE teachers as this should improve the provision of    90% of students felt that punishments were
extra curricula clubs for pupils. Attached to this     appropriate.
newsletter is the ‘Summer Term Clubs’ provision.
We hope the pupils will find something to interest     There were also responses to the question of
them. Hard copies are available in reception if you    bullying in the student survey, with 80% of students
would like one.                                        reporting that they had experienced no bullying at
We also have a trip to the Houses of Parliament        Alameda Middle school. Of the 20% of students
today, led by Mrs Booth.                               that had experienced bullying 9 out of 10
Year 8 pupils will be having Maths and Science tests   respondents felt that it had been dealt with
prior to their transfer to Redborne. The Maths         appropriately by the school. We are hoping to bring
tests are week beginning 18th May and Science          this figure down even further through the work of
tests the week beginning 15th June. Pupils from        all staff including our learning mentor, Mrs
Woodland will be doing the same tests.                 Richardson, and the work of our peer mentors.
May I remind parents about contributions to the
school trips planned for Activities Week. If           The school will be looking at addressing some of the
insufficient funds are received by next Wednesday      points raised particularly with regard to the
we may have to cancel some of the arrangements.        playground.
May I also remind you that pupils should not be
arriving at school before 8:40. If they are on the     J Adkins
playground playing without supervision, we cannot be   Deputy Headteacher
held responsible for accidents.
                                                             Internetball – Netball Summer Camp
                 Celebrating success                   We have been asked to inform you that
The Alias theatre group have made it through to        Internetball will be taking place again this summer
the final at Portsmouth as the best runner up. They    at Redborne Upper School between 3rd-7th August.
will be off to Portsmouth in half term, to compete     For more information and prices call Jo Munnion on
again.                                                 07884256924 or visit

Well done to Keiran Smith and Ben Bradley in year                         Readathon 2009
6, who have been selected to play for Bedfordshire     Congratulations to everyone who took part in this
Under 11’s Cricket team.                               year’s Readathon and thanks to those who
                                                       supported them. We would be pleased to receive
Well done also to the Year 7 Girl’s Rugby team who     any outstanding sponsorship money as soon as
competed in the national finals on Saturday. They      possible and will publish the total raised in a future
drew two matches and lost one, which placed them       newsletter.
8th in the country. They went on to Twickenham to
watch the final and to watch the Army play the         Linzi Neave
Navy. An enjoyable day was had by all.                 Head of English

S Lourensz
  Support Group for Siblings of Children with an                         Merit News
                        ASD                           Congratulations to the following pupils who have
 Do you have a child on the Autistic Spectrum? Do     gained merit awards since the last newsletter:-
you also have other children between the ages of 7
and 13 with no special need? If the answer to both    Bronze:- Kyle Farley, Ruby Galley, Eleanor Howells,
of these questions is ’ yes’ please read on. In       Harry French, Matthew Williams, Kate Thomas,
conjunction with the new Central Bedfordshire         Melisa Ludlow, Lucy Winfield, Keir Nicholson,
Authority we hope to set up a sibling support group   Hope Last, Charlea Murphy, Chloe Neale,
for children who have a sibling on the Autistic       Adam Fisher, Maddie Young, Cameron Duff,
Spectrum. We need input from parents suggesting       Kirsty Lyons, Cheyenne Melton, Chloe Groves,
what this service needs to provide and therefore      Richard Fletcher., Jack Case, Paulette McGovern,
are asking whether you can attend one evening         Callum Smith, Ella Sealey, Mitchell Lyons,
meeting to put your views across to a number of       Luke Izzard,
Local Authority representatives. It is already        ,
proven that support groups like these provide great   Silver:- Beatrice Friend, Maisie Regan,
benefits to families and therefore it is key that     Charlotte Golding, Lucy Turner, Thomas Watchorn,
this service is set up in our area. Please contact    Bradley Amos, Ethan Heavisides-Bell,
Sarah Walker ( or         Pierce Griffiths, Suzy Smith, Sophie Allman,
Helen Manley ( to find        Erin Ashby, Madelaine Baker, Miranda Jones,
out more.                                             Melisa Ludlow, Hannah Lewis, Bethany Line,
                                                      Ollie Bates, Urquhart Crosbi, Maisie Brimmer,
Sara Hughes                                           Edie Wiseberg, Erin Barford, Amy Dobson,
SEN Manager                                           Adam Fisher, Adrian Wong, Hannah Prater
                                                      Maisie Regan, Joe Lane, Hannah Garratt,
                                                      Daniel Roby, Alicia Baker, Ella Sealey,
        Host Families for French Students             Hannah Chapman, Ellen Thomas, Caitlin Sherry,
We have be asked to include the following advert      Ashleigh Jennings, Thomas Coen, Jonathan Tavener,
for host families:-                                   Andy Breed, Ben Michaels, Maisie Richardson,
                                                      Somerset Crosbie, Harry Lloyd, George Murray,
                Host Families
                Needed in                             Gold:- Maria Drikakis, Pierce Griffiths,
             AMPTHILL area                            Ellie Donbavand, Becky Plater, Charlotte Golding,
           For French students                        Eleanor Evans-Evans, Sarah Baldwin,
           Attending lessons at                       Ethan Heavisides-Bell, Emily Devereux,
                                                      Erin Ashby, Josh Wilkins, Charlotte Golding,
                                                      Ethan Heavisides-Bell, Erin Ashby,
 16th – 29th July 2009-03-02 Good rates of pay
                                                      Kim Swinstead, Fraser Maidment, Tomas Watchorn,
         For more information telephone:
                                                      Charlotte McManus, Sophie Siddiqi,
                                                      Jessie Sealey, Poppy Forbes, Emily Dadd,
                                                      Louise Wetherill, Emily Rawlings, Abigail Jackson,
                  01525 750221
                                                      Holly Boothroyd, Joe Cleveley, William Gough,
               Students out all day
                                                      Abigail Clements-Bewley, Annabel Marsden

 Reminder About Payments for School Activities,       Alameda Badge:- Jake Bell, Ben Bradley,
             Purchases of Uniform etc.                Jade Carter, Sarah Feil, Erin Templeman,
A polite reminder, that payments to the school, if    Poppy Coles, Rebecca Wormald
by cheque, should be made to ‘Alameda Middle          ,
School’.    Please also write on the back of the      Aragon 165             Castile    158
cheque the name of your child(ren) and what the       Leon    180           Navarre     185
payment is for. This will ensure that we can keep
better track of your payments to the school.
(Please note that payments for school meals should
still be made to Eden Foodservices)

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