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					                        NEWSLETTER– MARCH 2013


OUTSIDE ACHIEVEMENTS

If you would like your child’s outside achievements to be published in our newsletter, please
email these to me: head@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk



STAFFING NEWS
This half term we have several new members of staff: Mrs Becky Underhill is continuing
permanently as Teaching Assistant in our Nursery; Miss Sarah Shepherd has started as our
new Special Needs Teaching Assistant; Mrs Charlotte Milner joined our Midday Supervisors
Team; Miss Emily Chalmers-Stevens is teaching in Hockney Class to cover the remainder of
Mrs Goodwin’s maternity leave. A warm welcome to all our new members of staff.

Mrs Goodwin had a beautiful baby girl, Beth, on 15th January weighing 9lb 6oz.              We wish
Mrs Goodwin and her family congratulations on this wonderful news.


HEADTEACHER’S COFFEE MORNING
Our next Coffee Morning will take place on Wednesday, 20th March at 9.00 am in the staffroom.
Please put it in your diary and come along if you can. Mr Horleston, who leads on the IPC, will
be discussing the wider curriculum and the changes that we have made since September 2012.
Recently, we carried out a pupil voice survey with our Student Council and we would very much
like to find out your views as well. By coming along to the Coffee Morning, you will gain a good
understanding about how our topics are taught and what is happening across the whole school.


FAMILY SUPPORT

The direct e-mail service for all parents/carers is: jgrange@rounddiamond.herts.sch.uk
Jane Grange (Family Worker & Behaviour Support Manager)

P.E. UNIFORM

   Plain white crew neck t-shirt (with school logo if preferred – no large sports logos)
   Plain black or navy shorts
   Trainers (no plimsolls) and white socks
   Sweatshirt (plain without a hood or buttons) to wear for outside P.E. lessons

All garments should be clearly labelled with your child’s name.
NON-UNIFORM DAY
The Student Council have organised a ‘pyjama day’ for Red Nose Day to be held on Friday,
15th March. They have suggested a donation of £1 for children to wear pyjamas/dressing
gown/slippers. Please remember children will also need outdoor shoes!




HAPPY KIDS
Happy Kids runs a safe and secure breakfast, after school and holiday club at Round Diamond.
To book a place contact Kim Parker on 07814-536088.




HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL PRIMARY CURRICULUM (IPC)?

From September 2012 we started to use the International Primary Curriculum at Round
Diamond. Already, we have had wonderful topics that have explored: rainforests, space and the
first Olympians to name but three. Although, you might not have heard the term ‘IPC’ we hope
that from our regular updates and most importantly your child’s enthusiasm towards their
learning that you have heard all about IPC.

Below you will find out a bit more information, about what IPC is actually all about…

The International Primary Curriculum is an internationally minded, creative and cross-curricular
approach to learning that is used in over 50 countries. It’s key aim is to nurture a love of
learning and encourages the key skills and personal qualities. One of the advantages to IPC is
that it makes learning meaningful and encompasses research into how children learn. Through
our use of IPC we develop a good understanding of core values such as: respect, adaptability
and resilience to name a few. Each unit of learning is enriched with learning goals to ensure
good progress is made, which help children to build their knowledge base, develop their key
skills and broaden their understanding.

The units are made up of the following activities:

-   Hooks for learning to make learning enjoyable.
-   A knowledge harvest, where we find out what children already know. This also provides
    children with an opportunity to personalise their learning by stating what they would like to
    find out.
-   The big picture sets the context as to why they are learning.
-   Research activities so that children take ownership and responsibility of their learning,
    whilst developing their independent skills.
-   Recording activities are varied and provide a good stimulus for learning.
-   Finally, the exit point provides the children with an opportunity to reflect on their learning
    and self-assess their progress.
DINNER MONEY
The charges for school dinners for this half term are:

£48.00 (£2.00 per day)
£10.00 for 5 Wednesday Roasts
£8.00 for 4 Friday Fundays

PLEASE ENSURE SCHOOL DINNER PAYMENTS ARE UP TO DATE.

These should be paid IN ADVANCE on a weekly, monthly or half termly basis.

If paying weekly this must be in advance on a Monday, if payment is not received you will need
to provide a packed lunch for your child. You can pay for school dinners via WisePay or enclose
cash/cheque in an envelope with pupil’s name and details, to be handed to the class teacher.




LUNCHTIME SUPPORT

We would like to recruit lunchtime supervisors to be available on a casual basis. This will
involve 1 hour a day when needed to cover staff absences (often at short notice), to supervise
the children in the playground or inside during wet lunchtimes. It may also involve working in the
dining room or supervising children eating packed lunches. If you are interested please contact
Mrs Turner in the school office.




GREAT DAFFODIL APPEAL

Once again we are supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal in school this month and children can
bring in donations for a ‘daffodil’ . Marie Curie Cancer Care is a very worthwhile charity and
your donations will help support local Marie Curie Nurses who care for terminally ill patients. For
more information visit www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil. Thank you.




FOOTBALL

The Year 5/6 girls football team played their first tournament on Friday last week. They all
represented the school very well and didn’t give up throughout, giving a great performance.
They played 3 games altogether – won 1, lost 2. The team were also greeted by another school
who offered games to play more often. Well done girls.




DOGS ON THE PLAYGROUND
Please can I remind you that dogs are not allowed on the playground or anywhere on school
premises. This is for Health & Safety reasons and in line with Hertfordshire County Council
policy. Thank you for your consideration with this issue.
The Stevenage Shotokan Karate Club

If you want to get fit and keep fit, gain confidence, develop respect through discipline and
learn a self defence in a safe and friendly environment, why not come along and join in.

Class held every Friday evening at Round Diamond in the Main Hall 7.00 - 8.00pm.

Go to the website, print out the flyer from the beginners section and bring it with you for a
FREE introductory first lesson.

Telephone: 07710 944159
Email: enquiries@jkastevenage.org
Website: www.jkastevenage.org



CAN YOU KNIT ?
We are thinking of starting a ‘Knit and Natter’ club for Year 5 and Year 6 pupils next
term. If you would like to join us as a parent/grandparent helper, please contact either
Jane Grange or Claire Noble.




                   DATES FOR THIS HALF TERM

     MARCH           8th            F.O.R.D. Mothers Day Wrapping

                    15th            Pyjama Day for Red Nose Day
                         th
                    20              Coffee Morning – 9.00 am in Staffroom
                       nd
                    22              F.O.R.D. Non-Uniform Day – Easter Egg donation

                    28th            F.O.R.D. Easter Egg Hunt from 2.00 pm

                    28th            End of Term – School finishes 2.00 pm

                              Easter Holidays: 29th March – 15th April


       APRIL        16th            First Day of New Term




                                   Zoë Phillips

				
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