Hemyock Primary School Newsletter Monday 20th April 2009 Monday Violin Lessons Tuesday Flute, Drum and Guitar Lessons Wednesday Keyboard Lessons Friday 3.05pm Celebration Assembly – parents welcome Reward Stickers: Congratulations to Libby Hawkins, Georgina Leavey, James Loughrey, Connie Bennett and Finn Buckley who have achieved 10 reward stickers, and to Paige Knight, Adam Cole, Daisy Young, Maisie Pepperell, Jessie Hayman, Toby Redwood, Kieran King, Phoebe Dewar, Jasmine Jaji and Harry Counsell who have achieved 25 reward stickers, and to Lottie Evans who has achieved 50 reward stickers and finally to Drew Upton who has achieved 100 reward stickers. Well done! www.hemyock-primary.devon.sch.uk The school’s website is back and looking better than ever!! It is going to be an excellent source of news, information and practical help as well as celebrating the fantastic things that are happening in the school. Take a look and if you wish let us know what you think at admin@hemyock- primary.devon.sch.uk or use the ‘Email us here link’ on the website homepage. A huge ‘thank you’ to Hugh Whittaker and Andy Gittins, who have spent many evenings in school working to bring the website up to date. Easter Assembly A big thank you to the PTFA for providing what, for the children, was undoubtedly the highlight of our Easter assembly on Friday 3 rd April. Following the Easter Egg hunt which the PTFA organised in the morning, the children were all presented with a large Easter Egg to take home. The assembly was preceded by a parade to enable parents to admire the beautiful Easter Hats that the children had made, with the help of parents, the previous day at our open morning, Open Morning We celebrated the opening of our new classrooms on Thursday 2 nd April. Parents were invited to join us for a special assembly, where children from KS2 shared poems, sketches, a song and a rap which expressed their feelings about the improvements to their classrooms. Once the ribbons to the new classrooms had been cut by the oldest and youngest child from each class, the children settled down to make their Easter Hats, with the help of the many parents who were able to join us. Non Pupil Day Friday 1st May is a non pupil day. The teachers will be in school, working on the revision of our curriculum, as part of our new school development plan. No children will be in school on this day. Exmoor Challenge Practice Walk Congratulations to the children who took part in the final practise walk for the Exmoor Challenge on Saturday 4th April. Once again we enjoyed beautiful spring weather and the children coped well with the gruelling 12 mile walk. The final teams will now be selected from those children who have taken part in the practices, with the actual challenge taking place on Saturday 2 nd May. Parents’ Meetings next week – Please note correction to time – 6pm, not 7pm On Tuesday 28th April parents of children in years 2 and 6 are invited to come to a meeting with the class teachers to find out about the arrangements for the end of key stage SATS which the children will be doing this half term. Both meetings will start at 6pm and will be in the children’s classrooms. These meetings are aimed at parents and the children are not expected to be present. th On Thursday 30 April Mrs Peters will give parents an opportunity to find out more about the maths curricular targets that the children across the school are currently working on. All of the children have targets which will help to develop their understanding of multiplication and division, so if you would like to be able to help your child with this, both now and in the future, please do come and join us. This meeting will take place in Mrs Risdon’s classroom and will start at 6pm. On Wednesday 6th May there will be an opportunity for parents to meet with Mrs Peters and Mrs Arrowsmith to hear more about the planned developments outlined in the Annual Report which was sent home to parents just before the Easter Holidays. If you would like to hear more about the School Development Plan then please feel free to come and join us in the school hall at 6pm on 6th May. Kids in the Middle The DCSF has published a guide called Kids in the Middle – An Agony Aunt’s guide for parting parents and their children which has been written by Deirdre Sanders, The Sun’s Agony Aunt. It offers practical advice to separating parents about how to minimise the negative effects of their relationship breakdown on their children, contains advice and tips for children whose parents are separating to help them cope with the break up and consequent changes to their family life and it signposts both parents and children to many other sources of information and support. The guide can be downloaded at http://publications.dcsf.gov.uk – search using the reference number DCSF-01051-2008 or the school can order copies if requested. Please contact the school office if you would like us to order any copies for you. Nature and Gardening Club Miss Cornish is planning to run a nature and gardening club for Years 2 – 6 on Tuesdays after school until 4.30pm. We will be growing vegetables and flowers. We will also be exploring the nature and wildlife on our school site and ways in which we can improve our site for wildlife and us. Please ask Miss Cornish for a form if you would like to join us. If any parents would like to help, please ask! Hedging Work Party! The PTFA have kindly bought some hedging plants to improve the look of the school grounds and help discourage children (and adults!) from wearing out the grass on our banks. These plants should be arriving tomorrow (Tuesday 21st April). We are planning to have a work party on Saturday 25 th April from 10am to plant them. Please come and help us dig and plant! Bring your own spades/forks. It would be helpful if you could let Miss Cornish know if you are planning to come – bring the family! School Meals – Reminder of Price Increase With effect from Monday 20 th April 2009, the price of a child’s school meal has increased to £1.95 per day. Tin Whistle Club – Summer Term If any more Squirrels have changed their minds and would like to come to the after-school Club on a Monday and could share a book, then a D tin whistle by itself is £3.99 or the boxed set (with book) is £9.95. The Club is due to start at 3.30pm on Monday 27th April. Foxes in the Forest! A reminder for tomorrow that all children in Foxes class will be working outside doing Forest School activities. They will need to wear uniform but bring their outdoor clothing for Forest School also. Watch Found! A watch was found on the last day of term. Please enquire at the school office. Guitar Lessons This Term Ms Ali Cooper has confirmed that there will be 11 guitar lessons held this term, including one carried forward from the Spring term. Erika’s Easter News Over the Easter holiday Erika Jordan was invited to take part in a musical concert given in an Exeter church. She played two short pieces on the piano - Aria in F by J C Bach and Fur Elise by Beethoven. Clothes Recycling For PTFA Funds Only one week to go and hopefully you have all found something to put in your bags. Extra bags are available from the school office. Anyone with problems transporting their bags to the school let the office know and someone will collect them from you. Remember the more we collect the more money the school makes. Thank you for your support. Diary Dates: Mon 27.04.09 Governors’ training session, 7pm at the school 27 - 28.04.09 Donations for PTFA textile recycling collection – clothes, shoes, bags please! Tue 28.04.09 Year 5/6 Sports Hall Athletics at Uffculme School (3 – 5pm) Tue 28.04.09 6pm – Parents’ Curriculum Evening: arrangements for the Year 2 SATS and the Year 6 SATS Wed 29.04.09 Governors’ Curriculum Committee meeting at 3.45pm Thu 30.04.09 6pm - Parents’ Curriculum Evening: Maths Curricular Targets Fri 01.05.09 Non Pupil Day Sat 02.05.09 Exmoor Challenge Walk Event Mon 11.05.09 7pm Full Governing Body meeting Wed 06.05.09 9 – 10am Chapel Café at Hemyock Baptist Church – meet the governors Mon 18.05.09 Class and Team photographs by H Tempest Mon 18.05.09 PTFA meeting at the school Wed 20.05.09 Year 5s Visit to Uffculme School 25 - 29.05.09 Half term holiday Mon 01.06.09 6pm- Parents’ Curriculum Evening: Dyslexia evening Thu 04.06.09 6pm – Parents’ Curriculum Evening: An introduction to Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum Ready Reckoner for Dinner Money (effective from 20.04.09) 1 x 1.95 = £1.95 6 x 1.95 = £11.70 2 x 1.95 = £3.90 7 x 1.95 = £13.65 3 x 1.95 = £5.85 8 x 1.95 = £15.60 4 x 1.95 = £7.80 9 x 1.95 = £17.55 5 x 1.95 = £9.75 10 x 1.95 = £19.50 Community News Administrator Required for Hemyock Pre-school Approximately 12 hours per week. Pay negotiable dependent on experience. For an application pack please contact Debbie Cooper on 01823 681436. Play Leader Required at Hemyock Pre-school NVQ level 3 or equivalent. Approximately 24 hours per week. Pay to be negotiated dependent on experience. For an application pack please contact Debbie Cooper on 01823 681436. Chapel Cafe - Meet the Governors On the 1st Wednesday of each month between 9.00 – 10.00am parents can meet with Governors over coffee at Chapel Café at Hemyock Baptist Church. This is another opportunity to have your questions answered and keep up-to-date. DEVON GAMES TO INSPIRE (formally Devon Youth Games) MID DEVON TEAM The games are to be held at Barnstaple on 5 July this year. Mid Devon district is looking for active children who want to take part. The competition is aimed at those who have NOT had the opportunity to compete at County level or above but have would like to take part in an exciting sporting event that is similar to a mini Olympics. To take part you need to be living in the Mid Devon District Council area or go to a school in that area. The trial leaflets that detail which sports and age groups that can take part will be in schools soon so either see your PE department or ring Sarah Self on 07967 179697.