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                                             5th May 2010 Number119

 It already seems a while ago that I and three other teachers, were anxiously waiting for news about when
 we could come home following our Spring break holidays as a result of the volcanic ash cloud. At the time
 it was most worrying and those of you (quite a few) who were also stranded will share my feelings. It was
 the ‘not knowing’ and the realisation of how utterly dependent we have all become on air travel as a
 means of getting us from A to B. I’m not saying I won’t be ever boarding another flight but it has certainly
 made me pause and consider assumptions that we can always do what we want, when we want and how
 we want. I would like to extend a special thanks to Mrs Purcell and the staff team who made sure the
 school ran effectively in the absence of the four of us.
 There was also some post event criticism of the decision to close the air space for as long as it did. I can’t
 agree with that criticism and certainly I was glad not to be on the first plane to fly back once the go ahead
 was announced. Similarly, at school we take health and safety matters very seriously, and whilst we don’t
 wish to wrap the children up in cotton wool, and believe exposure to measured risk is important for
 building life skills, we have to ensure we are providing a safe and secure school environment. And this can
 mean allocating considerable funds towards this outcome. In the next six months we will install a new
 smoke alarm system, and further fire protection measures. The local authority is keen for schools to do as
 much as they can for fire safety management in the light of the fire that occurred in the Camberwell flats
 back in July last year. We are also investing in developing our After School Childrens’ Service including
 new cameras and entry phones. So lots of work still to do to make DHJS even more effective and secure.

 Important May dates for your                                                     adult   parent    volunteers   who
                                                     SATS WEEK
                                                                                  accompanied the children: Mr Milne,
           diaries                        The Year 6 children, along with         Mr Tanner, Mr Strong and Mr Winter.
Wed 5th: 3.30pm Swimming Gala at Japs     many other Year 6 children              There will be an assembly to
Wed 5th: Yr 3 to Natural History Museum   nationally, will be taking their Sats   celebrate the School Journey on
Wed 5th :9.15am 4W Class Assembly         tests during week of May 10th We        Wednesday May 26th at 9.15am.
Mon 10th: Year 6 Sats start               wish them the very best of luck.
Thurs 13th: 7pm Kingsdale Festival of     Please ensure they are well fed and           Year 6 French Trip
Youth Concert                                                                     What a fantastic trip this was: the
                                          have lots of sleep so that they can
Wed 19th: 9.15am 3F class assembly                                                sun shone, the children were
Wed 19th Dante Quartet performs to        do their very best.
                                                                                  impeccably behaved and most
school                                                 Arethusa                   importantly they practised their
Wed 19th -21st Marbles Season
Fri 21st Charity Own Clothes Day          Our Year 5 children returned safely     French whilst fully immersing
The Beastly Boys author presents to       if exhausted, from a highly             themselves in all the activities. A
school followed by book signing           successful trip to Arethusa having      very big thank you goes to Mrs
Sat 22nd PTA May Fair 1pm -4pm            had the best weather for several        Evans, the group leader, as well as
Tues 25th: All day Tag Rugby              years. They had a great time and        to Mr Powles, Mrs Roberts, Mrs
Tournament at Burgess Park                participated fully in all the           Yarlett, Mr Blackman, Mrs Elvin, Mr
Tues 25th: Associated Board Wood and      activities on offer and were a credit   Fitzpatrick, Mrs Thomas, Mrs Ward
String Examinations
                                          to the school as well as you the        and Mrs Zeffertt. A special thank
Wed 26th: 9.15am Year 5 School Journey
                                          parents.                                you to Miss Thomson who was kind
Fri 28th: INSET DAY                       I would like to thank the Year 5        enough to take the place of Miss
Mon 31st HALF TERM                        team for working hard to organise       Pink who was stuck in Tokyo.
Mon 7th June BACK TO SCHOOL               the event, especially Miss Campbell,
                                                                                           Walk to School
Wed 9th June School Photographs           who was the trip leader. Thanks
                                          then to Mr Brown and Miss Bevis,        If you don’t already do so, please
          School Dinners                                                          walk to school during Walk to School
                                          Mrs Baxendale, and Mrs Linton-
If you haven’t already done so,           Smith who oversaw all the medical       Week 17th -21st May. It’s healthy,
please forward payment for this half      arrangements, Miss Brough and Mr        fun and free!
term.                                     Mullins. A very special thanks to the
                                         as Handel House. The workshop fill       your ideas which we will then
                                         be followed by a concert given by        discuss as a staff.
    After School Child Care              Baroque                  Encounter.               PTA May Fayre
                                         The Ian McMillan Orchestra at All
Thank you to all who filled in the       Saints' Church West Dulwich –            This will be held on May 22nd from
blue letter seeking your views about     7.30pm      Thursday     13     May      1pm to 4pm and we hope you will
an after school child care facility.     A special musical event combining        all support it. It has a jolly seaside
As a result of your responses we are     both words and music designed to         theme to it and– we hope to raise
now in a position to give the go         appeal to both children and              funds to improve the school
ahead to Schoolfriendetc to run our      adults. You may well have heard Ian      environment. Please buy raffle
after school club. The first part of     on Radio 4 or seen him on                tickets.
the process has been to renovate a       programmes such as Have I Got              Freeze School Photographs
suitable space and we have nearly        News for You. On tour the 'Bard of
finished the decoration of the large                                              For the second year running we are
                                         Barnsley' presents another side to       using Freeze, to take our class
room which is part of our Admin          his talents with unique combination
block. The high vaulted ceiling has                                               photographs.
                                         of poetry comedy and music      Although
been painted, as have all the walls      accompanied by a staggeringly
and woodwork, and there is a new                                                  they are a little more expensive
                                         original band of musicians. This is      than previous more traditional
purple lino floor which we hope will     also a chance to hear unusual
be long lasting and easy to                                                       school photographers I was really
                                         instruments such as the Mandocello,      pleased with the results last year,
maintain.                                Hurdy-Gurdy      and   Nyckelharpa.
The next step is to find the right                                                as were the majority of parents who
                                          Children's Concert at All Saints'       loved    the    quality    and    the
personnel to manage the club –           Church West Dulwich - 11am
please see the advert attached. If                                                naturalness of the compositions.
                                         Saturday            15          May      Don’t forget you are under no
you are interested, or know              The Southwark Concert Band, under
someone who might be, please                                                      obligation to buy them.
                                         the direction of Bob Bridges returns     Freeze will be coming in on
respond. We will not open until we       to present The Fantasy Concert.
are satisfied that the right person is                                            Wednesday June 9th so please aim
                                         including a rare performance of The      to have the children in school on
in place.                                Cowboys by famed British film
You may not realise that the club is                                              that day! As these are class photos
                                         composer John Williams. Children         they are always more effective if
entirely independent of us: with its     are encouraged to wear fancy dress
own Ofsted Inspection. Applying for                                               the children wear similar uniform
                                         of their favourite fantasy figure!       items. As not all the girls wear
places for your children will be         Tickets     available    now     at:
through the club provider’s website                                               summer dresses, please can they,
                                               on that day, revert back to winter
and more information will follow.
However we have decided that the                    NFER Survey                   uniform ie. a dress, skirt or
club will be open to Hamlet children     We had 133 parents respond to this       trousers, and a T shirt or polo shirt.
AND their siblings at the Infants if     survey - thank you. Overall the          Please can the boys ensure they are
that is requested. Please visit          results showed high levels of            wearing clean trousers, not jeans or            for   satisfaction with what we are doing.     cargo pants, preferably with a polo
more general information.                You were particularly pleased with       shirt.
                                         the “canteen” in comparison to ‘all      Year 6 will also have a photo taken
       After School Clubs                                                         of all 90 of them, as a wonderful
                                         schools’, but less happy with our
Spaces still available: Mon: cookery,    lack of access to playing fields –       memory of the whole year group.
basketball (yr 5, 6) sewing, Tues:       something we continue to work on.               JAGS Let’s Explore
karate, magic (yr 4,5 6) Wed:            I was also disappointed with two
knitting (yr 5,6) Thurs: streetdance                                              The NAGC, a charity that deals with
                                         responses – I would have liked a         ‘gifted’ children is running in
(yr3, 4) French. PLEASE CALL             higher satisfaction score with “we
OFFICE. There is no Fitness club this                                             conjunction with JAGS a day called
                                         help children achieve their full         “Creative and Critical Thinking”. It
term.                                    potential” and that we keep you          is designed to create an opportunity
        Dulwich Festival                 informed about how your child is         for children to work together in a
                                         progressing. I suppose I feel that we    fun way on a variety of problem
Three wonderful musical events for
                                         provide so many incredible learning      solving activities. Children will have
all the family in the Dulwich Festival
                                         opportunities whether it is in music,    to investigate the idea that it is the
Baroque Encounter at Dulwich
                                         drama, the arts, sports, or              year 2054 and a rogue planet has
College – 4pm Sunday 9 May
                                         encouraging children to know             been discovered – they will have to
This event features a workshop to
                                         themselves and develop their own         create their own planet and imagine
which children (and adults!) are
                                         opinions, that I would like your         the aliens that inhabit it.
being encouraged to either bring an
                                         ideas of what more we could do to        The cost is £40, the date is Saturday
instrument or sing. It will be a rare
                                         “develop     potential.”    As     far   5th June between 10am and 4pm and
chance to see a harpsichord at close
                                         information regarding pupil progress     the venue is JAPS. You will need to
quarters and features a trio who
                                         –let me know – I always want to hear     have booked by May 14th so call
have been very active in both
schools and established venues such                                               0845 450 0295 for more information.
 Own Clothes Day /Marbles Season         documentation, and collect           a    his work is inspirational and of a
                                         “queue number” from reception.            high quality.
There will be an Own Clothes Day on                                                Our Associated Board Music Exams
Friday May 21st in aid of a charity to          Teaching Students
                                                                                   are fast approaching for some of our
be decided by our Charity Council.       We welcome our teaching students          woodwind and string players:
Please donate a minimum of £1 if         from South Bank University and            Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th and
your child chooses to wear own           Goldsmiths. We feel proud to be           Thursday 27th May, so keep-up the
clothes. There will be a Marbles         able to provide them with good            daily practise please children!
Season from the 19th to the 21st May.    support and such wonderful children       Please don’t forget that you can
           Sports News                   for them to complete their teaching       find copies of the Music Timetables
                                         practice, prior to embarking upon         on our school website, as well as
Dulwich Hamlet attended the              their careers.
Southwark Girls Football Festival in                                               hard copies in the entrance to the
Burgess Park along with eleven other                 Music News                    main Music Room.        Our Summer
teams. We were unbeaten in the                                                     Term Music Department Calendar,
                                         Our Brass pupils excelled themselves
group stages, winning 3-0, 2-0 and                                                 detailing          all        musical
                                         in their Trinity Guildhall Music
drawing 0-0 and therefore topping                                                  events/opportunities for the term,
                                         Exams at the end of last term.
our group. We breezed through our                                                  will be available from the end of
                                         Everybody passed and we achieved:
quarter-final 2-0 before a nerve                                                   this week. You can collect a copy
                                         3 passes, 20 merits and 10
wracking semi-final in which we                                                    from the School Office, or once
                                         distinctions     at    grades     1-4.
were behind but came back to draw                                                  again, from the entrance to the
                                         Congratulations to you all and
1-1. The match went to penalties                                                   Music Room. This is also available on
                                         special thanks to Mr and Mrs
and after several heart stopping                                                   the website.
                                         Greenhill for their hard work with
moments, all three penalty takers                                                  Year 6 Parents and Carers of our
                                         these pupils.
scored and we were safely through.                                                 instrumentalists, please note that
                                         We’ve done it again! For the fifth
The final against Alfred Salter was a                                              the window for requesting an
                                         time we have been selected as
very tense game but in extra time,                                                 Assisted       Purchase       Scheme
                                         finalists in the Music for Youth
Jade Cerchiai popped up with the                                                   instrument has now closed. Details
                                         National Music Festival, following
winner and Dulwich Hamlet were                                                     for current Year 5 Parents about this
                                         the regional festival back in March.
champions. A huge congratulations                                                  initiative will be made available in
                                         However this time, not one, but two
to all the girls involved: Stephanie                                               the Autumn term.
                                         of our ensembles have been invited
Yiltay, Scarlett McKelvie, Jade                                                    Finally, a huge ‘thank you’ to Miss
                                         (that’s almost unheard of!) This is
Cerchiai, Rosie Bayliss, Anna Gould,                                               Brant for all of her work in making
                                         an incredible achievement and both
Kirsten Stokes-Munton, Rosa Davies,                                                our Recorder Festival such an
                                         our Early Music Ensemble and Fusion
Amber     Fullerton    and     Maddie                                              amazing success, this year involving
                                         Ensemble, under the direction of
Telford, all of whom performed                                                     not only our pupils, but children
                                         Miss Brant, will be once more taking
exceptionally well!                                                                from other local schools too. What a
                                         to the stage at the Birmingham
                                                                                   treat hearing her professional
There has been an overwhelming           Conservatoire on July 5th. As a
response for the cricket club that is                                              ensemble too!
                                         warm-up for the National event, our
starting next Monday. Unfortunately      Early Music Ensemble will be                  Enrichment Afternoons
due to space limitations we can only     performing at the Youth Gala              This starts on Friday June 11th and
cater for 30 children, however we        Concert as part of the Dulwich            will continue until Friday July 2nd.
are looking at the possibility of        Festival on Thursday 13th May. Miss       Thank you to parents who are
running a parallel club specifically     Brant’s    professional    ensemble,      running or helping to run activities –
for year 3 and 4 children. All those     Baroque      Encounter,    are    also    it makes it all possible. You will
who have not got a place in this         performing a concert and giving a         hear shortly which activity you are
club will be kept on file and given      workshop for younger people and           supporting. The programme of
first   priority   should     another    adults at the Dulwich Festival on         activities is varied and we have
opportunity arise.                       Sunday 9th May. Please go to the          made every effort to offer your
       Year 3 Admissions                 festival                     website:     child their first or second choice,
                                         for    but I’m sure both you and they will
For the first time, in a while, the      further details for these events.         appreciate, it is not always possible.
Southwark Admissions Team have           A letter came home yesterday to all
handed back the job of checking          of our Year 3-5 children detailing an
                                                                                    Friends of the Charter News
paperwork     of   new      Year   3     exciting new musical opportunity for      The Friends of The Charter School,
admissions to the school. Myself         Southwark.     If    your   child    is   are holding their renowned Comedy
(Mrs Case) and Mrs Chrissie Purcell      particularly interested in singing, I     Night on Friday 14 May from 7-11pm
will be basing ourselves in the back     would highly recommend looking            This year the headline act is Phil
office during 17th May: 9.15 -12.00      into this new music centre for your       Nicol, nominated for a Perrier
and 18th May 1.15- 3.00, to check        child. I have worked with the             Award. Tickets £12 per person
paperwork of our new entrants in         Director of the centre, Richard           available from the book shop. Food
September. You will need to bring        Frostick over many years through          on the night prepared by Herne
your Child Benefit and Council Tax       the Thames Festival and know that         Hill's Mimosa restaurant, including a
                                                                                   vegetarian option for £6 per head.

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