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The Hamlet Herald Answerphone: 020 8693 3705 Telephone: 020 7525 9188/9 Facsimile: 020 7525 9187 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org www.dulwichhamlet.southwark.sch.uk http://twitter.com/Dulwichhamlet diary updated each week on homepage why not become a follower? 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 Assembly 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 www.freezeschools.com. 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, www.dulwichfestival.co.uk 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 www.schoolfriendetc.org 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, www.dulwichfestival.co.uk 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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