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									     Newsletter
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                                     Telephone: 01661 832288
                Email: prudhoewestfirstschooladministrator@northumberland.gov.uk
                            michelle.brewster@northumberland.gov.uk
Dear Parents
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Polling Day – 5 May 2011 SCHOOL CLOSURE: Northumberland County Council has confirmed that they do
intend to use the school premises as a polling station on this date so school will be closed on this date.

Royal Wedding Bank Holiday: You will be aware that Parliament has approved an additional bank holiday on
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Friday 29 April 2011 in order to celebrate the forthcoming Royal Wedding. As schools are already closed on this
date due to the Easter break, the Local Authority (LA) have been notified that another day needs to be nominated in
compensation. This extra day needs to be taken before the end of the academic year. The LA has decided that the
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best day for this to occur on would be Friday 22 July 2011 which would mean that the last day of the summer term
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would be Thursday 21 July 2011.
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However, as Prudhoe West has been notified by the LA that the school is to close on Thursday 5 May 2011,
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Governors have decided in order to minimise further lost teaching time Prudhoe West will treat the closure on 5
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May 2011 as the Royal Wedding Bank Holiday in lieu of Friday 22 July 2011 as detailed above.

Dinner Money School dinners cost £1.95 per day so the cost for this half term will be £66.30. Payment should be
made in advance on Monday mornings. Children must stay for a full week of dinners or a full week of packed lunches
and are not permitted to change mid week.

Swimming Year 4 costs for this half term (7 sessions) will be £21.00.

Dinner money and swimming cheques should be made payable to Northumberland County Council with
your cheque guarantee number on the reverse. Please send payment into school in a named purse or
envelope.

Newsletter: From next week if you have more than one child in school, the newsletter will only be given to your
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eldest child. From Thursday 17 March 2011 those parents who have given us your email address will no longer
receive a hard copy. Email is a very efficient way of communication for us to use for all sorts of things, so if you
haven’t signed up to use this facility, please email your name along with your child/children’s names and class to
gillian.heal@northumberland.gov.uk and include the following sentence - I consent to having my email address
added to the Prudhoe West First School parent distribution list. Please be assured that when emails are sent out as
a group distribution no other parent can see your email address.
Copies of the newsletter will still be available from the leaflet dispenser in the foyer.

*IMPORTANT * Contact Numbers Could we ask parents to please notify the school office with any new contact
numbers if you change your phone number, especially with regard to mobile numbers. Recently we have found
increasing amounts of contact phone numbers that are unobtainable. This has meant children suffering when they
are poorly.

Forest Schools Year 3I: For the next half term starting next Friday children from Mr Irvine’s Class together with
Mrs L Collins will complete the work started in January this year to build a school camp in the woods above the
school. Both Mr T Irvine and Mrs L Collins have completed their training as Forest School Leaders and risk
assessments have been completed for this activity. Could you please send your child to school with wellies and a
change of old clothes every Friday until the end of this term.

Topic précis to follow next week
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Red Nose Day Friday 18 March – This will be a non school uniform day and the children can wear what they like
for the day. Obviously the more red noses the better it will be!!! If you wish to make a voluntary contribution towards
Red Nose Day, then please send your donation to school on the day.

Postage stamps Mrs Collins is collecting postage stamps for the local RSPCA branch and would appreciate any
donations. Please support this worthwhile cause and send any stamps collected into school.

Tesco Vouchers Mrs M Smith is collecting Tesco Vouchers to exchange for ICT and sports equipment.
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                                                                                          3 March 2011
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                                  Telephone: 01661 832288
             Email: prudhoewestfirstschooladministrator@northumberland.gov.uk
                         michelle.brewster@northumberland.gov.uk

Future dates for your diary:
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Red Nose Day – Non Uniform Friday 18 March 2011
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FSU Sharing Assembly Friday 18 March 2011
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Year 1 Sharing Assembly Friday 25 March 2011
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Open Night / Parents Evening Tuesday 29 & Wednesday 30 March 2011 4pm – 7pm
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Year 2 Sharing Assembly Friday 1 April 2011
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Year 3 Sharing Assembly Friday 8 April 2011
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School closed Thursday 5 May 2011

Yours sincerely




Mr A Keenleyside
Headteacher

Lost
Holly Thorndycraft-Park in Year 4 has lost her PE sandshoes. M&S Black plimsolls with pink trim and butterflies.
They have Holly’s name clearly written inside. Please check and return if you have taken them in error.

Holiday homes for rent
A school family have two family houses available for holiday lets in Pisa, Tuscany from March 2011. Both sleep
4, possibly more in larger of the two. 10 minutes from Pisa and its airport (direct flights end of May from
Newcastle). Perfect location for visiting Lucca, Florence, San Gimignano. 20 mins from coast and 10 mins from
pretty Pisan hills. Both houses have all mod cons. Garden with brick BBQ. For more info and photos contact:
bridgetlwalker@gmail.com, 01661 834818, 01434 682573 (from 22 Feb).

								
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