Newsletter 4 - Spring Term 2011

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					                            THE COLLETON PRIMARY SCHOOL
                            NEWSLETTER 4 – Spring Term 2011

Dear Parents,                                                         18th February 2011
There has been a lot of magic in the air at The Colleton!
Dragons, princesses, magicians, spells and mystery have been the order of the week.
The effort made by everyone today to dress up as a magical or book character has been
fantastic and it was great to share the imaginative work created in Teams as part of
Book Week. Look out for some great pictures in the local papers over the next couple of
Have a good half term and we look forward to returning back to school on Monday 28th

Education Sunday
This Sunday 20th February, it is Education Sunday at St. Marys Church, Twyford. Please feel
welcome to join us at this family service @ 10.30am.

Bag2School collection bags should have come home today with your children. This is a
company that specializes in good quality second hand clothing that can be re-used and the
school receives £500 per tonne collected (50p per kilo) which we can use to buy lots of lovely
things for the children. If you have any old clothing, bedding, soft toys, paired shoes, hats,
belts and handbags please fill the bag and return to school on Tuesday 1st March before
9am. If you would like any further details about the company please visit

Governor Surgery
There will be Governors available in the hall during the Parent/Teacher meeting on Thursday
10th March to answer any questions you may have regarding the school.

Red Nose Day
This year the school will be taking part in the Red Nose Day for charity on Friday 18 th March.
More details will follow nearer the day but in the meantime we are selling Red Noses at £1
each in the school office. There is a choice of Hankus, Chucklechamp and Captain Conk, all
waiting to be worn on the day! Every box of Red Noses that we sell pays for a vulnerable child
in Kenya to go to primary school for a whole year – it can literally change lives.

Marie Curie – The Great Daffodil Appeal
We are also collecting for the Marie Curie cancer charity who are holding a ‘wear something
yellow’ day on Friday March 4th. Daffodil pins are available to buy for a donation of your choice
in the school office.
Request from the Older Team Please can the children bring in a raincoat and wellington
boots for the first two days after half term. Also, they will need to bring in their PE kit (both
outdoor and indoor, in case of the weather) for the first day back (Monday 28th February).
Thank you.

MT Home Learning
Attached you will find full details of the Middle Team Home Learning.

Edwards & Ward
Your child should have bought home this week a new menu that starts after half term. Please
find attached the new forms for completion when ordering a school meal. Please also
remember that these forms need to be in the office by 9.30am on the Monday morning of the
week your child requires a meal. Please write your child’s name and team on the back of any
cheques. If you are paying by cash please ensure the correct change is used. Week 1 form,
Week 2 form and Week 3 form.
Thank you.

Tesco for Schools and Clubs
This month sees the launch of Tesco for Schools & Clubs 2011, with vouchers in all stores
from Monday 28th February until Sunday 8th May 2011.
We will be collecting the vouchers to use for ICT, Music and PE equipment.
Last year we collected over 11,000 vouchers and used them to buy cameras and recording
Any vouchers that you collect can be put into the collection box in the school reception area.
There is no limit to how many vouchers our school can collect, so please spread the word to
family, friends and colleagues.
Please remember we are also collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers and Nestle Box
Tops at this time. Thank you.

Early Drop Off Club
Just a reminder that children who come to the Early Drop Off club need to be brought into the
club and signed in by their parents/carers.

Looking for a challenge?
The Colleton School Association is looking for a new committee Chair or two people for a
Chair share!
Ali Oliver, the previous Chair, has stepped down after two very successful years in the role and
we are looking for someone to replace her.
The main skills you need are leadership, diplomacy and co-ordination. You would be joining an
enthusiastic and experienced committee of eight people who all have allocated fundraising
tasks. A sub-committee has already been formed to oversee and co-ordinate the Summer Fair
and you will be well supported by the Secretary and Treasurer.
The main tasks of the Chair's role are:

      To arrange committee meetings at least once a term
      To liaise with the school for newsletters / emails and new parent meetings
      To fundraise for the school and liaise with the Head over fundraising wish lists at least
       once a year
      To oversee, plan and delegate roles to the committee members and bank of helpers as
       required for the purposes of events/fundraising
      To maintain good relationships with teaching staff and the Head
      To create a good rapport within the local voluntary sector and business community
       (e.g.: Little Acorns, our business sponsors)
      To co-ordinate (or delegate the co-ordination of) the summer fair and Christmas Bazaar
      To support the committee members in advertising events, arranging helpers, organising
       floats etc for designated events e.g.: discos, film nights, cake sales, summer and
       Christmas events, quiz nights
      To create a happy and healthy environment for people to be creative with their ideas
       and offers of help
      To book event / alcohol licences and hold the key to the CSA shed!

Ali Oliver, the former Chair says, 'this role can be as much or as little as you would like to make
it. You are really the co-coordinator for all the CSA does. I see the role as making sure there
are good lines of communication not only to the committee but school, parents, helpers and
outside agencies too. If many people are on your side and support our aims, the more
successful the CSA will be! It’s not just about raising money, but getting the school community
together, parents, children and staff to have some fun, meet new people and improve the
school environment all round.'

If you are interested in the position, or would like to the join the committee or just come along
to one of our meetings, please contact Stef Abrar, Secretary for further information on or any of the CSA committee members. Thank you.

CSA Summer Event – Also attached is information on the summer event for this year. The
theme this year is ‘Around the World’ and if you would like to help with this event there will be
meeting on Monday 7th March. Please see attached flyer for more details.

CSA SPONSOR - Neal's Yard Remedies kindly sponsored our Christmas bazaar, please see
below for details. Their brochures are available in the school reception for more information.

" Covent Garden comes to Twyford!"
Neal's Yard Remedies award winning organic skincare range can now be brought to you in
your own home by local consultant Nicola Dehaes. So if you fancy hosting a pamper party,
would like to know more about how to treat winter skin or would just like to invite a couple
of friends over for coffee to try out the products then give Nicola a call on 9349293 or send an
email to nicolalee@talk21.comAll hostesses receive a free full size product and up to £100 free
shopping. If you would like to find out more please pick up a mini brochure from reception."

Yours sincerely

Caroline Norris

Community News

Race Night at The Colleton – Saturday 5th March
This is Mrs Watson’s final fundraiser for her charity challenge trip to the Great Wall of China in
April in aid of CLIC Sargent. Tickets are £5 each. All bets £1. Doors open at 7.45pm. Bar
and snacks available. If you are able to join us for a fun night please see Mrs Watson in the
Younger Team.

The Piggott School - Please find attached a letter regarding The Piggott School's 'Buy a
Brick' fund raising scheme. Thank you.
Loddon Nature Reserve - invites you to a Wildlife Discovery Day at the reserve in Twyford on
Saturday 26th February. For more information pick up a leaflet from the school reception area
or visit

Twyford Comets – Girls Football - Yrs 3, 4 & 5
I am an FA Level 1 Coach and currently manage Twyford Comets boys under 8 football with a
colleague. My daughter, who used to play in a mixed Comets under 9 team, is desperate for
me to get a girls team up and running. I'm looking to get a team of Year 3, 4 and 5 up and
running if there's enough interest, and am also interested in hearing if any parents want to get
involved and help coach; Comets will usually pay for any training required, and it's lots of fun
seeing the kids enjoy themselves and develop into a team.
If your child is interested please e-mail me at

Musical Theatre Clubs - 2 hour musical theatre clubs for children aged 6 – 11 at The Pearson
Hall, Sonning and Nettlebed Community Hall. For more details contact 07875012549 /
07507606958 or email

St Joseph’s College – If you are in Year 5 and would like to find out more about life in St
Joseph’s College, please call 0118 966 1000 for a Year 5 Registration Form to attend an open
day on Friday 24th June 2011 from 9.15am – 2.30pm. For any further information contact

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