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The cold weather is upon us as we look forward to the Christmas activities planned in school.  Looking back over the past term the pupils have worked hard and been able to participate in a number of curriculum enhancing experiences.  Our value of compassion has been demonstrated throughout the term as pupils work together to support each other and develop a strong sense of school community where we can all feel encouraged and able to learn.

Dear Parents/Carers,

The cold weather is upon us as we look forward to the Christmas activities planned in school.  Looking back over the past term the pupils have worked hard and been able to participate in a number of curriculum enhancing experiences.  Our value of compassion has been demonstrated throughout the term as pupils work together to support each other and develop a strong sense of school community where we can all feel encouraged and able to learn.

We began the month with our Open Morning on the 1st November where parents/carers had the opportunity to see the school in action while the pupils were in lessons.   It was lovely to welcome new families and thanks to all the pupils who were very welcoming and polite to the visitors.

We are grateful to all the parents who are supporting their children at home and school by ensuring they come to school on time, with the correct uniform and PE kit and are able to encourage reading, spellings and learning of times tables.

With Christmas around the corner, this is a very exciting time within school, with trips planned and Christmas events to take part in.

Operation Christmas Child:

We had an amazing response for our Shoebox appeal.  A total of 42 boxes were sent from Blockley School through the scheme ‘Operation Christmas Child’ run by Samaritans Purse.  They will be welcomed by a child elsewhere in the world who may be less fortunate than us.  Thank you for your generosity, enabling the pupils to demonstrate compassion for others.

 

 

Remembrance Service and Blockley Bells:

The whole school had the opportunity to remember those lost in conflicts around the world during a school remembrance service at Blockley Church.  As well as acknowledging past events the pupils were also able to look to the future and view the refurbished church bells, alongside two new additions.  When back in the bell tower they will form one of the largest peals in the North Cotswolds.

Sunday Remembrance service:

Thank you to all those pupils who came to the Remembrance Service at Blockley Church and represented the school on a chilly day.  Harry and Ellie provided the Young Voice during the service at the memorial and the following pupils laid wooden crosses to remember those who gave their lives for the county; Dominic, Alice, Poppy, Gracie, Joseph, Talullah, Alanah, Toby and Christopher.

Rags to Riches:

Thank you to the Friends of the School who organised a ‘Rags to Riches’ event to raise money for the school.  Many bags were collected which resulting in £129.60 being raised for Friends of the School.  A great way to dispose of unwanted items!

Choir:

On Tuesday 14th November five girls from the KS2 choir spent an hour after school entertaining the residents of Orchard Bank. They sang Christmas songs for 20 minutes and the residents then joined in singing with the girls. They were an absolute pleasure to take and a credit to the school!

Space Masterclass:

A group of Year 6 pupils had the opportunity for some extended Science work when they attended Chipping Campden School for a Space Masterclass.  These events are run in conjunction with the Ogden Trust and use the new Science facilities at the secondary school.

Children in Need:

Spots galore were visible for Children in Need.  Thank you for your support, we raised £163.82 for the charity.

Residential:

The Year 5 pupils, followed by Year 4 pupils, enjoyed a three day, two night experience away from home at Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre.  The centre in the Forest of Dean gave the pupils the chance to experience life away from home in a safe environment with adventurous and challenging experiences.   Pupils were able to work together as a team in a variety of activities. Staff commented on how well the pupils worked together to achieve the tasks, helping each other and offering encouraging advice.  It was an action packed few days and all were sound asleep quickly at the end of the day!  Hot hearty meals were consumed with relish after a day of fresh air; building bridges, tunnelling, hiking in the dark, making camp fires, completing a low rope course and doing rocket science among other activities.  Watch this space for the Year 6 summer residential.

Flu Vaccinations:

NHS staff came into school on Monday 27th November to administer Flu Vaccinations where consent was given by Parents/Carers.  If your child missed out on this opportunity and you would like them to have the vaccination, catch up clinics are available throughout the county.

Knex:

The pupils in Class 4 have enjoyed a day creating playground themed Knex creations.  The pair that worked best together and made the most inventive model will go forward to the next level in the competition.  This year the winners in school are Alice and Rhiannan.  Well done and Good Luck.

Harry Potter:

Class 4 and 5 have a theme of Harry Potter for this year.  The theme has inspired their learning from Maths and Literacy to Art and Science.  Fantastic writing of potions and stories intermingled with magical experiments and clay creatures have all been inspired by the book.  To further bring the theme to life they have visited Harry Potter World and arrived back with lots of material to feed into their work.

Emergency Closure:

If the school needs to close for any reason information regarding the closure will be placed on the closed school website: http://ww3.gloucestershire.gov.uk/closedschools/

Where possible this will also be displayed on the school website, a note sent via ParentPay and local radio stations informed.

Car Parking:

With many Parents/Carers needing to drive their children to school the car park can be very congested at certain times of the day especially when events are also taking place in the hall.  We all need to drive and park carefully to ensure the safety of everyone, especially young children who may not be so traffic aware.  Please also drive carefully along Park Road to get to school and be mindful of pedestrians crossing the road, who often have to cross between parked cars.  Thank you.

Afterschool Care:

Afterschool Care is available for all pupils until 5.30pm.  Crafts, games and activities are on offer alongside a healthy snack.  We ask please, that all pupils are booked into afterschool care by filling in the form at the office or telephoning school.  Emails may not be picked up in time as staff may be in meetings or on training courses.  Where possible, book your child in by 1.30pm to help with catering.

Absence:

All schools have a duty to ensure that all pupils in its care have acceptable and regular attendance.  It is important that your child attends so that they do not miss out on vital parts of their education.  If your child is unable to attend school due to illness please ensure that you telephone school to report your child as absent.  This needs to be done before 10am in the morning. 

Trips Payments:

As part of the broad and balanced education offered within school we offer a range of school trips and events.  Often these are partly funded by the Friends of the School but, in order for the trips to go ahead, we often need to ask for voluntary contributions from Parents/Carers.  Unfortunately if the school does not receive enough money in this way for a particular school trip it may have to be cancelled. 

School Councillors:

The pupils in each class have held elections to vote for who should represent their class in school council sessions.  The School Council then take the class ideas forward to meeting where suggestions are made by the pupils regarding school life.  In the past fundraising activities have been organised by the school council and suggestions made for new playground markings.

This year the councillors are as follows:

Class 5: Ebony, Max S 

Class 4:  Rosie, Jacob

Class 3:  Lily , Daniel

Class 2: Lilie, Nancy

Class 1: Grace, Mylo

Forest school:

We are very happy to introduce Forest School to Blockley School. The Class 1 children have begun weekly sessions on a Thursday afternoon. So far we have covered exploration, bug hunting and knots and lashings. We are currently using potato peelers to whittle our own marshmallow sticks in preparation for our first Forest School fire in two weeks time.  It is hoped that we will be able to offer Forest School to older children through after school clubs in the summer term.

Thanks:

Thanks to the pupils who gave up their time to bell ring during Parents Evening and remind everyone it was time for the next appointment.

Thank you also to the pupils who represented the school during New Reception Parents Evening and showed potential new parents around the school.

Staff Goodbye:

Thanks to David for all of his work in school from lunch time supervision to school cleaning.  His lunchtime supervisor position will be filled in January with a new member of staff.  Sarah has taken on the cleaning role after school in addition to her lunchtime duties.  We welcome her to this new role.

Chair of Governors:

Hilary Thornburgh is the Chair of Governors and Charlotte Crutchlow is the Vice-Chair for this academic year.

FOS AGM:

Following the FOS AGM our thanks go to those on the committee who have stepped down and have worked so hard over the years supporting the school.  The committee has welcomed new members and the new Chair of FOS is Clare Turner. 

Christmas Fair:

We look forward to welcoming Parents/Carers to the Christmas Fair.  Stalls will be run by each class and the pupils will have had an opportunity to visit the fair during the school day (please send your child to school with some change in a named purse if you wish them to purchase items).  Parents and Carers are welcome to browse the Fair in St George’s Hall from 3.10pm onwards.

Looking ahead:

The pupils are looking forward to seeing Sleeping Beauty at the pantomime on Wednesday 6th December.  Following this, on Thursday, a fun day of sport is planned entitled ‘Sports Hall Athletics’ so please ensure PE kit is in school.

The KS1 pupils are busy practising their nativity ‘A Midwife Crisis’ and are looking forward to performing it to family and friends.  Ticket numbers are limited per family due to hall regulations so please look out for the ticket ordering forms.  The performances will take place on Tuesday 12th December (afternoon) and Wednesday 13th December (6.30pm).  The KS2 pupils will have had chance to see the performance in school time earlier in the week.

Father Christmas is booked to visit school on Wednesday 13th December and children will be able to visit him in his grotto during the school day.

On Thursday 14th December (9.30am) the school Christmas Service will take place in Blockley Church.  Parent/Carers are welcome to join us.

School Christmas lunch will take place on Friday 15th December for all pupils and staff.  Please ensure your child has ordered their meal in advance and that KS2 pupils pay for this on ParentPay.  Pupils are encouraged to wear Christmas jumpers on this day with normal school uniform.

Reports will be issued to parents at the end of term.

On Monday 18th December the pupils will enjoy a film in St George’s Hall put on by the Blockley Picture Playhouse.

Our term ends on Tuesday 19th December at 2pm.  Please note the earlier time.

Happy Christmas in advance and have a wonderful Christmas break.

School Begins for pupils on Thursday 4th January 2018.

Blockley School Staff.

Church News

We look forward to welcoming you to our Christmas Services.  All services listed are at St Peters and St Pauls Church Blockley unless otherwise stated.  The Christingle Service on Sunday is a wonderful service to bring children to and start the festive season.

Church Dates

3rd December    4pm       Christingle

16th December  11am     Blue Christmas for those who have been bereaved

17th December  6pm      Carol Service

19th December  7pm       Paxford Carol Service

24th December 4pm       Crib Service

25th December  9.30am Christmas Day Communion

 

COMPASSION

Compassion is about ‘standing in someone else’s shoes’ when they are having a hard time.  In other words, trying to understand how they might be feeling and doing our best to try to help.

COMPASSION

Generosity

When we think about generosity we usually think about being generous with money or possessions. However, we can also be generous with our time, our gifts and our abilities.  Generous people often say that they receive much more than they give.  Perhaps this is because when someone is generous to us, it makes us want to be generous in return.

GENEROSITY

We are all very excited by the prospect of a new school year ahead of us. For the children there will be plenty of new knowledge to learn and digest. At the same time new and existing skills will be understood, developed and enhanced. As well as academic progress each child will be developing their ability to socialise through formal classroom settings and more in-formal playground experiences.

Dear Parents and Carers

I am delighted to be able to welcome everyone back to a new academic year. We now have all of our wonderful Reception pupils in full time and they are all settled and getting use to their new environment. In addition to these 19 new Reception children we also have 6 other children in Key Stage 2 who have started Blockley School this academic year. This means that we are starting the school year with 145 pupils on roll.

The school summer holidays are now a distant memory. This year autumn seems to have caught us all by surprise! Cooler temperatures, windy days and a number of wet play times have set a more traditional autumnal scene. Who knows what the remainder of the calendar year will bring us! Class 3 made a lovely autumn display, in the corridor outside their classroom earlier this term, which was full of rich, warm colours.

I am pleased with the sensible and considerate manner in which the children have returned to school. They have returned with the right attitude towards learning and accepting greater responsibility. Both of these traits are essential for the children to understand as they become increasingly more independent as a learner.

We are all very excited by the prospect of a new school year ahead of us. For the children there will be plenty of new knowledge to learn and digest. At the same time new and existing skills will be understood, developed and enhanced. As well as academic progress each child will be developing their ability to socialise through formal classroom settings and more in-formal playground experiences.

Values:

Each term we focus on one individual value which we spend time elaborating upon during collective worship and within class lessons. This term our focus is to understand the value of generosity. We have considered how we can be generous in many different ways including being generous with our comments, consideration and support for each other. The children have access to our values board in school which helps to visualise the meaning of the word.

Prayer Tree:

In the school foyer we have set up a new prayer tree for the children to hang their thoughts and prayers upon. The tree was donated to the school by St Peter and St Paul’s Church in the village. In the short space of time that we have had the tree, we have already received a number of prayers from children who have placed their own words upon the branches. I hope that this is another way that the children can feel supported whilst at school.

Harvest:

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for joining us at the church this year for our Harvest Festival celebrations. The children from the Harvest Club thoroughly enjoyed harvesting Rev. Dana Delap’s vegetable garden this year! Similarly we were very grateful for all the non-perishable food items that parents donated. They have all been sent off to our local food banks to help support those within our wider community.

All of the children worked hard with their songs, artwork, and plays. It was a great occasion for us all to be together, as a school community, to reflect upon all that we have access to in terms of; food variety, quality and quantity. We all need these moments in time to just ‘stop’ and remind ourselves just how lucky we all are to live in a civilised, well organised society that has the potential resources to help and support those in greatest need.

West End Schools:

The whole school enjoyed an inspirational day of dance and drama led by West End in Schools where they learnt about the poem Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll, for National Poetry Day.  The pupils enjoyed class workshops before coming today to perform their dances to each other in a whole school assembly.  A great opportunity for inspirational writing – “Twas brillig”!

Tag Rugby:

We have had a very active start to the new school year. Recently we took a team of Year 3/4 to Stow Rugby Club to compete in a festival of tag rugby. With both experienced rugby players and some children completely new to the game it was great to see our team gel and win 5, draw 1 and not lose a single game!

Young Sport Leader Training:

Looking forward we have Helen Pauling from Kingshill School, Cirencester, coming in to work with our year 6 children providing them with young sports leader training. Helen is the Sainsbury School Games organiser for our area so we are very lucky to have her come in and work with our children. She will be teaching them a host of skills including team and leadership skills as well as showing the children how to run sporting events within our school.

Cross Country:

We have both our intra and inter school cross country competitions coming up before half term. All children will compete in a house cross country competition on Wednesday 11th of October.  House points will be awarded to all those who compete. On an individual level year 3/4 and 5/6 children that finish in the top ten will qualify for the school team that will compete in Chipping Campden on Tuesday the 17th of October.

Football Day:

On Wednesday 18th October we will be holding our annual football day, this will involve the children taking part in a skills session and also doing maths and literacy based around the sport of football. We will also be having our football house matches for the older children in the school.

Premier League Primary Stars:

On a football theme you may hear the children come home and talk about Premier League Primary Stars, here is a little more information for you;

Premier League Primary Stars uses the appeal of the Premier League and professional football clubs to inspire children to learn, be active and develop important life skills. Premier League values underpin everything on offer, encouraging children to:

  • Be ambitious – work hard and never give up on their goals
  • Be inspiring – set a great example to others
  • Be connected –work well with others and in a team
  • Be fair – treat people equally and think of others

Competitions range from national football tournaments, to creative writing and reading challenges for reluctant readers. Our current competition is Premier League Writing Stars – a poetry competition where we are asking pupils to write poems on the theme of resilience.

We are asking the children to take part in this poetry writing competition, they have had a whole assembly about this and should feel inspired to write an amazing poem! We are lucky as a school to have received lots of equipment from the Primary Stars, including 25 Nike Footballs, Bibs, Cones, 4 ‘Pop up’ Goals and even a captains armband! It is an exciting scheme that we are sure will inspire the children.

Race 4 Life:

On Friday the whole school, children, staff and parents all joined together to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Unfortunately everyone knows someone who has suffered with or is recovering from Cancer. It makes sense that we all work together to raise money and support each other in the hope that the medical teams will be able to gain greater control of this complex disease.

It was a joy to see all of our children out in the fresh air being active and promoting the benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle. With information about health and wellbeing being readily available to us, we should all be fit and well! However, there are many factors which get in the way of us all being able to lead the ideal healthy life style. It is important however, that whenever possible, we all promote the benefits of leading an active healthy life style.

Snacks:

As a Healthy School, which provides high quality healthy lunches, we must remind our children to choose to eat healthily between meals too. Since returning this academic year we have noticed that there is an increasing proportion of pupils which are bringing snacks to school which would not be deemed to be very healthy. We know this because of the high proportion of empty crisp packets and chocolate based wrappers that are forming the litter around the margins of the school. Every day in school we have fresh fruit available for the Reception and KS1 children to enjoy. For this there is no charge and the food is of a healthy nature. May I ask all parents to be very mindful about the snacks that your children bring to school.

Parent’s Evenings:

We have set aside two parent’s evenings for you to come into school and discuss with the class teachers how your child is settling in to their new school year. These parent consultations are for a maximum of 10 minutes only. If you overrun on time it has a knock on effect to all the other timings across the school. Can I please therefore ask that all parents are mindful of the 10 minute allocation and give consideration to other parents. Dates for Parent’s Evenings are; Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th October between 3.30 and 6.30pm.

Parking:

Since our return you will have noticed that St George’s Hall car park has had some repairs and maintenance done to the tarmac surface. More ‘T’ markings have been painted and a new gravel pathway has been made. When parking cars next to this pathway please be extra mindful of the children using it. We are very pleased that St George’s Hall Committee have managed to do these jobs to support the school’s safe use of the car parking facilities.

Looking forward:

Height and weight measurements will take place for Reception and Year 6 pupils on Tuesday 10th October by the School Nurse Team. There will be a X-Country trial in school, on Wednesday 11th to select children for the Chipping Campden X-Country race which occurs on Tuesday 17th October. FOS is putting on a Spooky Disco for Key Stage 1 and 2 on Friday 13th October. Class 1 and 2 disco is between 5.30 – 6.15pm and Class 3, 4, 5 is between 6.30 – 7.30pm. Tickets will be available from the School Office during week beginning Monday 9th October. House football matches will take place in school on Wednesday 18th October. On Thursday 19th October individual and sibling photographs will be taken of all pupils during the school day.

FOS AGM:

On Wednesday 18th October at 6.30pm FOS will hold its AGM.  All parents/carers are warmly welcome.  FOS are a wonderful committed group of parents who help raise funds to support your children.  If you would like to be involved, do come along and find out more about what they do.

Catering:

We are pleased to announce that our latest Environmental Health inspection of the school Catering Department awarded the school a 5* rating.  This maintained our rating at the highest level.  

Thanks to the kitchen staff for maintaining their high standards.

Website:

Please can I remind all parents of our school website which contains lots of useful information regarding your child’s education whilst at Blockley Primary School.

www.blockleyprimaryschool.co.uk

Best wishes and kind regards

Mr Pudifoot

Headteacher

Church Chat

All are most welcome to our Open Door Service, a service for all ages, where all are welcome to eat something, learn something, pray something and sing something.  These take place on the first Sunday of the Month at 9.30am and our next one is on Sunday 5th November when we will be making bells in preparation for the return of Blockley Church Bells.

Following this, on Friday 10th November, we have a service of thanksgiving and dedication for the bells.

On Sunday 12th November Blockley School Children are welcome to join us at 10am for the Church service of Remembrance which concludes at 10.45am at the War Memorial where the children will place crosses.

Revd Dana Delap

 

I would like to wish everyone a happy, safe and enjoyable summer holiday when families can be together and enjoy each other’s company. We look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday 5th September, starting at 8.50am, all dressed smartly in their full school uniforms.

Dear Parents and Carers

We have now come to the end of another very busy academic year. It is good to reflect on some of the highlights of the year. Earlier in the year we had a Harvest service in the church and enjoyed a French day with crepes for everyone. Class 4 took part in the K’Nex challenge and FOS put on an exciting Spooky disco for everyone.

During term 2 we had a visit from PC Nick Westmacott who gave talks to pupils in KS1 and KS2 about Internet Safety. Following this there was a Remembrance Service in the church on Sunday 13th November which many of our children attended. Around this time children in years 3 to 6 represented the school at the Chipping Campden cross country event. Class 5 attended a fascinating discussion by a NASA astronaut at Chipping Campden and the whole school enjoyed a hilarious pantomime at Chipping Norton Theatre. After the success of the Christmas Fayre, which the children loved, the highlight was of course the brilliant performances by KS1 of the Nativity. All the children were pleased to have a visit from Santa and the Christmas meal was very special.

From term 3 onwards we have all been treated to an array of sharing assemblies from each class. In early February a group of year 5 and 6 pupils performed beautifully at the Bingham Hall for the Cirencester Dance Festival. In the final week of that term a group of girls and boys from year 5 & 6 attended the annual Fire College cross country race where several Blockley children qualified for the county finals.

In term 4 the children loved dressing up in character for World Book Day. Year 4’s spent an afternoon at St James’ school learning more about Internet safety whilst the Year 5’s spent the day at Kingham Secondary school engaged in a range of science activities and workshops. During this term the school put on a wonderful Marvellous Music evening where a number of children performed perfectly to a packed audience. Two year 6 pupils qualified to attend the Youth Speaks competition at the Baptist church in Chipping Campden with both of them speaking, in public, with great confidence and knowledge. In the run up to Easter all the children got to attend the ‘Experience Easter’ workshops which were organised by Rev Dana Delap at the church. Before we finished the term KS2 pupils put together an interesting Easter Service and everyone loved the Easter bonnet parade by KS1.

 

The month of May consisted of lots of tests which the children engaged well with. Following these a group of children in KS2 went on a fabulous residential trip to London to see the sights! During the final term this year we have enjoyed a range of activities including a visit from the Life Bus. The two main highlights this term were Sports Day and the performances of Joseph. Throughout the whole year children across the school have enjoyed getting involved with Musicate.

New Reception:

Just recently we were very pleased to welcome our September Reception pupils for two taster afternoons. They were all very inquisitive about their new environment and had the chance to meet all their new friends. We are all very much looking forward to receiving them properly again in September.

Sports Day

The decision to hold Sports Day this year at the Prince of Wales Stadium in Cheltenham was a huge success. All of the staff were delighted by the way all the children embraced this new opportunity. The pupils recognised that this was a special place to hold a Sports Day and all of them rose to the challenge. They thoroughly enjoyed their House parade in front of their parents, waving their flags and displaying their House banners. Their ‘Olympic song’ was sung by all with plenty of gusto at both the start and finish of the event. Every child gave their very best in each event, scoring points for their House team and participating with friends. There were many highlights but one that remains most is that of the youngest pupils engaging in the bean bag races!

The whole day was a great staff team effort centred on the experience and enjoyment for all the children. I am extremely grateful to Mr Jones who, organised, set up and managed the running of the day. He was of course assisted by all the staff that also thoroughly enjoyed the day. I hope that through events such as this we can encourage as many of our young children as possible to take up sporting activities to help maintain a healthy active lifestyle. Finally I must say a big thank you to all the parents who were able to give up their time to come and support this event.

 

 

Joseph Production:

The summer production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat was absolutely spectacular! The children in KS2 put on 3 magnificent performances; two for their parents and one to the whole school. Each performance was amazing with every single member giving their very best. The children’s singing, acting and speaking were brilliant – all were done with confidence and characterisation. Some of the children really did have a great deal of responsibility with large parts to learn and many solo’s to sing. We were all delighted with every single child as they all came together and supported each other to make the whole performance an immense success. At the heart of any show is great direction which Mrs Dodgson-Hatto did with great ease. Other staff that helped to make this work so well included; Miss Overton-Short, Mrs Davies, Miss Alcock, Mrs Dean, Mrs Petit, Mr Jones, Miss Riddle, Mrs Alymore and Mrs Siviter.

Thank you to all the parents for carefully putting costumes together and supporting your children through the rehearsals and the performances. A big thank you also goes to FOS for putting on the refreshments, the one hundred square and lucky dips on both evenings.

 

Fundraiser:

Last Thursday the school organised a fundraising event for all the children to participate in. The money raised was split equally between Diabetes UK, Water Aid and FOS. The fundraising activity was based around the children, organised in their House groups, to collect water from a water trough and then transfer and transport it, in a variety of different containers, to a House water butt in the appropriate colour. The children had to work as a team to manage and efficiently move a total of 320 litres of water. This activity enabled the children to realise that water is very heavy and difficult to transport and that using it sparingly is most important. The school managed to raise £214.22 which will now be split evenly between three very good causes. The House that managed to move the greatest amount of water was Dovedale – well done!

 

Bishop Jacob:

Just this week we were lucky enough to receive a visit from Bishop Jacob from Tamale, in Ghana. The children had prepared a range of questions for the Bishop when they met him on Monday during our school assembly. He was a big hit with all the children as he managed to get them all up singing and dancing!

FOS:

I would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Bolam and Mrs Clark for co-Chairing FOS and organising and running events throughout the year to raise funds for the school. I would also like to thank the whole committee for supporting the co-Chairs during this academic year. I hope that FOS will continue to encourage new parents to join the committee when we return to school in September.

Parents:

On behalf of all the staff I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all parents for supporting your children, getting them to school every day on time and for helping them to learn to read at home. We all appreciate that being a parent is a tough job but at the same time it is immensely rewarding. We are all very grateful for the many offers of help that we have received throughout this academic year.

Year 6:

All the staff would like to wish our 25 year 6 children every success in their new secondary schools. I’m sure that they will use all the skills that they have acquired in Blockley to help them develop and go on to learn new and exciting things in the future.  Well done each and every one of you, we are all very proud of your achievements to date.

Website:

Please can I remind all parents of our school website which contains lots of useful information regarding your child’s education whilst at Blockley Primary School.

www.blockleyprimaryschool.co.uk

Summer Holidays:

I would like to wish everyone a happy, safe and enjoyable summer holiday when families can be together and enjoy each other’s company. We look forward to seeing you all again on Tuesday 5th September, starting at 8.50am, all dressed smartly in their full school uniforms.

Best wishes and kind regards

Mr Pudifoot

Headteacher

Summer has recently been truly upon us with temperatures soaring into the low 30’s. Thankfully this week the weather has cooled down to a level which is more usual for our country.  It is wonderful to see the crops ripening and the meadows full of wildflowers. That aside we have just 3 weeks left of the academic year with a diary full of events to look forward to.

Truthfulness

 

To be truthful with others, you must first be truthful with yourself. A truthful person can be a source of both guidance and inspiration to others. A truthful person gains respect, regard and love of other people. Truthfulness makes people more humble and responsible towards society.

Dear Parents and Carers

Summer has recently been truly upon us with temperatures soaring into the low 30’s. Thankfully this week the weather has cooled down to a level which is more usual for our country.  It is wonderful to see the crops ripening and the meadows full of wildflowers. That aside we have just 3 weeks left of the academic year with a diary full of events to look forward to.

Sharing Assemblies:

I would just like to mention just how ‘well-crafted’ all of the ‘sharing’ assemblies have been this year. Clearly the children have loved preparing for them and being totally engaged whilst presenting them. They are a wonderful opportunity for children to gain confidence in speaking and performing in front of an audience. This term we have enjoyed watching children in classes 1 and 2 sharing their topics including the seaside! We hope to continue to put these sharing events into next year’s calendar as well.

Life Bus:

We began the term by inviting all the children to attend a session in the Life Bus. The focus for the Bus is to encourage children to learn and understand more about Personal, Social, and Health Education (PSHE) so that they are better equipped to cope with the wider world. The sessions included information about the brain, friendships, the human body, drugs and making informed decisions. The staff involved with the bus are very well trained in dealing with some of the more searching questions related to PSHE that children come up with. Having spoken with both children and staff it would appear that the children got an awful lot out of attending the sessions.

Welcome:

Since the start of this final term we have had two new pupils arrive and they are Dante and Leonardo in classes 3 and 4 respectively. They have both settled in very nicely to their new classes and we hope that they will establish new long lasting friendships as we progress through this term.

Longborough Opera:

We were very lucky to have Longborough Opera attend out school at the start of term to put on several workshops for some of the classes. We are very grateful to them as they brought a wealth of creative talents which they willingly shared with our children.

Oxford University:

Recently we were invited to send three year 6 pupils to a science event at Oxford University. Unfortunately we were not able to take everyone on this occasion but three lucky pupils, drawn from the hat, had the opportunity to spend the day engaged in a range of workshops related to Physics. The three children were Oliver Gill, Olivia Robinson and Seth Daley-Allan.

Phonics Screening:

Every year all year 1 children have to complete an individual Phonics Screening test to assess their knowledge and understanding of phonics. One of the primary ways of learning to read effectively is through a good understanding of Phonics. For most children once they have grasped the use of phonics they can then apply this decoding tool to help decipher most of the vocabulary that they are presented with. Well done to all of our year one pupils who tried so hard with this test.

Summer Production:

Rehearsals for Joseph are now in full swing with songs being practiced and lines being learnt. We are all very excited about the two evening performances for parents on Tuesday 11th and Wednesday the 12th July starting at 6.30pm.

Induction Days:

This week a number of our year 6 children have been to Induction Days in their new schools. This is often a time for these pupils to be both excited and anxious at the same time when they are beginning to get use to the inevitable changes that are coming upon them. I am certain that they will all cope very well with these changes and will before long be enjoying all that is on offer in the Secondary environment.

Musicate Update:

Rehearsals for the Showcase concert are going really well. Jess and Will are so pleased with the progress that all the children have made over the past year. We are looking forward to seeing children perform at Cheltenham Town Hall on Saturday 8th July.

PE Kit:

Could all parents regularly check that their children’s PE bag is in school each week? We presently have a number of children who have no PE kit in school and we don’t have enough spare resources to kit them all out. It is really important that your child has the right clothing to fully participate in PE lessons.

Parent Support Advisor (PSA):

Our PSA is Tracey Baker and she works directly with parents and carers to ensure the best possible outcomes for children by providing access to information for families. Tracey can help parents and carers by offering friendly, non-judgemental support for a range of issues such as: poor attendance, behaviour concerns, family issues such as bereavement, separation or lone parenting. Tracey is available most Thursday mornings in school. If you have not already spoken to her and would like to do so please make an appointment at the School Office.

Sports Day

We are all thoroughly looking forward to our Sports Day event at the Prince of Wales Stadium in Cheltenham. All children need to arrive in school a few minutes earlier than normal so that they can be properly registered before boarding the coach. The school gates will be open from 8.30am and the school bell will be rung at 8.45am. We anticipate arriving in Cheltenham shortly before 10.00am when we hope to begin the event. I do hope that many of you will be able to join us for the session which will finish at the stadium by 2.00pm so that we can return to school by 3.00pm.

Young Photograph Competition

Congratulations to Olivia R who won a Highly Commended Award in the Gloucestershire Young Photographer of the Year 2017.

New Reception afternoons:

Next week there will be two New Reception afternoons on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th July between 1.00 and 2.45pm. We hope that all of those who have accepted places for September 2017 will come along and join us for the afternoons in question.

Fundraiser:

On Thursday 13th July we intend to organise a fundraising event for all the children to participate in. The money raised will be split equally between Diabetes UK, Water Aid and FOS. As it is summer this will be an activity that will be water based and competitive between the four school Houses. The idea being that most of us take readily available clean water for granted, but we would like to get our children to appreciate that this is not the case for everyone across the world. We will set up an activity that encourages children to realise that water is very heavy and difficult to transport and that using it sparingly is very important.

This will also be a non – uniform day for everyone and FOS have offered to organise, from 3.10pm, a “Stay and Play on the Field” immediately after school finishes. They will be offering refreshments for both children and their parents so that children can enjoy their friends whilst in the company of their parents on the school field.

Parking:

We are now all familiar with our new markings to help support consistent parking. I am pleased that this is being helpful to everyone. You will also notice, like all organisations, we are committed to providing facilities to support those with disabilities by providing a wider ‘yellow designated’ parking space. Can I remind all parents that this space is only for the use of those with a blue designated disability sticker which is displayed in the window of their vehicle. Everyone’s cooperation in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

Best wishes and kind regards

Mr Pudifoot

Headteacher

Church Chat:

Tomorrow, Saturday 1 July, the church is holding a celebration.  We don’t have anything special to celebrate, we are just glad to be here, now, doing all the lovely things we can in Blockley.  So we are having a short service at 4pm with Bishop Rachel, followed by ice cream and French fizz at the Vicarage.  Everyone is invited, especially children.  On Sunday 6 August we are having breakfast at 9:30am in the church followed by our annual Pet Service.  Again, everyone is very welcome, especially pets!

Revd Canon Dana Delap

Our thoughts:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those families who have lost loved ones in the tragic events that occurred at the end of the Ariana Grande concert which took place at the Manchester Arena earlier this week. It is difficult to comprehend why these horrific acts of unkindness occur.  We all feel a deep sadness as we try to understand why these acts of terror keep occurring. It is now that the people of Manchester will want to be united together to ensure that their communities can be given the time and space to rebuild their shattered lives.

It is therefore a good idea for all communities, up and down the country, to strengthen their partnerships and encourage all of us to appreciate the good that exists amongst us.

Value

Service

Who are the unsung heroes who
serve us?
• at school
• at home
• out of school activities?
How do you serve others?
• at school
• at home
• out of school activities?

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