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“A good friend is worth their weight in gold.” Anon
That’s a lot of gold! Why do you think that this is such a popular proverb?

The Value for Term 5 is Friendship.

Learning to be a good friend, someone who can be trusted and is loyal, takes a lifetime.
Friends come in all shapes and sizes. Some are young, some are old. Some are always there, some we see only occasionally.  Questions we can ask ourselves. 
• How do we choose our friends?
• What makes a good friend?
• Are we a good friend to others?

Dear Parents/Carers,    

Many thanks for your help this term: from coping with the snow and ice to ensure your children are at school; to helping them with sponsorship and dressing up costumes enabling them to fully engage with the activities happening in school; right through to encouraging home reading and learning of times tables and spellings.   A supportive home environment has a big impact on your child’s learning while in school demonstrating the importance of a strong home-school relationship.

Your child will bring home their school report for this term this week so that you can be aware where they currently are with their learning and how you may be able to further support them.  In Term 5 we plan to have another ‘book look’ event where you will be able to come into your child’s classroom and look at the work they have been completing in school.

Bulletin

You may have already noticed that the last few Bulletins have been issued at the end of the term as well as near the end of the month.  This is a deliberate change and in the future there will be a ‘welcome’ bulletin at the beginning of the academic year, followed by a bulletin at the end of each term giving a total of 7 per year.  This will allow us to celebrate all that has occurred during that term and look forward to the events of the following term.

Shoe Boxes

From Operation Christmas Child:

THANK YOU FOR BRINGING GOOD NEWS AND GREAT JOY TO A CHILD LIVING IN BULGARIA!

Your shoebox gift was one of 5,959 sent from Gloucestershire to Bulgaria. In total from the United Kingdom 28,426 were sent to Bulgaria. We thank God for the thousands of children that have received shoeboxes here since Operation Christmas Child began distributions.

▪ Bulgaria has a population of 7.1 million, with 15% under the age of 15

▪ Its per-capita income remains one of the lowest among EU members

 While we are not able to provide pictures or information on the specific child who received your individual shoebox, we hope you will be inspired by the stories below.

  • 4 year old Gabriela received a singing rooster inside her box; the next day this noisy item accompanied her to nursery and brought much joy.
  • Christiana was delighted to receive a set of “Frozen” themed necklaces.
  • At one of the outreach events, there was a little girl who did not have the items she needed to attend school, as her family could not afford them. When she opened her box she was amazed to find everything that was needed for school!

On behalf of the children ‘Thank You’

Paralympic Sport Event – Sports for Schools

During the first week back in school after half term we welcomed Jack Rutter into school.  Jack is a GB Paralympic Footballer and is captain of the England Cerebral Palsy team.  Jack was due to become a professional footballer until an unprovoked assault led to him suffering brain damage.  Jack captained the CP Team at the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016.  The pupils enjoyed taking part in a sponsored circuit training lead by Jack and enjoyed listening to his inspirational story of his life so far!  A fantastic £1243 was raised, so thank you again for your support.  The school receives new sports equipment with some of the money raised with the rest going to support the Paralympic athletes during their training.

World Book Day

Despite the snow and a shorter day than planed the pupils were able to be inspired by their favourite book and wear clothes appropriate to that character.  Once again the costumes where amazing, especially considering the weather conditions.  A great deal of effort in their creation was apparent and the children, parents (and teachers!) had clearly had some real inspiration.

Reading is a valuable way to support your child at home so please continue to instil this habit by reading together and encouraging independent reading when appropriate.

We hope you also managed to enjoy the snow in the days afterwards.

Sing Up

We joined with schools around the world and took part in Sing Up Day 2018.  Singers from 32 countries, 5 continents and 13 time zones took part this year and we joined them in singing the Sing Up ‘Be the Change’ song, along with thousands of others.  It was a great fun way for all pupils to join together and develop a love of music and even learn to sign songs in a different language.  It was also lovely to see so many parents/carers and grandparents in school completing the activities with their children and seeing how music is delivered at Blockley School.  The benefits of singing have been extensively studied and Academic research consistently reports increased confidence and improved learning outcomes as a direct result of singing regularly.  Regular collective worship and choral assemblies give the pupils in school chance to sing together and learn new songs.  Once again the outfits worm by the pupils and staff ensured everyone entered into the spirit of the day, so thank you again for your support and to Miss Overton-Short, as music subject lead for organising the day.

World War I Drama

As part of an out of school group two of Blockley School pupils, Ari and Alice, had spent time meeting with other pupils from local schools to rehearse a drama based around activities that occurred during World War I.  The drama, designed to commemorate the centenary of the war, was a moving production of Archie Dobson.  Ari and Alice played their parts brilliantly and year 4, 5 and 6 pupils from Blockley and surrounding schools came to watch their performance.  They also travelled to other schools in the area to perform to them.

Youth Speaks

Two of our talented Year 6 pupils, Dominic and Sophia, entered the Youth Speaks competition run by the Rotary Club, Chipping Campden.  This year the theme to talk about was ‘lost’.  Both pupils spoke very well in a high calibre field and should be very proud of the way they represented the school.

Poppy Appeal

Every year we take part in the British Legion Poppy Appeal.  Through the selling of poppies and associated items they aim to remember the fallen and support a new generation of veterans and Service personnel that need support.  This year the school raised £141.13, with the district raising £7207.92.

Panathlon

A team of 10 pupils were selected to represent Blockley School at the Panathlon Games held this year at Chipping Campden School.  They competed against other local schools in a range of team games and challenges.  Well done to Blockley who achieved a silver medal.  It was great to see the effort and teamwork demonstrated by the pupils.

Sports Relief

Sport, in all forms, continues to be an important part of the curriculum with the aim to develop a love of being active and living healthy.  A full range of sports was on display in the outfits worn on Friday.  All pupils had an active day with a Wake and Shake session in the morning, playtime games organised by Mr Jones, themed assembly and a variety of fun activities in the afternoon.  We hope you enjoyed the obstacle course at the end of the day.  A grand total of £182.59 was raised for Sports Relief.  Thank you to Mr Jones for organising and running the sporting events.

Egyptian Workshop

Class 3 have been learning about the Ancient Egyptians this term and, to finish off their topic, they were able to take part in an Egyptian writing workshop this week.  They had an interactive assembly to begin their session which provided the inspiration for their story writing workshop.  The author Robin Price delivered the workshop and his graphic novel was chosen as a Recommended Read for World Book Day.  Thank you to the Friends of the School for funding this event.

Easter

The year 5 pupils led the Easter service at church on Tuesday and we are looking forward to a display of Easter bonnets from the reception, year 1 and year 2 pupils later in the week.

Car Park

We realise that many of our children do not live in the village and therefore have to be brought to school via car.  We are fortunate to have the use of St George’s Hall car park at the beginning and end of the school day.  The area can be very busy at drop off and pick up times with vehicles and pedestrians using the area.  To ensure the safety of the pupils can everyone be mindful that there may be children around your vehicle and to take extra care when manoeuvring your car.

Dogs on Site

Could we remind all parents/carers that dogs are not allowed on the school site.  Many thanks.

Looking ahead…

Start of Term 5

Term begins on 16th April and the car park will be busy at the end of the day due to the Fine Art Society, Blockley, using St George’s Hall.

Sharing Assembly

Please see the website for the dates of forthcoming sharing assemblies.

SATS

KS2 SATs will take place during the week beginning 14th May.  KS1 SATs will take place during the month of May.

Marvellous Music

As in previous years the pupils will get a chance to show off their musical talent with an evening of Marvellous Music in term 5.  This is planned for the evening of 23rd May.  Further details will follow.

Sports Day

Save the date!  Tuesday 19th June is our Sports Day.  This year it will be held at the Prince of Wales Stadium, Cheltenham.  We will send out further information nearer the time.

Residential

Our Year 6 pupils are looking forward to their opportunity to visit Viney Hill Christian Adventure Centre in the Forest of Dean following the visits made by Year 4 and 5 pupils last November.  They will have the opportunity to try out new challenges and fun activities.

After very positive feedback from the pupils and staff it is planned that next year’s year 4 pupils will be able to visit Viney Hill in November 2018 for the first time.  The year 5’s will also have the opportunity for a visit in November to try out some different activities and gain more confidence in their ability. 

Our value for next term is Friendship so we wish you all a very Happy Easter and hope that we all are able to return after the break ready to offer the hand of friendship to others.

Blockley School Staff

 

Services at St Peter and St Paul Church, Blockley

Good Friday (30th March): 9.30am, all age service followed by hot cross buns

Easter Sunday (1st April): 6am, first communion of Easter followed by breakfast at the vicarage

Easter Sunday (1st April): 9am, all age Easter parish communion followed by the Easter egg hunt at 10.45am

The value of term 4 is Forgiveness.

Everyone makes mistakes, it’s part of being human. Sometimes our mistakes hurt others and then we need to say sorry. Sometimes mistakes made by other people hurt us. When this happens we need to be able to forgive.  Forgiveness can be difficult and costly but without it a new start is impossible.

“Without forgiveness there is no future…. If you can forgive, then you can move on and even help the person you are forgiving to become a better person”

Desmond Tutu

Forgiveness

Pupils returned from the Christmas break with a good attitude to learning and have studied hard this term and enjoyed a range of enhanced learning opportunities.  The forthcoming half term break will be an opportunity for pupils to have a well-earned break and return ready to enjoy the range of activities planned for Term 4.

Dear Parents/Carers,

The dusting of snow over school on Tuesday morning this week was a reminder of the Christmas events that took place last year.  Despite the snow in December the pupils still managed to perform a fantastic nativity ‘A midwife crisis’ and ‘well-done’ to the understudies who had to fill in where necessary.  We also managed to enjoy our full range of traditional Christmas activities prior to the holidays including a fabulous Christmas lunch.  Thank you to all the staff and helpers who made this run smoothly and supplied us all with an amazing plateful of food.  Thank you also to the Blockley Picture Playhouse whom gave the pupils a cinema experience of ‘Sing’ including a tasty treat! 

Pupils returned from the Christmas break with a good attitude to learning and have studied hard this term and enjoyed a range of enhanced learning opportunities.  The forthcoming half term break will be an opportunity for pupils to have a well-earned break and return ready to enjoy the range of activities planned for Term 4.

Our value this term is Courage, as Nelson Mandela said ‘“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to overcome that fear’.  We celebrate this value through the awarding of Courage Value Certificates during our weekly sharing assemblies and pupils have the opportunity to write courage prayers for our prayer tree located outside the Head Teacher’s office.

Sharing Assembly

After Friday 9th February, when Class 1 will lead the assembly, all classes have been able to show their parents/carers the work they have been doing at school and demonstrate their talents.  Credit to all of the pupils who spoke with confidence to their peers and adults, a demonstration of our termly value of courage for many who find this a challenge.

Galleries of Justice

Class 5 have the theme of Crime and Punishment for this term.  They are learning about this through the ages as part of their history and cross-curricula work.  As part of this topic they had an enjoyable day out to the Galleries of Justice in Nottingham.  The inspirational visit used authentic courtrooms, objects and archives to help pupils gain a practical understanding of the law and justice system.

Church Visit

After waiting for a rain storm to clear, Class 1 and 2 walked to church to learn more about the village church and items within it. 

Bikeability

Every year we offer our year 6 pupils the opportunity to complete a cycle training course.  This is administrated by the Department of Transport and is about gaining practical skills and understanding how to cycle on today’s roads.

There are three Bikeability levels, each designed to improve cycling skills, no matter what is known already. Levels 1, 2 are offered to our Year 6 pupils.  The participating pupils brought their bikes into school and, after having the bikes checked for safety, they were able to complete the course.  The pupils did very well in various weather conditions to pass with flying colours.

As car users, please be mindful of our children on the roads and ensure that you leave the recommended distance of 1.5m when overtaking a cyclist and more when a cyclist is passing a parked car in case a door is opened. 

Dance Competition

Class 2 entered into a local KS1 dance competition at St James, Chipping Campden.  They competed against other local schools and danced a successful independent dance.  All pupils performed brilliantly but weren’t placed this time. 

Bishops Visitor

We enjoyed welcoming our Bishops Visitor, Sue Padfield, to school on Thursday, 1st February.  She was able to look at the lovely displays of pupil work and school values and talk to the Class teachers about the events happening in school, as well as visiting classrooms to see pupils enjoying their learning.

Gym and Dance Day

Pupils enjoyed a day of gym and dance this week.  A great opportunity for some end of term fun linked to many curriculum areas.  Pupils were divided into mixed class groups, giving older pupils a sense of responsibility and an opportunity to help their younger peers.  Sessions relating to Yoga, Line Dancing, Gymnastics and Kangaroo dance intermixed with dance related art and maths puzzles were enjoyed by all – staff and pupils!

Cross-Country

Well done to the 19 pupils who volunteered to run in the North Cotswold Cross County Competition this week.  A cold but sunny day for a lovely run at the Fire College, Moreton-in-Marsh.  Cheered on by parents and staff all did well to complete the course with a place secured for the county finals by Wilf. 

Paralympic Hero Event

We are very excited to be part of a Sport for Schools programme that links Paralympic heroes to schools to inspire pupils to discover and pursue their passions in life.  The pupils have been introduced to our hero this week and will meet them in person on the 22nd February.  They will visit school to talk to the children and lead a fitness circuit.  This will be a sponsored event to raise money for school equipment and for Great British athletes.  Please look out for further details in your child’s bag and on ParentPay.

Dance Festival

KS2 have an opportunity to show their dancing talents at two Dance Festivals in February and March.  The pupils will travel to Cirencester and Cheltenham to demonstrate their skills and compete against other schools.  Thank you to those supporting the pupils in these events on weekday evenings and weekends.

World Book Day

Looking ahead we will participate in World Book Day again this year which is scheduled for 1st March.  We are planning a ‘dressing up day’ and look forward to seeing some fantastic costumes again and inspiring all to read widely.  Reading is a vital part of your child’s education.  Research by the Reading Agency has shown that ‘reading for younger people has been shown to increase knowledge of the self and other people, which can also lead to greater levels of social interaction and increases in social and cultural capital. Other research has shown improvements in imagination, focus and flow, relaxation and mood regulation for those children and young people engaging in more recreational reading.’  Reading can help inspire our young people, give them understanding of the wider world and deepen understanding in all areas of the curriculum.  Parents/carers can provide vital support by encouraging reading at home, with trips to the local library and demonstrating a love of reading themselves through the reading of newspapers and books.

 Inspiration for this year?  World Book Day 2017

Music Sing Day

On the 14th March the school will be participating in a ‘Music Sing Day’.   This will be a themed dressing up day to celebrate music and singing.  Look out for the letter on ParentPay that will give more details.

Healthy School

We promote healthy eating within school at break and lunch times.  KS1 and Reception pupils are provided a fruit or vegetable snack through the Fruit in School Scheme.  If you wish to send your child into school with a snack could you please ensure that this is a healthy snack and not crisps, chocolate or sweets.  We also ask that nuts are avoided due to the risk to pupils with allergies.  We also encourage healthy packed lunches for those not having school dinners, to fuel the afternoons’ learning!

Morning Start time

Can we remind all parents/carers that school opens at 8.40am and pupils line up to enter school at 8.50am.  Please can parent/carers leave the school site at 8.50am to encourage quiet and sensible lining up.  Between 8.40am and 8.50am staff will be on duty in the playground to supervise pupils.  If you need to drop your children off before 8.40am they will need to be booked into Before-School Care.  Please make sure your child arrives to school on time, ready to be registered at 8.55am or you will be required to complete the late book.  Thank you.

Parents evening

It was lovely to welcome parents/carers to school for parents evening on Monday and Tuesday and for staff to share pupils’ achievements and highlight any areas where they may need extra support.   

School Term Dates 2018-2019

Our term dates and Inset days have been set by Governors for 2018-2019.  These are now available on the school website.  Please ensure family holidays are booked during school holidays.  Many thanks.

SATs

Our year 6 pupils are aware that they have their SATs this year.  Amongst the extra-curricular activities they are currently consolidating their learning and gaining familiarity with the style of papers to ensure that the test week runs as smoothly and stress free as possible.  The tests run on during the week 14th-17th May. 

Our KS1 SATs will be administrated to our year 2 pupils throughout the month of May 2018.

Enjoy the February Half Term.

Blockley School Staff

 Class 1 having fun with Forest School activities. 

 The value of the term is Courage.  Being courageous can mean different things to different people. For example, one person may think it easy to speak in front of a large audience, whilst another would need to find lots of courage to do this. Everyone faces challenges from time to time, and we have to find courage to overcome them.

Courage

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.

Value

COURAGE

Being courageous can mean different things to different people. For example, one person may think it easy to speak in front of a large audience, whilst another would need to find lots of courage to do this. Everyone faces challenges from time to time, and we have to find courage to overcome them.

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to overcome that fear.”   Nelson Mandela

Thought of the Day

• Who or what helps us find courage?
• Is there someone that we admire because of the courage that they have shown?

Upcoming Events

Contact us

Blockley C of E Primary School

Park Road
Blockley
Moreton-in-Marsh
GL56 9BY

01386 700 567

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