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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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