October 2021 Newsletter
This term, across the school, we have been using a new resource for some of our assemblies. Picture News takes a topical news story and asks key questions to enable the children to think more widely about what is going on in the world, linking to British Values and Rights. The children have really enjoyed contributing their ideas to our display and have made thoughtful contributions to our discussions.
Dear Parents and Carers,
It has been a very busy month with lots of exciting events taking place. Thank you for all of your support with these especially the trips.
I would like to wish you all a happy half term break and a well deserved rest for the children; they have worked so hard this half term.
(To keep up with all of the news please see the school website.)
Activities that have been taking place so far this term:
Year 1 braved the weather and had lots of fun taking part in a bike skills day run by the charity Sustrans. This was a great opportunity for them to improve and develop their cycling skills and gain confidence on a bike. Some children rode without stabilizers for the first time. There will be an information video for parents available soon.
Year 2 went to Lewes Castle! They found out more about the roles of different people in the castle and were able to see the old castle ruins and spot key features.
Year 3 had a wonderful trip to Marwell Zoo. They learnt more about skeletons and how important they are for lots of different animals. Throughout the day, they saw a range of African animals such as giraffe, zebras and rhinos!
Year 4 had a brilliant trip to Bignor Roman Villa recently! They used stone querns to grind flour, created mosaics and wrote on beeswax tablets. They also had a tour of the Roman villa and learnt a lot from the tour guide.
Year 5 recently planned and created their own abstract art in the style of Bryan Wynters.
Year 6 will be contributing to the Jack on the Green light installation, which is a night of lights and lanterns, taking place on Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th October at Beach House Park. Although tickets for the event are sold out, the Year 6 contribution of lanterns will be displayed as part of the artist's maze game, which is outside the ticketed area and is free, so the children are welcome to come and see their work.
SPORTS and CLUBS
The uptake for clubs has been excellent. Please refer to the club timetable on the website to see which clubs are running on each day. Please remember to call the office at 2.15pm and choose option 2 to hear which clubs are running on each day.
Year 2 Rugby Skills Festival
Twelve children went to TAB Junior school to try their hand at some rugby skills. They kicked, passed, tagged and ran their way around the circuit and had a fantastic time!
Year 2 Multiskills
This time it was nine of our girls who went to Chesswood for a circuit of multi skills activities. The children took part in games that tested their kicking, throwing, catching, aiming, running and more!
They were enthusiastic throughout and represented the school wonderfully.
Year 6 Netball Shoot-out
A team of our year 6 girls went to Goring to take part in a football style penalty shoot-out. The girls played against several different schools and, as is the way with penalty shots, they scored some, they missed some, they won some and they lost some! But they had a great time throughout.
Year 5 Football Tournament
Ten schools competed at St Andrews in the year 5 football tournament. The boys defended extremely well in all of their pool matches and recorded wins against Heene (2-0), Goring (1-0) and Whytemead (3-0). The only blemish was a 1-0 defeat to TAB but the team had still secured 1st place in the pool and played Vale in the final. After going a goal behind, the team showed brilliant character and, deservedly, earned a draw thanks to Jimmy’s superb long range strike. The game finished 1-1 and the teams were declared as joint winners!
Years 3-6 Cross country
13 schools competed and we placed in the following positions…
Y3 girls 5th place. Y3 boys 6th place.
Y4 girls 8th place, Y4 boys 8th place.
Y5 girls 7th place, Y5 boys 7th place.
Y6 girls 6th place, Y6 boys 8th place.
It was an incredible effort from all 50 of our children who took part on Saturday at the cross country event at the Gallops. We’re very proud of all of them for taking part in what is always a very tough competition. There were some great individual performances and it was, as always, very pleasing to see the children encouraging and supporting each other as they ran the course.
Year 6 Netball
5th in group
Some of our netballers went to Davison High School for a netball festival. They defended really well throughout but found goals hard to come by and finished 5th in what was a very tough group. They enjoyed the experience though and it will only benefit them going into future competitions!
BROADWATER COMMUNITY AWARD
Poppy, Will and Max have been awarded the Broadwater Community Award for giving up their time on Saturday morning to help the Prayer Garden working party to clear the area ready for groundwork to begin. Thank you for all of your hard work.
VACANCY FOR A WRAP AROUND CARE SUPERVISOR
We have a vacancy for a Wrap Around Care supervisor to supervise the day to day running of our Wrap Around Care provision before and after school.
This is for up to 17 hours a week Monday - Friday term time only.
If you are interested, please contact Mrs Carrigan, School Business Manager
Joy White our Brass Teacher has spaces on a Wednesday morning for lessons in Trumpet, Cornet, Tenor Horn, Baritone and Trombone. She can provide a free taster session.
As our music teachers are no longer employed by WSCC, you can contact Ms White directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07522275221
Please read the F@B newsletter that has recently been added to our School News on the website. We welcome all parents who are interested to contact our F@B team if you are able to give us your support. Thank you
As Coronavirus numbers increase in our locality, please can I ask you to remain vigilant for symptoms within your family. If your child tests positive over the half term break, please let the school know on Monday 1st November or email: email@example.com
Latest information from the DFE:
Should you be contacted by NHS Test & Trace as close or household contacts, they may advise you to undertake daily LFD testing while awaiting the results of a PCR. This includes primary aged children. This is left to parental discretion, and test kits for primary aged pupils can be accessed via gov.uk or their local pharmacy.
If you are able to volunteer in school on a regular basis, please let your child's class teacher know. We would like support with hearing children read.
Secondary School Applications for Year 6 children
Please click on the links below to access all the information you need to apply for a secondary school place for your child in Year 6.
Please note that the deadline for applications is 31st October 2021.
Admissions for September 2022
As in recent years, parents are being encouraged to apply for their child’s school place using the online system at www.westsussex.gov.uk/admissions. Applications must be submitted by the national closing date of Saturday 15 January 2022. The online system opened yesterday Monday 4 October 2021.
For parents who do not have access to the Internet at home, free access has been arranged at all libraries and Children and Family Centres within West Sussex, where staff will be on hand to assist parents making their application.
Parents resident in West Sussex must complete an official West Sussex County Council application in order to apply for a school place.
Applications not made by the closing date cannot be considered until after all other applications have been considered. This may mean it is not possible to offer a child a place at a local school.
Please ensure you apply before the closing date of Saturday 15 January 2022.
Please can all jewellery be removed before coming to school and hair that is longer than shoulder length be tied back.
Please can I remind you not to park on the zig-zags outside the school or across residents' driveways. We have had a number of complaints from both parents and residents on the matter.
TERM DATES for 2021-2022
Thursday 2nd September 2021 (Note: INSET DAYS 2nd & 3rd Sept) – Friday 17th Dec 2021
(Half term holiday: 25th - 29th October 2021)
Tuesday 4th January 2022 (Note: INSET DAY 4th Jan) – Friday 8th April 2022
(Half term holiday: 21st – 25th February 2022)
Monday 25th April – Friday 22nd July 2022 (Note: INSET DAYS 20th and 21st July and Bank Holiday payback day (school closed) on 22nd July)
(Half term holiday: 30th May – 3rd June 2022)
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