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6th June 2017

I hope you all had a restful half term holiday and are ready for a busy final half term. There are lots of important dates coming up, some of which are included here. Please keep checking the calendar on the website for more information. As well as the calendar, each year group has a new blog with pictures and detail about all the exciting learning going on in school. Here are links to the blogs that have been updated to date:

Nursery , Reception , Year 1 and Year 4

Over the holiday, your child will also have brought home a new library book. Our library is now fully finished and decorated and we have a wide range of books for different interests. You are welcome to come and have a look. We really hope you enjoy sharing the new books with your family.

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Important Dates

Wed. 7th June - Class photos day

Thurs. 8th June - Election day - SCHOOL CLOSED

Week beginning 12th June - Year 1 phonics screening week

Wed. 14th June - Coffee Morning (see below)

Thurs. 15th June - Year 5 and Year 6 cricket team competition

Fri. 16th June - Rights Respecting Day. Random Acts of Kindness

Tue. 20th  June - "New to Reception" 2017 Stay and Play session (children who are not in our Nursery). 

Wed. 21st June - Fri. 23rd June- 5M camp

Fri. 23rd June - PTSA quiz night

Mon. 26th June - Reception Suntrap trip

Tue. 27th June - "New to Reception" Parent meeting 9am or 5pm

Wed. 28th June - "New to Reception" stay and play session 9-10:30 - for children in our Nursery.

Fri. 30th June - International Day

Tue. 11th July - Sports Day (Years 1-6) Leyton Sixth Form 

Fri. 14th July- LAST DAY OF TERM FOR NURSERY only (finish at normal time)

Mon. 17th July- Y1-Y6 trip to Para-World Athletics championship

Tue. 18th July- Talent Show final

Wed. 19th July - LAST DAY OF TERM (Reception-Y6) (finish at normal time)

PTSA

A message from the PTSA:

Dear Parents and Carers,

Our Emoji Disco was such a success! Thank you to everyone who came along and brought their friends and families, and a massive thank you to our hard-working volunteers.
It was the best attended disco we've ever had and we all really enjoyed ourselves. Not only that, but we raised an epic £1,000 for the school! That will go a long way to achieving our next fundraising goal: a new climbing wall for the playground.
Thank you for giving so generously - the cake display was absolutely amazing to look at and even better to eat! If you haven't had your own cake dishes back, I apologise, but please kindly pop into the school office. There is a small stack of bits and pieces still in the staff room.

Finally, mark your calendar for our final two PTSA events this year:

- Quiz and Cuisine Night (with a table-top picnic theme): Friday, 23rd June at 7:45pm

- Pokéfest! The Pokémon Summer Fete: Saturday, 8th July, 11am to 2pm

More details to come about both of these.

Thank you and best wishes,

Carrie-Anne Hall

Anti-Bullying Week

Before half term, we celebrated anti-bullying week. During this week we introduced children to our new anti-bullying policy which can be found here. We surveyed our children to help reflect on and improve our practice and the children completed great projects which will be displayed around school. Some examples can be seen here:

Helping your child

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You are invited to come to a coffee morning on Wednesday 14th June from 9 - 10am in the Glassroom.

We will be discussing the ways that children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and those with English as an Additional Language (EAL) learn to read and write, and how you can help them.

Our guest speaker will be Vicky Rosengarten from Whitefield Research and Development Centre.

Starring in The Lion King and Into The Woods

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We are very lucky that one of our pupils is now starring in the Lion King in the West End. We are so proud of Lahaina and so excited to see all the brilliant things she can achieve.

Also, one of our staff members is starring in "Into the Woods" in Ilford. We are all really proud of Miss Vivier too! Tickets can be found here.

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Dance Clubs

We have Street Dance clubs on a Tuesday and Thursday with Aneka who has put on some great performances in school. If you would like to join, please collect a form from the office. 

School Funding Crisis

www.fairfundingforallschools.org/act-now

As you will be aware, schools across the London Borough of Waltham Forest are facing huge financial challenges and the Government’s planned National Funding Formula is set to make things far worse for the borough’s schools and its pupils.

The Government has stated that the scheme will redistribute funding across the country’s schools in a more equitable way, however it is clear that this will not be the case. Already, many MPs and Councillors across the country, representing all shades of political opinion, are supporting Head Teachers and Governing Bodies in complaining of the potential damage to children’s education and opportunities. The likely outcome will be larger class sizes; a reduction in the subjects available at secondary level; less teaching time; fewer opportunities for sport and cultural activities; more difficulty in recruiting staff.

Waltham Forest Council will be making its concerns known to the Government and, across London, Councils are working to raise the importance of the issue with the Government, through their MPs and through the media.

The London Borough of Waltham Forest and other London Councils will be providing a response to the Government’s consultation on the National Funding Formula (NFF).

To make your voice heard you may wish to access a parent-led website http://www.fairfundingforallschools.org, which includes model letters to MPs, journalists and other useful resources.
By adding your voice, you are agreeing to support our call to the Government to re-think the NFF and to invest more funding in schools, in particular to provide an additional £335m per year (1% of the DfE’s schools budget) to ensure no school loses funding as a direct result of the implementation of the National Funding Formula.

Yours sincerely
Waltham Forest Primary and Secondary Head Teachers

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