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20th October 2017

This half term has gone so quickly! A big well done to all the children who have worked so hard and settled in quickly. As you can see from the dates, there are lots of exciting things to come, not least an event which one of our Year 5 pupils, Eva, has organised. Here is a letter from her:

Dear Gwyn Jones,

I am having a spooktacular halloween bake sale on Thursday 2nd November. All the money that we make will go to CLIC Sargent, a childrens' cancer charity that has helped my family. Please bring your bakes and bought treats to the office in the morning. After school, we will sell the cakes and biscuits in the key stage 2 playground at 3:15pm.

Yours,

Eva Trayler 5M

We hope to see you all there!

Important Dates

Fri 27th Oct - Half Term Volunteer Gardening Day 10:30a.m. -2p.m. 
Mon 30th Oct- Children return to school
Tues 31st Oct- Year 3 trip to Suntrap
Wed 1st Nov- Reception to Year 4 flu sprays
Thurs 2nd Nov- CLIC Sargent Cake Sale (see introduction for details)
Fri 3rd Nov- Prospective Parent tour 9:30am
Fri 3rd Nov- Reading slumber party
Mon 6th Nov- Y5/6 Girls' football competition
Wed 8th Nov- 3S Museum of Childhood trip
Thur 9th Nov- 3M Museum of Childhood trip
Fri 10th Nov- School Disco 4:30-6pm
Mon 13th Nov- Fri 17th Nov- Anti-Bullying Week
Fri 17th Nov- Year 2 visit from Mary Seacole
Fri 17th Nov- Children in Need - Dress in spots day
Fri 24th Nov- Year 1-2 Athletics competition
Mon 27th Nov-Fri 1st Dec- Take One Picture Week
Fri 1st Dec- Prospective parent tour 9:30am and 4pm
Mon 4th Dec-RM trip to Stratford Circus theatre and 1S trip to Valentine's Mansion
Tue 5th Dec- RS trip to Stratford Circus theatre and 1M trip to Valentine's Mansion
Wed 6th Dec- 6S trip to Parliament
Thur 7th Dec- Year 4 Roman day with "Real Romans" 
Wed 13th Dec- Peer mentor/playsquad trip
Wed 20th Dec- School closes
Mon 8th Jan- Children come back to school

PTSA

We are currently recruiting 12 students to help us with running the Parent, Teacher and Student Association. Your job will involve:

  • Meeting with the other representatives during school hours to discuss the events (discos and fairs) and help find ways to spend the money we make from them!
  • Helping at organising the events and making the decorations. This will be during school hours, but you may have to help during your lunch break!
  • Running a stall at one or more events. This will be after school for the discos and on a Saturday for the fairs.

If you are interested, please download this form and give it to your teacher by Friday 10th November or email it to school@gwynjones.waltham.sch.uk or pick up a hard copy from the board outside the school office. The names of the winners will be announced at the next school assembly!

Play Buddies and Peer Mentors

Many of our children have the very important job of being playbuddies or peer mentors at lunchtime. They help set up all the great activities in the zones that the children do such as archery, knitting etc. and they help anyone who feels a little left out. They do this in their own spare time and we are all so grateful to them.

Ms Campbell will nominate superstar play buddies and peer mentors who are really dedicated to their job. This half term these are:

Half Term Gardening Day


On Friday 27th October, we will be holding another gardening volunteer day between 10:30am-2pm. It is a really fun day to dig in the mud, get messy in the pond and help to plant lots of lovely flowers around the school at the same time.

The Council are providing lots of spring flower bulbs and we'll refresh the sensory garden too. We'll provide gloves but feel free to bring any gloves or trowels that you have.

Snacks will be provided.  Children of all ages, grandparents, friends and parents are all welcome. 

Parent Communication

Thank you to everyone who gave their feedback on Parents' Evening about school communication. We know there is a lot of information from school and we are always trying to make sure we send it in the right way and in good time. Your feedback is really helpful.

You said: more notice for the dates of trips would help you volunteer.

What we are doing: where possible, we will publish all the dates of trips and school events at the start of the half term. Obviously there are last minute opportunites that come up that we can' t miss, but we will send most out in good time.

You said: You want more face time with teachers.

What we are doing: should you want more time with your class teacher to discuss a specific issue, please ask them for an appointment. Alternatively, you could ask for a phone call or email consultation if getting to school is tricky.

Disco

On Friday 10th November from 4:30pm-6:00pm, the PTSA will be holding a Disco Spell-tacular. All are invited and Year 2 children or older may come unaccompanied with a permisssion slip. Tickets are £1 on the door or £3 with a VIP pass. Any parent volunteers are very welcome. More information can be found here.

Homework

A few people have been to see me to discuss homework and what the expectations are for homework.

Do:

  • Read with your child everyday. This is the most important bit of work anyone can do at home. Asking and answering questions will help develop the childrens' comprehension and help them learn new words.
  • Ask if you want to know more about what your child is learning in school. There is information on the curriculum page on the website too.
  • Talk to your child about their topic and projects. The main aim of our projects is to get children excited about their homework to avoid homework arguments.

Don't

  • Please don't do your child's homework for them. This won't help their learning and won't help them get into a routine for secondary school.
  • Please don't spend a lot of money or extreme amounts of time on homework. Projects are supposed to allow children to explore an area of their topic they really enjoyed. They are not intended to be works of art.
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