Download: newsletter 17 March 2017

Dear Parents, Carers and Governors,

On Tuesday evening, two fire extinguishers were set off and thrown into our school hall by local teenagers, whilst it was being used by the slimming club. This was an unpleasant situation for those in the hall. The Police attended the scene at the time, and have increased their presence around Madley Park, due to incidences of anti-social behaviour in the neighbourhood. We have asked pupils in years 5 and 6 to be aware of what they see and hear with regards any inappropriate behaviour or trespassing on school property by older children. Please be vigilant around your own homes, as well as around our school if you are in the vicinity during weekends or holidays. The police have asked us to call 101 to report any anti-social behaviour, and we advise you to do the same.

Red Nose Day- (Friday 24th March)
We will be celebrating Comic Relief next Friday with the theme, “wear something red and make people laugh”. Children will be sharing jokes in their classes throughout the day, culminating in a whole school assembly where each class will share their three best jokes. Start thinking of some howlers at home (who nose what you might come up with?) and please bring in a monetary donation for dressing up, which will go towards this good cause. It will be an ordinary tuck shop that day.

Year 5 Hoodies
A polite reminder that orders need to be received by Monday 27th March please to secure a hoodie for your soon-to-be Year 6 child. If you would like to look at samples for a sizing guide, please ask at the school office.

Year 1 Phonics
We will be holding a brief meeting for all parents and carers of pupils in Year 1 on Wednesday 29th March at 2.30 p.m. This is in preparation for the Phonics Screening Test, which takes place nationally across Year 1, during the summer term. Please come along and find out how you can support your child. A more detailed letter will follow next week.

Football results
On Tuesday 14th March Madley Brook Years 5 and 6 girls played a football match against Witney CP School. Katie Baish writes: “As the game began, Zoe Corvin and I did some great defending as the Witney CP team were really good. Witney CP scored the first goal but we didn’t panic as there was plenty of the match still to play. Witney CP tried to score again but our goalie, Faith Kingdon didn’t let that happen. Torrin Cuthill scored an amazing goal, which meant the score was 1:1. Millie Dunstan made a great attempt to score again but was not as successful. At half-time, Mr McPherson told us we were playing too nicely and should tackle more, so in the second half, Alicia Mariani, Ellie-Maie Latimer and Ellen Hobbs did just that. Torrin scored two more goals, but Witney CP came back fighting with the match ending on a 3:3 draw”. Well done girls!

Staffing updates
As some of you may be aware, Mrs Emily Isle went off on Maternity leave last Friday with only 13 days left before her due date. We are pleased to welcome Mrs Louise Kinchin as the new Teaching Assistant in Ash class who will be taking Mrs Isle’s place for the rest of the academic year. We understand that Mrs Isle is enjoying a well-deserved rest and will let you know when baby Isle arrives.
Mrs Jo Launchbury will be leaving us at Easter. Her new role will be very different from her current one, as her appointment is as a private Nanny to a family near to Oxford. Mrs Launchbury has worked with many children and families across the school in the 4 ½ years she has been with us, and has been instrumental in setting up our Young Carers’ group. We all wish her well in her new venture.

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Next Week
Thursday Gymnastics competition (Carterton)
Friday Comic Relief- wear something red and make people laugh.
Friday Library Open for Book Exchange
Friday Netball match 3.30 p.m. Our Lady of Lourdes School

Have a great weekend.

Yours sincerely

Angie Burnett