Download: No 32 May 26th

Dear Parents, Carers and Governors

As the warmer weather approaches children have enjoyed picnic lunches outside. Children should bring a hat to school to wear outside on these warmer days. We also recommend that sun cream is applied first thing in the morning. Children may bring cream to school to reapply at lunch time but they will need to do this themselves.

Congratulations to Miss Cuthbertson on the birth of her first baby, a boy called Harry, who entered the world last week weighing 6lbs 3oz. Both mum and baby are doing extremely well and we pass our very best wishes onto them all.

Thank you once again to Mr David Lunt for his very generous donation of £475 towards the school following his successful run at the London Marathon. We will certainly be able to put the money to good use.

Tuck Shop Volunteers
Tuck Shop is a really popular and successful Friday morning event; one child in year 1 recently commented, “tuck shop is the best thing in my life!” It can only run with parent help. As children have grown older and moved on to secondary schools, many of our regular volunteers have been lost and we need new recruits to keep it running. Volunteers work in threes, so you are not on your own, and we aim to allocate each volunteer only one Friday morning per half term, based on dates you are happy with, so that it is not a big commitment. We are usually finished just after 11.00 a.m., so morning nursery parents are able to help too.
Tuck Shop is organised by the school not the PTA, and the vital funds it raises go towards subsidising activities and buying equipment that all the children enjoy, so please get in touch with the school office or Mrs Burnett if you would like to join us!
Please note all tuck shop volunteers need to go through a recruitment process and police check.

Children in Upper Key Stage 2 have been exploring anti-bullying over the last couple of weeks. They have been discussing the differences between bullying and falling out and looking at ways of preventing bullying. On the back of this we have produced what we hope you find to be a useful leaflet to share with your child at home. Our emphasis is on communication and children talking to us when things are not going well for them so that we can help them to sort this out.

Breakfast Club
Our Breakfast Club is growing ever popular. Our maximum number is 30 and we are very close to this on some days. Pre-booking is therefore essential from now on to ensure your child’s place. It would be a disappointment I am sure if we had to turn anyone away because we had reached our quota for adequate staff: pupil ratios which we will have to do if the numbers reach over 30. Bookings can be made via the school office. If for any reason you no longer need a booked place and you do not inform us in advance please note you will be charged.

Mobile Phones
Children are not to bring mobile phones to school. If you need your child to have a phone in school for ensuring their safe independent commuting between home and school please remind your child that they have to hand their phone into the teacher when they arrive and pick it up before they leave.

Clubs for next half term have been allocated today. There are a few outstanding payments due for last term and once those bills have been settled we can allocate a place for next half term. Quidditch Club was very popular and we have been unable to allocate a place to everyone who wanted it. If your child is allocated a place and no longer needs it please let me know as we have a long waiting list.

Science Investigation Day
On Tuesday 6th June we will be holding a science investigation day. Learning will take place inside and outside and children will have the opportunity to work with others across the school on a wide variety of investigations. Photographs will be up on our website following the event.
Depending on the weather, please can you ensure your child has a sunhat/sun cream/water bottle in school or a waterproof coat and shoes to change into (wellies or old trainers) as some children will be learning outside as part of the day (come rain or shine)!

Message from Deacon Ellie
Around the UK, Churches are gathering to pray for this nation and their communities under a banner of Thy Kingdom Come. In Witney the Churches Together group are hosting a 24/7 prayer vigil at the Congregational Church on Welch Way from Sunday 28th May through to Saturday 3rd June. There will be various creative and interactive stations inviting you to pray for Witney and the various aspects of our community. The loom that has visited several primary schools, including Madley Brook, and Richmond Village will be available for everyone to come and add themselves into a woven blanket showing how we are all intertwined in the Witney community. Please do take the opportunity to pop in to the Church any time of the day or night at this time when the world faces many challenges and needs us all to stand in solidarity together. Many Churches around the town will also have interactive prayer stations outside their Church buildings so keep your eyes open whilst you are out and about during the holidays and get involved.

Young Carers
Congratulations to our Young Carers Group, run by Mrs Hickman and Ms Batchelor and initiated by Mr Launchbury, for all their hard work. During an assessment of provision this week we have received the Silver Award.

Via Pupil Post
Primary Times
Footsteps Leaflets Years R, 1, 2
Anti-bullying Leaflet Years 1 to 6
Via Parent Mail

After the Holiday
Tuesday 6th June School Reopens
Wednesday 7th Governors’ Meeting
Friday 9th Circus Tickets Collection Day
Friday Library Open for Book Exchange

And Finally…
We extend our very best wishes to Miss Pratley who is getting married this half term. I am sure that she will have a wonderful day and we will all be thinking of her. She will return to school as Mrs Robinson.

Wishing you a pleasant Bank Holiday weekend.

Yours sincerely

Katherine Spencer