download: No 11 Nov 20th

Dear Parents and Carers

We held a virtual school assembly this week as it was National Anti-Bullying week. Children wore odd socks on Monday to recognise that we are all individuals and all unique in our own special way and that is good to celebrate. Do ask your child about some of the activities they have done this week.

RLT’s Safeguarding Lead also carried out an internal audit this week and spoke to some of our older children about bullying. They were able to tell her in theory what they would do if it happened to them or they witnessed it but none of them had any first hand experience of this which is very positive for our school.

Scholastic Books Fair
Many thanks to everyone who supported our Scholastic Book Fair a couple of weeks ago. We took just under £500 which gives us a commission of £179 in books.

Children in Need
Thank you too for supporting Children in Need. Both schools raised £462 for this charity.

Starting School September 2021
If your child is due to start school in September 2021 the admission process is now open and closes on 15th January. Parents are advised to apply online at Oxfordshire County Council.

Year 6 to Hill End
The trip to Hill End for Year 6 next week is set to go ahead. Parents and carers are reminded to bring the consent form and the Covid assessment form on Monday or Wednesday, depending on the first day of the trip. Children will need a packed lunch on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday but we will supply them with a fish and chip lunch on Wednesday. The Harbour Chip Shop is kindly opening on Wednesday lunch time to cook just for us.

Covid -19 Contingency Plans
The school has now created a contingency plan in the event of either school closure or children having to isolate for 14 days. This can be found on our Covid page on the website and is called Remote Learning October 2020. If children are having to self-isolate for up to 2 weeks we will do our best to maintain their school curriculum by setting and marking work. Teachers will be in touch and will communicate regularly with you and your child and children will be expected to submit their daily work.

Christmas Videos
Just a reminder from last week’s newsletter that if you have not given permission for your child to appear on our website and would like them to be part of the Christmas videos which we will share with parents and carers then please do speak to the admin team. The videos will be too large for Dojo and we may have to put them on the website or other media to share.

Street Tag
Thank you to everyone who has been part of our Madley Brook Street Tag Team so far. We are slowly climbing up that leaderboard thanks to everyone’s efforts and there’s still time to inch closer to the top. I know some of the staff are taking it very seriously! If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s a perfect way to get active with the family in or out of Madley Park. Remember if you go somewhere that doesn’t have Tags then you can add them for you and others to use. If you are having any difficulties or are struggling to sign up, their own support team is there to help you. If you haven’t already, please refer to our previous parent mail or Class Dojo posts for the QR code.
Let’s see how many Tags we can accumulate this weekend.

Happy Tagging!
Mrs McPherson

Number day in the EYFS
We love learning about numbers and finding numbers all around our classroom and outdoor area. Next Friday the 27th of November the children would like to have a number day at school and we have lots of fun activities planned.
We would like to invite your child to come in non-uniform and to ‘wear a number’ to school. This could be a football shirt, or a number on a top, hat or badge, or you could make something up yourself!

Via Pupil Post
Letter for Years 3 and 4 Wilderness 2021
Via Parent Mail

And finally….
Ruth Lockwood, our clerk to governors will be clerking her last meeting with Madley Brook next week. Ruth has been a clerk at Madley Brook and Springfield for longer than I can remember and certainly before my time. She brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the governing body and will be missed by all. We thank her for her years of service and wish her well with her new ventures.

Have a great weekend.

Yours sincerely

Katherine Spencer