No 23 6th March

Our Current Value is: Equality

Dear Parents and Carers

Books and more books
Thank you to those of you who have supported our Scholastic Book fair after school this week. If you have forgotten or not had the time so far, you are not too late as it is open tonight from 3 pm – 4pm in the school hall. Payments can be made with cash or by a simple phone payment method which just requires your card details.

Year 1 Dance Festival
Not only do we have some budding Year 1 dancers, but we also have some super Year 1 authors. This is what Frankie Cocks and Isla Roxburgh have written:
“Last Friday the Year Ones went to Wood Green School to take part in a dance festival with other schools. It was pouring with rain so we got soaked walking there! We were split into groups and we acted out the book “Where the Wild Things Are” and danced it. At the end we performed our dance to the other groups. It was fantastic fun!”

Message from our Chair of Governors
Dear Parents and Carers,
Following Katherine’s news just before half term, the process for recruiting our new headteacher is now well underway. There is a standard process for headteacher recruitment, which is being followed and in which the governors are being actively supported by the River Learning Trust.

We appreciate this is both an exciting and anxious time for the school. Katherine and Angie have been fundamental to the school’s leadership over the last 12+ years. We are immensely grateful for all they have done, and continue to do, for the children.
The advertisement went live on Monday and applications close on Friday 20th March. Our hope is to secure the right person before the Easter break.

Edward Kay, Chair of Governors

Just a polite reminder that you are not permitted to drive into the school car park at the start and end of the school day for health and safety reasons. In addition, please be mindful of where you do park as we have had a request from a resident in Northfield
Farm Lane, at the back entrance to our school by Key
Stage 1 to mention that this is not an ideal drop-off and pick-up point either. Not only is this a residential area, but it is also a thoroughfare for pupils walking to and from Madley Brook and Wood Green. There is plenty of space in the car park behind the Co-op so please use that area instead. Thank you.

Calling parents and carers of pre-school children
Whilst it is only March, we are already thinking about the next academic year in school. In the next few weeks we will have confirmation of our Reception allocation of places for children starting school in September 2020. In planning for this intake into Early Years, it would be extremely helpful for us to know if you are intending to apply for a place for any younger, Nursery-aged children who will be turning 3 in the next academic year. We would like to factor these predicted places into our current planning for 2020 – 2021, and the more information we have now, the better prepared and equipped we will be to provide the places you require. We will be discussing our predicted Early Years numbers at the next Governors’ meeting on Wednesday 18th March. Therefore, if you have not yet completed or returned a yellow Nursery application form, please do so as soon as possible. Forms are available from the school office.

Sports Relief
School Council have asked that we have a dress down day in exchange for £1 for Sports Relief. We will be having this on Thursday 12th March, so that all children across the school can participate ( Year 6 are out on Friday). In addition, throughout next week, classes across the school will be buddying up to do some form of sport or exercise together to get everyone’s hearts pumping faster.

Anti-social behaviour on Madley Park
There have been several incidents reported to us in the last few days by worried pupils in our school, who have been deliberately followed by a group of teenagers when walking home or to/from the shops. The police are aware, and we have since spoken to all pupils in Years 5 and 6 about staying safe. If you have younger children who are likely to be unsupervised on the estate, please speak to them about what to do if they are feeling frightened or intimidated while out and about. There were also break-ins PE shed and Reading shed in the Red Playground one evening last week and the police were able to catch two intruders in our school grounds on two separate occasions. Please be vigilant and ring 101 if you see anyone acting suspiciously around your own property or in the school grounds, particularly in the evenings and weekends. Thank you.

Year 6 Parents and Carers
Just a reminder that we will be holding a meeting in the hall at 6pm on Wednesday next week for all parents and carers of pupils in year 6, to discuss arrangements for SATs in May, and to answer any questions you may have.

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Where to find the latest information updates on Covid-19:

Opening of the new play park
Please come along to the official opening of the new play park right next to the front entrance of our school on Saturday 28th March at midday. The park looks amazing and I am sure your children will have hours of fun playing there over the next few years.
You can also sign up for skate sessions here:

Via Pupil Post
• Cogges Farm flyer
• Y5 letter Elm and Pine
Via Parent Mail
• Y4 Multiplication Tables check
Next Week
• Elm swimming
• 3.00pm Library open for EYFS and KS1
• 6pm SATs meeting for Year 6 Parents/Carers in hall
• Dress Down Day for £1 towards Sports Relief
• Year 6 to Cogges Farm
• 2.30 pm Key Stage 1 assembly
• 3.00pm Library open for EYFS and KS1
• PTA Film Night

Have a lovely weekend.
Yours sincerely

Angie Burnett
Assistant Head Teacher