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7th September 2017
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Whilst I am sure the children (and staff) enjoyed the summer break, it really is good to be back at school and the atmosphere in and around school has been really positive during this first week back. The children are excited to meet their new teachers and find what else is different- it did not take them too long to see some of them...
So what’s new?
The most noticeable difference at the moment is our new internal fencing. This has really enhanced our overall ‘site security’ and, whilst I want to ensure the school retains our ‘community feel’, our priority must be to ensure that the children are as safe as possible- especially considering the fact that we are a school of multiple buildings and children move between (and around) them a great deal.
Other updates include new classroom furniture as well as new ‘technologies’ in upper key stage 2- a big part of my job is ensuring that the ‘site’ is of a high quality and this does require a lot of planning, especially when some of the upgrades require a lot of investment. Whilst exciting, the hall extension and the complete refurbishment of ‘Early Years’ are projects that need to be ‘delivered’ in the right way.
A reminder about rewards
A new year also brings a new start for our merit system in key stage 2. This new approach for rewarding children was a super success last year and the children certainly wore their badges with pride. The new merit grids are now in the front of their home school diaries and some children have already started on that journey to their bronze award (and beyond!). Have a look at our website for more information about merits- you can even see which child reached the milestone of the ‘Diamond Award’ last year!
Next week, the teachers of years 1-6 will be holding their ‘meet the teacher’ meetings.
This will be a short, informal opportunity for you to meet your child’s teacher as well as hear about what the children will be learning about and doing in what is always a very busy term. The meetings will take place at 2.45pm. The dates of the meetings (and where each meeting will take place) are as follows:
Mon 11th Sept- Year 1 (1P) Tues 12th Sept- Year 2 (2R) Wed 13th Sept- Year 3 (3T)
Thurs 14th Sept- Year 4 (4U) Fri 15th Sept- Year 5 (5X) Mon 18th Sept- Year 6 (6Z)
Don’t they all look smart!
A big thank you to ALL of you who have supported our drive to ‘tighten’ the uniform guidance. To see all the children looking proud in their uniforms with smart black shoes was great to see. I firmly believe that positive expectations of dress (and appearance) is an indicator of high standards in schools and, by listening to the feedback from many of you whilst on the playground, there is a lot of agreement on this- thank you!
Achieving our aims for extra-curricular sport...
Mr Higgins and I will soon be sending a letter out highlighting the range of after school sporting opportunities that we plan to offer at Tudor. We are currently finalising arrangements with other local providers (of high quality) who will support us in ensuring the offer of a wide range of sporting activities to a wide range of year groups. Whilst we will no longer be offering such clubs for free, they will be heavily subsidised. Our commitment to supporting children in years 4-6 with FREE breakfast provision will remain- if you would like your child to take advantage of this (and it now even includes sports games with Mr Higgins in the hall each morning), come and ask for further information from the school office.
The FOT are already busy at work
Our valued ‘Friends of Tudor’ have some fun things in store for Autumn term. Always keep an eye on the website for the most ‘up to date’ information- there’s lots going on, such as:
FOT Adventure Play Date Sunday 17th September 1pm to 3pm- Free family play at Adeyfield Adventure Playground, Turners Hill, HP2 4LD
The FOT will be selling light refreshments as well as hosting a number of activities such as face painting (for a small donation). There is a lovely grass area so feel free to bring a picnic. So come along let your kids run around and meet their new (and old) school friends and their families!
Friends of Tudor fundraising meeting 21st September 7.30 pm in the Staff Room- come along and be part of the FOT- enter via the Year 1 entrance on the playground.
Other dates for your diary include our popular Fright Night on Thursday 2nd November.
The Tudor Owls Cake Sale will be starting soon:
Next Friday (15th September) is cake day. This time it will be the turn of the children in Y2 to provide biscuits and Y6 to provide cakes. Tudor Owls charge 20p for each cake or for two biscuits. Many thanks, as always, for your generous support.
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Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter.
Mr Rob Weightman/ Headteacher