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12th January 2018
Dear Parents/ Carers,
New themes for a new term...
First of all- Happy New Year! And it really should be a happy year for us all as we have lots to look forward to this year. As I mentioned on the website this week, there is a lot planned for 2018 and I know that the impact of the changes will benefit the children a great deal.
Our thematic approach to the curriculum was new this year and we look forward to some super work during the Spring term. Miss McKenzie and the 5W class are certainly exploring the ‘extreme environments’ theme already- check out the storm that is raging as part of their inspirational display!
Parent Consultation Booking is now online
Can you believe that you will soon be receiving the ‘Mid-Year Report’ for your child! This will be presented to you at our Spring consultations which will take place on Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th February. You are now able to book a slot of your choice at: tudor.parentseveningsystem.co.uk
The easy to use online booking system has proved very popular with parents but if you would like to book via the school office you just need to phone us or pop in...
‘A breakfast club for all ages’
The breakfast care that the school currently offers (for free) has proved really popular and helpful for a number of our families. It was originally offered to children in year 6 and this was soon expanded to year 5 and then year 4. We believe, though, that we now need to expand further and widen this provision before school and we will be looking to adjust how our breakfast club is organised. I am keen to enable more families to use this ‘before school care’ but I want to ensure costs are manageable and maintain high standards of care.
Going forward therefore (and once our hall has been completed), I would like to find out how many families would use a breakfast club each day. I have already put some ‘potential plans’ in place which would allow children to come to school early each day. Learning activities as well as sports activities would be on offer as well as a ‘buffet style breakfast service’. An approximate cost of £5 per session has been considered and this would cover all costs including staffing, food and resources.
I will send more information to parents in the future but do please share your thoughts on the possibility of a breakfast club for all ages at Tudor Primary when you see me or when you visit the office. It would be interesting to hear how many of you would want to use it!
Tudor Twitter! Let’s build our number of followers...
Whilst I know I have mentioned this previously, I would like to think that our school website is as popular with you all as I would like it to be. Our website includes regular news updates, key information and I think some of the class blogs are superb! To help ‘remind’ the most important people to use it (that’s you!), I have created a school ‘Twitter’ page. Do follow us on @TudorPrimaryHH- Let’s build the number of followers that we have- after all, we really want to celebrate what happens in our school.
We are nearly ready with ‘Rock Steady’...
We are very close to ‘forming the bands’ for our new partnership with ‘Rock Steady’, a company that provides music tuition in a band style. We had a large number of families who showed an interest and, following a ballot, 45 children have been given a space. The fees for the tuition are £31.25 a month (not including August) which includes all tuition and use of instruments. There is the opportunity to expand the number of places to 90 in the future so, whilst we do have a waiting list already, contact the school office if you would like your child to be involved. For more information do use the following link: https://www.rocksteadymusicschool.com/rocksteady-tv/
Morning (and evening) traffic on Redwood Drive
As well as being able to meet and greet families coming into the school each morning, standing at the gate enables me to see the ‘traffic situation’ outside our school. One thing that I notice is that there is very little congestion at 8.40- 8.45/8.50 at the front of the school. In fact, the road is (usually) quite calm up until there is a ‘rush’ of parents in the final few minutes before the start of school. Do consider arriving a few minutes earlier- don’t forget that we allow children in from 8.45 into classrooms where we have additional learning activities prepared and ready.
In addition, those parents that have responded to advice in their use of the ‘one-way system’ and travel away from school towards Tesco (‘up’ the road) experience fewer issues than if they try to move ‘against the flow’ and turn back down towards the junction with Runham Road. Do try this if you have not taken advantage of this approach already.
Friends of Tudor
The next FOT meeting is on Tuesday 16th January at 7.30pm. The meeting place will be the bar at the Snow Centre. Viv and her terrific team would like to meet you all whilst they share their ideas for events for the rest of the year. You can certainly help make a difference for all the children in our school.
It’s not long until the next Tudor Owls Cake Sale:
Tudor Owls- Friday (19th January) is cake day. This time it will be the turn of the children in Foundation Stage to provide biscuits and Y3 to provide cakes. Tudor Owls charge 20p for each cake or for two biscuits. PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN CAKES/ BISCUITS THAT CONTAIN NUTS- THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Enjoy your weekend...
Mr Rob Weightman/ Headteacher