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Newsletter 24/06/2016 Print PDF

Dear Parents

This newsletter gives you information and updates about important events taking place during Term 6.

PTFA Summer Fete / Sports Day – A huge thank-you to the PTFA

I would like to say a huge thank you to the PTFA for the hard work they put into the Summer Fete. Despite the wet weather we were able to move everything indoors and it was a very successful afternoon. The PTFA also put a huge amount of effort into selling refreshments during Sports Day this week. Both events managed to raise over £600 for PTFA funds.

Football Club

There will be no more Football Club on Mondays until September due to large number of school events this term.

Astracolour – All Classes and Y6 Leavers Photos – Tuesday afternoon 28th June

We have booked Astracolour to come in again to do our class and Y6 leavers photographs on Tuesday afternoon, 28th June. This will not include individual photographs (except for Y6 where it is offered as a combination with a class photo of Y6). The individual photographs and family grouping are done in November of each year in time for Christmas.

Reminder - The Jesse Jones Cup – Friday 1st July – Starting at 9.30am

Following the success of last year’s tournament there will again be a Jesse Jones Cup for Willow, Beech and Maple in the morning and a second tournament for Ash, Cedar and Hazel that will run in the afternoon. The pupils who want to take part will be divided into teams containing a mixture of boys and girls, and children from different year groups. This should be a fun day and the winning teams will be presented with the Jesse Jones Cup. If your child is taking part then you are welcome to come and watch the matches. The finals of both tournaments will take place at the end of the afternoon (approx. 2.45-3.10pm).

Shunt Day – Wednesday 6th July

Between 11am and 12pm all children will move up mid-morning to spend time in their new classes for next year, enabling them to meet their new teachers and TAs.

Book Vouchers

Due to the success of the Woodlands Book Voucher scheme (during Book Week) it would be nice if as many children as possible could have a new book for the summer. If you would like your child to have a new book could you please send them in with £1.00 on Monday 27th June. They will then be given a Woodlands Book Voucher which they will be able to exchange for a new book.

Milk for pupils in Maple, Beech, Willow, Hazel, Cedar and Ash Classes (not including those who are on free school meals).

If you would like to pay for your child to have school milk please go to www.coolmilk.com where you can register your child and pay online for them to have milk at school.

Matthew Kitley

Headteacher

Dates for Summer Term 2016

Monday 27th June - Y6 Visit to the Chalk Valley History Festival (+ packed lunches), Y5 Technical rehearsal at the Playhouse (+ packed lunches)

Wednesday 29th June - Area Sports (Y5 & Y6 – invitees) 4-6.00pm. Parents to collect from Athletics track at South Wilts Girls’ School track at 6.00pm

Thursday 30th June - Stringissimo orchestra to play at Leehurst Swan (no parents)

Friday 1st July - The Jesse Jones Cup – parents welcome, New YR Induction afternoon (not Oak Tree Nursery)

Sunday 3rd July - Choir singing at St Michael’s 10.15am

Monday 4th July - Showcase Performance at the Salisbury Playhouse for Y5 & 6 (+ packed lunches) – parents welcome - time TBC

Wednesday 6th July - Y6 Induction Day at all secondary schools, Shunt Day YR to Y5 to new classes after normal registration

Thursday 7th July - Acorn Class (YR) to Marwell Zoo (+ packed lunches)

Tuesday 12th July - Y1 trip to River Bourne Community Farm (+ packed lunches), Y6 – last swimming session

Wednesday 13th July - Y2 trip to River Bourne Community Farm (+ packed lunches)

Friday 15th July - Y6 Leavers’ Do at Dinton Primary, Oak Tree Nursery – trip to Tescos “Farm to Fork” – letter to go out to parents

Friday 22nd July - 9.30am Y6 Leavers’ Assembly, 12.00pm Y6 Leave, 3.20pm End of Term

Newsletter 04/05/2016 Print PDF

Dear Parents

This newsletter gives you information about important events taking place during the Summer Term. It has been a busy start to the new term and the pupils in Cedar and Maple class have been working particularly hard preparing for their SAT tests.

KS1 & KS2 SATs

Good attendance is crucial at any time of year and we only permit absence of leave during term time in exceptional circumstances. During the build up to SATs and during SATs Week it is particularly important that your child is in school. The information from these tests is used to inform the teaching and learning of your child.

We would ask that parents of Y2 and Y6 in particular ensure that their children attend school consistently during Term 5. The 2016 Key Stage 2 statutory tests will take place from Monday 9th May to Friday 13th May. Even if your child is feeling unwell we would advise them to come in for the morning test and then go home in the afternoon. There will be a SATs Breakfast for Maple Class pupils from Mon-Thurs during SATs week (see separate letter).

Reading with your child – Thursday 26th May (Venue: School Library / Y5 & Y6 Shared Area)

All parents are invited to come into school and read with your child on Thursday 26th May at 2.45pm.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served.

Parent Contact Numbers / School shoes

Please can I remind parents to let us know your updated mobile contact numbers as soon as they change. There have been many occasions when a child has been unwell or not collected on time after school and we have been unable to contact the parent. Also, please would you make sure that your child comes to school wearing suitable school shoes, eg not canvas pumps, jelly shoes or open toed sandals.

The Jesse Jones Cup – Friday 1st July – Starting at 9.30am

Following the success of last year’s tournament there will again be a Jesse Jones Cup for Ash, Cedar and Hazel (in the morning) and a second tournament for Willow, Beech and Maple that will run in the afternoon. The pupils who want to take part will be divided into teams containing a mixture of boys, girls and children from different year groups. This should be a fun day and the winning teams will be presented with the Jesse Jones Cup. If your child is taking part then you are welcome to come and watch the matches. The finals of both tournaments will take place at the end of the afternoon (approx. 2.45-3.10pm).

Advance Notice ***** Sports Day – Tuesday 21st June (FS & KS1 am / KS2 pm) *****

Matthew Kitley

Headteacher

Dates for Summer Term 2016

Thursday 5th May - 2.30pm PTFA Meeting

Monday 9th – Friday 13th May - KS2 SATs

Friday 13th May - Post SATs BBQ for Year 6

Friday 20th May - PTA Non-uniform Day – £1 per child

Thursday 26th May - 2.45pm Reading with your child

Friday 27th May - Last Day of Term 5

Monday 30th May – Friday 3rd June - Half-Term

Monday 6th June - Term 6 Starts

Thursday 9th June - PTA Non-uniform Day – bring in a bottle for the Tombola

Thursday 16th June - 2.30-4.30pm PTFA Summer Fete

Tuesday 21st June - Sports Day (am FS & KS1 / pm KS2), Sports Day Family Picnic (12.00-12.25pm)

Thursday 23rd June - 11.00am-12.00pm New Reception Parents’ Induction Meeting

Monday 27th June - Y6 Visit to the Chalk Valley History Festival

Tuesday 28th June - Class and Y6 leavers’ Photos by Astracolour (pm)

Wednesday 29th July - Area Sports (Y5 & Y6)

Friday 1st July - The Jesse Jones Cup

Monday 4th July - Showcase Performance at the Salisbury Playhouse for Y5&6 – time TBC

Wednesday 6th July - Y6 Induction Day - Sarum Academy & all secondary schools

Thursday 7th July - Acorn Class (YR) to Marwell Zoo

Friday 15th July - Y6 Leavers’ Do at Dinton Primary

Friday 22nd July 9.30am Y6 Leavers’ Assembly, 12.00pm Y6 Leave, 3.20pm End of Term

Newsletter 29/02/2016 Print PDF

Dear Parents

This newsletter brings you news of future events and important information for Term 4.

Woodlands PTFA News

Many thanks to all parents who brought in £1 for last term’s non-uniform day. We raised a total of £180 which is a fantastic amount and will help to pay towards the cost of the Jack and the Beanstalk Pantomime from M&M Productions.

Class Hampers for the Easter Bingo Evening

After the success of our Class Prize Hampers in 2015 we are again asking the children to bring in items for a hamper. The class that brings in the most items will win a DVD and Popcorn afternoon. The theme for your child’s class is listed below:

  • Toys – Nursery/Acorn Class
  • Arts/Crafts – Ash Class
  • Childrens’ Books – Cedar Class
  • Ladies’ Toiletries - Hazel Class
  • Gardening – Willow – Chocolate – Beech Class
  • Mens’ Toileteries – Maple Class

PTFA Non-School uniform day – Friday 4th March – chocolate for the tombola

Our next non-school uniform day will be held on this Friday. Please can children bring in chocolate for the Easter Bingo Evening Chocolate Tombola.

***PTFA - EASTER BINGO EVENING*** - This will take place on Friday 18th March

Doors Open 6.30pm Eyes Down at 7.00pm

Prizes for a line and a full house / Easter Raffle – tickets will be on sale from the School Office / Chocolate Tombola / Refreshments

***** TD DAY *****

Woodlands will be closed on Monday 7th March (next Monday) for a Teacher Development Day.

Homework in Key Stage 2 (Hazel, Willow, Beech & Maple)

We have made some changes to our school homework policy. From now onwards all Key Stage 2 homework will be set on a Friday and will need to be handed in by the following Friday. Mr Hortop has designed a system where the children can choose their weekly homework from a menu of suggested subjects/topics. This will have the benefit of giving the children structured choice and will allow them to organise their time appropriately. Homework Club will continue to run as normal from 3.20pm-4.15pm on Tuesdays.

Read with your child – Wednesday 16th March 2.50-3.10pm

Please come into the shared area / library to read with your child and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

***** Parent Consultation Evenings – Tuesday 22nd March and Wednesday 23rd March - 3.30-5.30pm *****

Please book an appointment to discuss your child’s progress during one of the above sessions. An appointment booking letter will be sent out this week.

Easter Assembly – 9.30am Thursday 24th March

All parents are welcome to attend the end of term Easter Assembly. This year Rev Woodley or Rev Drewett will be leading the Act of Worship. There will also be a performance from the School Choir.

Matthew Kitley

Headteacher

Dates for Spring Term 2016

Mon 29th February - Life Education Bus

Wednesday 2nd March - Y6 to Salisbury Tag Rugby Festival

Monday 7th March - School Closed TD Day

Wednesday 16th March - Read with your child 2.50-3.10 (shared area)

Friday 18th March - PTFA Easter Bingo Evening

Tuesday 22nd March - Parents’ Consultation Evening 1 3.30-5.30pm

Wednesday 23rd March - Governors’ PE Challenge, Parents’ Consultation Evening 2 3.30-5.30pm

Thursday 24th March - 9.30am Easter Assembly – all parents invited

Thursday 24th March - Term 4 ends (normal time 3.20pm)

Monday 11th April - Summer Term Begins

Newsletter 18/09/2015 Print PDF

Dear Parents,

It has been a very successful start to the new term. The children have settled quickly into their new classes and it has been great to begin to get to know the new Nursery and Reception children.

New Staff / Returning Staff

We are delighted to welcome Miss Barnes (teaching in Cedar Class), Mrs Aldhouse (TA in Ash & Cedar Class) and Miss Pitkin (TA in Maple Class) to Woodlands Primary. We are also welcoming back Mrs Richards from her maternity leave. Mrs Cox (who is our Numbers Count Teacher) will be teaching in our Oaktree Nursery until the Christmas break.

Term-time holiday

Changes to the regulations remove references to family holiday and extended leave as well as the statutory threshold of ten school days. As a result of this I will not be able to grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. Any requests for leave of absence must be submitted at least 4 weeks before the start date.

The following reasons for taking a family holiday will not be acceptable:

  • It’s cheaper to go during term time;
  • First family holiday abroad;
  • Family holiday with grandparents / other relatives / haven’t seen an elderly relative for a long time;
  • It’s a special occasion eg. birthday;
  • Only time I can get off work (unless there is a letter from an employer confirming this and the circumstances are exceptional);
  • Someone else booked the holiday and they got the term dates wrong.

Contact Details

If your landline, mobile numbers, home address or emergency contacts change then please inform the school immediately. It is vital that we have up to date information so that we can contact you quickly if your child becomes unwell in school.

School Uniform

It has been great to see so many children coming into school wearing smart new uniforms.

2015 Price List: Jumpers £10.00, Cardigans £12, Children’s Fleece £13.00, PE T-Shirts £3.00 (Small Adult Size £4.00), Book Bags £4.50, Waterproof Fleece £17.

Could you please ensure that all uniform and PE Kit is named.

Teacher TD Day

The school will be closed on Friday 2nd October for a Teacher Development Day.

Important dates for Term 1 and Term 2 are overleaf.

Matthew Kitley

Headteacher

AUTUMN TERM DIARY DATES 2015

TERM 1

Tuesday 8th September - 3.20-3.50 Choir Starts (Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6)

Thursday 10th September - 3.30-4.30 Orchestra Starts

Friday 11th September - Y4 to Kingswood IOW

Sunday 13th September - Y4 return from Kingswood

Tuesday 15th September - World Cup Tag Rugby Festival for Y6 (14 pupils) at Salisbury Rugby Club 10.00am-2.30pm, pm Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra Concert at the City Hall for Y3 & Y4, 3.20-4.15 Homework Club Starts (2nd Choir Session)

Thursday 17th September - Y5 & Y6 Trip to Bristol

Tuesday 22nd September - am Boys Cluster Football Festival at Broad Chalke, pm Girls Cluster Football Festival at Broad Chalke

Saturday 26th September - 11+ Tests at the Grammar Schools

Friday 2nd October - SCHOOL CLOSED TEACHER TD DAY

Sunday 4th October - Bemerton 5K Fun Run (children must be 11+ to enter)

Tuesday 6th October - School Council Meeting (for Y5 & Y6) at Broad Chalke

Tuesday 20th October - West Salisbury Cluster Netball Tournament

Wednesday 21st October - Non School Uniform Day 1 – bring in £1 for PTA funds, Last Day of Term 1


Half Term Thursday 22nd October – Friday 30th November

Monday 2nd November - Term 2 Starts

Tuesday 10th November - 2.30 Y1 / Y2 Phonics Workshop

Weds 18th November - 3.30-5.30 Whole School Open Evening

Weds 9th December - 2.00 Christmas Concert Day 1

Thursday 10th December - 2.00 Christmas Concert Day 2

Monday 14th December - 3.30 PTA Christmas Bazaar (provisional date)

Tuesday 15th December - pm Y5 & Y6 to the Panto at Salisbury Playhouse

Wednesday 16th December - Christmas Parties & Father Christmas Visit

Thursday 17th December - 9.30am Christmas Assembly 1.00pm School Closes end of Term 2

Friday 18th December - Christmas Holiday Starts

Monday 4th January - TD Day School Closed

Tuesday 5th January - Start of Term 3

Newsletter 26/06/2015 Print PDF

Dear Parents,

This newsletter gives you information about important events taking place during the final weeks of term.

The Summer Fete – a huge thank-you to the Woodlands PTFA – we have raised £1001.51 during the Summer Term – a huge total

I am sure you will all agree that the Summer Fete was a huge success and a very enjoyable afternoon. We made a massive profit of £833 and when added to the £168 raised during Sports Day it gives a total of over £1000! We had a great range of stalls (including many that were run by our Year 6 pupils) and all the classes produced some excellent items to sell. The PTFA worked very hard to plan and run this event and I would like to say a huge thank-you to them. As a result of the efforts of the PTFA we have been able to fund a school trip for every class during the Summer Term.

Young Musicians’ Concert – Wednesday 1st July – 2.30pm (Venue: School Hall)

Come along and hear Year 3, 4 and 5 string players who will be performing their favourite pieces from this year. There will also be a performance from the younger musicians in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Please come along and support your young musician and enjoy our concert!

Stringissimo will be performing on Wednesday 8th July at 4pm (during orchestra time) more information to follow.

Y6 Café Project – Maples Café

Once again this year the children in Y6 will be setting up and running their own café. It will be open on Monday 6th July and Tuesday 7th July from 12.00pm-1.30pm. They will be serving sandwiches, cakes and drinks. We would like to invite parents to buy their lunch in the café on these dates. The children have designed the menus, written the advertising and will be preparing all of the food. Please come and join them for lunch and support this exciting project.

Contact Details

If your landline, mobile numbers, home address or emergency contacts change then please inform the school immediately. It is vital that we have up to date information so that we can contact you quickly if your child becomes unwell in school.

Matthew Kitley

Headteacher

Term 6 Dates

Wednesday 1st July – 2.30pm - Young Musicians’ Concert

Monday 6th July - Maple Cafe – Day 1

Tuesday 7th July - Maple Cafe – Day 2 / Final Homework Club Session

Wednesday 8th July - Key Stage 1 visit to Old Wardour Castle

Wednesday 8th July – 4.00pm Stringissimo Concert

Thursday 9th July - Oaktree Nursery and Acorn Class to Marwell Zoo, 2.00-4.00pm Y3&Y4 to Salisbury Cathedral for Magna Cantata Practice, 4.00pm Y3&Y4 to watch Minions at the Salisbury Odeon (private viewing), 7.00-9.00pm Y3&Y4 to perform at the Magna Cantata Concert (Salisbury Cathedral)

Friday 10th July - Y6 Leavers’ Party / Disco (at Bemerton St-John this year)

Tuesday 14th July - School Choir to perform at St Michael’s Church

Wednesday 15th July - Showcase Performance at the Salisbury Playhouse for Y5&6 – time TBC

Saturday 18th July - School Choir to take part in the Southern Cathedrals’ Festival

Wednesday 22nd July - 9.30am Y6 Leavers’ Assembly, 12.00 Year 6 Leave, 3.20 End of Term


2015-16 Dates - Advance Notice

Tuesday 1st September - School closed TD Day

Wednesday 2nd September - First Day of Term for Y1, Y2, Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6

Thursday 3rd September - First Day of Term for Oaktree Nursery and Reception

Friday 2nd October - School Closed TD Day