Dear Parents/ Carers
I would like to begin the letter by congratulating everyone in the school on our Gold award for the Bishops Challenge. A special thank you goes to Mrs Francis for coordinating the challenge.
Bobby, Lee, Alisha and Abi did really well in the tennis tournament last week and came 4th out of 7 teams in their pool, well done.
Our Thrive day is currently well under way with the children experiencing a variety of activities to support them in emotional understanding and resilience.
Please can I draw your attention to a short concert by the School’s cluster Orchestra that is taking place at the school next Tuesday, 23rd May at 4.30pm. Some of our pupils will be performing and it is a great opportunity for you and your child to experience this orchestra which your child is welcome to join in September.
Can I also remind you that next Friday, 26th May is a training a day and the school will be closed to pupils.
We will be holding a book week next term and there will be a dressing up day on the 23rd June to conclude the week. An opportunity for the costumes to be judged will be available as part of the school fayre.
I am looking for someone to look after the School Environmental garden, could it be you? Please contact me if this is something that you are interested in doing.
Dear Parents/ Carers,
The children have had another busy week. Four children, from Herons Abigail, Jack, Bobby and Tanisha represented the school at the Cambridgeshire Maths Challenge. They had to complete a lot of challenging and brain taxing questions . The children were commended for the way that they worked collaboratively together . Well done everyone!
Alisha, Abi, Lee and Bobby have just returned from the tennis tournament. Miss Wrightson said that they played really well, winning, losing and drawing some of their matches. Well done to you all.
Interviews took place yesterday for the position of secretary in the school. As part of the interview the children from the school council, showed the candidates around the school. All of the candidates commented on the children’s politeness, enthusiasm and ability to share about the school. It made me feel really proud of the children.
The year 6 and the year 2 children have also been a credit to the school, this week, in the way in which they have approached their tests and quizzes. We are all extremely proud of them. These tests don’t define our children ,but the way in which they conducted themselves, encouraged and praised each other has been a pleasure to see. We have children at Mepal and Witcham that we can all be very proud of.
Dear Parents / Carers,
This has been a shorter week at school but the children have continued to work hard, especially the children in Year 6, no one could have worked any harder and we wish them all the best as they complete the SATs tests next week.
A little message for all in Year 6 and 2 :
‘Don’t get stressed, just do your best!
Remember you’ve been blessed with skills
This week we have had a visit from Reverend Mary who spoke about Jesus on the road to Emmaus. Owls class had a great time at Burwell Museum last Friday. They had fun looking around the museum, trying out washing with a dolly and tub, making corn dollies and singing and dancing to folk tunes. Robins class have continued with thinking about ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ and have been comparing this story with other stories. Herons class have been busy studying data and how to read timetables. There is also a buzz of excitement in the school with regards to Time Tables Rock Stars. There is now a leader board in the corridor so you can see which ‘wannabee ‘ has progressed to ‘rock star ‘ status.
The children will be taking part in the Witcham flower festival in June and a flyer advertising this weekend should be in your child’s book bag. I hope you will be able to support the community at this event. The violin and viola players are also learning so me pieces to play at the musical festival which is part of the weekend.
I have been busy showing people around the school this week with regards to the secretary job. It has been a pleasure to do this as the children were all busy learning. Everyone commented on the positive feel of the school and the good behaviour of the children. Well done to you all!
Enjoy the weekend
Dear Parents / Carers,
The children have been working hard this week getting excited about their new topics. Robin’s class have been Investigating the text ‘Where the Wild Things Are’. They have produced some excellent pieces of writing and constructed face masks. All of Owls completed their Superhero Academy training and received a certificate at the end of the day. Today they are on a visit to Burwell House to experience what life was like in the olden day. They were all very excited as they got onto the coach this morning. The year 6 children have been working extremely hard in preparation for their SATs tests in a couple of weeks. We are very proud of them all and know that they will achieve their best.
A big congratulations goes to Sebastian and Ruby in Herons class for getting to the final of the Art competition organised by the local Police Constabulary. They both received certificates and we are very proud of them.
Today is Mrs Carter’s last day with us. She has been a great asset to the school. Mrs Carter has taken an interest in every single child in the school and has always ensured that they have their lunch the way that they like it. We will all miss her and wish her the very best in her new ventures.
Please can I remind you about taking holidays during school time. The following guidance has been issued.
UNAUTHORISED TERM TIME LEAVE
(includes Holiday): Any parent who takes a child out of school for term time leave of more than 6 consecutive sessions over a 4 week period, not authorised by the school (under exceptional circumstances rule), may receive a Penalty Notice.
Such cases will have to be supported by evidence of previous unauthorised term time leave (more than 6 consecutive sessions over a 4 week period) taken in the last 3 years and evidence of parents being warned about a potential Penalty Notice.
Enjoy the long weekend
It’s the start of a very busy Summer Term! But one that has begun with sadness , with the news that Mrs Carter the school cook and Mrs Gardiner the school secretary will be leaving us during this half term. We wish them all the best in their new jobs and thank them for all that they have done for the school.
The children have all come back to school looking very smart and they have settled really quickly back into the school routine.
Today they watched a production by students from Anglia Ruskin based on Michael Recycle. It was a very good show and it followed on really well from Robin’s production of Eddie the penguin saves the day. The children were very keen to discuss the issues for the need to recycle at the end of the performance.
Please can I remind everyone that there should not be any riding of bikes, scooters or ride on toys in the school playground at the beginning and end of the school day. There have been a few near misses and it is a health and safety risk.
The premier sports for this half term are rounders and cricket and they begin next week. You should have received a booking form via email this week regarding this. There will also be a tennis club on a Monday night and homework club on Thursday night. Lunch time clubs will be IT, construction and creative writing. Please can I also remind you about the WASP orchestra that meets at Witchford Village College on a Tuesday, this is open to all , Mrs Bevan and Mrs Francis are part of the orchestra so the children would see familiar faces if they chose to attend.
Dear Parent/ Carer,
I have just waved Heron’s class off on their trip to Cadbury’s world, they were all really excited ! I’m sure they’ll have a great day finding out about how chocolate is made and the link it has to the Mayan Civilisation which they are currently studying.
Reverend Mary led the school collective worship this week and told us all about Saint Felix. James dressed up as a bishop as we learnt about the different things a bishop wears.
Premier Sport are holding an Easter Holiday camp at the school on Wednesday 12th April and Thursday 13th April, the children should have brought a leaflet home with them about it, if you haven’t received one there are plenty still at the school. We hosted a holiday club in the half term and all the children that went really enjoyed it.
Well done to everyone who completed last weeks Lent challenge. This weeks challenge is to keep a diary of things that you are thankful for.
Yesterday the violin and viola players gave a recital to the whole school as part of the celebration assembly. They all did really well but a special mention has to go to Charly Rose who performed a solo, well done!
Three students from Witchford Village College have joined us this week for work placement, we hope that they are enjoying their time with us.
The school had a SIAMS inspection last week. This inspection looks at the Christian distinctiveness of the school. Thank you to all those who spoke with the inspector. The report should be published in a couple of weeks.
Have a good weekend
I have some exciting news to share with you! From September we will a four form school. There will be a Reception class, a year 1/ 2 class, a Year 3/4 class and a year 5/6 class. This has meant that two new members of staff have been appointed. Mrs Francis and Mrs Young . Decisions still need to be made regarding who will teach each class and I will inform you of this in June. I am very excited about increasing the capacity of the school and the opportunities it will open up for us.
Three of the school council children , Bobby, William and Abigail ,spent a day at Witchford Village College being trained to become Peer Mentors. They learnt about how to support their peers in different situations and this will be a good extension to the playground pals that has been introduced.
Three of our Year 5 pupils , Maxi, Jack and Ruby represented the school at a Gifted and Talented WASP event at Ely Museum. The had great fun making up definitions for different artefacts and used their persuasive language and strategies well.
This week has also seen the start of Lent and the start of The Bishops Challenge. All the children have made pancakes and thought about giving up something to make time to help members of their family. They should have brought home a little card for you to sign to say that they have completed the task.
Mepal and Witcham Friends put on a great event at Witcham Village hall, The Rocking Ukuleles performed two sets and the Friends raised about £400. Mrs Bevan had a go at playing a ukulele and did really well. Thank you for your support.
Have a good weekend
Dear Parents/ Carers,
Welcome back after half term. This half term has started off well with Heron’s class getting the Gold award for attendance and Robin and Owls class both achieving the Silver Award, well done everyone.
This week saw the start of tennis coaching for the year 3 and 4’s this is being provided through the Sports premium money. The children really enjoyed it and we will be entering a tennis tournament later in the year. To show off our new learnt skills.
A big thank you to all who took part in the Readathon it looks as if you we will have raised over £300 for books for children in hospital. I will let you know the final amount when we have it confirmed from the organisation.
I hope you will be able to join with us this coming Tuesday for a Maths Café. We will be thinking about the requirements of the Maths curriculum and you will have an opportunity to work with your child in their class.
Children will be receiving their world book token this week but we will not be dressing up for the day. This is because we have a school book week planned for the summer term and we will be having a ‘Dress as your favourite book character‘ during this week.
Our worship theme has changed for the half term and we will be thinking about Forgiveness. We will also be starting the Bishop’s challenge for Lent next Tuesday. Mrs Francis has planned some exciting activities for the children to take part in. The challenge will come to an end after the children going on a Pilgrimage to St Mary’s Church on the last day of the term.
Dear Parent /Carer
Another half term has come to an end, how time flies. The children have had a busy half term and have had a variety of experiences. Owls class have looked at some traditional tales and held their own wedding at the church and asked Reverend Mary questions about being christened. Herons class have also visited the church to think about what happens at a funeral and they have shared their thoughts about what they think happens when you die. Robins class have been busy writing instructions and had fun following each others instructions to make actual sandwiches. They soon realised that some of them had forgotten to write the instruction to eat the sandwich!
Congratulations to all who took part in the Readathon. I expect you are busy collecting in your sponsor money. Please bring in the proof of completion of the Readathon so that your child can receive a token from the Friends of Mepal and Witcham to acknowledge them taking part.
On the 22nd February it is World Thinking Day so if your child is part of the Guide and Scouting movement we would like to encourage them to come in their uniform to school on this day.
Yr 3 and 4 are starting a five week tennis course on the 20th February, so please remember your kit.
If you haven’t booked up for the holiday club on Thursday 16th February, it’s not too late to contact premier Sport. You can book for either a half day or a full day of activities.
Have a lovely half term
Dear Parents/ Carers,
This week the children have been thinking about Internet safety with Mr Moore. Please could I draw your attention to the attached information which gives you some ideas about how to chat to your child about this.
You should have received an appointment to meet with your child’s class teacher this coming week. I hope that you will be able to attend. It is a good opportunity to discuss your child’s progress and targets for the next half term. Thank you in advance for your support.
Can I also draw your attention to the family music workshops that are happening after half term at the school. This is open to all ages but children must be accompanied by an adult. There are going to be opportunities to try out different instruments and make music together. You don’t have to sign up to attend all of the sessions. To conclude this initiative all of the children will be involved in workshops for an afternoon with the Grand Union Orchestra who will also give a concert in the evening for the whole community.
It is that time of year again when we are collecting Sainsbury’s stay active Kids vouchers please can I encourage you to bring them to school. We use the vouchers to purchase equipment for the playtime trolley, something that all of the children have access to.
The Wi-Fi connection have been installed this week at school which is really exciting as it will open up many new learning opportunities for the children.
This week has seen our Year 5 & 6 children completing their level 2 Bikeability which has taught them about how to ride their bikes safely. You may have heard Louis on Chris Evan’s Radio 2 show talking about his experience. Well done Louis for letting the country know that Mepal and Witcham Church of England Primary School exists!
I have also met with the Educational Welfare Officer (EWO) this week to discuss the school attendance. A discussion was had about keeping children’s attendance above 90% and I was advised to send out letter 1 to all parents whose child’s attendance has fallen below 95% . I am aware that some children’s attendance has dropped due to the stomach bug that has been going round and that they can’t help being ill, but it is really important to keep attendance above 90% . Thank you for working with us to improve attendance at the school.
Can I also remind you to let the school know if your child is going to be absent from school. To safeguard the children we need to know that all those not in school are safe and if we haven’t heard from you we will ring you. If we fail to get a response within half an hour we will ring the other contacts on the school record, if this is not successful we will come to your house and knock on the door. If there is no response we will then ring the police to air our concern for the safety of the child. As a group of parents you are very good at keeping us informed ,but I needed to make you aware of the school’s procedure to safeguard your child.
Please can I also encourage you to support your child in the Readathon, it’s not too late to start! All children who raise money for the good cause will receive a book, kindly donated by the Friends of Mepal and Witcham.
Enjoy the weekend
This week the Yr 5/6 children had an interesting workshop with Genr8 called ’Cool Choices’ . They discussed what were good choices to make in different situations and how it was important to not just follow their peers.
The different after school clubs have started this week, there are still spaces available at them all if you haven’t managed to sign up yet.
You should have received a letter this week from the School Council telling you all about the Readathon that we are encouraging the children to take part in. I hope you will encourage your child to take part in raising money for this good cause.
The Lunchtime Supervisors have been on a training course this week and alongside Premier Sport and the School Council they are busy making plans on how to make lunchtime even more fun.
I had the privilege of observing two teachers from Shanghai, teaching maths ,at Thorndale Primary School St Ives this week. It was really interesting to consider this approach to Maths teaching and I will be sharing some of the ideas with the staff . The focus for the school this term is Maths .
Thank you for supporting us on census day with getting your children to take a school dinner. The lucky plate winners were Yoan, Maxi and Imogen, congratulations!
Have a good weekend
Dear Parents/ Carers,
I am hoping that this newsletter finds you all well after the tummy bug that has swept through the school since the start of term. A big thank you for your support in keeping your children off to prevent infection. We have also spoken to the children about good handwashing and the need to not put things in their mouths.
This week we celebrated Plough Monday with the Mepal Molly Men, Mrs Bevan ,Ms Wishart and some of the children had fun joining in the dance. It was good to be part of keeping this tradition alive.
A big thank you to the Friends of Mepal and Witcham for bringing a panto into school for us all to enjoy. The children had great fun and enjoyed watching the story of Dick Widdington and his cat unfold.
After school clubs and lunchtime clubs start again next week, there are still places available . We are trying a new club, Musical Theatre this term which looks really exciting.
Could I also encourage you to book your child a school dinner this coming Thursday. It is census day and the school funding for next year will be calculated from this. A key feature is the number of children who have a school lunch on the day so we have decided to run a lucky plate draw on the day with a winner from each class to encourage the children to have a dinner.
The school Council are planning a Readathon to support children in Hospital and raise money for new books at school. A letter from them should be coming to you soon.
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