What a fantastic week we have had in school. We all enjoyed celebrating school’s 50th anniversary. The children and staff looked amazing, a party lunch was thoroughly enjoyed and we can officially reveal the name our owl… Feathers! I think the children were pleased we didn’t celebrate the anniversary in the same way the school originally did. The staff and six children enjoyed the celebrations and the rest of the children were sent home! School has been lucky enough to have kept the original log book and it is an important part of our history.
We would like you to join us in saying a tremendous thank you to our P.T.A., who despite not being able to come into school, continue to support us. They continue to plan fun activities and contributed to our mascot ‘Feathers.’ We really appreciate their support.
We appreciate parking at school can be problematic. Please be mindful not to block pavements or local residents houses.
We have a very busy half-term in school.
Monday 30th November – Individual photographs
Friday 4th December – Break the Rules day
Friday 11th December – Christmas Jumper Day (Save the Children)
Tuesday 15th December – Reception Christmas Party
Wednesday 16th December – Christmas lunch and Year 2 Christmas Party
Thursday 17th December – Year 1 Christmas Party
Friday 18th December – (pm) Santa Fun Run and school closes for the Christmas Holidays and re-opens to the children on Tuesday 5th January 2021.
We may have had a bumpy term but we are determined to enjoy the next few weeks!
As always take care and best wishes
Mrs. L. Frazer
We had a lovely day on Wednesday celebrating Newton Hall Infants’ School 50th anniversary. The children and staff came in their gold party clothes and wore gold crowns throughout the day. Everyone joined in. Mrs Frazer showed us a school diary recording day to day activities 50 years ago. When the school opened, only a chosen few were invited to the party – just one way in which things have changed!
To mark this special occasion, we have a new sculpture in the front garden. We are, as ever, very thankful to our PTA who donated the money to purchase it. The children have named the sculpture “Feathers”. He looks very grand sitting above the colourful display of “perfect pebbles”, each with your child’s initial. But there’s more…we have buried a time capsule so that in another 50 years’ time, the future children at our school can dig it up and find out a little bit of history. Who knows it might be dug up by our children’s children or even grandchildren! Finally, our children have recorded their name and class on a colourful disc which has been added to a painted tree in the hall to make a beautiful display and a record of who was at Newton Hall Infants’ School on 25th November 2020.
We would also like to thank Mrs Turnbull and Miss Yates in the kitchen for adapting the usual school dinner and decorating the serving hatch for our party lunch. We can report that the children very much enjoyed their lunchtime.
Here are a few pictures from our special day…
At this time of year we usually get many requests from prospective parents to view the school to see if it feels right for their child. Sadly, this year we cannot conduct tours of the school so we have posted a virtual tour on our Parents page for new families considering Newton Hall Infants’ School. The staff so enjoyed looking at the video that we thought you might like to see it too. It’s only the building, no children but still entertaining.
So, sit back, click the link and enjoy the tour…
Thank you for your donations to Children in Need.
We counted the pennies and the pounds and have sent £175.27 to BBC Children in Need.
Also must say, the children looked lovely today in their kits. They have had an assortment of fun in their classrooms whether it was designing a sports outfit for Pudsey or Blush, helping Joe Wicks complete his 24 hour PE challenge, Children in Need bingo or maths or colouring. Though no doubt if you ask, “what have you done at school today?”, you will get the usual answer, “Nothing.” Hope not.
Have a good weekend.
Please see the list of confirmed catch up clinics for children who missed their appointment for the flu spray in school. Further sessions may to be added and changes may be unavoidable due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Click on link to get full details: Confirmed Catch Up Clinics
As you may already be aware Friday 13th November is this year’s BBC Children in Need Appeal. Our school is excited to be joining in with others around the UK to participate in fundraising for this good cause.
This year Joe Wicks is an ambassador for the event, so we are running with a ‘sporty’ theme. We would like the children to come into school wearing sports kit for a donation of £1.
We are planning to have lots of fun activities throughout the day, including a ‘design sporty Pudsey/Blush’ competition, with one winner in each class.
We will have donation buckets at the gate before school, for any loose change you may have.
Thank you for your continued support.
Mrs E. Goddard
Dear parents and carers,
It is so lovely to see all of our children back at school. The weather has been kind and everyone has enjoyed being outside and getting some fresh air.
Unfortunately, we were unable to host Parent’s evenings this term but we understand how important it is for you to find out how your child has settled, what they enjoy doing and the targets they are working towards. Teachers have written a short report so that you don’t miss out. They will be sharing them with you on Class Dojo. Please be patient as they send them out, they may be at different times to other classes depending on staff availability.
Class Dojo has been an excellent way to keep in contact with you all. Just a few reminders on its use:
· Do message if you want to share something positive from home
· Do message if you have a small query or would like to find out something simple
· Do message if your child has any minor worries, for example: ‘Jack didn’t quite understand fractions today, could you please point me in the direction of where I can get some further practise work for him’
· Please do not message to notify school of absences or illnesses – this should be done via the school office as normal
· Please do not message about any urgent or serious issues; please use the school office and normal school procedures for this
These are very difficult times for all of us and I am acutely aware of the strains that closing bubbles cause in terms of time off work, childcare or general disruption. It seems likely that bubbles will close in the future as this, unfortunately, is the nature of the disease. Rest assured that we are doing everything in our power to prevent transmission.
We look forward to a busy half term.
Mrs. L. Frazer
We hope everyone is keeping well. School is strangely quiet without Year 1, not that they are very noisy, but a huge miss. We look forward to welcoming them back next week and have enjoyed seeing their home learning. I particularly enjoyed seeing their very creative self-portraits and who knew nachos could be used as ears!
Thank you to all parents and carers who have signed up to our Class Dojo app. If not, I would do so now. You are missing so much. Can I politely remind you that this a tool to contact class teachers about your child’s learning only and any other contact or requests should continue to be made through the school office. I’m sure you appreciate staff are very busy, however, they will reply to you at their earliest opportunity.
Despite all the strangeness, attendance in general remains high, which shows the commitment you all make to ensuring your children receive the best education they can. Our thanks again to you all and also for following our drop-off and collection times.
Don’t forget if you haven’t yet signed up for your child’s flu vaccination yet there is still time. The nurse team are in school Thursday 15th October.
The photographer is in school on Monday 19th October and will be taking individual and sibling photographs. Unfortunately, due to current restrictions sibling’s photographs are limited to only those who attend our school.
Mrs. L Frazer