Friday, 7th December 2018


Dear Parents and Carers,


Autumn Term Newsletter No. 13



Last Saturday really was Ashley School at its best. Thank you to all of you for your support, time and generosity in making the day such a wonderful success. It was a very special occasion and the great news is that the bazaar raised a staggering £15,000! I particularly enjoyed speaking to people who didn’t have a clue they were speaking to me in my elf beard, glasses and green and red outfit disguise! We hope you enjoyed all the festive fun.


We would like to recognise and thank a number people whose support made the day run so well. They are:

  • Gill C and Fahima M, our joint FOA Chairs, for leading the bazaar so brilliantly
  • Jo P for co-ordinating the day
  • Caroline F for the bar
  • Lara L for the barbecue
  • Rob M for the silent auction
  • Anna R for the hampers
  • Steph T for the artwork
  • Polly A for the baking
  • Jamie M for the art production
  • Brian S for setting up the gazebos
  • Emily B for all her support
  • Kathy N also for all her support
  • Nick W for compering the whole afternoon
  • All the class reps


Many thanks to all the children who entered the Ashley Bake Off and the Christmas Art competitions. Such beautiful artwork and amazing bakes… it truly made judging a challenge! Congratulations to everyone who participated. There is a small prize for each winner, if you didn’t collect on the day, please contact the FOA.

The winners are:


Ashley Bake off winners

Christmas Art Competition winners

Tristan S– Reception

Bertie W – Reception

Elan R – Year 1

Aaron C – Year 1

Florence S – Year 2

Beatrice O – Year 2

Sarah B – Year 3

Ellie A – Year 3

Ruby N – Year 4

Amelie W – Year 4

Oliver T & Tess H – Year 5

Elizabeth P – Year 5

Katherine B & Freya T – Year 6

Isla C – Year 6

Kate, Lizzie and Freddie K – Sibling entry

Ethan and Esther C – Sibling entry


Final Reminders:

  • Last call for Christmas pudding orders! If you would still like to order please contact Jina Robinson or email the FOA.
  • Disco tickets will be on sale on Tuesday, 11th at drop off and pick up. All tickets £5 each and it would be really helpful and speed up the queue if you bring the correct amount.


On Tuesday, Year 1 had their Great Work, celebrating their learning enquiry 'How have toys and games changed?' The children choreographed and performed dances to ‘Toy Story’ songs and told everyone about what they enjoyed most about this terms learning. They finished off the event with an enthusiastic rendition of the poem 'Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear' to much applause.  Thank you to everyone who came and showed their support. Year 1 hope you enjoyed their show!



A final reminder of the dates and times for our Christmas productions., which take place next week.

  • Monday, 10th December at 2pm                         Reception Year
  • Tuesday, 11th December at 2pm                         Years 4-6
  • Wednesday, 12th December at 2pm                    Years 4-6
  • Thursday, 13th December at 2pm                        Years 1-3
  • Friday, 14th December at 2pm                            Years 1-3

Please note that for the Years 1-3 and Years 4-6 productions, you can come on either day. We will have high numbers of people attending and ask that you attend only on one day and keep your family numbers to a limit of two per family for each production. Thank you for your support.



Our Christmas lunch will take place next Wednesday. The children are invited to wear a Christmas jumper on the day and staff will be serving the children for their special Christmas meal.



As we come to the end of the Autumn Term and before we launch into the Christmas productions and festivities, we would be very grateful for your feedback to a short questionnaire about the school. We would like to ask you four simple question that should only take a few minutes of your time. The questions are:

  1. What do you value most about the school?
  2. If we were to improve one thing, what would it be?
  3. Where do you think your child is making good progress? What would help them to progress further?
  4. How do you support the school? Is there anything more you would like to do?

 And here’s the link: Thank you for your helpful suggestions.



On Tuesday, the Year 6 football team experienced a tough match against St James. They made a great start and in the first half they were 2-0 up with Eliab scoring from the halfway line and George smashing the ball into the back of the net. St James didn’t give up though and in the second half, they scored one goal, followed by another. In the last five minutes, they scored again and when the whistle blew, the Year 6 team had lost 3-2.

 On Wednesday, the Year 6 football team played against Cobham Free School. At the start of the second half, Ethan scored to put Ashley ahead. Cobham came back strongly and looked as though they would equalise, but out of the blue, Harry hit the back of the net to secure the lead. From then on, it was all Ashley and George finished off the job with a final goal. Just before the final whistle, Matt was tackled by the goalkeeper, which left him with a big bruise! The final score was 3-0 to Ashley.

 Yesterday, the netball team played a fantastic match. Although the rain didn’t stop until the end of the match, the team didn’t stop scoring and the final score was 7-1 to Ashley. Everyone was very excited at the end as they thanked the other team with a loud hip, hip, hooray. We are sure more triumphs with come our way! By Molly B


This information is to help you understand how we teach PE in the school. The Early Years and Year 1 setting provides time and space to enjoy daily energetic play through use of large portable equipment and a range of games.  We have recently purchased new equipment to enhance the outdoor learning area in Reception and Year 1.  In addition to this, Years 1 and 2 have two PE lessons a week and Reception have one.  As the children progress up into the juniors (Years 3-6), more extra-curricular opportunities become available, with competitive matches being introduced in Years 5 and 6. These guidelines for PE are set by Active Surrey. Junior children have the opportunity to compete in District Sports cross country and athletics. The juniors continue to have two PE lessons a week. Active learning is extremely important in all years with many lessons being practical. The children also take part in Active Ashley, which means having movement breaks between and during lessons.



The next session for school nurse drop-in sessions will be on Tuesday, 16th January 2019.  The school nurse will be available to talk about physical and emotional health, healthy eating, behaviour, sleeping and toileting.  Please email if you would like an appointment. 



On such gloomy, wet days, the risks of crossing the one-way system into school are very much heightened. We ask that you cross with the children, using the pedestrian routes, rather than putting yourselves and your children at risk, running across the one-way system.



Join us for two hours of creative fun in the Harmony Centre. At the end of the session everyone will have a giant Jumping Jack Nutcracker, Elf or Angel to take home. There will also be a yummy treat and a drink for every artist to keep those creative juices flowing. 

 For 5-10year olds. (Years 1-6) 

Limited spaces. Book your place now. 

Contact us:



If your child is interested in technology and would be keen to create their own app, then we have a club just for them.  On 2nd-4th January Code Camp is coming to Ashley School. There is now a special discounted offer available if you book in two children. Details are available on the school website on this link:

 The children make their own app that they can continue to play at home.  Laptops will be provided to use on the day.  This could be a good Christmas present for a budding computer scientist.  



Since 2007, the school have taken Year 6 children to Chamonix on a New Leaders in Sustainability expedition. This year our fundraising for the trip is purely to generate funds for the 'Chamonix Support Fund' for this and future years. This fund will ensure each child has the same opportunity to go, with no financial barriers.  Please put the date in your diaries as it is always a fantastic evening.  More details to follow in the New Year.



We look forward to seeing you next week for our Christmas productions. Please limit your family numbers to two adults per performance as we will be very full. Thank you.


Yours sincerely,



Richard Dunne







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