Friday, 9th February 2018


Dear Parents,


Spring Term Newsletter No. 5



Year 1 were really pleased to welcome their visitors today to talk about school now and in the past.  The children shared their non-chronological reports with their visitors and then asked questions to find out about what school was like in the past.  We heard stories of children being hit by the cane, strict teachers, outside toilets and we even got to see some photos from their school days, including some of Ashley school!  Thank you for coming to see us and share your experiences with the children.  They all agree that they prefer school now and realise how lucky they are to be in such a wonderful school.



On Thursday, Year 2 performed amazing puppet shows that were twisted from The Three Little Pigs. Each group had to design and make their own puppets using felt and re-used materials. We had to work sensibly in a group and listen to everyone's ideas. The shows were very funny and were shown to our parents. We loved putting on our Puppet Show as part of our enquiry 'How can we bring Traditional Tales to life?'



Our Great Work this term we created projects on Antarctica, exploring what we have learnt about this awe inspiring wonder at the most southern point of our world. We got into groups and decided how we were going to present our learning. We worked collaboratively: writing information, painting colourful Antarctic scenes and presenting it all beautifully. On Wednesday our parents came in to look at what we have made and we blew them away with what we’ve learnt in such a short period of time. On Tuesday and Wednesday both Year 6 classes helped to carve out of two blocks of ice, an orca and a penguin. We had a professional artist in to show us how it is done. We have really enjoyed this learning enquiry and are looking forward to exploring the Arctic region after half term. 

Annie Campbell, Katy Hedley and Isabelle Lemmon



On Tuesday parents were welcomed to the hall where they were surrounded by year 3 children. At first they were treated to a rainforest soundscape where a light trickle of rain soon became a thunderous downpour. All of a sudden, the sounds of insects, snakes, birds, monkeys and much more encompassed the hall with an incredible cacophony. Following that, the importance of diversity was shared - 'healthy ecosystems have diversity', ‘???’. Finally, The Lion Sleeps Tonight was sung with smiles and a parent sing-along. It was a great way to celebrate the sights, sounds and music of the rainforests. 



We say farewell today to Elaine Cole, Butterfly Class teacher. We thank her very much for all her dedication and hard work in Year 1, and we wish her every success in her new school. Miss Bryony Gardiner will be taking over as class teacher in Butterfly Class after half-term.



Thank you to those who attend the meeting last night.  It was lovely to see so many of you there.  For more information please see our e-safety page on the website where you will find the slides from the presentation.

Any useful links and videos for parents are in the notes section for parents.  We hope you found it useful.  Any feedback would be welcome so please do email us on and



Thank you to all of you who have signed up for the Parent Consultations straight after half-term. The class teachers very much look forward to meeting you. As you know, the consultations will take place in the hall from 3.30 – 6pm on Wednesday, 21st February and from 5.30 – 8pm on Thursday, 22nd February. If you haven’t signed up for the consultations, please can you arrange a convenient time to meet with your child’s class teacher as soon as possible after half-term.



This information is to make you aware of the school procedure for children who have unexplained absences from school. There have been public cases in the past where schools have not chased up the reasons as to why children are off school. It has then transpired that there have been tragic circumstances around these absences, e.g. illness of a parent and a child unable to seek help. We will do everything we can to prevent such situations occurring as I am sure you would agree that your child’s safety is paramount to us all. If your child is not going to be in school, please call the office or email the school to report their absence. Please do this before 9.30am on the first day of the absence. If we have not heard from you by 10am, then we will start to call all the contact numbers that you have provided in order to gain an explanation for the absence. If we still have not been able to ascertain where your child is, then we will make a home visit. However, if we still haven’t been able to get a response, we will report it to the police as your child will then be classed a ‘missing child’. This procedure is to ensure that we know where your child is and that you are all safe. Please let us know in good time why your child is absent from school.



A huge thank you to all the Year 1 parents for all their contributions to today’s Green Stall. What a mouth-watering selection they have in store for you and what a lovely way to end the half-term.



If you are a parent of a child with additional needs currently attending Ashley, we'd really like you to join us for our next meeting on Friday 23rd February at 9am.  Mr Dunne and Mrs Rebbeck (SENCo) will be joining us as we discuss the topic of parent and pupil voice. Please sign in at the office before joining us in the Harmony Centre.



Quiz Night – Saturday 3rd February - THANK YOU!!

To everyone who came, drank, ate, and laughed! A BIG thank you for supporting such a great event, it was very much appreciated. We hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did. The Chamonix Fundraising Team.



 In today’s assembly, Joe Bradley and Lily Martin presented a whopping cheque to Mrs Stevens! The cheque, which was for an incredible £12,000, represents the enormous efforts that everyone put in to our 2017 Christmas Bazaar. All Ashley children should be super-proud of themselves – it’s a truly impressive achievement. Attached is a photo of the big moment!

 The FOA fun filled family bingo takes place on Saturday 3rd March 5-7pm (doors open at 4.30). The event is very kindly sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care who provide care at home to elderly members of our community. Come along with the family, play bingo, eat jacket potatoes, even win something amazing in the raffle. It's easy Saturday tea time entertainment! Please see attached flyer as well as the ticket order form.  Tickets will go on sale after half term.

The New FOA Shed - Tomorrow morning at 9.15, a devoted team of Ashley dads will be meeting at the school to put together the new FOA shed. If anyone fancies an early morning workout, please do join them – they’d be very grateful for your support. We wish you all a well-deserved rest this half term – stay warm!


We wish you all a very happy half-term week and look forward to a really good second half-term of learning and progress when we return.


Yours sincerely,


Richard Dunne




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