Friday, 17th March 2017


Dear Parents,


Spring Term Newsletter No. 10



We were visited by two bright green aliens in yesterday's class assembly.  The aliens were trying to work out which of the planets in our solar system would be best to live on.  The children of Swan Class shared fascinating facts and information about each of the planets and what would make each one difficult, if not impossible to live on.  There was, of course, one exception, the jewel in the crown, our planet Earth.  This is the one place that is perfectly adapted for life and in their final song, Swan Class reminded us of the importance of looking after this very special planet we call home.  A big thank you to Swans and to Miss Greaves for a lovely, expressive and most informative class assembly.



As you may be aware, next Friday is Red Nose Day.  We would be very pleased if the children could wear something red for the day and bring in a small donation of £1 or £2 that will be collected in buckets at the gate first thing.  We are planning some Red Nose Day activities and games to celebrate this fundraising day.  If your child(red) can find one red item or a red outfit to wear, that would be great.  Red noses are optional!



We welcomed 12 students and their teachers to Ashley School on Wednesday afternoon to learn about the work of the school and to share an assembly with Years 2-5.  The children learnt some Japanese words and then experienced the most amazing (and loud) drumming performance by the students.  It was stunning!  The students go to a school called the Miho School of Aesthetics, near Kyoto, where the focus is on creating beauty.  The school is a boarding school for 12-18 years old and the students spend the first three years at the school, learning to grow food without the use of any fertilisers, pesticides or even manure.  It is a pure growing process and a long way from the heavily industrialised processes we use in most parts of the world now.  It was a real treat to have them with us. Here is a link to the school's remarkable chapel:



Georgia and Gianna did a fantastic job at the Baking Challenge on Monday. They had 2 hours to bake and decorate their cakes with no help at all. Gianna made a superb ‘allotment’ with carrots, cauliflowers and cabbages that she modelled out of icing. Georgia showed her piping skills by filling a cake full of pink and white roses. They were both excellent ambassadors for the school. We didn’t win the competition, but they are both winners as far as we’re concerned. Photographs of their cakes can be seen on Food section of the website.



The SEND Matters group welcome you to their monthly coffee morning on Tuesday 21 March at 8.45-10.15am in the Harmony Centre. Come along for a coffee and a chat with friendly faces and find out what we are doing to support parents and the school.  Please remember to sign in at the office and collect a lanyard first.



Week beginning 27th March is Autism Awareness Week, there will be Autism Awareness information and a cake stand on here Wednesday 29th March from 2.50pm. So please do support this very important event.



Happy’s Family Circus - Saturday 22nd April

Roll up!  Roll up!  Tickets for this super, fun day out, are available until Wednesday 22nd March!!  To get yours, please complete the attached Order Form and post along with your payment into the FOA postbox by next Wednesday's deadline


Red Nose Day Disco - Friday 31st March (Yrs 1-6)

Its nearly time to put on your red noses and dance the afternoon away at the end of term disco!  The booking system for the RED NOSE DAY themed event is now live at (proceeds to go towards the FOA & RND).  Bookings & payments must be made by Tuesday 28th March.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.


FOA Facebook Page & Twitter

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FOA events coming up:

  • Children’s Disco - 31st March
  • Happy’s Family Circus - 22nd April
  • FOA Meeting - 25th April
  • Fun Family Sports Day - 13th May
  • The May Ball - 20th May
  • Summer Fete - 10th June
  • Ashstock - 15th to 16th July




A parenting course to support parents and carers to manage the behavior of their children effectively is beginning. It consists of 4 sessions which take place at Ashley on Mondays from 1pm – 3pm. This should prove to be a very helpful course with lots of useful advice and support. Please see the attached information for more details.



Reverend Cathy has left some little books that are packed with suggestions for family thoughts and activities during lent that can make a difference to our world. The church is subsidising the books so they now cost just £1. We have 23 copies in school so if you would like one please do collect it from the school entrance and put the £1 in the jar. Thank you



At the end of the school day please can parents / carers avoid coming through the hall. The After School Club and other after school activities are trying to set up in there and it’s very difficult when there are a lot of people walking through. Thank you


Yours sincerely,


Richard Dunne





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