Friday, 8th December 2017


Dear Parents and Carers,


Autumn Term Newsletter No. 13



The FOA will give their thanks below to everyone for a truly wonderful Christmas Bazaar last Saturday and we wanted to add our thanks to you all for such a special day and for such fantastic support.  It really was Ashley School at its best and the stunning fundraising figure – see below – is testament to everyone’s hard work and generosity.  We say a particular THANK YOU to our amazing committee team of Sara Bradley, Charlotte Simpson, Lindsey Blake and Jo Martin and we thank every one of you who contributed to such a happy, successful day.  What a treat that Father Christmas came to visit us, too.  I wasn’t sure about that dolled-up assistant of his though!  Where on earth did he find her?!!!



Year 6 have been working hard to produce some wonderful and poignant poetry based on their war-time learning enquiry. On Thursday afternoon parents were invited into their classrooms to listen to their recitals. Every single child read their poem with passion, feeling and great clarity. Well done to you all; the language that you used, for children in Year 6, was outstanding and I’m sure that all the parents will agree that it was a very moving and thought-provoking experience indeed.



Thank you to the many of you who attended our reading and phonics workshop on Tuesday. We had nearly 100 people learning about how we teach reading, phonics and spellings in the Infant years. A copy of the presentation alongside some support materials can be found on our website under Parents > Homework. Thank you for your support.



A reminder once again that our Christmas productions take place next as follows:


  • Monday, 11th December             Junior Production for Years 3–6 at 1.50pm
  • Tuesday, 12th December            Junior Production for Years 3–6 at 1.50pm
  • Wednesday, 13th December       Years 1 & 2 Production at 2.15pm
  • Thursday, 14th December           Years 1 & 2 Production at 2.15pm
  • Friday, 15th December                Reception Year Production at 2.15pm


Please note we have brought forward the juniors start time to 1.50pm.


Doors will open 15 minutes before each production.  If you child is in the juniors or Years 1 or 2, you are welcome to come on either day.  We ask that only two members of each family come to the production as we will be very full.

 Our Christmas Services will be held at St Mary’s Church the week after next.  The Infant Service will take place on Tuesday, 19th December at 2pm and the Junior Service will take place on Wednesday, 20th December at 2pm.  We would be grateful for volunteers to help us walk the children to and from school.  The children will be collected from school at the end of each service, not the church.



This year children are invited to wear a Christmas jumper on the official Christmas Jumper Day, which is next Friday, 15th December. If your child doesn’t have a Christmas Jumper, then it’s totally fine for them to come in to school dressed in a Christmassy colour such as red or green. The children will have their Christmas lunch on Wednesday, 20th December.  As there is a church service in the afternoon and children will need to wear their school uniform for this, it would be difficult to have the Christmas Jumper day on this day.



Our thanks go to all of you for last weekend’s Bazaar. It was a fab day, everyone worked hard (and happily!) and the children absolutely loved it. We all know money isn’t everything and that these FOA events build much more than funding – the community spirit we have is second to none – but we are very, very proud to announce that this year’s Ashley Vintage Christmas Bazaar raised an eye-watering £12,000!! Truly incredible and something we should all be proud. Thank you, Ashley community J


The Ashley Elves would like to say…

This really was a truly vintage Christmas bazaar, from the beginning it was led by the children for the children, we welcomed back old Ashley pupils who worked alongside the present ones and on the day this came shining through from all the little stars.  The children themselves raised over £400 from the Ashley Bake off with their wonderful creations which were enjoyed by one and all on the day and by buying 2000 tokens for the fun zone!  Their amazing decorations adorned all the rooms and we received so many compliments about how much hard work had clearly gone into them by children and teachers alike.

We really hope you all enjoyed this as much as we did and it started the Christmas season off well.


End of Term Disco

Don’t forget to buy your tickets to the End of Term Disco! Thursday 21st December, 4.15 to 5.15 for infants and 5.30 to 6.30 for juniors. You can book tickets at and pop your cheque (with child’s name and class on the back) into the FOA postbox . Closing date for ticket sales is Friday 15th December so only a week left to get your little ones booked in.


I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”

-          Estee Lauder



Please find attached to this newsletter some information that the local authority have asked all schools to circulate.  It may not applied to your child, but we felt it was important that you were all made aware of this message.



Finally, we wanted to let you know that Mr Herbert, our site manager, will be off school from next week until February half-term as he is having a major operation on his knee.  We have arranged cover for this time and we all wish Mark lots of rest and a speedy recovery.


Please note that term ends on Thursday, 21st December at 2pm.  After school club that day will finish at 5pm.  We return for the start of the Spring Term on Monday, 8th January at the usual time.


Yours sincerely,



Richard Dunne




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