Friday, 12th October 2018


Dear Parents and Carers,


Autumn Term Newsletter No. 6



Today has been Superhero Day in Year 1. They loved it. Here are some of their reflections.

 ‘Superhero day has been amazing! I want to stay in my superhero costume all day and night all the way to Christmas! I loved going to Kestrel Class even though it was a bit scary going to Year 6.  I tidied up their books and it made me feel good about myself.’ (Evie)

 ‘I've been doing superhero dancing and singing. We went into different classrooms and did special jobs like sharpening pencils. We also gave them posters about recycling and putting paper and card in the right bins. We can also save our rubbish and play with it and make it new.’ (Yoan)

 ‘It was nice to do jobs for people. I liked seeing my old teacher and explaining to Hedgehog Class what recycling is about.’ (Henry)

 ‘It has been really fun! I have made a superhero mask and cuffs. My favourite bit was trying to find 'Wibble'. We went on a superhero adventure and looked for clues! We found him in the shed with a book that said 'I feel sick' so we fixed him.’ (Moshmi)



Please join the parents’ prayer meeting on Monday after drop-off to pray for the children, staff, community and all connected with Ashley School. The meeting will take place in the library so please meet outside the school office to sign in and we will go to the library from there. Everyone is welcome and there’s no obligation to pray out loud. You can just come along and silently support.



Next Friday, the children are invited to come into school for a Sports Mufti Day. They can wear any appropriate sports clothes and they should bring in £1.00. There will be children at the gate ready to receive the donations and the funds raised will go directly to supporting PE resources in school with the Sports Council taking the lead with our PE subject leaders and agreeing what needs to be bought.



Please can all parents be mindful of the fact that we have to be vigilant in terms of safeguarding our children at all times. To that effect we cannot allow parents to wander through the school at any time of the day without having first signed in at Reception and collected a lanyard. If you do need to give an urgent message to the class teacher, then this should be done through the office or via e-mail. Thank you for your support with this. 



As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I went with my son to Ladakh in the Himalayas in Northern India during the summer holidays. We travelled to a remote rural village in this extraordinary mountain landscape to install a solar micro-grid that provided the villagers with electricity for the first time in their lives. It was a most humbling experience. One or two parents in passing conversations about the summer holidays have expressed an interest in possibly taking part in a similar week-long project next summer. There is no commitment at this stage, but if you would like to find out more, I will share some slides and information next Tuesday, 16th October at 7.30pm. We will meet in the hall. You can also learn more on the Global Himalayan Expedition website –



 Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, 1st December 12-3pm

The time has come to pop on our Santa hats and break out the mince pies! The Christmas Bazaar is going to be a jolly and festive event and a big thank you to the parents who have volunteered their time to help organise and run the event on the day. There is always something that needs doing so if you would like to get involved, please get in touch. Even just an hour here and there is a massive help.

 Donation week: We noticed that the Christmas goodies are already in the shops and thought it’s never too early to pick up items for the Donation week. For those new to the school, we’ll soon be asking for donations of bottles, gifts, stationery, sweets, chocolates (no nuts), small prizes such as party bag fillers, wrapping paper and tape. And, oh yes, this year will see the Return of the Cracker! More info coming soon.

 Two special requests: We are hoping to find a magician to provide entertainment at the bazaar. If you are feeling magical or know of a magician who would like to help us, we would love to hear from you.

 Santa needs a sleigh! Well not quite, he is actually looking for an open-back pick-up. We’re hoping Santa will be able to arrive in style on a decorated ride and add to the magic of the day.  If you have a suitable vehicle please get in touch.

 Preloved Clothing Sale – Monday at Pick-Up!

The ever-popular Preloved Clothing Sale is happening on Monday. Please do come to support the stall. Items are just £1 each. Valerie and Kelly would love some extra support to help set up and/or sell the clothing. If you can help, please get in touch with them via Facebook or message the FOA.

 2018 Dates for your Diary:

Preloved clothing sale – 15th October at pick up

Friends of Ashley Christmas Bazaar – 1st December

Mums Christmas Party – 6th or 7th of December, date will be confirmed soon.

End of Term Disco – 19th December

 Save the Date

The May Ball will be on Saturday, 11th May 2019. Details to follow.

 We love to hear from you so do get in touch with Fahima or Gill at school or by Facebook/email us on



Finally, a huge thank you to the Year 5 parents and children today for making our first Green Stall of the year such a delicious success. We hope you all managed to buy a Friday afternoon treat. The funds raised will go towards supporting our outdoor learning. Have a great weekend, everyone. One week until half-term. Time is flying by!


Yours sincerely,



Richard Dunne







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