Friday, 23rd June 2017

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

 

Summer Term Newsletter No. 9

 

RABBIT CLASS ASSEMBLY

What a wonderful assembly we had from Rabbit Class. It was their first assembly and what a treat! The children spoke with clarity and elegance and their singing was a delight. Everyone was captivated by the children’s knowledge and ability to memorise so much. I’m really looking forward to future assemblies – I have no doubt they will be fantastic. Well done and thank you to all the children in Rabbit Class and Miss Luxford and Miss Maybury for supporting and guiding the children.

 

HAWK CLASS HEAD BACK FROM CHAMONIX

What a fantastic time Hawk Class have had in Chamonix, the week has gone brilliantly, they have been lucky with the weather too. Please do read the blog on the school website it really will give an insight into the value all the children gain from this trip and I have no doubt they will return home a few inches taller with unending tales and a new zest to be real Leaders. Monday morning it’s the turn of Eagle Class to head off to the mountains, we wish you a successful trip everyone and hopefully a taste of the weather Hawk Class experienced. We’re all looking forward to reading your blog.

 

MR DUNNE'S HARMONY REPORT

Last week at the Full Governing Body meeting, I shared the Harmony report that the Sustainable Food Trust sent out to sponsors of my secondment work from January to April i.e. the first four months. The Governors thought it would be good for you to read what I have been doing during this two-day a week secondment so please find attached a copy of the report for your perusal.  Please note that this secondment has been fully funded i.e. the school currently pays for three days of my time and the other two days are funded through the Sustainable Food Trust. I hope you find it useful in terms of getting an understanding of the work I have been doing.  The school remains very much my first priority, but this report will give you a flavour of my time out of school and the strong links between what we are doing in school and what is being disseminated beyond. Do come back to me if you have any questions

 

ASHLEY FLOWER SHOW – FRIDAY, 7th JULY

Another little reminder to make sure that you are planning your artwork, photography and planting for the Ashley Flower show on Friday 7th July, Poster attached.

 

RIVERHOUSE BARN EXHIBITION

A reminder to make sure you plan in the time to see this fantastic exhibition of the children’s work in all year groups.

 

ALEX KENT IS HEADTEACHER FOR THE DAY

Alex Kent proudly entered school this morning dressed in his yellow t-shirt and shorts sporting a Mr. Dunne badge. He had a very busy day which was made up of: sitting in Mr Dunne’s chair, helping Mrs Stevens to sort out the Achiever’s certificates, doing a tour of the school to make sure that all the children were focussed on their learning, handing out the achiever’s certificates to the whole of the school, including Reception. Well done Alex, I hope that you enjoyed the experience and that you’re not too exhausted this weekend.

  

YEAR 5 BOYS CRICKET TOURNAMENT – A REPORT FROM MR. PHIL

Year 5 boys played in a cricket tournament on Monday at Reeds School. They played against some very good teams in very hot weather, but performed fantastically well. In the group stages, they ended up beating Cleves and Hinchley Wood and this meant they progressed through to the semi-final, where they beat Cardinal Newman School in a very tight game. In the final they had a rematch against Cleves. The team started off nervously, but ended the game getting 6 wickets in the last over, meaning Ashley School came out victorious. The boys were amazing from start to finish, from applying their sun tan lotion to batting and bowling beautifully. We are now through to the County finals, which will be in mid-July. We are very much looking forward to this and if the boys play as well as they did on Monday, we could have some future England stars!

 

THANK YOU – EXPRESS OF WALTON

A big thank you to Express of Walton who carry out the servicing on our minibus free of charge. We are very grateful indeed.

 

DEN BUILDING

Den building has been a huge success during playtimes and lunchtimes, however, we would appreciate if people would like to donate old sheets or tarpaulins as well as broomstick handles. Please give to Mrs Athersuch if you have any donations - thank you!

 

FOA ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

NEWSFLASH – BUMPER YEAR!!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the Friends of Ashley have raised an incredible £42,321 this academic year!!!  We can hardly believe it!  This amount could only have been achieved with the outstanding help from every one of you as part of the wonderful Ashley community, and especially those who stepped forward to be on the organising committee of the events.  We are so proud to have been a part of this and want to thank everyone for their fantastic efforts this year. By raising this amount, we have been able to buy the Tangle Tree Climber, lots of other play equipment which is used every day by the children, as well as funding Book Week workshops, new reading & well-being books, and class trips in part.  However we still have lots of money leftover and we can’t wait to see what the school has planned.  Watch this space! 

Sharon & Lindsey

 

FOA ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – TUESDAY, 26th SEPTEMBER

Thank you to all of those who came along to the last FOA meeting of the year on Monday.  It was lovely to see lots of friendly faces, new & old. The AGM, when next year’s Committee will be confirmed, will be held in the School Hall on Tuesday 26th September.  Please do come along and have your say if you can.  

 

ASHSTOCK 2017 – 15th-16th JULY

Keep the weekend free for this year’s Summer Festival.  More info coming very soon!

FOA Events Coming Soon

Ashstock - 15th-16th July

FOA AGM - 26th September 

 

DON’T FORGET!! FOA FACEBOOK AND TWITTER PAGES

If you want to hear the most up to date FOA news, then please: LIKE US on Facebook @friendsofashley https://www.facebook.com/friendsofashley/ FOLLOW US on Twitter @friendsofashley https://twitter.com/friendsofashley/

FOA EVENTS COMING SOON

Ashstock - 15th-16th July

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE PART OF YOUR COMMUNITY?

The Walton Centre for the Community on Manor Road is currently experiencing a high demand for Meals on Wheels volunteers. This service delivers more than a meal to its recipients as it is also a wellbeing check and a friendly face. By delivering the meals, people can live at home more independently. The Centre delivered over 5,000 meals last year and this could not be done without volunteers. Volunteers are required between 11.30 am and 1.30 pm week days so this can easily fit in with dropping children off at school and picking them up. Supporting your local community is very rewarding so if this appeals to you, please contact Community Support Services on 01372 47552

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Richard Dunne

Headteacher