Shoe Box Appeal
As many of you will know, we have an annual appeal where we try to pack and send Christmas shoe box gifts via Operation Christmas Child to children in other countries who would otherwise not have anything for Christmas. We ask for donations of items to be put in the boxes and then have an afternoon in school where every child works with a partner to select items from the donations and pack a box. This is such a special moment in our school year, as it gives children the opportunity to learn about children in other countries and to show our Christian value of compassion in action.
We will be packing the boxes next Friday afternoon -16th November (which is also Children in Need day).
Therefore– next Friday children are invited to come to school wearing their pyjamas for Children in Need. Can they please bring a money donation of £1 to be able to wear their PJ’s on that day but can we also ask for an item for packing into the boxes as well.
Useful items are:
Bars of soap, face clothes, toothbrush and toothpaste, a small soft toy, small colouring book, coloured pencils, gloves, hat, scarf.
Thank you for your support with this.
This Sunday will be 11th November-Remembrance Sunday. Our completed Art installation will be taken to the Edenthorpe War Memorial for display on this date and we have some children from school doing readings and prayers that they have written as part of the service. This year, our school will also be laying a wreath. Everyone from the community is welcome to attend the service. If you are interested in attending you should be at the war memorial at 10:45 for the service to begin shortly after this.
It is expected that the service will last no more than 30 minutes.
Well done to the children who were nominated for our first Governor Awards. There are 6 awards that go to children who the governors feel have demonstrated the 6 Christian Values of our school over the half term. The nominations were considered by a committee of governors and were anonymous so that choices could be made in as open and fair a process as possible.
Our winners were:
Thankfulness Award– Tony Huang in Year 5
Justice Award– Joseph Barratt in Reception
Hope Award– Isaac Edgington in Year 3
Compassion Award– Chloe Parker in Year 4
Endurance Award– Lucas Jackson in Year 2
Forgiveness Award– Owen Lockwood In Year 6
We had a special assembly where 4 of our governors presented the awards to the winners. All the children who had been nominated were also announced and their achievement acknowledged with the whole school.
The Governors Award display is in the main entrance to school where you will be able to see the photographs of the award winners with the governors.
The awards will be presented at the end of every half term so our next awards will take place just before our Christmas holiday.
Friends of Canon Popham Update
Thanks to the small group of people who met yesterday to plan the Christmas Fair. This will take place on Friday November 30th from 3:30 until 5:00 all help is gratefully received.
You will notice that the climbing Frame in KS1 playground is being taken down. The replacement has been ordered and we hope it will be erected by the end of November ( weather permitting). Thanks to all who have donated in any way.
We hope that the children enjoyed our non– uniform day today. The £166 raised will be contributed to the climbing frame costs.
Thanks to all those who sponsored Mrs Barratt’s 5K run. This raised £450 to date. If you have sponsored Mrs Barratt and still need to bring in your money please can you do so as soon as possible. Money can be handed to the office staff.
Enjoy half term everyone! We look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday 5th November.
Thanks from the Food Bank.
This week we have received a ‘Thank You’ certificate from Doncaster Food bank for the donations received from our Harvest service. We were able to send a fantastic amount of food– 264.8kg which equates to 630 meals for needy families in Doncaster! They were delighted and very grateful for the amount received. The certificate will be displayed on the information board in the main entrance.
Well Done Mrs Barratt!
AS many of you may know, Mrs Barratt ran in the Wildlife Park 5k event which was held last Sunday morning. She was sponsored by many people from our school community, with the proceeds going to the PTA climbing frame fund.
Despite the dreadful rain on the day, Mrs Barratt kept going and completed the course!
Many thanks to all those who sponsored her. If you haven’t yet done so but would like to make a contribution, or if you have not yet sent in your promised donation please can you look to do so as soon as possible. We will let you know the final total raised as soon as we have all the contributions in.
Once again, many thanks to The Friends of Canon Popham PTA who ran the school disco on Monday evening. Lots of children attended and had a great time and the money raised will also go towards the climbing frame renewal .
As Christmas is not that far away now (only 9 more Friday’s after today!) the PTA are planning the Christmas Fair. This year it will be held on Friday 30th November. There will be a PTA planning meeting on Wednesday 24th October at 6pm in the school hall. If you can help in any way please come along or let us know via the school office – there are plenty of jobs to do before, during and afterwards so please help if you can .
Operation Christmas Child
We will be launching this year’s Operation Christmas Child next week in school. Every year we try to send as many gift boxes as we can to children in countries who are less fortunate than ourselves. Look out for an information leaflet which will be coming out next week. If you can make a donation, wrap a shoe box or contribute in any way we would be very grateful.
Our school is also acting as a collection point for any completed boxes from the community. If you know of anyone who has filled a shoe box and isn’t sure where to send it, please point them in our direction. The boxes can be dropped off at the school office and will be taken from there to the centre, where they are checked and sent on to deserving recipients.
Just a reminder. . .
School will finish for the children next Thursday– 25th October for half term. Friday 26th October is a training day for the staff, who will be in school undertaking Team Teach training.
School re-opens on Monday 5th November for the second half of the Autumn term.
Menu Changes for next week
Monday Meatballs, ploughmans lunch. Tuesday chicken curry, pizza.
Wednesday fish fingers, veggie sausage pasta.
Thursday spaghetti bolognaise, veggie sausages.
Monday 5th November, hotdogs, waffles & beans. Sparkle sponge & custard.
Our Community Art Installation.
You will have received a letter this week telling you about our community art installation project. Every child in school has added a poppy to it and they are all busy putting the name of a fallen World War 1 soldier onto their piece of fabric to be added to the piece of work. As far as possible, the children are using the name of a soldier who shares the same surname as them. It has been amazing to realize that about 90% of children in the school have a surname that they share with one of the fallen soldiers from the Yorkshire regiment. The art work is starting to take shape and promises to look fabulous once it is completed!
Thank you to those parents and carers who came to church to join in this afternoon and add their contribution. If you haven’t managed to get in to ‘do your bit’ or know of anyone in the locality who would like to sew a name but cannot get into school please let us know and we will be able to give you the resources you need to be able to do this.
There will also be an opportunity to add to this when you come to Parents Evening.
Our school has also been asked to contribute readings and prayers written by the children which will be used as part of the remembrance service at the Edenthorpe war memorial on Sunday11th November. We will also be putting up a display of work linked to World War 1 in The Church of the Good Shepherd for November. Thanks to Mrs Brunyee who has researched and developed the idea and coordinated everyone’s contributions.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Harvest services in church today. We hope you enjoyed them. A particularly big WELL DONE goes to the Reception children who tried so hard. It can be very daunting to perform in front of a packed church when you are only 4 years old! You were great! We are grateful for all the donations of food, which will be given to Doncaster Food Bank.
A thought about safeguarding . . .
A few parents have approached school to ask if a reminder can be put out via the newsletter to all parents to avoid putting photographs of children other than your own onto social media sites. At school occasions, we always remind parents to only take photographs of their own child and never to put photographs on social media which contain anyone else’s children. However, a few parents have noted that on out of school occasions such as birthday parties some parents might be posting pictures that contain more than their own child. We have been asked to bring this safeguarding issue to your attention and to ask that you consider obtaining parental permission before posting any photograph containing someone else’s child onto social media.
Applications for places in Nursery places and Secondary Schools for September 2019
Parents of Year 6 pupils should be aware that the application forms for secondary school are now available on line. You should all have received a text message reminding you about this, and all Year 6 children came home with a letter today to remind parents how to complete the application process.
If you need any help completing the application please contact us at school– we will be happy to help you.
THE CLOSING DATE FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL APPLICATIONS IS 31ST OCTOBER 2018. These should be completed and submitted ON LINE. Please make sure your application is submitted by this date. Late applications will not be considered in the first round of allocating places, and may result in your child not getting allocated a school place of your choosing.
If anyone knows any parents of children who will be 3 years old by 31st August 2019, and who are looking for a place in a Nursery for next year, please consider recommending us! Nursery applications are also available on line and should be printed off , completed and returned to us in school to apply for a place. There are also places available for ‘early starters’ in our Nursery from January 2019. Attending a school based nursery gives children a great start to their learning and helps to prepare them for life in school. In addition they are taught by trained teachers who are specialists in early years education. If you know of anyone who would be interested in coming to have a look around our nursery provision, with a view to completing an application form, please encourage them to give school a ring and come to have a look at us!
Last week’s loose change bucket raised £49.63
We had 2 winners who guessed the nearest amount
Rosie year 1 and Pagan year 4
Parents /Carers Information Meetings.
We are holding information meetings for parents and carers to share with you how we teach reading, writing and maths , what children will be learning in the coming year and how parents can help at home. Many thanks to those parents who attended the first meetings which were held this week.
The next meetings are as follows:
3rd October– Helping your child with maths at 3:45
9th October—Helping your child with writing at 3:45
The parents who attended the reading sessions found them helpful and informative. The sessions will only last about 30 minutes so please try to come and find out about your child’s learning in these really important areas and how you can help at home.
Harvest Festival Services
Next Friday will be our Harvest Festival Services in church. Everyone is welcome to attend. We would be very grateful if you could donate an item of food for the Doncaster Food Bank. They have been in contact with us to say that they need to replenish their stocks due to an increase in demand for their service. If you can help with a donation please give it to your child to bring to school ON FRIDAY. Please don’t send in your donations before next Friday as we have nowhere to store them.
Our service times are as follows:
Reception and Key Stage 1 at 11a.m.
Key Stage 2 at 3 p.m.
Spare Loose Change Collection
Thank you to everyone who has donated any loose change in our bucket collection which will go towards replacing the climbing frame. The first week raised £108.06 and the winner of the nearest guess was Lauren Milnes in year 3.
Welcome back to everyone for the start of our new school year. A particularly warm welcome goes to all the children and families who are new starters at Canon Popham. We hope you will enjoy being part of our school family.
The children have settled back into the school routine very quickly. Reception children have been amazing and done really well , staying at school for the whole day and getting used to our school routines. It is great to see how eager all the children are to engage in their learning and they have already shown us a really positive attitude to meeting the challenges of their new year group.
Please can you ensure that children bring their reading book and reading record book to school daily as we regularly check these. In addition, items such as water bottles help us to encourage the children to stay hydrated throughout the school day, so please ensure that your child has these every day.
As the weather becomes more autumnal, can we please request that children bring a coat to school so that they are equipped for playtimes and lunchtimes if the weather is cooler.
Swimming in Year 5
Our year 5 children have started their swimming lessons this week. They will be having an extended session in the pool every week for the whole of the autumn term at Go Swim, a new venue and provider for our school. We have chosen this provider because they are able to provide more coaches at poolside but also support ’buddies’ in the water with the children. This enables more children to have direct support, not just from poolside but working in the water with them. The first session went very well and the children enjoyed it. We hope that they find this a fun and positive learning experience.
Over this half term all classes in school are going to be looking at children’s literature linked to World War 1. The children will be finding out about this period of history in the lead up to the national commemoration of 100 years since the first armistice on November 11th. We are planning to mark this event by creating an art installation , which all the children will be contributing to. We will also be inviting carers and parents to be part of this. Look out for further details coming soon.
Finally, we hope that this year is a really positive one for everyone at our school. However, we understand that sometimes there may be issues, concerns or queries that arise as the year goes on. If you have anything that is causing concern, please feel welcome to speak to the staff in your child’s class or to Mrs Navas. We are here to help your child make the most of their time at our school and will do whatever we can to help.
From time to time there may be issues or changes in circumstances at home which might impact on your child. If this is the case, please speak to us in confidence so that we are aware of any difficulties and can do our best to support your child .
Here comes Summer!
On our last newsletter of the academic year the most important thing to do is to say a massive well done to all of Year 6 for their hard work all year and for their fantastic SATs results. They produced a wonderful performance for their families on Tuesday evening—lots of smiles and lots of tears!
Most importantly, they are fantastic people who are well prepared and ready to move on to the next stage in their education .
GOOD LUCK YEAR 6– we will miss you.
Come and visit us and let us know how you are getting on.
We hope that everyone has a fantastic summer and the weather stays good for us.
We will look forward to welcoming the children back to school for the start of the new term on Tuesday 4th September ( Monday 3rd September is a training day)
Have a great summer everyone!
You will be receiving your child’s end of year report today. We hope that you find it informative and useful. We aim to give a flavor of what your child has learned this year alongside an indication of how well they are achieving in the core subjects of reading, writing and maths, and what they need to work on next year. If you have any queries or would like to discuss any aspect of the report further please feel welcome to make an appointment with your child’s class teacher or Mrs Navas
Included in the report for years 2 and 6 will be the SATs test results. We are absolutely delighted with the outcomes for the children. We have had our best set of results this year and the children should feel very proud of themselves. Well done to everyone!
In addition, you will receive a copy of your child’s attendance record for this year. The expected level of attendance is 96%. We hope that where your child’s attendance is less than this, we will be able to see an improvement next year. We understand that occasionally children can be ill, and we would not expect them to attend school if this is the case. However, research has shown that where children are not attending school regularly, they often find it harder to keep up with the learning in class and to make and sustain friendships.
We need to aim for at least 96% attendance for all children next year.
Climbing Frame is Out of Bounds.
The climbing frame on KS1 playground is now out of bounds.
There are some parts , where the frame meets the ground that are showing signs of rot and are starting to be unsafe for use. We have therefore had to take the decision to put it out of bounds for health and safety reasons. The Friends of Canon Popham purchased this climbing frame some years ago, and were hoping to be able to raise the money to either refurbish it or to replace it completely. Unfortunately, due to the fact that the summer fair did not go ahead, they do not have sufficient funds to be able to fund this and so for the foreseeable future, until the funds can be raised, the climbing frame will not be in use. The school budget does not currently have the surplus funds available to spend on the extras such as the climbing frame, that add to the quality of provision for our children. We hope that in the coming year parents/ carers and friends will support any fund raising events that the PTA hold in order for us to rectify this as quickly as possible.
Just to confirm, over the last few weeks we have had very low attendance at Bookworms. We think this is due to the lovely weather we have been having and that the children have preferred to be outside at the start of the day. We have therefore cancelled Bookworms until the end of term but will restart this in September.
Race for Life.
Many thanks to everyone who supported our fund raising efforts for Race for Life. Our final total is an amazing £2593.10! Well done to all on a fabulous effort for such a worthy cause.
Today is our last school day as Canon Popham Church of England ( VA) Primary and Nursery School!
When we return to school on Monday we will be a new school.
Canon Popham C of E Primary Academy.
Both Cliffs and School Trends have been supplied with our new school logo ( which is identical to our current logo but with the school name changed to include our academy title.) If you are planning to purchase new uniform over the summer then this should be with the new logo on, but please do not worry about having the old logo, or no logo at all on children’s uniform. We do not want any parent or carer to feel under pressure to purchase new uniform if it is not needed. We expect that it will phase in over time.
This week has been a sporting one at Canon Popham. All year groups from Nursery through to year 6 have had their sports days and we hope that the children enjoyed them.
In addition, this morning we have welcomed Kirk Sandall Junior school for our annual sports morning against them. Children will be playing football and other sports through the morning and having fun together.
Coming up on the week beginning Monday 9th July it will be our Arts Week in school. The children will be engaged in looking at architecture and designing and making their own pieces, based on the work of well known architects nationally and internationally. This supports our work in art and design and also in looking at cultural diversity.
Key Stage 2 Visit to the Art Exhibition.
This week all our Key Stage 2 classes visited a final degree art exhibition put on by BA students from Doncaster. They saw a wide range of art on display and for many children this was their first experience of looking at art in a formal exhibition. Many children returned enthused by what they saw and also eager to find out more about universities and the sort of things that can be studied there.