Canon Popham C of E Primary Academy
Church Balk, Edenthorpe, Doncaster
South Yorkshire DN3 2PP
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School Staff

Friday 07-12-2018

Thanks to the Friends of Canon Popham

A huge THANK YOU to the Friends of Canon Popham who have worked so hard to organize and put on a really lovely Christmas Fair last week. Events like this take a great deal of organization and all the children in school benefit from the funds raised.

Many thanks to everyone who contributed in any way, either through donations of items, volunteering to help or coming to support the event.

Once the Friends of Canon Popham have completed their Christmas fund raising efforts, which will continue over the next 2 weeks with the sale of refreshments etc at our Nativity plays and Carol services, we will be able to let you know the final total of funds raised .

New Climbing Frame

It was appropriate that the brand new climbing frame was installed last Friday, on the same day as our Christmas fair. This was a great example of how the children in school benefit from every penny that is raised in all the PTA fund raising. The children are delighted with it and we hope that it will last just as long as the old one did, and that the children will enjoy using it for many years to come.


Can we please remind parents and carers that if your child choses to use the climbing frame either before school starts or after school it is parents responsibility to supervise their safe behavior and play during these times. In addition, on snowy or icy days, the climbing frame should not be used for health and safety reasons.

Thank you.


Next week we have our Foundation and Key Stage 1 Christmas Nativity Plays. We look forward to seeing all those who have booked tickets for these events. The children and staff have worked really hard preparing them and we are sure you will enjoy them. Our Key Stage 2 Carol Services are in the final week of the term. Due to the numbers of people that can be seated in the church, this is strictly by ticket only and we ask that you bring your tickets with you to be admitted to the service.

The evening performance is now full, and we are unable to meet any further requests for tickets for this service.


Friday 16-11-2018

We Will Remember Them

Thank you to all those who came to the service at Edenthorpe war memorial on Sunday. Our completed art work was on display and much admired! It will now be displayed on the external wall near to church so that people visiting both school and church will see it as they come up the driveway.  Thanks to Asa Dixey, Lottie Houlihan, Logan Jones and Felicity Ali who read their writing and led the prayers beautifully.


A busy week in school

Every week in school is busy but this week has been more action packed than ever!

On Monday all the children took part in our Science day where they spent the afternoon experimenting with biscuits! They were then able to share their findings with each other at our whole school assembly.


This week is anti bullying week and the theme is ‘Choose Respect’. Every class in school is having lessons linked to this theme and collectively we will be creating a new display on this theme which will be positioned in the corridor leading from the hall to the shared area, where all the children can see it every day.  At Canon Popham we talk to children about anti bullying regularly and remind them to speak out if they need help. On Monday it was Odd Socks Day, which launched anti bullying week and helped us to remind the children that everyone is unique and difference should be celebrated.


The week finished with Children in Need Day where everyone was encouraged to come to school wearing their pyjamas and to make a donation to Children in Need. We also asked for contributions for filling shoe boxes for our annual Christmas appeal for Operation Christmas Child. Thanks to all those who donated and well done to the children who packed the boxes so thoughtfully.


Christmas Fair

Our Christmas Fair will be held from 3:45 until 5pm on Friday 29th November. We are still looking for volunteers so if you can help in any way please contact the school office. We hope that this evening will be a festive one which families can enjoy, attending our Christmas fair and then moving on to the carols around the Christmas tree event which will be held later that evening by the war memorial.


Friday 09-11-2018

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.


Remembrance Sunday

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.



Governor Awards

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.



Friday 19-10-2018

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.


Disco Fever!

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.


Friday 05-10-2018

Harvest Thanks

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.

Thank you

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

Well Done!


Friday 28-09-2018

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.


Friday 07-09-2018

Welcome Back


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.


Coming Soon


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 .


Friday 20-07-2018

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!