Warnham CE Primary School Newsletter
April 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

Happy Easter!

It has been an incredibly busy and action-filled term!

Firstly, on behalf of the staff and governors, may I say a huge thank you for all of your support in preparation for our Ofsted visit? Your encouragement while the inspectors were with us and shared celebration and congratulations after they left was wonderfully uplifting.

As you know, we were so delighted that all of our hard work and commitment to school improvement had paid off and was recognised by the inspection team.  As a school, we now feel that we can move on and continue to build on good practice and further develop in all areas of learning.

Books, Books, Books

The school had a fabulous Book Week. We celebrated by listening to stories in different languages, sharing our favourite books, dressing as book characters and lots more!

The children thoroughly enjoyed choosing new books from the book fayre which raised £370 worth of books for our library!

Thank you so much for your support in fostering the love of reading within our children.

Coming up after Easter, we are celebrating ‘Book Night’ where we can remind each other of the pleasure of a bedtime story. We can all come to school in our PJs, bring blankets and pillows and Mrs Moss is going to read us a bedtime story at the end of the day. (Details to follow)

Books cont …

The PTFA have been helping us enormously in raising money for a new library. We now have plans to turn the small hall into a beautiful library where children can further develop their love of reading. We just need to raise £4000 more to make it happen. Our PTFA made a successful bid to Tesco and you will see in May and June that you can vote for our school’s library project by dropping your blue token in the slot after you have shopped.

If we gain the most votes then Tesco will award us with £4000 – so please tell everyone you know! The Tescos taking part are: Tesco Broadbridge Heath, Tesco Express in Roffey (Redkiln Way) and Tesco Express on Brighton Road (on the corner of St Leonard’s road, heading out of Horsham towards Mannings Heath/Cowfold).

Let’s hope that we manage to get as many votes as possible!

Books, Books, Books

The school had a fabulous Book Week. We celebrated by listening to stories in different languages, sharing our favourite books, dressing as book characters and lots more!

The children thoroughly enjoyed choosing new books from the book fayre which raised £370 worth of books for our library!

Thank you so much for your support in fostering the love of reading within our children.

Coming up after Easter, we are celebrating ‘Book Night’ where we can remind each other of the pleasure of a bedtime story. We can all come to school in our PJs, bring blankets and pillows and Mrs Moss is going to read us a bedtime story at the end of the day. (Details to follow)

The PTFA have been helping us enormously in raising money for a new library. We now have plans to turn the small hall into a beautiful library where children can further develop their love of reading. We just need to raise £4000 more to make it happen. Our PTFA made a successful bid to Tesco and you will see in May and June that you can vote for our school’s library project by dropping your blue token in the slot after you have shopped.

If we gain the most votes then Tesco will award us with £4000 – so please tell everyone you know! The Tescos taking part are: Tesco Broadbridge Heath, Tesco Express in Roffey (Redkiln Way) and Tesco Express on Brighton Road (on the corner of St Leonard’s road, heading out of Horsham towards Mannings Heath/Cowfold).

Let’s hope that we manage to get as many votes as possible!

International celebrations

Spanish Day on 4th March

Warnham hosted a Spanish Introduction Day with children from Warnham Primary and other schools.

The children learnt greetings, numbers and colours in Spanish, and acted out a café role play!

Mrs Curtis was very proud of these children who looked after our visitors so well: Finlay, Isaac, Lottie and Nya in Year 5.

International Storytelling Day on 11th March

As part of Book Week, the children were lucky enough to hear Cinderella in many different languages: Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, Swedish, Danish, Norweigan and Hebrew!  A huge thank you to all our adult Storytellers, and Maia in Year 5!

Fairtrade Fortnight (25th February to 10th March)

This year we celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight for the first time. The children learnt all about Fairtrade in class and had a special Assembly to show their learning.

The children took part in a competition to collect as many Fairtrade food stickers as possible. All children are fully aware of Fairtrade and how it helps farmers all over the world. Each class has 2 Fairtrade Reps who have a very important role.  We will continue to celebrate Fairtrade each year and we are planning a Bake Sale to raise funds for Fairtrade next term….watch this space!

Joyeuses Pâques!

Year 5 and 6 children have sent beautiful Easter cards to their French penpals and are eagerly awaiting their cards in return!

Staff 

After Easter Mrs Storer will be leaving us. Mrs Storer currently teaches PE on a Wednesday when the class teachers are having their non-contact planning and assessment time. Mrs Storer feels very sad to leave but her family commitments have meant that she needs to take a step back from her teaching career for a little while – we will all be very sad to see her go.

On a happier note, after the Summer half term, Mrs Chandler will be returning from maternity leave. Miss Lester has been covering Mrs Chandler’s maternity leave but has kindly agreed to stay on part-time until the end of term in Badger Class and the two teachers will share the class. This will be great continuity for Badger Class as they complete their Year 5 learning.

In September, Miss Main has decided to return to her part time hours as she settles her own daughter into school.

We will miss seeing Miss Main’s friendly face every single day but we completely understand her reasons and thank her wholeheartedly for kindly adding to her hours this year, to teach Year 4.

This movement of staff between maternity leave / covers and changing of hours has found us with a full time teaching vacancy.

We are delighted to announce that Mrs Hammond is going to join us as a qualified teacher after successfully completing her training with us and her teacher training University this year.  To say that Mrs Hammond is excited about her new career is an understatement – we feel very fortunate to have her on board!

In terms of which teacher(s) will be responsible for each class, we will confirm with teachers, children and parents in July to allow for transition activities before the summer holidays.

Sports

We now have so many of our children involved in representing Warnham Primary. A highlight of the term were our cheerleaders in the Dance Festival at the Capitol Theatre – we were all humbled by the commitment and perseverance of the group and especially Lottie and Tilly the choreographers!

This term we have played 20 matches, from Football, Netball, Rugby and Hockey to Badminton, Cross Country and our first ever Basketball match. We have been able to offer over 204 places in extra curricular match events. 71 different children have participated, they are mainly Yr 3, 4, 5 & 6. Next term we will have a specific multi sports event for Yr 2 and more events for Yr 2-6 including cricket, street sports and athletics. We have a Cricket roadshow for all classes with more in depth specialist cricket coaching for Yr 5 & 6.

Sports cont …

Next term we have more after school clubs than ever with over 20 clubs open for pupils to attend, we will have more options for the younger children too!

Parents should be proud of the effort the children put into the sporting matches and Mrs Batchelor is very pleased with the enthusiasm shown by the pupils wanting to attend the matches.

At the events our pupils really try hard and put in lots of effort often against far bigger more experienced schools and teams. Well done to all the children who have represented the school this term!

Sports

We now have so many of our children involved in representing Warnham Primary. A highlight of the term were our cheerleaders in the Dance Festival at the Capitol Theatre – we were all humbled by the commitment and perseverance of the group and especially Lottie and Tilly the choreographers!

This term we have played 20 matches, from Football, Netball, Rugby and Hockey to Badminton, Cross Country and our first ever Basketball match. We have been able to offer over 204 places in extra curricular match events. 71 different children have participated, they are mainly Yr 3, 4, 5 & 6. Next term we will have a specific multi sports event for Yr 2 and more events for Yr 2-6 including cricket, street sports and athletics. We have a Cricket roadshow for all classes with more in depth specialist cricket coaching for Yr 5 & 6.

Next term we have more after school clubs than ever with over 20 clubs open for pupils to attend, we will have more options for the younger children too!

Parents should be proud of the effort the children put into the sporting matches and Mrs Batchelor is very pleased with the enthusiasm shown by the pupils wanting to attend the matches.

At the events our pupils really try hard and put in lots of effort often against far bigger more experienced schools and teams. Well done to all the children who have represented the school this term!

SCHOOL DIARY

Dates for the diary

Monday 1st April: PTFA Wear something Easter-related and cake decoration competition – after school cake sale

Tuesday 2nd April: Hedgehog Daffodil breakfast

Wednesday 3rd April: Talent Show

Thursday 4th April: Easter Church Service 2pm

Friday 5th April: Early Closure 1:15pm

Tuesday 23rd April: Book Night – Wear PJs

Friday 24th May: Sports Day (KS2 am KS1 pm)

Friday 7th June: Back-up date for Sports Day (too hot / rain off)

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