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Welcome back to the Summer term. I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Easter holiday and didn’t eat too much chocolate. As the weather warms up, we look forward to working hard and achieving our Summer activities with excitement.

POLEBROOK SCHOOL BABY                                                                                                         We are absolutely delighted to announce the safe arrival of Mrs Willden’s son, Albert, who was born on April 4th weighing a healthy 7lb 14oz. 

100 CLUB
FOPS 100 Club continues to do well but more members are always welcome to boost FOPS funds. Please see Mrs Orlebar or Mr Davis in the office if you would like the chance to win a cash prize every month.

SATs Week 8th  - 12th May                                                                                                           As many of you know  our Year 6 children will be taking their KS2 SATs in the week beginning 8th May. These are National tests and will be carried out at the same time in all state schools at the same time across the country. 

The timetable for KS1 is rather more flexible and KS1 SATs will be administered by our teachers  at suitable times throughout the month of May.

All our children have been working hard towards these assessments  and we are confident they will do their very best.

Please support your child by ensuring they are at school punctually throughout this time and that absences are kept to a minimum. No term time holidays should be booked  during this time.  Thank you.

RESIDENTIAL YEAR 5 and 6                                                                                                           As many of you know Years 5 and 6 went to Wales for our residential on the last week of last term. We had a fantastic time and tried out many new skills including kayaking and archery. Take a look at Purple class blog to see the range of activities we enjoyed. The teachers  were brilliant on the trampolines  (especially the descent!) and most of the group enjoyed abseiling and zip wire. We will be booking up to go again for our next Year 5 and 6 trip but will soon start planning next year’s trip to Norfolk again for Years 3 and 4.

MAYDAY                                                                                                                                           May Day this year is optimistically planned for Tuesday 23rd May. As usual we welcome donations of cut flowers and greenery to decorate the Maypole, garlands and headdresses (please bring in on the morning of 23rd).

Parents or grandparents who are available to help prepare the flowers on the morning of 23rd would also be welcomed as the decoration is time consuming and requires lots of volunteers.

Please let us know if you are able to help out. As always friends and family are welcome to attend.

*Please note Mayday takes place whatever the weather as the flowers cannot be kept for a reserve event.

SPORTS FOOTWARE                                                                                                                         This term as the grass is often wet during the morning, we request that pupils have their trainers in school each day for PE, Sport and Mayday practices. Trainers offer a better grip on wet grass, are more waterproof and help to prevent slipping.

SUN CREAM                                                                                                                                     As the sunny weather develops this term we request that all children have their sunhats in school every day. School caps are    available via the website but children will be allowed to wear other hats in order to keep them safe. Children should also have sun cream applied before school every day to protect them from the sun during outdoor learning and break times.

BARN DANCE                                                                                                                                   As many of you know FOPS had planned to hold a Hoe Down event in Barnwell last term to raise money to support school activities. As the event was cancelled due to poor ticket sales Ruth’s husband Alan has kindly agreed to dedicate half the monies raised from his annual barn dance towards school this year. Please look out for the posters around school and   purchase your tickets as soon as possible. The event is suitable for the whole family, and should be great fun for all so no baby sitters needed, just good fun all round!!

ATTENDANCE                                                                                                                                     I am delighted to report that our attendance figure stands at  97.52 % which is above our target of 96%. A huge thank you to everyone for ensuring your children arrive at school promptly and attend school regularly.

Unfortunately, despite this good figure a number of forthcoming term time holidays are likely to have a negative impact on our figures and are not authorised by Northamptonshire County Council. A polite reminder that the period liable for     prosecution by NCC has been changed from 10 to 5 days effective from April 22nd 2016. Holiday requests which exceed 5 days must now be reported to NCC and will be liable to prosecution by them.

What’s Been Happening In The Garden?                                                                                 Well lots and lots of things over the wet and miserable winter.  Just because it is wet and windy the children do not hang up their gardening gloves, in fact they probably work harder.

Purple and Blue classes collected rubbish that had blown all over the garden, no trouble at all, into the skip they went along with our old tables that were used to plant seeds for the raised beds, broken plant pots, rusty trowels and forks.

Green and Red classes were just as amazing, digging the raised beds over was just the start.  They pruned the rosemary bush, the smelly curry plant and the sage bush.  We have planted potatoes in the raised beds and lots of flowers for some colour in the garden around June time.  I have never known such enthusiasm from children so young, it’s great to see.

Thanks to all of you that have taken the time to bring bottles in so we could build our Eco green house, it’s been a long job, but now we finally have somewhere to pot and grow our plants.  A great big thank you to Mr Paul Larner for actually building the green house, which was no easy task.  Now the children will be able to have mini-beast hunts, look at the   creatures they find under magnifying glasses, have drawing lessons around the garden, or if it rains, drawing in the green house.

Finally, we are looking for a few things to help the children enjoy the garden even more.  If you have any old tools, children’s gloves and wellies (any kind, any size), plants that you may be getting rid of or splitting, old bulbs, we would love to have them so the children can now use the green house to its full potential.  Has anyone got a wheelbarrow they no longer use, we are desperate?  Also if anyone has some well rotted manure, 3 or 4 bags would be good at the beginning of September term.  That’s all for now from the Little Green Fingers Club.

ADVANCE NOTICE                                                                                                                          On Thursday 15th June there will be a KS2 performance in the Northamptonshire Schools Arts Festival at the Derngate Theatre.  Further details, including transport arrangements, will be sent out in due course. 

Tickets for this event should be purchased directly from the Derngate Theatre box office—tickets are now on sale at www.royalandderngate.co.uk/whats-on/nmpat-festival-2017

 

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