Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Portraits of the Queen

As part of our Jubilee celebrations, the children have been painting portraits of the Queen.
One from each class is on display in our school hall.
The pictures demonstrate the fantastic artistic ability of the children across the whole age range.






Greek Gods by Class GA/JB

These stunning paintings have been made by children inclass GA/JB.
DIONYISUS
God of Wine

DEMETER
Goddess of Harvest and seasons

ATHENA
Goddess of wisdom, maths and battle strategy

POSEIDON
God of the Sea

HERA
Goddess of marriage

GAIA
Mother Earth

HELIOS
God of the Sun

ARES
God of War

HERMES
Messenger God

APHRODITE
Goddess of Love and Beauty

APOLLO
God of Music
ZEUS
God of Thunder

HADES
God of the Underworld

Monday, 28 May 2012

Newsletter 37

OLYMPIC TICKETS UP FOR GRABS!
As a school which had registered for the Olympic ‘Get Set’ campaign we have been awarded 3 Olympic tickets for the women’s basketball preliminary round on Friday 3 August at 8pm in the Basketball Arena on the Olympic Park at Stratford.
We would like to offer these to a family who are really keen to go, so are having a free draw for these tickets.
If you would like to enter the draw, then please fill in the slip below and return it to the school office by Thursday 14 June.  All families at the school (including school staff) may enter the draw which will take place in assembly on Friday 15 June; the winner will be notified by phone.

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS – REMINDER – Friday 1 June
Reminder that the children should come to school in either traditional dress which represents any country from the commonwealth or dress up in red, white and blue (but no football kits).We would like the children to bring a minimum donation of 50p for dressing up, which will be for the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.
Nursery can come back to join in with an adult from 2.15-3.00pm
CLASS GA/JB FUNDRAISING IDEA – Friday 1 June
Class GA/JB are organizing an activity to raise money for the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust.  If children would like to participate, could they bring in any UK coins which the class will make into a giant piece of Royal Art

WINNING T-SHIRT LOGO DESIGN
The winner of the recent competition put in place by the Framlingham Business Association to design a t-shirt logo incorporating the Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and Framlingham has been announced today as Amelia Schroeter from class GA/JB.
This is her winning design which has been printed on T-shirts that will be sold in Framlingham between now and the Olympics.
Amelia being presented with her winning t-shirt and a prize by members of the Framlingham Business Association.

CAKE STALL – Friday 1 June
The end of term cake stall is being baked for by class LC & class CA – do come along to the playground pavilion on Friday to buy some yummy treats.

HALF TERM – 3-7 June
Next week is half term, the children return to school on Monday 11 June.
Don’t forget the Framlingham Gala is on Monday 3 June at the Castle Meadow and there is a Tea Party on Market Hill on Tuesday 4 June to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.


OLYMPIC TICKET DRAW

Family Name                  __________________________________
Oldest Child’s Name       __________________________________
Class                                 __________________________________
Contact Tel                      _________________________________

THE DRAW WILL TAKE PLACE IN ASSEMBLY ON FRIDAY 15 JUNE

Newsletter 38 - DINNER MONEY PAYMENT CHANGES

*** IMPORTANT INFORMATION ***
CHANGES TO HALF-TERMLY DINNER PAYMENT PROCEDURES

Many parents pay for dinner money on a half termly basis which works very well,  however, the office administration time for managing this procedure is excessive.

FROM AFTER JUNE HALF TERM THE OFFICE WILL NO LONGER BE SENDING OUT INDIVIDUAL PRE-PAY FORMS TO FAMILIES EVERY HALF TERM;  it will be parents’ responsibility to pay the due amount by the deadline.

In future, all parents will be advised of the cost of school dinners for the next half term through the weekly newsletter in the run up to the end of each half term followed by reminders in the newsletters at the start of the new half term.

DINNER MONEY (whether paid weekly or half-termly) should be paid on a MONDAY.

WE REQUIRE ALL HALF-TERMLY PAYMENTS TO BE MADE BY THE
FIRST MONDAY FOLLOWING THE START OF EACH HALF TERM.

Any carry-forward of dinner money credit from the previous half term will be refunded to parents in the first week back of each half term.

You will no longer receive a pre-pay form for dinner money, so please make sure you look out for the notices about dinner money costs in the weekly newsletter, and please make your payment at the beginning of each half term. If you have any queries please do ask at the office.

Below are the details for the next half term:

DINNER MONEY COSTS FOR SUMMER 2nd HALF TERM (11 June – 20 July)

There are 6 full weeks in this term (30 days).  However, Nursery to Year 5 will be 29 days due to summer outings, and Year 6 will be 24 days due to Camp and a day at High School.

Costs for Nursery up to Year 5:
5 days a week                 29 days x £2.10           =          £60.90
4 days a week                 24 days x £2.10           =          £50.40
3 days a week                 18 days x £2.10                        =          £37.80
2 days a week                 12 days x £2.10                        =          £25.20
1 day a week                   6 days x £2.10             =          £12.60

Costs for Year 6:
5 days a week                 24 days x £2.10           =          £50.40
4 days a week                 20 days x £2.10           =          £42.00
3 days a week                 15 days x £2.10                        =          £31.50
2 days a week                 10 days x £2.10                       =          £21.00
1 day a week                   5 days x £2.10             =          £10.50

Cheques should be made payable to Suffolk County Council (SCC) with
your child’s name and class WRITTEN ON THE BACK please.

ALL DINNER MONEY SHOULD BE HANDED IN AN ENVELOPE THAT STATES:
·         Child’s Name
·         Child’s Class
·         Which days dinner money is for

DEADLINE FOR PAYMENT IS MONDAY 18 JUNE, PLEASE.

Friday, 25 May 2012

Year 6 children take Life Saving Course

Our year 6 children were fortunate to take part in a lefe saving course at the Framlingham College swimming pool this week.

The course consisted of 4 sections: personal safety, life saving, CPR and general water safety.

Children doing CPR with a dummy.
Make your own float from trousers.
Swimming in pyjamas was hard work.
We owe a big thank you to Audrey (from Fram College) who organised and ran the course for our children.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Newsletter 36

NURSERY PLAY & CHAT MORNING – Thursday 24 May

Nursery parents are welcome to come along between 9.30 – 11.30am to join their children in the Nursery and to chat to the Nursery staff.

ROAD SAFETY TRAINING
As part of the curriculum we will be doing a number of activities in class (and in some cases around the town) to raise children’s knowledge and understanding of road safety over the next few weeks.
Our aim is to make the children more aware of the dangers on the roads and to make them more confident when out and about. The emphasis will be on using the Green Cross Code to stay safe, always crossing with an adult (holding hands for the younger children), looking all around and waiting until it is safe to cross. There are some parent booklets for children in Foundation, KS1 and Year 6 which will be distributed when the training takes place.
Classes LC, CA & JC will need parent helpers to assist with a ‘Traffic Trail’ around Framlingham – if you would like to help please speak to the class teachers to find out days / times.
Any help you can give reinforcing road safety messages to you children will help them become safer pedestrians. Thank you.

CORRECTION – MERE VISITS – Classes KT, EM, LC & CA
On the letters sent last week it mistakenly stated the trips to the Mere were being run by the Woodland Trust, when in fact it is the SUFFOLK WILDLIFE TRUST to whom we are most grateful for their support in educating the children about the nature around the Mere.

IF YOU ARE ABLE TO, PLEASE VOLUNTEER TO HELP WITH ACTIVITIES LIKE THE VISIT TO THE MERE, ROAD SAFETY OR SWIMMING
– WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT WE CANNOT DO ALL THESE
EXTRA LEARNING EXPERIENCES WITH THE CHILDREN. THANK YOU.

WHOLE SCHOOL PANORAMIC PHOTO – Tuesday 29 May
Please can we ask that all children bring their school sweatshirt with them on Tuesday for the whole school photo; this event only happens once every 4 years, and is a great memento of your child’s time at the school.

JUBILEE LUNCH – Friday 1 June
SCC Catering are having a celebratory Diamond Jubilee Lunch on Friday 1 June the menu is:
Coronation Chicken filled Baguette or Jacket Potato; Coronation Crown Puff (V); Rainbow
coleslaw / Celebration Salad; Elizabeth Sponge with Jam & Cream Filling.
Friday’s normal menu for this week will be served on Tuesday 29 May.

TESCO VOUCHERS – Deadline for handing in is Friday 1 June
Tesco have now stopped handing these out, however, you can still hand in any that you may still have. We can accept them up until half term. Thank you.

WARNING: LEGO BIBLE WEBSITE
Please can we advise families NOT TO USE www.legobible. This site was previously recommended but has since been corrupted. Although we have a secure intranet site at school that prevents unwanted pop-ups from happening on this site we have stopped using it at school and have found alternative sites.

SUFFOLK PARENT PARTNERSHIP SERVICE
This service aims to promote effective partnerships between parents/carers, Schools and the County Council. They provide information and support for parents and carers to enable them to play an active and valuable role in their children's education.
Helpline: 01473 265210 email: parent.partnership@suffolk.gov.uk
website: www.suffolk.gov.uk/parentpartnership

FRIENDS UPDATE
FRIENDS JUBILEE FETE – Friday 22 June
The theme of the fete this year is 1950’s, if any parent or child wishes to dress up in 1950’s style there will be prizes for the best entrants. The fete will be a traditional English Summer Fete with lots of games and stalls. There will be a Pimms bar, ice creams, and cream teas; a Cake Competition with a ‘Royal’ theme– for both adults (sponge cakes) and children (cupcakes) - for which the winning cakes will be awarded a prize, and all cakes will be raffled.
To help support this event the Friends will need donations of items (please see below) and they will also need an army of volunteers to help set up; run the stalls; & also to help clear away at the end. PLEASE can you give an hour of your time to support them? PLEASE contact Marie-Therese Walker on mtwalker666@hotmail.com 07939 265646

NON-UNIFORM DONATION DAY – Friday 15 June
The children may wear their own clothes on Friday 15 June for a donation of items to the Jubilee Fete. The Friends would like donations of the following items please:
• For the ‘Cream Teas’: plain/fruit scones suitable for freezing (ie not previously frozen).
• For the Bottle Tombola's: Wines, Spirits, Beers, & Non-Alcoholic bottles
• Chocolates for a Chocolate tombola; also items for a Children’s Tombola.
• Items for the White Elephant stall (NO broken or damaged goods, please)
• Promises to bake cakes for the Cake Stall

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Cycling Proficiency Group in Action

Our latest cycling group were taken by Mr Byer, Mr Mulrenhan and some parents to practice on Brook Lane. They got to try out a variety of signals and movements on a real road.

Girls Football Tournament

Last Friday afternoon our girls football team took part in a district tournament.
After playing 6 games against other schools (only one defeat) the girls qualified for the semi finals.
They played against a very good Debenham side and were unlucky to lose a tightly contested match.
As you can see from these action shots the girls played with plenty of skill and enthusiasm.


SWIMMING - Newsletter 35

The pool will be cleaned and should be ready for use after half-term. We hope to start swimming on Monday 11 June – weather permitting. After discussion it has been decided that Nursery children will not participate in this activity. Classes DB, GAJB, NS and EM will not use the school’s pool as they have done deep water swimming at Framlingham College.

Please could you make arrangements for your children to have swimming equipment ready to bring to school after half-term:
• swimming costume
• swim hat
• towel
• footwear to get to and from the pool.
If your child does not bring in their swimming kit they will not be able to swim.

Our pool is well balanced as far as chlorine and acid levels are concerned and therefore Goggles should not need to be worn. If your child really has an eye irritation we must have a letter from you stating the reasons why your child must wear goggles. Accidents have happened in school pools because of goggles snapping back on eyes.
To avoid the perennial problem of the small tiles in the swimming pool acting like pumice stones on tender feet, parents may like their children to wear socks or close fitting ‘swimming’ shoes (usually sold for use on a stony beach). We feel ‘jelly’ shoes would not be acceptable as they would be too restrictive.
Swimming hats (£1.00) and swimming bags (£1.80) are available from the school office.
Please ensure all items are named.
Children should take swimwear and towels home every time they are used. In this event, to help with the washing, parents may find it helpful to have a second set in reserve.

SWIMMING HELPERS
We can only hold swimming lessons if we get enough parent helpers.
Children need support with dressing and young children must be escorted to and from the pool.
The teacher must stay by the pool at all times to be with the children within the fence perimeter. Younger children must have an adult in the pool with them.
Each teacher is arranging their own timetable of help so if you can spare 1 or more hours please indicate on the timetable overleaf and pass to the relevant teacher by Wednesday 23 May.
Please try to keep to a committed time, or find a replacement. Thank you.

Volunteering - Please delete as applicable:
• I would be willing to assist in the teaching of swimming
• I would be willing to go into the pool with the younger children
• I would be willing to help with the undressing/dressing of children or be in the classroom with children.
Safeguarding – Please delete as applicable
• I have previously completed a Volunteer & CRB Form for a CRB check
• I require a Volunteer Form and CRB check – Please see the Office Staff

SWIMMING TIMETABLE - SUMMER 2012
PLEASE TICK WHICH CLASS/TIME YOU CAN HELP WITH:
KM  THURSDAY 1.15 – 3.00
CH MONDAY 1.15 – 2.15 FRIDAY 11.15 – 12.15
CA TUESDAY 1.15 – 3.00  THURSDAY 10.00 – 11.00
LC MONDAY 11.15 – 12.15  WEDNESDAY 11.15 – 12.15
JC MONDAY 9.00 – 10.00  FRIDAY 1.15 – 2.15
KT MONDAY 10.00 – 11.00  FRIDAY 10.00 – 11.00
RV TUESDAY 9.00 – 10.00  FRIDAY 9.00 – 10.00
PLDD WEDNESDAY 9.00 – 10.00  THURSDAY 9.00 – 10.00

NAME: ________________________________ SIGNED: _________________________________
CHILD’S NAME _________________________ CLASS: _________________
TEL NO: ___________________________________

PLEASE RETURN TO THE CLASS TEACHER BY WEDS 23 MAY 2012


Monday, 14 May 2012

Newsletter 34

SATS & INTERNAL TESTING

We would like to advise you that children from Year 1 – 6 will undergo SATs tests and internal tests during this week and into next week. Please can we ask that parents exit the school buildings and grounds as soon as possible after the bell goes at 8.50am. Thank you.

WALK TO SCHOOL WEEK – 14 to 18 May
This item will not be relevant for children who come to school by bus.
We are keen to promote the wider health benefits of keeping active whilst also providing better promotion of road safety and sustainable travel and so we would encourage all families to walk to school this week if at all possible. Perhaps those who normally drive into Framlingham could park on the outskirts of the town and walk in from there.
Please take a look at www.walktoschool.org.uk for activities, support and ideas for children and families for that week.

SHARE SESSION CLASS RV – Tuesday 22 May
Just to remind parents of class RV, your share session is next Tuesday at 1.20pm.

CLASSES LC JC & CA VISIT TO ST CLARE’S CHURCH – 30 May
Please note that children in these three classes will be visiting St Clare’s Church in Framlingham on the morning of Wednesday 30 May.

SECOND HAND SUMMER DRESSES
We have a small stock of second hand summer dresses in assorted sizes at the office. If you would like one, please do just ask at the office - we would ask for a donation of £2 each.

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS – REMINDER – Friday 1 June
To celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee we are organising a day of events on Friday 1 June. We would like to give you advance warning that the children will have the opportunity to come to school in either traditional dress which represents any country from the commonwealth or they can dress up in red, white and blue.
We would like the children to bring a minimum donation of 50p for dressing up, which will be for the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust - which aims to raise funds from Governments, individuals, organisations and industry, to invest in projects that will make a real and lasting impact on the lives of people – of all generations – throughout the Commonwealth.
See the website for more information http://www.jubileetribute.org/
PLEASE NOTE: CHILDREN MAY NOT WEAR FOOTBALL KIT FOR THIS DAY.





Tuesday, 8 May 2012

CHANGE TO DINNER MENU
Please note that catering have made the following changes to the menu:
Week 3 Tuesday now Smokey Joe Chicken
Week 4 Wednesday now Italian Chicken
Please note: Chicken Korma is no longer a menu choice

CROW’s HALL COUNTRY FAYRE – Sunday 20 May
This event has lots of attractions for all the family – live music, steam engine, farrier demonstrations, archery, equestrian displays, punch 7 judy, children’s races and activities & Fayre competitions – horticulture, cookery, photography etc (entry forms required). See the parents noticeboard or visit www.crowshallfayre.onesuffolk.net. The event is raising funds for restoration work of churches in the area and also Riding for the Disabled.

CORRECTION TO 2012/2013 CALENDAR
Just to point out that the calendar dates for 2012/2013 on the back of the Diary Dates leaflet have an incorrect date for the May Day Bank Holiday – it should read 6 May 2013

END OF SCHOOL PUPIL COLLECTIONS
Please can we remind parents to tell us in WRITING if someone else is picking pupils up or they are going home with another child- for ALL children in Nursery, Reception or KS1. Thank you.

CATHEDRAL ART EVENT CORRECTION
The art project in May is being done by the YEAR 5 children in class EM, not the Year 4 children as incorrectly stated in the last letter. If any parents would be able to come into school on Thursday 10 May for an hour or so to help create some plinths, then please speak to Miss Montague and Mrs Dwyer.

CHILDMINDERS
We are aware that a number of children do go to childminders on a regular basis, however we have found that for many of these children we do not have the childminders details on the pupil data sheets (which the office use to contact parents if children are ill). We would appreciate parents completing the slip below and returning it to the school office to allow us to update our records and ensure we have full contact information. Please return to the office by Friday 25 May. Thank you

CHILDMINDER INFORMATION FOR PUPIL DATA SHEETS MAY 2012 My child / ren ____________________________________________________ class ___________ ____________________________________________________ class ___________ Childminder name ___________________________________________________ Home tel _______________________________ mobile tel ____________________________ If applicable, please state which days they usually go: Mon Tue Wed Thur Fri Parent signature_______________________________________ Date______________________ Please return to the office by Friday 25 May. Thank you

Thursday, 3 May 2012

2012 OLYMPIC TORCH ROUTE

Dear Parents and Carers This letter is unusual in that it comes from the Headteachers from our Pyramid of Primary Schools and includes Dennington, Charsfield, Easton, Earl Soham, Wickham Market and Sir Robert Hitcham’s in Framlingham. We are thrilled to be able to share with you the part we would like your children to play in the progress of the Olympic Torch on its journey to London. Easton Primary School children in Y5 and Y6 will be preparing model school Olympic torches for a relay to take place between all the Pyramid Primary Schools in the weeks leading up to the arrival of the official Olympic torch in our part of Suffolk. The schools have also been working together with the Local Education Authority and the District and Parish Councils to organise for our children to view the torch relay as it passes through Wickham Market on Thursday 5th July at 2.59pm. To mark this momentous event the morning of the 5th July will be given over to individual schools to organise activities on their sites. After lunch coaches will transport children, staff and helpers to Wickham Market Primary School who have kindly offered the use of their school facilities, where activities will be planned for the children until the time comes for them to move into their viewing positions as directed by the Torch Relay organisers for the town. After the torch has passed by, the children will be escorted back to the Primary School site where they will be given a packed tea. Coaches will then begin to return them to their schools. Any children who normally travel home from school by bus will still be taken home by bus and all children who are normally collected from school will be returned to their own school to be collected by their parents. Times for the return journey will be confirmed in another letter nearer to the time however it is envisaged that all children will be returned to their school or normal collection point by 5.45pm at the latest. This is a unique educational opportunity for all our children to experience a little of the excitement of the Olympics. We would therefore not be authorising any absence requests from school on that day. Each school will organise their own supervision of the children which may include volunteer help, however families are actively discouraged on advice from Health and Safety from the District and Parish Councils from joining their children at the viewing site due to the pressure of many children in a small area. Final details will be sent to you as soon as they are in place, however as you can imagine the organisation for the event is immense and involves many individuals and groups so we do thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as details may alter as we approach 5th July. Yours sincerely Mrs H Picton, Headteacher Framlingham Sir Robert Hitcham’s CEVAP School

Heavy Rain Floods the Mere

More heavy rain overnight saw water flowing into the Mere infront of Framlingham Castle. You can see a farm gate almost submerged by the water.
This is the start of the River Ore. Water goes out of the other side of the Mere and past the Coop.