Friday, 25 October 2013

Gymnastic Club - Counter Balances

SRH Gymnastics Club run by Premier Sport on Fridays after school has had a very successful half term. 40 children have taken part and these photographs demonstrate some of the recent skills of the children.


These children are doing counter balances - sharing each others weight.




Christchurch Mansion Victorian Workshops

Children from the whole of Key Stage 2 went to Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich over a week to take part in a series of Victorian workshops.

Just like in Downton Abbey - we got to try out 'upstairs' and 'downstairs' activities.

Whilst downstairs we made butter and did the laundry.


Upstairs involved something called deportment - learning how to walk, sit and dress like a gentleman or lady.







Thursday, 24 October 2013

School Council Visits RSPCA


Members of our School Council at the entrance to the RSPCA headquarters in Martlesham, near Ipswich.

Most of the animals have been brought in by members of the public such as this kitten and this young hedgehog.

This dog has been injured and taken in by the RSPCA.

This kitten was brought in overnight - our school council were asked to give her a name: we came up with Moonlight.

This is a chinchilla - from South America.

There were lots of rabbits at the RSPCA.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Orchestra IS ON THIS WEEK (24 OCTOBER)
the newsletter was incorrect, SORRY!
there is NO ORCHESTRA on 7 November.
Apologies for the inconvenience.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

District Cross Country Results

Robert Hitcham's enjoyed a successful cross country competition at Framlingham College yesterday.
The picture above shows the individual medallists from the boys and girls races.
Ethan Withingstall came 1st and Georgie Cantrell was 3rd.
2nd and 3rd in the boys race were from Debenham. 1st in the girls was Tilly from Devenham and 2nd was Monique from Charsfield.

Ethan leading the way past Framlingham Castle.

SRH also ran an inter house competition. These pictures show the various house teams.
Howard won the girls race, Bulstrode won the boys and came 1st over all.




More action from the races.






SRH had 10 girls finish in the top 25 and 5 boys - there were 9 schools taking part.


DINNER MONEY WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED

ON A MONDAY

If you pay weekly for school dinners and forget

to pay on Monday we will no longer be able to accept payment later in the week

(unless your child has been off school unwell).

If you forget to pay Monday then you must provide a packed lunch for your child for the week.

We recommend that you pay in advance for the half term either to the office or online.
 
You can go directly to the SCC payment page from link on our school website at http://www.roberthitchams.ik.org/

Newsletter 10


REMINDER INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS – THURSDAY
This Thursday photos of all individual children and family groups will be taken.
The children will be photographed in their school sweatshirts.  
If you wish to bring pre-school children into school to join your family group photo, please come to the hall at 8.30am with your children.

REMEMBRANCE POPPIES – hopefully on sale in school this week!
We hope the Poppies will be delivered this week so we can take them to the classes
 for  the children to purchase one if they wish to. 
If they arrive late we will sell them after half term instead.

REMINDER CAKE STALL – Friday 25 October (PASB & DB)
There will be cakes for sale this Friday after school in the front playground pavilion.

YEAR 6 APPLICATIONS FOR HIGH SCHOOL
Applications must be made on-line or using the form by MONDAY 31 OCTOBER.

DINNER MONEY COST FOR AUTUMN 2nd HALF TERM
*******Dinner money should be paid on Mondays******
Half term payments are due by the first Monday after each half term.
The cost for lunch every day will be = £74.80
5 November-20 December = 34 days
Don’t forget you can pay for the whole term for 1/2/3 or 4 days per week too.
Weekly payments:               
   5 days  £11.00          4 days  £8.80           3 days  £6.60    2 days  £4.40         1 day  £2.20
Cheques should be made payable to Suffolk County Council (SCC) with your child’s name and class WRITTEN ON THE BACK please.
DINNER MONEY MUST  BE HANDED TO THE TEACHER IN AN ENVELOPE THAT STATES:       Child’s Name + Child’s Class + Which days dinner money is for.
DEADLINE FOR HALF-TERM PAYMENT IS MONDAY 11 NOVEMBER.

CHRISTMAS DINNER SLIPS TO RETURN PLEASE
Please return the slip for the Christmas lunch choice for ALL CHILDREN, ideally by the end of this week, but please DO NOT PAY yet.  Thank you.
If we do not receive a slip from you we will assume that your child WILL BE having a Christmas lunch which will need to be paid for on 16 December .

SPORTS DAY - CHANGE TO DATE
The new date for Sports Day is Tuesday 24 June (with the reserve date on Friday 27 June). The change is due to Framlingham College theatre only being available in the week of 30 June for the Year 5 & 6 production.

NO HOLY HORRORS & NO ORCHESTRA THIS WEEK
Just to advise parents there is no HHH this Wednesday or Orchestra on Thursday.

LAST GARDENING CLUB WAS THIS WEEK
Gardening club has finished now until after February half term when new letters will be sent out.

CHESS CLUB STARTS AFTER HALF TERM
Mr Byer will be running chess club for Year 5 & 6 children.  It will be held on a Thursday from 12.30-1.15 in Mr Brooks classroom.

BAG TO SCHOOL COLLECTION – 21 November
We would like to give you advance notice of this charity bag collection, in case you are having a clear out over half term.  They accept good condition clothing, bedding, belts & shoes (in pairs!). A letter and donation bag will be handed out shortly from the Friends.

READING WORKSHOP – FEEDBACK PLEASE
Your feedback from the workshop held earlier in the month is very useful to us.  If you haven’t already handed in your feedback sheet, please do so before half term so that Mr Vaughan can review and take action from your comments.  Thank you.

BONFIRE LUNCH – Tuesday 5 November
On the first day back after half term the catering team are providing a Bonfire Lunch of Hotdog Sausage in a roll or Cheddar Cheese Catherine Wheel, Curly Fries, sweetcorn and BBQ beans, with Fire-Cracker cupcake for dessert.

MORRISSONS VOUCHERS
The closing date for this scheme is very soon, so if you have any vouchers please drop them in to the box outside the office by half term.  Thank you for your support.

FILM NIGHT – FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER
The Friends film night after half term will be Monsters University, the booking letter is being handed out today.

CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL – FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER
Please return the filled shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child by Friday 8 November, don’t forget to include the £3.00 cash/cheque in the envelope or pay on line (apologies that we previously stated £2.50 in error).   Thank you.

DON’T FORGET!

Half term is next week,

and we have a Non-Pupil Day on Monday 4 November

(Note: Thomas Mills High School are in school on that day).


KS2 pupils remember to sort your Victorian Costume ready for Tuesday 12 November.


Over half term why not take a look at the school blog for photos

and reports of school events from the last half term?

Bulstrode win exciting Inter house football tournament

The closest house football competition for many years was decided on goal difference after Bulstrode, Mills and Howard all won 2 games each. Bulstrode, however, scored more goals than other despite losing a high quality match against Mills. Mills could have won the tournament but lost an exciting match by 3 goals to 2 against Howard.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Year 6 Art Work

Picasso style self portraits by class DB. Beth Moodie (above) and Ruby Bolton (below).
See video below for the whole gallery.





Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Newsletter 9


REMINDER FRIENDS AGM – WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER - 9AM in the hall
Please can we encourage all parents who are able to make it, to come along to support the Friends AGM Wednesday.  At the AGM you can hear about this year’s fundraising and where the money has been spent.  It is also an opportunity to welcome new members to join. If you are interested in becoming part of this team, which contributes a great deal to school, please do contact Rupert Durrant at rupert@thedurrants.com
We would especially encourage all new parents to school to come along.

FRIENDS QUIZ NIGHT– FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER
Do gather your family & friends to come along to socialize and have some fun.  Pit your wits against other teams at this adult quiz evening with questions set by Mr Brook. 
There will be a licensed bar available.  Each team is allowed up to 6 people and will cost £12 per team; this includes a bottle of wine on your table. Book via Rupert’s email above.
There will be prizes for 1st and last place and best team name.

REMEMBRANCE POPPIES –on sale the week before half term
Poppies will be on sale in the school during next week (21 October).  They will be brought to the classes each day when the children will have an opportunity to purchase a poppy if they wish to.

SPORTS EVENTS FOR 2013/2014
We now have the confirmed Sports Events dates from the High Suffolk Sports Partnership.  Teams of pupils from Year 6 & Year 5 will be selected to represent the school at the following events.  Letters will be sent home before each event if your child has been selected.  Parents are often able to come along to support the teams, and Mr Brook may occasionally need help with transport.
Event                              Date                                       Venue                              .
Cross Country                  Mon 21 October                      Framlingham College
Cross Country final                        Fri 15 November                       Mellis Common
Boys Football                  Wed 20 November                Stradbroke High School
High 5’s Netball               Tues 4 March                          Thomas Mills High School
Quicksticks Hockey         Tues 11 March                          Debenham High School
Swimming Gala               Weds 26 March                       Framlingham College
Hockey final                      Weds 2 April
Touch Rugby                   Tues 24 April                           Hartismere High School
Girls Football                   Fri 2 May                                Stonham Aspal
Kwik Cricket                    Mon 16 June                            Worlingworth CC
Kwick Cricket final                        Mon 23 June
Rounders                         Tues 24 June                           Debenham High School
Athletics                           Thurs 3 July                             Thomas Mills High School
Swimming final                 Fri 4 July

INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHS – Thursday 24 October
Next Thursday, 24 October, photos of all individual children and family groups will be taken. The children will be photographed in their school sweatshirts.
If you wish to bring pre-school children into school to join your family group photo, please come to the hall at 8.30am with your children.

SCHOOL MENUS FOR NOVEMBER TO APRIL
With this letter please find the EATs catering menus that starts after half term. You can also find the link to the menu from the front page of the school website.

CLASS RV & KV – END OF DAY COLLECTION
Please can we remind parents of children in these 2 classes to collect your child from the playground at the end of the day, and not to wait outside the class door to get your child before their line walks down to the playground.  Please keep the path and steps from these classes clear for the safe access of children down to the playground.  Thank you.

Every year Suffolk’s Fostering Service has the important task of recruiting more foster carers.  Over 40% of foster carers have school aged children when they first start to foster, and 10% have worked in education. In the past, Suffolk Schools have really helped recruit new foster carers and a number of new applicants have come forward having seen some promotional material at their local school.  Please take a look at the Parent notice-board for more info or visit www.suffolkfostering.com

SCHOOL OPEN DAY on THURSDAY 7 NOVEMBER

We are holding an Open Day for PROSPECTIVE PARENTS in November.
If you have any friends or neighbours who may be interested in considering our school for their children, do please encourage them to come along that day to take a tour of the school and see us in action!

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Rotary Club Dictionaries Given to Year 6

Framlingham Rotary Club donated free illustrated dictionaries to each of our year 6 children in assembly.




Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Christmas Lunch - Wednesday 18 December

It’s that time of year again, when we need to place our order for the Christmas turkey in order to meet SCC Catering deadlines.  It is a fun and sociable event and children are invited to join in even if they do not normally have a school meal. Children choosing to bring a packed lunch will eat in the hall with everyone else as usual.

Roast Turkey, Stuffing, Chipolata Sausage,
Yorkshire pudding, Cranberry Sauce and Gravy
Roast Potatoes, Carrots, Peas and Brussels sprouts
The vegetarian alternative will be Quorn Roast
Christmas pudding and Custard Sauce or
Ice Cream VENEZIA dessert

********There will be NO Nursery Lunch Club on this day.**********

Please tell us if your child will want a Christmas Lunch, a Vegetarian option or will bring a packed lunch by completing the slip below.
Please return the slip by Tuesday 5 November but DO NOT SEND PAYMENT YET.

If you select a Christmas dinner, we are afraid that you will not be able to change your mind nearer the time.

 Please pay on Monday 16 December if you are having a school lunch. 
The cost of Christmas Lunch will be £3.20.  If your child is entitled to free school meals, there is no charge.  (Please note that cheques for dinner money should be made payable to “Suffolk County Council”)
                
PLEASE TICK A CHOICE FOR YOUR CHILD/REN
CHRISTMAS LUNCH     VEGETARIAN LUNCH       PACKED LUNCH    

Child’s Name_____________________________________ 
Parent Sign_____________________________________

 PLEASE DO NOT PAY NOW PAY ON MONDAY 16 DECEMBER

RETURN SLIP (ONLY) BY TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER

Newsletter 7


of Governors and Mrs Jacqueline Ward has been appointed as the new vice-chair of Governors.  For a full list of our school Governors please go to our website at http://www.roberthitchams.ik.org/p_Staff.ikml

CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX APPEAL
As in previous years we are again supporting Samaritan’s Purse. 
Each shoe box should be filled with items as specified in the leaflet handed out today and should be clearly labelled.  PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO CUSTOMS REGULATIONS there are items that cannot be included – please read the leaflet.  Extra leaflets are available from the school office. 
We cannot send the boxes if there is no £2.50 to cover the transport costs, so please only send in shoeboxes with the accompanying £2.50.
Please return the filled shoe boxes to school by FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER so that we can arrange collection.  THANK YOU.

HARVEST FESTIVAL COLLECTION
Thank you to all those parents who donated food gifts for Harvest which will be taken to the West Villa Homeless Families Unit in Ipswich and the collection at the end of the KS1 / KS2 service raised £177 will go to the Soup Kitchen in Ipswich.

FRIENDS AGM – WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER AT 9AM in the hall
Please can we encourage all parents who are able to make it, to come along to support the Friends AGM next Wednesday.  At the AGM you can hear about this year’s fundraising and where the money has been spent.  It is also an opportunity to welcome new members to join. If you are interested in becoming part of this team, which contributes a great deal to school, please do contact Rupert Durrant at rupert@thedurrants.com
We would especially encourage all new parents to school to come along.

FRIENDS QUIZ NIGHT– FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER
A separate letter for the Quiz night will be sent home this week; please do gather your family & friends to come along to socialize and have some fun.  Pit your wits against other teams at this adult quiz evening with questions set by Mr Brook. 
There will be a licensed bar available.  Each team is allowed up to 6 people and will cost £12 per team; this includes a bottle of wine on your table.
There will be prizes for 1st and last place and best team name.

SHOE BOXES FOR PL/DD & RV
We recently asked for shoe boxes for class KV, but PL/DD & RV also need them for a project in class.  If you have a spare that you are not using for the Christmas Shoebox appeal (above) then please pass them to the class teachers.  Thank you.


   PERSONAL AND EMERGENCY DETAILS FOR PUPILS
    please return any outstanding data sheets tomorrow
& remember to sign them at the bottom.


DOES YOUR CHILD CATCH THE BUS HOME?
Please can you remind your child on a daily basis whether they are catching the bus home? On a daily basis we have children who are unsure how they are getting home.  Thank you.

SICKNESS & DIARRHOEA BUG
We have pupils who are currently suffering from a bout of this bug, and would like to remind parents that in line with the HPA (Health Protection Agency) guidelines pupils should remain at home for 48 hours after the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea.  Please help to reduce the spread of this by not returning your child to school before they are fully recovered.  Thank you.

CLASSES EM & NS SWIMMING FROM NEXT WEEK
Can we remind parents of class EM & NS that the children will start their 5 weeks of swimming lessons NEXT Wednesday (16 October).

PE T-SHIRTS for KS2
Please can we remind parents that the children in Key Stage 2 should wear PLAIN coloured PE shirts for their house (Red, Blue, Green or Yellow).  T-shirts should not have slogans printed on them.  They are available to buy from the Friends, via a uniform order form from the office or off the website.

CROSSING COLLEGE ROAD SAFELY
On a recent visit the SCC Road Safety Officer has alerted his concern about parents (with children) crossing directly at the bottom of Love Lane, and not using the Crossing Patrol.  Please can we stress the importance of safely crossing this road, and of setting the right example to the children of ALWAYS USING THE CROSSING PATROL when they are in place.  Thank you.

CYCLE SAFETY
The Road Safety Team at SCC have launched a countywide campaign to encourage cyclists and drivers to share the road with more care and increased safety.  Do look on their website for more information www.suffolkroadsafe.net/look/

REMINDER - APPLICATIONS FOR STARTING SCHOOL 2014/2015

Reception Applications letters and forms for next year are now available at the school office. 

Please note they MUST be returned to the Admissions Team at Ipswich by 15 January 2014.

For information go to: www.suffolk.gov.uk/admissionstoschools, you can apply online at www.suffolk.gov.uk/onlineadmissions, but you will still need to get a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) from the office.


THOMAS MILLS NON-PUPIL DAY - FRIDAY
Please note Thomas Mills High School has a non-pupil day this Friday (11 October) but we
DO NOT – our school is open as usual for our pupils.