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    Welcome to our growing academy family based in Tadpole Garden Village.  We provide a rich learning environment, that encourages inquisitiveness; supports exploration; lives by a set of Christian values and aims to give each and every member of our community a chance to be the best they can be.  The children and families who have already joined us have formed a strong and supportive community, that is contributing to building the wider community on this new development.  If you’re thinking of joining our community, we’d love to talk to you: please feel free to contact us using any of the methods detailed above.
    Mrs Jane Leo, Principal

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    Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy blog

    2018/19 Newsblog Term 2 Week 2

    Hello All








    Last week’s Y6 Residential Adventure Trip was full of courage, perseverance and laughter – the Y6 children were a pleasure to be away with and they all showed our school values during their time away.  A huge thank you to Miss Weston, Mrs Plumridge and Mr Kirby who gave up their own time to be with the children and to Mrs Wilding for tag-teaming the week with me.
    Thank you also for the donations you gave on Children in Need day and the colourful, cosy, spotty outfits the children enjoyed wearing – we’ll let you know how much was raised in next week’s newsblog.

    In the newsblog this week:

    Dates for Term 2
    School Council Update
    Young Carers Update
    Match Report
    Parents Forum 3rdDecember
    Things of interest in the community


    Dates for Term 2
    Any updates will be in red
    Term 2  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event
    22/11
    2:45 pm
    Y2 will be leading worship – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    26/11
    3:30 – 6:00 pm
    LilyPad closed for staff training
    3/12
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Parent Forum – all welcome – a chance to help shape the way the school supports all the children, families and the wider community – see below

    3/12 – 4/12
    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR-Y6 - Monday 3/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 4/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times will be shared nearer date
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    6/12
    2:00 pm dress rehearsal for Nativity themed performance by YR – grandparents and local community to be invited – more details nearer time
    6:00 pm actual performance for all YR parents – more details nearer time
    7/12
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    12/12
    Times to be confirmed
    Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited
    12/12
    4:30 – 5:15 pm (Y1/2/3)
    5:45 – 7:00 pm
    (Y4/5/6)
    FOTF Christmas Disco – more details to follow.
    19/12
    6:00 pm
    Carols by Candlelight - all invited– the aim is for this to be outside unless weather really bad so all will be welcome
    21/12
    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to   charity if you wish
    22/12 – 6/1/18
    Christmas holiday – school closed

    School Council Update
    The School Council met on Thursday the 15th November 2018 and we welcomed our new year one school council members, Jasmine and Joel. Then we voted for the school dinners for after Christmas. They sound ‘dinner-tastic’! Next we talked about an issue with our book boxes for outside and we think we need to put new ones in them. After this, we got into partners and used our class’ ideas to write our shopping list for the quiet area. We looked on Amazon and added to our shopping basket. We realised we can get most of it from ASDA, so we are going to put all our names in a hat and pick a few people to go to ASDA with a member of staff to buy the last bits for our Quiet Area.

    After we have finished the Quiet Area, we will be focusing on a new project with the leftover money.

    If you have any ideas to make the school better in any way please use our post box in the big hall or add it to the class council board in your classroom!!!

    Minutes by Mionie & Emily

    Young Carers Update
    Miss Milsom, who is our Young Carer Lead, will be on the drop zone the morning of Tuesday November 20th .   If there are any parents who wish to discuss any queries or have any questions about Young Carers Group please feel free to come and talk to her on the drop zone. You may already have a child who is part of our Young Carers group or you may feel that your child could benefit from our group. 
    Thank you
    Miss Milsom 

    Match Report
    Another high scoring game for the boys but they, unfortunately, found themselves on the losing team again. With a very depleted squad, due to the YR6s being away on residential and a few of the YR5s unavailable, we took boys to Abbey Park to play our cup game against East Wichel and Miss Wood and Mrs Philpot couldn't be more proud of them. It took great COURAGE and PERSEVERANCE to play with only 6 for the whole game (usually 7 aside) and, when the opposition brought ten players, it is a massive achievement. 

    The boys conceded first, after the referee penalised Tadpole for a harsh handball, and East Wichel managed to convert their spot kick. The next goal came shortly after that, when Tadpole failed to clear their lines in defence and found themselves two goals down. Despite being two down, the boys were playing well and were continuing to look to pass to each other, rather than just hit and hope; this is something that the boys are constantly improving on game after game. The third goal came in unfortunate circumstances from a goal kick; Muhammed, rather kicking up field ,decided to pass to Josh who was open, unfortunately the ball was taken from him and ended with East Wichel scoring -  but this shows confidence through the team, as this is something the boys would not have done back in game one. 

    After some cracking defending from Ethan, Owain and Josh and some more superb saves from Muhammed, the boys were fortunate that the score line wasn't any greater. After another sublime effort from the East Wichel striker, Tadpole found themselves 4 down. Having been 4-0 up, East Wichel showed exceptional sportsmanship and decided to take a player off and play with just five, leaving Tadpole playing with 6. Although the boys were tiring, they found a final bit of energy to push forward and Darcy, Owain and Gabriel all had good chances and, after a few great saves from the opposition keeper, Tadpole were unlucky not to score more than one. However, it was Gabriel who managed to find the net for Tadpole this time, after he was unlucky not score last week, a good low shot from 5 yards out found the bottom corner. Tadpole would go on to concede again through an almost identical goal to the third they conceded, although they boys had already conceded like this it showed tremendous COURAGE to continue to playing and developing in the game.
    The final score was 5-1 to East Wichel which saw the boys get knocked out the cup, but all is not lost as they get placed into the PLATE competition. You never know we might bring that silverware back to TADPOLE FARM. 

    Keep going boys and well done on a great terrific team performance. 


    Parents Forum 3rd December

    On the 3rdDecember, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm, please join us at school for our first Parent Forum meeting of this year. We would really appreciate as many of you joining us as possible.
    What is Parent Forum?
    The Parent Forum is a partnership between parents and the school. It is a valuable way to share ideas, views, concerns and make suggestions for improvement.  It will play an active role in influencing, supporting and enhancing the development and learning of all children at Tadpole Farm.
    What are the aims of the Parent Forum?
    The aims of the Parent Forum are to:

    · Work closely with the Local Board (governing body) and school leadership team to ensure an open and beneficial dialogue exists,  so that we can work together to improve the education provided for the children
    · Assist Local Board members and staff by commenting on new initiatives, drawing attention to areas of concern and contributing to solutions.
    · Meet in a mutually supportive environment
    · Develop and disseminate ideas that improve life at Tadpole Farm
    What are the principles guiding the Forum?
    Together, we aim to be:
       Collaborative: participating together for the benefit of the school community
       Constructive: helping to identify effective solutions
       Transparent: keeping everyone informed of meetings and their outcomes
       Encouraging: welcoming ideas and initiatives to foster a positive ethos
    Who can be part of the Forum?
    All parents and carers of children attending Tadpole Farm are welcome to be part of the Forum. In addition, a representative from the Local Board and the leadership team has committed to attend each meeting.
    What will the Parent Forum not do?
    The Parent Forum is not a decision-making body. It is a body which can feed in views and represent the parents and carers of issues surrounding the school. The Parent Forum is also not the place to discuss concerns or complaints involving individual children, families or members of staff.
    How can parents & carers participate?
    Parents and carers can participate in a number of ways:
       All are warmly welcome to attend and participate at any Parent Forum meeting;
       By taking a role to help promote the Forum and make it work;
       By suggesting items to be discussed.
    What will be the agenda on 3rd December?
    ·      Parent comments on the school’s vision and ethos
    ·      Discussion of Health and Safety aspects
    ·      Contributions and suggestions from parents on any aspect of school life
    Hope to see you there.

    Things of interest in the community







    2018/19 Newsblog Term 2 Week 1

    Hello All

    It was lovely to see all the children back and to welcome our new families that started with us this week.  Term 2 is always an exciting term and there’s lots to look forward to; starting this week with the Y6 residential, Children in Need Day and the first of the Winter Wild Walks – see below for more information. 
    In the newsblog this week:
    Dates for Term 2
    Baby News Update
    Children in Need
    Wild Winter Walks
    Reminder – Keep it small please J
    Match Report
    Click to help gain school funds
    Food Bank Thank You
    Y6 Residential Trip Begins
    Things of interest in the community


    Dates for Term 2
    Any updates will be in red
    Term 2  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event
    Week beginning 12/11

    Y6 Residential at Condover Hall
    16/11
    All Day
    Children in Need – see below
    22/11
    2:45 pm
    Y2 will be leading worship – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year



    26/11
    3:30 – 6:00 pm
    LilyPad closed for staff training
    3/12
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Parent Forum – all welcome – a chance to help shape the way the school supports all the children, families and the wider community – more details to follow

    3/12 – 4/12

    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR-Y6 - Monday 3/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 4/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times will be shared nearer date
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    6/12

    2:00 pm dress rehearsal for Nativity themed performance by YR – grandparents and local community to be invited – more details nearer time
    6:00 pm actual performance for all YR parents – more details nearer time
    7/12
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    12/12
    Times to be confirmed

    Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited
    12/12
    4:30 – 5:15 pm (Y1/2/3)
    5:45 – 7:00 pm
    (Y4/5/6)
    FOTF Christmas Disco – more details to follow.
    19/12
    6:00 pm
    Carols by Candlelight - all invited– the aim is for this to be outside unless weather really bad so all will be welcome
    21/12

    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to   charity if you wish
    22/12 – 6/1/18

    Christmas holiday – school closed

    Baby News

    You’ll remember the news that Mrs Holt’s baby was born on 18th October and we said we’d updated you with the name… he’s called Oliver Michael Holt, to be known as Ollie.

    Children in Need

    Next Friday, 16thNovember, is Children in Need Day.  If your child wishes to they may come to school in something spotty, or their pyjamas or even, combining the two…  spotty pyjamas!!! Please bring in a donation for Children in Need. The Y6 children will be returning from Residential Camp that day so they may take part if they wish to once they have completed the morning activities.


    Wild Winter Walks

    Winter forest walks are this week for years 1, 2 and 5. Please can you ensure they bring, in a named bag, wellies and warm, waterproof clothes, which you don’t mind getting muddy; as we will go whatever the weather.
    Monday- year 1
    Tuesday- year 2
    Wednesday- year 5


    Reminder – Keep it small please J

    Space is limited in school and rucksacks seem to be getting bigger and bigger – please, if you are replacing school bags, keep them no larger than A4 folder.  The same request goes for pencil cases, which seem to have grown; key ring charms on book bags – we’d prefer only one or none; hair bows – as requested previously no ‘Jo-Jo’ style bows or cats ear hairbands – they’re lovely but not for school – school uniform is small bows or hairbands in school colours only; earrings – just studs please not dangly earrings for safety reasons.  Also a reminder re school shoes not trainers and please check the school shoes will stay on your child’s foot safely.  Thank you for your help with all of above.

    Match Report
    The boys played their second football game of the league season on Thursday and what a goal fest it was!  Unfortunately, the score ended 6-4 against the team but they were very much in the game until the last 2 minutes. 

    The boys went behind first, after a slight switch off in the defence but reacted brilliantly and shortly afterwards found themselves 2-1 up. After some great play between Luke, Gabriel and Dion, the ball found its way to Joseph, who calmly slotted the ball into the net twice on two different occasions. After conceding again, the game became hectic with both schools having chances at either end. Tadpole were for fortunate not to concede more; if it hadn’t been for the excellent defending from Ryan, Nathan and Daniel and some super saves from keeper Muhammed, then scores could have been totally different. 

    Tadpole went on to concede two more just after half time leaving the score at 4-2, but next to get on the score sheet was Luke; after some good play between him, Kewin and Owain,  he managed to find the bottom corner to make the score 4-3. The lead was short lived though as Tadpole found themselves two goals behind again. However the boys reacted amazingly by going onto score another, this time through Joseph, who rounded off a great game with a hat trick leaving the score at 5-4. With only two minutes left on the clock the boys pushed so hard to find an equaliser, but it wasn't to be and unfortunately conceded again. Despite the defeat the boys took positives from the game and can't wait for their next outing against East Wichel in the cup. 

    Click to help gain school funds

    Here's something you can help with, without leaving the comfort of your armchair. Follow the link and vote for Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy 

    The establishment with the most votes will win £7500 to spend on security products and safety equipment. This might not sound exciting, but it then means we could divert funds from the site security budget directly learning activities.

    Please feel free to share the link with others and mention Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy.


    Food Bank thank you

    Y6 Residential Trip Begins

    Our Y6 pupils, along with Mrs Leo/Mrs Wilding (who are sharing the week), Miss Weston, Mr Kirby and Mrs Plumridge (who will all be there all week), are very excited for this first Tadpole Farm Residential Trip.  We are going to Condover Hall and you can follow our adventures on http://www.tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk/pupil-pages/y6-toads-and-frogs/y6-condover-hall-2018/ - content uploaded daily provided we can access their WIFI :) 


    Things of interest in the community

    On Wednesday 12th December there will be a FREE talk organised by the Science and Technology Facilities Council as part of their series of talks titled "Bringing Science to Swindon", held at New College.
    Renowned Professor of Natural History Phil Manning from the University of Manchester will be bringing dinosaurs to Swindon...
    The Science and Technology Facilities Council (the other STFC) based here in Swindon fund some of the most amazing and inspirational science and technology in the world. This is the next in a series of public events to highlight the science realised here in Swindon.

    When:
    Wednesday 12 December 2018 07:00 PM - Wednesday 12 December 2018 08:00 PM
    Where:
    New College, Swindon SN3 1 AH



    2018/19 Newsblog Term 1 Week 7

    Hello All

    This will be the last newsblog of this term – it feels like just last week all the children were coming in with their new school shoes and summer holiday news and here we are already at the end of term 1 – time flies!  We hope you all have a lovely October break – last day of term is Wednesday 24th October, normal school hours and the children’s first day back is Tuesday 6th November, as we have an Academy wide training day on the 5th November so no staff will be in school. In the newsblog this week:




    Dates for the New School Year Term 1/2 only
    Baby News
    Nut Free Reminder
    Community Policing Links and Initiatives
    Message for YN Parents
    Message for Y6 Parents
    School Photo Reminder
    School Milk Availability
    Remembrance Day Poppies and items for sale
    Lifecycle UK need you!
    Things of interest in the community


    Dates for Term 1 and 2
    Any updates will be in red
    Term 1 and 2  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event
    23/10
    3:40 – 7:00 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 10 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5/6 – YN slots times as per those notified to parents on Monday 1st October
    24/10

    Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
    25/10 – 4/11

    October holiday – school closed
    5/11

    Additional Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
    6/11

    Children back to school normal times for start of term 2
    7/11
    6:00 – 7:00 pm
    Parent Workshop 1 – Reading/Phonics – This workshop is aimed at supporting your child with reading, whatever their age.  There will be sessions aimed at YN/YR; Y1/2 and Y3/4/5/6. Please sign-up via Google form – https://goo.gl/forms/3C95StlBcpVycnOg1

    No Swimming for Y2
    8/11
    6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
    Drop-in session for parents/carers re Y6 Residential – see item below
    Week beginning 12/11

    Y6 Residential at Condover Hall
    22/11
    2:45 pm
    Y2 will be leading worship – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    26/11
    3:30 – 6:00 pm
    LilyPad closed for staff training
    3/12
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Parent Forum – all welcome – a chance to help shape the way the school supports all the children, families and the wider community – more details to follow

    3/12 – 4/12

    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR-Y6 - Monday 3/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 4/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times will be shared nearer date
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    6/12

    2:00 pm dress rehearsal for Nativity themed performance by YR – grandparents and local community to be invited – more details nearer time
    6:00 pm actual performance for all YR parents – more details nearer time
    7/12
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    12/12
    Times to be confirmed

    Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited
    12/12
    4:30 – 5:15 pm (Y1/2/3)
    5:45 – 7:00 pm
    (Y4/5/6)
    FOTF Christmas Disco – more details to follow.
    19/12
    6:00 pm
    Carols by Candlelight - all invited– the aim is for this to be outside unless weather really bad so all will be welcome
    21/12

    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to   charity if you wish
    22/12 – 6/1/18

    Christmas holiday – school closed

    Baby News
    We thought you would like to know that Mrs Holt has had her baby – it’s a boy!  He was born on 18th October at 21:47 and weighed 8.2 lbs and both parents and baby are doing well.  Name is yet to be announcedJ



    Nut Free Reminder 
    Please can you help support our children and staff who are extremely allergic to nuts by keeping our school a nut free zone.  No children or adults should be bringing any nut based snacks or foods in to school - this applies to snacks brought in to school for after school clubs, even if run by external groups, as the nuts may be dropped in the hall and left there - we have let external groups know too.  Thank you for helping us keep these members of our community safer. 

    Community Policing Links and Initiatives

    Our new community office is PCSO Tom Scourfield and he will be in school every couple of weeks getting to know the children and building up positive relationships.  The police have already been in talking to our Y5/6 children about E-Safety and we are hoping to be part of two longer term projects – one is setting up a police group for Year 5 led by a serving police office and another is an Early Intervention Scheme that provides specific mentoring for young people who need additional support.  This scheme has previously run, very successfully, with secondary pupils and they now have funding to expand it in to primary schools. If you feel your child would benefit from some 1:1 mentoring please contact school and Mrs Salter, who is leading this initiative, will discuss the criteria for the scheme with you.


    Message for YN Parents
    Please could all Hedgehogs, who are in on Wednesday, bring in their favourite toy to show/share with their friends in their class. Please only bring one item each. After half term, as all children have now had time to settle into Hedgehog class, we will be asking that no more toys are bought in from home please, so this is a last chance to celebrate and share our favourites!

    Message for Y6 Parents
    The children will come home this week with a pack of information about the residential
    trip including kit lists, medical details and timings.  If you have any last minute queries please catch Mrs Leo or Miss Weston at the school gate in the mornings or come along to the drop-in session on 8th November at 6:45 pm. The children will be having regular times to ask questions about the visit during this week and the first week back. The staff going with the children are Mrs Leo, Miss Weston, Mr Kirby and Mrs Plumridge.  Mrs Leo will be coming back to school during Wednesday and Mrs Wilding will be joining the group for the last two nights so Mrs Leo can be in school Thursday and Friday.

    School Photo Reminder
    Proof photos went home last week with the children and all orders must be in school by 3.30pm Friday 9th November. For any families where parents are separated, please ask the parent who has the photo for the ref code under the picture and order online www.tempest-orders.co.uk  - the web access code which is SD618.

    School Milk Availability
    The School Food Plan legislation states that children of all ages should have access to milk during the school day.  Our school milk scheme is administered by Cool Milk.  To register your child for school milk, please visit https://www.coolmilk.com/register "

    If you have already registered your under 5s using our bulk registration process, parents are still able to register using the form/website. This provides them with the opportunity to make payment for milk when their child turns 5, in line with School Food Plan legislation.

    Remembrance Day Poppies and items for sale
    Our Service Families Group will be selling a variety of Remembrance Day items and poppies in school this coming week and the week after the holidays. Items also available at school office for children to come before/after school. 
    We also have a small number of pin badges for £2 minimum each.

    Lifecycle UK need you!
    We want to provide Bikeability training but they need more adults to do the teaching – can you help?


    To fulfil our new contract to provide Bikeability training to primary schools throughout Swindon, we are looking to recruit and train new cycling instructors.

    Do you:
    Live in Swindon and love cycling?
    Want to work on a freelance basis?
    Enjoy working with children?
    Have confidence with urban cycling?
    Have some teaching, coaching or instructing experience?

    Benefits:
    Fits well with school hours and term times      
    Flexible working days
    Full training available
    Gain your NSI qualification (National Standard Instructors)
    Train the new generation of cyclists

    Get in touch today:
    0117 353 4580

    Things of interest in the community

    Some providers have sent PDFs so I have attached these to the email informing you of the newsblog as they are too long to screenshot. 











    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    With only one full week remaining of term the October holidays will soon be upon us.


    We have our three day mainstream development course, goalkeeping course, girls only and multi sports inclusion courses (for children with SEN and physical disabilities) taking place on 30th, 31st October and 1st November and currently still have places available.

    The children will have the opportunity to play on our inflatable pitch (weather permitting), have a tour of the stadium and receive a goodie bag at the trophy presentation. If the weather is poor, we have a partnership with Thamesdown Transport so the children will travel safely by bus and be coached indoors.

    To book your place, please follow the link. If you have any further questions, please contact admin@stfc-fitc.co.uk or call 01793 421303.

    If you have already booked your place, please disregard this email.

    Kind Regards,
    The Community Trust Team















    2018/19 Newsblog Term 1 Week 6

    Hello All

    It’s hard to believe we are just a week and a half away from the end of term 1.  This week we have the first of the parent/teacher appointments – please note we will not be able to run Show Me sessions this week, apologies for the late notice on this but you will have the time to see your child’s learning at the parent appointments.  In the newsblog this week:


    Dates for the New School Year Term 1/2 only

    Parent/teacher appointments reminder
    Social Media and E-Safety
    PE Kit, Uniform and Jewellery reminder
    Flu Vaccination
    Y2 No swimming reminder re this week and next
    ‘Tommy’ art sculpture visiting school for 36 hours
    YN Need Magazines for Cutting Up

    Dates for Term 1 and 2
    Any updates will be in red
    Term 1 and 2  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event
    15/10 – 16/10

    Please note the Show Me sessions will not be taking place this week due to parents meetings.  Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of October holiday.
    18/10 and 23/10
    3:40 – 7:00 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 10 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5/6 – YN slots times as per those notified to parents on Monday 1st October
    19/10
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship - please note if this becomes very popular we may need to restrict numbers but we'll see how it goes for now.
    24/10

    Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
    25/10 – 4/11

    October holiday – school closed
    5/11

    Additional Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
    6/11

    Children back to school normal times for start of term 2
    7/11

    Parent Workshop 1 – Reading/Phonics - more details will follow

    No Swimming for Y2
    Week beginning 12/11

    Y6 Residential at Condover Hall
    22/11
    2:45 pm
    Y2 will be leading worship – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    26/11
    3:30 – 6:00 pm
    LilyPad closed for staff training
    3/12
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Parent Forum – all welcome – a chance to help shape the way the school supports all the children, families and the wider community – more details to follow

    3/12 – 4/12

    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR-Y6 - Monday 3/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 4/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times will be shared nearer date
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    6/12

    2:00 pm dress rehearsal for Nativity themed performance by YR – grandparents and local community to be invited – more details nearer time
    6:00 pm actual performance for all YR parents – more details nearer time
    7/12
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    12/12
    Times to be confirmed

    Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited
    12/12
    4:30 – 5:15 pm (Y1/2/3)
    5:45 – 7:00 pm
    (Y4/5/6)
    FOTF Christmas Disco – more details to follow.
    19/12
    6:00 pm
    Carols by Candlelight - all invited– the aim is for this to be outside unless weather really bad so all will be welcome
    21/12

    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to   charity if you wish
    22/12 – 6/1/18

    Christmas holiday – school closed

    Parent/teacher appointments reminder
    We have parent/teacher appointments this Thursday and next Tuesday.  You will have been notified of the appointment time and we ask for your support to keep the sessions running to time – each slot is 10 minutes and is to focus on how well the children have settled in to their new classes and the next steps they are working on. If you feel, after the meeting, that you would like a further meeting then please book these through the office.
    Please note the Show Me sessions will not be taking place this week due to parent meetings.  Apologies, I should have removed these from the parent calendar some weeks ago.

    Social Media and E-Safety
    As a parent, it is sometimes hard to know what to give your growing young person access to in terms of social media.  It is often the case that, as children move into and through Key Stage 2 they begin to ask for and gain access to different social media apps that you, as parents, may never have used.  There is a really useful website, https://www.commonsensemedia.org
    That will give you overviews and hints for keeping children safe. One thing you may not be aware of, if your child used an app called Musical.ly, the app was taken over and replaced by an app called Tik Tok.  Whilst there is a privacy function of sorts, the user can search across all users and the content may not be appropriate for primary aged young people. Check out the advice on Common Sense Media about how to support your child’s use of apps and social media.  The classes all study e-safety and we try and give them very simple advice – ‘if you wouldn’t say it to someone’s face then don’t type it in to social media; if you wouldn’t do or say something publicly then don’t post it on social media.’

    PE Kit, Uniform and Jewellery reminder
    Sadly, too high a number of children are not wearing the correct PE kit and some are even not bringing PE kit to school.  It is part of our health and safety requirements that children wear the correct PE kit when doing PE. 
    From after the October holiday, no child will be allowed to do PE without the correct PE kit and we will be phoning and sending reminders home, so you can help them remember their PE kit if they forget.  This gives you the holiday to check your child has the correct PE kit. 

    PE Kit - for all
    • Black shorts
    • White round neck t-shirt – not the polo shirt they have worn to school
    • Daps/trainers
    • School logo hoodie or black non-logo tracksuit top
    • Black non-logo tracksuit bottoms or joggers
    Please help us to keep our school community looking smart by also sticking to school uniform (the polo shirts are white not blue please); if your child wears earrings then they should be studs only not dangly; hair bunches, hair bands and bows should be in school colours only and small (not cats ears, jo-jo bows or rainbow coloured); no make-up is needed for school – please remove nail varnish and keep that for weekends. Thank you.

    Flu Vaccination
    We have been asked to share the following message with you:-
    If your child has a medical vulnerability and their school session isn't until later in the term, or they have missed it at school, or you have changed your mind and want them to have it there are community clinics being run across the Counties.  Please call to book in to the appropriate number (please note you can attend any session you like) 
    Swindon           02.11.2018 - 10.00 -12.00 - call 0333 3219838

    Chippenham     02.11.2018 - 13.00 - 15.00 - call 0333 321983

    Y2 No swimming reminder re this week and next
    Just a reminder that there is no swimming this week or next as per list of dates given in letter at beginning of term. As Wednesday is school photo day, please can Y2 children to come into school in school uniform but bring their PE kit with them. Next week they can come in in PE kit as usual but obviously don’t need swimming kit.

    ‘Tommy’ art sculpture visiting school for 36 hours
    The children will be seeing one of the ‘Tommy’ sculptures, which is visiting schools in Swindon. ‘Tommy’ will join us on Monday and be with us for 36 hours.  The children will learn about him in worship on Monday and you can find out more about him here https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/16960055.tommy-statue-to-be-installed-on-highworths-new-podium-in-november/

    YN Need Magazines for Cutting Up
    Hedgehogs are making collages of faces and need lots of magazines to cut up.  If you can spare any, please drop in to YN  this week.   We will be cutting out eyes, mouths, etc. so a magazine with lots of people in would be useful!


    2018/19 Newsblog Term 1 Week 5

    Hello All

    Thank you so much for the generosity you showed in your donations for the Harvest Service – we have a significant amount of food waiting to be collected and it will go to make a significant difference to those in need in our local community.  In the newsblog this week:


       Dates for the New School Year Term 1/2 only

       Come and join our Local Board (Governors)
       Football Team News
       Harvest Service Thank You
       Space Hopper Edwards and Ward Competition Winners
       FOTF Meeting Update
       News from St Andrew’s Church
       Request for Barbie and Action Man type donations


    Dates for Term 1 and 2
    Any updates will be in red
    Term 1 and 2  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event
    15/10 – 16/10

    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 15/10 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 16/10 – 3:30 – 4:00. Times for YN to be notified nearer date. Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of October holiday.
    18/10 and 23/10
    3:40 – 7:00 pm
    Parent/teacher/pupil meetings – 10 minute slots for YR/1/2/3/4/5/6 – YN slots times as per those notified to parents on Monday 1st October
    19/10
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship - please note if this becomes very popular we may need to restrict numbers but we'll see how it goes for now.
    24/10

    Last day term 1 – school finishes normal time
    25/10 – 4/11

    October holiday – school closed
    5/11

    Additional Staff Training (INSET) day -  staff in school; no children in school
    6/11

    Children back to school normal times for start of term 2
    7/11

    Parent Workshop 1 – Reading/Phonics - more details will follow

    No Swimming for Y2
    Week beginning 12/11

    Y6 Residential at Condover Hall
    22/11
    2:45 pm
    Y2 will be leading worship – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    26/11
    3:30 – 6:00 pm
    LilyPad closed for staff training
    3/12
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Parent Forum – all welcome – a chance to help shape the way the school supports all the children, families and the wider community – more details to follow

    3/12 – 4/12

    “Show me” sessions; for children in YR-Y6 - Monday 3/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:00; Tuesday 4/12 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – please note for children in YN times will be shared nearer date
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5/6 children until end of Christmas holiday.
    6/12

    2:00 pm dress rehearsal for Nativity themed performance by YR – grandparents and local community to be invited – more details nearer time
    6:00 pm actual performance for all YR parents – more details nearer time
    7/12
    9:00 am
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    12/12
    Times to be confirmed

    Nativity tableau and songs by YN – all children and parents of YN children to be invited
    12/12
    4:30 – 5:15 pm (Y1/2/3)
    5:45 – 7:00 pm
    (Y4/5/6)
    FOTF Christmas Disco – more details to follow.
    19/12
    6:00 pm
    Carols by Candlelight - all invited– the aim is for this to be outside unless weather really bad so all will be welcome
    21/12

    Last Day of Term and Christmas Jumper day – will include wearing own Christmas Jumper and making small donation to   charity if you wish
    22/12 – 6/1/18

    Christmas holiday – school closed

    Come and join our Local Board (Governors)
    Are you willing to give up some of your time to give back to your local community?  If so , Tadpole Farm CEPA needs you as a Community or Parent Governor.

    Being a Governor is challenging yet rewarding.   It gives me a chance to make a real difference in the children's lives and also give back to the local community.  I became a Governor because I am passionate about education and have a drive to see children learn and be their best.

    As a Governor, I attend meetings on a regular basis (at least once per month) and we bring our own experiences of life to inform the discussions.  We bring the experience and skills from our day job into the governing body to enhance decision making and to make it effective. 

    So what do we do as Governors?  

          Visit the school to observe and understand how the children are learning.  It is always a thrill to hear an excited pupil eloquently explain what they have discovered or learnt during a lesson.
          Monitor the progress and attainment of the pupils' performance and challenge when necessary. 
          Oversee the financial performance of the school and monitor how the money is spent.
          Ensure that the Pupils and Teachers at Tadpole Farm are safe and happy within the school environment.

    Get in touch via jane.leo@tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk ...You do not have to know anything about education, as training and support is available...so come...help us make a difference.
    Sharon Bennett-Thomas
    Chair of Local Board TFCEPA

    Football Team News
    Our footballers had another outing last week and, whilst they played really well, the score didn’t reflect the closely fought match.  Unfortunately, the team found themselves on the end of a defeat to a very good Orchid Vale side. Despite the boys losing 5-0, even when losing they were still looking to pass the ball to each other and showed great sportsmanship in defeat. Without a a great defensive display from Owain and Daniel and of course our mighty shot stopper Muhammad the score could have been greater. Great effort from the team. 


    Harvest Service Thank You
    Thank you much for the large number of Harvest donations, which are being collected this week, along with donations of £135.  

    Space Hopper Edwards and Ward Competition Winners

    Edwards and Ward kindly ran a competition for those children eating school dinners this week and the following children have all won a Space Hopper:-

    Josh K
    Lacey M

    Jecoleah W

    Izzy D

    Jessica F

    Rio R

    Tobias C

    Lily R

    Harry Mc

    Riley H

    Luke T

    Tomi A

    Amalia E

    Poppy L

    Annie G

    Alfie S

    Mimi C

    Olivia P

    Dominik B

    Daniel P

    Willow L

    Riley C

    Matthew B

    Ruari S

    Holly M




    FOTF Meeting Update
    Thank you to all those who came along to the first FOTF meeting this school year.  Laura Harrison has stepped up as Chairperson and Laura Firth as Secretary.  We are looking for a Treasurer to join them… you don’t have to be called Laura!... and we’d really appreciate year group coordinators and a deputy chairperson. Please get in touch if you could take on these vital role. We have teams working on Christmas Card production and running a Christmas disco for the children.  Niki Wilding and Sammi Lamb will be taking care of Class List, so sign up to the app for FOTF news.  It would be great if someone would take on running the community coffee mornings – they provided a support network for both school and wider community but it needs a small team to take this on – perhaps you and some of your friends would build a small team to run this.
    The group made plans that are achievable and will provide funding for additional resources for all the children.  They are working towards funding a whole school art project in Term 3 that will be part of our RE and Spirituality Through the Arts week plus part funding and sitting on the panel for our Dragon’s Den event for Y4/5/6  to develop the outdoor area by the Y5/6 classrooms that every child will use on their journey through school. 
    Fundraising plans that will be put in place are a Christmas Hamper Raffle, to be drawn at the Carols by Candlelight event; Christmas card packs, to be designed by the children in next two weeks and available for sale around the October holiday; Christmas disco for Y1-3 and Y4 -6 on Wednesday 12th December, more details to follow; term 3 will see a cinema night in school for children and term 4 another quiz night for adults, which was a hugely popular event last year.
    Please get on board with this new committee and help us to expand the opportunities and resources for your children.

    News from St Andrew’s Church
    Church at Tadpole Garden Village will be happening again next Sunday 14th October at 4pm.  We meet in the school hall, starting with refreshments then have a time of live music, Bible story, talk for adults and craft for children and prayer.  We’ve always finished by 5pm.  It would be great to see you, whether you haven’t been to church for years or regularly go to a different church.  The theme this month is ‘Jesus the healer’.
    Sally
    Revd. Sally Robertson
    07588 594410

    Request for Barbie and Action Man
    Do you have any old Barbie or Action Man type toys that you would be happy to donate to school?  If so please drop off at the school office as our YR children have plans for them!





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