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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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    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!





    2018/19 Newsblog Term 1 Week 4

    Hello All

    Well done to our Y5/6 footballers, who played their first match this week – it was lovely to hear how much team spirit and sportsmanship they showed – match report below.  In the newsblog this week:

      
    • Dates for the New School Year Term 1/2 only
    • Football Team News
    • Vacancies in School
    • Teacher/Child/Parent Meeting Sign up
    • Harvest Service
    • Compost donations
    • FOTF Meeting
    • LilyPad – notification of staff training closure date
    • 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
    2/10



    9:15 – 10:00


    Harvest Service– KS1 Parents Invited – dried food stuff donations please plus £1


    4/10
    7:00pm
    FOTF Meeting - see below
    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
    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

    Football Team News
    Our Y5/6 footballers are taking part in the Swindon Schools Knockout Cup and, last week, had their first match of the season.  They played Chiseldon and achieved a great result Chiseldon 0 – 1 Tadpole. It was a very exciting and closely contested match.  After Joseph scored with a clinical low strike, Muhammad made 3 or 4 excellent saves in goal and Daniel made some fantastic goal saving challenges in defence.  It was a great team effort and the team were complemented by watching parents, both Tadpole and Chiseldon for the way they played together and their positive support of each other.
    The squad were Muhammad, Daniel, Luke, Owain, Nathan, Dion, Darcy, Kevin and Joseph.

    Vacancies in School
    Have you been thinking about changing careers to work in a school but would like a taster of what it might be like?  Want a role that fits in with school term times and the school day?  We’re looking for Playleaders to work with us, either lunchtimes or after school – we can be flexible with days and number of hours a week.  Many of those who joined us as Playleaders have gone on to develop their careers as teaching assistants and some have gone on to teacher training too – it’s a great way in to school based work.   Take a look at the roles on Eteach - Playleader Vacancies

    Teacher/Child/Parent Meeting Sign up
    Thank you to all those of you who signed up for parents meetings.  Mr Spencer and I have done our best to allocate slots as per your requests.  The time slots allocated will be emailed out by the school office on Monday 1st October.

    Harvest Service
    Just a reminder, our Harvest Service, which will be led by our Key Stage One Children (Y1 &Y2 parents are invited to join us), is on Tuesday 2nd October at 9.15 in the School Hall.  All children are invited to bring in £1 plus a dried food item such as cereals, pasta, tins, long life milk etc, which will be donated to the Swindon Food Collective.   

    Compost donations
    We are still in need of compost as we have more planting to do – the beds and box planters are beginning to look lovely and we have plants left to put in – if you can donate bags of compost we would be very grateful.

    FOTF Meeting
    The Friends of Tadpole Farm will be meeting on Thursday 4thOctober at 7pm. We need to build up the team and are looking for a new Chair and Treasurer – come along and offer your support.  There are new ideas to be shared and projects to take part in but we need a team to do that.  Look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

    LilyPad – notification of staff training closure date
    Please note that Lilypad after school provision will be closed for one evening on 26th November due to staff training.

    Things of Interest in the Community
    Dear Parent/Guardian,
    Does your child have an interest in acting and theatre?
    Prime Theatre is Swindon’s only professional Theatre company. We deliver theatre workshops weekly and we are currently recruiting for a new term of Prime Youth Theatre with workshops and opportunities every evening and Saturday morning at the Wyvern Theatre.

    We are currently running FREE WORKSHOPSin the Brunel Centre every Wednesday for the next 3 weeks.



    Wednesday 26 Sept
    Wednesday 3 Oct
    Wednesday 10 Oct

    4:30-5:30 ages 5-10
    5:30-6:30 ages 10+

    Location: On the first floor of the Brunel above ‘Buzz Gym’, Next to ‘Kids About’

    To sign up for one, or all three weeks please email emma@primetheatre.co.uk

    For more information about Prime Theatre or Prime Youth Theatre:

    Emma Barr        Associate Director
    Email: emma@primetheatre.co.uk
    Telephone: 01793614864



    2018/19 Newsblog Term 1 Week 3

    Hello All

    The children are getting deep in to their learning now and the Senior Leadership Team, on their learning walks this week, have seen some great examples of positive learning behaviours and enthused and engaged pupils. In the newsblog this week:



      Dates for the New School Year Term 1/2 only

      Teacher/Child/Parent Meeting Sign up
      Harvest Service
      Emergency Contact Details
      Dinner Orders
      Coats
      Tapestry for YR & YN Parents
      Message from YR Parents
      Reminders – PE Kit, Named clothing
      Compost donations
      FOTF Meeting
      News from St Andrew’s Church



    Dates for the New School Year
    Any updates will be in red
    Term 1 and 2  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event
    Week Beginning

    24/9

    Sign up on line for parent/teacher/child meeting available – complete by Wednesday 26/9 and times allocated by Monday 1/10
    27/9
    2:45 pm
    Y4 will be leading worship on theme of Respect– parents of children in that year group  welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    2/10


    4/10
    9:15 – 10:00

    7:00pm
    Harvest Service– KS1 Parents Invited see note below – donations will be asked for £1 plus food items

    FOTF Meeting - see below
    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 will be notified nearer date
    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
    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
    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


    Teacher/Child/Parent Meeting Sign up
    Click here  for the link to sign up for Parents Evening slots for your child. Parents evening will be held on Thursday 18thOctober and Tuesday 23rd October 3.40-7pm for Year R-6; for YN the timings are slightly different - please see times in link. Please make sure you sign up for slots by Wednesday 26thSeptember so that you can be allocated a time.

    Harvest Service

    Our Harvest Service, which will be led by our Key Stage One Children (Y1 &Y2), is on Tuesday 2nd October at 9.15 in the School Hall.  We ask the children bring in £1 plus a dried food item such as cereals, pasta, tins, long life milk etc, which will be donated to the Swindon Food Collective – the group that has taken over Swindon Foodbank when the funding for that support service was cut – you can find out more about them bu following this link - https://www.swindonfoodcollective.org. 
    As our school numbers are growing, specific celebration services will be led by different key stages and parents of those children will be invited to the service.  All parents will be invited to one specific celebration service; their own child's class worship; all parents will be invited to Carols by Candlelight and the End of Year Service provided that the weather allows us to hold these outdoors and there is an open invitation to one Friday Celebration worship a term – see diary above.  

    Emergency Contact Details

    A reminder from the office to please make sure you have returned your updated Emergency Contact sheets. If your child has just started with us, please make sure you have also presented your child’s long version of their Birth Certificate to the office.

    Dinner Orders
    We have had a number of children bring in lunch boxes on days where a school dinner has been ordered for them. This can cost the school £20 plus each day. Please can we ask that you check which days you have ordered dinners for so that we can try to reduce the wasted food and cost to the school.

    Coats
    Now that the weather seems to be changing please make sure that all children have a coat in school every day even if it looks like it is going to be sunny!  We like to be out and about in all weathers.

    Tapestry for YR & YN Parents

    In Reception and Nursery, we use an online App called Tapestry to record your children's learning over the year through photos and observation notes.
    You will be able to access these during the last two weeks of each term to share the exciting learning your child has been doing.
    Over the next week you should receive an email from Tapestry to the email address you supplied us with. The email will tell you how to access your Tapestry account ready for when we open the access.
    When you activate your account you can then see what your child has been doing during their first term at school! It will then close again at the end of the new term so that we can collect more observations.

    If you do not receive an activation email, please check your junk mail and if not then please let us know.

    Message for YR Parents
    The Reception children have settled really well during their first full days. Now that there are 60 children, we ask that parents say goodbye at the door rather than come into the cloakroom. This also helps them to build their confidence and independence. If they are confident they could also meet a friend at the front of the school and use the drop zone from 8.30am – many of our children already do this and there are lots of helpers around to make sure your child knows where to go.
    A reminder that all Reception Children will need to have their own book bag and not a rucksack in school. If your child brings additional clothes to school, we suggest these come to school in a plastic bag that can be placed inside their PE Bag.


    Reminders – PE Kit, Named clothing
    PE Kit Reminder- Please ensure that all children have a named PE kit in School from Monday. Many of the children have not yet brought in their PE Kits and the children are already enjoying a range of PE activities.  Y2 children do not need PE Kits in school as they come in wearing theirs on a Wednesday.
    Named Clothing – there is lots of lovely, identical, new clothing in school and much of it unnamed… please take a few minutes to use a permanent marker and just write your child’s name in their clothes this weekend – it helps you, them and us when things go missing!

    Compost Donations

    Thank you to the parent/parents that donated the two large bags of compost, that we found waiting for us on Monday morning; they are much appreciated. If anyone would like to donate bags of compost we would be very grateful.

    FOTF Meeting
    The Friends of Tadpole Farm will be meeting on Thursday 4thOctober at 7pm. Please come and join us as we embark on a new year of fundraising fun!


    News from St Andrew’s Church
    Now Autumn has arrived thoughts are turning, both at School and home to Celebrating Harvest.  If you’d like to join us for Harvest Festival at St Andrew’s Church, Tadpole Lane, we’ll be celebrating at the Children’s Service at 10am on Sunday 7thOctober.  We’ll be collecting items for Swindon Food Collective, with a £1 coin stuck to each item if possible.
    The next Church at Tadpole Garden Village Service is on 14th October at 4pm
    Sally
    Revd. Sally Robertson
    Rev.sally.robertson@nschurch.org.uk           07588 594410




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