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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 3 Week 2

    Hello All,

    Two weeks in and there has already been lots going on - our Mini Police Group had their first training sessions this week and the FOTF meeting celebrated the successful pre-Christmas fundraising and began the planning for the next few terms - one date already in the diary is another Quiz night :) - more news to follow on their plans.  The children will be taking part in a Spirituality and Well-Being through the Arts week soon and we have the opportunity to work with a talented mosaic artist to produce some art installations.  FOTF are helping fund part of this but we would appreciate any sponsors for some additional work - please see below. 
    In the news blog this week:_


    • Term 3 and 4 dates 
    • After School Clubs 
    • Traffic Measures and Parking near school 
    • Young Carers Awareness Day 
    • Art Installation Project 
    • Year 3/4 Mixed Football 
    • Show Me Sessions 
    • Snow Procedures
    • Things of Interest in the Local Community 


    Any updates will be in red 
    Term 3   2018/19 
    Date 
    Time 
    Event 

    Please note that some children will be attending Forest School this term – parents will be sent emails with group lists and dates before the end of term. 
    21/1/19 

    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 21/1, 28/1 & 4/2. No clubs on w/b 11/2 due to show me sessions. 
    30/1/19 
    18.00-19.00 
    Parent Workshop – Maths (in school hall) - see details below for sign-up 
    31/1/19 

    Bake Sale for Swindon Young Carers 
    • To take place in school time - see details below 
    4 - 8/2/19 

    Spirituality and Well-being through the Arts – a week of focused activities for the children – more information to follow 
    5/2/19 
    8:45 – 10:00 
    First session of Tadpole Farm's YN/YR Coffee Mornings.  will run from 8.45am - 10.00am on Tuesday -  5/2, 12/2, 26/2, 5/3, 12/3 and 19/3.  See last week’s blog for details 
    5/2/19 
    15.00-18.00 
    Swindon Dance Festival – details to follow 
    5/2/19 

    Parent Consultation Meeting Sign up opens 
    7/2/19 
    15.30-16.30 
    Y5/6 Football: TF v Abbeymeads 
    7/2/19 

    Parent Consultation Meeting Sign  up closes 
    13/2/19 

    Parent Consultation Meeting times confirmed 
    15/2/19 
    13.00-15.00 
    Y5/6 Girls Football tournament – details to follow 
    15/2/19 

    Last day of term 3 – normal finish time 
    18/2/19-22/2/19 

    School closed – February holiday 

    Term 4  2018/19 
    Date 
    Time 
    Event 
    No Staff Training Days in T4 – all children back on first day. 

    Please note that some children will be attending Forest School this term – parents will be sent emails with group lists and dates before the end of term. 
    25/2/19 

    Children return to school 
    25/2/19 
    14.30-16.30 
    Selected Y5 children to take part in Mini Police sessions 
    26/2/19 
    18.00-19.00 
    Parent Forum – a sign-up sheet will be sent out nearer to the event 
    27/2/19 

    NO Y2 Swimming 
    4/3/19 

    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 4/3, 11/3, 18/3 & 25/3. No clubs on w/b 24/2 or 1/4 due to show me sessions. 
    5/3/19 
    15.30-19.00 
    Parent Consultation Meetings 
    6/3/19 

    Y2 Swimming begins 
    7/3/19 
    15.30-19.00 
    Parent Consultation Meetings 
    11/3/19 

    Science Week in school 
    12/3/19- 15/3/19 
    15.30-16.00 
    Book Fayre – to be held near the school office & Y5/6 area 
    14/3/19 
    18.00-19.00 
    Parent Workshop - Health & Wellbeing 
    15/3/19 

    Red Nose Day – details nearer the event 
    20/3/19 
    19:00  
    FOTF Quiz night – details to follow 
    25/3/19 
    14.30-16.30 
    Selected Y5 children to take part in Mini Police sessions 
    1/4/19 

    ‘Show me’ sessions – 
    Monday 1/4 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 2/4 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30  

    Children in YN times are:  
    Tuesday & Thursday 8.40-9.10 for those in morning sessions and 12.20-12.50 for afternoon sessions.  

    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of February holiday. 
    5/4/19 

    Last day of term 4 – normal finish time 
    8/4/19-22/4/19 

    School closed – Easter holiday 
    Monday 22/4/19 is a Bank Holiday 
    16/4/19 

    Offer Day for YR September starters 
    23/4/19 

    Children return to school – Tuesday 
    After School Clubs 

    After School Club allocations have been sent out via email. To confirm, BSL and Cooking are either Term 3 or 4 and not both. All clubs collect from the same gate as the morning Drop Zone.  

    Traffic Measures and Parking near school 

    We have, following up on the concerns expressed by many of you, been working with the police, to help us with concerns re safety and traffic flow.  Thank you to those of you who also wrote directly to them asking for action.  We know this may cause some inconvenience for all of you but please bear with us as we try to ensure the safety of the children and families in our community. Parking safely, away from drop kerbs, establishing safe parking practices and monitoring the speed of traffic should help keep everyone safe.  
    Our own Mini Police Team will also be involved in this initiative – if you missed the news about this new group please see https://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/17351059.pupils-become-mini-police-officers-at-school-ceremony/. 
    Some people have moved their parking choices to the neighbouring roads and this has caused difficulties for the residents living there.  Local residents have, very reasonably and understandably, requested that we ask drivers not to park on both sides of the road on side streets. Assigned visitors spaces are for residents and their visitors only and not for general parking – please do not use them. We appreciate parking is an issue and we are doing our best to work with the police and Crest Nicholson to put in as many safety options as we can – please help and support us as we work this through.  

    Young Carers Awareness Day 

    On the 31st January it is Young Carers Awareness Day and we would like to celebrate this by holding a bake sale – organised and run by our Young Carers Group. All children in school will be given the opportunity to buy a cake during the day and we would kindly ask for donations of 50p per cake (we will note an allergies and will cater for those also). If your child would like to buy a cake, please send them in with 50p on this day. Any donations we receive will be donated to Swindon Carers Centre.  
    Thank you for your support. 
    Miss Milsom 
    Young Carer Lead  

    Art Installation Project 

    Following on from some art work the children will all be involved in during our Spirituality and Well-being through the Arts week, that involves a mosaic artist and is being funded by Friends of Tadpole Farm, we are seeking sponsorship/funding/donations for an even larger Art Installation Project that will celebrate our school and its values. If you think you may be able to help or put us in touch with someone who could help, we would very much like to hear from you - we need to raise £1750 to have this project completed at the same time as the one funded by FOTF or £2500 if completed at a different time. We feel that this would be a fantastic opportunity for us to work alongside local business and extend our links in the community.  Please pass on this request to anyone or any business that you think could help. 

    Football tournament Y3/4 mixed 

    Some pupils have been invited to take part in this event. If your child has a hot dinner booked for this day, please cancel and provide a packed lunch instead. The tournament finishes at 3pm and children should be collected at this time. If you have any questions please speak to the school office or Mrs Philpot.  

    Show Me Sessions 

    After some consideration, we have taken the decision to reduce the number of ‘Show Me Sessions’ that take place in school. These will now run every other Term. The next ‘Show Me Session’ will take place in Term 4. Please see the diary dates for new dates. Examples of children’s work can be viewed at the end of each Term on Seesaw (Y1/6) or Tapestry (YN/R) 

    Snow Procedures 

    An email will be sent to all parents if we are considering closing because of snow - message will also be on the website and on Twitter, as well as local radio, but the email is your most reliable information.  Our aim is to open if at all possible but that will depend on the following:-
    1.  Is the school site safe for everyone to access?
    2.  Are there enough staff including qualified first aiders, safeguarding leads, to ensure safe staff:pupil ratios?
    3.  Will we have dinners and heating?
    We may have to decide we are unable to run before school LilyPad or only open at 8:50 - i.e. no early drop off, as any staff we can get in would be helping to clear the site and make it safe for your children.
    Decisions are made early on the morning of a closure or, if heavy snowfall then the previous night. 

    It's never an easy decision - we'll do all we can to support those of you who need to get to work by opening if it's safe to do so.  

    Things of Interest in the Local Community 






    2018/19 Newsblog Term 3 Week 1

    2018/19 Newsblog Term 3 Week 1


    Hello All
               
    Happy New Year!! Welcome back to you all - we hope you enjoyed your Christmases with your families and that some of the New Year's Resolutions are still intact. 

    Apologies for the delay in getting the Blog to you this weekend - I'm sure that you will all appreciate that, on occasion, circumstances beyond our control can have an impact.    

    Please find key dates for Term 3 and 4 below, as well as a few weekly updates. As always, if you have any questions, please contact the school office. 

    Best wishes
    Mr Spencer


    ·                     Dates for Terms 3 & 4
    ·                     Clubs for Terms 3 & 4
    ·                     Year 2 Swimming
    ·                     Nursery: School Place Applications & January snack payment
    ·                     FLU Vaccination catch up update
    ·                     Tadpole Farm Coffee Morning: Year N and Year R parents



    Any updates will be in red
    Term 3  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event

    Please note that some children will be attending Forest School this term – parents will be sent emails with group lists and dates before the end of term.
    14/1/19
    14.30-16.30
    Selected Y5 children to take part in Mini Police sessions
    16/1/19
    Y2 Swimming starts
    18/1/19
    Club places announced
    21/1/19
    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 21/1, 28/1 & 4/2. No clubs on w/b 11/2 due to show me sessions.
    30/1/19
    18.00-19.00
    Parent Workshop – Maths (in school hall)
    5/2/19
    15.00-18.00
    Swindon Dance Festival – details to follow
    7/2/19
    15.30-16.30
    Y5/6 Football: TF v Abbeymeads
    11/2/19
    ‘Show me’ sessions –
    Monday 11/2 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 12/2 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 
    Children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session.  
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of February holiday.
    15/2/19
    13.00-15.00
    Y5/6 Girls Football tournament – details to follow
    15/2/19
    Last day of term 3 – normal finish time
    18/2/19-22/2/19
    School closed – February holiday

    Term 4  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event
    No Staff Training Days in T4 – all children back on first day.

    Please note that some children will be attending Forest School this term – parents will be sent emails with group lists and dates before the end of term.
    25/2/19
    Children return to school
    25/2/19
    14.30-16.30
    Selected Y5 children to take part in Mini Police sessions
    26/2/19
    18.00-19.00
    Parent Forum – a sign-up sheet will be sent out nearer to the event
    27/2/19
    NO Y2 Swimming
    4/3/19
    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 4/3, 11/3, 18/3 & 25/3. No clubs on w/b 24/2 or 1/4 due to show me sessions.
    5/3/19
    15.30-19.00
    Parent Consultation Meetings
    6/3/19
    Y2 Swimming begins
    7/3/19
    15.30-19.00
    Parent Consultation Meetings
    11/3/19
    Science Week in school
    12/3/19- 15/3/19
    15.30-16.00
    Book Fayre – to be held near the school office & Y5/6 area
    14/3/19
    18.00-19.00
    Health & Wellbeing
    15/3/19
    Red Nose Day – details nearer the event
    25/3/19
    14.30-16.30
    Selected Y5 children to take part in Mini Police sessions
    1/4/19
    ‘Show me’ sessions –
    Monday 1/4 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 2/4 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 
    Children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session.  
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of February holiday.
    5/4/19
    Last day of term 4 – normal finish time
    8/4/19-22/4/19
    School closed – Easter holiday
    Monday 22/4/19 is a Bank Holiday
    16/4/19
    Offer Day for YR September starters
    23/4/19
    Children return to school – Tuesday


    Clubs for Terms 3 & 4 announced
    An email was sent to all parents with this information. In case you missed it, please visit link for information on clubs for Terms 3 & 4.

    Swimming for Year 2
    Begins again on Wednesday 16th January. Please can all outstanding payments for swimming be made via Parent Pay prior to this date.
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    Nursery: School Place Applications & January snack payment
    Deadline to apply for school places in Reception class is Tuesday 15th January. ALL Nursery children need to apply and do not get their place automatically. An email was sent from the office last week to all parents of Nursery children detailing this.

    The payment for January’s Nursery snacks is now due and can be made via Parent Pay.   

    January Catch UP Clinics (FLU)
    Details below of where and when any children who missed their FLU vaccination in school can be vaccinated.

    Wednesday 9 th January 14.00 – 15.30- Swindon (Broadgreen
    Community Centre)
    Thursday 10 th January 14.15 - 15.45 – Salisbury (Central
    Health Centre)
    Tuesday 15 th January 14.15 – 15.45 – Trowbridge (Derby
    Court)
    Friday 18 th January – 14.30 – 16.15 – Chippenham
    (Hathaway)
    Monday 21 st January 14.00 - 15.00 – Bath (St. Martins)
    Wednesday 23 rd January 14.15 – 16.15 – Devizes (Community
    Hospital).
    Please also note there will also be a clinic in the Paulton area, but we are
    waiting for a date to be confirmed:
    It is essential that you call to book in to these clinics and
    NOT just turn up: To book please contact:
    Swindon/North Wiltshire – 0333 321 9838
    South Wiltshire – 0333 234 1125
    B&NES – 01225 838270




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    COFFEE MORNING 

    We would like  to invite you to Tadpole Farm's first Coffee Mornings. 
    These will run from 8.45am - 10.00am on Tuesday the 5/2, 12/2, 26/2, 5/3, 12/3 and 19/3. 

    These sessions are designed specifically for parents with children in Nursery and Reception class and aim to support you and your child through their learning journey. 
    Each session will start at 8.55am with a short presentation and then ample time to ask questions, chat and of course have coffee (or tea) and cake. 

    This is an opportunity for you to: meet and chat with other parents; find out new things; ask those burning questions; celebrate success and feel involved and up to date. 

    These sessions are designed to be fun and formal and will give you the opportunity to speak to a wide range of teachers and professionals. 

    Preferably, we would like you to attend all six sessions as we feel this would give you the best experience. 

    Please confirm your attendance by speaking to your class teacher or Mrs Edwards in the School Office. We look forward to seeing you there. 

    2018/19 Newsblog Term 2 Week 7 - Happy Christmas


    Hello All
               
    Another huge thank you to the FOTF team for their help in organising the Carols by Candlelight event. Thank you all too for coming along to watch your children and for supporting the school by purchasing raffle tickets. I’m sure, like us, you all enjoyed hearing the lovely singing and readings by our children.  See below for an update on the fundraising the FOTF team have led this term - we are very grateful to the team of volunteers who have enabled this to happen.

    The bulk of this week’s blog is new dates for terms 3 and 4.

    From all of the staff, we wish you a happy and a peaceful Christmas and New Year. Thank you so much for you kind words and generous gifts and we look forward to seeing you in January and hearing all about your Christmas adventures. 


    Just a short newsblog this week:


    • Dates for Terms 3 & 4
    • FOTF Fund raising
    • Christmas Jumper Day
    • School Dinners
    • Swimming – payment
    • Breakfast at Breakfast Club
    • Junk modelling resources
    • Flu vaccination catch up
    • Messages from YR & Y1


     


    Any updates will be in red
    Term 3  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event
    No Staff Training Days in T3 – all children back on first day.

    Please note that some children will be attending Forest School this term – parents will be sent emails with group lists and dates before the end of term.

    7/1/19
    First day of Term 3 for all children and staff
    10/1/19
    14.45
    Y3/4 Epiphany Assembly – parents welcome
    11/1/19

    Clubs on offer for terms 3 and 4 to be announced and sign up open
    16/1/19

    Sign up for clubs closes
    14/1/19
    14.30-16.30
    Selected Y5 children to take part in Mini Police sessions
    16/1/19

    Y2 Swimming starts
    18/1/19

    Club places announced
    21/1/19

    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 21/1, 28/1 & 4/2. No clubs on w/b 11/2 due to show me sessions.
    30/1/19
    18.00-19.00
    Parent Workshop – Maths (in school hall)
    5/2/19
    15.00-18.00
    Swindon Dance Festival – details to follow
    7/2/19
    15.30-16.30
    Y5/6 Football: TF v Abbeymeads
    11/2/19

    ‘Show me’ sessions –
    Monday 11/2 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 12/2 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 
    Children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session.  
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of February holiday.
    15/2/19
    13.00-15.00
    Y5/6 Girls Football tournament – details to follow
    15/2/19

    Last day of term 3 – normal finish time
    18/2/19-22/2/19

    School closed – February holiday

    Term 4  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event
    No Staff Training Days in T4 – all children back on first day.

    Please note that some children will be attending Forest School this term – parents will be sent emails with group lists and dates before the end of term.
    25/2/19
    Children return to school
    25/2/19
    14.30-16.30
    Selected Y5 children to take part in Mini Police sessions
    26/2/19
    18.00-19.00
    Parent Forum – a sign-up sheet will be sent out nearer to the event
    27/2/19

    NO Y2 Swimming
    4/3/19

    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 4/3, 11/3, 18/3 & 25/3. No clubs on w/b 24/2 or 1/4 due to show me sessions.
    5/3/19
    15.30-19.00
    Parent Consultation Meetings
    6/3/19

    Y2 Swimming begins
    7/3/19
    15.30-19.00
    Parent Consultation Meetings
    11/3/19

    Science Week in school
    12/3/19- 15/3/19
    15.30-16.00
    Book Fayre – to be held near the school office & Y5/6 area
    14/3/19
    18.00-19.00
    Health & Wellbeing
    15/3/19

    Red Nose Day – details nearer the event
    25/3/19
    14.30-16.30
    Selected Y5 children to take part in Mini Police sessions
    1/4/19

    ‘Show me’ sessions –
    Monday 1/4 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 2/4 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 
    Children in YN times are 11:10 for those in morning session and 2:50 for those in afternoon session.  
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of February holiday.
    5/4/19

    Last day of term 4 – normal finish time
    8/4/19-22/4/19

    School closed – Easter holiday
    Monday 22/4/19 is a Bank Holiday
    16/4/19

    Offer Day for YR September starters
    23/4/19
    Children return to school – Tuesday

    FOTF Fundraising

    On behalf of the FOTF, I am delighted to announce that the recent Christmas events have raised £2051.12. A fantastic amount, I’m sure you’ll agree. Thank you again to all of the volunteers and to you, the parents, for your generosity.  It has been lovely to have parents, who weren't involved in the events,asking me to pass on their thanks and positive comments to the FOTF team - the work of the FOTF is very much appreciated.  
    The visit from Father Christmas was supported by the FOTF elves and was much appreciated by all of the school community. 


    Christmas Jumper Day

    On the last day of term we raised £185.80 from donations which will go to Save the Children. Thank you to all those who gave money at this time of the year. 

    School Dinners

    Please make sure that you have been online and booked your children’s school dinners for Term 3 Week 1 by 2/1/19. 

    Swimming Payment

    We still have a number of overdue payments for Y2 Swimming sessions. Please use ParentPay to resolve this or contact the school office for further information.

    Breakfast at Breakfast Club

    Just a reminder that only children who arrive before 8am are able to eat breakfast at breakfast club as we have to deploy staff where the majority of children are. We have had an increasing number of children arriving after 8 a.m. that have not had breakfast.

    Junk Modelling Resources

    After a busy Christmas, you may be looking for a way to get rid of some of those cardboard boxes, and other containers, without visiting the tip. We are happy to receive any junk that you think would be useful for junk model making in school. 

    Flu vaccinations

    The flu vaccination team are organising a catch up for anyone who missed the flu clinic this week in school. To arrange, please contact the team on 0333 3219838

    Class request - YR

    We would gratefully receive any donations of spare pants, socks and clothes as we now have no spare clothing in YR.  If your child has borrowed any of our spare clothes please return them so we can restock - thank you.

    Class request – Y1

    If you have any old t-shirts you’re looking to get rid of, we would love to recycle them as painting aprons.



    2018/19 Newsblog Term 2 Week 6

    Hello All

    A huge thank you to the FOTF Committee and their band of volunteers for the two Christmas Disco events they ran this week – it was lovely to see so many parents involved, enabling the children to enjoy themselves (lots of screeching as well as great dancing and singing!) and be safe and cared for at the same time.   Our YN performed their Nativity Tableau, for many of them, their first performance in front of parents – well done staff team and children and thank you to all those YN parents who were able to join us.  Christmas lunch on Wednesday was much enjoyed by pupils and staff alike – a credit to the kitchen team for catering to such a high standard, we are lucky to have you working with us.
    This week we have the Carols by Candlelight event, with the Raffle Draw, on Wednesday and then Christmas Jumper Day on Friday – the last day of term.
     
    Just a short newsblog this week:
    • Dates for Term 2 – dates for term 3 and 4 will be added next week
    • Carols by Candlelight arrangements
    • Christmas Jumper Day
    • FOTF News
    • Christmas Cards – an alternative option


    Dates for Term 2
    Any updates will be in red
    Term 2  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event
    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  - see below
    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  - see below
    22/12 – 6/1/18

    Christmas holiday – school closed

    Carols by Candlelight arrangements
    Our Carols by Candlelight event is this coming Wednesday 19thDecember.  We hold this event outside so that as many of you can come as possible – the school hall is not big enough for this.
    Timings: We aim to start at 6:00 pm but ask that all Y1 to Y6 children are back at school by 5:15 pm and are dropped at the school hall; those children who are at LilyPad will be brought to the school hall by LilyPad staff. After dropping your child, please make your way to the side gate off the car park and in to the playground, where FOTF will be selling hot dogs, mulled wine, tuck shop treats and canned drinks – so please bring your money with you… in change if possible.
    Raffle tickets will be on sale up to 6:00 pm.  Refreshments will be on sale, quietly, all the way through the evening and the raffle will be drawn at 7:00 pm.
    What to wear: Obviously we will be outside and so children should come to school dressed as warmly as possible – not school uniform – with hats and scarves and Christmas tinsel etc.
    Who will be where: The children will be inside the games area (the fenced bit in the middle) and parents/friends/family around the outside three sides of the games area.
    What to bring: We do have some floodlights coming but would also advise that you bring a torch or lantern so you can be sure of seeing where you are going - the more lights the better! We will email the song words so you can have them on your phones, as we did last year – that seemed to work really well and will save paper.  We don’t intend putting out any seating – please feel free to bring your own or ask a member of staff if any of your party needs a chair.
    Collection of children at the end: After the raffle is drawn at 7:00 pm – we will pass the children back to you by class name (so check you know the name of your child’s class) – it would help us keep the children safe, enabling us to check they are going with the right person, if you could stay back from the collection point until your child’s class is called.


    Christmas Jumper Day and Christmas Hair
    Save the Children’s official Christmas Jumper Day was last Friday but we decided it was a great way to finish the term so moved ours to Friday 21stDecember. Save the Children suggest a £2 donation this year, but we recognise that this time of year is hard for many families so ask that you give what you can if you can. The children may wear their Christmas jumper on Friday and can wear jeans/own choice of bottoms etc. if they would like to, i.e. they don’t have to wear school uniform.
    Some of the children have asked about Christmas hair decorations – these can be worn any day this week, though we ask that Christmas earrings are of a small stud type only, not dangly ones, which might get caught up at playtime.




    FOTF News



    Christmas Cards – an alternative option

    Just a reminder that, as last year, children can bring in one card for the whole class if they want to or write a Christmas message for the class on a piece of paper and we will display it in the class.


    2018/19 Newsblog Term 2 Week 5

    Hello All

    What a lovely start we had to our Christmas festivities – a huge thank you to all the children, staff, volunteers and all the families who came – you all made our YR Nativity performances very special and memorable – thank you. Last week the children also had a visit from the Peartree Pealers from Purton, a hand bell group, who wowed us all with their skills and played some spell-binding festive tunes.  This week we have our YN Nativity tableaus and singing, our School Christmas lunch as well as the FOTF Xmas Discos – plus our FOTF Christmas Raffle tickets are still on sale, with lots of lovely hampers to be won.

    Just a short newsblog this week:


       Dates for Term 2
       FOTF News – A reminder re Raffle Time!
       Parent Forum Feedback
       News from St Andrew's Church
       Y2 Swimming Payment Reminder
       Swindon Admissions Consultation
       Things of interest in the community

    Dates for Term 2
    Any updates will be in red
    Term 2  2018/19
    Date
    Time
    Event
    12/12
    Times sent to parents
    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 –
    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


    FOTF News – It’s Raffle Time

    Coming up there is the FOTF School Disco - make sure you have your tickets.  The hampers for the Christmas Raffle are looking wonderful – make sure you have your tickets to be in with a chance of winning.






    Parent Forum Feedback

    The Parents Forum was well attended with 10 parents (thank you to all those who came along), 3 members of SLT and one of our Local Board members.   Minutes will be available on the website by the end of term, but a summary of the topics covered is below:-  
    • ·     Parents ideas about what skills, attributes and attitudes children leaving our school community should have gained by Year 6; looking forward to reviewing our School Vision – parent ideas for what should be included
    • ·         Parking – lots of discussion and wide ranging ideas – suggestions for concrete bollards; more signage; highlighted need for all to park safely and respectfully and to treat Traffic Marshalls and School staff considerately as they are working to ensure safety of all; approach Crest Nicholson to reinforce no building traffic at drop off and pick up; Drop zone appreciated but acknowledged that some people coming very early and this is blocking the access for staff to get to work and parents who use Lilypad can’t drop off – suggested this was highlighted to everyone and a reminder given that drop zone opens at 8:30 and to respectfully ask drop zone users to not enter the school site or even begin to queue before then on the road, to leave way open for others who need earlier access; discussed suggestions for pick up to be considered by staff and Local Board
    • ·      A variety of Any Other Business (AOB), brought up by parents at Forum, was discussed including approach to learning; impact of new school opening; safety of cyclists and highlighting need for all to wear helmets; reminding parents to check website for updates and curriculum information for each year group as some parents found this very useful; appreciation of the support school gives to families and suggestion that this should be put in blog in case families were needing support and not knowing they could ask; road safety and personal safety knowledge for children


    News from St Andrew's Church

    Just to remind you our Christmas services start next Sunday 16th December with our traditional Carols by Candlelight service at 6.30pm at St Andrew’s Tadpole Lane SN25 2DW.  
    If you’d like to bring your children to a Christmas service they may prefer the Children’s Carol Service at 10am on Sunday 23rd at church or the Christingle Service at 4pm on Christmas Eve at Tadpole Farm Academy.
    If I don’t see you over the Christmas period, may I wish you a happy and peace-filled Christmas
    Sally
    Revd. Sally Robertson
    07588 594410

    Y2 Swimming Payment Reminder

    Currently we have received only half of swimming fees for term ¾.  Just to reminder to Y2  parents, the children will be starting swimming again on January 16th  and, we need many more contributions to ensure we do not have to cancel. All details are on Parent Pay.


    Consultation from Swindon Admissions Team

    We have been asked to pass on the following message to you:-

    Swindon Borough Council is consulting upon the processes and arrangements by which children will be admitted to all schools in the normal point of entry for September 2020-21, the Admissions Policies for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools in Swindon for the 2020-21 academic year and in year co-ordinated admissions schemes for 2020-21. These are available at:



    The LA is also consulting on the proposed Relevant Area for Admissions for 2020-22 which is proposed to stay the same as it is now, the geographical area of the Borough of Swindon. The consultation on this ends on the 18th December 2018. This is available at:


    The following documents are being consulted on and these are available at the links above:

    1. Co-ordinated Schemes for 2020-21
    2. Admission Arrangements for Community and Voluntary Controlled Schools 2020-21
    3. Proposed catchment areas for 2020-21
    4. In Year co-ordinated scheme for 2020-21
    5. Proposed Relevant Area 2020-22

    To respond to the consultations you can complete the online surveys at:



    Emily Heaton
    School Admissions Manager
    Swindon Borough Council

    Things of interest in the community

    WIMS11
    Dear Parents,
    Wims11 will be running their after-school football clubs on Tuesdays and Fridays once again for Term 3 & 4.

    Tuesday KS2 3.30 – 4.30, Friday KS1 3.30 – 4.30
    Please note Reception year begins after the Easter holidays for term 5 & 6 when we can get outside more*

    Once again, the class will be mainly outdoor so the children must wear suitable clothing e.g. football boots, shin pads, jumper, tracksuit and lightweight coat if needed.  Should the weather be extreme we will be able to go inside so please ensure they have trainers as well. All coaches are UEFA qualified, DBS checked, hold a valid FA Safeguarding and emergency first aid certificate.

    The cost will be the reduced price of £3.25 per session.
    Tuesday 8thJanuary – Tuesday 2nd April 12 weeks £39
    Friday 11thJanuary – Friday 5th April 12 weeks £39

    If your child(ren) would like to attend, please complete the form below and return with payment (or confirmation that you have made a BACS transfer) as soon as possible.  First come, first served.  Please note that we do not accept pay as you go payments and only full term payments are accepted to secure their places. 

    Payment can be made via bacs to the following account details;

    Wims11 Football Academy, HSBC 12254514, Sort 40/43/41 Ref Tadpole/Childslastname
    Alternatively, payment can be made with a cheque made payable to Wims11 Football Academy.

    Unfortunately, cash will no longer be accepted for our after-school clubs.

    Many thanks
    Wims11 Team

    Jan/April 2019 WIMS11 at Tadpole Farm After School Football Club – send by email to info@wims11.com

    Child/ren’s Name_______________________________________Year  Group __________

    My Son/Daughter would like to attend Wims11 football club held on a TUESDAY or FRIDAY (Please circle)

    Parent’s signature________________________________Emergency Contact No_________________________

    E-mail address for contact by Wims11 Football Academy ___________________________________________

    • I enclose cash/CHQ for £39.00 made payable to Wims11 Football Academy
    • I have arranged a BACS transfer for £39.00              (Please circle as appropriate)




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