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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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    2017/18 Newsblog Term 5 week 1

    Hello All


    It was lovely to see all the children back last week – they have all grown!! Just as well as we are beginning to think about September and you will see new dates in the calendar below for times when they will find out which class they will be in next year and the teacher they will have – exciting times!  Other exciting news we have is that Mrs Holt, Assistant Principal, is expecting a baby – I know you’ll join us in huge congratulations for her and her husband.  Though she is, of course, irreplaceable we’ll be looking for a teacher to cover for her from September – more information when we have it.

    In the newsblog this week:


    • Dates for your diary
    • Message for YR parents re phonics
    • Clubs sign up open
    • Parent Pay Alerts
    • Message for YN Parents re Workshop
    • Performing Arts After School Club At Tadpole Farm
    • Things available in the Community




    Dates for your diary


    Term 5 and 6  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event
    23 - 25/4

    Sign up for clubs available
    23/4

    Class Photos Today
    27/4

    Club places announced
    Closing Date for Nursery Applications for September 2018
    Week beginning 30/4

    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 30/4; 7/5(excl. Monday);14/5; no clubs week of 21/5; clubs are on week beginning 4/6; 11/6; 18/6; 25/6; no clubs for rest of term.
    2/5
    2:30 pm
    YN Parent Workshop – see below
    3/5

    Local Election Day – School Hall being used for Polling Station – all children will be having packed lunches (either home or school made)
    Nursery Closed All Day for Staff Training
    7/5

    School Closed – Bank Holiday Monday
    10/5

    3:00 pm
    YR Trip to Cotswold Farm Park
    Y4/5 will be leading worship on value of Trust – parents of children in those year groups welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year Note change of date from 3/5 due to Election Day
    15/5
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 5
    16/5
    7:30 pm
    FOTF Quiz Night for Grown-Ups
    18/5
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship

    21 - 22/5

    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 21/5 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 22/5 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for 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 May holiday.
    25/5

    Last day of term 5 – school finishes normal time
    26/5 – 3/6

    May Holiday Break – school closed
    4/6

    Children return to school
    World Music Roadshow in School
    6/6

    No Y2 swimming (starts again 13/6)
    Week beginning 11/6

    Science Week including Wild Summer Walks
    13/6
    17:30
    YN 2018 Parent Induction session
    15/6

    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    Week of 18/6

    Sports week – Tuesday 19h June is planned sports day – YN/R/1/2 parents invited from 10:00 - 11:45 and Y3/4/5 from 1:15 - 3:15 - parents are welcome to join us for picnic lunch on that day too.
    13/6
    17:30
    YR 2018 Parent Induction session
    21/6
    3:00 pm
    YN all of children, from both sessions, will be leading worship on value of Forgiveness – parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship
    22/6

    FOTF Non-uniform Day in exchange for donations for summer fayre – more details to follow
    27/6
    a.m.
    Shuffle Up day 1 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions
    4/7
    a.m.
    Shuffle Up day 2 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions
    5/7
    All day
    KS2 Outdoor Activity Day – more information to follow
    6/7
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    7/7

    FOTF Summer Fayre – more details to follow
    9/7
    p.m.
    Shuffle Up day 3 – all classes move up to their September classes for the morning and some 2018 YR and YN pupils join us in small groups – information shared for those groups at Induction sessions

    9/7 – 10/7

    “Show me” sessions – Monday 9/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 10/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for 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 Friday 20th July
    10/7

    YN Trip Group 1– information to follow
    11/7

    End of Year Production Y3/4/5 – 2:30 dress rehearsal and 6:00 actual performance – more details nearer time
    12/7

    YN Trip Group 2– information to follow
    13/7

    Annual Reports sent home
    24/7
    9:15 am
    All invited to join us for our End of Year Service
    24/7

    Last day of term 6 – school finishes normal time
    25/7 and 26/7

    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school

    School Term Dates for 2018-2019
    Children in school on, and including, these dates unless date is a staff training day
    From
    To
    Staff Training Days - we have 5 days plus an additional Academy day this year.
    Monday 3rd September   
    Wednesday 24th October
    3rd and 4th September
    Monday 5th November  
    Friday 21st December
    5th November - academy day

    Monday 7th January      
    Friday 15th February

    Monday 25th  February
    Friday 5th April

    Tuesday 23rd  April
    Friday 24th May

    Monday 3rd June   
    Thursday 25th July   
    21st June
    24th and 25th July

    Message for YR parents re phonics
    The children have been doing so well learning the phonics and key words and we have been using the following songs to help us. The children have asked if we can give you the links so they can also do them at home with you!!





    Clubs sign up open
    The sign up process for this term 5/6 clubs is now open, closes on 25th April at 3.30pm and clubs will be announced on Friday 27th April.  Please complete one form per child.  YR have the option to come along to a club these terms too.  These clubs are run by school staff on a voluntary basis – to take account of staff members work life balance, each teacher is only asked to volunteer to run clubs for 4 terms.  We brought this guideline in following a staff well-being feedback and it’s just working it’s way through now.  I know that some parents, particularly Year 1, are disappointed with the clubs on offer but we have done the best we can with the resources available.  If any parent volunteers, who are DBS checked, would like to get involved in running free clubs after the summer this is something we would be more than happy to consider – perhaps you have a particular talent or skill you would like to share?
    We are promoting an additional ‘paid for by parents’ club for term 5 and 6 – see below for Performing Arts club starting up.
    Just a reminder – all clubs run from 3:30 – 4:30 pm and will run in weeks beginning 30/4; 7/5(excl. Monday);14/5; no clubs week of 21/5; clubs are on week beginning 4/6; 11/6; 18/6; 25/6; no clubs for rest of term.
    All clubs pick up point is the front double gates, regardless of year group.

    Parent Pay Alerts

    Some parents have mentioned how handy it would be if Parent Pay alerted you by text when you have a payment due.  This is already a feature of Parent Pay but it is not a default option so you have to go in and set it up.  A pdf was attached to this week’s newsblog email with instructions to help you set up this feature.

    Message for YN Parents re Workshop

    At the recent YN parent meetings many of you were asking for ideas to help your child become school ready for September. We would like to invite you to a Parent Workshop on May 2nd at 2:30pm. We will be talking about lots of different ways to increase their independence in readiness for the start of school in September.
    We will add a sign up sheet to the Nursery door, if you are able to make it please sign up. 

    Performing Arts After School Club At Tadpole Farm (pdf also attached to email)


    Things available in the Community (pdf also attached to email)
    For information, please find attached the timetable for the summer term sent to us by the team at the Butterflies Family Centre, detailing all the groups and courses on offer across Swindon.


     









    2017/18 Newsblog Welcome Back - it's Term 5!
    Hello All

    Just a short newsblog to say welcome back to Term 5 and to share the upcoming dates with you.  I hope you have all had a restful, fun and happy break and we look forward to seeing you all at the normal start times on Monday 16th April.

    In the newsblog this week:


    • Dates for your diary
    • This Term's Value - Trust
    • Uniform Reminder

    Dates for your diary


    Term 5 and 6  2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event
    No Staff Training Day – all children back on first day
    16/4/18
    Children return to school
    National Offer Day for Primary School places YR September 2018
    18/4
    No Y2 swimming (starts again 25/4)
    20/4
    Clubs on offer for term 5 and 6 will be announced
    23 - 25/4
    Sign up for clubs available
    27/4
    Club places announced
    Closing Date for Nursery Applications for September 2018
    Week beginning 30/4
    Clubs start this week and will run in weeks beginning 30/4; 7/5(excl. Monday);14/5; no clubs week of 21/5; clubs are on week beginning 4/6; 11/6; 18/6; 25/6; no clubs for rest of term.
    3/5

    Local Election Day – School Hall being used for Polling Station – all children will be having packed lunches (either home or school made)
    Nursery Closed All Day for Staff Training
    7/5
    School Closed – Bank Holiday Monday
    10/5

    3:00 pm
    YR Trip to Cotswold Farm Park
    Y4/5 will be leading worship on value of Trust – parents of children in those year groups welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year Note change of date from 3/5 due to Election Day
    15/5
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme - 5
    16/5
    7:30 pm
    FOTF Quiz Night for Grown-Ups
    18/5
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship

    21 - 22/5
    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 21/5 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 22/5 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for 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 May holiday.
    25/5
    Last day of term 5 – school finishes normal time
    26/5 – 3/6
    May Holiday Break – school closed
    4/6
    Children return to school
    World Music Roadshow in School
    6/6
    No Y2 swimming (starts again 13/6)
    Week beginning 11/6

    Science Week including Wild Summer Walks
    15/6
    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school
    Week of 18/6
    Sports week – Tuesday 19h June is planned sports day – YN/R/1/2 parents invited from 10:00 - 11:45 and Y3/4/5 from 1:15 - 3:15 - parents are welcome to join us for picnic lunch on that day too.
    21/6
    3:00 pm
    YN all of children, from both sessions, will be leading worship on value of Forgiveness – parents of children in that class welcome to join us for worship
    22/6

    FOTF Non-uniform Day in exchange for donations for summer fayre – more details to follow
    6/7
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship
    7/7

    FOTF Summer Fayre – more details to follow

    9/7 – 10/7
    “Show me” sessions – Monday 9/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 10/7 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for 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 Friday 20th July
    11/7
    End of Year Production Y3/4/5 – 2:30 dress rehearsal and 6:00 actual performance – more details nearer time
    13/7
    Annual Reports sent home
    24/7
    9:15 am
    All invited to join us for our End of Year Service
    24/7
    Last day of term 6 – school finishes normal time
    25/7 and 26/7
    Staff Training day -  staff in school; no children in school

    School Term Dates for 2018-2019
    Children in school on, and including, these dates unless date is a staff training day
    From
    To
    Staff Training Days - we have 5 days plus an additional Academy day this year.
    Monday 3rd September    
    Wednesday 24th October
    3rd and 4th September
    Monday 5th November   
    Friday 21st December
    5th November - academy day

    Monday 7th January       
    Friday 15th February
    Monday 25th  February
    Friday 5th April
    Tuesday 23rd  April
    Friday 24th May
    Monday 3rd June    
    Thursday 25th July    
    21st June
    24th and 25th July

    This Term's Value - Trust

    Trust is essential to human life and lies at the heart of all relationships. Trust entails vulnerability, putting yourself in others’ hands. We have to trust experts – pilots, dentists, teachers, doctors. Yet, within our society, there often seems to be mutual distrust between people and those responsible for governing them.
    Trust is central to civilised society, to living together in harmony, so it is to be valued and honoured. With wisdom and discernment, we can relearn to trust. We can begin to rebuild trust in our mistrustful society by being reliable ourselves, by not letting people down. Similarly, when we work with others, if we are willing to let go of control ourselves and trust in the abilities and integrity of others, everyone can be enriched. Jesus, after all, entrusted his ongoing work to his disciples and ultimately to us.


    • How are pupils equipped to know who and what to trust?
    • How can we encourage and promote relationships of trust in school?
    • How do pupils learn to make and trust their own judgements?
    For more information and ideas of how you can discuss this value at home please see pdf attached to the email notifying you of this blog. 


    Uniform Reminder

    A reminder that our uniform is detailed on http://www.tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk/parent-pages/uniform/.  

    Particularly, may I remind you that footwear needs to be suitable for playtimes - no open toed footwear and all footwear should be black please.  We know that, as parents, we all like to have growing room in items we buy but footwear needs to fit - an oversized shoe flies off easily when playing football or running!  It's better that any hair longer than shoulder length is tied back - please could this be done with hair accessories in black/blue/white without characters on and bows of a small size that cannot be caught up in things - thank you.  We had a bit of jewellery appearing last term so just a reminder that watches and stud earrings are the only types of jewellery that may be worn in school.  Please could you also check that your child's PE kit fits with the uniform guidelines - plain white round necked t-shirt, black non-logo'd shorts, school hoodie or black non-logo'd hoodie/tracksuit top, black non-logo'd joggers/leggings or tracksuit bottoms. Thank you.


    2017/18 Newsblog Term 4 Week 5

    Hello All


    Just a short blog this week - it's the last week of term and Easter is almost here.  We break up on Thursday at usual finish times.  Our Easter service is at 9:15 am and you are welcome to join us - space will be limited so please leave buggies outside.


     In this week's blog:-


        Dates for the Term 3 and 4
        Friends of Tadpole Farm Easter Disco Reminder
        News from St Andrew’s Church
        Quick reminders – water bottles; key rings and book bags; head lice and emailing school
        Thank you for Book Vouchers

    Dates for Term 3/4
    Any updates will be added in red.



    Term 3/4 - 2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event

    26/3 - 27/3

    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 26/3 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 27/3 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times are confirmed as Tuesday 27th March and Thursday 29th March from 8:40-9:10 am. 
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of Easter holiday.
    Re-organised trips for Bristol Zoo (cancelled earlier dates because of snow) Monday 26th – Y2; Tuesday 27th Y1 – please note these classes will not have Show Me sessions on the trip days.

    28/3

    FOTF Easter Disco events
    29/3
    9:15 am
    All invited to join us for our Easter Service
    29/3

    Last day of term 4 – school finishes normal time
    30/3
    10:00 – 12:00
    Easter Saturday Craft Morning for children and accompanying adults as part of Church@Tadpole Garden Village
    30/3 - 15/4

    School Closed - Easter holiday
    16/4/18

    First day back – normal times

    Friends of Tadpole Farm Easter Disco Reminder
    A big thank you to everyone that has volunteered to help with the disco;  we are really grateful. If those that have volunteered could arrive 15 minutes before, if possible, to attend a quick meeting and read the risk assessment that would be great.  Also, can we just ask & remind everyone that no siblings are able to come along as helpers.
    Tickets for the disco will be going out in book bags on Monday so please keep an eye out for these, if your child doesn’t have one then please let us know. 



    News from St Andrew’s Church
    Don’t forget to come along to the Craft Morning for children and accompanying adults at Tadpole Farm Academy on Good Friday 30th March from 10-12 noon.  There’ll be Easter themed activities for children and tea and coffee available.  Drop in for a little or as long as you’d like.

    Details of our other Easter services are available on our website
    Our next Church @ Tadpole Garden Village All-age service is just before term starts again on Sunday 15th April at 4pm.  We’ll be exploring the joy of the Easter story – craft for children and light refreshments as well as worship.  All welcome.
    Hoping you all have a very Happy Easter 
    Revd. Sally Robertson
    07588 594410

    Quick reminders –

    Water bottles – please remember that only water should be sent in in water bottles.  Water bottles are left available for children to access during the day – if your child has something other than water in their bottles then that presents a risk to others eg we have some children who cannot drink orange flavoured drinks due to a reaction – if you send in a child with orange squash and the allergic child inadvertently has a similar bottle then a problem has been created which should not exist.  If we find bottles filled with anything other than water we will bring it to your attention and ask that you only send in water.  Thank you for your cooperation;
    Key rings and book bagsit’s a good idea to have something distinctive on your child’s book bag but could you support them in choosing just one item – some book bags now have so many items that they will not fit in the children’s drawers;
    Head licea reminder to check heads again please for head lice – we still have them in school – persistent combing for two weeks daily is most effective way to clear them;
    Emailing schoolif you want to communicate with staff by email please use school@tadpolefarmcepa.co.uk and your message will be passed to the most appropriate member of staff – each teacher has an email address but these are not for parents to contact them directly as we need to monitor the questions and requests so we can improve our support for your child and family.  Thank you.


    Thank you for Book Vouchers
    Thank you to Pizza Express and Ethan’s mum for sorting out some book vouchers for us – we’re very grateful.




    2017/18 Newsblog Term 4 Week 4

    Hello All

    Sorry I haven’t been around much of this week – I caught the horrible sickness bug that’s going around and it took a while to sort itself out; I really needed those 48 hours from last sickness episode to get back to feeling even partly normal.  Please make sure you do keep children who have had sickness/diarrhoea off for at least 48 hours from the last occurrence – it is a nasty version of the bug.   Today (Sunday) you’ve probably woken up to snow again – we are keeping an eye on the forecast – see below for details of snow procedures. It’s Wild Spring Walk Week (yes, snow… it’s spring… you are not meant to be here!) and Sports Relief Week – check out below what your child needs on what day.

    In this week's blog:-

    • Dates for the Term 3 and 4
    • SNOW again!!!!!!
    • Friends of Tadpole Farm
    • Sports Relief Week
    • Wild Spring Week
    • Message for YN
    • Cool Milk
    • Additional Support in School
    • Head Lice Alert
    • Things of Interest in the Local Community

    Dates for Term 3/4
    Any updates will be added in red.

    Term 3/4 - 2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event
    19 – 23/3

    Sports Relief Week – see below
    Wild Spring Week  - see below
    20/3
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme – 4 – Given recent concerns over children’s safety when using IT and in response to parental queries and requests for advice, we have re-scheduled this workshop to be focused on E-Safety for Parents – how to keep your child safe in the on-line world.
    21/3
    9:00 – 12:30
    First Aid Training by St Johns Ambulance for parents organised by FOTF
    23/3
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship

    26/3 - 27/3

    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 26/3 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 27/3 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times are confirmed as Tuesday 27th March and Thursday 29th March from 8:40-9:10 am.  
    Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of Easter holiday.
    Re-organised trips for Bristol Zoo (cancelled earlier dates because of snow) Monday 26th – Y2; Tuesday 27th Y1 – please note these classes will not have Show Me sessions on the trip days.

    28/3

    FOTF Easter Disco events – see below
    29/3
    9:15 am
    All invited to join us for our Easter Service
    29/3

    Last day of term 4 – school finishes normal time
    30/3
    10:00 – 12:00
    Easter Saturday Craft Morning for children and accompanying adults as part of Church@Tadpole Garden Village
    30/3 - 15/4

    School Closed - Easter holiday
    16/4/18

    First day back – normal times

    SNOW again!!!!!!
    As you will have seen outside your windows probably and on weather forecasts there is snow today and it may impact the start of the week.  We will follow the same process we followed last 'snow time' and keep you all informed by email and with messages on the website. If we do open, which we will endeavour to do if it's safe for all concerned, then activities for the day may be adjusted to take account of wind chill etc. Please keep an eye on your emails and the website today and first thing tomorrow. 

    Friends of Tadpole Farm
    The details for the Easter discos will be coming home in a letter on Monday - for this occasion letters are easier for FOTF to deal with but we will try and do things electronically in the future.  The details are:-
    YR, Y1 and Y2              4.30-5.30pm                                                                                                                   
    Please drop children off at the main hall at 4.30pm and collect them from the main hall at 5.30pm.
    Y3, Y4 and Y5             6.00-7.00pm
    Please drop children off at the main hall at 6.00pm and collect them from the main hall at 7.00pm.
    Lily pad children YR - Y5.
    Children are still able to attend and will be taken down by Lilypad Staff at the designated times.
    Pick up details:
    For YR, Y1,Y2 children,  Lilypad staff will take the children back to Lilypad and you should pick up from the usual Lilypad Entrance after 5:30pm - please do not pick up from the hall as Lilypad staff will need to complete the registers to show who has left their care.
    For Y3, Y4 and Y5 children attending lily pad, can be picked up from the main hall at 7.00pm.
    Please return the permission slip (see letter coming home) with money (cash only please on this occasion as Parent Pay not yet set up to accept FOTF monies...we're working on it) to the school office by Friday 23rd March. Tickets will go home with the children on Monday
    26th March in book bags. Please bring your ticket with you as this will speed up the entrance process.
    This event needs helpers - there is a space on the slip for you to say when you can help.  
    Volunteering is a great opportunity to see what is involved in organising a school event and seeing the children enjoy themselves  - we have all sorts of jobs on the night.  

    Sports Relief Week
    Your child will have brought home a sponsorship form last week for the Sports Relief events.  As mentioned in previous blogs we will be doing a mile a day - in different ways... once to music, once with obstacles and then two days will be used to give the children an understanding of the challenges faced by others - one day will be focusing on those who are blind - so depending on the age of the children they will be guiding a partner around the course with open eyes/eyes closed/blindfolded - and one focusing on mobility difficulties - so, again depending on age, the children will be attached to another person by the arm or leg meaning they need to think also about cooperation and communication. The classes will be going around the course at different times of day to keep numbers to a safe level. 
    Wild Spring Week
    The plan for this week's Wild Walks, which the children do with the Forest Rangers from the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, is for the year groups to go out as follows (snow willing!)
    Monday - Y1
    Tuesday - Y3
    Weds - Y4/5
    Thurs - Y2
    (YR have just been on Forest School so not included in above)
    All to come in school uniform and bring in clothes and a coat that you do not mind them getting dirty. The forest is very wet so please bring your bring your wellies. Reminder for those parents whose children took wellies home in the snow - some have not come back as we discovered for gardening club!

    Message for YN
    The YN show me sessions will be on Tuesday 27th March and Thursday 29th March from 8:40-9:10 am.
    Some YN children are bringing in toys from home again and either bringing them in to YN or keeping them in their bags and then getting them out later.  Toys get left, broken  and lost so could you support your child in not bringing in toys - the children are all settled and happy in YN but lost and broken special home toys can be upsetting. 

    Cool milk


    Cool milk, who supply our school milk, have asked us to let you know that all children are eligible to receive milk in school.  Children under 5 receive free milk at school, funded by the UK Government's Nursery Milk Scheme. When your child turns 5 or if they are already over 5, you have the option to pay for their milk at a small subsidised daily cost.
    What you need to do:Visit www.coolmilk.com as soon as possible and select "Register your child for milk", then follow the on-screen instructions to register and pay
    A portion of fresh, chilled milk at mid-morning break provides protein, calcium and other
    vital nutrients, important for your child's growth and development. It's also a great way to bridge the gap between breakfast and lunch, re-hydrating your child and helping them to concentrate in class. Should you have any queries regarding your child's registration, please do not hesitate to contact Cool Milk directly on customerservices@coolmilk.com or call 0844 854 2913.


    Additional Support in School all Year Groups and Free School Lunches for Y3 upwards
    As you may have heard, all school finances are again under pressure and we want to do all we can to ensure we provide the best education for your children.  One of the ways we do this is making sure that the numbers of staff and the quality of resources in school enable and support your child to flourish.  You will have heard of children being eligible for Free School Lunches (all YR/1/2 children are) but this eligibility also entitles the school to claim pupil premium.  This is an amount of money which can support your child's learning and well-being - depending on how we spend it, it may also help others e.g. if we spend it on small group support to help your child we can also include others in that group who need help but whose families may not be entitled to claim pupil premium - everyone benefits. 
    Your child may be eligible for free school meals – and accordingly pupil premium – if you receive any of the following benefits:
    • Income support
    • Income-based jobseekers’ allowance
    • Income-related employment and support allowance
    • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
    • The guaranteed element of state pension credit
    • Child tax credit, provided that you are not also entitled to working tax credit and have an annual gross income of £16,190 or less
    • Universal credit
    From September 2014, all children in Reception and Years 1 and 2 will qualify for free school meals, regardless of their family income, but only the children who would have qualified for free meals under the above income-based criteria will receive the pupil premium.
    If your child qualifies for free school meals, it’s important that you tell us – even if they take a packed lunch – as this enables them to claim pupil premium.
    Please log on to https://www.swindon.gov.uk/forms/form/155/en/free_school_lunches to see if you could make a claim. 

    Head Lice Alert - please check, and if needed, treat your children/family

    What are head lice?
    Head lice are small insects (no larger than a sesame seed when fully grown) with moving legs. They live very close to the scalp.
    Nits are not the same as lice. They are the egg cases which stick to the hair, and look like specks of dandruff.You only have head lice if you find a moving louse (not a nit). Your head does not have to be itchy to have head lice.

    How do you get head lice?
    Because of children’s play activity and close contact, head lice are usually found on children, but can also spread to adults.  Head lice are caught from close family and friends in the home and community, as well as at school.  Head lice live in all types of hair – dirty or clean, short or long.  Head lice walk from one head to another, when heads are close together – they do not fly, jump or swim.

    How do you treat head lice?
    Do not treat unless you are sure you have found a moving louse.
    Check and treat all infected members of the family.
    Ask your GP or Pharmacist which head lice treatment to use. Creme rinses and shampoos are not thought effective and are therefore not recommended.  The Pharmacist can advise on any evidence of resistance to treatment and therefore the most appropriate treatment to purchase. Also, the Pharmacist can advise on treatments suitable for people with asthma and other respiratory conditions. 

    Things of Interest in the Local Community

    We have been asked by a number of parents for details of out of school activities that run from school premises so we have begun to keep a contact sheet for this - I will add it to the blog regularly. 

    Tadpole Farm community bookings for 2018
    MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
    During schoolCommunity Toddler group
    After schoolKS2 Football run by Wims 11 tel: 07467 142594 email:info@wims11.com Ballet and Jazz/pop dance run by Sullivan school of dance tel: 01793 872682 KS1 Football run by Wims 11 tel: 07467 142594 email:info@wims11.com
    EveningsSlimming world run by Lisa Legg email:lisalegg28@gmail.comScouts Brian McGaw tel: 0777 1672691 emeil: bryan@mcgaw.euTadpole womens group run by Ann Fitzgerald tel: 01793 703950 email: a.fitzy.g.@btinternet.com Pilates run by Kiz tel: 07859 068160 email:kiz.davis@outlook.comMartial arts run by Matt Fiddes tel: 07912 852426
    Tadpole Farm are in no way recommending or endorsing the list of clubs and events and please contact the individual companies for details of timings and cost etc


    2017/18 Newsblog Term 4 Week 3

    Hello All

    Happy Mothers Day to all of you who fulfil a motherly role for all the children in our school community and beyond! It was lovely to have Jeremy Strong, children’s author, visit the school this week and share his wisdom with the children about how to create exciting stories.  Many of the children had ordered a signed copy of his books – he spent the whole lunchtime signing each one himself; lucky children.  We do have a few spare signed copies of his books if you would like one – they are available from the office for £3 – please bring correct cash of you wish to buy one. 

    In this week's blog:-


    • Dates for the Term 3 and 4
    • News from St Andrew’s Church
    • Book Fayre
    • Donations of Books
    • Nursery for Two Year Olds
    • Friends of Tadpole Farm
    • Local Board News
    • Opportunities in School
    • Sports Relief Week
    • Things of Interest in the Local Community

    Dates for Term 3/4
    Any updates will be added in red.

    Term 3/4 - 2017/18
    Date
    Time
    Event
    13/3
    18:30 – 20:30
    FOTF Committee Meeting – re-scheduled because of snow – see below
    20/3 – 23/3
    After school each day
    Book Fayre in school – see below
    15/3
    3:00 pm


    Evening
    Y3 will be leading worship on value of Justice – parents of children in that year group welcome to join us for worship – please note all classes will do this during year
    Junior Music Festival – singing club have been sent details for this.
    18/3
    4:00 pm
    Church@Tadpole Garden Village – see below
    19 – 23/3

    Sports Relief Week – see below
    Wild Spring Week  - more details to follow
    20/3
    6:00 – 7:30 pm
    Parent/Carer Workshop Programme – 4 – Given recent concerns over children’s safety when using IT and in response to parental queries and requests for advice, we have re-scheduled this workshop to be focused on E-Safety for Parents – how to keep your child safe in the on-line world.
    21/3
    9:00 – 12:30
    First Aid Training by St Johns Ambulance for parents organised by FOTF – see below.
    23/3
    3:00 pm
    Open invitation to all parents to join us for Friday Celebration Worship

    26/3 - 27/3

    “Show me” sessions – see note below; Monday 26/3 classrooms open 3:30 – 5:30; Tuesday 27/3 classrooms open 3:30 – 4:30 – for children in YN times to be confirmed.  Parental access to Tapestry for YN and YR children and Seesaw for Y1/2/3/4/5 children until end of Easter holiday.
    Re-organised trips for Bristol Zoo (cancelled earlier dates because of snow) Monday 26th – Y2; Tuesday 27th Y1 – please note these classes will not have Show Me sessions on the trip days.

    28/3

    FOTF Easter Disco events
    29/3
    9:15 am
    All invited to join us for our Easter Service
    29/3

    Last day of term 4 – school finishes normal time
    30/3
    10:00 – 12:00
    Easter Saturday Craft Morning for children and accompanying adults as part of Church@Tadpole Garden Village – see below
    30/3 - 15/4

    School Closed - Easter holiday









    News from St Andrew’s Church
    Next Sunday – the 18th March – will be our monthly ‘Church @ Tadpole Garden Village’ Service at 4pm at school.  As always, there’ll be light refreshments, a craft for children and a time of worship for everyone together.  Everyone is very welcome to join us.  
    It won’t be long til Easter weekend, so here is our full list of services – all at St Andrew’s Church Tadpole Lane SN25 2DW between Blunsdon Abbey Caravan Park and Lyall Close, apart from the craft morning at school.
    Maundy Thursday 29 March
    6:30pm An informal meal of bread and cheese for all ages to commemorate the Last Supper
    7:30pm Holy Communion and Stripping the Altar
    Followed by Watch of Prayer concluding with Night Prayer at 10pm

    Good Friday 30 March
    10am-12noon Craft Morning for children and accompanying adults at Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy
    2-3pm A Reflective service focussing on Jesus’ final hour on the cross

    Easter Sunday 1 April
    10am Holy Communion with Renewal of Baptism Vows and Easter Egg Hunt for children
    6:30pm Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion

    Children are very welcome at all our services, but the informal meal on Maundy Thursday (please email me if you are intending to join us for catering purposes), the Craft morning at Tadpole Farm Academy and Easter Sunday Holy Communion will be the most child friendly services.
    We look forward to welcoming you to one or more of these events.
    Revd. Sally Robertson
    07588 594410
    Book Fayre

    The Book Fayre will be in school from Tuesday to Friday this week.  Book Tokens, from World Book Day, will be given out Tuesday and we can accept correct cash or card payments at the Book Fayre. We would really appreciate some help running the Book Fayre so anyone free to help or if you are happy for older children (Y4/5) to stay and help for half an hour after school on any of those days then please let the office know.
    Last time we had the Book Fayre at school you raised enough for school to benefit from over £500 of books - events like this make a big difference to the variety of books we can offer your children.

    Donations of Books
    Thank you for the donations of books we have had so far.  We are aiming to build up a rich variety of books for the children to use, both within school and within LilyPad - we haven't had enough yet to put on a book sale but more on this in the future.  A particular thank you to Mrs Kelly who donated a significant number of books, including some that are specifically dyslexia friendly - we are very grateful for each and every donation.

    Nursery for Two Year Olds 
    Some of you may be aware that we have been looking at a project for nursery provision for two year olds.  It will entail a new building and specialist area and such a project needs to show that it can sustain itself and be financially viable as well as benefitting the wider community.  We think, from discussions we have had with Swindon Borough Council, that the demand for such a provision is there but we would be grateful if you could take the time to complete our survey to provide further data for the project.  Keep an eye out in your emails for the link to a Survey Monkey Survey - will be coming out this week. 

    Friends of Tadpole Farm 
    The committee meeting will hopefully be going ahead on Tuesday 13th March at 6:30pm at the school - we'll be finalising plans for the Easter discos and will be letting you know how to buy tickets soon after Tuesday.
    We have organised an essential First Aid for All Ages course for our members and we have a few spaces left if anyone would be interested in attending. The course is run by St Johns Ambulance and will be held in school on Wednesday 21st March, 9-12.30. The Friends group are part funding the course, as we need qualified first aiders at events as part of our risk assessments for Health and Safety good practice guidelines, so it will only be £10 each. Spaces are limited so please let FOTF know immediately if you would like to attend.

    Local Board News

    The Local Board discussed the results of the recent Parent Questionnaire and were very pleased with the number of responses (120) and the very positive and supportive feedback that you gave.  For example of those that responded, 99.2% of you felt that your child enjoys coming to school and 100% of you feel your child is well-looked after here. In terms of progress, 98.3% of those that responded felt that their child was well taught and made good progress.  The comments about homework, which were largely positive but had a wide variety of viewpoints, will be added in to the annual review that the Senior Leadership Team do for homework provision later in the school year. It was pleasing to hear that parents overwhelmingly felt that communication with the school was good and that they felt welcomed as part of the school community.  The Local Board noted that a small number, less than 8% of those that responded, felt communication was still an area that needed improvement and would ask that any of you that felt this way get in touch with the Principal or your child's class teacher as the school aims to be an open, listening school and we all want you to feel a part of that. For those that use LilyPad, about half of the respondents, the Local Board were extremely pleased to note how happy you were with the provision, 98.2%, and have taken on board your desire for holiday provision, which will be looked in to for 2018/19 academic year. 

    In terms of leadership, 99.2% of you feel that school is well led and managed but many of you are unaware of who the Local Board is and what they do - the Local Board will be putting regular updates in the newsblogs at least once a term from now on so you can be aware of their role and who they are. 
    The additional individual comments have been shared with the Senior Leadership team and actions taken where possible.  For example, there were some comments about parking and, though the school leadership team can't solve this totally work has been done with Crest to provide additional marshals which do seem to be easing the traffic flow at times. 
    At our next meeting of the Local Board we will have a new Parent Local Board Member - Jackie Fitzgerald (mum of Paris Y2), who submitted her completed nomination on time and, as no other nominations were received within the time period, Jackie was duly elected.  Jackie joins our other Parent Local Board member, Anne-Marie Young (mum of Sarah-Rose Y1), on the Local Board. 
    The Local Board, made up of different members of the school and local community, has the role of making sure that the vision, ethos and strategic direction of the academy is clear; holding the leadership team to account for the educational performance of the academy and ensuring that the finances the school receives are well spent.  All members are volunteers and give their time freely to help support your child's education.

    Opportunities in School
    There are many ways to get involved in the life of the school - being a Local Board member is one way but we also have many other roles available.
    Currently we have paid vacancies advertised on Eteach - click here - we are looking for a Clerk for our Local Board; a Teaching Assistant and some Play Leaders.  If you are thinking that a career in school might be for you but want to get a taster for it first then the role of Play Leader is a great place to start.  Many of our Teaching Assistants started out as Play Leaders and, with support and training, have gone on to take a more learning based role within the school. 
    If you want to get involved a a volunteer then we can help you with the specific checks you need before working with children.  A few hours a week on a regular basis will really help us out and may open the doors to a whole new world. Please get in touch if you would like to do that.  It may be that you can only help occasionally and that's great too - just let us know and we can get you ready to be part of the volunteer team.
    It may be that you would like to help out but don't want to work directly with the children - we have many one-off jobs that need doing... painting, gardening, putting up shelves etc - we are always appreciative of any help offered. 

    Sports Relief Week
    The week of 19-23 March is Sports Relief Week in school.  The children will be coming home with some Sports Relief Sponsorship Forms this week - you have been very generous in the past with fundraising and your child will be able to take part in all activities whether they are sponsored or not. 
    Our theme for Sports Relief this year is running/jogging or walking a mile... every day of the week... for the whole week... it will take some of us longer than others... some younger children will be working in teams... but all of us will be moving, staff included!
    Our Y4/5 children will also be taking part in a Swindon wide relay with other local schools on Thursday 22nd March.  Our 'leg' of the relay will see us welcoming a group of students who have run over from Abbey Park.  Our Y4/5 class, along with staff, will then run/jog/walk some of the way back with them before completing a circuit back through Tadpole Garden Village.  Once we have timings confirmed we will let you know as I'm sure the children would love some supporters on the route back. 
    A smaller group of 6 Y3/4/5 children, selected at random from those whose parents have returned permission slips (latest time to get these back is Monday 12th March), will be going to the County Ground to take part in a Swindon Schools celebration for Sports Relief.  Mrs Philpott will be randomly selecting the six children on Tuesday and a letter will go home with them confirming their place. 

    Things of Interest in the Local Community 

    A message from Persimmon Homes, they need our help... 
    Our company have been supporting sport in our community over the last year and we are entering Swindon Dolphins as our nominated local sports club into a competition.  The winner of the competition will win £200,000 for their club.  There are 30 finalists and it is now up to the public vote as to which club wins.  Clearly we would love Swindon Dolphins to win and to be able to use the funds to help to re open Milton Road Hydro Pool.
    We need as many public votes to do this and I would really appreciate it if your pupils, parents and staff could help Swindon Dolphins to achieve this.  I have enclosed some links that people can use for which ever social medium they are familiar with.  I hope that you will support this very good cause.  There are only 7 voting days remaining.

    We are delighted to be supporting Swindon Dolphin ASC as part of our Healthy Communities initiative. Through a public vote the swimming club now has a chance to win £200,000. Can we please ask you to place a vote to help them scoop the prize.  
    If the swimming club was to win the funding will help give children the most important life skill – to learn to swim. The club plans to use the prize money to  try and help to re-open the Health Hydro teaching pool in Swindon. Alternatively the club will launch numerous swimming camps and train new teachers as well as rebrand the squad with new kit.
    Votes can be placed every 24 hours from a single IP address. www.persimmonhomes.com/healthy-communities/finalists#list







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