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Allfarthing School Bulletin
16th March 2015
Dear Parents and Carers,
What a fabulous Friday the children had last week. Thank you so much to the PTA for their amazing organisation of
the Mother's Day stall. The children loved choosing their gifts. We hope all Mums, and Grandmothers,
Grandmothers had a great day
Comic Relief
It was great to see so many red noses and funny faces in school. The children
children had a great time, and loved doing their
fund raising activities; see the photo below where Year 1 got to throw wet sponges at their teachers for money! Huge
thanks go to all parents, staff and children for their enthusiasm for and commitment to this worthwhile
cause. We are
thrilled that we raised £440 on the day and a further £120 from the sale of RED NOSES.
NOSES This is a fantastic amount of
money and we still have some funds to add to this from the Year 6 pop up takeaway stall on Friday. A HUGE thank
you to everyone for supporting the school with their Comic Relief fundraising.
Art Exhibition
This year’s exhibition is up and ready for you to visit. The title this year is “GreART Britain”.
It is an exhibition of works by the children which are linked in some way to British values. These include respect and
tolerance, regardless of background, values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and
tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs as
a well as combating discrimination. The essence of each of the
pieces is linked to British art; either imitation of the work of a British artist or reproduction of an iconic piece of British
sculpture or architecture.
The children have reallyy enjoyed working
working on their exhibits and are keen to share them with the whole school
community. The comments of Edoardo Walker in Hedgehog class sum up the spirit of enthusiasm and excitement of
the children last week during the art week.
"I love school so much. It's so much fun! I didn't realise JUST children could make something as good as this. Are we
going to donate it to the queen to put on one of her walls? She's got lots of walls because her house is very big."
If it is good enough for the Queen........!!
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Parents and carers are welcome before school each day this week from 8.30am and after school Monday and
Wednesday until 5pm. The exhibition will also be open until 7pm on Tuesday and Thursday during parent consultation
evenings. So, no excuses!
The exhibition comes down after school on Friday. Don’t miss it!
Many thanks to the parents who gave their time on Friday to help set it up.
World Book Day
It was great to see so many children dressed as their favourite character, and also able to discuss their reasons for
choosing that character. It was a really difficult job choosing the winners for the best outfit and also for the extreme
reading competition. After lengthy discussions between us I am pleased to announce the favourite book character
winners are:
Polar Bear
Child’s name and character
Darcy Waller as Kipper
Ralph Thrower as Green Lantern
Freddie Millar as Highway Cat
Libby Harrison as Betty O’Barley
Freddie Fox as Horrid Henry
Linus Pertusini as the shopkeeper in Mr. Ben
Hubert Roganlinski as The Sly Fox
Trixie Way as Red Crayon
Louis Jordan as Paddington Bear
Grace Holmes as Mrs Trunchball
Frankie Ashworth as Spaceman Bob
Henry Olmi as The Boy in a Dress
Demont Edmondson as Fantastic Mr. Fox
Maya Shah as Susan from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Indigo Beauchamp as Effie Trinket
Maddie Sheehan as The Queen of Hearts
.... and the extreme readers are:
Lower KS2
Upper KS2
Minnie Snashall
Zachary Biggs
Luka Joseph
Teigan O’Keefe
Here they are in action reading their books:
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Last Wednesday our year 6 children went to Sacred Heart to play their next matches in the Battersea Football League.
The girls’ team played Honeywell and although they didn’t win it was a very close match nonetheless. Maia, having
taken a ball in the face in the first few seconds came back to make several good saves in goal. The team of 5 showed
great determination and courage. The boys’ team got to play a friendly against Sacred Heart; sadly their league game
team did not show! Joe and Dan showed good link up play throughout the match and it paid off with a goal. Oliver
worked hard making good saves keeping the team in with a chance to win. Our defence and midfield players made
great tackles and passes however the opposition was just too good and eventually beat the boys, but not by much!
Parent Consultations
As you aware, from our meetings earlier in the year, a new National Curriculum has been introduced since September.
The Government no longer want schools to use National Curriculum levels to assess progress, with the exception of
year 2 and year 6 for this year.
We are really looking forward to seeing you all at the parent consultations on Tuesday and Thursday this week. The
teachers will be sharing your child's progress, by looking at the work in their books and sharing the next steps for your
children to ensure they meet or exceed age related expectations of the new curriculum by the end of the year. They
will not be reporting progress or attainment in terms of levels.
We will be holding parent workshops for each year group in the summer term when we will be able to give you more
information on the new assessments we will be using instead of levels.
Please get these dates in your diary now. The meetings will start at 5pm and should last about an hour.
• Year 5 Tuesday 19th May
• Year 4 Thursday 21st May
• Year 3 Tuesday 2nd June
• Year 1 Thursday 4th June
Wandsworth Borough Council Visit
Connie Cooling, our Wandsworth link inspector, came to visit last week. She observed Maths lessons all morning
across the school and also examined our progress data. She acknowledged that there have been significant
improvements in progress and the way Maths is taught at Allfarthing as well as noting that the behaviour for learning
in classrooms and behaviour generally across the school was excellent.
Staff news
Sadly, Miss Flower will be leaving us at the end of this term as she wishes to have a career break for a few months.
"After two and a half years, I have made the difficult decision to leave Allfarthing at the end of the Spring term. I have
decided to have a career break for several months and I am very pleased that Mrs Hunter is taking over Polar Bear
class after the Easter break. I would like to say thank you to all staff, parents and children who I have taught over the
years and I will take many happy memories from my time at the school. I wish everyone all the best for the future."
There is lots to look forward to during the last week of term with the Spring Bonnet parade and egg sculptures.
Do remember that school will be closed on Monday 23rd March for an INSET day when staff will be trained on a new
RWI spelling programme we will be adopting after the Easter break.
Best wishes
The Headship Team
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Diary Dates 2015
* denotes diary changes or new events added
Mon 16 Mar
Year 5 Vocal Performance Royal Festival Hall 7pm
Tues 17 Mar
Parent Teacher Consultations 4-7pm
Wed 18 Mar
Year 3 Music Performance 2.30-3.30pm KS2 Hall
Football match versus Sacred Heart – 4pm
Thurs 19 Mar
Parent Teacher Consultations 4-7pm
4.30pm Upbeat Performance KS1 Hall
Mon 23 Mar
INSET DAY – teachers only
Wed 25 Mar
Year 6 Shakespeare Workshop – Performance to parents 3.30-4.30pm KS2 Hall
Thurs 26 Mar
PTA Race Night
Fri 27 Mar
End of term – NON-UNIFORM DAY
Mon 13 Apr
Return to school for summer term
Mon 18 May *
Class Photos
Tues 19 May *
Parent Consultations – Year 5
Thurs 21 May *
Parent Consultations – Year 4
Fri 22 May
Break up for half term
Mon 1st June
Children back to school
1 – 5 June
Year 6 School Journey to IOW
Tues 2 June *
Parent Consultations – Year 3
Thurs 4 June *
Parent Consultations – Year 1
Sat 13 June
PTA Summer Fair
Thurs 25 June *
Sports Day – Wimbledon Athletics Track
***change of day ***
Fri 17 July
End of academic year – non-uniform day
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March 2015