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2017-2018 Term Dates

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Jul 182017
 

The term dates for the 2017 to 2018 school year have been added to the website. These include the INSET days for the coming school year. Details can be found by clicking here.

2017 Sports Day

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Jul 112017
 

After a hot, dry weekend, sports day dawned with clouds in the sky and light drizzle. We would not be deterred. Despite continuing showers in the afternoon, the children and staff assembled on the playground to take part in twelve different sports challenges. Peak Active Sport did us proud organising the event and the children competed in their house teams with enthusiasm and commitment showing that we can all take part in sport, whatever the weather. The winners of this year’s competition will be announced in celebration worship this Friday.

Jul 112017
 

Over the past few weeks, children from years 1 to 6 have been taking part in athletic competitions against other schools from the New Mills, Chapel-en-le-Frith and Whaley Bridge areas. All the children that took part were a real credit to St George’s, did their best and had a great time. We are delighted that our Key Stage 1 team returned victorious as area champions beating a number of schools much bigger than ours. Our Key Stage 2 team also performed really well. There are a few photos from the Key Stage 2 event below.

Tesco Bags of Help

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Jun 222017
 

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We are hoping to achieve a grant from Tesco from their Bags of Help scheme. If you shop in Tesco, please use your counter to vote for St George’s school library project.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, Bags of Help, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects.

Bags of Help offers community groups and projects across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge.  The public will vote in store during July and August, (St. George’s project of a new school library will be part of this), on who should receive the awards.  PLEASE VOTE FOR US AND ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY TO VOTE TOO!  See www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp for more information about the funding scheme.

May Newsletter

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May 152017
 

8th May 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

Welcome to our Summer term 1 newsletter. At our recent governing body meeting, the governors agreed to the following classes from September. As you will see Mrs Townsend is not included on this list. This is because Mrs Townsend has regrettably resigned from her position as a teacher at St. George’s in order to pursue another career in a family business. We are really sorry to see her go as she has been a wonderful member of our team for 12 years.

Her dedication and hard work have given our children a good grounding to their education and we all have many fond memories of working with her. I am sure you will all join me in wishing Mrs. Townsend good luck in all she does in the future.

We will be appointing a new teacher during the summer term to teach our Y1/2 class.

Classes for September

Year Group No. in class Teacher Classroom
Early Years Foundation Stage

Nursery & Reception

Nursery – 14

Rec – 19

KD Nursery
Year 1 and 2 (the younger Y2’s will be in this class 26 New teacher Reception
 

Y2/3

26 SC Y1/2
 

Y4

24 FH Y3/4
 

Y5/6

27 MH Y5/6

Non-uniform days

With the PTA Spring Fair fast approaching, we are also holding non-uniform days on the next 2 Fridays in order to gather items for stalls and tombolas. Your child is welcome to wear non-uniform in exchange for bringing an item on the day Please do not allow children to carry glass bottles in the playground – these can be left by an adult in the school office or with the PTA box on the playground on Friday 12th May.

Friday 5th May – chocolate (thank you for your donations!) Friday 12th May – bottles Friday 19th May – cakes

The Spring fair will take place in school on Saturday 20th May from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are welcome!

Breakfast Club and Tesco

In order to promote our Breakfast Club we will be holding a ‘Big Breakfast’ week, beginning Monday 19th June. All are welcome to join us for a FREE breakfast from 8.30 – 9.00 each day of that week, in the school hall. You will have the chance to see our Breakfast Club in action, and to sit to enjoy (an extra!) breakfast with your child.

The food for this event is kindly being provided by Tesco, who are sponsoring our breakfast club by supplying cereals, juices, milk, cereal bars and fruit each week.

SATS week

This week is SATS week for our Year 6 pupils. We wish them luck in these national assessments – they have been well prepared by Mr Hewitt and have been working hard all year in the run up to these tests.

Year 2 pupils will be taking their SATS as part of normal classroom practice over the next few weeks.

Year 1 Phonics Screening test during the week beginning Monday 12th June.

Please ensure that your children are in school for these important national tests. As ever their attendance at school should be above 95%, as set down as the target for attendance by the government.

Academisation

We have been informed by the Derby Diocese Academy Trust (DDAT) that we will not be converting to an academy until 1st September due to the general election.

The conversion to an academy has to be signed off by a member of parliament, and as currently there are no MPs in parliament, only candidates, there is no one available to sign off our conversion.

We will keep you updated as soon as we have any further news.

Thank you to the parents and grandparents who joined us for the parents and carers meetings with DDAT last term. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact school and we will try to answer them for you.

Parent Governor Vacancy

We currently have a vacancy for a Parent Governor on the board of governors. If any parent would like to apply for this, please contact Di in the office for a nomination pack.

With thanks for your continued support.

Mandy Brown Headteacher

Dates for your diary

May

w/b 12th                                SATS week

Friday 12th                            Y6 post SATS morning in High Lea Park

Wednesday 17th                 Dental check for 5 yr olds

Friday 19th                            Balance bikes for Reception children

High Peak Kids Council meet Andrew Bingham

Saturday 20th                       Summer Fun Day 11 – 1 p.m.

w/b Monday 22nd               Big Write, Big RE & Big Maths days

Monday 22nd                       Fit4 Schools

Tuesday 23rd                        Y6 Height & Weight check

Friday 26th                            Balance bikes for Reception children

Break up for half term 3.15 p.m.

June

Monday 5th                          Back in school 8.50 a.m.

Wednesday 7th                    Y1/2 trip to Canon Farm

Thursday 8th                         R/Y1 trip to Cannon Farm

w/b Monday 12th               Y1 Phonics Screening check week

Monday 12th to                   Y5/6 residential to Losehill, Castleton (Children remaining at school will be doing a

Wednesday 14th                          range of fun activities including preparing, cooking and eating their own lunch!)

Tuesday 13th                        Nursery trip

Wednesday 14th                 High Peak Kids Council visit to Houses of Parliament and London attractions

Friday 16th                            Class photos

w/b Monday 19th               Breakfast Club week 8.30 – 9 every day in the school hall

Monday 26th                        Fit4Schools

Tuesday 27th                        9.15 Worship in Church – all welcome

Friday 30th                            INSET Day

July

w/b Monday 3rd                  Work Experience placement week

Monday 3rd                          INSET Day

Tuesday 4th to                     Y6 NMHS induction days

Thursday 6th

Tuesday 4th                          Class swap day

Monday 10th                        p.m. Sports Afternoon – all welcome

Wednesday 12th                 Y5 welcome day at NMHS

Thursday 13th                      Y6 Confirmations in Church 11 a.m.

Friday 14th                            Reports out to parents

Tuesday 18th                        9.30a.m. and 6.30p.m. KS2 Play – all welcome

Thursday 20th                      Y6 leavers’ event

PTA disco

Friday 21st                            1.30 Y6 leavers’ service in Church

Break up for summer holidays

Classes-September 2017

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May 152017
 

11th May 2017

Dear Parents/Carers

It has been brought to my attention that some parents are unhappy about our classes for next year. In light of this I feel I should explain further, to hopefully put your minds at rest.

In an ideal world we would be able to afford a teacher for each year group, but as a small school with smaller pupil numbers, we always have to mix age groups.

Bearing this in mind, we made the decision to split our Year 2 group between 2 classes. These children will follow the exact same curriculum and have identical learning objectives – as all Year 2 children at any school will have. We decided to house our Year 1 and 2 group in the current Reception classroom because it is such a lovely big and bright space. The current furniture, resources and set up is obviously going to be changed to ensure we have age-appropriate tables, chairs and resources available for the age of children. You will be more than welcome to come and have a look at it and meet our new teacher (when appointed) during the first week of the Autumn term.

Regarding the new teacher, we are hoping to appoint a maths specialist who will lead Key Issue 3 in our OFSTED report. This will also give the children in Year 1/2 class a real boost to their maths.

We have also decided to combine Nursery and Reception as one stage – an Early Years Foundation Stage. This was recommended by our OFSTED inspector and is something about which we have thought long and hard. As we are offering the 30 hours of childcare for Nursery age children, we have decided that all part time (15 hrs) Nursery children will be in school each morning – like normal. Those children on 30 hrs provision will stay for a packed lunch or school dinner, and will then be taught as a Nursery group in the afternoon, finishing at 3.15 with the other children.

Our Reception children will follow the Early Years Curriculum as required by the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework throughout the day, being taught as a much smaller, purely Reception group in the afternoons.

They will be taught by Mrs Davison in the current Nursery classroom and outdoor area, but will also experience much more of school life through our afternoon worships, P.E. sessions in the hall and playgrounds and computing lessons in our ICT room.

The ratio of adults to children in Early Years is statutory and we are required to meet these ratios. For nursery the required ratio is 1 : 13 and we will have 3 adults in the classroom with Nursery and Reception which is a better ratio than many Early Years providers.

Please be assured that none of your children are being held back by this organisation of classes.

All the children will be following the curriculum for their age group and will use the right furniture and resources for their age, height and maturity.

If you should have any further concerns about this please contact the school office or preferably, just ask a member of staff on the playground in the morning. Social media is never the best way to get the facts about us.

With thanks for your continued support.

Mrs M Brown
Headteacher

All Stars Cricket

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May 092017
 

All Stars Cricket has landed in Derbyshire!

The Derbyshire Cricket Board want your child/children to be involved in the national launch of All Stars Cricket. All Stars Cricket will be delivered through local cricket clubs and centres across England and Wales throughout the summer, giving 5-8 year olds their first experience of the game in a fun, safe and inclusive environment

After signing-up, boys and girls will have a cricket ‘back-pack’ delivered to their door with a rucksack, bat, ball, water bottle, cap and T shirt that can be personalised for each child.

The Derbyshire Cricket Board have also partnered up with Gulliver’s Kingdom to offer each registered child a free day pass to their theme park at Matlock Bath.

Click here to find out more and join the fun!

Year 5/6 Topic Web – Summer 1 – 2017

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Apr 202017
 

Our topic for the first part of the summer term is ‘Who is the better sculptor – nature or man?’ You can view the complete topic web of our work for the term by clicking here.