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.
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.
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.
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.
Our topic for the last term of the year is ‘What is living on Earth?’ You can view our complete topic web by clicking here.
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
|Year 1 and 2 (the younger Y2’s will be in this class||26||New teacher||Reception|
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.
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.
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
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.
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
w/b Monday 3rd Work Experience placement week
Monday 3rd INSET Day
Tuesday 4th to Y6 NMHS induction days
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
Friday 21st 1.30 Y6 leavers’ service in Church
Break up for summer holidays
11th May 2017
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
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!
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.
A letter about the homework that has been set for the Easter holidays can be viewed here.