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Newsletter 25th February 2016

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Head Teacher’s Introduction

 

 newsletter 25th February 2016

Dear Parents/Carers

In your responses to my questionnaire, you said we could improve the outdoor play area and it has been lovely to have some good weather this week so the children can enjoy the new trim trail and all the new activities in the sensory garden.

 You also informed me you wanted to know more about how well your child is achieving at school and the progress they are making; the evening for parents and carers on Thursday 10th March will be the first step in you finding out how the staff will be assessing your child and how progress will be reported to you each term as well as further developing relationships between home and school. Please do your best to attend. (At my previous school I had 98% attendance from families following the invitation you have been given – please respond). If you have not seen your invitation then please ask or see information below.

 A summary of the questionnaire is included later in the newsletter.

 Yours sincerely,

 Pip Worswick

Newsletter 4th February 2016

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Newsletter 4th Feb 2016

Head Teacher’s Introduction

Dear Parents and Carers

 Thank you to you if you completed and returned the questionnaire about our school. However, from one hundred and twenty one children we only had twenty two responses. The responses will be collated and a summary of feedback shared with you as well as addressing some elements in our action plan for school improvement.

 Our children have done us proud in their sporting achievements at Congleton High School over the last few weeks. Teams of children from Y1 through to Y6 competed in an indoor athletics competition. Whilst not winning any overall team awards we are very pleased with the dedication, effort and enthusiasm of our teams coupled with excellent behaviour and team work whilst representing Astbury School in our community. Well done to all children involved and many thanks to Mrs Armitt and Mrs Ainscough who gave up their time to take the children to the competitions.

 On Wednesday this week, Y5 children went to Congleton High School to learn more on how to improve their painting techniques and skills. The children were able to use the CHS art facilities to learn about techniques using colour as well as focussing on shadow painted 2D shapes. The children also made a mosaic out of shapes. Some lovely artwork came back to Astbury and the children have been proud and keen to share their work. Mrs Cross accompanied the children and reported excellent behaviour for learning in the lesson at the high school. Well done everyone.

 Yours sincerely,

 Pip Worswick

Newsletter 21st January 2016

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Newsletter 21st January 2016

Head Teacher Introduction

Dear Parents and Carers

 Thank you for your extra vigilance regarding safety over these last few days with the on-going road repairs by the village hall. In school we have talked to the children about staying close to you on the car park and paths to keep safe at the start and end of the school day.

 Whilst we were closed on Tuesday, the staff met together and worked on one of our actions for school improvement this year – behaviour. Our aim is for children to conduct themselves well throughout the day, including at lunchtime and to focus on their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development to ensure that they are prepared to be reflective about and responsible for their actions as good citizens.

 Our mission statement is that we are a Christian family who care, share and learn together and this will form the basis of our behaviour policy – if your child’s behaviour is called into question then they will be encouraged to think about which part of the mission statement went wrong and how they can make it right again.

 As part of the drive to raise standards in behaviour, we are encouraging your child to take pride in their appearance by wearing the correct school uniform as this accompanies a positive attitude to learning. Please support your child by ensuring that their uniform follows the uniform policy:

 

GirlsLight blue shirt (blue polo shirt for EYFS children)Astbury tie

Astbury sweatshirt / cardigan

Grey skirt or tailored trousers

Grey pinafore dress

Socks / tights (white / grey)

Black shoes

BoysLight blue shirt (blue polo shirt for EYFS children)Astbury tie

Astbury sweatshirt

Grey tailored trousers

Socks (grey / black)

Black shoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PE Kit

White polo shirt, navy shorts, white socks and black pumps. PE kits should be kept in a named bag. Hoodies and white polo shirts for PE can be purchased from the school office. Navy jogging bottoms and trainers are also needed for outside PE.

 Jewellery, hair and body embellishments

Jewellery is not suitable for wearing in school. Children are allowed to wear a watch but we recommend and inexpensive one. Children with pierced ears my only wear studs. All jewellery must be removed for PE. Hair which is long enough to be tied back must be tied back with a navy / black hair bobble. Make up, nail varnish or other body embellishments (such as fake tattoos) must not be worn.

 Diocese review

Last week we had a two day review of our school by the Diocese of Chester. It was lovely to see that the care the staff give to the children was recognised and highlighted as a strength, alongside the relationships between staff and children. The strong sense of inclusion and the welcome that children receive at our school was also noted.

 Yours sincerely,

 Pip Worswick

Newsletter 7th January 2016

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Newsletter 7th Jan 2016

Head Teacher Introduction

Dear Families and Friends,

 It is such a privilege to be writing this newsletter – I am delighted to have returned to Astbury St Mary’s as head teacher. It was eighteen years ago, in 1998, that I first began working at the school as Y1/2 class teacher. The children have given me a lovely welcome; it has been great to hear all about their Christmas holidays!

 You may also have noticed a few more new faces around school. We have welcomed two new teaching assistants to our team: Miss Sam Sherliker working with class Jonah covering Mrs Hamilton’s maternity leave and Mrs Hazel Douce supporting pupils in class Moses. Class Jonah have been showing Miss Sherliker around their classroom and outdoor area as well as telling her all about themselves. Children in Class Moses have been showing Mrs Douce their excellent phonics knowledge as well as their super maths skills. I am sure you will join me in welcoming them into our Astbury family.

 I would like to take this opportunity to announce that Mrs Hodder is pregnant and is due to have her baby in April. We wish Mrs Hodder all the best in her pregnancy.

 At the start of my headship, I am asking you to complete a questionnaire for each of your children that you have in Astbury School. The questions cover similar areas that OSFTED ask about; it is important for me to know your opinion of the school and the education your child receives.  I would be grateful if you would complete the attached questionnaire(s) – one per child. On the reverse are two further areas that I would appreciate your views on, although you only need to complete one reverse side per family. I would appreciate knowing who has returned the questionnaires so am giving your child the chance to be entered into a prize raffle if you enter their name and return your questionnaire by Friday 22nd January.

 I aim to be on the playground each morning to get to know you and your children as soon as possible and thank you for the welcome I have already received. I also want to inform you that as part of the caring, sharing and learning that we do together at Astbury, I am open to meeting with you should you have any queries or concerns that you feel I need to be aware of – please remember to speak to your child’s teacher in the first instance.

 I look forward to getting to know you and your family.

Yours sincerely,

 

 Pip Worswick

 

Newsletter 26th November 2015

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Newsletter 26th november 2015

Miss Irwin’s Introduction

Dear Families and Friends,

 We would like to inform you all that Mrs Hamilton has had a 7lb 1 oz baby girl!!!!!

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Hamilton. We hear Mum, Dad and baby are doing well.

Children in Need was a great success with our amount so kindly matched by a local businessman. Teachers and children had a fantastic day dressing up.

Parent consultations were a great success. Feedback so far from parents has been very positive. If you would like to share your opinion on the parent’s consultations please email the school office at admin@astbury.cheshire.sch.uk  

Practise for the School Nativity is well underway with Class Jonah and Year 6’s taking the lead roles. The songs are brilliant and the whole school is really enjoying the start of the Christmas activities. We have a busy few weeks ahead before we finish for our Christmas holidays!

Please remember over the next two Fridays to bring in your donations for the school Christmas Fayre. You will see in the newsletter what children are allowed to wear on these days. Crazy hair day went well, we can’t wait to see what this week will bring!

Thank you to everyone who is helping with donations. Your contributions really do help to make the school fayre successful.

 Remember ALL the money raised goes back into school via PFA.

Let the Christmas festivities begin!!

 Kind regards,

Miss Irwin

School Newsletter 12th November 2015

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Newsletter 12th november 2015

Miss Irwin’s Introduction

Dear Families and Friends,

 We’ve had another busy two weeks of working on our topics in Class and last Thursday we were very fortunate to have Class Noah’s assembly about the Celts. It was very enlightening and we definitely saw some great potential actors and models of the future. Thank you Class Noah, Mrs Wade and Mrs Oakes for entertaining us.

 Parents mornings are still going well and we would like to continue with them, so thank you to those parents who do come in to support their child with their learning.

 Year 5 had the chance to do Smoke Busters with the Fire Service last week and went in the tent to experience the thickness and severity of smoke from a fire. It was a very worthwhile and important learning experience for them.

 This week parents have been sent an email through our new email system. This is trial period of our new system, which you can read about later in the newsletter. The reason for email communication is to further develop our way of making sure parents are aware of school information. We will still continue to communicate via text message, newsletters, blogs and the noticeboards this is just another avenue for staff to use.

 Just a reminder that the school car park is for staff and children with disability badges. The Village Hall car park is to be used for car parking for families dropping of at school and picking up. We have noticed an increase in parents dropping off children on the school staff car park and are aware again of the dangers this creates. We ask that you do not use the staff car park unless school has given you authorisation to do so. However if your child has been on an appointment and comes into school later in the morning you can use the school car park as you will have to sign your child in at the school office.

 This week we have spent time in church having a Remembrance Service which was led by Mrs Morris. It helped us to remember and reflect on all of those, near and far who have lost their lives serving their country.

Today we dressed up as cartoon characters to raise money for Children in Need. School council will be counting up their funds and we will let you know how we did in the next newsletter.

 Please remember it is a whole Town Inset day on Friday so school will not be open.

 Have an enjoyable weekend.

Kind regards,

Miss Irwin

Newsletter 22nd October 2015

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Newsletter 22nd October 2015

 

Dear Families and Friends,

I cannot believe how quickly this half term has flown, it only feels like yesterday I welcomed my new Reception Class and that Miss Hall started as our new Year 4/5 teacher. As you will have seen over the past 8 weeks a lot have changes have occurred and all pupils and staff are working hard to make

Astbury even better than it is already! This would not be possible without the support of Mrs Riley. I know all the staff would like to say thank you to her for her support so far.

 Mrs Wade would like to say thank you to all the pupils, staff and helpers who went to Burwardsley. The children enjoyed den building, went on a habitat walk and did some willow weaving. Mrs Wade was extremely impressed with how well behaved the children were.

 After half term your child will be bringing home their new homework books. We have purchased Literacy and Maths homework books for years 2 – 6 children. Teachers will set the children appropriate pages for them to complete on a weekly basis.

 We would also like to wish Mrs Hamilton well during the rest of her pregnancy. Her first baby is due very soon. Will it be a boy or a girl, we will have to wait and see!

She will be leaving for her maternity break very shortly.

 Please be aware school re opens on Monday November 2nd.

 Hope you all have a restful and happy half term.

 Regards

Miss Irwin

 

 

Newsletter 8th October 2015

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Newsletter 8th October 2015

Miss Irwin’s Introduction

 

Dear Families and Friends,

  We have all been beavering away working hard in our classes since the last newsletter. All of key stage 1 and key stage 2 children have been completing pieces of art work for the Congleton Rotary Competition while Class Jonah have been measuring sharks! See our blogs for more information.
  
After the Year 5/6 residential it’s fair to say all children and adults had a great time but were very tired. It hasn’t stopped their work rate though as Year 5 and 6’s have been working hard to complete Bikeability in some dreadful rain the past few days. Well done bikers so far! Don’t forget the last session is on Monday 12th October.
  
On Wednesday we welcomed our Kenyan teachers Michael and Daniel. They had an extremely long journey but were very glad to meet us all. They will be staying until they fly back on Saturday 17th October. Michael and Daniel will be taking part in school life and joining in with different events during their time here.
   
Please remember Harvest festival is this Sunday 11th October at 10 am in St Mary’s Church. All children have been practicing singing hymns and each class has taken part in writing prayers. This year we ask that instead of fresh produce we bring tins or packets for Harvest.

 We look forward to seeing you all there.

Happy Harvest                      
Miss Irwin

School Newsletter 24th September 2015

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Newsletter 24th September 2015.

 

 Miss Irwin’s introduction

Dear Parents/Guardians

Welcome again to our school newsletter. We have had a fantastic couple of weeks with Year 6 children visiting Congleton High for a Cultural Diversity Day. I have been reliably informed by Year 6 children William and Vienna that it was a great day with a range of different activities such as Bollywood dancing, wheelchair basketball, beading and African drumming.

 Our Year 5/6 children are currently on residential in Pensarn enjoying some very wet weather with the odd sunny walk on the beach. Please look at Class Jacob’s blog for photos of the week. They look amazing!

 The rest of the school have been working hard this week baking for tomorrow morning’s MacMillan Coffee morning. School council would love your attendance to help them raise money for the charity. They have sent a slip out to ask families to help by bringing in cakes or by sending donations. Cakes will be sold for 30p and larger muffin cakes for 50p. Tomorrow morning all children and parents will be allowed time to enjoy a drink and cake and celebrate raising money for such a deserving cause. Please allow your children to bring in change to buy some cakes.

 Lastly, please can I urge everyone to keep up to date with your child’s learning through the class blogs. Teachers take pride in their blogs and spend their own time writing them to keep you up to date. It’s a lovely way for you to see them learning so don’t miss out on the experience.

 I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible tomorrow at our parent’s open morning and coffee morning.

Miss Irwin

 

Newsletter 10th September 2015

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Newsletter 10th Sept 2015

Mrs Riley’s Introduction

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 Welcome back to a new school year.  I am delighted to be able to join you all here at Astbury for the Autumn Term.

 We have a busy half term planned. We have already had our ‘Meet and Greet’ sessions. This was the time to meet your child’s teacher and learn about how you can best support your child’s learning. If you were not able to attend please make contact with your child’s class teacher if you require any information.

‘Mad Science’ will be visiting us to lead an assembly – they are always inspiring and enjoyable.

 The residential trips to Pensarn for Years 5 and 6 pupils whilst Years 3 and 4 go off to Delamere later this half term.

 Mrs Armitt has a list of sporting activities planned, starting with Netball and Rugby at the end of this month.

 It was lovely to meet a few of you last week at my coffee morning. I will be in the playground at 8.45am on Mondays and Fridays so please do come and introduce yourselves. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Mr Robinson will be on duty to greet you and your child as you arrive at school.

 I look forward to meeting you and working with your wonderful children. I feel very privileged to have been asked to take care of Astbury St Mary’s until Mrs Worswick is able to take over in January.

 Kind Regards

 Mrs S. Riley

 Interim Head teacher