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Astbury School Newsletter ~ 4th July 2019

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Dear Parents,

I am delighted to inform you that 100% of our year one children achieved above the expected standard in the national phonics screening. (82% national pass rate for 2018). This result is a reflection of the improvements that have been made to the teaching of reading across the school over the last two years. Developing reading areas, whole staff training, purchase of new books for each reading stage from YR – Y6, English lessons based on whole texts, promoting reading for pleasure through class and whole school initiatives and work with you as parents, have all supported your child’s learning. Well done to all the KS1 teaching team and thank you for your commitment to reading with your child at home. As a school, we are currently working towards the Liverpool Reading Quality Mark – look out for news of this in the Autumn term.

What an amazing sports’ day yesterday. Many congratulations to the St Andrew’s team on an excellent victory. Well done to all the children who competed, enjoyed themselves and encouraged their friends showing great teamwork!

Special thanks to those who stayed behind to help clear up after the event. We very much appreciate all your help.

We also had a great evening at the Town Sports. New school, new beginnings – our children looked amazing in their new school’s sports’ kit – purple to match the academy. The girls’ came 3rd overall in the small schools category and Ollie, Kalebh, Evie, Rosie and Annabelle all won individual medals in their events.

The school is super proud of all our children that took part and everyone did so well overall. Thank you to all the parents and family members who attended the sports events yesterday.

Mrs P Worswick

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Astbury School Newsletter ~ 20th June 2019

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Dear Parents,

Children in Year six had an amazing morning at Astbury Mere Water Sports’ Centre. Thank you to the Parents and Friends Association for supporting this event.

The children enjoyed their time working as a team, designing and building a raft – as well as being pushed off it into the mere! They took part in kayaking and had great fun seeing if they could all climb aboard one kayak.
I am so proud of each one of them who pushed themselves to overcome their fears and dug deep to find resilience and determination to succeed. A great opportunity and treat for our Year Six.

Children in each class have been enjoying using the new lap tops that we have purchased. Class Mary were excited to be the first, whilst Class Jacob used them for their topic research and then specific coding lessons. Class Noah explored on Purple Mash, learning about algorithms – remember your child has a log in that they can use at home too.

Yours faithfully
Mrs P Worswick

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Astbury School Newsletter ~ 6th June 2019

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Dear Parents,

The Congleton Education and Community Partnership is Marks and Spencer’s (Congleton) chosen local charity this year. Due to this, your child has benefitted from their volunteer support scheme as Astbury school received some funding to re-create the sensory garden. A team of five volunteers spent Monday in our garden with lots of elbow grease, inspiration and support from Mrs Moore. They cleared and refurbished the area which now provides a place to potter, explore and relax – great for
your child’s well-being and a different opportunity at break times.

In keeping with the outdoor theme, Class Mary were treated to a visit to the Swettenham nature reserve – this trip was sponsored by Sibelco. Children made fire, dipped in the stream, played hide and seek in the woods, toasted marsh mallows, caught fish and had lots of fun team building and learning outdoors.

Yours faithfully,
Mrs P Worswick

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Astbury School Newsletter ~ 16th May 2019

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Dear Parents,

Well done to all the dancers from years three to six who performed at Eaton Bank last week.

Our children were all amazing on the stage and performed with such confidence – well done!

In worship during the last two weeks, the children have worked together to discuss and investigate the importance of the oceans. They have been learning the importance of looking after the world and have been actively involved in thinking about changes we can make as a school to show that we care. They were amazed at some of the statistics in the oceans quiz! Did you know that it takes 600 years for fishing line to decompose?

During this last week of the half term, your child has been asked to complete a plastic use diary. Please support your child in recording the plastic that they use each day next week. You could save the diary until the holiday and bring it back in June!

With support from the Academies Trust, Class Noah have created an inviting reading area in their classroom and now, with the addition of beautiful new reading books for the children’s ‘take home’ books, the children really are excited and desperate to read more! There was an opportunity for Class Noah to share some books with friends from year three – ‘I feel happy’, ‘I feel really cared for and feel like I want to read all the books’. The older children have also been exploring and sharing new home readers. We love reading!

Yours faithfully

Mrs P Worswick

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Astbury School Newsletter ~ 2nd May 2019

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Dear Parents,

We have purchased beautiful new reading books for the children’s ‘take home’ books. These are ‘real books’ to supplement the reading scheme. With support from the Academies Trust, Class Noah have created an inviting reading area in their classroom and now, with the addition of these books, the children really are excited and desperate to read more! There was an opportunity this week to share some books with friends from year three – ‘I feel happy’, ‘I feel really cared for and feel like I want to read all the books’.

Books have also been purchased for classes Mary and Jacob to enable the children to have a scheme book to support their free reading choices. The older children have also been exploring and sharing their new home readers. We love reading!

Over the Easter holidays, work began on improvements to the outdoor classroom for class Noah. The old equipment was removed and additional space created. The new surface and clear canopy cover are the next phase in this development.

As reported in the Congleton Chronicle, we are expecting the final planning approval for our daily mile track on the field very soon. We are just waiting for a response from Sport England, once they are satisfied that we are not losing any of the pitch space on the field. We are looking forward to installing this as we seek to be able to include additional opportunities for exercise into the school day.

Chester Diocesan Academies Trust have appointed a new Chief Executive Officer, Neil Dixon. He has already visited our school and met with staff and children. Neil will soon become a familiar face at Astbury St Mary’s. He officially began his job yesterday, and as a former Her Majesty’s Inspector (OFSTED), has a wealth of experience and knowledge to further support our school.

The Trust have requested a parent questionnaire from all seven schools to help with their self-evaluation process. Please follow this link and make your responses by the end of May.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf3Mvfk7-6Du9LGrOyB5yVTe5tZzZEAUGGHich1tB9SyApqWg/viewform?vc=0&c=0&w=1

Yours faithfully
Mrs P Worswick

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Astbury School Newsletter ~ 21st March 2019

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Dear Parents,

Our head girl and head boy, Evie and Fahren are running a fund raising competition for children at Astbury. They have been working with Neil from Merekats to develop their idea.

“Our competition is that you need to think of positive words that begin with each letter of ASTBURY to write inside bubble letters – these need to be words that describe our school. Draw out the bubble letters and write your words inside the letters – use colour and the shape of the bubble letters to make your design unique. Write your name on your design and hand it in to Evie or Fahren by 24th April 2019. The designs will be judged and the winning entry will be printed onto Tshirts. The winner will get a free Tshirt with their design on it and at May Day the Tshirts will be for sale on the Merekats stall.”

Twenty members of the school choir joined in a County wide ‘Singfest’ at Crewe Lyceum on Tuesday. The children have been rehearsing each week in school with Mrs Douce and have learnt an amazing number of songs in two medleys. They danced and sang, thoroughly enjoying themselves, as well as entertaining family and friends who joined them in the audience. Katie and Becky, pupils at Astbury, also stayed at the theatre in the afternoon to play their instruments in the youth and senior orchestra.

Yours faithfully,

Pip Worswick

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Astbury School Newsletter ~ 7th March 2019

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Dear Parents,

What a lovely time we have had celebrating world book day! A little strange to be in school in our PJs but lovely to share bed time stories and enjoy reading together – how grateful we are that we have access to so much
literature.

“I will defend the importance of bedtime stories to my last gasp.” —JK Rowling

‘According to Jim Trelease, author of the best-seller, The Read-Aloud Handbook: “Every time we read to a child, we’re sending a ‘pleasure’ message to the child’s brain…” (ReadAloud.org)

Reading is the key for lifelong learning, and if you can instill a love of reading at an early age, then a commitment to lifelong learning is sure to follow. Reading aloud presents books as sources of pleasant, valuable, and exciting experiences. Children who value books are motivated to read on their own, and will likely continue to do so throughout the rest of their lives.

When it comes to reading to your children, the benefits range far beyond the development of a close bond with them, although that’s certainly one of them. Reading aloud to children is truly the single-most important activity for building these understanding and skills essential for reading success that your child will carry with them all throughout their life.’ – Children’s Bureau

The children are looking forward to spending their vouchers and have had a good look at the books that are available – why not pop down to the shops so your child can get their free book?

Yours faithfully
Pip Worswick

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Astbury School Newsletter ~ 7th February 2019, Issue 9

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Dear Parents,

Our new school opened on Friday! Children and staff enjoyed a party to celebrate as the school joined an academy family. This is the press release: On 1st February, St Mary’s CE Primary School, Astbury, joined the Chester Diocesan Academies Trust (CDAT) Family. As a church school, Astbury St Mary’s has already been working closely with CDAT schools and were delighted to officially convert into the Trust at the start of the month. The collaboration between CDAT schools will provide great opportunities for staff and children to come together.

Staff will share good practice across the Trust to impact teaching and learning and children will have access to wider curricular and extra-curricular activities. The shared Christian values across the Trust closely match the values of the school and the CDAT Board are delighted to welcome Astbury St Mary’s into the Trust and look forward to working with Pip Worswick, the headteacher, and all of the staff, governors, children and parents.

Yours faithfully

Pip Worswick

Yours faithfully

Pip Worswick

8-02-2019

Astbury School Newsletter 24th January 2019

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Dear Parents

On Friday 1st February we are joining Chester Diocesan Academies Trust. Leaders, staff and children have already been involved in working with other schools in the Trust and we look forward to being part of a wider family of schools that support us in our vision and aims for education at Astbury. There will be no changes to the day to day running of the school. The educational vision of CDAT is outlined below.

CDAT will seek to be a successful family of schools providing distinctive and loving environments which ensure effective education for all children, through excellent teaching, innovation and the sharing of good practice as schools work together across the Trust. We will:

  • build a thriving community of schools with common moral purpose rooted in Christian values and ambition for children, but encouraging each academy to develop in the best way to serve its community;
  • provide a culture of healthy dialogue and listening between CDAT and its academies;
  • provide mutual support and improvement to develop the practice of all our professional staff so that all can improve;
  • empower effective school leaders and local governing bodies to take courageous decisions in the best interest of young people;
  • provide systems and services that aim to reduce the administrative burden and support school leaders with the professional management of their academies;
  • provide purposeful and supportive early intervention for academies that would benefit from accelerated school improvement.
  • CDAT will seek to provide the very best education for every child in its schools so that they succeed and are well prepared to move onto their next phase of education. Our strong Christian ethos will be the foundation of all we do and by guiding and informing the actions of children, staff and governors we will:
  • ensure that all children achieve their full potential – making at least the expected level of progress and with many exceeding;
  • value and respect children from all faiths and beliefs – and taking into account their beliefs when planning for their learning and the learning of others;
  • provide a curriculum that is broad, rich and balanced; focused on developing knowledge and skills; and meeting the needs of each child;
  • provide learning opportunities that are inclusive, engaging and challenging for every child;
  • create a learning environment within which children are happy and motivated learner;
  • support our leaders to be highly effective in leading school improvements;
  • support our teachers and support staff to be outstanding practitioners – providing high quality teaching so that every child learns;
  • listen to the children and taking their views into account;
  • work with parents to enable them to contribute to their children’s learning;
  • work with other schools and the wider community to ensure that we maximise on the learning opportunities that they can provide for our children and staff.

Friday 1st February is also the first event of May Day for the year. It is a non-uniform day to raise funds for the May Day raffle and it is the day that the May Queen and retinue will be drawn from the top hat. The ceremony will take place during worship at 2:45pm – you are welcome to come in to school to watch the draw!

Well done to the Y5/6 cross country teams and the Y5/6 indoor athletics team who both competed last week. The cross country race was incredibly gruelling in the fog, cold and damp but all persevered and crossed the finishing line.

Yours faithfully

Pip Worswick 

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School Newsletter 11th January 2019

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Dear Parents

Happy New Year!

We have had an exciting beginning to the year, starting our new maths scheme of work – Power Maths. Children have been keen to receive their new maths books and to explore learning together. The maths lessons and resources will further develop your child as a mathematician. The new scheme continues to improve our maths teaching as it supports mastery of mathematics as well as challenging more able pupils to explore concepts and understanding at greater depth.

We have also signed up to one month free trial of Times Table Rock Stars. We would encourage all children to log on at home on a phone, iPad, computer or other device and challenge themselves to progress as a rock star as well as challenge others to a battle of the bands. We have only started to introduce this this week but all children have log in details in their diaries, It is lovely to hear the children (and staff) so enthused about their scores and challenges and being so keen to have a go and speed up their recall of times tables to 12 x 12.

On 25th January, Mrs Hodder will be starting her maternity leave and Mrs Stevens will return to teach class Noah. We wish Mrs Hodder all the best as she prepares for the birth of her baby. Mrs Stevens has had many keeping in touch days and has been in to get to know the children and work with Mrs Hodder to ensure a smooth transition. This week, we have welcomed Mr Davies back in to school to work with the year six children and class Jacob.

It is now two years since our OFSTED inspection and all the targets set out in the report have been worked on with a wealth of evidence and improvements in all areas. The Local Authority are conducting a whole school review to support us in our preparation for our next OFSTED. This will be on Wed 23rd January. Reviewers will be in school for the day and may wish to speak with parents on the playground in the morning or after school. We are pleased to have been given this opportunity to have an independent evaluation of our work.

Yours faithfully

Pip Worswick

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