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School Newsletter 12th July 2018

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Dear Parents

 Didn’t we do well in the carnival! We have had an amazing year and have achieved so much as a school. There is a review of the year coming out in the parish news. If you don’t get a copy of that then I’ll make sure it is emailed out.

 Our Town Sports team competed against other schools in Congleton last week in track and field events. The children ran with determination and supported their team really well with enthusiastic cheering! We got through to several finals in the track events and years three and four were extremely successful in the javelin and long jump, winning four medals. Well done to Annabelle, Zach, Kalebh and Rosie on their individual achievements.

 Keeping your children safe whilst gaming – I have added some parental guides onto the website https://astburyschool.org.uk/for-parents/ If you haveX box, Nintendo, Wii and Play Station in your house then please read the guides and ensure your controls are set at the appropriate levels for younger users.

 Children in KS2 have been busy preparing for their summer production. The stage is set and rehearsals almost complete. The younger children enjoyed the dress rehearsal performance this afternoon. It has been lovely to see the children taking on their roles and gaining confidence in their presentation.

 Thank you to everyone who has returned their questionnaire this year. They will be looked at during the staff meeting with governors on Monday. If you have not sent yours back yet – one per child please – then send it in tomorrow. Paper copies are available on the table in the children’s entrance area.

 As this is the last newsletter of the year, I wish you all a great summer holiday.

 Pip Worswick

Newsletter July 12th 2018

Newsletter 28th June 2018

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Dear Parents

 As many of our year six children have had transition days to high school today, so in school we have been practising being in our new classes, and for some of us, new rooms. We have welcomed back Miss Hall from her maternity leave. She returns to teach the Y3/4 class from September. All the year one and year two children will be together in September, further supporting consistency in teaching throughout the infants. We are changing the layout of the infant department, using the current Y5/6 classroom as a second classroom for the infant children giving more space and flexibility for teaching and learning. The structure of the junior classes remains the same and we plan to split Y5 and Y6 from January 2019 as this has been so successful this year.

 Classes for September:

Class name

Year groups

Class teacher

To be confirmed

Reception /Y1/2

Mrs Hodder / Mrs Wade and Mrs Armitt – team teaching

Mary

Y3/4

Miss Hall

Jacob

Y5/6

Mr Stanlake

 Have your say – As this year comes to a close, I would be grateful if you would complete the parent questionnaire. Whilst this can be done online at https://parentview.ofsted.gov.uk/ it is helpful to have paper copies as you can add any comments that you want to tell us about and we would particularly like you to tell us what we have done well this year and what we can do to improve. The questionnaire is attached at the end of the newsletter and paper copies are available on the table in the entrance area. Please return these by Monday 9th July.

Excellent homework – Children in the infants have amazed their teachers while they have presented their world cup country homework projects this week. A fantastic spread of creativity using IT, balloons, a T shirt and some wonderful models of pyramids and a French high street! The projects showed lots of great learning and the children demonstrated confidence in sharing their knowledge with an audience too!

 Pip Worswick

 Newsletter 28th June 2018

Newsletter 14th June 2018

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Dear Parents

 Children in years five and six had a brilliant start to this half term as they attended their residential. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to develop resilience, find inner strength, fight their fears, have fun with friends, try new things and support one another as team. It was lovely to see each one grow in confidence as they created so many memories that will last a life time.

 Last Friday, Mrs Wade announced to the children that the school council had won the social media safety competition as the best primary school. Five hundred schools were invited to participate and we were shortlisted to the final thirteen. The hard work of everyone has really paid off and we are delighted to have been so successful in promoting the important message of safety online as well as promoting our school. Well done to all the school council!

 On Tuesday, Dave Cullen, from Astbury Golf Club, was invited into school to give children the opportunity to try a new sport – golf. We certainly have some budding golfers aspiring to be Justin Rose or Charley Hull in our midst! The children tried new skills and had mini tournaments. It was great to see such enthusiasm from the children as they watched, practised and tried to get better with every shot.

 Staff from Chester Diocese Academy Trust (CDAT) continue to work closely with our school as we prepare for our conversion to become an academy. The education officer and I have continued to be focused on school improvement and staff have started to work together, receiving professional development through training and joint work with staff from other schools. Governors have a three-year strategic plan that forms the longer term vision for our school (this was included in a newsletter earlier this year) and further support for leadership and teaching staff is being provided by Sue Riley, head at Brereton and CDAT consultant.

 Please remember to follow us on facebook and twitter as well as downloading the school App to keep up to date with important calendar events. If you are not sure how to get the school app, then please speak to Mrs Cameron.

 Pip Worswick

Newsletter 14th June 2018

School Newsletter 24th May 2018

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Dear Parents

   We had an excellent Christian values and British values day in school on Tuesday. Many children came wearing red, white and blue clothing, we sang the National Anthem and had a traditional British lunch with summer fruit pudding for desert! The day started with children working in the hall in small groups during worship to discuss the nine fruits of the Spirit as values. They were asked to prioritise the one they thought was the most important and to be able to give a reason why. Love was the top value selected by many groups of children with self-control as a close second. This discussion work will form part of our core values as a school in the future.

 Children then took part in activities that taught them about the British values: Democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance. The staff at school worked in teams to deliver an hour’s session on a value and the children rotated around the staff during the day. We will soon be displaying some of the children’s work from the day and you are welcome to come in to school to see the displays.

 The weather played its part on Saturday as Astbury Village celebrated May Day. Thank you for all your support for the children in providing clothes for their costumes and coming along on the day to celebrate with us. Many congratulations to Savannah, our new May Queen, who now begins her year serving our school and raising funds. All the children did so well in all the parts that they played on the day. The dancing this year was fantastic! The May Day committee worked incredibly hard to plan, promote and organise the day and as a school we are extremely grateful to them for all their hard work. There is a debrief in the Egerton Arms on Tuesday 12th June at 7.30pm. All are welcome to attend. If you have not yet brought your costume back to school – unwashed – then please send it in tomorrow. If you are able to volunteer to take a bag of clothes home to wash then please let us know and come in to collect a bag from the office.

 Last Friday, many children wore an item of orange to raise awareness of anaphylaxis. We currently have two pupils in school who have this allergy and teaching the children about allergies, the importance of not sharing food and what to do if someone has an allergic reaction was an important part of the day. Thank you to everyone who supported this day.

Children in Year two and Year six have now completed their SATs and I am extremely proud of their attitude and approach towards them. Thank you for all your support in learning at home, encouraging your child to attend SATs club after school and for helping your child in wanting to learn and do their best.

 The new GDPR come into effect from tomorrow. Please see the attached privacy notice – please read, sign and return to school. A paper copy will be sent home with each family, spares will be available on the table in the entrance. Our new data protection policy will be uploaded to our website asap.

 Have a great week off school and enjoy the sunshine!

 Yours faithfully

Pip Worswick

Newsletter 24th May 2018

School newsletter 10th May 2018

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Dear Parents

Children from years three and four took part in the Eaton Bank Dance Primary Dance Festival. They danced beautifully to The Greatest Showman – ‘A Million Dreams’. Their dance showed expression, a range of levels and great cooperation with each other as they lifted and moved across the stage. Students from EBA had worked with our children on the choreography and practised to give them the confidence to perform.

Well done to all the dancers, you represented the school really well. It was lovely to see our Astbury family in action!

Mrs Worswick

School Newsletter 10th May 2018

Newsletter 26th April 2018

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Dear Parents

 What a fantastic weekend we had with all our teams competing in the Congleton Town Triathlon. Astbury entered four mixed children’s teams, two individual competitors and two mixed adult teams.

 

Team one

Team two

Team three

Team four

Individual

Josie

Harry AW

Jacob

Emily

Freya D

Paige

Nathan

Annabelle

Charlotte

Harry A

Issac

Becky M

 

Evie

   

 

 

 

Mrs Hocknell

Miss Hall

Mrs Douce

Mr Moore

Mrs Moore

 

 

 

Mr Tickner

 

Well done to everyone who took part and also to all those who came to support. Our Astbury family were out in force to work together!

 The school council are excited to have been selected by a panel of judges to enter the final of the Cheshire Police safeguarding radio competition. They put together a minute radio clip emphasising the importance of staying safe online and staying safe when sharing information online. Four representatives from the council attended an event at Safety Central in Lymm this week with Mrs Wade. They worked with a producer to re-record their clip and are now down to the final thirteen schools, from a hundred who entered. It will be the public who decide the winner by voting once the clips go live. Please watch out for further information and when we have the links please share widely and keep voting for our clip to win! The clip with the most votes wins and there is no limit to the number of times you can vote. Well done to all the school council for your work on this competition and the important safety message.

All the children in classes Mary and Jacob have had a taster cricket lesson led by Mossley cricket club. This was a great opportunity for children to experience working with a club and to practise sports skills.

 Yours faithfully

 Pip Worswick

 Newsletter 27-Apr-2018

 

 

Newsletter 29th March 2018

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Dear Parents

 We have had a fantastic two weeks to end the term with so many extra-curricular opportunities and learning experiences to enrich the curriculum for your children at our school. Please take a look at some of our facebook posts – we’re also on twitter now! Our Astbury family have really shown that they can care, share and learn together!

 Astbury School choir – the children have worked so hard to prepare for this event – a choir festival. They sang out so well with confidence and knew all their words – they danced and even sang along to songs from other choirs too! Lucy signed at the front and the choir joined in with ‘I can sing a rainbow’. It was great to have live music from Becky on the violin and many thanks to Mrs Douce for accompanying the choir on the piano and working with the children each week. A really great event that Astbury was proud to be part of. We raised £78 for the Astbury Church organ fund through some of our ticket sales for this event.

 Celebrating great British Science week. Brilliant science assembly at the end of the day today – really lovely to see the children sharing their learning and great to see so much support from parents and families who came to find out what the children had been exploring. Animal habitats and a bug hotel – Moses Mansion! Astronappies for space walks. Will it be beans or cat food for tea? And a very smelly discovery from Y6. All in all, the children have had fun exploring science!

 Thank you to Miss Hall for inspiring us in our discovery – we love British Science week!

 Team treat this afternoon for St David’s team. Congratulations to all the children in this team! They enjoyed art, Lego, dancing and iPads to celebrate their hard work over the term!

 Finding the DNA of a banana and learning about the properties of oil and water – just a few of the exciting investigations carried out by some of our Y4 scientists at a Congleton cluster learning experience yesterday.

 The children were able to explain their findings and discuss their experiments using some excellent scientific language. Great work Alfie, Georgette, Izzy and Nathan.

Easter bonnets, colouring competitions, word searches, name the bunny and a coffee morning – an exciting morning at Astbury School as grown-ups enjoyed a brew and children showed great creativity taking part in all the Easter activities organised by our fantastic PTA team! The choir made another appearance and performed beautifully too! Well done to Peter, Jimmy, Georgette and Jasmine who won the Easter Bonnet competition. Congratulations to Courtney and Sam J for winning the colouring competition and to Sid, Katie W, Jemimah And Izzy as runners up. Well done to Taylor for winning the bunny – the name chosen was Benjamin. Congratulations to Emily C and Finley for winning the word search.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

The Easter service in church this morning was a great way to finish this term. It was lovely to see so many parents and family members who were able to join us in our Easter worship.

 I wish you all a very happy Easter.   

 Yours faithfully       

Pip Worswick

Newsletter 29th March 2018.

Newsletter 15th March 2018

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Dear Parents

 It gives me great pleasure to inform you that our school has been classified as ‘not coasting’. This is an accountability measure used by the government to focus on attainment and/or progress over a three year period. 

 A coasting school is where the progress and attainment data by the end of Year 6 shows that, over a three-year period, the school is failing to ensure that pupils reach their potential. A school is classified as coasting if performance data falls below the coasting bar in all three previous years, 2015-2017. At primary level, the definition applies to those schools who have seen fewer than 85% of children achieving an acceptable secondary-ready standard in reading, writing and maths over the course of three years, and who have seen insufficient pupil progress.

Since coming into post in January 2016, I have worked tirelessly with staff and governors to raise standards. The hard work and dedication of staff and governors, the improving commitment from children to focus on their learning and encouragement from parents to complete work at home and support children in their education are all having an impact on standards. Our children have made good progress in reading, writing and maths, leading to our new classification of ‘not coasting’. However, due to the diversity of our cohorts, we are still working towards the above 85% figure.

 Please continue to give your child the best opportunity to achieve a secondary–ready standard by reading at home – at least three times a week, both books and on bug club, and by supporting your child with homework. We are working really hard to continue to improve our school and give your child an excellent education. Your role in supporting your child’s learning at home is vital; for some children this has recently been declining.

 I am delighted that our children are making such improved progress and that in this last year our school results have turned around.

 If you want to discuss the coasting definition or any aspect of our school improvement work then please come and talk with me.

 Yours faithfully   

 Pip Worswick

 Newsletter 15th March 2018

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Newsletter 1st March 2018

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Dear Parents

 Happy St David’s day! Children in St David’s team have enjoyed being first to break, first to lunch and also sitting on benches during worship this morning.

 We have also been celebrating world book day in school today and have had an amazing day enjoying books and authors. Most children dressed in either Julia Donaldson or Roald Dahl character costumes. There was lots of attitude in the juniors with several Veruka Salts and lots of brainy kids as Matildas took part in lessons whilst many Gruffalos and ladybirds ruled in the infants. During worship, we looked at the Bible as the most famous book throughout history and during the day some children chose to read this for their SQUIRT time. Each time the bell rang, everyone in school reached for a book and had Sitting Quietly Uninterrupted Independent Reading Time enjoying their favourite books.

 There was a £5 voucher prize for Zachary in the infants and Emily C in the juniors for their costumes, as well as a small prize for all the children in costume.

Yours faithfully

Pip Worswick 

Newsletter March 1st 2018.

Newsletter 8th February 2018

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Dear Parents

The building work to relocate the school office and improve the entrance area for parents and visitors during the school day is due to start during the half term holiday. There will still be access through the usual entrance while the building work is in progress but the staff car park will be extremely limited so please try to reduce your visits to school during the day. If you do need to come through the staff car park then please consider parking at Glebe farm or the village hall and walking. Access to Merekats will continue through their usual door.

 Your understanding during the planned eight weeks of work is much appreciated.

 Linked to their topic on toys, Class Jonah and Class Moses had a great school visit yesterday to Brampton Toy Museum. Everyone had a wonderful time and the children had a go at making their own puppets.They learnt about toys from the past and how different they were from the toys that they have today.

 We have enjoyed lots of visitors to school to enrich and enhance our curriculum. The Nat West bank led two workshops for children from Reception to year three teaching them all about how to be sensible with money. The children learnt about spending and saving. The year five and six children had a visit from the fire brigade smoke busters team; learning how to stay safe in a house fire. They also had a visit from the road safety team. Children in year five had a drama workshop entitled ‘letters of war’. They worked on their own scenes to put together with other schools in a culmination of their work next Wednesday at the Town Hall.

 Our children have been busy taking part in inter schools sports’ compeitions. The year three and four children competed in their final cross country race which was a grueling cold and wet course but they all knuckled down, found some determination and inner strength and completed the race. They also competed in the indoor athletics competition, coming second overall. Children from years one and two also took part in an indoor athletics competition. Ayisca and Zachery in Class Moses were joint winners in the target throw and the year 1 and 2 children that took part thoroughly enjoyed the experience and competed with such enthusiasm. Years five and six are competing tonight in their final cross country race.

 Mrs Pip Worswick

Newsletter 8th February 2018