Avondale Newsletter 24th March 2017

Looking after the safety of our children

The morning routine has significantly improved parking when dropping children off but unfortunately we are experiencing some difficulties with parking near to school in an afternoon. We have the road markings outside school to prevent cars parking close to the school gates and causing a health and safety issue, our children being the most important thing for all of us, however some parents still choose to park on these lines. I have spoken to children in Assembly about considerate parking and have asked them also to keep their eye on you and tell you as their parent/guardian if you are parking incorrectly! Please be mindful. Hopefully, as the weather continues to improve we might all consider improving our fitness and walking to school.

Y3 & 4 Easter Performance

Year 3 and 4 children will be performing ‘Good News’ on Tuesday 28 March (2.00pm) and Wednesday 29 March (6.00pm). Additional seats are now available— to reserve your tickets please go online : avondaledarwen.parentseveningsystem.co.uk

Tea and coffee will be available after the Tuesday afternoon performance.

Dates for the Diary

  • Wednesday 29 March—Year 2 to Brockholes Nature Reserve
  • Wednesday 29 March—Parents’ Meeting for Robinwood at 3.15 or 5.15 pm
  • Friday 31 March—End of Term (3.15 pm)
  • Tuesday 18 April—Start of Term
  • Friday 28-Sunday 30 April—Year 5 Trip to Robinwood


It is sad to say that with the increase in social networking sites, cyberbullying is on the increase and we have recently had some episodes of this. Although in no way connected to school, it is important that we are all aware of the dangers. We have done some work with our Year 6 children—highlighting the dangers and giving advice as to what to do if they have any concerns.

There are age restrictions for use of social media for a reason—please check these out. If you do allow your child to use social media sites, check their privacy settings and talk to them about which pictures they use for their profile, so they are as safe as possible.

We all think it will never happen to us, but it might if you don’t monitor and restrict your child’s internet use. Please check settings are high but also monitor what sites your child accesses. Remember, even if your child is only sharing with friends, friends can then share posts and before you know it recordings that have been posted are openly available.

Children in Reception openly talk about searching on YouTube, this isn’t necessarily safe as inappropriate content can emerge. Please encourage your child to use Kids YouTube.

As a parent, you may need advice/information—if you do you can contact Bullying UK on 0808 800 2222 and/or find more information on cyber bullying and tips on how to bring up the issue with your child on our website and at Internet Matters.

revised class assembly dates

  • 27 April - 4B
  • 18 May - 3W
  • 25 May - 5J
  • 8 June - 6L
  • 15 June - RRT
  • 22 June - 4H
  • 29 June - 1L
  • 6 July - School Council
  • 13 July - Year 2

Friday Celebration Assembly

Don’t forget all parents are welcome to join us on a Friday. It’s a great way to start the weekend, seeing your child/ren enjoying themselves.

Reception Drop-in Session

If you want to call in for a chat and have a look at your child’s classroom, please drop in on Thursday 30 March at 3.15pm


As you know we praise positive behaviour at Avondale and so we have booked Inflatables for school next week for those children who have remained on green this half term. Children who have been on amber may miss some of their session and children who have been on red will not be able to take part. Hopefully, those children that miss out next week will be able to take part next term—dependent on behaviour of course!

Extra-Curricular Activities

Tuesday evening was a busy sporting night with both the girls’ netball and football teams being in action. Both teams battled against the elements and played in wind and hail the size of tennis balls! The girls’ football team were playing in the Blackburn with Darwen Finals; they won one match, drew one and lost one. Narrowly, the just missed out on the semi finals. Well done girls and thanks Mr Clegg and Mr Laycock. The netball team were also on fire, unlike the weather—beating St Barnabas 7-1. The game against Ashleigh was called off at half time, when the score was 0-0.

Last Friday night was Darwen School’s Swimming Gala. All children swam incredibly well, with Avondale gaining 3rd place overall out of 10 teams. The girls relay time came an incredibly close 2nd and the boys 3rd. Joel got 1st place in front crawl, Ishana got 2nd in back stroke and Lily & Lois got 3rd in breast stroke and front crawl.

Well done to our swimming team

A special mention must go to Leon in 5J, who after being chosen for the team went to the Swimming Pool every night to practise and improve. This commitment was commented on by the Lifeguards at the pool and was so noticeable in his performance. What a great growth mindset approach. Overall, Team Avondale came 3rd. Thanks to all parents, Mrs Duckett and Mrs Nuttall.

Monday night was ‘Sing Together’ night for the Choir at King George’s Hall. The performance was electric and everyone on stage looked like they were having fun and enjoying themselves. Thanks to Mrs Pickup, Miss Wormald and Mrs McFarlane for organising.

Huge thanks to all the staff who gave up their own time to support Avondale children. If you can spare any time to run a school club please get in touch. It doesn’t have to be Sport; it could be sewing, gardening, craft etc.

Gardening Week

Spring is here and we are looking forward to sprucing up the school grounds. Each year group has been given an area of the school to look after and we are looking to do this throughout next week, w/c 27 March. If you would like to help out, please speak to your child’s class teacher to find out what time/day they are getting their hands dirty!

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to this week’s stars:

RRT—Rylan RS—Joshua 1L—Kiera 1R—Trent 2M—Olivia 2J—Toby 3P—Kasib 3W—Leeah 4H—Paige 4B— Harry 5J—Alicia 5C—James 6L—Hannah 6D—Simon

Spring in the Wood Competition

Just a reminder that entries for this competition need to be in school by Monday 27 March.

crazy hair day

You may be aware that one of our Reception children has recently been diagnosed with a rare type of eye cancer. Treatment for this condition is not available in the UK and the family need to travel to America. So, on Friday 31 March we will be having a Crazy Hair Day to raise money for Esmee.

All children taking part are encouraged to bring a minimum donation of £1.00. Let’s raise as much as we can. Cakes will be on sale in Reception—any donations would be much appreciated.

PGL Trip

For those children taking part in the trip to France please note that final installments are due by Friday 31 March 2017. Also, all relevant forms need to be returned to school by this date.

School funding

Further to last week’s update on funding there has been much more coverage in the national press about the impact of the funding changes. Please help our school by visiting www.schoolcuts.org.uk/#/schools?chosenSchool=8892515 to sign the petition against the cuts.

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