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Avondale Newsletter 18th October 2019

Half Term

Well this first half term has certainly whizzed by and much has been achieved. I hope that you were pleased with the feedback you received for your child/ren last night at Parents’ Evening. If you didn’t manage to get here and you want to see teacher please get in touch and we will arrange something for after the holiday week.

I hope all children and their families have a happy and enjoyable half term break. I also hope that the weather picks up a little and you can get out and about and enjoy some fresh air and exercise. You might also fit in a little reading here and there, especially if you bought any books from last night’s book sale!

For those of you that have children that are looking forward to spending some of their holiday on their tablets and/or computers, please remember these top five tips:

  1. Prioritise Safety – teach your children not to give out personal information
  2. Set parental controls – agree what your child/ren can do and remember to check the age limits
  3. Discuss – take an interest and talk to them about what they have been doing online
  4. Set boundaries – establish time limits and make time for ‘unplugged’ family activities
  5. Be open – let them know they can tell you anything that happens on the internet and that you’ll listen

I look forward to seeing all children back in school on Monday 28 October 2019.

This week’s stars are:

Class Assemblies

All assemblies take place at 2.50 pm and all parents/guardians are welcome to attend to celebrate the children’s work. This year classes will also be hosting celebration afternoons, during which parents will be invited into school to share and celebrate learning with their children. Watch out for further details from your child’s teacher.

Further to the text message sent our earlier this week, there will be two additional class assemblies for Year 3 children after half term. These Welcome to Key Stage 2 Assemblies will take place on:

Secondary School Admissions

Year 6 parents please note that secondary school applications need to be submitted by 31 October 2019. Please click on the link below to complete your application :

Attendance

Class attendance this week is:

Dates for the Diary

Clubs

A big thank you to all the children who have taken part in the many clubs this half term. It has been great to see the clubs full and with children having so much fun. Thank you also to the staff who have given up their time before, during and after school time. Watch out for the clubs coming up next half term. A letter will be sent out the first weeks back.

Friends of Avondale

Thank you to Mrs Leatherbarrow who came last night to sell used uniform on behalf of Avondale Friends. Thank you also to all of you that donated so many items.

Football

The boys’ football team performed brilliantly on Thursday night at the Soccerdome. Our first match was unfortunately lost to St Peter’s however Avondale managed a great victory in their second match against Belmont in which they won 12-1. Well done boys!

Remembrance Day – 11 November

To recognise Armistice Day, the school is again selling commemorative items on behalf of the Royal British Legion.

  • Suggested donations:
  • 10p for erasers, pencil sharpeners, rulers and pencils
  • £1.50 for snap bands
  • £2.00 for silicon wristbands
  • 50p for zip pulls and reflectors

We will, of course, also be selling the traditional poppy. Did you know where the poppy came from?

In the spring of 1915, shortly after losing a friend in Ypres, Canadian doctor Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write the now famous poem In Flanders Fields.

His poem moved American teacher Moina Michael who began making and selling silk poppies to friends to raise money for the ex-service community.

Before long, poppies made their way to the UK and became the symbol of the Royal British Legion when it was formed in 1921.

House Points

A huge well done this term to Red house (Sunnyhurst) for collecting the most house points. They have earned themselves a non-uniform day on Friday 1 November.

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