Rothley Church of England Academy Newsletter September 2019

Welcome to the first newsletter of the academic year. The newsletter will be released on a monthly basis taking a look into what has been going on in school over the past month!

Last year the new newsletter had been view over 2,500 times! Thank you for your continued support

Message from

Mr Richards

Welcome to the first monthly newsletter of the academic year 2019-20. With the fantastic feedback we have received with regards to the new format of the newsletter from the Rothley Parents’ Liaison Forum, we will be doing e-newsletters every month to keep you updated on the fantastic things we have been doing.

What a first 5 weeks! The children arrived back on the 27th August and have enjoyed a great first five weeks of the new school year.

We welcomed 75 children into foundation stage this year, our biggest intake in the history of Rothley. The children have settled in well and the foundation staff have written a section in the newsletter about how well they are doing.

We also welcomed three new teaching staff to the team at Rothley in August: Mrs Greenhill in foundation stage; Miss Hocking in year 1 and Mr Bray in year 5. Each of the new teaching staff have written a short introduction in the newsletter.

The children in the rest of the school have come back and hit the ground running with their learning. Every time I enter a classroom I can feel and see how engaged and engrossed the children are in their learning. Their learning behaviour is truly exceptional.

I am currently promoting the four key elements of good behaviour around school: Be Ready; Be Respectful; Be Kind and Be Safe. The children have had numerous assemblies about the importance of this and have responded extremely well.

We have had some visitors in school this week, and before they left they went out of their way to tell our office staff how wonderfully well-behaved and polite the children were. They said that they go in many schools, and it was a pleasure to be a Rothley. We get many positive comments on the behaviour of the children at this school, it just reinforces how great the children are here!

It has been a really busy September with a vast amount of goings on in school. The year 5 and 6 have entered the illustrious Rice Bowl football trophy this year, the first time in 20 years Rothley have entered. The competition pitches all Leicester and Leicestershire schools in an FA cup knock-out style competition resulting in the final being played at the King Power Stadium. Read on to find how we got on in our opening game against Gaddesby Primary School.

I could go on and on about the things the children and staff have been doing this month at Rothley and the upcoming events in October, but then there would be no point of the other sections of the newsletter! Please read on to find out.

The next newsletter will be out at the end of October, so I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a nice half term break.

Mr Richards

Parents Progress Meetings

There will an opportunity for you to meet with your child`s teacher on the following dates - 7th, 8th and 9th of October. You will be able able to book your slots online via Parents Evening System.

You should have received a letter via parent pay with regards to these essential meetings, outlining the main purpose of them.

The letter can be found by clicking the link below.

We are looking forward to welcoming everyone in a few weeks.

Roving Book Shop

On Tuesday 8th October, the Roving Bookshop will be visiting us again and bringing their bookish joy. There will be a large selection of recommended reads and high-quality texts for all ages to explore and enjoy.

All parents and carers are welcome to visit the bookshop before and after school; the bookshop will be based in the studio from 8:15am until 5:45pm. Children will also be bringing home bookshop wallets next week. These can be used for your child to bring money into school to spend at the bookshop during their visit with their class teacher. As a rough guide, the books retail at RRP (£5-7), however there will be a small selection of books available in the sale at a lower price.

This is another wonderful opportunity to encourage reading for pleasure at home and at school. To support this, the school will also receive 20% commission of all money spent at the bookshop to further enrich our school book resources. There will also be a prize draw, please see the leaflets provided with the bookshop wallets for more details.

Mr Alex Mclugash

New Geography Display

Our latest display in the corridor is all about Geography! Each teacher had to choose a country beginning with the first letter of their surname to research - the more obscure the better! Each class was given the opportunity to research their country about anything they would like, from famous landmarks, or famous people from that country, to any traditions they might have!

This was to help the children learn about a different country that they may not otherwise have heard of. The children have shown their work in a variety of ways, from artwork, to pieces of creative writing. We hope you enjoy our display as much as we have enjoyed creating it!

Perseverance Star

Our first value of the year has been perseverance, which has been led by Mrs Walton and Mr Richards.

The value stars will be given to two children from each class on Wednesday 2nd October.

Rice Bowl

The Rice Bowl football competition pitches all Leicester and Leicestershire schools in an FA cup knock-out style competition resulting in the final being played at the King Power Stadium.

We have entered Rothley this year in this fantastic competition, the first time in over 20 years Rothley have entered.

Our first round game was against Gaddesby Primary School on the 11th September. The 10 person squad traveled to Wreak Valley Academy to play this tie.

The children played fantastically well and won 10-0! With Harry H scoring 4 goals, and a hat-trick for Charlie W and another hat-trick for Hayden P.

The children were a credit to the school and their sportsmanship was there for everyone to see. The team will now play the winners of Parks Primary and Belviordale Primary.

The year 5 and 6’s have also played a round of league fixtures at Wreake Valley competing well against 2 strong schools and narrowly losing out. In total, out of the Rice Bowl and League fixtures, over 18 children have represented the school – again showing are clear passion for sport at Rothley.

Rothley Parents' Liaison Forum

The RPLF from summer last year has now officially closed and we had over 100 parents complete the short survey which was complied by Mr Clark who is History Leader in the school.

Mr Clark has reviewed the results and has written a short outline of the key findings and what the school will be doing to help promote History. Please click on the link below to view the findings

Mr McLugash has written the Autumn 1 RPLF with a focus on Reading communities.

The survey will take only 4 minutes to complete and we would appreciate your feedback. Please follow the link below. This has been emailed to you.

New Staff

We have had 3 new teachers join Rothley this year: Mrs Greenhill in foundation stage; Miss Hocking in year 1 and Mr Bray in year 5. Each have written a brief paragraph introducing themselves.

Miss Hocking

Hi all! I am thrilled to join the team at Rothley teaching alongside Mrs Barber in Year 1. My experience before teaching mainly revolved around teaching performing arts through my business and for local theatres as well as working with children with special needs through dance therapy. Therefore, I am excited to bring this element of my career into my classroom and to the school in general with (hopefully) lots of opportunities to work with your children throughout various shows and performances. I am looking forward to getting to know this community throughout this year and the future.

Mrs Greenhill

Hi everyone, many of you will already know who I am as I have been a member of staff at Rothley for several years. After leading Little Bunnies the year before last I finally decided to complete my Teaching degree and gained my Qualified Teacher Status. I am currently working in Foundation Stage alongside Mrs Meadows and Mrs Harmer, forming our EYFS team. I am very excited to be a part of the team and for the future of Early Years at Rothley.

Mr Bray

Hello, This will be my third year in teaching. After teaching the past two years in Year 4, I am looking forward to moving up to Year 5 and to be the Science Lead. Not only am I doing that, I am also studying my Masters in Education at the University of Derby too. So, I’m definitely keeping myself busy. Looking forward to getting to know you more as the year goes on

All the 3 new teachers have settle in fantastically well and are a great addition to Rothley.

Return of The Toast!

The very popular Toast Tuesday will be returning for a 6 week period after half-term!

We will be doing Toast Tuesdays on the 5th November for a 6 week period. Certain year groups will be on certain weeks.

A flyer will go out nearer the time let you know more information.

All funds will go to new playground equipment for the children.

20p a slice

Mr Phillips AKA: George!

From 10th - 14th September 2019, after six months of rehearsals, Mr. Phillips performed at Loughborough Town Hall in his role as ‘George’ in the musical ‘The Wedding Singer’.

We caught up with him and he had this to say: “What a week. All those hours and all that hard work coming to fruition in a chaotic show week. I loved every second, and would urge any child to give acting/singing/dancing/performing a go. It came as a personal shock to be cast in a major role in my first production, but I feel it went excellently, and I’ve had lots of positive comments. Special thanks to the Rothley parents (and a few children!) who came to see the show! Rehearsals are due to start for our next one, The Sound of Music, very soon.”

Well done, Mr. Phillips (George)!


The children enjoyed an assembly today from Tim Jackson, who is from the food bank, about harvest.

The children have been encouraged to bring in food donations for collection, which can be taken into the foyer in reception from Monday 30th September.

Tim will come and collect on the Friday 4th October.

Sport for Champions

This week at school, we had a visit from Team GB, triple jump silver medalist Laura Samuel! Laura ran continuous circuits with the children where they were put through their paces performing spotty dogs, hill climbers, push ups and finally star jumps!

All the children participated and had a wonderful (if not tiring) time. Laura then hosted an assembly for the children which served as an amazing inspiration to get them into sports and work hard for their goals and dreams.

As Sports for Champions is a sponsoring company, the children have been fundraising for the fantastic day. In total we raised a whopping £1386! Some of this will of course go back to Sports for Champions to help athletes like Laura reach their goals of getting to the Olympics. However, a proportion will stay here at Rothley to go towards sports equipment, further sports visitors and more. The school will benefit greatly from the £600 raised for the school. All in all, it was a fantastic day that all the children will remember!

The school also wants to give a HUGE thank you to all the family and friends who sponsored the children!

Inter-house Competitions

Every Friday lunchtime, Mr Patel has been running an inter-house sports competition.

In these competitions, the children compete within their houses in a certain sporting event. The sport for this term has been football. In Year 3, Beacon house claimed victory over Swithland house, Beaumanor house and Bradgate house.

In Year 4, Beacon again bested the others. Currently year 5 are playing their competition over 2 weeks.

Foundation Stage

We are really proud of how well our new Foundation Stage children have settled into school. They have all been busy settling in, making new friends and learning our daily routines.

Whilst we have been working on our Baseline tasks the children have been getting busy across all of our Foundation areas.

Some of our activities have included:

  • Painting our faces
  • Role play in the home corner
  • Building models with construction kits
  • Exploring numbers and letters
  • Name writing
  • Outdoor learning
  • and most importantly making friends and having fun!

The term is whizzing by and we are looking forward to starting our Autumn topic with the children.

Next week we will be starting our Phonic and Maths Mastery sessions. please keep an eye out for sounds, high frequency words and reading books coming home soon.

Rothley's Got Talent Is Back!

An in school assembly for the celebration of the talent at Rothley.

The assembly will just be for the children and will take place on Thursday 10th October, 9am - 10.30am.

Next week and this week the children in years 1 - 6 have been holding class auditions, a chance for the children to showcase extra curricular activities or interests they have to their peers in an informal and supportive environment.

One act from each class will then have the opportunity to perform in our exciting RGT assembly to demonstrate their talents to the entire school. In the past we have had unexpected and incredible performances, and all the teachers love to learn a little bit more about what the children get up to outside of school too.

The children are looking forward to this fantastic event!

Displays around the school

Below is a selection of pictures of the fantastic displays around school that are aimed to engage the children. We have very talented and creative staff at the school

A selection of photos from Sport for Champion sponsored event

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If you would like to suggest any addition to this newsletter please free free to email. jrichards@rothley.leics.sch.uk

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