Avondale Newsletter Friday 6 December 2019

Stars of the Week

Dates for the Diary

The school re-opens for the Spring Term on Monday 6 January 2020.

A Huge Thank You

Christmas Fair

A huge thank you for all your contributions and your support in attending the Christmas Fair. The ‘Friends of Avondale’ are pleased to share that £1565 was raised. The atmosphere was buzzing and it was great to see so many of you giving up your time on a Saturday to come back to school.

Thank you so much to the parents who helped to prepare the fair and work on the stalls. Their time is given up voluntarily to help support school, so thank you. If you would like to help out at future events, then please contact friends@avondale.blackburn.sch.uk

The winner of ‘Name the Elf’ was Annabelle in 4B. The winner of the Bake Off – with an amazing red velvet reindeer cake – was Daisy-Mai.

There are still a few raffle prizes that have not been collected, so please contact the office if you have one of the following tickets:

Yellow 238 300 348 669 Green 198 260 328

Poppy Appeal

Almost £750 was raised in school for this worthwhile cause - absolutely amazing, thank you!

We Wish you a Merry Christmas .....

The children in our school choirs have represented us superbly this week. Firstly, at Blackburn Hospital on Tuesday and again today at Darwen Market. In a positive way, we caused some congestion at our performances with so many people stopping to watch, join in and spread the festive cheer. All the children were amazingly good ambassadors for the school and yet again our positive behaviour and attitudes were commented on by members of the public. If you’re free this weekend, don’t miss out on their performance at the Bandstand in Sunnyhurst Woods on Sunday at 1.00 pm.

Many thanks to Miss Wormald and Mrs Pickup for their hard work in ensuring the children not only knew the words to the carols/songs but also the moves! The ‘rockin’ was groovy!


Quite a few children have been suffering this week - with temperatures, coughs and feeling sick. Hope you all feel better soon!

Admission Arrangements

Statutory consultation on proposed admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled primary schools for 2021/2022

At least every 7 years, Admission Authorities must consult on their admission arrangements; even if there have been no changes during that period.

When changes are proposed to admission arrangements, all Admission Authorities must consult on their admission arrangements that will apply to admission applications for the following school year.

Blackburn with Darwen Authority would like your views on a number of proposed changes to the admission arrangements for community and voluntary controlled primary schools for 2021/2022.

The consultation period is open until 20 December 2019. Please see the school website under Admissions for more information.

Sun Book Tokens

The school has registered for The Sun’s free books for schools campaign. Thank you to the parents who brought it to our attention. We need to collect 3500 tokens to receive £600 worth of free books. Please collect and send these in to us!

Sporting Update

On Monday nine children attended the BRCT Sports Festival. They all enjoyed taking part in activities such as deaf football, wheelchair basketball and dance. All of the children represented our school brilliantly. Thank you to Mrs Loftus, Mrs Halsall and Miss Dawson for taking the children.

The final girl's football session at the Soccerdome was last night. Our girls played a friendly against St Paul's in which they won 3-0. Our final game was against St Barnabas and unfortunately we lost 8-1. A great effort was displayed by everyone, including staff. Thank you to parents and grandparents for your continued and greatly appreciated support.

Primary School Applications

Please note that the deadline for applications is 15 January 2020. The application information can be found on our website and the web address to apply is: https://www.blackburn.gov.uk/ParentPortal/default.aspx

Tea & Coffee Volunteers Needed

During the last week of term we have a number of afternoon performances and we would really like some help. For those parents/guardians who have come along to watch a performance and are then waiting for their child/ren to finish school we usually have coffee and mince pies available in the Hall. If you are able to spare a bit of time to help serve refreshments it would be much appreciated. Please let the office know if you can help.

Christmas Performances

I know that as proud parents/guardians, you want to get a snap of your child in their costume. As you know, however, it’s a little busy at the end of the performances so to help we are going to take individual pictures of your child and send them home at the end of term. Tickets will be sent home on Monday 9 December. If spare tickets are available we will let you know by text message.

School Closure Procedures

Alas it is that time of year when we are in the hands of the weather. We may see snow next week so please make a note of school closure arrangements:

  • IF a decision is made not to open the school at the usual time and to have a delayed start we will send a text to parents.
  • In the event that we are not able to open the school at all (and this would only be in extreme circumstances) we will send a text to parents and put a message on the school website and on local radio stations
  • If we need to close the school during the day (and this would only be in extreme circumstances), we will send messages to parents

Please update our records if you’ve changed your contact details. Please do not phone the school office to ask if we are open.

If there is snow on the ground we will strive to clear a path at the front entrance into EYFS and across the yard from Avondale Road to the KS1 classrooms.

We will always try out best to open on time and stay open but at the same time we must always consider the safety of children and staff.

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