Avondale Newsletter 14th February 2020

Happy Half Term

I hope all children and families have a good and fun-filled half term. Fingers crossed that the weather will be kind to us and so we can be outside enjoying the great outdoors and benefitting from the fresh air!

School starts again on Monday 24 February 2020.


Class attendance this week is:

Dates for the Diary

Valentine's Disco

Tuesday night’s Valentine’s Discos were a huge success with over £640 being raised. Thank you to all children/parents for their support but also many thanks to the Friends of Avondale, for organising the event.

Parents' Evening

It was great to see so many parents yesterday afternoon/evening. I hope that you were satisfied with the information you were given about your son/daughter and that you are pleased with their progress. If you need any further information and/or if you were not able to attend yesterday and you would like to make an appointment to see your child’s teacher, please get in touch. It really matters and does make a difference to the children that parents look through their books and celebrate work. I received numerous positive comments last night, thank-you for those, they are appreciated.

A cosy afternoon in Reception

Thanks to all those parents that came along to enjoy a hot chocolate with their sons/daughters on Monday or Tuesday afternoon. It's great to have you in school.

Red, White & Blue

To celebrate the end of their topic on The United Kingdom, Year 1 have hosted an afternoon tea party for parents to enjoy home made dips and valentines biscuits. We hope you enjoyed sharing the afternoon with your child and hearing what they have learned over the last few weeks.

A Day without Electricity!

Year 4 had a no electricity day on Wednesday.

4B have spent the morning without electricity. They have been writing and doing maths by candlelight and have realised how much we normally use electricity in the classroom and at home. Our classroom certainly smells nice and feels cosy!

4P had to write stories by candlelight on their 'no electricity day'!

Writing Competition

Keep yourself busy over the half term break and enter the BBC2 500 Words story competition.

  • Write a story in no more than 500 words on a theme of your choice.
  • Type up your story on a word document.
  • Make sure you edit your writing carefully for punctuation and spelling. Use adventurous vocabulary. Try some of the new vocabulary you have learnt in school.
  • Put your name and class at the end.

Send to school by email FAO Mrs Pickup office@avondale.blackburn.sch.uk no later than Tuesday 25th February.

Mrs Pickup will upload your entry to the website under our school account.


  • There are two age categories 5-9 and 10-13.
  • Gold Winners - Chris Evans' height in books and 500 books for their school.
  • Silver Winners - HRH The Duchess of Cornwall's height in books.
  • Bronze Winners - Their own height in books.

There is also a BRAND NEW Prize for 2020 and it doesn’t matter how good your story is just that you enter one. One entrant will be selected at random to receive a fabulous book bundle and an invite to the final (for child plus a parent or guardian). They will also win 500 books for their school – so the more pupils a school has that has entered the more chances they have of winning a brand new library.

For more information visit the website

Safety - Magnets

In recent weeks we have seen some children bringing magnetic toys into school. Although the children may find this new ‘craze’ entertaining there are many dangers and safety concerns surrounding the magnets. The safety of children at Avondale is of paramount importance, if you have any of the magnets at home, please support us in keeping the children safe by refraining from sending them into school with them.

You may want to read the recent news article about a child who needed surgery after accidentally swallowing one of the magnets. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-england-humber-43157923

World Book Day

On Thursday 5 March 2020 we will be celebrating World Book Day.

This year we have discussed with your children, through our school council meetings, how they would like to celebrate. The majority of children expressed how they enjoy being able to dress up so we are continuing with our previous theme of dressing up. The children can either come as their favourite book related character or they can come dressed as a word. If you search online for vocabulary parade there are lots of ideas for this. An example could be sports wear as 'active' or a mismatched colourful outfit could be 'multi-coloured.' It maybe you could combine a book character and vocab together! Please encourage your child/ren to be knowledgeable about their costume choice and which book they are linked to.

We do not expect that you go out and buy costumes or spend a lot of money. Please be creative with items you already have at home and work with your child/ren because they are the ones that are passionate and have voted for dressing up again.

This year Darwen Rotary are collecting used books to send to schools in Gambia. If any children have any used books at home that they are happy to donate and share the love of reading with children who have no books then please bring them in on World Book Day.

On this day, the children will participate in book related activities and a themed lunch will be available for the children already on school meals.

Many thanks for your continued support and we look forward to seeing a range of super outfits.

Mrs K Nuttall - Reading Co-ordinator

Breakfast Club

Staff at breakfast club have noticed that some parents are still dropping their children off in the morning via Durham Road. During icy weather the outdoor area does not get gritted at this side of school and so for safety reasons, please ensure children are dropped off via the Hindle Street side of school.