Avondale Newsletter 3rd March 2017

Sporting News

The Netball team had a great win last week against Holy Trinity with an amazing 8-0 victory. Holly Turner and Abby Hart were fabulous in their roles as shooters. Player of the match was Grace Montague.

This week on a wet Tuesday night the girls’ football team went to St Bede’s to compete in a Girl’s Football Tournament. They played 3 games, winning 2 and losing 1. They lost against Longshaw 3-0 but kept going and won against Lower Darwen 1-0 and Our Lady of Perpetual Succour 1-0. Player of the match was Paige Baker. Thanks to Mr Clegg for organising and Mrs Watson for her taxi services.

A boys’ football tournament was held on Wednesday night at the BRIC (Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre) though as the title indicates this was inside, unlike the girls! A clean sheet was kept with three victories against St Alban’s 2-0; St Gabriel’s 6-2 and St Anne’s 5-3. Player of the match was Bradley Heys. Again thanks go to Mr Clegg for organising.

Class photographs

Class photographs are scheduled for next week Tuesday 7th March. The photographer will be in school during the morning to take class photos of children who are present on the day.

parental workshops

We are trying really hard to get you more involved in knowing what we are doing here at school and keeping you more informed about expectations by holding a series of parental workshops: Maths, Grammar and spelling, headlice, KS2 SATs, Early Years and Year 1 phonics. A huge thank you to the parents who attended and feedback was really positive. For some workshops however we had 2 parents from the whole school. Workshops are partly being held due to parental request, via the parental questionnaires. Please work with us to provide the best education we can for your children, we have to work as a team. You as parents are the biggest influence on your children’s lives, you are the people they want to please more than anyone. Talk to them about their day at school and then extend their learning at home.


  • This is being held on Tuesday 14th March at 3.15 - 4.15pm. Letters with more information are being sent home.

World book day

Huge, huge thanks for supporting World Book Day! The children’s (and staff) costumes were amazing. Lots of fun activities took place during the day, Y4 visited Darwen Vale; teachers swapped classes to read books, children acted out their favourite books, recipes were made, the bell randomly rang, signalling that whatever you were doing had to be put down so a story could be read and lots more fun things. The book sale last night was a great success and don’t forget that it is still on in the gym tonight with some bargains to be had. Big thanks go to Mrs Nuttall for organising the day and Miss Harrison for sorting out the book fair.

The winners in each class were:

  • RRT Xander Doran-Martin
  • RS Farah Lofthouse
  • 1L Harvey Denham
  • 1R Aleczander Done
  • 2M Daisie-Mai Oxby
  • 2J Masie Grimshaw
  • 3P Leah Brindle
  • 3W Charlie Robert Taylor
  • 4B Christopher Terry
  • 4H Amelia Horton
  • 5J Neve Brereton
  • 5C Ellegra Bailey
  • 6L Jack Berry
  • 6D Ishana Whitham-Vaja & Isabella Almond

year 3/4 performance

Year 3/4 children will be performing Good News on Tuesday 28 (afternoon) and Wednesday 29 March (evening). A letter with further details will be sent home soon and tickets will be available within the next couple of weeks.

dates for your diary

  • Tuesday 7 March—SEN Parents’ Evening , Dance Festival at King George’s Hall, Tempest Class Photographs
  • Thursday 9 March—5C Class Assembly
  • Monday 20 March—Sing Together Concert
  • Wednesday 29 March—Year 2 to Brockholes Nature Reserve
  • Friday 31 March—End of Term (3.15 pm)

dog fouling

Dog fouling continues to be an issue around the school railings. Please encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets. School has been in touch with the local PCSOs who are going to monitor the situation.

staff update

Next Friday will be Mrs Wheeler’s last day with us in school. She will be leaving us after nearly three years at school to become Chillzone’s new Manager. We wish Mrs Wheeler every success in her new managerial role.


Evidently within our society gaming is highly popular amongst young people and there are numerous positive elements to it. There are however risks posed to children who spend too much time gaming: addictive behaviour; negative effect on mental health; reduced social development; lower academic achievement; subject to inappropriate material and limited social skills. Do you monitor the time your children spend gaming? Are you aware of what games they are on and the age restrictions? Could this time be swapped and spent talking with your children or even playing a board game instead?

Lost property

The lost property box is overflowing again. Please come into school and have a rummage in the box on the junior corridor if you have lost anything. Anything unclaimed by the end of next week will be disposed of.

meal patterns

Please could you inform the office if there is any change between school meals and packed lunches. Over the last couple of weeks it has become clear that changes have been made that we were unaware of. This leads to wasted food and a mix up whether you owe school for dinners or not. Ideally, we need one week’s notice of any change.

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