Avondale Newsletter 13th January 2017

Happy New Year

I hope you all had a good Christmas and have had a good start to 2017. May you have a great year filled with happiness and luck! Stay in good health and achieve greater heights of success. Wishing you a wonderful year ahead! Mrs V Brown, Headteacher

Parental Workshops

In order to help you to support your child/ren, we are running three workshops in the next few weeks, to which all parents/guardians are invited. Letters with further information will be sent out shortly, however the dates are:

  • Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling : Wednesday 8 February, 3.30 pm
  • Year 6 SATs : Tuesday 31 January, 5.00-6.00 pm
  • Year 2 Phonics : Tuesday 21 February, 3.30 pm

new governors

The School has recently appointed four new co-opted Governors to the Governing Body in order to broaden its skill base. They are:

  • Iain Schofield
  • Jennifer Kay
  • Mike Smith
  • Michelle Pilkington

after school clubs

For information, the clubs that are running this term are:

  • KS2 Dance, Digital Leaders, Choir, Netball, Guitar and Homework
  • There are also two externally organised clubs running—Football First and Dodgeball.

If your child would like to join one of the clubs, please do not hesitate to contact us.

dates for the diary

  • 31 January—Year 6 Parents’ SATs Workshop (5.00 pm)
  • 8 February— GPS Workshop, 3.30 pm
  • 9 February—Parents’ Evening (school closes at 1.30 pm)
  • February Half Term—Monday 13th to Friday 17th February
  • 21 February—Year 2 Phonics Parental Workshop, 3.30 pm
  • Easter Holiday—School closes on Friday 31 March and re-opens on Tuesday 18 April


Please remember that children should not be wearing trainers in school. Boys and girls should be wearing black shoes.

parents' evening

This will take place on Thursday 9 February 2017. School will close at 1.30 pm on this day and appointments will start at 2.00 pm. Letters are being sent out shortly, explaining how to book an appointment.


Our theme this half term is about being positive and keeping going, even when we find things tough. Please can you encourage this with your children outside of school. We are working on a growth mindset.

medicines in school

Whilst we are always more than happy to help our poorly children, we can only administer medicine if it has been prescribed by a doctor and the prescription requires it to be administered at least four times a day. If this is the case, please contact the school office as we will require you to complete and sign a form authorising us to give the medication.

E Safety - Age Restrictions

I appreciate that many of our children will have received electronic gaming gifts for Christmas. Please check that you have the appropriate security functions to keep your children safe and remember that age restrictions are set for good reason, so please don’t ignore them. Games like Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, Titan Fall etc can have high levels of violence and/or inappropriate content. We work hard in school to discourage inappropriate behaviour/language so we would appreciate your help in doing this at home.

Head lice— We all need to work together on this as one child not being treated can result in other children in the class getting head lice.

  • If you think your child has head lice, the best way to treat them is using the wet detection/combing method:
  • Wash the hair with ordinary shampoo and apply plenty of conditioner.
  • Use an ordinary, wide-toothed comb to straighten and untangle the hair.
  • Once the comb moves freely through the hair without dragging, switch to the louse detection comb.
  • Make sure the teeth of the comb slot into the hair at the roots, with the edge of the teeth lightly touching the scalp.
  • Draw the comb down from the roots to the ends of the hair with every stroke, and check the comb for lice each time – remove lice by wiping the comb with tissue paper or rinsing it.
  • Work through the hair, section by section, so that the whole head of hair is combed through.
  • Do this at least twice to help ensure you haven't missed any areas and continue until you find no more lice.

Further information can be found on the school website.

If you find head lice, you should check the rest of your family. Treat everyone found to have head lice on the same day.

house points

Well done to Blue House again for gaining the most points during the Autumn Term. They enjoyed a day of non uniform today as a reward.


Don't forget you can catch up with School on Twitter @Avondale_Darwen and also find lots of useful advice.


severe weather

That time of year is here, when we may experience bouts of bad weather. The School will always make every effort to stay open, but at the same time will put the safety of our children and staff first.

In the unlikely event of school closure, we will send out text messages as soon as we are able and put announcements on the local radio. Please make sure we have your current mobile number.

Opening of School

Please remember that the school opens at 8.35 am. This has been working very well and children are engaging in an array of learning activities prior to classes starting at 8.45 am. We cannot, however, let children into school any earlier than this—even if it is raining! Sorry, but we must put the safety of children first and they cannot be in school unaccompanied.

healthy breakfast

Did you know that some children are eating so much sugar as part of their breakfast that more than half of their daily allowance is taken up. Public Health England has re-stated that very sugary cereals and some juices and spreads are damaging to health. As you know, this can lead to weight and dental problems but also to more serious issues like diabetes.

How much sugar should children eat?

  • age 4 to 6 - less than 19 grams or 5 cubes per day
  • age 7 to 10 years - less than 24 grams or 6 cubes per day

An app is available, to help you monitor the amount of sugar in food, at: https://www.nhs.uk/change4life-beta/be-food-smart


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