Avondale Newsletter 17th March 2016

School Funding

There has been extensive coverage on the news this last few weeks about the possible impact of the proposed funding formula for school budgets from 2019/2020. The indicative figure for Avondale suggests that in two years’ time the budget will have fallen by over £135,000—the equivalent of 3 teachers/over £300 per pupil. If the funding changes are implemented as they currently stand, it will have a significant detrimental effect upon the education of children throughout primary and secondary school. If you visit www.schoolcuts.org.uk/#/schools?chosenSchool=8892515 you can see further details about how our school and other local schools will be affected by the proposals. If you would like to respond to the proposals, there is a petition to sign on the website and an email address for our local MP. The consultation period ends on 22 March.

Please rest assured that teaching and learning will remain our absolute priority and the quality of what we offer for our children will always be paramount.

The School Day

As you know the school buildings are now open from 8.35am and classes start promptly at 8.45 am. We have quite a few children (usually the same ones) who arrive through the office just after the bell. Please make sure your child is in school early enough to start their learning on time.


How much reading do you do with your child/ren? Children with good vocabulary at a young age can, on average, be five years ahead in their reading in their teens. The Power of Words—please help your child to be ahead of the game.

Staffing Changes

We are pleased to say that Mrs Amanda Duckworth will be our new Nursery Nurse in Reception, she has many years’ experience and will be joining us after Easter.

Miss Jenna Scott will be leaving us at the end of April after deciding to explore a new and alternative career. We wish her all the very best for the future and we know she will be greatly missed. Class RS will be taught by Mrs Taylor, who the children already know very well and by Mrs Rebecca Roscoe (2 days per week). Mrs Roscoe is an experienced Foundation Stage teacher. She has previously been an EYFS Leader, SENCO and Subject Lead in her other schools. We welcome her to Avondale and look forward to learning together.

Year 3 & 4 Easter Performance

Year 3 and 4 children will be performing ‘Good News’ on Tuesday 28 March (2.00pm) and Wednesday 29 March (6.00pm). To reserve your tickets please go online : https://avondaledarwen.parentseveningsystem.co.uk

Wet Play Games

Although we are all hoping that the weather will continue to get better, there are occasions when children have to stay indoors at lunchtimes. If you have any old games that you would like to donate to help us out, we would be very grateful.

Dance Festival

Well done and congratulations to all those children that took part in the Dance Festival at King George’s Hall last week. It was a delight to also watch their performance in Assembly on Monday 13th—they were amazing! Huge thanks must go to Miss Bolton too for her commitment.

revised class assembly dates

  • 23 March 1R
  • 27 April 4B
  • 18 May 3W
  • 25 May 5J
  • 8 June 6L
  • 15 June RRT
  • 22 June 4H
  • 29 June 1L
  • 6 July School Council
  • 13 July Year 2
Class 3P Roman Shields

Don’t forget all parents are welcome to join us on a Friday. It’s a great way to start the weekend, seeing your child/ren enjoying themselves.

Green text messages

I hope you are all continuing to enjoy receiving your Friday afternoon text. Don’t forget, if you don’t get one ask your child/ren why.

World Book day competition winners

Thank you for all your entries—we had over 70! Sorry for the slight error with ‘Room on the Broom’, the winners are:

  • Cassandra – 6D
  • Addyson – 1L

Well done to the winners and thanks to everyone who supported our Book Fair.

Star of the Week winners

  • RRT - Erin
  • RS - Elicia
  • 1L - Ella
  • 1R - Oliver
  • 2M - Daniyal
  • 2J - Emily
  • 3P - Holly
  • 3W - Eminie
  • 4H - Sunna
  • 4B - Nolan
  • 5J - Jamie
  • 5C - Sam
  • 6L - Ben
  • 6D - Antoni

Social Network Sites

We have recently learned that one of our children has been subjected to online bullying on a social network site called musical.ly. Mrs Wright has spoken to all Year 6 children this afternoon to highlight the potential dangers associated with using these sites. Please reinforce this with your child.

why is sleep important?

Sleep helps your brain work properly. While you're sleeping, your brain is preparing for the next day. It's forming new pathways to help you learn and remember information. A good night's sleep improves learning. No matter what you are doing—whether you're learning maths, how to play an instrument, how to drive a car, sleep helps enhance your learning and problem-solving skills.

Sleep also helps you pay attention, make decisions, and be creative. So, let’s us all be creative together and get good nights’ sleep, especially during the week.

dates for the diary

  • Monday 20 March—Sing Together Concert
  • Wednesday 29 March—Year 2 to Brockholes Nature Reserve
  • Friday 31 March—End of Term (3.15 pm)
  • Tuesday 18 April—Start of Term
  • Friday 28-Sunday 30 April—Year 5 Trip to Robinwood

Food Bank

For anybody wishing to donate an item—the collection point is now located in the main school entrance foyer.

Dinner Money

Advance notice—from September 2017 school meals will rise to £2.00 per day. This is still less than the majority of schools within Blackburn with Darwen/Lancashire. Our meals are well-balanced, healthy and of course tasty.

World Book Day 2017

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