Avondale Newsletter 5th May 2017

Requests for Holidays

I am sorry to say that I am receiving what appears to be an ever increasing number of requests for children to be taken out of school during term time; the majority for holidays. According to official figures term-time holidays accounted for a quarter of unauthorised absences from schools in England last year, with over a million children missing at least one day of school.

I know that you will all be aware that I cannot authorise absence from school for a holiday during term time and that potentially, dependent on an individual child’s overall attendance figures, you may be subject to a fine from the Local Authority. This is something as a school we will pursue as we have a responsibility to do so. However, putting that aside let’s not forget the impact of missing lessons—the cumulative effect can be harmful to children's education. The best way to ensure children are learning and progressing is for them to attend school during term time.

Please work with us at school; there are 13 holiday weeks during the year and this is when holidays should be taken. The rules are clear - children should not be taken out of school without good reason. Evidence shows that every extra day of school missed can affect a pupil's chances of achieving good results, which has a lasting effect on their life chances.

Next year you will see we have extended the May break to try and support you as parents in getting cheaper holidays. Mrs V Brown, Headteacher

dates for the diary

  • w/c 8 May—KS2 SATs
  • 22 May—Parents’ Drop in Session to look at books (3.30-4.30)
  • 26 May—End of Term 3.15pm
  • 5 June—Start of Term
  • 6 June—Year 6 Trip to London
  • 7 June—Year 3 Trip to see Gangsta Granny
  • 8 June—New Reception (2017)Information Evening, 6.00 pm
  • w/c 12 June—Year 6 Trip to PGL
  • 19 July—Year 6 Leavers’ Play & Presentation

Drop Off and Collections

A few weeks ago we asked parents to be mindful of where they park when dropping off and picking up children and thank you for your support with this. Recently, we have been made aware of a number of instances when car engines are left running at these times of the day.

Not only are exhaust fumes a risk to our health, they are damaging to the environment and we all have a duty to protect our environment and our future and to teach our children about how important this is.

class assembly dates

  • 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

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to this week’s stars:

  • RRT— Daniel ~ RS— Kai
  • 1L— Ruby W ~ 1R— Layton
  • 2M— George B ~ 2J— Lewis
  • 3P— Oliver H ~ 3W— Phoebe
  • 4H— Reece ~ 4B— Cole
  • 5J— Aaron ~ 5C— Emilia
  • 6L— Courtney ~ 6D— Liam K

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.

Sports News


This week the netball team played their final games at DACA. They played incredibly well as a team and have come on so much. Girls—I was really proud of you. All the games had really tense moments and even after playing for nearly 2 hours of continuous netball, the girls kept playing. Scores as follows: St Peters—Avondale 0-2 Player of the match Lily,

Ashleigh-Avondale 2-0 Player of the match Lily,

St James-Avondale 4-3 Player of the match Courtney

St Paul’s-Avondale 1-10 Player of the match Abby

St James’-Avondale 0-6 Player of the match Lily


A huge well done to the Cricket Team who competed at Darwen Cricket Club this week. All team members were great, but particular congrats to Leon and Dylan. The team played and won four matches, getting into the quarter final but missed out on winning this match by 1 run.

table cricket

A good time was had by all at Pleckgate High School this week. Two individual members of the team got Silver medals and the overall team were awarded Bronze.

water bottles

Please ensure that your child brings a water bottle to school every day, particularly now as the weather is getting warmer. To reduce costs and help the environment, we are not able to issue plastic cups.

online safety session for parents

Thank you to those parents that attended this session on Wednesday after school. I do appreciate how busy we all are, but there were only 5 parents that attended out of 414 pupils, the session was offered to help all of us deal with the potentially serious issues regarding online safety for our children. This is an area that we as a school are picking up the pieces with, after events at home, and this session was about how to make being online ‘safe’ at home.

We have tried hard this year to put parental workshops on to improve links with home; yet this works both ways and attendance at such sessions would be beneficial for all.

school uniform

New stock is now available—

  • Sweatshirts—£9.00
  • Polo Shirts—£8.00


Year 5 children, Mrs Crossley, Mr Clegg, Miss Harrison and Mrs Brown had a great time at Robinwood last weekend. Year 5 children

Fun at Robinwood

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