Isham Update November 2019

Welcome Back

We hope you all had a lovely half term break and enjoyed the Autumn weather in between the rain. We wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended our Harvest Festival in October; we were overwhelmed by the generous donations of produce and managed to raise the fantastic amount of £135 for Water Aid.

Mystery Reader

A huge thank you to those that have already volunteered to be a Mystery Reader for our KS1 and Reception children. The children are thoroughly enjoying their weekly visits and the daily clues evoke lots of speculation amongst the children.

Values Families

Before half term our children spent time with their Values Families for an Autumn themed morning. The children used leaves and natural treasures to create Autumn wreaths and pictures. It was a lovely morning and it was great to spend the morning with the whole school outside.

Parent Prayer Group

Our lovely Parent Prayer Group will be meeting again on Thursday 21st November at 2.50pm. Our Prayer Tree has been a huge hit with the children and it is now bursting with prayer requests. The tree is open to both adults and children so, if you do have a prayer request you would like to make, please come and fill out a leaf and add it to our tree.

Crisp Packet Recycling Scheme

As you may already have noticed, there is now a grey wheelie bin in the playground for recycling crisp packets. FOIS have signed the school up to the Terracycle crisp packet recycling scheme which is now the largest and fastest-growing scheme of its type in the UK. The crisps packets are exchanged for points and the points can be redeemed into financial donations. We are encouraging the children to put their empty crisp packets from lunch into the wheelie bin and would welcome donations from home as well. Please make sure your packets are completely empty before putting them in the bin and do not fold the crisp packets into triangles. Crisp multipack outer packaging is also accepted but no popcorn bags please. This is such a worthwhile cause and although we receive a cash reward, the reduction of waste is priceless. Please check out this video for more information of what happens to the crisp packets once they are recycled.


FOIS have been very busy organising a number of events in the run up to Christmas. The Sponsored Bounce that took place before half term was a huge success; we are still waiting for the last bit of sponsor money to come in and then we will inform you of the final total raised. There was a good turn out for their meeting today (6th November) but they are always on the hunt for more help so, if you can help in anyway, do drop them an email - fois@ishamprimary.org.uk

Parent Links

We are seeking to improve our parent links and are looking forward to our new parent governor on the Academy Governance Committee, Jolene Court, coming on board. We'd like to run some evenings in the new year focussing on Curriculum, Reading and Maths to share some of our newer initiatives with you. We are also hopeful that we can get some Parent Information groups up and running to share with you the successes, and challenges within our school.

If you have any concerns regarding your child, we always encourage you to to speak to your child's class teacher in the first instance or, for more serious concerns, the Senior Leadership Team (Kirstin Howarth or Becky Hawke). We'd also like to remind you that, where there are any issues with other children in school, you raise these with us and do not approach children yourself, or deal with it in whatsapp groups. We are always happy to discuss your concerns and will do our best to resolve any issues.

Admissions 2020

Now is the time of year when potential applicants for our Reception class 2020 are asked to apply.

For those of you with children who will be 4 between 1st September 2019 and 31st August 2020, our Open Hours for the 2020 intake are shown below. Please confirm your attendance by email or by calling 01536723956 and speaking to Sue Wood or Susanna Hogan. There are two remaining Open Hours for you to choose from - all run from 11am-12pm. Dates are:

  • Tuesday 26th November 2019
  • Monday 13th January 2020

The invite is for the full hour. You will have chance to hear a little about our school, meet the team, have a look around and ask any questions. The Exec-Head Teacher will also talk through the admissions process and how to apply to us - slightly different given our Academy status and our VA heritage.

The hour is intended for parents only and, whilst we don't seek to be awkward, we feel it would be easier for you to come without children in tow. That said, if it's impossible, we do understand.

The closing date for applications is 15th January 2020 (5pm)


Dates for your diary

Dates in bold are newly added

November 2019

  • Thursday 7th November: Outdoor Classroom Day
  • Tuesday 12th November: Y1 and 2 Lego Workshop
  • Tuesday 12th November: Y5 and 6, Sportsall Athletics
  • Wednesday 13th November: KS1 Multi Skills Event
  • Friday 15th November: Mufti Day for Children in Need
  • Thursday 21st November: Year 6 Screening
  • Thursday 21st November: FOIS School Disco (Years R/1/2 6-7pm, KS2 7.15-8.15pm)
  • Thursday 28th November: FOIS Christmas Extravaganza - Choir, stalls and much more, 3.15-5.00pm

December 2019

  • Monday 2nd December: FOIS Wreath Making Evening, 6.30pm in the school hall
  • Tuesday 10th December: Nativity Technical Rehearsal, 1.30pm - Over 60s / Grandparents welcome (details to follow nearer the time)
  • Wednesday 11th December: Nativity Performance, 6.00pm
  • Thursday 12th December: Nativity Performance, 6.00pm
  • Friday 13th December: Christmas Jumper Day
  • Monday 16th December: Christmas Party Day
  • Wednesday 18th December: Christmas Dinner Day (provided by abm Catering)
  • Friday 20th December: School closes for Christmas @ 12.00pm

January 2019

  • Friday 3rd January: Teacher Training Day
  • Monday 6th January: Teacher Training Day
  • Tuesday 7th January: School reopens to pupils for the Spring Term
  • Wednesday 15th January: Deadline for Primary School Applications 2020, 5.00pm


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