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Avondale Newsletter 5th July 2019

Dates for the Diary

Please note children finish at 1.30 pm on Friday 19 July.

Attendance

Class attendance this week:

Much improved on last week, come on let’s keep that attendance strong until the end of term. School is judged on the attendance of its pupils.

Transition

It was a very busy but enjoyable day in school on Wednesday with our new intake children joining us for the morning. We hope that all children enjoyed spending time in what will be their classrooms in September. Also, that they and their parents enjoyed their school lunch.

I know that all other children in school had a very good morning, with all classes ‘moving up’ to their new classroom for the morning and meeting their new teacher. There were some very happy and excited children in school and this was great to see.

Our Year 6’s have been at their new secondary schools this week as well – I hope they too have had an enjoyable experience and return to us next week with some stories to share.

Parent Governor Role

During the Autumn Term, we will be undertaking elections for our Parent Governors. The Parent Governor role is an important one and adds a great deal of value to the school by ensuring that there is a parent voice on the Governing Body. Previous Parent Governors have played various roles in school, ranging from attending school trips and plays, organising the PTFA and being part of working groups to improve attendance in the school.

The only criteria that are required are 1) Having parental responsibility for a child within school and 2) enthusiasm to help improve the school.

We are therefore looking for committed individuals, who are willing to give up some of their time to ensure that Avondale School continues to thrive. More formal details will be issued when we commence the election process in the Autumn Term, but if you would consider applying and would like some more information, please feel free to contact Iain Schofield (iain.schofield@avondale.blackburn.sch.uk)

Parent Volunteers

In preparation for the new academic year, we were wondering if any parent would like to volunteer to assist in school. Ideally, this would be on a regular basis – once or twice a week and in the same class. This could be to offer reading or general classroom support.

If you are interested please contact Mrs Taylor, Assistant Headteacher, or pass your contact details via the office.

Music

Good luck to those children who are singing tonight at Blackpool.

Year 3 Drummers

I hope that those of you that were in Assembly this morning thoroughly enjoyed watching and listening to our Class 3P Drummers. If you have a child in class 3H, don’t forget there’s another performance next Friday.

Brass Players

Blackburn & Darwen Brass Band have recently received a grant to set up a new starter band. Children from Avondale have been given a wonderful opportunity to learn to play an instrument. On Monday 9 children from Years 4&5 received either a trombone or cornet and had their very first lesson. They attended a rehearsal in town on Tuesday evening and will be joined by other children from St. Cuthberts next week.

Sports News

Blackburn Rovers Football Club Awards

If you remember from last week’s newsletter the school had been nominated for an outstanding school award and Mrs Mears had been nominated for individual primary star of the year award. Well – we were successful in both categories. A huge well done and congratulations to Mrs Mears but also a very big thank you to all our staff who are involved in organising and delivering sporting events and activities across the year; particularly Mr Clegg and Mrs Thomas.

Darwen Rangers

Interested in playing football? Darwen Rangers will be using the school playing field in an evening for training. If you want to join a team, please visit their website.

Cricket

Thanks to Mr Laycock for taking the cricket team down to Darwen Cricket Club on Tuesday evening. The team had a very narrow defeat losing by just two runs, followed by a significant victory. Well done to all involved.

Sports Festival

Yesterday some of our children attended a sports festival during which they competed in a range of events including wheelchair games, archery, soccer, handball and problem solving water activities. They even made their own omelettes on an outdoor fire. A great time was had by all. We were very proud of how our children represented School. Thanks to Mrs Stowe for organising and to Mr Cooper, Mrs Halsall, Miss Dawson and Mrs Begum for accompanying the children.

Pupil Wellbeing for Year 6’s

There will be drop in sessions for any Year 6 pupil wanting to come back and have a chat with Mrs Wright/Miss Braysford after the Summer holidays. So, if you want a chat/catch up please call in on a Wednesday between 3.15-4.30 pm. The sessions will run each Wednesday from 4 September to 16 October.

Year 6 play & awards

Reminder that on Thursday 11th July Year 6 will perform their play for parents at 6pm this will be followed by an awards evening. Tickets for the event are available through the office at £1.00 each.

School Uniform

Just a reminder that although we are approaching the final couple of weeks of term we still expect our children to look smart and be in full school uniform. This also includes suitable footwear. Whilst we don’t necessarily expect new school shoes to be bought at this time of year we do expect that school pumps will be worn in the school building (in the absence of black shoes). Trainers are NOT school uniform.

There is again a mountain of unclaimed uniform - if you have lost some then please check lost property on the junior corridor.

Finally, new uniform is available. So, if you want to get ahead and buy before Summer please log into your School Money account or call at the office.

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