Avondale Newsletter 20th September 2019

It was lovely to see so many family members at last week’s achievement assembly. Just a reminder the library is available – to be used by younger siblings if they need to be taken out of assembly. This will enable all other parents to hear and celebrate their child’s achievements.

Class Assemblies

All assemblies take place at 2.50 pm and all parents/guardians are welcome to attend to celebrate the children’s work. This year classes will also be hosting celebration afternoons, during which parents will be invited into school to share and celebrate learning with their children. Watch out for further details from your child’s teacher.

Open Days

If you have a younger child who is looking to join our school in September 2020, or you know someone else that does, we have two dates in the diary:

  • Thursday 3 October at 6.30 pm
  • Tuesday 8 October at 1.15 pm or 2.15 pm

Secondary School Admissions

Year 6 parents please note that secondary school applications need to be submitted by 31 October 2019. Please click on the link below to complete your application :


Class attendance this week is:

A few red classes here, which isn’t great for this early in the year. Average attendance is 96%, which equates to only 7 days of absence per year. Our school figure last year was 96.75% - let’s try and beat that this year!

Dates for the Diary

Out of School Club

Further to the note in last week’s newsletter the new telephone number for contacting the staff in the after school club is 0755 224 7941.

The email address for both Breakfast and After School Club is outofschoolclubs@avondale.blackburn.sch.uk


An amazing start to the new school football year for the Year 5/6 Boys’ Team. Two matches last night at the Soccerdome; the first against Ashleigh. A closely fought match but we came out on top winning 5:4 with Oliver shining as man of the match. In our second game the boys really found their goal scoring form beating St Cuthbert’s 10:1 with Zack demonstrating some excellent skills.

Thank you to Mr Clegg and Mr Bulcock for organising, attending and supporting the lads.

Parked cars and smoking

We have received a couple of requests from parents to ask other parents and/or adults that collect children to be considerate in terms of where they park. The yellow lines are there for a good reason and I am sure we all want all of our children to be safe. Also, I have been told that some adults are smoking near school entrances and I would ask that any person collecting children refrain from doing so as this is harmful to us all. Thank you.

Friends of Avondale (PTFA)

There will be a meeting at school on Tuesday 24 September at 6.30pm. If you are new to school and would like to join our Committee to meet new people and to help raise money for school please feel free to join us. If you have any questions/ideas please email : friendsofavondale@avondale.blackburn.sch.uk

Blackburn Hawks – Ice Hockey

A letter is coming home today from Blackburn Hawks offering you a chance to see a match for only £1.00 per person – open to children and families. Free skating is available after the game (skate hire is £2.70). The deadline is Tuesday 24th September at 12pm.

Reply slips are to be returned to the school office with the money. Tickets will then be brought to the school on the Thursday before the game.

Thanks for reading