Avondale Newsletter 31st March 2017

Crazy Hair Day

Simply amazing! A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to Crazy Hair Day today and making it the success it was. It was lovely to have Esmee in school for Assembly. So far, as a school (lunchtime), we have raised over £800. A special mention must go to Emily, who in addition to this and individually, has raised over £600. We wish Esmee all the best with her treatment and if you feel you would like to donate please follow this link : Go Fund Me

Check out the School website for more crazy hair photos and in the Lancashire Evening Telegraph (hopefully) tomorrow.

Crazy Hair Day

Year 2 Trip to Brockholes

Y2 Trip to Brockholes

Dates for the Diary

  • 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
  • 2 May—Online Safety Parents’ Drop-in Session
  • w/c 8 May—KS2 SATs
  • 22 May—Parents’ Drop in Session
  • 26 May—End of Term
  • 5 June—Start of Term
  • 6 June—Year 6 Trip to London
  • 7 June—Year 4 Trip to see Gangsta Granny
  • 8 June—New Reception Parents’ Evening
  • w/c 12 June—Year 6 Trip to PGL

Year 3 and 4 Easter Performance

A huge well done to all of our Year 3 and 4 children who took part in the production of ‘Good News’ this week. They all looked fabulous and their singing was amazing. Thanks to all staff as well for their time and effort in putting the production together, in only 2 weeks.

Copies of the DVD are available at a cost of £5.00 each. If you want a copy, please complete an order form and return to the office asap.

100% Attendance

Congratulations to all our children who have from September, to date, achieved 100% attendance; certificates were given out at Assembly today. Attendance for this term, by class is:

  • 3W – 98.8%
  • 5C—97.4%
  • 2M—97.3%
  • 3P—97.1%
  • 6L—97.0%
  • 4H—96.5%
  • RS—96.3%
  • 6D—96.2%
  • 4B—96.2%
  • RRT—95.9%
  • 2J—95.5%
  • 1L—95.3%
  • 5J—94.9%
  • 1R—93.9%

Come on 1R & 5J—your attendance needs to improve. Huge well done to 3W!

Spring Term Award Winners

Pupil of the Term

Congratulations to this term’s winners:

  • RRT— Gracie ~ RS— Lottie-Mae
  • 1L— Jude ~ 1R— Ollie
  • 2M— Bella ~ 2J—Adam
  • 3P— Riley ~ 3W— Evie
  • 4H— Ruby ~ 4B— Hannah
  • 5J— Derin ~ 5C— Thomas
  • 6L— Olivia ~ 6D— Ishana
  • The Headteacher’s Pupil of the Term is Holly (6L)

Spellers & Grammar Pupil of the Term

  • RRT— Rylee ~ RS— Nico-Cole
  • 1L— Ruby ~ 1R— Kaveena
  • 2M— Reuben ~ 2J—Maya
  • 3P— Jessica ~ 3W— Declan
  • 4H— Liam ~ 4B— Numan
  • 5J— Adam ~ 5C— Molly
  • 6L— Courtney ~ 6D— Adam

revised class assembly dates

  • 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

House Points

The winning team this term is Blue, with a score of 917. Yellow achieved 726, Green 709 and Red 682. Congratulations to Blue Team and enjoy the non uniform day on Friday 21 April.

Parenting in a digital age: Managing screen time

Technology can be the cause of much stress in the family, but it can be the source of wonder and delight too. So, how do we avoid the battles and enjoy the very best of what tech can offer?

  • Talk and listen

Like anything, too much technology can be unhealthy for young people. If they’re using it too much, it could mean they’re not giving themselves enough time during the day to do other things like play, study, talk or even sleep.

  • Get the right balance

Try to agree limits together, just as you would for the amount of time they might like to spend on other activities. Getting a balance of physical activity, interaction with others, as well as time to eat and sleep is important.

  • Explore together

For younger children, it’s important to explore media together, whether that’s watching Peppa Pig or playing on the CBeebies App, sharing will give you the opportunity to talk about what they have seen and explore how that might apply to the world around them.

  • Good Example

Try to set a good example. If you decide that meal times should be tech- free, make sure that you stick to the agreement too.

  • Enjoy

Tech can help unite you with your children, so whether you enjoy a movie together on a Saturday night, or you get competitive with games, tech can provide you with a valuable platform to connect with your child.

  • Value

Remember that not all screen time is equal, so try to understand what your child is doing with tech and the value that it can bring.

  • Learn

Encourage your children to share what they are doing online and try to learn alongside them.

  • Relax

We all need time to unwind – you might enjoy a cup of tea in front of the weekly soap, your child may enjoy half an hour popping bubbles on an app on their phone, and that’s ok.


Well done to the boy’s football team who won two matches this week, the first against St Aidan’s and the second against St Gabriel’s. We were narrowly beaten by The Redeemer’s A Team. So, we are currently 2nd in the league.

Star Player this week, for his superb defending, was Joel.


The Year 5/6 Orienteering Team had great fun this week at Feniscowles Playing Fields taking part in an Orienteering competition. After being rained off last week, the comp went ahead on Wednesday and although it was rather muddy everybody had a great time.

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.


Avondale was asked to represent Blackburn with Darwen School at the Lancashire 5/6 Quicksticks Tournament Final at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. We competed against other schools from the Ribble Valley, Blackpool, Hyndburn, West Lancashire etc. They did incredibly well winning two of their matches.

Friday Celebration Assembly

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.

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.

Happy Easter

I would like to wish all children and their families a very Happy Easter. Let’s hope that the weather is kind to us and that we are able to get out and about in the sunshine. Term starts again on TUESDAY 18 April. Mrs V Brown

Happy Easter


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