Avondale Newsletter 27th January 2017

Class Assemblies

We will soon be starting our Class Assemblies, to which all parents are welcome to attend. Individual class letters will be sent home, but for information the dates are:

  • 9 February-RS
  • 23 February-French
  • 2 March-6D
  • 9 March-5C
  • 16 March-3P
  • 23 March-1R
  • 30 March-6L
  • 27 April-4B
  • 18 May-3W
  • 25 May-5J
  • 15 June– RRT
  • 22 June-4H
  • 29 June-1L
  • 6 July– School Council
  • 13 July– Year 2

The assemblies will take place on Thursday mornings at 9.00 am. Please enter via the Year 6 door near the mini-bus.

Copies of newsletter

In an effort to reduce paper and spend our budget more wisely, this will be the last time we send paper copies of our newsletter to all parents. We have had lots of positive feedback about the electronic version of the newsletter and we will continue to send it out this way. However, if you would still like to receive a paper copy—please let the office staff know.

parental workshops

In order to help you to support your child/ren, we are running three workshops in the next few weeks, to which all parents/guardians are invited. The dates are:

  • Helping with Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling at home: Wednesday 8th February, 3.30 pm
  • Year 6 SATs : Tuesday 31st January, 5.00-6.00 pm Wednesday 1st February 3.30-4.30 pm
  • Year 1 Phonics : Tuesday 21st February, 3.30 pm

dog fouling

Unfortunately we’ve been experiencing a few issues with dog fouling around school gates/entrances. Not only is this very unpleasant and anti-social it is also a potential health hazard. Please help us in being vigilant—if you see an irresponsible dog owner please report them to the local council or the dog warden.


Recent monitoring has looked at writing through the school. Work in books shows progression from September to now and progression through the school. Presentation is a great strength. We still need to work on encouraging children to transfer their knowledge of punctuation and grammar into their independent writing.

Next week we will be observing ‘Inspire Maths’ lessons in all classes. We are looking for raised expectations and challenge in the lessons.

parents' evening

This will take place on Thursday 9 February 2017. School will close at 1.30 pm on this day and appointments will start at 2.00 pm. Letters have been sent out explaining how to book an appointment. If you need any help, please contact the school office.

sporting update

Last week the Year 5/6 Sportshall Athletics team competed at Darwen Vale against all other Darwen Schools. Events included were—target throw, speed bounce, relay races, sprints and distance throwing. The team worked incredibly hard together and secured 1st place—well done everyone! Good luck next week as you go through to the Local Authority finals. A huge thank you to Miss Lysons and Miss Scott for all your hard work.

Well done everyone

Football—two football teams went to Blackburn Rovers Indoor Centre last week. They played brilliantly together. The team made it through to final and secured 2nd place. The Thursday team received a special additional treat and met Sam Gallagher—Rovers star striker. Photos were taken, autographs received and football boots signed. A huge thanks to Mr Clegg for organising this event.

Budding Gardeners

With Mr Hindle leaving we are looking for someone green fingered to help take over our school garden. If you think you could help with this—please get in touch!

Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers

The school is now collecting these vouchers— so if you shop at Sainsbury’s, collect those vouchers and send them into school. We can exchange them for an exciting range of active and cooking equipment, and experiences and we can continue to support our children to eat well, move well and live well.

Head lice

Further to our recent article about Headlice, some of you may have seen a programme on ITV about Good Health and Headlice. It featured various self-testing health kits and the best products to kill superbug head lice. Click the link below to watch the programme.

They tested the following products:

  • Hedrin Once Spray Gel - A silicone based spray which suffocates the lice by coating them in silicone
  • Puressentiel Anti-Lice Lotion - A natural product
  • Lyclear - An insecticide

They found the following results:

  • Hedrin Once Spray Gel - Killed all the lice in the experiment
  • Puressentiel Anti-Lice Lotion - Mixed results
  • Lyclear - No lice were killed - head lice are becoming tolerant to this type of treatment as it leaves a residue on the hair

The recommendation was to use a silicone based spray or lotion that coats the lice and suffocates them as it is effective 99% of the time. This is also a long term option, as head lice cannot become tolerant to being starved of air! They also say to look for an ingredient Dimeticone which will be labelled on the packaging.

We are holding a Parents Workshop on Wednesday 22 February at 2.45pm, our family health team will be available to ask any questions. This issue is one we ALL need to work on together!

flu vaccine

In view of the current flu circulation in the community, IntraHealth are offering a further opportunity for eligible children in year groups 1, 2 and 3 to receive the vaccination at a local community venue.

The sessions listed below are drop in sessions and no appointment is necessary:

  • IntraHealth Offices - Tuesday 24th January ‘17 between 3.30pm – 6.30pm
  • Suite 3a-3c, Ribble House, Meanygate, Bamber Bridge, Preston, PR5 6UP.
  • Acorn Primary Health Care Centre - Wednesday 25th January ‘17 between 3.30pm – 6.30pm, 421 Blackburn Road, Accrington. BB5 1RT.
  • Burscough Health Centre - Thursday 26th January ’17 between 3.30pm – 6.30pm, Stanley Court, Burscough. L40 4LA.

Dates for the Diary

  • 31 January 5pm and 1 February 3.30pm—Year 6 Parents’ SATs Workshop
  • 8 February— GPS Workshop, 3.30 pm
  • 9 February—Parents’ Evening (school closes at 1.30 pm)
  • February Half Term—Monday 13th to Friday 17th February
  • 21 February—Year 1 Phonics Parental Workshop, 3.30 pm
  • 22 February— Headlice Workshop 2.45pm
  • Easter Holiday—School closes on Friday 31 March at 3.15pm and re-opens on Tuesday 18 April

plastic cups

Before Christmas we mentioned the need for children to bring water bottles to school and the importance of staying hydrated. We are finding an increasing number of children are forgetting their bottles and are asking for plastic cups. Not only is this an unnecessary expense it is not good for the environment. Please ensure water bottles are in school.

school lunches

Your child may have mentioned having different meals in the last couple of weeks. Due to some staffing changes, we have had to move the menu around a little. Please be assured though, we are keeping to our rules of a healthy and balanced diet.

Good digital parenting

The children learn lots about keeping themselves safe online in school, check out the website below for some useful tips to keep your family safe at home.

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