Rothley Church of England Academy Newsletter October 2019

Welcome to the second newsletter of the academic year. The newsletter will be released on the first Friday of every month. The newsletter takes a look into what has the children have been getting up to over the past month, and things we're looking forward to in the next!

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Message from

Mr Richards

What a fantastic October the children at Rothley have had. I would like to start by saying a huge thank you for your £1 donations for the LOROS non-uniform day we had this month, we raised over £360 for the charity.

Along with all the lessons and excellent learning that has been going on, we have had numerous different events around school.

Team Rothley advanced to the 3rd Round of the Rice Bowl with a 5-1 win against Belviordale at Wreake Valley. It was an intense game, with the score being 2-1 with around 10 minutes to go. It was amazing to see how many parents and family members were at the game – thank you for your support. We will now play the winner of Mountfields Lodge and Thistley Meadow.

We have had the most anticipated talent event of the year in October with Rothley’s Got Talent. It was a pleasure to see all the talented children we have at this school. There is a section below all about the competition and the winners in the newsletter.

The year 4 children have been on their residential trip to Duke’s Barn last week. Just talking to some of the children last week and this week, it is clear that they had a great time and loved the experience that Dukes Barn offers. A massive thank you to Miss Asquith, Mr Clark, Miss Diyar and Miss Godfrey for giving up their time to take the children to this wonderful experience. In November year 5 travel to Sheringham for their annual residential to Hilltop.

The school will be participating in the annual anti-bullying week on the 11th November to the 15th November. I will be leading a whole school assembly on the Monday, the children will be learning about bullying and what it is and what we do if we feel like we’re being bullied or see some a child being bullied. It will be ‘Odd Sock Day’ on Tuesday 12th November.

There is a new section in the newsletter this month: ‘Recipe of the Month’. Mrs Barber will be doing a seasonal recipe each month for parents to try and home with children.

Read on to find out all that we have been up to over October and some exciting things for November.

Thank you for your continued support of the school.

Mr Richards

Rothley's Got Talent

What fantastic fun we had on the final morning of last half term. The entire school enjoyed celebrating the talent of some of our students, along with a teacher’s special performance on the Boomwackers to In The Hall of the Mountain King. Foundation Stage also premiered their first ever whole school performance by singing one of the songs they had learnt in their weekly music lessons.

It was a superb show filled with variety and excellence. Our judging panel made the final decision on the winners however. A huge congratulations to the KS1 winner, Sam B, for his vocal ability as he sang I Did It My Way. Lower KS2 winners were Darcy and Jaxon for their marvellous street dance routine. The upper KS2 winner was 'wild card' Thomas P with his mind blowing efforts to complete a rubix cube in 2 minutes (!). The overall winner was Oscar C, he played the piano beautifully for everyone, well done!

Once again, I would like to send out enormous amounts of praise and admiration for all the children that had the confidence to show their talents, not only in the whole school setting but in the more intimate and informal classroom environments too, for the 'auditions'. It takes a huge amount of courage to demonstrate and perform interests to peers, and for this I am immensely proud of everyone. Well done!

Mrs Warburton

Composer of the month

This year, we have introduced a 'Composer of the Month' to allow children to appreciate the muiscal talents of a wide range of musicians throughout history.

In September, the rapturous and eclectic cinematic tunes of the incredible John Williams were piped down the corridors throughout the school for all to enjoy. It was magical being transported into the films!

This month, we have enjoyed listening to the more calming, dulcet melodies of Ludovico Einaudi. Our newly appointed music ambassadors will be sharing their research of each composer every month in assembly.

Please do share music from our composers at home with your children as it is wonderful to be exposed to a broad genre of music. November's 'Composer of the Month' is Amadeus Mozart.

Upcoming composers

Perseverance and Wisdom Star

We have now finished our collective worship Christian value of perseverance which, was led by Mr Richards and Mrs Walton. Well done to all the children who received their value star on the 2nd October.

The children who received the stars were:

Foundation Stage: Willow M, Isaac L, Ralphie W, Sebastian S, Ronnie D and Scarlett G.

Year 1: Teddy T, Henry B, Tommy R and Anastasia D

Year 2: Kit K, Nancy G, Lottie P and Veer S.

Year 3: Lewin R, Addison K, Arthur H and Deven K.

Year 4: Niall H, Skye I, Jemima A and Joseph S

Year 5: Ethan B, Gracie B, Sam T and Joshua B

Year 6: Lily B, Hayden P, Ned R and Lily W

Well done to all the children in the whole school who have shown perseverance over the last 6 weeks. Mrs Walton’s class will be performing a collective worship assembly around the value of Perseverance on the 20th November.

Mr McLugash has already started the next Christian Value of Wisdom. Stars will be given out on the 13th November. Mr Phillip’s class will be doing their class collective worship assembly at the church on the 6th November.

Rice Bowl

On Monday the Rothley Rice Bowl team played their 2nd round game against a good Bevoirdale side. The children traveled to Wreake valley for the 9-a-side game. The Rothley fans were out in full, supporting the children in an exciting and intense match.

At half time the score was 1-0 to Rothley, with a goal from Harry H. With 10 minutes left the score was 2-1 to Rothey. Blake S made numerous excellent saves to keep the score at 2-1. At full time the score was Rothley 5, Beviordale 1.

The team now progress to the 3rd round with the 5-1 win. Goals from Harry H (3), Hayden P and Bea K. All the children represented the school with pride and great sportsmanship.

Rothley will now face either Mountfields Lodge or Thistley Meadow in the 3rd round match, at home and that match will be played before the end of term.

Come on Team Rothley!

Rothley Parents' Liaison Forum

The parent Liaison Forum is still open for Autumn 1, which was set before the half term. We currently have over 60 responses. The forum is designed to help us as a school improve out reading communities. The questions were designed by Mr McLugash, who is our English lead for Key Stage 2.

The forum will remain open until December. We are looking for over 150 responses, so please take the 4-5 minutes to fill in the survey – we are always looking for parents’ views on school.

Follow the link below.

Move it Boom!

This term we have been involved in Move it, Boom!

A Leicestershire based competition which aims to get children involved in physical activity and sport.

We had an amazing start and even sat at second position for a week or so. We have nowslipped down to sixth position as it currently stands.

Some of the prizes for winning this competition are amazing. So please keep logging those minutes below:

Toast is back!

Toast will be returning next week on Tuesday.

After a successful Toast Tuesday debut in February this year, we have decided to run the Toad again for 6 weeks this term.

All the money that will be raised over the next 6 weeks will go towards new playground equipment for all the children to enjoy.

Children in foundation stage and year 1 will be able to buy 1 slice each at 20p on their particular toast days. Children from year 2 to 6 will be able to buy 1 or 2 slices.

Please see the picture below to see which year groups are on what Tuesday.

Dates for each year group

Parent Progress Meeting

Thank you all so much for attending the Parent Progress Meetings. It was a pleasure to welcome all the parents over the three days. The overall attendance at the Progress Meeting was 95%, which is fantastic.

If you were unable to attend the progress meetings, you should have received a letter from Mr Richards about arranging an appointment with your child’s class teacher.

The Roving Bookshop again was a huge success, with sales of over £1,700!

Due to the fantastic sales the school received over £340 to spend on new books!

Thank you all again for your continued support.

House Points

Here, at Rothley, children are in one of four houses: Beacon, Beaumanor, Bradgate and Swithland. The children not only compete in sporting competition and PE lessons in these house, they receive house points for good behaviour, excellent work, showing kindness and following the school rules: ‘Be Ready, Be Kind, Be Respectful and Be Safe’.

The children can receive single house points (worth 1), star house points (worth 5) and golden house points (worth 10). The children then put them in their house point tube in the main foyer area, and throughout the term can see how each house is progressing.

At the end of each half term, house captains count the house points up, and the winning house for that half-term receives a non-uniform day. The non-uniform day is free of charge and is a coloured theme for the house that won.

Last half-term Beacon won and had their non-uniform day today

Rothley Review

I would like to warmly welcome our new children in Foundation Stage and Little Bunnies, along with their parents and carers. I hope you all can see that all of us at Rothley C of E Academy are really trying to develop the children's love of reading, with one of our aims this year to develop the reading community between families and school.

The aims of the Rothley Review are: to promote reading for pleasure, to help parents/carers with buying/borrowing books for their children, to share what the teachers are reading, and to recommend new and exciting literature.

Mr McLugash

Duke's Barn

The children had a fantastic time at Dukes Barn. They had the opportunity to try new activities, overcome challenges and develop their teamwork skills.

During their time at Dukes Barn they did weaseling, canoeing, rock climbing and even abseiling where they abseiled off a 75 foot bridge! Even Mr Clark was a little nervous! It has been amazing to see the children challenge themselves and grow in confidence.

They have made lifelong memories that they can share with their classmates, friends and family. I am sure the children are looking forwards to their next residential trip in Year 5.

Lego/Construction Donations

We are looking for some donations of lego or any construction blocks of any sort.

In the playground at lunch time, we have a construction zone, which the children love and is always filled with children playing so beautifully with Kapla and Giant Jenga blocks.

We are looking for any donations of old lego or building blocks. Please bring them to reception and ask for Mr Richards.

Thank You

Cross Country

We will be doing our usual PE and Sport @ Rothley newsletter in December. But, I just wanted to share with you the a few pictures from the children who went to Preswold Hall for their race on Saturday.

The dedication of the children was incredible. Mr Palmer described the conditions as, "a bog-literally just a bog"

Thank you so much to Mr Palmer and all the children, parents and family members that went to the race on Saturday and any of the races this year.

More information about Cross Country will be on the PE and Sport newsletter in December.

Foundation Stage

We have had a very busy start to term. The children have enjoyed investigating autumn.

The children have been listening to the stories of Percy the Park keeper and developing their imaginative play in Percy’s shed. They have enjoyed making job lists for Percy and looking after his park in our role play area.

We have also been exploring nature at this time of year. We have been introducing lots of natural resources to the children for them to create salt dough faces and clay hedgehogs. They have been counting with conkers and developing their fine motor skills in decorating pumpkins.

We have been learning about Diwali and doing lots of activities to celebrate ‘The Festival of Light’.

We are looking forward to celebrating the Christmas period with the children and taking them on our very exciting Santa Train experience later in the term.

Website Feedback

Another thank you for the parents at the progress meetings who took the time to fill in the governor questionnaire about feedback on the new website.

In summary, the feedback was very positive with the new streamlined design of the website. The main positives were:

  • New layout and streamlined site
  • The quickness of finding important information: term dates, diary dates etc
  • Curriculum pages
  • Mobile and tablet friendly

We have some areas to work on, based on feedback from parents and areas we would like to improve on ourselves.

If you would like to give feedback about the website and would like to fill out a questionnaire please ask at the office.

Maths Week Rock Out!

From Monday 11th to Friday 16th November, it is Maths Week England. To celebrate this, Rothley have entered the Rock Out competition on TT Rockstars.

Details for this competition are below and all classes in Years 3 to 6 (sorry Key Stage One don't have logins yet, but watch this space!) will not be assigned any Maths Homework for that week so that all children can login to their Rockstars account and get their class lots and lots of points!

Good luck to you all and make sure I get invited to all the Pizza Parties!

Recipe of the month!

Welcome to a excitig new addition to the newsletter: 'Recipe of the month'

Every month, Mrs Barber, as design and technology lead, will be releasing a recipe for you to try at home with your children.

The first will be a delicious butternut squash soup. The ingredients and method can be found below.

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A recipe card can be downloaded by clicking on the link below

Please send pictures of you cooking to the school so they can be shared on the next newsletter.

Harvest Prayers

To see the prayers that were shared at the Harvest service at the beginning of month please click on the link below

Rothley's Got Talent!

A selection of all the performers at the popular annual event!

Dukes Barn!

Diary Dates:

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To download a PDF version of the diary dates please click on the link below:

Term dates:

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Previous Newsletters:

Last year's newsletters can be found by following the link below:

If you would like to suggest any addition to this newsletter please free free to email. jrichards@rothley.leics.sch.uk

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