Isham Update october 2018

The Term So Far

Wow, what a busy few weeks we have had already. I am pleased to say both our Year 6 and 4 children returned safely from their residentials and have since shared (or are about to share) their fabulous tales during their assemblies. Our new Reception children are now full time and seem to be settling well in to their new class and school life. They will be taking their learning out of the classroom this month with their first Forest School sessions led by Mrs Hughes. As part of their 'African Safari' project, Years 1 and 2 took a trip to Woburn Safari park, where they had a fantastic time, and got up close and personal with a variety of animals.

It is great to have all the children back and there is such a positive atmosphere here in school. I have had a chance to work with all year groups this term and they all seem to be fully engaged with their new projects and are demonstrating great attitudes towards their learning. I am sure they will be very ready for their half term break.

Becky Hawke, Deputy Head


If you haven't already done so, please make sure you return your pack of permission slips to school by the end of the week. These are important for different aspects of school such as using the internet and allowing the children to go off site to visit church or the Glebe field for PE. If you need another pack you can find it on our website - www.ishamprimary.org.uk


Mrs Martin (our fabulous music teacher) has been working hard with the children preparing them for our Harvest Service. We hope many of you will be able to join us at St Peter's Church on Thursday 11th October; the service starts at 2.30 and, as always, will include readings from the children and Harvest songs performed by the whole school and the choir. Once the service is finished we will be having our annual Harvest Sale in school and, once again, we hope many of you will join us - more details to follow.

Terrific Texts

As a way of letting you know the positive actions of the children in school and the hard work that they put in, teachers will now be sending home 'Terrific Texts' on a regular basis. Please share the 'Terrific Texts' with your children and let them know that their efforts and good behaviour has been particularly recognised.

Values Families Update

The value tokens are, once again, mounting up. It is very close at the top but, at the end of September, Sycamore family just seem to have taken the lead (but it is extremely close). Two more weeks of collecting before we announce this term's winner!!


Both our Year 6 and Year 4 children were a credit to the school during their recent residentials. Our teachers received lots of positive feedback about each group from the organisers at both Grendon and the Isle of Wight and even from other passengers on the ferry. We are incredibly proud of them all and the adults involved on the trips said what a pleasure it was to take them. Here are a few pictures from their weeks - for more pictures and information please visit the school's website. www.ishamprimary.org.uk

NB: The pictures are viewed better on a mobile phone when held landscape.

Isle of Wight Photos

Grendon Photos

Message From The Executive Head Teacher

It’s great to have everybody back in school after the lovely summer and after two successful residentials. Judging by the photos on the website, the comments from the staff and the fantastic Assembly last week, Year 6 had a brilliant time in the Isle of Wight. Likewise Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed their three days at Grendon, and we’re looking forward to their Assembly on Friday, 5th October. I’m very grateful to the staff team that enabled these residentials to take place – Miss Harrison and Mrs Jenkinson for Year 6 and Miss Brown, Mrs Starr and Mrs Gray with Year4, and I’m pleased to report they are now also well-washed and well-rested!

Thank you, too, to Mrs Hawke for the implementation of this great newsletter. I’m hopeful it will prove an effective way of keeping the channels of communication open, particularly now that Mrs Hawke has a greater responsibility for the running of the school. She has also been instrumental in the development of the ‘Values Families’ in school, as well as the ‘Terrific Texts’ that I know many of you are enjoying receiving.

Can I reassure you all that the drive for the highest of standards – in terms of behaviour, academia, sport and music continues at Isham; our current data picture looks very positive and our governors and staff team are more than capable of ensuring future success. We continue to work as a positive cohesive and driven team under the new model of Executive Headship, and I very much look forward to Isham’s continued success.

Kirstin Howarth, Executive Head Teacher


Last month, FOIS held their Annual General Meeting and voted in a Chair, Treasurer and Secretary for the year. Please check out their latest Newsletter below for all the latest information. The newsletter can also be viewed on our website - www.ishamprimary.org.uk

Admissions 2019

Now is the time of year when potential applicants for our Reception class 2019 are asked to apply.

For those of you with children who will be 4 between 1st September 2018 and 31st August 2019, our Open Hours for the 2019 intake are shown below. Please confirm your attendance by email or by calling 01536723956 and speaking to Sue Wood or Susanna Hogan.

There are 3 Open Hours for you to choose from - all run from 11am-12pm. Dates are:

  • Wednesday 17th October 2018
  • Tuesday 20th November 2018
  • Friday 11th January 2019

The invite is for the full hour. You will have chance to hear a little about our school, meet the team, have a look around and ask any questions. The Exec-Head Teacher will also talk through the admissions process and how to apply to us - slightly different given our Academy status and our VA heritage.

The hour is intended for parents only and, whilst we don't seek to be awkward, we feel it would be easier for you to come without children in tow. That said, if it's impossible, we do understand.

The closing date for applications is 15th January 2019 (5pm)

Dates for your diary

Dates in bold are newly added

October 2018

  • Friday 5th October: Year 4 Grendon Assembly at 2.45pm
  • Sunday 7th October: St Peter's Church, Isham Family Harvest Festival, 9. o'clock
  • Tuesday 9th October: Years 1 to 6 Flu Jabs in school
  • Thursday 11th October: Harvest Service at 2.30pm with Harvest Sale in school afterwards
  • Friday 12th October: Hotshots starts (Y2-6)
  • Monday 15th October: Parents' Evening, 3.40-6.00pm
  • Wednesday 17th October: Open Hour for Reception intake 2019
  • Wednesday 17th October: Parents' Evening, 3.40 - 6.00pm
  • Thursday 18th October: Reception Class trip to Glebe Farm
  • Friday 19th October: School closes for Half Term
  • Monday 29th October: School reopens to pupils
  • Wednesday 31st October: Applications for Secondary School Deadline - 5pm

November 2018

  • Thursday 1st November: Year 6 health screening in school
  • Wednesday 7th November: Years 1 and 2 African Dance Day
  • Friday 16th November: Children In Need Mufti Day - please wear your own clothes to school for a £1.00 donation
  • Tuesday 20th November: Open Hour for Reception intake 2019
  • Saturday 24th November: Isham Christmas Tree Festival
  • Wednesday 28th November: Years 3 and 4 Project Afternoon
  • Wednesday 28th November: Internet Safety Evening, 6.00-7.00pm

December 2018

  • Tuesday 11th December: Whole School Nativity, 6.00pm
  • Wednesday 12th December: Whole School Nativity, 6.00pm
  • Thursday 13th December: Christmas Service in St Peter's Church at 2.30pm
  • Friday 14th December: Reception Stay and Play morning
  • Monday 17th December: Christmas Party Day
  • Tuesday 18th December: Christmas Jumper Day
  • Wednesday 19th December: School Closes for Christmas at 12.00pm

January 2019

  • Monday 7th January: School reopens to pupils for the Spring Term
  • Friday 11th January: Open Hour for Reception intake 2019
  • Tuesday 15th January: Applications for Reception 2019 Deadline - 5pm


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