Hello and welcome back to what is one of the busiest terms! We have so much booked in for this half term it is very exciting!
This week has started the term off as we mean to go on! I have had a stream of children through the office to celebrate gaining their Bronze dojo award, some amazing learning that has been shared and to top it off our weekly attendance is the best we have ever seen.
Yesterday we were joined by so many families to take part in our remembrance craft event so thank you to everyone who attended and helped us spread the remembrance message across the community. It was great to see so many families taking part and the amount of glitter that was in the air, across the tables, in hair and on the floor must be a sign of what a good time every had.
This week we also had the delight of Granny Norbag joining us! Herself and Malcom joined us to share their story in assembly and we were so interested in what it is like to become an author. I think that some children were inspired by the messages being share and actually surprised that this job is in their reach. Keep working hard and I know we have got budding authors in all year groups.
This week we have had an idea put in the jar about keeping the barrier up after 5pm for those of you that pick up at Day Care after work. Thank you for this and I am currently looking at getting this sorted for you.
Once again thank you for your support this week and lets forward to another positive week next week.
On Wednesday we had the pleasure of meeting Granny Norbag and her Author Malcom. Malcom has written some information about himself for us to find out more.
I’ve always loved telling stories. Whether it be through song lyrics, scripts, sketches or narrative the love of storytelling remains the same.
I started my writing career as a singer-songwriter turning my poems into songs. I placed runner up in the prestigious 2002 UK Songwriting Contest and the 2002 Andel Songwriting Contest (USA). I played gigs in the UK and Europe alongside acts such as McFly, Mark Owen (Take That) and Natasha Bedingfield. My songs were featured on compilation albums alongside Britney Spears and Shaggy and covered by other artists who scored chart placings in Europe and Asia.
In 2013 I was mentored by David Isaac (Office Monkeys, Coronation Street) and developed a sitcom pilot which was showcased at the ‘Three Minute Comedy Club’ in Manchester. This experience resulted in me writing for comedy groups, radio, podcasts and youth theatre..
I began telling the Granny Norbag stories to the children I taught in 2007. Parents would often ask me if the books were for sale as their children had been asking for them. Ten years later I finally got round to writing them down and presented them to my favourite artist Nick Oldham. Nick shared my love of all things Granny Norbag and we set out to create a picture book series to tell the stories of Granny and her pet parrot Engelbert. The first book ‘Granny Norbag And The Naughty Pirates’ was released in 2018. More adventures will be released in the next few years.
Following the success of the books I have written songs for Granny Norbag and an upcoming podcast series. However, I'm most excited about taking Granny Norbag’s adventures on tour. The Granny Norbag stage show will hit the road in 2020 and will focus on telling her first three adventures. The production will feature many of her hit songs such as Disco Bag, Engelbert and Yoyo.
As published in our last news letter you will be aware that this month is our attendance awareness month.
Attendance this week has been really positive with Wednesday's attendance figure at an all time high of 97.7%! Unfortunately Friday itus has hit today with 27 children off which equates to a full class of children away from school. Again we understand children get ill and trust that as parents you will make the best decision for your children but please do work with us to promote the importance of attending school, particularly on a Friday when it seems that lots of absences occur.
This years overall attendance is 95.9% and we are really eager to get this above 96% with the hope we can get to 97% by the end of the term.
Over this month for every full week of attendance the children will earn a raffle ticket which will be entered into a weekly prize draw. This will then be drawn in the Smartie Pants assembly and the winning raffle tickets in EYFS, KS1 and KS2 will win one of our attendance prizes. At the end of the term every child with 7 full weeks will be entered into a further draw for a selection of great prizes included a fully paid place on our residential in January.
Today will be the first chance at using our attendance Monopoly board! For every class with attendance above 97% they will get to move along the board earning prizes for their class to enjoy next week. As usual every class with 100% attendance will earn a class cake.
Tuesday 12th November 915-1015 KS1 Reading workshop. A look at how early reading and phonics are taught and how you can use this to support reading at home.
13th November Class 2 trip to Eureka
Wednesday 20th November- Shakespeare festival for drama club
Wednesday 4th December 2-330 Parent Christingle making workshop and whole school Christmas assembly. Enjoy making a Christingle in class with your child and then take it to the whole school Christmas assembly.
Friday 13th December Christmas jumper day, Christmas dinner and Rudolf run.
Tuesday 10th December Junior Wardens celebration ceremony
Monday 16th December 930am & 230pm EYFS Nativity
Tuesday 17th December 2pm-4pm Coffee & Carols & Christmas Stalls – Key Stage 2 children will be performing Christmas Carols while you enjoy coffee and mince pies and explore our Christmas fair stalls. Parents from all year groups are welcome to attend this event.
Wednesday 18th December 930am & 230pm KS1 Nativity
Friday 20th December LAST DAY OF TERM