Avondale Newsletter 21st April 2017

School Funding

Further to previous information, schools are facing average cuts of 8% per pupil by 2020 due to government funding plans. In addition, a new funding formula may result in further cuts. We need our schools to be safe, healthy and happy places for children to learn in but to do this we need the right levels of funding. Please visit the following link to see what you can do to help.


Online Safety

We have recently received some information about advice given to a North East primary school by the police. This relates to a dating app dubbed ‘Tinder for Teens’ that could be used by sex offenders to target children. Although the advice given was of a general nature, as no particular incident has been reported, it is a useful reminder for us all to check that our children are safe online. The link for further information is :


Year 1 have been talking about keeping themselves safe online and have created their own avatars.

Dates for the Diary

  • 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 to look at books (3.30-4.30)
  • 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 (2017)Information Evening
  • w/c 12 June—Year 6 Trip to PGL
  • 19 July—Year 6 Leavers’ Play & Presentation

Crazy Hair Day

Yet another huge thank you for all the help and support given by children, parents, staff and everybody else for the efforts at the end of last term to raise money for Esmee. By the end of the day, the total amount was in the region of £1,000.

A special thanks to Faye Jones and friends who made and sold some delicious cakes, raising over £160.

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.

Stars of the Week

Congratulations to this week’s stars:

  • RRT— Jack ~ RS— Logan
  • 1L— Olivia ~ 1R— Bella
  • 2M— Amber ~ 2J— Declan
  • 3P— Georgia ~ 3W— Evie
  • 4H— Marcus ~ 4B— Eva
  • 5J— Zak ~ 5C— Alicia
  • 6L— Lydia ~ 6D— Farhan


Next weekend 38 of our Year 5 pupils are going away on an outdoor and adventure activity weekend. Activities will include—canoeing, zip wire, abseiling, caving etc. We hope they all have great fun and that the weather is kind to us. Huge thanks to the staff going, who are giving up their weekend to go away with Avondale children.

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

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.


Well done to Mrs Mears and Miss Hession who both completed the West Lancashire Spring Triathlon during the holidays. They also raised some money for the Little Princess Trust. Well done ladies.

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