Avondale Newsletter 1st November 2019

Stars of the Week

Well done to our stars of the week

Dates for the Diary

This term is an extremely busy one, so please make a note of all the events listed below.

Class Assembly

There will be two additional assemblies for Year 3 children. These Welcome to Key Stage 2 Assemblies will take place on:

Attendance - Class attendance this week is:

A few reds this week, please ensure your child is in school. If they come in and we feel they need to come home we will ring you. Good attendance at school sets a precedence for later in life when children are grown up and get jobs. Average attendance nationally is 96%.

Language & Vocabulary

This year development of language and vocabulary is a key priority for us as a school. To support this we were fortunate to engage the services of Paul Simpson, a local actor, in supporting children across school. Paul recently appeared in the superb stage production of War Horse, based on the best-selling Michael Morpurgo book.

Paul has been working with Year 4, 5 and 6 children at a before school Language Club, with the Debating Club over lunch and with Year 5 children in a Drama After School Club. In addition, he has been working with Year 3 and 4 children during class time.

All children involved enjoyed excellent sessions on Monday. The plan, up to Christmas, is to boost the childrens’ confidence and passion for speaking and performing and also to develop presence and spoken language and vocabulary.

How can you help with this? Why not ask your child how their day at school has gone but in a different way/by introducing different words. Here are some examples:

Halloween Discos

A massive thank you to all children and parents for supporting our Halloween Discos last night. Over £600 was raised and so thank you also to Friends of Avondale for organising and running the discos. There were certainly some creepy and spooky costumes, along with scary props and accessories – an amazing sight! A particular thanks must go to 'The Friends' who organised the event and gave up their time in planning the discos. Also, thanks to the parents who came on the evening to help.

There will be an Avondale Friends meeting on Monday 4 November at 6.00 pm (at school), if you have the time to spare and would like to help to support school and/or share any ideas for future PTFA events then it would be great to see you.


Sadly there was no final game last night due to Holy Trinity not being able to play but the good news is that the boys came 2nd in the league walking away with Silver medals. All the boys enjoyed the presentation ceremony at the Soccerdome. They have played excellently all season and well done to all team members.

A big thank you also to Staff Team M’s!! Mr Clegg, Mr Grogan, Mr Bulcock and of course Mrs Mears who have all given up their time to help train, transport and support the boys.

Remembrance Day – 11 November

To recognise Armistice Day, the school is again selling commemorative items on behalf of the Royal British Legion.

Suggested donations:

  • 10p for erasers, pencil sharpeners, rulers and pencils
  • £1.50 for snap bands
  • £2.00 for silicon wristbands
  • 50p for zip pulls and reflectors

We will, of course, also be selling the traditional poppy. Items will be on sale throughout next week.

Christmas Fair

Please note the School’s Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday 30 November, 10.00-12.00 noon. More information will be available next week, but if you want to book a stall at the fair please contact : friends@avondale.blackburn.sch.uk. Stalls cost £10.00 + a raffle prize.

There will be a non-uniform day on Friday 29 November for the whole school. Letters will come home soon with details of the items that children should bring in for the Christmas Fair; these will be sold or given as a prize. To summarise:

  • Reception/Year 1Chocolates or Sweets
  • Class 2M A boy’s gift
  • Class 2T A girl’s gift
  • Class 3P A gift for mum
  • Class 3H A gift for dad
  • Year 4 A bottle – perfume, alcohol, bubble bath etc
  • Class 5W A jar filled with red items
  • Class 5C A jar filled with green items
  • Year 6 A bottle (alcohol is preferred as we sell more tickets for the tombola!)

Parent's Evening

Thank you to all parents & guardians for their support and attendance at Parents’ Evening on 17 October – 94% of you attended; which is great.

If you were not able to attend but would still like to see your child’s teacher, please contact us and we will make an appointment for you.

Social Media

Before the holidays and again this week school staff are spending an increasing number of hours trying to resolve online issues between KS2 children. Some children are using inappropriate language and sharing nasty messages. If as a parent you decide, against age restrictions, to allow your child to use online apps - including snap chat, instagram, tik tok - then you must monitor the content they are posting and receiving. This is not a school responsibility. School staff should be spending time educating your children, not dealing with online home issues. If these issues have implications within school - which nearly all don't - then of course we will help and support. However, parents must check devices and ensure appropriate filters are in place.

I do feel children know right from wrong and most certainly the written online messages are not how children would speak face to face. There seems to be the assumption that online is different; however it is not! Please keep your children safe, check devices and contact other parents and us if you need to.

Thank you for your support.

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