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Autumn 1 Half-Term Newsletter Shireland Technology primary

Where did the first half-term go? Goodness, how quickly September and October went! And just how much have we been able to fit in!

We finally had a chance to invite families in to come and look around our new school. And we raised just over £200 in under two hours for Macmillan coffee morning.

Here’s what we’ve been up to this half-term and what’s to come at STP this year!

Author Christopher Lloyd visited

We were thrilled to have Chris Lloyd join us for the whole day with Year One, Two and Three. He really did inspire and excite children and families alike about knowledge and learning.

Launch of My Cultural Journey

We were so excited to share My Cultural Journey with you at Settling in Evening last week. At Shireland Tech Primary we are passionate about developing the ‘whole child’ and this programme encourages children to complete and evidence a whole range of activities both in and out of school across Key Stage One and Two. Each child received a portfolio and a wall chart poster to track their own Cultural Journey across their time with us at Shireland Tech Primary.

First Focus Days

We’ve been so excited to begin our Focus Days this half term, beginning with Music through the Years in Year One, Programming in Year Two and French in Year Three. They’ve been a great success, with children gaining new skills, discovering hidden talents, and taking a deep dive into specialist subject areas by spending a whole day focused on one subject.

Black History Month Celebration

We ended a month-long focus on Black History Month, with a week of celebration including dances, competitions and a delicious Carnival Lunch!

Congratulations to all our poster competition winners and thank you to everyone who took part!

Enrichment & After School Clubs after Half-Term

Following the leaflet that was sent out earlier this week, here is an outline of the After School Clubs for Year One to Three. In addition to the offer of Enrichment to all our pupils on Fridays, these are additional high-quality after school clubs to provide a wide range of experiences for your children.

  • Shireland Voices Choir - Thursday 3:30pm-4:30pm
  • Little Lifesavers First Aid - Wednesday 3:30-4:30pm
  • Karate Club - Friday 2:30-3:30pm
  • HEN Drama - Friday 2:30-3:30pm

Pupil Forum Update

Our very first Pupil Forum was elected this term, with representatives from each Key Stage One and Two class to gather and share the ideas of their classmates. The first Pupil Forum meeting was held in October and the forum have decided to focus on improving the eco-friendliness of our school and deciding how to raise money for our chosen charities this academic year.

The ideas of the representatives and their classmates will become part of our school plans to be more environmentally friendly and provide fundraising activities for some fantastic charities this year. We will make sure to update you in future newsletters about how they’re getting on!

Upcoming School Trips

Year One will be the first-year group to have a trip this year.

As part of the Dear Santa project with the Hippodrome Education Network, Year One will take part in workshops in school and during their enrichment sessions, before attending a special performance of Dear Santa on Monday 13th December at Birmingham Hippodrome. They may even get to meet one very special guest too!

Don’t worry – we have trips planned for all year groups across the year (rules and regulations permitting)!

Christmas Plans

  • Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day – Friday 10th December
  • Dear Santa Trip – Monday 13th December
  • Christmas Cinema Club – Monday 13th December 3.30 – 5.30pm
  • EYFS Performances – Tuesday 14th December (Daytime) / Wednesday 15th December (after school)
  • Christmas Lunch and Party Afternoon –Thursday 16th December
  • Christmas Sing-a-long and End of Term – Friday 17th December (Early Finish 1:00pm)

Charity Fundraising Support Next Half-Term!

We have taken the time to carefully select the charities we will support this year and we hope to raise much needed funds to ensure these charities can continue their amazing work supporting vulnerable people in our communities and beyond.

Poppy Appeal (Royal British Legion)

After half term, in the lead up to Remembrance Sunday on 14th November, pupils are invited to wear a Poppy on their uniform, to help commemorate the sacrifices made by those who have served or suffered in times of conflict. We hope to be able to sell poppies in school for a minimum donation of £1 and will provide further information when these are available.

Children in Need

We support the Children in Need appeal each year and this year it will take place on Friday 12th November. Pupils are invited to wear spots on the day for a minimum donation of £2 for the charity. There will be additional fundraising activities taking place on the day and we will share more after half term on Class Dojo.

Christmas Jumper Day

On Friday 10th December it will be Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Save the Children. Please wear your festive jumper over your school uniform and donate £2 to Save the Children. It is a great way to kickstart our annual Christmas celebrations the following week!