Swinton Queen Primary School newsletter 12th November 2021


  1. Note from Mr Higginbottom
  2. Parent Evening Appointments
  3. Children in Need Friday 19th November
  4. Key Dates for the year ahead, including holiday dates
Note from Mr Higginbottom

Hello! We've had a brilliant week of learning and a fabulous sporting achievement too! Some of our Y5 and Y6 footballers played in the Swinton and Kilnhurst round of the Totty Cup on Monday. They won this stage of the tournament, which is credit to their excellent skills and teamwork - well done to all involved! Special thanks to Mr Gillespie who has given his time to run the Thursday after-school football club and supported our children. The next stage of the Totty Cup tournament will be played in February - we will keep you updated about our progress!

We have invested £7000 in new phonic reading books that are being used in key stage 1. This is part of our continued development in children's reading. Please help us to care for and value these books so that lots of children benefit from them - and remember that listening to your child read or sharing a story with them at least 4 times a week will help them to make great progress.

Please could you support our uniform expectations by ensuring that children have the correct school uniform at all times, including a PE uniform.

The class with the highest attendance this week was Y3/4T with 99.3% - well done! All classes were above 90% this week.

Parents' Evenings

Parents' evening appointments are now available for booking on Arbor for all classes. You'll notice that there is the option for a telephone appointment or you can come to school to meet your child's teacher. Please make sure that you're aware which evening is telephone or in person for the type of appointment you have made or want to make. Please talk to Mrs Stone in the school office if you have any issues making an appointment.

Children in Need Friday 19th November

Remember that on Friday 19th November, children are invited to come to school in non-uniform in celebration of the BBC Children in Need Appeal day. Children should not wear face paint. To donate to our Justgiving page, please follow this link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/white-woods-primary-academy-trust Thank you for your support.

Important Upcoming Dates

Children in Need Day - Friday 19th November. A non uniform day in support of the charity. We have set up an online giving page (so you don't need to send cash on the day). This can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/white-woods-primary-academy-trust

School Christmas Dinner for Children will be on Wednesday 8th December. Children can wear a Christmas Jumper on this day if they wish.

The Key Stage 2 Christmas Service in Church will take place on the afternoon of Friday 10th December, commencing at 2pm.

Please note that we have an additional TWO INSET days to be taken during the rest of the academic year which are yet to be decided. We will inform you of these with plenty of notice.

The autumn term ends on Friday 17th December. Children return to school after Christmas on Tuesday 4th January 2022.

SPRING HALF TERM Holidays starts - Monday 21 February 2022 Back to school - Monday 28 February 2022

EASTER Holiday starts - Monday 11 April 2022 Back to school - Monday 25 April 2022

SUMMER HALF TERM Holiday starts - Monday 30 May 2022 Back to school - Monday 6 June 2022

SUMMER Holiday starts 21 July 2022, children will return to school on either the 1st or 2nd September 2022 (though this is subject to change once INSET days are decided).

For the super organised, holidays for next year can be found here: https://www.rotherham.gov.uk/schools-schooling/school-term-dates-holidays/3

Enjoy the Weekend and Stay Safe!

Thank you for your continued support of our school and for supporting your child by ensuring they're at school on time and they read at least 4 times each week. If you would like to discuss any aspect of your child's time in school you can email enquiries@sqp.wwpat.org, find me on ClassDojo or chat to me at the start or end of the school day.

At Swinton Queen Primary School, children are aspirational, courageous and inquisitive; respectful of all.


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