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A week of reading fun!

What a busy and exciting week it’s been and we’ve still got another day to go!

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Well done to our tag rugby team who came 3rd in the ASP tournament at Pingle on Monday afternoon; a great performance following the ½ term break with limited time for practice. Fingers crossed our 5-a-side team perform to the best of their ability tomorrow evening when they take part in the 5-a-side tournament. They have already proved themselves to be a force to be reckoned with in earning their place in the finals so I am confident of a positive performance and a great display of sportsmanship.

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Our other sporting activity (sort of!) this week was of course the annual Pancake Day race which proved to be great fun and a super opportunity to welcome visitors to share the occasion with us. Y6 parents and carers who joined the Pancake Day themed lunch were very complimentary about the food prepared by our wonderful cooks and enjoyed the activities on the playground afterwards. Special thanks to Mrs Williams for organising the Pancake Day races and to parents and carers for supporting the event as well as to FoS for organising the sale of pancakes afterwards; always a popular activity!

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It hasn’t all been physical education though as many of you have been immersing yourselves in texts and working hard to read your quota of books for the sponsored “Read a Mile” and it’s great to see the display snaking its way along the corridors. Mrs Cormack has decided to extend the finish date for the event to 15th March, so don’t panic if you’re a couple of books short of your target or haven’t collected all your sponsorship yet as you have another 7 days to get everything organised.

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The other major reading event this week has been World Book day and it was fabulous to see a whole host of characters in school today. Look out for the pictures Mrs Cormack has put on Facebook already. Ten Y5 pupils went to Pingle to take part in “Heroes and Villains” event which I look forward to hearing all about in the morning.

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All of the reading activities have been great fun but most of all we are hoping that they inspire you to read even more than you do already so that reading skills develop further. This is something that Mrs Cormack will be discussing with Mr Wood from QEGSMAT when he is in school next week and they may well pop in to see what you’re doing in Guided Reading so make sure you’re focused and using all your inference skills so he can see how far you’ve all come.

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The photographers will be in school in the morning to take class and groups photos along with Y6 individual shots for the school Leaver’s book so make sure you’re looking super smart and listen to your teacher’s instructions.

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Well done to Owen and Emmett for their success in last week’s Spelling Bee (two very worthy champions); to Snow Leopards for taking the lead in both the weekly Times Tables and Reading challenge; to Polar Bears and Elephants who reigned supreme in the attendance race (both achieving 100%) and to Brewers who are this week’s House Point champions.

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Thank you to everyone who has returned their scooter/ bike letter already. I must say that I have been very impressed with the behaviour of those children who have brought scooters into school this week and am extremely pleased that everyone has followed the rules and instructions. Don’t forget that Scooter Club starts again tomorrow but you MUST have a helmet if you want to attend.

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Mrs Tree will officially return from maternity leave to resume her position as Penguins class teacher and SENDCo on Monday. Sincere thanks to Mr Osborne for teaching Penguins in her absence.

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Just before I sign off I want to remind you about the other things that are happening next week: Sainsbury’s staff have yet to confirm but they will possibly be in school on Tuesday to sell Red Nose day merchandise and cakes; Tuesday is also World Maths Day so look out for some fun with numbers; parents and carers are warmly invited to join us for the first lesson on Wednesday whilst Friday is Comic Relief (Red Nose Day) when School Council will be organising a cake sale. Look at the Facebook page and Dojo for further information.

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Have a great weekend,

Mrs Hughes

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