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This month’s value is: ACCEPTANCE 

October began this week and, with it, our new Value of the Month—Acceptance. The values focus this month includes the theme of Black History Month and features the visit of Floella Benjamin on 10 October to talk to our pupils. Floella will be remembered by parents in their forties as the Playschool presenter—thank you to our PTA for funding this visit. 

Our Y5 cohort had their first school trip last week to Whipsnade Zoo. Our staff were VERY impressed with them, so this bodes well for the future success of Woodland. A selection of photos are included below—there are many more on our Twitter site @WoodlandAcademy.

Next week, we have our ‘Meet the Form Tutor evening’ for ALL year groups. You will have received a letter for your online appointment booking. We would like to encourage all parents to come and chat with your child’s tutor and hear how the term has started or let us know of any concerns. The Y5 and 6 tutors will be in the hall and the Y7 and 8 tutors in the gym. Parking is available on the playground. If attending an appointment in the gym, may we please respectfully request that no stiletto heels are worn as they damage the floor. 

Over the past fortnight, we arranged tours for our parents to come and see the school during operational hours. Thanks to the 60+ families who toured; we hope you enjoyed the experience—we loved showing you our school. If you missed this chance and would still like one, please email a request to Tracey on foxt@woodlandacademy.co.uk

The PTA have three events planned for this side of Christmas. The Halloween disco (dressing up optional!) is on 19 October. The invitation letter which doubles up as the ticket/permission slip is only sent out two days beforehand. The KS2 disco is from 5.30pm to 7.00pm and the KS3 one is from 7.30pm to 9.00pm. The children can bring some money to buy drinks/sweets. We also have our Quiz Night on 10 November at9.00-11.00pm. Teams of up to 6 adults at £7.50 per person can enter using the attached form. The cost includes a fish and chip supper (other options available) and a licenced bar. The final PTA date for your 2017 diary is the Christmas Fayre on 1 December at 6.00-8.00pm. We will be seeking donations soon, so please start stock-piling unwanted toys, games, books, DVDs, cuddly toys and bottles please!

Yesterday we launched the crowd-funding website to commission a sculpture in memory of our pupil, Lucy Green. We are aiming to raise around £2,000 with any extra being donated to Clic Sargent. The web address is https:// www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/woodlandmiddleschool. Please make a donation and leave a message of sup- support—we will be holding a non-uniform day on 20 October to help raise funds towards the total. The website includes a link to the ‘Heart’ video featuring the pupils in Y8, Lucy’s year group.

And finally, as our next Newsletter will be issued after half term, do have a fantastic week off to recharge ahead of the Christmas run-in!

Please note that the Y5 Parents Evening is on 25 January, not 26 January as stated previously.

PE Notices:
House Matches
On the specified day come to school in PE kit, even if you are not taking part.

Year 8 Wednesday 11 October, lessons 1 and 2
Boys rugby – must have a gumshield
Girls netball

Year 7 Friday 13 October, lessons 3 and 4
Boys rugby – must have a gumshield
Girls netball

Year 6 Tuesday 17 October, lessons 3 and 4
Boys rugby – must have a gumshield
Girls netball

Year 5 Wednesday 18 October, lessons 3 and 4
Boys and girls handball

For rugby – boys must wear trainers or school shoes to school and change into a different pair of shoes for the competition.

Our third week back at school and the year 7&8 girls have already competed in their first netball match of the season.

We made our way to Robert Bloomfield where we played against Parkfields and Robert Bloomfield.

The year 7 team was made up of Grace Ashby, Sienna Sanchez, Jessica Chester, Aimee Boniface, Daisy Kemp, Charlotte Douglas, Ellie Mallams and Libbie Bartram. We faced Parkfields first, winning the game 1-0 (the score did not reflect our dominance over the opposition).

Next up was a tough match against Robert Bloomfield which, after a fighting performance, we lost 5-2.

The year 8 team of Kennedy Knight, Louisa Stanley, Rebecca Tew, Ellie Shadbolt-Mackay, Scarlet Reynolds, Tanatswa Chigumba and Imogen Chesterton also faced Parkfields first. With some great play they earned themselves a 4-0 win, they then faced tougher opponents Robert Bloomfield and lost 3-1.

Overall we played some great netball and we are all proud to represent Woodland.

Fourth week back and both the year 7&8 teams played against Marston Vale and Alameda.

Two new teams played against Marston Vale with Grace Sharp, Daisy Lowe, Emmy Annis, Emily King, Sammy-Jo Jordan, Cerys Edwards, Katie Millar and Grace Whiteside joining the teams. Year 8 played some excellent netball against a very tough opposition, Alameda, and worked hard both in attack and defence. Year 7 accepted the challenge to double their score against Marston Vale from 3-1 to 6-1 and succeeded with a final score of 9-2.

Next games are away against Arnold and Henlow.

World of Woodland Issue 45.pdf
Woodland Calendar October.pdf
Christmas Treasure Hunt Poster.pdf
Fun Palace Programme.pdf
Halloween 2017 Fun Day Poster.pdf