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World of Woodland Issue 36

This month's value is: HUMOUR

February half term begins today, marking the mid-point of our academic year—after the week long break we have a relatively short half term, crammed with learning and extra-curricular events. Key dates appear later in this Newsletter.

Today is a fundraiser for an event run by the Flitwick Dolphins swimming team. Six excellent swimmers are swimming in relay across The Channel to France. Their fundraising will benefit World Vision, Vasculitis UK, Guide Dogs, Save The Children, Mind, The National Autistic Society and Great Ormond Street Hospital—all of which are so very worthy. Thanks to Tyler Watson 8ML who has helped run assemblies this week to explain what he and the rest of the relay team are hoping to achieve.

Rehearsals for ‘Annie’ are sounding great and the KS2 cast of Miss Bryan’s Easter show are really getting excited. The performances are on 28 and 29 March and letters will be sent out regarding tickets. Casting for the KS3 production of ‘Grease’ has now concluded so rehearsals for the Summer show will begin soon too.

Huge thanks to Mr Hughes and the rest of the team for leading the excellent Calshot trip. Not only did the pupils and staff have a great time but the learning (Science, History and Geography) and challenges of skiing, cycling and climbing all enthused them too. 

 

Thanks also to our Librarian, Mrs Bavister, for organising the Harry Potter event for our avid fans/readers; it’s great to see how switched on to reading our pupils are.

 

Next half term we are expecting a visit from Ofsted.This is keenly anticipated as we expect a judgment returning us to our ‘good’ status. In readiness for the inspection, we would really appreciate parents visiting the Ofstead Parents’ View website to leave your views of the school—you can leave your (hopefully positive!) comments at parentview.ofsted.gov.uk

Coming up soon is our annual swimming gala (March 17), our first at the new pool. Parents are welcome to attend in the public viewing area and we will bring an additional 100 chairs to add to the existing benching. If your child volunteers to compete, they will bring home a permission letter.

Many parents have been contacted with an offer of additional tuition (2 hours per week) using an online programme called Success Maker . If you have received this offer but have not responded, your place will be offered to other deserving pupils—please do respond at your earliest convenience.

Disappointingly, I have had to deal with several racist incidents this half term, originating from our youngest pupils. All parents of pupils involved are always informed but please note that racist language and jokes are never acceptable and will always be followed up with sanctions and education.

Date change—our Y5 Boulogne trip has been changed to 23 June 2017. It is a long time away but all Y5 parents should note this as it does begin with a 4am start!

As per our text messages last week, we do have a teaching vacancy for September 2017 for a food and textiles teacher. If you are interested or know someone who might be, please contact Tracey on office@woodlandacademy.co.uk for further details.

And finally, have a great half term break everyone!

Congratulations!
Francesca Baber 6DM took part in a county swimming competition held over 4 days. In the
competition Francesca received 2 Golds, 3 Silvers and 1 bronze medal. She swam butterfly, front crawl and backstroke to win these medals. Francesca is looking forward to her next competition which will be held at the beginning of March. Well done Francesca!

 

 

Key dates
New half term                            20 February—4 April
Easter Break                             5 April—18 April
Y8 Parents’ Evening                  21 February
PTA Meeting                              2 March
Normandy trips                          7 March—10 March and 21 March—24 March
Y4 first visits                            14 and 15 March
PGL Parents’ Evening               15 March
Swimming Gala                         17 March
Quiz Night                                17 March
Mothers’ Day pop-up shop          20 March
KS2 Production                         28 and 29 March
Ski trip departs                          31 March

Attachments:
World of Woodland Issue 36.pdf

Tyler Charity Swim.pdf

Tyler Charity Swim Channel Info.pdf

CBC Send Parent Young Person Partnership Drop In.pdf