Issue 93 - 23/04/15

Dear Parents

Happy St George’s Day! I hope that everyone enjoyed reading our new edition of the yearly School magazine Key Moments, distributed last week. Here now is the latest round-up of School news.

First day back and pupils dance with joy!
On Monday last week pupils in Key Stage One enjoying a line dancing workshop, purchased with the Active Kids vouchers that parents collected last year. Thank you! The session started with a warm up session consisting of stretching and galloping. Hand eye coordination was developed through a series of moves including left hand to right foot and slapping their thigh with a loud “ye hah!”  Dances were learnt a few steps at a time. Great concentration was required, as the music moved rapidly. The grand finale saw the children take turns at performing and watching the dance which was repeated four times, once to each side of the hall. By the end of the session the children had gained a great sense of achievement.

Netball News
Seven pupils took part in the first round of the Kettering High 5's Netball league on Tuesday night.  The team: Casey Lim, Esha Nath, Joshua Nyoni, Millie Webb, Oliver Laskey, Orla Drury and Ruby Allan showed real courage and determination when faced with some tough competition.  We are very proud to report that we drew 1-1 against Havelock Juniors, won 6-1 against Rothwell Juniors, won 4-0 against St Andrews and won 3-1 against Hawthorn Primary.  What superb results, thanks to a super effort from our players who were spurred on by the enthusiastic cheers of our loyal parent supporters!  

Dates to remember for the first half of Trinity Term
o Mon 27th April – Share Your Work Sessions.  Nursery, Reception & KS1 at 3.15pm to 3.45pm & KS2 at 3.50pm to 4.20pm.
o Fri 1st May – Key Stage Two Swimming Gala-letter with arrangements will follow
o Mon 4th May – Bank Holiday- Nursery & School closed
o Tues 5th May – pupils should be in Summer uniform.  Straw boaters, dresses & long white socks for girls, shorts & long grey socks for boys.  Blazers for all.
o Thurs 7th May – Key Stage Two Summer Concert-arrangements to follow-pupils arrive at School for 6pm. 
o Mon 11th May to Fri 15th May – Key Stage Two Assessment Week, including SATS for Year Six
o Mon 11th May – Key Stage One Summer Outing- information has been distributed
o Mon 18th May to Fri 22nd May – Year Five & Year Six Residential in Govilon
o Tues 19th May – 1KS Class Assembly 10.25am
o Thurs 21st May – Reception Class Assembly 10.25am
o Friday 22nd May – last day of Trinity Term’s first half.
o Mon 25th May to Fri 29th May – Half Term

Northamptonshire conference for music teachers
Last week Mrs Cruickshank attended the Northamptonshire Performing Arts Trust conference for primary school music teachers. The day began with an inspirational keynote speaker Mr. Scott Stroman, professor in the Jazz Department at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. One highlight was when the delegates sang a four part jazz piece composed by a Native American-this is what happens on music conferences! Mrs Cruickshank particularly enjoyed the seminar about using iPad for composition and will certainly be putting some of this new knowledge to good use! Mrs Cruickshank also joined in with a workshop entitled ‘Japanese ‘Taiko Drumming’. She is always up for a challenge, but had not realised quite how energetic and fun Taiko drumming is. There are some amazing examples of Taiko on YouTube which will give you a flavour of the fun she had!  It is important for teachers and not just pupils to keep learning too; going on relevant courses certainly enhances the curriculum we provide our pupils. 

It is ‘Celebrate Reading’ Week!
There will be a full report about this week’s reading events in the next bulletin.  Don’t forget that the closing date for the Book Mark Competition and the Book Quiz is tomorrow-Fri 24th April.  Entries for the Book Review competition should be in on Monday 27th April.  Don’t forget to visit the Book Fair in Early/Late Club!


PTAFA Easter Hat challenge
We were delighted to welcome past pupil Glennis Hooper, patron of Northamptonshire’s Crazy Hats breast cancer charity, to judge this PTAFA competition.  The winning milliner chosen by Glennis Hooper was Beatrice Furnell, who won a Book Token.  Well done to all our entrants:

School Council launches a ‘Sugar Swap Challenge’ to pupils, parents and school staff
In this morning’s assembly our School Council gave a presentation about Type 1 Diabetes and how extreme consumption of sugar can cause Type 2 diabetes.  They have invited pupils to take part in a sponsored Sugar Swap Challenge, which takes place next week.  We will be incorporating ideas into the School menu too and we encourage families to support at home if at all possible. Funds raised will be sent off to Diabetes UK.
The School Council would also like to challenge parents to support a Sugar Swap cake stall, the date of which will be announced later this term.  They are also looking for a group of parents who would like to organize and run a ‘Fruity Treats’ stall after school one day to help raise more funds for Diabetes UK. Mr Fountain and The School Council will run an initial after-school Fruity Treats stall, aimed to give ideas about the sort of healthy treats that can be made and sold. We hope this idea would then be taken on by a band of willing and enthusiastic parents, so that a Fruity Treats stall runs from time to time after school. Are there any volunteers out there? 

Year Five visit Kettering Museum
5JL visited Kettering Museum last week, to learn more about life in Victorian times.  Pupils were shown a variety of strange objects and had to guess what they were for.  One item turned out to be for stretching the width of fingers on pairs of gloves in order that they would be easier to put on.  Another was a pair of cast iron curling tongs and another was an old fashioned iron.  The class learned that curling tongs and iron had to be warmed on the stove before using as there was no electricity available.  The irons came in different weights and houses would have a set of them. Pupils were fascinated to see some Victorian dresses and to learn how ladies in those days had very slender waists due to their corsets and were surprised how much shorter people were than they are nowadays.


           Yours sincerely
          Mrs Maria Chapman