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Dear Parents,

We were delighted to hear that we have succeeded in gaining the Eco-School Award from the 6th time in succession!  Last week Ms McNeill and Mrs Kennedy and the children from our Eco Council met the Eco School Award Assessor and showed her around the school.  She was very impressed with all the hard work we are doing and the tremendous enthusiasm and knowledge of the children.  

 

Thank you for your support during Parent’s Week.  It is very encouraging to have such a high turnout visiting the class teachers to find out about your children’s progress at school.  If you were unable to make your appointment or missed it for any reason and would like another one, please contact your class teacher after half term, when a mutually convenient time can be arranged. 

Next Week’s Events

Mon-Fri 22nd-26th Oct

Whole School

HALF TERM

Advance Notice

Thurs 1st Nov

 

School Photographer – Main School

Fri 2nd Nov

 

School Photographer – Main School

Tues 6th Nov

Yr 2

Freshwater Theatre Company visiting “Great Fire of London”  

Fri 9th Nov

Yr 6

Remembrance Assembly (details to follow)

Thurs 15th Nov

Yr 2

Maths Workshop for parents (see below)

Thurs 15th Nov

 

School Photographer – Nursery Children and Siblings

Thurs 22nd Nov

Rec

Maths Workshop for parents (see below)

Fri 23rd Nov

Yr 6

Maths Workshop for parents (see below)

Mon 26th Nov

Rec-Yr 5

Nasal Flu Immunisations 


Regular Events

 

Monday

“POPTOTS”

9am – Studio

 

Friday

PTA Second Hand Uniform Sale

After School

 

Greek Week in Year 5 – text by Mr. Hunter   

You may have noticed the children wearing something a little bit different this week and this has been all to do with Year 5's exciting history themed 'Greek Week'.  On Tuesday, we had a visit from our regular historian Greek Dave, when the children learnt, among other things, about life in Ancient Greece, their culture, sport and warfare. At the same time, both classes were busy practicing for a performance of two Greek tragedies - Odysseus and the Cyclops, and Daedalus and Icarus - The performances were superb and we are so proud of everyone who spoke so clearly, expressively and with confidence.
Maths Mastery Workshops for Parents of children in Rec, Yr 2 and Yr 6 

We are offering a Maths Mastery Workshop to parents of children in Reception, Year 2 and Year 6.    Parents will learn about the skills and concepts children cover in these Year Groups and gain a greater understanding of the methods children use in Maths lessons.  Parents wishing to attend these workshops should follow the links below:

Year 2                    maths mastery workshop   :  goo.gl/amaVPS  

Reception             maths mastery workshop   : goo.gl/wwZVhK

Year 6                    maths workshop                  : goo.gl/87RjSf

You can also find the link on the mobile App on the 'Links' tab

Autumn Dinner Menu

The new Autumn menu is now available on ParentPay.  If you wish your child to have a meal on the first day back after half term please make sure that it is booked by Friday 26th October 

School Photographer

Our school photographer will be taking photographs of the children in Reception through to Year 6 on Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd November and Nursery children on Thursday 15th November. He will take photographs of brothers and sisters together but not individually.  If you specifically wish for the opportunity to purchase individual photos of your children as well as the group photos please email the school by Monday 29th October with “Individual Photo Request” in the heading.   Poplar children always look smart and it will be especially important that they do so over these days!  Can we also remind parents that hair accessories should be small and in school colours.  Large and colourful accessories are lovely outside of school but they do not form part of the school uniform.   Can we also remind you that watches and plain stud earring are the only permitted jewellery.    


 

 

Reception Places 2019

Children born between 1st September 2014 and 31st August 2015 are due to start in a reception class in September 2019.  Please be aware the closing date for all applications for Reception 2019 places is 15th January 2019.  You can apply on line at merton.gov.uk/admissions.   Should you have any questions please come and speak to Mrs Webb in the office.

Daffodil Bulb Competition

Remember to bring in 50p for a daffodil bulb (see last week’s Friday Flyer).

Children Walking Home Alone

Please note when we come back to school the clocks will have already gone back and children who attend our after school clubs will no longer be able to walk home alone.  Please can you ensure you pick up your child or arrange for someone else to pick them up and inform the office. 

Toys for our Nursery

Our nursery are looking for donations of clean and good quality toys as follows:-  Farm and wild animals, dolls house figures and furniture, toy food, tea sets, pizza and cakes etc – Please take them direct to the nursery – thank you.    

Attendance and Punctuality

End of term 1: Whole school 97.5%.  The table below shows the overall attendance and number of late marks since September. Certificates were given out in Assembly today for Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards. Many Congratulations to Beech class in KS2 and Indigo Class in KS1 who have both won a movie afternoon with popcorn for the best attendance in Term 1.  Many, many congratulations to the 347 children across the school who have attended school every day since September with 100% so far. Very well done.  The Education Welfare Officer, Mrs Webb and Miss Davies have held a number of school attendance panels this week with families where attendance has been an issue. After half term, we will be meeting with families where punctuality continues to be an area of concern.  We have definitely seen an improvement this half term, thankyou everyone for your support.

 

Attendance for Term 1

Punctuality for Term 1

 

Gold Award

 

Classes over 98%

 

Beech (99.2)

Indigo (99.1)

Yellow (98.8)

Blue (98.2)

Rowan (98.2)

Red (98.1)

Maple (98.0)

 

Gold Award

 

Up to 4 late marks

 

Beech (2)

Blue (2)

Green (2)

Red (3)

Maple (3)

Orange (4)

 

Silver Award

 

Classes over 97%

 

Pine (97.8)

Green (97.8)

Willow (97.6)

Turquoise (97.5)

Orange (97.4)

Cedar (97.4)

Oak (97.3)

Hazel (97.2)

Lilac (97.1)

Purple (97.0)

 

Silver Award

 

Up to 8 late marks

 

Purple (5)

Rowan (6)

Larch (7)

Turquoise (8)

Willow (8)

Bronze Award

 

Classes over 96%

 

Elm (96.4)

Larch (96.2)

Fir (96.2)

 

Bronze Award

 

Up to 12 late marks

Elm (9)

Sports news update

Please click here for a full report on some of our sporting achievements this term so far.

Andrews Colouring Competition

As you will be aware, Andrews are our main Scooter Park Sponsor as they donated £10,000.  We thought you may be interested to know they are holding a colouring competition to support the charity “Carers Worldwide” which provides day time care for people with chronic illnesses and disabilities around the world.  The Spooky House picture has been sent as an attachment to the Friday Flyer.  To enter, colour in the scariest, most spine tingling home that you can imagine and return your entry form and £1 donation to your teacher or to the branch in Morden on Monday 29th October.  The winner will receive a £25 Kids Choice gift card and their entry will be displayed in the branch window on Halloween.

Quote of the week

“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know and capable of more than you imagine” Roy T Bennett

Best wishes for the weekend and enjoy the half term break.

Kind regards

Katharine Davies

Headteacher