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April 2016 Newsletter

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This has been a short but busy term.

Thank you for supporting our Extreme Reading Competition which was won by Deivids Ogrins, with Alma Jaf and Madina Ghasemi as runners up.  All children were presented with a certificate and chose a new book to take home as a prize.

The Easter Egg Raffle raised £162. The first three winners are: 1st prize Khaif class 10, 2nd prize Sienna class 4, 3rd prize Alishba class 16.  There are 25 winners in total.


Thank you for your support in keeping Arboretum a nut free school so that all those with a nut allergy are kept safe.


Thank you to all parents who attended the E-safety parent workshops as part of our very successful E-safety week this term and. Please find attached to this newsletter a hand-out which gives you lots of information about how you can keep your child safe when using the internet at home.



It is important that your child continues to attend school every day so that they are able to learn and make good progress; we have a lot of children who have missed time recently for various reasons.  This has a huge impact on their learning and the progress they make.  When English is not spoken fluently by both parents in the home, this can make it very difficult for children to reach the required standard of English for their age and affect their ability to access other areas of the curriculum.  Unless they are at school to learn each day, they cannot make the required progress expected by the government, and the standards expected have increased greatly this year.

All our children learn better when they are not tired.  Please make sure that your child goes to bed at a reasonable time to give them plenty of sleep before a school day.  We see so many children who are still tired and yawning in a morning, especially on Mondays.

Please note that if you need to take a child for a medical appointment in school time eg to see a hospital consultant, we need to see a copy of the appointment card when you come to collect.

After ten years as Head Teacher at Arboretum, I have decided to retire at the end of the summer term.  The governors have appointed Mr. Paul Scott as head from September; he is currently the head of a school in Sheffield so comes with lots of experience to take Arboretum forwards into the future.

I wish all our families a peaceful and relaxing Easter break. 

We return to school on Monday 11th April for an important summer term when many of our children will take government tests.