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Newsletter 2 2020/2021

Please refer to the pdf version for all the pictures.


 We come to the end of another interesting and eventful term at Arboretum. I am sure you will all want to join me in saying a huge thank you to all the staff for their constant hard work in ensuring school is a safe and welcoming place for all, and for providing an outstanding education that meets the needs of every single child in school. I also want to say thank you to all the parents and carers for supporting the school so well and following the guidelines so that we can all stay as safe as possible. We look forward to the time when we can welcome you back inside the building to join in with the learning in classes, take part in enrichment activities and to see our wonderful shows and productions.

I hope all our families enjoy a peaceful Christmas holiday—we break up on Friday 18th December and we look forward to welcoming you all back on Monday 4th January 2021.

My very best wishes to you all.

Mr Daintith


                READ FOR THE STARS!

Captain Bob the Pirate and the Big Bad Wolf visited Arboretum on the 4th December to say well done to all the children who have reached the top of the ‘Read for the Stars’ ladder this term. As a thank you the children received book prizes and a chocolate treat. Well done to all those children and a big thank you to all the parents for supporting your children with their reading at home. I wonder who will be making a visit to all the classes next term ! Children need to be reading 4 x per week, every week, at home to be in with a  chance to win next term.


Ally Sherrick

Class 17 are lucky enough to have been matched with an author pen pal. Ally Sherrick, author of ‘Black Powder’ and ‘The Buried Crown’, has been writing to us to give us reading recommendations and writing challenges. This term, her book recommendations, for KS2, were Stig of the Dump, James and the Giant Peach and The Wolves of Willoughby Chase. Why don’t you have a read of one and see what you think?



This term we have said our fond farewells to a number of staff who have moved on to new adventures. We want to say a big thank you to Mrs Muldoon, Mr Pemberton, Miss Jones and Mrs Patterson for all their hard work and wish them the best of luck for the future. We have welcomed Miss Booth as our teacher in the Orchard, Miss Boylan into our two year old nursery and Mrs Gaunt as our new welfare assistant. Miss Frances Baker will be leaving us at the end of this week – she has been covering maternity for Mrs Woolnough and Mrs Bullock who we welcome back in January.   



Clubs for year 1 and 2 will start on Monday 4th

January and last for the half term.

Friday 22nd January is an INSET day and school will be closed for all children.

The school gates will open from 8.40am

to 9.10am each morning.


Arboretum had a virtual visit from the author Matt Beighton.

 This was greatly enjoyed by all children from Classes 1-18.



From the 18th December until 24th December we are required to track and trace any new positive cases of COVID-19. If you receive a positive test for any child who attends our school during these dates please will you notify me by calling between the hours of 10am and 12 noon

on 07561 608002                  

or by emailing

In the event of a new confirmed case, staff and children who may have been in close contact will be notified by school text with information about self-isolation.


Suggestions for food to include in a healthy packed lunch:


· At least one portion of fruit or vegetables every day (eg: orange, apple, handful of grapes or strawberries, carrot or cucumber sticks). This can also include dried fruit such as raisins.

· Meat, fish or other suitable vegetarian substitute eg: Quorn chicken. Usually this will be part of a sandwich, roll or salad. Note: crackers are an appropriate alternative to a sandwich.

· Oily fish such as tuna can also be used as an appropriate sandwich filling.

· A starchy carbohydrate such as bread or pasta.

· Dairy food such as milk, cheese, yoghurt or fromage frais.

· A small bag of crisps, not a grab bag or family sized pack of crisps.

· A small ‘sweet treat’ eg: a 2 bar KitKat, a couple of Oreos, a small muffin or a cereal bar.

· A drink: water is best followed by semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, drinking yoghurt, milk drinks or smoothies. Preferably not fruit shoot due to the high sugar content.