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Newsletter 20 2016 - 17


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On the Friday before half term, our Year 5 and 6 footballers took on teams of staff. Everyone played well and tried their hardest - even when it started to snow! The final scores were:

Year 5/6 Girls 0 - 3 Female Staff

Year 5/6 Boys 2 - 9 Male Staff

Congratulations to the staff, and a big “Well Done” to everyone who took part!


World Book Day!

Thursday 2nd March 2017

To celebrate World Book Day we will be having lots of special reading events and activities taking place throughout the day.

Fancy Dress Competition!

Please dress up as your favourite character from a book. Prizes will be awarded for the best dressed from each class!

50p Chill with a Book!

All children will be able to buy an ice-lolly for 50p to enjoy whilst reading a book. The profit from all money raised will go towards paying for magazine subscriptions for the school library.

Book Swap!

All pupils will need to bring in a book that they are willing to swap with other children in their class. This will result in all children having a new book to read for FREE!!! Please can all children bring their book in to swap by Wednesday 1st March.

Free £1 Book Token!

When you get your book token, all you need to do is to take it to your local bookshop and swap it for one of these ten (exclusive, new and completely free) £1 World Book Day books! Or, if you’d prefer, you can use your book token to get £1 off any full price book instead!

Your child may wish to keep their token to spend at our book fair, which is on the 23rd and 24th March.



The School Council have organised a spelling competition for children in school to take part in . There will be spelling sheets on sale starting next week priced 20p. Children will have a few weeks to learn the spelling words before being tested in school. There will be certificates and prizes available for the winning pupils in each phase and then a grand final Spelling Bee in the hall for all class winners. The age categories will be:


Year One

Year two

Year 3 / 4

Year 5 / 6

We hope you will support your child in entering this competition and learning the words to enable them to possibly be the Arboretum Spelling Champion!



This week, all our children spent 2 days going “Around the World”. Each classroom was a different country, and the children visited them in turn to find out more about that country and the people who live there. At lunch time they tried foods from different countries. During the week, the children have been encouraged to think about 2 BIG QUESTIONS:

Why is it important to learn about people who live in different places?
What’s great about being different?


"My favourite country is China. I like going on the aeroplane." Diana


“I value other countries and people. You should do that too.” Ansh


"I liked clicking the castanets in Spain." Mustafa Khan


You should respect everyone no matter if they are black or white. There is no better you than the you that you are” Usmaan


It has been fantastic because we learned about lots of different people and countries. It has helped me to look at the world differently.” Eisha


“It doesn’t matter if you are black or white or if you are big or small. What matters is what you are like as a person” Asiya


"My favourite country is Spain because I can speak Spanish. Hola!" Elyes


"I liked Egypt because of the pyramids." Iman


Difference doesn’t matter. We all have the same feelings. We can be happy or sad” Laura



Goodbye Mr Meakin

Congratulations to our Deputy Site Manager Mr Darren Meakin, who has a new job as a Site Manager at another school. He will be leaving us on 3rd March. Thank you Mr Meakin for all your hard work, we wish you all the best in your new job!




Please return all book orders to school by

Friday 17th March.

Make sure that all orders include your child's name, class, book number and title. Please put them in an envelope with full payment and your child’s name, class and “Book Order” written on it. Every order that you place will earn points that we can spend on books for the school.


FOR THIS ORDER ONLY you can use your World Book Day coupon towards the cost of the order.



We have lots of trips next week. Please make sure you know when your child is going, and what they need. Remember, all the children will be walking into Derby, so please make sure they have warm coats and sensible shoes.

Tues 28th Class 17 - Bistrot Pierre

Wed 1st Class 10 - Derby Museum

Class 15 - Bistrot Pierre

Thur 2nd Class 16 - Bistrot Pierre

Class 9 - Derby Museum

Fri 3rd Class 14 - Bistrot Pierre

Class 11 - Derby Museum



28th Feb- 3rd March Year 5/6 trips to Bistrot Pierre

1st - 3rd March Class 10, 9, 11 trips to Derby Museum

Wednesday 1st March Class 1 Parents’ meeting

Thursday 2nd March World Book Day - dress as your favourite character

Thursday 2nd March Class 2 Parents’ meeting

Friday 3rd March Class 3 Parents’ meeting

9th - 10th March Class 13, 12 trips to Derby Museum

Friday 10th March Year 5/6 trip to ThinkTank Birmingham

Friday 10th March Partner school to visit Class 11

Wednesday 15th March Tea and Toast

Friday 17th March Class photographs

23rd -24th March Book Fair & Storytelling

4th - 6th April Assertive Mentoring meetings

Friday 7th April Break up for Easter holidays

Monday 24th April Back to school



If your child would like to join one of the clubs collect a form from outside the office or from Mr Malooq.

Day Club Time Age Cost Contact

  1. Dance Club (Hall 1) 3:15 – 4:25pm Ages 4+ £1 Mr Malooq

Tuesday Football Club (Field) LUNCH TIME Ages 7+ FREE Mr Malooq

Tuesday Football Club (Hall 2) 3:15 – 4:25pm Ages 4-7 £1 Mr Malooq

Tuesday Dodgeball Club (Hall 1) 3:15 – 4:25pm Ages 5+ £1 Mr Malooq

Wednesday Film Club (Library) 3:15 – 5:00pm Ages 4+ 50p Mr Malooq

Wednesday Basketball Club (Hall 2) 3:15 – 4:25pm Ages 8+ £1 Mr Malooq

Thursday Multi games club (Hall 1) 3:15 – 4:25pm Ages 4-7 £1 Mr Malooq

Thursday Indoor Cricket (Hall 2) 3:15 – 4:25pm Ages 8+ £1 Mr Malooq

Friday Football Club (MUGA) 3:15 – 4:25pm Ages 8+ £1 Mr Malooq

Friday Girls’ football club 3:15 – 4:25pm Ages 8+ £1 Mr Malooq

Remember, all clubs are FREE if your child is eligible for Pupil Premium - to find out if your child qualifies, please fill in a Free School Meals application form available from the Office.