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Newsletter 33 2016-17


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Last week, Arboretum learned about the election process by holding our own elections. We had four animal parties - Butterflies, Dolphins, Elephants and Lions. Each party put together their manifesto, and campaigned hard to persuade children to vote for them. They then presented in front of the school, before everyone had a chance to cast their votes. On Friday morning, representatives of each party gathered in the Board Room to count the votes, then Miss Fryer, the Returning Officer, announced the results in assembly:

Butterfly - 81 votes

Dolphin - 136 votes

Elephant - 80 votes

Lion - 206 votes

The Lion party were therefore elected to represent Arboretum. Well done Lions!



Please help to keep our children safe by parking away from the school entrances when picking up or dropping off your child.

DO NOT park or wait on double yellow lines or zigzag lines.


Assertive Mentoring Meetings

On the 27th, 28th and 29th June we will be holding our Assertive Mentoring meetings, for you to meet with your child’s teacher and discuss their progress and how you can help to support their learning. Please return your form by Wednesday 21st June to book your appointment.



This week, a group of children were invited to meet with children from other Derby schools for an exciting musical experience day. They had fun making music, and also visited the “Weeping Window” display at Derby Silk Mill.



This week, the nursery children have been learning about pets. They asked members of staff about their pets, and baked special dog biscuits for their dogs. Oscar and Monty really enjoyed their special treats!



Friday 23rd June Year 6 Conference

Monday 26th June Inset day - school closed

27th, 28th 29th June Assertive Mentoring Meetings

Friday 30th June Non Uniform Day

Monday 3rd July Year 3/4 Topic afternoon

3rd, 4th, 5th July Year 6 transition days - Derby Moor

Tuesday 4th July Tea & Toast

Tuesday 4th July (am) Reception Sports Day

Wednesday 5th July (am) Lower KS2 Sports Day

Wednesday 5th July (pm) KS1 Sports Day

Wednesday 5th July Nursery trip to Markeaton Park

Thursday 6th July (am) Upper KS2 Sports Day

Monday 10th July Visit to Beaumanor Hall - Class 9,10,11

Tuesday 11th July Visit to Beaumanor Hall - Class 12,13

Tuesday 11th July Year 6 Leavers’ Performance

Friday 14th July Inset Day - school closed

Monday 24th July Year 6 Graduation

Wednesday 26th July End of term

Wednesday 6th September Inset Day - Staff training

Thursday 7th September Children back to school



Thank you to everyone who came along to our meetings on Wednesday to find out more about our proposals to join the DDAT Multi Academy Trust. Remember that you have until 30th June to let us have you views on the proposal, either by returning the paper questionnaire to school (more copies are available from the office), or by completing the online survey:

If you have any more questions, please ask.


Welcome to Arboretum!

We welcome 2 new members of staff to Arboretum this term: Mr Fellows, who joins the Site team, and Miss Allen, a new Teaching Assistant.


Please remember sun hats and sun screen in sunny weather!