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Newsletter 6 2018/2019

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On Wednesday, we were delighted to hold a Grand Opening Ceremony for our new wildlife pond. This was made possible by the kind support of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, who provided all the materials, and sent one of their team, Mr Peter Eley, to design and co-ordinate the work. The pond was then built by a team of volunteers from the local YMCA. We are now looking forward to seeing all the wildlife that will be attracted to the pond, even though we are in the middle of the city, and next year the children will be able to go “pond-dipping” to investigate what is in there for themselves.

We are very grateful to everyone who gave their support and hard work in making this project possible, and would like to say a huge ”Thank you” to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the YMCA.



Last Friday we were very excited to be visited by a reporter and cameraman from BBC East Midlands to film the opening of our Eco-Greenhouse. This is another exciting addition to our outdoor learning area, and we are looking forward to being able to grow things in it in the spring. The greenhouse is made of over 1200 plastic fizzy drinks bottles in a wooden frame, and is environmentally friendly, as it made good use of the bottles, and stopped them from being thrown away. It was organised by one of our Governors, Mr Benfield and paid for by Mercury AVS, who provide our IT support . A team of people from the Rotary Club and Mercury AVS then gave up their time to put it all together. We would like to say a big “Thank you” to them all for their generosity in making this possible for us.



Don’t forget, Wednesday 24th October is the last day of school for the children. We hope they have a lovely holiday, and we look forward to seeing them back at school on Monday 5th November.

Arbo Activators

We will be holding our next “Arbo Activators” afternoon on Tuesday 23rd October. Parents are invited to come along and join in the activities with their children, to help to show them the importance of being active.

The children will go out at the following times:

1:20 -1:40pm – Reception

1:40 - 2:10pm – Year 1 and 2

2:10 – 2:35pm – Year 3 and 4

2:35 – 3:05pm – Year 5 and 6


Tuesday 23rd October _Arbo Activators

Wednesday 24th October_ Individual Photographs

Thursday 25th October _Inset Day (school closed)

Friday 26th October _Inset Day (school closed)

29th October - 2nd November _Half Term holiday

Monday 5th November _Back to school

Thursday 8th November_ Year 5 WWII Trip

Friday 9th November _Year 6 WWII Trip

Friday 9th November _Remembrance Assembly

12th -16th November_ “Lucky Envelopes” fundraising event

Tuesday 20th November _Flu vaccinations Rec to Year 5

Thursday 29th November_ FS2 Trip

Friday 30th November _KS1 Winter Musical

4th - 6th December_ Assertive Mentoring Meetings

Friday 14th December_ FS2 Nativity

Friday 14th December _Christmas Dinner

Friday 21st December _Last day of term

Monday 7th January _Back to school


Our ever popular holiday clubs will be back this holiday, run by Mr Malooq and Mr Pemberton. They will be on

Monday 29th October

Tuesday 30th October

Wednesday 31st October

From 10:00am to 3:00pm each day - free for everyone.

Collect a letter from Mr Malooq or outside the office and return the slip to book a place.

Please wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch.

Come along and have fun!


Please return your update form to school as soon as possible, if you have not already done so. It is very important that you check the information that we hold about your child to make sure that it correct.

Please make sure you inform us promptly of any phone number changes, so that we can always contact you in an emergency.

Thank you


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
Monday Cycle Club (ABLE riders Only) 12:30-1pm   Free
Monday Multi Games Club (Hall 1) 3:15-4.25pm 5+ £1 per session
Tuesday Cycle Club (Learn to Ride) 3:15-4.25pm 7+ Free
Tuesday Sports+ (Invitation Only) 3:15-4:25pm   £1 per session
Wednesday Bench Ball 3:15-4:25pm 8+ £1 per session
Wednesday Cycle Club (ABLE riders only) MUST WEAR HELMETS (TO BE HELD ON FIELD) 12:30-1pm   12:30-1pm


Helmets MUST be worn for all Cycle Clubs:

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 School Office.