Mailbag 6 March 2020


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What a fantastic World Book Day! I hope you have had a chance to read the story, written by our very own Mr McIntyre, that the children used as inspiration for their book illustrations yesterday. Older and younger children worked together, each pair taking a phrase from the story and illustrating a page. They’ve produced five collaborative books, in the styles of five famous children’s book illustrators. You can see the books, and lots of photos from the day, here.   


In our World Book Day assembly, looking out over a packed hall of excited children and staff dressed in an astonishing array of hand-made book character costumes, I felt especially proud of our school. What lengths our whole school community go to to make events like this such a success. Thank you to everyone involved.


New Sports!  Mr Boyle, who organised our recent Sports for School Fitness Circuit Challenge, has spent the money the children raised on some exciting new equipment. Thanks to the children’s hard work (and your generosity) we can introduce three fun new sports in PE!  We now have:


  • A 10 bow archery pack so we can teach archery
  • 5 table tennis tables, with nets, bats and balls, so we can play table tennis
  • Badminton nets, rackets and shuttlecocks so we can play badminton



Yr 6 Camp - If you are paying in instalments, the final £50 is due next Friday.



Yr 4 Multiplication Tables Check - This is a new statutory check, running for the first time in June this year, to find out if children can fluently recall their times tables up to 12 - an essential building block for future success in maths. You can read a guide for parents from the Standards & Testing Agency here.



Dinner Money - We are coming to the end of the accounting year. Please can you help Jill balance the books by making sure your child’s account is in credit? Thank you.



Parents’ Quiz Night next Friday - Come and test your knowledge on such varied topics as Cheese Tasting, British Citizenship and Animals!  £5 entry, including curry and rice. Tickets on sale all week in the playground ‪from next Monday.  Friends are still in need of people to make curries (the cost of ingredients will be reimbursed). If you can help please email Friends at:



Hand Gel - Please don’t send your child in with gel in their bag. It is available, at the moment, in every classroom and both halls and the children are being prompted to use it. Paul is making sure that soap does not run out in the toilets and teachers are seeing that children wash their hands at key points through the day.





Yr 4 Ashford Water Treatment Works trip Monday 16th March - Important note about what to wear.

If you haven’t already paid and given permission for this trip on Gateway please do so as soon as possible. You can see the original trip letter here.



Community Notices


Peter & the Wolf - World renowned pianist Allan Schiller plays Sergei Prokofiev’s ever-popular piece for children!  Allan will be joined by actor David Collins, who will narrate the story. Children are invited to come dressed as characters from the story if they would like to (Peter, Grandfather, the wolf, the cat, the duck, the bird or a hunter). As always there will be the Allan Schiller’s World of Music slot and a chance for kids to win an Acapella pizza!  4pm on Saturday 21st March at Totterdown Baptist Church. £5 Adults, £1 Children. Refreshments after the concert.  Find out more and buy tickets at



Look out for your next Mailbag on Tuesday.