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28th March Newsletter



St Helen’s Nursery and Primary School


Thursday 28th March 2013

Happy Easter!

Today is the last day of the spring term.  This has been a very busy term with a lot of exciting learning taking place.  We are particularly grateful for all of the support that we receive from our parents and local community.  We now have over 40 regular voluntary helpers in school who make a difference to our children’s learning and we want to thank them all for their support.   We have also been supported by employees from Legal and General who have come in each week on a Friday afternoon to support the Year 6 Apprentice project.  They helped our children to put posters, presentations, radio advertisements, etc, together which culminated in a successful Apprentice Final last week! 

Particular thanks must go to the children and staff in Ocean Phase who put on amazing performances of “Pirates of the Currybean” this week and certainly entertained their audiences.  A huge amount of work went into this production and we are very grateful to all those who helped out. 

Next term we are looking forward to inviting parents into school on Tuesday 30th April at 7 pm to take part in a maths evening.  Please put the date in your diary now and come and find out more about how we teach maths in school. 

We wish you all a very happy Easter holiday and look forward to welcoming children back to school on Monday 15th April. 

 Red Nose Day

At school on Red Nose Day we raised £260.65 – thanks to everyone who contributed and particularly the Year 6 children who baked and sold their cakes.

 Reading Advice, Tips and Free EBooks!

 We recommend www.oxfordowl.co.uk to all parents and carers.  This is a website, endorsed by teachers and authors, giving tips, help and advice on reading.  Its library contains over 250 FREE ebooks, for all ages.  Many of these are part of, or link to our reading scheme, from 'Biff, Chip, Kipper and Floppy' to 'Treetops Graphic Novels'.

 Whether your child is an avid reader or reluctant to sit still for a second, this website has up to date information on phonics (letters and sounds), reading for meaning as well as activities designed to encourage a life-long reading habit, vital for children's development.

 For busy parents, this website is great to access in spare moments; ebooks can be played on many phones and devices when out and about! Children will enjoy turning epages, following the words and sounds. Give it a try!

 If you are looking for recommended reads, we recommend the following sites:



 St Helen's has its own page at www.lovereading4schools.co.uk where you can view reading lists for different groups of children.  These are recommended reads only - there is no obligation to make any purchases and all titles are available in libraries!


Uniform reminder

As we prepare for the summer term we would like to remind parents that the correct uniform should be worn at school.  Here is a reminder from our brochure. 

 Summer Uniform:


ü    Plain white or light blue polo shirt, blouse or buttoned shirt

ü    Grey skirt or blue/white gingham dress

ü    Grey trousers or tailored shorts

ü    Grey, black, or white socks or tights

ü    Plain dark coloured sandals, black or navy blue shoes, or plain black trainers – heels should be wide and low.


 If children wear glasses they must bring them to school.  Long hair should be tied up for school.


Classroom redecoration over the summer term

 During the summer term many of the classrooms in school will be being redecorated.

 This will continue the work started last summer to help improve the school environment and the storage available. The work will move through the school, and many classes will spend two weeks out of their classroom while their room is decorated.

 In order to achieve this, we will be using the halls for teaching, and already teachers have been discussing ways in which they can maximise the opportunities of working together within their year groups to provide exciting learning experiences.

 Not all of our clubs will be able to run next term and will be more subject to weather changes. 

 Before and After School Clubs (childcare) will definitely run but may need to relocate somewhere else in the school building.  We will give you as much warning as possible of any changes. 

 We are currently looking at how we will run SHARE sessions and we will let you know dates for these in the first week of the new summer term.

 We are all very much looking forward to the work being completed, and the school looking its best in readiness for its centenary year!