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School Newsletter, Friday 24th May 2013

St Helen’s Nursery and Primary School



Friday 24th May 2013


Childrens Aspiration Day

Thank you to all children in Key Stage Two who took part in 'Children's Aspirations Day' on Friday 3rd May, by coming to school dressed as what they aspire to be. We had a very successful day and managed to raise £78.18 for Suffolk Young Carers.

Many thanks to all our volunteers who came in and talked about their jobs and careers. It really inspired the children to think about the opportunities they might have within the world of work and what this means in terms of what they might need to achieve in school.


School Council

The School Council have been asked by the children to try and improve the issue of dog poo being left in St. Helen’s Church Lane.  We have written to the council asking for help and advice, but we would like to ask that everyone who brings a dog up and down the lane clears up after it if it makes a mess.  Also the younger children have said that they feel scared to go into the lane sometimes because a few people leave their dog tied up in the lane while they come into school to collect their children.  We know this must be a problem for people who want to walk their dogs but it is the fact that they are left unattended that scares the children.  Please would it be possible to get a friend or neighbour to hold the lead while you pop in for your child so we can try and make the little ones less scared.

Thanks very much for your help.

Charioteers Wheelchair Football

One of our Year 6 children is involved in this charity and has asked us to include this in our newsletter, If  you would like to find out more please call the club secretary on 07786062656 or visit their website www.icwfc.co.uk or you can email to Ipswich.charioteers@hotmail.co.uk


Please can we remind parents that school closes for half-term on Friday 24th May. Children return to school on Tuesday 4th June.

Recycling and the Rubbish Diet

This term our eco-savers council, St Helen’s Savers, have been discussing ideas to promote recycling and reduce waste within the school. Starting after half-term the school will be joining the Rubbish Diet (www.therubbishdiet.org.uk). On Thursday 23rd May children were introduced to the challenge of slimming our bins by Karen Cannard who has led the initiative in Suffolk since 2008. Over the next year we will be working with her to see how much we can reduce the amount the school sends to landfill. Some parents have signed up to slim their bins – why not join the challenge, it’s a great way to extend learning to the home.


Alongside this the school has also signed up to a recycling collection programme with TerraCycle® (www.terracycle.co.uk) We will be collecting typically non-recyclable waste packaging materials that would normally be disposed of and sent to local landfill. The TerraCycle Brigade® recycling programmes that the school has signed up to are a fun and easy way to teach children about environmental responsibility and the reuse of waste materials, whilst helping to raise money for the school at the same time.

The waste packaging itself will be recycled into plastic products such as waste bins or watering cans, or ‘up cycled’ into new products such as pencil cases and lunch bags. TerraCycle will reward a donation based on the weight of waste items collected. The school will be putting the money raised towards improvements to the grounds.

We are exploring what to collect and how best to run the programme but over half term we would like you, friends and family to collect any of the items below. Please bring items into school after half term where members of St Helen’s Savers will arrange for them to be gathered together, sorted, and despatched.

Terracycle Recycling Brigades – Please help to collect:

  • The McVitie’s® Biscuit Wrapper Brigade - All brands non-savoury biscuit wrappers and bags.
  • The Writing Instruments Brigade - All brands of pens and pen caps, mechanical pencils, markers and marker caps, permanent markers and permanent marker caps
  • Johnson’s® Baby Wipes Packaging Brigade - All brands of wipes outer plastic packaging and individual wipes packaging.
  • The Activia®Yogurt Brigade - All Actimel, Activia and Shape yogurt pots and lids
  • The Ella’s Kitchen Brigade - All baby food pouches and caps, and all Ella’s Kitchen snack wrappers.
  • The Tassimo® Brigade – Tassimo TDISCS and outer wrappers only
  • The Kenco® Eco Refill Brigade - Kenco Eco Refill packaging only


Parent/Teacher Consultations

The date for the summer term consultations is Tuesday 9th July. 3.30pm – 6.30pm.

Your child’s annual report will be sent out w/e Friday 5th July.  If you have any issues you would like to discuss with your child’s classteacher appointment lists will be available from the office from Monday10th June.