NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2018
ITEMS IN FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER
• Read Theory
• New Kitchen Staff
• Staffing Updates
• Parking at Drop Off / Pick Up
• Nut Allergies
• Playhouse Theatre Trip
• Pupil Premium Coffee and Chat
• KS1 Phonics Workshop - Thanks
• Broxtowe Sportshall Athletics Competition Final
• Visit from Daniel Powell
• Futsal Tournaments
• Broxtowe County Schools’ Cross Country Championships
• Inset Day - 16th February
• Big Bedtime Read - World Book Day - 1st March
• Consultation Evenings – 5th and 6th March
• School Calendar – Diary Dates
• RHA News
• Treetops Hospice Care - Ladies Pamper & Shopping Evening
• Family Support Drop-in Sessions
• Kitchen Dancing
• Kitchen Dancing Juniors
• Nottinghamshire Hospice – Easter Egg Hunt
• Trowell Yellow U10’s Football Club
• Beeston Players – Cat on the Fiddle
• Kings Camp
As some of you may be aware, all Key Stage 2 children have been using an on-line reading comprehension website called Read Theory which has proved hugely popular with the children.
This website allows teachers to track reading progress in a similar way to Mathletics and the children get to engage with some motivational and interesting texts.
The website is free to use and each pupil will be provided with their own login details and will be able to work through a range of articles at their own pace. The website is https://readtheory.org/auth/login One of the positives of this program is it actually responds to the answers the children give, either making the next article easier or harder. This means, that in this instance, we ask that you do not offer your children any help when they use the system or the questions will become too advanced too quickly.
It is also worth noting that this is an American site and so some of the spellings will be the American version, although this is no different to children reading books with American spellings in them. Additionally, as with any website your child uses, adverts may appear that we have no control over and so we ask that parental settings are used. We would suggest that each child uses this website at least once a week and it will count as one of the reads a week we already ask the children to do.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
NEW KITCHEN STAFF
We are pleased to let you know that a new School Chef, Michelle Cordon and an Assistant Cook, Samantha Simpson, have been appointed in recent weeks. Both of the new staff have been with us for a while now and I am very pleased to be able to confirm their permanent appointment.
We would like to thank Lynn and Mandy for their hard work after working at Round Hill for such a long time. We will miss them both.
Miss Lee will be leaving to start her maternity leave around Easter time. We aim to replace her with a highly skilled teacher who has a proven track record of working with KS1 children up until the end of the summer 2018. I will keep parents in Otters class informed when I have more news.
Mrs Lockhart is still poorly. She will now return after half term. Miss Wilkinson and her team of staff will be making sure all of the boys and girls are well looked after.
Although Miss Stephenson has been into school on a few occasions she will not be returning to full time duties for a while yet. I will of course keep you informed when I have more details. In the meantime, Mr Singh will continue to work with Falcons to provide the continuity the children need.
PARKING AT DROP OFF / PICK UP
We have been alerted by some of our neighbours that parents are blocking their driveways when dropping off / collecting their children from school. Please can we remind you to be considerate to our neighbours at all times, as well as parking safely.
A reminder that we have children in school with severe nut allergies. Please do not to send your child into school with treats for other pupils that contain nuts. Please speak to the class teacher for further advice.
PLAYHOUSE THEATRE TRIP
Just before Christmas, a group of children attended a relaxed performance of 'Town Mouse & Country Mouse' at the Nottingham Playhouse. All of the children that attended enjoyed the play enormously and got to join in! They represented the school extremely well and we look forward to next year’s performance!
PUPIL PREMIUM COFFEE AND CHAT
Thank you to everyone who attended the first Coffee and Chat afternoon at the Broxtowe Voluntary Action building! We discussed a wide range of topics and have developed some excellent ideas to support our pupils. Look out for new support materials and clubs to support your children in their homework, reading and multiplication in the coming weeks!
KS1 PHONICS WORKSHOP - THANKS
The Key Stage 1 team would like to thank all of the parents who attended the Phonics Workshop on Tuesday 30th January. We are grateful for all of the feedback we have received so far and we hope that you found the event informative, useful and enjoyable. We appreciate that not all parents were able to attend the workshop and therefore a copy of the phonics presentation will be made available on the school’s website. A phonics resource pack has been sent home with every child in Key Stage 1 and can be used to support your child’s phonic development. Inside the pack you will find a set of tricky words, Jolly Phonics sound actions, a phonics game with instructions and a sound chart.
BROXTOWE SPORTSHALL ATHLETICS COMPETITION FINAL
On Tuesday 23rd January, 22 children, accompanied by Mr Abdy and some supportive parents, made the short journey on the tram to George Spencer Academy to take part in the finals of the Broxtowe Sportshall Athletics competition. Having qualified for the final before Christmas, the children went into the competition full of confidence and competed fantastically well against the 5 other finalists. After all of the running, jumping and throwing had finished, the points totals were announced and Round Hill ended up in the runners up position. A massive congratulations should go out to all those who competed and also a big thank you to the parents who supported the event. Well done!
VISIT FROM DANIEL POWELL
On Wednesday 31st January, we had a very special visitor to Round Hill. Daniel Powell, who is an international judo player and athlete and who also competed for Team GB at the London Paralympics, came in to talk to everyone about his experiences in sport and the amazing opportunities it has given him. He lead an assembly for the whole school and then took part in some short sessions with each class, giving the children an opportunity to ask questions, get autographs and even take the odd selfie! It was a truly inspiring day and I hope that the children gained a lot from it. Look out for Daniel as he attempts to qualify for Tokyo 2020!
On Thursday 1st and Friday 2nd February, Mr Abdy accompanied a girls and boys futsal team to a tournament at the University of Nottingham. Futsal is a 5-a-side indoor version of football played with a slightly smaller and heavier ball. The boys did brilliantly well and scored some great goals in their group. They went on to finish in 6th place overall in what was a very tight competition. As for the girls, they started off the competition strongly and just got better and better! With superstar striker, Emmanuella scoring a hatful of goals, a solid midfield lead by Isabelle and a rock of a goalkeeper, Sana (who saved a penalty in the semi-final!), the team marched through the group stages all the way to the final where they proved victorious, winning by 3 goals to 2 (Emmanuella scored a hat-trick!). Over the course of the two afternoons, the children represented the school brilliantly and it was even nicer to be able to bring home another trophy to add to the collection! Well done everyone!
BROXTOWE COUNTY SCHOOLS’ CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
On Saturday 3rd February at a rainy Wollaton Park, 10 children from Round Hill braved the wintery conditions to represent Broxtowe in the County Schools' Cross Country Championships. Having qualified for the event back in October, the children were filled with anticipation and, despite difficult conditions, ran extremely well. There were some excellent performances all round, including some Year 5 pupils running against Year 6 pupils and our top finisher in the girls' race – Charlotte (28th) - was a Year 4! A special mention must also go to Frankie in Year 6 who improved on his 12th place from last year to finish in 10th and therefore earn a spot on the County Team. He will be representing Nottinghamshire at an Inter-counties race in March and we wish him every success. Well done to everyone (including supportive parents!) who made it to the event!
INSET DAY ON 16TH FEBRUARY
A reminder that we have an Inset Day on Friday 16th February when the school will be closed to all children. This leads straight into Half Term during w/c 19th February and we return to school on Monday 26th February 2018.
BIG BEDTIME READ - WORLD BOOK DAY – 1ST MARCH
To celebrate World Book Day, children are welcome to come to school on 1st March dressed up for a Big Bedtime Read - in their pyjamas and with a cuddly toy. We want children to bring their favourite book into school to share. After listening to feedback from some children, if children really want to, they can also dress as their favourite book character.
PARENTS EVENINGS – 5TH AND 6TH MARCH
We are looking forward to meeting with you at the Parent/Teacher Consultation Meetings on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th March. This is a chance to meet to discuss the achievements your child has made since September.
Further details will follow regarding booking a slot with your child’s class teacher next week
SCHOOL CALENDAR – DIARY DATES
All of the dates for the Spring term are on the website so click here to view the school calendar.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Christmas Fair. It was a great success and raised £2,000. This will enable the RHA to support the school in future projects. If you have any unwanted Christmas decorations or artificial trees please do let us know.
Plans for 2018:
We are currently looking at supporting the school with a number of projects to enhance the facilities for the children. These include developing the reading areas in all classrooms, making a donation towards the recent upgrades to the equipment on the playground and working with the school on plans for further developments to the outside space.
Committee Meetings – everyone is welcome to join us for these meetings. It’s always good to see new faces and get fresh ideas. The more people we have on the committee the better!
Monday 12th February 2018, 8pm The Star
Thursday 15th February 2018, 2.30pm Costa
Monday 12th March 2018, 8pm The Star
Wednesday 15th March 2018, 2.30pm Costa
Monday 16th April 2018, 8pm The Star
Thursday 19th April 2018, 2.30pm Costa
Dates for the diary:
23rd March – Quiz night
16th June – Summer fair
More information about these events will be posted in the newsletter and on the RHA Facebook page.
Girls Football Session at Half Term:
The FA Skills programme is working within our school every Wednesday this term. The FA Skills Programme is a unique football coaching programme that gives 5-11 year old children of all abilities the opportunity to get active, learn new football skills, and enjoy the game. We’ve been providing high quality football coaching courses for children since 2007 and are the only National Governing Body coaching programme to receive accreditation from the Association for PE National Development Board for both our planning and resources.
The FA Skills programme will be delivering a girls only football session during the February half term holidays at Chilwell Olympia on Thursday 22nd February 10am-12pm for free. For more information or to book your child's place visit the website www.thefa.com/skills<http://www.thefa.com/skills> or contact Emma.firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07943 862 292