Friday 1st December  2017

Dear parent/carer,

Christmas Fayre

Many thanks to all those who came along to support the PTA Christmas Fayre . A huge £1020.00 was raised which means that we can continue to keep our laptops and i-pads updated to enhance your children’s learning. We all owe immense gratitude for Mrs Gray and her team , including many volunteer parents and friends , for all the organising involved.

Congratulations to all those who won raffle prizes. We have one unclaimed prize – red ticket number 42. You can collect your prize from Jeanie in the front office.

Christmas Dinner

All Christmas  Dinner orders have now been taken . No further orders can now be placed and your child will have to bring packed lunch on Thursday 14th December which is also Christmas jumper day.

Attendance

We are aiming to always have at least 97% attendance. Year 5/6 are almost there on 96.99% but Reception are a long way off on 93.29%.

 

Whole school 95.92%

 

Reception           93.29%

Year 1                    94.98%

Year 1-2                96.32%

Year 2                    96.09%

Year 3                    96.87%

Year 3-4                96.66%

Year 4                    95.68%

Year 5                    96.04%

Year 5-6                96.99%

Year 6                    96.98%

After School Clubs

Reminder that this is the last week of after school clubs for this term. 6 o’clock club will run up to and including Tuesday 19th December – we finish at 2 o’clock on Wednesday 20th December.

Staffing update

As you may be aware Miss Pestell is now on maternity leave, enjoying the first weeks with her baby boy and Miss Young is settling in nicely with the year 1/2 class. Mrs Whitehead is due to go on maternity leave in the next few weeks and Mr Durham, who has already been working with the year 5/6 children, will join us as she leaves. Mr Bilotta is sadly being treated for peritonitis and we wish him a speedy recovery – we will cover his absence internally. Finally we look forward to welcoming Mrs Bannister to the Year 3/4 team in January as Mr Beesley moves to a Head of School position in Manchester. We wish him all the best with his new adventure!

Kind regards

Nikki Lawton

 

Future Key dates

Monday 4th December NSPCC day

Friday 8th December 8 am Family Breakfast

Friday 8th December Y5 and Y5/6 ‘play in a day’ performance 2:20pm

Wednesday 13th December Year 1 and 2 Christmas Production

Wednesday 13th December 1:25-2:45 Year 4AH Belong

Wednesday 13th December Animal Farm at St Thomas More 7-8:30pm

Thursday 14th December Christmas Dinner & Christmas Jumper Day

Thursday 14th December Animal Farm at St Thomas More 7-8:30pm

Friday 15th December KS2 parties PM

Monday 18th December KS1 parties PM

Email on MAT proposal

Dear parent or carer,

Yesterday you should have received an email outlining the school’s plans, along with three other schools in the local area,  to join the existing multi-academy trust known as the Alexandra MAT. I have been asked by a parent to give you a bit more information on the subject, which I am more than happy to do.

With regard to becoming a Multi Academy Trust there are a whole load of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the school website under the tab PARENTS, MULTI ACADEMY TRUST. (Click here to read)

The aim of the Alexandra Trust was to invite all Crewe Schools – primaries and secondaries – to join a Multi Academy Trust on an equal status enabling them to work together for the benefit of all children and allow schools to save money.

The government agenda is clearly working towards all schools becoming academies and the reduction of the local authority education department and this seemed the obvious way to move forward.

At this time only the 4 named schools are interested in making this move, although it is possible that others may join on negotiated terms at a later date.

In the day to day running of the school it is likely that you would see very little change and we would continue working as we do now under our school ethos of aspiration for all. Teachers and support staff would keep their current terms and conditions and would continue to be based at their home school. It is hoped that if we are successful in our application then the 4 schools can work together to create better futures for the children of Crewe and their families.

There would be no change to uniform other than, if successful, to phase in a new school logo in discussion with all stakeholders.

If you have any further questions at this stage in the process, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Alexandra Multi Academy Trust Proposal

Thursday 16th March  2017

Dear parent or carer,

 

We have some exciting news that we would like to share with you. The school is proposing to collaborate with three neighbouring schools in order to “work together to create better futures’ for all of our children.  These schools would be Monks Coppenhall Academy, Beechwood Primary and Leighton Academy.

 

All four schools would become part of the Alexandra Multi Academy Trust (MAT) for September 2017.

 

In light of the current proposed funding cuts, it is important that we take advantage of every opportunity to get the very best value for our children.  This will help us to share strengths and expertise across all of our schools.

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions in the Multi Academy Trust tab in the Parents section on the school website

www.pebblebrookprimary.net

Public Meeting on Budget Cuts in Cheshire East

As many of you will be aware the government is proposing severe cuts to school budgets with Cheshire East Schools being some of the biggest losers – at the end of this letter I have included information on a public meeting to be held at Crewe Alex on Friday 17th March which gives you an opportunity to raise concerns.

Many thanks to those parents and carers who took part in the #Whatwouldyoucut Twitter campaign on Sunday – it was really powerful to see all the things that schools will lose if funding cuts aren’t reassessed.

Further thanks to those who supported Year 5 in their class assembly this afternoon. The children have worked really hard all day on their ‘play in a day’ project and the end result was fantastic!

Next week sees the residential visit to Shugborough which the children are really looking forward to. The weather forecast looks promising and the children have got a great range of adventurous activities to enjoy.

On Monday 20th March Year 1 are off to South Cheshire College to enjoy their Superhero Day and Tuesday 21st March we have the Year 2/3 production Meadow Farm at 5pm – the children have been working really hard on this and it would be lovely to see as many parents as possible there to offer support.

Tuesday 21st March is also Downs Syndrome Awareness day and we will be selling Gingerbread Socks for a minimum donation of 50P – see further information on the flier below.

Thursday 23rd March we are welcoming everybody to Family Breakfast in the hall from 8am and Friday 24th is Red Nose Day. The children can come dressed in red or in non-uniform for a £1 donation.

Finally Tuesday 28th March will see our Year 6 pupils going to Springfield School to take part in their Anne Frank exhibition. Wednesday 29th March is PTA Easter Bingo . Year 4 have their Ancient Greeks morning on Thursday 30th March and we finish for the 2 week Easter Break at 3:15pm on Friday 31st March returning to school on Tuesday 18th April.

CHESHIRE EAST BRANCH

UNISON organised OPEN Meeting

FRIDAY 17th MARCH 2017

7:30pm

THE MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE Alexandra Suite

CREWE ALEX Football Club,

Gresty Road, Crewe, CW2 6EB

THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO MEET & SPEAK TO POLITICIANS and UNISON OFFICIALS ABOUT THE CURRENT SCHOOL CUTS & NATIONAL FUNDING FORMULA PROPOSALS WHICH ARE AFFECTING CHESHIRE EAST SCHOOLS

Edward Timpson (Secretary of State for Vulnerable Children & Families) and Angela Rayner (Shadow Secretary of State for Education) have been invited to attend 

BOTH UNISON BRANCH OFFICERS AND REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE, THIS MEETING WILL PROVIDE YOU WITH AN UPDATE ON A NUMBER OF KEY ISSUES AFFECTING SCHOOLS, EMPLOYEES & CHILDREN and FAMILIES

There will be an opportunity for you to express concerns and have your say.

We look forward to seeing you there

 

Newsletter 17th Feb 2017

Friday 17th February 2017

Dear parent or carer,

This is the first newsletter to be sent to you in email form only as part of our money-saving project. Please remember that anyone requiring a paper copy can purchase one at the front office.

On a fundraising note the PTA have managed to raise almost £500 this week from their Valentines Disco and Clothing Collection. Many thanks to all those who supported these events – as the government budget cuts begin to be implemented we will be more dependent on additional fundraising than ever. Mrs Grey and her PTA team would be delighted to hear from you if you have any ideas for fundraising that we haven’t tried.

Many thanks to all the parents who have signed our petition against the funding cuts – the plan is to gather these from all the parents of Cheshire East schools and present them to the Education Minister Nick Gibb.

Our Spring term parent/pupil/teacher meetings will be taking place on Wednesday 8th March. Please look out for your appointment letter first week back. May I also draw your attention once again to the INSET day on Monday 6th March – school will be closed that day for staff training.

The first week back is Book Week and there is further information about that in Mrs Whitehead’s letter below.

Finally enjoy the week with your children – let’s hope that the sun shines for us all.

Kind regards

Nikki Lawton

 

When we come back after the half term, we are having a Book Week to celebrate World Book Day. On Monday 27th February Andy Tooze will be coming in to school where he will be running poetry workshops for different classes. On Thursday 2nd March it will be World Book Day and we would like the children to dress up as their favourite book character and be in the with a chance of winning a prize. We will also be having storyteller Elizabeth Morris joining us to run workshops with Reception, Year 1 and Year 2/3.

I look forward to seeing your outfits.

 

Many Thanks

Mrs Whitehead

 

 

 

 

Newsletter Jan 20th 2017

What a busy week we have had in school. On Tuesday the football team took part in the Under 11s cup at Crewe Alex Soccer Centre, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the next round. Their effort was excellent and Mr Bilotta was very proud of them all.

Yesterday saw a group of Year 5 students visit Sir William Stanier to take part in their Crime Investigation afternoon – thank you to Mrs Jones for accompanying them. It seems that a great time was had by all.

We also had groups of year 4/5 pupils visiting The Oaks Academy to take part in Music activities – thank you to Mrs Worley for facilitating that.

Last night the school football team won the Futsall competition at Sir William Stanier and now progress through to the Crewe V Nantwich tournament – thank you to Mr Beesley and Mr Bilotta for arranging this and accompanying the children.

Today we have had 3 teachers from China in school, visiting classes and learning about teaching methods in primary schools. They were very impressed by our school and our amazing children!

On the reverse of this letter you have a topic web of the theme for learning in your child’s class this term – if you have any questions about this please don’t hesitate to contact your class teacher.

Now some dates for the next few weeks

Friday 27th January Head Boy and Head Girl Holocaust Memorial Service Sandbach Town Hall

Friday 27th January 2:45pm Year 4 class assembly

Thursday 2nd February 8 am Family Breakfast

Friday 3rd February 2:45pm Year 1 Assembly

Monday 6th February Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

Friday 10th February 2:45pm Sharing Assembly

Monday 13th February 9am PTA Clothing Collection

Monday 13th February Emotional Well-being week

Wednesday 15th February 5:30-7 PTA Valentine Disco

Friday 17th February Year 4/5 2:45pm Class Assembly

Monday 27th February Book Week

Friday 3rd March Year 2/3 2:45pm KK Class Assembly

Monday 6th March INSET DAY school closed

Wednesday 8th March Parent/ Pupil/Teacher meetings 3:15-7