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

 

Well here we are – the last newsletter of 2016. It hardly seems possible that a year can have passed so quickly.

This week has been full of festive activities for the children. On Tuesday we were lucky to share the Year 1 production of Angel Express. It was lovely to see such little children performing with such confidence and to welcome members of Belong and Safe Hands nursery. Many thanks to the Year 1 team for all their hard work.

On Wednesday we welcomed over 100 parents into school to enjoy a delicious Christmas dinner with their children cooked by Julie the cook and her team. It was lovely to hear the many ‘compliments to the chef’ comments and we thank you for the support shown.

On Thursday Miss Kimpton took the Pebble Brook Power Choir to perform for the residents of Belong which went down extremely well. For those who would like to see them perform they will be singing at the end of Reception’s Christmas show on Wednesday at 1:30pm.

Today will see the first of 3 Christmas parties for the children as Year 4,5,6 enjoy the festivities. Many thanks to all parents who have sent in contributions.

Finally a reminder that Monday PM is Christmas Party for Year 1,2,3 and Tuesday Pm is Christmas Party for Reception. Wednesday is the last day for pupils in school and we finish promptly at 2PM after the Reception Christmas Show at 1:30pm – Please enter through the side gate from 1:20pm if you are joining us.

Wishing everybody a healthy, happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing the children back in school on Monday 9th January 2017!!!

What an excellent performance from our Dodgeball team on Tuesday evening – they ended up in second position just pipped to the post by Brierley who had two teams – we will take two teams next time!!!!

Also a quick update on the result from Tag Rugby – the children came an excellent 6th out of 26 teams .     A big well done to the children and their supporting parents!

Well done as well to the football team who made it to the quarter finals of the Autumn competition only to be knocked out by a last minute goal against Vine Tree.

Gymnastics at Camm Street on Thursday was great fun for all concerned and the children all came home with a medal.

Next Tuesday the 22nd sees 36 pupils going to South Cheshire College to compete in the annual Sports Hall Athletics Competition. Mr Beesley will let you know how they get on!!

On Monday Year 6 had visitors for their Tudor Day – it was most strange to see people in Tudor Dress wandering our corridors!

On Wednesday Year 4/5 had a fantastic trip out to Place Theatre in Manchester to watch ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’ – they were thrilled with the whole experience and will be using it to support their classroom learning.

Today Year 2/3 have had a great day with the Dinosaur Man extending their learning of Dinosaurs, Fossils and the impact that has on life today and Year 5 have spent the day experiencing Victorian life at Blist Hill.

We thank you for your support with these projects as they really do help to bring the learning to life for the children. Whereas in most schools these events would be fully funded by parents and carers we try to keep the cost to a bare minimum. This however cannot be maintained if all eligible pupils do not make a contribution. Please ensure that you make your contributions in advance of the activity so that we can keep delivering this exciting curriculum for our pupils.

On a similar line can I please remind all parents and carers that school dinners, breakfast club and after school club need to be paid for in advance or on day of purchase. These facilities are run at a minimal cost to yourselves and are not sustainable where some parents or carers run up debts.

 

Next a quick reminder on the fundraising going on in school. This term’s charities chosen by the children have been The Macmillan Coffee Morning and the Operation Christmas Shoebox appeal. Both have been really well supported and we thank you for this support.

Currently we are running our clothes collection for school fund and as part of that are supporting the winter clothes for the homeless project by Tesco, one of our key local partners. The children choose the charities to support in the first week of the academic year. If you have one that we haven’t supported this year but you would like the children to consider please talk to your child about it and it can be offered up for consideration next time.

Finally a quick update – Miss Hough is happy to announce the arrival of a baby boy named Aidan. After a very early arrival mum and baby are now doing well at home. We look forward to his first visit to school in the near future.

Dear parent or carer,

What a lovely day we have had in school today – all the children have taken part in a two minute silence to remember all those affected by war and the Year 6 class have been down to the Cenotaph to take part in the 11am service. Their behaviour was exceptional. So well done Mrs Burns and year 6.

On Sunday we will be taking the Head Boy and Head Girl to represent the school at the Remembrance Sunday Service from 10:15am. Please join us if you can.

Next week is a really busy week in school. On Monday Year 6 are having a Tudor Day in school. On Tuesday the Dodgeball team are taking part in a competition at South Cheshire College. On Wednesday Year 4/5 are off to The Opera House in Manchester to see ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’. On Friday Year 5 are off to Blist Hill for a Victorians Day and Year 2/3 are being visited by the Dinosaur Man. Lots of fun and learning to be had by all.

Now to tell you about a little boy who was a real superhero for his mum. Morgan Everall in Year 1 phoned for help when mum was taken poorly recently – it made me wonder how many of our other children would know what to do in an emergency at home. Would your child know what to do?

Talking about phones could I please encourage all parents of youngsters with their own mobile phone or tablet to take the time to monitor what their children are doing and the messages they are sending and receiving. We have had a couple of disappointing instances outside of school and the Police will be in to talk to Key stage 2 about potential consequences of such behaviour next Thursday.

Finally the PTA have asked me to mention that we will be holding a clothing collection on 5th December 2016 to raise funds for the children – further details to follow.

A huge thank you to all of those who supported the PTA Halloween Disco in the last week of the half term – it was a tremendous success with the PTA raising a huge £720 towards computing equipment for the children. We are enormously grateful to Mrs Gray for her many efforts.

More thanks for your support now. Thanks to you supporting the raffle for the movie night hamper , which was won by Phoebe Shepherd in Year 1, and a very kind donation of ice lollies by our local TESCO we were able to raise £280 to put towards the trip to Italy to compete in the Muay Thai World Championships for Kacper and Dominik in Year 5. We are very proud to report that the boys are in fact now World Champions!!

Next a reminder about this term’s charity – Operation Christmas Child. Tia and Nathan Lindsay in Year 2 and Year 1 have spent their half term wrapping boxes to support this initiative. Mrs Mitchell has put a reminder about what is involved on the reverse of this newsletter we hope that you can help us with your continued support.

Finally a reminder that Tempest photography will be in school on Friday 4th November to take individual and sibling photos. If you have pre-school children who you would like to be photographed with school-age siblings please come to the front office from 8:30am. Individual and school-age siblings will have their photographs taken during the morning.