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.

Upcoming dates

Tuesday 4th October Year 2/3 return visit to  Bickley Hall Farm for Countrywise

Thursday 6th October KS2 Tag Rugby 3-5pm Crewe Vagrants

Friday 7th October Year 4 class assembly

Monday 10th October Year 5/6 residential to The Laches near Wolverhampton

Tuesday 11th October Year 1 Beeston Castle

Wednesday 19th October PTA Halloween Disco

Thursday 20th October Finish for half term 3:15pm

Friday 21st October Staff Training Day school closed

Monday 31st October Back to school

Friday 4th November Individual and sibling photos from 8:30am

Friday 4th November sharing assembly 2:45pm

Friday 11th November Armistice Day Year 6 to Cenotaph AM

Monday 14th November Year 6 Tudor Day in school

Wednesday 16th November Year 4/5 opera House Manchester George’s Marvellous Medicine

Thursday 24th November Family Breakfast 8am

Friday 25th November non-uniform day for Tombola for Christmas Fayre

Friday 25th November class assembly year 2/3 NB 2:45pm

Friday 2nd December Christmas Fayre 2-3:30pm

Monday 5th December year 1, 2, 3  FLUENZ

Friday 9th December class assembly Year 2/3 AP 2:45pm

Tuesday 13th December Year 1 Christmas Production 10am and 1:30pm

Wednesday 14th December Christmas Dinner

Friday 16th December KS2 parties PM

Monday 19th December KS1 parties PM

Tuesday 20th December EYFS party PM

Wednesday 21st December Reception Christmas show 1:30 Finish for Christmas 2pm

 

Friday 30th September 2016

Dear parent or carer,

What a fantastic Macmillan Coffee Morning we had this morning. Thank you so much for your generous support. We have managed to raise over £800 for this very worthy cause. Enormous thanks to Mrs Giblin and her TA team, our students from Keele and Manchester Metropolitan Universities and the whole school team for making this such a successful event.

Many thanks also for all our kind raffle donations. The winners are listed below and should have been contacted by Jeanie in the office this afternoon.

Mornflake Oats Box – Jakub

Mornflake Oats Bag – Bogdan year 3/4

Pink Scooter – Sherlena Year 4/5

Silver scooter – Tony Year 4/5

Hamper – Kasper D Year 5

Crewe Alex match tickets – Adam P year 3

Alvaston Hall Spa Pass – Lauren Greatbanks

Alvaston Hall Facial and Spa Pass – Laura Ainsworth

Chatwins voucher 1 – Julia P Year 4/5

Chatwins voucher 2 – Michael M Year 2/3

Comedy Night Tickets – Sonia

Marks and Spencer voucher – Stefan B Year 2/3

Tesco voucher – India M year 2/3

Bridgemere voucher – Kayden k Year 2/3

 

The overwhelming support of our parents and carers is essential to the continued improvement of Pebble Brook Primary School.

As part of our parent/pupil/teacher meetings in the Academic year 2015-16  we were able to contact 100% of parents or carers to update them on their child’s wellbeing and progress as well as some of the latest Government changes in education.

We would now like to invite you in to school for a Parent/pupil/teacher  update on Wednesday 5th October  between 3.20 and 6.40pm. Please complete the form below and return it to your class teacher as soon as possible. Where you have more than one child in school please write all names on the form of the eldest child.

An appointment will be sent out to you on Wednesday 28th September . If you are unable to attend on the given  date please contact your class teacher for an appointment at a time convenient to you both.

Welcome back to school. It has been lovely to see all the children back in school looking so smart and well-rested. We have been delighted to welcome more than 40 new arrivals into our Reception class and miss Daly reports that the first week has been a great success!. We have also been pleased to welcome 7 new arrivals from various other local schools and hope that they have a happy successful time at Pebble Brook.

As a successful, growing school the main problem area is always congestion around school at the beginning and end of the day. PCSO Pete Dean has asked me to remind you that it is essential that everybody is adopting a considerate approach to parking and that blocking entrance to residents’ driveways is a traffic offence.

September is always a very busy time in school and Ms Jinks has spent a lot of her time this week organising all the after school clubs for the children. In most schools there is a charge for after-school activities but in our efforts to offer all pupils the widest range of opportunities all of our clubs remain cost-free. We would encourage as many pupils as possible to take advantage of this. A new addition to the clubs on offer is a Wednesday choir run by Mrs Swann from the Love Music Trust whose aim is to prepare the group for a performance at Sing Fest in the summer. It’s a great opportunity to be trained by another professional!!

Next a couple of reminders. Firstly, due to an increase in costs to our catering company school dinners are now £2.30 per meal or £11:50 for a full week. School meals should always be paid for in advance. It is always worth checking if your child is entitled to Free School Meals as if they are registered you will also be provided with funding for school trips, residentials and other necessities up to the age of 16. By ringing 03001235012 you can find out straight away if you are entitled and they will help you to register.

Hopefully your child will be happily settled into school over the next week or so. We will hold our first pupil/parent/teacher meetings on Wednesday 5th October. If you have any concerns before then please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher.

Have a great weekend.

 

There has been lots going on in school this week.

 

On Monday the school football team had its first long-awaited win. With some new players the team were brilliant in beating Wistaston Academy 1-0. The thunderbolt of a goal was scored by Damien with his first touch for the school team and summed up the fabulous teamwork that everyone put in! Many thanks to Mr Bilotta and Mr Beesley for organising.

 

Also on Monday we had our very successful STARLAB evening which was very well attended. Mr Beesley has arranged another chance for people to take part and will be in touch with interested people when the date is confirmed.

 

The year 1 and 2 pupils returned bleary-eyed from their residential at Foxhowl but full of stories of all that they had done. Many thanks to the children for their excellent behaviour and the staff team for giving up their time and energy. It was lovely to see the children in today’s assembly talking about their experiences!

 

Tuesday was also an exciting day for Year 3 who spent the day at Techniquest in Wrexham. It was lovely to receive such positive feedback about their behaviour and manners.

 

Wednesday saw the first PTA Beach Party which was very well-attended and raised over £150 towards Computer equipment for the children. Many thanks to everybody who supported the event. It means that Friends Of Pebble Brook have now raised over £3,000 this academic year. In addition to which Mrs Mitchell’s enterprise club have raised another £700 since September.

Every penny goes to helping improve the school in some way.

 

Finally last night a team of year 5/6 boys and girls took part in an orienteering competition at Reaseheath College. Trudging through rain and mud the teams had to find points on a map and work collaboratively to locate information from the points. Despite being very wet and muddy they managed to complete the course in the allotted time with much support from Miss Sellars and the staff team.

 

 

Tuesday 8th March 2016

First of all, a huge thank you to all the parents and carers who took time to come into school to find out about their child’s progress and well-being last week. It was excellent to see such support – support that helps us to help your child to reach their potential.

 

Now some important changes to next year’s INSET days. As the school has been selected to participate in The Primary Writing Project it is necessary to have 2 shared INSET days with the other schools involved in the project – these dates are yet to be confirmed but it does mean that in September there will only be one INSET day on the 5th September 2016 with pupils returning to school on Tuesday 6th September. As soon as the October and March INSET days are confirmed they will be sent out to you.

 

Next a big thank you to Ms Jinks and her team for the continued running of our extremely popular breakfast club. For those who are not sure, Breakfast Club runs every morning from 8am to 8:50am with last entry at 8:25am. The children in KS1 have their breakfast while KS2 children have sports with Crewe Alex and then they swap over leaving them wide awake and full of beans for the day ahead. At a cost of £1 for a session or £4 for the week we feel that this represents excellent value in a market where most before and after school care is priced at around £6:00 an hour.

 

Our Parent/Teacher fundraising group PTA have asked me to remind you about their Easter Bingo event which takes place on Wednesday 23rd March from 5:30-7 and is always really well supported.

Having raised a substantial amount towards our All Weather Pitch, which will be ready to use after the Easter Break, they are now focussing on providing additional computer equipment for the children. Their target is to raise £6000 towards another set of IPADS. Please support their upcoming events if you can as every penny they raise goes towards your children.

 

Finally for now it is our Spring 2 Family breakfast on Thursday 17th March from 8am, please join us if you can.