20th February 2017


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Week ending:


Please note any children arriving in school after 9.15 a.m. will be marked in the register as an ‘unauthorised absence’. This may then trigger a meeting with the school’s Educational Social Worker (ESW) to discuss punctuality.



Well done to Y1C for the best attendance in Key Stage 1 and well done to Y3 for the highest attendance in Key Stage 2 before the break!



Reception C


Reception R


Year 1C


Year 1D


Year 2S


Year 2D


Year 3


Year 4


Year 5


Year 6D


Year 6LD


Whole School Average




From now on, please use the email at the top of the newsletter to report absences or send notes to the office. Thank you.



All the internal additions to our school have now been completed and handed over to us. We have 2 more lovely new classrooms, an activity studio, a dining room extension, a small food technology area and a new staff room. We are delighted with the quality of the work done by Farrans and they have been a great contractor to work with-helpful and understanding about the difficulties of working on a ‘live’ site. There is still some work to be done externally, which will happen over the next few weeks. You may have noticed that the council are currently building our long awaited crossing area in Monkfrith Way. This work should be finished in a couple of weeks and then we will be able to use the Monkfrith Way entrance as well as the Brookside South entrance. Once we have all our new spaces kitted out with furniture, we will organise an open day so that you can come and have a look around. Thank you for your patience and flexibility whilst the work has been going on, we really have appreciated your support.



As part of our Healthy School initiative, we are trying to reduce the amount of sugar that children consume in school. Sugar is controlled in our school meals to benefit the children’s health. However, when birthdays come around in school, there is always a ‘sugar fest’. I would like to suggest an alternative that we have tried in the past and has worked really well. Instead of sending in sweets or cakes for your child’s birthday, please choose a book for their class instead. We will put a bookplate in the front of the book so every time it is read, we will remember who gave it to their class. It is a lovely opportunity for you and your child to choose a longer lasting reminder of their special day. We are very happy to get non-fiction books as well as story books. So if your child’s birthday is coming up soon, enjoy a browse in a book shop or a supermarket as they also have a great selection of books now too!


CURRICULUM MEETING FOR PARENTS-Wednesday 15th March at 6.00 p.m.

Miss Donaghy will be running a curriculum meeting so that you can find out how to help your child in their journey to fluency in reading and writing. She will provide lots of ideas about how you can help your child at home and information about the extra challenges of the new English curriculum. We do hope you can join us.


Macintosh HD:private:var:folders:mQ:mQf1vLRhFXe4evyW2FUCvk+++TM:-Tmp-:TemporaryItems:imgres.jpgWORLD BOOK DAY-Thursday 2nd March

To celebrate World Book Day this year, we would like the whole school to follow a ‘Where’s Wally’ theme, children and adults may come into school dressed as a Wally character on Thursday 2nd March.


CHANGES TO PARENT CONSULTATION TIMES (Sign up sheets out tomorrow-Brookside South entrance 8.30 a.m.)

Please note the extra morning slots added to the Monday consultation times and the earlier start on Wednesday.

Monday 27th February: 8.00 am to 8.40 am

                                          4.00pm – 6.00 pm

Wed 1st March:              5.30- 8.00pm

Sign up sheets will be available at the side gate on Brookside South on Tuesday 21st February from 8.30 a.m. After that they will be held in the office and you may text, phone and leave a message or email your requested time. Monday morning meetings will be held in the dining room and all other meetings will be held in the hall.



A very big thank you to everyone who donated and/or bought cakes and toys for Alexandra’s (Yr 5) fundraising.  

£450.91 has been raised and will be handed over to the hospital shortly.   Thank you to Alex, her parents and friends for organising such a worthwhile cause.



The bricks and breeze blocks in our Reception outside area have been so well used that we have almost worn them away! We need more house bricks (any type) and breeze blocks (cut in half, if possible) for little hands to be creative with. Please let us know if you can provide either. Thank you hopefully!


Do you or a friend / family member have their own business? Can you help us fundraise for our children's playground?  FOMS are planning a big springtime raffle and we are looking for businesses who would be happy to donate a raffle prize.  This could be donations such as a gift card for a service (beautician etc ), a voucher for a restaurant, or an item or voucher from a shop.  If you are able to donate something to help the fundraising for the playground, please do contact us at, speak to a committee member, or put a note in your child's book bag for the attention of FOMS.  We're looking forward to hearing from you!

Thanks and best wishes for 2017,
The FOMS committee



We are experiencing a lot of cases of the winter vomiting bug at the moment especially in Key Stage 1. Please make sure that children stay off school for 48 hours counted from the last bout of sickness or diarrhoea. Thank you for your help.



Wednesday 8th March at 3.00 p.m.-Y1D

Thursday 16th March 9.00 a.m. Ukelele concert for Year 3 parents

Wednesday 22nd March at 3.00 p.m.- Y1C

All families and friends welcome.



Wed 22nd February: Y4 football tournment for selected team.

Mon 27th February: Parent consultations 8.00 am to 8.40 am 4.00pm – 6.00 pm

Wed 1st March: Parent consultations 5.30 p.m.-8.00 p.m.

Thurs 2nd March: World Book Day-children can come into school dressed as a Where’s Wally character.

Friday 10th March: Barnet Dance Festival for dance club members-from noon (packed tea required).

Friday 17th March: Y5 visit to British Museum-packed lunch required

Friday 17th March: FoMS Bingo Night (to be confirmed) 7.30 p.m.

Thursday 23rd March: Last drama club for this term

Friday 24th- Comic Relief day-information to follow nearer the time.

Monday 27th March: Spring Art competition closing date

Thursday 30th March: FoMs raffle/Easter event

Thursday 30th March: Choir concert 2.30 p.m.

Friday 31st March: End of Spring term. School closes at 2.00 p.m. NO AFTER SCHOOL CLUB

New term begins Tuesday 18th April at the usual time.



Key stage 1 Wednesday 12.15-1.15 (Y1 and 2) : 22 Feb, 1 Mar, 8 Mar, 15 Mar, 22 Mar.

Peter 2S, Alexander 1D, Thea 2D, Tobias 1D, Leo 2D, Mia C 2D, Daania 2S, Alexandria 2S, Louis 2S, Ece 2D, Chinedu 1D, Nicholas 2S, Amelia 2D. CLUB FULL.


Key stage 2 Thursday 3.30-4.45 (Y3-6) : 23 Feb, 2 Mar, 9 Mar, 16 Mar, 23 Mar.

Charis 3, Yashvi 4, Leyla 4, Poppy 6, Molly 4, Jenaya 4, Priya 6, Elliot 4, Harley 4, Neanne 5, Lorin 4. CLUB FULL

Please send in £3 on the first session only.

Anyone who has requested, but hasn’t been offered a space, will stay on the waiting list for the club after the Easter break.



If you wish to pay for the whole half-term the cost will be £64.50 (6 weeks x £10.75). Please make cheques payable to ‘Monkfrith School’. If you wish to pay weekly then the cost is £10.75 and this must be paid every Monday in advance for the week. Please make sure that cash and cheques are sent into school via your child’s book bag in a named/labelled envelope. Please seal envelopes with cash very carefully as coins do drop out from time to time.



Please let us know by 9.15 a.m. (at the latest), if your child is going to be absent from school. You can notify us by phone, email or by returning a text we have sent to you.