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24th April 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 RR for the best attendance in Key Stage 1 and well done to Y4 again for the highest attendance in Key Stage 2 last week.


We are below the government target (95%) for attendance again this week.


Have look at the information below to give you more of an idea how absence can affect your child’s learning.

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



​Attendance during the school year

Equates to days absent​

​Which is approximately

​The number of lessons missed


​10 days

​2 weeks

​60 lessons


​19 days

​4 weeks

​120 lessons


​29 days

​6 weeks

​180 lessons


Miss Candler ran in the London Marathon on Sunday to support the mental health charity MIND. She did really well and managed to finish the course-amazing. She’s feeling a bit tired today! Any sponsorship would be greatly appreciated. Please visit her ‘Just Giving’ page to make a donation or for more information.



We are delighted that our new play areas for Reception and Key Stage 1 are going to be installed next week. The Cool Canvas team will be on site for several days and the children will be able to see the areas being created-very exciting! Cool Canvas use lots of natural materials to make their creations so both areas will look very different to the Key Stage 2 climbing frame. We can’t wait to start using them.



Macintosh HD:Users:jeanetteadak:Desktop:football2.pngNo football training on 27th April


A message from Miss Pierides about our football team:


Huge congratulations to our Monkfrith School Football team. They won 3 out of 4 of their league matches and ended top of their league. They are now through to the Small Schools League final. They are also in the Dick Bailey Cup Semi Final. We are very proud of the squad and what they have achieved so far. 

Good luck for your next two matches boys. We are all excited and rooting for you.

Thank you to all the squad for continuing to train and improve every session. Every player has contributed to the success of the team. 

27th April – Dick Bailey Semi Final at Livingstone School – Team has been selected. 

19th May – League Final – Football team to be selected. 





We have two parent governor vacancies on the governing body and invite all interested parents to apply for the position by 28th April. If we receive more than two applications then a parent governor election will follow. All applicants who applied for the parent governor position just before the spring break will automatically be re-entered into this process unless they have notified us that they would like to withdraw.


Parent election letters and nomination forms will be emailed out today and can also be downloaded on the governor download page of the school website.


Being a governor is really rewarding and gives you the opportunity to make a very real difference to the education, welfare and experience that all children have at Monkfrith. We welcome entries from any parent but on this occasion we are keen to recruit at least one governor with financial management experience who may wish to join / chair our finance committee.


For more details about the role of the governing body please see the governor pages on the website. The 2016 governing body annual statement will give you an insight into the issues governors have addressed over the past year. Please also feel free to approach some of our current parent governors or to email the Chair of Governors at to find out more about the role.



1. Thank you to everyone who so generously supported the FOMS Bingo Night and the Easter Tea Party.  We are delighted to announce that Bingo raised £384.97 and the tea party raised £530.92. We hope that everyone who came found the events enjoyable too!

2. We were very fortunate to be supported by local businesses for our Easter raffle prizes. A very big thank you to the following businesses who generously donated raffle prizes: V Jewellers, Chippers Fish and Chip shop, Burgeon florists, Jamaica Plantations, Michael's Hairdressing, Aniko's Dance Studio, F. Norman butchers, Paradise Park and Belmont Farm.

3. It was lovely to see so many parents at the FOMS AGM on Friday. Thank you for coming and helping us with suggestions for future fundraising. The minutes will be on the FOMS section of the school website shortly.

4. We'd like to encourage all parents and friends to sign up for Easyfundraising as it's a really simple way for FOMS to make some money with online shopping: It's really simple to sign up and there's full instructions on the FOMS section of the website.

5. We are currently working hard to organise this year's summer fair.  Please save the date: Saturday 17th June 1-4pm.  We'll be sending out more information about this, as well as pleas for volunteers, over the coming weeks!

Thank you!
FOMS committee



A huge ‘thank you’ to Kamran’s parents (Y1D) who have made an extremely generous donation to our playground development fund. We are very grateful and will make very good use of it! Thank you again.



KS1 choir is starting back again tomorrow (lunchtime) in the new Studio, for the summer term.  Thank you for your patience during the building works. Welcome back to previous members and new ones, from Years 1 & 2.  As before, we'll sing a wide range of songs, and work towards a performance together with KS2 choir at the end of the Summer term.  Please contact Ruth to enrol your child (07977 569076).



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.



We have postponed our second hand book sale for a couple of weeks to allow us time to collect more books. We will now be holding it on Wednesday 10 May from 3.30 p.m. in the shared area outside of one of our new classrooms. Don’t worry we’ll show you where on the day! Please have a good clear out at home and bring in any books your children have grown out of over the next two weeks. We will also be holding a cake sale at the same time and will ask for cake donations nearer the time. Thanks for your support as always.


Our school has been selected from a shortlist of other Barnet schools to be used to film a commercial in the near future. The filming will happen on a Saturday and specific areas of the school will be used-a classroom, dining hall, school entrance etc. Miss Deasey and I will be in school to supervise the process-not in any acting capacity I hasten to add!  The school will receive a payment for using our facilities that will go into providing something for the children that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford. I think it will be a really interesting day!


Tuesday 25th April: Key Stage 1 lunch time choir starts again with Ruth.

Wednesday 26th April: Y3 Natural History Nuseum trip (packed lunch required)

Friday 28th April: IOW 4th payment due for 6LD

Monday 1 May: School closed for the May Day bank holiday

Tuesday 9th May: Y5 Architecture workshop in school

Wednesday 10th May: Kingswood meeting for Y4 parents at 4.30 p.m. in the Y5 classroom.

Sunday 21st- 26th May: Y6LD trip to the Isle of Wight (Parents-please note that children will need to be collected promptly as the school is closed for training that day and there is no after school club)

Tuesday 23rd May: Moat Mount meeting for Y3 parents in Y4 classroom at 5.30 p.m.

Thursday 25th May: school closes for the half term break at the usual time.

Monday 5th June: Back to school at the usual time.

Thursday 8th June: School closed for general election.



If you wish to pay for the whole of this half-term the cost will be £60.20 (28 days @ £2.15 per day). 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.

NB: Y6LD-please pay £49.45 (minus 5 days when 6LD are in the Isle of Wight).



We are currently looking at online payment systems for schools such as School Money, Parent Pay etc. We hope to bring in whichever system is chosen by the end of this term so it should be running smoothly by September. Hopefully many of you will find this a helpful way to send payments to us. If anyone has already had experience of a particular system and has something positive/negative to say about ease of use, please let us know. Thank you.


Wednesday 10th May: RR assembly at 2.45 p.m. in the hall

Wednesday 17th May: RC assembly at 2.45 p.m. in the hall