MONKFRITH SCHOOL NEWSLETTER
25th June 2018
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ALLIANZ PARK ATHLETICS FESTIVAL
Our athletics team had a great day at Allianz Park last week. They ran, jumped, threw, pulled and gave their all for their team and school. Miss Douglas said they were a fantastic team who supported and encouraged each other throughout the day. Well done to the team.
RECEPTION OUTING TO ALDEHAM COUNTRY PARK
We have had a few queries about the trip on Thursday for our Reception classes, so I thought I would give a little more information to help allay any anxieties some parents may have.
Aldenham is a trip we do frequently with Reception classes so we know the site very well. We always take more adults than is legally required to ensure all of the children are safe and have a fantastic time.
Lunches are kept cool in the hatch at the side of the coach until we need them. We always take plenty of water with us and children will be given water at regular points in the day.
As required by law, all coaches have seat belts and all children’s seatbelts are checked by staff before the coach leaves to ensure they are properly fastened.
Children must wear their school polo-shirt/dress but can wear their own shorts/joggers if you wish. Trainers or other sensible shoes are advisable too. All children need a hat and sunscreen should be applied at home before they come to school.
Although Thursday promises to be a warm day, there are plenty of shady spots for us to enjoy our lunch and cool off when needed. School trips are such a wonderful opportunity for your child to learn new things in a very different environment. The children are going to have a fantastic time!
BARNET MUSIC FESTIVAL
Our Key Stage 2 choir took part in the Barnet Music Festival last week and were absolutely fantastic. As always, our children are a pleasure to take anywhere and always do us proud. Their behaviour was excellent and every single one of them put their heart and soul into the performance. Well done to all of them. A bi thank you to Mrs Folan all her hard work with them this year and to the choir for their dedication and commitment all year.
KEY STAGE 2 CHOIR TRY OUT
If any Year 2 children would like to come along and find out what KS2 choir is like, in preparation for September, we are holding open sessions on Thursday 28th June and Thursday 5th July at 8.15 a.m. Any other children from KS2 wishing to try out can also come along to those sessions. KS2 choir takes place in the hall. Look forward to hearing lots of new voices!
THE MONKFRITH SPELLING BEE
This half term we will be launching the inaugural Monkfrith Spelling Bee. This is will be one of many different types of competitions and activities that the children will have the opportunity to compete in as part of our new House Group system.
We are hoping this will be a fun experience and encourage children to practise and apply their spelling rules.
During the next few weeks, the children will be completing a spelling test in their class to determine who will take part in the class Spelling Bee. From here, two children will be entered into the Grand Final, where they will be tested on their spelling of words from the national curriculum and other sources.
How the competition works:
- Your child will complete a written spelling test in class based on words and spelling rules appropriate for their year group.
- The top 6 children will take part in a class Spelling Bee in front of their classmates.
- The top 2 from the Spelling Bee will be entered into the Grand Final.
- In the Grand Final, the finalists will spell words appropriate for their year group and beyond so as to test them at an age-related level
- The overall winner for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 will win the Spelling Bee Trophy for their house.
We understand that some children have to work very hard to learn spellings and find it challenging. The idea of the competition is to celebrate all the hard work that the children do to learn spellings and to be one of a number of new ways that they can work together in their new Houses.
You may remember from last year, the school supported a charity called Shishukunj by contributing some books for a container being sent to Kenya to support children there. See attached photos of Yashvi helping on the day of loading!
We are undertaking the same project this year, and welcome any donations of children’s books. Please send them into the school office. Thank you.
SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS POLICY/SEN Information Report – PARENTS, WE NEED YOUR INPUT!
Our Special Educational Needs Coordinator, Mrs Whent, is holding two consultation meetings to discuss updating Monkfrith’s SEN Policy and SEN Information Report. We are keen to seek parents/carers input into the development of these two documents, which are available on the school’s website. The meetings are being held at school on Wednesday 27th June from 5.00 to 6.00pm and Tuesday 3rd July 9.00-10.00am. Please contact the office and leave a message for Mrs Whent if you would like to attend one of the meetings and give your views.
Please check your Parentpay account to make sure that you are up to date with dinner money and Breakfast/Afterschool Club payments. Thank you.
MEAL TIME SUPERVISOR VACANCY
We have a meal time supervisor vacancy at the school. For more information please contact the school office.
DATES TO NOTE FOR THIS TERM
Tues 26th June: 6.00 p.m. Kingswood information meeting for Y4 parents (in Y5 classroom).
Wed 27th June: Y1 and Y2 sports in bottom playground from 9.30 a.m. Families welcome to watch.
Thurs 28th June: Reception trip to Aldenham Country Park
KS2 sports afternoon in Oakhill Park from 1.30 p.m. Families welcome to watch.
Wed 4th July: Y2 trip to the London Aquarium, packed lunch required
Friday 6th July: Disco mania! Rec, Y1 and Y2: 4.45-5.30 p.m.
Mon 9th July: Gymnastics display for Bev’s students: 1.30 in the hall.
Tuesday 17th July: Mrs Ross and Mrs Adak’s Farewell tea party between 2.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m.
Thurs 19th July: Y6 Leavers’ show 9.30 a.m. for Y6 families.
School closes at 2.00 p.m. for the end of the school year.
Y6 Leavers’ disco from 7.00 p.m.-9.00 p.m.
Don’t forget to book your child in for either of the discos. Spaces are going fast