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Mr Stewart’s February Half Term Blog

Hello everyone and welcome to my February blog.  It’s been quite a short half term but what with the weather it’s seems to have lasted a lot longer.  Fingers crossed we’ve seen that last of the snow and hopefully we can look forward to some warmer weather and lighter nights.

There’s been lots happening in school over the past few weeks and I can’t go any further without congratulating Mr Baalbergen and his family on the new arrival of their son Ezra David.  I’m sure Mr B will be telling us all about Ezra when we return after the half term break.

One of the highlights for me was the Young Voices event at the MotorPoint Arena. The evening was spectacular and the children did us so proud with their singing and behaviour.  I’m sure everyone who attended were just as impressed as I was and it’s lovely to hear the children singing Young Voices songs up and down the corridor back here at school.

There have been quite a few class events over the past weeks as well.  I was fortunate to have been invited to the Year 6 China Day where we enjoyed a lovely feast of Chinese food as well as finding out a lot about the traditions behind Chinese New Year.  Our Year 3 children have had a busy few weeks.  They had a brilliant afternoon in the outdoor area at The Rowan School and then invited Alan Birch, a professional artist into school to help with their Printing Topic.  Further down school the Year 2 children had a brilliant problem solving day which focused on traditional stories including the Gingerbread Man.  All these events are videoed on the blog sections on the website.

The Valentine’s Disco was a real success and it was lovely to see so many of you having a great time.  Some of the dance moves might be copied on the next staff night out!  A big thanks to the PTA members for their hard work in organising the disco.  We have also received 21 new digital cameras courtesy of the PTA.  These cameras are for the children to use in class and there is a photography competition taking place at the moment for the children.

You won’t have been able to miss the new SMUGA (Smart Multi Use Games Area) in the KS2 playground.  The feedback we have received has been really positive and I’m sure that the children will join me in thanking John Smith for lending it to us.  While I’m saying ‘thank you’ I must say a huge thanks to everyone who has sponsored my skydive.  The date is set for 16th June which I have since found out is Father’s Day and I am getting more nervous by the day.   I have already raised over £1000 which was my target and I’ve been told I need to increase this.

We are having some building work done during the half term break.  We are pleased to announce a new traversing climbing wall on the KS2 playground which will be available after the February break and we are also having the entrance area and dining room spruced up with some posters, banners and photographs of the children.  I am looking forward to seeing the finished results.

I think that is it from me.  Have a brilliant half term holiday and remember that we have a staff training day on 25th February.  The staff are renewing their First Aid Certificates so school starts on Tuesday 26th February.

Mr Stewart

Information about Scarlet Fever

As we have had a reported case of Scarlet Fever in school we thought it would be pertinent to give you information and advice taken from South Yorkshire Health Protection Service, ‘The Management and Control of Infectious Diseases’ document, June 2010.

What is it?

 Scarlet Fever is an infection due to a germ called Streptococcus.

What are the symptoms?

 Scarlet Fever often starts with a sore throat, high fever, swollen neck glands and tonsillitis.  A skin rash develops on the body and the face is often flushed.  The tongue may be smooth and bright red.

How is it spread?

 Scarlet Fever spreads from person to person by coughs and sneezes.  Rarely it can be spread by  contaminated food or milk.

How can it be prevented?

Children with Scarlet Fever should be treated with antibiotics.  After 24 hours of treatment they will no longer be infectious.  There is no immunisation available against the infection.

Should children stay away from school?

 Children with Scarlet Fever should stay away from school until 24 hours after the start of antibiotic treatment.  Contacts of cases should go to school as normal.


Y3 Visit to Rowan School

We have organised for the Y3 class to visit the Rowan Special School in Dore. This will give the children a great opportunity to experience a completely different school setting. Although our children will not be mixing with the children at The Rowan, they will be able to see and use the facilities, many of which are multi-sensory. This links in with our PSHE work and will be followed up with some work in class.

The trip will take place on the afternoon of Wednesday 6thFebruary 2013.

The children will need to bring a pair of wellies and a waterproof, as the ground will be muddy!

For further details about the trip please download the letter here: Y3 Trip to Rowan School letter

Mother’s Day Lunch at Totley Primary School

As part of our Mothering Sunday celebrations we are inviting the children to bring a female relative to have a Mother’s Day cooked school lunch with us on Thursday 14th March.

The menu will be:

Fish fingers and chips


Cheese Flan and chips

With Peas or Baked Beans


Jacket Potato with Baked Beans


Marble Sponge & Custard


Fresh fruit and yoghurts

The cost of an adult school dinner is £2.28 and the price of a child’s meal is £1.98.

Please complete and return the attached slip with payment no later than Friday 1st March.  Unfortunately we won’t be able to accept any orders after this date as the food has to be ordered in advance.

Lunch will be between 12.00pm and 12.30pm.  The lunchtime will finish as normal at 1.10pm.

For further information, please download the letter and reply slip here: Mother’s Day Lunch 14.3.13

Breakfast Club

Please download the Breakfast Club booking form here. Breakfast Club Booking Form Spring (2) 2013

Please circle the dates you require breakfast for on the form.

Each session is open from 7.40am and costs £3.00. Payments for the club can be made by cash, cheque, child-care vouchers or e-vouchers.

Forest School at Totley Primary School


We are delighted to inform you that we are planning to run a “forest school” during lunchtimes after half term. The school would take place in our school grounds and a sample of the activities on offer would include bush crafts, using hand tools, making items from natural materials, games, treasure hunts and fire lighting skills to name but a few.

The club will be organised by Mr Smith, a parent, via his company “Wild at Play”. It will run for 13 weeks at a cost of £3 per session, with KS1 taking place on a Tuesday lunchtime and KS2 on a Wednesday lunchtime, with each session lasting around 50 minutes – 1 hour. The cost of the 13 sessions will be £39.00.

The dates of the clubs are as follows:

KS1                                                              KS2

Tues 26th February                                  Wed 27th February

Tues 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th March           Wed 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th March

Tues 16th, 23rd & 30th April                    Wed 17th & 24th April

Tues 7th, 14th & 21st May                         Wed 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd May

Tues 4th & 11 June                                   Wed 5th, 12th June

For further information please down the letter and reply slip here. Please complete and return the reply slip with payment if you would like your child to participate in the sessions. Forest School – Letter to parents

Thornbridge 2013

We have provisionally booked to take next year’s Year 6 pupils (current Y5s) to the Thornbridge Outdoor Pursuit Centre for an activity residential in the Autumn term. The dates for the trip are Wednesday 25th – Friday 27th September 2013, during curriculum time. The centre is based in Great Longstone, a Peak District village near Bakewell.

While we are there, the children will experience the joy of camping! (tents provided). They will also take part in a variety of team building, problem solving and outdoor physical activities; as well as covering important aspects of the geography curriculum. Many of the activities will be led by qualified instructors who work for the Centre.

The cost of the visit will be £90. In order to secure our place, we will need an initial deposit of £20 to be in by  Wednesday 27th March 2013. Please complete and return the reply slip along with your non-refundable deposit if you would like your child to participate in this experience.

For further details about the trip please download the letter and reply slip here: Feb 2013 Thornbridge trip

Parson House 2013

We have provisionally booked to take next year’s Year 5 pupils (current Y4s) to the Parson House Outdoor Pursuit Centre for an activity residential in the Autumn term. The dates for the trip are Wednesday 11th – Friday 13th September 2013, during curriculum time. The centre is based on the edge of the Peak District near Fox House Inn.

The cost of the residential is £100.  This includes full board accommodation, transport, insurance and activities. If you would like to view the centre’s website for more information, they have a website which can be accessed at

In order to secure our place, we will need an initial deposit to be in by Wednesday 27th March this year to secure your place. Please complete and return the slip along with a non refundable deposit of £20.00 if you would like your child to participate in this experience.

For further details of the trip and please download the letter and reply slip here: April 2013 – Parson House trip

School Open – Monday 11th February

Please note that school is open as normal today.  There is a light coverning of snow however the roads are passable with care.  Be careful on your way in and remember to wear suitable clothes and footwear.


Tuesday 5th February

Good Morning Everyone,  Despite the snow school is open as normal today.  Take care on your way in and make sure you bring a warm coat, hat and gloves and a pair of wellies.  We will no doubt be playing out in the snow!

Mr Stewart