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Heart Defibrillator at Totley

After some of remuneration for the school budget this year, we have extra funding and we have decided to use this to purchase a heart defibrillator.  The defibrillator will be stored in the school office and has the facility to be used on both adults and children.  Key school staff will be receiving intensive training on the use of the defibrillator and I feel it is important to make you aware of the new resource.  I will also be writing to the library and doctor’s surgery to make them aware.

Defibrillators can improve a person’s chances of survival following cardiac arrest by up to 70% and I believe we are one of the first schools in the country to purchase the resource.  I sincerely hope that the defibrillator will be a waste of money and that we never need to use it. However I am sure you will agree it is reassuring that, should such an instance occur where someone goes into cardiac arrest, we are as well equipped as possible to deal with the situation.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding the defibrillator.

Please download the letter here: Defibrillator letter

PTA Plant Sale

Do you need any bedding plants or hanging baskets? Ordering them is easy with the PTA!

To make your order, just fill in the form which can be collected from the office or downloaded here. Please return the completed order form, together with your payment, to the school office by Friday 22nd March 2013.   You can pay by cash or a cheque made out to Totley Primary School PTA. (Please remember to add the PTA).

The plants will be ready for collection, at the school, on Thursday 9th May 2013 between 3pm and 5pm, so keep a note of the date.

Plants can not be bought on the day, because we order the plants from a nursery. So to avoid disappointment, fill in a form now!

The full catalogue of plants is available by clicking on this link: Catalogue

Feel free to ask friends, relatives or colleagues to order some plants as well.


FS2, Y1 and Y2 Trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park

For this years end of year celebration all the infant classes will be going to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park on Tuesday 4th June. In the morning each class will be given a guided tour of the park by an artist. We will be exploring the sculptures, focussing on animals, looking closely at the themes and materials used by the different artists. In the afternoon we will be taking part in a workshop. Here we will be given the opportunity to use our creative imaginations producing some large sculptures of our own, inspired by the works we have spotted during our tour. I’m sure this will be an exciting opportunity for our children and should be a creative experience to remember!

We will leave school at 8.30 am and aim to arrive back at school at approx 3.30 pm.  Your child will require a packed lunch, a drink in an unbreakable container (no fizzy drinks please) and a suitable bag to carry these in.

The cost of the trip is £12.50  which covers the cost of the coach, our workshop and insurance.  If it helps, we are happy to receive payments by instalments, please get in touch with us.

Please download the letter and reply slip here: Infant Trip to Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Comic Relief at Totley

As you are well aware, Comic relief is fast approaching and as a school, it is a charity that we enjoy supporting each year.

This year, we are going to follow the comic relief theme and hold ‘The Great Totley Bake off’; a school bake off competition. Each class will be given the opportunity to bake during the week beginning the 11th March. This will be done during class time as a whole year group. On the Thursday afternoon, we will hold the judging in the school hall and our esteemed judges, Carol, Doreen and ‘Mary Berry’ will decide which class has won the bake off.

But how are we going to raise the money, I hear you say! On Friday 15th March, we ask that everyone in school brings 50p to dress up in something to do with baking. You could dress as a chef or just wear an apron over your clothes, it is up to you. During break time, we will be holding our big bake sale, where all the biscuits that have been baked throughout the week will be sold for 25p.

We are really looking forward to having a great week in school. I would like to thank you in anticipation of your support and I know the children will have great fun ‘doing something funny for money’!

Y4 Swimming lessons

The Year 4 class will start their swimming lessons next Monday 4th March.  This will be the first of 17 sessions that they will complete and they will work towards the National Curriculum principles.  The Swimming Curriculum like all other National Curricular subjects is compulsory for our children.

The children will be collected by coach and transported to Mylnhurst School Swimming Pool at 10.30am and return before lunchtime.  Mr Baalbergen and Mrs Booth will accompany the children and the sessions will be taken by Sheffield City Council Swimming Instructors.  The children will need the following:

  • Swimming trunks or costume.  Please note that swimming shorts cannot be longer than knee length and bikinis or tankinis are not permitted.
  • A towel

Pleas also note that long hair must be tied back, jewellery including earrings must be removed and any new piercings that cannot be removed will result in the child not being able to swim.

The Council are also very strict on the wearing of goggles and insist on all children who want to wear goggles having written consent.  Please complete and return the goggle consent form if you would like your child to wear goggles.

Please download the goggle consent form here: Y4 Swimming Letter

Y4 Kingswood Residential

With the Kingswood residential less than a month away, I thought I would write to give you the final details of the trip.

The children will be participating in some excellent activities which include climbing, the leap of faith, abseiling, archery and zip wire.

The plan is to leave school at 1.30 pm on Friday, 26 April and travel to Kingswood by minibus.  The children are expected to come to school in the morning and leave their bags in the hall.  The weekend is action packed and the activities start the minute we arrive.  I expect us to arrive back at school at approximately 1.30 pm on Sunday, 28th.

Please return the medical and consent from by Friday 8th March

Please download the letter here for further details about the trip, clothing that the children will need to bring along, items they will need to pack and the medical consent form: Y4 Kingswood trip – Medical-consent form Feb 2013


Golf Club After School

The club will take place after school in the hall from 3.15 – 4.15pm and will run on the following Tuesdays:

  • Tuesday 5th March
  • Tuesday 12th March
  • Tuesday 19th March
  • Tuesday 26th March

The cost of the 4 week course is £12 and the children will require their PE kit. Please make any cheques payable to Totley Primary School and ensure both payment and consent slips are returned to school as soon as possible.

Please download the letter and reply slip here: Golf – Initial letter April 2013

Y6 SATS Information Evening

The Year 6 SATs week is quickly creeping up on us and we thought you might find it useful to find out how the week might look from your child’s point of view.  With this in mind we are holding a SATs Information Evening for parents at 6.45pm on Thursday 21st March in the Year 6 classroom.

During the meeting we will explain how the week will run, show you some of the past SATs test papers that the children have been given as well as letting you have a go at completing one of the tests.

It would be great if the children can come along too and pit their maths skills against you.  We hope to see as many of you as possible at the meeting.

Please download the reply slip and letter here: 2. Y6 SATs Evening Letter March 2013

Easter Celebrations at Totley

It’s that time of year again! Easter is just around the corner and in true Totley tradition we shall be holding both our egg rolling and egg decorating competitions.

The heats for the egg rolling competition will take place on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th. The final will be held on Wednesday 27th March. Any child wishing to enter should bring a hard-boiled egg to school on Monday 25th March.

The egg decorating competition is a favourite of the children and this will also be judged on Wednesday 27th March. Children can bring their eggs in from Monday 18th March and these will be displayed in the school entrance hall.

In addition to this our Easter Service will take place on Monday 25th March at 11.00am at Totley All saints Church.  You are of course more than welcome to attend.

Thank you for all your support this term and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a lovely Easter break.

Heart Defibrillator

We are pleased to announce that we have purchased a heart defibrillator to improve further our First Aid Procedures.  Defibrillators are used when people go into cardiac arrest and can improve the person’s survival chances by 70%.  We sincerely hope that the resource will remain unused however it is reassuring that should anyone go into cardiac arrest we have the deal with it as best we can.

Key staff will complete intensive training in the use of the defibrillator which will be stored in the main school office.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions regarding the defibrillator and feel free to let local businesses and community groups aware of the resource.