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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.


Spring Term Parent’s Evening

I am writing to invite you to the Spring parents’ evenings which will be an opportunity to discuss with your child’s teacher how they have settled into the new academic year.  It will also be an opportunity to discuss your child’s targets and the progress they have made.

The meetings will be held on Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th March between 3.30pm and 6.30pm.

Please fill in the slip below to indicate your preferred times. Also indicate the year groups of any brothers or sisters to save clashes of times.

Please download the letter here for the reply slip:

Y1 Parents Evening – Spring

Y2 Parents Evening – Spring

Y3 Parents Evening – Spring

Y4 Parents Evening – Spring

Y5 Parents Evening – Spring

Y6 Parents Evening – Spring

 


Y2 Trip to Bolsover Castle

Our topic next term will be ‘Castles and Dragons’. The children will be learning what it will be like to live in a castle and so we have planned a trip to Bolsover Castle.

The trip to Bolsover Castle is booked for Monday 11th March. We are scheduled to leave school at 9.00 am and we will be returning for the end of school at 3.10 pm.

For this trip, we are asking for a voluntary contribution of £6.70.

I hope you agree with me that this will be something very special for your child to attend and I am sure this will boost our topic! Please can you fill the slip in below and return by Wednesday 6th March 2013.

Please download the letter here for the return slip and further details: Y2 Bolsoverr trip 2013


Y1 Trip to Weston Park Museum

On Thursday, 7 March we have planned a trip to Weston Park Museum for Y1 children to take part in a workshop about ‘Toys in the Past’, called ‘Toy Story’.  Y1 are studying Toys this term in History.

We will leave school at approximately 9.00 am and return by 3.10 pm.

The cost for the day, including the cost of the workshop and return transport, will be £5.00 per child.

Please complete and return the slip below, with your payment, if you wish your child to participate in this visit.

Please download the letter here for further details and the return slip: Y1 Weston Park Museum – 7.3.13

 


World Book Day

It’s that time of year again, time for our World Book Day celebrations!  So dig out your fancy dress costumes because Thursday 7th March will be a non-uniform day, when staff and pupils can come to school dressed as their favourite book character.

Each class will be taking part in ‘book day’ activities during the morning.   In the afternoon, I would like to invite parents to come from 1.30 pm and have the opportunity to share a book with some of the children in your child’s class. To finish our day off, at 2.30pm,  there will be a special assembly, where each class will perform a short story or poem for your entertainment.


The BIG Pedal

The big pedal is an activity/competition which has been set up by the Bike It Crew along with Sustrans to encourage children to cycle or scooter to school.

The way that the big pedal works is that the pupils cycle to school as much as they can to try and beat other schools across the country.  We have to submit the number of bikes and scooters each day to earn miles.  As well as getting fit, the school could also win an exotic prize!

The competition starts on 28th February and lasts for three weeks.  It still counts if you drive to a sensible area to cycle from, instead of riding for about 5 miles.

It would be great if you could take part as not only will it be great exercise but it will be good fun too!


TPS Filming with Focus Education

You may be aware that we purchased a new assessment tool for the FS2 class at the start of this year and Mrs Nicholson and Mrs Read have been using it to assess the progress of the children.  The software is called Fingertips and is created by Focus Education who would like our school to feature on their website to demonstrate outstanding practise.

The filming will take place in the classroom on the morning of Thursday 28th February and we would be grateful if all the children can be wearing their school uniform.

Please contact Mrs Nicholson or myself directly if you do not want your child to be involved in the film.


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.