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Friday 22nd March – School Open

Good morning everyone,

School is open this morning despite the snowy conditions.  Please bring wellies, hats and gloves as we will no doubt play out in the snow today.

Mr Stewart

Breakfast Club Booking Forms

Please download the Breakfast Club booking form below for Summer 1 and 2.

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.

Breakfast Club Booking Form Summer 1 2013

Breakfast Club Booking Form Summer 2 2013

Mum’s the word!

We said thank you to our mums today by holding a special mother’s day lunch. It was great to see our dining room full of happy faces as children, mums and grans tucked into a fabulous feast provided by our school cook – Sara, and her team.  Afterwards, many mums also made it onto the yard to share in playtime fun! Thanks also to Mrs Bridgwater for organising the event with military precision!

Y5 Take the Biscuit!

Congratulations to our Y5 chefs, who claimed 1st prize for their outstanding Comic Relief biscuits in our Great Totley Bake Off.

Following intensive scrutiny by our panel of expert judges, the Y5s came out on top thanks to the quality of their bake, funny presentation and a superb jam filling. Well done to all the classes, who have had a great time this week baking a wide variety of treats. The biscuits will be sold tomorrow to raise money for Comic Relief – so remember your money and be quick, because they won’t last for long!!

Summer Term Extra Curricular Activities!

Please downlaod the new timetable for Extra curricular activities here: Summer 2013 Extra Curricular Timetable

Please follow the link below to download letters for all the activites.

Information from Taylor Shaw regarding changes to School Dinners

You will no doubt have seen the recent media coverage of the discovery of horsemeat in some pre-prepared beef products nationally. This letter is to tell you what has happened so far locally and how beef on school meal menus in your school is to be managed from now on.

The Results of Testing Beef Burgers

Taylor Shaw, who supply school meals in your child’s school inSheffield, have an ethos of using freshly prepared foods, cooked on site wherever possible. The only pre-prepared products that have been used in the service are beef burgers and sausages and these have been supplied by the food distributor Brakes. The Food Standards Agency has instructed all suppliers and manufacturers to the industry to test all their beef products. This has now been done.

The results have been received and I am very happy to confirm that our supply of beef burgers to Sheffield schools have been found to be free of any horse DNA .

This applies to Secondary and Primary sectors and also any halal burgers that were being used in the service prior to the start of the problems in January.

There is no evidence according to the Food Standards Agency that pork products need to be investigated and are therefore not subject to any testing so pork sausages will remain on the menus. Dishes such as meatballs, lasagne and pies are all home made.

What Happens Now

The Council and Taylor Shaw are still concerned about how this situation has come about nationally and also that it will be some time before the Food Standards Agency reports on why beef products have been sold containing horsemeat and horse DNA. So Taylor Shaw has decided not to re-introduce the beef burgers from Brakes, but to make their own for the time being by the catering teams using fresh beef mince from their local butcher, Underwoods Meats Ltd. They are also sorting out a supply of beef burgers made up by Underwoods on their behalf, again using the best quality meat, in order to get the volumes needed to satisfy school menus. Any home made beef burger will comply to Taylor Shaw’s recipe and it will meet the requirement of the contract standard in terms of fat and meat content.

Our Quality Standard

As parents and carers, you will expect the Council and its suppliers to have high standards. We absolutely will not compromise on this and the health and wellbeing of our children and young people is paramount at all times. Our school meals service is one area where the most robust checks are in place to ensure we serve high quality food and that your child receives the food you believe they should be.

The meat supply used in your schools’ service meets the highest rating possible by British Retail Consortium – Grade A – and all the meat is Red Tractor accredited. This means that it can be traced back to the original supplier of the meat. The School Food Service is in receipt of all documentation that shows this quality standard and this is updated annually as part of the contract between Taylor Shaw and the Council. We therefore make sure that we have a visible and robust trail of where the meat has come from. This also includes halal meat.

Trading Standards Testing

The School Food Service checks the raw materials used in the service by an independent testing process every year through our Trading Standards Department. This test always includes meat in all its forms plus fish and milk, and includes a check for any pork DNA in halal meat. All our fresh meat – diced and minced – has been found to fully meet the School Catering Contract standard when the latest test was completed in November 2012.

I hope that this letter has gone some way to reassure you that both ourselves and Taylor Shaw have the highest standards in place regarding all aspects of the food we serve your children. It is something we will never compromise on. If you have any comments or queries regarding this letter, do not hesitate to get in touch with us using our telephone numbers above or our direct email address

Please download the letter here: Taylor Shaw Letter


 Totley Primary School PTA Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Egg Hunt will take place on Sunday 24th March at 11 am

Tickets £3 per child and can be bought from the School Office from 11th March.

Tea, cakes, bacon butties will be on sale on the day.

There will be a Easter Hat competition with a prize for the best hat!

Donations of Egss and cakes would be most appreciated.  (Please bring egg donations from 11th March, cake donations can be brought on the day.)

Please download the flyer for the hunt here: Easter egg hunt poster 2013

Mother’s Day Lunch

For Attention of Parents/Carers Booked in for Mother’s Day Lunch

We are delighted at the response to the Mother’s Day lunch event that will take place on Thursday 14th March.  In order to accommodate everyone in the dining room, we will be holding 2 sittings:

Parents/carers of FS2, Y1 and Y2 (key stage 1) children will have their lunch from 11.30 am.

Parents/Carers of Y3, Y4, Y5 and Y6 (key stage 2) children should arrive at school at 12.15pm when hopefully the dining room will be less busy.  If this poses a problem for anyone who has children in two different key stages, we will ensure that the older child has their lunch at the earlier sitting.

All adults should report to the main entrance at their allotted time.  We will bring the children to the main hall to meet you.

Friendly Football Match V Dore Primary

Following a request from the children in Y2, we have arranged a friendly football match away against Dore Primary School on the above date.

Depending on the number of children interested, we may be able to form two teams of children to enable more games to take place. The games will be played as matches, but obviously the main emphasis will be on fun, participation and cooperation.

We aim to play the games on Dore’s KS2 field, but if the weather is not good enough for this, we will play on the yard.  Children will need football boots (not essential) shinpads, football socks, and suitable trainers.  I will provide Totley Primary School football kits (although these are in sizes more suitable for older children!)

I will organise some practice sessions for any children who return permission slips, and will probably ask some Y6s to help coach at lunchtimes.

On the day of the match itself, the children involved will come out of class to get ready at 3pm.  I would appreciate some help with getting the children dressed, especially as we may have to roll up shorts and shirts to make them fit! We will then

Organise the children into cars to drive up to Dore as soon as school has finished.

Please sign and return the slip if you would like your child to take part and indicate if you can help with transport. Your support at the event would be much appreciated!

Please download the letter and reply slip here: Y2 football match v dore

Earth Hour

We would like to bring to your attention a forthcoming world-wide event, Earth Hour 2013.  “‘Earth Hour is the single, largest, symbolic mass participation event in the world, borne out of a hope that we could mobilise people to take action on ‘climate change’.”

This year Earth Hour will be held on Saturday, 23 March at 8.30 pm when 7,001 cities and towns across 152 countries will switch off their lights as a massive show of concern for the environment.

I would like you to take part with your children on the Saturday by finding an hour during the day when you turn off the television, computer, CD player or Ipad and do something else!  You may want to make it a whole-day which could be a challenge.  We will be talking to our children in class about what they can do instead, perhaps playing out, den building, playing board games with the family, playing imaginary games or making music!

We will be holding an assembly about Earth Hour on Monday, 25 March when the children can talk about what they have been upto.

I hope that you will rise to challend and join in!