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All New Sports Day!

It was all change this year as our annual sports day had a facelift. Instead of the traditional procession of races, the children rotated round 14 different activities in small groups. This meant they could all try their hand at a variety of events, which ranged from foam javelin throwing to a penalty shoot out. Meanwhile, old favourites such as egg and spoon and the sack race were not forgotten.

In perfect conditions, the afternoon kicked off in fine style, as each group paraded around the school field having been given a flag from a range of countries around the world. There was certainly an Olympic flavour to the afternoon, as the horn sounded to tell the groups to move on to the next activity. The staff totted up the scores for each house as the afternoon went on, before Mrs Booth worked out the grand totals. In a very close finish, Stanage just came out on top, pipping Froggatt to the post by jsut 4 points.

So well done to the children, who took part with great enthusiasm as always. Thank you to the many parents who came along and followed the children on their route around school. Thanks also to the staff, for working hard to make the new format work. Now we need to interview the children to find out whether or not they preferred it!

See you all next year for another sunny sports day!

Summer Fun Day proves to be a Grand Day Out!

As the clouds cleared and skies brightened, the crowds flocked to our annual Summer Fun Day, which was once again a great success. From bouncy castles to hook a duck, from badge making to grass tobogganing, there was an activity to suit everyone. Our PTA were amazing throughout the day, arriving early in the morning to set up the various stalls and activities. There were a few worried looking faces as the crew were hit by an almighty deluge of rain late in the morning. Nonetheless, their grit and determination prevailed and the show went on. And what a show it was!

As the delighted crowds munched on a selection of delicious treats and snacks, our performers did a great job of keeping them entertained in the main arena. Cheermania were fantastic and mesmerised everyone with their perfect pom-pomming. Next up were the dance troops, who rose to the occasion and busted their best moves. Mrs Wileman’s Glee Club continued the action with a fabulous trio of singing and dancing numbers. Well done to all the children who were brave enough to take on solo roles! Finally it was time for our Big Sing – a great way to round off a great day.

So a huge thank you to all those who helped and to those who came and supported us. You helped us to raise £1450! Hope to see you again next year!



Sports Day 2012!

Sports day will be held on the afternoon of Monday 25th June. Having eaten an early lunch, we will start with a quick parade of all the teams around the school field at 12:40pm.  Please note the earlier start time. You are welcome to come and watch the children as they progress round the different events, which will commence as soon as the parade has finished.

All the children need to bring on the day are their PE kits and a drink of water or squash in a suitable bottle. If we are lucky and the weather is hot and sunny, sun cream and a hat may be needed!

Please download the letter here Sports Day 2012

Congratulations to our Assistant Headteachers

On behalf of the Governing Body I am delighted to inform you that Mr Paxman and Mrs Wileman have been appointed in the roles of Assistant Headteachers. Their roles will start in September.

I feel there are exciting times ahead for everyone at school as we all look to continue to work hard for the children and families of Totley.  Mr Paxman and Mrs Wileman will be fantastic support for me and will have full responsibility on occasions when I have to be away from school. The Governing Body and I have full confidence in their ability to make a real difference.

Cleethorpe’s Trip

We are planning to take FS2, Y1 and Y2 on a trip to Cleethorpes on Tuesday, 3 July.  We will be exploring the seaside and comparing it with Sheffield as part of our Geography topic.

Please download the letter for more details FS2, Y1, Y2 Cleethorpes Trip

Please return the reply slip and contrubution for the trip as soon as possible.

Staffing and Class Changes

The staffing arrangements for the next academic year will be changing and so we wanted to inform you of this as early as possible to give your child as much notice of the member of staff who will teach them next year.

Our transition will once again begin in the last two weeks of term and therefore your child’s last day with their current teacher will be Friday 6th July.

The staffing arrangements from July 2011 is as follows:

  • FS2             Mrs Nicholson
  • Year 1         Mrs Finney
  • Year 2        Mrs Llewellyn
  • Year 3        Mrs Bate
  • Year 4        Mr Paxman (Mon-Wed) and Mrs Sexton (Wed-Fri)
  • Year 5        Mrs Wileman
  • Year 6        Miss Bailey

Please see the letter regarding changes here Staffing and Class changes

Y6 Leaver’s Celebration

Y6 Leaver’s Celebration and Limousine ride.

As part of the leaver’s celebration Mr Gott and Mr and Mrs Robinson have put together some events for the children:

  • Bacon Sandwiches
  • A ride in a limousine
  • A leaver’s T-Shirt

You can download the letter here 1. Y6 Leaver’s & Limousine Letter .

Please return the reply slip and payment as soon as possible.

Mr Stewart’s Summer 1 Blog

I can’t begin this blog without mentioning the last day of half term and the whole school party that we held to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee.  The singing of all the children was amazing and a shiver went up my spine as I watched and listened to everyone singing the National Anthem and Gary Barlow’s ‘Sing.’  The efforts of our older children in organising the various games were amazing and once again the staff were in awe of how much they have matured over the past few years.  

This half term also saw our Year 2 and Year 6 children complete their SATs tests.  We obviously don’t know the final results however what we can be certain of is that every single one of the children have given 100% and whatever level they finish with, we have been so proud of their hard work and determination.  A big thank you to Miss Bailey, Mr Paxman, Mrs Collier and Mrs Hadabora who have helped, supported and coaxed the children over the past few months. 

The school building is undergoing a few changes and we have a number of new developments to enjoy.  The most rewarding have been the new outdoor classroom which has been installed on the school field.  This will provide us with a base to learn outdoors as well as being a place for parents to wait at the end of school when it is raining!  The learning area in the FS2 base has also undergone some changes.  We have eventually had the shelter installed which after a few months of waiting will make a real difference to the children in reception.  We also have a lot of parents to thank who gave up their Sunday to help transform the learning area itself.  Spades, diggers and wheelbarrows were the thing to be seen with and what a difference the day made.  The area should be completed by the time we return in September.  Other developments have seen the car park wall reinforced and the fencing installed which will ensure the safety of our children.   Further developments are planned for the summer holiday as we look to ensure we make the most of our fantastic environment!

There have been a number of trips and events this half term.  Our Jigsaw group visited Build a Bear in Meadowhall and came back with a new pupil – Jiggles.  The Year 4 class had a brilliant day out at Cadbury World in Birmingham where they learnt about the origins of chocolate as well as tasting the odd piece!  It was certainly Mrs Wileman’s highlight of the term!

We also had some excellent sporting moments to celebrate last half term and these included the Totley Cup Final which was won by FC Main a great evening at Ponds Forge where our swimming team competed in the Sheffield Schools Swimming Championships and the Primary Athletics Championships where many of our children qualified for the finals at Don Valley.  We also competed in the King Ecgbert School football tournaments for Year 5 and 6 boys and Y6 girls and actually won the Y5 Cup.    I must give a  special mention for Scarlett Miskin in Year 6 who has been competing in national diving tournaments and recently came away with 6 medals.   Scarlett and Tillie Wilson also in Y6 are both competing at a high standard at diving and you never know, could maybe be starts of the future!

 Thank you for your continued support and I hope you have a lovely half term break.


Mr Stewart June 2012

Lovely Jubilee!!

It was a day to remember as the whole school partied in celebration of the queen’s diamond jubilee. Dressed in an amazing range of red, white and blue outfits, the children looked a patriotic picture. The party started at midday as parents joined us in picnicking on the school field, unperturbed by the chilly conditions.

A selection of royal games and activities entertained us through the afternoon, mainly organised by the Y6 children who were fantastic throughout. These included “Queen skittles”, “pin the tail on the corgi”, ”red white and blue face painting” and “nerf gun clay pigeon shooting” among others. At the end of the afternoon, each child received a mini flag to wave as we sang the national anthem, followed by Gary Barlow’s song for the jubilee, “Sing”.

Father’s Day Celebration Lunch

In celebration of Father’s day we are once again inviting all the children to bring a male adult to have a cooked school lunch with them on Friday 15th June and then stay for some playground fun. The Menu is below:

Fish Fingers and Chips or Cheese and Chive Potato Cake and Chips

Chocolate pin wheel and chips or Fresh Fruit and Yoghurts

The cost of an adult school dinner is £2.24 and the price of a child’s meal is £1.98.

Please complete and return the attached slip with payment no later than Wednesday 30th May.  The letter and reply slip can be downloaded here: Father’s Day Lunch.

Unfortunately we won’t be able to accept any orders after this date as the food has to be ordered in advance.