The Eastnor Express

"To Inspire and Achieve"

Edition: Friday, 21st September 2018

Diary Dates

Mon, 24th Sep

Sports for Champions Day (Sponsored Circuit & Athlete Visit)

Wed, 26th Sep

Class 2 PE Lessons (Morning Session)

Wed, 26th Sep

Class 3 and 4 PE Lessons (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 27th Sep

Class 3 and 4 PE Lessons (Afternoon Session)

Thu, 27th Sep

Class 1 and Class 2 Forest School (Afternoon Session)

Sun, 30th Sep

Choir Singing at Civic Service @ 3.30pm

Key Dates for Autumn Term!

Monday 24th September - Sports for Champions Athlete Visit!

Saturday 29th September - Malvern Garden Show

Sunday 30th September - Civic Service (3.30pm)

Wednesday 3rd October – Flu Vaccinations

Thursday 4th October - Open Classroom Event for Year 6 (9.30-11.30am)

Thursday 4th October - Open Classroom Event for Year 5 (1.30 – 3.30pm)

Saturday 6th October - PTA Autumn Fair @ St Katherine’s Ledbury

Wednesday 10th October - Harvest Service (2.30pm) NO CLUBS

Friday 12th October - A Special visit from the Air Ambulance Team

Wednesday 17th October - Open Day (9.30-11.30 – 1.30-2.30pm)

Tuesday 23rd October - PTA AGM (6pm)

Friday 26th October - Harry Potter World for Class 4

Friday 26th October - LAST DAY OF TERM

Please note that we will add the date for an Autumn Walk when the Estate have provided us with dates for their shoot meetings.

Attendance Policy Update!

I am currently working closely with the governors to update our Attendance Policy. After rigorous analysis of Eastnor's data,  we are concerned about the number of children who are missing schooling due to unauthorised holidays in term time year on year, those who leave school early for appointments and extended weekend breaks and children who have attendance figures consistently below 98% when reviewing their whole school attendance history.

As a result, we will have far more rigorous procedures in place for monitoring attendance during the 2018/2019 academic year, and low attendance will not be ignored. A letter explaining the key changes will be sent out next week.

At Eastnor, we have endeavoured to take a fair and measured approach to attendance but any absence affects the pattern of a child’s schooling and regular absence seriously affects a child's learning. It can also disrupt teaching routines so may affect the learning of others in the same class.

Ensuring your child’s regular attendance at school is your legal responsibility and permitting absence from school without a good reason is something we cannot ignore when we are aspiring to achieve the highest standards in everything we do.

Sports For Champions Visit and Sponsored Circuit!

"Inspiring The Children Of Today To Become The Champions Of Tomorrow!"

This coming Monday (24th September) the school will be welcoming the Gymnast Clinton Purnell who is a multiple Welsh champion. He competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and most recently the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. 

During his visit to Eastnor, all children in school will be taking part in a sponsored fitness circuit as Sports For Champions UK believes within every child there is a champion waiting to be unleashed! The day will aim to show that with hard work and motivation anyone can achieve their dream, not only in sport but in every aspect of their lives.

Thank you for all the sponsor forms that have been returned to school so far - we are very impressed with you all.  If you still have one at home then please send it in on Monday morning.  

Macmillan Fundraising Success!

Thank you to everyone who supported our community cake sale and coffee afternoon last Friday, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research.  It was a huge success and over £420 was raised for this very worthwhile cause.  In fact, the total is set to rise even higher, as Bubbles Nursery are holding their extra event next week.  Huge thanks go particularly to Eastnor Cricket Club who provided the venue, which was perfect for all of our children and families to enjoy their cakes and drinks inside or out.  Also thanks must go to all parents and families who baked or bought cakes which could then be sold.  And finally thanks to Mrs Farnell and Mrs Hadley who helped the Year 6 children backstage, with jobs such as washing up, collecting cups and selling cakes and raffle tickets.  Well done everyone!

Class 1 Superheroes Day!

What a super day we have had  and who would have known what incredible superheroes Class 1 could have been... of course we've known all along how amazing they all are. Their superhero training had paid off well as they were enjoying all the challenges we came across throughout the day.

We had plenty of fun exploring the castle grounds before undertaking the climbing and assault course challenges. We also had a very special mission to save a number of famous superheroes who had lost their way in the castle! What great teamwork and kindness everyone has shown! Well done!

We made our return to school ready for some very well deserved food - every superhero knows how important a delicious meal is!

W all had a wonderful day and I'm sure the children will enjoy sharing their superhero stories with you!

Many thanks to Mrs Layton and Fiona for helping us to be the best Superheroes!

Let there be Music!

We welcomed Mrs Kate Cheetham back to school this week. Mrs Cheetham - a highly experienced music and singing teacher -will be joining us in school each week to ensure our choir is sounding fantastic for the upcoming school and community events. We look forward to sharing some new songs with you at the Civic Service on Sunday 30th September and then at our Harvest Service on Wednesday 10th October.
mrs cheatham

Malvern Autumn Show!

It is so good that every child  in school will be entered in the Malvern Autumn Show at the Three Counties Showground. You will all have had a letter from your class teacher to say what you need to make or do. Remember that the children need to prepare their exhibit at home ready to bring into school on Friday 28th September and we will transport it to the show ready to be judged on Saturday 29th September. We have a free entry ticket for everyone who takes part in this wonderful opportunity.  If you have any concerns or problems please pop in and we will do our very best to help.

Open Classroom Events!

At Eastnor we pride ourselves as being one big family where the staff, children, parents and our local community work together. 

This academic year we are going to be hosting Open Classroom Events, in all year groups, in which we will invite different members of the school community to experience what it is like to learn at Eastnor Primary School.

For this first event of 2018/2019, we are going to invite our parents into school on Thursday 4th October to share learning with the children in year 5 and year 6.  

 Miss Clark and Mrs Jones are planning some exciting activities where each year group will have chance to work with their loved ones, and showcase the hard work they have been doing so far this term.

We request that year 6 parents arrive promptly for the start of the morning session at 9.30 so they can be part of the main teaching session and have the opportunity to experience all of the planned activities. At 10.30am, the whole school, including our visitors, will join us for our Open the Book assembly.

Year 5 parents will be welcomed for the afternoon session which will begin at 1.30pm. 

We look forward to welcoming you all to school!

PTA Autumn Fair

The first PTA event of the year is nearly upon us – the Autumn Fair. This week your child brought home raffle tickets for you to sell, priced at £1 per ticket. We would be grateful if you could return stubs & money, in an envelope, to the school office at your earliest convenience (no later than 5th October). There are more tickets available for family and friends in the office. Please return any unsold tickets as soon as possible. Prizes include: -

Malvern Spa Relax Spa Day for two, 3 Counties Show 2019 family ticket

Talbot Inn voucher, Italian Hamper, Champagne

Port & Decanter, Home farm Kitchen Cake voucher.

The Autumn Fair is a wonderful event, helped largely by your kind donations, and the money raised will be welcomed by the school for various purchases throughout the year. Could you please bring into school at anytime over the next couple of weeks (the earlier the better please) : -

Second-hand children’s clothes, shoes & uniform 

Children’s books and toys 

Chocolate & bottle Tombola prizes – this can literally be anything from shampoo to wine to a KitKat!

Any budding jam/chutney makers - please let us know as soon as possible if you can help us with items for the Homemade Produce stall – this has been very popular in the past.

Any event always needs a good tea, coffee & cake stall so nearer the time, we’ll be sending home a request for cakes to be bought in either on Friday 5th October, or to the event. You all did Eastnor proud at the Macmillan coffee morning and we would be grateful if you could donate again.

Finally, just to remind you, we do have a Bags2School collection the week after the fair. A bag will be sent home soon for any items that won’t be sold at the fair, e.g. adult clothes, linen etc. This can be brought in week commencing 7th October.

Thank you for your continued support.

Lewis and Jacob Triumph!

Lewis and Jacob very proudly bought a huge trophy and rosette into school that they won recently. They took part in Ledbury Carnival and were representing the Marmalade Festival where they won first prize. I think those smiles say it all!

Lewis

Forest School

We are very lucky to have such a great forest school site to take our children to each week but it is in need of a little TLC. We have started to put a new fence round the log circle which I would love some help to finish. We also need some new logs or strong planks for seats. If you are able to help please pop in and see me.

Many thanks for your support.

Class 3

What a lovely start to the term class 3 have had; it is great to be getting to know my new children. They are really enjoying learning more about our class text, Swallows and Amazons, especially some of the sailing terms. We have investigated vocabulary that we don’t normally come across and used it to help us practice our handwriting skills. Our grammar focus has been developing techniques to expand our sentences using noun phrases, preposition and modifying adjectives. Our Maths lessons have been based on place value and how we represent numbers; we are now moving on to addition and subtraction using formal written methods. We have had fun investigating our science topic on sound. The children used musical instruments to find out how sound worked through vibration, we have also made telephones to test out our theories about how sound moves. It seemed a long way from modern mobile phones but the children were able to connect to at least four people at once!  Our Stone Age topic has helped us to look at instruction writing, using the way that tools and equipment were made at this time. During our computer lessons the children have been retelling the story of the Stone Age Boy using a range of software. The children have been showing their Christian Values around school and have looked in depth at The Trinity and why it is important to a Christian. We have looked at two artists in class. The first is Matisse and the second is Klimt. The children have produced some lovely art work in these styles which is displayed in school. The children have once again been enjoying superb PE lessons with Miss Dawe, on the playground and the field. I hope you are all enjoying the homework to decorate a wellington, I can’t wait to see all your entries!

Mrs Tart

House Point Totals

Pupil of the Week Awards

Reception

Benji for his super understanding of numbers not only to ten but always up to thirty! Wow, well done Benji!

Year 1

Frankie for using fantastic leading lines with the letter 'a' in her handwriting. Well done Frankie!

Year 2

Aria for great ideas and for being so thoughtful. Well done Aria!

Year 3

Dominic for his fantastic effort with his handwriting. Well done Dom!

Year 4

Eva for great accuracy within her maths work using missing numbers. Well done Eva!

Year 5

Nancy for her fantastic work in maths this week and for helping Miss Clark to lead the round in singing. Well done Nancy!

Year 6

Isabel for always getting on in class and for demonstrating a quiet and conscientious attitude towards her work. Well done Isabel!

Headteacher Award

Alex in year 2 for impressing all his teachers with his brilliant maths brain! Well done Alex.