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Headteacher: Mr T Browse BA (Hons)


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Newsletter – Newsletter 34 – 2017-2018


Many of our year 6 pupils will be experiencing their transition day with their secondary school in the coming weeks. Likewise, we are busy planning for our next year. The new classes will be communicated to children and parents in the penultimate week of term with a taster day planned before September. We have some new members of staff to welcome and I am hopeful that they will be able to attend the taster days so they can meet their new class and the children can meet their new teacher. More details about next year will be shared nearer the time and during the parent presentation on 27th June.

This week, I have spoken to so many children who have excitedly told me all about their up-coming Eid celebrations. It has been lovely to find out how so many of our families are celebrating the end of Ramadan. More often than not it involves long-standing traditions and an opportunity to celebrate with friends and family. I am looking forward to hearing about how the celebrations went, on Monday, but in the meantime may I wish everyone who is celebrating, a happy Eid Al-Fitr.

Have a lovely weekend everyone, see you on Monday.

Tim Browse


In School Next Week

We have a very busy week in school next week with lots of trips and activities.  Please can we remind parents that we are expecting a lot of coaches, so please DO NOT park in the bus bay in the morning or afternoon as this prevents the coaches from being able to collect and return the children safely.  Your co-operation is appreciated.


~ Year 5 Taster Day at Hanham Woods

~ Bikeability Level 2 (specific groups)

~ Governor Standards Meeting – 4.45pm


~ Mars Class trip to Sevington

~ Star and Sky Classes trip to Avon Valley

~ Orion and Aquila Classes trip to Dundridge Park and Conham Vale

~ Bikeability Level 2 (specific groups)


~ BBA visiting to meet the Year 6 pupils

~ Mercury Class trip to Sevington

~ Discovery Class Assembly – 9am – Parents invited

~ Bikeability Level 2 (specific groups)

~ Messy Church


~ Earth Class trip to Sevington

~ Titan and Saturn Classes trip to the Roman Museum

~ Pegasus and Phoenix Classes trip to Dundridge Park and Conham Vale

~ Orion and Meteor Class Assemblies – 8.55am – Parents invited

~ John Cabot Academy staff visiting Year 6 pupils

~ Bikeability Level 2 (specific groups)

~ New Reception Intake Parents Meeting – 7pm


~ Moon and Sun Classes trip to Avon Valley

~ Neptune and Jupiter Classes trip to the Roman Museum

~ Venus Class Trip to Sevington

~ Bikeability Level 1 (specific groups)

~ Ice Cream Friday


Sports Days

Sports Days take place on 3rd and 4th July.  We would love for children to wear the colours of their teams for the Sports Day as they will be competing in Teams rather than classes. They can wear coloured t-shirts or shorts or even coloured sun hats!  Please don’t feel you have to go out and buy coloured t-shirts – be creative!

The team colours are:

Banksy –  Red                                 Brunel – Blue

Dixie – Yellow                                 Rowling – Green

This year’s focus is on using their Gem powers to help the children with the different events. Groups will receive bonus points if a teacher notices them using one of the Gem powers, especially our new Gem – Topaz.

Sports Day times are:

Tuesday 3rd July                Year 3 and 4 – 10.35-12.30

                                                Year 5 and 6 – 1.15 – 3.00

Wednesday 4th July        Years 1 and 2 at 10am

                                             Reception at 1pm

Parents are of course invited to come and watch the Sports Days – We love to see you there cheering the children on.  If there is time at the end, we may even have a Parents and Teachers race!!


Ice Cream Friday

Remember that FAB will be selling ice creams in the front playground from 3.15pm today.  They also have Raffle Tickets on sale for our Summer Fayre – top prize is £100 cash – thanks to our friends at To Gas Heating and Plumbing!


School Photographs

Children will be bringing home the proofs of their class and Year 6 Leaver’s Photos.  If you want to place an order, you can do this by completing the form and returning it in the envelope provided along with the money for the order or you can order directly from the photographers online by following the instructions on your proof card.

Any orders placed through the school MUST be returned by 9am on  Monday 25th June 2018.


St George Breathing Better

It is a national Clean Air Day on Thursday June 21st and the St George Breathing Better campaign have designed a ‘chatterbox’ for local children to colour in and then make, to help them find out about air pollution in a fun and interactive way. Next week, all children in KS2 will bring home their ‘chatterboxes’  which have been funded by Clair City (a project across Europe looking at resident led action to tackle air pollution, with Bristol being one of the 6 cities involved).  We have attached a copy to the email version of the newsletter in case you want to print your own at home.


After School Activities

All clubs are running next week – except for Green Team as Mrs Jama has to attend a staff meeting.

Mad Science has also finished for the term – children will have some special Mad Science Assemblies in the coming weeks and they will be able to sign up for the club starting again in September.

We still have spaces for the following clubs starting next week:

Gardening Club for Year 1 (Tuesdays) – free

KS1 Street Dance (Tuesdays) – £20 for the term

KS2 Street Dance (Thursdays) – £20 for the term

Forms are available from the main foyer.


Space Cadets News

Congratulations to Stacey and the Space Cadets staff.  They have retained their Bristol Standard for “quality improvements in play settings”.  They had some great feedback about their submission and the panel who assessed it felt that it reflected the great impact Space Cadets has on the children who attend. They liked the range of activities on offer – including the promotion of active play and the calm, quiet spaces on offer.

We are very fortunate to have such a great wrap-around care provision at Air Balloon and this recognition of the hard work that goes into it is well deserved.


FAB News

Slips for Face Painting at the Summer Fayre are available from the main foyer.  Spaces are limited so book now to avoid disappointment.

Raffle tickets are also available – if you can take any books of tickets to sell to friends and family, please see Sally in the School Office. We have some great prizes available – including £100 cash top prize and £50 2nd prize.

Children will be bringing home flyers next week with more details about what we have planned – including free Punch and Judy shows, fresh Candyfloss and Popcorn, bouncy castles, Bar, BBQ, Halal Food and lots of games, activities and things to buy.

If you can spare any time to help us set-up for the Fayre during the day (29th June) or can spare an hour to help out on a stall at the fayre itself, we would love to hear from you.


Library News

We have an exciting week coming up with our Sponsored Reading Challenge which starts on Monday 18th until Sunday 24th.  Hopefully your child has brought home their Challenge Sheet so that they can start completing the reading challenges. Its all about having some fun and reading for pleasure. 

Should you wish to support our sponsored reading challenge and help us to enhance our reading resources, please encourage your child to complete as many of the fun reading challenges as possible and fill out the sponsorship form for them.

Please send all the sponsorship money that your child has raised to the school by Friday 29th June. Book prizes will be awarded  too!

The Library is also running a Book Review Competition for Term 6. I have forms in the library if you would like some help in writing a review. I would love it if you reviewed your favourite book so we can display the reviews and encourage others to love the books that you love too.

I’m loving the Happy Eid bookmarks that all the children received this week. Can I suggest that your child writes their name on the back as I have had one or two lost ones come my way, thankfully all reunited with their owners. Happy Eid!

The Book of the Week is the every popular Ripley’s Believe it or Not! We have had several past editions donated to us and the children love reading them. Thank you to all the lovely donations received this week. The Library and Classroom Libraries really appreciate it.  


News from the School Kitchen

This week we have had some fresh, yummy broad beans for lunch. They were home grown from our very own school allotment.  

We have also been enjoying some sweet delicious strawberries from the school allotment.

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