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Weekly Update, 27th January

Good afternoon,


This week’s headlines:



In the coming weeks, I will be sending out letters to all families of children whose attendance is below 95%. The Government are keen to improve school attendance and are encouraging parents and schools to work together to ensure children attend school everyday that they are able. Our target is for every child to achieve 95%.


I am acutely aware that we have had several rounds of various illnesses in the last couple of months and so some children have lower attendance due to this. If there is anything we can do to help with attendance, please do get in touch.


Those with attendance of 90% or below are legally classed as “Persistent Absentees”. I am very keen to help support any family in this position and work together to improve attendance. Please get in touch if there is anything we can do to support.


NEU Teacher Strike, 1st February

Not all staff are members of the NEU and therefore not eligible to strike. Those that are eligible have chosen not to strike on 1st February and so school will remain open as usual next Wednesday. There are further strike days in the coming weeks, if any staff change their position I will let you know but at the moment I don’t anticipate any need to close classes.

The Year 2 residential trip to Beaumanor Hall will not be affected and will continue as planned.


Ninja Warrior, Classes 4 and 5 – Monday, 30th January

Children in Classes 4 and 5 will be having a go at a Ninja Warrior Challenge with a visiting provider. PE kit will definitely be required!


PTA AGM Tuesday, 31st January, 3:30pm

This will be held in school. Come along, share some ideas and have a chat!


PTA Film Night, Friday, 3rd February, doors open at 6:15pm, film starts at 6:30pm

Film night is back!

Tickets are available online via:

Tickets are £3 when bought in advance or £4 on the door, price includes popcorn. There will also be a tuckshop and chicken nuggets available to book via the link above.

They will be watching DC League of Superpets. All children are welcome, please note this is a PG film.


Inclusion Week

This week in PE as well as across breaks and lunchtimes we have been thinking about inclusion sports and activities. Children in all years have experienced a variety of opportunities including skipping, Work it Wednesday, Art Club and boccia.


Change to dinner menu, 1st Feb, 1st March, 15th March, 16th March

On Wednesday, 1st February; Wednesday, 1st March and Wednesday, 15th March the school dinner options will be:

Jacket potato served with cheese, baked beans and salad, with either a shortbread cookie, fresh fruit or yoghurt as a dessert.

On Thursday, 16th March it will be:

Margherita pizza, ½ jacket potato, baked beans and salad, with either a chocolate crunch cookie, fresh fruit or yoghurt as a dessert.


Our Vision

The start of a new year is a good time to reflect on what has been and what is to come. Following the last couple of years and how it has affected us all in different ways with different experiences, we are revisiting our vision and values to ensure they remain relevant.

Can you spare a couple of minutes to help us with this? Simply complete the form below to let us know your priorities for your children's education:


Community Meals – spaces available

A group of local residents and businesses have offered to fund meals for up to 30 children in KS2 with the intention of offering a little extra support to local families. There are still spaces available.

Please contact Mrs Browne: to sign up for the scheme or for further information.

Your child does not need to have a school meal every day to sign up for the scheme.


Helping your child with phonics and reading

Have you ever wondered how to help your child with phonics at home? In school, we use Essential Letters And Sounds to teach phonics. They have launched a new web page filled with support resources for parents, including videos demonstrating how to say each sound:

Essential Letters and Sounds - Oxford Owl


Friday Cake Sale – Please could you help?

The PTA run the cake sale every Friday but due to other commitments it is becoming more difficult to run the stall every week. Would you be able to help sell cakes from 3.15pm to 3.30pm once in a while? This would not tie you to the PTA in anyway - we just need help to sell the cakes (although you'd be very welcome on the PTA too)! It's a great treat for the kids that we want to keep going. Please email if you can help?


Summer Fair, Sunday, 21st May, 11am – 3pm – Can you help?

This is the big PTA event of the year and we are already planning for this year's extravaganza! We can only run this event with the help of parents and teachers. Would you be able to help on the day to run a stall, set up or clear away? If you can help all day - great, but if that's not possible, we would also appreciate if you can help for an hour or too? If you can help in any way, please email and we'll be in touch soon!

Baby and toddler music group

See the attached flyer for information about a new baby and toddler music group in the village and for information about music lessons outside of school.


Stathern Primary School – Clerk to Governors

Stathern Primary School are looking for a new Clerk to Governors – please see the attached advert.


Old Dalby, Queensway and Nether Broughton Parish Council

Our local Parish council is looking for new and enthusiastic members. If you would like to get involved or to ask for further details, please contact the Clerk:


Dates for the diary


Saturday, 28th January – Ratcliffe Cross Country Event

Monday, 30th January – Ninja Warrior experience in school for Classes 4 and 5 – PE kit required

Tuesday, 31st January – PTA AGM at 3:30pm

Friday, 3rd February – PTA Film Night, doors open 6:15pm

Monday, 6th February – Year 5/6 Swimming Gala

Thursday, 9th February – Classes 3 and 4 Futsal taster sessions – PE kit required

Tuesday, 14th February – Cricket day in school with Leicestershire County Cricket Club – PE kit required for everyone

HALF TERM, 20th February – 24th February

Thursday, 2nd March – World Book Day (no dressing up required)

Tuesday, 7th March and Wednesday, 8th March – Parents’ evenings