Talavera Times Talavera Junior School, Gun Hill, Aldersot, Hampshire, GU11 1RG Tel 01252 322156 http://www.talaverajunior.co.uk May 2015 Dear Parents Nepal Earthquake Appeal. Welcome to all our new parents who have already joined us from Bulford and Catterick. I hope you are settling in well. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact myself or your child’s classteacher. Talavera Junior School raised a total of £513.64 in aid of the Nepal Earthquake. It’s SATs week next week – We are incredibly proud of the Year 6 children for all their dedication and hard work they have been putting in to their lessons and before school Fasttrackers. We know that you will all do brilliantly next week! Walk to School week begins on Monday 18th May. I hope that you will encourage your child to discover the healthy benefits of walking. Will your child manage to collect all five walk to school stickers? Regards Year 4 visit to Butser Ancient Farm On 30th April year 4 went in a coach to go to Butser Ancient Farm. We sat in the coach for one hour, we listened to songs and on the way we saw some beautiful horses, we were very noisy. Miss D Bending Miss Bending Early Morning Fast Track sessions for Year 6 We have been offering extra ‘Fast Tracker’ sessions before school for our year 6 children. These sessions have made great impact on the children and we are really impressed with the attitude and effort shown by everyone who has attended. Improving School Communications with ParentMail After that we finally arrived at Butser Ancient Farm. A lady showed us some goats that were surrounded by a fence called a wattle fence. The wonderful lady took us to a roundhouse that was really pretty; we had a snack from our pack lunches with a fire in the middle. We closed the door it was really dark. We sat on deer skin but the other year 4’s sat on logs. Then after we had our snacks the lady showed us a little bird’s nest we had to be quiet to hear them. Later 4CL went to a rich fabulous Roman house we made some mosaic. We had to be in pairs or three’s if there was an odd number some people made swords or shields with their mosaics. Communicating with parents is an important part of what we do, making sure you get the correct information about activities, events and things that really matter is something we care about. Traditionally we have used printed letters but delivery of those can be unreliable; they are also expensive, take time to produce and are not very environmentally friendly. With this in mind we are now using ParentMail to communicate to parents. To use ParentMail all you need to do is let the school know your email address and we can then send you the registration link. You will then be asked to enter some details, answer a security question then set a password for your account. Once this is complete, you will then start to receive trip letters, newsletters and any other information by email. Next we smelled some plants that would be in Roman food. We went to another lady that showed us how to make Roman jewellery we needed some wire and some plyers. We could make rings, earrings or bracelets; we had to make them in spiral shapes. Then we did a villa tour. It was a wonderful tour in a Roman house we found out a lot of information about Ancient Roman life. Written by: Ayshia Aziz 4CL Dance Competition Report On the 26th of March 2015 Talavera dance club went to a dance competition in Basingstoke. We were competing against two other schools. First we had rehearsal and then we were introduced to the judges and what they would be looking for in our routine. After the competition we danced with the other schools to a song called Jump. Then coach Chloe did a special solo for us to Blank Space. The trophies were handed out and at the end Talavera got the rising star award, and last but not least we all had a confetti party. By Chhavi Goyal Attendance Update The attendance rate for April was 95.4% - another brilliant effort. Dates for your Diary 9th May 11.00am - VE Celebration, Aldershot Town Centre. 11th – 15th May SAT’s Week 13th May Year 3 Trip – Science Dome 15th May Bronze, Silver, Gold Assembly (Invite Only) 18th – 22nd May Walk to school Week 18th – 22nd May Year 6 Bikeability 25th – 31st May Half Term PE Kit A number of children have come back to school either without their PE kit or missing bits. Please ensure that your child has black shorts, white/red t-shirt and trainers in school every week. INSET DAY Monday 15th June School will be closed to pupils. Community Room for Hire Afterschool clubs. There are still limited places on some of the afterschool clubs. If your child is interested in one of our clubs please come into the school office. If your child misses 2 or more sessions, then they will no longer be allowed to continue and their place will be offered to another child from the waiting list. Dinner Money Reminder Please remember to pay dinner money on a Monday morning ONLY in a sealed envelope clearly marked with your child’s name & class. Or you can pay via our on-line payment system LOST PROPERTY We have lots of school uniform items in the lost property box; you are welcome to come to the school office to have a look … Maybe your child has kit to be claimed! Please could you name your child’s uniform so that we can avoid your child misplacing it! We are very happy to announce that our Community Room is now available for private hire for meetings, birthday parties, play groups, small conferences etc. If you would like to find out more information, please contact Julie Riley on 01252322156, pop into the Junior School Reception or email [email protected] On-line Payments Thank you to those of you who have signed up to the on-line payment system. If you wish to find out more about it, please visit http://www.tucasi.com/parents/online-payments What Earrings Can I Wear At School There has been some confusion over what type of earring are appropriate and acceptable to be worn at school. Please note that only small, plain stud earrings may be worn at school and must be removed for PE and sports activities. A picture of an appropriate pair of earrings is below. Thank you for your support.