February 26th Newsletter

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February 26th Newsletter
by Mrs Doran - Friday, 26 February 2016, 1:55 PM


We were very sad to say goodbye to Miss Bleasdale today.  Miss Bleassdale is a Senior Teaching Assistant who has worked at the school for 8 years and is very well liked by all the children and staff. It has been lovely to hear how much she is valued by parents too.  Miss Bleasdale has plans to relocate so we wish her the very best in her next chapter but hope that she doesn’t go too far away and can still visit us often.


Friends Coffee Morning

Friends of LAMPS will be hosting their coffee morning at Coronation Hall on Thursday 3rd March - next week!

They are in need of raffle and tombola prizes, bric-a-brac, books, and cakes for the stalls.  If raffle and tombola prizes/bric-a-brac can be dropped in to school, or to Jane Smith by Wednesday 2nd March at the latest, that would be great.  Also, any donations of cakes can be brought in either Wednesday or, at the latest, on the Thursday morning.  Summer is coming and we are very keen to raise money to improve play provision in our playgrounds and the Friends of LAMPS are working hard to help us achieve this goal so if you are not able to attend the Coffee Morning then any raffle/cake donations will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your continued support.



We were thrilled for our Gymnastics teams this week.  All three teams had secured a place in the final competition at Barrow Leisure Centre and all 3 teams won with each bringing back a trophy and individual medals.  It was a very close call for the Key Steps 3 team but we just scraped it! Each team will now compete at County level and will travel to Penrith on Thursday 24th March.  Well done children and thank you to all staff and parents who have supported them.


Young Voices/Swimming/Gym Club

I have been alerted to the fact that there will be roadworks on the A590 on Monday evening which will affect the coach travelling back from Young Voices.  Mrs Gallagher has contacted the coach company and has been advised that they will travel through Windermere and then to Newby Bridge and although this will enable the coach to avoid the roadworks, it will put an additional 30 minutes on the travelling time.


There are only 15 pupils in Key Stage 2 who do not attend choir and will not be travelling to Manchester for the concert on Monday.  These children will work together for the day with Miss Ripley and Mrs Johnston (teaching students).  All 15 children will be going swimming on Monday morning.  This will be the usual lesson for children in Year 3/4 and an additional lesson for those pupils in Year 5/6. 


Also, because there are only a few Year 3/4 pupils who will be in school on Monday for Gym Club, Mrs Smith will not be running that session.  However, there will be an alternative club delivered by myself which will finish at the usual time of 4:15pm for those children who would like to attend.



I have noticed that there are a growing number of parents bringing their children into school each morning.  I am very keen to have an ‘open door policy’ where we can welcome parents into school and especially be available in the morning for any questions or queries regarding reading books, homework etc but this morning there were a number of adults who brought even KS2 children into school for no other reason than just to walk them through the building.  Not only is this preventing the children from developing their independence, but our corridors are very small and become easily congested. 


There are genuine instances where children may lack confidence or may be anxious about coming into school and where this is the case, we welcome parents bringing them in if it makes them more settled.  For those children who are confident enough, please help us to develop their independence by encouraging them to walk to their classroom by themselves.


Year 5 Visits

Year 5 will be visiting both Dowdales and Ulverston Victoria High School for their taster sessions.  The Dowdales visit is next Friday and the children will be transported from LAMPS in the Dowdales minibus.  The UVHS visit is Tuesday 8th March the following week and pupils will be expected to be dropped off their by parents.  More details will be provided about both visits next week.







Dojo (merit)


Harry Webb

Samuel Heap

Libby Powell


Danny Maddox

Zara Clough

Leah McIntosh


Leilah Pybis

Isla Dobson

Tyler Jones


Evie Parton

Peter Scott

Lucy Doyle


Diary Dates




Race Night,   Duddon Sports Club, 7pm


Young Voices   (Choir only)


Gill Jepson   visiting, whole school


Emma   Richardson, singing workshop, Yr 5/6, 1:15pm


World Book Day


Friends Coffee   Morning, Coronation Hall, 9:30 – 12:00


KS1 trip to   Forum 28, The Gruffalo’s Child, 10:30am


Year 5 Taster   Day @ Dowdales, 9-12:30pm


Dowdales Fun   Sports event for Year 1 pupils, 1:15 – 3pm


Friends of   LAMPS meeting, 7:30pm


Pre   Residential Outdoor Ed. Lesson, Yr 3/4, Burlington School


Year 5 Taster   Day @ UVHS


Year 3/4   Residential to Waterpark


Yr 5/6 at   Forum 28 for UDance