November 20th Newsletter

Foodbank Donations

You should have received an email this week from Mrs Brettle giving details regarding the support of Barrow Foodbank as part of the ‘Barrow United’ initiative.  Newbarns Primary School pupil, Joshua Hewson (8 years old) has been inspired by both Marcus Rashford and Boxes of Hope Cumbria, to support his local community and as a result he came up with the idea of ‘Barrow United’ to support Barrow Foodbank.

Joshua is asking local schools to donate items to support the Foodbank in delivering hampers to local families during the Christmas period. This will happen with the help of Barrow AFC Community Trust, who will pick up the items collected by local schools and prepare the hampers to be delivered.  We thought this was an amazing idea, even more so because it had come from a primary pupil.

We have already received some very generous donations from our families but, if you haven’t yet sent some food into school and would like to, the final date is Wednesday 25th November.  Class 1 have been asked to bring in cakes or selection boxes, Class 2 – mince pies, Class 3 – tinned meat or biscuits and Class 4 – stuffing or savoury crackers.

Flu Vaccinations

Just a reminder that the children’s flu nasal vaccinations will take place next week on Friday 27th November. If for any reason your child should miss the vaccination due to being absent, there are vaccination catch up clinics where they will be able have the vaccine at a later date.  Mrs Brettle can provide information on these clinics if required.

Class Dojo/Seesaw

From January next year, we will no longer be using the Dojo app in school.  We initially set up Class Dojo because of the facility to communicate with parents and for parents to be able to see children’s rewards and sanctions.  Like many initiatives in school, they are time limited and our pupils have become less and less motivated by dojo points.  Therefore, we will be revising our rewards and sanctions scheme and moving to just using Seesaw as our platform for communication between home and school.  I will update you with more information towards the end of term.

Christmas – Santa Dash

On December 11th, the whole school will be taking part in a Santa Dash.  Every child in school who completes the dash will receive a medal and certificate.  We are very much looking forward to spreading some Christmas cheer around the village as well as getting outside and being active.

Next week I will be asking teachers to spread some Christmas cheer around school by decorating their classrooms and the communal areas.  If you have any old decorations that you no longer want or need, please feel free to send them in.

The children’s Christmas party afternoon will take place on the Thursday of the final week.  We will be asking parents for a payment of £2.50 per child to pay for food and prizes.  More information will be given nearer the time.

Diary Dates

These are useful dates for your diary that will be added to each week.  More information about each event will be provided nearer the time. New dates are highlighted, changes to any date/time are in red.

DateEvent
25-11-20Last day for food donations
27-11-20Flu Immunisations
11-12-20Santa Dash /Christmas Jumper Day
16-12-20Rapunzel, The Lockdown Pantomime
17-12-20Children’s Christmas Party Afternoon
18-12-20Last day of term – non uniform day

October 23rd Newsletter

Parents’ Evenings / Written reports

In light of the current restrictions, we will not be holding our usual Autumn term Parents’ Evenings.  Instead, the class teachers will write a brief report for each child that will provide information regarding their attainment prior to school closures and their most recent assessment outcomes.  We intend to give parents an honest account of where the children are in their learning; it would be senseless to think school closure would not impact on progress.  However, we are fully confident that with our interventions, increased support and the continued effort you give to working with your child on their homework and home learning, we will close any gaps in their development. 

If we do have any particular concerns about an individual pupil, we will be inviting parents in to school for a meeting.  In most cases, children should catch up lost learning but, where we anticipate any exception to this, we will contact you.

When we return from the half term break, you will receive a communication via Parent Mail which will provide information about our assessment system and a form that will enable you to feedback any comments or concerns regarding your child’s learning and progress.  You will then receive your child’s report from their class teacher.  After reading the report, you should complete the form with your comments.

Nursery

We have now completed our first half term with a Nursery class and we absolutely love having these younger children in school.  Their curiosity, boundless energy and gorgeous smiles make school a brighter place.  We now have 9 nursery pupils on roll, with another 2 registered to start in January.  If you know any families with children approaching 3 years of age and they are looking for a Nursery place, we are happy to conduct socially distanced visits to the school when the building is less populated.

Curriculum Enrichment

I would like to thank the staff for their efforts in planning and delivering some exciting activities this term.  Helvellyn Class (Y3/4) enjoyed an amazing Anglo-Saxon Day which including forging swords, crafting jewelry and loom weaving.  Blencathra Class (Y2) baked their own Anglo Saxon feast with Mrs Brettle and Cat Bells (N/R/1) have been learning about Harvest and making scarecrows.  They have also recorded their own Harvest assembly which has been shared with parents.  Yesterday and today I have worked with Scafell Class (Y5/6) on a STEM project provided by BAE Systems.  We used special pens with conductive ink to draw circuits and investigate different materials and whether they were insulators or conductors.  This morning we built our own drones and then attempted to program and fly them in the hall!  We have definitely developed our ability to problem solve, some more successfully than others! More importantly, it has been wonderful to watch the children working as a team, helping and supporting each other and enjoying their learning.  We are very grateful to BAE Systems for providing this opportunity, together with the Fairy Tales STEM project that KS1 have completed.  The children (and adults) have thoroughly enjoyed their activities. 

Halloween Hampers

For the last two weeks, the children have been working doubly hard to try and earn raffle tickets to increase their chances of winning a Halloween hamper.  A hamper of sweets for each class has been donated by Mr and Mrs Brettle (Lexie’s grandparents) and, unsurprisingly, they have been a great motivator!  It is a shame every child cannot be a winner because they have all worked so hard over the half term and all deserve a treat!

The winners are as follows:

Cat Bells:         Bow Yates

Blencathra:      Milo Morgan

Helvellyn:         Joel Ashburner

Scafell Pike:    Kara Lingard

October 9th Newsletter

Covid-19

It has been wonderful to have the Key Stage 1 children back in school after their two week isolation period.  I would like to thank their parents for how quickly they responded to our message asking for the children to be collected and also for the fantastic support they have given the children with their home learning activities.  We are very thankful that no other staff members or children contracted Covid and, although having to isolate is far from ideal, it is the right thing to do and is a necessary precaution to keep each other safe.

Friends of LAMPS

The LAMPS Lottery has now been drawn for the months of April, May, June, July, August and September.  Please see below for the list of winners.  If you are able to collect your winnings from school, then please do so from Weds 14th October.  You may remember from my last newsletter that I announced that the Friends of LAMPS would be ceasing this term.  The LAMPS lottery has also now ended, as of October 1st.  Any advanced payments made will be refunded as soon as possible.  If you pay by standing order, please cancel this and if you know of any neighbours or extended family members that may not see this newsletter, please pass the message on.

Curriculum Enrichment

The staff have been working hard to think of various ways in which we can enrich our curriculum within the current restrictions. We have a variety of events and activities that will hopefully give the children something in their school day to look forward to.  Please see the diary dates for when different things will be happening.  Class teachers will communicate anything specific to their class and parents through Dojo,

Week beginning the 19th October, we are having a STEM themed week using resources and activities provided by BAE Systems.  In KS1 the children will be designing and making items linked to traditional tales, such as making a chair to hold all three bears and Goldilocks!  In Key Stage 2, the children will be completing Lego challenges and designing circuits.

Something that the children are all excited for is ‘Frightful Friday’ which is a Halloween themed day we will be having on October 23rd.  The children can come into school in non-uniform or fancy dress and they will be completing Halloween themed activities throughout the day.  We will also be drawing a raffle in each class to win a Halloween Hamper.  Mr and Mrs Brettle, Lexie Brettle’s grandparents, have very kindly donated the sweets for each hamper and, in addition to giving dojo points, class teachers will also be awarding pupils with a raffle ticket.  The more tickets they earn, the greater their chance of winning.

Extra-Curricular Clubs

Children are continually being added to Extra-Curricular club registers and whilst this is a great thing; we want to encourage as many children as possible to attend them, the current Parent Mail payment system is not set up to allow parents to pay for attending clubs on an adhoc basis.  Therefore, any parents who would like their child to attend part way through this term, or as a one off, should make Mrs Brettle aware and a new payment item will be set up for them.

Lunches

We have noticed that a number of children are not eating as much of their lunch as they perhaps should due to wanting to race and play with their friends.  Over the following weeks, instead of having an option to eat outside, all pupils will remain in their classrooms to eat and will not be taken out until at least 12:20pm. 

Diary Dates

These are useful dates for your diary that will be added to each week.  More information about each event will be provided nearer the time. New dates are highlighted, changes to any date/time are in red.

DateEvent
10-10-20Anglo Saxons Feast – Class 2
13-10-20Gary, Tennis Coach working with Class 1 then Class 2
14-10-20Virtual Parliament Workshop – Class 4
15-10-20Anglo Saxons theme day – Class 3
19-10-20BAE STEM project – whole school themed week
22-10-20Class 1 virtual Harvest presentation – video to be sent to parents
23-10-20Frightful Friday theme day– Non Uniform – Whole school
23-10-20Break up for half term
  
02-11-20Return to school
05-11-20Bonkers for Bonfires – forest schools themed day
27-11-20Flu Immunisations

Lottery Winners

AprilPrizeMayPrizeJunePrize
J Dalziel
D Rawlinson
S Mills
B Hughes
C Crowe
£50
£30
£20
£15
£10
S Howell
L Barr
S Simpson
K Brettle
H Clough
£50
£30
£20
£15
£10
C D’Eath
E Copley
C D’Eath
H Clough
J Copley
£50
£30
£20
£15
£10
JulyPrizeAugustPrizeSeptemberPrize
L Satterthwaite
K Brettle
C Crowe
C Hill
I Smith
£50
£30
£20
£15
£10
S Marshall
K Brettle
L Mayou
Satterthwaite
Satterthwaite
£50
£30
£20
£15
£10
S Procter
S Simpson
S Mills
S Thompson
R Simpson
£50
£30
£20
£15
£10

Coronavirus – Help and support

In recent weeks we have received a wealth of information from various sources that offers support and advice to schools and parents during the current Covid-19 crisis.  I have collated all that information to provide you with a single point of reference.  However, I recommend that you visit and subscribe to the following web pages to keep up to date with this rapidly changing situation.

Home learning advice

DFE guidance for home learning during school closures

10 top tips for remote learning – parents

Helping your child learn during school closures

Top tips for creating a home learning environment

Health advice

What to do when your child is unwell

Understanding the coronavirus

Helping SEND children understand pandemics and the coronavirus

Hand washing guidelines

Mental health

Reference to all mental health agencies

Helping children cope with stress

Well-being and mental health – a guide to looking after yourself and others

Domestic Abuse

Domestic abuse – victim support

Parenting

Advice for dealing with behaviour at home

Advice for talking about Covid-19 with your child

Advice for managing stress

Advice for providing structure

Advice for managing one to one time

Financial

If your circumstances have changed due to the current Covid-19 crisis which has resulted in the unavoidable need to claim Universal Credit, your child will likely be entitled to free school meals and vouchers to support uniform costs.  Check here to see if you meet the criteria.

Apply for free school meals

Online Safety

Digital Safety and well-being kit

NSPCC Online safety advice

WhatsApp guide

Zoom guide

April 14th Newsletter

I hope this letter finds you all healthy and coping with the constraints of the current lockdown.  I know I am missing my long walks in the Lake District but I am keeping busy planning routes for when I can finally return.  If you are struggling in any way, whether it be emotionally, financially or practically because you are isolating and unable to get out for food or medicine, then please reach out.  I have a full staff team who are happy to help in any way. Mrs Jarvis provides emotional resilience support to pupils in school and has arranged to speak to some of the children she sees more often but, if your child is particularly struggling to understand the current situation or is feeling upset and anxious by it, please let me know and Mrs Jarvis can provide some support.

Home Learning

Myself and the teachers are very happy that home learning resumes again today.  It is not only important for keeping the children on track with their school work and maintaining their positive attitudes to learning but it gives us that precious contact with them which we are missing.  When we see their uploads and know they’re engaging with the material set, we know they are healthy and well.  Teachers will continue to set English and Maths activities and there is a wealth of content online so if you could encourage the children to adopt some structure and routine into their daily learning, they will benefit enormously.

Each child has been given a Home Learning book with an access code that will allow them to interact with Seesaw in the same way they would if they were in school.  This allows them to upload their own pictures or edit the pictures and documents that we upload.  If anyone is having difficulties, then please let me know as this is the main method we are using for home learning.  I have asked class teachers to make contact with any families that are not engaging with Seesaw so that they can help problem solve, but primarily, to check everyone is okay.

Free School Meals

You may have seen in the media that schools are obliged to continue providing free school meals to those entitled to them even when schools are shut.  These are the school meals that are free for those on low incomes and an application must be made to Cumbria County Council.  This is not the same as the school meals that are free to children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.  If your circumstances have changed due to the current Covid-19 crisis and you think you may be eligible then you can apply by clicking on the link below:

https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/childrensservices/schoolsandlearning/freeschoolmeals.asp

Residential

To those parents who had children booked onto this year’s residential, we are currently in discussions with Fussells Travel company regarding refunds for the residential trip as they are determined to keep the deposit and second payment. We will be seeking legal advice regarding the terms and conditions of the booking and if they are entitled to keep the payment and, if this is the case, we will have to claim through the school’s travel insurance.

I am sure you will appreciate that this is not a quick process, especially with many businesses working less hours and having less staff, however we will keep you updated and you can be assured we will be aiming to refund parents as soon as possible.

School Games Sports challenge

Up until the Covid-19 crisis, we were seeing some fantastic achievements in sport this year and I have no doubt that we would have secured a place in the county competitions for more than one team.  However, just because all competitions have been cancelled it does not mean we can’t complete.  Oliver Carswell, the School Games Co-ordinator for Furness, has organised a virtual competition.  He is uploading a challenge a day to his Facebook page and if you post a comment/photo/video of your child completing the challenge and name our school, we will gain points.  You can see Oliver’s Facebook page by clicking the link below.  Even if you do not want to enter the competition, the challenges are fun and simple and will keep the children busy.

https://www.facebook.com/SGO.Furness/

Critical worker childcare

Just a reminder that we are open for emergency childcare for key workers.  Any parents requiring childcare will need to provide evidence of critical roles and shift patterns for all adults who live in the household and verification of this from your employer.  As long as we have enough staff willing to volunteer and those staff remain in good health, we can continue to open.  However, should this situation change, our pupils requiring childcare will be directed to Dowdales or Dalton St Mary’s.  If you are a keyworker and require childcare, please email me on head@lindalmarton.cumbria.sch.uk to register and discuss shift patterns.  All childcare should be confirmed by 6:00pm on Friday for the following week which will allow me to ensure we have adequate staff in place.

March 27th Newsletter

I did not envisage writing a newsletter today, least of all from home due to the fact the school is closed and empty of children. However, I thought it was important to write as there have been some significant developments over the last week and also because I wanted to say how amazed I am by the effort our children and parents have given to home learning.

Critical worker childcare

The local authority have been working behind the scenes to identify a reduced number of schools to act as childcare Hubs for the children of critical key workers. Dowdales Secondary School is the hub that has been identified for many schools in the Dalton and Furness area. However, myself and other Headteachers, who form the Furness Primary Collaborative, would prefer to provide childcare for our pupils within our own schools where this is possible. This will be possible for as long as our numbers remain low and, our staff who have volunteered to provide this childcare, remain healthy. Should either of these factors change, we would only then have to direct our parents to the Dowdales hub.

The Furness Primary Collaborative have agreed that the following conditions must be met in order for childcare to be accessed: 

 Children of two parent families must have 2 key workers living at home 

 A registration form must be completed 

 Evidence of critical roles and shift patterns must be provided by the employer for all adults who live in the household. 

 There is NO alternative childcare that is safer for your children

It is a very clear message that the safest place for everyone is at home. However, the keyworkers and essential workforce that are having to go to work and put themselves and their families at risk each day are doing an amazing job and I want to do everything possible to support them. If you are a keyworker and require childcare over the Easter break and the weeks following, then please email me on head@lindalmarton.cumbria.sch.uk to register and discuss shift patterns. All childcare should be confirmed by 6:00pm on Friday for the following week which will allow me to ensure we have adequate staff in place.

Home Learning

We have now done our first week of home learning and I am unbelievably impressed with the level of engagement. Across the whole school there are very few pupils who have not been regularly accessing Seesaw and completing activities set by their teachers. This is amazing and fills me with confidence that, when we finally do return back to the classrooms, the children will have maintained their excellent attitudes towards school and resume their learning with much less impact to their progress and academic development. This is because of the wonderful support and encouragement that our parents continue to give; it is what makes our school so special.

Because the pupils have all been working so hard, myself and the teachers felt compelled to recognise their efforts with our usual weekly certificates, photographs of which have been posted onto each class’ Seesaw. Enjoy your Easter break and home learning will continue from April 14th. Class teachers may set some optional Easter activities to keep the children busy but we know how hard teaching children is so know that you definitely deserve to have two weeks off!

A massive well done to everybody!

March 13th Newsletter

Barrow Raiders

Your child should have brought home a season ticket for Barrow Raiders Rugby.  This will give them free entry into every home match.  The list of fixtures was printed on the back of each ticket.  If you have an interest in rugby, it would be great to attend a match and support the team. 

We have a free rugby taster session happening on Friday next week for children aged 6 to 9 years, however there are only 20 places available as, if the weather is wet, it will need to take place in our school hall and space is very limited.

Online Learning

Reminder: If you haven’t already, please connect to your child’s Seesaw account so you can view some of their work and the activities we set for them. 

Also, please don’t forget that your child has access to Education City which is our online learning platform.  There are a wealth of activities from all of the core curriculum subjects so please utilize this facility and have a browse. 

Absence through illness

You may have seen in the news that current guidance asks people to stay at home and self-isolate if they have a high temperature or continuous cough.  We have had a small number of children off school today for various ailments, some of which have included a cough and slight fever.  However, as yet, we have NO confirmed cases of Covid-19 so please do not be alarmed.  We have consulted our Health and Safety team to seek advice about whether these ailments require our pupils to remain at home for 7 days or not. 

In summary, if your child is too unwell to be in school for whatever reason, they should remain off for 7 days to ensure that they are not passing on any kind of illness that may cause others to be unwell and ultimately add to the already pressured healthcare service.  However, if you are concerned, unsure or require more information, please contact NHS 111 who will be able to provide you with specific advice for your child’s individual circumstances, information which you can then share with school which will inform our response.

Achievements

  Maths English Dojo
Class 1 Hallie Heywood Erin Sharp Evan Wood
Class 2 Leighton James Thomason Eve Graham Tommy Helm
Class 3 Alfie Munro Poppy Bailey Amelie Ward
Class 4 Seth Turner Courtney Crowe Esmee Pybis

Diary Dates

These are useful dates for your diary that will be added to each week.  More information about each event will be provided nearer the time. New dates are highlighted, changes to any date/time are in red.

Date Event
16-03-2020 Well-Being Week
16-03-2020 Year 3/4 Tennis Comp
16-03-2020 Year 5/6 Netball League @ Hoops, 3:30pm
17-03-2020 Year 5 Language session @ Dowdales
18-03-2020 Science Morning
20-03-2020 Rugby Taster session, 3:30pm (6-9 yr olds)
23-03-2020 Year 5/6 Netball League @ Hoops, 3:30pm
25-03-2020 Jester For Jesus
26-03-2020 County Gymnastics Finals @ Penrith
27-03-2020 Last day of term
   
13-04-2020 EASTER MONDAY
14-04-2020 Return to school – Anthony Wright Photos
14-04-2020 Parents’ Evening
16-04-2020 Parents’ Evening
27-04-2020 KS2 Ulverston Voices @ Coro Hall
06-05-2020 Jester for Jesus

March 6th Newsletter

Well-Being Week

One of our school improvement priorities at present is to ensure the development of our pupils’ well-being as well as their academic progress.  Having this as a focus has included mindfulness lessons, yoga, outdoor learning, increasing their understanding of nutrition and the benefits of exercise as well as learning about our health, first aid and how to keep safe.  We have woven this learning into our curriculum over the last 18 months and we intend to bring it all together with a themed week beginning 16th March.

The children will focus on aspects of well-being in their English and Maths lessons with their class teachers, and then, each afternoon, they will work with students from the University of Cumbria who are busy planning a wide range of lessons on this topic which they will then deliver to them.

Health and Safety

I am aware of the extensive coverage in the media regarding Corona Virus and I continue to follow it very closely. I would like to reassure parents that our school has the full support of Kym Allen – Health and Safety Consultants and we also have access to Public Health England and the Department for Health. Given the fast-moving, nature of the global response to the virus I do not feel it is sensible to constantly send out information which is being updated all the time. Providing people with links to reliable sources of information online is, I feel, more useful in the longer term.

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Again, I wish to reassure parents that I am remaining up to date of all developments and will always follow the advice of the experts.  At present, that advice is to teach children how to wash their hands correctly and to wash them frequently.

Gymnastics

I am pleased to tell you that our Key Steps 1 team won and will therefore be representing Furness at the county competition. Key Steps 2 and 3 both came a very close 2nd place to Newton School. We are thrilled for Newton as they have worked really hard and deserve their place. Our children are of course winners in our eyes and each one surpassed their performance in the previous competition so we are very proud of all of them.

This does of course mean that Mrs Lawson will be continuing to prepare the Key Steps 1 team whilst the rest of us can focus on the Netball, Tennis and Football Competitions that are coming up very soon.

Netball

This afternoon we took a team of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils to a netball competition at Dowdales.  They played against teams from Dalton St Mary’s, Burlington, Askam and Our Lady’s.  They won one, drew one and lost two but played fantastically as a team and demonstrated all the sporting values that we expect from them.  Well done to Burlington School who won the competition; their netball skills were very impressive!

Easter Raffle

We have three weeks left of the spring term and I am sure the children will work as hard in those three weeks as they have done so far this year.  As an end of term treat, we would like to hold an Easter Raffle for them.  The raffle will rely on the children themselves donating a prize.  It can be an Easter egg, a book or a small teddy (not necessarily new but in good condition). Every child that donates an item to the raffle, will then be given a raffle ticket.  The raffle will be drawn on the last day of term.  If, for example, 3 prizes are donated by one child then that child will be given 3 tickets and will come home on the last day with 3 prizes.  Hopefully these will not be the prizes they donated! Class teachers may also hand out additional raffle tickets as occasional rewards.

Governor Vacancy – filled

I am very pleased to tell you that we have now filled our vacancy and that Mr Payne (parent of James and Dominic, Year 1) is now on the board as a Parent Governor.  We are thrilled to have Mr Payne join us and thank him for volunteering for the role.

Achievements

  Maths English Dojo Reading Raffle
Class 1 Madison Ackred Frankie Butcher Milo Morgan Rhia Waddington
Class 2 Max McLachlan Lucas Thornton Eliza Roberts Freddie Munro
Class 3 Archie Slater Evie Jessett Sebastian Kilty Jake Payne
Class 4 Lucy Hope Frazier Hazlehurst Tyler Fisher Molly Satterthwaite
  • Well done to Kara Lingard who was awarded her stage 3 pen this week.
  • Mrs Lawson has asked me to remind Year 1 parents that pupils need to read 4 times (from Thursday to Thursday) to be in the Reading Raffle each week.  There were only 4 children from Year 1 in the raffle today.

Diary Dates

These are useful dates for your diary that will be added to each week.  More information about each event will be provided nearer the time. New dates are highlighted, changes to any date/time are in red.

Date Event
09-03-2020 Year 5/6 Tennis Competition @ Hoops 9-12pm
09-03-2020 Year 5/6 Netball League @ Hoops, 3:30pm
10-03-2020 Year 5 Language session @ Dowdales
11-03-2020 Science morning Year 5 @ UVHS
13-03-2020 Year 5/6 Girls Football @ Ulverston 3G
13-03-2020 Year 3/4/5/6 Cross Country competition @ Dowdales, 2:30pm
16-03-2020 Well-Being Week
16-03-2020 Year 3/4 Tennis Comp
16-03-2020 Year 5/6 Netball League @ Hoops, 3:30pm
17-03-2020 Year 5 Language session @ Dowdales
18-03-2020 Science Morning
20-03-2020 Rugby Taster session, 3:30pm (6-9 yr olds)
23-03-2020 Year 5/6 Netball League @ Hoops, 3:30pm
25-03-2020 Jester For Jesus
26-03-2020 County Gymnastics Finals @ Penrith
27-03-2020 Last day of term
   
13-04-2020 EASTER MONDAY
14-04-2020 Return to school – Anthony Wright Photos
14-04-2020 Parents’ Evening
16-04-2020 Parents’ Evening
27-04-2020 KS2 Ulverston Voices @ Coro Hall
06-05-2020 Jester for Jesus

February 28th Newsletter

Gymnastics

This afternoon we took three gym teams to Dowdales to compete in the Furness Small Schools competition.  The winning teams go through to the County Competition that will be held at Penrith Leisure Centre on Thursday 26th March.  Unfortunately, at the time of writing this newsletter, we have still not been informed of the results of the competition, to know whether or not we were successful.  However, I can tell you that we were all thrilled with the performance of each individual and that every child did either as well, or better than in the first competition.  They have listened to everything we have asked them to do and if effort and attitude were scored, we’d be clear winners.  Thank you to all the adults who have assisted in the preparation for this competition. 

UVHS

Our Year 5s will be attending UVHS on Monday for a ‘taster day’.  The children will visit to experience a wide range of lessons which may even include a session on their climbing wall.  Therefore, the children will need to take with them a pencil case and their PE kit.  Lunch will be provided free of charge but the children can take a packed lunch if they’d prefer.  Please drop your child off at the main entrance at 8:45am and then collect them at 3:25pm from the same place.

Swimming

As Year 5 will be at UVHS on Monday, there will be no swimming session for them.  We would like to use this opportunity to take Year 3 for a one off session.  If you are happy for your Year 3 pupil to go swimming on Monday morning, please send them with their swim kit.  Year 4 pupils will attend the swimming session as normal although, we would like them to bring in a pair of pajamas to wear over their costume so they can do their survival skills. No fleece PJs please.

Traffic

Just a polite reminder about careful driving on the approach to school.  Although the road is a 30mph limit, 20mph is advised due to the fact we have lots of little people crossing and walking up that road when it is at its busiest.  Please, please take care.

Friends of LAMPS

A huge thank you to those involved with the planning of the Valentine Disco as well as helping on the actual night.  It is wonderful to have an event that not only raises money, but can be enjoyed by the children.  Don’t forget, Bingo is on at Buccleuch Hall tonight, starting at 7:30pm, and all money raised will be donated to the school. 

If you would like to support the school in another way, you can always sign up for the LAMPS Lottery.  If you are already a member then why not buy a ball as a Mother’s Day gift for any of our lovely grandparents.  If you would like a form, just visit the office or send an email.

Governor Vacancy

I wrote to you a few weeks ago regarding a vacancy we have on our Governing Body. We have a skills gap and need to recruit another member who has experience of leadership and management as well as a knowledge of business finance.  It would be fantastic if this person could be a parent, grandparent or someone within our school community.  If you feel you can offer the skills we need, or know someone else who could, please get in touch with myself or Mrs Brettle.

Achievements

  Maths English Dojo Reading Raffle
Class 1 George Gough Ted Turner Oliver Payne Evan Wood
Class 2 Clio Lingard Mia Wall Ethan Bravery Matheson Jessica Ellis
Class 3 Kara Lingard Bobby Brown Ella Scott Maisy MKN
Class 4 Yasmin Boyde Imogen Brettle Imogen BM Sam Doyle

Diary Dates

These are useful dates for your diary that will be added to each week.  More information about each event will be provided nearer the time. New dates are highlighted, changes to any date/time are in red.

Date Event
02-03-2020 Year 5 Taster Day @ UVHS
03-03-2020 Year 5 Language session @ Dowdales
05-03-2020 World Book Day – Heroes & Villains fancy dress
06-03-2020 Class 1 & 2 trip to Forum – Tiger Who Came to Tea
06-03-2020 Year 5/6 Netball Competition @ DASH, 2pm
09-03-2020 Year 5/6 Tennis Competition @ Hoops 9-12pm
09-03-2020 Year 5/6 Netball League @ Hoops, 3:30pm
10-03-2020 Year 5 Language session @ Dowdales
11-03-2020 Science morning Year 5 @ UVHS
13-03-2020 Year 5/6 Girls Football @ Ulverston 3G
13-03-2020 Year 3/4/5/6 Cross Country competition @ Dowdales, 2:30pm
16-03-2020 Well-Being Week
16-03-2020 Year 3/4 Tennis Comp
16-03-2020 Year 5/6 Netball League @ Hoops, 3:30pm
17-03-2020 Year 5 Language session @ Dowdales
18-03-2020 Science Morning
20-03-2020 Rugby Taster session, 3:30pm (6-9 yr olds)
23-03-2020 Year 5/6 Netball League @ Hoops, 3:30pm
25-03-2020 Jester For Jesus
26-03-2020 County Gymnastics Finals @ Penrith
27-03-2020 Last day of term
   
13-04-2020 EASTER MONDAY
14-04-2020 Return to school – Anthony Wright Photos
27-04-2020 KS2 Ulverston Voices @ Coro Hall
06-05-2020 Jester for Jesus

7th February Newsletter

Ulverston Voices

Key Stage 1 enjoyed a night of singing on Thursday evening this week.  They performed at The Coronation Hall alongside other schools from Dalton and Ulverston as part of the Ulverston Voices event organised by the Cumbria Music Hub.  Using words from one of our parents in the audience, ‘they looked and sounded great and it was clear by their faces they were happy and confident to be performing on stage.’  I would like to thank Mrs Lawson for all of her effort and hard work, Mrs Dalziel and Mrs Jarvis for giving up their time and all the parents who supported us on the evening.

Gymnastics

We have had a very successful afternoon today at DASH.  Today was the small schools’ gymnastic competition ordganised by Louise Thornton at Dowdales.  We took two Key Steps 3 teams made up of Year 5 and Year 6 pupils, one Key Steps 2 team for Year 3 and Year 4 pupils and one Key Steps 1 team of Year 1 and Year 2 pupils.  Our children were amazing! Every single one of them tried their very best.  Their focus and the effort they have given to perfecting their routines is outstanding.  I am very happy and proud to report that two teams came first, one team came second and another team came third.  As usual, our gymnastics success is a whole school effort but I’d especially like to thank Mrs Smith who has continued to support us and given up a lot of her time to help and advise.

Siemens

Ambassadors from Siemens Subsea have visited the school again.  Dave, Rob and Mike came in on Wednesday this week and delivered a science workshop to Class 1 and then Class 2 and next week they will return to work with our junior classes.  It was wonderful to hear from the children what a great session they had and I was very impressed when they could tell me the difference between thermoset and thermoplastic! You learn something new every day!

Packed Lunches

Just a quick reminder, we have a pupil in school with a serious nut allergy so have adopted a nut free policy.  Please ensure that there are no foods included in your child’s packed lunch that contain nuts or traces of nuts.  We have had a couple of instances of children bringing in sandwiches with Nutella spread in them and also cereal bars containing nuts.  Please help us to keep all of our children safe and well.

Diary Dates

These are useful dates for your diary that will be added to each week.  More information about each event will be provided nearer the time. New dates are highlighted, changes to any date/time are in red.

Date Event
11-02-2020 Dance performance @ UVHS – Class 3 and Class 4
12-02-2020 Siemens Workshop – Class 3 and 4
14-02-2020 Finish for half term break
14-02-2020 Valentine’s Disco, Buccleuch Hall
   
24-02-2020 Return to school
25-02-2020 Year 5 Language session @ Dowdales