Lindal & Marton Primary School

LAMPS is a popular and successful non-denominational school in the village of Lindal-in-Furness. The school retained its cherished “Outstanding School” status at its latest Ofsted inspection in December 2011. The staff, governors and pupils at LAMPS are proud of our family ethos, and we value the opportunity to welcome you to our school.

LAMPS offers a safe, caring environment, and provides a wealth of learning opportunities that ensures that each child develops socially, academically and emotionally. We are confident that you will find a community where standards of behaviour and respect for others are given the highest priority; where every child is encouraged to strive to achieve their best, and above all an environment where children are happy and eager to learn. If you have not already done so, you are very welcome to visit the school by arrangement.

Learning, Ambition, Motivation and Perseverance lead to Success.

Contact us
Telephone/Fax

01229 462710

E-mail

admin@lindalmarton.cumbria.sch.uk

Address

Pit Lane, Lindal-in-Furness, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 0NB

Headteacher

Mrs F. Doran

Featured Events

Visit our Events Calendar for all events.

Hello! We are Linda and Martin, and we'd like to welcome you to our school.

Welcome to the spring term; may it not be too long before we have lighter nights and warmer days!  I would like to say a massive thank you for the generosity you have shown to myself and the other staff with your Christmas cards and gifts.  Miss Whyte was also overwhelmed with the collection and messages from parents and was eager for me to pass on her thanks.

 

Mr Pegg

Mr Pegg has had an excellent first week in Class 1 and we are very pleased to have him with us.  He has settled in very well and is already full of adoration for our lovely little ones.  If you have not met him yet then please do introduce yourself.  Mr Pegg can be contacted through Dojo or via email.  His email address is dpegg@lindalmarton.cumbria.sch.uk

 

Step Trackers

After our disastrous start with step trackers last term and the many problems we had with them, we are persevering and we are ready to start again.  We have purchased some new trackers which will hopefully be more robust.  Following the same routine as last time, the children selected (at random) will be given their trackers on Friday and should keep them until the following Thursday.  If your child brings home a tracker, there will be information and a chart to complete in their reading record.  If you have any questions please do speak to their class teacher or Mrs Elliott.

 

Belongings

There are a number of children in school who have lost items of uniform.  Please could you check at home to make sure your child has not brought home an item of someone else’s uniform or PE kit.  All clothing should be named.

 

Keswick/Coniston to Barrow

Following the success of our C2B team last year, we are considering entering a team in both the K2B and C2B walks this year.  This would be open to parents, children and staff.  If you are interested then please let myself, Mrs Gallagher or Mrs Brettle know so we can gauge whether it would be feasible.

 

Residential

Class 3 and Class 4 parents should have received information via Parentmail regarding the residential trip to Eskdale YHA this summer.  The accommodation we have booked only has occupancy for 40 people so the places will be on a first come, first serve basis.  We do not envisage that all 42 pupils in these two classes will attend the trip so any remaining places will be offered to Year 3 pupils.  If all Year 4/5/6 pupils did want to attend and a significant number of Year 3 children were interested, there is a camping option within the grounds of the Youth Hostel.  If Year 4/5/6 parents could respond as soon as possible, we will be able to make the necessary arrangements.

Miss Whyte
As this will be my last newsletter until next term, I would just like to say a huge thank you and goodbye to Miss Whyte who leaves us next week. Miss Whyte joined our team in September 2016 and has been a very popular member of staff with both children and adults. We will all miss her excellent sense of humour and I have no doubt the children will miss her teaching too.

I would like to thank Miss Whyte for the work she has done as Maths Subject Leader and also her efforts to improve outdoor learning across the school. She has never professed to being a keen gardener but it never prevented her from providing the children with a Gardening Club and organizing the Outdoor Learning Day which the children absolutely loved. Miss Whyte worked with her dad to install the tyre trail which will be a lasting tribute that the children enjoy using now, and will continue to in the years to come.

Thank you Miss Whyte for everything you have done for the school. We will miss you when you move to Dubai but hope you will keep in touch and let us know about all your future adventures.

Teaching Arrangements
Mrs Lawson will be absent for some time in the spring term due to having an operation on her foot. Her absence will be covered by supply teacher, Mr David Pegg. Mr Pegg has come to us very highly recommended by Cumbria Teaching Agency. He is Early Years trained and his passion for teaching was very evident when he visited the school to work with Class 1 last week. Mr Pegg will be with us on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning next week so if you are a parent of a pupil in Class 1, please feel free to say hello and introduce yourself.

We will be interviewing for a new class teacher to share the teaching of Class 2 with myself on January 21st with the expectation that the successful candidate will take up the post on February 25th, after the half term break. As we will already have one supply teacher in school covering Class 1, I have decided that I will teach full time in Class 2 until we have recruited. If any Class 2 parents have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank You
I would just like to finish the year by saying a heartfelt thank you. I feel tremendously lucky to be the Headteacher of a school with such wonderful, hardworking pupils and such supportive and willing parents. I have lost count of the number of times I have told people what an amazing school this is because of the strong partnerships we have. From the Friends who work tirelessly to raise money for the school, to the parents who help in class, help transport the children and to those that give up their time taking them to events outside of school hours; the list is endless. Thank you all so much for everything you do.

I’d also like to say a special thank you to Jane Smith who has now given up the role as Chair of the Friends of LAMPS which she has done for nearly 4 years. Mrs Smith has been instrumental in raising thousands of pounds for the school and her determination to ensure that the money is spent on providing experiences and opportunities for the children as well as purchasing resources is commendable. They have undoubtedly benefited a great deal from all her efforts!

 

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.

16-12-18 Christingle Service @ Lindal Church, 4pm
18-12-18 Whole School trip to Forum to see Snow White
18-12-18 Children’s Christmas Parties – party wear essential!
21-12-18 Finish for winter break – Christmas Jumpers!

8-01-19 Return to school
21-01-19 Swimming starts (Year 4/5/6 pupils who have not yet swam)
23-01-19 Year 5 Taster Day @ Dowdales, 9:15am – 2:35pm
25-01-19 Dance coach to work with Class 3 & 4 (and next 3 Fridays)
13-02-19 Class 3 & 4 performing dance routine @ UVHS, 6pm
14-02-19 Young Voices Concert, Manchester
14-02-19 Finish for half term

25-02-19 Return to school

BIG NEWS!!!
We have recently heard some fabulous news. Harry Mayou (Yr 6) entered a writing competition, Jacqueline Wilson’s Creative Writing Prize 2018,… and he won!!! Harry was tasked to write a story of no more than 1000 words about an unlikely friendship and his ‘highly original, imaginative and extremely well written story’ was chosen from thousands of entries. As you can imagine we are absolutely thrilled for Harry. He will receive a bundle of prizes, including books for our school, but, perhaps more exciting than anything, his story will be published in a special edition of Jacqueline’s book, ‘My Mum Tracy Beaker’ which will be released on 21st February 2019. We are in awe that we will have a published author on our school roll!

You can read Harry’s story on the link below and he has also been interviewed by BBC Radio Cumbria so tune in today between 5-6pm to listen to what inspired him to write such a wonderful tale.

https://www.penguin.co.uk/articles/children/2018/dec/creative-writing-winner-2018.html

Harry is an amazing pupil and, in all my years of teaching, he has stood out for being such a self-motivated and eager learner who constantly aims to improve. We strive for our children to be ambitious and motivated in order to achieve the success they are capable of and Harry is a perfect example of this and what can be achieved with the right attitude to learning.

As a school we intend to celebrate his success by using his story as a stimulus for English teaching right across the school next term. I will be asking all teachers to plan lessons and activities based on his story, A Fantastic Tail, and I have no doubt that his brilliant talent will inspire other children in their writing too. They will certainly be more motivated knowing that the story they are studying has been written by their friend.

Well done Harry! You have made us all extremely proud!

Panto
We still have 4 tickets available due to so many children being out of school on the day of the Panto. It would be great to re-sell them so we do not lose the money. If you’d like a ticket, they are available to purchase on Parentmail or you can see
Mrs Gallagher.

 

Health and Well-being
I recently consulted Cumbria Public Health Service and asked if they would work with me to review the health and well-being practices we have in school. It was a very useful exercise which highlighted the excellent provision we currently have and it gave us some insight into areas we might want to improve.
These 3 areas are:
1. Looking at the quality and nutritional balance of school meals and packed lunches,
2. Upskilling of all staff with further training on Basic Mental Health,
3. Developing parents’ understanding of E-Safety and Digital Well-Being

Because we are keen to ensure we are doing the very best for our pupils, academically, socially and also their health, we will be taking on board the advice given following the review and there will be ongoing work within those three areas which you will be informed of via the weekly newsletter.

In the meantime, they have an excellent website with a dedicated Parent Zone and this contains a wealth of information. What may be particularly useful, especially at this time of year, is their Common Childhood Illnesses section for help to identify and treat common ailments and whether you should be seeking advice from a pharmacist first or your GP.

Crib Service & Christmas Jumper Day
Next Friday is the Crib Service at Lindal Church. We will be setting off walking at 1:00pm. If any parents could assist us that would be fantastic.

That Friday is also the official Christmas Jumper Day. For a minimum donation of £1, your child can come to school in non-uniform, wearing a Christmas Jumper or other festive attire! The money raised will be donated to the Save the Children charity. Please make your donation through Parentmail and school will then send off a cheque.

 

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.

8-12-18 Choir singing @ Buccleuch Hall, Senior Citizens Dinner (please arrive at 3:15pm wearing Choir T-shirts)
10-12-18 End of year afternoon performance, 1:30pm
10-12-18 End of year evening performance, 5:30pm
11-12-18 End of year evening performance, 5:30pm
14-12-18 Crib Service @ Lindal Church, 1:15pm
14-12-18 Christmas Jumper Day – official! £1 donation
16-12-18 Christingle Service @ Lindal Church, 4pm
18-12-18 Whole School trip to Forum to see Snow White
18-12-18 Children’s Christmas Parties – party wear essential!
21-12-18 Finish for winter break – Christmas Jumpers!

8-01-19 Return to school