Newsletter October 2014

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Our Amazing Playground
As I’m sure you have seen our new multi games area is now completed with markings to be added next week.

The new pirate themed trim trail for our younger children is now being used and proving very popular.

We were able to fund this project through a grant which was paid to Swindon Borough Council by Taylor Wimpey. Thank you so much!

The Bungalow
This continues to grow in popularity and is often full. We have increased the number of staff available to match demand each day but please make sure you book early so we can accommodate your requirements.

Thank you for all the donations for Harvest which were given to Swindon Food Bank (there will soon be a collection point in Highworth too) The service in the church was lovely with excellent singing as always! Thank you to all the children and staff for their hard work.

Learning an Instrument
If you would like your child to learn a musical instrument then please contact the Swindon Music Cooperative Swindon Music Co-operative – Fees and Lesson Information or collect a form from the school office. There is a wide range of instruments available and prices vary according to your choice of group or individual lessons. Lessons happen in the school day.

This is our new scheme for music which has been a great success so far. It involves singing, playing instruments, listening to music and composing.

Recorder Lessons
If your child is interested in playing the recorder we will be setting up a recorder group soon. This is open to children in Key Stage 2 only and will be run as a club on a Monday lunchtime. Please let the office know if you would like your child to take part.

Seasonal Flu 2014/15 – advice from NHS

    • A free flu vaccination is an entitlement for women who are pregnant, children aged 2, 3 and 4 years of age, people (including children) under 65 with serious health conditions, people aged 65 and over and carers.
    • For most healthy people, flu is an unpleasant but usually self-limiting disease with recovery generally within a week. However, older people, the very young, women who are pregnant and those with some underlying diseases are at particular risk of severe illness if they catch flu.
    • The best way to protect yourself and your family is to get the flu vaccine before flu starts circulating in the community.
    • This year children aged 2, 3 and 4 will be offered a nasal spray vaccine to protect them against flu. Young children’s close contact with each other means they are more likely to transmit the virus to other more vulnerable groups – including their friends, their brothers and sisters, mums and dads and grandparents.

Macmillan Cake Sale
Thank you for all the donations of cakes sold in aid of Macmillan Cancer and to those of you who popped in for coffee – we raised a magnificent £95 for a very worthwhile charity.

PGL Residential
Once again this has been very successful – please look at the class blogs for lots of photos showing the activities the children took part in. The children were very well behaved and should be congratulated for their enthusiasm and independence. They even had tidy cabins ! A big thank you to the staff who gave up their weekends for the benefit of the children.

Half Term
We finish school on Wednesday 22nd October and return on Monday 3rd November

A holiday club is running from Monday 27th October until Friday 31st October. There are spaces available if you would like your child to take part – just turn up at the school at 9.00 with a packed lunch. Cost is £12 per day.


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