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Newsletter for the week ending 21st July 2017
Jul 21, 2017

Have a wonderful summer and please read on for news from our last week at school...

...and don't forget first day back for children is Tuesday 5th September.

AROUND THE SCHOOL
The end of the year is now upon us and we would like to thank you for your support this year and take this opportunity to wish our Year 6
children and other children leaving the very best of luck in all they do.

Have a wonderful summer!

Best wishes from
Jeremy Cooper and all the staff and children

Absence
This year we have experienced an increase in the number of days parent have kept children away from from school for a variety of reasons and an increase in the number of holidays, in some cases multiple holidays, taken during term time. Devon County Council have informed us that fining parents is permitted and urged us to do so if it considered necessary to improve attendance. Every term our governors discuss attendance rates and to date it has not felt necessary to impose fines. In the ideal world, fining is not something we necessarily want to do, but due to a rise in absence our governors will be discussing this matter again in September. If you are considering booking a holiday during term time, I would urge you to consider please the possibility of you being fined next near and the impact and disruption this causes to your child's education.

AROUND OUR LOCAL AREA

Events at Appledore Library
Thursday 3 Aug - Animal Themed Lego Club 10.30 - 12pm
Wednesday 16 Aug - Agent Eight Legs Craft 2-3.30pm
Thursday 24 Aug - Secret Agent Craft Activity 10:30 - 12pm
The Summer Reading Challenge runs from 15th July to 9th September. Collect your goody bag while stocks last and try the treasure hunt to be entered into a competition.

AROUND THE CLASSES
FSU have finished our topic off with Cinderella. We wrote invitations to our friends, painted pumpkin carriages and designed a new glass slipper. We really enjoyed our Cinderella Ball on Wednesday and had great fun in The Jungle on Thursday making sandwiches and having a picnic. There's just one last thing to say - have a great holiday and we will see you all in September.

Thank you and well done to Sea Lions Class for a fantastic year! We have had lots of fun and learnt lots. We have still been working hard this week, we have finished writing our Christopher Nibble books. We have learnt how to tell the time and we have finished the front cover of our sketch books. We also found time to fit some treats in. We went to the jungle and had ice cream, Ernie the sausage dog came in to school, and we all brought fun toys and games in to play on the last day. Have a lovely summer everyone, and see you in September.

What a good year Lundy Puffins have had! We have been impressed with the improvement in their attitudes towards learning, especially towards writing. The vast majority of children now enjoy and look forward to writing (stories especially!) and lots even choose to write in their spare time! Well done everyone and I hope it continues! This week they've been busy finishing off. They have all designed, sewn and decorated a hand puppet to fit in with the seaside theme. They are really pleased with the results and enjoyed making them. On Wednesday morning, they enjoyed watching a play performed by Year 4 children and enjoyed an ice-cream in the afternoon as an end of term treat. We've enjoyed working with you all this year and wish you all a relaxing summer break.

Sea hunter have come to the end of an amazing year of learning, friendships, new experiences and fun. We have really enjoyed teaching them and feel proud of the progress and achievements they have made. We wish them all a lovely summer and best wishes for their move in to Year 4. As a team, we also wish Ethan well as he moves to his new school.

HMS Echo's final week has gone extremely well with the highlight of the week being the performance to parents on Wednesday afternoon. Everyone certainly showed off their knowledge about the water cycle extremely confidently and the dancing and singing was brilliant. All their hard work focusing on drumming this term most certainly paid off as their ability to 'keep to the beat' was spot on. Maintaining your own rhythm while you're surrounded by three other rhythms is not an easy task. Superb concentration. Very well done. Before and after this, they were kept very busy finishing off their work and working cooperatively on challenges. Their Year Four teachers wish them all a very happy holiday (and their families) and look forward to seeing them back again in September ready for Year Five.

We have had a busy last week in Year 5 finishing our science topics, Art booklets and literacy work. In the Autumn term parents will be invited in to share the work we have done towards our Arts Award. Thank you for all residential payments so far - we are almost there. I will be visiting the center next week, so in September all the information and kit lists will be passed on. Have a lovely summer and if anyone is finding themselves not sure of what to do, there are always tables and spellings to keep you entertained!

Year 6 signed off their week, their year and their time at Appledore School with a wonderful leavers' assembly that included: starring in the own music video; numerous tear-jerking songs; details of their aspirations (designer, professionbal rugby players and footballers, prime minister!) and numerous thanks. Best of luck year 6..!


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