News Update

News Update: 

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Holidays and term dates 2017~2018

Please click here for Flu Vaccination Information Leaflet

Our Parent Newsletters for Autumn 1 have been sent home. A copy can be found at the following website links:

School Newsletter Autumn 1

Nursery Newsletter Autumn 1

SEAL Family Home Activity

Our Home Activity on the theme of ‘New Beginnings’ is available as a download below and from the school office. Any completed activities should be returned to school and children will be rewarded with a certificate in assembly.

SEAL Home Activity: New Beginnings

Open Evening for parents of children in Y1 and Y2 (Blue, Yellow and Green Bases)

Wednesday 27th September   5:30p.m

We are holding an Open Evening for families of children in Y1 (Blue Base) and Y2 (Yellow and Green Base). This is a very important meeting where you will be able to find the answers to the many questions that we get asked during the year, such as:

  • What homework will my child get this year?
  • What are the words that they have to learn to spell?
  • How can I help my child to do their best?
  • What tests will my child have to take at the end of the year?
  • What is my child expected to have learnt by the end of this year?

This is also a good opportunity to meet the adults who will be working with your child. The meeting will last about 30 minutes and there will be an opportunity for you to talk individually to the teacher at the end if you wish.

The meeting for Year One parents will be held in Blue Base.

The meeting for Year Two parents will be held in Yellow Base.

There will also be a demonstration, in Green Base, of our Easimaths electronic maths programme, which your child will be able to access at home. (You will need to come along and request a password for this.) Children do not need to attend this meeting. If you do not have any childcare we are able to look after some children in Red Base whilst you attend the meeting. Please bring them to Red Base at 5:25p.m.

 MAST Coffee Morning/drop-in 27th September 9a.m. in Emmanuel Academy

The drop-in sessions this half term are on:

  • 27th September
  • Wednesday 11th and 25th October

If you would like to book an appointment with a support worker, please call at the office and we will arrange it for you. Alternatively, Mrs Stokes can introduce you to the worker or you can go to either Waterthorpe or Emmanuel School Office and you will be taken to a worker/the coffee morning.

If you would like any advice or support, please come to the office between 8:45a.m. and 10a.m. on 27th September or 11th/25th October and we will take you to the MAST worker

Macmillan Coffee Morning Friday 29th September 9a.m. 

On Friday 29th September we are holding a coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan Nurses as part of the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning event.

This will be in the school hall from 9a.m. There will be no merit assembly on 29th so why not come along to our coffee morning instead?

Please join us on Friday 29th September at 9a.m. in the school hall for our Macmillan Coffee morning.

Please send donations of cakes, buns and biscuits for our coffee morning on Friday 29th September (Send into school on Thursday 28th please).

Emmanuel Open Evening Wednesday 4th October 5:15p.m.: For parents of children in Yellow and Green Bases (Year 2)

This half term parents and carers of children in Y2 will receive an application pack for the Junior School. In this you will be asked to apply for the Junior School that you would like your child to attend. Emmanuel Junior Academy is the school that most of our children move onto. They are holding an Open Evening on Wednesday 4th October at 5:15p.m. where you can find out more about the school before completing your application.

School photos 5th October

Individual and family group photos will be taken on 5th October.  If you would like a photo taken with younger/older brothers & sisters please arrive in the Infant school hall at 8:15 a.m. If you would like your child to be photographed with their brother/sister in Waterthorpe or Emmanuel, and are not able to come before school, please let us know so that we can arrange this. Thank you.

Children who do not attend nursery on photograph day are still welcome to come in for their photograph taken but will be unable to stay for the nursery session. Please ask Miss Bryce, in the Nursery, for arrangements.

‘Afternoon’ children will have their photographs taken in the nursery at the start of the session. Younger brothers/sisters may be included if you wish to stay. For other family group photos please come to the school hall at 8:15a.m.

  • Please bring any brothers or sisters, who are not in our school, to the hall at 8:15a.m. on the 5th October to be photographed with your child
  • Please fill in the slip to let us know if you would like your child to be photographed with a sister or brother in Emmanuel on 5th October

    10 day Active Travel challenge 9th to 20th October

    Our school will be taking part in Sheffield City Council’s 10 Day Active Travel Challenge starting on Monday 16th October and finishing on Friday 27th October 2017. The challenge is for pupils & their families to choose an active way of getting to school over the 10-day period.

    During the challenge each classroom will have a wall chart on which pupils who have travelled actively will record their journey by adding a special sticker to the chart. Those pupils with between 8 and 10 stickers on the chart at the end of the 10-day challenge will be awarded a footprint enamel badge.

    Please try to walk, run, cycle, scoot or use any other ‘active’ means of coming to school between 16th and 27th October

English Family Workshop Tuesday 24th October (Please note change of date)

Please join us for our English Family Workshop in the school hall. This workshop is for families of children in school (Red, Blue, Yellow and Green bases). The focus of our workshop will be reading, as this is a key priority for the school. You will be able to take part in some fun activities with your child. You are welcome to bring younger brothers and sisters. (Please note that the School Council Conference at Rothervalley is also, unavoidably, on this date. Therefore if your child is in the School Council they will not be available to attend the English Workshop.)

Class Assemblies

Each class holds a termly assembly for parents and families. These are in the school hall and start at approximately 9:15a.m. They usually last about 20 minutes. At these assemblies, the children share some of the things that they have been learning in school. The dates of the class assemblies this term are:

  • Green Base Miss Wilson                                Thursday 12th October
  • Blue Base Mrs Appleby/Mrs Taylor              Thursday 19th October
  • Yellow Base Mrs Haywood                             Thursday 16th November
  • Blue Base Miss Brooks                               Thursday 23rd November
  • Red Base Mrs Moffatt/Miss Baggaley          Thursday 14th December

Christmas Pantomime ~ Jack and The Beanstalk 1st December

We have booked to take all the children to the pantomime in Rotherham in December. This will link with work that we will be doing in school and is a great opportunity for children to experience live theatre in the company of other children. The cost of this trip is £13.50. A trip letter is attached.

Please complete and return the pantomime trip letter with payment by 20th October

Speech and Language Drop-in Dates Sept 2017 to Dec 2017

If you have speech and Language concerns about your child, aged 5 or under, please call at one of the drop-ins at Crystal Peaks or Darnall.

Click here for more information.


Next year we have a computer class for adults on Wednesday afternoons between and 3p.m. starting on 27th September. The class caters for all levels and the trainer Denise will help to identify a programme of study for each individual. The cost of the computer course is £10 for 10 weeks if there is evidence of a means tested benefit, £60 if not.

Maths and English classes are free but take place at Frecheville, in venues on the 120 bus or tram route.

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Our class Parent Reps are there to share information with you about what is happening in school. Reps receive a weekly update from school to share with other families. If you are not sure about something you can a Rep and they will find out the answer or point you in the right direction.

Our reps are as follows:

Nursery: Mick Barker (Laney Downes)

Red Base: RJ ~ Emily Wilkinson (Ruby Mallender), RM ~ Rebecca Ford (Mia)  and RB ~ Claire Knott (Imogen)

Blue Base: Y1A~ Laura Green (Oliver), Lucy Dundon (Isaac), Lauren Lancaster (Lillie Maher) & Vicky Fitzpatrick (Holly Jennings) Y1T ~ Nicola Stephenson (Harry) 

Yellow Base: Lauren Lancaster (Sophie Maher), Vicky Fitzpatrick (Ethan Jennings) and Sara Shaw (Alfie Shaw)

Green Base: Rebecca Ford (Daisy) and Joanne Hartley (Maisie)

Laura Green also runs the ‘Friends of Waterthorpe’ Facebook Page and this is a good source of information.