We were nominated, by the Local Authority Travel team, for the regional Modeshift Star awards in Leeds on Friday 17th November. We won for Sheffield! We are now officially the Modeshift Star 2017 number 1 school for Sheffield! Well done Waterthorpe!!!!
We have won a fantastic prize, of a visit from Momo Theatre on January 17th, for our work during the Active Travel Event. Thank you to all our Families for supporting us over the 10 days.
The current menu will continue until the end of December. Copies of the menu and dates should be available from the office shortly.
Please join us for our Computing Family Workshop on Wednesday 29th November at 2p.m. This workshop is for families of children in Waterthorpe school and it will be led by our Computing leader, Mrs Haywood. Your child will be brought to join the workshop with you.
At the workshop, you will find out more about how we teach Computing in school and ways in which you can support your child. You will also get a copy of our Computing and E-Safety Booklets.
The workshop will last for approximately 1 hour and you are welcome to bring younger children with you.
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. Children will need to arrive at school for 8:30a.m. on 1st December.
From 5th December we will have a Christmas post box in the office area and in Nursery. Children may post Christmas cards for their friends in these boxes. Please ensure that all cards are clearly marked with children’s names and class, so that our ‘Christmas post children’ can sort them into which class they need to go to. For example: Molly Smith 2W
Our last Arts Family workshop was very popular and was well attended by families. This year we plan to show how we link Arts work with other curriculum areas and we are running a joint R.E. and Arts Christmas workshop. Miss Baggaley and Miss Bryce will be running the workshop. Feedback at the last Arts workshop was that families wanted longer to take part in the activities so we have extended the workshop to an hour and a half.
We hope that you can join us and take part in creative Christmas activities with your child/children. Younger and older children are welcome to come along too.
Christmas Dinner Wednesday 13th December
Christmas dinner day will be on 13th December. This will be a traditional turkey dinner with icecream for dessert. There will be no jacket potatoes on this day. A dinner has been ordered for all children unless you have told us that your child is planning to bring sandwiches on the day.
Children may wear Christmas jumpers/tops on 13th December if they wish.
Parents of children in Red Base are invited to join us for a Christmas performance between 10a.m. and 10:30a.m. in the school hall. Doors will open at 9:45a.m. We cannot allow admittance before this time for safeguarding reasons.
Previously we have had a number of parents complaining that babies and younger children made a lot of noise and spoilt the performance. If you do not have any child care for your little ones please take them out if they start to make a noise so that it doesn’t spoil the enjoyment of other parents. Thank you.
We will have a small raffle for school funds and a charity collection at the performance.
19th December 2p.m. (doors open at 1:45p.m.) and 20th December 10a.m. (doors open at 9:45a.m.)
Families of children in Key Stage 1 (Blue, Yellow and Green Bases) are invited to our Nativity performances in Emmanuel Church. Children in Yellow and Green Base will be performing at the nativity and Blue Base children will be singing.
Younger children: Please note we do not allow younger children into the Nativity performances as this can result in background noise that prevents the performers from being heard clearly in the church. For many this is the first time they have spoken in a large public performance; the play has a number of speaking parts and the children’s voices may not be very loud.
A creche will be run (from 9:45a.m.) for the performance on Wednesday 20th December at 10a.m. If you would like to book a place please contact the office.
It would be helpful if wheelchair users could advise us before the event and we will reserve a space for you.
We ask families not to enter the playground after the nativities as children will be having a short playtime. Children should not be taken early from classrooms following the afternoon performance.
Following each performance we will have a collection for Charity and will also hold a raffle at each event to help pay for the costs of the performances and costumes.
Our Christmas party day is Thursday 21st December. We play party games in the classrooms, have a whole school party ‘afternoon tea’ in the hall and then Father Christmas comes to visit.
Children can wear party clothes on party day however please make sure that they have a warm coat and shoes suitable for outdoor play.
If you would like to help set up the hall and support the children’s parties please meet at the office at 1:10p.m. Please can you let your child’s teacher, or the office staff, know if you are coming to help. Thank you.
Please can each child in school bring either buns, biscuits, crisps, savouries etc. for 4 children. Please bring these on the morning of the party (21st December). Children will still have their dinner and then have party food later in the afternoon.
If your child has a food allergy or intolerance, please contact the office to arrange how you would like us to plate up their party food.
We have decided to have one party for all Nursery children this year. This will be a good opportunity for children to meet each other and share in the celebrations.
Please note that the party will be run in Nursery as the Community rooms are unavailable due to work on the roof. The party will be held between 1pm and 2:45pm.
Please note: Nursery sessions will run as usual on this day with an earlier finish time of 2:45p.m. (and a later start time of 1p.m. for afternoon children). ‘Morning’ children will be asked to return to Nursery in the afternoon for the party. All children should be collected from the Nursery at 2:45p.m.
We would like to invite families to join us for our third annual Family of School’s Carol Concert at Crystal Peaks. Everyone is welcome. Our singing teacher has identified especially enthusiastic and competent singers to represent our school for us.
Please join us for our Nursery Nativity on the last day of term. Please bring children to Emmanuel Church between 9:00a.m. and 9:20a.m. The performance will start at 9:30a.m.
Please leave pushchairs in the church entrance. It would be helpful if wheelchair users could advise us before the event and we will reserve a space for you.
On the day of the performance there will be no Nursery sessions.
Friday 22nd December is the last day of the Autumn term. Children in school may bring a toy to play with. Please ensure that this is not valuable to them as things sometimes get lost or broken.
Please can children bring a bag to school to take home their Christmas things in the last week of term.
Children should wear school uniform on this day.
This Christmas we are working with the S20 Foodbank on their ‘Reverse Advent’ promotion. This is where each class tries to put something in a Christmas hamper every day. Each class/Nursery will have a hamper and we ask that children bring in Christmas related food or gifts to put in their hamper. Children will get a sticker for each item they bring in.
These hampers will be taken to families who have used the foodbank this year. They will be collected from school on 8th December by the S20 Foodbank staff.
We will have a class prize for the best hamper, voted on by a ‘special visitor’. For some families, suffering from financial hardship, Christmas can be a difficult time and we hope that our hampers will help to bring a smile to their face.
- Please send in your donations for our Christmas themed class hampers for the S20 Foodbank.
There have been some changes to the MAST drop-in sessions. On the following dates a MAST worker will be available to meet with parents but an appointment must be made in advance: 6th and 20th December between 9a.m. and 10a.m.
If you would like to book an appointment with a support worker, please call at the office and we will arrange it for you.
If you would just like to meet and chat with other parents, a coffee morning runs in Emmanuel on these dates at the same time. Everyone welcome.
Thank you to all our families for the efforts you took in getting dressed up and all the money that you raised. We raised £212.05.
Scooter Skills Fridays
On Friday lunchtimes and at afternoon ‘Reward-time play’ we will be holding scooter skills sessions for children who bring their scooters to school. Please note that there will only be football in the mornings on Fridays due to these sessions.
Please put your green tokens in the box for Waterthorpe Kid’s Club at Asda. This will help us buy some new resources for children to use in the club.
The club has recently been successful in gaining a National Lottery grant for activities that the children said they wanted to do. They will be running afternoon tea for local elderly people and will be purchasing resources for activities outside, such as den building and litter-picking.
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.
Parent Information Packs for parents of children in Y1 and Y2 (Blue, Yellow and Green Bases)
At our open Evening on 28th September we gave out packs of information to help parents and families support their children. If you were unable to attend the meeting and would like a pack, please collect one from the school office.
Due to low demand we have cancelled our Sleep Workshop. We will advertise and try to run this event in January. Please speak to your child’s classteacher if you feel you would like advice on sleep and bedtimes.
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 in the spring term are:
- Thursday 1st February Yellow Base Mrs Haywood’s class
- Thursday 15th February Blue Base Mrs Taylor and Mrs Appleby’s class
- Thursday 8th March Blue Base Miss Brooks class
- Thursday 15th March Green Base Miss Wilson’s class
- Thursday 22nd March Red Base Mrs Moffatt and Miss Baggeley’s classes
COMPUTER, ENGLISH AND MATHS CLASSES FOR ADULT LEARNERS
This year we have a computer class for adults on Wednesday afternoons between 1p.m. and 3p.m. starting. 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.
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.