From Mr Bullard ...
22nd October 2014
I’m sure you will be aware of Harmonie-Rose Allen’s story. She is fighting a rare and deadly form of meningococcal septicaemia, and is currently on a life-support machine at Bristol Children’s Hospital. Harmonie-Rose lives locally, and when we return in November we shall be organising something not only to raise money for her appeal but also to raise awareness of meningitis.
The children break up for a well deserved break today (Wednesday) after a very long first term. The staff will still be in school for the next two days as we use our INSET time to focus on our Talk for Writing initiative which you will hear more about in due course.
There is no newsletter today and we will announce the winners of the Oscar, Inglis-Jones Cup, Silver Shoe and House Cup on Monday 3rd November when we return to school.
We hope you enjoyed our Harvest Service yesterday; it was great to see Holy Trinity Church so packed. It was definitely standing room (and sitting in the aisle) only!
I hope that everyone has a really good break and see you all on Monday 3rd November.
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Secondary Transfer from Year 6
Don’t forget that the closing date to get your application in to the
Admissions and Transport Team is midnight on Friday 31st October.
If you need any assistance to complete the form please come to the office to collect information about the Family Information Service, who provide help and support to parents of children and young people (up to the age of 20), not just during the secondary transfer process but at any time.
Tallest Sunflower Competition!
Susannah N in Year 2 has grown the tallest sunflower in an English school!
We entered the schools competition run by Sutton Seeds and our tallest sunflower grew to 315cm; we have won £160 (roughly £1 for every 2cm) for Gardening Club funds as well as some gift vouchers, bulbs and seeds.
Well done indeed to Susannah!
Slapped Cheek Syndrome
There are two confirmed cases of 'slapped cheek' in school, in years 1 and 4.
Search for ‘slapped cheek’ on Google to open the NHS Choices page which explains the symptoms and complications.
If you or someone in your family have been in close contact with someone who goes on to develop Slapped Cheek syndrome, and are pregnant, or have a suppressed immune system, please ensure you are aware of the symptoms and contact your GP for advice.
Once a child develops the rash they are no longer contagious and can be in school.
Please contact your Doctors surgery or Pharmacist if you have any queries.
Parking near school
We generally have good relations with our neighbours around the school. Parking is usually the area of friction and we have been contacted by a couple of local residents about inappropriate parking recently.
Could you please ensure that if you have to drive to school and park close by that you do not block residents drives or the narrow roads around school and, in particular, steer clear of the zig-zag markings by both entrances. Thank you for your consideration.
Ofsted Inspection Report - Combe Down CEVC Primary is a good school
We have received the report of the Ofsted Inspection that took place last month. We have been graded good in all categories which, under the current inspection frameworks that have got tougher and tougher, is a very pleasing judgement.
Of course there are always areas in which to improve and we have taken note of the two points highlighted as we strive to do even better.
The school has come a long way in the last three years and the staff and governors have worked very hard indeed. Thank you to all the staff and governors for all their hard work and for your support as parents.
Please click here to read the full covering letter from Richard Bullard.
Please click here to read the report from the Ofsted Inspection Team.
Foxhill Development - Letter from the Governors
Foxhill Development and future primary school provision
As you will know the Curo Group has been revealed as the chosen developer for the Foxhill site. They have issued their first newsletter (Foxhill Looking Forward) which many of you will have received and they are seeking your views about priorities for the redevelopment.