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Week beginning 5.7.21

Well what a week and how glad we are to say that we have had no Covid outbreaks outside of Year 6, thank you to everyone for your support, fast action and sacrifice to make sure our bubble stayed safe and it did not spread.  We will be welcoming most of Year 6 back in on Monday, with others returning on different days of the weeks, depending on when their symptoms first showed.  Year 6 will be totally focused on their show and leaver’s assembly for the next 2 weeks! 

 

So we can keep safe and have lots of sports fun, over the next week during PE and TWA lessons the children will be doing Sports Day events; races and fun galore.  Next Friday is Mr Rondeau-Smith’s last day, as the 16th July is new teacher morning.  In September we have recruited a specialist PE teacher Mr Barnett who will be full time on staff to run swimming, PE and clubs so we will be moving all sports in house and widening our club offer.  TWA will still be run in addition to this by Mr Mayne for Year 4 each year. We have recruited additional Classteachers for September so that we do not have to share teachers so much, the staff are not leaving but covering gaps and release time.  We will share the full staffing list on Friday 16th July, new teacher morning.

 

The end of the summer term will see Mrs Norman moving to a new admin role, after 14 years of being at Ash Grange she is ready for a new challenge. We are so grateful for all her years of service and kindness. 

 

Mrs Watts is retiring this summer after 21 years! She has supported the school as an LSA, MDS, Funzone and will be so missed by us all.  Time to put her feet up, never, she’ll be keeping busy with the grandchildren for sure.

 

Year 6 Chromebooks

Year 6 Chromebooks should be returned to school by Friday 16th July as they will not be needed after this date for homework.

 

Uniform Shop

We have a stock of uniform available for September and would ask that all orders are placed through Scopay. Sizes and information can be found on the website at www.ash-grange.surrey.sch.uk/uniform/

 

Year 5 moving up

When the current Year 5 children move up to Year 6 in September, they will be given a school tie. Please ensure they have white school shirts for their uniform not polo shirts as these cannot take a tie.

 

PTA Update

Thank you to everyone for supporting mufti day this week, the money is being used for the raffle prizes.  Thank you to everyone selling and buying raffle tickets, please come to the office to drop off money and stubbs, and collect more books.  All monies, ticket stubs and unsold tickets should be returned to the school office by Wednesday 14th July. The draw will take place on 16th July at the Year 6 evening performance.

 

The money will be used for new playground markings on the new playground area by Funzone and on the way into Year 3 and 4.

 

Last Day of Term – 21st July (normal end of day home time)

We normally have a class party with families bringing in food and drink to share but with the current restrictions on sharing food and the fact that the children will have a picnic lunch we are going to have a tuck shop for the children to enjoy.

Children throughout the Nursery and School can buy a bag of sweets 50p (a normal scoop size that we give at Tuck Sales), to enjoy at the class game/video session.  Parents need to book these online through Scopay, there are gelatine and sugar free options available. Children cannot bring their own alternatives. 

 

Lunches – Week D

From September 2021 the cost of a school dinner will be £2.45 in line with other Surrey Schools.

Remember to order your child’s meals two weeks in advance through www.scopay.com

 

Summer Reading Challenge

The Summer Reading Challenge 2021 theme is Wild World Heroes and has been developed in partnership with WWF UK, the world's leading independent conservation organisation. This year's Challenge will be a celebration of reading, nature and action for the environment. Wild World Heroes will inspire children to stand up for the future of our planet.

 

The Summer Reading Challenge encourages children aged 4 to 11 to set themselves a reading challenge to help prevent the summer reading 'dip'. Each year the Challenge, presented by The Reading Agency and delivered by libraries, motivates children to keep reading to build their skills and conīŦdence. Children have to be a library member to take part, but participation is completely free, and they can collect special stickers and rewards along the way. The aim is to read up to six books, and children can read whatever they like from Surrey Libraries' excellent range, including eBooks and eAudiobooks!

 

This year the Challenge will be available both online and in our open libraries and will be launched on Saturday 10 July. Please check this webpage closer to the launch date for more information - https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/libraries/children/5-to-12-year-olds/summer-reading-challenge

 

Parent Governors invited to join Surrey County Council's Education Select Committee

Surrey County Council’s Children, Families, Lifelong Learning and Culture Select Committee, in accordance with regulation, is seeking a parent governor to join its membership.

 

The Committee is responsible for scrutinising council services, including education, children’s social care, safeguarding, SEND support, adult learning and apprenticeships, arts, libraries and heritage.

 

The successfully elected applicant will join thirteen County Councillors and three other co-optees, including one other parent governor representative, on the Committee for up to four years. The council will reimburse travel expenses incurred by parent governor representatives

 

“This exciting leadership role presents an opportunity for a parent governor to help drive improvements in the county’s education system by holding the council and its Cabinet to account while representing the needs and views of all Surrey parents in a non-political manner.

 

At Surrey County Council, we are committed to improving and increasing equality, diversity and inclusion; and I encourage applications from parent governors from all backgrounds.”

- Councillor Liz Bowes, Chairman of the Select Committee.

 

If you would like to apply, please do so by sending a brief personal statement outlining your suitability for the role to Benjamin Awkal; benjamin.awkal@surreycc.gov.uk  by Friday, 30 July 2021, after which an election will be held to determine who will be appointed to the position.

 

Eligibility

To stand for election to the vacancy, you must be a parent governor at a school which is maintained by Surrey County Council and be the parent of a child who is educated at a school maintained by Surrey County Council or who is educated by the Council otherwise than at a school.

 

Parent governors from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

 

You are unable to stand for election to the vacancy if you are:

  • a member of a local authority;
  • an employee (including teacher) of a school maintained by Surrey County Council;
  • an employee of Surrey County Council; or
  • a parent governor representative on another local authority education overview and scrutiny committee.

 

Keep well, kindest regards,

Mrs Curtis

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