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December 2017

Christmas Performances

We had such a wonderful array of Christmas Performances this month, there are too many to mention! Due to the growing number of pupils and classes, we had to hold six separate Key Stage Christmas Performances. Each one of them was a huge success. Thank you to the many staff who contributed and to the parents for their support.

PTA Christmas Fete

Thank you to everyone who attended our Christmas Fete on Friday 8th December. It was such a great success with lots of fun to be had: meeting Father Christmas, eating lovely cakes and buying lots of goodies. Special thanks to our PTA for their wonderful organisation.

“All the PTA were absolutely wonderful, very friendly and accommodating. I am a teacher myself and have worked in numerous schools. I must say I was really impressed with the children we interacted with, being very polite, friendly and well mannered. The event was really well organised and the different activities of the bus and reindeer were brilliant. Overall really impressed.”
(Stall holder)

Apple Tree Planting in the Early Years

Reception children have been working with our school gardener, Hilary, in exciting planting projects. They have been learning to plant bulbs and how to keep them safe. Some children also had the opportunity to plant some apple trees for our new reception garden area. A big thank you to Hilary for all her hard work and planning. The children  love gardening!


Christmas Lunch

Thank you to our wonderful Catering Team for their hard work this term, particularly in serving 580 children and many more staff their Christmas lunch yesterday. Our new head cook, Jeya, was ably assisted by her team and we had a surprise visit from Harpreet, who came to offer her support on the busiest day of the year. It was delicious

Year 4 Art By Toby and Tayyibah (Owls)

In Owls class we have had a very artistic end to the term.  We have been making Ancient Greek theatre masks and Greek pots based on our history topic on Ancient Greece. We use papier mache to create the theatre masks and painted them in gold, bronze, copper and black. Our pots were based on the real artefacts we saw in the British Museum. We have really enjoyed making them and they look like actual Ancient Greek artefacts.


Mad Science Assembly

On Tuesday 19th December, the mad scientist came to visit our school for a short assembly. Our children had a great time watching him use his different tools. We look forward to more science enquiry work in the new term!

Digital Leaders Update by Hiba and Sabriyah

In the Digital Leader competition we are learning how to keep safe online. Here are some tips to stay safe online

Safe—Make sure you are familiar with who you are talking to

Meet– Do not meet with strangers or someone that you do not know.

Accept– Do not accept messages from people you do not know.

Reliable– Do not trust everything that you read online (double check)

T– Tell an adult if something is wrong.


Music Update

We really enjoyed the treat of listening to the recorder performances this week. Special thanks to Mrs Marriot and Mrs Kaur for teaching the skills needed to play with such confidence.

Thank you to Zain and Victor for serenading parents on the piano before the Christmas Performances.
They did a wonderful job!




Netball Competition

Our school netball team played their final match of the year at Redbridge Sports Centre. The attack made some brilliant passes into the shooters who managed to score five goals. Our defence made some brilliant interceptions which stopped the opposition from scoring. The end score resulted in Mossford A winning 7 – 5. Our girls always show a great competitive spirit. Miss Cornwall and Miss Cooper are extremely proud of the team. More matches to come in 2018.


Card Competition

Congratulations to Prabhmeet in Year 6 who was a runner-up in the Christmas Card competition run by our building company, Jerram Falkus. Prabhmeet won a £25 voucher to spend over the holidays. Well done!



Ballet Performance

Well done to all of our  ballet dancers who performed beautifully for parents last week. They have worked so hard during lunchtimes and the performances were a


Mince Pies Parent Workshop

This month, parents and pupils in Year 3 had a fun and enjoyable time making mince pies in our
parent workshop. Parents and pupils thoroughly enjoyed learning about the tradition and the history of the mince pies as well as learning to follow the recipe to make the mince meat with fresh fruit from scratch. A huge thank you to Mrs Marriott for organising the event and providing the staff with mince pies too. They were absolutely delicious and did not last long in the staffroom. Yummy!


Past Pupil Author Visit

“On Monday 4th December, Year 6 had a visit from an author and WW2 survivor named Ken Durno. In our session, he talked about his life in Redbridge during WW2 whilst he was a child. He wrote a book titled ‘One Kid’s War’ which is based on his real life experiences. An interesting fact about him is that he was evacuated during the last year of the war as his house was bombed in an air raid. We appreciate him coming as it expanded our knowledge of WW2 and what is was like to live through a conflict.”

By Avni and Krishnavi, Eagles Class



Ken Durno is a past
pupil of Redbridge Primary School and was transferred here from Valentine’s School on the year that Redbridge Primary first opened, 1937. He enjoyed a tour of the school with some of our Year 6 advocates and spent some time in Mr Henry’s office reading through our Headteacher logs from the time he was here. He even found his name on the very first register held by the school!
”Thank you once again for inviting me, it was
certainly an eye opener, and a very enjoyable one.”


Catering News

We had an extremely positive external review of our catering provision this week, from the Local Authority. Well done to Jeya and her team!

The children’s Christmas lunch Menu is now online, please visit http://www.feedinghungryminds.co.uk/primary-schools/ to pre order your child’s Christmas lunch”.

Due to Christmas roast dinner being served on Tues 19th, we have changed the Wed 20th  menu from roast chicken to the previous day’s published menu

Christmas Jumper Day - 15th

On Friday 15th, we will be taking part in “Christmas Jumper Day” for the charity Save The Children.  Please send your child to school in a Christmas or colourful jumper over their school uniform with a small donation of £1 or any change for our chosen charity.


Digital Leaders Competition

This week, the digital leaders have been 
extremely busy, running their competition for KS2. They have been  helping children in Years 3 and 4 create Scratch projects about online safety. Next week Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes will be for Years 5 and 6, in the KS2 ICT room from 12.30.


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