All the staff at Saltford School would like to wish you and your families a very merry Christmas.
We are feeling very festive after seeing the wonderful school productions and participating in our many Christmas activities in the last couple of weeks of term. We thank everyone who has supported us this term and wish you a relaxing and happy holiday.
Magical performances from our Key Stage Two children
Key Stage Two performed their version of A Christmas Carol this week. The atmosphere created in the hall was truly magical. The acting and singing of the Year Six children was absolutely amazing and if you attended a performance we are sure you admired their courage and confidence to stand on the stage and perform in front of hundreds of parents and guests.
Well done to all the Key Stage Two children and a special thank you to all the staff for making each performance so special. The school is extremely lucky to have such talented and dedicated staff and Miss Elliott would like to say a special thank you to Mr Godwin and Mr Styles for co-ordinating the year 6 children and Mr Baker who directed the production.
Mr Baker praised the Year 6 children: “Congratulations from Mr Baker to all children in year 6 who worked so hard to put on a splendid production this year. Everyone showed great commitment and dedication in coming to rehearsals, learning lines and dances and practising at home. They can be very proud of the high standard they achieved. Well done everyone.”
Foundation/Key Stage One impress audiences
Foundation/Key Stage One staged their nativity, "Hey Ewe!" this week. We are sure that if you saw either of the shows you were amazed by the standard of the production. Miss Elliott was very impressed with the children who sang so well and showed such commitment to learning their words and actions.
The quality of the nativity reflects how hard everyone worked to achieve the high standard of acting and singing. Thank you to all the parents for your support, to Mrs Willett, Mrs Oliver and Mr Forster for the photography and filming, and to all the staff for their hard work.
Consultation on Proposed Admissions 2019-2020
This consultation on proposed admission arrangements for 2019/20 academic year is open to everyone and is particularly aimed at:
Parents of children between the ages of two and eighteen in Bath & North East Somerset
Headteachers and Chairs of Governors of all mainstream schools and Academies in Bath & North East Somerset
Neighbouring Local Authorities
The Diocese of Bath and Wells and the Clifton Diocese
Bath & North East Somerset Councillors
Saltford C of E Primary School is consulting on their proposed admission arrangements and admission numbers for the 2019/20 school year.
The 2019/20 consultation documents are listed below:
The consultation starts on 4th December and will end on Friday 12 January 2018. Following the consultation period Saltford C of E School will determine its admission arrangements by 28 February 2018 and these will then be published on this website by 15 March 2018. Once arrangements have been determined objections can be made to the Office of the School Adjudicator.
To respond to this consultation please send your comments by email to:
email@example.com Alternatively you can write to Saltford C of E Primary School, Claverton Road, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3DW
The Local Authority may have been asked to publish details of the proposed admission arrangements for Foundation (including Trust) and Voluntary Aided Schools or Academies where the Governors/Academy Trust are the admission authority. Any such details will be listed below and the consultation period for the schools concerned will end by 28 February 2018.
Responses concerning Academies should be sent to the school concerned for the attention of the Headteacher and/or Chair of Governors.
Saltford wins top prize of B&NES "Primary School of the Year 2017"
On 21st November, Stanley, Bella and Mrs Brook travelled to Swindon to attend an awards ceremony in recognition of attaining our Silver Modeshift Award last year.
Bella and Stanley write: "during the day, we played some games, created a comic strip, had a delicious lunch and took part in some drama activities. In the afternoon, we listened to the awards take place and we were absolutely delighted to receive the top prize of The Primary School of The Year 2017 in B&NES for our work on promoting sustainable travel at Saltford School. In addition, Bella won the top prize in the raffle: a colourful scooter."
We all thoroughly enjoyed the day and want to thank all pupils, parents and carers for continuing to support Saltford in promoting sustainable travel. We are currently working towards achieving a gold award and would like as many children, parents and carers as possible to support our weekly WOW days. Just to remind you, we encourage you to walk, scoot or cycle to school whenever possible but on Wednesdays, our Active Ambassadors will be recording the numbers of participants from each class to determine the winning class. Thank you to Mrs Brook for all her hard work on our travel plan.
We welcomed SIAMS inspectors into school on November 2nd
We are delighted to report that the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools (SIAMS) found that "the distinctiveness and effectiveness of Saltford as a Church of England school are outstanding."
Get a little extra value from your shopping
If you use the links on our website to access your online shopping favourites, we will earn commission that goes towards PTA funds. All of this directly benefits the children at school.
See our fundraising page for full information and links to many other online retailers via The Giving Machine.
All different, all equal.
Children will be discussing bullying in their classes and taking part in activities such as drama, circle time and assemblies.
This is an important week in the school calendar, but discussions about kindness and equality happen all year round. On Friday 17th November, children are allowed to come into school wearing odd socks to show our support for anti-bullying and to reinforce that we are all different but all equal.
Please help our pupils fill their advent baskets
You will have noticed Christmas goodies already lining supermarket shelves tempting you to fill your basket with sweet treats, savoury goodies and a million mince pies. Most families are already making a start on packing their cupboards to the brim in anticipation of the festive season and the need to be the best hosts should visitors pop by.
Imagine… going to pop on the kettle and not having any tea bags for your cuppa, not because you forgot to pick some up but because you can’t afford any. Imagine… what if you can’t have visitors over at Christmas because you don’t have the money to fill your cupboards with the basic supplies to feed your family, let alone pick up any festive treats? Living on the edge of poverty is no fun at any time of the year, but it is all the worse at Christmas.
You have also no doubt seen Advent calendars on the shelves already, and the children are excitedly awaiting December 1st to begin the all-important countdown. This year, at Saltford School, we would like to invite the children to take part in our reverse Advent calendar and in doing so, help a family in need this Christmas. This means every day from Monday 13th November, one or two children from each class can bring in an item for the class box. Then on December 8th when our 25 items are in, we can deliver them down to our local food bank in Saltford, where it will be gratefully received by the Trussell Trust.
You can fill the box with inexpensive items, I am sure if you looked in your cupboards you would find plenty of tinned items being unused. (Of course, please make sure anything you donate is in date.) You don’t have to spend a lot; honestly any donation will be gratefully received.
Kicking each box off, the school is going to add tea bags. Everyone should have the ability to relax with a cup of tea, especially those under additional stress over the festive period this year.
For more information about how to access help from the Keynsham and Saltford food banks, see our Pupil premium page. If you would like to know more about the Keynsham food bank, you can see their website here.
Thank you in anticipation of your support in this and thank you to Mr Butterworth, one of our parents, who brought this to our attention and thank you to Mrs Nethercott for co-ordinating the project.
Please come and help this fun event run smoothly on 1st December
We will be running stalls during the fair which we need the help of parents, carers or grandparents to help run. We will also require some helpers to help clean up afterwards.
If you are able to help with these, please email PTA@saltfordschool.org.uk with your details and availability and we will get in touch to let you know where we need your kind offer of help. There will also be a form in the newsletter of 10th November.
As the fair is only a few weeks away we would appreciate a prompt response to help us plan this wonderful event that the family is bound to enjoy.
Fabulous prizes for all the family
This year we have another fantastic raffle. Thanks to our generous donors, this is the list of prizes so far:
- 2 Hour Thermae Bath Spa gift voucher, a bottle of prosecco with chocolates - Davies & Way
- Family Photo Shoot on location with a framed A4 photo print worth £200 - Pete Travers Photography
- £50 Tesco Voucher and tin of biscuits – Beaufort Bespoke Kitchens
- Bath Spa Voucher for two – Sneddon Financial Planning
- Afternoon Tea with Santa at Avon Valley (Family of 4) – Payglow Ltd (Recruitment and Payroll Services)
- Hot Stones Massage – Tranquillity Spa and Beauty Salon
- Box of Skincare Goodies – MyFace Aesthetics Clinic
- Set of Gel Nails – Nails by Lucy
- Five Aerobic Classes - Cardio Fit
- One Month Personal Training – Love Fitness Personal Training Studio
- Set of High Definition Brows and semi-permanent eyelash extensions - Beauty by Shannon
- Train set - Strawberry Line Railway
- Family ticket - Wookey Hole
- Family Pass - Play Space
- £20 Voucher - FreeDog
- Bocca set of 4 milk bottles and drinking straws
- Saharan Sunset Toiletry Gift Set
- Bath gift Set
- Chocolate Hamper
- Alcoholic Hamper
Raffle tickets will be sent home in book bags on Friday 10 November. Please sell as many as you possibly can, extra books will be available from the school office. We are holding a class competition again so the class that sells the most books will receive a small prize from the PTA. If you would like your raffle tickets to be entered into the class competition, please leave your money and ticket stubbs in an envelope with the school office by Thursday 30 November 2017. Please mark your envelopes with ‘Christmas Fair Raffle’.
Festive fun and fundraising on Friday 1st December
This year’s Christmas Fair will be held on Friday 1st December after school, so get the date in your diary now! All the usual favourites will be there including Santa in his grotto, chocolate and wine tombolas, games room, craft stalls and much more.
Plans are underway but it is always great to have new ideas and suggestions and your input to making this event a successful fundraiser to help our children would be really appreciated. If you have any ideas or if you would like to be involved, please get in touch by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Facebook page.
We would already like to ask for help in a couple of ways. Firstly could you please start saving any empty screw top wine bottles and their lids over the next few weeks, boxes will be available outside of the school office after half term in which to leave them. We are also going to be holding a Children’s Book Stall so would appreciate any donations. If you have some old books your no longer need, for all reading ages, please keep them ready to donate to school after half term. Due to popular demand we are also having our Soft Toy Tombola at the fair, so if you have these lying around that are in a good condition these would also be gratefully received. Another box will be outside the school office after half term.
We will be holding our very popular raffle, so if you have your own company or work for a company that may be willing to donate a prize to help raise funds for the school then please do get in touch by emailing email@example.com or drop us a line on the PTA Facebook page, or leave any vouchers with the school office for the attention of Ali Williams.
We are looking for craft stall holders that would like to rent a table at this event. All we ask is that items sold are not what the PTA sell themselves. Please email the PTA should this be something you are interested in.
And finally, (for now!) we will be holding the Sweet Jar Tombola again as this proved to be a great hit with the children last year. You will need to sterilise a jam jar and fill it with wrapped sweets (no nuts) and to add an extra element of fun, you are invited to decorate the jar in a Christmas theme for which there will be a small prize for the best decorated jar in each key stage! More details will follow as to when to bring them into school but please do start decorating and filling your jars!
Cross country trials took place last Friday and a squad of 20 children from Year 5 and 6 were chosen from many eager competitors. Well done to all the children for taking part and making the trials a very competitive and exciting event. Congratulations to the children who were chosen for the cross country team and who will be representing Saltford School in the BANES cross country competition on Wednesday 4th October. Good luck Team Saltford!
Open to girls aged from 5 to 7
Last week one of the Saltford Guide leaders launched a brand new Rainbow group for girls aged 5-7. The group runs on Thursdays from 4.30 -5.30pm.
She writes: the existing Tuesday group is oversubscribed, but we would like as many girls as possible to have the opportunity to join. Please see the link below for full details of how to register your daughter.
Pupils welcomed back to exciting changes on the school site.
We are very excited that our six classroom new build will be ready for occupation in September 2017. The whole project has been documented on our "Big Build Blog", where you can see pictures and comments covering all the developments since the first work began in September 2016.
In the new part of the school, one Year One, two Year Two, one Year Three and two Year Four classes will be located. We are going to be utilising our two classrooms on the field for our Year Six classes. Chuckles Before and After School club will be using their current room (the Piano Room) and also using the classroom currently occupied by Class JG which will mean they can increase their provision and enjoy easy access to the playground and field space. During the day these two rooms will be used for small group work and meetings.
We are delighted to announce that we have received the recognition of commitment certificate
This demonstrates that we are working towards this important award.
What is the Rights Respecting Schools Award (RRSA)?
It is a Unicef UK programme that aims to put children’s rights at the heart of schools in the UK. The Award recognises a school’s achievement in putting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) into practice within the school and beyond. Children have the right to participate, so meaningful involvement of children and young people is fundamental to every stage of our RRSA journey.