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Arnold Middle School

April Newsletter 2009 Name: …………………….. Form:

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Dear Parents/ Carers This has been yet another hectic term with many events unfolding. There were several reminders for me why working at Arnold School is a joy as well as a challenge. The first was the arrival at my door one day of a small group of girls wanting to organise a Fitness Club once a week at lunch times – this followed their work in PSHE in Year Six. I told them it was a great idea and that they could put a plan together; expecting a response in about a week’s time. The next day the same girls appeared: they had put together a plan left it on my desk, there it was – fully developed and with permission granted by Miss Cooke and Mr Davis having agreed to support it once a week from after the Easter Holiday. That’s what I call independent learning! The School Council, ably led by Josh Shanley, also continue to develop their skills of persuasion and improvement for our school. They are still carrying out learning walks in our school checking that we are providing the best learning environment for our school community. They will be reporting back to the teachers at a Staff Meeting. The Pupil Investigation Team are about to provide us with their report on issues that they have called ‘expert witnesses’ to answer questions on and their ventures in fund raising will shortly be found on the playground (new planters). They are currently waiting (very patiently, as they were asked for their views several weeks ago and are still waiting) to talk to representatives from the Barton Parish Council about the Parish Plan. The Parish Council quite rightly want to involve young people in the plan and our children are confident that their contribution will make a difference. Some of our children had already acquitted themselves very well at the Parish Council Meeting, led by Harry Busbridge, to put across their ideas for a BMX Park in Barton. I have seen similar skateboard parks successfully developed in Biggleswade and Jubilee Park, Bedford in the past because the children ‘drove forward’ the plans. I wish them the very best with their endeavours.


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I also received a report from a group of young scientists about sustainability issues at Arnold. They studied the temperature, lighting and transport at Arnold, asking searching questions of our Site Manager and teachers about how we can make savings. I think that the car sharing idea was good; although the timing that different teachers arrival and departure might be a slight blight on their plans. The Barton staff certainly got a short message – they should walk to school! Obviously the bags of books should be considered…. The children were keen to turn off unnecessary lighting and to turn down thermostats. We seem to be doing quite well in our programme of replacing lighting with more efficient versions and the new building is well insulated but there is still more that we could do with the closing of doors and reducing heating costs. The swimming pool has its new heating system! Our work with Trust Status and our partner schools: Parkfields, Harlington Upper, Sundon and Toddington St. George Lower Schools has taken off. Our three major projects are now available on our school website and look set to secure improvements ranging from cross-phase family support to better business resource purchasing power and new ways of learning by harnessing elearning for children. Then the highlights at Arnold got even brighter with the girls in Years Seven and Eight winning the County Basketball finals. The netball also worked really hard – see the P.E. Department report further into the newsletter. Finally, the inaugural Arts Performances took place last week with arts, drama and Physical Education coming together to celebrate further talent at Arnold in the Lion King. It was a very emotional journey with several star performances by many of our young people. It’s what makes working in a school so rewarding and made me very proud to be headteacher at such a talented school. Finally, my thanks to Mr Ricketts and Miss Clark who are moving on to areas of specific professional interest. Matt Ricketts to lecture in sports science and Rachel Clark to Leader of Autism Spectrum Disorder Provision at Woodside School. An extra special thanks to Rachel Clark who led our school bid writing for Specialist Status in Science and Mathematics. Best wishes Ann Payne


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School Council News What does school council mean to us? ‘Group of people who can discuss their feelings about our school’ Lee Year 8 ‘Helping the school become better ‘ Emily Year 5 ‘Discuss problems and issues and help solve them’ Chris Year 8 ‘Making the school a better place’ Joe Year 8 ‘Involved with the school and the local community’ Abbie Year 8

Charity Dress up Day

I loved dressing up as a Pantomime character, it was so exciting. Coming to school without your uniform on felt different and scary because you think you’re the only one dressing up. When you arrive at the school gate you realise everyone has dressed up as well and it’s loads of fun! I loved looking at what the teachers wore, it was GREAT FUN!!! It was such a fantastic feeling raising money for Keech Cottage. I hope we can raise more money for other charities as well. Nasar Khan School Council rep Year 6


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Maths at Arnold In November 2008, over 99,000 primary school children, including 29 from AMS, took part in the Primary Maths Challenge, organized by the Mathematical Association. It was our inaugural entry and the questions were tough! All of our children achieved well over the average score, but competition was fierce and only 637 pupils were invited to the February Finals, including Alex Evans 6AS. This was a fantastic achievement, and he was only 1 mark away from the Roll of Honours! Congratulations Alex. Last month Years 5 and 6 competed in World Maths Day, pitting their wits against some of the 1,952,879 pupils from around the world in timed mental maths challenges. Special mention must go to Anna Treacher 6DP and Emily Goss 5CH for the most questions answered, and to Aimee Dimmock 6DP, whose challenge high was 43 correct answers in 30 seconds! Well done to all who participated. Victoria Wright Year 5 Form Tutor

Palm Centre Update To further support the exceptional work of Mrs Chesters-Lewis and the PALM centre, two additional members of staff have recently completed Learning Mentor training. In April we will be sending a short questionnaire to parents of those pupils who have already been engaged with the PALM centre to help us identify the strengths and areas for development. Many parents already tell us verbally how much the PALM centre has benefited their child; we really do appreciate your kind words. We look forward to receiving your feedback.


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Year 5 Visit the Roald Dahl Museum

On the 9th and 10th of February Year 5 visited the Roald Dahl Museum in Aylesbury as part of ongoing work in English. The trip was greatly enjoyed by staff and students alike! Below are some of the children’s comments on their exciting day.

I loved the Roald Dahl trip! Firstly we did three research sheets around the main museum about Victorians, maths and materials. After lunch we went into the Roald Dahl gallery! It was so much fun! There were attractions from The Twits, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG and George’s Marvellous Medicine. IT WAS BRILLIANT! I wish I could go again tomorrow! Conor Naylor 5VW

My favourite bit was Fantastic Mr Fox’s tunnel. We also did lots of other activities and we did a play with Willy Wonka and Augustus Gloop. I was Augustus Gloop! They also had a giant peach with dead bugs and spiders in drawers. You could look at them under a microscope. You could also dress up in Victorian clothes and the play on the BFG’s Whizz-popping machine. Emily Goss 5CH

My favourite parts were Mr Fox’s tunnel, the shrinking TV activity, the Great Glass Elevator, Matilda’s library and the Whizz-popping Machine. The museum was so I cool I would definitely recommend it. Hollie Payne 5LK


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My favourite parts were Mr Fox’s tunnel, the shrinking TV activity, the Great Glass Elevator, Matilda’s library and the Whizz-popping Machine. The museum was so I cool I would definitely recommend it. Hollie Payne 5LK

I could just sit here, in Matilda’s library all day and read. Eleanor Kevan 5CH

Matilda’s Library


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MEET ‘SIR ISAAC NEWTON’ Meet Sir Isaac Newton is a fast moving, often hilarious, yet hugely informative one-man-show conceived, written and directed by Johnny Ball, and performed by the actor and former science teacher, David Hall. Sir Isaac Newton explodes into the room and an hour later has told you of his life a n d a c h i e ve m e n ts a s we l l a s d e mo n s tr a t ed ( f r e q u e nt l y u sin g members of the audience as volunteers) many of his ground breaking theories and discoveries—with many a corny joke along the way. ...as well as the achievements of some of the giants upon whose shoulders he stood: Archimedes, Kelper and Galileo. David Hall presented this show to the whole school, in two sittings on Tuesday 10th March. We also invited the Year 4 children from Ramsey, Westoning & Silsoe Lower School . Here are some responses of the children. Educational, but funny! Rob Year 8

I was picked as a volunteer and spun on a chair—it was really fun. Natasha Year 7


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...he told us really interesting facts about gravity and about the different scientists that lived before him. Ebony Year 5

...he told us that he invented the cat flap. Grace & Nicole Year 5

He was president of the Royal Mint and told us brilliant jokes! Luke Year 5 He taught us stuff in a very interesting way. Jack Year 7 Fab! Lorenzo Year 8

We found out how rainbows are formed. Charlotte Year 7


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REWARDS AND RECOGNITION VALUES AWARDS The latest lucky winners of our Values awards this term are:

BRUCE Millie Anstee William Davis Ceylon Hickman Amy Clarke Ruby Wadsworth Kirsty Foster Conor Naylor

CONQUEST Sam Sun Leah Rogers Anna Beckett Aimee Dimmock Jack Ellingham Sam Sun Kayleigh Eaton

GREY Sally McCulloch Jordan Clifton Daniel Holland Anthony Holland Ellie Gill James Wildey Joe Goss

St JOHN Jessica Loyal Charlotte Cox Charlotte Cox Eleanor Kevan Oliver Purkiss Chloe Corcoran John Perkins

Congratulations; please remember to select your reward. Many thanks to FASA for their continued support in providing these rewards.

HOUSE MERIT TOTALS Bruce Conquest Grey St John

Year 5 335 463 241 497

Year 6 764 853 506 643

Year 7 680 614 503 435

Year 8 356 385 636 320

TOTAL 2135 2315 1886 1895

The number of pupils who have received merit certificates are numerous, it is a delight to see so many of you receiving merits. For exceptional effort in school and homework many pupils have received 30 and now 50 merit certificates, shared during school assembly.


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100% ATTENDANCE Congratulations to the following pupils who have 100% attendance since September 2009.

Name Anstee, Millie Barton, Olivia Brown, Adam Callaghan, Danielle Chauhan, Miran Corley, Jamie Creed, Bethany Dimery, Jack Dimmock, Aimee Dolling, Emma Dolling, Matthew Eagles, Lauren Evans, Alex Flack, Lydia Frost, Harry Graham, Darian Graham, Travis Hopkinson, Summer Jones, Jessica Large, Jack Lowe, Daniel Lugg, Abigail

Reg 6DP 6AS 8PS 6CB 5ST 8CMc 8LGK 7MW 6DP 5LK 8PS 6CB 6AS 5CH 5LK 5ST 8MR 6AS 5ST 8LGK 6CB 5ST

Name

Reg

Maitland, Grace Martin, Jake McLaren, Theo McMenamy, Frederick Moxon, Faye Nash, Connie Neill, Adam Newton, Seb Norman, Kieran Osborn, Adam Palmer, Liam Percival, Jessica Pitts, Jessica Rai, Jagjit Rattigan, Charlotte Robins, Alex Short, Jake Smith, Rebekah

8MR 5LK 7MW 7SD 8PS 7SD 8MR 8MR 5CH 7GD 7JH 7GD 5VW 6DD 5AW 6AS 8PS 5ST

Watson, Matthew

8LGK

Wildey, James

7SD

Wolfe, Natasha

7MW


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OUT of SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENTS Congratulations to Sam Aylott and Adam Brown who raised £15 for Comic Relief doing a sponsored silence.

It would be really nice to receive more material so that we can celebrate our children’s successes; we eagerly await the development of this as a regular feature.


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The Lion King Staff and pupils of Arnold Middle School are still roaring with pride following the incredible performances of The Lion King last week. As a change to the annual Gym and Dance evenings and to assist in our bid to obtain Arts Mark Status, the Drama and PE departments joined together with the artistic flair of the Art department. They created an Arts Performance evening based on the Disney production, The Lion King. Every pupil in the school was offered the opportunity to take part. At the beginning of the spring term rehearsals began for 62 dedicated and committed dancers, gymnasts and actors. The gymnasts and dancers choreographed a lot of their own individual routines with a little tweaking by Miss Cooke and Mr Ricketts. Well done to Grace Maitland, Georgina Lindsay and Beth Creed for their help, expertise and patience in assisting with the KS2 dance routine to Hakuna Mata. Also a big thank you to Bethan Philips for the time she put in to choreograph and teach all the other dancers the routine ‘Be Prepared’. Our thanks also to Rachel Benton, a Street Dance teacher who was funded through the School Sports Partnership and introduced to the school by Miss Cooke, who adapted some previously taught routines to accommodate the Lion King theme. Our talented Drama pupils showed a huge amount of enthusiasm and commitment in the rehearsal process of the Lion King. Miss McCrow wrote the script, adapted from the Disney Classic, with the help of the students who scripted their own animal scenes at the start of the performance. They also used mime, narration, body props and mask work. The masks enabled many students to play one of the main characters and I think you’ll agree we definitely have some gifted young actors at Arnold. Thank you to Miss Hubble for her energy and expertise and to Miss Gokavi for her support and enthusiasm.


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ARNOLD MIDDLE SCHOOL Murals painted by Mrs Baker, Head of Art provided the backdrop for the performances. Masks expertly created by Mrs Baker and Mrs Roberts transformed our children into the most believable African animals. In addition we must thank Mrs Tredwell and her artistic face painting team, Mrs Wolfe,Mrs Phillips, Bethan Phillips, Mr & Mrs Hunter, Mr Tfifha, Mrs Dye, Miss Gokavi and the slow, but attentive Mr Davis! The result was a truly fantastic showcase of our talented young people and we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to each and everyone of them. You have made us very proud!

Finally, a note from Mr Chesters-Lewis, our Chair of Govenors: I wanted to echo the thanks to everyone involved and repeat your observation about pride in those who had taken part. The enjoyment all the pupils had gained was evident at the end, as well as the hard work that must have gone into making the performance run so smoothly.


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School Transport It is really pleasing to report that there has been a greatly reduced number of incidents of misbehaviour on the school buses this half term. However we are still aiming for no incidents and with continued action and a joint approach we will achieve this. Please remind your children that they must carry a valid bus pass. It is most important that you ensure they carry this daily, failure to show the pass could result in them being asked to pay for the journey. The school can only issue a temporary pass for a limited fixed duration.

Healthy Eating Working Group We have previously tried to set up a small group of interested parties to review our Nutritional Standards policy documentation, unfortunately due to personal commitment there was insufficient support. We believe that it is now time to try again to form this working group of pupils, parents / carers, staff and governors as part of our continuing programme of improvement in the care and facilities that we provide for our pupils. One way in which we are working to improve our care is by setting up this working group to look at ‘Healthy Eating’ within school; this will cover all food consumed at any time on the school site. We initially want to look at school meals including packed lunches. To help us to gather information on what is contained in these packed lunches, we propose to carry out a survey on packed lunches in the immediate future. We will also be looking at the children’s choice of options from the range of healthy meals served in the dining hall and share this information with you in the near future. If you would like to be involved in the working group, then we would very much like to hear from you. Please express your interest with a current telephone number to Mrs Linda Sides via the school office. As there has only been one response we are again offering this opportunity.


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Family Support

Specialist services and the RESPECT Project Extended Schools Cluster coordinator will be available for signposting, advice and information on both report days in the school. Please feel free to have a chat with the services to find out what they can do to support you and your family, through activities, drop in services, groups and information.

Calling all ‘Scientists’

As part of our Science Specialist Status at Arnold we are attempting to collate a directory of parents, grandparents, friends of the school and members of the local community who either work, or have an interest in, an aspect of science. From doctors, nurses and vets to hairdressers, gardeners and car mechanics, if you think you have a skill or interest and have the time to share this with a group of children then we want to hear from you ! Please contact the school office.


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OFSTED STYLE QUESTIONNAIRE SUMMARY Analysis of parent/carer OFSTED questionnaire January 2009 Out of the total parent/carer population we received 28% returns to the annual questionnaire sent out in January 2009 of these, in line with last year our Year 5 returned most and year 6 returned the lowest proportion of completed questionnaires. (See table 1). Although the number of returns seems low it is an increase of 43% over last year (we only received 88 completed questionnaires in 2008 as compared with 155 this year.) 2008 2009 Year % returns of total Year % returns of total received received 5 34 5 37 6 16 6 17 7 27 7 21 8 23 8 25 Table 1: comparison of returns by year group as % of total returns. Analysis of all those returned shows that across the population, no responses indicated 100% agreement (including strongly agree) to any of the statements, however responses to statement numbers 1,2, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 13, 14 and 15 were all over 90%. Individually by year group 100% positive responses were recorded for: Year 5 Staff expect my child to work hard and do his or her best Staff encourage my child to become mature and independent Year 6 My child is making good progress Staff encourage my child to become mature and independent The arrangements for my son or daughter to settle in when he or she started at the school were good Year 7 Staff encourage my child to become mature and independent Year 8 Teaching is good


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Our strengths as perceived by parents’ positive responses in descending order are: Staff encourage my child to become mature and independent Teaching is good

97%

My child is making good progress

97%

Staff expect my child to work hard and do his or her best

97%

The school is led and managed well

94%

There is a good range of activities that my child finds interesting and enjoyable The arrangements for my child to settle in when he/she started at the school were good My child likes school

93%

Pupils behave well

91%

Staff treat my child fairly

90%

My child is not bullied or harassed at school

88%

I feel comfortable approaching the school with questions or a problem or complaint The school provides appropriate homework

86%

The school seeks the views of parents and takes account of suggestions and concerns I am kept well informed about how my child is getting on

82%

99%

93% 92%

86%

78%

A direct comparison of the responses from the questionnaire completed last year shows that the school has made improvements in 12 out of the 15 areas reported on. (See next table)


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Areas where there has been a reduction in positive parental response are: Pupils behave well – down by only 1% from 92 to 91. I feel comfortable about approaching the school with questions or a problem or complaint – down by 7% from 93 to 86 and There is a good range of activities that my child finds interesting and enjoyable – down by 2% from 95 to 93. Point 2 above is the area of greatest identified weakness and we will look into how to address this with your support. A direct comparison of the agree responses from the same questionnaire completed last year.

Strongly agree/ agree 2008

2009

1

My child likes school

87

92

2

My child is making good progress

92

97

3

Pupils behave well

92

91

4

My child is not bullied or harassed at school

82

88

5

Teaching is good

94

97

6

I am kept well informed about how my child is getting on

75

78

7

93

86

8

I feel comfortable about approaching the school with questions or a problem or complaint Staff expect my child to work hard and do his or her best

91

97

9

The school is led and managed well

90

94

10

Staff treat my child fairly

90

90

11

81

82

12

The school seeks the views of parents and takes account of their suggestions and concerns The school provides appropriate homework

78

86

13

Staff encourage my child to become mature and independent

95

99

14

There is a good range of activities that my child finds interesting and enjoyable The arrangements for my son or daughter to settle in when he or she started at the school were good

95

93

94

97

15

Many thanks for your responses, it really is important to receive input as it helps us to develop and improve areas you identify as in need of action.


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Citizenship Day – What can YOU do to change the WORLD? Friday 20th March saw Year 8 participate in the first ever Arnold Middle School Citizenship Day. Working in groups, pupils looked at issues that they felt were important in the world and how they could make a difference. The afternoon saw a celebration, where each form showed their ‘winning’ idea. Thank you to all the staff and pupils who work so hard to make the day such a success. ‘ We liked it because it was interesting and creative’ – Drew PS & Sommer JCK. ‘ It stops us being racist’ – Connor PS ‘ We get to choose what charity to pick’ – George PS ‘ It was fun working in groups’ – Scott JCK ‘ It was really good trying to find ways to save the world’ – Liam PS ‘ We found out new things’ – Ashley CMC ‘ It was our chance to do something BIG’ – Howard Chiltern Class


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News from the PSHCE department Thank you very much to all the parents who attended the recent Parents Forum. During the evening, parents were given the opportunity to look over the current content of our PSHCE scheme of work and discuss any developments they would like to see. This proved a valuable discussion with both parents and staff looking at how we can ensure that PSHCE at Arnold delivers the very best opportunities for your children. As well as parental views, we have also asked pupils how they would like to improve their own learning. Taking into account these views, the PSHCE scheme of work is being updated for the new academic year. Each year will continue to develop valuable life skills, now linked to the 5 ECM outcomes: Staying Safe Staying Healthy Achieve and Enjoy Making a positive contribution. Achieve economical well-being. The new scheme of work will be available on the school website from autumn 2009.

STOP PRESS STOP PRESS STOP PRESS STOP PRESS STOP PRESS STOP PRESS SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) is taught at Arnold across all 4 year groups during the last 6 weeks of the summer term. A letter will be sent to ALL parents outlining the course content before these lessons are taught.


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As Huff Puff Co-ordinator, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the following children: Joe Goss Ben Adams Mark Evans Josh Linney Brandon Pickard Haydn Hagger Chloe Davis Matt Dolling Jake Short For their continued support and dedication as a Huff Puff Leaders. Without them we would be unable to offer our year 5 and 6 children the opportunity to take part in these very valuable Huff Puff activities. I hope they have found the experience enjoyable and look forward to working with him until the end of the school year. Ms. Creed Huff Puff Co-ordinator

Dates for your diary Year 8 group and individual photos and music photographs Thursday 4th June 9am PE team photos Wednesday 10th June 9am


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PE News It has once again been a hectic and eventful term within the PE Department. During this term the children have thoroughly enjoyed the vast amounts of competitive sports being provided. This term has seen two very different foci, with our Football teams participating in a hectic fixture schedule, and the preparation and participation within the 2009 Arts performance of The Lion King. However, we will begin by discussing the successes of our year 7 and 8 Girls Basketball teams. Qualifying for the County Basketball finals from within an impressive runners-up position, the year 7 team were the first to compete in their much-awaited final. The day of the finals saw the girls compete against Challney Girls School, Stopsley School and Parkfields Middle. Achieving success in each of their games, the girls went on to set-up a final against Challney Girls School, where they ran-out deserved winners. Therefore, a huge congratulations must go to the following County Basketball Champions: Megan McDonagh Goldie Taylor Ellis Osborne Kelsey Bassett Gemma Colclough Henny Horsler Alice Double Charlotte Coxsport Meanwhile, the year 8 girls were in advanced preparations for their impending final. Facing Robert Bloomfield and Parkfields School, they were successful in both matches, and went on to beat Barnfield School in the final to become County Champions. Well done to the following children who played such a big part in their success: Kirsty Foster Eleanor Keep Ruth Harley


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Ceylon Hickman Louisa Laviola Samantha Mann Olivia Murphy Moving on to football and this term has seen a vast amount of fixtures taking place both home and away. The year 8 boys have had a league campaign of mixed emotions, playing some fantastic football but not always getting the results that they deserve. Winning 1, drawing 2 and undeservedly losing another, the results have certainly not portrayed how well the boys have performed as their performances could easily have resulted in a majority of wins. A huge well done to the big talented group of players who have shown such commitment throughout. Our year 7 team have played one fixture to date, this being an extremely unfortunate defeat to Robert Bloomfield. Having dominated for large periods and creating numerous chances, the boys subsequently went on to lose in the final minute of the match to a 2-1 scoreline. The fixtures for this year group will continue over the forthcoming weeks. The Year 6 season has also seen a mixed campaign, having drawn one, lost one and won one. The boys showed particularly good spirit in the last of their league games, overcoming a one deficit and going on to win 4-2, despite being 2-1 down with approximately 15 minutes left. The progress has been notable, and the boys will go into their final league game with great confidence. A special mention must also go to the year 5 boys who have represented the year 6 team with great effect. Meanwhile, the year 5 team are also making good progress. Having faced a heavy training schedule, which began way back in September, the boys are looking forward to an upcoming 7-a-side festival at Robert Bloomfield, and an away match to Newnham Middle School. The boys are playing some fantastic football and will provide strong opposition to whoever they face within the future.


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This term has also seen an array of girls football fixtures, both the KS2 & KS3 teams have been participating in the league held at Sandy Upper School. Despite not being too successful, the girls worked hard and were very unfortunate to not achieve wins, as their performances suggested great progress had been made. A special congratulations to all the girls who despite being new to the sport, demonstrated such great effort and commitment. We finish with a special goodbye to Mr Ricketts, who will be leaving the school at the end of this spring term. We would like to thank him for his contribution to the department, particularly to Rugby, Basketball and the recent Arts display. Playing a big role within the department, he will be sadly missed by the colleagues he has worked with the PE department and we wish him the very best for his new job and in the future.

Westoning Disco Friday 24th April 7-9pm Westoning Village Hall Years 5-8 only ÂŁ3.50 Refreshments available


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ARNOLD SCHOOL DIARY 2008-2009 Friday 3rd April Saturday 4th-11th April Saturday 18th April Monday 20th April Tuesday 21st April Wednesday 22nd April Wednesday 29th April Mon 4th May Tuesday 5th May Monday 11th May Monday 18th May Monday 18th May Wednesday 20th May Thursday 21st May Friday 22nd May Friday 22nd May Tuesday 9th June Tuesday 16th June Friday 19th June Saturday 20th June Sunday 21st June Wednesday 24th June Friday 26th June Friday 3rd July Monday 6th July Wednesday 8th July Friday 10th July Monday 13th July Tuesday 14th July Monday 13th July Thursday 16th July Friday 17th July Friday 17th July Thursday 3rd September

Spring Term Ends Ski Trip Music Performance at Albert Hall Training Day/Reports Day } Pupils not in school – appointment times will be Training Day/Reports Day } issued to meet with Form Tutors on either days Summer Term Commences Yr 3 / 4 Parents of Children with Additional Needs Meeting May Day Bank Holiday – school closed KS3 SATs Week KS2 SATs Week Year 6 PGL Trip Year 8 P.E. G&T Trip Parents’ Forum Evening 3 Science G&T London Residential Science G&T London Residential Half Term Week – return Monday 1st June Parents’ Awareness Raising Evening (3) Arts Mark Awareness Year 4 Maths & Rounders Day Maths G&T Residential Maths G&T Residential Maths G&T Residential DT G&T Afternoon for Year 4 pupils Year 5 Boulogne Trip All Pupils Induction Day Year 8 Induction Day 2 Summer Concert Sports Day for all Years (parents welcome) Years 5 and 6 Swimming Gala (am) – sorry, no parent spectators Years 7 and 8 Swimming Gala (am) – sorry, no parent spectators Year 5 Intake Evening Leavers’ Assembly Year 8 Day Trip Summer Term Ends Autumn Term Commences


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Have Fun, Feel Great Join the Ampthill and Flitwick Flyers Running Club Summer School (April-July)

a fun and friendly

Enjoy 10 weeks of high quality coaching in environment

Each week will give you the chance to try out different activities while improving your overall fitness. No previous experience is necessary. Group size will be small so whether you just want to give running a go or are already enjoying it, you will be made to feel welcome. The course also includes the opportunity to enter a local race (and earn a medal!) and an end of course BBQ and prize giving with the rest of the club (parents invited). Join our Summer School and wear ‘The Flyers’ club vest with pride Course runs: 29th April to 8th July Duration: 10 x 1hr session on Wednesday evenings, plus presentation night (Tuesday, 14th July). Time: Arrive 6.15pm for 6.30pm start. Cost: £18 (includes club vest, top quality coaching, race entry, insurance and other goodies). To apply: pick up a form from School reception or email:

juniors@affrunningclub.org.uk Please note: places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Return your application form early to avoid disappointment.

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