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Blandford St Mary Primary School Newsletter Headteacher: Mr Paul Lavis Deputy Headteacher: Mrs Sam Harris

4th May 2010 Volume 3,

Issue 9


School Closure




Fusion Course


Governor Biography 3 Family Photoshoot


Dorset Family Infor- 3 mation Service First Aid Courses


Open Fun Day


Diary Dates


Upcoming Events

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Thursday 6th May~ Staff Training Day Friday 28th May— last day of half term Monday 7th June ~ Children back to school Friday 2nd July ~ Staff Training Day Friday 9th July ~ Sports Day Friday 9th July ~ Summer BBQ evening Tuesday 13th July ~ Wet weather alternative , Sports Day Friday 23rd July ~ last day of Term.

STOP PRESS ~ ELECTION I am sure that it won’t have escaped your notice that this Thursday 6th May is Election Day! As you know our school is being used as a polling station and will be closed to the children. We look forward to seeing everyone back as normal on Friday and eagerly await news on the election result.

Dear Parents Dear Parents, Everything is so political at the moment! Posters up, knocking on doors, radio interviews, television debates, who might be working with whom... Excitement, after excitement after excitement. Of course, what they missed was the tragedy of Bristol Rovers’ late push for a play-off place withering to a pathetic halt. No change there then. Us Rovers fans learn to deal with the disappointment! Of course—we have had much more success at school this year: Our gymnastics team in years 3 and 4 were champions of Blandford with a fine victory in the gym festival. Our Year 5 & 6 football team were also champions of Blandford and placed third in both the Davison Trophy and the North Dorset Football Festival. Our Talented Stars

are to be celebrated on our Talented Stars board outside the school hall. Please encourage your children to share their out of school successes with us (sporting or otherwise) because we love to make a fuss! Everyday Counts! I have mentioned attendance issues before in the newsletter (and I will continue to!) and discussed its impact on learning. We are aiming for a minimum attendance rate for our children of 95%. Even this means that a your child would be missing 8 days of school which is an awful lot. Last term 33 of our children managed to be at 100% of the time— well done to those children and their families. The overall attendance percentage for the whole school for the Spring Term was 95.3%. So, we’re on target—let’s keep it up!

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Volume 3,

Blandford St Mary Primary School Newsletter

Attendance Competition As part of our attendance push and understanding that ‘Everyday Counts’ each newsletter will celebrate the class with the best attendance rate!

1st Place Scarlet Macaw Base


2nd Place Komodo Dragon Base


3rd Place


Polar Bear Base

Well done Scarlet Macaw Base—can the other bases beat them next Base month?

EcoEco-Committee The school’s eco-committee met this Tuesday to discuss a range of issues across the school. We decided to increase our membership to include at least one representative from each class as well as representatives from the school council, members of staff, Friends of School and governors. If you would like to be involved in the group then please let us know at school. All our ideas for saving energy, looking after our environment and recycling and reusing will be shared in later newsletters.

Fusion Course We are delighted to be hosting a six week Fusion programme which is aimed at equipping families and anyone working with parents, children or young people with skills and strategies to improve positive communication within the family unit. The six week programme will be starting on Friday 28th May at 9.20 am, but the course leaders will be available at our Friday drop in session on Friday 21st May to explain and discuss details about the programme. Leaflets are available from the School Office.

Issue 9

Volume 3,

Issue 9

Blandford St Mary Primary School Newsletter

Governor Biography

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Please look out for our governor biographies in future newsletters. They will give you an idea of who our governors are and how they can help support us at school.

Michael Anderson— Anderson—Parent Governor Michael is currently the General Manager and co-founder of the Jurassic Leisure and the General Manager of St Osmund’s Community Sports Trust. He is also Ben’s Dad in Reception Class (which is far more important!). Michael’s expertise in running these large organisations and businesses that involve a variety of challenges will be an invaluable addition to our governing body. If you would like to ask Michael a question or share some thoughts with him please email the school office.

Free Family Photoshoot Students from The Arts University College Bournemouth who are due to be graduating this summer are offering Free Family Photoshoots as part of a fundraising exercise to raise funds for their showcase exhibition in London in July. Payment is only for the prints. For further information, please see the poster on the notice board by the office.

Dorset Family Information Service The Family Information Service provides information to parents, carers and professionals on:-

registered before / after school clubs and childminders registered childcare for under 5’s,

activities for 0-19 year olds

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parent and toddler groups / activities for pre-school age children

information on help with the costs of childcare play parks / skate parks local and national support groups

Contact Details

First Aid Courses for Parents First Aid South West are offering courses for parents interested in children's First Aid. These could possibly be held at the school if there are sufficient numbers. Please contact the office for further information.

Tel: 01305 221066 Helpline open am to 8 am – 7pm, Monday to Friday

Email: Website:

Open Fun Day Holton Lee are hosting a Fun Day on Saturday 5th June when they are inviting local groups to build a Go Kart and enter it in a heat of races / challenges. The Go Kart must be hand made, and entries can be under 10’s and over 10’s and each cart must have one passenger and one pusher. Further information is available from the school office.

Blandford St Mary Primary School Newsletter Blandford St Mary Primary School Birch Avenue Blandford St Mary, Dorset DT11 9QD

Phone: 01258-453331 Fax: 01258-455865 Email:

Diary Dates

Thursday 6th May Friday 28th May Monday 7th June Friday 2nd July Friday 9th July Friday 9th July Tuesday 13th July Wednesday 21st July Friday 23rd July

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Staff Training Day Last day of Half -Term Children back to school Staff Training Day Sports Day Summer BBQ Evening Wet weather alternative for Sports Day Whole School Trip to Seaside Leavers Assembly and last day of Term



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