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JAN 2012


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Head Teacher’s Column

Dear All

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to the new term and a happy new year to all. Last term was very successful as we have come to expect now, and was finished off with ‗Bethlehem‘s buzzing‘ (DVD‘s available from the office priced at £2.50 each). The term has begun in earnest now, with the major event last week being the visit to ‗Cinderella‘ at the Hippodrome. The afternoon was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. More importantly those who attended had special reasons for their place, as they were all expenses paid places, for those children whose attendance was 100% during the 2010-2011 academic year: Nathan Rowe Kyle Blackhurst Luke Tipping Amy Davies Evie Gardner Joshua Needham Kirsty Tipping Luke Hawkes Jack Gossage Joshua Chirambo Ellie Russell Jodie Leigh Foster Calista Lawry Callum Dixon This is a fantastic achievement not only for the children but also all those who struggled through the bad winter and the sickness bugs. So a big thank you and congratulations to all parents for this achievement. There were many other children who also had very good attendance records who will be given special certificates shortly. The second category of pupils rewarded by the pantomime tickets, were those judged by the management and staff to most closely personify the schools mission statement: Erin Burgess Ryan Dickens Dylan Firth Chloe Ling Luke Rowe Charlie Fairbairn Paige Jackson Mikaela Joof Rebecca Burns Tayla Rees

Skye Rees C.J. Fox Lilliebelle Wall Leah Bishop Cian Ellis Aron Prosser These children are trying on a daily basis to try to make the world a better place. They help create the environment and ethos that encourage other children. They work hard to develop their skills and knowledge to make good choices that have positive consequences in their own lives and that of others. They are looking to the wider world as good citizens, and are authentic, true to themselves self-aware, confident and honest. They are a fantastic example to others in the school and we are very proud to have them as ambassadors for Jervoise and are a great credit to their families. Again we recognise much of the credit goes to all the parents who strive to do their best for their children. We recognise these children are being recognised as the top of the tree but we also acknowledge that we now have a very talented and enthusiastic school of children at Jervoise most of those rewarded this week are higher up the school, but we also have amazing children in Key Stage 1, nursery and reception, I am very confident that the future is very bright for Jervoise, and the example being shown by the older children to the younger ones, is very good and they should all be congratulated, particularly those in Yr5 and Yr6. Other news from Jervoise is that Mrs Potter had a baby boy, mum and baby are thriving and I am sure young Charlie Potter will be a feature of visits in the near future. On the international front, Year 2 had a Skype session with children from Greece toward the end of term they exchanged information, and Christmas greetings and sung Christmas songs in Greek and English. It was a very exciting session enjoyed by all. We will now make this a regular feature. We have the French residential trip for 33 children which will be a fantastic experience for all (except maybe the staff!!). Jervoise now has partner schools in Slovakia, Ireland, Finland, Greece, Cyprus, Belgium, Estonia, Maderia (Portugal), and India, and of course Mexico. This term we are expecting visitors from Lebanon and we have a teacher visit to Ireland. This visit will help us to move forward in our bid to gain a Green Flag, an environmental award which acknowledges our efforts around recycling and cutting our carbon footprint. The Jervoise name will be spread a little further this term, as many of you will know I have spoken about the work we do at Jervoise in Brussels and Berlin last term, 450 Head teachers and school leaders from 34 countries. As a result I have been invited to talk about how we work at Jervoise to headteachers, in Northern Ireland, Germany and Poland. Our new website continues to grow, we have had 2663 visitors from 15 different countries since December. We will be rolling out new features as time goes on. We now have a school calendar on the site which very shortly will have all class activities on it so if you need to know about P.E or swimming times or trips it will all be on the website Please do feel free to make suggestions of what you would like to see on the site. Thank you for all of your continued support last term, it is much appreciated. All the best

Kevin McCabe

Nursery 

Nursery had a fantastic Christmas trip on the Severn Valley and we are looking forward to taking part in an arctic themed week when it snows ! We are also celebrating Chinese New Year next week, eating noodles, making animal masks and dancing like Chinese dragons.

Reception    

This half term Reception‘s topic is called ‗Let‘s Pretend.‘ We started on Monday with lots of different activities including dressing up as different characters, using puppets, reading and listening to stories and using story props. We will be looking at different puppets from around the world and making some of our own. We will be performing our own plays. Tuesdays and Thursdays are P.E. days Reading books are changed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Year 1 & 2 Year 1 and 2 will be learning all about stories and different ways of telling them. We have got links with schools in Greece, Estonia, Cyprus and Belgium and we will be sharing our work with them. We will be doing PE every Tuesday and Thursday and we are changing book bags as often as we can!

Year 3 & 4

Year 34 will be visiting the Language Centre at Hillcrest School on the afternoon of Wednesday 18th January. We are looking forward to learning a few new Spanish words as well as converting some money into Euros to spend the shops!

Clean Water Dirty Water

Year 34 will have an opportunity to learn how dirty water is filtered and cleaned, as part of their new topic when they visit Hayden Sewerage Treatment Centre. 34FB will go on Tuesday 24th January and 34R will go on Thursday 26th January.

Our local MP Richard Burden will be visiting our school on Friday 10th February to look at the work we produce as part of this topic.

During this half term all year 3 and 4 children will need their indoor P.E. kits on a Monday and a Wednesday. Can you please make sure all children have their names in their school uniform and their P.E. kits too.

Next half term, year 3 will go swimming every afternoon, week beginning Monday 20th February. Just like last time, the year 4 children will need their P.E. kits every afternoon during this week too as they will have a P.E. lesson whilst the year 3 children are having their P.E. lesson at the Linden Road Instruction Pool, Bournville.

Year 5 & 6 

This half term, year 5 and 6 are working on the topic Myths and Legends.

We will be looking at British and world myths and legends starting with creation stories with the end result of creating our own animations. The finished articles will be made available on the school‘s website.

Mr Whittaker‘s class will be attending a technology day at Hillcrest on 26th January where they will be designing and making wooden toys and scones.

Finally, the children in years 5/6 will be taking part in a singing project with the CBSO, culminating in a public performance alongside other Birmingham schools.

After school clubs   

Multi sports club for years 1 & 2 has now finished and has been replaced with Dance club for years 3 – 6. This is proving to be a big success! Started Wednesday 11th January and finishes Wednesday 28th March.

The last ‗Striking a Balance‘ football session will now be on Thursday 19th January 2012.

Breakfast Club 

Breakfast club starts Monday 16th January 2012 at 8.30 am for those that have been invited.

School Website    

The new school website/MLE is now live: It‘s not just a website, it‘s a learning environment where we can share ideas, Documents, Photos, Videos, Blogs etc.. All in a safe & secure environment for all users. We have an international area where we share ideas, Pupil‘s work with our partners all around the world. If you go to our website you will see the flags of the countries who visit our website, there is currently 15!

Twitter Did you know you can follow us on Twitter? It‘s a great way for us to communicate all the great things we do in school.

Follow us on Twitter @jervoiseschool or just visit our website where there is a ―Live‖ Feed of updates.

QR Codes We will begin to see these strange looking pictures on various things (newsletters, posters, around school etc..) What are they? If you have a smartphone or an iPod touch you scan them & they will lead you to more information online, such as photos, video etc.. Try it out in this issue of the newsletter!

Need a Computer? Microsoft are backing a scheme where you can purchase re-furbished machines at very good prices, there are also broadband deals. Visit their website:

Attendance The best attending class last term was 3/4BF. Well done.

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School starts at 8.55 am for ALL pupils. School finishes at 3.30 pm except for reception children who should be collected promptly at 3.20 pm. All late arrivals must report to the office. Attendance during one school year

Equals this number of days absent

Which is approximately this many weeks absent


No days absent



10 days

2 weeks


19 days

4 weeks


29 days

6 weeks – half a term


38 days

8 weeks


47 days

10 weeks

Good – best chance of success Worrying – less chance of success. Makes it harder to make progress. Serious concern – Not fair on your child. Court Action.

Family Food Facts Course

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Ever wanted to find out more about healthy eating? Would you like to get together with other parents? Join us for this exciting, enjoyable short course.

Food Net‘s ―Family Food Facts‖ Course is packed full of ideas, information and activities to make healthy eating fun and easy for the whole family.  Snack tasting and ideas.  See the shocking amounts of fat and sugar in some popular foods and drinks. 

Come along to the three sessions to build up your pack of free goodies including water bottles, sticker charts, recipes and more…

Dates: March—April (TBC) Time: 9:15—10:30 a.m.


Dates for your diary.. Things happening in and around school this term

School Year 2011 - 2012* Spring Term 2012 Monday 09 January to Friday 10 February Half Term Holiday: Monday 13 Feb to Friday 17 Feb


Tuesday 21 February to Friday 30 March

All children should be in school for 8.55 am

Easter Holiday 2012: Monday 02 April to Friday 13 April

ready for the register to be taken at 9.00 am.

Summer Term 2012 Monday 16 April to Friday 01 June May Bank Holiday Monday 07 May Half Term Holiday: Monday 04 June to Monday 11 June Tuesday 12 June to Friday 20 July Have you got any unwanted clothes?

(* 2011/12 Teacher Training Day Dates TBA)

 Teacher Training Day

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Monday 20/02/2012 Themed Dinner Chinese New Year to be held on 23/1/2012

We are having a rag bag recycling bin in school, It will be located by the school hall. It will help raise money for school. The more we fill the more money we raise !


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