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St Helens Primary 'Aim to be the best you can be!'

We hope you had a lovely Easter Update from

26th April 2012

Look whats happening soon

OFSTED meetings Thank you to everyone who attended the recent parents meetings in response to our OFSTED report.

One of the issues raised by parents was the amount , or lack of homework that was being sent home. We have taken note of the returned questionnaires as well as discussing this with children and staff. All staff have been asked to ensure that home work goes home every Friday, to be returned on Wednesday. This way parents and children have a choice of either completing the homework during the week or over the weekend. Those parents/carers who have expressed an interest in the development of the policy have been sent a copy of the new document and will be attending a meeting early in May to discuss how this has been working over the first few weeks of this term. This will help us evaluate the implementation of the policy.. Anyone else wishing to be involved in this process can contact Mrs Tasker.

Week beginning 28th June will be Jubilee week, where we will be celebrating the Queens Jubilee. Work in school will focus on her reign, information about the commonwealth, planning and organising a street (or playground) party on Friday 1st June. We would love for you to become involved and will be sending out details nearer the time. (how are you at making sandwiches and baking?) We will be getting into the Olympic theme by having a focus on keeping healthy as well as practicing many of the Olympic events for our sports week. The Olympic torch is due to pass through Lundwood at 1.27p.m. on Monday 25th June and we are hoping to walk the children down there to be part of this memorable occasion. If you are available on that afternoon to accompany us you are very welcome. Again, more information nearer the date.

Inset Day (Voting day)

Dates for your diary

Thursday 3rd May

(It is important that you do not take your child out of school during the month of May when assessments are taking place)

Week beginning 14th May—SATS Week Week beginning 21st May—Assessment Week Monday 28th May—Class group photographs Week beginning Sports Week




Thursday 28th June, 1.30pm—Music Festival at Elsecar Heritage Centre for Yr 3/4 ukulele players.

May Day Monday 7th May Spring Bank Holiday Monday 4th—Friday 8th June Return to school Mon 11th June Summer Holiday—2012 Monday 23rd July Inset Day 3rd September Return to school Tuesday 4th Sept

St Helens creative children St Helens Primary School St Helens Way Monk Bretton Barnsley Phone: 01226 295210 Fax: 01226 207256 E-mail:


'Aim to be the best you can be'

Giving a helping hand! Parents were invited into year 5 this month to attend an art afternoon with their children. They helped create Islamic style mosaic tiles using loads of glue and mdf. Things got a bit messy but lots of great mosaics were created. Creative afternoons will be happening in each class where parents/carers are invited to help their children. Each class will inform their children’s parents/carers when this is.

Year 5 children enjoyed making solar powered models as part of Science week. Year 5 boys below made a remote control robot named ‘Loomy’

Asda community Calling all Asda shoppers—The store is helping small local projects by donating money to them. There is an ‘Asda Community’ board at the front of the shop which has different slots for different local charities in which to post tokens. The tokens are given to customers at the till. Mrs Tasker has applied for a slot for much needed breakfast club play equipment. Please keep an eye out for this in Asda & please support our breakfast club. Please ask for tokens if the person at the till forgets to give you them.

Thank you for your support!

Fundraising update

Year 3 & 3/4 really enjoyed their trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Pictured above is one of our brave children stroking a lizard.

Children had a fantastic time at the Easter Disco. £177 profit was made which will be put towards the cost of the Key Stage 2 trim trail. Isobel Kilner, Emma Swallow, Charlie Robinson, Chloe Barron & Teagan Rennison won an Easter egg for their lovely Easter bonnets. Emma Swallow also won an Easter sweet cake which was made & donated by Mrs Parker. Thank you so much to staff, volunteers & parents who helped at the disco! The trim trail was fitted during the Easter holiday. Children are not allowed on the trail unless supervised by staff, so cannot go on before or after the school day, 8.50am—3.20pm. St Helens staff are not responsible for children until they are in the school building at 8.50am. Children are really enjoying the trim trail and I would like to thank all those who support our fundraising efforts. We hope that you will continue to help us to keep fundraising so that we can purchase more items for the playgrounds. The bring & buy sale will be held in the school hall on Wednesday 9th May, 3.20pm. Please save any unwanted children’s toys, clothes etc. The items will be sold to parents/carers & their children for a small amount of money. All funds go to the fundraising committee funds which goes towards children’s playground equipment.

The year 5 & 6 children who attended the Robinwood residential trip had a great time. They took part in lots of adventures & it was a fabulous experience enjoyed by all. We will definitely go again! Staff were fantastic & we wouldn’t have changed a thing! Comment by Miss Watson.

St Helens Parent/Teacher Association A message from Leonie Gleadall (parent) - Having had children at St.Helen's continually for 10 years now, I feel that I would like to give something positive back to the school. In light of the recent OFSTED report, I know that many of you will be anxious (as am I) to be more closely involved with the day to day running of things and to offer help and suggestions as to ways in which we may all help the school to improve. To do this, I feel it is imperative to form a Parent Teacher Association which will act as a group that voices the opinions and suggestions of the parents to better and enhance the community spirit and profile of the school and to ensure that our children are getting the most out of their education. I would be very interested to hear from parents who may like to join the group and as such, I am including my contact details so that you may contact me directly for an informal chat. Once we have the names of people who wish to join, I will arrange a meeting so that we may discuss things further and see which direction we would like the group to take. I hope that we will be able to strengthen the relationship between school and home and perhaps we can join forces with the fundraising committee to help gain much needed support for the things that they think the school will benefit from. Thanks for reading, Leonie Gleadall Telephone 07943 833680/01226 731007

Find 3 more Robots, tell your teacher where they are & gain 10 points for your team!

Special Mentions & Proud Moments Wise Owls Superstars

Michael Seddon, Connor Hepworth, Tyler Bradbury, Suranne Robinson, Jack Whitehead, Jake Foley, Brandon Hinde, Charlie Bedford, Callum Cowlishaw Paige Hodgson, Melissa Shepherd,

High Fliers

Motivators Bright Sparks Brainiacs

Charlie Robinson, Dilan Turner, Abigail Worley, Erin Longfield, Dylan Smith, Charliemai Rimmington, Joseph Glover, Georgia Davison, Leah Tomes, Ben Cooper, Joseph glover, Leonie Turner Jaymee Casper, Jimmi Edwards, Ben Moss, Alfie Glover, Abbie Bruce, Levi Bittan. Craig Hayes, Luke Banks Chloe Cousen, Cole Kilner, Kyle Armitage, Carrie Sykes, Lee Thornton, Jake Thornton, Roni Fellows, Thomas Hocker

Talented Team

Jake Lunn, Ryan Stevens, Jasmine McNicholas, Paige Williams, Greg Townend, Talented Team, Gabrielle Eaton.


Ross Nowodny, Daniel Goodwin, Sindi Gumbo, Georgia Robinson, Mollie Annetts. Mollie Annetts, Sam Stretton

Suranne Robinson, Tyler Cassell, Callum Cowlishaw, Harrison Felton, Tyler Bradbury Morgan Winterbottom, Callum Booth, Lucy Jenkinson High Fliers, Dilan Turner, Rachel Ogley, Zak Annetts, Lucas Hibberd, Martha Butterwood, Aaron McNicholas Harrison Hall, Tyler Hawcroft, Adam Stott, Reece Walton Dannii Rawson, Alicia Gregoriou, Liam Shaw, Jake Thornton, Kyle Armitage, Joshua Bodham, Alex Ward, Deven Beckham, Thomas Hocker, Liam Shaw, Lee Thornton Talented Team, Ryan Stevens, Jack Horsfall, Louis Brook. Chloe Ruckledge, Amie Nurney, Beth Cooper, Nathan Hawley

The children on the right have all excelled in their out of school activities, gaining medals & certificates for their efforts! Well done to you all!! Rachel donated her hair to ‘Little Princess Trust’ a cancer charity. Its lovely that you were thinking of others Rachel, well done!! The classes with best attendance this month were The Achievers with 98.7% & 96.5%, Brainiacs with 98.7% & Wise Owls with 98.3%. The team with the most points this month were Blue Wizards, Yellow Sorcerers, Red Dragons & Green Elves x 2. Well done!!.

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