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Sidegate Primary School    

Newsletter - 11th September 2015  


Welcome back I  do  hope  that  you  all  had  a wonderful summer break with  your children and managed to do lots of  exciting  activities.  The  school  year  has  started   well.  All  teaching   staff  spent  Wednesday  3rd  September  being   trained  in  the  new  approach  to  the  teaching  and  assessment  of  the  National  Curriculum;  we  will  share  more  information  regarding  this  with  parents  later  this  term.  Our  new  teachers  attended  two  full  days  of  induction  with  us  in  July  and  so  are  already  up  to  speed  with  many  of  our  policies  and  procedures.  ​ We  have  planned  a  number  of  exciting  events  for  this  academic  year  including  our  75th  Anniversary  Stained  Glass  Window  Project  and   a  2016  Rio  Olympics  Sports  Day.  We  look  forward  to  welcoming  families  into  school  for  Share  Sessions,  Productions and Special Events.    I  am very much aware that communication with families is an  area we can improve on.  Sidegate is  a  very  large  school  with  so  much  going  on,  that  getting  this  right has proved to be very difficult for   us  and  very  frustrating  for  you.  To  resolve  these issues, we have employed Toni Cornish, who will  be  responsible  for  improving  and  then maintaining good communications. Toni joined us  last week   and  is  already  getting  to  grips  with  the   requirements  of  her  post.  If  you  would  like  to   make  suggestions  on   what  you  would  like  improved  in  the  way  of communication, please contact her on​ ,  she  would  also  like  to  know  what  already  works  well   so  that  she  can  build upon it.    Wendy James, Headteacher 

New Staff

We welcome to the School the following new staff. Carolyn Nelson - Year 1 Teacher Rebecca Roberts - Year 2 Teacher Becky Jones - Year 3 Teacher Bethany Heyburn - Graduate Intern Mr Sam Parry-Jones - Graduate Intern Claire Saunders - Graduate Intern Jasmine Shevlin - Graduate Intern Leanne Ward - Graduate Intern Aimee Xenakis - Graduate Intern Mrs Toni Cornish - Headteacher’s PA Natasha Steward - Librarian Natasha Frosdick - Student Teacher (Y4) Adam Pond - Student Teacher (Y3) Jackie Chandler - Cleaner

Library The library will be open from 8.30am to 8.50am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for parents and children to "drop-in". Please note these are slightly different days from last year.

GRAND OPENING new ‘Gym Trail’

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During the last few years, Sidegate’s PTA have been raising funds to install a Gym Trail. This is now in place in the fenced area behind the kitchen and near the allotments. A grand opening ceremony will take place on Monday 14th September at 3.30pm. We will also be taking the opportunity to say thank you to Helen, Bev & Katie who have left the PTA. All three have worked tirelessly over many years to raise money for the pupils at Sidegate. All families are welcome to attend, please collect your children and then congregate on the field by the kitchen. Once the Gym Trail is open, the children who stay can have a quick go. The Gym Trail will be timetabled for use during the school day. Please do not let your children use it outside of school hours.

Home School Agreement

The Home School Agreement is a statement explaining: the school's aims and values; the school’s responsibility towards its pupils; the responsibility of each pupil’s parent/carer; and what the school expects of its pupils. A copy of the Home School Agreement will be sent home with this newsletter. Please could parents/carers and pupils sign this agreement and return to class teachers as soon as possible.

Sidegate’s Allotments Mrs Morton is in charge of our allotment area. Last year she led a refurbishment programme and if you walk past them each day, then you will have seen the changes. Our thanks go to Mr Minns, Mr Drummond and Mr Hayter for helping make this happen. Just before the end of term, the beds were planted with a range of donated plants and during the summer holidays, these have flourished. Children from across the school will get the opportunity to work on the allotments during the year and sample the produce that they grow.

Catering Our catering contract with EATS finished at the end of the summer term. A tendering process was undertaken by Active Learning Trust in the summer term and the new contract was awarded to CaterLink. We are very pleased with what they have offered so far this term and we hope that your children have reported back favourably. New Reception parents enjoyed school lunches last Friday and this Monday, their feedback was very positive.

KS1 Playground Etiquette Please be reminded that all YR,1&2 parents are expected to stand behind the red line that runs from the swimming pool door to the reception classroom wall in the mornings and at the end of the day and NOT with their child in the line. This is so that parents can see their children, teachers can see parents, and children can see parents. If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, please do this at the end of the day when all of the children have been handed over safely to their parents. Please try to avoid morning conversations unless very urgent; messages can be passed to class teachers via the office.

Active Learning Trust News Nine members of staff undertook “Leading Active Learning” training during the last academic year, this was led by Marilyn Toft, advisor from ALT. They were joined by nine other teachers from the other Ipswich ALT schools (Gusford Primary and Hillside Primary). A celebration event was held on Monday evening to share the excellent projects that the staff had led during the year. Our projects included: Learning Behaviours, Outdoor Learning, Maths for the More Able, Developing Irlen’s Syndrome Screening, Pupil Voice & Learning Detectives, Arts Award and Artsmark, Science Development, Cross-curricular Writing. All of these projects have had an impact on children’s learning within the schoo​ l​ and will continue to be embedded and improved during this year. We have 5 more members of staff undertaking this training in 2015/16. Two of our middle leaders will also be participating in the national “Teaching Leaders” programme, this year. ALT have recently become the academy sponsor for what was Suffolk New Academy (formerly Chantry High School), the school will now be known as Chantry Academy. We wish Craig D'Cunha, the new Headteacher, and his team every success in their new venture.

Keeping up to date with Sidegate news and key dates ​ Mrs Toni Cornish has been appointed as PA to Mrs Wendy James, Headteacher. Part of her role is to provide support to Mrs James and the school, as a whole, to further strengthen collaboration between the school and families through effective and timely communication. There are many ways families can keep up to date with Sidegate news:

ParentMail2 ​ is software which lets parents allow the school to communicate with them electronically. This software is also the portal for parents to subscribe to cashless catering, which we will be introducing soon. The software can be accessed through a smartphone/tablet app or through the internet. An explanatory letter is being sent to all new Reception parents with a code to create a login. Parents from other year groups, if you do have access, please contact the school office. School Website ​ is regularly updated with information and contains a very useful ​ Public Diary which lists key events throughout the academic year. By signing up to the Announcements section (follow the easy to follow step by step instructions at the bottom of the homepage) families can receive timely email alerts on items published in this section. Year groups also have their own web pages where they upload useful information for parents. Pupils​ will regularly bring home letters. Remember to check book bags.

Swimming and PE Timetable Swimming Kit

PE Kit


Year 1 Squirrels & Rabbits

Reception, Year 4 & 5


Harriers, Sun Bears, Year 1 Hedgehogs, Year 4 Falcons

Year 2, 3, 5 & 6


All Year 2, Year 3 Magpies and Sparrows

Year 1 & 4


Reception Grizzly Bears & Polar Bears, Year 4 Hawks & Owls

Year 1, 3 & 6


Honey Bears, Year 3 Robins

Harriers & Sun Bears Year 2 Year 5 Leopards ​ Games

Fore Street: Autumn Term: Year 6 Panthers & Lions Spring Term: Year 5 Cougars & Year 6 Tigers Summer Term: Year 5 Jaguars & Leopards

(every third Friday)

It is our aim to produce a regular newsletter to families and we would welcome views from children and their families on the effectiveness and content. Please do not hesitate to contact the school to provide constructive feedback.

Sidegate Primary School    

Key dates published 11th September 2015  


Key Diary Dates Autumn 2015 Year 5 “Play in a Day” - ​ 22nd, 23rd and 24th September 2015 School photographs - ​ 24th September 2015 Harvest Festiva​ l - 5th October 2015 Year 6 Grandparents’ Party ​ - Monday December 7th 2015 (1.30pm - 3pm) KS1 Disco - ​ 10th December 2015 KS2 Disco - ​ 10th December 2015 EYFS Christmas Presentation ​ - 14th December 2015 1.30pm - 3pm (dress rehearsal to KS1 9.30am) Carol Service - ​ 14th December 2015 (date to be confirmed) KS1 Nativity - ​ 17th December 9.30am - 10.30am, 2pm - 3pm and 3.30pm - 4.30pm (please note change of date) KS2 Nativity - ​ 16th December 3.30pm - 4.30pm and 17th 9.30am - 10.30am and 2pm - 3pm Christmas Dinner ​ - 16th December 2015

SHARE Sessions for Parents Year Year Year Year Year Year

1 2 3 4 5 6

-​ Grandparents’ Tea​ -​ 21st October 2015 (pm - timings to follow) -​ Tuesday 10th November 2015 (Evening 5pm -7pm) -​ Tuesday 10th November 2015 (9am - 10.25am) - This date will be confirmed in our next newsletter ​ - Thurs 3rd November (1.30pm - 3pm) ​ - Wednesday 11th November (1.30pm - 2.45pm) ​

Class Assembly Dates, 9am - 9.30am Leopards Jaguars Falcons Panthers Hawks Cougars Tigers Robins

22nd and 23rd September 2015 29th and 30th September 2015 6th and 7th October 2015 13th & 14th October 2015 20th and 21st October 2015 17th and 18th November 2015 24th & 25th November 2015 1st & 2nd December 2015

We do our best to work to these dates however, they can change from time to time. Please continue to look at our website.  

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