Dear Parents, 6th December 2017
THANK YOU for 2017!
For many reasons – including last week’s fantastic PTA Christmas Fair, last
term’s equally fantastic Summer Fair as well as many additional fund-raisers
and school trips/activities – we are most grateful to you and thank you very
As ever, particular thanks go to the PTA Committee who continue to work so
creatively and tirelessly to ensure yet another successful year.
Children in Need
As you know, during our ‘Spotacular’ day last month we raised £300 for
Children in Need. Again, we are very grateful for your help in supporting this
very worthy cause.
Issue 9 (already) of our additional curricular activities is ‘under construction’
and will be sent to you during next week.
End of term next week (+2 days)
Tuesday (12th) We will be practising for our Carol Service in Holy Apostles’
Church during the afternoon so please remember to collect
your child/ren from Holy Apostles’ Church on Tuesday at
3.15pm. (Children attending After School Club will be escorted
back to school.)
Please feel welcome to join us for our Carol Service on
Tuesday at 7pm in church which will last for about half an hour.
The children have been asked to wear school uniform; not to
be in church before 6.40pm; and, on arrival, to find their teacher
who will show them where to sit. Additional information for
parents of pupils in Class 1 from Miss Greenwood has already
been sent and further information will be sent later this week to
provide final details about their Nativity performances.
Wednesday (13th) During the afternoon, as you know, we shall be going to
the pantomime Sleeping Beauty at the Roses Theatre,
Tewkesbury. Please remember that we return to
school between 4.15 and 4.30pm on this day. (Full
details are in my letter of 14/11/17 which can be seen on
the school’s website Notice Board.)
Monday (18th) Christmas Party Day!!! Child/ren may attend in their
party clothes. School lunches/packed lunches will
operate as usual.
Tuesday (19th) last day of term – you are most welcome to join us for our
final assembly at 09.15, led by Class 1, and for coffee &
mince pies afterwards. (Please do not bring pushchairs
into the school hall.)
With the reminder that next term begins on Monday, January 8th, my
colleagues join me in wishing you all the best during the Christmas period and
a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
D G Davies
Dear Parents, 22nd November 2017
SIAMS INSPECTION REPORT
As indicated last week, I have received our final SIAMS report and it is now
available on our school website.
I’m sure you will agree with me that our report makes very good reading and
reflects well our standing as a Church of England school and our corporate
approach to delivering the best we can for all our pupils
As is always the case, there are areas for us to address and to improve; these
are noted on the front page. They are points that we had already identified
and the inspection itself was a helpful step in supporting our plans for
Thank you once again.
D G Davies
Dear Parents, 20th November 2017
TRACY ST JOHN-GREEN
As you may well have picked up already, Tracy St John-Green has decided to retire from her role as school Administration Secretary at the end of this term. I’m sure you join with my colleagues and me in wishing her all the very best for the years ahead.
Tracy joined the school 18 years ago and has provided sterling service during that time. She will be a very hard act to follow and my colleagues in the school office and I are working now to make arrangements for recruitment.
Of course, we shall be marking Tracy’s retirement with a gift as a token of our appreciation for all that she has done for us. If you would like to contribute to this, please send any contributions in to the school office (ideally on a Monday when she is not in school) marked for the attention of either Rob Saunders or Catherine Richardson.
CHILDREN in NEED
Thank you all very much for your support for last Friday’s ‘Spotty Day’ for Children in Need. We collected a magnificent £300 in total and this has been sent off today for this very worthy cause.
D G Davies
14th November 2017
ROSES THEATRE, TEWKESBURY
I can now write with further details of our visit to the pantomime on Wednesday, December 13th.
We shall take everyone to and from the theatre by coach, leaving in plenty of time for curtain up at 1.30pm. This means we will have an earlier start to lunchtime at 11.30am.
Please note the following important points:
All that remains is for me to ask for your permission and a voluntary contribution for the cost of the ticket and transport to the theatre. As we have been able to book the seats well in advance the theatre have given us a very good price, so your voluntary contribution will be £12.00 per child.
Please can you complete the permission slip attached and return it to the school office either with your contribution or online payment (via Parent Pay) no later than Monday November 27th.
Mr D G Davies
HOLY APOSTLES’ (C.E. AIDED) PRIMARY SCHOOL
I give / do not give* permission for my child………………………………………………..Class….
to go to the pantomime on Wednesday December 13th 2017
* I enclose a voluntary contribution £12.00
* I have made a voluntary contribution via Parent Pay
(cheques made payable to Holy Apostles Primary School)
*please delete as appropriate
Dear Parents, 13th November 2017
Thank you to all who supported us before and during our SIAMS inspection on Friday last week. The day itself was predictably busy with no fewer than twelve meetings of various sorts to organise between 08.00 and 15.00 as Dr Duncan Jones conducted a very thorough inspection of our provision for RE and Collective Worship. However, the day went well and, as you might expect, our pupils ‘stole the show’ as they responded exceptionally well to all that was asked of them.
I expect to receive a draft copy of our report sometime this week to check for factual accuracy and then should receive the final report during next week. Once I have it, I shall let you know and it will be available on our website.
Thank you once again.
D G Davies
Dear Parents, 6th November 2017
This is just a short note to inform you that I was notified on Friday last week
that our Statutory Inspection of Anglican & Methodist Schools will take place
on Friday this week, 6th November.
This inspection, covering the areas of RE, Collective Worship, Church School
Distinctiveness and Leadership & Management comes just over five years
after our last one in September 2012. Our inspector is Dr Duncan Jones who
currently works in the Education Department of Worcester Diocese.
While a detailed timetable will be agreed with Dr Jones during this week, it
may well be that he takes the opportunities around drop off and pick up times
to ask some of you for your views of Holy Apostles’ School – as a Church
With Parents’ Evenings already arranged for this week, you can see that my
colleagues will be busier than usual in the next few days. Please, if you have
an opportunity to do so, encourage them as much as you can - a cheery smile
will work wonders!
D G Davies
Dear Parents, 1st November 2017
Appointments for Parents’ Evenings
Many thanks to all who have booked so far and have given some feedback on the new system. Overall, it appears that the on-line system is working well and eases the process of securing appointments. With a week to go, I am aware that a small number of appointments have yet to be made. If you have any difficulties with the appointment times, please see the teachers concerned to arrange a mutually convenient alternative time.
We now have poppies available in school – and suggest a minimum of 50p per poppy.
D G Davies
Dear Parents, 19th October 2017
As we approach the end of this first half-term of the year, here are some news items mostly for your information.
Thank you all very much indeed for your most generous support for our Harvest Festival service last week. Thanks too to those who managed to join us in Holy Apostles’ Church for the service during which Rev’d Rod Paterson explained that all our gifts will be given to support our local Food Banks.
Appointments for Parents’ Evenings
Following Rob Saunders’ letter to you last week, please remember that the new on-line system is now live. Many thanks to all who have booked so far.
Clerk to the Governors
We currently have a vacancy for the post of Clerk to the Governors. If you are interested to know more about this post, or know someone else who would, please contact Mrs Chris Brooker (Chair of Governors) on 01242 526858 or email@example.com .
Class 4 Assembly
Class 4 will lead our end of half-term assembly tomorrow at 09.15. You are most welcome to join us then and for coffee and cakes afterwards.
D G Davies
Dear Parents, 9th October 2017
As you know, our school Harvest Thanksgiving takes place on Friday this week (13/10) in Holy Apostles’ Church. Please bring your child/ren direct to the church where we shall meet them from 08.40 onwards. You are most welcome to join us for this service which will be led by Revd Rod Paterson. Please note that the service itself will begin at 09.00 and last no more than half an hour. Pupils and staff will then walk back to school. If you are able to assist Mrs Prescott and Mrs Herbert in walking Red Class back to school, please let them know – they will appreciate it very much.
We have asked the children to bring their Harvest gifts with them to the church on Friday morning. All our gifts will join those of Holy Apostles’ Church in supporting the lonely, needy and homeless in the local community.
Again this year we will be sending the harvest gifts to the Cheltenham Foodbank from where the food will be distributed to those in need. Items that are particularly needed include: fruit juice, tinned fruit, tinned cold meats, tinned vegetables, tinned rice pudding, long life milk, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste, washing up liquid, dried pasta, packets of biscuits and treats (crisps, chocolate).
Thank you in advance for your generosity and we look forward to welcoming you to our Harvest service on Friday.
D G Davies
Dear Parents, 12th September 2017
Welcome to 2017 – 2018 at Holy Apostles’ School
Welcome to you all as we begin the new school year here at Holy Apostles’. If you are new to the school, we extend a special “hello” to you and trust that you and your child/ren will enjoy your time with us. My colleagues and I wish you all well in the terms ahead.
I’m sure you join me also in extending a warm welcome to Miss Hannah Carter – our new teacher for Class 3 – who, after just one week, is settling in very well as a member of our staff team.
As usual this term, there are several things about which you will need information. Already class teachers have written an introductory letter to you and you have received a letter from Mrs Prescott advising you of this term’s After School Club Programme which begins next week. A list of dates/events – so far – for this term is attached to this letter. Most of the more general, whole-school matters will come directly from me on average about twice per half-term while my colleagues will address other, more specific issues. Additionally, they will be posted and then archived on the school website.
This is just an early notice for your diaries that this year’s PTA AGM is on Tuesday, 3rd October at 7pm. A separate letter from me will follow with further details.
School Prayer Group
The School Prayer Group has arranged the following meeting times for this half term:
12th & 26th September; 10th October;
7th & 21st November; 5th & 19th December.
All are welcome to attend – in each case – at 09.00 for about 20 minutes. If you would like to know more or have any prayer requests, please contact Beanie Farrimond at firstname.lastname@example.org . Additionally, requests for prayer can be left in the Prayer Request box in the school entrance.
I am pleased to be able to say that we have been able to book seats this year for the Roses Theatre’s production of Sleeping Beauty on the last Wednesday afternoon of the term i.e. on 13th December at 13.30. As usual, further details of arrangements will be sent in due course.
SIAMS stands for Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools and it’s exactly five years ago today that we had our last inspection as a Church School! This means that I expect to be advised of our next inspection date very shortly. The appointed Inspector will visit us for one day and examine our distinctiveness and effectiveness as a Church of England School. Additionally, our provision for Collective Worship and Religious Education will be observed and a judgement made on how effective they are. Of course, I shall let you know more details when I have them.
D G Davies
Dates for Autumn Term 2017
Tuesday 12th Governors’ first meeting 7.00pm
Monday 18th Y2 swimming begins
Tuesday 3rd Portrait photographs*
Tuesday 3rd PTA AGM 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start*
Fri – Fri 6th -13th Literature Festival*
Wednesday 11th Governors’ meeting 7.00pm
Friday 13th Harvest Festival – Holy Apostles’ Church 9am*
Friday 20th Class 4 Assembly 9.15am
Monday, 23rd October – Friday, 27th October: Half term
(School reopens on Monday, 30th October)
Wednesday 8th Parents’ Evening 4 – 5.30; 6 – 7.30pm *
Thursday 9th Parents’ Evening 4 – 5.30; 6 – 7.30pm *
Friday 1st PTA Christmas Fair*
Tuesday 5th Governors’ meeting 7.00pm
Tuesday 12th Carol Service 7pm in Holy Apostles’ Church*
Wednesday 13th Pantomime – Roses Theatre*
Monday 18th Party Day
Tuesday 19th Class 1 Assembly 9.15am
End of term
* Details of these arrangements to follow
As other dates/meetings/events are arranged, we shall keep you informed