Abbey Gates
Primary School

September 2013 Newsletter

Posted on 6th September 2013

To a new school year - and what a super start already! It is such a pleasure to see everyone again and we look forward excitedly to another action packed and successful year here at Abbey Gates. Do note the dates for your diary and we hope to see you in school soon - check out the date for the PTA AGM next week- a great way to get involved and support the school!

We are happy to welcome new children in to the FS Year 3 and 4 - we hope you love your new school! Welcome also to Mr Gareth Rich in Y3 – a great addition to the team here.

You will receive a letter from the teachers soon giving details of events, timetables, topics and how you can help. Further details of events listed below will follow- so do make sure you have signed up for Parent Mail!

Improvement works have been carried out over the Summer, including a full interior painting programme and an update of the fire alarm system. New PE storage sheds are on the way! Huge thanks to the PTA for the new lockers for Y5 and 6.

Here are some useful reminders to ensure happy days for us all:

A reminder that children should not wear jewellery at school, watches though are to be encouraged.  Small earrings may be worn, although NOT in PE.

It is preferable that earrings are not worn at all on days when there is PE - if they are, they should be removed by the child. It is NOT acceptable for plasters to be used to cover the earrings. If the piercing is recent and earrings cannot be removed then unfortunately it may be some weeks before children can take an active part in PE.

Please ensure your child has water every day in a named container - also

snacks (including packed lunches) should not include chocolate or crisps – there are so many great alternatives!

School starts at 8.50 am but we ask children to arrive from 8.40 am when a member of staff is on duty. Remember that children should not be on site before 8.40 am unless attending Longdale breakfast club.

Do please let your child’s teacher know who will be collecting them from school at 3.30 pm. If there is a change to the routine it is important that we are made aware.

If your child walks home alone (years 5/6) then also do please let us know.

We have a number of play areas and equipment around the school - please ensure your children use this safely and appropriately before and after school if you are supervising them. Please note that children should only use the playpark if they are supervised by yourselves.

Unfortunately our hairy friends must wait at the gates of the school - no dogs (apart from support dogs) are allowed on any school premises.

Phew - all of the above ensure safe and happy children.

Wed 11 Sept  PTA AGM  8.00 pm at school
Fri 13 Sept  Yr 5 visit to Galleries of Justice
Wed 18 Sept Individual Photographs
24/25 Sept Life Education Bus to visit school
Thur 26 Sept Governing Body meeting
w/c 7 Oct  Book Week
Tues 8 Oct Harvest Festival
Wed 16 Oct  Year 6 to Caythorpe
Wed 16 Oct Year 5 Family Assembly
Fri 18 Oct  Year 6 return from Caythorpe
Fri 18 Oct Year 4 Family Assembly


Mon 4 Nov Parents Evening
Wed 6 Nov  Parents Evening 
Thur 7 Nov  Yrs 5/6 Young Shakespeare
Fri 8 Nov  PTA Fashion Show
Wed 13 Nov Govs PSDC meeting
w/c Mon 18 Oct Anti-bullying week
Thur 21 Nov Govs F & P meeting
Mon 9 Dec  Whole school Panto visit
Tues 10 Dec  am FS/KS1 Christmas dress rehearsal
Wed 11 Dec  pm FS/KS1 performance
Thur 12 Dec  am FS/KS1 performance
Mon 16 Dec am KS2 Carol Concert at Church Dress rehearsal
Mon 16 Dec  pm KS2 Carol Concert at Church
Mon 16 Dec  evening KS2 Carol Concert at Church  (evening performance not yet confirmed)
Thur 19 Dec  Xmas dinner/party/disco
Fri 20 Dec  Carol Service/assembly
School closes at 3.30 pm for end of Autumn term.

Kate Cumberpatch


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