New Term and New Governors

Firstly, a huge thank you to Laura, who has stepped down as Chair of Governors and a Parent Governor after an amazing nine years – nine years that have seen huge successes in the achievements and progress of the school. Thank you very much, Laura – a very tough act to follow!

We have two new governors joining us this term – the Governing Body is very pleased to welcome Adrian Jordan onto the team as our newest Parent Governor and Linda Dibley becomes our latest Co-Opted Governor (what used to be called Community Governors).

For the first time in over a year, this means we now have a full complement of governors (the Governing Body comprises ten governors – the Head Teacher, a Staff Governor, four Parent Governors, three Co-Opted Governors and a Local Authority Governor). With a number of relatively new recruits in the team – Emily, Lucy, Linda and Adrian have all joined us within the last six to eight months – this influx of ‘new blood’ will be invaluable, providing fresh perspectives on the challenges we face through the year.

We have had good results from last year – attainment and progress improved on the previous year, with the focus on reading and spelling having significant effect. The staff and governors will obviously be looking to maintain this momentum across the school this year, as well as focusing on supporting disadvantaged pupils, challenging more-able children and developing greater awareness of our multi-cultural society

Tricia Carrington and I are now sharing the role of Chair of Governors, with Sarah Kiddle as Vice-Chair. As you probably know, Sarah also set up the Parents’ Forum last year, with parent representatives from each class involved. This gives a great opportunity for parents to have their say – and I believe there is still a vacancy for a parent from Reception class if anyone is interested?

Communication is always a key issue, and we are going to be looking at the best ways to communicate children’s progress to parents. We are always keen to hear your thoughts about the school, so please either contact Sarah through the Parents’ Forum or, if you would rather contact Tricia or me directly, email us on chair@slimbridge.gloucs.sch.uk, or contact us via Nikki Elliott in the Office.

Steve Williamson

Co-Chair of Governors

New Parent Governor

The Governing Body is delighted to welcome Lucy Holder, whose daughter is currently in class 2, as a new Parent Governor (elected unopposed). We have a second vacancy, and strongly encourage anyone interested to talk to a Governor and find out more about the role. As I will no longer have any children at the School from September, I feel I should no longer be a Parent Governor at the School, and therefore I’m stepping down as Governor (and hence Chair) at the end of the summer. The Governing Body has elected Steve Williamson and Tricia Carrington as Co-Chairs from September, with Sarah Kiddle as Vice-Chair. With the new Governors and Co-and Vice Chairs, the Governing Body will be in a strong position to provide effective support and strategic leadership next year. I thank all the Governors with whom I have worked over the last 9 years, and wish the current Governing Body every success in the future. I also take this opportunity to thank all the staff for their support.

Laura Price

Dates for your Diaries!

Dear Parents,

The last few weeks of the academic year are slowly creeping up on us all.

There are a number of events scheduled for the last few weeks which may apply to you.

These dates are detailed below for your information and are also on our website’s calendar.

  • Monday 12th June – Friday 16th June – Year 5 children will be completing Bikeability. This is ongoing all week.
  • Monday 12th June – Class 4 to Redwood.
  • Wednesday 21st June – SPORT’S DAY – 1:30pm at Slimbridge Recreation Ground
  • Friday 23rd June – INSET DAY. Only teachers at school.
  • Mon 26th June – Wed 28th June – The Y6s are away at South Cerney on their camping trip.
  • Thursday 29th June – STEP UP MORNING. All children will visit their new teachers and classes.
  • Friday 30th June – Parents are all invited to their child’s classes for a maths calculation morning from 9 – 10am.
  • Wednesday 5th July – Class 5 on a trip to Cheltenham Everyman Theatre.
  • Thursday 6th and Friday 7th July – DRAMA CLUB – whole day rehearsals at the Village Hall for The Lion King.
  • Tuesday 11th July – THE LION KING – Morning dress rehearsal at the Village Hall and performance to the whole school.
  • Wednesday 12th July – THE LION KING – Matinee performance for parents. 1:30pm at the Village Hall
  • Thursday 13th July – THE LION KING – Evening performance for parents and family. 6pm at the Village Hall
  • Friday 14th July – STEP UP MORNING – all children to visit their new classes. Year 6 to REDNOCK.

*****FRIDAY 21ST JULY – Y6 LEAVER’S ASSEMBLY 1:30PM AT THE VILLAGE HALL.

 

Where’s Wally?

On this coming Friday (3rd March) we will be celebrating WORLD BOOK DAY.

Don’t forget to dress up as WALLY!

Online Safety in Year 3/4

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Writing competition winner!

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BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FOR KS2

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Winter Snowflake display in Cam Tesco’s

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Year 4, 5 and 6 Christmas Celebration

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