Posted by Sally Herbert on 29 September 2017 | Comments


Open Morning - Macmillan Coffee Morning

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our coffee morning today. The school was filled with the sweet smell of cakes and biscuits. Thank you to everyone who baked or donated cakes for the occasion. It was lovely to see so many of you.


Our Y6 children enjoyed giving tours of the school and helping to serve cakes. They were great ambassadors for the school and thoroughly deserved a cake at the end of the morning!


The coffee morning raised £123.00. This total will rise after the cake sale after school, so I will announce the grand total in next week’s newsletter.

It’s not too late to donate. If you would like to make a text donation to Macmillan Cancer Support our unique code is JAM YEY3 - please text this code to 70550 to make a £5 donation. (Texts cost £5 plus your network rate. Macmillan receives 100% of every £1 donated in this way)


School Uniform

Some children are coming into school wearing trainers instead of school shoes. Please can you ensure that your child is in full school uniform, including appropriate footwear. Trainers should be worn for PE sessions only.


Scooters and Bicycles

We are really pleased that so many of the children at Newtown are encouraged to keep active and come to school on scooters and bicycles. I have reminded the children in today’s assembly that they are not to ride their scooters and bikes on the school grounds. When bringing or collecting your children from school, please ensure that they get off and push from the school gates. Thank you!

Flute and Recorder Lessons

We have a new flute and recorder teacher starting on Monday afternoon. She has spaces for additional pupils. If you are interested please collect a letter from the school office. Lessons are priced at 1 X 30 minute individual lesson per week @ £16.00 OR 1 X 20 minute individual lesson per week @ £11.00. All fees are payable in advance at the beginning of lessons each term. Should you wish your child to stop lessons, half a terms notice will be required in writing. There are two school flutes available, which can be loaned for free.


 Information about FONS

1. It’s important to the school

Schools are becoming more and more dependent on parent groups for the little extras. You get to decide what the money is spent on.   For example, we funded theatre visits and recently purchased two friendship benches for the playgrounds.


2.It’s fun!

You will help plan fun events and socials that the whole family can attend.  We arrange the Halloween and summer discos as well as the school fairs and even Bingo!  The children absolutely LOVE the FONS events and you could decide what we do next! How about we all take our tea to the park one evening? It doesn’t always need to be a money-making large-scale event. FONS should also be about bringing us together. Ideas please!


3. You’ll make a difference

You’ll be using your skills for a noble cause, establishing a supportive and encouraging community for the entire school. The goal is to create the most educational and playful environment possible for our children.


4. You’ll be a role model

You’ll show your children that not only are they important to you, but their education and happiness at school is as well. They are more likely to join in with clubs and events in adulthood if they see you getting involved.



9am  - Friday 13th October



Elm Class Phonics Workshop for parents (9am)


10 pupils from Sequoia to attend the Wildlife Champions Conference


No Pens Wednesday


KS1 School Dinner Day


Harvest Celebration – Celebrating International Food


FONS – Annual General Meeting

17th & 18th

Parents’ Evenings

23rd – 27th

Half Term



School Photos (individual)


Sequoia Class Assembly


Hazel and Olive joint class assembly



KS1 Christmas Show (dress rehearsal)


KS1 Christmas Show (afternoon performance)


KS1 Christmas Show (evening performance)


Carol Service rehearsal at church (1.30pm)


Carol Service at church (2pm)

18th Dec – 1st Jan

Christmas Holiday


We have been considering the vision and values of the school. What is it that we do well? What are our aspirations for the future? What do we celebrate about our school?


We want to create a shared language, for pupils, staff, parents, governors and the wider community, that is unique to Newtown and communicates its purpose, identity and ambition. After a lot of discussion and consideration we have developed the following:

Newtown Primary School

The village school in the heart of the city.

Embracing Excellence – Celebrating Diversity – Nurturing Individuality


What do you think? I welcome your thoughts and ideas on the above statement. Does this encapsulate what you want from Newtown Primary School? If you would like to have a say, please message me on ClassDojo, email me at or catch me in the playground.


Thank you.




Sally Herbert - Head teacher