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Fantastic Football Results

Yesterday evening, our amazing year three and four footballers took part in their first competition. Eight girls and boys stepped on to the astroturf ready to represent the school and they did this magnificently.

The boys team, who faced very tough opposition, battled hard and worked amazingly as a team to finish in 6th place. The girls team, who started slowly, grew in confidence and won four straight game sin a row to finish third and secure their place in the next round of the competition.

On a cold night, the children all performed excellently and we are very proud of their efforts.

Here is a picture of our girls team

Children in Need – Thursday 15th November

‘The Big Spotacular’

As you may already know, Monday 12th November is the start of this year’s BBC Children in Need Appeal Week. Thorn Grove is excited to be joining in with other schools across the UK to participate in fundraising for this good cause.

This year’s theme is ‘The Big Spotacular’ and we will be celebrating with a spotty themed non-uniform day on Thursday 15th November 2018. Think big or small – full spotty themed outfits and face paint or just a pair of spotty socks – we welcome and encourage it all! To help raise funds for Children in Need we ask anyone wishing to wear something spotty to bring in a suggested donation of £1 on the day.

As well as our non-uniform event, children will be attending a whole school assembly in which their class teachers will be participating in a spotty, pie challenge! Children will also be voting for 1 member of their class to compete in the child friendly version. We can guarantee it will be a side splitting event.

Thank you for your continued support and let’s make a big difference to the lives of children across the UK.

 

Yours faithfully,

Miss Bennett & Mrs Denford

 

BBC Children In Need Letter Nov 18v2

Walk to School Fortnight 8th – 19th October 2018

 

IT’S WALK TO SCHOOL FORTNIGHT

8th – 19th October 2018

As part of our year-round initiative to Walk to School more, we are encouraging the children at Thorn Grove to take part in Walk to School Fortnight which will take place this week and next week (8th – 19th October).

Walking to school benefits everyone: it’s healthy, it can improve well being, and it can help to reduce pollution and congestion. Walking is a more sociable activity and can enhance children’s road safety skills and awareness.

We would like to ask all our pupils and parents to walk to school wherever possible throughout the next two weeks. Teachers will be completing a tally of how many children in each class walk to school each day. Our Eco-Warriors will be working closely with me to work out which class has walked to school the most, and the class with the most walkers may just be in for a treat!

Instead of just walking, you may want to travel to school on a scooter or bicycle. We understand that it is not always possible to walk to school if you live far away. Instead of driving the whole distance to school, you might want to try and park a few streets away and walk some of the distance to school. Every little helps!

 

A Day of Positive Action by Stockport Schools – Friday 12th October 2018

Our Children in Stockport are Worth More

A Day of Positive Action by Stockport Schools Friday 12th October 2018

Stockport is one of the worst funded education authorities in England. Even with the new funding proposals our children receive less money per pupil than many of the local Greater Manchester authorities and we currently sit in the worst half funded of schools in the country having previously been136th of 150 authorities. On average this looks like around £1000 per pupil less than learners who attend Manchester schools.

Representatives of primary and secondary head teacher groups met with Damian Hinds in June to put forward our case for better funding. They explained the great divide between our schools funding and others in the country and the impact that this was having on our schools.

School leaders have continued to make difficult choices to best resource our schools and provide the best opportunities for our learners but with rising costs, demands to maintain school buildings and the continuous challenge of meeting expectations for all, this is becoming increasingly difficult. Currently, we are proud of the outcomes for our children and despite the funding constraints we are able to provide quality first teaching for all. Our school budgets however, are quickly diminishing in real terms and as schools approach breaking point very difficult decisions regarding provision will inevitably have to be made.

As a collective of school leaders across all phases and settings we continue to call on the Secretary of State for Education to increase funding for all those within early years, primary, secondary and special schools.

We ask that as parents, you continue to lobby our local MP Mary Robinson to make them aware of our situation and to further reiterate the circumstances our schools are in.

Last week, Head teachers from all over the country took the unprecedented step to illustrate their concerns over school funding by staging a march from Parliament Square to Downing Street to present a letter highlighting concerns. Stockport was represented in this march.

For pupils with additional needs we are concerned that the High Needs budget is not fit for purpose. Schools are under enormous pressure to provide appropriate entitlement of support as numbers continue to increase and pupils are presenting with a range of complexities in many cases. Under the proposed formula schools are increasingly challenged to deliver on outcomes for learners identified with additional needs,

Funding for early years childcare is also stretched, particularly as a result of the introduction of Government funding levels for 30 hours of ‘free’ childcare. School budgets are not equipped adequately to cover the basic costs of delivery.

Funding for Stockport’s schools in recent years remains out of line with inflation and although some schools saw a modest increase in funding for 2018-19 this has been eroded by increasing costs including salary and pension increases, growing recruitment costs, inflation and the burden of paying into the Apprenticeship Levy.

Friday 12th October is a day we would like our voices to be heard. Rather our children and families’ voices to be heard. Schools in the authority will be carrying out a range of activities to look further into how more funds could and would enhance the learning experiences for our children.

Our children will be given the opportunity to share their thoughts and vision for the educational experiences they feel they are entitled to.

Parents will be invited to write to and talk to local MPs to share the collective view.

We look forward to a positive day of action and one where we have a chance to share our thoughts and further improve outcomes for our children.

The Schools of Stockport.

Macmillan Coffee Event – Friday 28th September 2018 – purple and green themed non uniform day

 Thorn Grove Macmillan Coffee Event

 

Dear Parents and Carers,

On Friday 28th September 2018, Thorn Grove will be participating in the World’s Biggest Macmillan Coffee Event. This annual event is an important fundraiser for the Macmillan Cancer Support organisation. Cancer affects the lives of thousands of families and communities worldwide and the funds raised at this event enable Macmillan to help people living with cancer and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.

Our afternoon coffee event will take place on Friday 28th September at 3:30pm in our school canteen where a selection of tea, coffee, cakes and biscuits will be served. Monetary donations for Macmillan cancer support will be collected throughout the event. To celebrate the community spirit of the occasion, children and staff are invited to spend the school day in a suggested purple and green Macmillan themed non-uniform – this could range from anything as small as purple and green socks or accessories to a full-blown purple and green outfit! Be creative!

Any donations of cakes and biscuits (these do not need to be home baked) would be greatly appreciated. Please bring them in to school on the morning of 28th September. We hope to see everybody there to help raise funds for what I’m sure you will agree is a very worthwhile cause.

Thank you for your continued support,

Miss G Bennett

Outdoor Classroom Day 2018

 Mighty Mighty Thorn Grove!

We would like to share some magical moments from our fabulous ‘Outdoor Classroom Day’ earlier this term.  We hope the children told you all about it but if not- here are some highlights!

The day began with an Outdoor Assembly where the teachers shared the Outdoor rules for the day. The number one rule was to enjoy the outdoors!  Each class moved around 6 areas where they took part in a physical activity, circle time, field work, investigation and Forest School challenge.

At play time, the children swapped playgrounds for the day.  During lunch time the whole school shared a picnic on the field.  It was wonderful to see the oldest and youngest children coming together for this!

The afternoon involved children revisiting favourite activities such as den building, compass reading and stone decorating.

Whilst children were busily occupied, each class had an opportunity to toast a marshmallow around the campfire.

This was a special and extraordinary day which we hope children will remember for a very long time!  Many thanks to all our parent helpers who supported the day and to Chris in the kitchen for preparing all the packed lunches!

 

 

 

 

 

Thorn Grove Primary School
Woodstock Avenue
Cheadle Hulme
SK8 7LD