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Monday, 9th December, 2013 - Year 4 WOW Day Viking Workshop
Wednesday, 11th December, 2013, 2.15 pm - FS/KS1 Nativity Production (blue programmes)
Thursday, 12th December, 2013, 2.15 pm - FS/KS1 Nativity Production (green programmes)
Friday, 13th December - School Christmas Lunch
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FS/KS1 Nativity Productions
Every family in Foundation Stage and KS1 should have received 2 programmes for either Wednesday (blue) or Thursday (green) next week.
The performances are exactly the same on both days; however if you wish to come on a different day to the programme you have received please call at the office.
KS2 Christmas Productions
We will be holding 2 Christmas Celebrations for KS2 parents at the United Church in Longwell Green on Tuesday, 17th and Wednesday, 18th December at 10.30 am. The performances will be the same on both days.
Parents are requested to complete and return the slip on the separate letter which will be going home today to request tickets. Admission will be by programme only.
Carols for the Community
We will also be holding a Carols for the Com-munity event for members of the local community, neighbours and friends of the school on Thursday, 19th December at 9.45 am. Your child will be bringing home today an invitation to colour and give to a friend or neighbour who may like to come and join us.
Parents are reminded of the need to be extra careful when dropping off children at Breakfast Club. Parents are allowed to stop on the Zig Zag markings until 8.00 am to drop off children; however as it is now darker in the morning parents are asked to be mindful of other people crossing the roads when arriving at school.
Rabbit Home required for Christmas
We would love to hear from any family who feels that would be able to provide a home for our 2 rabbits during the Christmas holidays. You will need room for a small hutch with a run and it would be really good if you had a space in a garage or shed in case of really cold weather (but this is not essential). Please contact the office if you are able to help.
A message about children playing violent computer games
As a school, we understand the pressures which parents can come under to buy the latest computer games for their children, and the still greater dilemma of whether or not to allow them to play games with older ratings at home or with friends. Having heard from a number of children that they are playing or watching games rated 16 and 18, we have decided to alert parents to some of the dangers involved in this. We have no intention of telling parents what to allow in their own home, but hope that in giving our stance on the matter, and providing you with up to date information and studies, you can make informed decisions as to what might be acceptable in your home.
As a school, under no circumstances will we permit games with ratings above the age of our children to be played on the premises.
We believe strongly that the more violent elements involved in some of these games such as the realistic images of killing or harming other people and the glamorisation of war, crime and prostitution are utterly inappropriate for primary aged children to witness and interact with.
Whilst this is only our opinion, and we understand that most children can tell the difference between fiction and reality, the current research from psychologists and neuro-scientists shows that exposure to such violence (playing themselves or watching others play) can have a negative effect on children’s concentration and development, along with their emotional well-being.
We would strongly recommend that you do not let other children play games with adult ratings at your home without the express permission of their parents.
Below are links to studies which detail the effect such exposure at a young age can have, along with advice and support from leading child psychologists and doctors.
General advice on computer game usage for parents with reference to recent studies:
An article from ‘Time Magazine’ related to changes in brain activity as a result of playing video games:
Details of the current rating system and legalities:
Year 5 Victorian WOW Day
Year 5 enjoyed a fantastic experience as Victorian school children. More details and photographs to follow next week.
Huge thanks to the Sevington Victorian School for the loan of some of their props!
Maths Homework Club
There will be no Maths Homework Club for the rest of this term. Mrs Chen Phillips will start the club again on Wednesday, 15th January, 2014.
|50th anniversary school logo competition
I am delighted to announce the winner of the school’s 50th anniversary logo competition. This was launched to help celebrate our 50th anniversary, and we had many entries, which were all judged by the School Council. It was a tough decision because they were all very good, and I would like to say well done to all these children for their designs: Samuel L1; Charlie M5; Evie H4; Tilly L3; Abbie H4; Erin H4; Amelia H4 ; Joseph H4; Hollie L3; Isabella L3; Charlotte B5.
The winning design is below and it was created by Millie in B4. Millie was given a prize in assembly today and her logo will be used on our letter-head and website and for publicity material about the school. Well done Mille!
50th anniversary celebrations
Longwell Green Primary School is 50 years old this year and we are celebrating by holding many special events. The list of planned events is included below; highlights include past staff and pupils being able to return to school for a day, a new school logo being designed especially for the year, a memories board being created by past pupils who are now parents of children at the school and a sponsored walk around the local community. As part of our celebrations we want to create a 'legacy' for the children in the playground and the School Council will help to lead this.
||50th Anniversary History Show
||Complete Memories board
||Complete Time Capsule
||Welcome back day for ex staff and governors
||Welcome back day for ex pupils
||Sponsored community walk
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Soundwell Swimming Club - Learn to Swim Lessons
Soundwell Swimming Club, based at Kings-wood Leisure Centre are introducing new Learn to Swim sessions led by fully qualified, experienced and knowledgeable swimming teachers.
Places are limited, for further details please contact: Jo Pike - firstname.lastname@example.org or Denise Philip - email@example.com, visit www.soundwellswim.org.uk or call at the school office to collect a leaflet.
Longwell Green Scout Hut
The Scout Hut at the Community Centre is avail-able for hire for private events. For more information please contact Pauline on 07753221729.
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Simple really. For every purchase you make from the Yellow Moon fundraising catalogue, we will receive up to 25% cash-back (excl. VAT and p&p). So the more you, friends and family order, the more cash-back we’ll receive. And if you think the products from Yellow Moon are expensive, you’d be wrong. Browse through the catalogue and you’ll see hundreds of quality creative products and toys from just £1.99.
Here’s how you can help us – and your child
- Browse through the YELLOW MOON catalogue, choose from the hundreds of wonderful products and place your order direct with YELLOW MOON by phone, fax, post or online (please see page 3 of your catalogue for full details) – perhaps share the P&P cost with a friend and order jointly…
- YELLOW MOON will send your products direct to your door
- All orders placed using the unique Source Code for The Friends Of Longwell Green School will have the cash-back amount pooled.
- YELLOW MOON will send us a cheque for the collective amount
- IMPORTANT – when placing your order, please remember to quote the unique Source Code on the back of your catalogue to ensure the cash-back amount is attributed to us.
We hope you enjoy purchasing from this fun-packed educational fundraising catalogue and would like to thank you in advance for your valued support. Yours sincerely, Chris Pring - Friends of Longwell Green School
SCHOOL FUNDS - A great way to help build school funds with NO cost to you!
The School funds Reward Scheme is an online shopping reward scheme which involves not one, but over 500 of the leading companies including Boots, B&Q, Currys, John Lewis, Littlewoods, NEXT, Tesco and Woolworths to name but a few. Every time a person uses the schoolfunds directory to shop online the school receives points, which can be exchanged for educational equipment.
The idea was to bring together all of the leading online retailers in one scheme to achieve greater rewards for schools whilst promoting online shopping. There are significant savings for companies who trade online with lower staffing levels and deliveries direct from warehouses etc. What better way to use part of those saving than to provide extra educational equipment to benefit children (their future customers)? Many companies who would not otherwise be able to run a successful independent scheme are now involved in the Schoolfunds Reward Scheme.
Using the scheme is easy with no personal registration, logins or passwords required. There are no extra costs involved, all the prices, terms and deliveries are the same as going directly to the individual websites. Simply select the school, which will be remembered for future visits and use the links to shop online with your favourite retailers. CLICK HERE to join School Funds.