This Week's News
Friday 8th November 2019
A message from Mrs Mooney
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back! I hope you all had an enjoyable half term and are ready for another busy term ahead.
We had a very productive start to the term with our staff Inset on Monday. The day was entitled ‘Making it Stick’ and focused on looking at strategies to support children to embed knowledge in their long-term memories. We are looking forward to implementing some of the ideas and updating our curriculum.
We really did hit the ground running on Tuesday with visits to Wagamamas, outdoor learning and Year 1 maths workshops. The children all enjoyed their experiences and we were delighted to have so many parents attend the workshops. It is always so beneficial to share the strategies we are using to teach the children in school so that you can support with learning at home. One of the interesting snippets from Monday’s Inset was that thirty years ago the average child read at home for 1 hour every day. Today the average is 8 minutes. Children who read for 20 minutes every day will have a vocabulary of 2 million more words than a child who does not. Get reading!
It is hard to believe that we are starting our Prospective Parent meetings again. Time really does fly! This year we have members of School Council greeting the parents and joining us on the tour of the school. I must say they did a fantastic job and showed such maturity and confidence. Well done School Council!
Representatives from singing club will be performing along with Cleves choir at St Mary’s church this evening. We wish them every success and am sure they will make us very proud.
The Values Banner project is still very much live and we hope to get the trail into local libraries and continue our work with local schools. We are now being supported by Waitrose ‘Community Matters’ fundraising scheme so please do look out in Waitrose Weybridge and put your green counters in our box.
We hope you have an enjoyable weekend and look forward to another busy week ahead.
Termly payments are now due for all year groups. Please log into Arbor so that you can give your consent and pay the amount requested. Please refer to the letter sent home before half-term for more information about these visits and activities and for details of how to process your payment via Arbor.
Reception Parents – Literacy Meeting – Wednesday 13th November
Please remember to sign up to the Reception Literacy Meetings: Click here
Children In Need- Friday 15th November
Children in Need provide grants to charities and projects in the UK which focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged. They are currently supporting over 3,000 charities and projects, including charities based in Walton, Esher and Chertsey. This year Children in Need have teamed up with Joe Wickes to get us active and feeling good whilst raising money. With this in mind on Friday 15th November children can wear sports clothes to school in exchange for £1 which will be donated to Children in Need. There will be a variety of healthy and sporty activities for children to take part in during the day.
Weybridge Lantern Parade- Saturday 30th November
This year there will be a Lantern Parade in Weybridge to celebrate the turning on of the Christmas lights and as part of the Christmas market. Our children have been invited to take part again and to join the parade with their own homemade lanterns. There will be a prize for all children that bring a lantern to the parade.
The parade will meet at the Day Centre in Churchfields Road at 3.45pm and set off at 4pm. We will walk along Baker Street and back to the Christmas Tree where we will switch on the lights and sing some carols. The market itself runs from 1pm to 6pm. Children can parade with their parents along the route.
To support the event we will be having our own mini lantern parade in assembly on the 28th November when we are inviting any children who have made a lantern to come and share it in school before the parade. Even if you are not taking part in the parade you are welcome to make a lantern and bring it in to school on that day.
The organisers have asked for an indication of numbers so they can plan marshals to keep the route safe. If you are planning to take part in the parade, please would you let us know by clicking the link below.
We hope lots of you enjoy this festive event.
Cleves School Open Evening - Wednesday 20th November
You are warmly invited to attend our Open Evening. The Headteacher’s presentation will take place just after 6.00pm, following which there will be small group tours of the school. During these, you will be able to see what happens in each year group, enjoy dance and sports demonstrations, have a chance to play with our IT resources and talk to staff and pupils about what Cleves has to offer.
You are also very welcome to book onto one of our small group daytime tours, giving you the opportunity to see the school in action. These are led by our Headteacher or Deputy Head. The dates are on the website calendar; please call Reception to book your place on 01932 224300.
We look forward to seeing you.
• Important dates can be found HERE
• Links to this recent letters and handouts can be found HERE
Attendance this week: 96.43 %
Stars of the Week:
Butterfly: Elise & Georgia
Ladybird: Louise & Madeline
Bumblebee: Eamon & Ernie
Seahorse: Cecilia & Matthew
Starfish: Lia & Matthieu
Jellyfish: Arham & Jasmine
Lions: Jack, Marigold & The whole of Lion class for super manners on their visit to Wagamamas.
Tiger: Skyla & Kieran
Leopard: Ella & Doruk
Values Certificate for Unity: Annabel G, Seahorse