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Newsletter 8, 08.11.2019

Headteacher’s Letter

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to school after what I hope was a restful and relaxing half term. It has been fantastic to see the children back in school and getting stuck into their learning. As always, there has been lots going on in school. It has been great to see both Reception and Nursery going on an autumn walk to explore the changes that this season brings. It was also fantastic to see how many children took part in the trials for Year 5 & 6 cross country. The children’s perseverance and athleticism was fantastic to see and all our runners ran really well.

Looking ahead, we have parent consultations on Tuesday and Thursday next week. We look forward to welcoming you to school and giving you the opportunity to discuss your child’s learning. If you haven’t yet made an appointment then please do come into the office where they will be happy to assist you. Thursday also sees the return of the school quiz night which promises to be a fun filled evening with a delicious curry include in the price.

One final point to note is that the dates for Christmas performances are set out below. Please do save these dates and times as we look forward to welcoming you to these community events. Have an enjoyable weekend!

Paul Gilbert & Joe Porter

Acting Headteachers



Hello. I’m Alan Hamilton, dad of Raphael in Year 3. I’m one of Darell’s parent governors. It’s a great way of getting involved with the school, of supporting the staff and making sure that Darell’s standards are as high as they can be. And there’s usually cake at the meetings. At present, there is a vacancy for another parent governor. Please do think about it and if you have any questions about it, you can ask me, Fiona Booth or Wendy Pitt - or if you prefer a member of staff, Mr Porter, Ms Claridge or Mr Gilbert. The election will take place after half-term. Thanks!

Updates from the Office team

Parent Consultation Evenings

Parents evenings are still live on Arbor, please log into your account and sign up for a slot if you haven’t already. If you have any problems please come into the office and we will assist you.

School Meals

Please can we remind all parents that school meals cost £11.00 per week and for this half term the cost is £77.00 please top up your school meal account on Arbor.

Winter Weather

Can we remind all parents and carers that the weather is getting very wet and cold; we insist all children must have a coat/rain coat to go outside at break times. A fleece or hoody is not sufficient as they are not water-resistant or shower proof thank you.

Trading Cards

Children have been bringing a number of different trading cards into school to trade with each other.

Children are welcome to bring in trading cards but only on Fridays.

Upcoming diary dates:

Monday, 11th November:

 Swimming for Year 5

Drama Work Shop KS1

Tuesday, 12th November:

Parents Evening, Nursery – Year 6

Nasal Flu vaccinations, Reception – Year 6

Wednesday, 13th November:

 Girls Football Tournament at NPL

Thursday, 14th November:

Parents Evening, Nursery – Year 6

 Quiz and Curry Night

Illustrator visiting Years 1 and 2


On Thursday, 14th November, we will be having a special visit to our school by the brilliant author and illustrator Fiona Woodcock. Fiona will be promoting her new book ‘The Snow Dragon’. She will meet the children in Years 1 and 2 and talk to them about being an author and illustrator. She also has some crafty ideas to get children drawing shimmering dragons and, of course, she will do a reading as well.

‘The Snow Dragon’ will be available for sale at £7.99 on the day too, which Fiona is happy to sign personally for your child. If you would like your child to have a copy of the book, please ensure that any money is brought into school in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and class on the front, and given to their class teacher. You can also pay by cheque payable to Hewson Books Ltd.

Nursery Christmas Sing-Song

We shall be having sing-song to celebrate the festive season and would love Nursery parents and carers to join us.

There will be two sessions:

Wednesday, 18th December 11:00 am

Wednesday, 18th December 3.00 pm

Reception and Key Stage 1 Nativity Performances

The festive season is fast approaching and we are delighted to invite you to our nativity performance of ‘Wriggly Nativity’.

There will be two performances:

Tuesday, 17th December 9:45 am - 10:45 am Wednesday, 18th December 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

We look forward to seeing you there.

KS2 Carol Service

We would like to invite you to join us at the Barn Church, Atwood Avenue for our Carol service.

Thursday, 19th December 2.00 – 3.00 pm

Kew Sparkle

On Friday, 6th December, our wonderful choir have been invited to perform at Kew Sparkle. We will be on stage at 7.05pm and we will be entertaining the crowds with a selection of Christmas songs. This is a fantastic opportunity to represent Darell in the community and we hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Letters/Communications sent out:

Illustrator letter and flyer - Years 1 and 2

Boys Football Tournament - Year 3

Hindleap Warren Medical form – Year 6

School meal Changes – Whole School

Individual School Photos – Whole School

Christmas Cards – Reception –Year 6

PSA News:

Quiz and Curry Night is back!

Last chance to buy tickets for quiz night!

When: Thursday 14th November, 7.30pm

Where: Darell School hall

Tickets PSA Quiz night

Price: £12 including food

Fully stocked bar, raffle prizes and lots of fun.

You don't need to be Einstein to enjoy this quiz!

Buy your tickets on Classlist (go to events section) or leave money at school office by Monday 9th November.

See you all there!


Overall, school attendance last week was 94.6% our target is 96.8%.

Well done to Simmonds Class for the highest attendance with 100% last week. Best for punctuality was Mandela Class (with 0 lates). Let us do our best for next week!

Star of the Week

Mozart: Allen – for working well with grownups and trying hard to follow instructions

Newton: Alfie – for working hard to manage difficult feelings

Packham: Taya– for wonderful segmenting and blending in phonics

Peake: Tyrese – for working very hard in all lessons

Weir: Aidan – for demonstrating super scientific thinking

Simmonds: Oya – for settling into Simmonds class so well

Thunberg: Rinwar – for excellent progress in maths

Malala: Benyamin – for trying his best in all lessons

Darwin: Rodrigo – for excellent reading every day and a super reading record diary

Attenborough: Harry – for being a fantastic role model

Parks: Ellie – for starting the new term with such a positive attitude

Mandela: Millie – for her fantastic effort in class, especially maths!

Maths Challenge:

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