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Lower Park Beacon - 30th June 2017 - Issue 438

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Dear Parents,

Summer Fair A Huge Thank You!!

Summer Fair sign

Didn’t we do well!!

A huge, ‘Well Done!’ is deserved for the success of our school fair last Saturday. Despite having to move the stalls and entertainment inside due to the threat of rain, we had an excellent ‘dry’ day with a great turnout of parents, relatives and the public. Being inside, we had more room outside for the donkeys, water stocks, the penalty shoot-out and the Zorba balls, which had the whole field to roam.

All went well throughout the day. The children performed brilliantly and the audiences were very appreciative of their efforts – thank you! Parents also gave generously of their money on the stalls and auctions, which, all combined, gave us the fantastic amount of £3,000.00 profit – the icing on the cake!!

A Big Thank You Sign

Many, many thanks to the two hard working parents, Kristin McConkey and Mandi Gatenby, the main PTA organisers, who coordinated the event with such efficiency. The other PTA members and the many staff of the school who supported the occasion were excellent too – thank you. Finally, thank you to all those parents who helped to man the stalls and in clearing up afterwards – we were able to provide an excellent summer fair for the children and the school community.

Summer Fair Photograph Competition

Do you have photographs taken at the fair? The PTA is organising a competition for best photographs. If you have taken pictures at the fair and they are just pictures of your family, print them off and drop them into the school office. We will display them and give prizes.

Proposed Housing

I am sure that most people will have heard about the proposal to build houses in the fields around Lower Park. Currently, the proposal includes access to the houses via Hazelbadge Road.

The company who are consulting on their building plan must hold a consultation meeting with local people as part of their statutory requirements and this consultation is taking place on one day next week.

The consultation is open from 2.00pm to 7.00pm next Wednesday, 5th July

Venue: Poynton Civic Hall, Park Lane, Poynton, SK12 1RB
Date: Wednesday 5th July 2017
Time: 2pm-7pm

It is important that you make your views known. Governors and I will be meeting with the planning officer in the following week and it would be useful to hear from any parents of the school, so that we are well informed when we meet.

Emails to me at school would be welcomed.

Please either attend the consultation with Persimmon (the building company) on Wednesday or forward your views they have requested on their consultation website.

Safety day!

This week, we practised an evacuation (fire drill) and ‘lock down” practice. We learned a great deal today about the lock down and what is the best procedure for the school.  These procedures will hopefully help to keep our children safer.

Orienteering Competition

An orienteering drawing

Yesterday 24 children from years 3, 4, 5 & 6 took part in an orienteering completion at Fallibroome High school. They competed in teams of boys and girls battling through the mud and rain. The children were fantastic representatives of the school. They had high spirits throughout despite the conditions. One of the teams comprising Matthew G, Alfie W & Ben M won Gold and brought home the trophy. Well done to those boys and all the children who took part.

Cabaret Evening – 12th July.
Tickets Now Available

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Do Not Miss This One!!!

Everyone is invited to the cabaret evening on Wednesday 12th July. This is always a popular and very successful event. The evening is filled with music and song with the school choir beginning the evening with a repertoire of popular songs. The KS2 choir this year has been singing beautifully and you will be thrilled to hear the quality of their singing. This will be followed by the School Swing Band playing its repertoire of music. Again, the school band is particularly good this year with a large guitar and flute contingent. The hall will be set out in ‘cabaret-style’ and the evening is concluded by a performance by the George Galway Big Band – with George conducting and playing those magical solos (you can hear a pin drop!!).

Tickets for the evening are now on sale and the price includes light refreshments (you are asked to bring your own choice of liquid refreshments and glasses). The cost of the tickets is £4.00 and can be bought from the school office. This is a popular event so please be sure to get your tickets.

Commendation Awards

Commendation Award trophy

Commendation awards are presented to children on Mondays. The staff, including midday assistants, nominates children (one from each class and one from the midday assistants) each week and they receive a commendation badge. They also receive a certificate which is displayed on the internal noticeboard outside my room. After a week, the certificates are given to the children to bring home to keep.

Whilst every child in the school will receive headteacher’s badges and stickers at times through the year, commendation awards are meant to recognise particularly ‘commendable’ achievements. They are used to promote exceptional attitude, approach to work, exceptional kindness, behavior, helpfulness consideration and attitude. Often, we will have a theme for the commendation awards.

The winners this week are:-

Jude L, Isla W, Lewis B, Matthew M, Lara R, Amelia H, Oscar E, Archie L, Heath L, Alfie W, Meeka A, Finley G and all of Year 6.

Well done to all those boys and girls!


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Design Technology Week

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The secret is out! This year’s D&T challenge is to make an invention out of re-cycled material. The year 6 children were given the challenge by me first thing on Monday morning and challenged to galvanise the rest of the children in the school into action> The challenge was to design, make and evaluate an invention that would make the world a better place in the UK or abroad, or an invention that would help somebody in need.

They were given a week to complete the task and small groups of Year 6 children set about visiting each class to outline what they had planned for them to do in creating the invention. It has been one of the most ‘untidy’ weeks with all the recycled materials scattered around the school but the inventions have been emerging from the debris.

Along the way, they were required to make a video diary of the week and this will be shown to the children.

The results have shown the children’s inventive flair.

Lower Park School Poynton DT Week Photo 1

Lower Park School Poynton DT Week Photo 1

Congratulations to the children for rising to the challenge once again and for inventing such wonderful gadgets.

School Discos – Next Week
Friday 7th July – Tickets Available

Next Friday, our last discos of the school year will be taking place. Key Stage 1 & FS children will be joined for the disco by the new reception children who are joining us in September. Parents are welcome to stay for the first disco / magic show, which will start at 6.00pm and finish at 7.00pm. Tickets can be bought at the school office from Monday, priced £1.00

Would parents leave the first disco by the doors at the back of the hall so that there is no congestion with the KS2 disco arrivals at the front.

The KS2 disco starts at 7.25 and ends at 8.30pm. Please arrive promptly to pick up your children at 8.30pm.

A drawing of children as a disco

Governors’ Meeting

The governors of the school met this week to discuss personnel issues and finance.  Governors would like to convey their congratulations to both the PTA for providing an excellent summer fair and to the parents who came into school on two occasions to work at clearing the deteriorating pergola and for spring cleaning the school grounds. It is very much appreciated.

Letters / Emails Sent Home This Week

Leaflets in the Entrance Hall



Midday Assistant Needed

In September, two of our midday assistants are leaving. If we are unable to replace them, we will not be able to provide sufficient supervision at lunchtimes. The alternatives would inconvenience everyone. It is because of this that I have been asking parents (or relatives) to consider joining the midday team. We are in real need of recruiting midday assistants, particularly to work on a Friday, but we also need to replace more days in September.

Please consider this and Mrs Peart or Mr Coulson can talk you through the details.

Please ring 01625 872560

Or call in.

Sainsbury’s Vouchers

Sainsbury Voucher

We are pleased to inform you that our school is now collecting the Sainsbury's Active Kids vouchers this year. These vouchers can be collected whenever you do your shopping at Sainsbury's from now up until the 30th June. These vouchers have been very helpful in the past for providing our school with new sports and cooking equipment which benefit our children hugely.

We would be very grateful if you could collect these vouchers when in Sainsbury's and hand them in to the school office or ask your child can place them in the box outside Mr. Coulson's office.

We look forward to seeing the box filling up!

Thank you for your support.

Mrs Ralph

This Week at School
  • Last Saturday, we held our summer fair, which was a superb event and raised £3,000.00 – see the article above.
  • The design and technology challenge began on Monday and has carried on through the week.
  • Visits to PHS were made on Monday and Thursday to enable parents to buy school uniform.
  • The personnel and finance governors’ committee met on Monday.
  • Yesterday, 30 children took part in an orienteering challenge in Macclesfield
  • Year group and leavers individual photographs were taken today and should be ready within two weeks.

Next Week at School – beginning 3rd July

  • On Monday, Poynton Library Service will be talking to the children in the Community Half Hour about a summer reading challenge.
  • On Friday evening, the school is holding its summer time discos; 6.00 – 7.00pm for KS1 & FS & new reception children and 7.15 to 8.30pm for KS2

You can download a copy of the menu for the school week starting 3rd July 2017 here.

(Note you will need Adobe Reader to view or print the menu.)

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Kind regards,

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