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Lower Park Beacon - 16th June 2017 - Issue 436

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Dear Parents,

I hope you had a very pleasant half term holiday. We seem to have begun the last half term at great speed and it is packed with events for the children. Keep an eye on our Diary Dates at the end of each Beacon and look out for any additions or changes that will be highlighted there.

Summer Fair

Summer Fair sign

With a promising June weather forecast, we are hoping for a bonanza summer fair.

Please come along: There is nothing quite like relaxing on our school field at a sunny, summer fair; listening to the music, songs, demonstrations and enjoying a barbecue lunch. There are plenty of stalls to visit, games to play, raffles to win and auctions to bag a bargain. By being there, you are also helping the school to provide better resources for the children. It is exciting, especially for the children, that our school Summer Fair is nearly here, the prizes are ready, the ponies are groomed, the zorbing balls are pumped and our adult tombola looks promising! What we really need now, are parent helpers for our stalls because the fair will only be successful if enough parent helpers come forward to man a stall for part of the time at the fair. The fair is between 11.00 and 2.00pm next Saturday 24th June. If you can help, then to help us plan, please go to


and choose a slot that suits you.

(If you suddenly find that you can help on the day, please see me and I can direct you to a stall - if I am not in the stocks!!) Stalls are roughly allocated to classes, but we are more than happy for you to choose a stall you prefer. If you are not able to access our online sign up, you could leave your name and number with the school office and we will contact you. 

We rely on families to help run our fair and really appreciate any time you can offer

To help you decide on a time, here are the children’s performing times, so you can be free to watch and listen to them:

11.15 –11.45        KS2 choir 
11.45 –12:15        Karate 
12:15 –12:45        Swing band 
12:45 –13:15        KS1 choir 
13:15 –13:45        Brass band

Help us make this a BONANZA FAIR!!!

- Next Friday
Last Dressing Down Day

We really appreciate the support you have given over the donations for the summer fair and sending the children to school in all manner of different guises. Today, the mad hair and silly socks was fun for all and there were some bizarre & very creative hair-styles. Thank you for the jars of sweets. They are always popular at our fairs.

Cup cake

Finally, the last dressing down day is next Friday, 23rd June. The children may come to school dressed as film, TV or sports stars in return for donations of cakes and chocolate.

Den Day – Next Friday

This was a new initiative today and one that intrigued the children. Building dens is always an exciting adventure for children and one that I am sure we have all done when we were children. It is appropriate that the children did enjoy building them today whilst having so much fun and raising money for a deserving cause. Thank you for your donations.

Sun Cream and Sun Hats

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The weather forecast is for a hot and sunny next few weeks. Please apply long lasting sun cream to your child before they come to school as staff are unable to apply the cream to your children.

It is also a very good idea for your child to be wearing a hat to protect heads, necks and shoulders from sun burn. However, it is also important that hats (as well as sweat shirts) have names clearly marked in them.

Having a water bottle is also a very good thing. We ask you to provide only water and we have three fountains in school – one in each corridor.

Residential Visits Next Week

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Our last two residential visits take place next week with Year 4 children staying in Tattenhall and Year 6 in Menai. We feel that these are valuable experiences for the children and they will remember them for a long time.

As ever, I am grateful to members of staff for giving up their time to provide these experiences for the children and I look forward to the stories of how much the children enjoyed their visits and what they learned.

Please Avoid Parking on Hazelbadge Road on Monday and Wednesday Next Week.

The children going to Tattenhall will be leaving after loading their suitcases onto a coach that will arrive at 9.00am on Monday. We will place cones along the nearside to remind you, but we ask you not to park your vehicle on the school side of Hazelbadge as it is important that the coach can reach the school gate AND have a CLEAR turning circle at the end of the road. Please do not park your car in the turning circle.

The children will return on Wednesday afternoon when we shall put the cones out again. However, we will remove them as soon as the coach has dropped the children at the gate.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Tennis Tournaments – the Final Prospect!

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Yesterday, our Year 3 / 4 tennis team played in the final of the area tennis tournament. They competed so well and came second, winning for themselves a silver medal. The children in the team that played so well were; Jack G, Kamran M, Harriett P and Molly S. Well done!

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Cross Country

Cross Country Runners

Twenty of our children represented the school at a cross country event at Moorfield Primary School yesterday. All the children raced well in hot conditions and worked well in their teams. There were around 70 children in each race. A special mention goes to Harry P & Archie K who both finished in the top 5 in their respective races, well done to them and all the children who took part.

Important Reminder Changes to Sports Club Organisation

This half term, there is a change to the way Tennis and Karate clubs are organised. Both sports coaches have take over the administration of their club and all bookings and payments are now made directly with them.

For Tennis, places can be booked through the Point-One Tennis website here.

For Karate, Paul Ferris is sending a letter home this half term.

Poynton Show ‘Design the Front Cover’ Competition

We have had a number of entries and these will be judged by the organisers.

Job Vacancy at the Hollies

Please click here to see the advertisment from the Hollies.

Letters / Emails Sent Home This Week

  • To Year 6 Final arrangements for Menai
  • To Year 6 – Bikeability consent form
  • To Year 4 Final arrangements for Tattenhall residential

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

Summer Fair sign

Our summer fair will take place on Saturday 24th June.

As with the Christmas Fair, we rely heavily on the donations made by parents on the dressing down days. Parents like to know well in advance what is needed on those days, so here goes:

Friday 23rd June the children come to school dressed as sports stars, film stars or TV stars in return for chocolate and cakes.

On any of the dressing down days, the PTA would like to collect any toys your children are now finished with, that can be placed on the children’s tombola. Obviously, they will have to be in good condition.

More details about the summer fair will follow in future Beacons

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
  • School reopened on Monday 12th June and there were two governors’ meetings.
  • School health checks took place for children in the Reception Year and Year 6 on Tuesday and the Year 5 and 6 children also received a puberty talk form the school nurse, Nicola Dykeman.
  • On Wednesday, the new September intake children had their first afternoon visit to the school. They also had an opportunity to be kitted out in their new school uniform.
  • Yesterday, our Year 3 / 4 tennis team competed in the area finals and came in second place. They all received a silver medal.
  • There was also a cross-country running competition yesterday with several children taking part.
  • Today was Den Day, silly socks and mad hair. Thank you for your support with all of them.

Next Week at School – beginning 19th June

  • On Monday, the Year 4 children leave for their residential visit to Tattenhall.
  • There is a PTA meeting at 7.30pm on Monday in the school’s staff room.
  • There is a meeting of the full Governing Body on Tuesday at 7.00pm.
  • On Wednesday, Year 4 children return from Tattenhall and Year 6 children leave for Menai.
  • On Thursday, Cheshire Fire and Rescue officers will be talking with Year 5 children
  • On Friday, the children have their last dressing down day – see above for details.
  • On Saturday, the summer fair takes place from 11.00 to 2.00pm

You can download a copy of the menu for the school week starting 19th June 2017 here.

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


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