School News w/c 27th June 2022

Assemblies, Y1, Y2, Y4, Y5, Y6

Summer Fair – TOMORROW! 12-3pm

Thank you everyone for your wonderful donations which have been coming in over the course of the week. The sweet jar tombola is packed with lovely creations and we have plenty of crockery to smash, not to mention lots of soft toys and quality items for the White Elephant.

There will be secondhand uniform for sale and used musical instruments and plants to buy, as well as lots of games to play.

THANK YOU so much to today’s army of volunteers who made an amazing effort setting up the gazebos, BBQ and heaving tables about. We look forward to seeing everyone who can join us from 9am – noon tomorrow to continue the set-up effort.

The Fair starts at noon and lasts until 3pm, and we’re delighted to confirm that we have all slots filled – again, AMAZING! We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

As a reminder, it’s cash at the gate – £1.50 for adults, kids go free. Please bring your 10p/20ps for the various games and stalls and don’t forget to grab a burger and drink at the bar while you’re watching your children Splat The Rat!

Moving up sessions next week

As per the email this week, all the school will get their chance to experience ‘moving up’ next week. Please note that we are running two sessions – Monday morning, and Thursday afternoon.

The only change to note is that all children (except y6) should be collected on Thursday afternoon as though they were in next year’s class. Those children in year 6 that have a place at Farlingaye will get their opportunity to experience a day at high school all day on Monday.

Stay & Play – Pirates!

We had a wonderful Stay and Play session last Friday – thank you to all the parents and carers who were able to join us, and a big thank you to the EYFS team for all their organisation and putting together a wonderful showpiece of a morning. You’ll find pictures via a link in the main newsletter.

We are running a second session on Tuesday 5th July 9am-10.30am. If you are an F1/F2 parent or carer and would still like to sign up, please complete this form.

Sports Days

We will send an email next week with information about precise timings, sports day food, the teams, and what colours your child should wear. To clarify, the sports days for the school are as follows:

Wednesday 13th July – Early Years (F1 and F2) – 11am
Monday 18th July – KS1 (Years 1+2 )
Tuesday 19th July – KS2 (Years 3-6).

Extracurricular clubs

As per recent emails, clubs have all finished for the year now, with the exception of Tennis (last session July 4th), Forest School (4th and 11th July) and Code Club (4th, 11th and 18th July).

We hope that the children have enjoyed their Premier Sports sessions. Judging by the spirited match that was had on Wednesday evening, the boys and girls in y5/6 football club have had a great season.

Thanks once again to volunteer Nigel for his help as assistant coach. A new clubs launch will follow in September.

Music lessons for next year

If your child has been inspired to learn an instrument based on the wonderful performances in school this week, then good news: we have music lesson opportunities available for every instrument that we currently teach. The lessons would be suitable as follows:

Y1 upwards: Piano
Y2 upwards: Drumming, ukulele, guitar, dood (early years clarinet), toot (early years flute) – leading to…
Y3 upwards: flute and clarinet
You can find out more at our Musical Tuition page and also our Music FAQs. If you are interested, then please email your child’s name and preferred instrument to

Mystery At Magpie Manor – Upper School production

Set in the roaring 1920s and steeped in legend and intrigue, Magpie Manor features fringes, feathers, Inspector Spectre and a whole host of famous guests!

The stage is up, the costumes are out, and the hall is alive with song and dance. Year 6, supported by year 4 and year 5, will be putting on their annual production, which this year is Mystery at Magpie Manor.

The production will run over two nights: 13th and 14th July, 7-8pm. The year 6 parents and carers have been offered the opportunity to buy tickets first, with the box office opening to year 4 and year 5 parents on Monday morning. The performance usually sells out to the performers’ parents, but if there are any tickets left then we’ll certainly let you know via email towards the end of next week.

Ticket booking is online (via a booking link) and will be priced at £3.50 (adult) and £1.50 (child).

Commemorative Jubilee book

Your child will be sent home today with a beautiful hard copy of a free commemorative book that celebrates the achievements of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth over the last 70 years. The book, Queen Elizabeth: A Platinum Jubilee Celebration, comes courtesy of the Department for Education and has been sent to every primary across the country.

Jacob smashes target to raise £500 for trikes

Big congratulations to F2 Superstar Jacob for smashing his target to cycle 100 miles in June. He finished on Wednesday with 101.6 miles on the clock – all the more impressive given that he was ill for a substantial part of the month!

Jacob managed to fit his rides around school and clubs, showing real commitment to his cause. The great news is that he’s also reached his target of raising £500 so the Early Years team will be able to buy two ride-on trikes. This together with the funds raised from the Name Our Boat competition means that we will be able to buy three trikes for the children to enjoy for years to come. Read more at Jacob’s donation page.

Sports – next week

We are excited to attend the QuadKids tournament at Northgate High School, Ipswich, on Tuesday 5th July. This is something that we always went to in pre-covid times and sees over 40 teams from local primaries compete in a mini Olympics setup, complete with an opening ceremony!

A team of year 6 children will be representing the school under the St Helena banner and competing in running, throwing, jumping and sprinting. We’ll let you know how they get on!

Premier Sports – summer holiday clubs

Premier has lots of exciting courses on offer during the duration of the holidays and would love to invite your child to attend. The courses cost £18 per day and run from 8.30am-3.30pm. For more information on what and when the courses are running, please follow the relevant link/s to Copleston High School and Thomas Mills High School.

Operation Cam

Operation Camouflage offers four weeks of fun filled activities for young people aged 8-16 years old. It runs from Sutton Heath, near Woodbridge Tuesday – Friday from 26th – 19th August, 10am – 3pm. Each day will have two different activities for children to try including sports, arts, science and adrenaline filled fun.
These activities are free to those young people that are eligible for free school meals and live in or go to school in East Suffolk. If transport to Sutton Heath is an issue, the organisers can arrange to get your child there and back if you live in catchment school area of Kesgrave High School or Farlingaye High School. Details and booking here.