04 November 2022

Atwood- Weekly news for week ending 4th November

Mr Veale’s Welcome

Autumn Term 2 Arrives

It has been a short week this week and so I am planning on sharing more news as it arrives in next week’s News Letter.  However, behind the scenes at Atwood, there have been some improvements to our school.  Some of these are not so glamorous but all contribute to school life at Atwood.  These improvements have included fixing a leak in a roof and the commencement of the decoration of the Office Foyer.  It’s always nice to see these sorts of improvements because they demonstrate the commitment to developing Atwood.

News Round-up

This Term’s Pegasus Value and Fundamental British Values

This term, the children are focusing on ‘Looking after ourselves and others’ which is a Pegasus Value.  They will also be focusing on Democracy as the Fundamental British Value.  Because of this, I have launched a new feature- The Big Debate.  This is a Poll held on Google Classroom for KS2 and focuses on this question:  Do good manners matter?

To find out more, you can head over to this page on the Pegasus website: Do good manners matter?

Dads and Male Carers’ Breakfast. 

Places are filling up fast for this ever popular event aimed at engaging our dads and male carers in supporting their children at Atwood.  Don’t forget, Mr Roberts will be introducing himself during the morning.  If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so via the Google Form below:

Dads and Male Carers’ Sign Up Form 

End of Term Closing Time

Just a reminder that school closes at 1.30pm on Friday 16th December and there is no After School Care on this day.

Scholastic Book Fair

Mrs Hutchinson and her band of helpers will be running the popular Scholastic Book Fair after school in the Library from Tuesday 15th November for the rest of that week.  Watch this space for more information.

The Great Pumpkin Competition- a news update from Ms Docherty

Congratulations to everybody who entered and took part in this year’s Great Pumpkin Competition.  It was lovely to see everbody out and about over the weekend viewing all of the fabulous designs that entered.  The winners of this year’s competition are:

Entry 2 – Aidan
Entry 13 – Lily
Entry 25 – Megan

Congratulations!  Your medals, certificates and prizes will be coming home next week.

A total of £150 was raised for the Early Years, and this will be spent on a new bicycle for the outdoor area.  A big thank you to the wonderful Early Years Team who devised and organised this competition.

Word of the Week

This week’s word is MAGAZINE.

The first ‘magazines’ were places to store ammunition for war.  The word comes from Arabic but travelled to English via Italy, becoming magazzino. In the 17th century it was used to describe books aimed at particular people, because they were ‘storehouses’ of information.

Magazine - Free of Charge Creative Commons Chalkboard image

So there you go, the word magazine has changed over time from describing a place used to store ammunition to a place to store information.

Team Points (Pupil Reward Points)

Remember that everyone at Atwood beleive in the Terrific Trio- Kind Words, Kind Thoughts, Kind Actions and for that, the children are rewarded.

The first key milestone for a pupil is to reach 50 Pupil Reward Points because they will be awarded a £5 Book Token in Celebration Assembly, as we also wish to promote the love of reading at Atwood.  Each pupil has been assigned to a Team or House.  These are Air, Earth, Fire and Water.  All Pupil Reward Points also contribute to the Team Points each week.

Here are the all important totals for the term so far:

124 98 102 104

Congratulations to AIR who have won the first week of this half term.

Why not head over to the Pupil Reward Points website?  https://www.pupilrewardpoints.co.uk


Attendance is important.  After all, children only have one opportunity to go to school, don’t they?  As a rule of thumb, we expect children to attend school at least 95% of the time.  Here are the Attendance figures for week ending Friday 4th November:

Week Ending 21st October Week Ending 4th November 
Infants (highest) Blue 99.3% Green 98%
Juniors (highest) 4T 97.9% 4T 97%
Whole School (weekly) 93.9% 84.9%
Whole School (year to date) 96% 95.4%

Forthcoming Dates- please search for the ATW dates here:



Have a wonderful weekend from the Atwood Team.

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