03 November 2023

Atwood Newsletter 3rd November 2023

A shortened week this week means a shorter newsletter.  However, just because we’ve only had three days in school it doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy.

The week started with children coming in to school full of stories about pumpkins, ghosts and ghouls.  Well done to all of the children who entered the pumpkin carving competition and to the winners. The winners of this year’s pumpkin competition are:

  • In first place, Lucas R (32) with 306 points
  • In second place, Harrison W (41) with 300 points
  • In third place, George C-D (6) with 298 points

Highly commended were the following pumpkin designs:

Abigail C (31) with 289 points, James H (26) with 280 points and Iona B (22) with 279 points.  You can read more about the completion and see the winning entries on the website here


The children have also had assemblies talking about Guy Fawkes and why we ‘Remember, remember the 5th of November’ and the importance of following The Firework Code.  Hopefully, we see lots of you supporting the FOAP Fireworks event on Sunday night.

Elsewhere in assembly, the children have also been hearing how they can reduce their carbon footprint by taking nine simple actions.  For more details, see the website story here.


Year 2 had a visitor this week for their Diwali workshop.  The children learnt all about this Hindu religious festival with their visitor Nabhi, from the London Institute of Vedic Education.


Thank you so much to the army of volunteers who turned up to help Mrs Byrne with the mammoth task of preparing all of our Little Wandle reading resource packs.  This work means that all of our teachers and support staff can now just ‘grab and go’ the resources they need when delivering the reading practice sessions.  Your support has a direct impact on teachers’ wellbeing and workload as well as the children’s learning.


A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to our Harvest Collection for Croydon Nightwatch.  The School Council gave an inspirational assembly to the whole school today sharing how harvest is celebrated around the world. They also served some ‘great’ Harvest jokes.  What sort of vest do you wear in Autumn? You guessed it…a HarVEST! We also heard from Nicky from Nightwatch about the important work they do.  Many thanks to Miss Carlucci for coordinating and organising this event.


A reminder that we are running our annual Book Fair from Monday 13th November until Friday 17th November.   It will be based in the library after school every evening that week, from 3.20pm.  Get organised for Christmas and start to stock up with some fantastic books for children all ages.


The office staff are selling a selection of items in support of The Poppy Appeal.  Children can bring a donation to school to buy a poppy.  Next Friday, we will be having a Remembrance assembly in school.


Please check the dates below as new dates are being added:

  • Sunday 5th November FOAP Fireworks event
  • Thursday 9th November Nursery Owl Workshop
  • Thursday 16th November Year 2 Hampton Court Trip
  • Friday 17th November Year 6 Trip to Natural History Museum
  • Wednesday 22nd November parent/carer reading workshops 3-4pm repeated 5-6pm
  • Friday 24th November Dads’ Breakfast 8.45-9.45am
  • Wednesday 13th December Year 3&4 Christmas Show 9.30am and 2.30pm
  • Thursday 14th December Reception Christmas performances 9.10am and 2.30pm
  • Friday 15th December Year 5&6 Christmas Show 9.30am and 2pm.
  • Tuesday 19thDecember: KS1 Christmas performances 9.30am and 2pm. Details to follow.
  • Thursday 21stDecember: End of autumn term

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