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Welcome to the Autumn 2015 edition of Newsline

As we reach the end of a long and busy term, it is good to look back at some of the highlights:

In September, several classes from Alexandra participated in the Eden Academy Sports Day, which was held at Hillingdon Athletics Stadium in some late September sunshine. All the children took part with great enthusiasm, even choosing to do some extra running around the track during the picnic lunch!
In October, just before half term, a shocking crime was discovered at Alexandra School! Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar? Luckily we had a whole school of budding forensic scientists ready to investigate in our Science Week. The culprit is very sorry and says she won’t do it again!
In November, we had a staff ICT training day. Staff took part in workshops on LearnPads, Purple Mash, Minecraft, Fronter, Coding and other aspects of ICT in school. Throughout the day there was a theme of e-safety, as we thought and talked about how to ensure our pupils stay safe online. We will we sharing some of this learning with parents later in the school year.
In December, we have been preparing for our Christmas Show and Christmas Charity Appeal. This year we are supporting Text Santa and will be raising money from the sale of tickets for the show, by wearing festive clothing on the last day of term, and by selling school merchandise including this year’s school mug. See over the page for this year’s design.

On behalf of all the staff at Alexandra, I would like to wish our children and families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We will see you all again on Monday 4th January!
Best wishes

Perdy

The Alexandra School Mug

We have been producing school mugs since 2003. The first design was the school’s new logo, the two flying geese. Then in 2004 we had our first School Mug Competition and the children have been helping us to design the mug ever since. Here is the full set so far:

The Alexandra School Mug 2015-2016 is a celebration of the children’s writing across the school. All the children were asked to practise their writing for the mug, whether this meant writing the letter “a”, the name “Alexandra”, or writing about Alexandra School. Then at least one child from every class was chosen to contribute to the school mug, to create an acrostic poem called “a is for Alexandra”. Here is the final design:

Thank you to all the children for doing such beautiful writing that it was very hard to decide who would feature on the mug. Congratulations to the children whose writing was finally chosen: Georgina, Abishan, Mahdi, Zainab Ahmadi, Malaikha, Daniel Alizadeh, Shuwethe, Ahmad, Shimon, Ellise, Naomi and Agilan.
We will be selling the mug for the bargain cost of £4, or three mugs for £10. All proceeds will go to our chosen Christmas charity, Text Santa. Please support the school and help us raise money for this good cause.

Parent and Family News

We hope that you have all had the opportunity to visit school this term. We know that it makes a great difference to the children when they can see parents and staff working together to support their learning and celebrate their progress.
Parents have been invited in for class assemblies (available to watch on Fronter) and for class activities and coffee afternoons early in the term. In the second half of term there was a run of Family Learning sessions with a focus on arts and crafts, led by Jo, Raj and Pushpa. Year 6 parents have been invited in to talk about transition to high school and the trip to France. All parents were invited to a Gates Gossip with a focus on using Signalong.
This term saw a repeat of the parenting course that we ran last year, led by Catherine Holdsworth and Jan Ahmad. This time the course was offered to parents of children in Years 5 and 6. The response to the course has been very positive. We would hope to run it again later in the year, for parents of younger children.
In the second half of term we offered a homework club on Tuesdays. Although some families expressed an interest in the club, we did not have enough uptake to continue the club next term. However, we will be running some Gates Gossip sessions looking at how you can support your child’s learning at home, so look out for more information on that in the new year.
The first week of December saw our wonderful Table Top Sale, organised by Jan and her band of parent helpers. We are currently planning our parent and family events for next term, so if you have any ideas or requests, do let Jan know. Also, we are looking for parents who might feel able to provide some language support to other families, for example by translating letters or supporting in Gates Gossip. If you are fluent in a language other than English and would be willing to provide some language support, please let Jan know.

Goodbye to...

The lovely Raj, who has worked at Alexandra almost constantly since April 2008 and embodies the Alexandra ethos and values. We hope that she might find her way back to us some day.


Hello to…

Kaleigh, who will be teaching a new, tenth class from January. The Canada Geese class will be a class of children in Year 1-2 and will be based in the Goslings area.

Fronter News

Don’t forget to check Fronter regularly, to read the weekly class newsflashes, watch any assembly videos and find out what is for lunch! If you’ve been away from Fronter for a bit, do check it out. If you have any questions or suggestions about Fronter, send Adam our IT technician an email at fronter@alexandra-school.co.uk

 

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