Published on: 10th November, 2023

Friday 10th November


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Friday 10th November

Good evening,

What a busy week we’ve had in school! We can’t believe that we’ve only been back a week!

This week has been live music week. We were lucky to have a visiting choir on Tuesday, listen to music performed on the clarinet, piano and violin; then, today, Mrs Lewis brought in her harp. It was really big and made a lovely sound. It was interesting hearing how a harp works.

Back on Wednesday morning we had our Remembrance service in church. We took time to sing, share prayers and have our minute silence showing our respect for those that have given and still give their lives so that we can live in peace and harmony. It was lovely hearing the music of Hildegard played in the hall. Hildegard is the first composer that we are listening to in our new music listening scheme. I wonder whether anyone in school remembers any facts about this composer.

Today, we were lucky to have Kestrel class share their work with us in assembly. Thank you to all that were able to join us. It is fantastic hearing about all their work and what they’ve been up to. They’ve obviously been having lots of fun too!

We’ve tried to give you some dates ready for the autumn term. We hope these help for your diary and planning.

Thank you and have a lovely weekend.

Mrs L. Edgerton

Key dates for the autumn term

School Holiday Childcare Provision

We are exploring the option of providing School Holiday Childcare Provision, with the exception of a week at Christmas and a week at Easter. If this is something you would be interested in, complete the survey below. Thank you.


Learning behaviours

Last year we started work towards jigsaw pieces to build the skills of learning. This year teachers have thought even further about these behaviours and have personalised these to Longnor. Using our tree as a symbol, we have six key aims.

These are going to be introduced in assembly (one each half term) starting with ‘be resilient’. We will be using this vocabulary through our teaching and have stickers with the same symbols on to hand out when we see these behaviours – we hope you start to spot them.


School vision working party

Are you available on Wednesday 15th November at 3:30pm? Would you be able to join us for a working meeting to talk about our school vision?

‘Inspiring a lifelong love of learning.’

Having a group of people to discuss our vision is important so that all views and opinions are heard. We will send out a survey following this meeting so that all can have input if you’re not able to join us.

Sharing assemblies

We would like to invite you to a 2:30pm sharing assembly after half term for your child’s class:

  • Friday 17th November – Little Owls
  • Friday 24th November – Merlins
  • Friday 1st December – Eagles

Children in Need

Friday 17th November

For Children in Need we would like to have a non-school uniform day in exchange for a recommended donation of £1.

Can anyone help transport the sofa to Bayston Hill?

We have someone who would like this sofa bed, but is unable to transport it. Is there anyone who would be able to help? Please contact the office if you are able to help.

100 Club Winners

Thanks to everyone who supports our 100 Club Draw – details of September and October’s winners are below.

September draw:

1st prize £25 – number 15, Brendan Mallon

2nd prize £10 – number 59, Roger Bell

3rd prize £5 – number 67, Caroline Marsden

October draw:

1st prize £25 – number 82, unsold number

2nd prize £10 – number 29, Mary Jones

3rd prize £5 – number 79, Vicky Reagan

Numbers were drawn independently by a member of School Circle.

Many thanks for your continued support.

Halloween Disco – Thanks

We had another amazing Longnor Halloween Disco this autumn, thank you to all the children who came and enjoyed themselves at the event, the costumes were superb as ever. The total amount raised has yet to be finalised but in the meantime School Circle would like to say thank you to the following volunteers whose hard work and effort ensure we had another successful event:

Sara Marais and family, Katie Phoenix and family, Alex Croft, Clare Baxter, Sally White, Rebecca Thompson, Amanda Evans, Rebecca Plumridge, Hannah Higgins, Charlotte Downes, Vicky Reagan, Rachel King, Alexis Brookfield, Zara Wrisdale, Cherie Wilkes, Ben McMillan, Dan Wilson, Harriet Beeton-Whitehead, Becky Cornes, Mrs Lewis, Mr Helliker and Mrs Edgerton.

Forgive me if I have missed anyone out! Tina Aljan – School Circle Chair.

Frost Fayre

Can you spare either time or a donation for the raffle prize?

The Frost Fayre is exactly 4 weeks away and School Circle elves are busy planning the event. If you are able to volunteer on the day either to help set up or man a stall, please let Tina know via the school Circle WhatsApp group or at pick up/drop off. This is the second largest event in the academic year for School Circle and we need lots of hands to make light of the work.

We also run a raffle during the Frost Fayre and a Barrow of Booze draw, if you have a spare and unwanted gift item or unopened bottle of booze, please can you donate it in via school reception.

Thank you in advance for all your help.

Bikeability – Year 6

Next week is Bikeability week for year sixes. Please remember to wear suitable clothes for the activity (not school uniform and enough layers). Also, don’t forget your helmet! You can store bikes in the hall for the duration of the course.

Save the Date – Wreath Making

We will be holding another Wreath Making Evening hosted by Charlotte Downes on Thursday November 30th in the school hall – mulled wine and mince pies will be served.  Please keep an eye out for more details.

Craft Club – a few spaces remaining

We have a few spaces remaining for Craft Club which starts next week on Fridays after school and is open to all children from Reception to Year 6. In these sessions, children will be creating some beautiful wooden decorations and objects.

The sessions will be between 3.15 and 4.30 on:

  • Friday 17th November
  • Friday 24th November
  • Friday 1st December
  • Friday 8th December

The cost of the sessions will be £7.50 per week, £30.00 for all four sessions, and you will need to sign up for all four sessions via ParentPay.

There are only 15 places available and these will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis. Quiet games club will be running as usual at the same time at a cost of £5 per session.

If your child would like to attend, please give consent and make payment via ParentPay by Monday 13th November 2022.

Missing PE Kit

Archie in Eagles Class has lost his PE kit. Please could everyone check their child’s PE kit to make sure they do not have Archie’s. Thank you.