Art & Science in the outdoors

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Art Shack

The Art Shack is up and running! Following suggestions from pupils, the School Council has set up OPAL art activities in the front playground shelter.

PTA - dates for your diary & invitation to meeting

There are some exciting fundraising plans in place following a PTA meeting with Mrs Boyd! Please come along to the next PTA meeting on Tuesday 15th March at 7pm in the Dun Cow public house. We really do need some more helpers so come along if you are able to!


For your diary:

Foolish Friday on 1st April - Non uniform / crazy hair day / dress like a Fool and please bring in Easter chocs as a donation for the Easter Raffle.


Cake Sale at the end of school on Thursday 7th April - this time it's Oak Class pupils' turn to make/buy cake and bring them into school that morning. All children/parents/carers/staff can then bring in money to buy cakes to take home in the afternoon.


Easter Raffle - tickets will be on sale in the last week of term. Please buy lots of tickets!

Reading for Pleasure - newsletter 6

Here are this week’s recommended reads from me, with an additional section for younger siblings and a theme of poetry.


Miss Mansfield, Literacy Co-ordinator

Families of pupils on income-related Free School Meals

Suffolk County Council is pleased to confirm a discretionary grant is available to support low-income families over the Easter school holiday. The grant will be issued as a £30 Edenred supermarket voucher for each eligible child and is designed to help families with their essential living costs during the Easter school holidays.


Once we have the information from SCC, Mrs Allman will be processing the payments for all of our FSM families.

Meet Terry Deary - author of Horrible Histories

Moyse’s Hall Museum is very pleased to announce that Terry Deary will be visiting in April to sign books and chat to people about his work.

Deary has written a book, ‘Terry Deary’s Terrible Tales of Moyse’s Hall’, which launched in February 2022.

The book uses characters, some real and others imagined, to think about our artefacts through narrative. He will be able to sign your favourite books, or a copy of our new one.

In addition, museum staff will be offering the chance to handle some horrible artefacts, and you can see the new-look Crime and Punishment section, complete with infamous murder, witchcraft, and execution displays.


To buy a ticket for the event, visit the Museum's events page.

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Short Story competition - St Edmund

Oak Class are learning about The Abbey of St Edmund and thus, this short story competition is very relevant, but other pupils may be interested.


As part of the Abbey 1000 celebrations, the Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival has launched a Short Story Competition and is inviting all aspiring authors to let the story of the Abbey of St Edmund inspire them. Closing date 13th May 2022.


https://www.abbeyofstedmund.org.uk/news/short-story-competition-to-celebrate-1000-years-of-the-abbey-of-st-edmund/


Good Luck!


Miss Mansfield

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Easter Holiday activity programme - GVTSSP

Camp 11-14 April 2022

Mon 11 April: AM- Skateboarding OR Target Games / PM- BMX OR Skateboarding

Tue 12 April: AM-Ipswich Town Football OR Gymnastics / PM - Ipswich Town Football OR Dance OR Parkour

Wed 13 April: AM-Nerf and Laser Tag / PM- Nerf and Laser Tag

Thurs 14 April: AM Multi games and Inflatables / PM -Multi games and Inflatables


AGES: 5 – 12 Venue: Beyton, Thurston Sixth (IP30 9AQ)

Flyer /Booking form Attached

www.gvtssp.org

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FoodSavvy Tasty Toastie competition

So, we are writing to invite everyone in your schools to participate in Food Savvy’s Tasty Toastie Competition. We hope that your students, parents, carers and staff would like to join in to unleash their creativity and explore their imaginations in the kitchen! We are asking them to design a tasty toastie revolving around a food saving idea to use up any food items that could potentially be wasted. They can present their toastie idea in any way they choose.

Across the UK, over 20 million slices of bread are wasted every day! Bread is also Suffolk’s most wasted food item. This new competition (as part of our newly launched #UseYourLoaf campaign) is a way of highlighting what we can all do to reduce bread waste.

This free to enter competition gives primary and secondary school pupils (as well as adults!) the chance to win some great prizes. There will be a winner from Suffolk and Norfolk in each of these categories:

Primary school pupils (up to age 11) , Secondary school pupils (aged 11-18) and Adults

All winners will receive a £50 voucher for cooking equipment, a cookbook of their choice and a Food Savvy apron. They’ll also be invited along to a cook along in April with Suffolk-based Instagram food stars Joey and Katy, who will choose the ultimate Tasty Toastie. There might even be a chance to go on TV! A selection of best entries will also be available to view in a gallery on this page.

We launched the competition on Monday 7th March 2022 and full details are available at https://www.foodsavvy.org.uk/tasty-toastie.

The competition will run for one month with the deadline for entries being Sunday 10th April 2022, 11.59pm.

I hope you’ll join us and inspire your pupils to change the world one toastie at a time and remind them that “no one is too small to make a difference.” (Greta Thunberg)

Kind regards,

The FoodSavvy Team

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The Suffolk Walking Festival

You may have seen the poster at the gate for the Suffolk Walking Festival, which runs from 14th to 29th May. Over 70 walks are available from their website.


The festival is a great way to discover parts of Suffolk you perhaps never knew existed, learn about the county’s fascinating and ancient history, and make new friends whilst walking and talking! There is something for everyone, from short walks to long walks, family walks to history walks, even a night walk.

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Free School Meals - could you be eligible?

Your child may be eligible for free school meals throughout primary school. This could save you approximately £437 per year.

To check or apply online, visit: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/children-families-and-learning/schools/school-meals-uniforms-and-trips/apply-for-free-school-meals/

Check if you're eligible

Your child will get free school meals if you receive any of the following:

  • Income Support

  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance

  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit

  • Child Tax Credit but no element of Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HM Revenues & Customs) that does not exceed £16,190

  • If you are supported under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

  • Working Tax Credit during the four-week period immediately after your employment finishes or after you start to work fewer hours per week

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 (£616.67 per month), as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods).

To check if your child is eligible, apply online for an immediate response or call 01473 260989.


We encourage you to apply, because the school receives additional funding (Pupil Premium) for all children on income-related Free School Meals.