South Milford Moments

Weekly news Friday 12th April 2019

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Easter Holidays

Thank you to all staff and parents for another successful term. Have a super holiday. I look forward to seeing you all after the holidays for a brilliant summer term that will be jam packed with learning and fun.

Children return to school on Tuesday 30th April.

This term's Super Stars

Reception: Sophie

Year One: Alice

Year Two: Louie

Year Three: Emily

Year Four: Olivia

Year Five: Lily- Mae

Year Six: Tristan

This week's Shining Stars

We celebrated the following children this week in Celebration Assembly:

Reception: Isla A, Darcey

Year One: Tilly

Year Two: Amelia M

Year Three: Zach

Year Four: Isaac, William

Year Five: Lucy, Isla

Year Six: Bella

Winning Teams

This week’s winning team is: Orange

This half term's winning team is: Red

Super Scientists

In school this week, we have been focusing our learning around Science and in particular 'Humans including Animals'. We have also conducted a whole school investigation “How exercise affects the body”. We have been learning about about various aspects of the human body from healthy eating and digestion, to lung capacity, the circulatory system and tooth decay. Our week concluded with an interactive Science Fayre, where adults and children tried their hand (or even their feet!) at a variety of scientific investigations.

Reception's Class Assembly

Wow, what an amazing assembly. The Reception team and children really did shine this morning. Thank you to all the grown ups, who support this event. I hope you were all as proud as I was.

Tag Rugby

We are very proud of the 8 Year 5 rugby players who competed at the Tag Rugby event at Kellington. They showed exceptional skill and resilience. They also scored some exceptional tri's.

The scores are as follows:

Kirk Fenton: 1 South Milford: 1

Barkston Ash: 0 South Milford: 5

Athlestan:0 South Milford 5

Overall, South Milford won their pool and the final winners were decided on goal difference. Sherburn Hungate won with a difference of one goal, South Milford came a very respectable 2nd place.

Seussical Update

Thank you for all the entries for the logo competition. We now have the difficult decision of choosing a winner. We look forward to sharing the winning entry with you after the holidays.

Years 5 and 6 have this week received information about the forthcoming auditions for our whole school production in the summer term. Auditions will take place on Tuesday 30th April and Wednesday 1st May at 3.30pm. Full details are on the letter that the children brought home, in relation to what we are expecting the children to do for their audition.These details can also be found on our website, if needed.

We are looking forward to the auditions and seeing the children ‘Shine’

Staffing Update

Miss Pratt has made the decision to leave South Milford Primary School at the end of this term to explore new challenges and opportunities. She has been at our school for seven years, during which time she has taught in several different classes. She has also contributed greatly as our maths subject lead and by sharing her musical talents with the children.

The governors and staff would like to thank her for all that she has done during her time at the school. We wish her every success for the future.

Help our campaign for Chromebooks

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School Attendance

We are always striving to help children reach their maximum potential in school but we do need your help as parents and carers to ensure that they are in school every day.

A child who gains 90% attendance sounds like they have good attendance but it actually means that they are missing the equivalent of:

• Half a day of school missed every week

• 4 weeks of school missed a year or

• 1 whole year over the child’s school life.

So 90% is not as good as it sounds!

This obviously has an impact on a child’s learning and development over time.

If your child is ill, please contact school every morning of their absence. If your child is feeling “under the weather” we are happy to administer prescribed medication, or paracetamol when required. Medicines must be signed in at the school office (not sent in your child’s bag).

If your child needs time off for a medical appointment, where possible please try to arrange these outside of school hours. Absences for other reasons will only be authorised where parents can show exceptional circumstances exist (please ask the office if you are unsure what these are).

We are very happy to support any parents and children who may be having a problem with their attendance, so please do keep us informed of any issues you may have. Let’s try for as many children with 100% attendance this year as possible! Special Certificates and book tokens will be presented to children who have 100% attendance at the end of the school year.

Summer Term Clubs

These are now available to be booked on ParentPay. A list of clubs is on our website.

Summer Meal Menu

This is now available to view on our website. Please ensure meals are paid on ParentPay in advance of your child taking a meal.


We have some requests on Twitter pending. If any of these are you then please ensure you complete a request form in at school so we can accept you.

Bags to School

This week your child should have brought home a Bag2School bag for the fundraising clothes collection. Please fill and send back to school before 8th May.

Teddy Bears' Picnic

Teddy Bears’ Picnic - On Thursday 16th May we are inviting children to bring their favourite teddy bear to eat lunch with them at our Teddy Bear’s Picnic. This will take place on the school field if the weather permits or if not in the school hall. Children in KS1 will be given a picnic lunch and children in KS2 will be offered the option to purchase one. Further details and an order form will be sent to you when we return after the Easter break.

Lost Property

Lost property will be placed within the pavilion on a Friday afternoon. Please have a look through and take anything that is yours. Anything that is not claimed by the end of term will be donated to charity.

We Need You!

We have a parent governor vacancy. If you are interested in the opportunity of contributing to the school’s strategic direction or would like to know more about this stimulating role, please contact Dan Murphy, our chair of governors, via the school office.

PTA News

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Easter events this week.

Car Boot Sales:

This Sunday (April 14th) is the first car boot sale of the season at Millford Plants so please go along if you have anything to buy or sell!

We are looking for volunteers to help out at future car boot sales.

They are held on the second Sunday of every month and we need people to help shake a bucket or park cars in return for a bacon buttie and a cup of tea.

If you can help out, please let us know at

Race Night - Saturday 11th May:

Race Night tickets are now available on ParentPay and are selling fast so please don’t miss out! The event will be held at the WI Hall and tickets cost £7, which includes a pie and pea supper.

We are also selling horses for £3 for the chance to win a bottle of Prosecco and are looking for sponsors for the races so please get in touch if you would like more information.

Dates for your diary

12th April: End of term

29th April: Staff training day

30th April: Summer term begins

w/c 13th May: Key Stage 2 SATs

STAR MAT Training opportunity

STAR Multi Academy Trust would like to share a training partnership offer. These FREE courses allow staff and parents to upskill their knowledge in specific subject areas. Ranging from Mental Health Awareness, Equality & Diversity, Manual Handling, Leadership and Management, Understanding Autism, plus many more. There are no fees to undertake the courses as the funding is provided by the UK government. They are delivered via distance learning, the courses are designed to be completed at a time and pace that suits the learner, meaning no disruption to work. Taking an average of 10-16 weeks to complete.