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Newsletter - w/c 25/11/19

Please find below the weekly e-mail newsletter containing important information.  


Year 5 History visit 3rd December


On Tuesday 3rd December, Year 5 will have a visit from History Off The Page for an Anglo Saxon day linked to their history topic. It's a great day where the children learn in role as villagers during the time of the Viking conflict and get to do a range of activities such as weaving, creating traditional herbal remedies and archaeology.  


Children can optionally dress up in role for the day: 


  • Boys: A simple belted tunic, with or without sleeves; a cloak fastened on a right shoulder with a brooch (optional); trousers, either tucked into long socks or with sting or braid crossed round the lower legs; boots or old leather laced shoes. 
  • Girls: A long dress, skirt and blouse or tabard; headscarf; A cloak (mantle), fastened on the right shoulder with a brooch (optional). 


Examples can be seen at 


We are also looking for some parent volunteers to assist on the day from 9:00am-3:00pm. The more volunteers we have, the wider range of activities we can offer! If you are interested, please speak to Mr Davies or Mrs Kanzaria. 


Home Reading Records 


Our teachers and classroom support staff have noticed that lots of our parents/carers  

are not regularly reading with their child/children at home and are not regularly  

updating their child's/children's home reading records. We know that in every year  

group, our highest achieving pupils are those who read the most. Those pupils who  

do not read regularly at home really struggle to keep up with their classmates. 


We have created a help sheet to support you in updating your child's/children's home reading record and making sure reading at home becomes an enjoyable part of your child's/children's week. If you should need any further support in ensuring your child reads at home please speak to your child's teacher, Miss Bracken or Mr Short. 


Bikeability Course – Monday 24th November 2019


If your child has signed up for our Free Bikeability course for years 5 & 6, it starts this Monday 25th November 2019 so please make sure they have their bike and helmet in school on Monday morning and please make sure they wear appropriate clothes for the weather – a waterproof coat is essential! 



Sports News


Out football and netball teams had a very successful week.  On Monday, both our boys' team and our girls' team beat the teams from Holy Trinity C of E Primary School.  The boys' team won 6-2 and the girls' team won 2-1.  On Wednesday, our netball team won their match against St Joseph's Catholic Primary School, beating them 7-2.   


Well done to all the children involved - we're very proud of you!   


Book Fair


The Book Fair will be held after-school in the Dining Hall on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.  Please do buy your child/ren a book as the more books you buy, the more money the school receives to buy books for the children to have in their classrooms.  Thank you.   


Homework Club


Mrs Bye's Free Monday Homework Club still has spaces.  If you would like your child to have help with their homework and their reading, please sign up your child using the SchoolGateway app or by coming into the School Office.   


Minibus Driver


We have a job available for a Minibus Driver.  If any of our parents/carers know of someone who would be able to work 5-10 hours per week, helping to transport our children on school trips, to sports matches and to swimming lessons, please click here to share the job advert with them.  Thank you.   


Christmas Raffle


Friends of Hurst Drive are having a Christmas Raffle.  Any donations of unopened toiletries, bottles of alcohol, chocolates and any unused toys or books will be gratefully received.   


Dinner Money


Just a quick reminder that dinner money needs to be paid in advance on a Monday. Our preferred method of payment is on School Gateway. If you are unable to pay on the School Gateway, please come into the office with the correct money in an envelope. The weekly cost of school dinners is £13.00 for five meals.  


If you receive a dinner debt letter, please make sure this is cleared straight away to avoid your child having to bring in a packed lunch until the debt is cleared. Unpaid dinner debts could result in the cost of the school dinner charge being increased in the future which would be unfair for those parents/carers who always pay on time.  




Yours sincerely, 

The School Office Team 

Hurst Drive Primary School  

01992 624099