Newnham News March

March 2014

Remember to bring your sponsor money and wear something bright or yellow on Monday 17th March if you choose to help the Marie Curie Charity.

All Daventry area schools will be competing in the Cross Country event on Wednesday 12th March. We wish the children representing our school the very best of luck. All are welcome to spectate at Woodford Halse Primary School. Competitors should be collected from school at 3.00 and thank you to parents who are transporting children. Please remember to bring your water bottle and kit.

Nick Gibb is M.P. for Bognor Regis and was the Minister of State for Schools in the DfE from May 2010 until September 2012.

Nick is a DRET trustee and is visiting Newnham School on 13th March. He has visited many DRET academies in his role with our academy sponsor.

Mums, dads and Friends…

School Yoga club, for adults, runs every Monday evening from 7.30 in the school hall. New members are welcome and the first session free!

Learning in KS1

Our younger pupils are enjoying their swimming lessons and have already shown increased water confidence. We have introduced our pupils to swimming earlier so that an even better level of skill can be built across the school. This will ensure that every child is able to swim a minimum of 25 metres and has basic lifesaving water skills when leaving Newnham.

Lewis Curtis and his mummy have kindly brought in some eggs and an incubator so that we can watch and witness the start of new life. Jack said “we watched a chick hatch on quick time film and so far we have waited 19 days. The chicks should be hatching soon!” Keep checking our website for the latest pictures

Learning in KS2

Children will be visiting the Big Bang Science and Engineering show at the NEC this Thursday. They will leave school at 8.15 and return at 4.30. Please make sure they bring a packed lunch in a disposable bag and a waterproof coat.

Head Lice

I am sorry to report that for the first time in a number of years we have had a case of head lice in school. Please check your child’s hair carefully and take the necessary action to get rid of the beasts! Contrary to popular belief these stubborn creatures prefer clean hair and are so easily transferred that it is essential that children with long hair have it tied back or preferably plaited.

Regular combing with a specialist comb is very effective; alternatively there is an increasing array of lotion remedies which a chemist can advise on.

Parent’s Evening Consultations

Please note that due to parents’ evening consultations next week there will be no teacher led clubs for this week only, in order to give preparation time.

Consequently the following clubs will be cancelled on these dates.

Monday 17th March no football club with Mr Mead

Tuesday 18th March no netball club with Mrs Fahy and Mrs Gaffney

Thursday 20th March no homework club with Mrs Wizard.

All other clubs will run as normal.


Last year a parent brought baby lambs for the children to meet. She has kindly offered to do the same next week and to return with the lamb so that we can see how it grows, develops and changes. This fits very well with the creative work we are doing in our house groups, discovering different celebrations and events linked to Spring. Please talk to us if this could cause a problem to you or your child. We will of course make sure that hands are washed thoroughly after contact.