We have enjoyed celebrating the Coronation fo King Charles III in school today. As well as enjoying a special lunch, we have enjoyed wearing our read, white and blue. Judging the cake and crown competitions has been very difficult given the incredible efforts and creativity of our entrants. Here are few highlights from our day.
SATs Week 2023
Due to the King's Coronation, these start on Tuesday 9th May.
Please remember that all children are welcome to attend breakfast, at 8.15am free of charge - a survey was sent out earlier this week.
All year 6 teachers are very pleased with the progress made by the children and their positive attitude to their learning and preparation for the tests themselves.
|Tuesday 9 May 2023||Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling - Paper 1 Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling - Paper 2|
|Wednesday 10 May 2023||English Reading|
|Thursday 11 May 2023||Maths Paper 1 (Arithmetic) Maths Paper 2 (Reasoning)|
|Friday 12 May 2023||Maths Paper 3 (Reasoning)|
Weds 24th – Fri 26th May
We are looking forward to celebrating Dunalley’s first Literature Festival in a few weeks when many exciting activities are planned.
We have a range of authors including Hannah Shaw, Andy Seed, Kate Townsend and John Rigby who will be running writing and creative workshops across the week. Hannah Shaw and Andy Seed will be signing copies of their books after school on Wednesday 25th, which will be available to buy.
A ‘bedtime stories and parental event’ will be held on Thursday 25th May from 6-6:45pm, where children can come and enjoy a bedtime story and snack – please wear your pyjamas if you wish! Whilst waiting for your child, parents can also enjoy refreshments in the hall and browse school reading materials and other book related resources. We are also hoping to launch our ‘School Book Wish List’, that evening, too.
A book fair, run by the very popular ‘The Yellow Lighted Book-shop', who have an amazing selection of books, will take place after school on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.
A celebration assembly will take place on the Friday morning for all pupils to share their work completed as we celebrate reading and writing.
Nursery and Pre-school have had a learning filled week. They have been finding out about King Charles lll and the coronation and making crowns and baking scones for the Friday celebrations. They have been looking after the sunflowers and finding out what they need to grow. Rory brought in some tarantula skin and python skin for us to admire. Some of the children have been enjoying their DidiRugby sessions too. What a busy week they have had!
For the May/June half term, Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) is providing vouchers to eligible families who have signed up to our Holiday Free School Meals (FSM) scheme.
Applications for Holiday Free School Meal vouchers for the May/June half term are now open until midday 16 May. Voucher emails will be sent out on 22 May.
These vouchers are provided by GCC as part of our commitment to ‘no child goes hungry’.
The scheme is for children in reception to year 11 who receive benefits-related free school meals and attend a school in Gloucestershire.
Families who have signed up to the scheme or who are already registered will receive a total of £15 per child.
Parents who have signed up previously do not need to re-register - you will already have been included.
To ensure we reach all those who are eligible, we are encouraging parents that have not previously signed up, to sign up as soon as they can. If you have any updates to an existing application, please email childrens[email protected] so that your details can be updated.
For more information and to sign up, please visit our website - Holiday School Meal vouchers Gloucestershire free school meal page HERE
We are delighted to be welcoming new children to Dunalley in September and look forward to working with their families to ensure the children enjoy school and flourish in all areas of their development. To make the transition to school as smooth and successful as possible, we will be hosting a number of welcome events later this term. We very much hope that you will be able to join us.
Welcome ‘Tea Party’ – Friday 23rd June at 2pm
This will provide you with an opportunity to meet with our early years team and school leaders, we will also share practical information about starting school and discuss the ways in which we can work together to make the experience as positive as possible for your children.
AiP, our catering provider will be at hand to offer a taster session of the lunches provided for the children.
Stay and Play Sessions - Tuesday July 4th and Monday July 10th from 2pm to 2.45pm
In addition to the welcome tea party, we would like to invite you and your child into school to enjoy ‘stay and play sessions’ with the EYFS teachers.
These sessions will be held on our front field and further information will be provided for families nearer the time.
Summer Festival – Saturday 8th July 11am – 3pm
Families are welcome to join the PTFA’s of local schools at Pittville School for a family event to raise money for the schools involved.
Starting school – Part time/Full time
We realise the importance of knowing school term dates as soon as possible and are pleased to be able to inform you now about the part time/full time schedule for your children in starting in September.
New Reception children will start PART TIME ONLY Tuesday 5th September to Friday 8th September, if the children are ready to attend school on a full time basis they will do so on Monday 11th September. Exact times and more detailed information for morning or afternoon sessions will be provided later this term.
May half-term camps are just around the corner! Atlas Camps will be running their award-winning holiday clubs this May with a selection of places still available to book!
Rating Outstanding by Ofsted, Atlas Camps specialise in multi-activity clubs for children ages 3-14. With a focus on fun, activities on offer span everything from arts and crafts to sports and active play, all in a safe, enjoyable environment designed to cater for all.
- Ofsted rated ‘outstanding’
- Childcare vouchers accepted from a variety of providers
- Early drop-off/ late pick-up options
- Sibling discount available
For further information, please watch this video https://atlascamps.co.uk/promo/generic-16x9.mp4 or check out the attached poster.
Head to the Atlas Camps website at www.atlascamps.co.uk to book.
We are recruiting for a cleaner at Dunalley, someone who would like to make a difference and join our fabulous team of support staff.
We are happy to accept applications from people wanting three days a week.
We offer excellent benefits including a very competitive hourly rate of pay (over national living wage), free and comprehensive training and membership of the local government pension scheme.
Working at Dunalley school is very rewarding, whichever role you have.
Please refer to our website for further details and how to apply or contact us at [email protected] if you would like further details including excat hours and rate of pay.
08 Jul 2023
Can you provide a cake for the cake sale? Please sign up on Edulink One under 'One Off Forms' HERE to add your donation. Please drop cake donations into school on Thursday 6th July.
Can you help on the day? Please sign up to volunteer HERE.
Raffle tickets can still be dropped into the school office this week and additional tickets are also available. Thank you to everyone that has already bought raffle tickets.
We hope to see you there. Dunalley PTFA.
From the PTFA's:
A reminder that this coming Saturday, we have the first collaborative Summer Festival (11am-3pm) between Pittville School, Dunalley, Holy Trinity & St Johns.
There has been a lot of hard work and organisation by the 4 schools, with representatives from either the PTA's, the staff or both, along with representatives from the Fairview Community Association and we are all very much looking forward to this Saturday! Our aim is to put on a fantastic community event whilst hopefully raising some money for the respective schools!
We are so lucky to be able to use the school field for this event and we have LOTS going on for all ages and we do hope that lots of our students and families will come along and support.
We have a climbing wall, archery, graffiti artist, Prestbury Phantoms (beat the Goalie), Cheltenham Town Wheelers (CTW) (bring your bike and have a go on the skills area!), skittle as well as food vans, tuck shop and the usual summer fayre type stalls for young and old!
We have dance groups coming to entertain as well as a choir and our very own DJ Sparky will be supporting us with some tunes!
A bar for over 18's as well as a dry bar for those that are not!
We look forward to seeing many of you there, entry is on foot, via the main school gate.