- Athletics Update
- Year 5 Trip to Ashmolean Museum
- A special visitor to Reception
- Skipping 4 Life
- Welly Walk - 3.15pm Wednesday 19th July
- FREE Gloucestershire Library Summer Challenge
- Edulink One
- Dunalley Pantry
- Earlies & Lates Bookings for September to December 2023
- Free School Meal holiday vouchers
- OPEN DAY for 2024 Starters
- OPAL - update and requests
- Cost of School Meals
- Community Events
- Atlas Camps - Holiday Club
- Summer Festival
On Wednesday, Year 5 travelled to Oxford to the Ashmolean museum as part of their history unit on Ancient Greece.
They took part in several workshops including identifying Greek statues, discussing a model of Athens, played 'artefact bingo' and were even allowed to hold artefacts which we were told were over 2,500 years old! These included ancient Greek coins, pieces of pottery, arrowheads and part of an ancient Greek sofa.
We are delighted to inform you that we have invited “Skippy John” from “Skipping 4 Life” to work with all year groups to teach various skipping skills next week on Wednesday & Thursday.
“Skippy John” (the name Richard Hammond gave him when he appeared on “Total Wipeout”) has over 7 years of experience teaching & demonstrating skipping skills in primary schools across the UK.
Skipping 4 Life’s aim is to encourage children and adults to skip for health, fun and fitness, whilst promoting modern and traditional skipping games, including Individual Skills, Partner Skipping, Double Dutch & Long Rope Team Games.
If children would like to purchase the high quality British made ‘speed ropes’ used, they will be available on the day.
These ropes used by international skipping teams are, strong, light and easy to turn to allow children and adults to progress rapidly.
Our fabulous OPAL lunchtimes have meant that having a pair of wellies in school at all times is essential. So that we can clean our well used wellie stores whilst the weather is good, we will be asking all children to take their wellies home next week.
If the wellies no longer fit your child, and you would like to donate them to our welly swap, please do so by placing them in the collection boxes at our main reception and main field gate.
On Wednesday 19th July we will organise a walkway of donated and unclaimed wellies in the playground. Please follow the trail of wellies with your child(ren) at home time and take whatever you need.
All children will need to bring a pair of wellies with them to school in September so that they can be stored in what will be clean storage units located next to their new classrooms.
Participants will receive incentives and prizes along the way, with a firm focus on discovering new interests and having fun.
Running from 15 July to 16 September 2023, The Library Challenge aims to encourage children and families to access their local library services and celebrate their own journey.
We hope that you are able to get involved and enjoy this event during the summer holiday.
Thank you to everyone that has logged onto Edulink One, our new communication channel and App.
When you log in you can access your child's attendance record and when applicable, year 2 and 6 key stage test results. To help us save money, these will not be printed this year and will only available on Edulink One.
Log in details will be sent every Friday to those who are yet to log in. From September we will only be using Edulink One to communicate with families, so it essential that everyone with parental responsibility signs in individually to stay up to date.
Benefits of Edulink One
You can easily:
- Log in and check your and your child's personal data by clicking 'UPDATE INFORMATION'.
- Submit absences, request future absences, give medicine consent and access key pages on our website including the school calendar via 'LINKS & COMMUNICATION'.
- Give consent for Visits & Visitors (you can click back on the form to see details at any time) and sporting events and well as sign up for clubs on 'ONE OFF FORMS'.
We highly recommend that you download the app and add it to your phone's homepage to stay up to date with Dunalley school life.
If you have not received log in details yet, this means we do not have an email / or the correct email address for you. If this is the case, please complete the following form: https://dunalleyps.schoolzineplus.co.uk/form/29 and we will update our records.
Finally, please delete the old Schoolzine app.
THANK YOU to families who have donated to our pantry, we, and the families using the facility, are extremely grateful.
Dunalley Pantry has been set up to help families who are struggling with the cost of living crisis - we now have a bank of products that are free to families in need.
Please contact Sam or Phoebe (our family support workers) if you would like to use the pantry - they will be very happy to help. You can catch them at the beginning or end of the school day, call them on 01242 512391 (select option 2), or email [email protected].
Families have today been informed if their booking requests have been successful.
In order to secure the offer of places, the Autumn Term 2023 Declaration MUST be completed by 12 noon on Friday 14th July.
A link to this has been emailed to families who have been offered spaces today.
The declaration form includes a section on Policies and Procedures which families must agree to before taking up a space. Lates is currently over subscribed and has a waiting list. We must therefore follow all of the policies and procedures set out in the declaration. These expectations include:
- ALL fees being paid in advance
- Children behaving well at ALL times - they must consistently show respect for staff and other children, be polite and courteous and look after equipment at all times.
Please note that late collection (any time after 5.30pm) WILL incur a charge of £30 and that consistent late pick ups will result in the cancellation of any future bookings.
Adhering to the policies and procedures will ensure that children enjoy their time in Earlies and Lates and help us to manage waiting lists.
Families who have signed up to the scheme or who are already registered will receive 2 weeks of vouchers for the summer holiday at £15 per child per week.
For the remaining 4 weeks of the summer holiday period, the HAF programme provides a meal for children attending the activities they are booked onto. For more information, please visit Gloucestershire HAF where you can also sign up to the Children’s Activities Booking System (CABS).
Applications for Holiday Free School Meal vouchers for the SUMMER HOLIDAYS are now open until midday 11 JULY. Voucher emails will be sent out week commencing 17 JULY.
Parents should check their junk/spam email folders during this period as sometimes the vouchers end up there. If parents have not received their vouchers by the 19 JULY, please email [email protected].
Eligibility for the scheme is checked by cross-referencing with the term-time free school meal register, so please make sure you are registered beforehand.
They can register by clicking here.
For more information and to sign up, please visit the following website:
Holiday School Meal vouchers.
Another OPEN DAY for September 2024 Starters will take place on January 9th 2024 at 9.30am to 10.30am - please just come along!
Please email [email protected] to register your interest in coming along.
This email just gives us an idea of numbers, we will not respond, please just come along on at 9.30 am.
Our children continue to enjoy fun filled lunch times lead by our dedicated OPAL Team.
We are always looking for donations and would welcome more vehicles such as, Early Learning Centre cars, small balance bikes and ride on tractors.
Our water wall is in need of some TLC and we would also welcome some large funnels, plastic jugs and large bath toys. Wool is being used too for some creative outdoor craft projects, so would welcome donations of wool too.
The school will be open over the summer at times, please call if you have anything to donate over the holidays.
Please be aware that the cost of school meals will increase from September.
From 5th September each school meal will cost £2.58.
AiP, our catering provider has tried to keep the increase as low as possible.
Please do apply for free school meals if you feel that you may now be entitled to. You can apply as often as you wish. Please do so straight away if your if your circumstances change.
To apply please follow the link below or, should you need any help at all please contact the school office.
To apply please follow this link:
Our summer camps are just around the corner! Atlas Camps will be running their award-winning holiday clubs this summer with a selection of places still available to book!
Rating Outstanding by Ofsted, Atlas Camps specialise in multi-activity clubs for children ages 4-14.
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.
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.