Autumn Issue 2
Friday 28th September 2018
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Dear parents/carers,

This is our second Headlines of the year and my goodness, so much has happened! On Wednesday we were visited by Ofsted and the inspector was warmly welcomed by children, staff and governors. Robins made him so welcome that he was even persuaded to lie down in the garden and be measured! We were expecting a visit this term because it is now three years since Mytchett became part of the Kite Academy Trust. The timing of the inspection was very useful in terms of whole school evaluation and identification of next steps: as a new head teacher this is one of my priorities at the moment. I will be able to share the outcome of that visit with you in a few weeks’ time.

In the first edition of Headlines I promised to share with you the findings from our whole school Aspiration Investigation. Mytchett children certainly have aspirations and creativity! The children didn’t conform to gender stereotypes which was really encouraging - so we have female superheroes and scientists and boys who want to be artists and gardeners.

Thank you so much for your continued effort with punctuality and attendance - already there is an improvement in our data, but more importantly by 8:45 most children are locked on to their learning. This week we have all observed super growth mindset as children grapple with problems and learn from mistakes.

The team and I wish you a lovely weekend.

Best wishes
Mrs Willans  

The children were asked what they would like to be when they grow up and we would love to share their ASPIRATIONS.

In Year 4 many boys wanted jobs that would earn them lots of money and there was a discussion about money and happiness!
Some girls wanted to own their own companies and were already experimenting with recipes in the case of one girl who will run a smoothie company.
In Year 1 some favourite quotes when asked why they aspired towards certain careers include the following:
 ‘I want to be a scientist to make potions to help people to get better’. (girl)
 ‘I want to be a gold maker because then I would have lots of money’. (boy)
 ‘I want to be a chef so that I can learn to cook’. (boy)  Both boys and girls wanted to be scientists, vets and doctors. Many girls wanted to be teachers whilst numerous boys were keen to be firefighters or be in the police. But we must not forget our superheroes(1 boy and 1 girl), gamers, power rangers and dads! How aspirational!
In Yr 5
Girls Boys
Singer x2 Footballer x3
Hairdresser x2 Formula 1 racing driver
Actress Magician
Zoologist Palaeontologist
Gymnast Video game designer x2
Beautician Chef
Vet x2 Wolf keeper
Teacher YouTuber
Baker Scientist
  Air steward

In Yr 6
Boys Girls
Professional footballer x 7
Professional rugby player x 1
Professional cricketer x 1
Graphic designer
Work for the FBI
Fashion Designer
Vet x 3
Air Hostess

In Year 2  we have been thinking about what we would like to be when we grow up. Our ideas range from triathlete to tow truck driver, soldier to station master and fisherman to farmer! We have also considered the skills and knowledge we will need to build in order to achieve our goals.

In Year R the children aspire to be leaf blowers, firefighters, policewomen, doctors, roof fixers, a daddy, a mummy and superheroes- awesome!

In Year 3 it looks as if we have aspiring teachers, footballers, artists, woodcutters, vets, boxers and one person will have an ice cream van.
Our sporting calendar has kicked off this week with the first football match of the season. For details please see below for a match report by Thomas.

Despite being the smallest school in our sport's partnership, we aim to take part in as many sporting events as possible. 

As part of this participation staff, children and parents must adhere to the Sporting Code of Conduct.  Please click the link below to read this document.

Sporting Code of Conduct
Here's a photo of the year 6 football team wearing our brand new kit!!  This was kindly bought by FFMPS (along with sports tops for events, athletics vests and tracksuits tops). Thank you very much FFMPS.
Match Report
Mytchett Primary V St Augustine’s
Well we didn’t win, but we looked smart in our new kits! It was an unfortunate loss, but we kept persevering and had a few chances at goal. Harry hit the crossbar that we thought had crossed the line but  it didn’t (according to Mr Ormston, who was referee). Ollie and I saved lots of goals but sadly not all of them. Hayden got man of the match with some outstanding defending.
We played our best but being our first match of the season we just need a little more practise together as a team. Watch this space for news of our future wins - hopefully!
By Thomas, Year 6
Pond Clearing Reminder
On Saturday 29th 9am-12pm we are continuing our pond clearing efforts. Please come along and give Mrs Milne a hand if you can spare even a little time. Thank you


Please could parents not put breaktime snacks in lunchboxes but instead put them in book bags/rucksacks.  Lots of children are making a mess of lunchboxes and trolleys at breaktime as they get a snack.  Also they are not monitored so are not always getting a healthy snack out of their lunchbox!!

There is also squash and juice in a lot of drinking bottles.
Please remember that drinking bottles should only contain water.
We are fast approaching our first Parents Evenings of the year which are on 16th October 14:00 to 17:00 and 18th October 17:00 to 20:00

Please note these are only for years 1 to 6 and Nursery and Reception have only recently had home visits.

Booking will open Monday morning. To book a slot you need to go to the booking page on our website (under Parents / Parents Evening or click the link that will be placed under Latest News).

Once booking opens a list of sign up sheets will appear on this page. Please click on the sheet for the year group you require and click on a free slot to book it. You will be asked to enter your name and email address. If you don't have an email address or don't wish to enter one you can enter to allow the booking to still take place but you will only receive an email confirmation if you enter a valid email. The website will confirm you have successfully booked your slot and you can then leave the site or book for other years if required.

As I'm sure you can appreciate Parents Evening takes a lot of preparation so we will be closing the online booking on Thursday 11th October. After this time you will need to contact the office if you wish to book a slot.

We will send home slips with your children with a reminder of your times on Friday 12th October. Just in case you forget!

Thank you

Assessment workshop

Thank you to those of you who attended the Assessment workshop this week.  This workshop will rerun on Tuesday 6th November 2018 at 6:00pm.   Whilst this is primarily for parents of children in Year 1 (as their children are just entering this system) we would welcome anyone who was unable to attend last September or would like a refresher.  Please note, this is a repeat of the workshop ran last September and earlier this week.  If you would like to attend, please book a place via the school office.

FFMPS Quiz Night

Friday 5th October 19.00-21.00

See posters around school. Why not get a team together and test your knowledge ?

Upcoming Dates to Note

29th September - Pond clearance 9:00 am-12:00 pm
1st October - Windsor Castle year 2
2nd October - SENCO Come & Ask session in Treetops with Mrs Andrews 8:30 am-9:45 am
2nd October - FFMPS AGM and planning meeting 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
3rd October - SMILE morning - Session A Ducklings 8:55 am-9:20 am
3rd October - New Reception Parent Tour 1:30 pm-2:30 pm
3rd October - Gordon Brown Centre Residential - Parent Meeting 5:30 pm-6:00 pm
4th October - Year 5 Parents - Runways End Meeting 6:00 pm-6:30 pm
5th October - SMILE morning Robins 8:40 am-9:00 am
3rd October - SMILE morning - Session B Ducklings 8:55 am-9:20 am
5th October - SMILE afternoon - Years 1 - 6 3:10 pm-3:30 pm
5th October - FFMPS Quiz Night 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
10th October - Initial Calshot parent meeting 6:00 pm-7:00 pm
12th October - Harvest Festival 9:00 am-10:00 am
16th October - Parents evening (KS1 & KS2) 2:00 pm-5:00 pm
18th October - Parents evening (KS1 & KS2) 5:00 pm-8:00 pm
19th October - Year 2 Class Assembly 2:50 pm-3:10 pm
19th October - FFMPS Spooky Disco 5:30 pm-7:00 pm
21st-25th October - Half term

For a full list of dates this year please go to our website
Here is the address for the Change4Life website.  Check it out!  At the moment they have some great ideas that are cheap, easy and healthy for your child's lunchbox,plus other great tips and ideas for eating healthily and staying fit!
Thank you!

Craze of the Fortnight

Next week we will be relaunching Craze of the Fortnight.  On a fortnightly rota, children are able to bring in a different toy/game into school from home to use on a Friday at lunchtime play.


Previously children have thoroughly enjoyed this and it gives them new play opportunities.  We would love your child to join in if they wish but would ask you to help by reinforcing a few simple ‘rules’;

  •  Nothing of great value to be brought in
  •  Children are to be responsible for their own toy (staff will provide a box to store them in the classroom,)
  • To be used at lunchtimes only


The schedule for the Craze of the Fortnight is below


Our first SMILE afternoon of the year is next Friday 5th October.

This is an opportunity for you to come into your child's classroom after school and have a look at their books with them.  If you see a piece of work you are particularly impressed with why not put a smile in their book for them?

This SMILE you will also have the chance to look at your child's Christmas card design and make an order. Please make sure you bring payment if ordering. See previous Parentmail for details.

Please note Ducklings Session B and Robins SMILE takes place the morning of Friday 5th and Ducklings Session A takes place the morning of Wednesday 3rd October.

Head to this website for top tips and home learning help.  There are some useful ideas on how to support with reading, resources, advice and tips to support you support your child.  You will also find the link under the parent section on the school website.
Please support our Harvest Appeal for Farnborough Food Bank.
Your donations help to provide three days of emergency food and support to local people in crisis.

Our Harvest Festival is on Friday 12th October 9:00-10:00 please send your child in with an item for the Farnborough Food Bank.

They are particularly in need of:

Milk (UHT or powdered)
Sugar (500g)
Fruit juice (carton)
Pasta sauces
Sponge pudding (tinned)
Tomatoes (tinned)
Rice pudding (tinned)
Tea bags / instant coffee
Instant mash potato
Rice / pasta
Tinned meat / fish
Tinned vegetables
Tinned fruit
Biscuits or snack bars
Circumstances when a Penalty Notice may be issued
The Education (Pupil Registration)(England)(Amendment)  Regulations 2013, state that Head teachers may  not grant any leave of absence during term time unless there are exceptional circumstances. The Head teacher is required to determine the number of school days a child can be away from school if leave is granted.
Where a child is taken out of school for 10 sessions or more and the ‘leave of absence’ is without the authority of the head teacher, each parent is liable to receive a penalty notice for each child who is absent. In these circumstances, a warning will not be given where it can be shown that parents had previously been warned that such absences would not be authorised and that they will be liable to receive a Penalty Notice if the leave of absence is taken.
The Education Welfare Service, acting on behalf of Surrey County Council may issue a Penalty Notice as an alternative to the prosecution of a parent/carer for their child’s unauthorised absence from school and requires the recipient to pay a fixed amount.
The amount payable on issue of a Penalty Notice is £60 if paid within 21 days of receipt of the notice, rising to £120 if paid after 21 days but within 28 days.
If the Penalty Notice is not paid within 28 days, the Local Authority must prosecute the parent/carer for failing to ensure regular school attendance under Section 444 Education Act 1996
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