Newsletter Spring 5 – Thursday 1st February 2018

Dear Parents,

What a lovely week it has been with two class trips and a special Candlemas assembly delivered by Reverend Henderson.

On Wednesday our Reception children enjoyed a trip to the Oxford Bus Museum and discovered how transport has changed over the years. Thank you to Mrs Helm and Mrs Burn who accompanied the class on this trip; the children had a great time.

Yesterday Year 2 enjoyed a trip to Aylesbury Theatre to watch ‘George’s Marvellous Medicine’. The children were so excited to tell me all about it when they returned to school and have been using this experience to develop their writing in class. Thank you to FOKS who enabled this trip to take place free of charge!

Year 1 Basketball Competition

A big well done to the Year 1 team who represented us at the Basketball competition on Tuesday. The children enjoyed competing against other local schools and putting their basketball skills to the test. They demonstrated great enthusiasm on the day and were very proud to receive their certificates today.


Thank you to all the families who kindly donated money towards the bingo session. The children had an exciting lunch time and we managed to play several games.

Drop in session after school

School will be open after 3.15 p.m. on Wednesday 7th February for you to accompany your child into class to look at books and displays. The children always take great pride in showing you their work and it is lovely to recognise their achievements so far this term. We would please ask you to wait until we have dismissed all children before entering the classrooms.

Walk to school

Well done to all the children who made an extra effort to walk to school in January. Badges were awarded in our celebration assembly today with many pledging to continue to walk so they can collect their badge for February!

English information evening for parents

Next Wednesday evening, 7th February, we will be holding an information session for parents on English. Following the same format as the Maths evening, teachers in each year group will be discussing the curriculum requirements and how you can help your child at home. The session will begin at 7 p.m. Any hand-outs from the evening will be made available on the class pages on the school website if you are unable to attend.

Message from FOKS

Next Friday 9th February, the last day before half term, we will be holding a Mufti Day. Children can wear their own clothes to school and in exchange we ask families to kindly donate a teddy bear/other stuffed animal. All teddies need to be in a good condition as they will be used for the Teddy Tombola at the Easter Fayre on 28th March. Please send the teddies in on 9th February; they will be collected at drop-off. We will be having the next Easter Fayre planning meeting at 1.45 p.m. on the Thursday after half-term (22nd February) at The Swan. Please come along and share your ideas!

Have a lovely weekend.

Mrs M Cozadinos


Monday 8th January Clubs start:

Mon –Maths, Tue – Sports, Wed – Karate, Thurs – Art, Friday – Sports.

Thursday 11th January 8pm Friends Of Kimble School (FOKS) meeting at The Swan All parents welcome
Tuesday 16th January 1.30pm – Year 2 Tag Rugby at Dinton school Selected Year 2 children
Wednesday 17th January Reception Wednesday Worship at 9am Reception parents welcome to attend
Thursday 18th January Public meeting to look at expansion plans 6-8pm at school All parents welcome
Wednesday 24th January Special Academy celebration assembly with Rozalyn Thomson (Director of the Great Learners Trust) Whole school
Tuesday 30th January Basketball competition for Year 1 at Princes Risborough Secondary School. Selected Year 1 children
Monday 5th February Last week of clubs
Wednesday 7th February Drop in session for parents after school to see books All parents welcome
7pm Reading and Writing information evening for parents
Monday 12th February                                  HALF TERM
Wednesday 21st February Year 2 class trip to Christchurch Cathedral


Year 2
Friday 9th March FOKS Mother’s Day gifts All children
Monday 12th March Science Week Whole school
Wednesday 14th March Visit from Green Dragon Eco Farm Whole school
Thursday 15th March Year 1 and 2 Cross country competition at Speen School Selected Year 1 and Year 2 children
Wednesday 21st March Reception Multi Skills competition at Haddenham Infants Selected Reception children
Parents’ Evening All parents
Thursday 29th March Last day of spring term – break up at 1.15pm Whole school


Please note there may be additional dates added over the term and these will go out in the weekly newsletter.


Have a lovely weekend!

Best Wishes

Mrs M Cozadinos



Pupil Premium

The Government gives money to schools to help children from lower income families do their very best. This funding is called ‘Pupil Premium’. For every child registered for Free School Meals at Great Kimble the school receives £1300 (Primary schools). Even though all pupils are now eligible for universal free school meals, it is important that you complete the registration for free school meals in order to receive the funding.

With this money we could support your child’s extra-curricular activities, give additional 1:1 support in the classroom in areas where they feel less secure and also ensure that they have the opportunity to try new experiences that you may not be able to offer as a family.

You can register your child for Free School Meals if you get any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit except if you meet ANY of the following criteria:
    • entitled to working tax credit (regardless of income)
    • have an annual income not in excess of £16,190 (Please note that this figure is for April 2013 and that it changes in April each year).
    • Working Tax Credit ‘run-on’ – the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit.

Even if you don’t want your child to have the school meals the form needs to be completed – as long as you qualify and are registered, the school still gets an additional £1300 towards your child’s education. If you think your child may be entitled, please will you speak with Mrs Jeffs. This information is kept totally confidential.

Sick children 

If your child has been physically sick (for something other than an allergic reaction to something eaten etc) please remember that they can only return to school 48 hours after their last bout of sickness. Please help us to keep the spread of sickness bugs to a minimum by observing this rule.