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July 2018 Newsletter


As the school year draws to a close we’re saying thank you and farewell to two members of staff.


Miss Jones has worked in ‘Pluto’ class for much of this year and we wish her well as she moves on.


Mrs Sutton, on the other hand, has been part of the Nursteed team for many years, teaching the younger classes every week throughout this time. So thank you to her for all that she’s brought to the school for more than a decade! We wish her well in her new role as a nursery teacher in a neighbouring school. We’re sure she’ll enjoy the new challenge!


Finally, we wish the children in ‘Saturn’ class farewell and ‘good luck’ as they leave us and rise to the many challenges and opportunities that secondary school will bring them.


Sports Round Up

Nursteed sports teams have had a really successful year!


We try to take part in all local competitions and tournaments because we know how good it is for children to be part of a team, whether they win or lose. But it’s nice to do well, of course…


All of these teams won through area and local rounds to end up in the County finals: boys’ football, girl’s football, hockey, netball, tag rugby, ‘Quad Kids’, swimming, tri-golf and orienteering. Special congratulations to our orienteering team who were bronze medallists and, most spectacularly, to our netball team who are the county champions for 2018!


Thank you to all the parents and school adults who have transported and supervised children at these events. Thanks too (of course) to teachers who have coached teams throughout the year, and to Mr. Butterfield who has coordinated all of this activity.


Sports Day

If you were able to be there, thank you for joining us on sports day. On our second attempt we found a sunny afternoon for the usual enjoyable mix of fun and competition. Blue team were very glad to be this year’s victors (though it was a close-run thing)!


Open Evening

It was good to see lots of parents and children in school for our recent Open Evening. Thank you if you were able to join us: we hope you enjoyed the opportunity to round up the year that’s ending and say hello to your child’s new teacher.


Term Dates

Term dates are always available via the school website (click on the ‘News’ tab). We’ll gladly provide a printed copy if you’d like one - just ask in the school office. Please note term dates as you plan next year’s holiday – we will not authorise absence in term time unless the circumstances are exceptional.


Closure Days

Three closure days for professional development are known:

  • Monday November 5th
  • Friday May 24th
  • Friday June 28th.

The school is closed to children on these days. Two more such days remain to be declared. We’ll give you plenty of notice once they’re confirmed.


Coffee Mornings

It’s been good to see our coffee mornings with Sam Dunbar (our parent support adviser) become an established part of our calendar. These will continue next term so look out for future dates.


‘Mischief Makers’

The Summer Reading Challenge is back. Get down to Devizes Library and encourage your child to keep reading regularly throughout the summer break. You’ve already had details, but whether you can still find them or not just visit the library and get all the usual free stuff that goes with joining in this excellent activity. It’s well worth doing and it won’t cost you a thing!



We understand that replacing school uniform and shoes near the end of the school year is not something parents would choose to do and this sometimes means that things get a bit ‘non-standard’ as the summer term draws to a close. However, the start of the new school year is a different matter. In September we look forward to seeing everyone in smart uniform and school shoes please.


School Clubs

Clubs start afresh in September. Look out for a special newsletter early in the term and return it without delay so we can get on with sorting out who’s doing what.


First Day of Term

The first day of term for almost everyone is Monday September 3rd. Younger Reception children (whose birthday is between April 1st and August 31st) start on Thursday September 6th.


Meet the Teacher

Each September there’s a chance for parents to meet their child’s new teacher, hear a bit about what’s planned for the year and learn how they can best support learning at home. See the calendar below so you can pencil in the date for your child’s class now. Except for Y6 these meetings take place at 2:45 in your child’s classroom.



This information is also on the Calendar.


25th 2:30 Y6 Leavers’ assembly
  Last day of Term 6
3rd First day of the new school year for nearly everyone
4th 2:45 ‘Meet the Teacher’: ‘Mercury’ class (Y3) with Miss Walsh

First day of the new school year for younger Reception children

2:45 ‘Meet the Teacher’: ‘Jupiter’ class (Y5) with Mr. Butterfield

7th 2:45 ‘Meet the Teacher’: ‘Venus’ class (Y4) with Miss Kennedy
10th 2:45 ‘Meet the Teacher’: ‘Neptune’ class (Y2) with Miss Colling
11th 2:45 ‘Meet the Teacher’: ‘Mars’ class (Y1) with Miss Cope

2:45 ‘Meet the Teacher’: ‘Pluto’ class (YR) with Miss Cleverley

5:45: ‘Meet the Teacher’ plus ‘Beacon’ residential visit information: ‘Saturn’ class (Y6) with Mrs. Stanley and Mrs. Dunstone

28th MacMillan Coffee Morning
10th Open Morning for parents/carers of YR entrants for 2019
24th Last day of Term 1
6th First day of Term 2 for children
7th 3:30 Parents’ Evening
8th 6:00 Parents’ Evening