121 Football Club

1-2-1 Football will be running a Football Club on Wednesdays (3pm — 4pm). Term time only.

£5 per week (11 weeks) £55.00 - Wednesdays (PAID IN ADVANCE)

  • September 19th , 26th
  • October 3rd, 10th 17th 31 st
  • November 7th, 14th, 21 st, 28th
  • December 5th

This exciting club will encourage team work and build football skills through working on individual skills and group or team experiences.

This club will be led by Football coaches from 1-2-1 Football who are a locally based Football coaching company. We look forward to seeing the progress the children make in team work and football through their participation. For further details, you can contact 1-1 Football on coaching1-2-1football@outlook.com

Printable Booking Form

Musical Theatre Club

The Vincent Martin School of Dance and Musical Theatre will be running a Musical Theatre Club on Tuesdays (3.15 — 4.15 dance studio). Term time only.

$5 per week (12 weeks) €60.00 - Tuesdays (PAID IN ADVANCE)

  • September 18th , 25th
  • October 2nd, 9th, 16th , 30th
  • November 6th , 13th, 20th , 27th
  • December 4th , 11th

£5 discount for last term students due to teacher absence.

This exciting club will explore both dancing and singing through fun learning and enthusiastic performance. Students will not only learn a range of dance routines and styles, they will also learn upbeat vocals to make a fantastic musical theatre performance.

This club will be led by our very own dance teacher; Mr Martin. We look forward to seeing the performances the students produce whilst working with him.

Download the booking form here

Welcome Back Letter (Primary)

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to a new year at The Gatwick School. As the children get back into the routine, we thought it would be useful to remind you of some of the key items your child is expected to bring to school. These items will usually stay in school, except for the water bottle which needs to be cleaned and refilled:

  • PE kit
  • Coat (weather appropriate eg hoods during wet weather)
  • Water bottle
  • Snack for Key Stage 2 only (one piece of fruit or vegetable)

We request that all belongings are clearly named. It would be helpful if your child recognises their items even if they are brand new, so it is a good idea to show them to your child. This will give them the responsibility to look after the items at school.

If your child is over the age of 5 and they would like to have milk at break time, please login and register at https://www.coolmilk.com/parents/ for this service.

The Gatwick School offer OASIS clubs to children for one hour after school to extend their learning. These are run by school staff with a range of activities each day. Please use online form at https://www.thegatwickschool.org.uk/oasis-clubs/  to confirm your child’s attendance at OASIS clubs. As part of the extended school day please provide a small, healthy snack for children to eat before the club such as a piece of fruit/vegetable.

Following the success of the new dojo chart last year, we are going to continue with this behaviour system, and you will be made aware of warnings or lost dojos during the day. You will also be notified of positive points and the top 5 Dojo earners per class will be invited on the end of year reward trip. Please make sure you are signed up to Dojo to receive these updates, or contact your class teachers to connect you. Please ensure that the messaging system on Dojo is used appropriately, and to use your class teacher as the main point of contact, as teaching assistants don’t have individual accounts.

We look forward to sharing our exciting learning environment with you and your child. We will be holding the annual McMillan Big Coffee Morning on Friday 28th September 2018 from 845-930 for Early Years and Key Stage One, and from 230-315 for Key Stage Two.

This year we would like to share the dates for Paragon events in advance. Please note that all parents and guardians will be invited into the classrooms to take part in something with your child at this time.

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Homework will be shared at the beginning of each half term. The children will have a range of English, Maths and Paragon tasks to complete over the term. They can submit it as they do it, or return it when they have completed it all. Homework is project/task based so that they can extend it as far as they would like. Children will also have spellings to learn each week, and receive dojo points when they submit homework, and get 10/10 on their spellings.

Thank you for your continued support, I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Yours Sincerely,

Nirali Nagji, Deputy Head

Breakfast and Wraparound Clubs

The School has undertaken a review of the current systems and charges in place for Breakfast Club and Wrap Around. Whilst we have managed to keep the club prices the same for the last 3 years, an increase in all costs has meant that we have had to undertake a review. This review not only looked at costs but also the systems currently in place

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Primary Sports Day: Tuesday 17th July 2018.

AMENDED DATE DUE TO FACILITY ISSUES AT K2

We are excited to inform you that Primary Sports Day will be held this year at K2 on Tuesday 17th July.

Reception and Year 1 must arrive by 9.00am and be picked up at 12.00pm.

Year 2 and Year 3 must arrive by 1pm and picked up at 3.45pm.

Please ensure your child wears their PE Kit and brings sun cream and water. There will be some refreshments available to buy on the day, sold by the FOGS team.

You are welcome to stay and support your child but please do not take photographs. We will have staff to do this. There will also be a parent’s race to round off the day so bring your trainers too!

We look forward to seeing all the children showcase their athletic talent and of course have a really fun day.

Thank you for your support.

Yours sincerely

Lucy O’Neill, Olivia Newman and Robert Grant

(PE teachers)

The lion, the witch and the wardrobe

Dear Parents,

Following the fantastic performance of the Wizard of Oz and the Panto Peter Pan in December, we have secured M&M theatrical productions for our summer play to take place in school. It will be on Wednesday 20th June for all children in Primary for just £8 per child.

The children have really enjoyed these performances in the past, and we are keen to continue providing these opportunities for children in school. Please support this event through payment on ParentPay by Monday 18th June.

Please note that payment for this event should be paid by ParentPay ONLY. The Gatwick School is unable to accept cash or cheques.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours Sincerely,

Nirali Nagji (Deputy Head)

Year 2 Young Enterprise Week

Year 2 are taking part in the first Gatwick School (Primary) Young Enterprise week commencing on Monday 11 th June 2018. The aim of the week is for the children to learn about money and gain a deeper understanding of personal finance.

To achieve this it is planned for the children to start with an amount of money at the beginning of the week and achieve a profit through a business venture, (cake sale), by the end of the week. It is hoped a business leader will open the week with a discussion with the children about the importance of finances.

To support this enterprise I would like to ask that between now and the start date children save as many Ip, 2p, 5p and 10p coins as they can to use as our start up fund.

It is planned that the profit will be used to buy something for each class that the children can enjoy and that decision will be achieved democratically as a result of a class vote.

In closing, may I ask that any money raised not be brought into school until the 11 th June 2018.

Thank you for your support.

Yours Sincerely,

Richard Keightley

Reception Term 5 Newsletter

Thank you so much for all your hard work this term, the children were fantastic at singing about the Circus and presenting to you at Paragon last term.

Unit 5 asks the essential question, "What is Art?" where we will explore a range of artists and different types of art forms. In English we will be concentrating on writing short sentences, looking at invitations and cards used for celebration. Maths will work on consolidating number and sequences, considering capacity and weight as well as practicing our number bonds.

Our next paragon event will invite parents into our classrooms to share our learning on Thursday 24th May at 8.45am.

Reading

We love our celebration assemblies, the children take pride in their achievements and are Reading always very excited to see who has got star of the week, or reading certificates in class. Please ensure you date your child's reading record every time they read at home with you, or another adult, so that we can award their hard work.

Sun

Hopefully this term we will begin to see the sun! Please make sure your child comes into school with a named water bottle and hat for break times, and should you wish for them to have sun cream on it must be applied before school. We are unable to apply sun cream for children for child protection reasons.

Tapestry

Please log in to your tapestry account to see what you child has been doing at school and share photos, videos or notes on learning your child has done at home. If you need support in accessing your account, don't hesitate to contact your class teacher.

Year One Term 5 Newsletter

Thank you so much for all your hard work this term, the children were fantastic at singing in their last Paragon event.

Unit 5 asks the essential question, "How did people live off the land?" where we will explore Australia and learn about aboriginal art and music as well as about the climate and animals found there. In English we will be concentrating on spelling and reading comprehension. Maths will work on consolidating number and sequences, considering capacity, weight and money as well as practicing our number bonds.

Our next paragon event will invite parents into our classrooms to share our learning on Thursday 24th May at 2.30pm.

Reading

We love our celebration assemblies, the children take pride in their achievements and are ReadÄng always very excited to see who has got star of the week, or reading certificates in class. Please ensure you date your child's reading record every time they read at home with you, or another adult, so that we can award their hard work.

Sun

Hopefully this term we will begin to see the sun! Please make sure your child comes into school with a named water bottle and hat for break times, and should you wish for them to have sun cream on it must be applied before school. We are unable to apply sun cream for children for child protection reasons.

Yours Sincerely,

Nirali Nagji

(Deputy Head)

Year Two Term 5 Newsletter

Thank you for your support last term, the children really enjoyed performing at Paragon from their music lessons.

Unit 5 bodes the question 'How do dreamers shape communities?' where we explore the similarities and differences between the Victorian age and present day. We will learn about Queen Victoria and how schools, toys, food and homes were different to what we know now. In English we will be working hard on grammar, punctuation and spelling as well as focusing on extending our writing ready for SATs at the end of term. In our Maths unit we will be revising as well, practicing our mental methods and making sure we understand real life problems.

Our next paragon event will invite parents into our classrooms to share our learning on Thursday 24th May at 9.30am.

Reading

We love our celebration assemblies, the children take pride in their achievements and are          Reading always very excited to see who has got star of the week, or reading certificates in class. Please ensure you date your child's reading record every time they read at home with you, or another adult, so that we can award their hard work.

Sun

Hopefully this term we will begin to see the sun! Please make sure your child comes into school with a named water bottle and hat for break times, and should you wish for them to have sun cream on it must be applied before school. We are unable to apply sun cream for children for child protection reasons.

Yours Sincerely,

Nirali Nagji

(Deputy Head)

Special Educational Need at The Gatwick School

I write to inform you that Miss Kelly our SENCo (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) will be leaving us this Easter. Miss Kelly has been with The Gatwick School from our very first day and has taught in the Secondary Phase across a variety of subjects. While at The Gatwick School Miss Kelly qualified to be SENCo and has developed SEND provision in the school over the last 2 years. Miss Kelly is taking a break from teaching for the time being and everyone at The Gatwick School wishes her all the best for the future, including her impending marriage in the summer. 

We have recruited a new SENCo, Ms Dale, who joins the Leadership Team. Ms Dale will commence working at The Gatwick School on Monday 11th June 2018, after she has finished with her current school exam commitments.  Mr Hall Deputy Head, who is also SENCo qualified, will cover the SENCo duties for the interim period until she starts. Ms Dale is a qualified SENCo and English teacher with a degree in English Literature. She studied at Glasgow and Kingston Universities and has 11 years teaching experience in several inner London schools as an Assistant Headteacher and 3 years working in Brighton. Ms Dale is familiar with strategies to support students with a wide range of needs. 

With this key change in SEND personnel at our school, we would like to make the current SEND provision transition as seamless as possible. Ms Dale will be holding a number of 'coffee morning drop in's' in the run up to her start date at The Gatwick School. This is in order to meet informally with parents of SEND children who currently have provision in the school and to discuss their children's individual needs. This will provide Ms Dale with good background to many of our children when she starts officially. We will shortly notify parents of children with SEND provision with the dates and times available both before and after Easter for the 'coffee morning drop in's'.

Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have a queries.

Yours sincerely

Mark Roessler (Head of School)

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Parent Governor Election

Dear Parent/Carer

I wrote to you in February to invite nominations for the vacancy of primary parent LAB member position. I am delighted to say that there has been a great response and we have four candidates. This means we must now hold a ballot and we ask you to vote for one candidate that you would like to serve The Gatwick School.

Please read each of the personal statements on the attached sheet, tick or cross your choice in your chosen candidates’ box, then hand it to Primary Phase or Secondary Phase reception by 9am on Monday 26th March and we will ask the highest-ranking candidate to serve.

Please note that you must use this ballot paper and that copies will not be valid. Thank you for your support. Please remember to mark just one box.

Yours sincerely

Mark Roessler (Head of School)

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Sport Relief Week - 19th - 23rd March

Dear Parents/Carers,

The week beginning 19th March, The Gatwick School will be participating in Sports Relief Week.

Each class will be using their PE lessons to complete a sponsored mile. We would like you all to try and get as many sponsors as you can to run/walk/skip or dance your mile! We have attached a sponsorship form for your use.

On the 22nd March, we would like as many pupils as possible to dress up as a sporting personality. On this day there will be teacher vs pupil netball and the PE staff will be completing a non-stop 8 hour fitness circuit which all pupils will have a chance to take part in.

If your child does a sport outside of school and would like to take part in an extra sport relief challenge, please let us know.

Thank you in advance for your help and support for such a worthwhile cause.

Yours Sincerely,

Miss O’Neill and Miss Newman

PE Teachers

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Year 3 Paragon Topic

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your support at our last Paragon event. The children really enjoyed sharing the information they had learnt about French foods and most of them tried lots of different things, and enjoyed eating the more familiar pain au chocolats!

This term asks the question ‘How do people live on an island?’ where the children will learn about how people live in Japan. They will study Shogun Japan and look at Japanese Art forms, from music to painting to dance.

For those children attending the residential to Kingswood in May, please don’t forget the information evening on Monday 19th March at 5pm in A Block hall.

Our next paragon event is on Tuesday 27th March at 2.15pm in A Block hall, the children will work with Year 2 to share their learning from this half term.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours Sincerely,

Nirali Nagji
(Deputy Head)

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Year 2 Paragon Topic

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your support at our last Paragon event. The children really enjoyed working with you on different types of Art and were impressed to see all your talents!

This term asks the question ‘how do people create communities?’ where the children will learn about how people lived off the land specifically focusing on Iroquois Indians and Pilgrims. They will learn about how they lived and survived in Native America.

Over the coming weeks the children will be preparing for the SATs exams that will take place in May for Year two. We would like to teach you more about how to support this preparation and share what SATs looks like on Thursday 8th March at 5pm in A Block hall.

Our next paragon event is on Tuesday 27th March at 2.15pm in A Block hall, the children will work with Year 3 to share their learning from this half term.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours Sincerely,

Nirali Nagji
(Deputy Head)

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Year 1 Paragon Topic

Dear Parents,

Thank you for all the hard work at home last term on your clothing from around the world task. We were really impressed with the outcomes from all the children and they spoke in front of their peers and other parents really well!

This term asks the question ‘What is Art?’ where the children will learn about different forms of Art and discover South East Asia with a focus on Bali.

Over the coming weeks the children will spend lots of time practicing on their phonics sounds. We are all preparing for the phonics screening that will take place in June for Year one. We would like to teach you more about how to support phonics and what the test looks like on Tuesday 13th March at 5pm in A Block hall.

Our next paragon event is on Wednesday 28th March at 2.15pm in A Block hall, the children will work with Reception to share their learning from this half term.

Thank you for your continued support.

Yours Sincerely,

Nirali Nagji
(Deputy Head)

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