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Latest Newsletter November 2019

Countdown to Christmas

We hope you had a lovely half term break. The children have all come back to school ready for an exciting half term! We have lots of events planned this half term starting with our Remembrance Assembly on Monday, shortly followed by our Children In Need activities, and of course we have our Christmas productions in December. We are looking forward to see you all in school over the coming weeks. If you need to speak to me at any time you can call the school office on 01889 228 700 or email

Building Work

I am thrilled to inform you that our ongoing building work has now been completed. We are looking into the next phase of our renovations with internal decoration began during the October half term.


We have a growing number of children in school with allergies. Please be considerate when packing your child’s lunch and snacks. In particular try to avoid nuts and sesame. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Thank You

A massive thank you to everyone who donated food for our Harvest festival. We had a lovely assembly, were the children sang some Harvest songs and discussed Harvest. Then the food was collected and taken to a local food bank..

After School Clubs

This half term we have several clubs running, dates are listed below:
Monday AM—Exercise and Fitness Club for Key Stage 1. Beginning 11th November —16th December, 8:15am—8:45am.
Monday PM—Table Tennis Club for Key Stage 2. Beginning 4th November—16th December, 3:30pm—4:30pm.
Monday PM—Mini Minds Club for Key Stage 1 & 2. Beginning 11th November—9th December, 3:30pm—4:30pm.
Tuesday PM—Dodgeball Club for Key Stage 1. Beginning 5th November—17th December, 3:30pm—4:30pm.
Tuesday PM—Conquerors Club for whole school. Beginning 8th October—17th December, 3:30pm—4:30pm.
Wednesday PM—Archery Club for Key Stage 2. Beginning 6th November—18th December, 3:30pm—4:30pm.
Thursday PM—Choir Club for Key Stage 2. Beginning 14th November—19th December, 3:30pm—4:30pm.
Thursday PM—Netball Club for Key Stage 2. Beginning 7th November—12th December, 3:30pm—4:30pm.
Thursday PM—Book and Craft Club for Key Stage 1. Beginning 7th November—12th December, 3:30pm—4:30pm.
Friday AM— Activity Club for Early Years. Beginning 8th November—13th December, 8:15am—8:45am.
Friday PM—Spotlight Dance for whole school. Beginning 8th November—13th December, 3:30pm—4:30pm.
Friday PM—Commando Joe Club for Key Stage 1. Beginning 4th October and running every other week until 20th December, 3:30pm—4:30pm.


Mrs Tapp is ensuring that all children are smartly dressed and ready to learn. Please ensure that your child's uniform adheres to the schools uniform code:
Black or grey trousers/skirt/shorts/pinafore
A red sweatshirt, jumper or cardigan
A white or red polo shirt or white buttoned shirt 
A red and white check summer dress 
Black shoes (no trainers)
Please ensure your child’s uniform is clearly labelled.

Lost Uniform

We have already had a number of lost items of uniform. Please can you check your child hasn’t picked up another child’s jumper or cardigan. Could Year 4 parents also have a look for a jumper with the initials JA as we have had 2 go missing this half term. Thank you.

Parent View

Please support us in sharing your views by going on to Ofsted's Parent View and click ‘Give your views’. Please rate us in the 12 questions so that Governors can continue to celebrate what we do well and continue to make improvements.


We continue to get high numbers of local resident complaints. Please avoid using the lane during the start and end of the day.
We are very fortunate to be able to use the Uttoxeter Leisure Centre car park for free at the beginning and end of the day. The agreed times for use are 8:40am—9:00am and 3:20pm—3:35pm.
Please only park in official bays and adhere to the agreed times of use. If you need to use the Leisure Centre car park at any other time of the day you must obtain a ticket from one of the machines.
Thank you for your support.


To ensure the safeguarding of our children please ensure you collect your child from the correct playground.
EYFS—EYFS playground
Year 1 and Year 3—top playground
Year 2 and Year 4— bottom playground
Please make yourself visible at pick up time and be mindful of hoods and umbrellas that may be obscuring your face.
If there is someone different collecting your child or they are going home with a friend, please inform the school office or the class teacher.

Wellbeing Corner

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who donated to our World Mental Health Day. We raised £286.85 in total. All the children looked fabulous in their yellow clothes. To finish that week, 2 children from each class in Years 1 to 4 have been elected by their peers to be wellbeing champions. These children will be working with Miss Tinto to further improve wellbeing aspects across the school. In their first meeting they will choose how to spend the money raised from World Mental Heath Day.

Anti-Bullying Week

We will be focusing on Anti-bullying during the week beginning 11th November. Our theme for the week will be ‘Change starts with us’.

Support for Parents

If you are struggling with aspects such as financial issues, your own wellbeing, feeling isolated or physical health the school is able to refer you for tier 2 support with the Harvey girls. Please see Mrs Tapp or Miss Harris if you would like any help or guidance.


Picknalls have already had several sporting successes during the first half of the Autumn term. We took part in a Key Stage 2 Cross Country and placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in all races. This means we will qualify for the County Championship next summer.

Picknalls was also represented by two Year 4 teams at the indoor athletics on 8th October. Our teams came 1st and 3rd.

Year 4 boys won their Football Tournament at Smallwood Manor and the Year 4 girls came 1st and 3rd in their tournament at Snobnall on 24th October. Well done to everyone who took part.

November 2019

Monday 4th

Back to School

Monday 4th

Star Foundation Active Day

Monday 11th

Remembrance Assembly

Monday 11th

Anti-Bullying week: Change starts with us!

Wednesday 13th

Pudsey Ramble Day

Friday 15th

Children In Need Day—non uniform day come in your spottiest outfit!

Friday 29th

Non-uniform day—please bring donations for PTA Christmas Fair

December 2019

Sunday 1st

PTA Christmas Fayre 1pm—3pm

Tuesday 3rd

EYFS Christingle service—parents are invited to attend from 2:30pm

Wednesday 4th

Year 4 ukulele concert, parents are invited to attend from 2:45pm

Friday 6th

Christmas Tree festival day—non uniform Christmas jumper day

Tuesday 10th

2pm—KS2 Christmas performance to parents

6pm—KS2 Christmas performance to parents

Wednesday 11th

Christmas Dinner

Wednesday 11th

Class 8 Assembly—parents are invited to attend 2:45pm

Tuesday 17th

KS1 Carol Concert to parents—6:00pm at St. Mary’s Church

Wednesday 18th

10:00am—Early Year Christmas Performance to parents

2:00pm—Early Years Christmas Performance to parents

Thursday 19th

1:00pm KS1 Christmas Party

Friday 20th

EYFS Christmas Party

Friday 20th

Last day of term

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  We'll see you all back in school on Tuesday 7th January 2020 

Due to circumstances beyond our control dates are liable to change so please double check on our website.