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PTA Summer Fair 2016

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Summer Fair today - for your generous donations, help setting up, running stalls, making packed teas, help with clearing away and of course coming along and taking part in all the fun.

We would like to extend our grateful thanks to Satchells who provided the bouncy castle and also subsidised the cost of the climbing wall through our sponsorship deal. 

Most of all thank you to Nicola and the PTA committee who have worked tirelessly for weeks to prepare for today, what a lucky school we are to have such a committed and dedicated group!

It was a lovely afternoon and weren't we lucky with the weather?!

Photos are now in the gallery.

Have a restful weekend everyone!

Mrs Peddie 


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Osmington Bay photographs...

...are now uploaded. There are a LOT so you might want to grab a cuppa!


Children can print photos straight from the gallery for their journals if they would like to.


Sleep well children and we'll see you on Wednesday :o)

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Osmington Bay - Sunday

It has been a very busy day here at Os Bay, activities have included raft building, survivor, abseiling, indoor climbing and giant swing.
We have seen some amazing achievements from the children, such as those anxious about heights conquering their fears on the abseiling tower - wonderful to see!

After heavy rain through the night the clouds cleared during the morning and we have enjoyed another dry day with a lovely warm sunny afternoon and evening.

Our final evening activity tonight has been camp fire with some energetic and enthusiastic singing in a beautiful spot overlooking the sea. A perfect way to end our last full day here.

Before we say goodnight, we just wanted to say how incredibly proud we have been of the St Ippolyts children who have been an absolute credit to the school; they have been determined and committed to all the activities, impeccably behaved and polite and have shown fantastic team work skills, supporting each other and enjoying lots of laughter. What a fantastic bunch they are!

Tomorrow we will deliver 42 very tired children and 42 bags of laundry home to you! They are looking forward to seeing you all.

Just a couple of reminders:
- we will text throughout the day tomorrow to keep you updated about the coach's progress
- when you come to collect, please do not park in such a way that it will block access for the coach. The playground will be open for parking.
- no school on Tuesday
- journals to be handed in on Wednesday
- come and hear all about the weekend at the special School Journey assembly on Friday at 2.30pm

Signing off now from Os Bay, there's a few extra pics in the gallery to keep you going!

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Osmington Bay - Saturday Evening

After an active packed day, everyone is now tucked up in bed and funnily enough, much quieter than last night!

This afternoon we all went to do dragon boating at the Weymouth and Portland sailing academy which was hard work but great fun. We were so lucky as we even saw part of the sailing World Cup taking place!

After dinner this evening we have been doing 'Wacky Races', perfect for wearing everyone out thoroughly in time for bed.

We have had good weather all day and even needed the suncream, so fingers crossed for more of the same tomorrow.

We are doing our best to get photos in the gallery but the signal here is not great so it's proving rather challenging!

Goodnight all from Os Bay!

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Osmington Bay: Saturday morning

Good morning from Os Bay!  Everyone slept really well considering it was the first evening and had hearty appetites at breakfast this morning.
The morning activities are well underway with quad biking and orienteering and then this afternoon we are heading off to Weymouth harbour for dragon boating.  The weather is dull but dry and mild so it's perfect for activities.

We have started a folder in the photo gallery and will keep adding to it as we go.

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Osmington Bay - Friday

We have arrived! Everyone is fine and had a good journey.

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Living Eggs 2016

As part of our Science Week we are once again hosting the Living Eggs project in school. It has been a very exciting day today as our chicks began to hatch this morning just before 6am and continued throughout the day. Children were able to come and watch the chicks hatch and we had the 'Chick Cam' projected into all the classrooms so everyone could keep up with their progress. As we left school tonight we had 8 of our ten eggs hatched successfully and tomorrow they will be moved into the brooder box and have their first feed. 

There are photos on the website of the chicks today - keep checking back for the latest updates!

Next week when the chicks are a bit bigger and stronger, the children will be able to handle them. We will also invite parents in to see them and bring younger siblings - we will send a text when it's a good time to come.

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Science Days 2016

What a fabulous two days of discoveries, experiements and investigations! Everyone has learned so much while enjoying exciting hands on science.

There has been all manner of workshops and activities going on - from chromatography, acids and alkalines, mini beast hunting, magnetic fields, lava lamps,  habitats and adaptations and much much more! There were even VERY exciting and explosive activities using dry ice and rocket fuel (not together!)

Thank you to all the parents who volunteered to help with workshops, your extra pairs of hands are so helpful and we are very grateful for your time. Thank you to 'Boffin Pan' from Science Boffins who kicked off our two days with an exciting assembly and to Mr Foster and Mr Box who came in to run some fantastic workshops!

An especially big thank you to our Science Subject Leader, Mrs Hoar, for putting the programme together and organising all the visitors.

There are now pictures in the gallery of our scientists in action!

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African Arts Day Two

We have had another fabulous day of African Arts today - photographs are now in the gallery!

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African Arts - Day One

We have had a fantastic day in school today for the first of our Arts Days learning about the arts and culture of Africa. There has been a range of activities going on around school - African tribal dance, mask making, soap carving, safari painting, weaving, tile printing and more!

Today's photos are now in the gallery, look out tomorrow for more of what we've been up to!


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Carol Service 2015

Today we held our annual Christmas Carol service in Church. Thank you so much to all the parents and families who came along to take part, even if it was a VERY tight squeeze!

I am sure you will agree that all the children in school did amazingly well with their singing and readings, but a special mention must go to Class 2 who did a fantastic job of telling us the Christmas Story; it really was a very beautiful service.

We took some photographs while the children were rehearsing on Monday and these are now in the gallery for you to see.


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Christmas Fair in the Square 2015

Hitchin Partnership

Christmas Fair in the Square

This Saturday 12th December 2015

10am - 2pm

Hitchin Market Square

Raffle, Games and Crafts, Entertainment, Chocolate Tombola, Face Painting, refresments and a special visit from Father Christmas!

St Ippolyts School Choir performing at 11.10am

Prizes include: an Apple iPad, a Kindle and £100 towards a family day out!

Hope to see you there!


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Christmas shopping online this year?

Shop online

and raise money!

Have you heard about easyfundraising?

It’s the easiest way to help raise money for St Ippolyts School PTA without even leaving the house.  

If you already shop online with retailers such as Amazon, Argos, John Lewis, Comet, iTunes, eBay or HMV, then we need you to sign up for free to raise money while you shop! 

So how does it work?
You shop directly with the retailer as you would normally, but if you sign up to www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stippolytspta for free and use the links on the easyfundraising site to take you to the retailer, then a percentage of whatever you spend comes directly to us at no extra cost to yourself. And with Christmas looming this is an ideal time to start.


Encourage grandparents and family members to sign up and help!

Family members can also use the website link when they are shopping, so they can help to raise funds for your children from the comfort of their own homes. Remember that the PTA raises money for those extra resources and treats that enrich the education of children at the school.


How much can you raise?
Spend £100 with M&S online or Amazon and you raise £2.50 for us. £100 with WH Smith puts £2.00 in our pocket and so on.  There's over 2,000 retailers on their site, and some of the donations can be as much as 15% of your purchase.
Save money too!
easyfundraising is FREE to use plus you'll get access to hundreds of exclusive discounts and voucher codes, so not only will you be helping us, you’ll be saving money yourself.

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and start making a difference...simply by shopping.


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Stir Up Sunday 2015

Stir Up Sunday

In Collective Worship today we talked about ‘Stir Up Sunday’ and the tradition of making Christmas Puddings on the last Sunday before the start of Advent.
Lots of children were able to help out as we made our very own Christmas Pudding and then every child in school had a turn at stirring it.
It is now ‘resting’ and will be steamed by Mrs Harrington Smith so that all the children can have a taste if they would like to.


In previous years the recipe has proved very popular so we thought you might like to know the ingredients if any children would like to have a go at home. (It is vegetarian and nut-free.)


3 oz plain flour
3oz vegetable suet
4oz dark brown sugar;
½ tsp baking powder with ½ tsp mixed spice
4oz raisins
4oz sultanas
6oz currants
2oz mixed peel
2 medium eggs
Juice from a fresh lemon, orange and lime

Did you know these Christmas Pudding traditions?

Stir-up Sunday is the Sunday before Advent, the term comes from the opening words of the collect for the day in the Book of Common Prayer of 1549:
Stir up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they, plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

It is traditional for all the family to participate in stirring the pudding on Stir-up Sunday, whilst making a wish at the same time.

The pudding should only be stirred clockwise, from east to west, in honour of the Wise Men making the journey to see baby Jesus.

The Christmas Pudding is said to have 13 ingredients to represent Jesus and his 12 disciples.


There are lots of photographs in the gallery of this year's budding chefs!


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Children in Need 2015

We have had a fun filled day in school today supporting this year's Children in Need Appeal. Teddy Bears and soft toys of all shapes and sizes came to school dressed as heros and champions - what a fantastic array of costumes and outfits, such imagination and creativity - THANK YOU! The bears and toys have taken part in lessons (even PE!), went out to play and even came to Collective Worship.

Of course it wasn't just about having fun, but to raise money for the Children in Need appeal, and I am delighted to report that we collected a wonderful £161.00!

There are pictures of the bears at school in the photo gallery.

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Maths Evening 2015

Thank you to everyone who came along to Maths Evening last week to hear aout the changes in the new Maths Curriculum; we hope you found it useful.


A copy of the presentation slides and the recommended apps, websites and books are now available to download from the school website. Go to Parents -> Supporting your child -> Maths.

In this section you will also find copies of the objectives for each year group which were sent home with your child's report in the summer.


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October Half Term activities

Local activities for the forthcoming half term break are listed in the Newsletters section.

See also www.hitchinpartnership.org for further details and booking information. 

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Have you seen this week's Comet newspaper?

On Tuesday this week, the Young Worship group held a very special assembly to say goodbye to Reverend Ann. They planned and prepared the whole assembly on their own, including poems, letters and messages to Revd Ann, choosing her favourite hymns and even making her a 'Leavers Board'.


All the children in school took part, sharing special memories and presenting Revd Ann with cards from each class. We also presented Revd Ann with a gift from the school - a beautiful canvas photograph of the Church and school so that she will be able to think of us when she is in her new Parish.


The Young Worship group did a fantastic job as this was the first Collective Worship they have led this year. I was very proud of them all and they gave Revd Ann a very special and memorable send off in true St Ippolyts School style!


There is a lovely photogrpah of the children with Revd Ann in this week's Comet newspaper on page 32.  There is a PDF version in the newsletters section.



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Early Bird Club Bookings

Bookings are now being taken for the second half of the autumn term.

Forms can be collected from school or downloaded from the 'Wraparound Care' section.


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Diary Dates for 2015 - 2016

The website calendar has now been updated with all the dates currently set for the coming academic year 2015-2016.


Along with term and holiday dates, the calendar also includes all key events such as Parent Consultation Evenings, Open Sessions, Family Week, class assemblies, Church services and so on. We do hope that having the full year of dates well in advance will help all parents to be able to participate as fully as possible, especially those who have work schedules to arrange.


Additional dates for trips etc will be added as the year progresses; these will also be published in the newsletters as usual. 

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St Ippolyts C.E. Primary School
Ashbrook Lane,
St Ippolyts,
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