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27th May 16

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On Super learning day we had lots of fun trying out lots of different subjects. Here is a photo of some of us being scientists.

Rocket Science

More than 8,300 schools and educational groups applied to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening Rocket Science project and received their rocket seeds on Monday 18 April.

Our school began the 35-day experiment, growing 100 seeds that have spent six months orbiting the earth, and comparing them to 100 rocket seeds that have not travelled in space. The seed packets are colour-coded, however the pupils will not know which of the two packets is which until after the results of the experiment have been published.

Year 2 recieved a letter from the Queen!

For the Queens 90th Birthday year 2 received a letter from the queen thanking us for the cards we sent her. Before we broke up for the holidays we made her some special cards to celebrate her birthday and posted them off to her. We are thrilled to get a letter back thanking us for our cards.

Summer Uniform.....

A reminder that our summer uniform should now be worn this term. For girls it is blue/white checked dresses, white leggings if legs are to be covered, royal blue cardigan/jumper with logo, white knee/ankle socks. For boys it is white polo shirts, grey trousers/mid length shorts, black/dark grey socks, royal blue jumper with logo. Please label all clothing with your child’s name and please help us to ensure that we continue to look smart in our summer uniform.

Thank you - 130th Birthday

Event on Sunday 24th April. Despite the weather, it was a well attended and successful event! Thank you to Eldon’s Social Gathering who helped to plan and co-ordinate the event led by Maria.
Past and current pupils, staff, Governors and special guests all had a wonderful time unveiling our new timeline, buying our new time capsule and sharing the display of our old time capsule. The procession went well with the Mr Mayor leading in her mayoral vehicle, our banner (made by children and Ivy Ford) was held by Korede (Head Boy), Ms Williams and myself. Our brass band did us proud, as did our cheer leaders, scientists, African Drummers (Preston Path Finders), Carnival Dancers (organised by Jane Powell) and our St. George Flag carriers.
Thank you to all the businesses who sponsored us: Starbucks, Pizza Hut, Co-op and The Sandwich Shop, M&S too. A big thank you to Harris Library who displayed our old time capsule contents, in our bespoke cabinet.
This week we have shared pictures of the day which can be found on our website and on our twitter feed. Please take a look! Pictures of what we put in our time capsule can also be found on the website. They are all the ideas from all our community members!
Your child will come home with a commemorative medal on the 29th of April which is our gift to each child. They can wear it with pride and think of our wonderful rich history and amazing future!

130th Birthday

Everyone is looking forward to our big day....to celebrate 130 years of achievement at Eldon!

1pm-1.45pm Eldon's Choir and VIP's to attend the school for laying the new time capsule, unveiling the old time capsule display and our new timeline.

1.45pm Procession starts on Henderson Street; Children taking part in the procession to attend in FULL UNIFORM.

2.30pm-4pm Street party on Lowndes Street.

PLEASE BRING YOUR INVITATIONS

Whole School Photo

Proofs will be sent home with the children on the 24th of March 2016. Please send orders in by 6th April. If you wish to place any orders after this, parents will have to post themselves and will incur extra postage costs. If you wish to take a closer look at a bigger photo before ordering, there’s one in the office to look at!

Ex-Pupils Visit

This week (23rd March 2016) we had eleven ex-pupils who visited our school on Wednesday afternoon. All had attended our school from 1935 to approximately 1960. Many stories were shared, including how we had a brick build shelter at the time of World War 2 on the infant yard, which was big enough for 50 or so children. However, John Whiteside who attended Eldon in 1935, mentioned that if the siren sounded, children were allowed to run home quickly! Another amazing story emerged… David Heslop and his friend went fishing one morning, they were around 11 years old, he spotted something which looked like a barrel. It was in fact, someone who was drowning! Quick as a flash, they decided that they had no time to waste and jumped into the canal to save his life! They managed to pull the man out of the water and then David ran for help. The latter story will appear on our timeline which we are having made.

Key Stage 1 pupils Working With UCLAN

Children in key stage one this term have had an opportunity to work with students from UCLAN and practice their forest skills. They have made animal homes/ dens on Moor park, taken part in team games, mini-beast hunts and in school taken part in making clay birds and learning about their features.

Parents Evening

A big thank you to everyone who attended parents meeting. It was very well attended as 95% of parents took up the opportunity to discuss their child's progress with their child's teacher. THANK YOU!

New Time Capsule Contents

We have of a lot of ideas of what to put in our new time capsule which is going to be buried on Sunday the 24th of April. Here are some of the suggestions from children, parents, staff, governors and community members:

- Commemorative stamps of the Queen's birthday.
- A long scroll of messages from everybody at Eldon
- Newspapers
- Eldon in the news
- Gems from our Gem's project.
- Invitation to our first class tea party
- 130th birthday commemorative photograph
- A child's school sweatshirt with the school logo
- Some currency.

Sports Update- Road to Rio

After the first week of the challenge.:
the top walkers/runners are: Matthew Newton, Kitan Osiyale, Sebastian Chiarella, Gabriel Bryant, Sophie Wright, Aimee Lumatz. They have all
completed over 3 miles!

The top youngest children are: Zander Coupe and Garvey Bryant who have walked and ran just under 3 miles!

This week we have manged to get to the
English Channel with just under 150 miles on the clock!

Attendance

Our attendance this week is back up to where it should be. Thank you everyone for working hard and supporting us with this. Our whole school is 97.2% and a huge well done to Year 4 and Year 5/6 with 100%; Year 2 you came a close second with 99.2%! Let’s keep this up everyone! Our whole school from September is still lower than what it was in February. We are 96.2% overall. Let’s get this up to 97% please!

Our Choir at The Minster

Our Choir sang beautifully on Sunday 15th May at The Minster for Mr Mayor’s Thanksgiving Service on Sunday! In fact we did so well, Fr. Timothy has asked if we can make an appearance for the Christmas Service in December. Obviously we have said yes! Singing is being raised up a gear next year when we are buying additional training to get it absolutely ‘spot on!’ A HUGE thank you to all the parents and staff who attended the event and helped us to shine!

Cash for Kids- Super Hero Day

‘Cash for Kids’ Super Hero Day last Friday went really well. Thank you for supporting Rock FM’s Charity and St. Catherine’s Hospice. We raised £179.85! Well done everyone! Please visit our website and our twitter account is eldon_primary; please follow us!

Busy few days.....

It’s been a busy few days week beginning 23rd May, with Year 2 completing their SAT’s and Nursery visiting Blackpool Zoo. Year 6 also visited Blackpool Pleasure Beach courtesy of Mr Andy Bradshaw our sponsor who very generously paid for their trip!

Tennis/Cricket News

Sports Council Update
Congratulations Huzaifa, Izma, Evee and Tre for reaching the semi-finals of the
Tennis competition. You did amazingly well!
Our cricket team represented our school yesterday:
Eldon vs Roebuck - lost by 17 runs. Matthew Newton batted well & scored 18 runs!
Eldon vs St. Anthony’s—won by 20 runs. Cash & Kenzie scored a 25 runs partnership!

Events

Mathletics

Who is going to be the Mathletics Champion?

School competition launched.

In these weeks listed below you will compete against another member in your class. A draw will take place every Monday to reveal who you will compete against.
Week 1 – Monday 25th April – Sunday 1st May

Week 2 – Monday 2nd May – Sunday 8th May

Week 3 – Monday 9th May – Sunday 15th May

The winner will get 100 bonus points to their total.

Week 4 – Monday 16th May – Sunday 22nd May

After adding up your points for weeks 1 – 3 this will happen: The top 16 will complete in the quarter finals.

Week 5 – Monday 23rd May – Sunday 29th May

The winners of the quarter finals will compete against each other in the semi finals.

Week 6 – Monday 6th June – Sunday 12th June


The two winners from the semi finals will compete in the final.

Friday 17th June Mathletics Champion announced!


School Closure—23rd June -European Referendum

As discussed with Governors last night, the school will unfortunately be closed to children only on this day due to school needing to be used as a polling station.
The school will be open for all teachers, support staff as normal and it will be used as a training
opportunity.

School’s 130 Birthday celebration

Our 130th Birthday is fast approaching. On Sunday 24th April School’s 130 Birthday celebrations will take place with a procession and Tea Party in Lowndes Street .

Assessments:- SATS and Phonics screening

SATs for Year 6 are taking place week commencing 9th May. I cannot emphasise the need for your child to have lots of early nights and plenty of rest as this will help them to concentrate on these final few days before the tests. Year 2 children will also be tested week beginning 23rd May. Again please follow the same advice as we want our children to do well. Year 1 phonics assessments are taking place in week beginning 13th June.

Coming up this Summer term:

The Summer Term is here!
This term we are looking forward to:
-130th Birthday Surprises;
-Being 100% ‘ers for a whole week / term;
-Forest School’s workshops, including using our land on English Martyrs School premises;
-Class assessments;
-Trips and visitors;
-Class Assemblies;
-Super Learning Day—what do we want to be when we grow up?
-Book Fair;
-Healthy Week;
-Sports Day at Preston Sports Arena;
-Move Up Day;
-Better weather!?!







Eldon Choir Singing at the Minster

Our Choir are busy singing on Sunday 15th May at The Minster for Mr Mayor’s Thanksgiving Service. All those in Eldon’s Choir, please see us there between 9.45a.m. and 10.00a.m. Drinks and nibbles will be provided. Families welcome too!

Are you taking part in our 'Road to Rio' challenge?

Mr Wu is leading sessions before school on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8.15a.m. onwards until 8.50a.m. So far, nearly 150 miles have been clocked up on our ‘Road to Rio’ Challenge. Help us to get to Rio and keep fit at the same time! Thank you Mr Wu for planning and organising this event in collaboration with Mrs Karakurt and the staff.

Well done to Year 6 (SAT's)

A HUGE well done to Year 6 and their teachers, Mr Moss and Miss Munro for trying their best and keeping going during this weeks national tests. Every child deserves a huge pat on the back as they were able to showcase their skills and kept focus throughout the tests. Well done everyone, including our parents too!

Year 2 Athletics Tournament

Year 2 Athletics Tournament
takes place Wednesday 18th May!
Good luck everyone!

The Summer Fair

Plans are being made for our Summer Fair which is taking place on Saturday 18th June. As always, we will need your support with prizes for the raffle and stall. Please see the list of what we need. Some children are being asked to help on the day to run their class stall too. Please watch out for letters to do with this. Thank you Eldon’s Social Gathering for all your support with this!

Bike Ability

Have you got a bike, helmet and are in Year 5 or Year 6? The school is running a ‘Bike Ability’ course for children at the end of June and first week of July. Please ensure your bikes are road worthy so that you can take part in this free training!

Coming Up

Next week, we are off for half term. School will remain closed and will open on Tuesday 7th June at the normal time of 9.00a.m. Please remember the yard is manned daily from 8.45a.m. Have a great half term. When we resume, we have lots to look forward to including our Super Learning Day- all about our aspirations, Summer Fair, Healthy Week, Bike Ability for Year 5 and 6, Year 6 residential and of course ‘Move Up Day!’