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Northmead Junior School

Northmead Junior School


Dear Parents                                                                                                                       14th November 2017

Congratulations to Tom Burford and Kayleigh Al-Nawab – their first baby was born on Monday . Mother,    father and baby are all doing well and we look forward to seeing the new arrival when he comes into school for a visit.

Please be advised that Mr Burford will be taking two weeks paternity leave starting from Monday 13th        November and his classes will be taken by a supply teacher.

It has been a great couple of weeks back and I trust you all had a happy and enjoyable half term break.

Annual Fireworks Event

It was great to see so many families and members of our local community at our annual      firework extravaganza. It was an amazing evening with a superb firework display and a very well built bonfire. The NST did an amazing job organising the event , so thank you to them for their hard work before, during and after the event.  Everyone enjoyed a relaxed, happy evening and a lot of money was raised as well.  Funds are still being sorted, but it will be in excess of £3000 profit.

Parents Consultations - Wednesday 15th November 2017

This is an important time to discuss your child’s progress.  You will be able to see your child’s work -  we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.


In order to increase the safety of our children during school time  we have reviewed the current access to our school building.  We have the electronic gates which are accessed by a key fob or by buzzing the school office to request entry.  Further steps to enable us to monitor adults who are in the school building will mean that in future parents and visitors will need  to report to the main door at the school office and press the buzzer to speak to a member of the office staff in order for the door to be opened. All other doors will be closed with key pads.  The fire doors will be closed and only used as exit points from inside the building using the quick release bars in the event of a fire or to practice during a fire drill.  This will start operating in two weeks time.

We understand that this will take a little while for everyone to adjust to, but it will mean our children will be safer and our school will be in line with practices in other schools and public buildings.  Thank you for your    co-operation in this matter.

Anti– bullying Week

The theme for this year’s anti-bullying week is “All different, All equal”.  We will be celebrating what makes each child at our school unique, helping the children to understand how important it is  that everyone feels valued and included at Northmead and able to be themselves, without fear of bullying.

NSPCC Visit – Monday 20th November

The NSPCC’s ’Speak out, stay safe’ programme is visiting our school to make sure our pupils have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse.

Production News

Rehearsals are going well for our production of Aladdin Trouble. Please remember to book your tickets to avoid disappointment as they will sell out fast.  If there are any remaining tickets these will be sold during the week of the production and priority will be given to children in year 6 who have acting parts in the play.

Car park marshals

If you are able to help marshal the car park at the beginning of the production please can you register your interest with the school office. It would involve standing in the playground from 6.15 to 6.50 pm wearing a fluorescent jacket to supervise children arriving in school and to organise parking in a safe manner. As a thank you for your help we will reserve you tickets in the front two rows of the audience on the night you have reserved tickets to see the show.

Programme design competition

We are running our annual competition to design the programme cover. The designs should be on A5 sized   paper, with a 1cm boarder around the edge and contain the words

‘Northmead Junior School presents Aladdin Trouble.’

Please only use pencil or black pen as the covers will be reproduced in black and white.

All entries need to be handed to Miss Lewis by Friday 24th November. Please make sure your child`s name and class is printed on the back of the design.

Year 6 Visit to the British Museum

On Wednesday 1st November, Year 6 went to the British Museum in London. We went to see a whole range of exciting Greek artefacts: the Parthenon Marbles, Greek vases and the history of Greek money. It was fascinating to see artefacts from thousands of years ago which told us all about Greek life. We also walked around the incredible museum and saw Aztec sculptures, old fashioned clocks (one of which had a marble which rolled up and down - it had to roll up and down 30 times which took 1 minute)  and items form the Sutton Hoo archaeological discovery which we learned about in Year 5. We also went to see the Rosetta stone which helped translate hieroglyphs for the first time. Overall we really enjoyed the trip and learnt a lot!

By William and Hamza 

 BAGS 2 SCHOOL Thank you to all those who filled bags for this collection. 290 kg collected was collected which raised £116.

PYJAMA DAY ~ Raised £201.75

Shop at Waitrose this month and put the Green Community Token in the Northmead Slot as you go. shares a Community Matters donation of between three charities that you have the opportunity to vote for at the checkout when you shop at Waitrose. By placing a token in the Community    Matters box at your local branch you’re helping your community. Since its launch in 2008, the scheme has     donated £14 million to local charities chosen by shoppers. The more tokens a cause gets, the bigger the        donation they receive. Each month every Waitrose branch donates £1,000 between 3 local good causes that you choose.

We are delighted that Waitrose Guildford have agreed to support Northmead to enable the school to purchase resources for our reading scheme. We hope this could include some tablets if we raise enough money.

Attendance Information

Attendance awards for last week week:

Lower School



Upper School

6H, 6K & 6MD


The whole school attendance for this term to date is :  97%

Thank you for your support, this high attendance rate is excellent.


The Week Ahead



Week of  Monday 13th November


NST Hamper Donations

Wednesday 15th  November

1.30 pm

2 - 5 pm

6 - 8 pm

6 pm

School Closes for Parent Consultations

Parent Consultations

Parent Consultations

NST Christmas Pop up shop

Friday 17th November


Children In Need Mufti—Bring £1 donation

With Best Wishes

Debbie Brown

Head Teacher 

 For more calendar dates please go to our school calendar here.

Try more, learn more, achieve more!

  • eloise bicknell 11 months ago
    I hope all the teachers and students a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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