Barlaston CofE C First School News Internet Day<p>Safer Internet Day 2017 is being&nbsp;celebrated globally today,&nbsp;Tuesday 7th February, with the slogan &lsquo;Be the change: Unite for a better internet&rsquo;.</p> <p>All the children in school have learned about an age appropriate online issue.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/images/SID.png" style="border-width: 6px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left; width: 146px; height: 176px;" /></a></p> <p>Our assembly was all about our online image. Please ask your child what we talked about.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">This article on the BBC website is excellent for us as parents!</a>&nbsp;</p>, 13 Feb 2017 07:07:37 GMTChristmas Cards<p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color:#008000;">Hooray - the Christmas cards that you ordered from APFS have arrived in school!&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color:#008000;">They should be coming home tonight. </span></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="color:#008000;">Thank you for your patience.</span></p>, 06 Dec 2016 15:56:02 GMTAPFS Christmas Cards update<p><small><span class="marker"><big>Dear Parents,</big></span></small></p> <p><small><span class="marker"><big>I have had several emails from APFS today. They are trying their best to get the website up and running again. Their latest email reads :</big></span></small></p> <p><small><span class="marker"><big>&quot;Today we have been very busy replying to all your emails.&nbsp; This has resulted in many of you being able to organise the artworks and collection dates for them without hampering parents&rsquo; opportunity to order when the shop is open.</big></span></small></p> <p><small><span class="marker"><big>The whole system has now been transferred to a much larger server by Germany and I was hoping to be able to report that it was now being tested ready for relaunch tonight.&nbsp; However, in the placing it on a new server there have been conflicts on the software (I&rsquo;m sorry I&rsquo;m not more technical, some of you will have much greater knowledge than me).&nbsp; We are hoping that this issue will be resolved tonight and our IT team will get straight on with testing.</big></span></small></p> <p><small><span class="marker"><big>The solution of reverting to email communication, whilst frustrating for some parents and organisers, has been very successful for the majority of you and I propose to continue with that tomorrow morning at least to further catch up and inform on an individual basis how you can ensure that parents are able to order what they want. Details on that were sent in the previous update.</big></span></small></p> <p><small><span class="marker"><big>I will send an update tomorrow morning when I hope I will have positive news for all of you.</big></span></small></p> <p><small><span class="marker"><big>Until then, thank you for the kindness you have shown in your replies to our emails, and I am desperately sorry for this situation.</big></span></small></p> <p><small><span class="marker"><big>With best wishes</big></span></small></p> <p><small><span class="marker"><big>Dan Dickey<br /> CEO | Art Projects for Schools&quot;</big></span></small></p> <p><small><span class="marker"><big>As our deadline is not until 4th November we will not be their first priority. However they have assured me that if necessary we can extend our deadline for orders.</big></span></small></p> <p><strong><span style="color:#000000;"><small><span class="marker"><big>In the meantime, we would suggest that you make a note of the individual order code on the reverse of your child&#39;s work. Then return your artwork to school by Thursday 20th October&nbsp;so that we can keep it safe ready to be returned to APFS for them to scan and print.</big></span></small></span></strong></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;"><small><span class="marker"><big>Many thanks for your patience.</big></span></small></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="color:#000000;"><small><span class="marker"><big>Sarah Broome</big></span></small></span></p>, 19 Oct 2016 09:02:40 GMTPet Blood Bank<p>Harley, our resident Pets As Therapy dog showed us once again that he is a hero!</p> <p>Today he came to visit us in assembly, with Donna&#39;s help he explained how animal blood banks are in desperate need of support. Harley, along with other pets donate their blood&nbsp;to help other pets.</p> <p>If you think that your pet could also be a hero check out this website:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:#FF0000;"></span></a></p> <p><span style="color:#000000;">Thanks for your support.</span></p>, 06 Jul 2016 15:42:35 GMTKS1 SATs information for parents<p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/images/news/thumbnail_Information_for_parents_-_2016_NCT_results_at_the_end_of_key_stage_1_03062016__2__PDFA.pdf.png" style="width: 100px; height: 133px; margin: 10px;" /></a></p> <p style="margin: 0px 0px 10px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px;"><span class="marker"><span style="color: rgb(11, 12, 12); font-family: nta, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 19px; line-height: 1.31579;">The government have produced a leaflet for parents with a child in Year 2 at school.</span></span></p> <p style="margin: 10px 0px; border: none; padding: 7px 0px 3px; font-size: 19px; font-family: nta, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.31579; color: rgb(11, 12, 12);"><span class="marker">It explains the test arrangements for the 2016 academic year, highlighting what parents need to know about the test results, as well as explaining how teacher assessment judgements work.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="margin: 10px 0px; border: none; padding: 7px 0px 3px; font-size: 19px; font-family: nta, Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.31579; color: rgb(11, 12, 12);"><a href="" target="_blank"><span class="marker">Click here to open it in a new window.</span></a></p>, 17 Jun 2016 10:05:20 GMTA picnic fit for a queen!<p>Today the whole school and many friends and family,&nbsp;celebrated the Queen&#39;s 90th birthday by having a giant picnic on the school field. The weather was kind and we all had a fabulous time!</p> <p>Have a look at the photographs - click the picture to see them all.&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/images/gallery/7545/IMG_0057.JPG" style="width: 150px; height: 200px; float: right; margin: 10px;" /></a></p>, 10 Jun 2016 16:38:27 GMTBrilliant Bingo !!!<h3 style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/FB_IMG_1463994172327.jpg" style="width: 400px; height: 300px; margin: 10px; float: left;" /><span style="color: rgb(75, 0, 130); font-family: inherit; font-size: 17.5px; font-weight: bold;">Awesome Chocolate Bingo Night!</span></h3> <p><span style="color: rgb(75, 0, 130); font-family: inherit; font-size: 17.5px; font-weight: bold;">Everyone enjoyed themselves on Friday evening at our annual chocolate bingo event and the prizes were very well received. </span></p> <p><span style="color: rgb(75, 0, 130); font-family: inherit; font-size: 17.5px; font-weight: bold;">The big winners on the night were the Seabridge Family, with Edward winning a line prize&nbsp;and a house prize&nbsp;and Archie scooping the final haul.&nbsp;Mrs Broome even won one game to keep the staff happy!!</span></p> <h4><span style="color:#4B0082;">Many thanks to all the parents for the chocolate donations, to the PTA for the organisation and all the work on the night and also to Mr&nbsp;Gordon our resident bingo caller.</span></h4> <h4 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color:#4B0082;">We raised an astounding &pound;328.</span></h4>, 24 May 2016 13:33:49 GMTCare in the Sun<p><a href="/files/Care_in_the_Sun.pdf" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/images/news/31vLMOGJT6L._SY355_.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 100px; float: left;" /></a></p> <p><span style="color:#FF8C00;"><strong>Please click on the sun to see our suncare policy&nbsp;</strong></span></p>, 09 May 2016 16:31:09 GMTPTA Newsletter<p>&nbsp;<a href="/files/Barlaston_PTA_Newsletter.pdf" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/images/school_logo_PTA.png" style="width: 100px; float: left; height: 100px;" /></a>&nbsp;Click <a href="/files/Barlaston_PTA_Newsletter.pdf" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;or on the logo to see the latest PTA news.</p>, 05 May 2016 11:20:40 GMTStoke City vs Southampton-we were there!<p><a href="" target="_blank"><img alt="" src="/images/news/IMG_20160312_141642(1).jpg" style="height: 150px; width: 200px; margin: 10px; float: left;" /></a>We took part in the schools&#39; parade at Stoke City FC on Saturday 12th March. Great fun was had by all, despite the result!!</p> <p>Please click <a href="" target="_blank">here</a> to see more photos of the day.</p>, 17 Mar 2016 13:55:46 GMTOwl Class visit Storyteller at new Wedgwood development<p align="center"><img alt="" src="/images/news/SGB_1602(1).jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p align="center"><strong>STORYTELLER ENTERTAINS PUPILS AT HOUSING DEVELOPMENT</strong></p> <p>SCHOOLCHILDREN were swept away into a land of make believe during a storytelling session organised by David Wilson Homes.</p> <p>The 18 pupils from Barlaston First School were invited to Wedgwood Park, the homebuilder&rsquo;s development on Wedgwood Drive near Barlaston, to listen to storyteller John Edgar. The event was organised to celebrate National Storytelling Week which runs from January 30<sup>th</sup> to February 6<sup>th</sup>.</p> <p>After settling into the living room in the show home at Wedgwood Park the youngsters, aged eight and nine, were whisked away into the world of John&rsquo;s stories.</p> <p>Mandy Clarey, Headteacher at Barlaston First School, said: &ldquo;The children had a fabulous time visiting Wedgwood Park and listening to the storyteller. John told some wonderful stories which really captured the imagination and the children loved listening to him. Thanks to David Wilson Homes for inviting us to take part.&rdquo;</p> <p>Steve Barton, Senior Sales Manager at David Wilson Homes Mercia, said: &ldquo;Wherever possible we like to invite schools close to our developments to be involved in activities such as National Storytelling Week. I&rsquo;m delighted the children from Barlaston First School enjoyed the storytelling session with John and it was great to welcome them to the development.&rdquo;</p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><img alt="" src="/images/news/SGB_1597(1).jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p> <p align="center"><img alt="" src="/images/news/SGB_1632(1).jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 300px;" /></p> <p align="center">&nbsp;</p>, 08 Feb 2016 15:35:04 GMTNewsletters now online every Friday<p>You will now be able to read our weekly newsletter online!</p> <p>Simply navigate to PARENTS and choose NEWSLETTERS from the side menu.</p>, 21 Jan 2016 09:43:12 GMTPlease download our App!<h3><span style="color:#800080;"><strong>We have an app which accompanies this website. Please search for &#39;schudio&#39; in the Apple Store or Google Play.</strong></span></h3> <h3><span style="color:#800080;"><strong>When that has downloaded, simply choose our school from the drop down list.</strong></span></h3> <h3><span style="color:#800080;"><strong>If you enable notifications when you install it, it will keep you up to date with events and deadlines.</strong></span></h3> <h3><span style="color:#800080;"><strong>It is that simple!</strong></span></h3>, 17 Nov 2015 16:42:34 GMTHarvest Festival Celebrations<p>On Tuesday 13th October 2015 the whole school met up at St John the Baptist Church to celebrate our Harvest Festival. The children had brought non perishable food into school throughout the previous week, and some of this was displayed in the church during the service. Each class sang a harvest song or said a harvest rhyme and said thank you for all the food we have to eat each and every day. The church was bursting with children and parents, all of whom enjoyed hearing the singing, listening to bible readings and prayers written by the children and joining in with a congregational hymn.</p> <p>The food collected and brought into school by the children will be donated to &ldquo;The House of Bread&rdquo; which is based in Stafford. This organisation provides warm meals for the homeless and families who are without food. At the end Mrs Clarey, head teacher at the school, thanked the parents and children for their generosity in giving to such a worthy cause.&nbsp;</p> http://barlaston.staffs.sch.ukWed, 21 Oct 2015 13:56:32 GMTBarlaston First School Live on Radio Stoke!<p>On Friday 2nd October, Radio Stoke attended our family worship. The theme was &ldquo;Giving at Harvest Time.&rdquo; William Morris, from &ldquo;The House of Bread&rdquo; came to talk to the parents and children about the work carried out by this organisation. Food is donated and cooked for the homeless and families in need. Will spoke to the children about the importance of saying thank you for our food, and also, at harvest time, the importance of helping others. Radio Stoke interviewed some children about what Harvest meant to them and a good time was had by all. We had a tremendous response from the children and parents, who gave generously to this cause, enabling many people to have warm food as the colder evenings approach.</p> http://barlaston.staffs.sch.ukWed, 21 Oct 2015 13:56:01 GMTMacmillan Coffee Morning<p>On Friday 25th September, our school hall was bursting with parents and children attending our Macmillan coffee morning. Many parents and staff had made cakes and we were delighted to raise nearly &pound;100 towards this invaluable resource. The children had completed a homework task the previous week finding out about the work of the Macmillan nurses, and their findings were shared during the assembly. The children had a chance to purchase a cookie during their afternoon break, and this proved very popular. A huge thank you to all the parents, grandparents and friends who attended and gave so generously.</p> http://barlaston.staffs.sch.ukFri, 25 Sep 2015 14:40:00 GMTOur School is Growing!<p>The start of the autumn term saw the classes full of activity and an excited buss of meeting up with friends that the children hadn&rsquo;t seen during the summer holiday. We are delighted to welcome Mr Horton to our staff this term, making our school a total of five classes, all single age. The total number of children in our school is 119. This number has doubled over the last five years, for which we are delighted!</p> <p>Our new reception children came into school very excited and looking very smart in their new uniforms. We are delighted to say they have settled very quickly and we wish them and their parents, many happy years with us here at Barlaston.</p> http://barlaston.staffs.sch.ukWed, 21 Oct 2015 13:55:08 GMT