Friday 16th November 2018
Message from the Headteacher
The weeks are always busy, with interesting things happening, but I this week I wanted to let you know how thoughtful and respectful the children were during our Remembrance Assembly last Friday. As they reflected on the meaning of 'Remembrance' the behaviour in the assembly was incredibly good and the children showed high levels of attention and thoughtfulness.
It was also wonderful to see so many children on Sunday as part of a wide range of organisations, parading through Thatcham in the town Remembrance parade. I was very proud of all of our pupils involved.
Congratulations to the children who took part in the Step Up 4 Fun runs in October. We were the lucky school that was picked out of the draw to win £500. The money is going to be spent on colourful footprints around the school to be used as our active walk trail for children to follow. Look out for our photo in the Newbury Weekly News!
Well done to our Year 5 and Year 6 children who entered the Newbury Weekly News school quiz on Wednesday. Miss Cleveland and Miss Philp were impressed with the way the represented the school and coped with some really challenging questions! There are photos of the teams on our twitter feed.
Thank you to everyone who joined in today with our activities to raise awareness about Diabetes and fundraise for JDRF, a children’s Diabetes research charity. Diabetes impacts a number of families and children in our school and I know these children have really appreciated talking with their classmates and staff about how Diabetes affects their lives.
Parents - children are bringing their books home tonight and are looking forward to sharing with you some of their learning over the last term. I hope you can find some quiet time to spend with your child or children, helping them to reflect on their learning and progress. We know that this is a very powerful experience for the children and they love to impress you and see how interested you are in their next steps.
Thank you to Friends of Spurcroft (FoS) for running a great quiz night recently, and don't forget that they are holding a children's film night next Friday. We really appreciate all the hard work they do to raise money for the school and thank you all for the support that you give to the FoS events.
We have a number of children and staff with a nut allergy. Please make sure you do not send any nuts in your child's packed lunch. If you need any more information, please speak to Suzanne Rogers in the Office.
Also, if your child has grapes in their lunch box, especially if they are younger children please make sure they are cut in half! This is a very common food for children to choke on!
ESFA 7 a-side Boy’s league games
A great afternoon of football for the boys in the ESFA 7 a-side football league games. The boys played in a mini football league tournament against Long Lane, Chieveley and Falkland. The first game we played Long Lane and the boys were ready to play. The game was close with both teams having chances to score, but never finding the goal. Some saves from Jack kept us in the game and the final result was 0-0. We then faced Chieveley and despite working hard in defence they scored. Falkland was our last game and we worked hard on the pitch to pressure their goal – a shot from Bobby hit the post. Were unlucky and lost the game.
The results were in and the overall winners were Long Lane who we had drawn with – the boys had worked hard but couldn’t quite find the back of the net to score any goals.
Thank you to the parents who came to support the boys: Jack Gray, Teddy Mackie, Callum Little, Bobby Brown, Deegan Delport, Shlok Chopra, William Appleby, Gia Khuu and Jake Jury.
Spreading the word about Spurcroft!
Do you know anyone who has young children and may be looking for a school or Nursery place for next year? It would be very helpful if you could them know that members of the Senior Leadership Team are available to show prospective parents around the school, and answer any questions they have.
Appointments can be booked by calling Sophie Page, Admissions Officer on 01635 871541. Thank you
Hall for hire
Our main hall is available for hire on a Monday and Wednesday between 4:30pm and 7:00pm.
Any enquiries please contact Sian Jordan on 01635 871541
KS1 Multi skills sports event
Six KS1 children represented the school at a multi-skills sports event which was held at Park House School. The children competed in different activities involving Frisbee golf, javelin target, golf putting and chipping, target archery, cricket bowling curing. All the children competed superbly and showed excellent team work, determination, resilience and excellence. Some of the Park House sports leaders were helping run the activities
All the children participated in each event really well, scoring lots of points, working well and encouraging each other as a team and received a certificate for participation.
Well done to all the children: Alfie Richardson, Henry Bishop, Sam Mogg, Bella Ashworth, Elliot Morgan and Jack Harding.
Alternative Sports Festival – GOLD and SILVER MEDALLISTS
The school took part in an Alternative Sports Festival and the focus was on participation in sport and an opportunity for children to enjoy different and alternative sporting activities. The sports involved were Boccia, Seated volleyball, Archery and New-Age Kurling. Each team were competing against 2 other teams in a small round robin group. Spurcroft had a boys and a girls team and for every event the children scored points.
Our first sport was Seated Volleyball which all the children enjoyed; working together as a team to support one another and play some great rallies. We moved onto archery and the children performed really well scoring maximum points with their arrows. Next the team played Boccia and concentrated hard to get closest to the jack ball. Our final sport was New Age Kurling and the children thoroughly enjoyed playing slightly tactical with this game and scoring points on the target sheet.
After 8 games in total against the opposition the children had thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the various sporting activities.
The results were in and Spurcroft waited anxiously – all the children had shown determination, resilence, respect and good team work to represent the school. Medals were handed out and the Spurcroft Girls had finished 1st overall and were awarded gold medals, and the boys team finished 2nd and were awarded silver medals - a super achievement for all the children who were very proud of their medals.
Well done to Cody Williams, Chloe Moss, Ruby Richardson, Megan Jackman, Lucy Alton, Lee-John Harris, Luke Johnson, Jack Allen, Loann Burton and Alfie Richardson who helped out on the boys’ team to make up numbers. Thank you to parents who helped transport the children and support at the event.
Berks and Bucks Cup Match
We had our first Berks and Bucks Match against Christ the King and had the advantage of playing at home. We knew this would be a tough match.
A strong determined start from Spurcroft led to a goal by Callum within the 1st minute of the match. This was a positive start and the boys played a structured game with excellent defence by Teddy and Deegan. From midfield Bobby, Callum and Jordan passed the ball well and kept pressurising the opposition and keeping possession of the ball. A loose ball in the box and Bobby scored to put us 2-0 up – we kept a clean sheet upto half time. Christ the King attacked harder in the second half and kept Jack on his toes making some excellent saves. Jake worked hard to link well with the attack and passed some balls through for Callum and Danny to run onto. Unfortunately the opposition scored from a corner. However with continued pressure from Christ the King Spurcroft began to panic alittle in defence – fortunately the full time whistle went and we won 2-1. A great start in the competition and super team work from the boys
Congratulations to all the players and “Man of the Match” Teddy Mackie.
Spurcroft Sports and Wellbeing Ambassadors
Congratulations to our new Sports and Wellbeing Ambassadors who will be learning to develop their leadership skills and show practical ways to help with promoting PE and Wellbeing across the school.
They will be organising a display in school and promoting our active walk for all year groups to encourage everyone to get moving and be active.
They will be supporting others in learning five ways to wellbeing through activities at school and alongside play leaders help with KS1 activities and help run house sports events.