Family Newsletter - 14th March- full text for you to translate as needed

St James' Family Newsletter







Dear Parents and Friends of St James,




This Friday is Comic Relief and our Learning Powers’ Day. For a voluntary donation, children are invited to come dressed to impress in red and to bring in cakes to sell at the end of the day. There is also a cake decorating competition – if you would like to enter, please take your cakes to Mrs Fairbrother’s class (3R) in the morning. All proceeds will go to Comic Relief. Alongside this, children will be taking part in a series of workshops about Learning Powers and finding out how they help them to learn. Please come and join us at 2:30pm in the Hall to find out more about Co-operaptor, Stickasaurus and I-Rex. You can then go with your child to see the activities they have been taking part in.


Please put this date in your diary – Tuesday 21st May. We will be running a series of workshops at 9am, 2:30pm and 6:30pm on this day to share some ideas, tips and training about supporting your child with on-line safety. We are dealing with an increasing number of issues related to internet safety and social media sites that we are tackling in school but we would like to offer you some up to date training and awareness to help you support your child at home.


A message from Mrs Brooks about Doodlemaths (before she leaves to have her baby!)

  • Encourage your child to earn at least 50 DoodleStars a week (or 100+ to catch up or get ahead), and get instant updates through your app.
  • It is important that you let your child answer the questions on their own.  If parents give too much support, DoodleMaths will assume their understanding is higher than their actual ability and the work will quickly become too hard.  If you think this has happened, please let your class teacher know and the level can be reset.

Please also see below for a message from Mrs Matlock about the St James library:


Dear parents, grandparents, carers and guardians,

We have been fighting to keep Saint James library open for over a year and now we have a glimmer of hope in a new consultation. The aim is to see the current building run as a community library. We desperately need more volunteers to keep the library open and to offer extended opening hours, as we would only be able to cover opening for one day a week.

Anyone who has paid a visit to Saint James library will appreciate not only the valuable resource it is for learning and reading for pleasure but that the library has far more to offer. In the past we have run fantastic Summer and Christmas fayres and offered an on-going place for groups to meet such as knit and natter, a book club and coffee morning. It has also provided many craft events, a language café and opportunities for people to meet friends, neighbours and the wider community.

This is our community, our library. If you want to help maintain this amazing facility please come and volunteer. We are also looking for people that may want to share their skills by running workshops etc. If you feel you can help us in any way please call or text for a chat.

Thank you.

Talei: 07810 542 265 / Marie: 07793 024 764


And a further note from NSB:

Northampton School for Boys (NSB) Academy Trust is seeking the views of members of the community as we consider making an application to set up an 11-16 mixed gender comprehensive Free School, with a traditional ethos and with feeder school links into the NSB Sixth Form. The proposed school will be situated on the edge of Northampton close to the A43 in Moulton. This is in response to the Local Authority identifying the need for a new eight form entry secondary school by 2021, in order to ensure that there are a sufficient numbers of places to meet the needs of children that are already in primary education. The Free School will be of particular interest to the parents / carers of students currently in Year 4 or below as they will be applying for secondary places when the school is open. Please see the school website for more information and to assess a short preliminary consultation questionnaire:


On a last note, if you find any orange ‘carrot’ tokens lurking in trouser pockets or bookbags, please ask your children to return them to school and ask for them to be put onto the system. The tokens are part of our new reward system in school that we have just started. Children will be able to ‘spend’ their tokens in an online shop that we are creating at the moment – but if the tokens go home, they will not appear on your child’s account and we may run out of tokens to award!!


Best Wishes,

Sarah Beach



Thurs 14th March

Year 5L to CSALT exhibition

Friday 15th Mar

Comic Relief Day / Learning Powers Day

Wed 20th March

Year 5R to CSALT exhibition

Friday 22nd Mar

Year 3/4/5 Movie Night

Friday 29th Mar

Nursery / Reception Movie Night

w/b 25th March

Year 4 residential trip to Everdon

Tues 2nd April

Year 4 Faith Roadshow (swimming still on)

Wed 3rd April

Y345 Performance

Thurs 4th April

Easter service at St James Church

Friday 5th April

School closes at 3:15pm for EASTER

Tues 23rd April

School reopens at 8:40am after EASTER

Wed 24th April

Holy Communion in school – 2:15. All invited

Monday 6th May

School closed for BANK HOLIDAY

Mon 13th – Thurs 16th May

KS2 SATs week

Fri 17th May

Friends Pantomime

Tues 21st May

ICT Parents Workshops 9am, 2:30pm, 6:30pm

Friday 24th May

School closes at 3:15pm for HALF TERM

Monday 3rd June

School reopens at 8:40am after HALF TERM