Weekly Blog Friday 18th November 2022
Weekly Blog Friday 18th November 2022

Weekly Blog Friday 18th November 2022

Posted in Whole school news on Friday, 18th November 2022


Please see below for our class attendance for this week.

This week, Mrs Birkinshaw & Mrs Taylor's class had the highest attendance percentage with 96.52%.  Well done Year 1/2C!

Nursery - 85%

Reception - 84.55%

Mrs Davies (1/2A) - 80%

Miss Cruickshanks (1/2B) - 83.81%

Mrs Birkinshaw/Mrs Taylor (1/2C) - 96.52%

Mrs Wood (3/4A) - 89%

Mrs Perry (3/4B) - 91.33%

Miss Dunn (5/6A) - 92%

Mrs Pickersgill/Mrs Walker (5/6B) - 95.86%

Attendance monitoring

At Bawtry Mayflower, we are constantly monitoring the attendance of our pupils. We would like to celebrate the attendance of those children who reach our attendance target of at least 97% each term. Each child who achieves 97% attendance or higher will be presented with a certificate in our final assembly of this term, just before we break up for Christmas. Those children who achieve 100% will also receive a treat in addition to their certificate. There are currently 79 children throughout school who have 100% attendance and we are really looking forward to celebrating this fantastic achievement with our children at the end of this term. 

As part of the attendance monitoring, we will be emailing letters next week to those parents/carers whose children’s attendance has fallen below 97% this term. We have a statutory duty to advise parents/carers when their child’s attendance falls below the target level, irrespective of the reasons for any absences. We will continue to monitor whole school attendance half-termly.  

If you wish to discuss anything which may currently be impacting on your child’s attendance, please speak to your child’s teacher, the school office staff or Mrs Powell and we will work together to help where we can.

Reminders from Mrs Powell regarding attendance

All the staff here and I are hugely aware that attendance plays a huge part in your child's learning and here at Bawtry Mayflower, we are striving to provide the children with the best start in life they can have and to do this they need to be in school and in their lessons.

Good attendance is classed as 97% and above

How can you help keep your child's attendance as high as possible?

Be on time!

Being more than half an hour late means we have to record your child as missing a full session which means it looks like they have not been in all morning even though they have been in for most of it! It also means they have missed an important start to their lessons that day.

Booking appointments

If you cannot avoid appointments on school days, then please try to book them for an afternoon and for as late as possible. This means they do get a mark for the afternoon session even if they have to leave a little earlier.

No holidays will be authorised in school time without exceptional circumstances, and fines will be issued if they meet criteria.

Feeling Unwell

If your child isn't feeling quite 100% or something is bothering them, please do send them into school and we will keep a close eye on them and/or will have the opportunity to discuss with them their worries or concerns. We often see that they do perk up and feel better, but if not, school will contact you straight away. Not mentioning this in front of them will also help as they won't get upset and want to go home straight away. If your child is too unwell to attend, please contact the office as soon as possible to confirm this absence. 

I do appreciate your support with this, and if you have any questions or concerns please contact me to discuss them.

Stars of the week

Each week in our Friday Celebration Assembly, we celebrate our stars of the week. Each class teacher chooses 2 children from their class each week who have really impressed them. 

Here are this week's stars:


Aaron for improved listening skills and trying his best to do what has been asked of him.

Savannah for trying really hard to write her name independently and working hard in phonics lessons.

1/2A Mrs Davies

Tommy for being a kind friend to others and for being an all round superstar in his work and his attitude.

Belle for being a good friend to others with her kind and caring nature (and always checking that the adults are ok too).

1/2B Miss Cruickshanks

Jagoda for being a lovely friend and excellent reading partner in RWI.

Oscar F for always being kind and helpful, and for absolutely amazing independent work in Maths - he is a fraction whizz kid!

1/2C Mrs Birkinshaw/Mrs Taylor

Ellie for being a kind and caring friend and trying really hard this week to improve her independent writing.

Ella for being a kind and caring friend, and an absolutely amazing reading partner in RWI.

3/4A Mrs Wood

Thomas for impressing everyone this week with his hard work, determination to succeed and his incredibly helpful manner. He has really shone!

George for always working hard. He has been so supportive of the other children this week, with reminders about tasks and hints about how to complete work!

3/4B Mrs Perry

Ezamay for trying hard with her writing and her precision reading.

Mason for just flying with his learning this week, especially in maths.

5/6A Miss Dunn

Sebastian and Caitlyn for always being really kind to everyone.

5/6B Mrs Pickersgill/Mrs Walker

Henry for trying really hard to improve his handwriting at home and at school.

Layla S for always trying her best and not being afraid to ask for help when she needs it.

Job Opportunity

We have some vacancies for relief Midday Supervisors in school at the moment. Our Midday Supervisors are a vital part of our team and are responsible for the children over the lunchtime period. They are with the children when they are eating their meal and also supervise them on the playgrounds at lunchtime. The role is really rewarding. The relief Midday Supervisors would cover for absences etc so wouldn't be required to work every day of every week during term-time.

If you are interested in finding out more about these roles, please call in at the school office or ring us on 01302 710721.

Children in Need donations

Thank you to everyone who has already donated to Children in Need.  If you would still like to make a donation, please click on the following link to do so:


If you would rather send in a cash donation, please send this in with your child on Monday.

Deadline for individual/sibling photo orders Sunday 20th November

Don't forget that the deadline to order individual/sibling photos to be returned to school for distribution is this Sunday, 20th November.

Any orders placed after this date may incur an additional postage charge.

Christmas Design Project Update

We have been notified by Xmas4Schools this afternoon that they have now received and processed all the artwork that was sent to them last week. Parents/carers should therefore start to receive their unique order code soon. If you want to order any items with your child's artwork on, please ensure you log in to the Xmas4Schools website as soon as you receive your order code.

The deadline for orders to be placed is next Wednesday, 23rd November to ensure delivery back to school in time for Christmas.

We will provide an email reminder next week of this deadline.

After School Clubs for after Christmas

The letters for the after school clubs for next term will be coming home with the children in Year 1 to Year 6 next Monday 21st November. The deadline to return the reply slip if your child would like to be considered for a club is next Wednesday, 23rd November at 3pm. If your child is in Year 3 and above, please make sure you complete the part of the slip which indicates whether your child will be collected or will walk home themselves. If this is not completed, the slip will be returned to your child to bring home for completion and may then miss the deadline. 

If we receive a reply slip for your child, you will be notified via email through ParentPay by Friday 2nd December as to whether your child has secured a place on their chosen club or not. The clubs will start during week commencing 9th January 2023.  

The children who are currently taking part in the Choir after school club will continue with this club until we have taken part in the Young Voices concert on Wednesday 8th February 2023.

Collection week for Bassetlaw Food Bank

From Monday 28th November to Friday 2nd December, we would like to ask parents/carers if you would be willing to donate food items etc for Bassetlaw Food Bank. They were overwhelmed by the donations for the Harvest Festival and wanted to thank everyone who donated for their kindness. 

We appreciate that in the current climate, it might not be possible to donate anything but if you are able to make a donation could you please bring your items to the school office between Monday 28th November and Friday 2nd December. All items donated will then be taken to Bassetlaw Food Bank for distribution.  

We have provided a list below of the items which the Food Bank are in need of at the moment; however, they will be extremely grateful for any donations received.

  • ⁠Squash
  • Sugar
  • Long life milk
  • Jam
  • Rice pudding
  • Custard
  • Cereal
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Shampoo or Shower gel
  • Female deodorant
  • Bleach
  • Washing up liquid
  • Disinfectant
  • Wet dog food
  • Dry cat food

Christmas Swap Shop

Our PTA will be holding a Christmas Swap Shop after school on Friday 2nd December. Please see the poster below for further details. If you have any Christmas jumpers, Christmas pyjamas or Christmas bedding that you no longer use and would like to donate it to the Swap Shop, please bring these to the school office by Monday 28th November.

Maths and Phonics workshops for Foundation & Year 1/2

Our Year 1/2 teachers will be holding some maths and phonics events in December as below:

Friday 2nd December - maths workshop for Year 1/2 parents/carers 2.15pm to 3pm

Friday 9th December - phonics workshop for Foundation and Year 1/2 parents/carers 2.15pm to 3pm

Letters will be coming home with the children next week with further information.

News from Foundation

The children in Reception have really enjoyed exploring the different areas of the classroom this week - we have had bakers in the playdough area, bridge building in the construction area, lots of Christmas lists being made in the cutting & sticking area and train track & tunnel making in the small world area, what a busy week!

News from Year 5/6

This week in science we have been investigating air resistance, we have done this by carrying out an investigation into how the surface area of an object affects the speed at which it falls.

This week in Humanities we have been investigating places. As part of remembrance week, we have been using atlases to investigate the physical geography of the countries who formed alliances at the start of WW1. We have also been investigating the geography of Europe pre and post war.

Christmas Holiday Fun!

School lunch menu for week commencing 21st November 2022

Please see below the lunch menu for next week.

Diary Dates

Please see below the diary dates for this school year. It may be that there are dates on here that involve your child that you haven't had any information for yet. Please don't worry, information will come out in plenty of time prior to the date concerned. Dates that have been added since last week's blog are shown in bold.


Sunday 20th November - deadline for orders with Tempest Photography of individual/sibling photos

Monday 21st November - after school club letters coming out for Year 1 to Year 6 for clubs starting after Christmas

Tuesday 22nd November - Flu vaccination catch up sessions (for children who were absent on 8th November)

Wednesday 23rd November 3pm - deadline for after school reply slips to be back in school

Friday 25th November - Y3/4 visit to Cresswell Craggs

Monday 28th November - deadline for Christmas Swap Shop items to be brought to school

Monday 28th November to Friday 2nd December - collection week for Bassetlaw food bank

Wednesday 30th November - English Touring Opera in school performing Tutankhamun

Friday 2nd December - Maths workshop for Year 1&2 parents/carers 2.15pm to 3pm

Friday 2nd December - PTA Christmas Swap Shop 3.15pm to 4pm. 

Monday 5th December - Nursery/Reception Nativity dress rehearsal 10.30am

Tuesday 6th December - Year 1/2 Nativity Dress Rehearsal 2pm

Thursday 8th December - Nursery/Reception Nativity performance 10.30am

Thursday 8th December - Year 1/2 Nativity performance 2pm

Thursday 8th December - PTA school disco - Foundation and KS1 3.45pm to 4.30pm, KS2 4.30pm to 5.15pm

Friday 9th December - Phonics workshop for Foundation stage and Year 1/2 parents/carers 2.15pm to 3pm

Monday 12th to Friday 16th December - no after school clubs running this week

Tuesday 13th December - Bag2School clothing collection

Tuesday 13th December - Nursery/Reception craft morning 9am to 10am - further information to follow

Wednesday 14th December - Christmas Dinner Day

Wednesday 14th December - Carols round the tree after school

Thursday 15th December - PTA Christmas Shop during school time

Friday 16th December - Christmas Party Food Day

Friday 16th December - Christmas Jumper Day

Friday 16th December - last day at school before the Christmas holidays

Monday 19th December to Friday 30th December - Christmas holidays


Monday 2nd January - bank holiday - school closed

Tuesday 3rd January  - Training Day - school is closed to pupils

Wednesday 4th January - Training Day - school is closed to pupils

Thursday 5th January - first day back at school after Christmas holidays

Sunday 15th January - deadline for Reception applications for September 2023

Tuesday 17th January - whole school drumming workshops

Friday 20th January - Planetarium in school

Thursday 9th February - PTA The Great Teddy Bear Exchange (raising funds for FireFly). Further details to follow

Friday 10th February - last day at school before half term

Monday 13th February to Friday 17th February - half term

Monday 20th February - first day back at school after half term

Tuesday 28th February - Year 3/4 visit to Magna (change of date)

Friday 24th March - Bag2School clothing collection

Friday 31st March - last day at school before Easter holidays

Monday 3rd April to Friday 14th April - Easter holidays

Monday 17th April - first day back at school after Easter holidays

Monday 1st May - bank holiday - school is closed to pupils

Monday 8th May - bank holiday for the King's coronation - school is closed to pupils

Thursday 25th May - last day at school before half term

Friday 26th May - Training Day - school is closed to pupils

Monday 29th May to Friday 2nd June - half term

Monday 5th June - first day back at school after half term

Thursday 8th + Friday 9th June - Y4 residential

Friday 9th June - Y3 Austerfield Trip

Wednesday 21st June 2023 - Big Talk in school (Parents meeting at (9:00a.m.)

Monday 26th - Wednesday 28th June - Year 6 residential to Caythorpe Court PGL

Tuesday 25th July - last day at school before summer holidays

Wednesday 26th July to Friday 1st September - summer holidays

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