Robert Miles Junior School News
October 31st 2017
Busy Half Term
Dear Parents/Carers,
We welcome back the children after their half term break and look forward to a busy half term ahead! As usual we have lots of Christmas events planned and rehearsals for this year's Christmas Show will begin in earnest next week (more details to follow for all those who express an interest in taking part).

I was very pleased with the way the new Year 3 settled into our school last half term. Many thanks to all those parents who filled in our questionnaire about the transition - I will be writing to you to share the results.

Below you will find a round up of news from the last half term, much of which has been on our website. We try to keep this updated as much as possible so don't forget to check every week or so.

A list of dates up to Christmas is below. One date the Year 3 parents/carers in particular will want to get in their dairies is the Year 3 Nativity, held in St Mary and All Saints Church on Monday 18th December at 1.45pm. It's always a pleasure to see our youngest children perform and doing so in the Church adds a very special festive feel.

R. A. Gilbey
NSPCC Thanks
I want to pass on the thanks and gratitude from the NSPCC for the money you raised following their visit last month. The children had great fun completing the sponsored work-out (and were very red faced at the end!). Now all the money has been counted we raised an incredible amount - just over £1000!. Every 2 years the NSPCC come into school to deliver a whole school assembly and then follow up sessions for years 5 and 6. These are extremely important lessons and the NSPCC deliver them so well. The problem they have is that they are a charity and rely on fundraising to continue to provide this service. You can read more about the services they provide for children and families by clicking here.

The NSPCC representative wanted to let you know that we raised an exceptional amount for a school our size and that every penny of this money will go towards protecting and educating children. Please also pass on their and our thanks to all those who sponsored the children.
Morning Traffic
I would like to thank all parents and carers who, over the last year or so, have changed their morning routines to avoid driving up to the entrance to the school to drop their children off. This used to be a real problem in the mornings and I am very pleased that the safety of the children arriving at school has improved. There are some mornings now where barely a single car drives round which is so much better for everyone.
Governor News
We had our first Governing Body meeting of the year on 25th September. The full list of our current Governing Body is below. At the meeting Mrs K. Allardyce was elected as the Chair of Governors and Mr A. Morgan elected as the Vice Chair.

The current body is as follows:
Parent Governors
Mrs S. Allan
Ms J. Hepton
Mr A. Morgan (Vice Chair of Governors)
Trust Governors
Mrs K. Allardyce (Chair of Governors)
Miss A. Curtis
Mr J. Donovan
Mrs P. Sealey
Staff Governor
Mrs C. Melhuish
Mrs J. Mosley
Headteacher Governor
Mr R. Gilbey

We currently have two vacancies for Trust appointed governors. These are governors with particular skills who are appointed by the Trust to the local governing body. If you have a background in project management or finance and are interested in becoming a governor please contact me ( to discuss what it entails.
Staff News
I would like to welcome Miss J. Malia to our staff. Miss Malia will be working as a Midday Supervisor and I am sure will fit in well to our team.

We will sadly be saying goodbye to Mr James, our PE coach, at the end of this term. Mr James has been with us just over a year now and I would like to thank him for his work during this time - especially everything he has done 'above and beyond' to support the development of sport in the school. Mr James is off in January travelling around the world and all of us who are too old for that now are very jealous! I will let you know when we finalise arrangements for his replacement.
The Animals of Harry Potter

Year 5’s topic this term is Harry Potter which is a real inspiration for all sorts of writing and different areas of the curriculum. One of the writing tasks has been non-fiction writing and the children have been finding out lots of different information about owls. What better way to find out about owls than to meet some real life ones! This is what year 5 did, meeting two owls, even holding them. It wasn't just owls we met, other animals from Harry Potter also arrived – a rather large snake and a bird eating spider as large as your hand.

A fascinating morning for year 5, there are plenty more photos on the website, click here if you have not seen them already.

Year 6 Dukes Barn Residential
Year 6 travelled to Duke's Barn in Beeley, Derbyshire the week before the half term break for this year's residential visit. The children went canoeing, caving, abseiling and weaseling, all led by the fantastic instructors at the Barn. There are some great photos already on the website and we will be updating this with many more once we have them all collected and sorted.

I would like to congratulate our year 6 for the way they conducted themselves throughout their visit, They really were a credit to themselves and we could not have asked for better behaviour or attitude. Many children (and some of the staff!) did things they have never done before. Walking off the edge of a 80ft bridge or crawling through a small space deep underground is not for the fainthearted!
Christmas Fair
Please note - the date for this year's Christmas Fair has been changed from a Wednesday back to a Friday. It will now take place on Friday 24th November from 3.30 - 5.30pm. We are still looking for volunteers to help out - if you can help out either beforehand or during the fair itself, please contact the office, thank you.
Sports News
As well as our different sports clubs, many children have represented the school at different competitions over the last half term. Highlights include:

Four boys and four girls went to West Bridgford School at the end of September for a Biathlon competition. They had to swim a length of the pool and then run 400m. The children gave it their all and were great competitors. When the results came in they were thrilled to learn that the girls team finished 3rd overall and the boys team were first, winning the whole competition. This is the second year on the trot the boys have won this competition, a great achievement!
Rushcliffe Girls Sport Event
The girls from year 5 and 6 had a most enjoyable morning at Rushcliffe Country park taking part in a sports festival for girls across the Rushcliffe schools. There were 75 girls from Robert Miles, more than from any other school, and they had a great time taking part in the many different sports and exercise activities.
Football News
The girls and boys football teams have enjoyed their games so far this year. They have put in some great performances and played some tough opposition. The boys face a tricky away game later his term in the 2nd round of the County Cup and the girls have their 2nd round Rushcliffe Cup game to play next.
Individual Success for Matthew
A huge well done to Matthew from year 6. He competed in the Nottinghamshire Schools Biathlon and repeated his success of last year finishing in first place in the U11 category. Matthew completed the fastest 50m freestyle swim and was just pipped to 2nd place in the 800m run, putting him in the top slot overall. This means he once again qualifies for the British Schools National Championships at Crystal Palace next March.
This is a great achievement and reward for a huge amount of hard work and practice.
Are You Eligible to Claim for Free School Meals?
If you have never claimed for Free School Meals in the past doing so will not only help you financially but help the school as well.

You may qualify for free school meals if you receive one of the following benefits.

  • Child Tax Credit, provided you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income (as assessed by HMRC) that does not exceed £16,190
  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • income-based and Contributions-based JSA and ESA on an equal basis
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on – paid for four weeks after the person stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit – during the initial roll-out of the benefit.

It is important that all parents and carers who receive one of the benefits listed above register for free school meals as this will enable our school to claim "pupil premium allocation".

The pupil premium is additional funding given to publicly funded schools in England to raise attainment. This additional funding for schools can help to buy new equipment and resources.

The information needed to register includes:

  • personal details (including national insurance number and date of birth) for you and your partner
  • child’s details in full including their date of birth and the school they attend

To apply for free school meals for your child:

For further information contact NCC on 0300 500 80 80.

Using Our School Calendar
If you use the free Google calendar service you can add our school calendar and be able to see all the up and coming events on any of your electronic devices. Any changes or additions will be automatically updated for you. To add our calendar follow these steps:
  • Go to your Google calendar in a web browser.
  • On the bottom left you should see a drop down menu.
  • Where it says ‘Add a friend’s calendar’ underneath Other calendars, type in the email address: then press return.
You can also have the school calendar on an iPhone or iPad but this takes a few more steps. You will still have to set up your own Google account and Calendar, follow the steps above and then follow the steps outlined here.
Dates for your Diary

Wednesday 1st Nov: Halloween Disco, 6.30pm - 8pm
Monday 6th Nov: British Legion assembly for the Poppy appeal
Friday 10th November: Non-uniform day for the Christmas Fair
Thursday 16th Nov: Year 6 Theatre visit to see Awful Annie
Friday 24th Nov: Christmas Fair 3.30pm - 5.30pm
Sunday 3rd December: Choir performance at St Mary's Church
Tuesday 5th Dec: Year 5 Harry Potter Trip

Monday 11th Dec: Christmas show 1.30pm
Tues, Weds, Thurs 12th – 14th Dec:
Christmas show 7.00pm
Monday 18th Dec: Year 3 Nativity performance in the Church 1.45pm
Tuesday 19th Dec: Year 3 Trip to Bethlehem (Brackenhurst!)
Friday 22nd Dec: Last day of term
Monday 8th Jan: First day of Spring term

Robert Miles Junior School, Market Place, Bingham, Nottingham NG13 8AP, 01949 875011

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