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On Monday - we revealed the winner of the kindness competition. We have a lovely winning poster  created by Brett in Y6. Well done, we hope you enjoy your Nintendo DS!

Well…. half term is here! What a term is has been, so much wonderful learning, with some beautiful trips to Waterstones and Frankie and Bennies, football tournaments, a visit by Barnsley FC, Chinese New Year Celebrations, Kindness Competitions to name just a few of the fun things at Forest….and to top it all off, a magnificent 100% attendance on Tuesday afternoon! WOW! Bring on next term :)

Year 3, Year 4S and Year 4W had the wonderful treat—walking down to visit Frankie & Bennies Restaurant at Stairfoot this week. As part of their Farm to Fork Topic, they ordered their own food , enjoyed a two course meal, and used lovely table manners.  The chocolate brownie sundae was AMAZING!

 


 

 

We received an email from I AM learning, the online maths mania resource we use, to congratulate us on being brilliant: I just wanted to drop you an email as I looked at the stats this morning and I was so happy to see that the December hours used for I AM Learning was over 500 making you the second highest using school in the country for the last 30 days! That’s absolutely fantastic! No wonder you are all maths geniuses!


 

We have been contacted by a TV Casting Researcher from ITV who is currently working on a new TV show for ITV1 entitled ‘The Money Saving Good Food Show’. How exciting!!!

 







On Tuesday, we took another bunch of fantastic Forest readers to Meadowhall for the Extreme Readers trip. The children selected 10 marvellous new books EACH for our lovely book tunnel! oh what fun we had playing games whilst eating donuts and drinking hot chocolate! YUM YUM…

 

                                       


On Tuesday, our Foresters  took part in the biggest choir in the world at Sheffield Arena, for the very first time, at the Young Voices event. Miss Gillanders, Mrs Bailey and Miss Hodges and 23 beautiful Foresters were there all afternoon in rehearsals and we couldn’t have been prouder of their impeccable behaviour and effort. We were joined by many lovely parents and staff members later on for the show and it seemed that everyone had a ball! What a wonderful event, we can’t wait for next year!

                                                                                   

Welcome back Foresters! It is 2017, can you believe it? I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and amazing New Year! It might be cold, but we are back to our lovely warm school. YIPEE! I have loved listening to all your Christmas stories– sounds like you had a brilliant time! We are back and ready to do lots of  learning and have plenty of fun!
 
 


Dear Parents/ Carers,

We have some very exciting Christmassy events planned for this term. We welcome you and your family and friends to attend some of these events to enjoy with your beautiful children. Take a look at our marvellous Christmas event letter...
18th November 2016

Santa will be visiting the school fair on Wednesday 7th December 2016. You will need to buy your Santa’s Grotto tickets from the school office for £1.50 each you will also get a lovely present from Santa . The tickets will be on sale from Monday 21st November 2016. All children who have purchased a ticket will visit Santa throughout the school day on Wednesday 7th December but don’t worry he will still stick around for the school fair so siblings can see him too! You will be able to buy these additional tickets at the grotto.
 

 
11th November 2016

Well...the snow went as fast as it came, it was a cold one on Wednesday but lovely and toasty warm in school. The Y6 children learnt lots about the community and it’s vital services yesterday at the Lifewise Centre. The whole school observed a two minute silence this morning at 11am to  mark Remembrance Day . It’s been a very busy week at Forest.


 
 
4th November 2016

Welcome back to the new school term. I'm sure you all had a great half term and the children are clearly rested and enthusiastic to be back. It's been a perfect week in school - hard work, lots of fun and lots happening. Just another week at Forest! 

21st October 2016

Can you believe it is the last day of term, WOWSER’s what a term! This term really has seen our beautiful children begin to grow and excel. They settled well into their new classes and routines, achieved great success in assessments and have enjoyed lots of lovely trips and activities. I cannot wait to see how much they achieve next term.

14th October 2016

The wonderful children at Oakwell Rise have been with us now for 2 weeks and have been welcomed beautifully by our children. The works at the Doncaster Road site are nearing completion in the half term break. We therefore will be welcoming the KS1 and FS children for one final week at Forest next week. We would like to thank you all for your understanding and support for the Oakwell Rise children and staff, through what has been a very difficult time.

7th October 2016

Another fabulous week at Forest with lots of wonderful  visitors who have given Forest many wonderful compliments! They have commented on how lovely our new school looks and how wonderful and polite our gorgeous Forest pupils are; everyday this school fills me with pride!
Our little visitors from Oakwell Rise have settled in well and our pupils have given them the Forest welcome we are becoming known for. Keep it up Forest!

30th September 2016

Once again we will be having a Halloween Disco for our pupils on Thursday 20th October 2016 from 3pm till 4.00 in the school hall for Years 1-6. Tickets are available to buy from the school office for £1.50 each from Monday 3rd October, with that £1.50 including a free drink and some crisps. The disco will be led by a DJ, and children can bring some pocket money to buy additional drinks and sweets on the night. Pupils should bring their clothes to change into at the end of the school day and prepare to paaaaaaarrrty! Foundation Stage will be having a spooky topic themed week after half term to have lots of Halloween fun!

23rd September 2016

It has been a very busy week. The week began with Y3 and Y4 making their very own jelly topped, scrumdiddlyumptious chocolate bar, you might say in their very own Charlie and the Chocolate style factory! Foundation Stage have also enjoyed a wonderful teddy bears picnic to celebrate such a lovely week. Much fun was had by all!

 
19th September 2016

WOW what a week it has been! It has been a supersonic week and our feet have not touched the ground! We welcomed many new pupils to Forest and they have settled in so well it’s like they have always been here. Welcome to Forest. Our Reception beauties, enjoyed their first lunchtime together on Monday. They did it beautifully - lined up smartly, found a place to sit, ate well, chatted quietly, cleared it ALLLLLLL up AND smiled throughout! A perfect first lunchtime - well done to you all! ;-)

9th September 2016

Welcome back to a brand, spanking new school year. A school is only a building without the kids and so it was wonderful to finally open our doors and welcome the heart of the school back inside on Wednesday. As we expected, the children burst in and told us all their summer tales… Oh, how we have missed you! ;-)

Newsletter- 10.06.16

It’s been a super- fast, sunny week at Forest. There are only 5 weeks to go and only 3 more for our lovely Y6 before they set off on their next adventure at High School. We have had a very exciting week in classrooms this week with some very special visitors. On Monday, award winning author Alan Gibbons joined Y5 and Y6 for a master class in story writing. We have purchased a raft of his novels and I’m sure everyone will be clambering over each other to be the first to read them! On Thursday Y2, Y3, Y4 and Y5 were joined by Dr Mark for a science extravaganza! Dr Mark shared lots of amazing science facts and even shot a rocket up to the hall ceiling- take a look at the hall! ;) The children enjoyed every minute and we have lots of fun activities planned for next week in class.

Newsletter 23rd October 2015


This week marks the end of a very long, very successful first half term which has proved, once again, just what a fantastic team we have at Forest — children, parents and staff, shoulder to shoulder on every front..  I am so proud of all the children for a great start to the year and I hope that you were, too, as you came into school to meet your child’s class teacher this week. Thank you to those parents who came to parents evening and had those important discussions and thank you to those parents who completed a parent questionnaire- your feedback is a vital part of us achieving an outstanding school. We break up today and will be back in school at 8am on Monday 2nd November.

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Newsletter 6th November 2015


I hope you all had a wonderful half term, the children have been telling me lots of lovely stories of their Halloween fun. This week has been a lovely week in school, on Monday morning the school hall was completely filled with a huge Space Dome, the children really enjoyed it and experienced an interactive solar system!! On Thursday the bonfire themed day with Catherine Wheel pizza Bonfire buns went down a treat. I hope you all have a safe weekend enjoying fireworks and bonfires!


Our beautiful extreme readers yesterday visited Waterstones and Starbucks at Meadowhall, to select books for their class to love and enjoy as part of the curriculum for the term ahead.  The extreme readers children truly are real ambassadors of reading, they are always making a concerted effort in returning books, during guided reading and reading at home or just in their own time. They loved selecting the books and even enjoyed a real Starbucks hot chocolate! Keep encouraging you child to bring their reading record books back and who knows they may well be next terms Extreme Reader!

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Newsletter 13th November 2015



This week has been a busy one but a fun one indeed! With Y1 and Y2 on their trip to Abbey House, Leeds on Tuesday… learning about Toys from the past, a lovely trip! The school fell silent on Tuesday when our children observed the 2 minute silence to mark Remembrance Day and on Thursday our wonderful Y6’s were college students for the day, we have some budding Chef’s in our school and they did a fantastic job and were true ambassadors of Forest. You may even have seen the beautifully decorated buns that were sold to raise funds for Children in Need… weren’t they amazing? Very proud.

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Newsletter 20th November 2015

What a cold, dark week it has been outside this week, but the sun—as always- has been shining inside! I have had the pleasure, this week, of visiting every classroom and have observed some wonderful Maths lessons. The children can’t half calculate! The accuracy, skill and concentration is brilliant. I’m sure your child has already spoken to you about their successes and achievements on our Maths Mania programme in school, (if you don’t know about it please do speak to us!), keep an eye out for our assemblies in December which celebrates Key Stages Maths achievements.



We are well into the winter season and we may, just may, see snowflakes falling this year! We will, as always, try our up most to keep school open, however when we do have to close the school you will be notified by text message, Facebook/ Twitter and all school closures will be posted on Dearne FM and Hallam FM.  Please check all these options first and resist the urge to phone school—we will tell you as soon as there is news. Always presume that the school is open until told otherwise via the methods above.

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27th November 2015 Newsletter



This week has been a busy one… We started with a very cold Monday morning as the boiler wasn’t quite itself – and then had a very hot Tuesday and Wednesday as I refused to turn it off again until I could be sure it was fixed! 

Our chosen charity to support this year is ‘The Rucksack Project’ – something we shared with the children on Monday morning. This is a local cause and we are the hub for the local area – collecting donations from within our community and beyond. These donations are useful items which can be given to make Barnsley’s homeless community a little warmer, drier and happier during the freezing cold winter months ahead – hats/gloves, warm socks, an old coat/jumper, tins of soup/food, a flask, a sleeping bag etc. The children were very captured by it and have been quick to bring things in this week already. If you can help – please do.

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Newsletter 4th December 2015

This week has been one of the supersonic variety. We continue to have Headteachers and their teams visit us – currently welcoming at least a visitor a week coming to find out how we are doing things at Forest. This is a wonderful thing for us and our visitors never fail to comment upon the wonderful children we have here. We cannot argue with that!

Many thanks to those parents and grandparents who came along to this weeks meeting with Governors. The feedback was very positive – with all there commenting on how much their kids love coming to school, which is something I am very proud of. There was talk of uniform, with agreement between us that we must do more to ensure that lost uniform is returned to children and that less of it is lost! We have plans afoot for new lockers for KS2 children so watch this space…

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Newsletter 11th December 2015



What a week!!! I have been blown away with the amount of support received from our wonderful Kendray community. This week’s Christmas Fair was a true triumph, a thank you must go out to everyone for your kind donations including a Christmas hamper from the local One Stop team and to all the helpers and the spenders! The tombola stall was packed to the rafters with donations and our hardworking parent volunteers in the dining room: Mavis, Suzanne, Trisha and Maureen making over 140 hot dogs and gosh knows how may teas and coffees! We even received a visit from Elsa and Anna! Thank you to our FAPTA ladies with some fantastic sweet stalls, Christmas plates and raffles, a sterling job as always! Not forgetting our wonderful parent governors Amy and Dale who, behind the scenes, have put in an awful lot of hours preparing the fair and making it the success it was…  How busy was the grotto?! We apologise for the VERY long queue we didn’t bank on it being so popular…next year we will be even more organised on that front! We have raised a fantastic £668.83 from the fair, £276 from the grotto and so far tickets sales have raised £284 and still increasing…. Moving ever closer to that climbing frame in the playground! A sincere thank you to all.

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Newsletter 18th December 2015


This week has been such a lovely, chritsmassy, fun filled week. Such lovely events starting with a Forest favourite– the passport trip to the cinema! We had such fun taking the whole school to see ‘The Good Dinosaur’, the children (and staff!!) thoroughly enjoyed the film such a lovely afternoon and the children’s faces were a picture! I want to thank all you lovely mums, dads, nannans, granddads, aunties and uncles for your wonderful support, generosity and overall loveliness you give to this school. Kendray community is truly amazing and this school is amazing because of our children and it’s community. Thank you!

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READ ALL ABOUT IT!

 

The Read all About it! Press Gang have written a wonderful newspaper which is created each half term. Please do take a look it is truly a lovely read!

READ ALL ABOUT IT! Dec 2015 Edition


It’s been a super- fast, sunny week at Forest. There are only 5 weeks to go and only 3 more for our lovely Y6 before they set off on their next adventure at High School. We have had a very exciting week in classrooms this week with some very special visitors. On Monday, award winning author Alan Gibbons joined Y5 and Y6 for a master class in story writing. We have purchased a raft of his novels and I’m sure everyone will be clambering over each other to be the first to read them! On Thursday Y2, Y3, Y4 and Y5 were joined by Dr Mark for a science extravaganza! Dr Mark shared lots of amazing science facts and even shot a rocket up to the hall ceiling- take a look at the hall! ;) The children enjoyed every minute and we have lots of fun activities planned for next week in class.

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The school Sports Day this year will be held on Friday 24th June 2016 and will begin at 9.00am promptly on the school field. The children will be split into coloured teams, your child should have come home with a sports day letter telling them which colour team they have been allocated. We do not expect you to purchase anything special for this but welcome children to wear their team colour.  If you are not sure of their team colour please do not hesitate in speaking to your child’s teacher or the school office. The running order of the day will consist of traditional sports day races including: running races, egg and spoon, sack races and obstacle race.  The running order is as follows (please note that these times are approximate depending on how quickly each race is ran!)

Foundation Stage including all nursery children- 9am- 10am
Key Stage 1 10.00- 11.30
Key Stage 2 12.30- 2.00

Celebration Assembly 2.30 in the school hall with the winning team colour announced.
The afternoon Nursery children will not be required to attend in the afternoon, but will be invited to attend the morning session to take part in the Sports Day with the rest of the Foundation Stage. All nursery children are to arrive at 8.30am with collection at 11.30am for those parents not attending the Sports Day. 

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As KS2 set off for Lightwater Valley on Monday for a fun filled day of roller-coaster fun, KS1 began arriving for their day of fun on the field.  The children were a credit to you - full of fun and laughter, impeccably well behaved and very thankful for their day of fun. It was a sun filled, beautiful day on the field and the children loved meeting Danny, Sonny and Karl the donkey’s along with a jam packed day of circus skills, bouncy castles and the first time this year our very own Forest Ice Cream Parlour!  I’m gutted I missed out on that one! Monday was a day of absolute celebration and our way of thanks to you and your children for what has been a fantastic year at Forest.

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Today, we bid farewell to some very special people as our Y6's leave the building one final time. They truly are an amazingly, beautiful, outstandingly gorgeous group of young people ready to take on the world (and high school!) We honestly couldn’t be prouder of them and wish them all our love and luck for a bright and wonderful future!

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The Y6 prom on Wednesday was a beautiful event, you all looked gorgeous in your suits and ball gowns and the prom arrivals at the school gate will go down in Forest history! Thank you to all those parents who contributed, whether it be big or small, for making it such a thoughtful and special occasion.

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Throughout the summer months, we will be having plenty of building work to continue to improve our building. This will include:

1. Y5/Y6 classroom refurbishment – the three current Y6 rooms (right of the hall) will be knocked through to form two good-sized classrooms.
2. Office refurbishment – the two offices down the Reception/Welcome wing will be converted into additional teaching spaces.
3. The toilets in the main school – used by pupils from Y1-Y6 currently – are being completely refurbished. There will be separate KS1 and KS2 facilities – and far more cubicles than we’ve ever had before!
4. Window replacements – low level windows down all main corridors replaced with double glazing.
5. Meeting room – a large area currently used to store cleaning equipment is being refurbished to form a new meeting room.
6. Foundation Stage – is about to enjoy some refurbishment, with a wall dividing the space into two distinct teaching spaces for FS1 and FS2 pupils, allowing a quieter working space and more quality talk! We will also be removing some doorways and adding some fixed furnishings to up-spec the bases.
7. Year 1 classrooms – are having some fixed furnishings and general upgrades.
8. School frontage – is also having a complete face-lift and will look a whole lot smarter come September; something like this...

School will therefore be a very busy place throughout the summer months, and sadly there will be no sports clubs in school this summer as a result.

I have also taken the decision to close school at 1pm on Friday 15th July in order to allow staff to clear and pack the necessary areas before the summer building work begins. Can all parents please collect their child at the usual exit points at this time? In addition, please note – there will be no morning or afternoon nursery session that day. I trust that you agree that this small sacrifice on your part will enable a good start to the building works and ensure we are ready for September.
 
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Y6 results landed on Tuesday at the same time as every school in the country. The testing system is very, very different this year and you may have seen on the news there is a massive 30% drop in the number of 11 year olds now deemed ‘at expected standard’. I am pleased to say that our Y6’s outperformed what happened nationally in maths and writing– with around 90% achieving ‘Y6 expected’. We are incredibly proud of them all– and the talented teaching team we have! Well done, all :)

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It’s been a super- fast, sunny week at Forest. There are only 5 weeks to go and only 3 more for our lovely Y6 before they set off on their next adventure at High School. We have had a very exciting week in classrooms this week with some very special visitors. On Monday, award winning author Alan Gibbons joined Y5 and Y6 for a master class in story writing. We have purchased a raft of his novels and I’m sure everyone will be clambering over each other to be the first to read them! On Thursday Y2, Y3, Y4 and Y5 were joined by Dr Mark for a science extravaganza! Dr Mark shared lots of amazing science facts and even shot a rocket up to the hall ceiling- take a look at the hall! ;) The children enjoyed every minute and we have lots of fun activities planned for next week in class.