Weekly Memo 18th September 2020




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Communication about your child

Please can you include your child’s full name and year group/class in all correspondence with the school as this supports the admin team in dealing with all issues promptly. There are a large number of children and with the increase in need to communicate by email, it would be really helpful if you could do this.

When you are reporting absence, you are required to give us a full list of symptoms, not just because of COVID, as we need to record this on the child’s absence. We can not accept the child is ‘unwell’ as this then causes additional work for the admin team following up on this.

Thank you for your help with this in advance.


We have now been back at school for two weeks and we would like to take the opportunity to remind families of the uniform expectations. We have noticed a large number of children with brightly/multicoloured hair accessories, untied hair and hoop earrings for example. Please can you ensure your child is dressed per the expectations below.

School Uniform *

  • Grey skirt, pinafore dress, trousers, culottes or shorts
  • White shirt/blouse or polo shirt
  • Royal blue sweatshirt/cardigan with school logo
  • Black shoes (No trainers, boots or sandals) Children can continue to wear trainers currently.
  • Blue/White cotton dress (check or stripe) may be worn in the summer
  • Plain black, grey or white socks/tights only
  • Blue Fleece with Logo (only worn outside)


Additional Uniform Expectations

  • One pair of small plain stud (plain metal or single stone) or sleeper (tight hoop that fits around the earlobe) earrings may be worn (No hoops or dangly earrings),
  • No other jewellery may be worn, other than for religious reasons (no charity bands)**
  • Children may wear a watch (if they can tell the time), but it must be removed for PE
  • Children are not permitted to wear nail varnish or make-up
  • Only plain Blue/Black hairbands, or clips. No large bows, accessories or decorative hair bands
  • Plain Black, Blue or Grey headscarves and hijabs for religious reasons
  • Long hair must be tied back
  • Shirts must be tucked in and no jumpers to be tied around waists when you are in the building.


PE Uniform 


Reception PE Kit:

  • Royal blue shorts
  • Plain white t-shirt or royal blue t-shirt with logo
  • Plimsolls for indoor PE


KS1 and 2 PE Kit:

  • Royal blue shorts
  • Plain T-shirt matching House Colour
  • Plain Black or Blue tracksuit bottoms/leggings and sweatshirt for outdoor PE
  • Trainers for outdoor games and KS2 playtime
  • Tights must be removed for PE


*Please make sure all items are named clearly

**For special occasion exceptions may be made and families will be informed.


Possible Closure of Purley Pool 

Purley pool and leisure centre has been closed during the lockdown period and it’s recently been discovered that it may now not reopen at all.

Please don’t let the council close down this valuable facility used by thousands of swimmers including our children for their school lessons and competitions, the elderly, charities, and swimmers with special needs. A campaign has been started to try to save Purley pool.  Please follow the link and sign the petition, it’s very quick.


Please forward this link to others who may wish to help keep the pool open.



We are in need of a new treasurer from February as our current treasurer Helen will need to step down as it’s her last year at Woodcote.

PTFA treasurer is a lovely role as you can be as involved as little or as much as you want to be in the planning of activities (aka you don’t need to be involved much at all if you don’t want to!). We just need someone who has confidence with numbers and excel and could spare an hour a month when it’s quiet and more around the events season, and would fit around those who work full time.

You would log transactions online, issue expenses, collate floats and keep abreast of our finances. You would be fully trained by Helen and supported by a fun and inclusive PTFA committee.

If you’re able to help or want more details we would love to hear from you. Please email us on volunteer@woodcoteptfa.org.uk


IT/Website /Graphics help required!

In the coming year we will be losing some of our more techie committee members and we would welcome anyone who would be interested in assisting in managing our website, helping with the school app etc. We also welcome those with graphic design skills for the yearbook (Adobe Indesign) and for posters. Many hands make light work! If you’re able to spare some time and help, let us know via volunteer@woodcoteptfa.org.uk



Fair or no Fair we still plan to hold a Christmas Raffle. As always we need some STAR PRIZES to boost ticket sales, so if you have anything you can offer or know of businesses willing to sponsor all or part of a star prize we can offer lots of promotion in return. Let us know using admin@woodcoteptfa.org.uk



Thank you for all your donations this week!

A reminder that we are selling second hand uniform from PTFA committee members houses. The items have been split by size and cost £1 per item (Polo shirts 50p).

Please contact the following sellers below with your requirements (texts/what’s app preferred please) and they will try and accommodate your needs.


Woodies/Age 3-4: Nicola Long 07775 520358

Ages 4-5 & 5-6: Nicola Tallis 07939 210458

Ages 6-7 & 7-8: Matt Campion 07976 015497

Ages 8-9 & 9-10: Sacha Bunatyan 07977 474326

Ages 10-11, 11-12 and up, including Prefect uniform: Allison Mackenzie: 07779 067233


Collections should be made from the sellers house unless otherwise agreed, and social distancing will be required. Cash on collection unless also otherwise agreed. We also suggest you wash the uniform upon receipt!

Water for Children

Please ensure your child comes to school with plenty of water for the day, particularly when it is hot or if attending breakfast/after school club. We are not allowed to have the water fountains on currently and are unable to fill children’s water bottles up during the day. Children can bring more than one bottle to school.


Surrey Cricket Foundation

‘The Surrey Cricket Foundation are writing to let you know about our Pride of Lions cricket courses which are available across London and Surrey for the Reception – school year 3 age group.

These are great starter sessions to engage your child and nurture their enthusiasm in cricket.

We would love to welcome your child on to a course with us, for more information and availability please click here for the reception and year 1 category and the years 2 and 3 category here.  If the course that you are interested in is full then please click on the ‘more’ button to add yourself to our waiting list.  If you require any further information please contact Katie Baker on kbaker@surreycricket.com.’

17th September
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