Weekly Memo 8th November 2019


Coming up!

  • On Monday 11th November we will be holding our Whole School Science day. We look forward to seeing what the children will learn.
  • Today was sadly Shirley’s last day as our cook. The children have said and written their farewells. She will be missed. Our new cook is called Aimee and we look forward to working with her.
  • Information about the Children’s Christmas Lunch was emailed out last week. Please make sure you read the letter and follow the instructions by the deadline.
  • Next week we will be having new stage lighting fitted in our KS2 Hall thanks to the PTFA and all of you for your fundraising.
  • We will be running a reading and phonics workshops for EYFS and KS1 Families in the staffroom at 9am on Tuesday 12th

Leadership Responsibilities

We are writing to inform you that Mrs Cox is leading on the whole school curriculum and Miss Garlick is now leading on behaviour across the whole school. They are no longer responsible for specific year groups, and we hope this will ensure further consistency and impact across the whole school. Please direct any queries regarding behaviour to Miss Garlick (garlick@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk). Mrs Cox (cox@woodcoteprimary.croydon.sch.uk) will be able to respond to any queries about what the children are learning and their attainment/progress. Mrs Conway remains responsible for inclusion across the school.


October Attendance

KS1 punctuality: Blue class with only 2 late marks all month

KS2 punctuality: 6B with only 2 late marks all month

Attendance: 3S with 99.0%


Pupil Voice in Action

We thought you would be interested in what one of our children, Oliver in Year 3, achieved this week. He had observed that our caterers were using plastic ketchup packets and spoke to his mum about the week when we discussed single use plastic as part of our Votes for Schools Assemblies. We sent his concerns to our caterers and they are now changing to using bottles with the sauce being decanted in to bowls! So wonderful to see our pupil voice having an impact.


Another Success!

Our brilliant Netball teams have started this year’s Croydon Netball Association league in great style with two wins against Coulsdon Primary School on 6th November.

Woodcote Primary A team won 4 -2 and the B team won in great style with an 8 -2 victory.  We are looking forward to another successful year ahead to hopefully retain the trophy.  Well done all.


Class Dojos

This week’s winning Dojo Classes are;


Winning KS1 Class –1L                      Winning KS2 Class – 3W


Votes for schools

This week we discussed the following question in our Votes for Schools Assemblies.


This week’s question was… KS2 “Are young people interested in politics?”, KS1 “Would you like to be a politician?”


Next week’s question is… “Do you think it is possible to reduce bullying in your school?”


A copy of this week’s presentation can be found on the school website. You will also find attached to this memo the New Weekly Parent Bulletin to support discussions at home.



Saturday 30th November 12-3pm

Save the date!


Coughlans Design a Cake Competition:

We have the return of the ‘Design a Festive Cake Competition’, with huge thanks to Coughlans!

See attached entry form, hard copies available from the office.

Submit your entries (with name and class) to the office or your teacher by Friday 15th November.

There will be two winners chosen from early years/KS1, and KS2 and the two prize cakes will be revealed at the fair.

Coughlans are also happy to display the winning cakes in their Coulsdon store if the winners permit.


Soft Toys wanted this week!

One of our classes is reviving the Soft Toy Tombola for the fair. Please drop your (good condition please) soft cuddly toys to the office FAO PTFA

These will be washed and ready to find new homes!

These donations are not the same as the Toy and Sweet Mufti day donations (see below)



Thank you to all you who have volunteered so far, you’re amazing!

We still need more helpers however, and we particularly need one more Santa and several Face Painters. Please let us know if you can help.

If you can help on the day please contact your class rep or email volunteer@woodcoteptfa.org.uk


Santa’s Grotto

We are now taking bookings for Santa’s Grotto at the fair!

Please go to http://www.pta-events.co.uk/woodcoteptfa


Toy and Sweet Mufti Donation Day

Friday 15th November

Get ready next Friday with your donations of new toys or wrapped sweets (no nuts) – remember Mufti is only for those who bring in a donation.

Donations are for the Toy and Sweet tombola’s as the fair.

Thank you in advance for your support.


THEATRE CLUB now booking

Mary Poppins (NEW SHOW!)

Prince Edward Theatre London

Thursday 7th May 7.30pm

Adults £68 stalls

Kids £33 stalls

DEADLINE 9th November

Please go to http://www.pta-events.co.uk/woodcoteptfa



The SIX Wives Of Henry VIII Take To The Mic To Tell Their Tales In An Uplifting Musical.

Divorced. Beheaded. Live in Concert.

Arts Theatre London

Thursday 6th Feb 6pm

£27 each

DEADLINE 13th November

Please go to http://www.pta-events.co.uk/woodcoteptfa


David Walliams ‘Billionaire Boy’

Churchill Theatre Bromley

Sun 2nd Feb 11am

Adults £23 stalls

Kids £18 stalls


To book your tickets go to http://rebrand.ly/BillionaireBoy


St Mark’s Community Youth Choir

St Mark’s Community Youth Choir offers young singers aged 9 -18 a place to sing choral music to the very highest standard of vocal singing and training in a fun and inspiring environment.  Our repertoire will include everything from pop music to musical theatre, gospel and jazz. No experience is needed, all are welcome and new singers are welcome to join us every week. Registration is required, there are no auditions and weekly attendance is expected.


Rehearsals are held in term time in St Mark’s church Woodcote on Mondays from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. First rehearsal Monday November 18th. The choir is run by DBS checked adults. Please contact Diana Van Dromme or Rev’d Fiona Weaver on stmarksyouthchoir@gmail.com or 020 8668 0063 for more details and registration.



25th Purley (St. Mark’s) Scout Group

Fun and Skills for Life! 

Our young people enjoy amazing weekly programmes, adventurous activities and camps.  As Scouts, we believe in preparing young people with skills for life.  Each week we help young people to enjoy fun and adventure while developing the skills they need to succeed, now and in the future.

Scouting helps young people to do more, learn more and be more.

We welcome boys and girls and currently have a few places available as our young people move on to the next Section.  We meet in the Scout Hut at St. Mark’s Church, Church Road, Purley, CR8 3QQ.

Beavers:  Tuesdays 5.30pm to 6.30pm for young people age 6 to 8.                                                                   Cubs:       Tuesdays 6.45pm to 8.15pm for young people age 8 to 11.

Interested in finding out more?  Visit our web site at http://www.25thpurley.org.uk and click on “join us”.