October Newsletter

October 2017 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

School finishes on Friday 20th October at the normal time and re-opens on Monday 30th October at 8.50am.


All the school community wish Mrs Steward all the very best as she begins her maternity leave this Friday. We will also being wishing Mrs Shaw all the best as she will begin her maternity leave in November.

We are really pleased to be able to welcome Wendy Barker and Melanie Parry as teachers in reception and nursery.  Miss Barker will be the foundation stage leader and will be working alongside Miss Dempsey. Miss Parry will be teaching alongside Mrs Shafiq in the nursery as Miss Choudhry will be continuing her teaching career in another setting. Both Miss Barker and Miss Parry have a wealth of experience teaching in other parts of the country and we are lucky that they will be bringing their expertise to Plymouth Grove.

Ready for learning

It is vital that children come prepared for school every day. Unfortunately, we have many occasions when PE kits and packed lunches are being brought to school in the middle of the morning and this is leading to lessons being disrupted. Please make sure your child is ready for learning every day.


On Wednesday  we will be celebrating Diwali. It is a very important time of year for Hindus, Sikhs and Jains; we will be marking this celebration with an assembly on Wednesday morning and a special lunch. Children will be able to wear brightly coloured clothes for this Festival of Light.

Sporting Success

It is only October and we have already enjoyed sporting success with our Tag Rugby and Cross Country teams. Our Tag Rugby team will be representing the school in the City Wide finals this Thursday. We have one member of the Cross Country team who will also be running in the City Wide Finals.

Lunch boxes

We have a number of children with nut allergies in school. Therefore, I politely request that parents avoid products such as nutella, peanut butter and cereal bars that contain nuts to avoid any allergic reactions.

Families Art Project 

Families from our school have helped to design this half term’s family activities at Manchester Art Gallery. This is part of the gallery’s celebration of South Asian design. Come and explore with clay, nature and sound.  Plymouth Grove afternoon at Manchester Art Gallery: Free event, Tuesday24th October, 2pm to 4pm. The first workshop is open to Plymouth Grove children, staff and all our families. It’s free and for the whole family – drop in any time between 2 and 4 pm.

If you can’t come on Tuesday 24th October, the workshop is also open to the public over half term: Wednesday 25th to Saturday 28th October, 1pm to 3pm daily. (Free, drop in suitable for all ages.)

Spoken Language

In July – Year 6 children were assessed by the English Speaking Board for their speaking and debating skills after a year long programme delivered by Miss Thompson.  Eight children were assessed in the Junior Medallion exam and seven achieved a distinction with one achieving a merit plus. For their debating skills, eight children were assessed and seven achieved a distinction. These are incredible achievements and show the outstanding levels of achievement that our children are capable of reaching. One pupil, Malayka Ali, now at high school, has won her category for speaker of the year. Both Malayka and Miss Thompson will attend a special ceremony in Liverpool in November.

Key Dates

Plymouth Grove and Stanley Grove Rights Respecting Schools’ Conference – Friday 20th October 1.45pm-3.00pm.

Individual Photographs Thursday 9th November

Parents’ Evening 14th, 15th and 16th November

UK Parliament Week 13th November to 17th November.

Nativity Monday 18th December 2:15pm

Nativity Tuesday 19th December 9:30am

Kind Regards



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