Healthy Lifestyles Raffle – 2024

Our annual Healthy Lifestyles Raffle is now live on ParentPay. This year’s prize is a signed England shirt from League Of Their Own Team Captain, European Champion & Queen of the Jungle, Jill Scott!

The raffle is now live on ParentPay and tickets are £1 each. There is no limit on ticket purchase however only one transaction can be made so please ensure you purchase all your tickets at the same time.

The raffle will close at midday on Thursday 6th June and will be drawn in assembly on the afternoon of Friday 7th June. All funds raised will go back into school to help subsidise trips, events & experiences for our children.

Healthy Lifestyles Week will take place in school from Monday 3rd – Friday 7th June. All children to wear their PE kit everyday that week.

Good luck everyone!




Staff News

Dear Parents/Carers,

As much as I would like to retain all members of the fabulous Newdale team, unfortunately I cannot!

It is with huge sadness, but also huge congratulations, that I have to inform you that Mrs Thomas will be leaving us this Summer.

Mrs Thomas has been successful in gaining a really exciting promoted post and I know you will join me in wishing her the very best of luck.

Mrs Thomas joined Newdale in 2012 and has spent the last 6 years in the position of Assistant Headteacher. She has made a very significant contribution to so many areas of our school development and her experience in education will be gratefully received in her new school.

We have already put plans in place to ensure continued stability when she leaves.

Kind regards,

Miss Cook

School Swimming Lessons 

Dear Parents / Carers,

During primary school, all children are required to have a block of swimming lessons. We believe swimming is an extremely important skill for your child to learn as it is one physical activity that can save lives.

Our swimming programme aims to achieve the following objectives for your child:

  • To develop water confidence and water safety skills;
  • To master basic stroke techniques and swim 25 metres;
  • To participate in an enjoyable social activity;
  • To participate in activities which can help improve health and fitness.

As a parent/carer you play a vital role in encouraging your child to swim and to help them learn about water safety, survival and lifesaving. Growing their water confidence will mean they progress more quickly so as to gain skills that will keep them safe around water.

There are several ways you could support your child:

  • go swimming as a family;
  • get them to put their face in water and blow bubbles whilst in the bath or shower;
  • talk about water safety with your child and tell them how important it is;
  • ensure your child has everything they need to take part in their swimming lessons. Try everything on to make sure it fits and they are comfortable;
  • sign your child up for additional lessons at a local pool if possible;
  • continue to swim outside school times even during the period that they are swimming with school.

The more they swim the better they will get. More information can be found here:


Telford & Wrekin Council will soon lose the funding which in previous years has meant that children in Years 4, 5, and 6 can swim with school for free. This money has covered the cost of using the pool, but does not cover the increasing cost of the transport needed.

We are currently reviewing our swimming curriculum and how we can move forward with the additional costs, including the pool hire and the transport to the Abraham Darby Leisure Centre by coach. From next September we will be offering blocks of swimming for Years 4 & 5 only. We will then offer intervention sessions for anyone in Year 6 who has not achieved the objectives above. How this will be organised is yet to be confirmed.

In the meantime, please see the link below which will direct you to Leisure Centres within Telford which offer extracurricular swimming lessons.

Swimming Information – Telford and Wrekin Leisure Services

We will update you in due course once we have reviewed our current practice.

Many thanks for your support.

Ice Pops for sale this week

This Friday 24th May, some of the School Parliament members will be selling ice-pops at home time in order to raise money for Healthy Lifestyles Week. It will be 30p per ice-pop. Following feedback from last year’s event, we will have two stations. One station will be situated on the playground. The second station will be located by the Year 1 classrooms. Please be aware that we have limited freezer space in school and stock is therefore also limited. Please only buy the ice-pops you need so that everyone has a chance to buy one. If this proves popular, we will of course have further events like this. School Parliament would like to thank you for supporting this event.

Y5 trip – Severn Valley Country Park – Thursday 23rd May

Each child should bring a packed lunch and wear suitable outdoor clothing & footwear rather than their school uniform for their trip tomorrow.

Earrings in school

Please can we remind parents that children are only permitted a plain small stud earring when in school. We have a number of children currently wearing hoops.

Thank you

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