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Fitz Weekly 29th June

Monday 29th  

  • Cricket club with Jon Solly, Years 1-6, 3.20-4.20
  • Cluster athletics competition, St Laurence
  • Y5 Rounders Festival, St Laurence 1pm – 3pm

Tuesday 30th

  • KS2 Ukulele club 3.30 – 4.30
  • KS1 Gardening Club with Mrs Evans, 12.30-1.00
  • Y4 arts day at St Laurence

Wednesday 1st July

  • Blackbird class – Forest Schools

Thursday 2nd

  • Dinner choice slips for week beginning 6th July due today
  • Swift class – Forest Schools
  • FS2 & Y1/2 Active club 3.30 – 4.15
  • KS2 Gardening Club with Mrs Evans, 1.00 – 1.30
  • Violin Concert, 9.15am Parents welcome

Friday 3rd

  • Swift Class Assembly, 9.15am School Hall
  • Y1/2 Multi-skills festival



Celebrating Success

Thank you leaf: Jasmine K, Eliza R, Abby McD, Parys M, Patrick D, Chloe H, Jacob M, Elsie B, Ruby M, Harry B, Wren J & all of Red Kite class

Politeness Ticket: Oskar W-H, James R, Daisy W, Emily W, Arden H, George J, Elsie S, Zac V, Jessica F, Kyle S, Sophia P & Claudia C

Congratulations to Jessica N who passed her gymnastics selection at the weekend with West Wilts Espirit Gym Club. Jessica will now go through to regional grades in July – good luck Jessica!

County Cricket Finals – On Monday 22nd June, we took part in the County Cricket Finals at Trowbridge Cricket Club, and we are pleased to announce that we are now the third best team in the County!  Although we lost to the Mead in the semi-finals, we won all the games in the pool stage, everyone took wickets and scored 6s, we played brilliantly as a team! Over 150 schools started the competition at cluster and district level and the best in each district from the whole of Wiltshire took part in the finals, we are very proud of our result. Thank you to all parents and grandparents who came along to support us, you helped us believe in ourselves!                                       By Lily B & Jake B


Year 3/4 Swimming Gala – well done to all the children who took part in the Y3/4 Swimming Gala on Wednesday 24th June. All the children tried really hard and should be proud of their efforts. Congratulations to Oak House who won the Gala, followed closely by Poplar House in second place.










New Date for KS1 Sports Day – KS1 Sports day will now be on Tuesday 7th July at 1.30pm. We hope that as many parents as possible are able to come and support the children and we apologise again for any inconvenience this has caused.


‘Stranger Danger’ – As the days are lighter, the weather is improving and the children are playing outside more; it is important to remember to go over ‘stranger danger’ with your children so they know what to do if they find themselves lost or in a situation where they feel uncomfortable.


School Meals – If you were lucky enough to be given the ‘free’ cake (left over from our open afternoon) on Tuesday after school, it came from our very own school kitchen and was a range of the puddings that the children have with the hot dinners. They may be cakes but the nutritional value is carefully counted as part of a healthy meal! Our meals are produced on site using fresh ingredients, the meat comes from a local butcher and fruit and vegetables are delivered daily.  If you ever have questions about the meals please contact Diane through the school office, she is always happy to talk to you.  We will arrange some more taster opportunities in the autumn for you to see for yourself the quality of these meals.
Message from the King & Queen of the Strawberry Fair

Our time at Fitz has been amazing. We’ve had so many wonderful teachers and friends to help us make the most of the last 7 years of our lives and we would like to thank them all for their help and support; we could not have achieved the things we have done today without them. The Strawberry fairs have always been a highlight of each of our years at Fitzmaurice, especially this year as we had the honour of being King and Queen of the fair. Fitzmaurice has always been our home, and we would just like to thank everyone for all their kindness and support.

By Edie B and Seb P

Year 5 Rounders Festival – We still require helpers to walk the year 5 children to and from St Laurence on Monday 29th June. They will be leaving Fitz at 1pm and will return by the end of the School day. If you can help please see Miss Foord or let the office know ASAP.


Music from September 2015 – Due to closure of the Wiltshire Music Service all music teachers at Fitzmaurice will be working on a private basis from September. Whilst the school will continue to provide the facilities for the lessons and ensure that tutors comply with our Safeguarding and Health & Safety policies, all other matters relating to music tuition will be dealt with between the teacher and the parent/carer. The teacher’s profiles are all available to view on the Wiltshire Connect website :

If you would like your child to continue with or are interested in them starting music lessons in September 2015 please contact the relevant teacher directly, as soon as possible but by the end of June at the latest.

Instrument choices:

Woodwind: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone.

Teacher: Jenny Knight. Email:  Tel:07825 708710


Strings: Violin & Cello

Teacher: Ms Theresa Cole. Email: Tel: 07809 450245


Guitar & Bass Guitar

Teacher: Mr Martin Stewart. Email:  Tel: 07791 799465


Other: Piano, Keyboard, Recorder (Descant, Treble & Bass)

Teacher: Mrs Mary Pilcher-Clayton. Email:  Tel: 01249 812749









Dates for your Diary


Monday 29th Y5 Rounders Festival
Monday 29th Cluster Athletics Competition
Tuesday 30th Y4 Arts day at St Laurence
Thursday 2nd July Curriculum meeting for Current Y1-5 parents, 3.30pm or 6pm
Thursday 2nd Violin Concert
Friday 3rd Swift Class Assembly, 9.15am School Hall
Friday 3rd Y1/2 Multi Skills Festival
Friday 3rd Y4 international football tournament at St Laurence, 3.30pm
Tuesday 7th Year 5 Taster day at St Laurence
Tuesday 7th Bikeability group 4
Tuesday 7th KS1 Sports day 1.30pm DATE CHANGE
Wednesday 8th Quad Kids Final, Marlborough College
Thursday 9th Year 6 Induction day, St Laurence
Friday 10th Bikeability group 3
NEW Tuesday 14th Transistion meeting for parents of children in FS2, 3.30pm. More details to follow
Wednesday 15th Guitar concert
Wednesday 15th Y6 Leavers Performance, 2pm & 6.30pm
Thursday 16th Horrible Histories
Friday 17th KS2 Sports Day 1.30pm DATE CHANGE
Friday 17th Piano Concert
Friday 17th FS2 trip to Brokerswood
Monday 20th Y3/4 Walk to Avoncliff & Activity Day
Monday 20th Y6 Trip to Weymouth




Community Notices

Holiday Swim Therapy , 20th July – 6th August- one to one swimming lessons and hydrotherapy for disabled & special needs children & young people. Visit for more information or see the attached poster


First Aid Training, Bradford on Avon Children’s Centre – Please contact Amanda on 01225 867184, email for more information and to book your place.


‘Record Breakers’ Summer Reading Challenge – The summer reading challenge combines FREE access to books with fun, creative activities in the library during the summer holidays. The challenge can be joined for free at your local library and is available from 11th July – 5th September 2015. For more information, visit your local library or go to


Lewis Moody Summer Rugby Course, 26th, 27th & 28th August (1, 2 or 3 day options available)

Our junior course is open to both GIRLS & BOYS in the current U9,U10,U11 & U12 age groups and we ensure 10:1 coaching ratio to gain the best experience. There are only 60 places available, so booking at your earliest convenience is recommended to avoid disappointment. For more information and to register your child, please visit the website



FSA News and Thank-you’s


20 June 2015 at 5am: BBC weather online: ‘B-o-A’ Heavy Rain 1-3pm; Met Office: ditto; iphone: far from Californian (infact ditto!). There was to be no escape; 3 months ridiculous meticulous planning was about to wash down the Avon…official! No one would come out, we’d make our first whopper loss! Contingency plans were swung into place, stalls were moved,  Pimm’s was being poured to contend with the situation and then…it didn’t actually happen! (correction, the Pimm’s still did luckily).

We have obviously all behaved impeccably in previous lives as we got away with it! A marvellous time was had by all.

As ever mega thanks are needed:

First and foremost- Sarah M without whom we wouldn’t have had a Fair. She has been magnificent in all her support (both IT-wise and emotionally!) and has helped ensure every base was covered and every stall manned. We shall miss our midnight emails! (not!!)

Sue and her son Sam- for giving up all their social Fair time once again to be locked in a room counting (and then having the mammoth balancing books task!)

Ed- the ‘voice’, announcements and music of the Fair. ‘Mr Blue Sky’ anyone?!

Team Yum Yum (Emily, Nicolette, Mandy and accomplices)- this looked sensational yet again (and from what I’ve heard it tasted likewise too). Always a highlight and the envy of all Fairs. I know you were rushed off your feet but it would definitely hit a 5* across the board on Trip Advisor!

Kate-for stapling all our magnificent iconic strawberry banners together.

Fran and Miss Noble for the fabulous uke club, musicians and choir entertainment! The variety and skill was fabulous.

Fitz staff- for inflatables and gates and showing up (the children love having you there and being part of it).

Governors (past and present) – BBQ and Pimm’s (and Christine for sourcing the quality Downlands meat).

Beth for collecting and folding the raffle tickets (mega popular this year thanks to parents’ very generous donations).

Ian- for a  magnificent standard programme to do Fitz proud about town once again.

Jim and Becs- for filling that aforementioned programme by trawling the streets of BoA, narrowly avoiding a strawberry themed tattoo each in the tattoo parlour (or did they?!!)

Fun Run- Samm and Owen (fabulously organised, medals a go-go!)

Face Painting team- tigers and ‘ taches!

Sam W & Sara C for their much appreciated First Aid presence (luckily not needed).

The Paper Bag Company (Jon Marling) for our stunning strawberry bags!

Mrs Hill and Mrs Steadman for their liaison and ensuring that all requests were sorted swiftly as humanly possible.

Karen and Lizzie in the office for every photcopying whim and their printing patience!!

Kelvin for music by the inflatables and coning our access!

Alex for the loan of her van.

Aidan for ‘trifling’ and ‘Pigging’ out!

Ede M and family for ‘Strawberry Hair’ (see what they did there?!) which was a brilliant coiffeured addition.

Our fabulous ‘King and Queen’ (Seb and Edie).

To everyone who donated anything (however big or small), attended on the day, set up, cleared up, laughed, joined in and spent money!

To our ‘Pie-Faced’ year 6 parents who are leaving this year and yet still were willing to run stalls up until the bitter end. These guys have been working the event every year these last 7 years (many for more!) from set up start to collapsing (in so many ways!) finish. I have absolutely no idea how we will cope without them and their skills for future Fairs. THANK YOU!!

The bit you’ve been waiting for…Sue is still counting and adding in expenses/advertising revenue etc (let her know asap of any outstanding ones please), but she’s happy to announce a sensational £5,000 profit at this stage as we’ve kept badgering her! I hope you’ll agree that that’s a bit brill!


Best wishes


Ps huge apologies if I’ve missed anyone- a very high chance I have as we’re all still in post-Fair exhaustion mode.


Fitz and the FSA would also like to add a HUGE thanks to Julia herself. Without her tremendous hard work covering all bases and checking every single detail, from booking rides to purchasing the squirty cream for the trifles, the Fair just wouldn’t be the same fun & friendly event that it is!!