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Autumn Term, Issue 2 Thursday 21 October

The Milestone

Parents' Newsletter

Diary Dates

End of Term 1 Inset Day (staff only at school) Start of Term 2 Friends Meeting Parents' Evening Children in Need Thurs 21 Oct Fri 22 Oct Mon 1 Nov Tues 9 Nov Thurs 11 Nov Fri 19 Nov

The last half term has passed so quickly with staff and pupils settling well into the new year at school.

Thank you for your support for the Key Stage Harvest Festivals. Many of you joined us in the different Key Friends Christmas Sat 27 Stages to celebrate Harvest Festival and it's always lovely to welcome parents to school for such events, Fayre Nov

KS2 Christmas Performance

Our next Friends meeting will be held on Tuesday 9th November. This will also be their Annual General EY/KS1 Christmas Tues 7 Meeting. Meetings only last for about an hour and are Performance Dec very informal with no one being pressured into volunKS3 Christmas Wed 8 teering for anything they do not want to! Please do join Performance Dec us at the meeting - you will be made most welcome.

KS4 Christmas Performance Tues 14 Dec

Tues 7 Dec

INSET Days for 2010/2011

Tuesday 4 Jan 2011 Monday 28 Feb 2011 Monday 6 Jun 2011 Friday 22 July 2011 School will be closed to pupils on the above dates.

We've been looking into academy status and with the information we have at the moment we don't see that it would be beneficial to Milestone to apply, but if more information becomes available and Governors consider pursuing it in future, they would consult fully with parents and staff. I look forward to seeing pupils back at school on Monday 1st November. Have a happy and safe half-term.

Key Stage 3 News This year we welcome several staff to Key Stage 3 who have joined us from other Key Stages. We are delighted to have their expertise within the department. We also welcome our new Year 7 pupils who have settled in quickly and are enjoying the challenges of Key Stage 3. The new academic year started at a fast pace with many trips and activities already taking place. Pupils are again benefitting from our valued links with Bishops' College, Dundry Nurseries and the RDA. Many pupils attended the Youth Games at Oxstalls at the end of September, and participated in a variety of sports such as trampolining, Extreme Golf and Multi-Sports. All pupils behaved impeccably and were a credit to Milestone, with volunteers commenting on the pupils' politeness and enthusiasm. A great time was had by all with the pupils being awarded medals and certificates for their efforts.

Our beautiful Harvest Display.

Pupils & parents from 3H enjoy the delicious food

Our Harvest Festival Celebration was held on Wed 13th October. Each class prepared a favourite recipe to share, and the standard of cooking was exceptional. It was lovely to see so many new and familiar faces. Our thanks to all of you who were able to support this event. At the time of writing, the pupils are excited by the Key Stage trip to the cinema on Friday 15th. Many classes are also staying out to eat lunch at a restaurant. Our pupils learn so much from trips out of school, and it is great to see our pupils accessing so many different local amenities so early in the school year. As always, these wonderful activities would not be possible without the organisation, dedication and commitment of the staff team. Diane Taylor, Head of Key Stage 3

We will be celebrating all things spotty on Friday 19th November in aid of children in need this year. Children are invited to come to school in their best spotty attire which they will have the chance to show off in assembly on the day. A donation of loose change for this great cause would be appreciated.

Governors What is a Governor ? Best described as a Critical Friend. There to help the Head and Staff with knowledge outside the curriculum sphere, but at the same time to criticise when needed. Has the role of Governor changed ? Since I became a Governor thirty years ago on the campus at the old Longford school there have been considerable changes. An example is the appointment of head teachers. Then, the Local Authority had direct influence, compared with recent times, when the Local Authority act only as advisers. Schools are now more responsible for managing their own affairs. My role as a Governor I am Vice Chair of Governors and Chair of Finance and Staffing. My appointment is as a Local Authority appointee. I am retired from work. When working I was head bookkeeper for four companies, previously, I served for twenty four years in the Royal Navy, the last twelve years I was an instructor, my final appointment was as Fleet Instructor on the Admirals Staff. So I have some knowledge of teaching, plus my financial knowledge from industry. By Michael P Butler , Vice Chair Governors The `Something Special' programmes recorded for CBeebies with EY/KS1 children in June will be broadcast during half term on Monday 25th October. The Band film will be shown on Monday 25th October, and the film of the Strawberry Farm will be shown on Tuesday 26th. Please check times on TV listings. Highnam Court Autumn Colours in aid of The Pied Piper Appeal The Pied Piper Appeal are holding an Autumn Colours event at Highnam Court on Sunday 7th November from 12-4pm to raise funds. The event offers a chance to wander around the gardens at Highnam Court. Tickets are £4 for adults, children go free and are available on the gate. Refreshments available. For more information call the Pied Piper office on 08454 226119. Stroud and Swindon Building Society

We are very grateful to the Stroud and Swindon Building Society for their recent donation of £502 to the school. We will be putting the money towards ICT equipment for pupils. We need specialist touch screens, large letter keyboards and specialist software that our pupils can use to access learning resources.

Jeans for Genes £122.10 was raised. Pupils and staff made a donation to wear something denim for the day. Many thanks to all who contributed. Parents' Evening

Parents' Evening will take place on Thursday 11th November. You are invited to come into school and talk with the staff involved with teaching your child. You will be advised of arrangements for the evening nearer the date.

Dates for Your Diary Parents & Autism Workshop, 1st November 10am -- 12noon Parents Café & Workshops, 8th November & 6th December 9.30 -- 11.30 For more information contact Kara Mann at school. Out of School Activities *Aspire October Half-term Kidz Camp 2010 @ GL1 from Monday 25th October--Friday 29th October 2010. For more information visit www.aspiretrust.org.uk or telephone 0845 643 4203. *Fortnightly Saturday Clubs, from the `Of Course We Can' programme-- various locations throughout Gloucestershire with priority places for disabled young people who live near the venue, have a CAF or core assessment and find it hard to access ordinary activity groups. Please see school website for contact information and more details about this programme (as below). *Day Centre for 16yrs and above. Joan Pope and her husband have opened an Activity/Day centre for young people aged 16yrs and above with special needs. Their son is 24yrs, has severe Autism and attended Milestone. Please contact Joan for more information. Contact details: Phone: 07791 541044; email; jamats.dp.gmail.com To find out about evening, weekend and holiday activities visit our website: www.themilestoneschool.ik.org. Click on the left hand heading `About Us' and select the link `Family Support at The Milestone School'

The Milestone School Longford Lane Gloucester GL2 9EU Phone: 01452 874000 Fax: 01452 874074 Email: [email protected] Web: www.themilestoneschool.ik.org This newsletter is compiled and edited by Dawn Imm, Information Assistant Next Issue: Friday 26 November 2010

Don't forget you can find lots more information on our school website. The address is: www.themilestone.school.ik.org

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