We are collecting

Active Kids from Sainsburys This has  finished at Sainsbury’s. Thank you for all your donations.

Used stamps of any country, from envelopes (for the charity RNIB) Carefully leave about 1cm of envelope when you rip the stamp off.

Stamp collection for RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) Thank You email to Mrs Fraser

All are received by the Library Computer.



  • Gymnastics with Sonia Staykyova on Wednesdays, 3.30 to 4.30pm.
  • Year 4 Boys’ Football on some Thursdays, 3.30 to 4.30pm.
  • Girls football by Sports Active on Thursdays, 3.30 to 4.30pm.
  • Sports Active, Years 1 to 6 boys and girls football course Fridays, 3.30 to 4.30pm.
  • Gymnastics with Sonia Staykova on Fridays, 3.30 to 4.30pm.



Red are unconfirmed as yet for this school year

  • Spanish Club for Years 5 and 6 on Mondays and Years 3 and 4 on Wednesdays, with Miss Molina, from 3.30 to 4.30pm in the computer room. It costs £2.50 per pupil each week.
  • School choir on Tuesdays, from 3.30 to 4.15pm, led by Miss Smith.
  • Sign Language Club with Mrs Marvin and Mrs Ball on Tuesdays. Various year groups throughout the year. Place and times to be confirmed.
  • Reception and Year 1 Art Club on Tuesdays, from 3.30 to 4.30pm. (Miss Marklove)
  • Gardening Club for Year 1 pupils on Thursdays, from 3.30 to 4.30pm, with Miss Webb.




Link to music lessons (Music page)



  • Parking restrictions to improve safety for our pupils, have now been implemented on Gorsemoor Road, near school and Brooklyn Road, opposite school. This means that cars should not park on the yellow lines, Monday to Friday between 8am and 9am or between 3pm and 4pm. Our neighbours have also asked us to remind you that a dropped kerb is an access to a drive, which they could use at any time. It is NOT appropriate to park blocking a resident’s drive. LATEST COMPLAINTS include this screen grab from a resident’s CCTV, clearly showing their drive and the road being completely blocked to any traffic whilst the driver collects a child from school. Please park considerately as this brings the school into disrepute.
  • PARENTS - if you wish to receive letters by email you MUST  make sure the office knows your email address.
  • We hope you are enjoying Class Dojo.  You can alter settings, so that you only receive alerts at your convenience.
  • Children on our Free School Meal register can have free milk at playtime, if they have  returned their slip – they just collect it from the kitchen at break.
  • Year 4 swimming 2016 information
  • Current Photo and Video consent letter
  • DfE letter about arrangements for supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
  • At Gorsemoor Primary we are happy for parents and carers to take video and photos of school events for personal use, but we request that these images are NOT distributed or put online. This is to protect all members of the community. Some children are ‘at risk’ and MUST NOT have their images posted online; some pupils/staff have a complex family background and some people have religious or personal reasons for not wanting their images available on the internet. Photo/video permission letter is on our  important information page
  • Scholastic Book Club leaflets, when sent out please return to Mrs Ryan (Year 4)  Cheques payable to Gorsemoor Primary School Fund. Book Club information.                       Book Club link for online orders.
  • OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS - see the Important Information page

Breakfast Club

After school


Farlea’s Kids Club, proprietor Annie Mahoney and Manager Katie Atkinson, organise a breakfast club and after-school club for Gorsemoor School pupils. Breakfast club operates from 7.30am to 8.50am when children are taken to classes - After-school club is from 3.30pm to 6pm. Prices vary according to drop off times, sessions booked, regular use or odd sessions and holiday care requirements. Phone 07752 453154 for details.


Printer ink cartridges

This year-round scheme brings in money for IT. If you have used printer cartridges, just pop them in the recycling bin in the computer room, by the printer. Any brand, any style.

Car Park

For safety reasons a barrier was installed at our vehicle entrance. Parents are reminded NOT to block that entrance before or after school or at lunchtime. Also please DO NOT park your cars on the paths outside school as this endangers the safety of the children. Thank you.

What’s New!

Reminders for Week of 17th July 2017

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Quick links Letters On this page This Week’s diary We are collecting Sports Clubs Other Clubs Other information, Farlea’s Kids Club Music Car Park                        and Safety reminders

Deaf Not Stupid

Campaign and fundraising

Sign Language Club

Lilly at the palace

Comic Relief Talent Show

incl The Science Geeks video

Sports  Clubs: including match reports from  boys and girls

Year 3 Tribal Tales Day

School visits, events and current information

  • School meal newly updated menus now available - Week One this week. View the three week rotation of menus here. Don’t forget pupils can have a school-prepared sandwich bag (KS2 can choose which bread they want too!)

Reception and Key Stage One pupils have free school meals. They could have either a hot meal or a cold school-prepared sandwich bag lunch.  All hot and cold menus are detailed on the school meals page along with Free School Meals letters. Reminder about Free School Meals - please complete a form if you think it applies to your family, even if your child(ren) are already receiving ‘free’ meals in KS1, as other funding may be available for school.

                                                              Free School Meals (2016)

  • KS1 assessment information (Government produced parent leaflet) and KS2 assessment information (Government produced parent leaflet) [Year 2 and Year 6 parents may be interested]
  • Barnado’s shop in Hednesford is offering ‘Back to Work’ voluntary opportunities. See Leaflet and email
  • Last week, after much work by Miss Elwell and Mrs Morris, our school achieved Dyslexia Friendly Full Status. We have received an official logo to display in school.
  • Summer Reading Challenge in local libraries. Mrs Fraser is advertising this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, that begins on Saturday 15th July in all Staffordshire Libraries. Studies carried out by The Reading Agency, show that children who read during the summer break maintain their literacy levels and are more school ready come the start of Autumn term. We hope you will encourage your children to take part in this year’s challenge. There are events taking place at Cannock Library over the summer – including a fantastic visit from ZooLab. We look forward to seeing the children in the local libraries this summer.
  • ‘Thank You’ to the many parents and pupils who  attended Open Evening. Another ‘Thank You’ from Mrs Fraser to people  who discussed the website – your views are appreciated.
  • Newsletter is published this week.
  • School library is closed; all books should be returned. There are 85 missing!
  • All guided reading books need to be returned as soon as possible please.
  • On Monday and Tuesday, various year groups will watch Year 6 in their  final rehearsals for their Leavers’ celebration (Hall or at St. John’s church).
  • Year 4 have something planned on Tuesday afternoon?
  • On Tuesday, Year 6 Leavers’ Celebration takes place at St John’s Church,  6pm, followed by buffet and party at school from 7.30pm. Tickets only. As  we have an assault course and disco dome during the party, children will  need an adult on site to oversee their activities.
  • Year 6 have an SRE talk on Wednesday morning.
  • At lunchtime on Wednesday, Year 6 pupils have a restaurant dining  experience planned. The hall is ‘converted’ and staff act as servers. If  eating a school lunch on that day, pupils need to pay £2.30 for the meal  (hot or cold), but pupils do not need to buy the food to be included – just  bring their normal sandwiches to the ‘restaurant’.
  • Nursery Sports Day (9.30 to 10.30am) followed by their Teddy Bear  Picnic takes place on Thursday morning, until noon.
  • Year 6 pupils have a ‘Day of the Dead’ celebration on Thursday,  linking with their Hola Mexico project work. They are dressing in a  red and black theme and wearing decorated face masks.
  • Achievement assemblies are on Friday morning – who will be ‘Star of  the Year’ in each class? Karen Griffiths award too.
  • School breaks up on Friday at 3.30pm, but Year 6 pupils will be  allowed to leave with parents slightly earlier, as there will be no  ‘prom’ vehicles allowed on school premises.
  • Monday and Tuesday next week are our final Training Days for this  school year. No pupils in school.
  • We return to school on Tuesday 5th September, as Monday 4th is  Training Day 1 for the new school year.
  • Please remember our photo/video policy. At Gorsemoor Primary we are happy for parents and carers to take video and photos of school events for personal use, but we request that these images are NOT distributed or put online. This is to protect all members of the community. Some children are ‘at risk’ and MUST NOT have their images posted online; some pupils/staff have a complex family background and some people have religious or personal reasons for not wanting their images available on the internet.
  • PTFA Grand Summer Draw prizes are available for collection. Check the list of prizewinners here
  • Headlice advice and Threadworm advice from NHS website as parents may need guidance. (School Nurse contact and some medical leaflets/links are on our safeguarding page)
  • As the weather turns warmer, can we remind you please to provide hats and sun screen for your children whilst at school.
  • Sports Active released details of their Summer Holiday Multi-sports Club and Baby Ballers course, view here.
  • Mrs Marvin, who started our after-school Sign Language Club, recently sent a very complimentary email to Mrs Heath. Click here to view.
  • Active Kids vouchers from Sainsburys. This year’s scheme has finished. Thank you for your donations.
  • Parents with access to ClassDojo may already be aware of some changes to our achievements. As the use of Monster Points has increased, having merits and house points as separate reward systems seemed a duplication. Staff are currently piloting a ‘tweak’ to our Behaviour Policy, basing more recognition on Monster points (Stars of the Week would receive 5 Monster points, a merit being equivalent to 3) and collecting ‘House points’ via a token system. Golden Time (a pupil choice of activity) has also been reintroduced. Alongside this is the ability to lose Monster points with a more formal reporting system to parents. Any parent viewing ClassDojo can see the points awarded or deducted from their child/children and contact class teachers as necessary.
  • The National Association of Head Teachers has announced education issues - click here. The National Association of Head Teachers launched a schools funding report, ‘Breaking Point’, which presents findings of a recent survey. Full report here. It makes bleak reading. They are so concerned about the finances that they have set up a website where anyone can view projections for schools. CLICK HERE. Please take a look at the effect on our school and express concerns to your MP (Word doc) or sign the NAHT petition.
  • Year 2 and Year 6 parents may be interested in this government document explaining National Curriculum tests and Videos explaining the tests.
  • Introducing Work Routes, a programme designed to support residents of Cannock Chase District to get in to work. Information emailed to Mrs Heath by Advanced Personnel Management. Website here
  • Our SENCo, Mrs Morris,  frequently adds  posters  about  relevant SEND and family matters
  • Skillshare Understanding Attachment and Trauma course for parents
  • NSPCC and O2 link for online safeguarding
  • Mediation for separating and divorcing parents. Click here for website.    
  • PEP review changes
  • Diabetes Type 1 poster - Is your child diabetic?
  • Click here for rehab4addiction details.
  • Click here for safeguarding LADO information and leaflet.
  • Click for the Children’s Hospital Services leaflet
  • SEND page

Find below Sports Clubs, Other Clubs, Other information,                  Farlea’s Kids Club, ‘We are collecting’, Music, Car Park                       and Safety reminders

Paralympian visit

Mrs Stokes retirement

DT competition winners

Pets as Therapy photos

Sports Days 2017

Choir Big Sing

News from Miss Elwell and Mrs Morris