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New Islington News - Edition 14

General notices

Young Musician of the Year: This year, several of our pupils auditioned for the Trust’s Young Musician of the Year. Lillian, Lee, Zoe, Arad, Alexey and Kai all sent in video recordings of their musical talents. Huge congratulations to Arad, Alexey and Kai who have got through to the SEMI-FINALS of the Trust’s Young Musician of the Year competition. What a phenomenal achievement - we are so proud of you. Best of luck, boys - we are right behind you. Go and shine brightly! 

Road Closures: Please be aware that there will be further roadworks and road closures in and around Redhill Street from Monday 22nd January. A web form will be available on the Council website – to allow people to feed back any live issues, and to let the Council know how the measures are working. 

Course for parents: If we have enough interest (a minimum of 10 parents) we can provide some free informative parenting advice delivered in a friendly and accessible way. The sessions would either be immediately after drop off, or before pick up and would last for 2.5 hours. It would be a 6 week course after the Easter holiday. The outline is as follows:

  • How to make learning fun and how the importance of learning through play

  • Enjoying books, reading together and why it's important

  • What questions can you ask to check your child's understanding 

  • Understand how schools teach spelling (phonics)

  • Understand the different types of writing children learn in school

  • To feel more confident discussing your child's progress at parents' evening

  • Boundaries, routines and screen time

If you are interested, please email 

Survey on childcare: The Government is investing £289m nationally into expanding Wrap Around Childcare for working families of primary aged children.  Manchester has received funding to expand and establish provision from September 2024 where it is identified as required. The Council wants to work with schools, parents, the out of school sector and childcare providers to develop sustainable and accessible provision that meets the needs of working parents.  The first priority is to establish a clear baseline of what exists and where in the City and whether this is meeting the current and future needs of working families. Please help us by completing the parent/carer survey. The deadline for the surveys is 28th January 2024.

Parent survey

Online Safety Parent Workshop: Please see attached an information poster about a Parent/Carer e-safety information session on Wednesday 31st January 2024 – 9.30am – 10.15am. Pop this date in your diary and we will send you the link to join nearer the time. 


This week

Whole school- 94.46%

Rec- 93.40%

Year 1- 93.22%

Year 2- 94.07%

Year 3- 94.00%

Year 4- 96.35%

Year 5- 94.77%

Year 6- 95.75%

Winner Class- 4EB with 100%. The first class to get 100% for the full week!

Events and key dates 

Friday 2nd February: Our choir and talented soloists will be performing at a major Trust event at Co-op Academy Belle Vue. They will shine brightly and impress all the guests! 

Monday 5th February: Children’s Mental Health Week. We will be planning and delivering different activities to promote positive mental health throughout the week.  

Monday 5th February: Visit to Central Library to meet an author - selected pupils throughout KS2

Tuesday 6th February: Safer Internet Day. We will send out resources for you to access to help you help your children stay safe online. 

Thursday 8th February: Fire Service to come in for a workshop with Year 2

Thursday 8th February: Time to Talk Coffee Morning for parents at 9am

Friday 9th: Spelling Bee for 3 of our best Year 6 spellers - wish us luck!

Friday 16th February: School finishes for the half term holiday

Monday 26th February: School opens for all pupils

Monday 26th February: Year 5 History / Drama workshops - please pay online via Arbor for this workshop

Tuesday 27th February: Year 3 FC to Manchester Museum. More details and payment options nearer the time. 

Thursday 29th February: Year 3 IPLR to Manchester Museum. More details and payment options nearer the time.  

Friday 8th March: World Book Day. More details will be sent out nearer the time, but it would be lovely for pupils to come dressed as an adjective! For example: 

Brave (dressed as a firefighter), Funny (dressed as a clown), Fierce (dressed as a lion), Scary (dressed as a monster), Sleepy (dressed in pyjamas), Excited (dressed as a puppy), Lively (dressed in multicolours)

Friday 8th March: Sign up online for a parents evening appointment

Tuesday 12th March: Book Fair in the hall after school each day this week. Come along to choose a book for your children from an excellent selection. The Book Fair will be open from 3:30 until 4:00 daily. More information will be sent out nearer the time. 

Tuesday 13th and Thursday 19th March: Parents Evening with a phone call option available. 

Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th March: Learning Alongside sessions. More details to follow but this is a chance for you to come in and work alongside your children. 

Thursday 28th March: Last day of term.