Welcome to Thornbury Primary School.

We are privileged to have your child in our care. We believe that in working together, we give your child the best possible foundation to help them grow into happy, confident, independent adults of the future.

Dear Parents and Carers
We had an excellent turn out for our Open Day, with over 60 parents attending. As part of this morning, I gave a talk on changes to the National Curriculum, and also how this relates to assessment. If you have any queries about this topic please do come and see me. As a result of the open day, many parents comments about the ongoing challenge of keeping up with the methods we use in maths calculation. Therefore, in the New Year, we will be providing a maths workshop for parents. Date to follow.

I do hope you enjoy the Christmas events we have planned for your children and you.


Forthcoming Concerts Reminders

Entry is by ticket only, including for babies and toddlers. Anyone arriving without a ticket will be asked to wait in the foyer in case there are any spare seats at 6.00 pm, however this cannot be guaranteed. You are advised to use crèche at afternoon sessions if you have little ones. Please ensure all attending family members are aware of this rule as every year we have had to turn people away, which causes disappointment. When bringing your child for the evening performances, please use the lower Miller Way gate.

Please DO NOT arrive with children before 5.40 pm, as staff will be not on duty until this time, and the Miller Way lower gate will be locked until 5.35 pm and main door opened at 5.40.

The car park will also be locked, unless a visitor with a disabled badge makes arrangements with the school office BEFORE the day concerned. Please advise relatives of this. Thank you in advance for your co-operation, as these rules help us to manage these events, with large numbers of people, more smoothly.


Forthcoming Events

Christmas Lunch
due to large numbers, and the kitchen needing to be cleaned down before the Christmas break, Christmas Lunch is to be held on Thursday 18th Dec. Children are invited to wear a Christmas jumper, or Christmas tinsel; if your child wishes to do this, please can they bring a 20p donation, which will go towards St Luke’s Hospice.

Menu Changes
Thursday 11th will be chicken, (not turkey) for roast, and on the last day of term the choice will be: Fish bites/ Veggie sausages/ jackets with cheesy beans, and a selection of cakes and biscuits.


First Day Calling

If your child is ill, please telephone to let us know, as normal. If a child is absent, and we haven’t heard anything, we will ring you just to make sure all is well. This is particularly with children in mind who make their own way to school, just to make sure they are safe. Thank you.


Thurs 4 Dec Christmas Fayre – 3.15pm

Fri 12 Dec Coffee Morning 9am
Foundation Stage Nativity

Mon 15 Dec Year 1 & 2 Christmas Productions

Tues 16 Dec Year 3 & 4 Christmas Productions

Wed 17 Dec Year 5 & 6 Christmas Productions

Thurs 18th Dec Christmas Lunch (new date)

Fri 19 Dec
Choir Carol Service, Last day of term

Monday 5th Jan Training day for staff

Tuesday 6th Jan Pupils return.

Children Learn by What They Live
By Dorothy Law Nolte, Ph.D.


If a child lives with criticism
they learn to condemn.
If a child lives with hostility
they learn to fight.
If a child lives with ridicule
they learn to be shy.
If a child lives with shame
they learn to feel guilty.
If a child lives with tolerance
they learn to be patient.
If a child lives with encouragement
they learn confidence.
If a child lives with praise
they learn to appreciate.
If a child lives with fairness
they learn justice.
If a child lives with security
they learn to have faith.
If a child lives with approval
they learn to like themselves.
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship
They learn to find love in the world.