Monthly Archives: September 2016

Come see my Classroom

Parents are being invited into school as follows

Rowan Gate East, Rushden

4th October for KS1/KS2

12th October for Early Years Foundation Stage


Rowan Gate Primary School, Wellingborough

10th October Whole school


2 pm       – Have a cuppa and meet other parents

2.30 pm – Visit your child’s class – Meet your child’s teachers and support workers

Jeans for Genes Day

Staff and pupils are wearing jeans or mufti today to raise funds for Jeans for Genes which is a national charity who raise money for children who have genetic disorders, to fund the care and support they need now and to fund research which could change their futures.

In the UK, 1 baby in every 25 is born with a genetic disorder.  Although individually these disorders can be extremely rare, together they are the biggest killer of children aged 14 and under.

Those wearing jeans or mufti  are paying a £1.00 voluntary contribution.

If you’d like to know more about Jeans for Genes Day, you can visit the charity’s website at 


Class snacks

As classes we have a snack once a day, usually in the morning.  We consider snack time to be a valid and valuable part of the day and are keen to ensure that all aspects of snack are of high quality and that all pupils can access them.
Snack time is:
  • used as high quality teaching time.
  • teaches valuable social skills
  • prevents children becoming low on energy, particularly if they eat little or no breakfast.
Parents are requested to send to school a £2 weekly donation (just 40p per day) towards the cost of providing food and drink for your child.  You may pay weekly, termly or for the whole school year, whichever is most convenient.  If you pay by cheque please could you make your cheques payable to NCC Rowan Gate Primary School.  The funds will be collected and recorded in the school office.
Enquiries about payments should be made to the office but your child’s class teacher will be able to help with questions about snack foods.

Sunshine Circles

See below letter about introducing ‘sunshine circles’ in our school based on Theraplay® principles.

A sunshine circle is a group involving all children in enjoyable activities. The sessions are designed to build relationships, allowing children to grow socially, emotionally and often intellectually.

Sunshine Circles

Purple Mash

Please find below letter giving parents information about Purple Mash which is n exciting  and safe online environment where children can get involved in all sorts of creative projects to support their learning in English, Maths, Science, Computing, History, Geography, RE, Art, Music and Design and Technology.

Purple Mash Letter

Rowan Gate Awarded School Games Gold Mark

September 2016

For the second year in succession, Rowan Gate has been awarded the coveted School Games Gold Mark – the national bench mark for the quality of P.E. and Sport in schools.

The award is testament to the hard work of all the staff and the commitment Rowan Gate has demonstrated in the development of competition, school sport and physical education.

Highlights of the year include more pupils being engaged in extracurricular sports clubs, including being a Hub for Inclusive Football; a wide range of sports teams taking part in School Games level 2 and Level 3 competitions; the Sports Crew helping decide upon and delivering sport in the school.

The Mark was created by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and launched in June 2012. The criteria are set by Sport England and the Youth Sports Trust to assess criteria across participation, competition, workforce and clubs. The School Games Mark is an annual award and must be reapplied for each year.