Monthly Archives: November 2017

Invite to parents and carers to attend first Friday Assembly each month

Dear Parents & Carers,

As you may well be aware, every Friday we have a Celebration Assembly during which we hand out certificates that have been given to children for a wide range of achievements.

We would like to offer an open invitation to all parents and carers to attend these Friday Assemblies and to share in the successes of our wonderful pupils.

All parents and carers are most welcome to attend the Friday Assemblies.

In addition, if your child will be receiving a certificate in the assembly then you will be notified by text the day before the assembly.

Also some of our Parent Governors have kindly offered to also run a drop in tea/coffee session on the first Friday of every month before the assembly.

We will be starting this new assembly arrangement on Friday 1st December.

Please do not park in the bays reserved for school transport.

See letter with Timings for Wellingborough – RGW Friday assembly invite to parents


Reminder – School Opening/Closing times

Dear Parents/Carers

I am writing to remind you of the opening and closing times of the school.

The school opens at 8.50 a.m. If you arrive before 8.50 a.m. your child will not be able to come into school so please do not leave until a member of staff has collected your child. Unless you have made alternative arrangements your child should say goodbye to you in the enclosed outside area. Staff are always available to take children to class.

The school day ends at 3.10 p.m.  We are unable to release children before this time without an alternative arrangement in place.  Please wait for your child in the enclosed outside area.  The member of staff on duty will organise bringing them from class.  The administration staff will not call for them unless previously agreed.

Please keep the entrance gate closed at all times.

Children should only be late for school or collected early in exceptional circumstances.  It is important to remember that even if children are missing a few minutes each day it can make a big difference to their progress.

If you wish to make alternative arrangements for your child due to exceptional circumstances please see Allison or Verity in the Office as soon as possible to complete a form.

These systems are in place to ensure the safety of the pupils and the smooth and efficient running of the classes.

Could I remind you that school should be informed as soon as possible if your child is absent due to sickness, medical appointments etc. Please also send in a letter or write in your child’s Home/School book on their return confirming the reason for their absence.

Thank you for your co-operation.

Yours sincerely

Laura Clarke

Head Teacher

Governor Vacancy – Can you help

Vacancy for Co-opted Governor

The Full Governing Body current has a vacancy for a Volunteer Co-opted Governor and ideally would like to recruit someone who has expertise in Finance and local business.

If you know anyone who may be able to help the school in this way, be it friend, colleague, parent or grandparent, please would you ask them to contact Mrs Michelle Fuller, Clerk of Governors for more information.


01933 351200 (Tuesday afternoons and Fridays.)

01933 304970 (Rest of the week)


The person would need to be willing to attend 6 Full governors meetings a year (in the evenings from 7pm at Rowan Gate East, Rushden), 3 subcommittee meetings (same) and undertake a DBS (disclosure and barring service) check.


Wear Blue for Antibullying

The School Council and Anti-Bullying committee held a vote and decided that on             10 November Rowan Gate Primary School should take part in a national day to support Bullying UK.

Children wore blue or mufti on this day in exchange for a suggested donation of £1.

A total of £151.50 was raised which will be split between the Bullying UK charity and the Schools Council Anti bullying committee.

Well done and thank you to all those who too part.


Table Cricket Festival

On Tuesday 7th November, Peaches East attended a Table Cricket Festival at Greenfields School, Northampton. There were 5 teams in attendance who all competed against each other in a round robin tournament to score the most points. In every game both teams had one innings to bat and the other to bowl/field. All of the children took turns throughout the festival to bowl the ball to children from a different school.

The results revealed how close the tournament had been with Rowan Gate coming joint 3rd on points with Billingbrook and there being 10 points between first and second place!

The children thoroughly enjoyed the festival and had great fun as well as being delighted when they received a certificate of participation!


Seasonal Concert – 21 November 2017

Rowan Gate Choir is proud to be taking part again in the Rotary Club Seasonal Concert

at the Castle Theatre in Wellingborough on Tuesday November 21st at 7p.m.

It should be a great evening with 4 other local schools taking part.

Tickets for friends and family are available from the Castle Theatre at £7 each.

They can be purchased directly from the Box Office (01933 270007) or on line via



Jan Hall


Email Address for Parents/Carers to use

We have set up a dedicated email address for parents/carers to use to contact their child’s teacher or provide general information, not relevant to the home/school book.  This email address will be monitored during the school day – 8.40 am – 3.30 pm by one of our admin team.

The parent/carer contact email address for the Rushden site is:

The parent/carer contact email address for the Wellingborough site is:

See letter  Letter Email contacts 13-11-2017


Tri Golf Festival

A big thank you to Rowan Gate school and their leaders for very capably hosting the first Tri Golf Festival on 19th October 2017.

It was an exciting and closely fought festival, with 3 schools The Gateway, Northgate and Rowan Gate competing, with 15 pupils put to the test –  chipping over rivers, putting at targets, and testing different hand eye coordination skills required to perfect direction and weight of shots.

Staying inside this time helped to avoid the cold, wind and rain interfering with the 6 activities that were undertaken.   The Rowan Gate Leaders set up 2 lots of 3 activities – confidently explaining them, and positively demonstrating each of the activities, and scores gained for each shots.

The Young Leaders were Fantastic – a big thank you to them all – some who had attended the Tri Golf Leaders Training and some who hadn’t.  They all showed great knowledge and understanding of the rules and individual activities.  They all spoke with clarity and confidence and I’m sure they will be a great asset to any school sports clubs or to assist with PE lessons anytime.

The results were :

3rd place – The Gateway with 574 points

2nd place – Rowan Gate with 682 points

1st place – Northgate with 747 points.

Well done to all those who attended – both participants and leaders the scores and skills everyone displayed were really impressive and everyone improved throughout the festival – we look forward to seeing you at the next one.

Michelle Reeves

Northamptonshire Sport