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Peter C
23 July 2016
News and Updates
To help us promote our 10k, we'd be very grateful if you could like ...

News and Updates

Peter C
23 July 2016
News and Updates

To help us promote our 10k, we'd be very grateful if you could like and follow our 10k Facebook page here:


And sign up for the event here:


If you are a runner, it would be really helpful if you could make some regular posts on the 10k page. Tell your friends about your running and preparation for the 10k, Fun Run or other events. It will all help get the message out there.

Many thanks,

Mr Cresswell


PS You can enter the event here: http://www.crossdale10k.co.uk/index_7.html


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Peter C
22 July 2016
News and Updates

August 8th, Keyworth Playing Fields

News and Updates

Summer is here!  

I would like to wish everybody a happy, healthy and relaxing summer. Many thanks for all your support and help over the school year.  

I’m sure you will join me in wishing all the children leaving Crossdale good luck as they face the exciting challenges of a new school.  

À​​ bientôt Mrs Heeley 

As we wish her every happiness in her retirement, I know that many of you will understand why generations of Crossdale children look back with fondness on time spent with Mrs Heeley. Passionate, creative and completely dedicated to teaching; children in her class always make great progress and thrive. 

Mrs Heeley as contributed to Crossdale's ongoing success for more than 20 years, and I know personally just how much the school, and the school community means to her - I'm sure she'll miss Crossdale as much as we will miss her! However,  Mrs Heeley has told me that she is keen to come back and do supply work in the new academic year, so we will be seeing her in the not too distant future! 

Au revoir Mrs  Owen 

I would like to thank Mrs Owen for her hard work and commitment to Crossdale over the last 8 years or so. I know you will all join me in wishing her every happiness for the future and in thanking her for the care and love she has always given to the children in her classes, promoting the development of super attitudes to learning and helping children understand, in every possible sense, the 'Crossdale Way' and the 'Crossdale Family'. 

À la prochaine Mrs Lees 

Although we will miss her greatly, we are all delighted that Mrs Lees has been able to secure a new position that will offer her opportunities not available at Crossdale.  Her hard work and commitment to Crossdale have certainly earned her this opportunity, and we wish her every success in the future. 


Farewell to some of our super children! 

Good luck to all of our Year Six children as they leave to start on their new journey at secondary school. We will think of you and hope that you pop back to see us and let us know how you're getting on. 

Goodbye also to Abby and Felix Hartley who are moving over the holidays, Ola Geary and Cheryl Chen who will be starting new schools in September and Matty Beckett who is moving to California with his family next week. We wish you all lots of luck in your new schools and are sure you'll all continue to do well. 


Holiday Club 


In September we will send out details of a new holiday club planned for the October half-term. If popular, we hope to offer this facility during every holiday of the school year. We have been working alongside an established and successful provider to ensure that the club offers a range of interesting activities, drawn from best practice across Nottinghamshire. Watch this space! 


The Keymaster 

Many thanks for all your support of our  year-end production, The Keymaster. We were really proud of the children and especially appreciative of the many kind comments we recived acknowledging the children and staff's hard work. The letter below typified the many kind words: 

To All at Crossdale, 

Good morning, 

Last night we attended the outstanding performance of The Keymaster.  It was a joy from beginning to end.  

The children and staff mastered the complexities and the logistics of the countless scene changes in a manner that was remarkable for ones so young. The fact that they achieved it in a week which we know has been very difficult for the school, was even more astounding and a large part of this must have been due to the dedication, patience and enthusiasm of the Crossdale staff. 

The children seemed to relish the subject matter. History wasn’t taught like that in our day! 

There were some outstanding performances enthusiastically supported by the younger pupils. 

We are still smiling about it and just had to let you know how grateful we are to have grandchildren at your school. 

Thank you all for a lovely evening 

Peter and Pam Brooker 


 Don't forget to  visit the website to view the photographs of the production that are posted there. 


100% attendance 

Certificates were awarded today in assembly to recognise those children who had managed to be in school every single day that school has been open! Well done to: 

Frankee Nelmes – R 

Alvaro Bateson-Ramos – R 

Joel Atkinson – Y1 

Clara Sharman – Y2 

Elia Dahm – Y3 

Lucy Jones – Y4 

Oliver Easom – Y5 

Chloe Thomas – Y5 

Erin Hughes - Y6 


Progress over the summer  

Don’t forget that most children at Crossdale have subscriptions for  ‘MyMaths’ and ‘Doodle Maths’  to support their development in maths.  Using these sites regularly over the next 6 weeks will help ensure your child comes back to school in September ready to make even more progress. Look under the ‘For Children’ section of the school website for details of our Maths Challenge. A daily session on 'Doodle Maths' is an especially easy way for you to support progress in maths. 

We would also urge you to ensure that your child takes part in a daily reading activity that involves discussion and questioning. Finally, completing a diary, including illustrations, is a good way to keep writing and drawing skills sharp.  

Research shows that some children ‘go backwards’ over the summer; what will you do to help prevent this for your child? 



As you know, we have spent much of the last year working with 6 other local primary schools to create and establish a new Multi Academy Trust, which will be called 'Equals Trust'. Work has been going well and we are really excited about the opportunities ahead. From September 1st we will be an academy as part of Equals Trust, working closely with the other schools in the trust to improve educational outcomes for our children.  



At the end of another busy and eventful year I would like to thank all of the staff at Crossdale for their dedication and commitment to making this such a special school for children and adults alike. I'm sure you are aware that many of the staff give up their time every week to run trips, clubs and activities. These activities are often the things that some children benefit from more than anything else. The numerous generous comments on the report reply slips and the annual parent survey leave me in no doubt that you also appreciate their hard work.  

We would also like to thanks all the parents and carers who have given up time to help us out over the last 12 months. The staff feel very lucky to have so many people willing to go the extra mile and help us out in so many different ways. 


Many thanks for sending your children to school wearing the correct uniform and looking so smart. Please remember to put names in any new uniform bought over the summer – 30 un-named jumpers is every teacher’s nightmare!  

I would remind you that new school shoes for September should be completely black and unbranded (no sports brands please) and that we are asking children to bring a plain, unbranded PE kit (white t-shirt, burgundy shorts – available from the office or many supermarkets and clothing retailers). 

Crossdale 10K update (Sunday 16th September) 

One of the key events as we come back to school is the Crossdale 10K and Fun Run, it's promising to be another really positive event this year. Don't forget to sign up for the Fun Run or the 10k and come along to support this flagship event of the PTA calendar. 

Base Meetings 

We will be holding our Base introductory meetings in September. These meetings are an invaluable means of sharing information about Base systems and routines and have proved a most helpful introduction to the school year for both parents and staff. 

Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 (Base 1) - Wednesday 14th September - 6pm 

Year 3 and 4 (Base 2) - Wednesday 14th September -  7pm 

Year 5 and 6 (Base 3) - Thursday 16th September – 6pm 


New Term Dates 

Monday 5th September – School Closed – Staff Inset 

Tuesday 6th September – School Closed – Staff Inset 

Wednesday 7th September – School Open – Children return to school 


Roll of Honour 

Rebecca Clay (Yr2)  has been doing Gymnastics at Notts Gymnastics Academy since she was 4 and half and has worked her way through the Core Proficiency Gymnastics Award scheme and received Badges 8 - 1.  Rebecca is now working towards achieving her Advanced Proficiency Gymnastics Awards. In the last week she has passed 2 Bronze awards, 1 for Floor work and the other for Pairs & Groups.  Well done Rebecca! 

Rachel Bee (Y6) has been working very hard on her music and this year she has passed these music exams; Grade 4 Music Theory (distinction) Grade 4 piano (merit) and Grade 1 violin (distinction). Well done Rachel!


Have a wonderful summer,

Best Wishes,

Mr Cresswell and Miss Seedhouse 


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