November Newsletter Kip McGrath Ashford



Newsletter November 2012


Welcome to the second issue of our new look newsletter, and many thanks for the positive comments received about our first issue.



If you remember when;

ATARI was a state of the art video game system.


Mark from Eastenders was Tucker Jenkins.


And Frank was saying ‘GGGGGGGO!!!!’ on Runaround


The kids on “Why Don’t You” looked old… and cool…


Then you’ll also remember this: the good old BBC Acorn computer from your school days


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This is a great, helpful article from a colleague in Lisburn, Clare Rimmer, who gives tips on how best to support your child’s reading at home. It’s so wonderful we use many of the tips with our kids.

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What ingredients are needed to make a good tutor?


In this article we try to explain what is needed to create a good tutor and great tuition. We narrowed it down to four main headings: Qualifications, Experience, Resources and Environment.


We like to think that we score highly on all these areas and that these can’t be re-created easily anywhere else.


Thousands of parents in the Ashford area have agreed with us over the last 8 years!

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Again we’d like to thank Clare in Lisburn for this blogpost. Clare has highlighted 10 commonly misspelled words and has given ways of how to remember to spell them correctly.


Some words are easy to remember how to spell and others leave your brain straining every time you use them. Here is a list of 10 words we really should stop misspelling and a few handy hints for getting them right.

1. Necessary – commonly spelt necessary

Remember:  One “collar” and two “socks”.  Necessary

2. Separate –  commonly spelt seperate

Remember:   Never separate a para from his parachute!  Separate

3. Weird – commonly spelt wierd

Remember:  We…ir…d, We….are(ir)…dangerous(d)

4. Believe –  commonly spelt believe

Remember:  There is always a lie in believe.

5. Friend – commonly spelt freind

Remember:  A friend is a friend until the end!

6. Accommodation – commonly spelt acommodation or accomodation

Remember:  Accommodation has two cots and two mattresses.

7. Beautiful – commonly spelt beutiful

Remember:  It is important to “be a beautiful person.

8. February– commonly spelt Feburary

It is brrrrr cold in February.

9. Because –  the ending of this word is tricky to remember.

Remember:   Big Elephants Can’t Always Understand Small Elephants  Because

10. A lot – This is commonly spelt as one word – alot

Remember:  You do not write alittle so don’t write alotA lot is two separate words.


Winter Term 2012

Tuesday 28th August – Saturday 22nd December

Christmas Closure Sunday 23rd December – Friday 4th January

Spring Term 2013

Saturday 5th January – Thursday 28th March

Easter Closure Friday 29th March – Friday 5th April

Summer Term 2013

Saturday 6th April – Saturday 27th July

Summer Closure Sunday 28th July – Sunday 18th August


Thanks, Sally and Simon


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