Welcome back and Happy New Year! We hope that you had a lovely time with your family and friends over the festive period.
Can I take this opportunity on behalf of all staff to say 'Thank You' for all of the lovely cards, gifts and wishes that we received in the run up to the Christmas Holidays. They were so thoughtful and kind - we are really very lucky to have such a lovely community around us.
We had such fun in the lead up to the holidays and the Christmas fair was the perfect way to end the term.
The PTA have counted all of the Christmas Fair pennies and we raised £525.87 - thank you to everyone that attended and helped at the Fair.
We remind parents that the school gates open at 8.35am and children should not be left alone before this time.
For future events if you would like to sign up to the PTA email list so that you can keep in touch with our upcoming events and see how you can help out please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are always in need of more support and help. The funds raised make a big difference to our school and children.
Whilst we are looking for volunteers.....We would like to start the Parent Forums again this term. Thank you very much to all of the Year Group and Class representatives who attended the meetings last year. If you would like to be part of the Parent Forum please contact the school office. The forum meets once a half term to discuss events, ideas and issues around the school.
We are also looking for volunteers to help us later on in the school year. Mrs Howlett and Mrs Bowen are organising an 'Aspirations' week which will be held in the Summer term. The idea behind this is to make our children aware of all the amazing opportunities available to them as they get older and to think about the wider world beyond school. We are looking for any family members, friends or members of the community that have an interesting job or talent who would be prepared to give up some of their time to come and speak to the children and demonstrate their skills! Please speak to Mrs Howlett or Mrs Bowen if you can help in any way or would like any further information.
Please can we make a final plea for any Christmas cards you may still have hanging around at home! There is a box in the Reception area for old cards and we will be taking them to the local recycling point next week to gain more points towards our Woodland Trust Green Tree School Award. We are now well on our way to achieving our Silver award so we look forward to being able to share the good news with you soon!
This week Year 3 and 4 had their WOW day for their new topic 'Tracks and Trails'. The staff from Dell Farm came into school and led Bushcraft sessions with each class in the phase group. The children thoroughly enjoyed learning some survival skills, such as making wooden tent pegs and building their own fires. It was an amazing day and a great way for the children to start their new topic.
Year 1 and 2 also had their WOW day this week and all the children visited the local library as part of their new topic 'Julia and friends'. They had a brilliant time and as always the library staff were so welcoming and engaging with the children. Thank you to all concerned.
Thank you for your patience whilst our new clubs get up and running. Please can we remind you that all clubs need booking via the online system and if a child is not prebooked they cannot attend. Any problems with clubs should be forwarded to Miss Miles in the office. All clubs are dismissed from the playground.
There has been increasing numbers of children not being collected on time at the end of the school day. The school office must be informed if there are any changes to collection arrangements. If a child is not collected from the playground they will be brought to the main reception. Unfortunately we do not have the staff or facilities to look after the children who remain at the school late. For this reason we will need to charge parents for any late pick ups. This will cover the cost of a staff member needed to supervise the children. Parents who do not collect children by 3.15pm will incur a £5.00 charge per child. We understand that occasionally parents may face unforeseen delays but these must be communicated by telephone before 3.00pm. Repeated incidences of late collections will result in a meeting with the Schools Attendance Officers and an increased rate.
If your child is currently swimming, please ensure boys are wearing lycra style trunks and not board shorts, and that girls are wearing one piece swim suits. All children with long hair should have a swimming hat.
Please ensure that your child has a warm coat with them - the weather is very cold at the moment and we have noticed that some children are coming to school unprepared for the season. All children also need a winter PE kit. This should include outdoor shoes and a tracksuit. Children will continue to access both inside and outdoor lessons.
We wish you a very happy weekend.