Friday, 8 December 2017

The season of cheer and goodwill is definitely upon us and the children are all very excited which means that my goodwill is sometimes stretched.  Our Christmas activities began yesterday with our Christmas Café. This is always a popular event and is especially popular with the children because Father Christmas makes an appearance. Once again I would like to thank our amazing PTA for all their efforts in making such an event possible and I would like to thank everyone who attended and helped to make the event such a success. When I know how much is raised I will let you all know.

At the end of the last academic year I informed you that we were having lots of renovations carried out internally and that there could be lots of disruption in school. As many of you may have realised this has not quite happened and although we have had workmen on site the work carried out has not been as extensive as I described. This is because county are having to review the project as it is going to cost a lot more than they first anticipated. There has also been a change of leadership for the project so it has been difficult to find out exactly what is going on but I have been promised that communication will be better in the future. They are going to carry out a condition survey in the new year and when they have finally decided what they are going to do I will let you know. We were going to convert our spare classroom into a science/technical room but we have had to put this on hold because of the renovations, however if they do not go ahead with all the renovations we will be able to get this project completed quickly.

Next week there are lots of Christmas events happening in school and I did send out a reminder list of these last week to make sure that nobody misses anything. However I am listing them again because I know how frantic things can get at this time of year and how easy it is to mislay pieces of paper. Remember all school clubs are now cancelled until the end of term because of all the other events that are taking place. I hope you all have a great weekend and I am sure that I will see many of you in school next week.

December 11th
Sharing Assembly (9.00am) (children will be notified by letter if they are involved)
December 12th
Foundation and KS1 performance (9.30am)
December 13th
Foundation and KS1 performance (1.30pm)
December 13th
Open Afternoon 3.00pm – 4.30pm
December 14th
School Christmas Dinner
December 15th
Christmas Jumper Day
December 15th
KS2 party (in school hours)
December 18th
Foundation/KS1 parties (in school hours)
December 18th
Pantomime for the whole school (am)
December 18th
KS2 Carol Concert (7.00pm)
December 19th
End of term 2.00pm

Friday, 1 December 2017

I think we can all agree that winter has definitely arrived this week. I do not think that it has been this cold for years! What has amazed me is that some of the children think that they can dress like it is summer and they will be okay. Can you please ensure that all your children have additional clothing to wear in PE (such as a tracksuit) and that they come to school with a coat. In extreme conditions, if we think it is necessary, we do cut down the amount of time children spend outside but they will always spend some time in the playground so they do need some form of outdoor clothing in winter.

Excitement for Christmas is growing in school and this has accelerated today because everyone is not wearing uniform and have brought in wine and chocolate for the Christmas Café next Thursday. I would like to thank everyone for their donations because they all help make our school events successful. May I also remind you that if you have not sent in your item for the Christmas hampers that you do by Monday so that the people assembling the hampers have plenty of time to do so. I know that the PTA are still looking for help to run the event so if you can spare an hour next Thursday let you class rep know or put a slip into the PTA box which is in reception.

Unfortunately, I have had a complaint about parking this week. Apparently, some parents are parking their cars in front of residents’ drives and this is blocking their entry and exit to their properties which is against the law. If residents inform the police about this the police have the right to issue parking fines.  I have not had a complaint about parking for a while so l hope that this is just a small incident that will not occur again.  

It is going to get a little warmer over the weekend which will be nice. However, one of the advantages about it being really cold is that it kills off a lot of germs which is a good thing as we have had a lot of illness in school recently. May I take this opportunity to remind you that if you child is unwell with sickness they need to stay away from school for 48hours after their last bout of sickness. Eg. if your child id sick on a Tuesday the earliest they should return to school is Thursday. If everyone follows this process we can prevent the spread of illness in school.

Enjoy your weekend. I hope to see many of you at our Christmas Café on Thursday which runs from 3.00pm – 6.00pm.