I can’t believe that we are only a few days away from Christmas and that the term has gone by so incredibly quickly. We have had an amazing term full of such wonderful learning – you can see this for yourselves with the picture montage at the end of the newsletter. It’s such a privilege to be in school during the approach to the holiday season – children (and staff) are certainly very excited. That being said, for some of my families I know that Christmas can be very difficult for a variety of reasons. Please take some peace and reassurance in the fact that we are always here for you (after all…we are a family!) and we are really looking forward to seeing your child back at school on the 8th of January.
Thank you to the pupils who represented the school at Carols in the Square on Monday 10th and to my wonderful staff team for taking part. A lovely atmosphere was created by the wider community…and there was snow! Whilst we are on celebrations – thank you to those who attended the PSA Christmas Market. The children performed really well and a fantastic time was had by all. Huge thank you to the children, parents and to the staff for supporting…and singing! The biggest thank you has to be reserved for our truly fantastic PSA who coordinated all of our Christmas celebrations so well – thank you to them and to all of our sponsors, particularly Hopkins Executive Cars.
On Monday 17th I had the wonderful privilege to watch the year 2 Nativity with our year 3 children. It was wonderful to see the infant members of the family and for our children to return to their previous school and sit so impeccably throughout the infant performance. It was extra special to invite the infant children over to the juniors in the afternoon to watch our dress rehearsal. The year 3 nativity (Straw and Order) was utterly fantastic. To think the year threes have been at school for under 15 weeks and, in that time, have really blossomed – particularly during their nativity performances this week.
On Wednesday 19th the year 4 children enjoyed explosion day (see pictures below). Thank you so much to the parents for their support with this and to my staff team for giving our children such an inspiring topic – although there is a lingering smell of vinegar around year 4 now!
On Thursday 20th the children enjoyed their Christmas lunch. Thank you to my kitchen team for serving just under 500 lunches and to the PSA for giving every child in school a Christmas cracker. Also on Thursday we said thank you to the companies who donated their time, resources and material to make our new home economics room look fantastic. Their generosity is already having an impact on our children, as we are beginning to plan in more cooking to the curriculum. A special thank you to Mrs Spake from Foreman Homes for coordinating all the work.
Also on Thursday 20th, the school orchestra club performed to some year 4 children. Thank you to Mrs Tottle and Mrs Horne for organising and well done to the children.
Parking on site – As you know, parking is limited on site to those with permits. As such, I need to remind parents that you will not be able to enter the site unless you have a permit. Please also be mindful of your speed when you are on site. In the new year, I will be meeting colleagues from Wyvern about transport on site, as there are real concerns around the number of cars at specific times during the day, in addition to a lack of parking for staff. Please do remember that there are Park and Stride options – New Clock Inn car park, Knowle lane car park and, as soon as the building work has finished, The Lapstone car park.
Thank you all so much for your support this term. I am so lucky and privileged to be the head of our amazing school family, with such dedicated parents, staff, governors and children. Whilst you may feel pressure to create a magical Christmas for you and your family, please do look after yourselves as this holiday period is about making happy memories – it’s not just about presents! Enjoy spending time playing with your child, perhaps snuggling up on the sofa to watch a film – these are the things that mean the most to children - in spite of their incredibly long Christmas lists!
Have a restful Christmas and a Happy New Year. I look forward to seeing the children back at school on Tuesday 8th January 2019.