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December 2019 Newsletter Gilmorton Chandler CE Primary School

Message from Mr Watson

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first autumn term at Gilmorton Chandler CE Primary School. December has been incredibly busy but very rewarding for everyone at the school. My favourite memory of this term will be the performance of Heaven on Earth by Reception and Key Stage 1 in our carol service on Friday morning. Thank you to all those that attended the service. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. The children definitely appreciated singing to such a large crowd. A fitting end to a successful term.

Our core value of "community" has been really evident this term and it has been a pleasure to see the whole community come together to celebrate Christmas and raise money for the school. The vast numbers of volunteers from the local community who seem to appear whenever there is a need is simply incredible.

Thank you for all of your support this term. I wish you and your family a happy Christmas and peaceful new year.

Fundraising and Charity

Our huge thanks go to FOGs for all their hard work in organising the annual Christmas Fair. As usual a fun time was had by all. We would like to thank those of you who were able to support the fair in any way. A magnificent sum of £3015 was raised.

This money will make such a difference to the opportunities and experiences that we can offer to our pupils. Special thanks to the FOGS team Diane, Lou, Rachel, Katie, Tracey, Carla, Aneska, Bradina and Mel as well as all of the helpers on the evening including; Darrell, Liz, Marie, Natasha, Neil, Paul, Jo, Simon, Sarah, Bryony, Amelia, Daljit, Emily, Anita, Catherine, Anna, Lina, Nicola, Katy, Hannah, James and Richard.

The ‘Big Stir’ was held in school on Friday 22nd November. Volunteers from FOGs kindly made the Christmas pudding mix and all children in school were given the opportunity to stir the big mix and make a wish. As usual the puddings were in huge demand and quickly sold out. A total of £306 was raised. Thank you to those who donated ingredients and purchased the puddings.

We would like to thank the supporters of our school lottery and congratulate our winners. Since the launch of the school lottery we have raised a phenomenal sum of £3844. This money contributed towards the purchase of new books for our early reading library. Without your continued support we would be unable to purchase these new resources. Our thanks go to our lottery supporters.

We would also like to thank parents and carers of pupils in Foundation Stage & Key Stage 1. Many of the children took part in a sponsored walk on Wednesday 2nd October. The children walked/ran around the playground from 10am to 10.45am. In total we raised a fantastic sum of £912. The monies raised bought news rugs for all three classes. Thank you once again for the generosity of our parent body.

The children all enjoyed wearing their festive jumpers on Friday 13th December. It was great to see so many children participating whilst raising £166 for Save the Children. Once again we would like to thank our parents for their continued generosity.

Fun was had by all at the Christmas Disco on Wednesday 18th December. Many children joined us for the disco’s. There were party games, dancing and lots of fabulous outfits.

Christmas Craft Day

On Thursday 12th December Reception opened the doors and welcomed many parents and grandparents throughout the day to help our Reception children create some amazing items to share with their family at Christmas. All of the children were able to bake and decorate gingerbread people, create clay Christmas trees, decorative candy canes and they even made themselves into snowmen and snow globes. Over 150 different items were created in 1 day!

Great fun was had by both adults and children and we would like to thank all those that gave up their time to help. We hope you enjoyed the day as much as the children did.

Year one were very busy on Monday 16th December as they welcomed family members to help us sew snowmen hand puppets. Festive music played in the background as we busily created our snowmen. A huge thank you to all who came and supported us. As you can see they turned out wonderfully.

Year 3 DioSing Project

Santander Visit

Our Year Four children gained value budgeting skills when two employees from Santander came to deliver two modules.

Long gone are the days when you could either use cash, cheque or credit card to pay for things. Instead, the children looked at the growing variety of ways to pay for things with a particular focus on the many electronic ways.

In the next module they were tasked to furnish a bedroom. Initially, they choose what they wanted and then, after being given a budget, they had to choose what they needed! Needless to say, the list shrank significantly!

They then discussed how to achieve a balance between spending and saving and they explored how long it can take to save up for something that you may want.

Year 4 thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and would like to thank Rachel and Lousie for giving up their time and sharing their invaluable knowledge to enhance our understanding.

Leicester DBE Advent Service

On Tuesday 3rd December members of our school council made their way to Leicester Cathedral to take part in the annual Advent Service. There were songs to sing, a huge Nativity based pass the parcel and a drama focusing on the meaning of Christmas delivered by students from Brockington College. It was a most enjoyable service and well attended by a number of Church schools from across the county. A great way to start the festive season.

We caught up with the Reverend Emma as she fulfilled her new role at the cathedral and we also had time to meet up with the Bishop of Loughborough. The Bishop of Loughborough came to visit us to lead a collective worship in school earlier in the year.

Leicestershire Primary Schools Cross-Country League Race 3

On Sunday December 1st, Gilmorton returned to Prestwold for another Cross Country. It was cold, very muddy and a little bit wet but still the children (and parents) made the effort to drive across the county to attend the event. A number of children lost their trainers to the sticky mud as they ran around the course. Well done to all of those children who took part.

End of Term Theatre Visit

On the last Thursday of term all children enjoyed watching live theatre performances. With great anticipation and excitement Pupils in EYFS and Year 1 visited the Curve Theatre, Leicester and were enthralled by the performance of ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’.

Pupils in years 2 to 6 watched the pantomime at Demontfort Hall, Leicester. The pupils, staff and volunteers were amazed at the magic and impersonations. As usual the children's were impeccably behaved and everyone had an enjoyable day.

Thank you to the army of volunteers who helped out on the day. We couldn't have run the trip without your support.

Final curtain at Aladdin - DeMontfort Hall

Reverse Advent Calendar

Over the advent period we have encouraged the children in each class to participate in the school reverse advent calendar. The children have been donating packets of crisps, biscuits or a long life cake. These donated items have been collected together and will be donated to the Midlands Langar Sewa charity and distributed to the homeless.

Thank you to Dan, Asher and Jake for volunteering to provide our musical accompaniment at our carol service.

Dates for Spring Term 1

Tuesday 7th January: School Re-Opens for Spring term

Monday 13th January 3.30pm - 4.30pm: Energise Club commences for selected pupils

Wednesday 22nd January 3.30pm - 4.15pm: Last session of After School Yoga Club for classes E & I

Friday 24th January 9.15am: Class F Collective Worship in the school hall

Friday 24th January 3.30 pm - 4.15pm: Last session Reception class After School Yoga Club

Monday 27th January: Last session of Class E swimming

Wednesday 29th January 3.30 pm - 4.15pm: After school Yoga Club commences for classes F & R

Friday 31st January 3.30pm - 4.15pm: Class N After School Yoga Club commences

Monday 3rd February: Swimming Tuition commences for Class N

Tuesday 4th February: Sponsored Fitness in Schools

Friday 7th January 9.15am: Class R Collective worship in the school hall

Wednesday 12th February: Height & Weight Measuring for pupils in Reception & Class F

Wednesday 12th February 4pm - 7pm: Parent Consultation Meetings in the school hall

Thursday 13th February 4pm - 7pm: Parent Consultation Meetings in the school hall

Friday 14th February 3.30pm: School closes for the half term break

Dates for Spring Term 2

Monday 24th February: School re-opens

Friday 28th February 9.15am: Class N Collective worship in the school hall

Tuesday 3rd March: Class R High Cross visit

Thursday 12th March: Vancols Class Photographs

Friday 13th March 9.15am: Class D Collective Worship in the school hall

Friday 13th March 3.30pm - 4.15pm: Last session Class N After School Yoga Club

Friday 20th March 9.15am - 11.15am: Steel Pans Tuition for Class F

Friday 27th March 9.15am: Class S Collective Worship in the school hall

Friday 3rd April 9.30am: Easter Service in Church

Friday 3rd April 3.30pm: School closes for Easter break

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Created with an image by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen - "Advent"