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Christmas Newsletter 21st December 2018

As we come to the end of our Autumn Term, I would like to wish you a very peaceful and happy Christmas. Having worked hard all term, the children will be ready for a break and the opportunity to recharge their batteries (whilst wearing yours out no doubt!).

Christmas Performances

This week has been full of festive cheer with children, staff and parents sharing in our Christmas celebrations. The performances have been a joy to watch – from Reception in 'It’s a Baby', Year 1 and 2 children finding out 'how Rudolph got his red nose' and our Year 4 and 5 children revelling in 'pantomime pandemonium'. To say that our Reception children have only been in school for a short period of time, and that they were able to get up on stage on Monday night and perform in front of nearly 200 people was wonderful. Year 4/5’s Panto was simply awesome! Thank you to all children for taking part with such energy and enthusiasm; it is clear to see that we have some stars in the making! Thanks to parents and other family members for supporting and a huge well done and thank you to the staff who have gone the extra mile in running rehearsals and making sure the children knew their lines.

School Choir

Carols around the Christmas Tree was also a success and listening to the festive songs and carols was lovely. As I mentioned in last week’s newsletter, the school choir has been here, there and everywhere singing over the last few weeks. The singing has been beautiful and thanks to Miss Wormald and Mrs Pickup for preparing them so well.

Kitchen Staff

We mustn’t let our Christmas lunch go unmentioned – the kitchen staff, led by Mrs Tipping, did an amazing job. I really don’t know many kitchens that could serve almost 400 full Christmas lunches in just an hour! Thank you.

Achievements

We’ve had some fabulous things take place this term and we all should be very proud of our achievements. There has been some tremendous fund-raising for various charities and there has been continued great success in sport, most notably with the boys football team winning the league. More importantly there has been good attainment and progress in learning. I hope you have enjoyed reading the reports that came home earlier in the week. If there is anything you want to discuss in terms of your child’s progress, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Attendance

There will be a continued push on attendance and punctuality after the Christmas break. It is vital that your child comes to school and arrives in plenty of time. It was wonderful to present over 150 certificates at Assembly today to those children that have 100% attendance.

Reading

As I said at the beginning of the school year, reading has been a focus and we will continue with this after the break in striving for all children to have a genuine love of reading! The interest shown by parents and children in the recent festive reading challenge has shown that children are beginning to read more so thank you for this.

Awards

As it is the end of the first term, staff have nominated a Pupil of the Term as well as a Reader of the Term. The nominated children are:

In addition, Mrs Wright’s Pupil of the Term is Jamie in 2MN and my Pupils of the Term are Luca and Alfie in 6J.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the Autumn term. I hope you all enjoy the Christmas break and I hope Santa is good to you all.

As it is the end of term, we have been having a bit of a tidy. If your child has any missing items of uniform, or other clothing, please call into school this afternoon as our lost property box is overflowing. Any items not collected will then be disposed of.

In the newsletter last week I told you about what children have been doing in RE lessons in the last few weeks. The festive foodbank appeal (known as a reverse advent calendar), suggested by the Eco Council was a tremendous success. Thank you to all children and parents who made donations. All items were taken to the local foodbank yesterday and I know that there will be many local people who will be extremely grateful of your generosity.

I look forward to seeing all our children return refreshed and ready for a new school term on Monday 7 January 2018.

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