Well done to everyone who took part in the Inter House Cross Country. It was typical that the heavens opened just as we were about to start - but this did not dampen everyone's enthusiasm. The race was a well fought contest with Scott house securing three of the top four places in the Year 3/4 race. However, it is the House with the lowest score that wins - and Scott also had too many placed at the back of the field. The eventual winners (when both races are combined) were Armstrong, second were MacArthur, then Scott and finally Piccard.
Half Term: Do enjoy a restful half term with your children. They have largely worked hard. I would encourage reading with them, and getting them to read themselves. The more you can do, the better - it really does make a difference - so please do all you can.
In recent research by PISA, they have calculated that reading fiction is even more beneficial than other types of reading - improving a child's learning by 10 months (or effectively a whole academic year). It is important that reading is a daily activity but the evidence is there for all to see.
Birthdays: please can I remind parents that if they want to celebrate their child's birthday in school it is not really appropriate to bring in a cake. We have children with severe nut allergies and most cakes have traces of nuts. We also find it very difficult to distribute. Much better (and easier) to bring in some individually wrapped sweets to distribute.
The Friends of MAPS (FoMAPS) are holding their AGM on Monday 18th November, 6.30pm at school. Everyone is welcome to come along even if you haven't been to a meeting before, it would be great to see some new faces! It is also a great opportunity to get more involved with your child's school and to find out what FoMAPS get up to.
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