Newsletter 16: 16th January 2015

Dear Parents/ Carers,

We are really getting back into the swing of things now, and I have had the pleasure of seeing some lovely work from the children, from English and Maths, to Art and R.E. Many children have been working hard to improve their handwriting.

Photographs for the New School Website

This week, we had professional photographers in school taking photos for our new school website which launches soon. The children co-operated really well during the morning and I think the photos will look fantastic. Please let me know by Monday if you DO NOT wish your child to appear in the photographs, as this will have an effect on which ones we choose. No children’s names will appear with the photographs.

Parent Consultation 10th February

The parent consultation evening on the 10th February will be a more formal one than the open afternoons. Nearer the time, we will be sending out appointment slips with 10 minute slots from 2pm-6pm. Teachers will be informing you of your child’s progress and you will have an opportunity to ask questions and inform them of any important information about your child that you think will be
useful.

During the evening, you will be able to attend a demonstration of the new website (more details to follow) and visit the Scholastic Book Fair.

Book Week

To coincide with the Book Fair, we will be having a ‘Book Week’ during the week beginning 9th February. As part of our celebrations, we will be asking the children to share their favourite books and come in one day dressed as a book character, so please talk to your children about who they might like to dress as.

Sports Fixtures

We are organising various sports fixtures with the support of our coaches from Sports Foundation.

Your children may come home with letters regarding matches or tournaments. In order for the events to go ahead, we may need parents to transport their own and others’ children. Please email Del if you are able to support us in this way and get our sports teams up and running. His email address is: southwestessex@foundation-sports.com

Collective Worship Team

Our Collective Worship team has been set up to ensure that children in the school are able to take part in and lead worship more often. Some of them will begin their duties next week. In future, we are hoping to include parents more in the worship life of the school too.

Clubs

There are still spaces in Art club (Tuesday Years 3-6), Choir (all years) and Rambling (Years 3-6).  Priority will be given to those who have no clubs or just 1 club, by we may offer places to children who already have 2 clubs in the event that the spaces are not filled. Please send a note if you would like your child to attend and we will get back to you.

Stubbers Payment

Don’t forget you can make Stubbers payments in instalments at any time over the next 3 months.

Commendations

Commendations go to: Louise Stafford, Devon Lees, Finlay McKeown, Henry Simmonett, Freddie French, Naadedei Osaji-Okai, Scarlett Blackshaw, Albert Gilbert, Imogen Snell, Nicole Mahoney, Sadie Turrell, Charlotte Woods, Hermione McCormack, Sydney Turrell, Lexi Webb.

Well done, everyone!

Pen Licences

Well done to Aimee Bradley, Spencer Murrell and Amelia Stanley for earning their pen licences for consistently neat, cursive writing.

Attendance

I am pleased to say that 3 out of 4 classes reached the local authority target for attendance this week, with Reception having 100% attendance again and Class 3 making a great improvement and reaching 97.3%. Let’s try for a full house next week!

Dates for the diary

• Tuesday 10th February 2015- Parent consultation evening 2pm-6.30pm
• Monday 23rd February 2015- INSET day: School closed to children

Have a lovely weekend.

With warmest wishes
K. Waters
Mrs Kathryn Waters