Newsletter 30/11/18

Every so often we get messages from our community and they are usually about how impressed members of the public are with our children out and about when they are on a trip or at an event. Or how great one of our community events, like the Fayre, has been (well done and thanks to our PTA for Saturday!). Sometimes, however, the messages are not as positive and unfortunately I have received a few of these recently about parking around our school and a lack of consideration for our neighbours. Please, please, please do not park across the drives of local residents. They also have to get children to school and go to work and they cannot do that with a car parked in the middle of their driveway!

We’ve been as busy as ever with trips, visitors, swimming, meetings, loads of sports fixtures and the police chase drama outside school this week. Year 4 had a day of mindfulness and meditation linked to their R.E and PHSE studies this week with expert Sonia Jenkins, and Year 5 had a great trip to Southchuch Hall as part of their topic studies. Lord Rich and Master Roberts gave them a tour around the house and explained many of the traditions of a Tudor Christmas, with the main focus being Christmas food. They learned that Christmas was traditionally celebrated over 12 days which is why we have such a lot of traditional Christmas food (now enjoyed all on a single day!). The children had the opportunity to smell a range of spices and ingredients that were used in the making of pottage and the original meat containing mince pies. They absolutely loved the visit and were laughing most of the way through!

 

Sports news

Our Year 3 boys and girls both had their first chance to represent school at football with fixtures against Our Lady of Lourdes on Tuesday. They both did really well with plenty of goals being scored to entertain the crowd in the rain. The girls narrowly missed out with a 3-2 defeat and the boys racked up an impressive 5-0 win.

Our Year 5&6 girls started their league campaign against previous champions Temple Sutton on the same evening and did even better. A comprehensive 6-0 win, despite torrential conditions, was the result of some excellent passing and movement and some great finishing – The highlight being a hat-trick for Kitty. Well done all!

 

The Year 5&6 boys played 2 matches at Fairways last night with mixed results. In one game they started slowly and were quickly 2-0 down but played much better in the second half ending up with a 3-1 loss. In the other match they dominated throughout to win 6-0!

 

Our Year 5&6s were also in action on Wednesday at the annual dodgeball tournament at Garon Park. The team performed really well, progressing through to the “Super 10s” and then winning half of their games, narrowly missing out on a semi-final spot. A great effort all round – well done!

 

PTA news – THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that with your wonderful support and generosity, our Christmas Fayre raised a fantastic £7,700!! To everyone who volunteered to help make our Fayre such a wonderful event, we thank you. Special thanks go to Appointmoor for sponsoring our event, the Co-op for their donation of £250 and ongoing support, our wonderful local businesses for their raffle prize donations including, John Lawson, Vino Vero, Toulouse, Picture Perfect & Adventure Island and our very generous parent donations for the raffle. We would also like to send an extra special thank you to a family who made a very generous donation of £1000. We are overwhelmed at your generosity and so very thankful.

 

The Junior Christmas Bazaar will be held on Friday 7th December 2018 during the school day. The children will have the opportunity to treat their family, friends and even themselves to an array of gifts. Please send your child into school with money in a named purse (we recommend £2-£5), together with a carrier bag to bring home their gifts. Letters have been sent home this week with full details.

 

Please don’t forget to bring your Jolly Jars into school by Thursday 6th December 2018 for the bazaar, the children absolutely love these!!! Any cake donations (please NO NUTS) are greatly received as these are always popular with the children – please bring into school on Thursday 6th December 2018.

 

Santa will be taking time out of his busy schedule to visit us again this year at school on Thursday 6th December 2018. Letters have been sent home this week with full details, so please return your slip with correct payment by next Wednesday 5th December 2018 for your child to visit the Grotto and receive a gift.

 

Thank you for your wonderful support!!

 

Attendance matters

Our overall attendance is 96.7%.  This week there were only 27 instances of children arriving late to school.

 

Dates for your diary 2018-2019
4SR class assembly Thursday 6th December 2018 at 2:30pm
3GT class assembly Thursday 13th December 2018 at 2:30pm
Meet Santa Thursday 6th December 2018
Christmas Bazaar Friday 7th December 2018
Christmas Jumper Day Friday 14th December 2018
Christmas Carol Concert Monday 17th December 2018
Christmas Dinner Tuesday 18th December 2018
Non pupil day Thursday 20th December 2018

 

Thank you for your continued support.