Newsletters from the Head 

February 2019

From the Head Teacher

Dear Parents and Carers,

Welcome back to the second half of the Spring Term. I hope everyone enjoyed the break, especially the lovely sunshine! We have an action-packed term coming up with many events and activities planned. There is a detailed list of these attached to this letter, together with other important dates and the term dates for the 2019/20 Academic Year. These events have also been added to the website. More details for these events will follow closer to the time.

Books

As you may know, the BSA has generously provided funding for the school to buy more than 700 new reading books. This will greatly enhance the choice for children and you will see them coming home in book bags very soon. Looking at the bookcases in classrooms however, I have noticed that many of our existing books are very worn and past their best. If you have any good quality children’s books that you no longer need and would consider donating, we would be most grateful to have them to boost the range and quality of books on offer to the children further. Please send these in with your child or drop them off at the office. Many thanks in advance for any donations.

World Book Day

To continue our book theme this half term, we will be celebrating World Book Day on Thursday 7th March by asking children and adults to come to school dressed up as a character from a storybook. There will be story-related events throughout the day. Please note that there is no pressure for children to come dressed up if they do not want to, this is completely optional.

Teaching English in EYFS and Year 1

We will be holding an information session for parents of children in Acorn and Willow on 5th March at 2.15pm to outline who we teach reading and writing.

Site Safety and Safeguarding – Information Evening for Parents – 6.30pm Monday 4th March

I would like to thank all parents and carers for adapting to the new arrangements that have been put in place over the last half term. The Governors and I carried out a Safeguarding Review before half term and we will outline our findings, together with subsequent and planned actions, at an Information Evening on 4th March. All parents and carers are very welcome to attend.

Staffing Changes

We are pleased to welcome our new School Administrator, Mrs Debs Paul, who will be starting on Monday 4th March. I would like to thank both Jane Handy and Lesley Cordingley for covering this role so capably and cheerfully during the interim period! I am also pleased to inform you that Ellie Simmons will be joining our staff as a Teaching Assistant and will be working in Class Acorn from 11th March 2019. We are very much looking forward to having them both as part of our team.

Thank You!

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who has supported the BSA’s events this year. Through your support, and their tireless dedication to organising such a fantastic variety of fundraising events, the children in the school are already benefitting from new resources. Thank you also to all the parents who gave up their time and energy to tidy up the Nature Reserve over half term, ready for the children to begin using it again. Class Willow have just returned from their first visit and are full of enthusiasm and excitement about the wildlife they saw (although I am not sure about the wold sighting!)

Yours sincerely

Laura Latham

Head Teacher

Please click on the links below for the full newsletter which includes the list of events and assemblies: