Message from Mrs. Castell
As Christmas comes hurtling towards us, my main hope is that we are able to stay open in order to enjoy some of the traditional Christmas festivities in school. This year that means virtual plays, Christmas stories recorded by the staff, holding parties and our Christmas lunch in class and decorating the school. The children are clearly delighted that rehearsals are in full swing and the preparations for Christmas have certainly brought some joy to our school. We are focusing on making the corridors very festive for the children to enjoy - we'll post photos on our website so you can see them too.
Please continue to follow the guidelines carefully so that we can maximise the chances of all our families and staff being able to spend time with their loved ones over Christmas and not being in two weeks isolation. I have been asked about rumours that schools will close early, but the government’s position is clear that schools will close on the 18th December.
A reminder that we will be unable to distribute Christmas cards from children to their friends as the advice is that this could transmit the virus from one home to another. The staff are donating to the British Heart Foundation instead of giving cards and, in the absence of charity collections at our Christmas concerts, parents are invited to donate to Barnardo's, a charity that supports the well-being and protection of children.
A massive thank you to WISPA, who are fundraising for us in the absence of the annual Christmas Fayre. We've already had some lovely prizes donated for our virtual Christmas raffle. Details of how to purchase tickets will be published soon. On 11th December we will hold a Christmas Jumper day for donations to WISPA, and on 18th December we're inviting the children to show off their crazy Christmas hair, again in exchange for your donations. In the New Year there are plans afoot for a fundraising recipe book and I am very grateful to our new catering company Miquill for the support of their chefs and food photographer for this project.
Please note that there is no compulsion to donate to everything; I am aware that we are asking for a number of donations at the moment. We are trying to balance what parents might usually spend at festive events such as the Christmas Fayre with an acute awareness that family budgets may be squeezed more than ever this year.
Can I remind all Year 2 parents that you need to submit your application for a Year 3 place at the Junior School by 15th January. Mr Taylor has published some introductory videos on his website to give you a flavour of Writtle Junior School. We have also published our virtual open day videos for parents of children starting school in September. Please pass the link on to any friends or family members who may be interested.
Finally, details of the Writtle Outdoor Christmas Tree Festival have been sent home by ParentMail - it sounds like a lovely opportunity to create a festive trail around the village! We'd love to see photos of your Christmas trees - please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Have a good weekend and stay safe.