Message from Mrs. Castell
Today would h ave been our Christmas Fayre, a huge annual fundraiser for the school. In its stead, we are so grateful to WISPA and to you all for donating prizes to The Big WISPA Christmas Raffle - which we are delighted to say is now available online! Please sign up and buy tickets, the closing date is next Friday at 8pm. There are currently 25 wonderful prizes up for grabs but more are being added every day.
Many of us would be visiting the Christmas Tree Festival in the church this weekend - we have sent home details of the village's outdoor alternative and I would love to see pictures of your Christmas trees. We added our own contributions this week with the inflatables at the school entrance, which have been very popular! We have also begun our 12 Days of Forest School Christmas on Facebook, Twitter and our website. Thank you to Mrs Winsley for such a brilliant idea. The school is looking lovely and festive and I am hearing how naughty the elves have been in your homes! Rehearsals are going well in school and we look forward to your reactions to our virtual Christmas performances.
Many thanks to WISPA who have funded new games for each classroom, chosen by the children and staff. While we have been lucky with the weather (until yesterday!|) we need provision for the children during wet weather breaks.
There have been rumours of an early finish for Christmas but I can categorically state that Essex intends us to break up as normal on 18th December. This does depend on schools having enough staff to open safely. Despite the challenging circumstances of this term we have still achieved a lot and our updated School Improvement Plan is now published.
Christmas lunch will be on 17th December and you can order this for your child in the usual way via ParentMail. Please note cut off for ordering. My thanks go to our catering team in advance for this logistical challenge.
Just a reminder that we will not distribute Christmas cards in school. Although the risk of cross infection is small, we are doing everything to keep the school open and not risk isolations affecting Christmas. Children can give out cards in the playground, as that is a matter for parental supervision, but we would urge that the cards go home with parents/carers.
Have a good weekend and stay safe.