Message from Mrs. Castell
Wow! The children's pumpkins and spooky costumes have been absolutely fantastic - my goodness they have lifted our spirits today! Each class walked along the front path so that the children could fully appreciate the effort and imagination that went into designing every pumpkin. Judging the competition was extremely difficult, in some classes I could have chosen 3 or 4 winners, I had to ask Mrs Duff to help me choose! Every pumpkin was brilliant, but congratulations to the following children who won "Spookiest Pumpkin" awards:
Squirrels - Finley and Maddie's joint effort
Foxes - Henry H
Turtles - Alice P
Parrots - Ruby D
Sharks - Lily H
Dolphins - Henry M
Our overall winner was Roman, with his incredible dinosaur egg (pictured)! Thank you to each and everyone of you who has carved a pumpkin, designed a costume and donated to WISPA today. My thanks go to our new WISPA committee and their volunteers for their brilliant efforts so far this term. We are very grateful for their daily commitment this week, standing outside every morning and afternoon to take payments for craft kits and treat bags.
Thank you for your support during another challenging half term. We are dealing with more cases in our school community than at the very height of the pandemic, so we are grateful to you all for your regular home testing and arranging PCR tests when your child has symptoms. Your efforts help to keep us all safe. Our staff have been amazing, keeping up with the disruption in all classes and settling in the children so well. We are so proud of the children for easing into routines they have not experienced for a long time, if at all. I am also delighted with how our school choir is performing. Now they all know the ropes, I am going to join up the Year One and Two choirs after half term.
This week we had a range of different activities in school for well-being week, including mindfulness colouring and practising breathing techniques. Our thanks go to Sue Easteal, who led a wonderful yoga session for each class during the week. A number of children said they would like to do more yoga and Sue has spaces in her club, which meets on a Thursday morning at 8am. Booking details are on our website if Year 1 and 2 children would like to join the club next half term - Foxes and Squirrels are invited to join after Christmas. Exciting news - we have also made arrangements for all children to have a yoga class with Sue on a rota basis on Monday mornings.
On Wednesday the children watched a live broadcast from the UK Space Agency called Spaceship Earth. It showed us satellite images from space. Both the children and adults found it fascinating! Thank you to Matt Coffey, our Science governor, for arranging this.
I very much hope that Reading Mondays will begin on our first morning back on Monday 1st November. We will confirm this to you. If they go ahead, please come into class with your child when you drop them off in the morning. A bell will ring at 9.15am for assembly, at which point we will ask parents to leave through the front doors.
A reminder that urgent emails that require our attention during the school day should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not email the class accounts, as teachers cannot check them during school time. All absences and Covid test notifications should be reported to email@example.com. If your child does test positive over half term (fingers crossed this doesn't happen!), please inform us if their 10 day isolation period will run into the week of our return.
Have a wonderful half term break.