Message from Mrs. Castell
Thank you for attending the first of our Reading Mondays this week. We will continue these sessions every Monday unless circumstances change. I have had very valid and understandable queries about why some things in school can go ahead, but others were changed before half term. It depends on the number of positive cases within the school in the week concerned and we risk assess before each event.
We are so proud of our EYFS children, who told us they were ready for the big playground this week! They have really enjoyed having the playground to themselves for the first part of lunch, before they are joined by Years 1 and 2.
We held the first of our open days for prospective parents on Thursday and very much enjoyed meeting families of children starting school next September. Applications for primary school admissions open from Monday 8th November and the deadline is Saturday 15th January 2022. If your child is in Year 2 you must apply for their Junior School place in Year 3 by the same date. Please don't be late! Details have been sent to parents by ParentMail today.
Today "The 2 Johns" were in school to give a presentation to each year group about e-safety. As advertised in our diary dates at the beginning of term, they will also host a virtual meeting next Tuesday 9th November at 8pm for parents, which I cannot recommend highly enough. Following the sessions with the children today, at which some surprising revelations were made apparent, both the 2 Johns and our staff feel that every parent would benefit from attending this meeting. We tend to think that this age group are protected from internet safety issues but the 2 Johns' information is always eye-opening and every parent who has attended in the past, even the most internet-savvy, has said that the meeting was invaluable and raised issues they had not previously considered. Information has been sent to you all via ParentMail.
Next Thursday we will be observing the 11am silence for Remembrance Day. Year Two will go to the village war memorial. I will be selling poppies and other related items on the playground in the mornings, as well as at Year 1 and 2's Book Looks on Tuesday and Wednesday morning in the hall.
Our amazing WISPA team raised £600 from the Halloween activities before half term. which will go towards much needed items including the 2 Johns event and the Christmas pantomime for all children. My thanks go to the team for their fantastic support. They are currently orchestrating lots of fun activities for the Christmas Fayre and would love to hear from people who would like a stall - please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just to remind you we love to share details of successes out of school. These can be in the form of certificates and trophies but an email is also fine. There will not be a Friday assembly next week, as we have another of our prospective parent meetings.
Enjoy the fireworks this weekend - stay safe!