Message from Mrs. Castell
Christmas is hurtling towards us and all around the school the children are enjoying preparations for our festivities. You have received details of the children's Christmas performances and we have had over 100 bookings already - thank you for your support with our adaptations. Please continue to be vigilant for Covid symptoms and test your children where necessary as we approach these significant school events.
We are hugely grateful to WISPA for the raft of actitvities and events they have prepared in the run up to Christmas. A full schedule has been emailed to you, or you can read details of WISPA's Winter Wonderland on our website.
This week began with yoga lessons for Year 1, led by Sue Easteal. It will be Year 2's turn next week. The NHS immunisation team delivered the flu vaccinations on Wednesday and on Thursday we all watched a web broadcast from the wonderful Michael Rosen, who delighted the children with his poetry. The children looked resplendent in their spots and stripes for Children in Need this morning. Today's celebration assembly featured the first performance by the school choir and we followed it with a special Children in Need workout, led by Joe Wicks! Thank you for your donations to such a worthy cause - our Just Giving page is still open if you'd like to donate.
A reminder that primary school applications are now open and the deadline is 15th January 2022. We are holding two more open days for parents of children starting school in September 2022, on Tuesday 23rd November and Wednesday 1st December. Mr Taylor, Headteacher at Writtle Junior School, held meetings for our Year 2 parents this week, as they must apply for places in Year 3 by the same deadline. If you have children starting school or Year 3 next year, please don't be late with your application, or you may miss out on your preferred school place.
As advertised previously, the week commencing 29th November is the final week for clubs, so please plan your childcare arrangements accordingly for the last 2 weeks of term, to ensure that children are not left behind after school. Parents have been notified of any adjustments to dates - there is an extra Tennis club on 6th December and Football club on 9th December to make up for sessions missed earlier in the term. Piano lessons will finish on 1st December and Reading Mondays have now been paused for the remainder of the term.
I'm afraid we have received further complaints from residents regarding access and cars reversing or turning around in private driveways. Please drive and park with consideration for our neighbours and also for other drivers and pedestrians. We advise anyone who witnesses nuisance or illegal parking to follow the guidance from Essex Police, given here: https://www.essex.police.uk/
Finally, Essex Libraries have launched a Winter Reading Challenge, very similar to the one they run during the summer holidays. There are some fantastic prizes to be won, so please consider popping down to your local library to take part!