Message from Mrs. Castell
As we come to the end of another challenging term, my thanks go to our entire team for giving their very best to the children in our care. Our teachers and LSAs are dedicated every single day to making a difference for our children. The office staff work tirelessly to ensure the smooth running of the school, looking after children and their families, while Mr Turner keeps the premises in check. We are very grateful to our governors for their support and it has been lovely that they have been able to make numerous visits to the school this term. The children continue to show resilience beyond their years and it has been wonderful to see them enjoying their learning and growing in confidence. Last but not least, thank you to all parents for your support and understanding over the last few months. I hope this Christmas you are able to enjoy the company of others more than last year.
WISPA's Christmas Market last Friday was a huge success, raising an amazing £1800! This will go towards new maths equipment and our library project. Thank you again to all the committee and volunteers for their brilliant organisation and creating such a lovely festive atmosphere, and to Writtle College, local businesses and parents for their support and generosity. The raffle continues until 1st January, so please buy your tickets if you can, there are some amazing prizes to be won - hampers, cupcakes, beauty vouchers, afternoon tea and meals for two!
This week we enjoyed a Christmas assembly from Reverend Tony, our class parties and today's Christmas lunch. WISPA has presented every child with a book as a Christmas gift.
A reminder that Tuesday 4th January is an INSET day so we look forward to seeing the children return on Wednesday 5th January. Forest School lessons begin in the week commencing 10th January. Due to staffing requirements, we will continue Forest School lessons for Sharks next half term on Tuesdays, with Turtles class on Wednesdays. Clubs and piano lessons also start in the week commencing 10th January (apart from Dance club which starts on 7th January) - we will inform you of places on staff clubs for Years 1 and 2 on our return. I will update you if there are any changes to arrangements, given the current circumstances.
Please refer to the letter sent from Essex County Council yesterday about procedures to follow for close contacts of a positive case. The school should be informed of positive cases up until the evening of Sunday 19th December and from Monday 3rd January onwards. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org, the account will be monitored over the holidays.
Have a safe and happy break and I look forward to working with you during 2022.