Message from Mrs. Castell
What a wonderful Jubilee day we have had! The children looked fantastic in their red, white and blue, and the school was adorned in Union Jack bunting, balloons and the children's incredible artwork! Please take a look through our many photo galleries this week, as they really have done some superb drawings, inspired by Her Majesty and of course her corgis! Thank you to the parents who came for Family Learning Time this week, to the midday and catering teams for a very special street-party lunch today and finally to WISPA, who organised this afternoon's entertainment by the brilliant Mister B as well as a beautiful Jubilee pin for every child. We are hugely grateful and we know the children will have very fond memories of today.
We are seeing the return of a lot of common childhood illnesses, so please be aware of symptoms, treatment and any required periods of absence. However we are also seeing a rise in parents booking holidays in term time, which we are required to record as unauthorised absence. We appreciate that some of you have had holidays postponed due to COVID or have been unable to visit family members, however please consider how much learning children have missed during the two lockdowns. We will be expected by the government to take a much tougher stance next year, as things are back to some sort of normality, so I urge you not to plan holidays during term time as you plan ahead next year.
As we break up for half term today, I want to thank you all for your continued support. While this term has had its challenges, we have had a more settled time with staffing. The next half term brings events such as Sports Day, year group trips and transition opportunities, with Year 2 having taster sessions at the Junior School and our new intake and other year groups visiting their new classrooms. Reading Mondays will continue every Monday unless you are notified otherwise. Please continue to check our website for all special events and dates of holidays. We do not list weekly events such as clubs, piano lessons or Reading Mondays but all other dates are included.
Children return on Tuesday 7th June, as 6th June is an INSET day. There will be no staff on site on 6th June as we are having work done to the water tanks, so please do not ring or come up to the school - we will be monitoring emails. Forest School lessons next half term are for Dolphins on Tuesdays (the first day back!) and Foxes on Wednesdays. The final parents lunch will be for Sharks class on Wednesday 8th June at 11.55am. I will meet parents at the gate to the playground and lead them into the hall. Please avoid bringing younger siblings. All clubs resume in the first week back after half term and Young Architects' Club for Group 3 begins on Friday 10th June. Planning will begin in earnest for the joint WISPA and WJSPA Summer Fete on Saturday 25th June, please make sure you have the date in your diary! There will be dress down days on 17th and 24th June in preparation - more details will follow.
Have a wonderful half term break. I hope you enjoy all the celebrations for the Jubilee.