Message from Mrs. Castell
As we come to the end of a very busy and rewarding half term I would like to thank you all for your support and also our staff for their hard work. The children have settled so well into their new classes and we look forward to the exciting events ahead as we come into the (sorry!) festive season.
Thank you to parents for attending our open evenings and book looks this week. We have received some lovely comments about the progress of the children - I am very lucky to have the team I have.
The vast majority of our children received their flu immunisation today. If your child was not able to be vaccinated today and you would like them to receive it, we have published details of the flu immunisation catch up service on our website.
Our school library is finally finished and I thank everyone, staff and parents for their support in what has been a long project. Particular thanks go to our interior designer Liz Murrell, Lizzie Phillips and the WISPA team, Victoria Hewitt for arranging decoration, Joan Gentle for organising seemingly endless piles of books and finally Stuart Brick for the fantastic graphics which now adorn the walls. The room really will enhance the children’s love of reading and we are so glad to open the library to parents in this, our reading theme week.
School closes for the half term holiday at 3.10pm today. Don't forget there is a sale of Halloween costumes on the Junior School lawn!
After Half Term
We return from the half term break to our Halloween Hullabaloo on Monday 31st October. WISPA are holding a pumpkin carving/decoration competition and we would love to see your entries lining the path to the school in the morning. There will be prizes for each year group! Children are also invited to wear Halloween fancy dress if they wish, but please ensure that this is still suitable for learning and active play outside. Naturally we also expect that Halloween outfits for this age group are neither gory nor scary, as many children will be rightly sensitive about such costumes.
As previously advertised, there is no tennis club on 31st October. We will remind you again on the day, but please ensure you make arrangements to collect your child at 3.10pm on this day.
WISPA will hold their AGM on Thursday 3rd November in the school hall from 9.00 - 9.30am. All parents are welcome to attend this review of fundraising activities for the previous year and the appointment of new committee members.
Reading Mondays will be on the first Monday of the month next half term, so the first one is Monday 7th November.
Applications for primary school places starting September 2023 must be made online between 7 November 2022 and 15 January 2023. This includes Year 2 parents applying for Junior School in Year 3 - please submit your application online to Essex County Council. Our Open Days for parents of reception-age children will be held in November and December.
Unfortunately we have had further complaints about drives being blocked by cars used to drop off/collect our pupils. Please help us to keep good relations with our neighbours by parking considerately. Thank you.
Our Eco Warriors tip for the week: only fill the kettle as much as you need or if you have overfilled the kettle, pour the excess into a flask or use it in the washing up bowl!
Attendance this week was 93.8% compared to our school target of 96%.
Have a lovely half term break.