Message from Mrs. Castell
I have just returned from attending the two minutes silence at the war memorial in the village and I am so proud of our Year Two children who observed the silence so respectfully. Thank you to the parents (and lovely dogs!) who joined us. We met a serving soldier who commented on how respectful the children were. I will continue to sell poppies and other related items on the playground in the mornings until the Royal British Legion comes to collect the takings.
Years One and Two were treated to a presentation from Writtle Parish Council last Friday about the work they do for the village. There were lots of good questions from our children.
Many thanks to Mrs Scott-Simons for organising a team to take part in a bocchia and curling tournament at Chelmsford Sports and Athletics Centre on Monday. The children really persevered as they were competing against lots of Junior school aged children and trying these sports for the first time, we are really proud of them.
Next Friday the school will hold a dress down day in conjunction with the Junior School, for Children in Need's Great SPOTacular. Please wear something spotty or yellow, in exchange for a suggested donation of £1 to this worthy cause.
Please check the school calendar as there are lots of festive events coming up, including our Key Stage 1 and Foundation Stage Christmas performances. Ticket details will be issued shortly. On 24th and 25th November WISPA will hold a secret sale of Elf On The Shelf accessories in the school library. Once you have dropped off your children we'll let you in through the back door to the library so you can buy your items in secret! Parents from both schools are very welcome.
The WISPA and WJSPA Christmas Fayre will be held at the infant school on Friday 9th December at 3.15pm. This is a joint event for both schools, to raise funds for our Health and Happiness Hub and the Junior school pod. Please contact the office if you can volunteer any time on the day to help, if you would like donate a raffle prize or hold a stall at the event. There are two Christmas dress down days in support of the Fair, as follows:
Friday 2nd December for any of the following: sweets, chocolates, soft toys, or coins (of denominations 5p and under) for our money tree stall.
Friday 9th December for bottles (alcohol, soft drinks, toiletries, sauces and condiments).
If you have any unwanted gifts you would like to donate, please bring them to the school office for our Elfridges stall, which will take place in school time after the Christmas Fayre. We will also hold a Christmas jumper swap and both schools will have their Christmas Jumper days on Friday 16th December, the day of our Christmas dinner.
We have taken the decision not to renew our subscription to Bug Club, the online books that can be read at home. The evidence shows very few children are engaging with these at home, as low as 2 per class. It was very useful during the lockdown periods but the money is better spent on real books in school that all children can access. Parents, please return any school books you might find at home, no questions asked! We urgently need them back, as we are short of them in school. Thank you.
We are receiving a series of complaints about inconsiderate and dangerous parking. Please do not restrict access for local residents, pedestrians and other motorists when you park your car. You may consider leaving more time for your journey, or parking further away and walking to school if necessary. We urge anyone to report dangerous and illegal parking to the police. The police have advised us that they must receive information from first-hand witnesses, rather than the school reporting on their behalf.
Finally, a reminder that parents of children due to start Reception or Year Three in September 2023 must apply for their school place by 15th January 2023.
This week's tip from our Eco Warriors is when you are charging devices, make sure you unplug the device as soon as it's fully charged!
Attendance this week is 94.7% compared with our school target of 96%.
Enjoy your weekend.