Message from Mrs. Castell
Despite the wet weather this week we have made the most of our time indoors, with rehearsals in their final stages for our Christmas performances and lots of festive craft activities today. A reminder that you can purchase tickets for the year group performances at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/writtle-infant-school with a maximum of 2 tickets available per family. We can't wait to perform for you all.
The children have been very excited about the World Cup and it has inspired us to start our own mini-tournament in school. We have mixed teams across the school who will play football matches during lunchtimes. Thank you to Mrs Scott-Simons and Miss Wakeling, our answer to FIFA, who have organised the 107 children who expressed an interest in participating - it will be quite an event and we will keep you updated.
As Christmas festivities are underway both in and out of school, a reminder that staff clubs (Wednesday afternoons) have now finished for the term. Please check the clubs timetable for the final dates of our other clubs and ensure that you have made arrangements for your children to be collected at 3.10pm.
We understand that delays are inevitable sometimes, particularly with recent weather and traffic issues, but we must close the playground gate and school doors at 8.55am to ensure that all staff can return to class. Learning starts as soon as your child enters the classroom and the children really don't like to feel like they're missing out on the first part of the day.
I am getting multiple complaints from parents and residents about parking and even abuse directed at one of our parents. I have again reported issues to the parking enforcement agency and urge you all to keep doing the same, to try and get some official support to deal with this.
The Big Jingle Christmas Fayre is not long away, on Friday 9th December at 3.15pm in the infant school playground. This is a joint event with Writtle Junior School and we send huge thanks to both parents' associations for organising what will be a very festive occasion. If you can help us in any way with this crucial fundraising event, please speak to the school office. You might be able to:
- Help with setting up or putting away at the end of the Fayre
- Man a stall for a short shift
- Donate a raffle prize
- Donate gifts for our Elfridges stall
Both schools will hold Christmas dress down days as follows, in exchange for the following donation requests:
Friday 2nd December for sweets, chocolates and loose change for our money tree
Friday 9th December for bottles and soft toys
This week's Eco Warriors Club tip - please turn off Christmas lights when you are not in the room! Use reusable Christmas trees instead of real ones and use recycled paper for wrapping, or reuse gift bags.
Attendance this week is 93.2% compared with our school target of 96%, however we are seeing many cases of chickenpox this week, so please be alert to the symptoms and follow NHS advice. We also require a 48 hour period of absence after any instance of sickness or diarrhoea. There is advice on our website about treatment and isolation periods for common childhood illnesses.
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. Late applicants risk losing a place at their preferred school. We have our open day on 12th December, please invite family and friends who may be interested.
Have a wonderful weekend.
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