Message from Mrs. Castell
This will be the last Friday message of the term and I wanted to thank you all for your support this term. I can see how the children have progressed and settled and as I say at every prospective parents meeting I am very proud to be the Headteacher of this school. Thank you to our teaching staff and our wonderful team of LSAs and middays who continue to go over and above to support the children (and each other), our unflappable office team and our site manager Mr Turner. Most importantly thank you to the children for being such a joy!
At the time of writing we are looking forward to our school Christmas dinner today. The WISPA elves will host the Elfridges gift shop on Monday and Father Christmas himself will visit next week to give each child a book funded by WISPA. Thank you for your amazing support for the joint parents' association Christmas Fayre last Friday. We raised an amazing £2800 to be split between both schools. Once again we would like to thank the organising committee for their tireless efforts in staging the Fayre and also BSW Marquees Ltd for their incredible generosity in putting up a huge marquee for the event, not to mention taking it down this week in sub-zero temperatures!
I am delighted to announce that Matt Coffey and Esther Burton, both parent governors, have been elected joint chairs of governors. My thanks go to them for taking on this role as we plan to move forward.
Thank you for your cooperation with the necessary arrangements to keep you all safe during this cold snap. My particular thanks to Mrs Wilson and the team for dealing with this while I had the dreaded sickness bug. I understand the difficulties that the snow and ice presented this week and that for some of you being absent was unavoidable. Attendance this week is 82.3% compared with our school target of 96%. The attendance has been the lowest ever this term and I know that many children have experienced bouts of illness. I attach the government's latest guidance for parents on attendance and I hope that as we go into a new term, attendance will improve. We have had to chase several parents for reasons why their child is off, you must ring in (unless agreed otherwise) or email us by 9.15am. It is the law that parents/carers inform us when children are absent.
Thank you to Miss Wakeling and Mrs Scott-Simons for organising our world cup tournament which 113 of our children took part in. In all year groups both girls and boys worked together in teams and it has been great fun and a chance for children of different ages to work together. Due to the bad weather we have postponed the final until next week.
Many parents were unable to attend our open day on Monday due to the poor weather, so we will hold another session on Friday 6th January at 9.30am. Please pass details to friends and family who have children due to start school in September 2023. You can register to attend our open day on our website. A reminder that the deadline for primary school applications is 15th January. This includes our Year 2 children who need to apply for their place in Year 3.
We break up for the Christmas holidays on Tuesday 20th December at 3.10pm, returning at 8.45am on Thursday 5th January. Forest School lessons have now finished for the term, resuming next half term for Sharks class on Tuesdays, starting 10th January and Turtles class on Wednesdays, starting 11th January. Clubs will begin in the week commencing Monday 9th January, with the exception of the Wednesday staff clubs which begin on 18th January.
With very best wishes for a lovely Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Mrs Ho Ho Ho Castell