Message from Mrs. Castell
It's been busy busy busy in school this week as we plan for the music festival and other upcoming events. Thank you so much to the parents who entered our school for the Longacres Garden Centre competition. We won a huge planter and a bumper selection of garden tools, seeds and compost which will enhance our forest schools provision and other areas of the school. We are also very grateful to Lewis Williams for once again donating some really lovely plants for our Forest School area.
On Wednesday we welcomed Sharks parents for the last of our school dinners with parents for this academic year. Thank you to everyone who has attended this term.
We are looking forward to the music festival for Year Two next Wednesday and we thank parents for making arrangements for pick up. To confirm, clubs will be on for Year One (apart from Eco warriors) and I will hold onto any infant age siblings of Year Two children in the hall for you until your return from Christchurch. If someone else is collecting please let us know. It is not worth trying to bring Year Two children back for clubs, as the performance finishes at 3.30 and all but Forest Schools club finish at 4pm.
On Thursday 16th March Year 2 parents are invited to the hall after drop off for a coffee morning and discussion about the end of Key Stage 1 assessments in May. On Friday 17th March we have a non-uniform day with children invited to wear bright colours for Red Nose Day and bring a suggested donation of £1.
We wish Miss Wakeling and the Raiders 2 ice hockey team luck this weekend as they take on the Chelmsford Chieftains in a charity match to raise funds for Ellis and Avia. Thank you to those parents who have bought tickets, these are still available from the school office until 4.30pm today. If you are unable to attend but would like to donate, you can do so online here:
Important information - Term time holidays - Local authority update
Improving school attendance is a key priority for all schools across Essex. Where families choose to take a family holiday during term time, this can detrimentally impact a pupil’s progress and can prevent them from fulfilling their true academic potential. Our school attendance policy, available via our school website, clearly sets out the process that parents should follow if they wish to apply for leave during term time. Please note that applications should only be made, if you feel that there are exceptional circumstances which mean that the leave cannot be taken during the school holidays. We would ask all parents to note that, where families choose to go on holiday during term time and the absences are coded as unauthorised, Essex County Council may not issue penalty notices and may instead proceed to prosecution and place the case directly before the Magistrates for their consideration in court. If found guilty by the Magistrates, parents could face a fine of up to £2,500 and/or 3 months imprisonment.
Attendance this week is 94.1% compared with our school target of 96%.
As part of our commitment to developing vocabulary with our children each class will be choosing a word of the week. This week's word is "predict", chosen by Parrots class as they are thinking about Science week next week. We would be grateful if you would discuss this and use this with your children.