Message from Mrs. Castell
As we reach the end of another term my thanks go as ever to you, our wonderfully supportive parent body for working so well with us to achieve the best for our children. Thank you to all our staff, our dedicated teachers, our committed LSA team and our office team for their hard work and support. As we look towards the summer term and my final term, I will continue to work closely alongside Mr Taylor and Mrs Wilson and our governors so that there is a smooth handover for September.
It was lovely to see so many of you at parents evenings and the book looks and I thank you for all of the positive and supportive comments received on those nights.
Thank you to Mrs Scott-Simons, Miss Wakeling and Mrs Glennie who accompanied a team of Year One children to the Teddy Lympics on Wednesday. They were praised for their enthusiasm and behaviour and we are very proud of them.
Poster Competition - Reminder
A reminder about the Parish Council's exciting competition for both the Infant and Junior School. Can you design a poster that advertises Writtle? Share with everyone what makes it special? You might like to draw pictures of your favourite things, or take photographs and add them to your poster. How you create your poster is entirely up to you! Posters could feature the Green, the duck pond, school activities, hobbies like Scouts and Brownies, sports at Paradise Road, in fact anything that families do in the village. All we ask is that the posters are no bigger than an A4 piece of paper and that you put your name and age on the back of it. Please bring your finished poster to the school office by Friday 21st April. The Parish Council will judge the winners with book tokens awarded as prizes and the winning entries will be used to advertise our village! For the grown ups in the village - please see our Community Links page for details of how to become a Parish Councillor. A number of councillors are stepping down this year and the Parish Council would love to hear from applicants who are keen to play a key role in the village. Elections will be held in May.
Please check our community links page for lots of interesting activities during the Easter holidays.
All of the key dates for the summer term are on our website. Booking details for staff clubs are now live, please check ParentMail for the staff clubs for Year 1 and Year 2. We have written to you separately about Forest School lessons next term, which begin with Sharks and Foxes class.
You may have seen our wonderful new library door at Parents' Evening. The brilliant Olivia M, now in Year 3, drew an amazing sketch for us in the style of Quentin Blake. We were all completely bowled over by the result. With huge thanks to one of our parents, Stuart Brick at Signs Express, her drawing has been transformed into a vinyl wrap for the door. We are all absolutely delighted with the finish and will be looking to update our classroom doors in a similar fashion. Watch this space!
As part of our commitment to developing vocabulary with our children each class will be choosing a word of the week and we will share one with you. This week's word is, appropriately enough, "downpour", chosen by Foxes class. We would be grateful if you would discuss this and use this with your children - let's hope the weather doesn't give us too many examples!
Attendance this week was 94.3% compared to our school target of 96%. We will continue to work in partnership with parents to improve attendance next term.
I hope you have a lovely break for Easter. The children return on Monday 17th April. Enjoy the WISPA Easter trail over the holidays, thank you to the committee for organising this event!