Message from Mrs. Castell
As we are coming into our last half term of this academic year please do check the dates on our website as there are many exciting events happening including performances, Sports Day and the Summer Fete, our major fundraiser of the year. There will be a sign up sheet for help, please consider what you can do, our budget is shrinking and every penny will go towards some exciting projects, including development of our garden spaces.
We are thrilled with our recent OFSTED report and this has been shared with you separately. It notes the hard work we have been doing on attendance and linked to this I am increasingly concerned by the unprecedented amount of holiday applications I am getting. We are obliged to consider fines for families in each case and while this is not my favoured course of action, preferring to work with parents, the increasing amount of learning time lost is concerning. Attendance this week is 92.4% compared to our school target of 96%.
Writtle Parish Council
Our thanks go to Chris Hibbitt who presented prizes for the Parish Council poster competition this week. Isla came 3rd, Hettie 2nd and Annabel 1st. All of the entries will be displayed at the Writtle parish fete on 22nd July. A very good friend to our school, Wendy Walker from the parish council passed away on Monday. She was instrumental in developing links between our schools and the council and she will be very much missed.
As we are all practising for Sports Day on Wednesday 21st June, please ensure that children have a full PE kit in school every day, including trainers. The weather is warming up so please ensure they also have sun hats and sun cream is applied daily before school. Children are not allowed to do PE in earrings, as this invalidates clauses of our insurance policy should an accident occur. Please remove earrings on PE days or ensure that children can remove their own earrings. If you are planning to get your child’s ears pierced, please wait until the beginning of the summer holidays, so they can take part in all activities.
This week we have had a visit from author Lynn How who presented her new book Your Rainbow. The book can be purchased at a discounted price from this link: https://positiveyoungmind.com/product/your-rainbow-school/. Dolphins enjoyed their library visit on Thursday, Sharks class look forward to their visit next week.
African Drumming & Dance workshop
Today the Year 1 and 2 children enjoyed a fantastically energetic African dance and drumming workshop. All children watched dancer Sherifa and drummer Papis perform in assembly, as well as an impromptu stint in the playground at lunchtime, so the EYFS children didn't miss out on the African rhythms! We were all totally uplifted by their presence today.
Year 2 Mini Games
We were very proud of all of our Year Two children who attended the Mini Games on Tuesday. We came 3rd out of a group that included some much larger schools. My thanks go to the staff who accompanied them and the parents who came to spectate.
Next year 2023-24
I have had a few queries about whether we are mixing classes for next year. There is no need to do so this year, so classes will remain the same. Next week we will be in a position to inform you of class teachers for September 2023.
From September 2023 the school doors will open for registration and learning to begin at 8.40. The doors will close at 8.50. This extra five minutes ensures that we are meeting the government's expected length of the school week from September 2023.
No staff clubs next week
Due to staff training, there will be no clubs after school on Wednesday 14th June. We do traditionally get left with children when staff clubs are not on, so please make arrangements for your child to be picked up at 3.10pm.
This week's word is "flamboyant". Please discuss the meaning with your child and try to use the word at home.
Enjoy the sunshine this weekend!