Newsletter 15th July 2016

Dear Parents,

Residential

I had a very enjoyable few days in Devon with the children from Beech Class.  They were having a wonderful time and I’m afraid to report that incidences of homesickness were few and far between!

Staffing

Next year, the staff arrangements are as follows:

  • Willow Class: Miss Prud’homme, Mrs Kent, Jessica, Nikki, Mrs Travis;
  • Ash Class: Mrs Weston, Mrs Cornish, Mrs Higgins, Miss Preedy;
  • Oak Class: Mrs Halsey (M,T), Mrs Talbot (W, T, F), Miss Goater;
  • Beech Class: Mrs Watson, Mrs Cornish, Mrs Barnhill;
  • Forest School: Mrs Jaggard;
  • Enrichment (cookery, art, sport) and 1:1 support: Mrs Kent, Mrs Brees, Miss Jones, Serinne.

Transfer Morning

This will take place on Monday.  The children will spend the morning with their new teachers.

Reports

These will be sent home at the end of day on Monday.  If you would like to discuss the past year, please see your child’s current teacher, but if you would like to talk about next steps in learning, please make an appointment with the new teacher in the autumn.

Ash and Willow Class Performance

I heard great things about this, so thank you to all the children and adults who helped put this on.  I am delighted that I will be able to watch this with the children from Beech Class during a repeat performance next Monday.  If there are any parents who missed out the first time around who would like to come, please contact the school office.

Forest School

There will be Forest School for Year 6 on Monday morning (during transfer morning) and for Year 4 on Tuesday morning.  Please send your child to school in their outdoor clothes with a bag containing school clothes to change into afterwards.

Dance Club Show

Parents of children who come to dance club are invited to come and watch their show in the school hall on Tuesday 19th July at 2.45pm.

Leavers’ Service

This will take place at 2.00pm in the church on the last day of term, Wednesday 20th July.  We will be saying farewell to children, staff and parents who are leaving, including Miss Grimshaw, who will be leaving us to move to her new job in France.

Reflections

As you may know, this has been an incredibly turbulent year in education, with many changes and challenges placed upon schools.  I would like to thank all the staff for the cheerful and positive way they have coped with everything thrown at them.  Our aim has been for the children, despite these challenges, to enjoy their rich and varied education: Forest School, cookery, art and design in the Lin Cooper Practical Skills Building, swimming, music and dramatic productions, services in the church, special events like Children in Need, sport competitions, clubs…….  I am pleased to report that in addition to all this, all our formal test results and assessments (Foundation Stage Profile, Year 1 phonics, Year 2 tests and teacher assessments, Year 6 tests) are above the national averages.  Congratulations to all the children for their hard work and to the staff for guiding and preparing them so well.  Thank you also to you as parents for your support of the school.  All the parts of the jigsaw are needed for the picture to be complete.

Monday 18th

  • Transfer morning.
  • Forest School for Year 6.

Tuesday 19th

  • Year 6 treat.
  • Year 4 Forest School.
  • Dance Assembly (2.45pm in the school hall).

Wednesday 20th

  • Leavers’ Service (2.00pm in the church).
  • Term finishes (3.15pm)

Monday 5th September

  • Start of term.

 

Our Christian value for the term has been Forgiveness.  Can your child remember about the Jews in World War Two, the Battle of the Somme, the story of Joseph and his brothers, the work of Gordon Wilson, the story of Zaccheus, Guru Nanak and the robber and Edmund and Eustace in the Narnia stories? They were also challenged to think about how forgiveness can impact on their lives and how they can demonstrate forgiveness at school.