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Finchampstead C of E (Aided) Primary School

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23rd June 2019

Dear Parents,

As we approach the end of term, the weather is still not very summery.  We are looking forward to Sports Day in a couple of weeks and the children have been working hard in preparation during their PE lessons.  Please can I remind you that all children should have a plain t-shirt in school that is appropriate to their team colour.  We will be using them next week in preparation for the day so please make sure they are in school and labelled.

 

It saddened me earlier this week that many of our neighbours were unhappy with the parking and the lack of consideration shown by some parents.  I understand the pressures of morning drop offs, but please ensure you do not block any driveways or park inappropriately. The owners of the Greyhound pub kindly allow our parents to use their car park during school drop off times. The walk is quick and easy, if you haven't used the car park before please try and see if this would work for you; I am sure for many of you it would.

 

Chaffinch had a fabulous morning at Moor Green Lakes; they were lucky with the weather and enjoyed pond dipping and many more activities.  We are so fortunate to have such a beautiful learning resource within walking distance.  Thank you Mrs Dodds for organising such a valuable experience.

 

I would like to thank you all for supporting the Church Fete by donating gifts and bottles on Friday; it will make a big difference and I am pleased that we are able to support in this way. I look forward to seeing lots of you at the Fete next Saturday.  Following this, next Sunday, the church will be having a special service to bless and celebrate our pets.  We will be taking our guinea pigs, Caramel and Bingo and I would be delighted if lots of children could join me.

 

Whilst we have so many exciting things happening at school over the next month, I am very concerned by the number of holiday requests I have received.  I will of course consider each one but unless the circumstances are exceptional I cannot authorise them.  There will be a number of fines issued by Wokingham  this term but my greatest concern is the missed learning and the impact this has on pupils and our school. Please consider plans carefully and think about the impact time away from school has your child's learning and progress; as well as our school attendance figures.  I am however excited to be awarding many certificates at the end of term for attendance of 97% and above which applies to many children.

 

I finish with the great news that planning permission for our conservatory has been granted. We are now looking forward to the build taking place and our school having a new and bright nurture space; I will keep you updated.

 

With kind regards

Jacquie Vanstone

 

 

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