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Finchampstead C of E (Aided) Primary School

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25th May 2018

Dear Parents,

I cannot believe it is May half term already! It has been an incredibly busy few weeks with great focus on learning as well as so many enrichment activities taking place.

As I mentioned on Facebook, Monday was such a highlight at Warren Lodge; as I arrived to pick the children up the room was full of fun, smiles and care. I have displayed a poster with information about a Summer party at Warren Lodge which some children may enjoy taking you to.

On Tuesday this week I had the pleasure of attending a Diocese Conference; it was a great opportunity to meet with other schools from across the Oxford Diocese as well as to hear some inspirational speakers.

Since my appointment as Headteacher I have been working with the Governors to restructure our staffing. I am delighted to inform you that from 4th June Mrs Wirth will no longer be Keystage 2 Leader; she will be working across the school as Senior Leader with responsibility for our curriculum. Mrs Leen will be our Pastoral Care and SEND Leader. This is a structure which I envisage having an incredibly positive impact on pupils, families, and staff; after the half term break I will share more information about their roles.

As the Key Stage 2 tests came to an end the Year 2 children began to complete their 'booklets'! They have enjoyed doing them and it has been wonderful to see the progress they have made. The writing SATs assessments continue after half term for both Key Stage 1 and 2 and we would be grateful for your support with home learning over half term. The Phonics screening for Year 1 children take place in the middle of June; continued support at home can have a big impact on this.

With a Football tournament today, Bikeability for Year 6 and an allotment trip for Chaffinch it has been so busy and this has not been made easier by having no tables for 3 days in Chaffinch and Goldfinch. On Tuesday the old tables and chairs were collected by a Education and Health charity; they provide educational supplies and health support to children in Sierra Leone. The children and staff helped to load up the furniture and the pride in giving them to such a worthy cause was great to see. Our scheduled delivery for the new tables was then delayed until Friday!! I would like to thank the children and staff for making the most of the empty classrooms and for making the situation work for the children. Today the new tables arrived and look wonderful. Thank you FOFSA.

I would like to wish you all a wonderful half term break and I look forward to seeing you on 4th June.

Many thanks to all staff for their hard work and dedication and for your continued support.

Jacquie Vanstone

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