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This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it

Parent Mail

10th January 2020

Dear Parents,


I would like to begin by thanking you for your kind wishes, cards and gifts at Christmas; we are all incredibly grateful and touched.  I wish you all a very happy and healthy new year.  We have been delighted to have 5 new children this week; I am sure you will join me in welcoming them and their families.


The teachers began the term with a morning with some of our cluster schools at an English training session; it was inspirational and we look forward to bring in some of the ideas into the classroom.

Whilst the teachers were training NSsport led a well-attended, fun day for many children.  We are excited to launch a holiday club led by Mr O'Reilly from February half term; information is available if you would like to book and booking is now open.  Please note that this is open to children who attend other schools as well.


I have been pleased to see the children focusing quickly to their learning following the holidays and I would like to reinforce the importance of your support regarding home learning; reading with your child, checking times tables etc. everyday can make a big difference to progress.


On Thursday we had our Epiphany service at church.  The children who read, did so beautifully and many of the answers to questions from our children made the staff and parents proud.  It was a good job most of the children had wellies; the path was so muddy but it was a lovely walk and no-one fell in the mud!


We have two exciting assemblies planned for the next fortnight.  Firstly, on Friday 17th January the Christian singer Philippa Hanna will be leading an assembly for the school to launch our school vision to the children:


" This is the day that the lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." Psalm 118 24.


Philippa has been to our school on a few occasions and it will be wonderful to celebrate our school and our children with a focus on being positive and having high aspirations.  Philippa's songs fit perfectly and I can't wait to welcome her back. I would like to thank Mr and Mrs Fox for organising this with me.


Today you should have received your invitation to the official opening of our conservatory.  We would love as many of you as possible to join us for an assembly and the official opening with The Barley family, followed by refreshments.  I feel incredibly fortunate to have the support of The Barley family and what they have done for our school is wonderful.  If you can join us at 2.30pm on Wednesday 22nd January, please sign up on the sheet in the lobby.  I will be coming into school on Saturday 18th to tidy up the side of school in preparation for the opening.  If you are able to help between 2pm and 4pm please join me; I would be very grateful.  Please could you let me know if you may be able to help.


It is amazing to think that it is only week one but we are working hard and achieving so much.


Wishing you a lovely weekend

Jacquie Vanstone