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Parent Mail

14th June 2019

Dear Parents,


It has been such a wet week but we have managed to get the children outside for most playtimes and lunchtimes.  Bikeability was happening come rain or shine; it is great for the children to experience cycling in different conditions.  It is so important that the children can ride safely and I thank parents for organising for the bikes to be in school.


On Tuesday this week we had two visitors from Wokingham to moderate our Year 2 assessments.  The visitors observed us reading with the children, looked at books, assessments, SATs papers and other records.  Mrs Crowe and Mrs Guillaume have worked incredibly hard to bring all this together and were both highly praised for their hard work and the accuracy of their judgements.


I have carried out the Phonics check with the Year 1 children this week; it is fantastic to see the progress the children have made, especially over the past few months.  Results of the check will be included in with your pupil's end of year report.


The letter went out this week to invite Reception parents into school to speak to Mrs Leen or myself regarding class arrangements for next year.  Mrs Leen has not been in school this week and will not be in next week; please come and see me.


All staff are incredibly busy writing reports but there are still so many enrichment opportunities being planned for the next month.  Chaffinch enjoyed a visit from Sandra Pullen this week to share her experiences of Kenya.  It was lovely to hear one of the children say that they wish to travel the world like she has to experience all the amazing things she has; Sandra has clearly inspired our children.  Chaffinch will be going to Moor Green lake this Thursday and we are busy planning a Keystage One trip for July.


Today 7 Year 4 and 5 boys took part in a Madjski tournament, they won and drew lots of matches and played very well.  Thank you Mrs McDowall and Mr O'Reilly.  Following on from this Fofsa held their Movie night.  It was well attended and I heard lots of children leaving saying it had been 'awesome'.  Thank you to the Fofsa committee who work hard to organise so many fundraisers both for enjoyment and to support the school financially.  When I show people around our school and tell them about the ipads, the playground markings, the furniture, the smart boards, every time I say that we couldn't do any of this without the support of Fofsa.


I am pleased to inform you that Mr Fox has kindly installed a foam antibacterial hand pump in the lunchtime servery. We always encourage the children to wash their hands but as they come in from the playtime I fear that many do not in order to get in the lunch queue!  Each child queuing for a cooked lunch will be able to use it once prior to collecting their food.  Children who are packed lunch or cooked lunch still have the opportunity to wash their hands but I felt that this may ensure all children have clean hands prior to eating.  If you do not wish your child to use the pump please tell them not to.


Please check the diary sheet which will be published today, we have a mufti day planned to support the church fete and the is information on the money raised for bags2school and the Guide dogs.  On Friday 21st June the tree stump at the front of school will be removed during the school day.  This will not impact drop off or collection but I wanted you to be aware that this will happen between 10am and 2pm.  


As you can see, it has been a busy week! Have a lovely weekend

Kind regards

Jacquie Vanstone