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Parent Mail

15th February 2019

Dear Parents,


This half term has flown by; it has been incredibly busy and with so many coughs and colds going around, I think we are all ready for a weeks holiday.


This week we have been interviewing for Mrs Weston's role.  We had a fantastic response to the advert and spent a day interviewing.  We are delighted to have appointed Jackie Lawrence as a full time School Business Manager.  Jackie has been associated with the school for a long time as a parent, FOFSA member and governor and I am sure you will join me in congratulating her and welcoming her as a member of staff.  There will be a handover period between now and Easter and celebrations for Mrs Weston.


It was a pleasure to reflect on the School Development Plan with the governors on Tuesday evening.  The focus was on English and Maths and I shared the developments made within the subjects.  These changes are linked to how we teach, how the children record and work and also how, as staff, we support and develop each other.  In future meeting we will be considering the impact of the changes both from the point of view of children and staff as well as the impact shown in the assessments we are carrying out.


After half term the Monday is an Inset day.  As staff we will be joining our Cluster schools for training in the morning and then will be working together in school during the afternoon.  NSsport will be running the Inset day activities in school and all children are welcome.  You need to book via their website. 


In the first two weeks after half term we have Learning Reviews; thank you for signing up to them.   We also have a Chaffinch Brass Concert and our Church Ash Wednesday Service, weather permitting our church service will take place in church. I look forward to seeing you at these events.


This half term has been a busy time for music with the KS2 choir working extremely hard, preparing for WASMA and children and teachers are sharing with me various exam successes as some have been busy practicing for and entering music exams. After half term we are holding our next Music Achievement Assembly on Thursday 28th February. We would be delighted to see certificates / trophies achieved by the children and if anyone would like to perform a piece of music we would be delighted to hear it. Please could I ask that you submit a slip of paper to the office by Tuesday morning registration with your child’s name, class and achievement or piece they would like to sing/ play. This will give Mrs Gan time to prepare certificates for all the children. We look forward to listening to some wonderful music.


I wish you and the children a great half term and thank you once again for your continued support this term.

Kind regards

Jacquie Vanstone