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Parent Mail

16th June 2023

Good afternoon,


I hope you have had an enjoyable week.  We have had such an incredibly busy week but a wonderful one.

Early in the week we held our Colour run.  This was the first time we have organised such an event and it came together due to everyone's hard work.  School Council work with Mrs Dodds and Isla suggested the event.  This one idea and a lot of hard work and willing children and parents and staff has meant that we have had the most memorable of afternoons and we have also raised over £1000 for a charity.  We are delighted and thank you so much for your generosity.  We still have some families who have not paid on Parentmail, if you are having trouble then please drop the contribution into school, every little helps to ensure we cover the costs of the afternoon; an afternoon described as 'the best ever' by lots of the children!

Throughout the week learning has continued as normal and this has also involved our Year 1s taking their Phonics check with Mrs Guillaume.  Some Year 2s who did not pass last year, have retaken this week.  Mrs Dodds has also supported the Year 4s who have taken their Multiplication check.  Both sets of results will be sent out with the school reports in July.

We have finished this sunny week with Goldfinch having a brilliant day in Windsor.  They visited Dr Choc and are all so pleased with their chocolate, which miraculously didn’t melt on the way home!  Thank you, Mrs Pasha, for organising the day.  Many of the children were nervous to carry out surveys about Fair trade but I am delighted that they were recognised for being so polite and articulate.  A super trip that Chaffinch are already hoping will run again in the future!

We have just enjoyed a very hot netball session with parents V children.  The parents won but the children certainly made it hard!  Thank you, Mr O’Reilly, for organising that as well as the very popular rounders session in Windsor today.

Next week Chaffinch will be going to Moore Green Lakes on Tuesday and on Friday Goldfinch have a  multisports club against parents, I will share the link on Monday.

On Thursday, we have scaffolding going up around Goldfinch and some of the carpark will be out of use.  We are excited to be having solar panels installed over the following 10 days.  This will obviously be good for the school budget, the environment and it will be interesting for the children to see the data linked to it.

The staff are currently writing end of year reports which will go out at the beginning of July and I thank them for their hard work. 

I would like to remind parents and children that the PE uniform is either black leggings or tracksuit bottoms or the red shorts, please do not send your child in with black shorts.  I have also noticed a few children with nail vanish on, please make sure this is removed before Monday.


From the caring behaviour at the Athletics tournament last week through to the Colour run and the rest of this week, the children deserve our praise.  During the Colour run, I did not speak to one child about their behaviour other than positively.  It is wonderful to see the children taking ownership of their choices and also that they are trying to make the right choices for their benefit and for the benefit of those around them.


I wish you all a wonderful weekend.

With kind regards

Jacquie Vanstone