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Parent Mail

17th March 2023

Good afternoon,


I hope you are well, it is lovely to finally enjoy some sunshine!


We have had a busy fortnight and it always amazes me how quickly every week goes by. I have spent three days in Rosefinch this week which has been a pleasure.  It is wonderful to see their behaviours for learning developing and I especially enjoyed writing with them.

Our staff meeting this week was dedicated to moderating some Year 6 writing to ensure that all teachers agree on the assessments given.  This always leaves us feeling proud of what the children are achieving and how they have progressed.  I hope you have enjoyed seeing the books at the Learning review meetings.  We encourage the children to take great pride in their work and the staff work incredibly hard to provide appropriate feedback to progress their learning.


We were delighted this week to award our Year 4 Librarians with their badges in our Achievement assembly.  They are already doing a great job and I know that Mrs Shepherd is enjoying working with them.


It was great to see the children exchanging one item of uniform for something that would feel like a treat.  We have raised  just over £50 for Comic relief and I thank you for your support.


Two concerns have been brought to my attention this week for which I now ask for your support.  Firstly, Prime bottles have been the source of disagreements and distraction.  I understand the children may want them and have them and I have not made a quick decision to ban them but having seen them negatively impact the children this week, the time has come.   If your child does not have an alternative bottle, we can offer a cup in the classroom.

Secondly, staff have become aware that some parents are dropping off on the zig zags.  This is unsafe and is something I will monitor over the next few weeks.  Please do not stop on the zig zags during the designated times.


A big thank you to Mrs Metcalfe and all the staff for organising our Mother's day bouquets.  The children left school today looking very proud and I wish all the mothering figures we have in our lives a special Sunday.


Our WASMA children will be performing on Sunday evening and I can't wait.  They have worked so hard and Mrs Gan and Mrs Coulson have both said how lucky they are to be working with them.  Taking part in WASMA  is a huge commitment for the children, Mrs Gan and Mrs Coulson and I wish them luck and enjoyment and I look forward to seeing them shine!


With kind regards 

Jacquie Vanstone