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Parent Mail

25th November 2022

Good evening


It has been great to finish the week with the Christmas songs playing, FOFSA busy preparing for the fair and the children enjoying a Mufti day.  Thank you so much for your support.  


Mrs Wirth organised a fantastic Digital Wellbeing evening on Wednesday.  I thank the parents and staff for attending, the children for making a great presentation.  I know the information was well received and it certainly provided valuable time to reflect on our own use of technology and how we keep our children safe now and in the future.  Mrs Wirth has kindly put the slides and information on website, so please have a look.


Recently, Freddy in Goldfinch has shared some wonderful news with us.  Along with his family, he is running 100km in one month to raise money.  I am sharing their story and a link to their Justgiving page incase you wish to donate.  The School Council discussed how we could best support Freddy and we are delighted that on Wednesday we will be running alongside Freddy as he completes this incredible challenge.  We are very proud of Freddy and the commitment and determination he has shown and we are also proud to be with him as he finishes.  Chaffinch and Goldfinch will already be in their PE kits.  Please can the infants bring in a pair of trainers on Wednesday in their bookbag ready for a run around the field in the afternoon if they can.


We have had the privilege of being connected to a wonderful woman, Racheal, and her husband Calvin, who have dedicated their life to save girls in Kalerwe, Uganda, from abuse. They have given them hope and a future of education, love, support and freedom.

After visiting the country, last August, we quickly realised we would never be able to help everyone, so we came up with the name Just One. Whether it be one child, family, school or village. Helping Just One is better than none!

We have decided that as a family we would join a group of others to run 100km each during the month of November, to raise money for an event Racheal holds each year called “My smiling Christmas” this will be a fun event full of dancing, games and food!


On Wednesday morning, we will be meeting at Church for our Advent service and parents are welcome to join us.  We will be finishing the week with another Mufti day ahead of our Christmas fair on Saturday 3rd December 3pm.


In addition to all the learning, there is so much going on to be excited by and proud of.  My thanks go to all the staff who are working tirelessly to support each other and our families to achieve the best for each child.  I have seen so much learning this week and it has been wonderful to see the progress the children are making, from our Reception children starting to write their first words through to Year 6 working so hard on their hot writes.  It was lovely chatting to some of the Year 3 children who found the transition a big jump from Bullfinch to Chaffinch.  Already they are confidently sharing how much they love Chaffinch and feel so grown up!  We are certainly going into December with so much progress made.


Next week, we will be sending home Christmas play tickets in envelopes and I will email to let you know which day to expect them.  Each family will get 2 tickets to each performance and information regarding the performances will be explained in a letter attached to the tickets.


I wish you a lovely weekend.

With kind regards

Jacquie Vanstone