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Parent Mail

30th June 2023

Good afternoon,


We began the week with a mufti day which was good fun for the children and showed your wonderful support to the church.  The bottle donations will make a huge difference and the church and school team thank you all.  The icing on the cake came in the form of an ice pop!  Thank you to Fofsa for selling them after school, the children loved them.


On Tuesday we took the opportunity to celebrate our library, our Librarians and the work led by Mrs Shepherd.  Thank you to those who came to the Open library session, it was a chance for children and parents to look at books together which is so important.  The librarians worked hard and demonstrated just how dedicated and hard working they are.  We will hold more of these sessions next year.


In the evening, Mrs Guillaume, Mrs Paterson and I welcomed our new Reception 23 families to school for a meeting.  It is great to take time and reflect on all we do to support the children in transition and through their school journey.  This was followed up with the first new starter visit on Thursday. I always enjoy getting to know the children and families, a couple of children didn't want to leave which is a great start!


Whilst we welcome the new children, many of our Year 6 children have been visiting their Secondary schools.  I am often told of pupils from our school taking leadership roles at Secondary school and I was delighted to see Ava Merolla, a past pupil, as Head girl at Bohunt this year.  I felt proud listening to her talk so well and I hope this inspires our children even further.


Throughout the day on Wednesday, governors were in school.  They enjoyed seeing the learning during the first half of the morning, joined us for assembly, lunchtime and then had meetings within school.  It is always such a positive day and I hope as parents some of you were able to chat to the governors at the end of the day.


We have finished the week with an amazing Philippa Hanna concert which we all loved.  Philippa talks to the children about experiences and feelings they may have and her songs have the perfect messages for our children to hear.  There were a few children who must have been worn out from the constant singing, dancing and clapping but it was wonderful to see them so full of joy in the moment. Mr and Mrs Fox have gifted this visit to the school which is incredibly generous and thoughtful.  It is certainly something the children and staff will remember, thank you Mr and Mrs Fox.


Mr O'Reilly's club this evening had a great number of families joining.  It is nice to older siblings back too.  It looked like good fun and they just missed the rain.  There will be no club next week due to Sports day.


Tomorrow, I hope many of you have the opportunity to support the church fete which is in the memorial park from 1pm.


Next week, we will be emailing the end of year reports to parents and sending a paper copy of attendance information along with the feedback form.  The report emails will be staggered over the week but all reports will be emailed by the end of Thursday.  


I wish you a lovely weekend.

With kind regards

Jacquie Vanstone