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Parent Mail

6th May 2023

Dear Parents, 


This week has been so busy and all squeezed into four days!


We continue our work supporting parents to improve attendance. We have created a parent guide with information on late arrivals, absences and on the procedures to follow. This includes a new email address for parents to use to report absence. The guide will be sent out ahead of Tuesday and will be monitored by our Attendance team. 


It was lovely to see the Eco club group of children so excited on Thursday, they had a great session. Mrs Dodds returned in time to join Mrs Guillaume and I for the Phonics meeting. The meeting was led brilliantly by Mrs Guillaume and it is was wonderful to share what we are doing, why and how this is transferring into the great progress we are seeing. Your support at home is invaluable.  We have uploaded the slides to the website and we managed to record the session. A link is also on the website on the parent support page.  If you would like to discuss phonics further, please contact Mrs Guillaume to arrange a meeting.


Celebrating the King's Coronation was an absolute pleasure. The children had so much fun, ate a lot of scones and behaved beautifully.  On Friday, we opened the new ballcourts and next week we will be able to use the trimtrail. There are a few finishing touches needed but we are delighted. Saying that the children were excited to be in the ballcourts is an understatement! 


Fofsa have kindly given children, staff and governors a commemorative bookmark in celebration of the King's coronation. It is such a wonderful gift, thank you. 


As part of the coronation long weekend, King Charles is encouraging us to engage support for our community. We are aware that some families may join in and we thought we would hold an Achievement assembly on 24th May at 9am. We will hold it primarily as a Heart of the Community assembly.   If your child does any acts to help the community (even if they differ from the published lists, we would love to recognise them in our assembly).  Please send in photos by Monday 15th May.  Parents are invited to our assembly which may possibly follow with the opening of the ballcourt but this is yet to be confirmed.


On Thursday 18th May it is Ascension day, a day Christians celebrate Jesus ascending to Heaven.  Mrs Dodds and I will be walking from school up to church at 7am (the earliest time that we felt was realistic). We invite you and your children to join us and when we reach church we will have a pastry breakfast before returning to school for the day.  This is something we have wanted to do for many years so we thought we would finally go ahead and see if anyone would like to join us. More information will follow as well as a provisional sign up sheet. 


Finally, I wanted to send a message to our Year 6 children who will begin their SATs tests on Tuesday.  The children have been so well supported and are ready for their tests.  Mrs Wirth has an amazing way of actually making the week quite enjoyable, starting each day with yoga and and and extra breakfast treat and Mrs Pasha has a games treat planned for the end of the week. I am sure the children are using the long weekend for final revision which is great but also try to include a lot of fresh air and relaxation.


I wish you a lovely weekend.

Jacquie Vanstone