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Parent Mail

7th October 2022

Dear Parents and Guardians,


I hope you have had a good week, we certainly have in school.  It has been great to see so many family members joining us for different events this week.


I began the week by introducing our new guinea pig Moo to the children.  He is lovely, has settled in with Bingo and is very much loved by the children already.  I would like to thank the children for such lovely pictures, messages and prayers for Caramel which we shared at church.  Adele Baker has set up a gofundme page to raise some money to use towards caring for our guinea pigs.  Here is the link if you wish to contribute.


On Wednesday we enjoyed our Harvest service which was led by Reverend Leonard.  The children's gifts made a wonderful contribution and Goldfinch did a great job of loading up Mrs Workman's car ready to deliver to Reading foodbank.  She was so grateful for the help.


On Thursday morning I had the pleasure of meeting some new families looking at schools for Reception September 2023.  The Year 6 children were praised for their enthusiasm and for how well they spoke during the tours.  I was delighted to share with those parents that our catchment has been extended to match the ecclesiastical parish map.  I attach a photo of the map for your information.  Please share this with others who may be interested as we prepare for another low birth year.


Mrs Dodds along with School Council organised the McMillan cake sale or as Daniel said, the cake festival which I think is even better!  We have raised a lot of money whilst enjoying tea and cake, what a great combination!  Thank you so much for supporting us.  The children enjoyed leading the event and did so with confidence.


Thursday was Census day and I am aware that lunch ordering caused some frustration.  We apologise for the last minute menu change but communication had not come to us from Caterlink.  We do thank you enormously for your support with the matter.  Mrs Lawrence, the staff and I have grown increasingly concerned about the number of pupils ordering lunches in class rather than orders being made in advance on Parentmail or via the office.  This increases work for class teachers and Mrs Lawrence everyday and creates room for error. From Monday, we will no longer make changes to lunch orders in the classroom.  If a child tells us that they have forgotten a lunch, we will contact parents. If you have a last minute change, you can go to the office to speak to Mrs Lawrence and these changes can be made.  Hopefully this will make the process run smoothly from now on.  Once again thank you for your support.


We finish the week with a football match for the boys. The match ended with a 4-3 loss.  Danny and Noah scored and the boys played so well as a team and nearly got an equalisor in the last second.   They remained positive and worked incredibly hard and they can go into the next match with confidence and determination.  It is great to see so much sport being organised again and thank Mr O'Reilly for that. We hoping to recruit more children for Monday morning Netball club so please email if your child would like to try a session.


I wish you a lovely weekend and look forward to seeing you for Learning Review meetings next week.


With kind regards

Jacquie Vanstone