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Parent Mail

8th December 2023

Dear Parents and Guardians,


We have had such a Christmasy week; it has been wonderful.  I would like to begin by congratulating all the children for their Christmas play performances.  As staff, we enjoyed it and we felt proud of the children. We are always pleased to hear that you and other family members have enjoyed it too.  Some children love to take to the stage but for many it creates less comfortable feelings.  The progress and commitment of the children to challenge themselves has been admirable.  It was great to see the children having fun together as a whole school and singing their hearts out. Thank you for all your support and that of all our staff.


After our delicious Christmas lunch, our School Council representatives proudly loaded my car to take all the donated items and money to the Crowthorne food bank.  The message from the Food bank was that our children and families are wonderful!  They were very grateful for our support especially at what can be a very difficult time of year for many. Thank you Mrs Dodds for leading this.


On Wednesday, Mr O'Reilly took a team of boys to a netball tournament and whilst it was incredibly cold, they played well and enjoyed the event.  Our progress in sporting fixtures is amazing to see at the moment, as is having a boys' netball team for the first time.

On Thursday, our girls returned for the finals event in netball and came through in 6th place.  The girls worked hard, had a lot of fun and improved so much over one afternoon.

We are ending the week with a girls' football match against Willow Bank and a 7-0 win.  This means the girls have scored 20 goals in just three matches!


In addition to all of this I have shown some prospective parents around the school.  It has been great to see the DT investigations, designs and plans being created and next week's learning looking just as exciting.


It is hard to know how Mrs Gan is managing to transfer her focus from Christmas play to Loddon Carol service, all within a few days.  I am very excited to have the opportunity to attend the Carol service on Sunday evening to see our pupils perform alongside many other Wokingham pupils.  Thank you Mrs Gan.


On Wednesday, I sent an email out regarding road safety and the importance of not stopping or parking on the zig zags.  I will be monitoring the situation through to the end of term and I have contacted our community police.  The safety of our children and families must come first and I thank you for your cooperation and support.


As we approach the end of term I wanted to inform you that sadly Donna Gray, our LSA and Lunchtime Controller will be leaving us at the end of next week.  I know the children will be sad, as are the staff but we have been fortunate to work with her for about 10 years.  We wish her happiness and look forward to her keeping in touch with school.


Next week, we had planned to hold our Carol service up at the church.  Unfortunately the weather forecast is not good so we have decided to hold the service at school. 

Parents are invited to the end of term assembly at 9am on Friday 15th December.

We have also shared many links to events at Church so I hope you feel well informed to enjoy all that is being organised.  


It has been a pleasure to see you in school this week and I look forward to another Christmasy week next week.

 With kind regards

Jacquie Vanstone