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Parent Mail

End of the Autumn Term 2023

Good afternoon


I wish to thank you all for your thanks and Christmas wishes.  We have had a wonderful term of learning and enrichment and we are proud of the children for their progress.


It was a pleasure to welcome parents in today for our end of term assembly.  We have had a special week which began with the visit from the donkeys and our Carol Service.  Mrs Metcalfe has made a very beautiful video which I have shared on the Video Resource page on the website.  Each child was given a donkey badge for their Christmas tree; each one painted, vanished, named and dated individually with love.  The lady, Sue, who leads this for us has nearly lost her sight but she is still so keen and kind to keep this tradition going in our school.  Mrs Metcalfe has made the video as a thank you to Sue so she can listen to the children and hopefully see some of the photos on a large screen.  Sue's generosity along with that of Mrs Metcalfe and all of the staff involved provides the perfect Christmas message which I reinforced today.  


Whilst we are all ready for a lovely Christmas break, I look forward to a busy Spring term full of hard work, resilience and progress. We have worked hard this term to address concerns with attendance and support families where necessary.  I am delighted to share that we have 1/3 of pupils with 100% attendance which is fantastic.  As I have previously shared, the impact attendance can have on attainment is high and our focus on this area will continue in January.  Thank you for your support and for working with us so positively.


The children have made Christmas very happy in school, it has been a pleasure.  I wish you all a happy, healthy Christmas.  On behalf of the staff and I, please accept our appreciation for the cards, gifts and treats. We are grateful and they mean a great deal.


Holiday club will be running through the holiday and on our Inset days in January which children always enjoy.  NSsport are also taking bookings for parties in the new year which can be held in the hall.


Have a fabulous Christmas and Happy new year.

With kind regards

Jacquie Vanstone