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Week beginning 13th December 2021

The final week of the term is upon us and we write to let you know what is coming up.

Recording of EYFS and Year 1 Performance: on Tuesday, the children in Year 1 and Reception will be recording their Christmas performances.  They have been practicing so hard and we are sure you will enjoy the performance. We will get the recording uploaded onto Google classroom for you as soon as possible and will send you a text to let you know when they are ready. Well done to all of the children, teachers and support staff involved in these productions. Please remember to consent for your child to be in the film, on Parent Pay. As already said, the Year 6 Drama club and Junior Choir will be recording their performance in the New Year.
Reindeer Food: the PTA will be on the grass by the front gate, after school on Monday and Tuesday selling reindeer food for any of you that may need some. This mixture is environmentally friendly and can be purchased at a cost of £1 per bag from the stage area of the playground.

Christmas Lunch and Dress-Up: on Wednesday, the children are invited to wear something Christmassy to school, this could be a Christmas jumper or a full-on Christmas fancy dress outfit…it is up to you! We will also be having our school Christmas dinner on this day. There will be no alternative dinner options such as baguettes or jacket potatoes. We will assume that children who order a dinner on Wednesday will be having the red option (turkey). Those requiring a green option (vegetarian wellington) must email the office to book this. All children will be provided with a Christmas cracker courtesy of the PTA and will enjoy some Christmas music while they dine!
Wrap Around Care: as said in previous email to all those in WAC, presently, we are short staffed in this provision, because of a number of different illnesses. Therefore, we are having to ask other members of staff to fill in. At the moment, Breakfast Club is going to continue as usual for the final week of term. However, from Monday, After School Club will finish at 5pm when you will have to collect your child. Please also remember there will not be any provision on Friday afternoon because we close at 1:30pm. We thank you for your understanding and will try our utmost to continue this service next week, staff permitting.

Brighten Your Bag Competition: on Friday, the JTAs (Junior Travel Ambassadors) announced the winners in our Achievement Assembly. There were some amazing designs that Miss Slade will share in her HT newsletter, next week. The winners will win a pack reflective items to put on their bags and coats. Well done to:
Michael, in Class 2, Alana in Class 8 and Caitlen in Class 11.

Gymnastics: congratulations to our gymnasts in the school who have recently been awarded with the Winstrada Sports Development Award in Class 3: Grade 3: Devon, Nurel, Michael and Winter and a massive well done to Freddie who has achieved Grade 6. Congratulations to those in Class 4 who have also passed Grade 3: Sienna, Eva, Mia and Sinead.

Scientific Achievement Award goes to Wilfred, for completing the What’s the Matter programme with Fizz Pop Science!

AND! Our 12 Days of Christmas Winners, organised by our wonderful PTA are:
Class Mufti Day:
Sylvia in Safari.
Tea and Cake with Miss Slade for you and a friend!: Theo in Safari.
Glitter Tattoo for your class: Caleb in Rainforest.
Chocolate Hamper: Erin in Rainforest.
Class breakfast in classroom: Evan in Class 1
Class movie afternoon: William in Class 3
Class cupcake decorating afternoon: Oliver in Class 3
Class extra playtime session: Taylor in Class 4
Class PJ day: Thea in Class 4
Mrs Olley’s assistant for the afternoon: Shree in Class 6
Class disco afternoon: Ellis in Class 11
30 minute swim for you and 9 friends: Thomas in Class 12

ABCD award (Above and Beyond the Call of Duty), this week goes to Mrs Farr and Mrs Duckett, for all of their efforts in planning and supporting across both of the EYFS classes in the last couple of weeks – thank you, you are stars.

Parties: on Thursday, after lunch, there will be Christmas parties in classes. In line with our COVID risk assessment, it is not wise at the moment to have sharing platters in place and therefore we ask parents to provide their own children with a snack pack for the party. As the parties are after lunch, the children are unlikely to need sandwiches etc but may like some small treats such as a small cake, 2 biscuits, fruit or crisps. Whilst we are a healthy eating school, we also want our children to learn that treats in moderation are part of a balanced diet and as this is a special occasion the children will be permitted to consume these items. Please provide enough only for your child to eat (e.g. no whole tubes of pringles or 6 pack of penguins for example) as the children will not be permitted to share due to allergies. Please may we remind you that we are a NUT FREE school and this must be strictly adhered to for the safety of some of our more vulnerable pupils. Thank you.

Many thanks to Father Christmas for joining our virtual Achievement assembly on Friday, it was certainly a surprise for Miss Slade as he Ho Ho Ho-ed into her room, she had no idea he was coming! He really helped her with the assembly and it was amazing to meet him. Sadly, he wouldn’t stay for lunch because Rudolph was making a noise on our roof – it was time to go!

Fab Christmas Jumpers were worn on Friday and the children looked amazing, bright and festive. Thank you all!

Break Up! we break up on Friday for ALL children at 1:30pm and we wish you all a very happy, healthy and safe Christmas break. Tuesday 4th January is an INSET day for staff. We look forward to welcoming children back to school on Wednesday 5th January 2022.‚Äč

That just leaves us to say, have a good rest of the evening and a restful Sunday! Stay safe.

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