The skip has arrived and work is underway to improve the front of our school. A huge thank you goes to Vale Garden Improvements for all they are doing to support our school.
Mr Manders, our seconded deputy, is not returning to the school for personal reasons. We wish him well and we are currently looking for an alternative person. In the meantime, we have had a very strong field of applications for the substantive deputy headship (which starts after April) and are interviewing early February.
This week you have received a letter asking your views on whether we should research having a Year 6. May I once again echo that this is not part of a consultation process; it is a gathering of views so that we can determine whether to look in to this further. Please can all parents ensure that their forms are returned by Friday 30th January. Your opinion matters.
Thank you for the responses regarding the school curriculum. The response was overwhelmingly positive to all questions. However, in some year groups there were some concerns about the level of information being given in home-school diaries so this has been investigated and addressed. A minority of parents were unsure how the children progressed through the reading programme. As the questionnaires were anonymous, please can you put a note in your child’s reading record so that the class teacher can speak to you personally.
The children have been working with Mrs Nightingale this week to tell her their views on reading. Like many parents, they value the Accelerated Reader scheme. They are now telling us what books they would like in the library as we look to inspire them further. I have heard that the Horrible Histories and Roald Dahl are on the list!
We are in liaison with George Davies from Asda with regard to taking part in a fundraising fashion event with St. Mary’s; we will let you know more details very soon!
Due to Mrs. Taylor being poorly this week we have not completed a weekly overview for Class One; you will receive one by Wednesday next week instead. We will also have to postpone the Class One Inspire Workshop (originally scheduled for next Tuesday 27th January). We will advise another date soon. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Next Friday 30th January we are looking forward to inviting Class Two parents/carers in to school for their Inspire Workshop.
Young Voices Photo with T-Shirt
Due to several children being off school this week we will now be taking a photo of the Young Voices choir next Monday so please ensure your child brings their Young Voices T-shirt to school that day. Thank you!
Thank you to those of you who have already paid for after school clubs. If you have still to do so please ensure you return payment to the office as soon as you can:
- ￼Football Club
- £27 (Cheques payable to “Sports Challenge Ltd”)
- Dance Club
- £30 (Cheques payable to “Sports Challenge Ltd”)
- Tennis Club
- £30 (Cheques payable to “Ken Spensley”)
- Lego Robotics
- £5 (Cheques payable to “WCC”); this is a one-off charge for a Children’s University passport (if your child does not already have one)
Netball Club (Years 4 and 5) - Mondays
There are still spaces on the netball club that Mrs Onions has offered to start from Monday 26th January (after school). If you have not already done so please let the office know if our child would like to attend this club. There is no charge for this club.
Forst School - Year 4 and Reception
Please ensure your child brings warm clothing for Forest School sessions due to the colder weather. They will need a coat, hat, gloves, extra pair of trousers and jumper. Also, Mrs. Grove really needs more people to volunteer to help run these sessions (specific dates we still need helpers for the Year 4 sessions are Tuesday 27th January, Tuesday 10th February, Tuesday 3rd March and Tuesday 17th March; for the Reception sessions we need one more helper every Wednesday afternoon 1.00-2.30pm). Without support we may not be able to continue to provide this extracurricular activity. Please let the office know if you can help us out (and, if so, which dates) – thank you!
Class 4 Reading Volunteer - Wednesday Mornings
We need someone to come in and listen to the Class 4 children read on Wednesday mornings. If a parent, carer or other family member is available to volunteer then please let the office know.
We ideally need more volunteers to bake 20 little cakes for our cake day each Friday. You will need to be
prepared to do this 2 or 3 times this really appreciate it!