March 24th

March Newsletter

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Dear Parents /Carers,

It has been lovely to see the ducklings in Reception. They are quacking loudly, and the children were lucky enough to see one hatch, yesterday morning. You can see some duck ponds the children have made, and much more, in the attached newsletter. On Monday, we find out which class has had the best attendance this term and they will win a tea party. It is surprising how close the competition is, the top three scores for this term are as follows:
97.5% (two classes)
97.4% (one class)
97.2% (one class)
All will be revealed on Monday!

End of Term
Next Friday is the end of term, and in the morning, we have our Easter service at Christ Church at 9:45 a.m. I hope to see many of you there. Please remember that school finishes early next Friday, the Infants at 2:15 p.m. and the Juniors at 2:30 p.m.

Next term
The first day of next term is Tuesday 18th April, the day after Easter Monday. There is no INSET day at the start of next term.

Easter Bonnets
Next Wednesday, children at the Infants are encouraged to come wearing an Easter bonnet. For those parents who have not made an Easter bonnet before, children decorate an existing hat (e.g. a straw bonnet or a baseball cap), buy a new one or wear a pair of rabbit ears.

Home Learning Projects – Years 3,5 and 6
Parents of children in Year 3, 5 and 6 are invited to see the children’s projects on Wednesday 29th March at 2.45p.m. If your child is in the Year 5 and 6 mixed football team, you are invited to see projects at 2.30p.m.

Choirs Spring Concert
On Thursday 20th April, at 7 p.m. in the Junior Hall, the Year 3 and 4 and the Year 5 and 6 choirs will be performing a showcase of songs. It will be a lovely start to the summer term.

Parent Reps’ Meeting
Thank you to all the parent reps who attended last night’s meeting, and to those who forwarded comments from their classes. I will summarise the main points of our discussions at the meeting:
Purpose of Parent Rep Meetings – Parent Rep Meetings are for issues that affect more than one class, where a wide range of views can be heard. If an issue relates to one child, or to one class, do raise that issue with the class teacher, either at pick up or via
Meet the Teacher Meetings – At the end of each year, parents of children in Reception to Year 5 are invited to meet the teacher their child will have the next year. We are developing these meetings, so that more information can be given about how things work in the new class, for example, about changing books and book banding and home learning. This will reduce the number of queries that arise.
Budget – As I have written previously, schools across the country are facing increasing budget pressures. We are committed to doing all we can not to compromise quality, whilst looking at every way we can to save money. You can read more about the parent led campaign to fight the cuts here. Letters from parents to local and national politicians can only help to raise awareness.
Advanced Notice of Trips & Events – We plan to give notice of key trips and events at the Meet the Teacher meetings, mentioned above. This would include trips, visitors to school and dressing up days. Where other trips and events are subsequently planned, we will give several weeks’ notice. We are also planning to reduce the number of dressing up days.
Clubs – We are reviewing all our clubs for Autumn 2016. As part of this, we plan to send out one mailing, towards the end of the summer term, which will contain the information about all the clubs for the following term.
Home Learning – We will be reviewing the pitch of home learning. Next half term, all children in Years 2-6 will be doing a reading project. We are pleased that parent representatives felt we are offering an appropriate amount of work.
Costs of Trips – I know parents would like trips in the infants. As we discussed last night, the challenge is transport. To take one year group anywhere in a coach costs about £700, add to that the cost of any activities. We will therefore aim to give as much notice as possible of any trip and to ensure that we balance these with high quality experiences, such as theatre groups, in school.

Hot Meals at Connect
Thank you to Mrs Allum and Mrs Johnson, who have introduced hot meals at Connect, in response to requests from parents. The children tell me how much they enjoy the meals, one boy told me that the tuna pasta was his favourite!

Houses – A School Council Project
Next week, the school councillors will be sharing with their class plans to introduce houses (teams), across the school. There will be four houses and the children will all be put in one of them. The school council will be asking children to suggest names for the houses, and at some point during the next week, your child will bring home a form on which they can suggest four possible names for houses. The school council will help choose the best names.

Animal Projects – Years 1-2
I have seen some lovely animal projects in Year 1 and 2. If your child has made a project, but not brought it in to school, please could they do so next week. If your child has already brought in their project, please do send it in again.

Let’s Lead at Christ Church
Congratulations to Maisy McCarthy and Freddie Eglin, both in Year 6, who have completed Let’s Lead Bronze. Maisie has been a gardening leader, tending the flowerbeds outside the juniors, Freddie has been a hygiene leader, expert at reminding children to wash their hands!

Digital Cameras
Thank you to parents who have handed in cameras, as I wrote last week, If you have any digital cameras you no longer need, and would be happy to give them to school, please hand them in at either office, together with any leads.

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Yours sincerely,
Tabitha White,