Newsletter: 7 December 2012

Headteacher’s Comments

I would like to reassure you I didn’t make the decision to shut the school on Wednesday lightly.  As many of you experienced, the roads around the school and further a field were grid logged.  The teaching staff, many who live a long distance from the school, were sitting in traffic and not going anywhere, with no indication when they would get to school.


Well done to Ms O’Riordan’s class who had the best attendance of 96.7% last week.

Homework Club

This is a reminder that next Tuesday will be the last homework club this term (11 December).  Homework Club starts again on Tuesday 8 January.

Assembly (2:45-3:00pm)

Since half term our assemblies have moved to 2:45pm.  Recently a number of parents have come in to collect their children for a medical appointment, but the children have been in assembly and it has been hard to locate them.  Please inform the school in the morning if you are collecting your child early for a medical appointment so your child can be ready for collection.

Help raise money whilst Christmas Shopping

Thank you to everyone who is registering with website.  We have currently raised £27.21.  Every time you access a shopping website through, the school receives a donation at no cost to you.  It is a great way to help our PTA raise money at this time of the year.  I shopped with Amazon, Ticketmaster and the for presents for my mum and dad and this created a donation.

Christmas Art Competition

Children are invited to take part in a Winter Scene Art competition, set around the Christmas theme.  This can be an outside or inside scene.  Cost is 20p per entry.  All entries need to be given to the class teachers by 14 December.  The winning entry will be announced on 18 December.

Christmas Week (Mon 17 December- Thurs 20 December)

Christmas Post Box

Our Christmas Post Box will be available from Monday 10 December.  Please make sure your child labels the Christmas card envelopes as below:


Joe Bloggs

Miss Biggs’s Class

Year 6


Child’s name


Year Group


Each class will have a chance to distribute the cards.  The Rota will be as follows:


Mon 10 December                    Miss Biggs’ Class

Tues 11 December                    Miss Wood’s Class

Wed 12 December                    Miss Gibbs’s Class

Thurs 13 December                   Miss O’Riordan’s Class

Fri 14 December                       Mrs Westney/ Mrs Cromwell’s Class

Mon 17 December                    Mrs Sach’s Class

Wed 19 December                    Mrs Watson’s Class

Thurs 20 December                   Mrs Raddon’s Class


Christmas Parties Monday 17 December      1:15pm to 3:15pm

Christmas parties will be held in each class on Monday 17 December.  Children should wear full school uniform on Monday morning, but may bring party clothes to change into.  So that we have a balanced selection of party food, it would help us if you could send in a contribution from the selection which your child’s class teacher has highlighted below.

Christmas Carol Service- Tuesday 18 December     1:30pm to 2:30pm (approx)

All children will need to bring in a packed lunch.  We will walk the children down to the Church.  Parents and relatives are more than welcome to join us for the service starting at 1:30pm.  All children will be expected to be collected from the Church after the service.


Christmas Lunch Wednesday 19 December (12:00)

The cost of Christmas lunch this year will be £2.30.  Please return the slip below as soon as possible if your child is having a Christmas lunch.


Christmas Pantomime Wednesday 19 December (1:30pm and 5:00pm)

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Christmas Pantomime ‘Beauty is the Beast’.  Tickets cost £2 for adults and £1 for children.  Please return the money in a named envelope as soon as possible. There will be two performances; the afternoon starting at 1:30pm and the evening at 5pm.  Please book your tickets by Friday 15 December to guarantee a seat.  Tickets will be issued week beginning 17 December.


Christmas Market- Thursday 20 December (2:00pm)

During our ‘Christmas Week’ children will be making small gifts that they will be selling.  The cost will be between 50p and £1.50 per item.  Families can come and look at the items and purchase any from 2:00pm on Thursday 20 December.  The PTA will be on hand with refreshments.

Free School Meals

Please inform the School Office by Friday 14 December if your child requires a school packed lunch for the Christmas Carol Service day.

Last Day of Term

This is a reminder that the last day of term will be Thursday 20 December 2012.  We return at 8:45 on Monday 7 January.

Dates for your diary

Mon 3 December          Year 3 Trip to Colchester Castle

Tues 11 December        Family Funtime for Year 3 (3:30pm)

Mon 17 December        School Choir to Honey Lane House (11:00am)

Mon 17 December        Christmas Parties (1:15pm- 3:15pm)

Tues 18 December        Christmas Carol Concert (1:30pm)

Wed 19 December        Christmas Dinner (12:00pm)

Wed 19 December        Pantomime (1:30pm and 5.00pm)

Thurs 20 December       Christmas Market (2:00pm)

Thurs 20 December       Break up from school (3:15pm)


Mon 7 January              Return to school (8:45am)

Wed 16 January                        Bags2School Collection (9:00am)

Thurs 14 February         Valentines Disco

Thurs 14 February         Break up from school (3:15pm)

Mon 25 February           Return to school (8:45am)

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Christmas Party Food

Crisps (1 large family bag or 6 small bags)


Cakes  (12 small cakes)          


Savoury snacks (12 mini sausages, pretzels, twiglets etc)


Biscuits (1 packet)


Bottle of sugar-free squash


Fresh fruit (6 pieces) 

Christmas Dinner

I would like




to have Christmas Dinner.  I enclose £2.30 per child.









I would like

0 adult tickets £2 each (Wed afternoon)

0 child tickets £1 each (Wed afternoon)

0 adult tickets £2 each (Wed evening)

0 child tickets £1 each (Wed evening)

Child’s Name ___________________