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Dear Parents,

Welcome back. I hope you all manged to have a good break and didn’t get too waterlogged over half term.

SIAMs:
Last term the school had its SIAMs inspection. We are still waiting for the official report to come back. As soon as it does we will share the information with you. Thank you to all our parents who spoke to the inspector. The school appreciates your support.

After school club:
As a result of the feedback from the parent questionnaire last term the school is going to set up an after school club for working parents starting after the Easter holidays. Mrs Bedford, who currently works in school, is going to take the lead responsibility for the club. We are interviewing this Friday for the second person needed to run the club. We will send out more information next week regarding costs and how to sign your child up to the club. The sessions will run Monday to Friday from 3:00p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Celebration assemblies:
Our celebration assemblies are on a Thursday afternoon from 2:40p.m. till 2:55p.m. Every 3 weeks we are adding a new award which is linked to our new values. We have already celebrated Love and this week will be Perseverance. Our focus for the next 3 weeks is Fellowship. Photos of the children who are chosen to receive the values award will be put onto our train in the main entrance and on our website. Just to remind you, if your child has been selected by their class teacher to receive one of our special awards we will be contacting you on the Tuesday or Wednesday before inviting you to attend. If you are invited we would appreciate it if you kept this information from your child to keep the surprise for the day!

Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) and Lent:
Thin French pancakes give me the crepes.
Did you hear about the angry pancake? He just flipped.
How do you make a pancake smile? Butter him up.

Wednesday is the start of Lent and we would like to offer an alternative to our families by taking part in the 40acts and challenges.

40acts and challenges:
Lent marks a pivotal point in the history of the church, when Jesus prepared to give himself up as a sacrifice. Tradition has it that we mark the 40 days of Lent by giving something up, but what if it could be more than that? What if Lent were to become a preparation for a lifetime of big-heartedness? 40acts is a generosity challenge which encourages people to approach Lent differently. During the 40 days of Lent, 40acts participants are invited to take part in 40 simple acts of generosity which will challenge them to ‘do Lent generously’ in 2020. The acts or challenges are wide-ranging but all are designed to explore what it means to be generous in a very practical way. They can be done by individuals or done in groups, but the key is that small acts of generosity, performed by thousands of people across the UK and beyond, have the power to make a big difference to our communities, to our churches and, ultimately, to our world. It’s about creating a movement of generosity.

We have attached the family wallchart for your reference if you would like to take part with your family.

Parent drop in session’s reminder:
Once a term each class is opening its doors to our parents and carers on a Friday from 2:30p.m. to 3:00p.m. to come in and look at your child’s/children’s books and learning. So far this term we have had drop ins for years 1, 2, 4 and 6. Talking to the children I know they have enjoyed the opportunity to share their learning with their parents/carers. The remaining drop ins before Easter are Year 3 (28th February), Reception (6th March) and Year 5 (13th March). We look forward to seeing you there.

Uniform:
Thank you for your support in ensuring your child is dressed appropriately for school. If there are times due to unforeseen circumstances that items of uniform cannot be worn, please inform the class teacher or the office. Please ensure that children only have plain studs or small hoops in ears, this is for health and safety reasons. All long hair must be tied back for the entire time at school and only simple headbands and hair ties used.

The PTFA also run a used uniform stock which ranges from skirts and trousers to school jumpers and cardigans. These are priced at 50p an item. If you would like to take a look at the stock, please come to the office before or after school.

Reminder, can you please ensure all jumpers, cardigans and fleeces are all named as we are already building up a collection of unnamed items in lost property.

PTFA:
Well done to our PTFA who ran an excellent ‘Magic’ event for the children. There was a lot of laughter and the children enjoyed the sessions, especially the appearing rabbit! Their next event is a cake sale on Monday 2nd March.

Reminder:
If you do have to use the car park can you be please be aware of blocking other parents and staff in as well as your speed when entering and leaving the car park.

Just a quick reminder I am on the gates most mornings and afternoons, please don’t hesitate in coming up to say hello or discuss any concerns you might have.

Yours Sincerely

Wayne Roberts
Headteacher

40acts – Family wallchart

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