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Autumn Term 2018 second half

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I cannot believe that we are already looking forward to Christmas! As always there will be an infant nativity with the rest of the school joining us for a whole school song at the end. We also welcome Mrs Edwards – nee Williams- who was married over the half term. The children have decided on their charity for the year. The school council get a short list together and then present to the rest of the school. The school voted for Lymphoma Action this year.

It has been fantastic to see how well our new children have settled into the school.

Thank you for your support with the penny race. It will be a few weeks before we know the exact amount raised. The heaviest bucket was 32Kg. I have estimated that this would equate to around ÂŁ89.00 if all the coins were pennies. We are trying to raise ÂŁ1000 to put towards new computers for the IT suite.

Parking and Crossing Patrols

Thank you again to everyone who has helped to make the path usable again from the country park. The work that was carried out will really come into its own now that the weather has got a little wetter. While we are waiting for the new barriers to be fitted please can you park in the overflow car park so that we leave the front part free for the paying customers. Thank you to the team who unlock/ lock this for us.

A huge thank you for our dedicated team of crossing helpers who are out in all weathers, keeping our children safe. We have a lot of very thoughtful parents at the school. We do however have a small minority who still think that the rules do not apply to them and insist on parking outside the Alms houses after 8.00am. When they do it makes it hard for people with genuine blue badges to access the school as well as causing a build-up of cars where the children cross. You are not allowed to park on the yellow lines without a blue badge between 8.00am and 9.00am.

Uniform

We are now in winter uniform. For the boys it does not really change but the girls are now in pinafore dresses and blue socks.

Swimming

Swimming has now stopped until the summer term. Please can you check your ParentPay account as there are a large number of unpaid sessions.

Kitchen

We were really sorry to say goodbye to Mandy Austin in the kitchen. She has moved to Cornwall after 17 fantastic years of service at our school- we wish her lots of luck. Stephanie Mckechnie has been appointed as the Catering Manager. The new menus are now on the website so please check them out as there are a number of changes and new recipes that we are trying. We will ask the children in a few weeks which they like and which they don’t and then alter the menu again.

If you make your child a packed lunch please be aware that we have a number of children with life threatening allergies. Please ensure that there are no nuts in any of the products that you send in. There are obvious nuts and then the more hidden ones such as chocolate spreads, satay sauces, seasame seed buns etc.

Fireworks

We have the fireworks display on  Friday the second of November. This is a great way to mark fireworks night in an environment where we know all the people who are here. If you would like to attend then tickets are available on http://buytickets.at/spswsa/204676

Shoebox Appeal

We are collecting shoe boxes again this year. An email was sent out on the 17/10/18 showing what we can put into them. This is a great scheme as it means children, who would not normally get anything, get Christmas presents.

Christingle

It is 50 years this year of the Children’s Society collecting the candles. This year we want to mark the milestone and the children will be making the actual Christingles in school as part of their RE. These will then be distributed in the church service.

Light Up The Night

This is an alternative to Halloween. The children can come to school to take part in lots of old school games, eat food and have fun- and it is free! If you have not already signed up please do so before Wednesday so we know how many children to cater for. It is from 5-7pm in the school hall and open for year 1-6.

Spring Bulbs

The children have planted the bulbs all around the school. Hopefully- if the squirrels do not dig them up- we will have an amazing display in the Spring.

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