Newsletter 14th June 2019

Newsletter 14th June 2019
June 14, 2019 Sandy Pike

Friday 14th June 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

Another unseasonal week hasn’t stopped the children getting outside for most break-times this week, and of course, Forest School and swimming carries on whatever the weather. We have been largely lucky with dry play-times, and were fortunate to have the best of the weather while we were at the Gillingham Area Athletics Tournament on Wednesday. As always, our children tried their hardest and had the super experience of running on a professional running track and long-jump run-up. They all did very well in their events, and special mention must be made of Chloe, who came second in the final of the 150m sprint. Well done, everyone.

Writing

Throughout this year, our children have been working very hard at improving their writing and I am sure those of you in assembly this morning will have been impressed hearing Ellie’s sophisticated setting description. There are now very high expectations of the quality of children’s writing by the time they leave primary school and it was good to show these to Local Authority moderators this week, who made some very positive comments. Well done to all the children for their progress this year.

Reading

Children in Reception and Key Stage 1 are bringing home a book-mark today advertising a book loan scheme. As a school, we are very keen to promote reading in all forms, but please note that I have no experience of dealing with this company, so cannot vouch for the service.

Summer Play

Rehearsals for ‘Alice – the Musical’ are now gathering pace, and we have decided to have this as our theme for a Celebration Day, taking the place of this term’s Creative Curriculum Showcase. This will be held on Thursday 27th June, and the children are invited to come to school dressed as a character from the story ready for a day of themed activities. You are invited to come to school from 2:30pm for a look at the work the children have been doing, and to join us for a tea party – mad hats optional! On that day, instead of a financial donation for non-uniform day, we would be grateful if the children were to bring in an item for the hamper raffle to be held later in the term. Any bottles or packaged food with a long use-by date would be ideal.

Library redecoration

Many thanks to the parents, children and staff who have made such a good start at re-decorating the library. It is looking much smarter already, but still needs another coat. Please look out for the next date for emulsion work, and if you have a steady hand for painting pictures, book characters, for example, please let me know!

Provisional INSET Dates for next year

We are planning to take our five Staff Development days on the following dates next year, but please be aware that they are still subject to change. I will confirm them with you as soon as they have been approved: 2nd & 3rd Sept 2019, 6th Jan 2020, 26th June 2020, 20th July 2020

If you receive this newsletter in time, please remember we are holding our Internet Safety Workshop for Parents and Carers after school today, and there will be a crèche for your children. Also, don’t forget to bring in money for Ice Cream Friday, which was certainly a great success last week.

Please note that, due to staff training, there will be NO ART CLUB next Thursday, 20th June

With best wishes

James Stanford