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Newsletter 2nd December 2022

Newsletter 2nd December 2022
December 2, 2022 Sandy Pike

2nd December 2022

Dear Parents and Carers,

How lovely it was to see so many of you on Wednesday, to help us start the celebrations for the festive season with our Christmas Tree Service.  The children had gone to such efforts to make personal decorations ranging from stick stars and trees by Oak class, woven baubles from Chestnut class, to coloured decorations by Beech pupils and collage Christmas trees from Hazel class children.  All pupils were also given a knitted candy cane, courtesy of Mrs Wattridge’s mother, to place on the tree. Candy canes and individual tree ornaments will come home with the children at the end of term, and to be hung on trees at home. Our thanks to Mrs Willmott for the time taken to knit 85 candy canes, which are completely unique, as well as to Mr and Mrs Chandler for their very kind donation of another the wonderful Christmas tree, which is a beauty!

Events & Visits

A Christmas Carol

The whole school ventured to Port Regis School to see ‘A Christmas Carol’ performed by Year 7 pupils.  There was great excitement at travelling by coach, seeing the set and spotting the pupils who had visited Stower Provost last week for the workshops on stage and in costume.  The children were an absolute credit, and have been rightly praised for their behaviour throughout the trip.

Our thanks to Port Regis School for being so welcoming and laying on refreshments and shortbread snack for one and all during the interval.

PTFA Wreath Making

As I write the wafts of mulled wine spices are carried up the corridor and the soft ripples of chatter and laughter, along with Christmas music can be heard.  The wreath making seems to be going to plan, being enjoyed and masterpieces are clearly in development, as shown below.


The PTFA will be offering tea, coffee and a mince pie on both Wednesday and Thursday prior to the Nativity performances, so do please bring along your spare change to make a donation, if you fancy a cuppa and a pie!

Family Festive Fun Night

A reminder that our Family Festive Fun Night is on Friday 9th December, starting at 15.20 in the school hall.  There will be a variety of stalls/games at 50p a go.  The PTFA would welcome any donations of alcohol or chocolate. Please feel free to deliver any donations to school, and we will pass these onto the PTFA.

Praise and Celebrate Assembly

Due to the Family Festive Fun Night there will be NO Praise and Celebrate assembly on the Friday 9th December, however we will hold our last Praise and Celebrate assembly on Monday 12th December at 14.50.

Class Room News

Oak Class

This week, Oak class have been finishing their Autumn tests in reading, SPAG and maths. The class have started to look at mixed numbers and adding and subtracting fractions in maths, while in English they have been practising their ISPACED sentence construction. In RE, pupils have been looking at the significance of Mary being Jesus’ mother. Next week pupils are looking forward to learning more about the Battle of Britain.

Chestnut Class

Chestnut Class have been very busy this week completing their NFER assessment papers and the children should be proud of all the effort they have put into completing these papers.

In Science, the children have carried out a comparative test to see if temperature has an impact on how quickly paper towels dry.

Next week, the children will be looking at poetry and writing their own poems about trees.

Beech Class

This week, Beech class have enjoyed making up their own stories based on ‘The Snowman’ by Raymond Briggs. The children have continued to learn about 2D and 3D shapes by spotting shapes around school and making models using 3D shapes. They have described their models to a friend whilst trying to use the correct mathematical vocabulary!

Rehearsals for the nativity are well under way and pupils have enjoyed trying on their costumes this week! Beech class have become better and better at remembering their lines, (many thanks to parents for their help and support with these), as well as doing their best to learn all of the songs. They are all looking forward to the performance and hope you are able to come and support them next week!

Hazel Class

This week’s traditional tale has been The Gingerbread Man.  The children have written their own story maps and decorated gingerbread biscuits.  The biscuits have been used for a scientific experiment, to see how they swim in different liquids!  Pupils have also been practicing very hard with the up coming Nativity, and parents are thanked for all their support to date with rehearsing lines.

Next week’s traditional tale will be the story of Cinderella and we will be looking at invitations and organising a ‘pretend party’.

Diary dates for the forthcoming week and beyond. (Additions or alternations are marked in red)

7th Dec 14.30 Nativity in the Hall – ’Dress Rehearsal’ to which all are welcome


8th Dec 15.30 Nativity in the Hall – to which all are welcome
9th Dec 14.50 NO P&C Assembly
9th Dec 15.20 Family Fun Night
12th Dec 14.50 P&C Assembly
13th Dec 16.00 Carol Service at St Michael and The Angels’ Church, Stour Provost – all welcome.
16th Dec


15.20 End of Term


Best wishes,

Mrs B