Dear Parents and Carers,

We are now in December, which usually signals the start of two weeks of Christmas festivities. This year will look and feel different but we are still going to make it as special as we can for our children.

Instead of focusing on what we aren’t able to do, I have decided to focus purely on the positives and what we can do to make this period as special as possible for our children, especially after the year they’ve had.

Please read the newsletter carefully as it has lots of information about end of term arrangements, especially involving the final day of term. We will be finishing slightly early this year  on our last day (16th December) so please check the letter for your collection times.

Firstly, thank you for your donations to Children in Need—we raised £389.44! Here are some of the things we are doing in the next few weeks:

All classes have learnt festive songs—watch out for the video on the website.  We have an online panto for Nursery to year 4, year 5 and 6 are taking part in an acting workshop based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  We will be having Christmas dinner on the 9th December with the children invited to wear their Christmas  jumper on that day (see below). In the last week every class will have cinema afternoon, with popcorn!

If you have any questions about any of the end of term arrangements, please do not hesitate to call the office and someone will be able to help you.

There will be no afterschool clubs from Monday 14th—Wednesday 16th December.

Away from Christmas and back to the here and now, I would like to say thank you to all of you for continuing to wear your masks when bringing your children to and from school. It has made a huge difference. A reminder, that we have advised  that children are don’t need to wear masks in the classroom, please ensure that your child has plastic bag to keep their mask in and that  they know how to handle it safely.

Could I also remind everyone about the importance of full school uniform everyday. Shirts must be hard collared in years 2-6 not polo shirts and a full PE kit in winter must be plain black jogging bottoms, a plain white t-shirt and the children’s school jumper. We will be sending reminder slips home for children not in full uniform or kit.

A special mention to our Year 5 children this week who are isolating and learning from home. They have been truly outstanding. Joining on for live lessons each day with positive attitudes and determination to continue their learning no matter where they are. The year 5 teachers have been phenomenal in their approach to adapting their practice and I would like to thank Ms Feeney, Mrs Gregoire and Mrs Clarke– Proctor for their hard work.