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December 2016 Newsletter

December  2016 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

Governors

Mr Dan Leaver has stepped down as Chair of Governors after fifteen years on the Governing Body. On behalf of all the school community I would like to thank Dan for all the help and support he has provided; leading the school through changes of leadership in 2007 and the move into the new school building. He will continue to serve the school on the Governing Body. Mr Joe Hill has been elected as Chair of Governors. Joe works for the Department for Education (DfE) working on the recruitment campaign to attract new people into teacher training. Being part of the DfE means he keeps up to date with what’s going on in the education world and can bring this knowledge to the governing body. His work also involves a lot of data analysis, which is very useful in understanding and interpreting the many facts and figures that governors see.

Staffing

We are delighted to welcome back Mrs Catherine Doherty (Sunshine Room) and Miss Hannah Cutts (Children and Families Team) who have returned to school following maternity leave. It’s great to see them back in school, we have really missed them.

I am delighted to announce that Miss Aysha Riaz will be getting married during the holidays. We wish her all the very best for the special celebrations.

Unfortunately, I also have to announce that Miss Alisha Al-Hadara will be leaving the school after eight years as teaching assistant at Plymouth Grove to take up a new post in Cheshire. We wish her all the very best for the future.

School Dinners

Unfortunately, due to rising costs we are raising the price of school dinners from £2.20 per day (£11.00 a week) to £2.30 a day (£11.50 a week) from the 9th January. It is the first time we have raised the price for over 5 years. We are still providing the fruit snack at break time free of charge.

Robotic club

The lego robotics club have had a great term. On the 5th December, they attended the first lego league competition. This involved seven Year 5 children designing and building a robot that could carry out tasks and designing and presenting a new invention to a panel of judges. The children performed excellently and won the prize for the best invention presentation; thoroughly deserved after many hours of hard work and commitment. The club was kindly sponsored by MAP engineers, The James Dyson Foundation and Siemens. Their kind donations paid for the transport and equipment needed for the tournament.

Children in Need

Thank you for everyone’s contribution towards Children in Need. We managed to raise £380.

After School Clubs

I would like thank all staff who have given their time to provide additional opportunities for children. This term children have enjoyed after school clubs for taekwondo, robotics, homework, football, gymnastics, drama, choir, craft and Debate Mate.

Nativity

The children in Years 1 and 2 have been very busy rehearsing for this year’s Christmas nativity, ‘Hey Ewe’. The children have been learning lines and singing lots of songs in preparation for the show and they are very excited to perform to an audience.

You are invited to watch one of the performances on Monday 19th   December at 2pm and Tuesday 20th December at 9.30am.The show will last approximately 30 minutes.

Christmas Parties

During the final week the children will have a Christmas Party and will be able to wear party clothes. We kindly request a donation of £1 towards the cost of refreshments. The parties will be on the following days:

Monday 19th December         Nursery

Tuesday 20th December         Reception and Year 5

Wednesday 21st December    Nursery, Year 3 and Year 6

Thursday 22nd December       Year 1, Year 2 and Year 4

School will close at normal time on Thursday 22nd December and will re-open on Monday 9th January at 8.50am

I would like to wish all members of our school community a Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Kind Regards

M.Cooke

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