Dear Parents/Carers

Since the last newsletter there have been lots of positive things happening in school.

  • Class 2 held their parent activity on Thursday morning.  Parents, children and staff spent time recreating a street scene of the Great Fire of London in a glass jar.  This was then illuminated by an LED candle.  The effect was very good and some will be on display for next week’s parent evenings.
  • Class 6 have been working hard to pass their Bikeabililty. The children completed Part 1 last week and are working on Part 2 this week.  I would like to thank the parents, who have helped this week and Mrs Ramsdale (our Chair of Governors) who leads the training, for their time and support for this project.
  • Class 4 visited Hatfield House to take part in the Living History programme and looked the part in their Tudor tabards which they had made in school.
  • Class 5 swimming lessons are going very well.  Several children were awarded certificates a few weeks ago and we expect more to be awarded towards the end of this term.  We are so fortunate to have been allocated the early morning slot again this year.  This means the children only take the one session of their morning lessons (which would be PE) and so do not miss any teaching time.  Now the children are used to arriving a few minutes earlier on Wednesdays, the swimming coach will be leaving promptly at 8:40am.

 

Parking

I hope the new parking restrictions have not caused you too much inconvenience.  It has impacted on our staff quite badly as our car park is so small.  I would like to remind parents, that to keep our children safe, to not park on the yellow zig-zag lines outside the school or on the road opposite these.  If you see parking that is illegal or dangerous please report it

PTA

As you are aware, at the present time, we do not have a PTA committee.  It is important for all schools to be supported by their parents through social events and fundraising opportunities that are organised.  I realise that in its current format it was difficult for our PTA to continue with such a small band of dedicated parents.  I understand that finding time to take on a role or responsibility in the PTA is difficult when balancing family commitments, work and other interests, but it is important for our school to have a PTA.  Therefore, I thought it might be useful to survey parents to find out how the PTA is perceived and how parents feel they could support the school.  A short survey has been compiled, that I hope you will take the time to complete and make comments, so that we can find a way to re-launch the PTA in the New Year.  Please type in the following link which will take you to the survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BQ67T9K

Thank you

School Grounds and Premises

Work will begin on Monday 17th October to restructure the border outside Class 1’s classroom.  The current border will be dug out and a raised bed installed.  This will give the children in Reception Class and Class 1 an area to dig in and an area to plant things.  The work should take no more than two days.

We are planning to have an Eco Morning on Saturday 5th November.  During this morning we are hoping to tidy up areas of the school grounds such as the wild area, along the edge of the hedges and behind the nursery.  We are also hoping to plant some spring bulbs on this day along the path leading down to the nursery.  We will need someone to manage the bonfire to burn off some of the old twigs and leaves.  If you are able to help on the day please let the school office know.

Work is progressing very well on the installation of the new boilers and hot water system.  Once this system is fully working it will save the school a considerable amount of money on fuel as it is so energy efficient.  We are so fortunate to have won a bid to have this work funded.

The works on Class 3’s classroom are planned to be carried out in the half term holiday.  The carpet is due to be laid the first week back after half term and the furniture is due to be delivered that week too.  So all being well, and contractors completing works on time, the classroom should be ready the second week back after half term.  It is planned for the children of Class 3 to invite their parents in to see their new classroom when it is ready.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Sue Thompson