Dear Parents/Carers We have come to the end of a very busy term and also to the end of the school year. I hope the families that came to sports day enjoyed the events, and of course the picnic. We have had some very positive feedback about the day. Thank you. Your children have all brought their school reports home this week and I would ask you to please find the time to fill in the comments page and return it to the office. It is useful to have your feedback. Thank you to the parents who have given feedback about the new website. We are still working on it and have some ideas for more features in the next school year. We have had nominations for the Parent Council and the date for the first meeting next year will be given in September. It looks like we will have a good Parent Council committee next year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents that gave their time this year to help set it up and organise it for the coming year. At the end of every school year we have to say goodbye to some members of staff, and this year is no different. Mrs Lawrence, a valued teaching assistant who has been at The Ryde for 18 years, is retiring to spend more time with her family. She has worked mainly with children in Year 1 and Year 2 and has supported so many children to read and write over the years. Mrs Haydon, who has been a teacher at The Ryde for 16 years has accepted a post at another school. Mrs Haydon has given much to the school over the years, particularly to sporting events. She has organised football and netball matches, district sports as well as all other sporting tournaments and events. I am sure you will want to join me in thanking her for all she has given to the school. Mrs Flanagan is leaving The Ryde to pursue a different career and we wish her well. Mrs Flanagan has worked as a teaching assistant and has helped many children to improve their learning. Mr Daniels is leaving The Ryde School to begin teacher training. He has been with us just a year, both as a teaching assistant and at the after school. He has worked in Classes 3, 4 and 5 supporting learning, has taught music and, more recently, as a teaching assistant in Class 3. I would like to wish him good luck in his teaching career. Mr Cawley is also leaving The Ryde School to begin teacher training. He has worked in our after school club since February this year and also came on school journey to York with Class 5 this summer. He has helped to make the after school club a welcoming and enjoyable experience for the children who attend. I would also like to wish him good luck in his teaching career. Miss McAllister has been a teaching assistant in Class 1 this year. She briefly left and returned to finish the school year. Miss McAllister is relocating and we wish her every success for the future. Mrs Perry our school cook will be leaving us this term. I wish her well for the future. We also have some new members of staff starting at The Ryde in September. Miss Tuck will be class teacher for Class 5. Miss Hartill will be class teacher for Class 1. Miss Abrar will be a teaching assistant in Class 1. Miss Burrough will be a teaching assistant in Reception Class. Herts Catering Limited will appoint a new school cook by September. The PTA has worked very hard over the last term to organise several events at very short notice. The school is always appreciative of the hard work and time given by parents to raise funds for the school that contribute towards enrichment projects. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all parents and families who have supported the school over the year with: eco-projects, sharing skills with classes of children, organising the libraries, supporting on class trips and activities in school – to name but a few. The staff would like to join me in hoping you all have a really enjoyable summer break and we look forward to seeing you all at the beginning of the next school year in September. The children should return to school on Monday 4th September. Yours sincerely Mrs Sue Thompson