Dear Parents The end of the Summer term is approaching and there are lots of events planned for the final few weeks. As well as information about these I have some important information about the coming year to share with you. Wheels Day Class 1 are having a Wheels Day on Wednesday 26th June. The children can bring to school a wheeled item such as bikes, scooters, dolls pushchairs etc. to use in the playground. More details have been sent home to Class 1 parents. Outdoor and Adventurous Week Tuesday 2nd – Friday 5th July A number of activities have been planned for the children that involve being outside in the school grounds or the local area. On Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week the children should come to school in clothes that are suitable for outdoor use. There is every possibility that your child will get muddy, dusty, snag their clothes or just wear them out! Wellington boots or trainers are recommended for footwear. A waterproof coat might also be useful if the weather looks unsettled. It is planned to have a camp fire lit and supervised by scouts and members of staff on Tuesday and Wednesday so that all children can cook some food. Obviously health and safety is of the highest importance and thorough Risk Assessments will have been carried out. The children will be learning campfire songs in school in preparation for their camping experience. We have some tents to erect for the children to use. (Helpers to erect them on Tuesday, 2nd July from 8.45 a.m. would be welcome). Every class will have the opportunity to build dens in the school grounds. We have a number of plastic crates, poles, sticks, sheeting and tarpaulins for this purpose. However, if you have any materials we could use we would be grateful – especially plastic sheeting, dust sheets or even bed sheets. Den building will be happening on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. If you would like to help supervise the children in this activity we would be pleased for you to come along on any of these mornings. Face Paint We have bought camouflage face paints for every class to use. If you think your child may be allergic to any type of face paints, please contact us to let us know. We are asking for help from parents to apply the face paint. We are hoping that this week will be memorable for your child and thank you in advance for your co-operation. If you think you can help in any way, please contact the school office or see your child’s teacher. The more help we have, the more adventurous we can be! Reports The reports of the children in Classes R, 1, 2, 3 and 4 have been sent home with them today. This year a third page has been added so you can reply to the school about your child’s progress over the year. We value your comments and your child’s comments too. Please take the time to fill it in and return it to either your child’s Teacher or the School Office. Nursery and Class 6 reports will be sent home, in the last week as usual, on Friday, 19th July. Year 5 reports will also be sent home on Friday 19th July this year to enable accurate reports to written by the staff who took over the class in the Spring term. Open Evening Please remember our Open Evening on Monday 1st July when the school will be open for you to come and enjoy all the work the children have completed this year. Teachers will be present, but as usual, if you wish to talk about your child’s progress specifically please make an appointment for another day. Whole School Visit to Hatfield House On Tuesday, 9th July it is planned to take Classes R – 6 to Hatfield House for the day. Children from Classes R – 2 will visit the Hatfield House Farm in the morning and Classes 3 – 6 will visit the West Garden which is currently housing a sculpture exhibition. The children will enjoy a picnic lunch followed by other planned activities before returning to school for 3:00 p.m. We would of course appreciate any offers of help from parents to help us on the day. More details will follow nearer the time. Changeover Day On Thursday 11th July your child will be able to meet their new Teacher and spend some time in their new classroom. Our new Reception and Nursery children will also be visiting on this morning. The children of Class 6 will be making visits to their new school on this day. Sports Day Just a reminder that our Sports Day will be on Friday, 19th July. This year it will comprise of competitive activities in the morning followed by a picnic lunch, shared with families as usual, and some activities in the afternoon. There will be more information about this day nearer the time. End of Term The last day of term for the Nursery will be on Friday 19th July. This will allow time for the cleaning of equipment and its storage in preparation for the works to be carried out over the Summer holidays. The last day of term for the main school will be Wednesday, 24th July at 2:00 p.m. After School Club I would like to find out the feasibility of beginning an after school club at the school for the children of The Ryde School. If possible I would like it to run from September. There is a slip at the end of this letter that I would ask you to fill in if you would use an after school club. At the moment I am suggesting from 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. every week day. The costings have not been finalised yet, but as the club would be non-profit making the fees will not be too expensive we hope. Staffing I am pleased to say we have recruited experienced new members of staff for September. We have appointed Miss R. Foster, Miss A. Stachg and Miss K. Wright. We look forward to welcoming them to our school. They are all making several visits to the school this term and I hope you will have the opportunity to see them. I am also pleased to say that Miss S. Burns has agreed to stay as our Nursery Teacher in September and Mrs Haydon and Mrs Bridgewater have agreed to continue with a job share next year. I have to inform you that Mrs Hudson is retiring at the end of the Summer term. She has worked at The Ryde School for 23 years and we are very grateful for all the contributions she has made to the life of the school during this time. I also have to inform you that Miss Ware will be leaving us at the end of the Summer Term as her year’s contract comes to an end. We would like to thank her for her hard work this year. Mrs Dalley will not be class based next year. The staffing arrangements for next year are as follows: Nursery Miss Burns Class R Miss Brumby Class 1 Miss Stachg Class 2 Mrs Maouchi Class 3 Mrs Haydon/Mrs Bridgewater Class 4 Miss Wright Class 5 Miss Foster Class 6 Ms Curtis Autumn Term 2013 We have an interesting and exciting curriculum planned for next term and look forward to trips, parent involvement, visitors to school as well as developing links with another country. We are taking part in Take One Picture organised by The National Gallery and we are planning a trip for the whole school to go to Hertford Common to complete activities based on this project. We will be publishing our school calendar next Friday, which will include our INSET days. Yours sincerely Mrs Sue Thompson