Newsletter 15 September 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

It has been a really wonderful start to the new year at Palm Bay. Every day I have the privilege of spending time in each classroom and, as I walked round today, I felt extremely proud. In every class, I saw great teaching and well-behaved children, enthusiastic to learn. Year 1 have settled particularly well and I thank you for your support with this. Thank you to all of you who attended the parent coffee mornings in the last 2 weeks. It has been a great way to be able to share important information and for you to get to know the staff who will be working with your child this year.

Our topics have started with a bang. Year 6 are learning about Charles Darwin and we had an exciting visit from ‘Eagle Heights’ where all the children enjoyed a falconry display. Year 5 began ‘Beast Quest’ with a visit from the Bug Man who brought a huge array of spiders and insects for the children to handle. Year 4 launched their topic with a trip to Reculver and Years 1, 2 and 6 have all visited the beach.

Last Sunday we had our penultimate Boot Fair and the PTFA raised over £1000 for the school. Thank you so much to all those involved in organising it. Weather permitting, we are hoping to hold one more Boot Fair on October 8th and I know that Gary Burgess needs volunteers to help. I can’t emphasise enough how important the Boot Fairs are in raising money for Palm Bay, enabling us to pay for special extras for your children, including trips and visits. We have just launched our ‘Magical Tent of Words’ which was fully funded by the PTFA and is a special space for reading, storytelling and discussion. Please contact me or Gary if you would like to join the PTFA or are able to help out.

As you may be aware, we are having a big focus this year on Reading for Pleasure (R4P). In addition to teaching the children how to read, we want to make sure we are instilling in them a love of books and enjoyment in reading. An important part of this is making sure that the children see the adults in their lives enjoying reading too. We therefore welcome any parents, carers, grandparents, aunties and uncles who would like to come and read a story to their child’s class at the end of a school day. If this is something you might be interested in, please talk to your child’s teacher.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Miss Williams

Head Teacher

If you want to download the newsletter, please follow this link: Palm Bay Newsletter September 15

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