Newsletter 13 October 2017

Dear parents and carers

I am sorry that we didn’t have a newsletter last week. As you know, we have been short-staffed in the office since the start of term. This week we welcomed our new Receptionist, Mrs Angela Newbold, and we have a new Office Manager, Mrs Reema Koyappalli, who will be joining us after half term. I hope you will join the staff in welcoming them both to the team.

We have had a fun two weeks at Palm Bay, with lots of opportunities for learning outside of the classroom. Year 5 have been visiting the forest area over the last few weeks to build a mini beast hotel and yesterday they found that lots of visitors have checked in! They had spiders, millipedes, worms, slugs and many more creepy crawlies. The children have enjoyed being outdoors working practically on their science project and have a good understand-ing of habitats, mini beasts and food chains.

Reception class participated in a sponsored bike ride on Monday this week and have also enjoyed trips to the local farm. Year 1 have been planning a Woodland Party to have in the forest. This has included making decorations, masks and writing lists of all the things they need. We are proud to have attained the Bronze and Silver ‘Green Trees Award’ for schools, from the Woodland Trust, in recognition of our commitment to outdoor learning and ecology, and Mrs Page led a whole-school assembly on Thursday all about trees. She will also be recruiting a team of children to work on an Eco project this year and we will be going for the Gold award next.

On Tuesday this week, Mrs Tong led the ‘Big Draw’ outside our outdoor classroom. Thank you to all the families who came to meet our artist in residence, Anabelle Losa, and get involved in creating the giant animated sea pic-ture. We will be exhibiting this work in the school soon.

On Tuesday, 31 year 5 children went on a trip to The Theatre Royal in Margate. These children are part of the Shakespeare for Schools programme and they took part in a workshop with two professional actors from the organisation. They had a brilliant time and got to practice some of their scenes on a real stage! Two children also got to go inside a professional sound and lighting booth. We can’t wait for the final performance at the Theatre Royal on November 17th!

Finally, some thanks:

Thank you to our wonderful PTFA who raised over £1000 at our last Boot Fair of the year last weekend. The PTFA AGM took place on Wednesday this week – thanks to all those who came along. This Monday we are cele-brating Harvest Festival and we are so grateful to everyone who has generously given food. We have chosen two local charities to donate the food to: Oasis and Thanet Families in Need. I know they will both be appreciate our support. Finally, we would like to thank local resident, Georgina Roberts, who has kindly donated a big bag of children’s magazines and comics to the school. As you know, we have a big drive for Reading for Pleasure this year and would welcome any other similar donations.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend – enjoy the sunshine!

Miss Williams

If you want to download the entire newsletter, follow this link: Palm Bay Newsletter Oct 13th

 

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