Newsletter 5 October 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

At school this week we have been celebrating our school value of enthusiasm and I have certainly seen lots of enthusiastic learning. Year 2 have been experimenting with colour mixing, and have tried chromatography, separating colours. It was great fun and some of the experiments are going to be used to create decorations for their outdoor area. Year 5 had a visit from some interesting creatures on Thursday including a tarantula, scorpion, chameleon and snake! Everyone had lots of fun learning about the animals and they were even allowed to keep a stick insect as a class pet! Year 4 have been having great fun creating settings, heroes and villains for their underwater adventures. They acted out their stories to help them write their story plans.

Miss Fox has been busy training our new Mathematics Peer Mentors – a group of very mature Year 5 children who will be mentoring friends in Year 2 to help develop their number skills. They participated in their training enthusiastically and I am looking forward to seeing the mentoring begin next week.

Well done to all the children who have been coming to cross country training over the past few weeks, the dedication and commitment you have shown is fantastic. All of you have improved and Miss Delderfield looks forward to seeing you all run in the cross country at Quex on Saturday. We also have another running event at school next week – on Friday we will be having our first ever Race for Life. All pupils should have a sponsorship form and the whole community will be running on the field to raise money for cancer research.

Also next week, Year 2 have a trip to the beach on Wednesday and Reception children will be visiting our local farm again. For parents of children in year 5, Mrs Farbrace will be holding two meetings about the Kent Test on Monday at 2.30pm and again at 5.30pm. On Friday 12th, Miss Wright and I will be holding a parent surgery all day for any parents of year 6 children, who would like to come and talk about secondary school applications. Whilst this is the day after the Kent Test results, all parents are welcome to make an appointment, regardless of whether they would like to discuss grammar or high schools. Please contact the office to make an appointment.

Thank you to all those of you who have generously donated food for our harvest festival. We have a huge collection of food which will be donated to Oasis, the local women’s refuge charity. On Monday, the Reverend Stuart Gay will be attending our Special Harvest Festival assembly.

Finally, today is National Poetry Day. In assembly this morning, we were all treated to a performance of a poem by the children in Jay’s class, who recited The Scorpion by Roald Dahl.

I wish you all a great weekend.

Best wishes,

Miss Williams

Head Teacher

ps: If you want to download the entire newsletter, please follow this link: Palm Bay Newsletter 5th Oct

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