Newsletter 23 November 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

This week we held our Open Day for new prospective parents and I felt proud to show them around our lovely school. They were very impressed with the children’s behaviour and manners and saw a wide range of engaging learning, including a philosophy discussion in Year 5, tower building in Year 2 and a visit from a paramedic in Year 1.

As you have probably seen, our school field is under construction at the moment as we have our running track installed. We are excited about this new development to our grounds – an all-weather running track – and we hope it will promote healthy, active lifestyles to all members of our community. Please be mindful of the machinery and ditches in the field when you collect your children at the end of the day. In other sporting news, well done to our Street Dance troupe, Streetbeatz, who performed at the Thanet inter-schools Street Dance competition at St Lawrence College on Wednesday evening, coming in fourth place. Their performance was fabulous and Miss Delderfield was very proud!

It has been an exciting week for the Arts at Palm Bay and I am delighted to share that the school has been awarded the ‘Music Mark’ – a national accreditation in recognition of our high-quality music provision. We have 2 upcoming community choir events that all families and friends are welcome to attend: tomorrow, our choir are participating in an inter-generational concert at Holy Trinity Church, alongside the Thanet Male Voice Choir at 2.30pm and tickets are £5. Next weekend, our choir will be performing at the official switching on of the Christmas lights at the Turner Contemporary, Margate on Saturday 1st December at 3.50pm. It is a free event. We hope you can come and support us.

Another exciting PTFA event taking place this weekend is the pay-out ‘Celebration Day’ at our local Co-op, to celebrate and give thanks to all the customers for selecting us online as their chosen community project to receive a wonderful donation of £2917.63! Gary Burgess, the Chair of our PTFA, will be there between 10.00 and 12.00 with a group of Palm Bay children to represent our school. We are very grateful to the staff at the Co-op for supporting us with their continued fundraising.

On Tuesday evening this week, our talented year 5 children performed their wonderful version of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ at the Theatre Royal, Margate. I was so proud of their very professional performances – they remembered their lines, spoke clearly and confidently and demonstrated excellent characterisation. Thank you to Miss Hornig for all her hard work helping the children rehearse and prepare, and also to our dedicated governor Mrs Edwards, who has attended all our rehearsals and kindly helped out on the day. A huge thank you also to our PTFA, who made this project possible by funding all the costumes and transport.

Next week is the second week of ‘Switch-off Fortnight’ and we are all working hard to reduce our energy consumption by switching off lights and appliances when we are not using them. I hope you have been doing the same at home. Today, the children had a special assembly delivered by ‘Waterwise’, a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to promote water-efficiency and reduce water consumption in the UK. Both these events are helping to develop environmental consciousness among our pupils and we hope to achieve the Silver Eco-Schools mark this year, in recognition of our commitment to being an ‘eco-friendly’ school.

It was lovely to see so many of our Year 1 parents at Mrs Bootes’ Maths Mastery workshop yesterday. On Tuesday next week, we have another parent workshop for key stage 2 parents, focusing on times tables. Miss Fox will be leading this workshop and will be sharing an exciting new resource with you to support with learning times tables at home: Funkey Maths Times Tables Cards. You can purchase these on their website (https://www.funkeymaths.com/) for £10 a pack but we will also be selling them to parents at a reduced cost of £8 per pack.

Finally, as we approach Christmas and have several festive concerts and events to look forward to, I wanted to remind you all of our expectations regarding photography and film. The only times that we grant permission for parents/carers and visitors to photograph or record on school premises are at events, performances and concerts that parents attend as audience members (e.g. sports day, nativity, concerts etc). At such events, we always advise parents/carers that they are welcome to take photos and videos of their children, but we request they do not share these on social media. We do not consent to parents/carers or visitors taking photographs, videos or audio recordings on our premises at any other time, without our express permission. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Best wishes,

Miss Williams
Head Teacher

ps: If you want to download the entire newsletter, please follow the link: Palm Bay Newsletter 23rd Nov

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