Newsletter 7 December 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

Apologies for the late Newsletter, we were very busy preparing for the Christmas Fayre on Friday afternoon. A huge thank you to all that came along, it was a great success! The cakes were wonderful and I was delighted to take home a snowman cake to enjoy with my friends and family this weekend. The raffle prizes donated were brilliant, and we hugely appreciate all the generous donations made by friends of the school and local businesses. The PTFA managed to raise over £1,000 for the school and I would like to thank them all for their hard work in organising such a fun and successful event.

On Wednesday, our brilliant mathematicians – Aleanbh, Aslan, Holly and Jack – participated in round 2 of the National Young Mathematicians Awards competition. Sadly, they were knocked out in this round as there was stiff competition. Nevertheless, we are extremely proud of them and I know they thoroughly enjoyed representing the school. We received the following feedback from the organisers on our team’s performance: “They made a huge effort to ensure they had a clear team strategy and showcased fantastic effort throughout the competition”. Well done children!

We have a very busy week coming up for our penultimate week this term, including our Topic Landing sessions on Tuesday (Years 3 and 4), Wednesday (Years 1 and 2) and Thursday (Years 5 and 6). We also have our Reception, year 5 and 6 Christmas parties this week and the KS1 parties in the final week of the term.

As we get ready for Christmas and all the fun and festivities, it is also a time of year to give pause and think of others who are less fortunate than us. One of our year 3 pupils, Tilly, came to see me last week to ask if we can help to support the Thanet Homeless Shelter this Christmas. I am very proud of her for being so thoughtful and empathetic and I hope you will all be able to make a small donation of food, toiletries, blankets or small presents for this very worthwhile local charity. There is a box in our reception area for your donations.

Finally, I wanted to share with you the news that Mrs Norwood will be leaving us at Christmas, as she has been offered an exciting opportunity to work for the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service (STLS) as a teacher specialising in young people’s Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH). This is a role that Mrs Norwood is very well suited for and I am pleased that she will be making an impact on a great many vulnerable children and young people across Thanet, who will be lucky to benefit from her caring and nurturing approach. Whilst we are very sad to see her go, I am sure you will join me in wishing her all the best for the future and thanking her for her time here at Palm Bay.

Don’t forget Christmas Jumper Day on Friday 14th – I have mine ready to go!

Best wishes,

Miss Williams

Head Teacher

ps: If you want to download the entire newsletter, please follow this link: Palm Bay Newsletter 7th Dec

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