Newsletter 14 December 2018

Dear Parents and Carers

This is the last newsletter of the term, and what a busy term it has been!

As you know, we had an Ofsted inspection on Thursday last
week. I thoroughly enjoyed showing the inspector around our lovely school and the staff and children made me very proud. We look forward to receiving the feedback and outcome of the inspection in mid-January which we will share with parents and carers.

Last week Years 1-6 celebrated the end of their topics. Thank you to all the parents, carers and other family members who were able to attend, I hope you enjoyed seeing your children’s learning. I was especially impressed by Year 4’s version of the Bayeux Tapestry, made from fabric collage and embroidery.

On Wednesday we all enjoyed our delicious Christmas lunch and on Friday we wore our Christmas jumpers for charity, raising £145.90 for the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London. Early Years also celebrated Christmas on Friday with a ‘stay and play’ morning with their parents and carers.

The NSPCC visited the school on Wednesday to deliver assemblies to the children all about personal safety, as part of their ‘Speak Out – Stay Safe’ campaign, making sure our pupils have the knowledge and understanding they need to stay safe from abuse.

In Friday’s assembly, Thea in Year 6 announced the winners of the ‘Switch-off Fortnight’ sticker competition run by Eco-council. Mrs Page has made their designs into real stickers so see if you can get caught turning off lights to reduce energy consumption. In other exciting Eco news, we also found out last week that Palm Bay has been selected to receive a prestigious ‘Green School Award’ in recognition of the work we have done, led by Mrs Page, on develop- ing our school pond habitat and wildlife area. Thank you to all the parents and carers who have helped with this.

An extra-special ‘congratulations’ goes to London and Joshua in
Year 6, who have received certificates from the ‘Royal Institute
of Science’ for completing 5 Saturday maths workshops at the
The University of Kent focused on problem-solving at greater depth. They are now members of the Institute and will be invited to future events!

Don’t forget to make a donation for the Thanet Winter Shelter before the end of the term. We are collecting items in the school office (food, toiletries, presents, blankets etc) for this very important charity.

On behalf of all the staff at Palm Bay, I would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas break. Please don’t forget that school closes early (1.30) on Wednesday 19th and we look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday 7th January.

Best wishes,

Miss Williams

Head Teacher

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