Newsletter 5 April 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have come to the end of a very busy and exciting term!

Thank you to all of you who attended your child’s topic landing this week in Years 1-6. We have been very pleased with parental engagement this year and I was delighted to hear that we had 96.5% attendance at our recent Parent-Teacher consultations – our best attendance ever. It was lovely to see so many of you supporting your children in year 5 and 6 Spring Music concert yesterday. I’m sure you will join me in congratulating the children on their professional performances; I particularly enjoyed the varied repertoire and would like to take the opportunity to thank Miss Sirota and the music team once again, for providing such rich musical opportunities for the children.

It has actually been a very musical couple of weeks. On Tuesday 26th, I attended the Thanet festival of Song to watch our choir perform Disney- themed pieces, alongside older peers from Chatham and Clarendon. On Monday this week, the children were treated to a special assembly – called ‘Bach to the Future’ – put on by the Kent Music Roadshow. The Roadshow aims to inspire children to learn a musical instrument and to encourage an understanding of just how valuable music is to our world and to our every- day lives. It was wonderful to see our children completely mesmerised watching the classical musicians perform.

Last Friday, we celebrated the Hindu festival of Holi for the second year in a row, with our Bollywood dancing extravaganza. It was truly wonderful to see so many parents, carers, grandparents and other family members join- ing in the dancing in the sunshine. Thank you to both Mrs Koyappalli and Miss Begum for sharing their beautiful traditional Indian and Bangladeshi outfits with the staff which brought such colour and joy to the day. Another colourful day was Tuesday this week, where staff and pupils wore all the colours of the spectrum to mark World Autism Awareness. Thank you for your contributions – we raised over £190 for World Autism Association.

We have also come to the end of our term of Politics lessons in Year 5, which has culminated this week in a special election process. Groups of children from Palm Bay and St Peters-in-Thanet Junior School worked together to create new political parties, write manifestos and produce campaign videos. The votes are in and have been counted and we can announce that the winners were The Equal Party from Jays Class with a total of 131 votes. This has been a welcome break from Brexit and I imagine both our Government and local MPs could learn a thing or two from our budding young politicians…

Thank you to our PTFA for putting on the discos last week, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. As you know, Boot Fair season is almost upon us and I urge you all to volunteer some of your time to help out at the Boot Fairs, which raise invaluable funds for our school.

We hope you all have a lovely, relaxing Easter break – hopefully in the sunshine – and look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Tuesday 23rd April.

Have a lovely weekend.

Miss Williams,

Head Teacher

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

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