Newsletter 17 May 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,
The last couple of weeks have been very busy here at Palm Bay and I can’t believe how quickly this term has flown by!
Our wonderful year 2 and year 6 pupils have taken their SATs tests in the last few weeks. A huge well done to them all. I’m sure they will have done a wonderful job and I am very proud of their hard work.
The year 5 pupils went off on their exciting Kingswood trip in Ashford for 4 days. A brilliant time was had by all, which was demonstrated in their presentation on Tues- day showing lots of great photos. They participated in a variety of activities including orienteering, raft building, climbing and aeroball. They enjoyed campfires and storytelling also. This is an excellent opportunity for our pupils to relax with friends and staff in an environment outside of school. One teacher said, “it was lovely to see some of the more shy children come out of their shell”. I thoroughly enjoyed the presentation they gave to parents to share their favourite memories and proudest achievements.
We have had some special visitors and workshops linked to our topics this
term. Year 1 had a visit from a pet tortoise (thank you to Coco for bringing him
in) and our year 4 pupils had the pleasure of the Living Histories team visiting and putting on a Romans Workshop last week. They looked fantastic in the hall, participating in various role-playing activities and dressing up in Roman costumes. They will be returning this week to put on a Stone Age workshop for Year 3.
Tatton Spiller, from Simple Politics, returned this week to give an assembly to key stage 2 children about the European Parliament election taking place on Thurs-
day. We will be holding a mock election for the children – with ballot papers and boxes – so they can experience voting and put their views across. I look forward to hearing the results…
This week we are celebrating STEAM week, with a wide range of Science and Engineering activities linked to the theme of space. Yesterday, the children were treated to a fantastic space show by Space Fund UK, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landings and over the next 3 days, we will be welcoming Rupert Berry- man, our ‘Engineer-in-Residence’ who will be working on a project with year 6. I hope that lots of you will be able to attend the STEAM week celebration this Friday from 2.45pm for years 1-6, to see all the wonderful learning the children have been doing. The reception will be inviting parents in between 1.30pm—2.30pm.
We are also delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Silver Eco-Schools award in recognition of our commitment to looking after the environment. Well done to Mrs Page and the Eco-Council who have led various projects and assemblies across the school. The next planned project is a bottle-top path for our wildlife area, using recycled plastic bottle tops. Please collect and donate any coloured bottle tops you have – especially interesting colours and sizes (we have plenty of green semi-skimmed milk bottle lids but need red/blue/yellow etc).
This week is Mrs Smith’s last week at Palm Bay, after 18 years of working here! We are going to miss her a lot and wish her all the best in her new school in Cornwall. I can also announce that Mrs Middleton will be retiring at the end of this academic year. Mrs Middleton has worked at Palm Bay for nearly 16 years and has taught many hundreds of pupils throughout that time, most recently as a teacher in Reception. We wish Mrs Middleton all the best for her retirement.
Finally, I would like to give my thanks to everyone who supported our first Boot fair of the year on Sunday 12th May. We were very lucky with the weather and there was a great turn out. Altogether, the PTFA raised a wonderful £1,391.27 for the school. The next Boot Fair is on the 9th of June – please do show your support by volunteering for an hour or two if you can.
A reminder that Monday 3rd of June is a staff training day, so we look forward to welcoming all the children back on Tuesday 4th June. I hope you all have a lovely, restful break and fingers crossed for sunshine.
Miss Williams, Head Teacher

ps: If you want to download the entire newsletter, please click on the following link: Palm Bay Newsletter 17th May

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