Newsletter 11th October 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

This is the last newsletter of our first half term and hasn’t time flown? We are pleased to inform parents and carers that we now have a defibrillator on site, which was kindly donated to the school by an anonymous person. We are very grateful for their generosity and hope they get to read this message. I understand that some members of our parent community have expressed disappointment that the defibrillator has been installed inside the school building and not outside (where it could be accessed out of school hours by others in the community). We were informed by the local police that there has been a recent spate of thefts of defibrillators installed outside buildings across Thanet, and they therefore advised us to install it inside; I do hope you will all understand and support this decision.

As part of National Poetry Day, Year 6 entered a poetry competition, for the chance to win a ticket to see former Poet Laureate Michael Rosen live at the Theatre Royal, Margate. I am delighted to announce that the winners, chosen for their high-quality and creative entries are:Freya.P, Rifka.JB, Isabella.H, Summer.H, Chloe.H, Lilyanna.H, Miley.R, Oliver.M, Leam.Y, Jake.P, Jack.W, Ashton.B, Tim.K and Finley.G. Well done to you all , I very much look forward to accompanying you on this special trip in November.

On Wednesday 9th, four of our Year 5 pupils – Dante, Laila, Ted and Sophia – represented Palm Bay at the Science and Engineering Challenge at St Laurence College. They had a great day, including watching a chemistry magic show, and making a Paper rockets and then seeing how far they would fly, they also created oxygen by adding potato to hydrogen peroxide. As well as this they made a container to protect an egg when it was dropped from a height. Finally they designed and made a tower from spaghetti and marshmallows that will hold a kinder egg. Also last Wednesday, the rest of Year 5 enjoyed the first of two animation workshops linked to the very prestigious Turner Prize for Art. The second workshop is on Monday 14th and I can’t wait to see their completed animations.

Reception pupils have enjoyed their first few weeks of Forest School and it has been a joy to see how much they are growing in confidence, even in such a short space of time.

We are looking forward to welcoming families to our topic landings next week – Year 2 and 4 on Tuesday, Years R and 6 on Thursday , all 3.00-3.30 – I hope to see lots of you there to celebrate your children’s learning and achievements. Topic Landings for Years 1, 3 and 5 will take place next term.

Thank you to all the parents from EYFS who attended the sessions on Phonics and early reading. If you missed the sessions but would like to purchase a phonics resource pack (£10) to support your child at home, please speak to Mrs Bootes.

Also another thank you for all of the harvest donations we have received so far, there are still another couple of days to go so if you have anymore food items you are able to donate, please do so by Tuesday 15th October.

Next week on Thursday the results of the Kent Test will be announced to parents. Over the past couple of years, we have held parent consultations the day after, and will be doing so again next week (Friday 18th). This is an opportunity for the parents and carers of any pupils in year 6, who would like to come and discuss secondary transfer with myself and Mrs Wright, regardless of whether or not your child took or passed the Kent Test. Please call in at the office to book a meeting if you would find this helpful.

Tuesday 16th is World Maths Day and I have enjoyed seeing the creative entries that have been submitted for the ‘Where is the Maths?’ competition, including recipes, shopping trips and photographs… Remember, it’s not too late to enter the competition!

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our boot fair which was due to take place this Sunday 13th October. Thank you to all those who had volunteered to help – your support is greatly appreciated. The PTFA AGM was very well-attended last week and I know that, in addition to our long-standing and committed team, we are also welcoming some new members to the PTFA which is great to hear.

Best wishes, Miss Williams

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