Newsletter 13th December 2019

Dear Parents and Carers

Firstly I would like to congratulate our PTFA for organising a wonderful Christmas Fair! There was a brilliant turnout and a lovely festive atmosphere with the event raising a fantastic £1,500.00 total for the school. Thank you to everyone who came along to show their support.

Last week, Years 1, 3 and 5 had their topic landings and it was lovely to see so many parents and carers in attendance. The children have really enjoyed their topics this term and have had some exciting learning opportunities including rocket-making in Year 5 and designing inventions in Year 3.

Year 4 had a special workshop called ‘Medicines and Me’ delivered by Pfizer, linked to their topic ‘Potions’.

I am pleased to let you know that our Year 5’s animation is now available to view on our website: http://www.palmbay.org.uk/communitycollaborations/. The children worked with the 1927 Animations Studio to turn stories and images they created into this wonderful short film called ‘Larder’ as part of The Raree Tales Exhibition in Margate for the Margate Now event. I’m sure you will agree it is both professional and entertaining.

Also last week, we staged a Mock General Election at Palm Bay, in which all children in Key Stag 2 participated. In stark contrast to the actual election results, the Palm Bay results were as follows: Green Party 85 votes, Labour 50 votes, Liberal Democrats 43 votes and Conservatives 42 votes; 8 children spoiled their ballots.

As we approach the Christmas break, the children have been enjoying a wide range of festive activities, including their Christmas lunch on Thursday and a great many performances. We have been treated by two nativities this year – our KS1 performance as normal, and also a new performance for our very youngest children in Reception classes. I am sure, like me, that you feel very proud of all our little performers. They sang and danced beautifully and all recited their lines loudly and clearly. Well done to everyone involved! We have also been treated to a wonderful Winter Music Concert by the children in KS2. We enjoyed a fantastic showcase of their musical talents, including instrumental and vocal performances, once again demonstrating the strength of music at our school. Thank you to Miss Sirota for her continued commitment and passion.

On Friday, I had the pleasure of accompanying both our school choirs to perform at the Trinity Resource Centre’s ‘Friday Friendship Club’, a wonderful service offering warmth, company and friendship to elderly and vulnerable members of our local community. Needless to say, they were delighted with the children’s performances and also very much enjoyed chatting with the children afterwards.

The overall green token winner this term was Kingfishers with 1735, well done Kingfishers.

Just a reminder that we have a staff development day on Monday 6th January, so we look forward to welcoming your children back to school on Tuesday 7th.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas break and a very happy new year!

Best wishes, Miss Williams Head Teacher

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