Newsletter 15th November 2019

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have had a busy few weeks at school, with lots of fun extra-curricular activities and events.

Firstly, it was lovely to see so many of you at our Parent’s evenings last week and we hope you found these meetings useful. If you were unable to come, please do speak to your child’s class teacher to reschedule an appointment.

Today, the children had a special assembly, delivered by Mrs Bootes, to celebrate Children in Need. The children (and teachers!) looked fantastic dressed in spots and stripes! This was followed by a dance-a-thon for each class! Thank you so much for your generous contributions – we look forward to finding out how much money we have raised this year.

Yesterday evening, children from Year 5 took part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival at The Theatre Royal Margate. The children’s performance of Romeo and Juliet was truly captivating with extraordinary performances from all of those involved. Huge congratulations to all of our budding actors – we are so proud of you! Also, a big thank you to Miss Silk and our governor Gill Edwards for many weeks of hard work leading up to the performance.

This week we also marked Anti-Bullying week with some time in school spent talking about what makes us all unique, and celebrating our differences. To highlight our individuality, we all wore odd socks to school!

After school on Tuesday, Mr Cotton took a team of Year 3 and Year 4 children to a chilly football festival at Margate Football Club. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening with some excellent football skills and sportsmanship on show. Well done to those children who represented our school!

On Wednesday afternoon we had the UK’s largest mobile planetarium system into the school to put on a show for our Year 5 children. It was a wonderful opportunity to experience the planetarium under a very large dome in the school hall. The children were very excited and it proved to be an amazing way for them to learn more about space. They have since produced some very lively recounts of the event.

Our Book Fair this week was a great success and we are pleased that so many of you came along.

Last week the whole school took part in Outdoor Classroom Day, a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. On the day, thousands of schools around the world took lessons outdoors and prioritised playtime. Outdoor learning improves children’s health, engages them with learning and leads to a greater connection with nature. That’s why here at Palm Bay we are committed to extending learning beyond the classroom whenever possible!

With a general election looming our friend Tatton Spiller, who leads the organisation Simple Politics, will be coming into school soon to launch our very own mini election – watch this space for further details!

Next week we have a number of events happening: Monday is the start of ‘Switch-off Fortnight’ and we will all be trying hard to reduce our energy consumption by switching off lights and appliances when we are not using them. It would be great if you could consider doing the same at home.

All week children in EYFS will be taking part in National Nursery Rhyme Week. The children will learn and perform lots of nursery rhymes and immerse themselves in magical settings and characters.

On Thursday we are having our Open Day for new children starting in Reception in September 2020. There are three session available; 9am, 2pm and 5pm. We hope to see lots of you there.

Finally, on Friday 22nd November an extravagant art auction will be taking place at The Walpole Bay Hotel at 7pm. Mrs Tong has been busy organising what promises to be a superb evening. This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase some original art donated by local artists and help raise funds for our Art Department in school. It would be lovely to see many of you there, bring family and friends too for an enjoyable adult evening.

Best wishes, Miss Williams Head Teacher

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