Newsletter 14th February 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

We have come to the end of the term and have lots of exciting news to report.

We have had some great topic landings this week – thank you for coming along to celebrate your child’s
learning. I thoroughly enjoyed Year 1’s Dinosaur and Palaeontology Exhibition in the hall! What a wonderful
array of dinosaur models, skeletons and fossils. It was lovely to see Year 1 presenting all their learning to
their friends in Year 2. Year 4 hosted their topic landing yesterday to mark the end of their topic ‘Misty
Mountain Sierra’ where they showcased incredible information texts and stories, as well as their
hand-stitched yetis and impressive mountain models. I’d like to make a special mention to Mr Burring, parent
of one of our ex-pupils, who visited Year 4 last week to share his experiences as a mountain-climber. We also
enjoyed Year 6’s VE Day celebration to mark the end of their wonderful ‘A Child’s War’ topic, for which they
have produced some beautiful writing, including emotional letters from the Home Front and instructions on
what to do in the event of an Air Raid.

Thank you to all who have attended parent and carer workshops in the last couple of weeks. The last of our
Maths workshops was well-attended and we had a huge turnout at the Mental Health and Wellbeing training
last week, which we hope to make an annual session. Thank you for your feedback that you appreciated us
putting on a crèche to enable you to attend; this is something we will endeavour to do more regularly. Also
this week, we have held important parent workshops on Online Safety. Don’t worry if you were unable to
attend – all the links and information can be found on our website here at http://www.palmbay.org.uk/
computing-curriculum/

Last Friday, it was my pleasure to accompany Year 6 on their special Careers trip to the Broadstairs Campus
of East Kent College. The staff at the College put on a fabulous day of hands-on workshops, enabling the
children to visit several departments and experience the excellent facilities on offer. They became chefs in
the catering department where they created delicious puddings, made wooden dice and learned to wire plugs
in Woodwork and Engineering, had a go at nail art and massage in the Hair and Beauty department, created
digital music in the Media unit and much more. I am proud to say that the children were a credit to the
school and were complimented on their exemplary behaviour throughout the day. I have photos- ask me in the
morning.

This week has been our ‘Staff Wellbeing’ week and I would like to thank the PTFA for providing lovely treats
for the staff, including making breakfast for us this morning. I’m sure you will all join me in thanking the
hardworking staff at Palm Bay for making our school the safe, happy and supportive place it is. From
Mr Kimpton and Mr Hadlow on the Premises Team, to the always-smiling ladies in the office; the hardworking
cleaning staff, our dedicated team of midday meals supervisors and, of course, our wonderful teachers and
support staff – every member of the team does a brilliant job that makes a positive difference to the
children every day.

Today we were pleased to welcome some special guests to Palm Bay: local MP Craig McKinley and his
colleagues visited our Forest School to present an award to Skye B in Year 5 who won the Litter Angel’s poster design competition.

Finally, please join me in thanking the PTFA for putting on the discos for the children yesterday, the children
had lots of fun.

I wish you all a lovely half term and look forward to welcoming the children back to school on Monday 24th
February.

Best wishes,
Lizzie Williams

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