Newsletter 6th March 2020

Dear Parents and Carers

Despite the horribly wet weather, we have had a lovely week at school.

As you know, yesterday we celebrated World Book Day and I want to thank all our families for making such an effort with their children’s costumes. I thoroughly enjoyed dressing up as Cruella de Ville for the day! On Wednesday, we were treated to a special visit from local author Martyn Harvey who came to read to the children and talk about his books, including his most recent publication, The Boy with the Saucepan Hat. I would like to give special thanks to Jen Brammer, mother of Cody and Finlay in Reception, who put us in contact with him.

Last week Year 3 pupils enjoyed their Ancient Greeks Living Histories workshop. It was lovely to see them all in their
outfits and they had lots of fun doing drama and handling replica artefacts.

Miss Delderfield and the sports team have been busy – last week she took Year 5 and 6 children to the hockey festival
where our team performed well – coming 4th place. Last Friday, she took children from year groups 1-6 to participate in the Multifit event; well done to everyone who took part. Children also had fun doing pancake races in PE on Shrove Tuesday. Today our Year 5 and 6 rugby team are competing in the local rugby festival – we wish them good luck!

We had a great turnout for Parents’ Evening this week; thank you to all the parents and carers who attended. If you
weren’t able to book an appointment, please contact your child’s teacher via the school office to rearrange.

There are some exciting events taking place next week. On Monday afternoon, Y6 will be going to Dreamland for their SALUS trip where they will be learning about some of the dangers they may face as they become more independent and prepare for transition to secondary school. On Tuesday Mrs Page, our Science Leader, will be taking a group of children to Canterbury Christ Church University as part of an exciting research project called ‘Epistemic Insight’ looking at cross-curricular links, particularly in Science and Religious education. I look forward to hearing about their interesting trip. It is also Comic and Sports Relief, which we will be marking on Friday 13th. Every class will have a special yoga and mindfulness session in the hall, and can bring in £1 to wear sports wear or school uniform (no jeans).

Sunday 8th March is International Women’s Day. On Monday, we will talk to the children about the importance of
celebrating brilliant female role models from past and present, from Rosa Parks to Greta Thunberg. I would like to wish all the incredible mums, grandmas, aunties and sisters of our pupils a very happy International Women’s Day.

I want to share the PTFA’s fantastic new website with you
Boot Fair season is almost upon us and our first one will take place on Sunday 19th April. You can sign up to volunteer on the website or by contacting Adrian Lloyd or Kate Harper. Please do show your support – every little helps.

Finally, I wanted to say a huge thank you to all the children for being so vigilant with hand-washing this week. Some of our Year 5 pupils made an excellent informational film demonstrating how to wash your hands thoroughly, which we shared with the rest of the school. We are receiving daily updates from the Department of Education (DfE) regarding Coronavirus/Covid19 and we will keep you all informed if there is any change to the guidance.
I hope you all have a great weekend.

Best wishes,
Miss Williams
Head Teacher

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