Message from the Head – 4th November 2016

Welcome back to the second half of the Autumn term and the run up to Christmas. All dates are included on the newsletter for parents who need to make arrangements to join us for performances etc.

We have our senior citizens tea party on Thursday 10th November. An opportunity for the older members of our community to join us in school for tea and cake and be entertained by our year 6 pupils. The really valuable part of this, is the opportunity to talk to people about their experiences growing up etc. We are particularly keen if folk have any memories from wartime Britain to share with the children. This really helps to bring history to life for them.

On Friday the children from years 2 – 6 will be walking to town to watch the Remembrance Parade. We usually attempt to stand outside the memorial park, opposite the Civic Hall car park on Rye Piece ringway. Please ensure your child has a coat in school in case of bad weather. Of course if it is particularly bad, we will need to decide on the day, but is very likely that upper school will attend if at all possible. There have been limits put upon how many people can attend the cenotaph this year and lay the poppy wreath, so unfortunately only our 8 house captains can do this. All house captains must wear their blazers for this occasion please.

There are important sessions for parents of children in year 2 and year 6 next week. On Monday at 2:00pm and 6:00pm the year 2 team will deliver a SATs meeting to share the new expectations for an expected level at the end of year 2. It is important that parents have this understanding to appreciate how far the children need to get with the heightened expectation of the new curriculum. We will also give details of what the new SATs look like etc.

On Tuesday there’s an opportunity for year 6 parents to join Mr Barnes to look at ways of supporting your child with arithmetic and calculations. He is sending a separate flyer. We would like numbers of attendees please so we know whether to use a classroom or the hall and in order to prepare the correct number of free resources to support your child, given out to all who attend.

I am meeting with Councillor Chattaway and Graham Stanley from Highways on Wednesday 9th November, to discuss the parking and traffic issues surrounding the school. I know how strong people feel about these issues. If parents feel they wanted to write their concerns, I could pass these on. It’s a great opportunity to make our voice heard by people who are in a position to act as part of safety to school. Please let me have all such correspondence by Tuesday 8th November at the latest please