Friday, 18 December 2015

The end of term has finally arrived. It has been an extremely hectic time in school with all the shows, parties and Carol Service and although they have all been enjoyable I must admit I am glad the holiday has arrived. Christmas is a very busy time so I do not think that I will get a proper rest until after the New Year celebrations –at least we have a few days off before we have to return to school.

As I said earlier there have been lots of events in school and I have seen many of you there. It does make all our work worthwhile when the events we run get such great support from our parents and I would like to thank you all for that. I would also like to thank all my staff for all the amazing effort they put in to make these events such a success – they all go way beyond what is expected of them and I think we should all appreciate that.

The children are all due back on Wednesday, 6th January. Some parents have been enquiring about that because in some earlier dates I made an error and said the children were due back on 7th January. It is definitely the 6th January and I look forward to seeing you all again on that date in 2016.

I would also like to thank everyone for the gifts that the teachers and I received – they are all wonderful. All that is left for me to do is to wish you  a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Friday, 11 December 2015

The countdown to Christmas is upon us and the children become more excited every day as the arrival of Father Christmas gets ever closer. Although it is a very busy time of year it is also a very enjoyable one because they are lots of fun activities which occur in school. Last Saturday we held our Frost Fayre and it was a huge success. One of the outside stall holders who came said it was the best Christmas fair that she had been to. Once again I would like to thank all the members of the PTA and the parents, staff and family who supported them in making it such a success. I would especially like to thank Emma O’Brien and Simon Hall for co-ordinating the whole event. At this stage we do not know exactly how much money we raised but as soon as we do I know I will inform you.

On Thursday we had our Christmas Lunch which the children always enjoy because we serve them. When the children finished their lunch the staff had their lunch served to them by the Year 6. While the staff were enjoying their lunch, the children had Christmas music in the playground and were taken care of by parent volunteers who I would like to personally thank for giving their time. I hope they enjoyed themselves as much as the children enjoyed having them in the playground.

Next week is extremely busy with concerts, shows and parties. I have sent the dates out twice of when all the events are taking place but if you are unsure of anything you can check the ‘1st December’ newsletter on the website or contact the school office. With so much going on I know that next week will just fly by and it will be the end of term and Christmas before we know it. I hope you can find some time to relax this weekend before all the madness begins.

Friday, 4 December 2015

The school is a hive of activity today with preparations for tomorrow’s Frost Fayre. All the children are very excited in anticipation of the event and I know it is going to be a great afternoon. I will be assisting Mrs Zegallo in the photo room where you can have your picture taken to put into a fridge magnet, key ring fob or a photo frame so I hope to see lots of you there. May I also take this opportunity to thank in advance the PTA for all their hard work and preparation in organising the fayre.  Just in case you have forgotten the fayre runs from 12 noon - 3pm.

With only two weeks to go until the end of term Christmas fever is certainly spreading throughout the school and we have noticed a change in the children’s behaviour. We do not want to dampen their spirits because Christmas is a magical time of year for children but it has been brought to my attention that some of the children are coming into school more tired than usual. I know that at this time of year it can be more difficult to get the children to sleep because of their excitement and they are often attending extra events which disrupt their routine, but can you try to ensure that they still go to bed at their normal time. There are still two weeks until the end of term and the children have a lot of learning to do and we do not want the children tiring themselves out and being ill for Christmas.

Next week in school we have our Christmas lunch on Thursday, which the children always enjoy. They love the fact that the teachers serve and sing to them and the fact that they have music in the playground. Apart from that we have quite a routine week.

I hope you all have a great weekend which includes popping into our Frost Fayre. I look forward to seeing many of you there.