Newsletter 12

Dear Parents,

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas… and it’s only 1st December! This week began with our Christingle celebration for the beginning of advent. The Worship Leaders showed all the children in the school how to make one and talked about the symbolism. The whole school then squeezed into the church to ‘light’ our Christingles and sing together. It was a really special time.

Also this week, Key Stage 1 have been putting their finishing touches to the Nativity under the careful guidance of Mrs Bateup. I have had a sneak peek and you are in for a treat! Please make sure you have your tickets ready as you arrive. Key stage 2 children have begun to rehearse for their Christmas celebration too and a couple of the new carols are real ‘ear-worms’!

If you are still getting organised with your Christmas shopping, there are some recommended reading lists on our website. Year 5 and 6 will also be coming home with a paper copy.

As you know, we support 3 charities each year. This year we are supporting WWF, the British Heart Foundation and Demelza house. We will be holding a retiring collection from each of our celebrations as we think of others this Christmastime. In addition, we are delighted that the school raised £404.80 for the Poppy Appeal this year and a further £74 has been raised for Cancer Research in Association with Braiswick Photographic following the sale of the individual photos.

The flurry of snow yesterday caused much excitement. We have had a few shivery children – we aim to go out for play in all weathers, so it helps if your children have named coats, gloves and hats to keep them warm. We had to postpone our bulb planting on Monday due to the rain but hope to try again this Monday (4th). Please ensure your children have appropriate footwear for this.

Severe Snow/Ice Plan for Parents and Families

Every winter brings the possibility of snow and ice. Extreme bad weather can cause widespread and prolonged disruption. Schools are often affected and it can be difficult to maintain an education service.

 

As a fundamental principle every effort must be made to keep schools open, even if only limited numbers of pupils can attend. However schools may close due to ‘unavoidable’ circumstances. Those circumstances being that it is no longer safe for staff or pupils to be onsite.

 

We recognise that it is important our school remains open so parents are able to work and pupils can continue to learn. We will make every effort to prepare for severe snow/ice this winter by clearing and gritting key pathways and key access points.

 

If we do experience severe snow/ice resulting in hazardous conditions, I may have to take the decision to close the school. Once this decision has been made we will notify parents via the Kent Closures website. To determine whether the school is open or closed please visit www.kentclosures.co.uk. Search for the school in the search box. The Kent Closures website can also be used to find out if other services in Kent are open or closed, such as nurseries, children’s centres and libraries. We also recommend you sign up for SMS/Email alerts on the Kent Closures website. This service will send an SMS or email alert to let parents know if we are closed. Parents can also listen to KMFM, BBC Radio Kent or Heart FM to hear if the school has closed.

What can you do to help?

  • Please visit www.kent.gov.uk/winter for more information about gritting routes and travel issues around Kent so you can plan your journey.
  • Please approach the school from the ridge and walk down.
  • Please can you provide a packed lunch from home in case school meals cannot be provided.
  • Don’t forget suitable warm clothing – gloves, hats, scarves, wellies. Children may wear warm shoes to school and change once in their classrooms.
  • If you are a working parent or feel you may have a problem with a sudden earlier pick up, please could you put a back‐up plan in place with another family member or parent and inform the school. This will allow staff to leave earlier for their safety if weather dictates.

 

Many thanks for your support in helping us remain open during periods of severe snow/ice.

On a completely different note, well done to Year 3 for their class assembly today. They worked hard to share their learning about Ancient Greece in a variety of imaginative ways, coping with some last minute absences due to Chicken Pox! You will all be able to share in your children’s work next Friday afternoon from 2.45pm in our open classrooms. It always gives more meaning to the children’s learning if they can have an audience. I look forward to seeing many of you then.

 

Kind regards,

 

Julie Burton
Headteacher

 

Useful dates

December

4th – KS1 Nativity dress rehearsal (to school only)

5th – KS1 Nativity (2.15pm)

6th – KS1 Nativity (6.30pm)

8th – Year 1-4 Flu Vaccinations

8th – Rock steady concert (1.45) followed by Open classrooms (2.45pm)

13th – KS2 Christmas Celebration (2.00pm)

14th – KS2 Christmas Celebration (6.30pm)

15th – Children’s University Afternoon

18th – Drama Club Panto

19th – Christmas Lunch and last day of term

20th – INSET Day

 

January

4th – Start of Term 3

4th – ‘Healthy Start’