Newsletter 23

Dear Parents,

What a week to come back to school! I know that the weather over the holidays wasn’t glorious but the bright, sunny weather seems to have brought the children back to school full of the joys of spring!

Some sunny times reminders: School summer uniform can be worn from now until October half term. For girls, these are the dark-green, smaller checked dresses and boys grey shorts. This year, we are allowing girls to wear grey shorts too, if they prefer. Please do send your children in with a sun hat (their yellow hats are perfect) and a bottle of water. Children may wear plastic sun glasses at break and lunch, particularly if they struggle with hay fever. A reminder that jewellery is not permitted except a sensible watch and small, stud earrings. Hair below shoulders should be tied back in school colour or natural coloured hair bands.  As jumpers and sunhats are often discarded, please ensure that these are all named. The children are looking very smart at the moment, so long may it continue.

Thanks to the PTA for the ice lolly sale today. Additionally, you will also have received a leaflet about the upcoming BidFest weekend – hopefully it won’t rain and turn into a mini Glastonbury.

Some staffing updates: Miss Cheeseman has begun her maternity leave today – we wish her well and look forward to sharing some baby news with you (any day now!). We have welcomed Alison Entwistle and Kerry Thorne to our team as Teaching Assistants working with individual children. We are currently looking to recruit a teacher to join our team in September as Mr Orpin is moving on to pastures new. I am sure you will join with me in wishing him all the best for the future, but we’ll think more about that nearer the time.

Some messages from county: There have been some reported cases of measles in Kent. Please be vigilant, particularly if your child did not receive both doses of the MMR vaccine.

School news: Well, this week was our designated quiet week and it has been great to focus on our day to day lessons as far as possible. There have been a few changes to our planned dates for the end of the year, so I have included as many of them below as possible. This summer term can be a busy one, so please do get these dates into your calendar and we will try and stick as closely to them as possible!

Many children have received attendance certificates today – attendance continues to be monitored closely by local and national government and so we are expected to maintain close contact with you, especially where attendance is a concern.

Have a great weekend.

Kind regards,

Julie Burton Headteacher



Term 5 and 6 Dates

23rd April              Y6 at Safety in Action
24th April              Stunning start for Year 3 and 4
26th April              Open Worship and Praise Pleases sign up at the office
26th April              First Y3 swimming

7th May                Bank holiday
8th May                Chiddingstone Literary Festival – Year 4
14th May              Year 6 SATs week
14th May              Class R trip to Drusillas
21st May              Class photos
25th May              Class 4 Assembly, Children’s University, end of term

4th June                Inset day
5th June                Start of Term 6
8th June                British Heart Foundation Skipathon
8th / 9th June        BidFest
wb 11th June       Phonics check for Year 1
wb 11th June       International Arts Week Please contact us if you would like to get involved 15th June              Father’s Day lunch – R and 6 dads welcome
wb 18th June       Year 6 at Pensarn
26th June              Year 5 to SKA
29th June              Year 1 assembly, Children’s University

4th July                  Year 5 to Tonbridge School Community Day
6th July                  Sports Day
wb 9th July           Year 6 Production
12th July Children’s University Graduation evening
23rd July Year 6 Church service
24th July Leavers’ Assembly, Last day of term.