Dear Parents,

It has certainly been a very busy week in school – I am sure the children are all beginning to flag!

On Tuesday, over 50 children from Key Stage 2 joined in the massed choirs at the O2 as part of the Young Voices event. It was an incredible day! The children were so very well behaved and I am sure they were the most enthusiastic children there. Despite being a little way back from the action, the children really enjoyed trying to spot their families in the audience and loved watching the street dance act. Mrs Bateup did a fantastic job of preparing the children and, with the help of Mrs Markwell in the office, we were thoroughly organised for the day. It was a moving experience and one that is so valuable. The impact on the self-esteem and enjoyment for the children is evident for anyone who was able to join us for the trip. The children are already asking if they can go again next year…!

On Wednesday, we welcomed Paul from Hospice in the Weald. He spoke to the children about the difference the donations make to the service they are able to provide to families. He sensitively spoke to the children about what an impact their work has on terminally ill patients and their loved ones and showed some photos of the centre in Pembury. We were able to pass on a cheque for over £300 raised over the Christmas period through donations at the Christmas Nativity and Junior Celebrations and the Christmas Jumper day. We will continue to raise money for them as one of our charities this year.

Also on Wednesday afternoon was our third session of Children’s University. Mrs Willock was particularly impressed with the engaged atmosphere around school and how well the children’s skills and talents are developing. We will soon be setting a date soon for the 'graduation' ceremony in Term 6.  During the ceremony, each group will showcase what they have been studying and receive a certificate. We hope many of you will be able to join us.

Today’s assembly was led by Class 2. We were all impressed with how clearly they spoke and shared their learning so far this term. We were treated to not one, but two songs as the children showed they certainly know how to boogie. Perhaps my favourite part of their assembly was seeing examples of their art work. They demonstrated just how much progress they had made by drawing and re-drawing an animal. The finished drawings were phenomenal! Well done to all the children and the Year 2 staff – you should be proud of all you have achieved this term.

So, as you can see, a very full week! A gentle reminder about snacks and packed lunches. Please ensure that the children have a balanced, healthy lunch. There seem to be some very sugary items coming in (including chocolate/Nutella spreads!). Also, please remind children that they should be bringing home whatever is left in their lunchboxes so that you can see what is being eaten. We certainly see a difference in the children’s ability to concentrate after lunch so your support in this is very important. If you have any concerns about what your child is eating at school, please do mention this at the office.

I hope you have a great weekend and that the children get some rest before the last week of term.

Kind regards,

Julie Burton