Newsletter - Friday 10th March 2023

Dear Parents,

The sun had finally come out this evening after what I consider to be a grotty week! I do hope that we will soon see a return of warmer, sunnier weather. The snow came as a bit of an unexpected ‘surprise’ this week. I was expecting potentially a light dusting but not the snowfall that we found when we awoke. It took me longer than I would have liked to get out of my road and get to school myself but was greeted with the sight of teachers, TAs and breakfast club children all chipping in to help Les our caretaker clear the essential pathways of snow – it really was heart-warming! In the midst of all the flurry with the snow, the photographers came in to take individual photos of the children in the classrooms. You will receive a unique code so that you can view and order online so do check your child’s bag.

The highlight of the week however has to be Class 5’s assembly this morning. They shared their learning across many aspects from World War 2 to kindness, French, art and story writing. It was clear to see the pride they are able to take in their achievements so far this year. I know the parents were particularly impressed with how all the children were able to speak so confidently in front of so many people. Those parents that were able to stay joined us for coffee and cake provided by the PTA and it was a great opportunity for this group of parents to get together.

After school today, representatives from the PTA invited staff and governors to join them in a similar get together. We are so lucky to have such an enthusiastic set of parents who are looking to find ways not only to raise much needed funds for the children but to bring our school community together. Thank you to Duane and his team for organising this and look out for some exciting new updates on our upcoming projects and events.

You will may have heard that the teaching unions in Scotland have come to an agreement ending strike action north of the border. However, there has been little progress here in England and currently the plans to strike next week remain. As such, the school will again be CLOSED on Wednesday 15th and Thursday 16th March to all children. As before, we aim to be able to offer a childcare where possible, limited to vulnerable pupils and children of essential workers. I will send out a form shortly for parents to request attendance on those days and further information.

Children in Year 6 who are due to have Bikeability on Thursday should still attend. Children who are due to attend the junior enterprise challenge will also still be able to attend that event.

You may notice that I am not in school 100% of the time over the next few weeks. I am supporting another school in Tunbridge Wells for a couple of days a week. I will be working closely with the Deputy heads, the governors and the staff body to provide strategic and practical guidance during the absence of their headteacher. Rest assured that Mrs Willock, our deputy head, and the rest of the Dream Team have everything in hand and I’m still very much committed to our wonderful school!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Kind regards,

Julie Burton

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