We have reached the end of another busy term and the children are well and truly ready for a hard-earned break after lots of brilliant learning in the classrooms and a variety of Christmas events during the past couple of weeks.
Christmas Hamper Raffle
Thank you everyone for your donations for this year’s Christmas raffle – the hampers looked fantastic with a great variety of treats and goodies. Thank you also to everyone who bought a ticket as the funds raised help to support the school. Congratulations to all the winners!
On Friday 3rd December we were joined by the West Midlands Children’s Theatre who performed their pantomime, Jack and the Beanstalk for each of the children from Reception up to Year 6. The children’s responses were overwhelmingly positive, and it was lovely to see them enjoying all of the jokes, singing, dancing and acting.
The children’s Nativity plays are always a highlight of the Autumn term and this year was no exception. They did a fantastic job of retelling the Christmas story in each of the key stages and really enjoyed going up to the Church to perform them. While I know it will have been disappointing not to be able to join us in the audience in person, I appreciate your understanding of the situation and our reasoning and I hope you enjoyed watching the recordings at home as you should have received the links to view these by now.
Christmas Lunch and Christmas Parties
Our annual Christmas lunch got everyone fully into the Christmas spirit on Wednesday and many thanks go to the kitchen staff for the delicious meal and for all their hard work throughout the year. The lunch was followed by Christmas parties in each of the classrooms with music, dancing and games. When passing me on the gate at home time, one child commented that it was “the best day ever!”
During the Christmas parties, the children were excited to welcome a very special guest as Father Christmas came to each class to say, “Merry Christmas” and deliver some presents for the children to enjoy in their classrooms throughout the rest of the school year.
New members of staff
It is my great pleasure to once again welcome Miss Christina Purslow to the teaching staff team and I would also like to introduce Mrs Sian Webb, who will be joining the Key Stage 1 team as a Teaching Assistant in the new year. Meanwhile, we say a fond farewell to Mrs Fisher who is leaving to work full time in her family business – we wish her all the very best and I would like to thank her for all her hard work supporting children here in school.
Thank you for your ongoing support as we have tried to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 situation. As the holidays begin, please note that the current government advice is that any school aged children who may have been in close contact with a positive case should take daily lateral flow tests for 7 days and anyone who displays symptoms should be booked in for a PCR test. Should your child test positive for COVID-19 during the holidays, please follow NHS guidance and engage with NHS Test and Trace.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to all the staff for their hard-work, dedication and commitment to providing the absolute best for the children. Thank you also to the Governors and to you the parents/carers for all your support throughout the year and of course to all of the children for their brilliant attitudes to learning and School. They really are the embodiment of our School values of Community, Perseverance and Respect and you should all feel very proud of how they have dealt with everything that 2021 has thrown at them!
Please see below for some key dates for the first of half of the Spring term and may I wish you all a very peaceful and merry Christmas. I look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year and to welcoming the children back into school on Wednesday 5th January.