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Weekly Update

Friday, 9th December 2022


Dear Parents/Carers,

I hope this email finds you well in what has been a rather chilly start to December! The Christmas joy radiating from the children has certainly warmed us all through!

Firstly, I would like to say a huge 'Thank You!' to everyone who attended our Christmas Fete last weekend. It was a really lovely event and great to see so many of our school community attend. We raised over £3000 which will greatly benefit the school. We will be speaking with the School Council about some of the nice 'added extras' that we can buy.

The Grand Prize Draw will take place on Wednesday 14th December so please get your ticket stubs and money back to us by Tuesday 13th December to be entered.

School has also been busy with preparations for our Christmas Festivities next week.

Please see dates and key notices below.

Saturday 10th December 2022 at 6pm - Year 6 performing in St Francis Hospice Concert at St Andrew’s Church

Monday 12th December 2022 at 10am and 2pm - Early Years Christmas Celebrations in School (ticketing now closed)

Monday 12th December 2022 at 6pm - Joint Christmas Service (for Year 3, Musicians and St Edward’s Secondary Academy) at St Edward’s Church

Tuesday 13th December 2022 at 1.30pm - Year 3 & 4 Nativity Service at St Edward’s Church

Wednesday 14th December 2022 at 1.30pm - Year 5 & 6 Nativity Service at St Edward’s Church

Thursday 15th December 2022 at 10am and 2pm - Year 1 & 2 Christmas Celebrations in School (ticketed event)

Friday 16th December 2022 Christmas Jumper Day and School Christmas Dinner

Friday 16th December 2022 - Rescheduled iRock Concert at 2:30pm

Tuesday 20th December 2022 - Last Day of Term

Film Night
By popular demand, we will be having a Christmas Film Night on Monday 19th December from 3pm-5pm. More information will be sent around next week, but do save the date!

Absence and Illness
As you will be aware there is a significant amount of illness going around at the moment which has had an impact on a number of children in school in the last few weeks. We are pleased that the number of children attending school has increased as this week has gone on and as children return to being well. We would really appreciate it if you could ensure, in line with our safeguarding guidelines, that you call or email school each day that your child is unwell. The office staff, whilst being busy looking after children in school, have had to spend a significant amount of time following up on absences this week. Your help with this is greatly appreciated.

Swimming Lessons
Due to Christmas activities and to allow pool maintenance, swimming lessons have now finished for this term. They will resume in the week beginning Monday 9th January.

Please see attached flyer from Razzamataz, the Theatre School club running sessions on Friday's here at school. 

Building Work on site
You will have noticed that our school building work has continued at pace this week. The first of the two shared-area glass ceilings have been removed from the Lower School building. Both of these roofs should be removed and replaced, with flat suspended ceilings, before the Christmas holidays. This will make these spaces much more comfortable in both hot and cold weather.

Our ARP (Alternative Resource Provision for children with an Autistic Diagnosis) has had all of the foundation works completed and is now going 'upwards'... it is very exciting to see the building rise from the ground. This project is expected to be completed in July, with an opening in September.

Whilst these projects are both managed and completed by external contractors, we have had regular Health and Safety site inspections with them and are very pleased with the speed of the work and also how it is being managed smoothly and safely within the business of our school environment!


Have a lovely weekend,

Kind regards,

Chris Speller

Head Teacher