Dear Parents and Carers,
I am writing to you in the middle of STEM week which has proved to be the most exciting time of the year. Yesterday we had Robot wars in school with actual robots used in the TV series! Children could make their own robot and battle out with each other on table tops at the end of the session. Mr Higgs was very excited when he systematically removed the tables so the the robots had less and less space to battle on and the children were delighted, filling the hall with squeals of delight!
Today I have seen marble runs being designed and constructed and all sorts of ‘Kitchen Science’ involving fizzy drinks, balloons and menthos! We will of course be posting lots of pictures for you to see what the children have been doing on our website.
It seems such a long time ago now, but I wanted to take the opportunity to thank the team of staff who took our Year 6 children away to Holland and to the staff who looked after the children who remained in school. Mrs Adams, Mrs Fewell, Mrs Masters and Mrs Wickens arranged a number of interesting and fun activities for the children – from tie-dying t-shirts, to cooking pizzas and learning bushcraft – we covered all range of skills that week! The Holland residential was hugely enjoyable and the children were impeccably behaved – a real credit to you – thank you. Mr Dutton, Mrs Smith, Mr Goldsmith, Mrs Skinner and myself (whilst sleep deprived) thoroughly enjoyed the week – but it would not have been the success it was, without the massive commitment our staff undertake for the children. Mrs Seare joined us for the trip – thank you for your tremendous support that week.
Earlier this term we had our Year 4 trip to Suffolk. Staff and pupils had the most wonderful time, the weather was glorious and there was a real sense of team building and achievement on their return. I would like to thank Mrs Adams, Mr Higgs, Mrs Bransgrove, Mr Goldsmith, Mrs Bruce, Mrs Skinner and lastly, ‘Matron’, Mrs King for putting so much effort into organising the weekend and for giving up their own time to ensure the children had such a great experience.
We have the Summer Fair on Saturday which has been planned in advance for months by our PTA. I know that they still need support so please do come along and commit a small amount of time if you can. If you cannot commit your time then please do support the school by taking part and sharing in the fun of the day. The Summer Fair raises a huge amount of money for the school along with all the other events the PTA plan across the year. Please can I remind you all that Friday is a non-school uniform day – please bring bottles/sweets as a donation for the tombola, thank you. If there are any keen gardeners amongst you, please remember we have the miniature garden competition on the afternoon of the fair – 50p per entry!
Next week we have our Sports Days. Years 3 to 6 (Key Stage 2) have their day on the morning of Tuesday 27th June and Foundation Stage and Years 1 and 2 follow on Wednesday morning. The races and events have been carefully planned by Mrs Fewell and Miss Shorter and the children are looking forward to taking part. Please remember water bottles, sun hats and sun cream (applied before school) for these days. Children should come into school already wearing their PE kit for their designated days.
With the heatwave we have been experiencing there has been an increased demand for water resulting in some of our water dispensers not flowing as fast as usual. We have therefore purchased new water fountains for the playgrounds so that children have increased access to water at all times. The fountains should be installed within the next two weeks.
Finally, I would like to remind parents that we have an open door policy and always make ourselves available to talk with and listen to parents’ concerns or indeed sharing of good news. It is in fact very helpful for parents to share issues and concerns with myself or staff as we are not always aware of everything that is happening or worries families may have. This flow of communication ensures that we are able to continue to reflect and respond to both pupil and parent views.
I hope that you are enjoying the sunshine and good weather and look forward to seeing many of you at the Summer Fair and Sports Days.
Mrs S Goosani