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As we approach the end of Term 1

As we approach the end of Term 1

11th October 2017

Dear Parents and Carers,

Principal’s Letter – End of Term 1

As we approach the end of Term 1 we have much to celebrate and much to look forward to. The children have quickly settled this term and have enjoyed their new learning journeys. Some of the children in Year 5 and 6 have shared their amazing homework which has included models of helter skelters and other fairground rides; some have even been edible!

Last week was incredibly busy and we were delighted with the number of parents who joined us for Stay and Play – 178 parents came into school to join in with activities! Feedback was very positive and many of you requested more opportunities to do this. We have already scheduled a Stay and Play week for the Spring term, week commencing 26th February and hope that many of you will join us again.

It was so rewarding for both the children and the teachers to have you sharing the learning experiences in school that we would like to remind you of our invitation for parents to come and help. If you have free time and feel that you could volunteer to help in class, hear readers, or offer other skills, please do send a note to your child’s class teacher. The more we are able to work together, the more we can achieve for the children.

On Tuesday last week the children in Apple and Cherry Tree classes had their photographs taken. First Class Photos will be published in the Kent Messenger on or around 12th October. Braiswick were also in school to take individual and sibling pupil photographs. Thank you to Mrs Cook for her organisation and overseeing of this very busy event! Each year she is complimented on how smooth the operation runs – 550+ photographs in 3 hours is approximately 3 photographs a minute!! The proofs should be with us before the end of Term 1 and we will get them round to classes. Photographs can be ordered by returning the proof with payment to school or can be ordered online.

We also had children attending the Take Pride Active Stacking Competition and Year 5 Build a Lego House Challenge. One team from Year 5 will be attending the final at BAE Systems in Rochester on the 19th October!

Macmillan Coffee Morning 2017 on Friday 29th September was again a huge success – we raised £345.00 this year, only down by £14 on the year before. We would like to build on this and host a community and parent coffee afternoon with carols near the end of Term 2. We are looking at Thursday 7th December – please put this date in your diaries!
This week we are starting to collect in the shoeboxes for the Link to Hope Shoebox Appeal and celebrated Harvest today. Thank you to those families who have already spent time sourcing items and decorating boxes. We are happy to take in boxes this week and running up to the end of term. We don’t have many boxes at the moment – only 8 at the last count. Please remember to wrap the box and lid together, attach the form with the contents ticked, complete the gift aid form (if you would like to) and stick the £2.00 delivery fee on top too. Thank you!

Harvest Photograph

Year 6 pupils hosted Harvest Assembly today

On Tuesday and Thursday next week, we have parent consultation evenings – preceded on the Monday afternoon with drop-ins for Year 6 parents to discuss secondary transfer. On each evening, data collection sheets will be handed out to you via your child’s class teacher. Please could we request that you check your data collection sheet and sign and return on the evening. It is essential that we have the correct information for pupil contacts, thank you.

For our Year 6 parents, we must remind you that online applications for secondary school must be completed by Tuesday 31st October (this is during half-term); please come and see us if you require any advice or support in completing this. If you haven’t already done so, please visit the link to Kent County Council’s website and click on the section marked secondary schools:

http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/schools/school-places/

With Bonfire Night just around the corner, Mrs Creed has organised for Mr McQuirke from the Kent Fire and Rescue Service to come and speak with our children about fire safety awareness on the last day of Term 1. Still on the same theme, for those children who take school dinners, Olive Dining will be running a Fireworks Night lunch on Monday 6th November.

As a Healthy School we must remind parents that chocolate bars and sweets are not appropriate to be included in a packed lunch and we would politely request that you do not provide these as part of your child’s lunch. In some cases, children eat these first and then do not want to finish the healthier options you have provided.

In the second week of Term 2, we are having a focus week “Festivals of Food and Light”. As we move through the Autumn and into Winter, many of our families and neighbours in the community are preparing for and celebrating different festivals such as Christmas, Diwali, Hanukkah and more. We will be building up to our major festival of Christmas but we would also like to learn about and share in other festivals as part of our RE and British Values curriculum. We will be learning about different traditions in each year group concluding with a celebration and display of the children’s work on Friday 17th November. We would love you to join us to see your children’s work and share the celebration and will allocate a time slot for each class. Details of this will be sent out before half term.

Sadly I have to report there was road traffic accident outside of the school last week where one of our parents was hit by a car and hurt. Had this been a child, the consequences could have been far more serious. We cannot stress enough the need for careful driving even if you are late to drop your child into school. We would urge parents to park further away and walk for a few minutes to reduce congestion and the risk of accidents. Please be mindful when dropping children off at Breakfast Club – please use the path at the back of the car park and crossing – adults must accompany their child. Please do not walk across the car park; this will become increasingly dangerous as the dark mornings and nights draw in.

Related to road safety, Bikeability – a two day bike safety course – is running from November for our Year 6 children. The course will teach them how to stay safe whilst riding on the local roads and part of this will involve dealing with busier roads – please help our children stay safe! Bikes will need to be road worthy and in full working order and children must come dressed appropriately for being outside all day.

And finally…the first day of half term is Monday 23rd October and the children return on Monday 6th November. For those of you celebrating Bonfire Night, be safe and for everyone, have an enjoyable and restful break.

Best Wishes,

Mrs S Goosani
Principal