28th November 2016
Our School Motto: Celebrate, Believe, Aspire
Date: Friday 2nd December 2016
A quick note to let you know what is coming up in the next couple of weeks.
Wow! What a busy time of year, so much happening. Firstly, congratulations to Year 4 on their superb violin concert. Also, hot off the press, what a joy it has been to see our KS1 pupils performing to such a high standard in their Christmas performances. Well done, we are so proud of you all.
Mr Jackson, would like to give his drums and guitar pupils the opportunity to perform to their parents, you will have been informed by text or by Mr Jackson, if your child is playing. Tuesday 6th December at 1.10pm in the hall.
Finally, the Tag Rugby finalists have won the North Dorset Games at Larksmead last week. A date in April is to be confirmed for the Dorset Finals. What a fabulous team!
Thank you to those of you that do not use our school drive to drop children off in the morning. The design of the building was not intended for this to be a public entrance as safety for our children was priority. The Governing body will be following this up in future and consequences are likely for those who disregard the previous polite requests.
Noticeboards are soon to appear on the wall adjacent to the playground gates—these boards are for PTA notices, school news and information. Just another way in which we try to communicate. Newsletters from the school will become half termly and have been replaced by fortnightly dates letters—such as this one. We are experiencing a few technical issues with uploads onto our website, we are discovering that not everything is as it looks when accessed from different points! We are trying to resolve this. We have also just unleashed a new Facebook link in order to share news and information. It is a closed group and therefore just for our school families.
Please be aware that some clubs are beginning to finish now. Running Club, Fitness Club, Tag Rugby, Choir, and Netball Skills have all finished.
Recent training has highlighted that St John’s Ambulance have an important and useful App that is easy to use and downloadable to any device.
We have sent home our ‘Adverse Weather’ policy so that you are aware of what we do (should the need arise) to assess the conditions for safely opening the school in bad weather. Please read it and keep it to hand until we are out of the chilly season.
Years 2, 5 and 6 Christmas Pantomime visit is on Wednesday 7th December, during the school day. We have been very fortunate to have negotiated a large number of tickets for the Lighthouse pantomime, at a cost that is too good an opportunity to turn down and my hope is that the children will give their feedback on return as to whether this is something we look to do again in the future.
Please may I thank you for your understanding regarding performance tickets. I am very aware that every child looks forward to seeing their parents/carers in the audience and I hope that we were able to offer that opportunity to all families. Some families who requested extra tickets will have received these as they were distributed once we knew our capacities. Again, thank you for your patience and understanding. My thanks also goes to those parents who, through no fault of their own, initially received too many tickets and returned them to the office. The error was mine – a miscommunication with the administration of tickets.
The dates below indicate upcoming events and information that may be relevant to you over the next couple of weeks.
Monday 5th December: LAST Champion football club @ 3.00pm
Monday 5th December: LAST Glee Club @ 3.00pm
Tuesday 6th December: Mr Jacksons Drum/Guitar group Concert @1.10pm
Tuesday 6th December: Year 1 visit to Bournemouth University 9am –1.30pm (I’ve had a preview…very exciting!!)
Tuesday 6th December: LAST knitting club @ lunchtime (Thank you to our amazing volunteers, it’s taking shape!)
Tuesday 6th December: Finance Governors—Postponed
Wednesday 7th December: Year 2, 5 and 6 Pantomime Visit to see ‘Aladdin’ 9am-1.00pm
Wednesday 7th December: Year 3/4 Christmas Performance @ 1.30pm and 5.45pm
Thursday 8th December: Family Lantern making Workshop @ 3.15pm
Thursday 8th December: Home game Netball v’s Downlands @ 3.15pm
Thursday 8th December: LAST Dance Club @ 3.00pm
Thursday 8th December: Carols at Tesco @ 10.30am
Friday 9th December: Year 5 Swimming
Monday 12th December: Year 5 and 6 Christmas Performance @ 1.30pm & 5.45pm
Tuesday 13th December: School Christmas Lunch in the Village Hall – Christmas Party Afternoon
Wednesday 14th December: Lantern Parade in Blandford @ 6pm
Thursday 15th December: Full Governors Meeting @ 5.00pm in the Cedar Room
Friday 16th December: End of Term Service – St Peter’s Church @ 9.30am
Please do check the school calendar over the next few days as key dates will be added. We hope that by putting these dates on the calendar as early as possible, you will be able to support as many events as possible.
The school strongly reminds children and parents of the need to use the internet responsibly.