Happy new year to you all. I hope Christmas was exciting for you all. Hard to believe a new year is upon us. A lot has certainly changed over the last decade. I have been the headteacher here now for 6 years and I still feel the sense of pride about our school as I did back then, if not much more. We have had a busy month at school. We have celebrated the Chinese New Year and all children have had the opportunity to take part in learning about Chinese traditions and all have taken part in Chinese Dance workshops. During February we will be hosting maths linked Inspire sessions and you will have the opportunity to work along side your child during a maths lesson. It is hoped that from this you will be able to see the very latest teaching methods and this will then help you to support your child further at home. Please look out for the letter home with further information about this. Mrs Prendergast class has won the attendance race and have had their attendance party. Mrs Prendergast also has the highest number of children who have 100% attendance so a huge well done to 4P.
We have had the most wonderful advent this year. The children have once again done themselves proud with the school Christmas performances. It really is a pleasure to see how they demonstrate confidence and a sense of pride when they are on stage. Thank you to all parents and families who managed to attend. I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did. Also a huge thank you to all who contributed to our Christmas fund raising activities. Whether you bought raffle tickets DVDs, came to the Christmas Fair, or indeed all three. we raised a good amount of money which as always will go directly back to the children. All children chose their second books to increase their home libraries and It is great to hear the children talking about these. the next books will be sent home at February half term. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy spending time with your children and family.
Well its soon got round to bonfire night. There will be a number of organised events within the local area. Whether you choose to have your own display in your back garden or go to an organised display please wrap up warm and take great care. Remember the Firework Code!!!! There is the Autumn disco to look forward to on Thursday 7th November to look forward to. Miss Goodwin and I will be taking a year 6 child to the remembrance service at the cenotaph in the village on Sunday 10th November. It would be lovely to see you there. We will be honouring remembrance day on Monday 11th in school with a special assembly and of course the silence and a time for reflection. Enhancements this month include a visit to Nell bank for the day with year 3. All children will be taking part in anti bullying workshops. An element of this has been based around cyber bullying. Please remember to check your child's mobile phone on a regular basis. A new enhancement to your child's learning has been included this November, free trips to the cinema!!! WOW.
I'm sorry to say that an accident has occurred over the weekend where by a car has crashed into the school wall. to repair this will cost thousands of pounds. A few days later a car has damaged the school gate, again costing thousands to repair. Any information regarding these accidents would be greatly received. Please remember the car park is NOT for parents. Both will be repaired, however it saddens me when I have to spend this amount of money on such things. I just think to myself what I could do with that money for our children.
The South Elmsall annual light switch on will take place on Wednesday 20th November. The lights are due to be turned on at approx 6.00pm. Please be mindful that there will be extra traffic around school during this day due to the high street being closed off.
Last month was a very busy time in school. Thank you to all of you who attended and contributed to the coffee morning. Over £300 was raised for the charity. We are now approaching my favorite season, Autumn. Please ensure that your child is appropriately dressed for school as the temperature is dropping. All children will receive their new winter hat and scarves this month. I am really pleased with the bobble hat this year. This month we will be celebrating Black History and all children will design their own African mask,. These always look great and O hope you will be as pleased with them as we are. The Autumn parents evening will take place this month on Tuesday 22nd October. This is an open evening where you will not need to make an appointment. Please bare in mind that some times will be busier than others. This Month also marks our harvest traditions. Foundation stage Harvest Festival will be in the school hall on Wednesday 23rd October with the rest of school having theirs at St Marys on Friday 25th October. Please remember will will be braking up on this day for the October half term.
We have had a great start to the school year and all children have settled well. It really is fantastic to see all the children return to school looking refreshed and well rested, ready for the exciting year ahead. Miss Wood has started her travels around the world and has been keeping in touch with regular updates of her travels. The beginning of year meetings will take place very soon and I look forward to welcoming you to those. The children will be taking part in a number of enrichment activities this month including a Myan workshop for the year 5 children. Children in year 1 and year 3 will be working with the school nursing service looking at the importance of hand washing and dental hygiene. We have the year , 3 and 5 cross country event at Minsthorpe also to get excited about. Finally this month we will have the MacMillian Coffee morning.