Newsletter 3 – 23rd November 2018

Dear Parents/Carers,

With only four weeks left of this term and Christmas fast approaching, I would like to provide you with a few updates and inform you of events and arrangements for Christmas and the end of term.

Forest Schools This initiative now is well underway. Mrs Eades is now fully qualified and Miss Dilks will complete her final training days in December. During our ‘health and fitness week’, all the children had a short session in the forest school site and I know they all loved it. Our aim is for all the children to have 6 sessions before the end of this academic year and we are well on the way to achieving this. When it is your child’s turn, you will receive a letter and all the relevant information. I know the children are keen for their sessions to start but we can only run Forest School on a Friday, as it has to fit in with all our other teaching commitments. As we go forward, we will certainly be looking at how we can fund more sessions. My sincere thanks to Mrs Eades and Miss Dilks for undertaking the training and helping get this up and running so quickly; thanks also to the PSA for their financial support.

Children in Need 2018 A huge thank you to all those who donated money for this event, organised by our School Council. We had a really good day, seeing the children all dressed up in their ‘yellow’ costumes- many of which were very inventive!  In the afternoon, the staff took part in a ‘game show’ which involved some rather messy challenges, all linked to the colour yellow. They were really good sports so my thanks to them. At the end of the day we raised a very pleasing £473.25 which we have split between Children in Need and Hello Yellow. Thanks again.

Staffing News I am sorry to have to inform you that due to personal circumstances and the need to provide care for an elderly relative, Mrs Morgan has requested to leave her post at Christmas. We will be very sorry to lose her from the Upper Junior team but understand that at the current time, she needs to prioritise her family’s needs. The Governors are organising a recruitment plan immediately and we are hoping to secure another outstanding teacher to job share with Mrs Harrison at the earliest possible date. However, it may be that we need a holding situation until Easter, as any candidates who are currently in post will need to give a term’s notice.

I know this is not ideal and we will do our best to manage the situation to cause the least disruption for all. As soon as any plans are finalised, I will keep you informed. Thank you for your support.

Governor News At our second full governors’ meeting on Wednesday 21st November, we welcomed three new governors to the board. Shirley Smith, a member of our local community and Alan Grant and Mark Love; both parents of pupils at school. Their expertise and experience in many different fields will be extremely useful on our governing board and I wish to thank them for taking the time to support school in this role.

At the same meeting, Helen Frith tendered her resignation as Chair of Governors. Helen no longer has children at WHPS and has kindly stayed on to support the school through Ofsted and the recruitment of new members. I can’t thank Helen enough for her support for the school, as Chair, and her support for the staff and me, personally. She has been an excellent Chair of Governors and will be very much missed.

PSA Gift Emporium This wonderful opportunity for the children to buy presents for all the family is being held on Friday 7th December, in the hall from 1.15pm. If you wish your child to take part, please send money in a named purse and a named carrier bag. All the gifts are £1.50. Younger children will have personal shoppers to help them! We will send a text to remind everyone on the day.

Coffee and Carols 20th December Everyone is warmly invited to pop in for coffee and a mince pie from 9.45am until 11.15am. Throughout the morning, the choir and instrumentalists will play and sing festive songs.

Christmas Nativity Plays Very soon the school will be overrun by shepherds, stars, angels and camels as we prepare for our Christmas shows. Tickets are now on sale from the office, and I look forward to welcoming you to the performances in December. Please note the dates and times. EYFS (Nursery and Reception is on Tuesday 11th December, with performances in the morning and afternoon. KS1 (year 1 and 2) is Wednesday 12th and Thursday 13th December in the afternoon.

Christmas Parties 2018 The Junior and Infant/EYFS party day is to be held on Monday 17th December. On that day all children can wear their own (party) clothes to school. Infant children will have party games in the morning, followed by a picnic lunch and a special visitor in the afternoon. Juniors will have a trip to the cinema followed by a picnic lunch and party games in the afternoon. Details of party day will be sent home soon. My thanks to the PSA for their support with these events. To top off the day –it is the school disco in the evening!

Nut allergies You will be aware that I had to send an urgent text out to remind everyone about the importance of not bringing any kind of nuts or nut related products in school. We currently have children in school who are highly allergic and at serious risk if they come into contact with these products. Please check labels carefully and if in doubt don’t send the product to school. Thanks you for your help with this matter.

Maths Information Evening This was very well-supported and the feedback has been positive. The information and slides are now available on the school website, if you wish to view it.

Karate club karate club has spaces for new members. The club runs every Saturday morning from 9.15am until 12.15pm in the school hall. Please contact Nigel Briggs on 567913, if you wish to join or for more information.

Turning circle!! Thanks to everyone who is observing the rules –we are really grateful. Please could you ask all those who use the turning circle at the end of the day not to start queueing so early. It really is unnecessary and causing all sort of problems for other road users. Also, now it is getting so dark, please,please take even more care when entering the turning circle on the road.

Snow In the event of snow, please await a text before setting off for school or listen to PEAK FM re- school closures. Every effort is made to keep school open but sometimes it is not possible for safety reasons. In the event of snow, the turning circle will close but registers will stay open to allow children to get in safely. Fingers crossed it doesn’t happen…yet!

School ends for this term on Friday 21st December 2018. We return on Monday 7th January 2019. My very best wishes to you all for a wonderful, healthy and peaceful Christmas and I look forward to seeing you at one of the Christmas events.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Palmer-Coole