15th December 2020
Dear Parents and Carers
I can’t quite believe it is the last week of term and that it will soon be 2021. Where did the year go?
So much has happened since the children returned to school in September. The children have learned so much and adapted well to all of the changes. I am incredibly proud of how much effort the children are putting in to all their learning and have shown great resilience and perseverance. I am also extremely proud of the staff who diligently focused on keeping the school as normal and as exciting as possible for your children.
It is that time of year where we have lots of wonderful festive things going on from the arrival of our Christmas tree to our wonderful Nativity; we have enjoyed a wonderful range of festive celebrations over the Advent period. This year we have tried really hard to retain all of those things that make Christmas time special for our children.
We are ending the term with our Christingle Services and Christmas lunch on Friday 18th December. A big thank you to Mrs Beddington and Mrs Hopkins for cooking our lunch for us. It’s also wonderful that we have supported local businesses in providing the food for this special occasion.
ATTENDANCE AND PUNCTUALITY
Congratulations to Ash class who had the best attendance for this term with 98.30%.
Whole School Attendance to Friday 11th December is 96.51%
Please keep the positive attendance going in the New Year.
Thank you for your support with social distancing this term. It remains essential that we all continue to maintain social distancing whilst in and around the school site. There is not one of us that would like to have to self-isolate over the Christmas period so please do what you can to ensure that this does not happen. When on the school site, please avoid standing in an area where others have to pass you within 2 metres. Let’s all do what we can to keep us all safe.
We had a wonderful response to our request for donations to our Gift Bags at Christmas. Thank you so much to everyone that brought something in.
We say goodbye to Mr Jackson at Christmas who is starting a full time post in another local Primary School in January. Mrs Mitchell and Mrs Coleman will be teaching in Year 5; Mr Bruce will be joining Mrs Appleby in Y6 and Mrs Anwar will be teaching Reception class on Fridays.
Winter Food Voucher
Thanks to the campaign of Marcus Rashford, if your child is currently in receipt of free school meals you will be receiving a food voucher for the Christmas holidays. This will be sent out via email from Gloucestershire County Council. You will need to follow the instructions in the email to redeem the vouchers. Check both your inbox and your junk box this weekend.
Please note that if your child is in reception, year one or two and receives the universal free school meals you will not receive a voucher unless you are entitled to the free school meals.
Reception Intake 2021
If you know any families with children who will be starting school in September 2021, please direct them to our school website.
The link to our New-Starter page can be found below.
We are delighted that our children wear full school uniform every day and maintain high standards. When the children return to school in January, please ensure that they are wearing full uniform including black shoes.
"On 21.12.2020 (the Winter/December solstice), Jupiter and Saturn will align so closely in the night sky that they'll create a radiant point of light some call the "Solstice Star," "Star of Bethlehem" or the "Christmas Star."
This is the first time in 800 years that it will be visible from Earth with the naked eye.
Look above the western horizon after sunset to view these bright, close planets.
The star linked with the story of Christmas encourages us to look ahead; to think and reflect. We all need to take time to look back and reflect on this most unusual year; the low times and the highs.
We would like to thank you all for your support and understanding over the last term – it is hugely appreciated.
We wish you all the very best for a wonderful Christmas period with your loved ones. I hope that you are able to have a restful and relaxing holiday period.
We look forward to welcoming back all pupils on Monday 4th January to begin an exciting new term together. With all good wishes for the New Year.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT OUR ENDING TIMES START FROM 1:15 ON FRIDAY 18TH DECEMBER
1:15 – KS1 NO SIBLINGS
1:25 – KS2 NO SIBLINGS
1:30 - SIBLINGS
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